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Houwzer Realtors Are Saving Home Sellers Thousands

It’s been said that the 7 most expensive words in business are “this is how we’ve always done it.” Yet, remarkably, there are still a handful of billion-dollar industries plagued by an unwillingness to change.

For decades, residential real estate brokerages have enjoyed enormous profits while providing a poor customer experience, simply because consumers lacked options.

Not anymore.

Houwzer, a modern real estate agency, is offering consumers a better alternative by saving home sellers an average of $15,000 and providing home buyers a pressure-free experience with their top rated, salaried Realtors.

Here’s how they do it.

They slash the cost of selling a home in half.

In a typical real estate transaction, the seller pays a steep 6% of their home’s selling price in commissions — 3% to their listing agent and 3% to the buyer’s agent.

When you sell with Houwzer, you only pay their full service listing agents a flat $2,500 fee plus 3% to the buyer’s agent at closing. That’s a savings of $15,500 on a $600,000 home.

Many sellers are so happy with Houwzer’s service they decide to buy their next home with Houwzer and refer their friends. This is where Houwzer makes the bulk of their money.

They train salaried Realtors to improve the customer experience.

Unlike traditional commission-based agents, Houwzer Realtors are full-time, salaried employees. This enables them to prioritize customer service over commissions.

Sean, a Houwzer client, said this was invaluable to buyers. “Houwzer is THE superior real estate company, because they are the only guys with salaried agents who go through extensive training. They are in it to get you the house you want, not to make commissions.”

After serving over 1,000 clients, their average review is 4.9 out of 5 stars.

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Open Houses in Arlington This Weekend

Looking for a home? There are plenty of houses and condos open for viewing this weekend.

Check out the Arlington Realty website for a full list of homes for sale and open houses in Arlington. Here are a few highlights:

4957 N. Rock Spring Road
5 bed/5 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Washington Fine Properties LLC
Listed: $2,099,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

2401 N. John Marshall Drive
6 bed/6 bath single-family home
Agent: Samson Properties
Listed: $1,199,000
Open: Saturday 1-4:15 p.m.

 

27 N. Fenwick Street
5 bed/3 bath, single-family home
Agent: Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $998,900
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

1111 19th Street N. #1503
2 bed/2 bath condo
Agent: Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
Listed: $735,000
Open: Sunday 12-2 p.m.

 

3600 S. Glebe Road 219W
2 bed/2 bath condo
Agent: Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
Listed: $599,000
Open: Saturday 12-2 p.m.

 

2903-C S. Woodstock Street #3
3 bed/1 bath, 2 half bath condo
Agent: Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $474,800
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

1736 N. Rhodes Street 5-293
1 bed/1 bath condo
Agent: Redfin Corporation
Listed: $285,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

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Just Listed in Arlington

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.”

Arlington’s inventory of homes actively for sale is at a near all time low of only 350 homes. This is down 20-25% from typical levels in the summer and early fall.

Only 30 sellers put their homes on the market this week, while 43 buyers ratified contracts. The pace has clearly slowed but even at this snail speed, Arlington has only two months of inventory.

While prices are increasing slightly, the number of sales is declining. This is felt nationally as well. October saw a 2.6% drop over September, and a 6.7% drop from a year ago. This is the 10th straight month of sales decline nationally.

So what’s going on? Many factors, but economists point primarily at affordability. Prices and interest rates have continued to rise, but incomes have only marginally begun to increase. Low inventory is also to blame, as well as many new home buyers, aka millennials, are carrying significant student loan debt that delays their ability to buy a home.

Fortunately, interest rates did not increase this week but held steady at about 5% with no points for a 30-yr fixed rate.

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

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Off-Market Source: Nov. 29

Every week the Eli Residential Group scours our network for off-market and pre-market homes to give home buyers and investors access to properties they can’t find anywhere else onlineIf you are interested in a property you see here or have specific needs you cannot find on the market, please reach out to us at [email protected] to talk to a real person, not an automated response system.

If you are a homeowner, investor, builder or agent who would like your off-market or pre-market property featured for a half million local readers on PoPville, ARLnow or Tysons Reporter, please email us at [email protected].

Spacious 2BR/2BA Rosslyn Corner Condo
1800 Wilson Blvd #310
Arlington, VA 22201

Description: 1,250 sq. ft. 2 BR/2 BA corner unit with tons of windows and natural light in popular Rosslyn building. Open kitchen, space for full dining room and large living room. Both bedrooms have large walk-in closets. Below average condo fees include front desk, new gym, courtyard, and more. Blocks to Rosslyn and Courthouse Metro.
Price: Upper $600s
Courtesy of RLAH Real Estate

To view all of our off-market or pre-market properties, visit the off-market section of our website. We add new properties every week.

