WWBG: This Weekend at Dominion Wine and Beer

Editor’s Note: This biweekly column is sponsored by Dominion Wine and Beer (107 Rowell Court, Falls Church). This week’s Guide is written by Arash Tafakor of Dominion Wine and Beer.

This weekend at Dominion Wine and Beer includes great draft features for pours and crowlers, plus an irresistible pairing special featuring our delicious Certified Piedmontese tenderloin!

On tap now or tapping soon are;

Follow our Twitter handle for tapping alerts and download the DigitalPour mobile app to view all 36 of our taps, pricing, and crowler/growler availability in real time!

For a limited time, take advantage of our amazing Tenderloin & Cabernet pairing special! Treat yourself to an 8 oz. Piedmontese tenderloin, seared and basted, dressed with Maitre d’ Hotel Butter, house salad and fries on the side, paired up perfectly with a glass of True Myth Wines Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon! An absolute steal at $40!

We are quite proud of our filet and our food in general!

Come enjoy a great meal and night out at Dominion. For a full list of new beer arrivals, wine sales, and more details click this link.


Just Listed in Arlington

Just Listed highlights Arlington properties that just came on the market within the past week. This feature is written and sponsored by Team Cathell, “Your Orange Line Specialists.”

Halloween must have scared the bejeebers out of buyers and sellers this week as the pace of Arlington’s real estate market slammed on the brakes. Sellers listed only 49 homes and buyers ratified only 43 contracts.

Arlington’s slow down, however, is not as stark as elsewhere. California, a harbinger of change, has experienced an 18% drop in sales in SoCal, and 19% drop in the Bay Area, but their prices have continued, so far, to climb slightly.

Freddie Mac puts the blame squarely on rising interest rates. Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist, says, “While higher mortgage rates have led to a decline in home sales this year, the weakness has been concentrated in expensive segments versus entry-level and first-time buyer which remains firm throughout most of the rest of the country.” His comment fairly reflects the Arlington market as well.

Mortgage rates backed off a few basis points this week as Wall Street regained some of its lost value in October. The 30-yr fixed rate conventional with no points is now at about 4.875% to 5%.

Click here to see all the fresh new inventory in MRIS and call Team Cathell (703-975-2500) when you find a home you like.


Healthy Paws: Halloween — The Recap

Editor’s Note: Healthy Paws is a column sponsored and written by the owners of Clarendon Animal Care, a full-service, general practice veterinary clinic and winner of a 2017 Arlington Chamber of Commerce Best Business Award. The clinic is located 3000 10th Street N., Suite B. and can be reached at 703-997-9776.

Well, we couldn’t have asked for better weather last night for a little trick or treating! And we couldn’t have asked for better entries to our #caccostumecontest!

Above are just a few of the awesome costumed pet pictures that were submitted. Follow us on Instagram (@clarendonanimalcare) and facebook (@clarendonvet) to see all the entries and winners!

Now that everyone has way too much candy in their homes, let’s recap some of the many reasons we should keep it all away from our fur-kids:

  • Chocolate, raisins and xylitol are all toxic to our pets! Chocolate can cause gastrointestinal disturbances, cardiac arrhythmias and neurological symptoms; raisins can cause acute kidney failure and xylitol can cause acute liver failure!
  • Often, our pets are no good at moderation and eating lots of fat and sugar-filled candy can cause some pretty impressive gastrointestinal disturbances, but also trigger more severe issues like pancreatitis.
  • The wrappers can lead to physical irritation and obstruction of the gastrointestinal tract.

Off-Market Source: Nov. 1

Every week the Eli Residential Group scours our network for off-market and pre-market homes to give home buyers and investors access to properties they can’t find anywhere else onlineIf you are interested in a property you see here or have specific needs you cannot find on the market, please reach out to us at [email protected] to talk to a real person, not an automated response system.

If you are a homeowner, investor, builder or agent who would like your off-market or pre-market property featured for a half million local readers on PoPville, ARLnow or Tysons Reporter, please email us at [email protected].

