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by Buzz McClain November 16, 2017 at 12:45 pm 0

Craftmark Homes has opened sales of their luxury townhomes at Chantilly’s The Preserves at Westfields for delivery in early 2018. Priced from the upper $500s, these contemporary homes in the Dulles Technology Corridor are walkable to shopping, dining, & transportation options, and are close to recreation facilities and Wegmans.

These townhomes truly live like single family homes. With nine-foot ceilings, hardwood floors on the main living level and up-to-the-minute built-in technology, Craftmark’s townhomes boast up to four bedrooms, three to four full and one half baths, and one- to two-car garages.

They also feature one of the most sought-after amenities: Wooded private backyards. And with rooftop terraces and optional decks that provide extra outdoor living space, residents will be able to entertain and enjoy the seasons.

Need more space for your household? These homes are selling quickly, so book an appointment soon.

The Preserves at Westfields on-site sales trailer is open daily from 11 a.m.-5 p.m at 4900 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly, VA 20151Please contact Bethany Stewart at (703) 214-6661 for more details.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor November 14, 2017 at 12:45 pm 0

Long & Foster Real Estate’s Arlington office recently underwent a full renovation, allowing its sales associates to better serve clients while providing an inviting space for both business and the community.

The Arlington office, led by Managing Broker Kara Chaffin Donofrio, has been a part of the local community for more than 25 years and continues to place a high level of importance on community involvement. As a way of celebrating the newly finished renovation, the office is hosting an art exhibit by Stanley Piotroski entitled “Piotroski New Works” through Dec 1.

“Our relationship with Christie’s International Real Estate and Christie’s Auction House puts us in a natural position to blend our mission of guiding people on their journeys home with the art world,” Chaffin Donofrio said. “Additionally, providing cultural and philanthropic events allows us the opportunity to be more than the local real estate leader — we’re a true member of the community.”

The renovations to the Arlington office include comfortable, private spaces for sales associates to meet with clients, fully technologically equipped conference rooms and workspace with a variety of settings. The workspace features booth seating, high-top tables and coffee shop-like sitting areas so agents can work in a setting that’s optimal to their needs.

“We’re thrilled to invite the community and our clients into our new space and look forward to continuing to create strong relationships,” Chaffin Donofrio said. “While we sell more properties than any other brokerage in the region, this business is about so much more than selling a house. Our agents become advocates and trusted advisors to their clients, going above and beyond to help them achieve their goals and in the process becoming a part of the story of their life.”

Long & Foster Real Estate will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2018. The company combines its rich history and experience with the best technology available to ensure the best representation for its clients. Long & Foster is the market leader in Arlington and in the Washington, D.C., region with 17 percent of the market share compared to the next closest competitor at 4.1 percent.

The Arlington office is located at 4600 Lee Highway and is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Long & Foster Real Estate is the nation’s No. 1 independent real estate brand and the exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate in the metropolitan Washington area. Learn more about Piotroski at http://stanpiotroski.com, and find more information about Long & Foster at www.LongandFoster.com.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor November 7, 2017 at 5:05 pm 0

Denise Verburg with Long & Foster, a Washingtonian 2016 Best Realtor, and Joe Zamoiski with WashingtonFirstMortgage (NMLS# 118525) are hosting a Home Buying Seminar event on November 15 at WashingtonFirst Bank at Ballston (4501 N. Fairfax Drive). The seminar will last approximately one hour followed by a question and answer period.

The session will consist of a complete home buying overview and valuable home buying strategies that will provide you with some serious savings when you purchase. They will also be sharing tips in how to be successful in a competitive market.

DETAILS

When: Wednesday, November 15, from 7-9 p.m.
Where: WashingtonFirst Bank at Ballston (4501 N. Fairfax Drive)
Cost: FREE
Parking: Validated parking or street parking
Refreshments:  Complimentary pizza and water

Space is limited. To register or for more information visit http://www.besthomebuyingseminars.com/

Denise and Joe have helped hundreds of successful buyers over the last decade and are both consistently ranked in the top 1% nationally. Their unique “team oriented” approach enables buyers to feel very comfortable throughout the process.

