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The Sierra Club is endorsing Erik Gutshall running in the Democratic Caucus on May 9, 11 and 13, for the Arlington County Board.

We are pleased to announce our endorsement of Mr. Gutshall based on his clear understanding of the broad range of environmental issues facing the County, including energy and sustainability, transportation, development and smart growth, green space, and recycling. “In making our endorsement, we recognize Mr. Gutshall’s extensive background in environmental policy and energy related issues in Arlington. He has demonstrated a clear, in-depth understanding of those issues and has expressed innovative views on how to meet those challenges,” said Dean Amel, Chair of the local Mount Vernon Group of the Sierra Club. Mr. Gutshall has a detailed understanding of the Community Energy Plan and fully supports the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE). He sees a future that has opportunities for our County to sustain and improve our environment. He calls the goal of moving Arlington to 100% renewable energy by 2035 “very achievable” and supports energy efficiency initiatives in both the County government and schools.

Mr. Gutshall is an advocate for long-term planning to achieve smart growth goals, including those to reach County affordable housing targets. He supports effective mass transit, from Metro to ART buses, and is well known for advocating bike and pedestrian improvements. Mr. Gutshall also has a detailed, six-part, strategy for preserving and expanding green space in Arlington. He supports ambitious actions to maintain the leadership on environmental issues and tangible results that our County has become known for nationwide.

By: Orange Line Living

May 5, 2017

Free Home Buyer Class – Presented by a #1 Best Selling Author on Real Estate


Dan Lesniak, author of The HyperLocal HyperFast Real Estate Agent; is hosting a Home Buying Seminar event on May 15th from 6 – 8 pm at our Rosslyn office located at 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101, Arlington, VA 22209. The seminar will last approximately 1 hour and then we will have time after for questions and 1 on 1 appointments.
Get a $1,500 credit for your home at closing and if you don’t love your new home we will buy it back or sell it for free for 12 months exclusive to event attendees only*

We will have specialists on hand (including lenders and buyer agents) to give you an overview of the buying process. Not only will you get a complete home buying overview, but you will learn our valuable home buying strategies that will save you 3% or more when you purchase. That is some serious savings!
The Orange Line Living and Keri Shull Team together helped over 200 families purchase homes in 2016. Together, they are the #1 real estate team in Arlington, the #1 real estate team in Virginia by volume and top 5 in the D.C. metro area as well. Their aim is to help even more families find their dream home in 2017 and you have the opportunity to be one of those people.
When: Monday, May 15th from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Optime Realty, 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
Space is limited so you don’t miss out. To register, go to www.arlingtonhomebuyerclass.com or email [email protected]
*terms and conditions apply

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, visit www.lfcu.org/equitybuilder.

To find out more about the homebuying process, join us at Total Wine & More for Sips and Tips – The Wine Enthusiast’s Home Buying Guide on May 24th. Lafayette Federal’s mortgage team will help you navigate the home buying process like an expert and provide you the tips you need to get you in YOUR dream home. Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting following the workshop! Visit www.lfcu.org/sipsandtips to learn more about this informative workshop.

Spring is out in full force and summer is fast approaching! Now is the time to solidify your warm-weather plans–vacation with the family, summer camp for the kids and maybe even a few upgrades around the house. Don’t sweat–we’ve got you covered!

A Lafayette Federal Spring Loan is a low-hassle, stress-free way to assure that you’re covered for the awesome excursions you’ve planned for the upcoming months. Secure our low-rate Spring Loan to make sure your plans take flight!
*Rates as low as 3.99% APR*
*Borrow up to $10,000 for 36 months

Take advantage of this vibrant offer today before it breezes by! For more information, visit www.lfcu.org/springloan.

By: Scenic Advisement

April 26, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO, APRIL 24, 2017 – Scenic Advisement, the purpose-built investment bank for the private technology sector, has hired Ric Velez, general counsel and strategic in-house legal advisor to leading technology companies, including Lookout, Skype (acquired by Microsoft), and 3PAR (acquired by HP). Ric was an integral part of Google and Skype’s IPO teams, as well as multi-billion dollar sales to Microsoft and HP.

