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by ARLnow.com — March 24, 2017 at 2:30 pm 0

It’s the perfect time to look for a new home. There are plenty of houses and condos on view in Arlington this weekend.

Check out our real estate section for a full listing of open houses this weekend. Here are a few highlights:

4306 N. Pershing Drive
1 Bed/1 Bath Townhome
Agent: Katie Wethman
Listed: $219,900
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

2311 25th Street S
3 Bed/2 Bath Condo
Agent: Donna Sehler
Listed: $489,000
Open: Sunday 1:30-4 p.m.

 

309 S. Veitch Street
3 Bed/2 Bath Townhome
Agent: Margaret Asten
Listed: $475,000
Open: Sunday 12-4 p.m.

 

3704 Lorcom Lane
2 Bed/3 Bath Single-Family Detached
Agent: Katherine Herzig
Listed: $784,000
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

1821 N. Columbus Street
4 Bed/3.5 Bath Single-Family Detached
Agent: Ing-ing Liu
Listed: $889,900
Open: Sunday 1-3:30 p.m.

 

418 N. Nelson Street
4 Beds/2.5 Bath Single-Family Detached
Agent: Natalie Roy
Listed: $1,150,000
Open: Saturday 1-4 p.m.

 

2804 16th Street S
5 Bed/4.5 Bath Single-Family Detached
Agent: Inga Beermann
Listed: $1,199,900
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

Interested in getting your open house listed? Email us.

by ARLnow.com — March 23, 2017 at 10:30 am 0

Arlingtonwood is a tiny, affluent neighborhood nestled near the GW Parkway and Chain Bridge in the far northern corner of Arlington.

Amid what is otherwise an idyllic suburban scene along N. Richmond Street, one house stands out: a low-slung brick home covered in handwritten signs and Sharpie-scrawled writing on the white siding and doors.

“POISONED HOUSE, DO NOT ENTER – KEEP OUT,” reads the writing next to the main entrance. “DO NOT TAKE AND DO NOT REMOVE ANY POISONED ITEMS FROM MY POISONED HOUSE.”

The note goes on to claim that the house was poisoned in 1999 with various “dangerous substances” and that the “poisoning was proved to the FBI and Arlington police including other U.S. government agencies.”

“U.S. President Clinton was informed in 2000 and U.S. President Bush in 2001,” the sign continues.

Needless to say, neighbors are not happy with the signage.

“I have contacted the [county] and Arlington states there is nothing they can do because the signs are on private property,” one resident told ARLnow.com. “These signs affect everyone in the area as this home is stating there are poisonous gases everywhere (in the ground, her house, etc.). People stop all the time and ask if it is safe to be in the area.”

Gary Greene, Code Enforcement Section Chief for Arlington County, confirmed that there is basically nothing the county can do about the signs and writing. He said that the county has received seven complaints about the home in the past 12 years and that the only actionable code violations found — like an overgrown lawn — were corrected by the homeowner, who does not live in the house.

There is one outstanding “minor” code violation, Greene said, but it has nothing to do with the house being vacant or covered with signs. The signs are not in violation of Virginia law or county ordinance, he said.

“The signs, letters and wall writings visible on the front façade of the property were placed there in 2005 by the property owner; they have been a primary driver for complaint calls,” Greene said. “The signs, letters and wall writings are not of a commercial or political nature and have not been found in violation of any of Arlington’s property related ordinances.”

The house, which was recently assessed by the county at $862,500, was nearly auctioned by Arlington County in 2015 for non-payment of property taxes — but the taxes were eventually paid along with a penalty fee and interest, county records show. It is currently in good standing with the tax office after $8,570.16 in property taxes were paid in 2016.

by ARLnow.com — March 22, 2017 at 10:35 am 0

Reeves farmhouse (image courtesy Arlington County)

The Arlington County Board voted unanimously yesterday to move forward with the sale of the historic Reeves farmhouse in Bluemont.

Despite a last push from a group that wants the farmhouse converted into a learning center for students, the county says that selling the farmhouse to a private buyer, who will be required to “maintain its historic integrity,” is the only economical way to preserve it for future generations.

“The County’s goal is to preserve the historic character of Reeves farmhouse and to preserve the site’s two acres of open space, the raised gardens, sledding hill and milk shed,” the county said in a press release.