*terms and conditions apply, click here for complete details

by ARLnow.com Sponsor October 27, 2017 at 3:30 pm 0

Information-packed home buying class in Arlington to be held on Nov. 6, 13 and 20. The first three to attend get a free Google Chromecast!

Reasons to Buy Even If You Plan on Moving in a Few Years:

  • You will receive the benefit of tax deductions on mortgage interest and real estate taxes.
  • You lock in a monthly payment versus ever increasing rent payments.
  • Start building your rental portfolio or sell the home for profit when it is time to leave.

Attend the free Home Buyer Class hosted by Orange Line Living and learn all of our tips and get $1,500 towards your next home purchase!

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 or towards early lease termination
  • 12-month home buy-back guarantee
  • $500 appraisal credit from Pure Mortgage
  • Wine and cheese
  • AND the first 3 to attend will receive a Google Chromecast!

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

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

by ARLnow.com October 12, 2017 at 8:30 am 0

Arson Not Suspected in Ashton Heights Blaze — The house fire that critically injured an occupant of a house on N. Ivy Street in Ashton Heights “doesn’t appear to be malicious,” says the Arlington County Fire Department. The blaze caused about $300,000 in damage to the home. [Twitter]

Obama, Tillerson Join Army Navy Country Club — Former President Barack Obama and current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson both joined Army Navy Country Club earlier this year. [Washingtonian]

Homes in Arlington Get Pricier — “A total of 237 properties went to closing in September, up 8.7 percent from the 218 transactions a year before… With the increase in sales came a nearly identical hike in average sales price, which was up 8.8 percent to $640,441.” [InsideNova]

Police: Arlington Woman Left Stroller in Middle of Road — “A 19-year-old Arlington woman was arrested on Sunday after she allegedly left an infant in a stroller in the middle of the road in Woodbridge while she bit and assaulted an acquaintance during an argument.” [Prince William Times]

Lidl Struggling to Break Into U.S. Market — Lidl, the German grocery chain with its U.S. headquarters in Crystal City, is reportedly pulling out of a lease deal in Prince George’s County, Md. as it struggles to gain market share in the U.S. [Washington Business Journal]

Lost Dog Taking in Shelter Pets from Puerto Rico — The Arlington-based Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation is among the local organizations taking in shelter pets from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. [WJLA]

Grohl References ‘Mario’s Pizza’ at D.C. Show — Northern Virginia native Dave Grohl said “we’re all going to Mario’s Pizza” while wrapping up a Foo Fighters performance at The Anthem in D.C. last night. The band will headline the venue’s grand opening tonight. [Twitter]

by ARLnow.com Sponsor September 28, 2017 at 6:00 am 0

Attend this free Home Buyer Class hosted by Orange Line Living to learn all about the home purchasing process.

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.

Details

  • When: Monday at 6:00pm on: 10/2 and 10/16
  • Where: Orange Line Living, 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101, Arlington, VA 22209
  • Cost: Free, The first 3 to attend each class get a free Google Chromecast
  • Parking: Validated Parking or Free Street Parking
  • Food: Wine and Cheese
  • Contact: [email protected] or call 571-969-7653

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

How Renters Can Prepare to Buy:

  1. Understand the full cost of ownership: Principal, interest, taxes, insurance, HOA fees and expenses.
  2. Know your tax benefits: Mortgage interest and property taxes are deductible.
  3. Identify mortgages that fit your budget and timeline: Fixed rate vs adjustable, tons of different loan programs requiring from 0% to 20% down.
  4. Start preparing your credit score now: Renters with only 1 credit card should start obtaining more credit and pay on time to establish more history.

Benefits of Attending

  • $1,500 Credit towards your new home or towards early lease termination
  • 12-Month home buy-back guarantee
  • Wine and cheese provided
  • First 3 to attend will receive a Google Chromecast.

