Pre-Market Source: Feb. 7

Every week the Eli Residential Group scours our network for pre-market or off-market homes to give home buyers and investors access to properties they can’t find anywhere else online.

If you are interested in a property you see here, have specific needs you cannot find on the market or would like your pre-market or off-market property featured for a half million local readers on PoPville or ARLnow, please click here to contact us.

2 BR/2 BA condo in Rosslyn
Description: 1,100 sq. ft. 2 BR/2 BA + parking. New floors, hvac and more. Newer building w/gym + front desk. Walk to Rosslyn Metro.
Price: $675,000


2 BR+Den/2 BA in Clarendon
Description: 1,425 sq. ft. 2 BR+Den/2 BA + parking. Newer boutique building. Quiet residential street on edge of Clarendon. Walk to downtown Clarendon + Metro.
Price: $800,000


Custom Home Walkable to Westover
Description: 6,000+sq. ft. 6 BR/4.5 BA + 2 car garage. 1/3 acre private lot with in-ground pool. Walk to Westover or East Falls Church Metro.
Price: $1,575,000



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To view all of our pre-market and off-market properties, visit the pre-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: Henri

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This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Henri, a French bulldog who enjoys a good snuggle.

Here’s what his owner, Liz, had to say on his behalf:

Hello! My name is Henri and I’m a French Bulldog living in Arlington! I just turned three in April. I’m not too into physical activity, more so into snuggling on the sofa with my momma! I love sitting in my backyard in all the sunny spots, chasing squirrels, and short walks (very short walks). My all time favorite activity, however, is eating. There is not a food I don’t like! I love all snacks, treats, and table scraps. My mom calls me a champion beggar.

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.


Small Biz Focus: State of The Arlington Coworking Market

This column is written by Alex Taylor and sponsored by Arlington Economic Development‘s Business Investment Group.

Over the last decade, coworking spaces and related concepts have taken the commercial real estate sector by storm.

What used to be a niche industry focusing primarily on executive suites and conference facilities quickly became accessible to everyone from tech entrepreneurs and home-based businesses to major corporations looking for short-term, flexible space to service a multitude of different business opportunities.

Each space offers unique amenities tailored to a certain clientele, and while many in the commercial real estate industry remain skeptical of market saturation, others have come to believe coworking is here to stay as an important asset to the business community.

Surprisingly, the Washington, D.C. region has been one of the slowest markets to adopt coworking. In the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area only 0.5% of commercial office space is leased by coworking firms, compared to 3.5% in Austin, 3.0% in Seattle and 2.5% in New York City (New Knight Frank). Part of the reason for this is the nature of the entities doing business.

The federal government and its related contractors, lobbyists and law firms still cherish large swaths of private office space for varying reasons, often regarding security. Although the D.C. region has had a slow start in gaining traction for this alternative work environment, demand for coworking space could quickly pick up with the arrival of Amazon and the continued diversification of the economy toward more technical and innovative industries.

Back in 2015, Arlington Economic Development aided in recruiting 1776 and Eastern Foundry, two early entrants into the coworking space, in an effort to foster the growth of early-stage and fast-growing startups in Arlington.

The idea was to create an environment that provided the resources and office stock to meet the budgetary and business needs of the companies that were to be the future of our economy. Arlington’s commercial office market now features 21 coworking spaces, not including offerings like flexible spaces and speculative suites that developers and building managers are introducing to the flexible work environment.

As individuals and companies look to utilize space differently, coworking facilities are offering a convenient alternative to those who find themselves between “starting out of the garage” and signing a long-term lease. The ability to showcase a wide variety of real estate options allows Arlington to recruit the rapidly growing companies which will eventually require larger, long-term spaces and feed Arlington’s tax base.

As Arlington recruits nationally and internationally, coworking stock continues to be an important selling point to companies looking to make soft entries into our business ecosystem. It allows companies to ‘test the market’ while giving themselves time to find a permanent space should they be successful.

