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By: Lafayette Federal Credit Union

September 14, 2017

Located in the heart of Columbia Heights, the Hiatt is THE place to live in DC! Modern design meets classic elegance in this two bedroom condo. Unique floor plan features quartz countertops, sleek cabinets, and hardwood floors throughout. Dubbed a “Walkers Paradise”, these condos provide everything from restaurants and bars to museums and shopping–all a stone’s throw away! Pets are allowed. Bonus–garage parking is included!

Let Lafayette Federal make this dream a reality by helping you get this new home. Act now and we’ll pay up to three months of your electric bill when you obtain a Lafayette Federal Mortgage Loan! Learn more at www.lfcu.org/power.

We offer a comprehensive mortgage portfolio, including:
• Rates as low as 3.043% APR*
• First-time Homebuyers Programs
• FHA/VA Mortgage Loans
• Fixed Rate and Adjustable Rate Mortgage Loans
• Interest-Only Options
• No Closing Cost Options
• In-House Loan Servicing

Learn more about this property at www.lfcu.org/hiatt.

*APR = Annual Percentage Rate. APR as of September 14, 2017 and is subject to change without notice. Advertised rate is based on First Trust Mortgage Loan with a rate that can increase or decrease annually. Other programs and loan options available. Must be eligible for membership. $50 minimum balance required to open and earn 0.10% APY** on Lafayette Federal share savings account balances. $5 minimum balance required to open and earn 0.025% APY** on Lafayette Federal checking account balances. **APY=Annual Percentage Yield. Rates current as of 9/1/17. Your savings are federally insured to at least $250,000 by the National Credit Union Administration, an agency of the U.S. government. NMLS #740025 and #189814.

By: Lafayette Federal Credit Union

September 14, 2017

Purchasing a home can be confusing and overwhelming. What is the difference between a prequalification and a pre-approval? What makes up closing cost fees? These are just two examples of common questions that are not fully understood by the average homebuyer. Doing your homework before you buy a home is key.

Thankfully, there is help. Lafayette Federal has partnered with DC Refined to explain what you need to know when you’re ready to purchase. The following article outlines and explains some major homebuying misconceptions: http://dcrefined.com/the-home/the-5-most-frequently-misunderstood-things-about-buying-a-home.

By: Studio :: J'han

September 8, 2017

On an ongoing basis, Mrs. J’han — an emerging local artist — is offering individual private art lessons in Northern Virginia at the location of your choice (such as your home) to your children, preteens, and teens, primarily focused on drawing (ink, pencil, graphite, and charcoal) and painting (watercolors, gouache, and acrylics).

These private art lessons are custom designed for the needs of each young artist, to take them from their current level of talent to their most well-developed, through a fun, engaging, and effective process. A materials list will be provided following the end of the first session, with most of the materials available on Amazon.

With full availability on weekends and afterschool availability on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Mrs. J’han can start preparing your young artist to be a great artist, on a schedule that fits your needs.

Contact [email protected] today to setup the first session for only $50/hr!

By: Arlington Thrive

September 6, 2017

Arlington, Virginia – Arlington Thrive will host BBQ, Boots & Bingo on Saturday, September 16, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Columbus Club of Arlington (5115 Little Falls Road, Arlington). The family-friendly event will include picnic fare, moon bounces, face painting, a “selfie station,” a giant Jenga game, bingo, music and more.

Tickets (adult $20; child $10; or family $50) are available on the Arlington Thrive website (arlingtonthrive.org) and at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arlington-thrives-bbq-boots-bingo-tickets-36002576676. The price includes admission to all activities, food, beverages and prizes. Event proceeds will go directly to support Arlington neighbors in need. To volunteer at the event, go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090c45a9ab28ab9-bbqboots, contact [email protected] or call 703-558-0035.