Ric joins Scenic as Managing Director, heading up the investment bank’s private company coverage team, which handles the largest primary and secondary investments into late-stage private technology companies.

“Ric brings 20 years of transaction experience gained working with the world’s largest technology companies. We’re delighted to welcome him to the team,” said Barrett Cohn, co-founder and CEO of Scenic Advisement.

Over his career, Ric has helped companies raise primary capital, prepare for IPO and sale, and counseled employees, founders, executive teams, boards and investors through the issues associated with primary and secondary transactions. In addition to his experience with technology companies, Ric was also a senior associate for the leading technology law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Prior to this, Ric served as a Marine infantryman and a police officer.

“The technology landscape is changing: tech companies are increasingly choosing to grow in the private markets, rather than go public,” said Ric Velez, Scenic’s newly-appointed managing director. “Scenic is the investment bank of choice for late-stage tech companies, and I’m excited to be leveraging my expertise to fulfill their capital needs.”

The Scenic executive team comprises entrepreneurs from the worlds of venture capital, investment banking, and asset management from companies including: BlackRock, Goldman Sachs, Maveron Ventures, Morgan Stanley, and the New York Stock Exchange. Ric is from Arlington, VA and currently lives in the Bay Area with his wife and three children.


About Scenic Advisement
Scenic Advisement is the purpose-built investment bank for the private technology sector, dedicated to handling primary and secondary transactions for employees, company founders and investors. The firm covers every aspect of these transactions. It was launched in 2013 by an experienced team of entrepreneurs connected to institutional pools of capital through experiences at BlackRock, Goldman Sachs, Maveron Ventures, Morgan Stanley, and the New York Stock Exchange. The team’s collective experience touches finance, technology, public and private markets, legal, investing, banking, and capital raising for primary and secondary offerings.

Arlington, VA- NOVA Therapeutic Massage, Northern Virginia’s premier local massage service provider, is opening its third location in the Courthouse Plaza. Courthouse Therapeutic Massage (CTM) opened on April 22, 2017 to expand access to an exceptional massage experience for Northern Virginia community residents, visitors, and guests. CTM is located at 2250 Clarendon Blvd, Store K, a short walk from the Courthouse Metro Station on the Orange and Silver lines and near two hotels, Arlington Courthouse and county government offices, numerous business offices, and residential properties in the Arlington Courthouse area. CTM is NOVA Therapeutic Massage’s third location in Northern Virginia, which also maintains studios in Ballston and Springfield.
Designed by locally renowned architect and interior designer Pongsak Pattana, Courthouse Therapeutic Massage is designed to offer clients with a high-end peaceful, refreshing, and reinvigorating massage experience in the heart of Arlington. “Our goal for this new location,” noted Store Manager, Olivia Davison, “was to take all the lessons we have learned in successfully running two premier Northern Virginia massage locations in order to create a massage studio that is tailored to the unique needs of our Arlington community and that delivers exceptional therapeutic services at affordable prices.” To achieve this goal, CTM offers both exceptionally-appointed private therapy rooms and a couple’s room. Ms. Davison explained, “We’ve listened to our Arlington customers who say they have greatly valued the personalized private room design, as opposed to the curtains and less personalized designs common in some of the national chains. We want to adapt to the needs of Arlingtonians, not require Arlington residents to adapt to some generic national business model.”
Northern VA residents and guests seek therapeutic massage for a variety of reasons. CTM offers massage therapies to address certain types of health concerns; reduce and eliminate stress from a busy work schedule; return your body to peak condition from an active life-style; or simply to enable customers to indulge and reward themselves. “We also maintain our strong tradition of offering couples’ massages,” noted Ms. Davison, “As that can enhance the experience…and the relationship!”
CTM’s professional staff stand ready to meet the Courthouse community’s therapeutic needs. CTM offers a full suite of massage services. All CTM massage therapists are trained and certified by the VA Board of Nursing.
CTM will be open seven days a week, except on certain holidays. Weekday and Saturday hours will be from 10:00 AM until 10:00 PM. Sunday Hours will be from 11:00 AM until 8:00 PM. CTM offers multiple, easy ways to book appointments. Customers can simply call 703-816-8811 or go to the company’s website (www.novatherapeuticmassage.com) to book appointments. Walk-ins are always welcome. “We frequently post specials online.” Ms. Davison noted, “So we encourage our patrons to regularly check the website.”
“We love being in Arlington and are excited to have a new location in Courthouse.” Explained Ms. Davison. “Being in a mix-use community with residents, businesses, and bountiful recreation and fitness opportunities, we sincerely believe we will add a valuable service at a convenient location and can do so at very reasonable prices. We are excited about the opportunity to serve the Courthouse community!”

