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by Tim Regan — August 19, 2016 at 1:30 pm 0

If you’re looking for a new home, this might be the weekend to shop around. Arlington will have plenty of open houses going on throughout the county this weekend.

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

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2618 D Arlington Mill Drive South
1 Bed/1 Bath Condo
Agent: Kristen Mason Coreas
Listed:$275,000
Open: Saturday 2-4 p.m.

 

AR9732852 - Exterior (Front)880 Pollard Street North
1 Bed/1 Bath Condo
Agent: James Talbert
Listed:$417,500
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

Exterior (Front) -2113 Randolph Street South
3 Bed/2.5 Bath Single Family Detached
Agent: Michael Webb
Listed: $525,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

AR9739231 - Front5118 26th Street North
3 Bed/2 Bath Single Family Detached
Agent: Mary Anthony
Listed: $675,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

2201 S Glebe Road -

2201 Glebe Road
4 Bed/3.5 Bath Single Family Detached
Agent: Michael Fowler
Listed: $829,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

Exterior (Front) -

1324 Kenmore Circle
4 Bed/3.5 Bath Single Family Detached
Agent: Michael Webb
Listed: $999,900
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

Exterior (Front) -

1301 Quincy Street
5 Bed/3.5 Bath Single Family Detached
Agent: Ishrat Saba
Listed: $1,095,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

Real estate agents, if you don’t see your listings in our real estate section shoot us an email and we’ll let you know what your office needs to do to get listed.

by ARLnow.com — August 17, 2016 at 6:00 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.

The power is in the negotiating.

Sure, a home may catch your eye on this list every week or so. Or, there are homes we’ve hand-selected for you in your price range that are right up your alley. But, those listings and their respective prices are only the beginning.

You need to dive deep in to a listing and all of its unique properties to truly get the best bang for your buck. And, sometimes to get the best price, you also need to look in the mirror.

How will you be paying for the home? What’s the scoop with closing costs? What contingencies are in play? Is the home going to be furnished? All of these things can come in to play and ultimately impact how much you dish out in the end. There are a number of questions to ask to GET MORE out of your investment.

As of August 14, there are 226 detached homes, 60 townhouses and 295 apartments for sale throughout Arlington County. In total, 47 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 Jackie Friedman — August 12, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

It’s going to be another hot one this weekend so why not stay inside and look at some homes? There will be lots of open houses in both North and South Arlington this Saturday and Sunday.

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

Community -

22 S. Old Glebe Road
1 Bed/1 Bath Condo
Agent: Stephen Lefave
Listed: $199,900
Open: Sunday from 2-4 p.m.

 

Exterior (Front) -12o1 S. Barton Street
2 Bed/1 Bath Condo
Agent: Benjamin Grouby
Listed: $399,000
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

 

Exterior (Front) - BOUTIQUE 14-UNIT BUILDING

1107 S. Walter Reed Drive
2 Bed/2 Bath Condo
Agent: Eric Tomlinson
Listed: $499,900
Open: Saturday from 12-4 p.m.

 

Exterior (Front) -1324 Kenmore Circle
4 Bed/3.5 Bath Single Family Detached
Agent: Michael Webb
Listed: $999,900
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

 

Bungalow Craftsman - Bungalow style craftsman built in 20092900 22nd Street North
5 Bed/4.5 Bath Single Family Detached
Agent: Christopher Upham
Listed: $1,324,997
Open: Saturday from 2-4 p.m.

 

Real estate agents, if you don’t see your listings in our real estate section shoot us an email and we’ll let you know what your office needs to do to get listed.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — August 12, 2016 at 9:10 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.”

Home buyers were more active this week in Arlington than home sellers.

Only 50 new listings came on the market this week, while 60 homes went under contract. That’s an excellent pace of sales for mid August. But Arlington desperately needs more inventory and more choices for homebuyers.

Mortgage interest rates remain steady and unchanged this week with the 30-yr fixed rate conforming at about 3.56%. It’s a great time to buy if you can find the right home.

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 — August 8, 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 August 15th.

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: August 15, 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].

*terms and conditions apply

by Tim Regan — August 5, 2016 at 12:15 pm 0

Arlington residents looking for a good deal on a new home or condo will have plenty of options to choose from this weekend.

