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by ARLnow.com Sponsor — May 26, 2016 at 1:45 pm 0

4427 Vacation Lane
Neighborhood: Donaldson Run
List Price: $900,000

Cool and contemporary… this unparalleled Arlington, mid-century home marries sleek elements and warm touches to create a perfect escape.

The main-level living area boasts a generous living room with cozy fireplace plus a formal dining room, but also spills outside to a breathtaking and lush backyard. The panoramic view of the home’s outdoor space can be enjoyed from the comforts of the beautifully renovated kitchen, which is complete with stainless steel appliances and granite counters. Three bedrooms round-out the main-level space – discover the master suite and master bath with special touches, like Carrera marble, Travertine tile, and a bathroom heat lamp.

Upstairs, relax in the sunny, spacious loft, which has the flexibility to be used as an additional bedroom, recreation room, or library. The loft also has a private bath featuring a one-of-a-kind century-old glass mosaic, and granite counter with matching bench in the shower.

4427 Vacation Lane offers truly divine outdoor living. The long driveway and detached garage provide plenty of private parking. Grab a bottle from the built-in wine closet and retreat to the marble stone patio in the sanctuary of a back yard – a spacious, certified wildlife habitat complete with blueberry bushes, fig tree, and natural landscaping aplenty.

Contact agent Virginia Gergoff at 202-243-7777 or [email protected].

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — May 24, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

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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: Are there any techniques I can use to understand how much to offer and/or pay for a home? How often do people pay above the asking price?

Determining the right offer and purchase price for a home is a combination of analysis and feel. Here are some of the steps I take when arriving at these numbers:

Comparable Sales (aka Comps): This is the most common and analytical way of determining fair value. It’s also how most sellers come up with the list price. Comp analysis is the practice of reviewing the sales price of similar/comparable homes to come up with the market price of the subject home. The criteria, geographic location, and amount of time you look back (e.g. 6 months vs 2 years) are dependent on the subject property and the availability of “good” comps. For example, if you’re buying a 1BR condo in a large building, there’s a good chance you can find a few nearly identical sales going back only 6 months. If you’re buying a large custom-built home surrounded mostly by homes of different size and style, you’re going to have to get a little creative in your search.

Days on Market: Days on Market (number of days a property has been listed for sale) is a great place to start when discussing a discount from list price. The longer a home sits without a contract, the higher the opportunity for a discount from the list price. I’ll let the following graphic of quarterly home sales in Arlington explain. Note: 100% means the buyer paid full ask, 95% means they paid 5% under ask. Each bar represents a range of days on market when the property went under contract.

Chart

Seller Preferences: It’s important to find out if there’s anything other than sales price that’s important to the seller. Sometimes they’d like a rent-back period to give them time to purchase their next home or they have school-age children and don’t want to sell until the school year is over. Being aware of and accommodating these preferences creates a great opportunity for buyer savings.

Buyer Preferences: The right price isn’t always based on fair market value, but also what you, the buyer, wants. Have you been searching for months and this is the first home you found something that feels like “the one?” Are you only planning to live there for 2-3 years before buying your next “forever” home and more interested in getting a good deal than the perfect fit? You need to ask yourself how you’ll feel if you make a low offer, dig in on negotiations, and end up losing out to a buyer who submits a better offer during your negotiations. The bigger the discount you’re targeting, generally, the longer the negotiation period and more exposure to competitive offers.

Paying Over Asking Price: Sometimes it’s necessary to pay above the asking price in order to get the right home. Paying above the asking price is difficult for many buyers to accept, but is more common than you’d think. Out of 2,854 standard sales (non-foreclosure, short sale or bank-owned) in Arlington in 2015, 475 or 16.6% went for over the list price (factoring any seller credits in). The largest premium paid was 14.3% over ask, the median days on market was 5 days, and 420 of the homes sold over ask were on the market for 10 days or less.

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 http://www.RealtyDCMetro.com.

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.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — May 20, 2016 at 2:00 pm 0

4631 34th Street S.
Neighborhood: Fairlington
List Price: $539,000
Open House: Sunday, May 22 from 1-4 p.m.

The good life begins at home in this rare four level, 1,700+ square foot, Clarendon model townhouse with three bedrooms (2 masters) and three full baths on four finished levels.

Step inside to beautiful hardwood flooring and an open floor plan. The open kitchen leads to a lovely private Georgetown-style patio, perfect for grilling and entertaining.