More About NOVA Therapeutic Massage (NTM)
NTM manages massage studios with a specific focus of serving the needs of Northern Virginia citizens, guests, and visitors. NTM now maintains three locations in Northern Virginia: two in Arlington, VA (Ballston Therapeutic Massage and Courthouse Therapeutic Massage) and one location in the Springfield Mall in Springfield, VA. All NTN masseuses are trained massage professionals certified by the Virginia Board of Nursing. Addresses, phone numbers, services offered, directions to studios, and other information related to NTM can be found at www.novatherapeuticmassage.com.

By: Lafayette Federal Credit Union

April 17, 2017

Transferring your balances to a Lafayette Federal Mastercard® Credit Card is a no-brainer. With a GREAT rate of 4.79% APR* AND no Balance Transfer Fee, you’ll soon see a difference in your wallet. That’s because balance transfers to a lower interest rate can help you avoid paying higher interest rates on your existing balances with other lenders. This can add up to BIG SAVINGS.

Want more? A Lafayette Federal Mastercard® Credit Card is packed full of benefits. Getting a card means exclusive member benefits for you:
• Credit limits up to $50,000
• No annual fee
• No balance transfer fee
• Apple Pay™, Android Pay™, Samsung Pay™ and EMV technology
• Flexible payment options‚ including automatic payment
• A 25-day grace period on purchases
• Online account access
• Design your own card

Let us help you take charge of your finances. Transfer your balances during this limited time–offer ends on May 31, 2017! Apply today at www.lfcu.org/creditcard.

*APR = Annual Percentage Rate. 4.79% APR promotional balance transfer rate for 12 months on balance transfers made between April 15, 2017 and May 31, 2017. Promotional rate will expire 12 months from date transfer is processed. After that, the APR for the unpaid balance and any new balance transfers will be 8.90% to 17.90% (Variable) based on your credit worthiness and will vary with the market based on the Prime Rate. No balance transfer fee. This transaction is subject to credit approval. Promotional rate applies to balance transfers only, you will immediately be charged at the qualified interest rate on all purchases made with your credit card unless you pay the entire account balance in full each month by the payment due date. Promo offer valid only on transfers made from non-Lafayette sources of credit. This offer cannot be used to pay off existing LFCU balances or in conjunction with any other offer. Must qualify for membership with Lafayette FCU. Share Savings: $50.00 to open and earn dividends APY**: 0.10%, Checking: $5.00 to open and earn dividends APY**: 0.025%. **APY=Annual Percentage Yield. Your savings federally insured to at least $250,000 by the National Credit Union Administration, an agency of the U.S. government. Rates Effective April 1, 2017. Visit www.lfcu.org/creditcard for more information.

By: Bistro 360

April 14, 2017

Bistro 360’s monthly wine dinners continue to amaze and delight. This month’s wine dinner is five courses of Spanish wine and cuisine paired perfectly and features renowned Sommelier Aurelio Cabestrero who will introduce each course. Cabestrero will guide you through the tasting experience while giving insight to the wine’s history, maker, terroir, and more. 