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

AR9694827 - Exterior (Front)1800 Key Boulevard
1 Bed/1 Bath Condo
Agent: Amanda Carter
Listed: $285,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

1001 Randolph Street North
2 Bed/2 Bath Condo
Agent: Brittany Camacho
Listed: $514,990
Open: Saturday 1-3 p.m.

 

AR9661401 - Exterior (Front)925 21st Street South
3 Bed/2 Bath Single Family Detached
Agent: Dina Gorrell
Listed: $745,000
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

 

AR9676424 - Kitchen1111 19th Street North
2 Bed/2 Bath Condo
Agent: Matthew Shepard
Listed: $798,500
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

AR9696530 - Exterior (Front)4400 Vacation Lane
4 Bed/3.5 Bath Single Family Detached
Agent: Norman Odeneal
Listed: $919,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

AR9694634 - Exterior (Front)6615 19th Street North
6 Bed/5 Bath Single Family Detached
Agent: Nina Koeppen
Listed: $1,599,900
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

2834 SOMERSET STREET NORTH2834 Somerset Street North
5 Bed/4.5 Bath Single Family Detached
Agent: Stanley Brock
Listed: $1,695,000
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

 

Real estate agents, if you don’t see your listings in our real estate section shoot us an email and we’ll let you know what your office needs to do to get listed.

by ARLnow.com — July 27, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

Evening sky near Fort Myer (Flickr pool photo by Dennis Dimick)

Earlier Metro Closing Time? — Metro is considering closing at 10 p.m. on Sundays and midnight each other day of the week. The earlier closing times will help with track maintenance and safety, Metro says. But Arlington County Board member and Metro board member Christian Dorsey says there needs to be more public discussion of the change, saying that “We are a region that requires transit service as late as possible to keep up with commerce, to make sure that it’s not just a commuter system.” [Reston Now, WTOP]

Home Prices Up Five Percent — The median home sale price in Arlington is now $625,000, up 5 percent compared to one year ago, according to the real estate firm Long and Foster. [Patch]

Big Fire in D.C. — The smoke from a fire in D.C. yesterday afternoon was visible to much of Arlington. The fire damaged a small apartment building near Logan Circle and injured a dog. [Borderstan]

Arlington Firm Investigates DNC Hack — Arlington-based cybersecurity firm ThreatConnect says it has traced the hacker who claimed responsibility for stealing emails from the Democratic National Committee back to Russia. The firm says the hacker “is more likely a collection of people from the propaganda arm of the Russian government.” [Daily Beast]

Local DJ Profiled — DJ Neekola, one of the D.C. area’s most sought-after club and event DJs, is a Pentagon City resident who used to do IT work for the government. [Arlington Magazine]

Flickr pool photo by Dennis Dimick

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — July 27, 2016 at 6:00 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.

It’s crunch time. We’re in the heart of selling (and buying) season in Northern Virginia.

Why, you ask?

With the beginning of the school year less than one month away, some folks in our area (and families moving to our area) are VERY eager to move in to a home. And, on the flip side, many families who currently own homes are looking to settle in elsewhere.

For select buyers out there, this can lead to a perfect storm of offering up a fast closing for a competitively priced home. Whether you are eager to get in to a new home in 30 days or have some time, my team and I are ready to help you GET MORE out of your transaction,

As of July 25, there are 216 detached homes, 65 townhouses and 340 apartments for sale throughout Arlington County. In total, 44 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 Sponsor — July 26, 2016 at 6:00 am 0

Fairfax has it all. History, culture, education, and now, the new community of Eleven Oaks just blocks to historic Fairfax City. A beautiful village-style community offering 4 different models of single family homes and large 3 and 4 story townhomes.

Currently available for a quick move-in is a beautiful single-family home, the Beaumont priced at just $929,900.

The Beaumont model is impressive, with more than 3,300 square feet of space, plus a deck, beautiful stone patio, and 2-car garage. There are 3 levels of finished living space, which includes a gourmet kitchen, a large owner’s suite, and finished lower level recreation room. The high ceilings and an open floor plan make this house an inviting place to call home.

While there are many aspects of the Beaumont that stand out, the sheer elegance and abundance of luxury features are without compromise. From granite and quartz countertops to tray ceilings, there are subtle finishing touches at every turn. The luxurious owner’s bathroom, along with oversized walk-in closets in the owner’s suite, is one of the main attractions in a home packed with star power. In addition, this home is built in an environmentally conscious manner and is Energy Star rated.