New 3 BR Penthouse Condo
1245 N. Pierce Street
Arlington, VA 22209

Description: There are two 3 BR/2 BA penthouse units in this new 12-unit condo building near Rosslyn. Each has ~500sqft of private rooftop space with wide-open views. Luxury finishes, parking included, and low condo fees.
Price: $900’s
Courtesy of RLAH Real Estate

Newer 4 BR/3.5 BA Townhouse in Potomac Yard
724 Annie Rose Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301

Description: First level guest suite. Second level is a large and open kitchen, dining and living room with balcony. Third level has three full bedrooms and two full bathrooms, including en-suite master. Fourth level is finished loft with large outdoor terrace and views of the Washington Monument. Two-car garage, covered front porch, built in 2012.
Price: $800’s
Courtesy of RLAH Real Estate

To view all of our off-market or pre-market properties, visit the off-market section of our website. We add new properties every week.

The Eli Residential Group is a real estate team with RLAH Real Estate, 2420 Wilson Blvd #101 Arlington VA 22201 (703) 390-9460. Office locations also include Dupont Circle, Georgetown, H Street, and Chevy Chase. Contact the team directly at [email protected]


Arlington Pet of the Week: Daisy

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This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Daisy, a maltipoo puppy in Ballston who’s dressing as Wonder Woman for Halloween.

Here’s what her owner, Carolyn, had to say about her:

Daisy is a 3.8 pound, 5 month old, maltipoo puppy who moved to Ballston with us in August!

Daisy may be small, but she has a huge personality. Her hobbies include walking around Arlington, meeting new friends (both humans and dogs alike!), and attending puppy training class.

Daisy is quite the traveler, with a few trips already under her belt, and more scheduled for the near future. She has been to the beach in NJ, the mountains in NC and is gearing up for her first flight in November!

We love our pup! Stop to say “Hi” if you see us out!

Want your pet to be considered for the Arlington Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Please don’t send vertical photos, they don’t fit in our photo galleries!

Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks. Becky’s Pet Care is the winner of six consecutive Angie’s List Super Service Awards, the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year and a proud supporter of the Arlington County Pawsitively Prepared Campaign.

Becky’s Pet Care provides professional dog walking and pet sitting in Arlington and all of Northern Virginia, as well as PetPrep training courses for Pet Care, CPR and emergency preparedness.


Arts Focus: Arlington Arts & Libraries Partnership Has Patrons Dancing In the Stacks

This column is written and sponsored by Arlington Arts / Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development.

Arlington’s newest spot to catch great music is one you might not expect: Columbia Pike Branch Library!

With nearly 300 people dancing in the aisles for the season two’s opening concert last month, Groovin’ On the Pike: After Hours at the Library dance party continues Friday, November 2 with internationally-renowned West African musician and griot Cheick Hamala Diabate. As evidenced by Diabate’s NPR Tiny Desk Concert (see below), it’s going to be a great time!

A co-presentation between Arlington Arts and Arlington Public Library, the free event represents a partnership across Arlington County Government divisions that broadens the scope of performing arts venues in the County, while also bringing new and different constituencies into the library. The series continues with the New Orleans soul of Funky Miracle on Dec 7, and Little Red and the Renegades on February 1, 2019.

Featuring a diverse line up of musical groups from near and far, guests can dance in the stacks and enjoy a brew from the cash bar every first Friday of the month!

Washington may be chock-a-block with lobbyists and consultants, but only one of them rocks the n’goni, the West African plucked lute covered with animal skin.

Cheick Hamala Diabate advises presidents and the World Bank. He’s played for everyone from a struggling couple trying to save their marriage, to the U.S. Congress. He’s hobnobbed with American string and Blues legends — from Bela Fleck to Corey Harris — and along the way reunited his beloved instrument with its long-lost grandchild, America’s banjo.

While partying at your local library has been somewhat rare in recent years, they have a long history as special event venues. Historically, the Library was often among the more spacious and attractive public facilities in communities both large and small. Today architects and urban planners are increasingly viewing Libraries as ‘third places’: that space between ‘home’ and ‘workplace’ that serves multiple recreational and civic functions.

As detailed in this article in American Libraries magazine, more and more these spaces are being reimagined as “the “living room of the city,” and as such it was less focused on books and more focused on human needs, providing space for performances, meetings, children’s activities, art installations and general public gatherings.”

Come on out and get ‘balanced’ as you sway to the lilting rhythms of Cheick Hamala Diabate — free on Friday, Nov 2 at Columbia Pike Branch Library.