Cabestrero was named one of Robert Parker’s “Wine Personalities of the Year,” stating that “Aurelio Cabestrero is a serious importer of high quality Spanish wine who will gain ever increasing recognition as his name becomes better known… there is no question he has a brilliant palate as well as a knack for finding tiny, unheralded estates that are producing high quality wine.” He has also won the Ruinart 1993 prize as the Best Sommelier in Spain, Best young Sommelier in 1994 by Wine and Gastronomic Magazine and came in second place at the National Sopexa Competition of French Wines and Spirits 1994. He is also founding member of Madrid Association of Sommeliers and Founder & President of his import company, Grapes of Spain.

Cabestrero hand-selects every wine in his portfolio to ensure they reflect the true personality, quality, and character of each vineyard, grape, and people who make it. His goal is to look for gems regardless of Denominacion de Origin as he knows there are equally exciting wines from Alicante, Pla de Bages and Almansa as from Rioja, Ribera del Duero, or Toro. Many wines in his portfolio are from young and talented winemakers who represent the new face in Spanish winemaking but have inherited old vineyards. Their new point of view stems from travelling internationally and broad exposure to the world of wine but still produce authentic expressions of Spanish wine. 

Join us for this Spanish Wine Dinner and meet Cabestrero on April 26, 2017 for five courses paired with his hand-selected wines, each of which has been rated at 90+ points. 1st Course: Salad of grilled leeks, chickpeas, medjool dates toasted pine nuts and a honey vinaigrette paired with Maria Sanova Brut de Brut Sparking Cava. 2nd Course: Serrano ham and Manchego cheese on a grilled saffron flatbread paired with Gran Vinum Esencia Divina Albarino 2015. 3rd Course: Pan seared sea scallops butter-poached potatoes and oven roasted artichokes paired with Vina Otano Barrel Fermented Rioja 2014. 4th Course: Oven roasted pork tenderloin with a wild mushroom blue cheese and caramelized onion sauce paired with Legado del Moncayo Old Vines Garnacha 2015. 5th Course: Caramelized pear tart paired with Vega Escal Priorat 2011.

The price of the wine dinner is $65 per person. Space is limited, call (703)-522-3600 to make your reservation today! 

To learn more about Aurelio Cabestrero and his imports visit www.grapesofspain.com

By: The Keri Shull Team

April 7, 2017

Tired of working 50+ hours a week and not making the money you deserve?

Learn how Top Real Estate Agent, Keri Shull sold over 368 homes by working less than 30 hours a week AND went on Maternity leave for 5 months! As the #1 Real estate agent in Arlington and one of the top real estate teams in all of Virginia, Keri has the working knowledge of this market as well as the tools and resources to help you grow your business and earn more money in less time!

Here’s what you’re going to learn:

Learn how to get in front of the right people and generate more business without breaking the bank. Learn where to spend your valuable marketing dollars and other strategies on how to save.

Database Management:
Learn how to leverage your database to convert leads you already have into clients, referrals, and repeat business.

Looking to expand? Learn the best recruiting practices from a team of over 30 people! You will learn the insights into hiring the right people and stop wasting your time and resources hiring the wrong people!

Sales Conversion:
Learn how to convert leads on the phone and the best follow-up strategies to implement to convert leads that are further out.

*If for any reason you are unsatisfied with what you learned at this seminar, I will refund your money!

Join us for this 100% Money Back Guarantee workshop that you’ll refer to for years to come!

Featured Guests:

Want to grow your business without having to spend thousands of dollars on marketing?
Remine was built for agents, by agents who have a combined 60 years of real estate experience including 7,000 transactions and $2 billion of sales volume. From this experience, they intuitively know what agents and mortgage professionals need. They are passionate about creating solutions and opportunities that bring business intelligence and revenue at the click of a button.
Only Remine offers the most comprehensive solution to real estate professionals, including intuitive map based search, property analytics and integrated marketing solutions. All provided through single sign on access through your MLS. We display real time MLS data, consumer information, property and transactional information which provides for powerful visibility into market opportunities. Additionally, you can directly access contact information on a per household basis.