As the definition of coworking continues to grow and adapt, the void these spaces fill in the office market continues to be an invaluable asset as we build a more diverse, forward-thinking economy.


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.

Where is the best place to live in Virginia?

Arlington, duh.

Well, in addition to our very well-formed opinion, the folks at niche.com named Arlington the No.1 place to live in the Commonwealth in 2018.

And, we’re not going anywhere in 2019.

The rankings were based on nearly 20 different factors, including higher education, cost of living, housing, public schools, diversity, crime and safety and outdoor activities. Part of what makes our part of the state so spectacular to call home are its charming neighborhoods and unique living quarters, all of which are grounded in all Arlington has to offer.

So, when you’re ready to explore the No. 1 place to live in Virginia, our team is ready to help you GET MORE out of your real estate search.

As of February 4, there are 105 detached homes, 14 townhouses and 94 condos for sale throughout Arlington County. In total, 11 homes experienced a price reduction in the past week:

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.


Virginia Tech MBA Programs Offered in Arlington and Falls Church

Since 1969, Virginia Tech has served local residents, government and industry in the National Capital Region. It now boasts more than 45 graduate degree and certificate programs, as well as many laboratories and research centers, spread across the region from Alexandria to Leesburg.

Among those degree offerings, the Pamplin College of Business offers two different MBA program options that serve working professionals looking to advance their careers without leaving the workforce.

The Evening MBA program option provides students with maximum flexibility while still allowing them to choose their timeline for completion and focus their studies in an area of particular importance to their career.

Classes take place at the Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Center, which is adjacent to the West Falls Church Metro station and convenient to I-495 and I-66.

In 2018, the Evening MBA program was named one of the top 20 part-time MBA programs nationwide by U.S. News & World Report for a fourth consecutive year.

The Executive MBA program option offers an accelerated, cohort-based option for mid-career professionals. The cohorts meet bi-monthly for weekend classes at the Virginia Tech Research Center in Ballston.

The curriculum focuses on leadership and strategic management in a global environment with an emphasis on business analytics, innovation and globalization.

Graduates of both the Evening and Executive MBA programs create lasting professional connections and join the university’s vast alumni network in the D.C. Metro area to help advance their careers both now and in the future.

To learn more about the Virginia Tech MBA Programs, visit mba.vt.edu or register to attend an upcoming information session.


Ask Eli: I’m Moving into a Dirty House

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: What obligations does a seller have on the condition and cleanliness of a home when it transfers ownership?

Answer: Many sellers apply The Golden Rule of treating others how you wish to be treated and convey their home in the condition they’d like to move into a home. Unfortunately, this rule isn’t a contractual obligation so let’s take a look at what the contract states and some common points of contention.

Contract Language on Property Condition

The Northern Virginia contract states that the “Seller will deliver Property free and clear of trash and debris, broom clean and in substantially the same physical condition to be determined as of [Select One] Date of Offer, Date of Home Inspection, or Other [as defined in contract].”

If you’re doing a home inspection, use the home inspection as the date of determination because there’s a documented property condition report.

All systems, finishes and fixtures convey in as-is condition as of the time period selected in the previous statement, unless otherwise noted in the contract. Electronic components/devices don’t convey, but all related mounts and hardware do (e.g. TV goes, the wall mount does not).

Your Final Walk-Thru 

The final walk-thru is your opportunity to catch any property condition issues before they become your problem. Once you sign the paperwork any leaks, holes in the wall, or faulty systems are yours to deal with.

While the contract allows you to do a walk-thru as early as seven days before settlement, I recommend doing it just before you sign the paperwork to reduce risk.

Common Points of Contention

Pre-Existing Condition — During the final walk-thru you find a hole in the wall that was previously covered up by a large piece of furniture. If the hole existed prior to the contract, the seller has no contractual obligation to address it.