“The County’s efforts to achieve the sort of successful partnership to restore the Reevesland farmhouse that it has achieved with other projects have been hampered by the estimated, and increasing, cost of renovating the farmhouse and bringing it up to code for public use, estimated to be in the range of $2.5 – $3 million, as well as an unspecified amount for ongoing maintenance and operating costs.”

The full press release, after the jump.

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by ARLnow.com — March 17, 2017 at 12:10 pm 0

Looking for a new home? There are plenty of houses and condos to look around in Arlington this weekend.

Check out our real estate section for a full listing of open houses this weekend. Here are a few highlights:

4390 Lorcom Lane
2 Bed/1.5 Bath Condo
Agent: Conor Sullivan
Listed: $224,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

2100 Lee Highway
2 Bed/1.5 Bath Condo
Agent: Robert Kenney
Listed: $417,700
Open: Sunday 12-2 p.m.

 

1151 S. Edison Street
3 Bed/2 Bath Townhome
Agent: Donna Sehler
Listed: $639,000
Open: Sunday 1:30-4 p.m.

 

859 North Frederick Street
3 Bed/1 Bath Townhome
Agent: Richard Cutrera
Listed: $675,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

3219 5th Street S
4 Bed/2.5 Bath Single-Family Detached
Agent: Dina Gorrell
Listed: $849,500
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

2973 22nd Street S
4 Beds/3.5 Bath Single-Family Detached
Agent: Deborah Gorham
Listed: $924,900
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

2804 16th Street S
5 Bed/4.5 Bath Single-Family Detached
Agent: Inga Beermann
Listed: $1,249,900
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

Interested in getting your open house listed? Email us.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — March 17, 2017 at 8:30 am 0

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Just Listed highlights Arlington properties that just came on the market within the past week. This feature is written and sponsored by Team Cathell, “Your Orange Line Specialists.”

The snow must have scared off sellers from listing their homes this week. Only 62 new listings came on the market, compared to 87 new listings last week. But buyers proved that the market is at full throttle by ratifying 83 contracts this week. Of those, the average days on market has dropped to just 32, and the average list price rose to $675,609. Of those sold, 33 were snatched up within a week of hitting the market.

At this pace of sales, and with only a total of 427 homes actively for sale, Arlington’s inventory has shrunk to just 1.28 months of supply. That’s starting to look like the crazy days in 2005. It’s undeniably now a seller’s market.

Mortgage rates bounced up and down this week with the Feds hike in its short inter-bank rate. Mortgage rates actually dropped right after the announcement. Rates ended the week lower at 4.25% for a 30-yr fixed rate. The Fed’s move will make consumer debt more expensive. The average credit card holder will pay $40 more per year in interest. And a home equity line of $30,000 will cost an extra $75 a year.

Click to see all the fresh new inventory in MRIS and call Team Cathell (703-975-2500) when you find a home you like.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — March 15, 2017 at 4:45 pm 0

2804 16th Street S.
Neighborhood: Columbia Heights
Listing Price: $1,249,900
Open House: Sunday, March 19 from 1-4 p.m.

Welcome home! This gorgeous, new construction Craftsman offers over 4,200 square feet of luxury living.

In addition to its location across Walter Reed Park and proximity to all Columbia Pike attractions, this 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath house, constructed by Stanley Martin Custom Homes, has all the amenities Arlingtonians have come to expect.

The highlight of the spacious, light-filled main level is the gourmet kitchen, which features an oversized island, wine rack, and top-of-the-line EnergyStar appliances. Open to the large family room and fireplace, it also provides access to the raised deck and fully-fenced yard with southern exposure. A separate dining room, half bath, and home office round out this floor.

Upstairs, the master suite impresses with boxed tray ceilings, 2 walk-in closets, and a spa-like bath, which features a glass-enclosed shower with dual shower heads, and separate soaking tub. There are 3 more bedrooms on the upper level, all generously sized with walk-in closets, direct access to bathrooms, and ceiling fans. There is also a large laundry room, filled with natural light.

The finished lower level is an entertainer’s dream with 9′ ceilings and wet bar, accented by a top-of-the-line wine fridge. Guests will enjoy the privacy of a bedroom and full bath, in addition to a separate walkout.

Details and custom features are abundant and include feather closers on all cabinets, built-in trash and recycling bins, USB charging station, and additional access to the alarm system, thermostat, and floodlights from the master suite. Additionally, the home comes with a comprehensive, 10-year warranty!