The Fairlington neighborhood is known for its charm, pet-friendliness, and wonderful amenities with multiple pools, tennis and basketball courts, a community center, weekly farmer’s market and more. You’ll love living so conveniently to Shirlington and major commuter routes. Welcome home to the good life!

Visit this webpage for more information including a 3-D immersion tour.

Contact: Donna Hamaker, Realtor
Buck & Associates
DonnaHamaker.com
(703) 582-7779
[email protected]

by ARLnow.com — May 20, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

Bikes for sale in the Barcroft neighborhood (Flickr pool photo by Dennis Dimick)

Is Aircraft Noise Getting Worse? — Washington Post columnist Petula Dvorak has taken up the issue of aircraft noise complaints in Arlington. Some residents say the noise has gotten worse recently, particularly with more helicopters and tilt-rotor V-22 Ospreys overhead. So far, the Dept. of Defense has not explained the purpose of the numerous Osprey flights. [Washington Post]

Amish Super PAC Has HQ in Clarendon — A political action committee that’s trying to convince the Amish to vote for Donald Trump this fall has its headquarters in Clarendon. [Quartz]

Arlington Honored as ‘Walk Friendly Community’ — Arlington has again been honored as a Gold-level Walk Friendly Community. Arlington is one of 15 communities nationwide to achieve the gold rating. [Arlington County]

‘Whimsical’ Old Victorian Farmhouse For Sale — A “whimsical” Queen Anne-style Victorian home that dates back to 1881 is on the market for $1.3 million. The home, in Arlington’s Waycroft-Woodlawn neighborhood, was the setting of a notable children’s novel, among other distinctions. [Washington Post]

InsideNova Implements New Ads? — InsideNova, the web home of the Arlington Sun Gazette, appears to be running 30 second video ads that cannot be closed with each new page view. That’s what ARLnow.com encountered this morning; it’s unclear if that is happening for every user. InsideNova content was previously placed behind a paywall, which has since been quietly removed. [InsideNova]

Flickr pool photo by Dennis Dimick

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — May 19, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

Orange Line Living logo3% off the list price guaranteed or we pay you the difference in cash 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*

The Orange Line Living and Keri Shull Team are hosting a Free Home Buyer Seminar on May 23rd.

The event 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 along with ways to get the best mortgage.

The Orange Line Living and Keri Shull Team together have helped over 200 families purchase homes in 2015. Together, they are the #1 real estate team in Arlington and #1 real estate team in Virginia by volume. Also, not forgetting to mention top 5 in the D.C. metro area as well. Their aim is to help even more families find their dream home in 2016 and you have the opportunity to be one of those people.

Details

When: May 23, 2016 from 6pm-8pm
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.vipbuyerseminar.com or email [email protected].

The preceeding post is written and sponsored by Orange Line Living. *terms and conditions apply

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — May 18, 2016 at 8:20 am 0

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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.MrArlington.com or calling 703-836-6116 today!

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

What is the best day to search for reduced price homes?

Well, let’s preface my two cents with… a great bargain can pop up at anytime, really. But, if we’re looking at the volume of properties being reduced on specific days of the week, Thursdays and Fridays seem to be most popular (as you’ve probably picked up on based on the properties showcased in this column).

The reason for the Thursday/Friday influx is sellers are trying to appeal to prospective buyers preparing for a weekend search. What better way to catch their eye than with a reduced price before hitting the road?

If you’re looking for the most recent deals in Arlington County, give me a shout. Whether you’re gearing up for a weekend journey or midweek trek, I’m always happy to help you GET MORE out of your real estate transaction.

This week, as of May 15, there are 247 detached homes, 64 townhouses and 344 apartments for sale throughout Arlington County. In total, 60 homes experienced a price reduction in the past week.

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

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

by ARLnow.com — May 13, 2016 at 9:15 am 0

Gov. Terry McAuliffe signs two pieces of legislation at Wakefield High School on 5/12/16 (Photo courtesy Arlington County)

More Metro Issues This Morning — A signal problem near the King Street Metro station has led to significant delays on the Blue and Yellow lines this morning. [Twitter, Twitter]

Big Changes Planned for Ballston Church — The Central United Methodist Church at 4201 Fairfax Drive in Ballston is planning a complete redevelopment of its 30,000 square foot property. Preliminary plans have been filed to build “a new church, a new preschool space, and a seven-story, 132-unit apartment building — 60 percent market-rate and 40 percent dedicated affordable.” [Washington Business Journal]