If a faulty water heater leaks and causes damage in the basement, the seller must clean up the leak and repair any damage the leak caused, but likely won’t be obligated to replace the faulty water heater.

Get it? The seller’s obligations revert back to the as-is condition at the point in time stated in the contract (date of offer, date of inspection, or some other defined time), unless a separate addendum is created that provides other direction.

Clean or Dirty — Broom clean doesn’t mean “clean” in the way most buyers want to arrive to their new home, so plan to hire professional cleaners prior to moving in. On the other hand, it’s normal for sellers to leave behind paint, lawn tools and cleaning supplies.

You should confirm the buyer wants these prior to leaving them behind or you may be scrambling to clear them out at the last minute to remove “trash and debris.”

Nails and Screws — Do you have a bunch of nails and screws left in the wall after removing photos, art and shelving? Leave those in place otherwise buyers can make a case that the physical condition of the home changed due to all the new holes.

Contractual obligations are not what most of us would consider the right way of doing business. That’s why I stress maintaining a positive relationship between all parties during negotiations so that when something unexpected comes up, it’s handled with care and consideration instead of contractual force.

For those who subscribe to the business practice of brute force [ahem Roger Stone], I suggest picking up a copy of Ron Shapiro’s “The Power of Nice.”

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.


5 Reasons to Register for the DC Bike Ride

DC Bike Ride is back on May 18 and we promise you don’t want to miss it!

The DC Bike Ride is the region’s only car-free, closed-road, recreational bike ride event. It’s the only time of the year you’ll be able to cruise through the streets of DC completely car-free and at your own pace while enjoying music, food and fun along the way.

Still not convinced? Here are 5 reasons to register for the DC Bike Ride:

  1. You’ll see some of DC’s most iconic buildings from an entirely new perspective and completely car-free.
  2. One-up your Instagram followers and snap epic photos with the DC skyline as a backdrop.
  3. It’s not a race. Enjoy the scenery and course at your own speed. All riding abilities are welcome and you don’t need to own a bike to join the fun — we’ve got you and your whole squad covered with plenty of bike rentals available.
  4. Enjoy a perfect spring day outdoors with your friends and family.
  5. After the ride, dance to some live music, munch on some amazing food from your favorite food trucks and enjoy free giveaways and fun at the Finish Festival.

Register now before the price increases on March 1.

Kids ages 3 to 7 are ALWAYS FREE and youth ages 8 to 17 are ALWAYS 50% OFF. Join us on Saturday May 18 and let the fun times roll!

Find us on social media @dcbikeride on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information visit www.dcbikeride.com


The Chew: Benefits of CBD for Pets

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

If you’ve ever had a dog that gets nervous around thunderstorms or a cat struggling with arthritis, you know that pets often have problems that we want to fix, but they seem unsolvable.

As owners, it is hard to see your pet suffering and feel powerless to help. For some health troubles, however, there may be a new solution: CBD.

What, exactly, is CBD? Its longer name is cannabidiol, and it is a compound found in the cannabis plant, which, yes, is primarily associated with marijuana. Perhaps the most important thing to note is that CBD won’t get your pet high. Cannabis has another compound, called tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.

It is the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana and what leads to the high for humans. Even though it comes from the same plant, CBD does not have psychoactive effects on humans or animals, and it is becoming used more frequently for health issues in humans. Recently, vets have begun realizing it can be helpful for animals as well.

CBD Can Help Reduce Anxiety

If your dog barks excessively, exhibits destructive behavior, or seems overly restless whenever you leave the house, there is a high chance they’re suffering from separation anxiety.

Just like in humans, CBD can help relieve anxiety so your dog can be calmer when you’re not home. It can also help reduce anxiety associated with noise phobias, so that your dog won’t cower every time there’s a thunderstorm or fireworks nearby.

CBD Can Treat Seizures and Epilepsy

This is a common use for CBD in humans, but pets can also suffer from seizures, and CBD can help. There are other medicines often prescribed to help animals with seizure activity, but these can be harmful to their liver and may not always work.