Special thanks goes to BBQ, Boots & Bingo event sponsors, including Presenting Sponsors Arlington Rotary Club and Anonymous; Neighborhood Partners Dominion Energy and Daphne Papamichael; Neighborhood Builders Washington Fine Properties; Good Neighbors American Realty Group, Brock Realty Group, EagleBank, John Marshall Bank, Holiday Inn & Crowne Plaza Arlington, Marymount University, Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company and Kathleen Gilles Seidel; and Supporters Anonymous, Blue 16 Media, Crocker Realty LLC, Erik4Arlington, Ouli, Marla Diaz, Whiteford,Taylor & Preston, The Schneider Family and The Ely Family. Sponsorships are still available; contact [email protected] for more information.

Arlington Thrive is the only nonprofit in Arlington that provides same-day emergency financial assistance for Arlington residents who cannot pay their bills for rent, utilities or medical care. To learn more, go to arlingtonthrive.org.

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By: Ouli

August 10, 2017

Arlington-based software company Dante, announced today, a new option to discover kid’s activities within its consumer-based app, Ouli. The uniquely intelligent, personal concierge app connects consumers to local merchants, events, and community experiences that are personalized based on chosen activities, time, location, history and preferences. The app is available for free download on iOS and Android devices.
The newest search option focuses on a huge demographic in the D.C. Metro area: families. The intent “I Want to Do Something with the Kids,” allows users to discover family-friendly places, events, and other kid-focused activities.

Now in its second year, the app has largely connected consumers to merchants focused on activities like going out to eat, happy hour, farmers markets, community events and more. User feedback showed the high demand to add an option to find things to do with kids. This new intent allows families to not only discover what’s great about their communities, but to include the kids in the fun as well. In addition, they can receive Ouli-exclusive offers to some merchants.
“It’s easy to fall into a routine and do the same things. Eat at the same restaurants, shop at the same stores, go to the same events. This includes taking the kids to do things. With this new intent, users can discover fun new activities to enjoy with the kids while supporting local businesses. For example, they might find a performance by Encore Stage & Studio which is a children’s theater group here in Arlington,” said Pierre Malko, Dante’s CEO. “We are fortunate that this area has a lot of history, educational activities, culture, and community events, but it can be overwhelming to pick something. Ouli takes the stress out of it. The app suggests hyper-local, highly-customized options based on the users’ preferences, history, location, and chosen activity.”
In addition to providing personalized experiences, Ouli helps users make reservations, book a ride, and schedule reminders.
Users can download the app for free on iOS and Android devices. Merchants interested in partnering with the app can contact the team at [email protected]
For more information find us online:
Facebook: Facebook.com/ouliapp
Twitter: @Ouliapp
Instagram: ouli.app
Website: www.ouliapp.com
Contact: [email protected]

By: Lafayette Federal Credit Union

August 8, 2017

Lafayette Federal Credit Union has partnered with The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF), whose mission is to create total, healthy living environments for vulnerable children, youth and families, and the quality of life which empowers their ability to thrive and demonstrate responsibility.

Forty one percent of public school students in the Washington metropolitan area are living in poverty. We are asking for donations from the community to help send these children in NCCF’s programs to school with the materials they need to succeed! Please donate as little or as much you can of the following:

* backpacks
* pencils
* pens
* crayons
* markers
* glue sticks
* scissors
* highlighters
* and more!

Please bring all NEW CONDITION donations to the Crystal City Lafayette Federal Branch by September 5th. Your donation will help further a child’s education!

Crystal City Financial Service Center
2231 Crystal Drive, Suite R150
Arlington, VA 22202

Visit www.lfcu.org/backtoschool for more information.

By: ARLnow.com

August 1, 2017

The Crystal City Business Improvement District has a hit on its hands with its recently revamped weekly event Fridays at the Fountain.

The seasonal, outdoor event is more popular than ever and its schedule has been extended this year.

Last year Fridays at the Fountain was called “Wine in the Water Park” — it’s held at the Crystal City Water Park — and was held every Friday evening in June and September. It attracted a loyal following because it’s a great way to unwind after a long week: a local shop provides beer and wine for purchase while local musicians provide live music.