McAuliffe Signs Bills at Wakefield HS — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed two pieces of education legislation at Wakefield High School yesterday, as pictured above. The new laws “will lead to an overhaul of the state’s high school graduation requirements, aiming to make high school more relevant to the working world” and better supporting students who start a career after high school. [Washington Post, Twitter]

Reagan Airport Bridge Closed This Weekend — Starting at 11 p.m. tonight, through early Monday morning, drivers heading to Reagan National Airport will not be able to access it via the Route 233 bridge over Jefferson Davis Highway. Ongoing construction prompted the planned closure. [Patch]

Solar House for Sale — A “one-of-a-kind luxury home” is for sale in Cherrydale. The five-bedroom house features a 10KW photovoltaic solar panel array, an energy recovery ventilation system, two-story screened porch, two-car garage, third floor loft with wet bar, a 560 square foot rooftop deck, exercise room with yoga/MMA flooring and an outdoor shower. It’s listed at just under $1.9 million. [Truplace]

Reminder: Chamber Hosts Candidate Forum Monday — The Arlington Chamber of Commerce is hosting a County Board candidate forum this coming Monday. The forum, featuring a discussion of topics important to the Arlington business community, is taking place from 6-8 p.m. at the Rosslyn Hyatt (1325 Wilson Boulevard). Democrats Libby Garvey and Erik Gutshall, and independent Audrey Clement, are set to participate in the forum, which will be moderated by ARLnow.com editor Scott Brodbeck. Tickets are $10. [Arlington Chamber of Commerce]

Photo via Arlington County

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — May 12, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

2520 N. Fairfax Drive #4DIII, Arlington, VA 22201
Neighborhood: Clarendon
List Price: $774,900
Open House: Sunday, May 15 from 2-4 p.m.

Gorgeous three-level townhome located in the heart of Clarendon in the popular Barton Place community!

This home’s features include 3 master bedroom suites, a beautifully updated kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Lavish living room is equipped with wood burning fireplace and large bay window with window seat. Beautiful upper level master bedroom with vaulted ceiling, skylights and doors to rooftop deck. Only a short walk to Courthouse and Clarendon Metro stations, shops & restaurants.

To schedule a private showing, please call 571-969-7653.

Listed by Orange Line Living / Optime Realty.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — May 10, 2016 at 12:30 pm 0

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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: At a macro level, are we in a buyer’s or seller’s market?

Economists measure markets by months of housing supply, which is determined by dividing the number of homes listed for sale (housing inventory) by how many homes are being sold per month (absorption rate). Economists have determined that a well-balanced housing market, one that is neutral to buyers and sellers, has six months of housing supply. If there is less than six months of supply, it’s a seller’s market and if there is more than six months of supply, it’s a buyer’s market.

It’s a Seller’s Market

Arlington is a seller’s market and has been for a long time. The table below shows just how short the entire market is on housing – nationally, regionally, and locally.

Table

Arlington hasn’t had more than 5 months of housing supply in the last 10 years:

Chart

I added the 10-year trends for the Mid-Atlantic, Northern Virginia, and Washington D.C. to the blog section of my website.

Certain Buyers Hold More Bargaining Power

I took a deeper look into some of the Arlington sub-markets and found that in the $1M+ price range, the market is almost balanced with over five months of supply in March, whereas the $600,000-$800,000 market is by far the most competitive for buyers with just 1.13 months of supply in March (.81 in February!). This is due to the absorption rate being nearly five times higher for the $600,000-$800,000 range and there being about three times more active listings priced at $1M+.

Additionally, the three bedroom market is the most advantageous for sellers, with only 1.45 months of supply, whereas the buyers hold the most bargaining power on five bedroom homes, with 4.11 months of supply available, likely due to a trend I identified in a previous article that more new Craftsman builds are going with five bedrooms instead of four.

This is great news for potential sellers in Arlington. The good news if you’re a buyer? You’ll eventually be a seller! And based on our 10-year trends, you’ll be at an advantage!

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 http://www.RealtyDCMetro.com.

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.

by ARLnow.com — May 10, 2016 at 9:20 am 0

Bicyclists on a group ride in Lyon Park

McAuliffe to Sign Bills at Wakefield HS — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe will sign two pieces of school-related legislation during a visit to Wakefield High School Thursday morning. McAuliffe will sign SB 336/HB 895, which updates and modernizes high school graduation requirements, and SB 573/HB 279, which makes it easier for those in Career and Technical Education fields to become adjunct teachers.