CBD Relieves Pain

It is well-reported that CBD has been effective against various types of pain, including inflammation and nerve-related pain. It can also help alleviate the effects of arthritis, helping with joint and mobility pain.

CBD Can Help with Appetite and Nausea

Although humans often report getting the “munchies” during or after consuming marijuana, your pet doesn’t have to get high to feel this effect. If your furry friend isn’t showing much appetite, CBD can help get them to eat. It’s also been shown to help with vomiting and nausea, even when toxins or drugs cause these symptoms.

CBD Might Help Fight Cancer

Preliminary studies and anecdotal evidence have suggested that CBD can have an anti-tumor effect, stopping cancerous cells from growing and increasing tumor cell death by blocking their ability to produce energy.

It’s important to remember that the effects of CBD are still being studied, particularly as they relate to animals. Not every company that offers CBD for pets is trustworthy, so always be sure to do your research before buying a product for your pet. Since CBD is still not legal at the federal level, in most states veterinarians aren’t allowed to bring up the topic with their patients.

But if you think CBD might be helpful to your pet, don’t be afraid to talk to your vet about it. If you do decide to try CBD, it’s crucial to purchase products specifically made for animals. Human CBD products often still contain small amounts of THC.

While this compound produces a high for humans, for animals it can be toxic, even in the small doses found in human CBD products. CBD may not turn out to be the magic cure-all for every problem our pets have, but for many owners, it offers them another way to help their furry best friends.

CBD can be easily administered to your pet in treat or liquid form. Treats are a more appetizing option, however, the liquid drops option can provide easier ways to administer various dosages. Come in to Bark + Boarding and mention this article for 15% off Suzie’s CBD Treats or Drops.

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Rosslyn ‘Microbusiness’ Sees Both Rewards and Challenges With Small Size

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.

All That Yazz, a relatively new, Rosslyn-based soap business has managed to capture the sights, sounds and, most of all, smells of workspaces in Arlington.

An offering of the small business is the “Executive Soap,” named for the contractors, consultants and government workers who make Arlington, Arlington.

“It smells like power. It smells like corporate power. Which is ironic because it is a homemade soap,” said Yasmine Bandali-Alvarado, owner of All That Yazz.

It captures that whiff of air in the wake of a coworker passing your desk to take care of something, she said.

But the one-woman, two-year-old operation has few things in common with the high-rise offices around it.

With microbusinesses come micro budgets. Plus, artists like her have challenges in running a business because they have to put a damper on their creative side in favor of thinking strategy, profit and the bottom line, she said. 

“It’s good to be creative, but then, how do you sell it; how do you advertise it; how do you know what people are looking for?” she said. “Without that business side, it’s just a piece of art.”

All that Yazz offers 18 soaps, most of which are vegan, but some are made with goat and even camel milk.

“It’s a very luxurious soap — the camel’s milk is a notch above the goat’s milk,” Bandali-Alvarado said.

All the soaps are environmentally friendly; they’re free of palm oil, which has come under fire from conservationists because its production can negatively impact local ecosystems, she said.

Farmers burn harvested palm trees to plant new ones, creating smoke and contributing to global warming, Bandali-Alvarado said. Wildlife living in palm tree plantations is driven out, sometimes into the hands of poachers. Bandali-Alvarado was raised in Kenya, giving her an especially deep appreciation of the issue.

“This is really a big part of why I am so passionate about the soaps,” she said. “It’s a much deeper issue and it offers the consumer an alternative.”

Like many such businesses, All That Yazz relies on local festivals to reach customers. There are enough events in Arlington, but the organizers should focus more on the microbusiness vendors, she said.

Bandali-Alvarado’s friend Tineshia Willett, the owner of custom head wrap microbusiness, The Nicole Renee Collection, said she’s had similar experiences with festivals in the D.C. metro area.

