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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!

Like us on Facebook at Betsy Twigg, Anne Cronin & Linda Murphy

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]

by ARLnow.com Sponsor July 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm 0

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This past spring, 20 homesellers in DC, Virginia, and Maryland saved a combined $500,000 — an average of $26,000 each. How?

They used homezen, a digital service that demystifies the homeselling process and enables sellers to avoid paying commission to brokers.

If you’re thinking of selling your home, check out homezen’s easy-to-use website to get a free Instant Home Valuation (yeah, like in seconds) and sign up for a free quick phone consultation with an expert.

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With homezen, you’ll get the three keys to a quick sale: (1) the right listing price; (2) professional photography; and (3) your home will be listed on all the sites buyers and agents use (MLS, Redfin, Zillow, Realtor.com, Washingtonpost.com, you get the idea…).

Paperwork and support from homezen professionals are provided all the way through closing, and they provide a lockbox to make showings easy.

Sound too good to be true? See what three sellers had to say about how quickly they were able to sell using homezen.  

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by ARLnow.com July 19, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

County Opts to Acquire Hospital Site — Arlington County Board members on Tuesday voted to formally seek a large tract of land along S. Carlin Springs Road in a land swap with Virginia Hospital Center. In exchange, the county is offering to VHC county-owned land next to the hospital, which would allow it to expand. [Arlington County, InsideNova]

Bike Thefts Up in Arlington — Bike thefts were up for the first 6 months of 2017, compared to a year prior. No one seems to be safe from the prolific bike thieves, who often target high-end bikes parked in garages and bike lockers; among those reporting recent thefts were Henry Dunbar, the director of BikeArlington and Capital Bikeshare in Arlington, and an ABC 7 employee. [WJLA]

Gondola Project Not Dead — Though Arlington County has moved on from it, D.C. is still budgeting money to advance the proposed Rosslyn-to-Georgetown gondola project, including $250,000 for an environmental review of a potential gondola site near the C&O canal. One other intriguing factor: should the gondola run north of the Key Bridge, as shown in renderings, it may reach Arlington at the Key Bridge Marriott property, which is in the early stages of a potentially large-scale, mixed-use redevelopment. [Bisnow]

County Buys Office Building — As expected, the Arlington County Board has voted to purchase a low-slung office building at 2920 S. Glebe Road, to house Arlington’s head start program. The program is currently housed in the Edison Center next to Virginia Hospital Center, which is slated to be transferred to VHC in a land swap (see above). Arlington is paying $3.885 million for the Glebe Road property, nearly $1.5 million above its assessed value. [Arlington County]

JBG Has Big Plans for Crystal City — JBG Smith, the newly-formed combination of JBG and the Washington properties of Vornado, says repositioning and enhancing its 7 million square foot portfolio in Crystal City is a “top priority.” Among the changes in the works for the Bethesda-based firm: expanding the vacant office building at 1750 Crystal Drive, converting it to residential, and adding an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and a grocery store. [Washington Business Journal]

by ARLnow.com July 14, 2017 at 9:15 am 0

Robbery Foiled By Lack of Cash — An attempted armed robbery in Arlington’s Columbia Heights neighborhood was foiled when the would-be victims told the knife-wielding robber that they did not have any money. “When the victims advised they did not have any cash, the suspect fled the scene,” said a crime report. [Arlington County]

Average Home Price Exceeds $1 Million — The average sale price of a single-family home in Arlington in June rose 2.7 percent to $1,007,044. Condo and townhouse prices, however, fell. [InsideNova]

Texas Lawmaker Wants Flight from DCA — A Texas Congressman has proposed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would permit direct flights from Reagan National Airport to San Antonio, which is outside DCA’s federally-set perimeter. [Washington Post]

Arlington Hosting Youth Baseball Tourney — Arlington will host the Babe Ruth state baseball tournament for 13-year-olds this weekend, at Barcroft Park and Wakefield High School, and a local team is in the tournament. Reports the Sun Gazette: “The opening ceremony will take place just before the host Arlington All-Stars take the field against Augusta at 7 p.m. on July 13 at Barcroft Park.” [InsideNova]

by ARLnow.com Sponsor July 6, 2017 at 4:30 pm 0

Address: 6145 Tompkins Drive, McLean, VA 22101
Neighborhood: Chesterbrook
Listed: $1,899,000
Open: Sunday, July 9 from 2-4 p.m.

Just a short drive over the border of Arlington off of Chesterbrook Road, you’ll find 6145 Tompkins Drive.

This beautiful home by Classic Cottages sits on a 15,125 square foot lot and comes equipped with a geothermal heating and cooling system, hand finished hardwood flooring, premium quartz and granite counters, Subzero and Wolf appliances, coffered and tray ceilings, stylish lighting and plumbing fixtures, custom wood soft close cabinetry, smart home security system and much more including lower level entertainment room with wet bar and rear exit to backyard deck.