Click this link for free tickets.


Just Reduced Properties in Arlington

Each week, “Just Reduced” spotlights properties in Arlington County whose price have been cut over the previous week. The market summary is crafted by licensed broker Aaron Seekford of Arlington Realty, Inc. GET MORE out of your real estate investment with Aaron and his team by visiting www.arlingtonrealtyinc.com or calling 703-836-6116 today!

Please note: While Aaron Seekford provides this information for the community, he may not be the listing agent of these homes.

A happy and yummy Halloween to all of our readers out there. On this spooky holiday, may the chocolate (or whatever candy you like) flow your way.

Speaking of spooky, purchasing a home doesn’t have to be spooky at all. Sure, it can seem a bit daunting at times with a large amount of dough and important decisions involved. But, let’s make it a bit more stress-free.

A few quick tips for you:

Communicate Your Deadlines

If you want to move in by a specific date or have specific needs, let it be known. A time crunch can certainly add stress, but if you’ve communicated everything you need out of a transaction, the other parties involved should help you meet your goals.

Stay Flexible and Positive

With a mindset of “a curveball may come my way,” it’s a lot easier to handle any unexpected twists and turns during a transaction. Even if you or your team execute everything flawlessly, a lot can happen, folks!

Have a Trusted Team On Your Side

A real estate transaction can be a lot to handle for one person or one family. So, have a professional or two (or more!) in your arsenal. When you’re ready to get more out of your experience, we’re here to help.

As of October 29, there are 205 detached homes, 66 townhouses and 244 condos for sale throughout Arlington County. In total, 52 homes experienced a price reduction in the past week.

Here is this week’s selection of Just Reduced properties:

Please note that this is solely a selection of Just Reduced properties available in Arlington County. For a complete list of properties within your target budget and specifications, contact Aaron Seekford.


Ask Eli: New 12-Unit Condo Building Near Rosslyn

This regularly-scheduled sponsored Q&A column is written by Eli Tucker, Arlington-based Realtor and Rosslyn resident. Please submit your questions to him via email for response in future columns. Enjoy!

Question: You recently offered off-market condos near Rosslyn in your Off-Market Source post. Do you have any additional information about the building and other units that are available?


Full Disclosure

Before I jump into the details, I want to disclose that my team and I have a direct role in the sales of Pierce Court (1245 N. Pierce Street), unlike previous condo buildings (Key & Nash, Trafalgar Flats) that I have written about. Now back to your regularly scheduled program…

The Basics

I’ve noted in the past that Arlington is starved for new condos, averaging less than one new condo building per year since 2010, but beyond that, Pierce Court will be one of only a few buildings with less than 20 units (12 total units). It has six 2 BR/2 BA units on the first two floors and six 3 BR/2 BA units on the top three floors.

All units have high-end finishes (gas cooking!), upgraded sound-proofing, parking and a lot of private outdoor space, including some units with multiple balconies and/or large terraces (the model unit alone has 596 square feet of combined outdoor space). The penthouse units each have private rooftop terraces with ~500 sq. ft. and wide open views.

These smaller boutique 2 BR-3 BR buildings are wildly popular in D.C. (zoning plays a big role in their prevalence) and I think it will play well in Arlington for buyers who don’t want to live in a high-rise or pay high monthly fees for amenities they don’t value.

What I’m Most Interested In

I have no doubt buyers will love the floor plans, finishes and outdoor space delivered by the builder, The Asset Companies, but what interests me the most about this project is how it will do in an underdeveloped, yet highly desirable, neighborhood.

Most locals will know it as being “around the corner from Quarterdeck,” it’s more easily described as being across Route 50 from Rosslyn/Courthouse and the County calls it Radnor/Fort Myer Heights. It’s a half mile walk to the Rosslyn or Courthouse Metro and the Iwo Jima Memorial, one mile to Whole Foods/Clarendon and truly a quiet, residential neighborhood (was a favorite of mine for dog walks when I lived in Rosslyn).

One would think that every neighborhood this close to Rosslyn-Clarendon would be developed and expensive (Lyon Village/Park), but Pierce Court sits in the middle of a 2-3 block radius of underdeveloped properties and will garner a lot of industry attention to gauge future condo and townhouse development.