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.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor September 26, 2017 at 6:00 am 0

Wydler Brothers Real Estate has expanded its footprint by opening a new office in Arlington, Virginia.

The new office, located in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington, joins the suite of Wydler Brothers’ DC area offices including McLean, VA, Chevy Chase, MD and Washington, DC. The Arlington office is currently home to eight Wydler Brothers agents and is expected to grow to more than a dozen by the end of this year.

Evan Lacopo, a Realtor since 2003, is the Managing Broker of the Arlington office, which is home to talented real estate teams, 3877 Group, Schantz Group and NV Homes Group.

“We are so pleased to have Evan at the helm. Evan has been living in, working and serving the Arlington community for more than 20 years. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and embodies our collaborative and consultative culture,” says Steve Wydler, Principal Broker, Wydler Brothers Real Estate.

“With the growth that the Arlington job market is seeing with the addition of companies like Nestlé and Boeing, it’s the perfect time to stake our claim. Arlington has been one of our core markets since Wydler Brothers’ inception almost 15 years ago. We have some of the best agents in the business and we are actively looking to recruit top talent,” says Evan Lacopo, Managing Broker of the Arlington office.

Arlington is the second-largest principal city of the Washington metropolitan area. It is the highest-income county in the United States by median family income and has the highest concentration of singles in the region.

Wydler Brothers Real Estate is a successful brokerage founded by brothers, Hans and Steve Wydler. The brokerage specializes in fine homes and condominiums throughout the greater DC metro area. With over $1.5 billion in sales since their inception, they were recognized as the most “innovative Realtor in America” by Inman News, the leading trade publication that focuses on residential real estate. Wydler Brothers Real Estate is committed to delivering the highest level of service to clients and providing the best marketing and technical support to their agentsThrough a combination of smart people, cutting-edge technology and a community-knowledge approach.

For more information, contact Kathleen Wilks at Wydler Brothers at 202-276-0638 or [email protected] or visit www.wydlerbrothers.com.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor September 6, 2017 at 4:45 pm 0

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homezen saves you thousands by making it easy to sell your home without an agent.

Alexa and Matt were ready to sell their condo, but found agents to be too impersonal and wanted to save the 3% seller’s commission. After reading about homezen in a local blog they decided to set up a call. “After the initial call we knew homezen was right for us,” said Matt.

They discovered that homezen would not only list their home on the MLS, Redfin, Zillow and other sites, but could help them set a price, offered professional photography, provided all the paperwork and guided them through the entire home selling process.

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Paying the initial fee was simple, and after homezen photographed their condo and uploaded the pictures, the listing went live within 24 hours.

Thirty minutes later, they received their first request for a showing. Every step of the way, homezen was available to answer their questions — via email or on the phone.

“The individualized assistance felt like we were part of a helpful and supportive organization,” said Alexa. “We never felt alone.”

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The couple sold their home for $10,000 above the asking price and saved $20,000 by avoiding paying a seller’s commission.

“We’ve already recommended homezen to many friends and family,” said Matt.

Ready for your homezen success story? Check out their website and their free tools to get started. They offer free instant home valuations, a free sales timeline planner and free phone consultations.

The preceding post was written and sponsored by homezen.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor August 31, 2017 at 6:00 am 0

An exclusive home buying class is being held on Sept. 11 and 18 in Arlington.

The first 3 to attend each class get a free Roku Express!

Looking for a home in a great location but without the high costs? Consider an older home.

  1. Older homes will save you money on your real estate taxes because the assessed value is lower.
  2. In the DC metro region, an older home can save you $50,000 and more compared to newer construction homes in the same neighborhood.
  3. You can always renovate the home later, leaving you with a modern home with more character.

Attend the Home Buyer Class hosted by Orange Line Living and Get $1,500 Towards Your Next Home Purchase!

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 or towards early lease termination
  • 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

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

by ARLnow.com Sponsor August 24, 2017 at 8:00 am 0

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homezen saves you thousands by making it easy to sell your home without an agent.