“The whole idea is it’s a relaxing atmosphere and it’s beautiful,” said Angela Fox, the president and CEO of BID. “Everyone is tired on a Friday — they’re ready to kick back and relax.”

However, frequent attendees of the event began to request that BID make changes. They wanted it to run throughout the summer and into the fall, while the weather was still relatively comfortable. They also suggested that the event start earlier, so that it could be a happy hour for people after they left work.

This year, BID took those suggestions and also renamed the event. The event series is now held from June through October, from 5 to 9 p.m. And Fox explained that it is now called “Fridays at the Fountain” to better reflect the venue — the word “water park,” after all, conjures images of waterslides and lazy rivers, not the relaxing water features that the park actually has.

The changes had the desired effect.

“Attendance for the event, especially when it’s beautiful out, has been phenomenal,” Fox said.

The BID, an ARLnow.com client, also leveraged its advertising relationship with the site to grow attendance this year. Back in May, the BID ran a sponsored “Deal of the Day” feature with ARLnow.com to introduce the renamed event and to promote tickets for it.

Robert Mandle, the chief operating officer for BID, said that the post sold a whopping 1,500 drink tickets and also helped to boost overall awareness of the rebranding.

“The daily deal was a great way to raise awareness about the rebranded event and seed the summer attendance with a lot of tickets in circulation,” Mandle said.

Fox said the promotion helped sell way more tickets than BID had anticipated.

“I think what it showcased to us is how many people are paying attention to ARLnow, which is one of our favorite advertising partners,” Fox said.

The Deal of the Day post is offered at a low fixed price. ARLnow does not take a cut of the deal revenue, thus allowing clients to offer more compelling discounts and experience a greater return on investment.

By: Orange Line Living

July 31, 2017

Exclusive home buying class in Arlington, VA to be held on 8/14, 8/28, 9/4, and 9/18. The first 3 to attend each class get a free Roku Express!

Attend the Home Buyer Class hosted by Orange Line Living!
You will get a comprehensive explanation of the home purchasing process – there’s more to know than you’d think. The Orange Line Living Team will be teaching all of the acronyms and definitions you will need, what happens at each stage of your transaction, real strategies on how to negotiate a lower purchase price, the different type of loans available, and much more. There will be local specialists from multiple industries in attendance, so come with questions.

Benefits of Attending
• $1,500 credit towards your new home
• 12-month home buy-back guarantee
• Food and drinks provided
• AND the first 3 to attend will receive a Roku Express!

The event is hosted by best-selling author and top nationally-ranked real estate agent Dan Lesniak, author of The HyperLocal HyperFast Real Estate Agent. Dan and his team have developed a special process that has allowed them to help over one thousand local families buy or sell their home.

Details
• When: Monday at 6:00pm on: 8/14, 8/28, 9/4, and 9/18
• Where: Orange Line Living, 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101, Arlington, VA 22209
• Cost: Free
• Parking: Validated Parking or Street Parking
• Food: Appetizers and Drinks
• Contact: [email protected] or call 571-969-7653

How to Succeed as a Buyer in a Seller’s Market:
1. Work with an experienced agent.
2. Get pre-approved for a mortgage before starting your house hunt.
3. Don’t overanalyze a home’s listing price
4. Don’t play the lowball game – make your best offer!
5. Prepare for a bidding war.

Want more tips for home buying success? Register for class today!

Space is limited so be sure to register at arlingtonhomebuyerclass.com.

By: ARLnow.com

July 24, 2017

Clarendon Animal Care, an ARLnow.com client, is expanding its space and hiring more staff.

The clinic’s physical size is increasing by 70 percent as it expands into a former sign shop next door. It will increase from three to five exam rooms, there will be a larger reception area and there will also be roomier treatment spaces. The center is also adding a fifth veterinarian to the clinic.

Dr. Natasha Ungerer, one of the owners of Clarendon Animal Care, credits the staff’s love for their work along with their positivity as the reasons for the clinic’s success. It was these qualities that helped the center to grow its business and prompted the need for the expansion.