Want to learn how to use NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) to improve your sales techniques and make more money?
Umar Hameed, No Limits Selling
In every sales team, there are a few A-Players and a lot of B-Players. I teach executives and teams how to break through their limitations so they don’t just settle for being good. Imagine the impact if 20% of your Bs became A-Players. Here’s what you will learn from the seminar:

Neuroscience: NLP can help you break through any limitations that cause fear or hold you back in any way. This skill-set makes you a master of communications and influence resulting in stronger sales.

Strategic Thinking: I will help you develop better strategies and more elegant solutions to grow your revenue. This will accelerate your success.

Sales Process: I will help you develop a better sales process. This will result in a more predictable pipeline so they get an accurate sales forecast. This will make your sales manager happier and keeps him or her off your back. This alone is worth the price of admission. You waste less time because you will have a proven way to identify reals deals from time wasters. And finally, a well-defined sales process lets you identify and fix process issues so your process is always improving.

Want to learn how to have a breakthrough year in your first year as a real estate agent?
Dan Lesniak topped Amazon.com best-seller lists with his breakthrough new book titled The HyperLocal HyperFast Real Estate Agent.
The new book hit best-seller lists on Amazon.com within 24 hours of release.
In Kindle categories, it claimed the #1 spots in “Buying & Selling Homes” as well as “Investments.” It was also #1 in the overall “Real Estate” category. In overall books, it also took #1 rankings in “Buying & Selling Homes” and “Investments.”

The HyperLocal, HyperFast Real Estate Agent, tells how Lesniak, an Arlington, VA based real estate agent in the DC area, started his career and rose to become one of the top agents in one of the most competitive real estate markets in the country, all in his freshman year.

His hyperlocal strategy led to one of the fastest starts in real estate with over $22 million in sales in his first year. Since then his team has gone on to become one of the top 35 teams in the nation and number one in Virginia as ranked by Real Trends.

Get access to my exclusive program that allows your clients to qualify with as little as 3% down!

As a residential loan officer since 2005 I have helped thousands of clients purchase or refinance their home. In today’s lending environment, it is important to work with a true professional. I understand the local marketplace and have the knowledge and experience to research your options and provide the optimal solutions for your specific financing needs.

By: Ouli

March 21, 2017

Ouli Rolls Out Major App Enhancements

D.C.’s #1 Personal Concierge App Makes it Easier for People to Experience Community
Arlington, VA – March 20, 2017 – Arlington-based software company, Dante, announced today the biggest release to-date for 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 their chosen activities, time, location, history and preferences. The app is available for free download on iOS and Android devices.
This is the biggest release for users since its launch in late 2015. The release will provide an increased value to the user and make a noticeable impact for users and merchants.

With increased personalization based on the user’s history, preferences, time of day, and location:
• Ouli will deliver highly relevant recommendations to the user.
• Users will see relevant and new experiences on their home screen upon opening the app.
• Users will see customized intents on the “I Want To” screen making it faster and easier to discover an experience.

This will make it easier than ever for consumers to connect with and patronize local businesses. As users interact with the app more frequently, it begins to learn their preferences and find and recommend experiences that are right for each user. By using location services and Bluetooth technology Ouli sends personalized recommendations to users from local merchants at the right time so they can enjoy the things they like to do.
“The quicker users can find relevant experiences and make a choice, the faster they can enjoy the community. Many of the aspects of the rollout focus on full personalization based on each user’s preferences,” said Pierre Malko, Dante’s CEO. “Neighborhoods come alive with Ouli. As users walk through neighborhoods they can receive notifications of experiences around them from local merchants. This is important because it’s making connections that might not otherwise have occurred between consumers and merchants. Someone could have walked past the same restaurant for two years without ever stopping in. With Ouli they get a notification about a great brunch and decide to check it out.”
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