There is precedent for $1M-$2M+ sales here, but for properties a few blocks east, with unobstructed views of D.C., like Monument Place townhouses (in my opinion, the most undervalued properties in the D.C. area) and condo buildings like Prospect House, Memorial Overlook and The Westlie.

I think the builder did a great job setting prices that will attract buyers to an area they aren’t used to seeing modern condos, which I will detail next…

On-Paper vs In-Person

The 2 BR/2 BA units range from $485k-$575k with monthly fees under $350 and the 3 BR/2 BA units range from $815k-$995k with monthly fees under $530. All units include parking and the fees cover all utilities except for TV and internet. For details on floor plans, pricing, availability and more you can visit the Pierce Court website.

When I initially reviewed the project on-paper, the square footage jumped out at me. With the 2 BR’s at 702 sq. ft.-870 sq. ft. and 3 BR’s at 1127 sq.ft.-1261 sq. ft., I was concerned about how buyers would receive that amount of space — would it be enough?

Once I had a chance to see the units in-person I was sincerely impressed with the layouts and how the space was used. The way it’s designed for functional space feels like there’s an extra 20-25% more square feet in each unit.

When you add in the large, usable outdoor space and low condo fee, I think the builder is delivering incredible value to the market and this building will stimulate more development in the neighborhood.

Say Hello at the Launch Party or Private Tour

We are hosting a public launch party at Pierce Court (1245 N. Pierce Street) on Thursday, November 8 from 3-7 p.m. I’ll be there the entire time and would love a chance to meet readers! We’ll have light snacks, beer and wine for you to either celebrate or drown away the results of the mid-terms! Please RSVP online if you think you’ll make it.

If you can’t make it to the launch party, the model unit (unit #1, a 2 BR with huge private terrace) and on-site sales office opened on Sunday and will keep regular hours Tuesday through Sunday.

You can also schedule a private tour online or directly with me by emailing me at [email protected]. I’m happy to share my personal thoughts on which units I think will sell the fastest and offer the best value, just shoot me an email and we can meet or find time for a call.

If you’d like a question answered in my weekly column, please send an email to [email protected]. To read any of my older posts, visit the blog section of my website at www.EliResidential.com. Call me directly at (703) 539-2529.

Eli Tucker is a licensed Realtor in Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland with Real Living At Home, 2420 Wilson Blvd #101 Arlington, VA 22201, (202) 518-8781.


The Chew: Separation Anxiety in Dogs

The following bi-weekly column is written and sponsored by Bark + Boarding, which provides a heart-centered and safe environment for your pets. Conveniently located at 5818-C Seminary Road in Bailey’s Crossroads, Bark & Boarding offers doggy daycare, boarding, grooming, walking and training services, plus in-home pet care.

by Chelsea Pennington, Bark + Boarding Writer and Animal Enthusiast

Getting a new dog can be exciting but what do you do if you realize your new pooch hates being home alone? Howling, destructive behaviors and urinating in the house are all habits no one wants in their pet, but there can be a simple explanation: separation anxiety.

Being aware of this common trait in dogs can help you identify the signs and get the help your pet needs so that you can both feel relaxed whenever you leave home.

There is no single defined cause of separation anxiety, which can make it hard to diagnose. Potential causes usually stem from a major life change, such as a new owner, moving to a new residence, a shift in their regular schedule or a missing household member, perhaps due to death or moving away.

Separation anxiety in dogs can manifest in a variety of ways. Common signs include excessive barking or howling, destructive acts like chewing furniture or scratching at doors and urinating in the house. Sometimes the signs aren’t as obvious, like intense pacing or excessive drooling, panting or salivation. If the dog is confined, separation anxiety may also cause him or her to try and escape, whether by digging if outdoors or clawing at their cage.

If your dog is displaying any of these symptoms, it’s important to first rule out some other potential causes. Incontinence might be a result of a number of medical problems, old age or lack of training. Boredom can also be a cause of destructive behavior.

Be sure your pup has plenty of toys left out for them to play with when you leave, so that they always have something to do. Try using interactive toys that allow you to hide a treat inside for the dog to find to keep them occupied.

Howling or barking can be caused by triggers in the environment, like a new sound or something they see through the window. If this is the cause, it will often happen whether or not the owner is home.