The veterinary clinic has been running a sponsored, biweekly column with ARLnow since February 2015, just one month after the clinic officially opened. The column is written by Ungerer and clinic co-owner Dr. Kayleen Gloor.

“The article is fun for us to write,” said Ungerer. “We aim to write about topics we as pet owners would want to learn about, or have a quick refresher on, but we also love getting topic suggestions.”

Since opening the center and starting the column, the clinic has learned that Arlingtonians are even more dedicated to their pets’ health than they first imagined.

“[This] facilitates us doing our job well and investing ourselves in our patients’ care,” said Ungerer.

Looking for a hassle-free way to invest your hard-earned money? A Lafayette Federal Certificate is the perfect way to increase your savings with little risk and effort. Simply deposit your money into a certificate, choose from several term options, and watch your savings GROW. With a competitive rate Lafayette Federal certificate, you can rest assured you’re earning top-dollar!

A Lafayette Federal Certificate is a great investment option with many benefits:
• Rates as high as 2.01% APY**
• Fixed-rate terms
• Variable-rate terms
• Funds insured by NCUA

Visit www.lfcu.org/certificate today to get started!

*Must establish membership with Lafayette Federal Credit Union. $50.00 minimum balance required to open a variable-rate certificate; $500.00 minimum balance required to open a fixed-rate certificate. $50.00 minimum balance required to open and earn 0.10% APY** on LFCU share savings account balances. $5.00 minimum balance required to open and earn 0.025% APY** on LFCU checking account balances. **APY=Annual Percentage Yield. Rates effective July 1, 2017. Your savings are federally insured to at least $250,000 by the National Credit Union Administration, an agency of the U.S. government.

By: Step Up Services Inc

June 18, 2017

It’s time for a new home improvement project. For whatever reason:

The family is growing and a new addition is needed!

* It about time we added a porch to the house! And Give me my master bath a Jacuzzi! while you are at it!

* We finally want to reward ourselves with a master suite now that the kids are gone!

* Well the young one just graduated and is moving back in for 2 years. Ouch! We forgot to tell him/her we converted the room to an office… now we need to make sure he / her stays out of our way!

* It finally occurred to us to convert that huge attic space above the garage into a usable room for the kids playroom or a spare guest room.

* I have repaired my HVAC system for the darn last time and it is about time to get a replacement!

* I bought a house but I also want to rent part of it to help me pay my mortgage!

* We are considering a house and want to consider and decide on the best upgrades before we make a decision to buy or not.

* I have some disposable income, save me from taxes! Is a real estate investment really a great option?

There is a lot of Home Improvement information available all around you, in some cases too much information, However, how do you get information specific to your specific project need or idea?

For less than 1% of the costs of the sample projects listed from Zillow.com, Step Up Project Consulting provides a professional, efficient, easy and cost effective solution to get all your project idea questions like those above answered, from the simple to the not so simple questions for your proposed project.

You will get answers to help you make the right decision and the immediate next steps on your project idea. We will help you decide if you want to proceed with the project at all, how best to proceed, either as a DIY project or if you are better served to hire in a Contractor. Whichever method you choose, Step Up Project Consulting will provide you with information, and Pros and Cons on the options.

​Most importantly Step Up Project Consulting will do these two things that are unique to our service:

1. We will provide you unbiased information on your project from BOTH the design and construction perspective, not one or the other which is typical from either a Contractor or an Architect. We will also provide you information regards government regulations that may or may not affect your project.

2. We will NOT push ANY additional service beyond our Project Consultancy Service unless you specifically make that request. This is the KEY to this service, the goal is to provide you the necessary information you need for your specific project without having ANY interest in how you choose to proceed. BUT also ensuring you have the right information to proceed. Our goal is to save you time and money and help you keep as much of it as possible!