March 17, 2017


Close on a Lafayette Federal Home Equity Loan or Line of Credit by May 31‚ 2017‚ and you WIN! Visit www.lfcu.org/scratchoff to redeem your prize.*

Did you know that the EQUITY in your home is one of your biggest assets and can add up to a lot of cash? With a home equity loan or line of credit‚ you can make additions to your home‚ consolidate bills‚ pay college tuition‚ take a family vacation‚ or simply use it as a safety net–the possibilities are endless! Lafayette Federal offers Home Equity Loans and Lines of Credit up to $500,000 at great, low rates.

For more information‚ please contact:
• Alieu Jallow (240) 292-5367‚ NMLS ID #189814
• Jermaine Medley (240) 747-2471‚ NMLS ID #740025

Limit one scratch off per member. *Offer good through May 31‚ 2017 and applies to Lafayette Federal Home Equity Loans (term and HELOCs) only. One coupon per loan. Subject to credit approval. Refinances of existing Lafayette Federal loans are excluded. Coupon must be presented at the time of application. Unless stated otherwise‚ all credits and offers will be awarded at loan funding. Must be eligible for Lafayette Federal membership. $50 minimum balance required to open and earn 0.10% APY** on LFCU share savings account balances. $5 minimum balance required to open and earn 0.025% APY** on LFCU checking account balances. **APY=Annual Percentage Yield. Rates current as of March 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. EQUAL HOUSING LENDER.

Women of Vision 2017

Contact: Anthonia Sowho
Commission Staff Liaison
[email protected]

Call for Nominations: 2017 WOMEN OF VISION AWARD

Arlington County’s Commission on the Status of Women is soliciting nominations for the 2017 Women of Vision Awards. The awards are given to individuals who demonstrate a strong commitment to women’s issues and have, over time, developed and communicated their vision for women and engaged community members and other leaders in order to realize this vision. Categories for the 2017 award are business, non-profit, and government. Nominations must be submitted by April 14, 2017.

For further information please visit us at (http://bit.ly/WOV2017). The awards will be presented on June 27, 2017 at the Arlington Economic Development , 1100 N.Glebe, #1500. Information about the event and sponsorship is available on the Commission on the Status of Women webpage.


By: Wild Birds Unlimited

March 13, 2017

2437 N Harrison StSliding Temperatures and Snow Hit Wild Birds Hard

ARLINGTON, VA – This week’s cold snap has the potential to wreak havoc on the lives of many wild birds struggling to find enough food to survive the long, cold nights.

Many people mistakenly believe that once the brunt of winter is over, birds can easily fend for themselves. However, even under normal weather conditions, spring is a difficult and stressful time for birds. Most of last year’s natural food sources have been depleted, and the majority of this year’s seeds and berries won’t be available until much later in the year. Meanwhile, birds are expending a great deal of energy migrating, courting and building nests. Now add to that, a big snowstorm, and the birds will be struggling.

“Providing food throughout the late Winter and Early Spring is very important,” explained Michael Zuiker, owner of the Arlington Wild Birds Unlimited. “Feeding the birds is even more critical as we experience these snowy and cold conditions, during which a supply of food can mean the difference between life and death for a bird. Ideally, birds should have food available late afternoon in order to survive the cold nights, and early morning to replenish their energy supply.”

Food loaded with fat and calories helps birds struggling to survive cold times such as these. The best seeds for providing high energy levels are black oil sunflower, striped sunflower and safflower. Suet and peanuts are also high-energy foods that are invaluable when birds need many more calories to keep warm.

In addition to high-calorie foods, birds also need an open source of water for drinking and a place to bathe when temperatures drop. Clean feathers help birds stay warm, and a bird bath with open water is often the only way for some birds to drink and stay clean when it’s cold.