“The majority of them are disorganized. To me, they just want the money (from the vendors),” said Willett, a Crystal City resident. “The person who is organizing it is late and it’s their cousin, their momma — the baby — running it.”

Even before they reach an event, there’s a problem, the women said. The owner has to first earn back the vendor fee and the cost of production before turning a profit, Bandali-Alvarado said.

Mary-Claire Burick, president of the Rosslyn Business Improvement District (BID) said a hallmark of the organization is its business engagement program, which connects businesses and helps with marketing even for small businesses like All That Yazz.

“Organizations like ours are critical, especially for small businesses,” Burick said. It offers some 200 events a year and access to its marketing channels.

“Networking is just key,” Bandali-Alvarado said. “You rely on referrals (because) usually the cost of advertising is too high.”

Photos of soap and Yasmine Bandali-Alvarado courtesy of All That Yazz


Neighborhood Spotlight: Infiltrate Evil Corporations and Decipher Ancient Mysteries at 5 Wits in Ballston

5 Wits in Arlington: Ballston Neighborhood Spotlight

The Keri Shull Team takes you inside 5 Wits’s new location in Ballston Quarter in Arlington! 5 Wits offers hands-on adventures full of cool special effects, compelling cinematic stories, and unlockable secrets. Along the way you’ll solve puzzles, discover secret passages, and receive a score for your group’s performance. Stop by 5 Wits in Ballston Quarter — adventures begin every 15 minutes. 🏃‍♂️🔍🤖👾🚀

Posted by Keri Shull Team on Thursday, January 31, 2019

This content was written and sponsored by The Keri Shull Team, Arlington’s top producing residential real estate team.

In this video, Libby Bish from the Keri Shull Team takes us inside 5 Wits for a sneak peek at its realistic, hands-on adventures!

Like Walking Into a Movie

Walking into a 5 Wits adventure is like walking into a movie: The door closes behind you, and all outside noise falls silent. Atmospheric lights flicker, pulse and glow.

A compelling cinematic story unfolds, complete with special effects. The adventure’s outcome depends on your actions. When the door shuts behind you, you’re transported to another world.

5 Wits is NOT an escape room — each adventure progresses through a series of rooms and passageways, with a goal of earning a high score and unlocking secrets. Escape rooms didn’t begin to take root in the U.S. until 2012 — but 5 Wits was founded in 2004, before the escape room trend hit the U.S. It’s an entirely different approach.

At 5 Wits’s Ballston location, three adventures await you: Espionage, Drago’s Castle and Tomb.

  • In Espionage, you’ll infiltrate an evil corporation by sneaking through the laser security system like a mastery spy and hacking the computer system to unravel their plot.
  • In Drago’s Castle you’ll find your way out of a dungeon and through secret passages. Can you stop the dragon?
  • In Tomb, you’ll explore and decipher an ancient tomb. Can you learn the secret name of the Pharaoh?

More Realistic Than VR

On each adventure you’ll use teamwork to solve puzzles, overcome challenges and dig deeper into the adventure’s secrets. The actions of your group will change both the difficulty and the ending of the story. If you’re struggling, you’ll get clues. If you’re making fast progress, the games will escalate.

At the end of each adventure your group will receive a score from 1-100.

Each adventure has lots of replay value — if you solved the chess puzzle in Espionage last time, your next run-through is going to require a completely different solution to solve. In the second room of Tomb, not only will the solution to the jar puzzle be different each time but Pharaoh will adjust the complexity and the speed of the puzzle to match your group’s skill.

Manager Dawn Charbonneau says that everybody can go to 5 Wits, but “people seven years old and up” are best — because although the games aren’t designed to be scary, kids under seven might still find the noise a little frightening.

Adventures begin every 15 minutes, and take about 30-60 minutes to complete.

5 Wits opens on February 1, 2019 as part of Ballston Quarter in Arlington.

If you enjoyed this post, be sure to watch for our upcoming features as we explore the best entertainment venues Arlington has to offer! If you’re looking to buy or sell a home in the DMV areaThe Keri Shull Team is here to help.