Visit our website below to get started and get in touch with us!
https://www.stepupservicesinc.com/services

By: Orange Line Living

June 12, 2017

Home Buying Class in Arlington Exclusive Guarantees:
• 12-month home buy-back guarantee
• Food and drinks provided
• AND the first 3 to attend will receive a Roku Express!
• Saturday Exclusive: Mortgages and Mimosas! (Event is 21+, proper ID required)
The event is hosted by best-selling author and top nationally-ranked real estate agent Dan Lesniak, author of The HyperLocal HyperFast Real Estate Agent. Dan and his team have developed a special process that has allowed them to help over one thousand local families buy or sell their home.
Details
• When: June 19th from 6-8pm; Saturday June 24th from 11a-1pm; Tuesday June 27th from 6-8 pm; Monday, July 10th from 6-8pm; Monday July 19th from 6-8pm.
• Where: Orange Line Living, 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101, Arlington, VA 22209
• Cost: Free
• Parking: Validated Parking or Street Parking
• Food: Appetizers and Drinks
• Contact: [email protected] or call 571-969-7653

To register, head over to arlingtonhomebuyerclass.com. There are only 18 seats available per session so register today!
What You Will Learn in Home Buyer Class
• 1st time home buyer programs
• How to qualify for your first home
• National mortgage loan programs
• Local mortgage loan programs
• Real estate acronyms and vocabulary you will encounter
• Home purchasing timeline
• Tax incentives for homeowners
• How to find off-market properties
• Credit tips to ensure you get the best financing rates
• Questions and Answers: Come with questions, we will answer them!

By: Step Up Services Inc.

June 4, 2017

Dear Arlingtonians! You have already gotten your Home Improvement 1.0 class completed on your own by browsing and reading information from the internet and other sources. BUT! Is that enough to make an informed decision? Probably not! This is where Step Up Services Home Improvement 2.0 comes in. Step Up Services will help you get that necessary information you need to make the right decision.

So you have a project in mind, life is constantly changing and so are your needs. Your home however is not changing as your life changes and you are finally considering making some changes to the home to keep up with your changing life. Simple, right? It should be! It’s time for a new home improvement project.

For whatever reason:

• The family is growing and a new addition is needed!
• It about time we added a porch to the house!
• We finally want to reward ourselves with a master suite now that the kids are gone!
• The young one just graduated and is moving back in for 2 years. Ouch! We forgot to mention we converted the room to an office… need to fix that!
• Can we convert the huge attic space into a playroom room for the kids or a spare guest room?
• I bought a house but I also want to rent out part of it to help me pay my mortgage!
• We are considering a house and want to consider the best upgrades before we make a decision.
• We are looking for a house and want to decide between a fixer upper or a move in ready house.

There is a lot of home Improvement information available all around you, in some cases too much information, however, how do you get information specific to your specific need or idea?

Where can you get unbiased and knowledgeable information with no pressure to sign a contract tonight; no up sale; no sign now for a 30% discount; no fear mongering that your house is about to fall down, no exorbitant design fees only to find out you can’t afford the improvement? Questions you might have:

• Do you need a design or a simple sketch?
• Do you need a building permit or not?
• Do you need a design from a licensed Architect or Designer?
• Can I really get this all done with my buddy or do I hire a Contractor?
• If I take this on a as a DIY project where does all my construction waste go?
• Can I really break down this wall? Any wall? Every wall?
• About how long will this really take?
• Can I turn these two rooms into a master suite?

Sometimes the answers to the “simple” questions above are not so simple. There are primarily two ways to get projects done in today’s world. Either as a DIY project or you hire a contractor. Most Contractors will tell you they provide FREE estimates, and that is great, and they should, but do not forget that contractor wants to get YOUR project and have you as a client so the question becomes, how HONESTLY unbiased do you think the person will be when providing you “Free” information and that “Free” Estimate?

The fact is the information you will be provided will be the information that BEST allows that contractor to get your project and your money not what might be the BEST decision for YOU!

Let’s say you need an Architect, what amount of detailed information can you provide the Architect to allow them quickly and efficiently provide you with a design that meets your project idea? The more detailed or specific information you provide the more cost effective, cheaper and faster your project can get started and also finished.