As fall cools down and the housing market heats up, homezen can save you up to $30,000 or more by helping you sell without an agent.

homezen has already helped 28 homesellers in DC, Virginia, and Maryland save more than $600,000 this year.

What’s homezen? homezen is a digital service that makes it easy to sell your home quickly without an agent and saves you the broker’s commission.

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How? For a low flat fee they give you everything you need, including help pricing, professional photography and they get you on the MLS (and Redfin, Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com and other sites buyers and agents use).

Oh, and they have the lockbox and paperwork covered too. Their professionals support you all the way through the process, so you can go through each step with confidence.

homezen even makes it easy to get started with a free instant home valuation, and you can schedule a free call with one of homezen’s experts to learn more.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up for homezen today.

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by ARLnow.com August 15, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

Eastern Foundry Expanding Again — Government contracting startup accelerator Eastern Foundry is expanding once again. The accelerator is taking a 6,175-square-foot space directly below its Crystal City offices and dividing it into four suites “to attract larger companies that want a foothold in the co-working world.” [Washington Business Journal]

JBG’s Big Plans for Crystal City, Potomac Yard — The newly-merged JBG Smith sees an opportunity to transform its holdings in Pentagon City, Crystal City, Potomac Yard and North Old Town Alexandria into “24/7 environments” that “feel more like the [Rosslyn-Ballston] Corridor.” In Crystal City, the company wants to add new amenities. “What we want to do there is add retail amenities and residential to convince people who work there to live and play there,” said an executive. [Bisnow]

Real Estate Market Continues Upward Trajectory — “Year-over-year home sales and average sales prices across Northern Virginia were up slightly in July, leading to a 6.6-percent increase in total sales volume, according to new figures.” [InsideNova]

Flickr pool photo by Kevin Wolf

by ARLnow.com Sponsor August 10, 2017 at 5:00 pm 0

Looking for a new home but stuck with your current rental? You have options!

  1. Negotiate a break-lease agreement with your landlord
  2. Get the seller of the property you would like to move into to buyout the rest of your lease.
  3. Sublease your rental for the remaining term.

Attend the Home Buyer Class hosted by Orange Line Living and get $1,500 towards ending your lease. The first 3 to attend each class get a free Roku Express!

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 or towards early lease termination
  • 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

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

by Chris Teale July 24, 2017 at 10:05 am 0

Homeowners could be notified in future tax assessments if their property is subject to any special circumstances that would prevent tearing down and rebuilding their house without County Board approval.

Such special circumstances would include homes on so-called pipe-stem lots, which have a narrow “stem” that runs from the street and does not meet requirements for minimum lot width, and in Resource Protection Areas, which help protect environmentally sensitive lands near streams.

If homes are subject to those circumstances, anyone wishing to tear down the current house and build a new one on the same property must go to the Arlington County Board for approval. Projects not hindered by such issues are permitted by right under zoning rules, so long as the new home continues to conform.

Board member Libby Garvey said she has spoken to County Manager Mark Schwartz about including a note to property owners in their tax assessments, which are mailed each year and outline the property tax bill due to the county.

“That’s one piece of paper that pretty much everyone in the county looks at,” Garvey told ARLnow last week. “So that seems like a really good place to put information like that with an asterisk or note, but we have to see if we can actually do that.”

Garvey and colleague John Vihstadt suggested the change at the July 15 County Board meeting, after a plan to build a new home in Ashton Heights ran into difficulties in June because of its location on a pipe-stem lot. The family that owns the N. Kenmore Street property did not realize it would require special approval to build a new house, a costly process in terms of time and expense.

After community meetings and some modifications to the proposed new house between June and July’s meetings, the Board unanimously approved the plan. Vihstadt said the county must make such issues more understandable for county residents, including on the designated web page for pipe-stem lots, which he said must be “a better information source.”

“Despite the happy ending, it would have been much simpler had the family known from the start that they faced this extra challenge,” Garvey said last week in an email to constituents. “We need to find a simple way for residents to know when their current or potential homes have some special situation that could affect their ability to build.”