Your Beermonger: Don’t Call It a — No, Wait, I Guess It’s a Comeback

This sponsored column is written by Nick Anderson, beermonger at Arrowine (4508 Lee Highway).

Huh. This is kinda wild, no?

Hello there, denizens of ARLnow.com. It’s been a while. For those of you who weren’t here the first time around, my name is Nick and I used to write a column here back when I was the beer buyer at Arrowine.

Now that I’m back at Arrowine — which I didn’t expect to happen but has been great so far — I’ve been asked to jump back in the pool here, which I really didn’t expect.

So it’s been what, almost four years? How are you all? What’s new? I’m back at my old job but my life couldn’t be more different: I’m a dad now, for one thing, which is awesome.

There are a whole lot of restaurants in Arlington that used to be other restaurants. It’s been nearly whiplash inducing trying to keep up with who has been opening and closing over the last couple years.

The beer scene in our area is a lot different now, too. So. Many. New. Breweries. That’s the story: new breweries popping up in every corner of the area. With new breweries and new releases coming out week after week, it can be a little overwhelming to try to follow along in the era of FOMO.

What hasn’t changed is the continuing hunt for the latest and greatest, the rarities and nerdbait from all over the country — nay, the world. But while it seems these days you can pick up a dozen new IPAs during any given week if you like — and don’t get me wrong, I will not discourage you from doing so — there’s a lot more happening than just Haze.

We’re also seeing a revival of Lager; European brewers finding new/renewed relevance thanks to new means of packaging bringing them to the U.S. in better condition than ever; the rise of the trend-chasing “things that taste like other things” approach in the beer world, some of which are great while others are… less great. (Note: we’re totally getting into Hazy IPAs first, though)

I don’t really know yet where the column is going this time around, which I guess means that hasn’t changed from before either (lolz). I’d like to profile these new local breweries, so you might get to know them better.

I might occasionally “think out loud” about some of the trends we’re seeing in beer, why they might be happening and where they might be going. And, of course, I’ll be profiling beers that I come across as they arrive here at Arrowine, or in my travels, which are notably fewer and further between these days — again, I’m a dad now.

Also, when available, I’ll be jumping back into the comments with you all. Feel free to ask non-cheese-cutting-related questions and I’ll do my best to answer them.

Let’s have some fun, and I’ll see you next time!


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:

4009 23rd Street N.
6 BR/6 BA, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
Listed: $2,300,000
Open: Saturday 12-4 p.m.


1630 N. Kirkwood Road
4 BR/2 BA, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Keller William Realty
Listed: $1,000,000
Open: Saturday 1-3 p.m.


3625 10th Street N. #505
2 BR/2 BA, 1 half bath condo
Agent: Washington Fine Properties, Llc.
Listed: $919,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.


3409 Wilson Boulevard #801
2 BR/2 BA condo
Agent: Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $814,999
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.


1111 19th Street N. #1909
1 BR/1 BA condo
Agent: Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $530,000
Open: Sunday 1:30-3:30 p.m.


4821 29th Street S.
2 BR/2 BA condo
Agent: Century 21 Redwood Realty
Listed: $489,900
Open: Saturday 12-2 p.m.


5041 7th Road S. #102
2 BR/1 BA, 1 half bath condo
Agent: Samson Properties
Listed: $285,000
Open: Sunday 12-3 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.”

While Arlington shivers in its coldest temperatures in a decade, home buyers are warmed up and ratifying contracts.

The cold didn’t stop 45 buyers from purchasing homes this week. But home sellers seemed intimidated, listing only 39 properties. This does not help our problem of low inventory. Arlington currently has only 197 homes actively for sale.

At the current rate of absorption, that’s only 1.1 months of supply. This is the lowest level of inventory I have witnessed since the crazy days of 2004. We should start to see this kind of pressure pushing prices higher which is not good news for buyers.