Clement Calls for More Paving — Perennial candidate Audrey Clement, who is running as an independent for County Board, is calling for Arlington County to accelerate its street paving. “There are way too many potholes and cracked and broken pavements for Arlington residents to drive or walk safely to work, school, or shopping centers — let alone to bike,” Clement said. [Audrey Clement]

County Regroups After Crowdfunding Fail — Arlington County tried to raise $10,000 in donations to make the Glebe and Lang Street Community Garden accessible to those with disabilities. After raising only $465, the county is looking for matching funds in its budget to build a scaled-down version of its original plan. [Washington Post]

Basketball Star Selling Lyon Park Home — Trajan Langdon, who recently was named Assistant General Manager of the Brooklyn Nets, is selling his Lyon Park home for $2 million. Langdon was a first round draft pick who struggled in the NBA but went on to stardom in the Euroleague. The home includes a soda machine and a giant walk-in shoe closet. [Real House Life of Arlington]

Proposed CIP Doesn’t Include New High School — Arlington Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Patrick Murphy’s proposed Capital Improvement Plan includes additions to Arlington’s three comprehensive high schools, which will add 800 seats, but does not include a plan for a new high school. Even with the additions, Arlington’s public high schools are expected to be overcapacity by the early 2020s. [InsideNova]

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — May 5, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

Navigating the Real Estate Jungle: Everything you need to know about the home buying and selling process… plus everything else you SHOULD know!

BicycleBrought to you by Bicycling Realty Group at Arlington’s Keller Williams Realty.

DATE: Saturday, May 7

TIME: 8:30 a.m. (Registration)
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM (Seminar)

KW Metro Center LOGO ARLINGTON BLACKWHERE: Keller Williams Office (2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 100)

COST: Free of Charge. Wear a hat to celebrate derby day and get a complimentary staging coupon when we list your house!

COMPLIMENTARY BREAKFAST with a Kentucky Derby Theme.

Navigating the home buying and selling process can be intimidating, but with a little education it doesn’t have to be. Real estate professionals Natalie Roy and Jane Ramirez will walk you through the process. One of our lender partners will also be on deck to discuss the importance of obtaining a mortgage pre-approval and the various home mortgage programs options that are available. Space is limited so sign up early. We look forward to seeing you this Saturday! REGISTER HERE.

For more information on this event contact Jane Ramirez at 571-268-5606 (cell), email at [email protected] or Natalie Roy at 703-819-4915 (cell), 703-224-6000 (office) or [email protected].

Natalie Roy and Jane Ramirez

If you have a brokerage relationship with another agency, this is not intended as a solicitation. Each Keller Williams Realty office is independently owned and operated.

The preceding post was written and sponsored by Bicycling Realty Group.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — May 3, 2016 at 7:30 am 0

The proceeding post is sponsored and written by Rosslyn Key

As developers scrambled over recent years to meet the demand for luxury homes in the D.C. area they pushed projects further and further into the suburbs, losing much of the urban appeal, character and convenience that is found in the area’s epicenter. Families followed the real estate trend and moved further out in search of new construction communities, but young professionals quickly filled the area’s urban spaces. What followed this shift in demographics was a resurgence of energy and an immediate demand for a vibrant social lifestyle in what were formerly considered to be “boring” neighborhoods.

Rosslyn was one of the most notable benefactors of this urban resurgence as the neighborhood transitioned from a pass-through area of corporate buildings and lunch delis to an area rich in dining, shopping and nightlife. Most importantly Rosslyn emerged from this transition and maintained its urban character, becoming very appealing to homebuyers looking for exactly that.

A problem for home shoppers arose, however, as professionals drawn to Rosslyn’s urban feel and newfound social vibrancy were hard pressed to find newly constructed homes to purchase. Most of what was on the market were remnants of the “boring” Rosslyn, requiring buyers to consider costly upgrades following a purchase if they wanted the latest in modern luxury. Enter Rosslyn Key.

Rosslyn Key, an urban community of luxury townhomes by Madison Homes, gave buyers exactly what they wanted: new construction luxury homes with all the conveniences and urban appeal Rosslyn had to offer. Purchasing a newly constructed home within walking distance to both Georgetown and Clarendon without having to remodel or reconstruct became a mission for high-end home shoppers in this transformed neighborhood, and Rosslyn Key delivered.

The community of 4-level city townhomes offers standard features such as Thermador designer kitchens, hardwood floors, rooftop terraces, 2 car garages and even have elevators available all within 3 blocks to Rosslyn’s metro, shopping and bistros. The features and layout of these townhomes are certainly one of a kind.