See all details here.

Stop by to see this stunning home in person this Sunday from 1-4 p.m., or contact Inga Beermann with Keller Williams Realty at [email protected].

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — March 14, 2017 at 6:00 am 0

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Dan Lesniak, author of The HyperLocal HyperFast Real Estate Agent, is hosting a Home Buying Seminar event on March 20 from 6-8 p.m. at our Rosslyn office located at 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101.

The seminar will last approximately 1 hour and then we will have time after for questions and 1 on 1 appointments.

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.

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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].

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The preceding was written and sponsored by Orange Line Living.

by ARLnow.com — March 10, 2017 at 2:30 pm 0

Looking for somewhere new to live? There are plenty of homes and condos to browse in Arlington this weekend.

Check out our real estate section for a full listing of open houses this weekend. Here are a few highlights:

1600 N. Oak Street
1 Bed/1 Bath Condo
Agent: Zabrine Watson
Listed: $399,990
Open: Saturday 2-4 p.m.

 

2330 14th Street N.
1 Bed/1 Bath Condo
Agent: Gene Mechling
Listed: $409,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

2220 S. Quincy Street
3 Bed/2.5 Bath Townhome
Agent: Cynthia Schneider
Listed: $494,950
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

2632 Kenmore Court
3 Bed/3.5 Bath Townhome
Agent: Peggy Parker
Listed: $719,900
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

224 N. Nelson Street
3 Bed/2 Bath Single-Family Detached
Agent: Kathryn Loughney
Listed: $799,000
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

1610 N. Queen Street
2 Beds/2 Bath Condo
Agent: Keri Shull
Listed: $979,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

2356 S. Pierce Street
4 Bed/3 Bath Single-Family Detached
Agent: Virginia Smith
Listed: $1,050,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

3223 1st St N3223 1st Street N.
6 Bed/5.5 Bath Single-Family Detached
Agent: Ron Cathell
Listed: $1,834,888
Open: Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

Interested in getting your open house listed? Email us.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — March 9, 2017 at 5:30 pm 0

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Here’s how it works: First, they run a pricing analysis to help you understand the value of your home; they dispatch professional photographers to make your home look great; and they place your listing on the MLS, and they even give you lockbox so your home literally shows itself. homezen also provides the necessary legal paperwork, and guides you all the way through closing.

How do you save all that money? Instead of charging the standard 6 percent commission fee, Homezen charges a low flat fee. Since launching last year, they’ve already saved sellers a lot of money in Arlington, Alexandria, McLean, Logan Circle, Capitol Hill, Brookland, the Palisades, Glover Park and beyond.

Homezen even helped one Arlingtonian sell his condo without an agent, and now he’s using the money he saved to travel around the world.

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by ARLnow.com Sponsor — March 3, 2017 at 2:30 pm 0

Have you been looking into purchasing a new construction condominium or townhome in Arlington or Washington, D.C.?

The Keri Shull Team is excited to announce a new condo sales center at their 1600 Wilson Blvd office. This is the perfect way to learn about all of the newest and most well appointed properties in Arlington and D.C. without the hassle of finding all the information for yourself.

Stop by to learn about amenities, features, floor plans, fees, available units, and everything else you could ever want to know about all the condo buildings in Arlington and D.C. Whether you have been researching for a while now or are in stage one of your new condo search, the information will be tailored to your situation.

All of the homework has been done for you, so come by this coming Sunday afternoon!

When: March 5 from 2-4 p.m.

Where: 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101 (Arlington, VA 22209)

To learn more, visit the new condo sales web page.

The preceding post was written and sponsored by the Keri Shull Team

by ARLnow.com — March 3, 2017 at 12:00 pm 0

In the market for a new living space? There are plenty of homes and condos on display in Arlington this weekend.