The Eli Residential Group is a real estate team with RLAH Real Estate, 2420 Wilson Blvd #101 Arlington VA 22201 (703) 390-9460. Office locations also include Dupont Circle, Georgetown, H Street and Chevy Chase. Contact the team directly at [email protected].

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Just Reduced Properties in Arlington

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

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

Don’t be fooled by our traffic or colonial buildings. Arlington County is a top-tier green community in the U.S.

According to a recent study by Commercial Café, Arlington County ranks No. 15 among the “Top 40 Sustainably Powered U.S. Cities.” The only other U.S. city on the East Coast to come ahead of us? Our neighbors in Washington, D.C., clocking in at No. 9.

Why is this important, you ask?

Well, beyond preserving our environment, it means quite a bit for locals. Compared to other cities, there are more energy options for everyday activities. There are also a number of electric vehicle charging stations.

And, as part of Commercial Café’s assessment, there is an abundance of biking and walking commuters, meaning we have top-notch transportation networks. As icing on the cake, Arlington ranked as No. 9 in the U.S. in terms of “U.S. Cities with the Largest Share of Green Buildings.”

In a nutshell: If sustainability and the environment are important to you, then you have options in Arlington County. And when you’re ready to explore those options, our team is ready to help you GET MORE out of your transaction.

As of November 26, there are 158 detached homes, 35 townhouses and 165 condos for sale throughout Arlington County. In total, 6 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.

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Ask Eli: Why Is My Neighbor Mowing My Lawn?

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: My neighbor is mowing a portion of the lawn I thought was mine, but my neighbor claims it is his. Is this something I can prove through my title work?

Answer: Clients often ask me whether or not they should purchase a property survey, which is optional, when they buy their home. I think that in almost every case it is worth the relatively small investment (usually about $300-$400 for a standard survey).

I was recently chatting with Liz Wasserman of Universal Title, one of a small group of excellent title companies in Northern Virginia (they also serve D.C. and Maryland) and one of the few I recommend to clients, and she shared a story with me about a client who did not order a survey and ended up incorrectly assuming that a section of land was theirs.

Given how frequently I am asked about ordering surveys, I thought it was a good opportunity for Liz to share the story and provide some reasons why it’s a good idea to order a survey when you buy a home.

Take it away Liz…

A new homeowner noticed a neighbor mowing part of her front lawn. When she asked the neighbor why he was mowing her lawn, the neighbor replied the property he was mowing belonged to him, even though the line of trees separating the two houses looked as if the property belonged to the new homeowner. She called her title agent and found out the neighbor was correct. “How can that be? Didn’t you search my property?”

Unfortunately, the new homeowner did not understand the difference between a title search and a survey and failed to purchase a survey. A title search confirms ownership of property, but it does not show the details of the property location.

A survey is a map of real property that shows where the property is located on the earth, the boundary lines of the property, the improvements on the land and access to the property.

FIVE GREAT REASONS TO PURCHASE A SURVEY

  • Undisclosed Rights and Easements: You may own your new home and its surrounding land, but someone else might have a right to use a portion of your property. A survey will show physical evidence of the rights of others to use your property for access, parking, utilities, and other situations.
  • Undiscovered Encroachments: A survey may be the only way to tell if a third party holds a claim to part of your property because their improvements such as a garage, fence, or swimming pool, are on your land.
  • House Built on Incorrect Lot: It may seem impossible, but sometimes a house is built on the wrong lot. A survey provides peace of mind by showing the exact location of the house you are buying.
  • Size of the Property: A survey shows the exact dimensions of the property’s boundary lines and how much land is included within those lines.
  • Adding on in the Future: Many residential platted lots have building restrictions known as setbacks which prohibit building anything within a certain distance from the boundary lines. If you are thinking of adding on in the future, a survey will help you determine if the property is right for both your current and future plans.

Liz, thank you very much for sharing this story and providing some good reasons for ordering a survey. I’d also like to add that you can order a survey at any time if you did not do so when you purchased.

If you are in need of a survey, planning to sell or purchase a home and would like to work with a great title company, or have title questions in general I highly recommend reaching out to Liz and her team of attorneys at Universal Title.

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 www.EliResidential.com. Call me directly at (703) 539-2529.