If you determine that your dog is suffering from separation anxiety, there are several measures you can take to help. Ensure that your dog has had the opportunity to expel some energy prior to leaving. When you do leave, don’t make a big deal out of it, if you act as if leaving is normal it helps your dog get the message that it’s all part of a standard routine.

If this doesn’t work, you can also mix up your ‘going away’ signals. Use a different door, put on your coat and shoes but don’t leave immediately, or keep your keys, purse or shoes in a new location. The goal is to change the fact that your dog associates these behaviors with leaving, causing them to get anxious before you even step out the door.

You can also help relieve separation anxiety by giving them a distraction. Leaving them with a toy, particularly something like a Kong with peanut butter, helps them not notice you leaving. You can also leave a radio or TV playing while you’re gone. The sound of human voices has often been shown to help calm down anxious dogs while their owners are away.

If you’ve tried working with your pup and are still seeing signs of separation anxiety there are many over-the-counter, prescription or all natural supplements that may help. Pheromone collars and/or diffusers, like Adaptil, send calming messages to your dog helping them relax in stressful situations.

Supplements, like NaturVet’s Quiet Moments Calming Aid, use all-natural ingredients like tryptophan & melatonin to help your pup in times of stress. Many vets now recommend CBD oil, which can be put directly in the dog’s mouth or come in treat form to help relieve anxiety.

If all else fails, talk to your vet about starting your dog on an anti-anxiety or anti-depressant.  Remember that none of these are a magic fix and should be combined with training to ensure the best possible results.

If your dog is struggling to overcome separation anxiety, bringing them to doggy daycare is also a good solution. At daycare your dog spends time with other dogs and humans all day long, keeping them far too busy to experience separation anxiety.

Looking for more tips, interested in adorable pet pics or just want to get more information on what we do? Stay connected with Bark + Boarding on FacebookInstagram and our website.

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Mention this article for a free evaluation and click here to sign up for one today. If you have a question about your pet, feel free to come in or email [email protected] any time.


Cutting-Edge Tech Company Two Six Labs Expands in Ballston

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Sponsored by Monday Properties and written by ARLnow.comStartup Monday is a weekly column that profiles Arlington-based startups and their founders, plus other local technology happenings. The Ground Floor, Monday’s office space for young companies in Rosslyn, is now open. The Metro-accessible space features a 5,000-square-foot common area that includes a kitchen, lounge area, collaborative meeting spaces, and a stage for formal presentations.

There’s some cool stuff going on inside Two Six Labs, a security technology company based in Ballston.

Two Six Labs works in research and development, primarily with the Department of Defense and other government agencies like DARPA. The company’s offices are a mix of segmented workspaces and mechanical workshops.

The company was founded in 2010 as tech company Invincea’s lab group. The group moved to Ballston in 2013 to be closer to the government clients. In early 2017 the group broke away from Invincea and took on its new name.

Chris Greamo, President and CEO of Two Six Labs, said the group is currently almost entirely supported by government contracts. Over the next few years, Greamo said one of his goals is to shift that balance to about 60 percent supported by government contracts and thirty percent by commercial ones, typically with a private sector variant of the technology developed for government use.

One recent example is Sigma, a low-cost radiation monitoring device. Greamo referenced the unexploded pipe bombs sent across the country last week and said his nightmare would be a radiological version of those bombs. Greamo said enough of them scattered across a wide area can provide a comprehensive net of coverage to catch those types of threats

“Imagine if every police car could monitor for those types of threats,” said Greamo.

DARPA’s contract with Two Six Labs also allows the company to retain the rights to their products, meaning Sigma will soon be commercially available to hospitals or large stadiums.

There was talk that DARPA might leave Ballston, but when the organization stayed Two Six Labs doubled down on their presence in the area. Greamo said the group had continued to grow and expand at its current location on the fourth floor of The Ellipse (4350 Fairfax Drive) but eventually reached a point where they were too large for the building.

Last Wednesday (Oct. 24) the company announced it would be moving to Ballston Metro Center at 901 N. Stuart Street, increasing from 19,000 to 29,798 square feet.