Eleven Oaks is situated on George Mason Boulevard in historic Fairfax, adjacent to George Mason University. The urban feel of this village community is an ideal location that is within walking distance of parks, shops and restaurants, as

well as cultural, sports, fitness, and continuing education opportunities at

George Mason University. Did we mention that this home is in the highly sought-after Woodson High School district in Fairfax County?

Equally ideal for commuters, Eleven Oaks is minutes from Route 50 and I-66, convenient to the Vienna Metro, and on the CUE Bus route.

What makes the Beaumont at Eleven Oaks appealing to buyers is the simple fact that new, luxury homes below $1m in Fairfax City or County are rare. Certainly ones that have the combination of desirable, close-in location, luxurious finishes and open floor plans for today’s lifestyle. You get all of these features at Eleven Oaks.

Built by local, award-winning homebuilder, Madison Homes, the Beaumont model and others like it, are available to visit every weekend. Visit us at liveatelevenoaks.com for directions and more information, or come see the Beaumont model at 4411 George Mason Boulevard, Fairfax, VA.

The preceding post was written and sponsored by Eleven Oaks.

by Jackie Friedman — July 22, 2016 at 12:15 pm 0

It’s supposed to be a hot one this weekend so why not stay inside and look at some homes? There will be lots of open houses in both North and South Arlington this Saturday and Sunday.

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

Exterior (Front) -1800 Key Boulevard
1 Bed/1 Bath Condo
Agent: Amanda Carter
Listed: $285,000
Open: Saturday from 1-3 p.m.

 

2102 QUINCY STREET2102 Quincy Street South
3 Bed/2.5 Bath Condo
Agent: M. Delia Hankin
Listed: $458,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

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3327 Kemper Road
2 Bed/2.5 Bath Condo
Agent: Patricia Brosnan
Listed: $599,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

2674 Upshur Street

2674 Upshur Street North
3 Bed/3 Bath Single Family Detached
Agent: David Lloyd
Listed: $859,900
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

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1820 Herndon Street
3 Bed/ 2.5 Bath Single Family Detached
Agent: Billy Buck
Listed: $1,500,000
Open: Saturday 1-3 p.m.

 

Real estate agents, if you don’t see your listings in our real estate section shoot us an email and we’ll let you know what your office needs to do to get listed.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — July 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm 0

Address: 1145 S. Lincoln Street
Neighborhood: Douglas Park
List Price: $824,995
Open House: Sunday, July 24 from 2-4 p.m.

Take a look at this stunning and luxurious end-unit townhome built in 2015 by NV Homes.

This 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath property boasts gleaming wide-plank hardwood floors, a gourmet kitchen with huge island, recessed lighting throughout, elegantly tiled bathrooms, a two-car garage, a rooftop terrace, dual-zone HVAC, high-end energy-efficient appliances and many more luxury touches throughout.

Located in the vibrant Columbia Pike corridor, the property is close to D.C. and is steps away from shopping, dining, playgrounds, dog parks, public transportation and bike trails. Walkscore.com has given it a walk score of 87 and a bike score of 79. You must check out this gorgeous property. Visit our open house on Sunday, July 24, from 2-4 p.m.

MLS Property Information Link: http://mrislistings.mris.com/DE.asp?k=5149173XDRD4&p=DE-335634920-388

Picture Slide Show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJ4Hq04lB34

Agent Information:

Ryan Rice
Rice Properties Group @ Keller Williams Capital Properties
(571) 212-8339
[email protected]
www.ricepropertiesgroup.com

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — July 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 July 25th.

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: July 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.vipbuyerseminar.com or email [email protected].

*terms and conditions apply

by ARLnow.com — July 15, 2016 at 12:45 pm 0

With high temperatures in the 90s this weekend, it’s going to be another scorcher. You know what else is hot? The Arlington real estate market — and our new real estate section.

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

AR9668760 - Exterior (Front)1515 Arlington Ridge Road
2 Bed / 2 Bath Condo
Agent: Louis Andors
Listed: $484,000
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

 

AR9664070 - Exterior (Front)1300 Crystal Drive
2 Bed / 2.5 Bath Condo
Agent: Linda Joy Wilson
Listed: $599,900
Open: Sunday from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

 

1116-ohio1116 N. Ohio Street
3 Bed / 3 Bath Single Family Detached
Agent: David Lloyd
Listed: $699,900
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

 

AR9694397 - Exterior (Front)2245 John Marshall Drive
5 Bed / 5.5 Bath Single Family Detached
Agent: Nina Koeppen
Listed: $1,599,900
Open: Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

 