Wild Birds Unlimited, located in Arlington, Virginia, is part of the original and largest franchise system of backyard bird feeding and nature specialty stores with more than 275 locations throughout the United States and Canada. Wild Birds Unlimited specializes in bringing people and nature together with bird feeding and nature products, expert advice and educational events.

By: Lafayette Federal Credit Union

March 3, 2017

LFCU-LOGO1Your home — live in it, love it, take care of it — and it will reward you so. You’ve invested countless hours of time and energy into perfecting it, thereby increasing the value in your home. This is the key to building equity.

Consider the following to maximize the value of your home. In order to receive the best bang for your buck, focus on improving the areas that will have the greatest remodel appeal: kitchen, basement, and home exterior. An updated kitchen and/or basement, in keeping with the rest of the home, can definitely increase value. As for the exterior, make sure the roof and HVAC are in good condition. These are two things buyers will inquire about as they are typically costly items. Landscaping should also be considered; if your property looks rough or run-down, you may immediately turn buyers away. Taking care of these areas will typically add the most to your home’s value and will make your living space more attractive both for potential buyers and visitors alike. Of course, your main focus should be on repairing any problem areas before moving on to the bigger renovations. Issues such as a damaged siding or drainage problems can seriously detract from a home’s value. Once these pesky matters are taken care of, move on to the high-return-on-investment projects.

With a home equity loan or line of credit, you can make these home improvements a reality. Alternatively, consolidate bills, pay college tuition, take a family vacation, or simply use it as a safety net–the possibilities are endless! Another bonus to securing a home equity loan or line of credit is that the interest paid on the loan is often tax-deductible for those who itemize deductions. Lafayette Federal offers Home Equity Loans and Lines of Credit at great rates with up to $500,000. See www.lfcu.org/homeequity for more information.

Jermaine Medley
Vice President, Loan Origination
[email protected]

Lafayette Federal Credit Union
2231 Crystal Drive, Suite R150
Arlington, VA 22202


By: Wild Birds Unlimited

March 2, 2017

WBU LogoThe Basics of Backyard Bird Feeding

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – Many Americans are enjoying staycations spending more time at home and traveling less. Creating a bird-friendly backyard habitat is one way to get outdoors while staying close to home.

Wild Birds Unlimited of Arlington, VA is your local expert for backyard bird feeding. We invite you to come in and learn more about your habitat from our certified backyard bird feeding specialists. When you visit through March 30, 2017, you can enter to win free bird food for a year. A $420 value on one of our most popular blends. Let us help you discover the joy of bird feeding!

Discover Your Habitat
The average backyard may be visited regularly by 15 to 20 different bird species. However, a bird-friendly yard can attract up to 60 or more different species. To attract the greatest number of bird species, just provide at least one of each of these habitat elements: food, water, cover and places to raise their young.

“Attracting a variety of birds requires a variety of foods,” said Michael Zuiker, owner of the Arlington Wild Birds Unlimited. “Offering a fresh seed blend is the best way to entice birds to your yard.”

Birds need water just as much as they need food. Their high metabolic rate and respiratory system drains moisture from their bodies quickly. However, birds use water for more than just a thirst quencher; they also use it for bathing and preening their feathers. Clean feathers are important for birds’ health and optimum flying ability.

Birds need protective cover for times of rest, social interaction and as a retreat from foul weather and predators. Plants that are native to our soil and climate provide the best overall food sources for wildlife and support from 10 to 50 times more native wildlife than exotic (or non-native) plants.

A Place to Raise Their Young
The same plantings that provide shelter can provide safe areas for many bird species to mate, build nests and raise their families. But with the increased loss of natural habitat, cavity-nesting birds lack appropriate sites to nest. By providing bird houses, you will encourage birds to raise their young in your backyard.

Wild Birds Unlimited Arlington, VA is located at 2437 N. Harrison Street in the Harris Teeter Shopping Center.
(703) 241-3988

(Entries must be made in person, one entry per family. Offer valid until March 30, 2017. Winner will be drawn on April 1, 2017 and will receive one 20# bag every month for a year.)


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