Check out our real estate section for a full listing of open houses this weekend. Here are a few highlights:

1021 Arlington Blvd.
1 Bed/1 Bath Condo
Agent: Tonya Nelson
Listed: $199,950
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

851 Glebe Road
1 Bed/1 Bath Condo
Agent: Elvira Jakovac
Listed: $453,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

3511 Four Mile Run Drive
4 Bed/3.5 Bath Townhome
Agent: John Moore
Listed: $721,000
Open: Saturday 1-3 p.m.

 

1231 Nash St. N.
2 Bed/2.5 Bath Townhome
Agent: Kathleen Fong
Listed: $793,800
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

2973 22nd St. South
4 Bed/3.5 Bath Townhome
Agent: Deborah Gorham
Listed: $949,500
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

3274 Vermont St. North
3 Beds/2 Bath Single-Family Detached
Agent: Matthew Shepard
Listed: $1,399,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

3400 George Mason Drive
5 Bed/5.5 Bath Single-Family Detached
Agent: Lilian Jorgenson
Listed: $1,775,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

Interested in getting your open house listed? Email us.

by Buzz McClain — March 2, 2017 at 6:00 am 0

The FBI’s loss is Arlington real estate’s gain. Arlington’s award-winning Realtor Kevin Love could have followed in his father’s footsteps in the Bureau–“I know he would have liked one of his six children to join the bureau,” Love says–but Warren Love also encouraged his children to follow their passions and create their own path.

In 1985, as an economics major at George Mason University, Kevin Love started a career selling Arlington real estate. Along the way Love, a Top 1% of Realtors nationally, has collected accolades including Top 20 in Virginia for Re/max, induction to the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors’ Pioneer Club and Re/max’s Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Award. He’s also one of the region’s first Realtors to earn the Senior Real Estate Specialist designation.

bright redBut accolades are secondary to Love, he says.

“The one thing I want my clients to know is that I care,” he says. “The happiness and well-being of my clients is my top priority.”

Key to that frictionless relationship is an “efficient and positive selling experience,” he says. With a wealth of experience preparing homes for sale and negotiating favorable transactions, he’s also upfront, reputable and honest, not to mention enthusiastic, still, after all these years.

These qualities show up in the statistics accumulated over three decades and more than 1,000 transactions:

  • His average list-price-to-sold-price ratio is 103%.
  • His average days on market, 7.

His familiarity with Arlington had guided him to help in the community in various ways over the years. He says he derives “a unique satisfaction” in participation and commitment to community, particularly the “Feet on the Streets” community outreach program offered by the St. Augustine Catholic Church, where he also serves as an usher. He also supports the Children’s Miracle network of Re/max and he volunteers for various fundraisers offered by the American Heart Association and the ALS Association and the Foundation for Life.

“If you like what you do, the job is half done,” FBI agent Warren Love told his children. Kevin Love clearly took that advice to heart.

To reach Kevin Love, call 703-969-6776 or email [email protected].

The preceding was a business profile written by Buzz McClain and sponsored by Kevin Love.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — March 1, 2017 at 4:30 pm 0

Dan Lesniak Orange Line Living founder Dan Lesniak is pleased to announce his new book, written to help agents grow their real estate businesses in innovative and competitive ways.

The new book, The HyperLocal, HyperFast Real Estate Agent, tells how Lesniak, an Arlington-based real estate agent in the D.C. 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.

All proceeds from the book’s purchase from March 1-8 will benefit The Folded Flag Foundation.

Lesniak started in real estate in 2012 after a successful career as a Naval Submarine Officer and a Defense Contractor.  In his first year, he closed over $22 million in sales, a feat matched by only a small fraction of agents, regardless of experience.

“Whether you are a new agent looking to start your career, an experienced agent looking for more growth, or a top agent looking to break into a new market, this book will give you plenty of strategies for how to compress time, quickly grow your business and provide more value to your clients,” says Lesniak.

HLHF Cover - frontThe release of The HyperLocal, HyperFast Real Estate Agent is timely. With recent events in the United States bringing uncertainty to many areas, Lesniak looks to show agents that they can use these strategies regardless of the state of the market.

“There is no greater opportunity right now in the real estate industry than there is in the expansion market,” says Noah Ostroff, CEO of Global Living and a top-selling Keller Williams agent.  “This will require you to grow in your existing market and know how to expand in new ones. This book is a great example of how to rapidly expand in any market and is a must read for expansion team leaders.”

For more information about Dan Lesniak and The HyperLocal, HyperFast Real Estate Agent, visit www.hyperlocalhyperfast.com.

To purchase the book on Kindle and support the spouses and children of the U.S. military, click here.