Solution: Step Up Project Consulting

Step Up Project Consulting provides a professional, efficient, easy and cost effective solution to get all your project idea questions like those above answered, from the simple to the not so simple questions for your proposed project.

You will get answers to help you make the right decision and the immediate next steps on your project idea. We will help you decide if you want to proceed with the project at all, how best to proceed, either as a DIY project or if you are better served to hire in a Contractor. Whichever method you choose, Step Up Project Consulting will provide you with information, and Pros and Cons on the options.

Most importantly Step Up Project Consulting will do these two things that are unique to our service:

One: We will provide you unbiased information on your project from BOTH the design and construction perspective, not one or the other which is typical from either a Contractor or an Architect. We will also provide you information regards government regulations that may or may not affect your project.

Two: We will NOT push ANY additional service beyond our Project Consultancy Service unless you specifically make that request. This is the KEY to this service, the goal is to provide you the necessary information you need for your specific project without having ANY interest in how you choose to proceed. BUT also ensuring you have the right information to proceed. Our goal is to save you time and money and help you keep as much of it as possible!

Visit our website for more information and you can easily make an appointment online on our website or on your phone today!!
https://www.stepupservicesinc.com/services

Want a lower monthly payment, in-house servicing, AND a longer interest rate adjustment period? Unlike other mortgage loans, the Equity Builder Mortgage is an Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) that offers these benefits and more over traditional mortgage loans.

When we adjust the interest rate, we do it based on an internal index (our Cost of Funds*) that is not subject to the changes in the short term-interest rates that normally affect the mortgage industry.

To learn more about how an Equity Builder can benefit you, visit www.lfcu.org/equitybuilder.

By: Remax Allegiance

May 15, 2017

Located in “Rivercrest” and across the street from close childhood friends the Murray’s, sits Mr Schmidt’s house. Like the current owners, Mr Schmidt took great pride in this mid century modern 1954 ranch. Classic features like the antique used brick exterior and its sleek lengthy expanse from one end to the other. Also, a 4 foot wide overhang that provides visitors shelter from inclement weather and a 24 foot wide carport which allows natural light to enhance its interior remain practical and architecturally pleasing features still today. A neighbor and friend Jay Wagner stopped by my open house and told me he remembered seeing a sign many years ago that advertised “Rivercrest, starting in the $30,000’s”. and dreamed of one day owning one. I recall wrestling over a ball with one of the Murray kids in Mr Schmidt’s yard and getting scolded as we were “creasing the grass”. Maybe not so fastidious as the previous owners, the current homeowner have paid close attention to every selection or modification to uphold Mr Smith’s high standards for 3732 N Nelson St. To say this home is turn-key is an understatement, however this immaculate home has been renovated thoughtfully by the current owners to include Kitchen 2001, New roof 2005, New HVAC 2006, three bathrooms 2007, New patio 2011, Windows & Exterior doors 2012 and Appliances 2016. One level living is really not so accurate since this home features two levels and nearly 3300 sq feet of living space. One level is referring to the fact that one can enjoy everything on the upper level including carport, bedrooms, baths, kitchen, living and dining rooms, screen porch without the hassle of stairs. As the many baby boomers are increasingly preferring to age in place vs moving outside this area, this floor plan becomes increasingly popular.

Two personal favorites is the huge daylight walkout 24 x 17 recreation room w/ fireplace and the fabulous 20 x 16 screen porch overlooking back yard, the same spot Mr Smith sat ready to catch little trouble makers like Kevin Love who belonged on his own side of Gulf Branch in Bellevue Forest. I assume the path between my house on N Peary St and the Murray’s house on N Nelson St has long since grown over as this was 35 years ago, but the memories are still ever present in my mind. Come check out this pristine classic while its still available Sunday May 21st 1-4 pm OPEN HOUSE and see for yourself the many updates the current owners have made that even Mr Schmidt would of approved.

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