Real estate agents, if you don’t see your listings in our real estate section shoot us an email and we’ll let you know what your office needs to do to get listed.r

by ARLnow.com — July 14, 2016 at 8:45 am 0

Flower in Rosslyn

Man Arrested for Upskirt PhotosUpdated at 10:35 a.m. — Arlington County Police yesterday arrested a man who allegedly took photos up a woman’s skirt as she was on the Courthouse Metro station escalator. The man smashed his phone after he was confronted by the woman and some passersby surrounded him to stop him from leaving. [NBC Washington]

Virginia on Best States for Business Ranking — Virginia is losing ground on CNBC’s Best States for Business rankings, placing No. 13 this year after being No. 5 in 2013. Some blame economic conditions caused by military and federal budget cuts. CNBC said high costs and “weak infrastructure” hurt the Commonwealth’s standing. Virginia did, however, rank No. 2 on a cumulative Best States for Business list from over the past 10 years. [Richmond Times-Dispatch, CNBC]

Lots of $1 Million Home Sales — There were 53 properties in Arlington that sold for more than $1 million in June. All but four of those properties were single family homes. [InsideNova]

Pokemon Lure at Food Truck Event — The Crystal City Business Improvement District is getting in on the Pokemon Go craze. The BID says it’s placing a Pokemon “lure” at its Food Truck Thursday event today. [Twitter]

Coming Soon: ARLBBQ — Later this month ARLnow will be hosting our first “ARLBBQ,” featuring free beer, food and games for all in attendance. The event is taking place outside on the 16th floor loft of The Bartlett in Pentagon City. Want an invite to this RSVP-only event? You’ll need to subscribe to our email newsletter.

Photo by Jackie Friedman. Crystal City BID is an ARLnow.com advertiser.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — July 12, 2016 at 11:00 am 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: When making an offer to buy a home and the listing agent says that there is another bid in for the same home, can I get proof of that bid?

Answer: The short answer is no. There’s no way to get absolute proof of another offer (except when an Escalation Addendum is used, which I’ll address later), but there are strategies to help determine how legitimate the claim is.

Ask Questions

There’s a myth that agents aren’t allowed to disclose the details of an offer to another agent when, in fact, it’s perfectly legal unless the seller declines it in the listing agreement (rare). When I’m told about another offer, my first reaction is to ask questions about the competing offer’s terms, how/when the seller will make a decision, and anything else that’s relevant to the offer. In most cases, I’m able to advise my client with a high level of confidence whether or not the other offer is legitimate and the appropriate response.

Situational Awareness

Here are a few factors you can look at to determine the likelihood of multiple offers:

  • Days on Market: The highest chance for multiple offers is on/after the first weekend a property is listed, with the likelihood decreasing with each week that passes, and significantly after the first 3-4 weeks.
  • Price: If you think the list price seems below market price, you’re probably not the only one. In some cases, agents price a home to encourage multiple offers. If the deal seems too good to be true, be prepared to compete.
  • Rarity: The more rare the home is, the higher the likelihood of multiple offers. A 1BR/1BA 750sqft condo in Ballston for $425,000 is probably not going to generate competing offers, but a Lyon Village colonial with wrap-around porch, open floor plan, and 20,000 square foot flat lawn w/ privacy fence probably has a few buyers who have been waiting for 6-12 months for a home like that to hit the market.

Of course, multiple offers can come at anytime. I once had a listing that had one offer in over a year and then ended up with two offers on a random Monday. I couldn’t explain it and it was certainly an interesting conversation with the two agents who submitted offers.

Risky Business

Made up offers are a lot less common than you’d imagine because most agents understand how much riskier it is to negotiate using a fabricated offer instead of negotiating through strong counter offers and honest negotiations. The risk comes from the number of buyers who have no interest in getting involved in a competitive offer situation and will withdraw or stop negotiating when they find out about a competing offer. The risk of losing one legitimate offer to a fake one keeps most agents honest.

Escalation Addenda Work

If you doubt the merits of a competing offer, but want to keep yourself in contention if the offer is legitimate, an Escalation Addendum may be the best way to proceed. If the seller chooses to ratify your offer using an escalated sales price through the Escalation Addendum, they must provide “a complete copy of [the] other offer used to justify the escalated sales price.” For a more detailed explanation of Escalation Addenda, see my previous article for ARLnow.

Have you ever sniffed out a fabricated offer during the negotiation process? Have you ever incorrectly assumed an offer was fake and lost a home you really wanted?

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.

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