The preceding post was written and sponsored by Orange Line Living.

by ARLnow.com — March 1, 2017 at 9:50 am 0

Train in Clarendon Metro station (Flickr pool photo by Brian Irwin)

Sale of Reeves Farmhouse Moves Forward — From a press release following yesterday’s Arlington County Board meeting: “The Arlington County Manager today recommended that the County move forward with the sale of the historic Reeves farmhouse, and that the County not be a financial partner in the farmhouse’s restoration and reuse.” [Arlington County]

‘No Systemic Problem’ Led to High Water Bills — Arlington County says it has investigated resident complaints about unusually high water bills and found “no systemic problem.” Errors in billing or meter-reading were found in only five percent of complaints, the county said, adding that customer-side leaks and a hot and dry summer help to explain many of the remaining cases. [Arlington County]

Arlington Millennials Willing to Move — According to a new study, 77.5 percent of Millennials in Arlington say they would leave the region for the right job offer. That’s the highest response of any D.C. area jurisdiction surveyed. Millennials make up 35-40 percent of Arlington’s population, but real estate affordability remains a concern. Only 28 percent of Millennials in Arlington said they can afford to buy a home in the D.C. area. [Washington Business Journal]

Another Phone Scam Warning — Arlington residents are getting phone calls from scammers claiming to be Dominion Virginia Power technicians collecting unpaid electric bills. “In some cases, scammers have deliberately falsified the information transmitted to the victim’s Caller ID display to disguise their identity,” warns the Arlington County Police Department. [Arlington County]

Talk By Black Man Who Befriends KKK Members — Daryl Davis, a musician who befriends KKK members and convinces them to leave the organization, gave a talk in Arlington earlier this week. Of our current political climate, he said: “This is the best thing that has happened to this country because we have been so much in denial of racism in this country, xenophobia and all these kinds of things… Now we can no longer turn a blind eye to it.” [Fox 5]

Arlington’s ‘Cafe Urbanism’ — A new article in a publication written for state and local government officials asks poses the question: “Hip restaurants have helped revive cities. But is the boom fizzling out?” As a prime example, the article cites recent restaurant closures in Clarendon. [Governing]

Flickr pool photo by Brian Irwin

by ARLnow.com — February 27, 2017 at 10:05 am 0

Early cherry blossom bloom in Pentagon City on 2/26/17 (photo courtesy Donna Gouse)

County Board Mulls Exotic Pet Ban — As expected, the Arlington County Board on Saturday voted to advertise a ban on “wild and exotic” pets in the county. Animals covered by the proposed ban “range from monkeys, wolves, raccoons and lynx to alligators, tarantulas, hedgehogs and even sugar gliders.” A hearing on the matter will be held March 18, ahead of final approval by the Board. [Arlington County]

Arlington Cultural Diversity Ranking — Arlington ranks No. 33 among “mid-sized cities” in a new list of cities with the most cultural diversity, behind places like Columbia, Maryland; Glendale, Arizona; and Cambridge, Massachusetts. [WalletHub]

Western Rosslyn Plan Moving Forward — The Arlington County Board has taken a series of actions to push its previously approved Western Rosslyn Area Plan forward. The plan includes a new home for H-B Woodlawn at the Wilson School, a new fire station, a reconfigured park and the redevelopment of several garden apartment buildings into a larger affordable housing complex. The various projects are expected to be completed by 2021. [Arlington County]

Arlington-Based Org Gets Big Grant — The Crystal City-based U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants is getting a $4.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant, announced by U.S. senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.), is earmarked for “organizations working to provide unaccompanied minors who fled violence in Central America with services including temporary shelters and foster care programs.” [Sen. Tim Kaine]

County Extends HQ Lease — Arlington County has extended its lease at 2100 Clarendon Blvd for another 15 years, a move the county says will save $1.6 million annually in rent. “This is a great deal for Arlington taxpayers,” Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette said in a press release. “The County will stay in this prime Courthouse location, home to County Government since 1989, at a savings of millions of dollars over the term of the extension.” [Arlington County]

Homeownership Still a Dream for Many Millennials — The Millennial generation is a major force in Arlington’s population and economy, but homeownership remains out of reach for many, including the older portion of the generation that’s getting married and having kids. Contributing to the problem: there is a significant shortage of homes for sale, particularly affordable starter homes, and the new houses that are being built are often higher-end luxury properties. [Washington Post, CNBC]

Photo courtesy Donna Gouse

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