The group has also expanded across the country, with offices in Mount Laurel, San Antonio, Austin and Tacoma, but Ballston remains the central location for the company. Greamo also said the group is hoping to expand in the region and is looking for a new office in Northern Virginia because many employees are finding the commute untenable. Greamo said the group is looking at Reston in particular, likely avoiding Tysons because of the area’s reputation for heavy traffic.


The Top 3 Dog Parks in Arlington

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Arlington’s neighborhoods are packed with condos and high-rise apartments, but dogs without backyards have an abundance of dog parks nearby. We researched Arlington dog parks to bring you the top 3 where dogs and owners alike can socialize! Watch for our article coming soon to ARLnow.

Posted by Keri Shull Team on Friday, October 26, 2018

Like most of us, dogs love fresh air, sunshine and room to stretch out.

Arlington’s neighborhoods are packed with condos and high-rise apartments, but dogs without backyards still have three excellent dog parks nearby. These are all places where you can let your dog run off leash and play with other dogs while you get to know your neighbors.

Taking your dog to the dog park might even help reduce the costs of veterinary care — like us, dogs are healthier when they’re well-exercised and have time to socialize. Young dogs need an outlet for their abundant energy, while older dogs can be taken to the park and motivated to play with younger dogs.

In the video above, Keri Shull and Drew Carpenter of the Keri Shull Team break down the top three dog parks in Arlington. All of these dog parks stand within easy reach of popular Arlington residential and business areas.

3. Shirlington Park — Shirlington

Location: 2754-2798 S Oakland Street, alongside the Four Mile Run Trail. Parking is easy to find here.

Shirlington park is natural and grassy, with many areas to run. One advantage of Shirlington dog park is that the smaller dogs and larger dogs have separate play areas, so your pug won’t have to dodge the massive mitts of a Newfoundland.

2. Glencarlyn Dog Park — Glencarlyn

Location: 301 S Harrison Street, northwest of Shirlington Dog Park, also located along theFour Mile Run Trail.

Glencarlyn dog park offers free parking.

Glencarlyn is the best of these dog parks to visit if you also have children who want to run and play. It’s a beautiful park with picnic tables, a playground, an off-leash dog park area and a stream. Glencarlyn is strung with trails for biking and jogging. There’s even a “learning loop” where wobbly young bicyclists can practice their skills.

1. James Hunter Park — Clarendon

Location: 1299 North Herndon Street, this is right in the heart of downtown Arlington.

Clarendon’s James Hunter Park features a solar-powered stone waterfall pool for dogs to cool off in during the dog days of Arlington summers. This fountain runs about three seasons of the year, then closes in the wintertime.

This park is completely enclosed by a fence, so dogs can run off-leash without escaping. Unique sound paneling muffles the dog noise so nearby high-rise neighbors aren’t disturbed by raucous dogs.

This dog park is locally a bit infamous for costing $1.8 million to construct.

Parking can be a little more difficult to find here than at the Shirlington or Glencarlyn dog parks, but if James Hunter Park is within a 30-minute walk of your house or condo in Arlington, this is a park your dog will love, especially during the summer.

Dog’s Choice

What’s your dog’s favorite dog park in Arlington? How can you tell? Let us know in the comments!


Flying Colors: Fallin’ for Fall

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Flying Colors is a sponsored column on the hobby of backyard bird feeding written by Michael Zuiker, owner of the Wild Birds Unlimited store at the Lee Harrison Shopping Center. Visit the store at 2437 N. Harrison Street or call 703-241-3988.

Aaahhhhhh. It is the best season of the year. The birds are singing. The bees are humming. The flowers are blooming. Couples are snuggling. The candy shaped hearts are filling…

Oh Wait! Wrong Season.

This is the best time of the year. The birds are flocking. The flowers are going to harvest and seed. Candy looks more like bats and monsters. But, hey couples are still snuggling in the brutally fierce cold north winds blowing down from the Canadian Provinces. It is the perfect time to “fall for fall!”

With trees putting on a rainbow show of colors, the bright blue skies, the crimson sunsets and glorious brilliant golden sunrises, how can you not embrace this fantastic season?

In addition to natures colorful show, your birds are ever more active in your yards. They are in tune to the changes and are adapting their schedules to ensure they will survive.