Rosslyn Key scratched the itched of the luxury buyer looking for new construction. Because of everything these townhomes have to offer combined with their location in one of the D.C. Metro’s hottest neighborhoods, buyers have already snatched up 20 of the 25 available homes. Only 5 remain before Rosslyn Key is completely sold out.

Priced from $1.3 million, Rosslyn Key truly combined luxury with location to become Arlington’s hottest townhome community. Visit RosslynKey.com to view the floor plans, features and options in each of these homes. The furnished model home is open Friday – Tuesday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. or by appointment to see these amazing homes in person or call 703-665-1792 to set an appointment. Visit rosslynkey.com for more information.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — April 22, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

The following promoted post was written and sponsored by Orange Line Living.

Orange Line Living logoYour home sold guaranteed, or we sell it for free! If you have a home to sell, buy a home with us and we guarantee the sale of your home or we’ll buy it! *exclusive to event attendees only*

The Orange Line Living and Keri Shull team are hosting a Home Seller Seminar event on April 25th at our Rosslyn office located at 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101, in Arlington. We will have specialists on hand (including lenders and listing agents) to give you an overview of the home selling process.

We will be providing a few additional benefits to all seminar attendees:

  • Contractor Credit to get your home ready for the market. ($250 value)
  • Free Home Valuation

The Orange Line Living and Keri Shull Team together have helped over 360 families buy and sell homes in 2015. Together, they are the #1 real estate team in Arlington and #1 real estate team in Virginia by volume. Also, not forgetting to mention top 5 in the D.C. metro area as well. Their aim is to help even more families find their dream home in 2016 and you have the opportunity to be one of those people.

We will be providing drinks and appetizers. Space is limited to sign up now so you do not miss out. For information, click here, email [email protected] or give us a call at 571-969-7653.

Details:

When: April 25, 2016 from 6pm-8pm

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.vipsellerseminar.com or email [email protected].

*terms and conditions apply

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — April 14, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

Orange Line Living logoThree percent off the list price guaranteed or we pay you the difference in cash 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*

The Orange Line Living and Keri Shull Team are hosting two Free Home Buyer Seminar events on April 16 and 18.

The events will have specialists on hand, including lenders and buyer agents, to give you an overview of the buying process. They have also partnered with special guest speaker Elysia Stobbe of NFM Lending to give tips on how to get the best mortgage. She will also be raffling away her #1 Best Seller on Amazon “How To Get Approved for the Best Mortgage Without Sticking a Fork in Your Eye” to all attendees.

Elysia has 12 years of experience in the industry of home mortgages and has closed more than 250 million in residential mortgage loans. She has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post about her mortgage lending expertise.

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 along with ways to get the best mortgage.

The Orange Line Living and Keri Shull Team together have helped over 200 families purchase homes in 2015. Together, they are the #1 real estate team in Arlington and #1 real estate team in Virginia by volume. Also, not forgetting to mention top 5 in the D.C. metro area as well. Their aim is to help even more families find their dream home in 2016 and you have the opportunity to be one of those people.

Details:

When: April 16, 2016 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. & April 18, 2016 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.vipbuyerseminar.com or email [email protected].

The preceding post was written and sponsored by Orange Line Living. * terms and conditions apply

by ARLnow.com — March 31, 2016 at 8:45 am 0

Arlington sign inside a Ballston office building

Low House Rental Profits in Arlington — Of 448 U.S. counties with a population over 100,000, Arlington County has the lowest annual gross yield on rentals of single family homes. Those renting their homes can expect a low return on their investment: only 3.3 percent in Arlington. [RealtyTrac]

Women of Vision Nominations Begin — The Arlington County Commission on the Status of Women is accepting nominations for its 2016 Women of Vision Awards. The nomination deadline is April 15. [ARLnow]

Mrs. Arlington Spotlights Child Sex Abuse — Former TV anchor and current Capitol Hill comms director Jen “Elizabeth” Peace is using her title as the reigning Mrs. Arlington to bring attention to the issue of child sexual abuse. Peace will compete for the title of Mrs. Virginia the weekend of April 22. [Arlington Connection]

Historical Society’s Washington Walk — The Arlington Historical Society will be hosting a “Washington Forest History Walk” next weekend. The free event will retrace the footsteps of George Washington as he surveyed his land in what is now Arlington. [InsideNova]

Creeping Easter Bunny on Newspaper Cover — This week’s cover of the Arlington Connection newspaper features an Easter bunny that’s trying to sneak up on kids in the woods, with the headline “Easter Surprise.” Is this the “creepiest Easter bunny ever,” as one emailer suggested? [Arlington Connection]

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