 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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Open Houses in Arlington This Weekend

Looking for a home? There are plenty of houses and condos open for viewing this weekend.

Check out the Arlington Realty website for a full list of homes for sale and open houses in Arlington. Here are a few highlights:

5608 33rd Street N.
7 bed/7 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $1,950,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

2829 1st Road N.
4 bed/4 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Advon Real Estate LLC.
Listed: $1,264,900
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

4018 N. Woodstock Street
4 bed/3 bath single-family home
Agent: Re/Max By Invitation
Listed: $1,015,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

1800 N. Quantico Street
6 bed/4 bath single-family home
Agent: Xrealty.net LLC
Listed: $979,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

1814 24th Street S.
3 bed/2 bath, 2 half bath villa/townhouse
Agent: Compass
Listed: $839,000
Open: Saturday 2-4 p.m.

 

6916 N. Fairfax Drive #312
2 bed/2 bath, 1 half bath condo
Agent: TTR Sotheby’s International Realty
Listed: $495,000
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

1931 N. Cleveland Street #409
1 bed/1 bath condo
Agent: Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $317,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

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Just Listed in Arlington

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.”

Thanksgiving week always sees Arlington’s real estate market hit the pause button, and this week is no different. Only 20 sellers braved to list their homes this week. But 70 buyers ratified contracts, the most in several months. Amazon’s news has inspired home buyers and investors to take action.

We will continue to analyze the impact of HQ2 in the weeks ahead, but for this Thanksgiving holiday, I would like to reflect on what I am personally thankful for. And maybe it will inspire you to reflect as well…

  • My family is so awesome!!  My amazing wife, 3 kids, in-laws, brother, cousins…
  • My dog Tank who gives love and joy endlessly
  • My crazy menagerie of friends who tease and taunt and express their love a thousand ways
  • My colleagues at work who support, encourage and share laughter
  • Our clients who entrust us to handle the largest financial transactions in their lives
  • My country that provides a set of laws that aspire to treat all Americans equally
  • Our military forces that pledge their lives to protect us all from foreign harm
  • Our police, firefighters and EMT professionals who risk their lives daily to ensure our safety and health
  • Our dedicated local, state and federal governments that work diligently to provide us with the infrastructure to secure life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness

We should never take anything for granted. Complacency is the enemy of prosperity. We enjoy these benefits today because Americans who came before us fought for them. I cannot thank them enough.

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

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Off-Market Source: Nov. 22

Every week the Eli Residential Group scours our network for off-market and pre-market homes to give home buyers and investors access to properties they can’t find anywhere else onlineIf you are interested in a property you see here or have specific needs you cannot find on the market, please reach out to us at [email protected] to talk to a real person, not an automated response system.

If you are a homeowner, investor, builder or agent who would like your off-market or pre-market property featured for a half million local readers on PoPville, ARLnow or Tysons Reporter, please email us at [email protected].

Custom New Construction in Cherrydale
21st Street N.
Arlington VA 22207

Description: 5 BR/5.5 BA custom home on dead-end street in sought-after Cherrydale, walking distance to Lee Heights Shops. 6,100 sq. ft. finished space over three levels sitting on nearly 1/4 acre private lot. Large two-car attached garage. Still time to select finishes. Summer 2019 delivery.
Price: $1,795,000
Courtesy of RE/MAX

Luxury Rosslyn 2-Level Condo
1700 Clarendon Blvd, #121
Arlington, VA 22209

Description: 2-Level Smart Home w/2 Bedroom, 2.5 bath. Gorgeous outdoor entertaining area. 2 garage spaces with EV charging stations. Lives like a townhouse.
Price: $1,350,000
Courtesy of Keller Williams Realty

To view all of our off-market or pre-market properties, visit the off-market section of our website. We add new properties every week.

The Eli Residential Group is a real estate team with RLAH Real Estate, 2420 Wilson Blvd #101 Arlington VA 22201 (703) 390-9460. Office locations also include Dupont Circle, Georgetown, H Street and Chevy Chase. Contact the team directly at [email protected].

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Don’t Buy a Home Until You Know These 6 Things

Before beginning to search for a home, you need to know what to expect financially. Consult with a reputable lender to discuss:

  • What price range you should search within
  • How much money you’ll need to put down
  • How to shore up your personal finances for the best loan possible

Once you have your affordable price range, make a list of qualities you’d like your home to have.