Quiet neighborhood with great schools, this home won’t last long, so please contact me as soon as possible!

Listed by:

Gina Baca
Classic Cottages Realty, LLC
619-929-5585
[email protected]

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

Exclusive home buying class in Arlington to be held on 7/10 and 7/24. The first 3 to attend get a free Roku Express!

How to Succeed as a Buyer in a Seller’s Market:

  1. Work with an experienced agent.
  2. Get pre-approved for a mortgage before starting your house hunt.
  3. Don’t overanalyze a home’s listing price
  4. Don’t play the lowball game — make your best offer!
  5. Prepare for a bidding war.

Want more tips for home buying success? Attend the Home Buyer Class hosted by Orange Line Living!

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
  • 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 Kalina Newman July 5, 2017 at 4:45 pm 0

Construction at luxury apartment complex Ten at Clarendon will continue until September, but prospective renters can now tour apartments with the use of virtual reality.

In a partnership with Immerse Virtual Reality Nation, developer CRC Companies is launching a fully immersive virtual reality apartment tour of the new apartments at 3110 10th Street N. The 143-unit complex is expected to be completed this fall.

Using an HTC Vive headset with two motion sensors, residents can experience a realistic, 360-degree home tour of what their apartment will look like after construction.

“We have developed a fully interactive and accurate VR experience using our experience from architecture and gaming,” said IVR Nation CEO Olivier Demangel in a statement. “It’s clearly a new era for real estate and architecture.”

IVR Nation is a company entirely dedicated to partnering the hospitality industry with virtual reality. CRC plans to incorporate IVR technology into other company projects, such as during the architecture design process.

“We are excited to employ IVR’s virtual reality technology and allow prospects to gain a unique preview of the Ten at Clarendon as we prepare to deliver the project to this coveted Arlington neighborhood,” said CRC Companies senior development associate Oliver Lee in a statement.

In addition to virtual reality tours, other new features in the apartment complex will include keyless apartment entry, mobile-controlled thermostats and a video intercom system.

Apartments at the new building are currently available for new tenants under pre-lease.

by ARLnow.com June 28, 2017 at 9:00 am 0

APS Tells Staff to Stop Paying Sales Tax — As a public institution Arlington Public Schools is exempt from paying sales tax, but the school system’s internal auditor has found that some staff members have been placing orders for APS via Amazon without sales tax exempted. APS has since requested sales tax refunds for those orders. [InsideNova]

Arlington Resident Cited for Boating Incident — An Arlington man has been cited for operating a vessel while impaired after his 28-foot boat ran aground off the eastern shore of Maryland, south of Ocean City. [WMDT]

Notable Rivercrest Property Sold — A home and an adjacent vacant lot have been sold near the intersection of Military Road and N. Glebe Road in the Rivercrest neighborhood. The lot was the site of a “national debate over property rights and conformity,” when in 1969 an architect started to build a custom home on the lot but was ultimately stopped after a legal challenge by neighbors, who thought the home was ugly and would not “retain the very pleasant, beautiful nature of Rivercrest.” [Falls Church News-Press]

Flipper: Selling Home to the County Was a Pain — A real estate investor has penned a piece for the Post in which he recounts the sale of one of his properties to Arlington County. The sale, of a house near Fire Station 8, was “neither lucrative nor convenient” and was more trouble than it was worth, he writes. However, the owner of a run-down property next to his received a much better price by holding out, the piece suggests. [Washington Post]

Mouthwash on Clarendon Bus Stop — Updating the saga of the stick of deodorant atop a Clarendon bus stop, the deodorant has now been joined by an errant bottle of Listerine mouthwash. [ARLnow]

by ARLnow.com Sponsor June 27, 2017 at 5:55 pm 0

Arlington, there’s a new way to sell and buy your home — and it means big cash back to you.

ListingKey, the newest real estate brokerage to enter the DMV, provides cash rebates on each home sale, from both sides of the transaction. With the ListingKey Financial Advantage, sellers receive up to 2% back at closing.

On a $561,000 sale — the median price in Arlington in June — that’s $11,200 returned to the seller. Talk about real money in your pocket.

For buyers, a $561,000 transaction returns 1.25% back at closing, a bonus of $7,012. Perfect for funding future home improvements like a small bathroom renovation, a new roof, updated fencing or fresh landscaping. Or even just a nice vacation.

ListingKey is also launching a streamlined, automated buying and selling platform that reduce obstacles, save time and eliminate the stress involved in what is one of your most important transactions of your life — by connecting home sellers and buyers directly.

Consumers control every aspect of the transaction, and for sellers, that means driving negotiations with prospective buyers and the signing on the bottom line to close the deal. Plus, professional photography, 3D tours, MLS syndication marketing materials and more.

For buyers that means exploring up-to-the-minute new listings, scheduling home showings, drafting offers and even signing deals with electronic signatures. AND get 1.25% for your effort.

Behind ListingKey are real estate veterans who are there to support you through every phase of your search for a new home and to get the most money out of selling your current one.