But the Federal Reserve this week delivered some good news that it will hold off raising the short-term bank rate until further notice. That gave Wall Street a bump, lowered yields on U.S. Treasuries and pushed mortgage rates down a few basis points to about 4.5% for a 30-yr fixed rate.

The Fed said it wasn’t as concerned about inflation but is watching “global economic developments.” It lowered its assessment of U.S. economic growth from “strong” to “solid.”

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.


Arlington Pet of the Week: Otis

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This week’s Arlington Pet of the Week is Otis, a pug in Clarendon who isn’t particularly fond of other dogs but does love a good swim.

Here’s what his owner, Melissa, had to say:

Otis is a sweet, stately, seven-year-old pug gentleman rescued from Hagerstown, Md. He and his little pug sister, Tater Tots, live in Clarendon and are frequent visitors to the James Hunter Dog Park.

Otis prefers to tinkle on every wall, tree, and ParkMobile pay station under the sun rather than socialize with other dogs at the park, but always enjoys friendly scritches and “AWWW!”s from gaggles of Clarendonites who catch him and his sister out on their nightly walk on the town.

Otis, unlike most snorting, potato-shaped dogs, LOVES to swim! He bounds around in creeks, streams, rivers, and the occasional large brown dog park puddle. Otis has one favorite toy: a small squeaky tennis ball (as normal sized tennis balls are too big for his miniature maw) and loves to snuggle with his mama. Catch the continued adventures of Otis and Tater Tots on their instagram @cannedstarfish and see you at the park!

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.


Small Biz Focus: 2019 Trends for Entrepreneurs

This column is sponsored by BizLaunch, a division of Arlington Economic Development.

By Tara Palacios

Want to be your own boss?  Tired of the day-to-day grind? Do you have dreams of launching your invention dancing in your head?

Starting a business is not an easy endeavor.

However, keep in mind these latest trends in 2019, as you prepare to launch:

1. Add Experiential Marketing — Experiential marketing is a small business trend that is growing in popularity. Providing your customers with a unique and fun engagement with your brand helps to instill loyalty. It could be as simple as having your customers interact with the naming of a product or service or interactive social media campaigns. Remember to stay on brand, and not get off message.

2. Provide Excellent Customer Service — Excellent Customer service is key to differentiating your business from the competition. In today’s fast-paced world where everything moves at a lightening speed, many businesses forget to provide the best customer service through each touch with their customers. This trend never grows old. Ensure your staff as well as management is trained on how to provide the best customer service experience.

3. Build Sustainable Relationships — Although there are mobile apps for just about everything, and a ton of transactions occur online versus at the mall — old fashioned relationships where everyone knows your name is priceless. We buy from those we trust. Trust is earned through interaction. Expand your network, and build relationships every day.

4. Encourage Employee Happiness — Unemployment is at an all-time low. How do you retain talent and ensure your staff is engaged at all times? Create and maintain programs to ensure your employees are happy. Studies show that when employees are happy daily productivity is boosted by 10-25%.

5. Incorporate Social Entrepreneurship — Social entrepreneurship is the art of promoting a worthy cause as you build your business. Many small businesses in 2019 incorporate an area of social entrepreneurship whereby they strategize to make a difference in the world. They build social entrepreneurship into their business model. This is a long-term trend, and has no sign of slowing down. Many small businesses are adding social entrepreneurship to their overall strategy as they launch.

6. Understand policies and regulations governing your industry — This trend never gets old. As an entrepreneur before you plan to launch, understand the policies (I.e., national, state and local) that regulate your industry, and could potentially impact the success of your endeavors.

Let’s keep the conversation going! BizLaunch is hosting its bi-annual Starting a Business workshop on Monday, February 11, 2019 at Arlington Public Library, Central. Hear the latest trends in launching a small business, and get all the resources you need to successfully start your endeavors.


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