Schwartz said at the July 15 meeting that while the county is committed to simplifying its permitting process, he warned that applicants must also do the necessary leg-work for such projects.

“I think people need to be aware there is still a requirement on their part to do their due diligence,” he said. “If they were to somehow rely on a notation on a website from us, it’s hard to believe but sometimes we make mistakes, and due diligence is required on the part of the applicant to do their research through the appropriate legal means.”

County Attorney Steve MacIsaac agreed, and noted that from a legal standpoint, the county can only help in so many ways.

“It’s incumbent on anyone who’s buying anything to be sure they know what they’re buying,” he said. “The ‘buyer beware’ phrase definitely applies to land, and you’ve got to know what you can do with it before you buy it.”

Image via county presentation

by ARLnow.com Sponsor July 21, 2017 at 1:00 pm 0

5716 5th Street N.
Neighborhood: Bluemont
Listed: $999,000
Open: Sunday, July 23, from 1-4 p.m.

Located on a quiet cul-de-sac near the bike path to Ballston, this sun filled 2009 colonial has been refreshed and is in pristine move in condition.

Enter through the front porch to an inviting foyer with powder room, coat closet and wood floors that extend through the main and upper levels. The kitchen features generous wood cabinets, granite countertops, KitchenAid stainless appliances and is open to the dining and family rooms.

A gas fireplace is the focal point of the spacious family room, which accommodates media, play and gathering spaces. This room overlooks the fenced back yard and the spacious two car detached garage.

Upstairs, the master bedroom features a tray ceiling, built-ins, two closets, and a private bathroom. The second bedroom offers vaulted ceilings and double closet, and the third bedroom also has a large closet. Also on this level is the laundry area and linen storage.

In the daylight lower level, the rec room has high ceilings, tall windows and a door to the rear yard. What an ideal space for gatherings of family and friends. The fourth bedroom and third bathroom are on the lower level along with utility and storage areas.

The home is conveniently located between Ballston and Westover Village, parks, library and the bikepath. Ashlawn Elementary, Kenmore Middle School and Washington-Lee High School.

Walkable, commutable, and livable Arlington at its best!

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Listed by:
Betsy Twigg
Washington Fine Properties
703-967-4391
[email protected]

by ARLnow.com Sponsor July 20, 2017 at 6:00 am 0

6229 Washington Blvd
Neighborhood: Westover
Price: $1,495,000
Open House*: Sunday, July 23 from 2-4 p.m.

Arlington’s finest new home! This stunning new single-family home, built by Madison Homes, offers an extensive list of upgraded features and top quality craftsmanship.

The wonderful open floor plan is perfect for living and entertaining and includes 9-foot ceilings on all 3 levels. The stunning, gourmet kitchen opens to the family room and breakfast area with quartz counters and stainless appliances. Oversized windows and a four-panel sliding door open out to a spacious, flat and fully fenced rear yard.

Located in North Arlington this new home is just blocks from both the East Falls Church Metro and the shops, restaurants, and farmers market at Westover. Minutes to I-66 and Ballston these homes are a commuter’s dream! Side entry garage offers a private turnaround.

Offering close to 5,000 square feet on 3 levels this home is just right for everyday living with 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The upper level includes a gorgeous master suite with “his” and “her” closets, an expansive master bathroom with a grand walk-in shower and separate soaking tub.

The walk-up fully finished lower level offers a recreation room, bonus room and the fifth bedroom with a full bath. Other great features include a spacious 2 car garage with mudroom and cubbies, detailed panel molding and buffet counter in the dining room and upper level laundry room with built in cabinets and granite countertops. Tuckahoe Elementary School, Swanson Middle School and Yorktown High School.

*Open House is at 6231 Washington Blvd on Sunday, July 23 from 2-4 p.m. Two homes are for sale, 6229 and 6231 Washington Blvd.

Listed By:
Anne DiBenedetto
Washington Fine Properties
703-615-1897
[email protected]

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