At every step, a ListingKey professional is standing by to help. While cash back is the promise, quality service is their mission.

Thinking about selling? Find your home’s value here.

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by ARLnow.com June 27, 2017 at 9:15 am 0

NRECA Tree Planting Ceremony — In honor of its 75th anniversary, yesterday the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association planted a tree next to its Ballston headquarters using soil collected from hundreds of its 900 electric co-op members. [Facebook]

SoberRide Active for July 4 — The regional SoberRide program will be offering free Lyft rides up to $15 each on the Fourth of July, to help get impaired drivers off the road. Between 7 p.m. on July 4 and 2 a.m. on July 5, Lyft users can use the promo code “SOBERJULY4” to get a free ride up to $15 or a $15 discount on a more expensive ride. [Washington Regional Alcohol Program]

Work on DCA Project Starting Soon — A $1 billion improvement project for Reagan National Airport is set to kick off soon, with construction of new security checkpoints for terminals B and C. That construction is expected to wrap up in 2020, while construction of a new commuter concourse is expected to conclude in 2021. [Washington Business JournalWashington Business Journal]

Arlington Ridge Mansion to Be Auctioned — A 6 bedroom, 7 bath home in the Arlington Ridge neighborhood, built in 2015 and valued at $3.7 million, is being auctioned next month. [Patch]

by Chris Teale June 26, 2017 at 10:05 am 0

Average house prices in Arlington County have recovered to or exceeded what they were before the 2008 financial crisis, except in eight neighborhoods, according to new findings.

Randy Smith, a senior fellow at the D.C. Policy Center and a GIS specialist at Hood College in Frederick, Md., found that on average, houses in the following neighborhoods have gone down in value since 2007:

  • Arlington Forest (-1.83 percent)
  • Bellevue Forest (-8.2 percent)
  • Dominion Hills (-16.19 percent)
  • Foxcroft Heights (-20.9 percent)
  • Gulf Branch (-22.85 percent)
  • Old Glebe (-5.11 percent)
  • Rock Spring (-2.42 percent)
  • Riverwood (-33.1 percent)

All other neighborhoods have seen average home values either reach or exceed their pre-crisis levels, with the likes of Buckingham, Madison Manor, Glebewood and High View Park seeing increases of more than 50 percent on average.

On average across the county, property values have steadily ticked upwards. Earlier this year, the county said values rose 2.6 percent over their 2016 levels.

In an interview, Smith said the slight downward trend for some home values could be due to a lack of sales in those neighborhoods, or a lack of amenities that make them an attractive and convenient place to live in.

“Just because there’s not much to do and not much local resources: you have to drive further for grocery shopping, for any retail that you would have to go and buy normally,” he said. “Overall, I would think that the time spent having to drive to do anything would contribute to that part.”

Smith also found that foreclosures on county homes peaked during the financial crisis, but since then have stabilized with the local economy.

“It was fairly stable through that time period to begin with, as it wasn’t as affected as the rest of the country,” Smith said. “I’m guessing that’s why it wasn’t any crazy numbers per month for foreclosures, but I’m guessing people are more encouraged to start buying again in the area.”

Smith said he does not expect a slowdown in increasing property values in Arlington, due to the relative strength of the local economy and various other factors that make it attractive.

“There’s a fairly good job market, there’s a lot of people that want to move there, it’s close to D.C., good transportation,” Smith said. “Maybe that’s what’s influencing it…But I don’t see any reason that sales prices aren’t going to stop increasing in the near future.”

Smith’s interactive map of home value changes in Arlington, sorted by neighborhood, is below (after the jump).

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by ARLnow.com June 22, 2017 at 8:55 am 0

Alamo Drafthouse Coming to Crystal City — An Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will be coming to Crystal City to anchor a residential redevelopment by the JBG Smith. The redevelopment will convert the aging office building at 1750 Crystal Drive to a gleaming glass-and-metal residential building while topping it with a six-story addition. Also planned is an as-yet unsigned “specialty grocer” — think: Trader Joe’s or something similar. [Washington Business Journal]

Home Prices Rise in Arlington — “Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. says the median selling price in Arlington County last month was $613,500, up 15 percent from May of 2016. The change was based on 350 closed sales in Arlington in May.” [WTOP]

County Looking for More Tech Grant Recipients — Arlington Economic Development is looking for more tech companies to lure to Arlington with its $1 million “Gazelle Grant” program. AED is seeking another 8-13 companies that are growing by at least 30 percent over a three year period and are willing to commit to at least a three year lease. [Technical.ly DC]

Yorktown Principal Says GoodbyeRetiring Yorktown High School principal Dr. Ray Pasi received a standing ovation from the Class of 2017 at YHS’s graduation ceremony yesterday. [Twitter]

It’s Still There — For those who were wondering, the now-famous stick of deodorant atop a Clarendon bus stop is still there two weeks later, despite wind, rain and publicity. [Twitter]

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