  • Where would you like it to be located?
  • What type of home do you prefer — condo, townhouse, etc.?
  • What features would you like to see — hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen, etc.?

The next step is to begin researching homes that have sold in your desired location at your affordable price range and compare that to your expectations.

To learn more about home buying and meet top real estate agents, attend The Keri Shull and Orange Line Living Team’s free First-Time Home Buying Seminar.

In this class, you’ll learn:

  • The 8 stages of purchasing a home, and what to expect at each stage
  • How to qualify for the house you want
  • How to get out of your lease — you’re not stuck there!
  • The “4 C’s” affecting home price
  • How to negotiate a lower price for the home you want
  • How to avoid double-paying rent and a mortgage

Every attendee of our First-Time Homebuyers Class gets $1500 toward their new home.

When: Thursday, November 29, 5:30-7 p.m.
Where: 1600 Wilson Blvd #101
Parking: Free parking, walkable to and from metro
Cost: Free

We do have limited space, so register now at: https://kst.house/2FzNSnD

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Just Reduced Properties in Arlington

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

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

We hope your appetites are ready for tomorrow. But, before you dive into your massive Turkey Day feast, our team wanted to take a moment to wish you and yours a happy Thanksgiving!

We’re thankful for your readership, your engagement and your business here in Arlington County and beyond.

Beyond our gratitude to you, we collectively have so much to be thankful for here in our area. Our local economy is thriving, our schools are among the best in the nation, our outdoor amenities are world-class and there are so many promising things on the horizon, spanning new real estate projects to Amazon’s HQ2 arrival.

When you’re ready to chat real estate, our team is ready (and thankful!) for you — we’re always happy to help you GET MORE out of your transaction. But, for now, enjoy your holiday and the leftovers that may come with it. Cheers!

As of November 17, there are 181 detached homes, 44 townhouses and 197 condos for sale throughout Arlington County. In total, 17 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.

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Ask Eli: The Amazon Impact — Part 1 of Many

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: What impact has Amazon’s announcement had on Arlington’s real estate market?

Answer: Wouldn’t it be funny if I wrote about something other than Amazon this week? I’ll come back to this topic every 4-8 weeks to provide an analysis on how Amazon’s decision (and probably Apple too) is changing our local real estate market by combining my normal data analysis with experiences of my clients and my colleagues around the D.C. metro area.

Key Data Following the Announcement

On Saturday, November 3 the Washington Post broke news that Amazon HQ2 was in final discussions with Crystal City and by Monday, November 5, the impact on property values was all over the national news.

Late on Monday, November 12, the Walls Street Journal reported the decision was final, and the next day, it was confirmed by Amazon. Let’s take a look at market activity in Arlington over the last two weeks since the news broke:

  • The November 3 WaPo announcement created the biggest surge with investors pouncing and owner-occupants accelerating their timelines. From November 4-12, 100 properties went under contract. Historically, about 200 properties have gone under contract the entire month of November.
  • Since the news became official the night of November 12, 46 more properties went under contract, for a total of nearly 150 properties under contract in a two-week period, surpassing the activity during the same period in previous years by over 50%.
  • I figured a lot of the increased activity would be in the condo market, but the percentage of contracts on condos is in-line with historical trends (about half of all contract activity)
  • While we won’t know how much the market is appreciating until these properties close (when purchase price is released) investors and owner-occupants seem willing to spend more.
    Historically, properties that have gone under contract in November averaged an asking price in the low $600’s and median asking price in low/mid $500’s. Properties under contract in the last two weeks averaged an asking price of $698,000 and median asking price of $625,000.
  • The surge in purchase activity has not been off-set with a surge in new inventory. We’ve had 89 properties listed for sale since the November 3 WaPo announcement, which is barely higher than the same period in prior years.
  • After removing age-restricted housing and the River Place Cooperative, there are less than 350 properties currently for sale and the average asking price of those properties skews abnormally high. The current average asking price is over $995,000 and median asking price is $812,500, compared with an average asking price in the mid $800’s and median price in the mid/upper $600’s historically during this time of year.

My Experience So Far

I knew we were in for a wild ride when buyers I was working with started running into multiple offers and escalations on properties that had been sitting for weeks/months.

Generally, the odds of running into multiple offers after a property has been on the market for a full week are slim, yet every one of the buyers I worked with on an offer in Northern VA over the last two weeks found themselves competing against at least one other very strong offer.

Another investor I’ve been working with ran into 11 competing offers on an old condo in northern Alexandria that normally would have sat on the market for a couple of months.