We have it easy. The temperatures drop and we put on another coat or sweater or both. When it gets dark we go inside and snuggle up to the fireplace and a good book. The wild birds in your yards are not so lucky. Well, depending on what is on TV, they may be luckier than us. But their nights are longer and colder and they must eat a lot to survive.

To do so, they will find the good places to forage for food. This could be a large field with wild flowers and shrubs going to seed and fruit. Truth is, you do not see those fields very much around here anymore. So, the birds have to find other reliable places to go to get the food they need to survive.

This is where your restaurants come in. When you set up your feeding stations and keep them filled with “fresh, high fat foods”, the birds will set those up as their winter-feeding stations. The birds will know that those feeders will give them a source for high energy foods they need.

Does this mean you can’t take a week off and go to Miami to play in the surf? No, you can. The birds will not become dependent on only one source of food to sustain themselves. Birds will have multiple feeding stations around your neighborhood, as long as they exist, and forage at all of them. Yet you will insure that you get many visitors of different species by keeping your feeding stations full.

Remember, very soon, your backyard birds will be out in the cold nights for 12 hours. That is a long time to burn of their food that they were able to find during the shorter hours of the day. Less flying around to find food and more readily accessible high-quality food close by gives the birds a much better chance to survive the winter.

Many of our customers say that all is their favorite season. If you are one of them, then we say “fall for fall!” Get out and play — maybe not this weekend with the impending Nor’ Easter! Instead, fill up your feeders and help your wild birds get the food they need to weather this storm.

Until October 31, Wild Birds Unlimited is having our Fall Bird Food Sale! All of our 20 lb. bags of premium blends and seeds are 15% off. Daily Savings Club members will receive an additional 5% off.

If you want to learn more about becoming a DSC member, ask an associate for details. Stock up before the nasty weather and get those feeders filled. The entertainment of watching your birds will have your “fallin for fall!”


Open Houses in Arlington This Weekend

Looking for a home? There are plenty of houses and condos open for viewing this weekend.

Check out the Arlington Realty website for a full list of homes for sale and open houses in Arlington. Here are a few highlights:

3013 N. Dickerson Street
7 bed/5 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: McEnearney Associates, Inc.
Listed: $2,399,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.


2402 N. Potomac Street
3 bed/2 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $989,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.


4825 N. Little Falls Road
4 bed/2 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Optime Realty
Listed: $819,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.


4125 36th Street S.
3 bed/2 bath villa/townhouse
Agent: Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Penfed Realty
Listed: $619,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.


851 N. Glebe Road #1721
1 bed/1 bath condo
Agent: Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $515,000
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.


1205 N. Garfield Street #810
1 bed/1 bath condo
Agent: Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $459,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.


4600 S. Four Mile Run Drive #303
3 bed/2 bath condo
Agent: Century 21 Redwood Realty
Listed: $299,900
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.


Just Listed in Arlington

Just Listed highlights Arlington properties that just came on the market within the past week. This feature is written and sponsored by Team Cathell, “Your Orange Line Specialists.”

Arlington’s real estate market maintained its fall pace this week with 65 new listings and 52 ratified contracts.

Some 17 of those sold within just seven days including three homes priced well over $1 million. And many homes sold that had been on the market for over 200 days helping to clear out some old inventory. But that raised the Days on Market to 59, the highest we’ve seen in months.

Overall, Arlington’s real estate market has slowed about 10% from last year. While prices have inched up slightly, the number of transactions is down. And it’s not just Arlington. This is showing up as a national trend. The slowdown in housing could be why Wall Street has taken a less optimistic view of the economy and why the Dow has lost 8.5% in value this month.

The good news is that interest rates remained unchanged with no increases. The most prevalent current rate is 5% with no points. When shopping for a loan, be sure to ask about how many points is built in to their interest rate. Most lenders quote a rate but include at least 1/2 point as an upfront cost of the loan.

Click here to see all the fresh new inventory in MRIS and call Team Cathell (703-975-2500) when you find a home you like.


Boring Title: What Makes Us Different

Title insurance is boring, but Allied Title & Escrow is here to decode the jargon and make it (somewhat) more interesting. This biweekly feature will explore the mundane (but very necessary!) world of title insurance while sharing interesting stories of two friends’ entrepreneurial careers.

Who needs words? Here is a quick 1 minute video about Allied Title & Escrow and why they are different than other settlement companies.


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