On the listing side, we’ve had people reaching out about properties that were already under contract and off the market (rarely happened previously). Remember the new 12-unit condo building near Rosslyn I wrote about on October 30? All six of the two-bedroom units are under contract at full price and with the six three-bedroom units almost finished, we expect those to move just as quickly.

From what I’ve gleaned from offers I’ve been part of and activity my colleagues have seen, there’s been an almost overnight increase of 2-5% on most properties in Arlington and northern Alexandria. It doesn’t seem like D.C. or outside the beltway in Northern Virginia is experiencing as notable of a bump, at least not yet.

What I’m Watching For

I am really interested in how the Amazon news fits in with the winter market we usually experience, highlighted by fewer homes listed for sale and slower buying activity.

December historically produces the fewest new properties for sale, by a wide margin, and also tends to offer buyers the best opportunity to negotiate bigger discounts, but I highly doubt this December will offer buyers much in the way of negotiating.

The big question is whether the Amazon news will push a higher number of home owners to sell and buck the low-inventory trend. If new inventory remains low as sellers prepare their homes for the spring market, I wouldn’t be surprised if home owners who make it to market in December/January walk away with significant returns. The pace of new inventory will be key.

I also doubt the purchase momentum will continue at this pace, but will be watching closely with interest. A lot of the activity over the last two weeks was driven by investors, but I suspect many who didn’t get under contract in the first two weeks will hesitate for fear of not getting in early enough (I’ve heard this from a few of my investor clients already).

While many investors will take a step back, I think owner-occupants will continue to be active in the market and willing to pay the new premium, knowing that there is still a much higher ceiling for appreciation over the length of their ownership.

If you are interested in testing the market as a buyer, seller, or investor and want to talk in more detail about your options, feel free to give me a call at 703-539-2529 or email me at [email protected]

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 www.EliResidential.com. Call me directly at (703) 539-2529.

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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Listing of the Day: 3804 14th Street N.

Address: 3804 14th Street N.
Neighborhood: Ballston-Virginia Square
Listed: $998,000
Open: Sunday, November 25 from 1-4 p.m.

This charming, single-family home places you in the heart of Arlington. Enjoy neighboring trails, shopping, restaurants, parks, library and great schools all less than a mile walk to the Clarendon or Ballston Metro. A great investment that offers metropolitan living in a welcoming neighborhood.

A solid, well-maintained brick home with expansive first floor layout is perfect for entertaining. The classic country kitchen has plenty of cabinets and counter space. Vintage French doors in the formal dining room connect an enormous living room and family room with stone trimmed gas fireplace.

Step out onto a bluestone patio and fenced-in flat back yard with raised organic garden beds. The second floor’s uncommonly large four bedrooms are a must see. The master bedroom with ensuite includes the option to double in size to a master suite with a balcony, dressing room and office, nursery or gym.

Attached garage with automatic garage door, plus off-street parking for two cars in driveway and room for more.

The updated efficient ENERGY STAR HVAC, double pane windows and added insulation assure comfort year-round.

Ready to move in with updated bathrooms, new carpets, fresh paint, hard-wired CAT5e and ready-to-go security system.

Listed by:
Miriam Gennari
Ikon Realty
Office: 703-658-3999
Cell: 703-309-1600
[email protected]

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Morning Notes

Activists Speak Out Against Amazon — “Activists who believe the fix is in and the Arlington government already has rolled over for Amazon used what limited opportunities they had at the Nov. 17 County Board meeting to demand more accountability and transparency from elected officials… The confrontational stance taken Saturday by a coalition of left-leaning groups on the issue ended the five-day high Arlington officials had been on since” the Amazon HQ2 announcement last week. [InsideNova, YouTube]

Experts: Amazon Real Estate Boost May Take Awhile — “The arrival of Amazon is likely to help boost parts of the local real estate market… But pump the brakes on the enthusiasm just a bit — any growth regionwide in home sales due to Amazon will be a plus, but not so large that it overshadows overall market dynamics. ‘My sense is that Amazon’s arrival will not have an immediate noticeable impact, but will over time be a contributor to increased values in close-in Northern Virginia,’ said Carol Temple, a certified residential specialist with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.” [InsideNova]

Op-ed: Build More Housing in Arlington — “New jobs don’t have to mean displacement. It comes down to a choice on the part of Arlington County policymakers: Revise local zoning rules to allow for new housing to accommodate new residents, or require a growing population to compete over a stagnant supply of housing.” [Washington Post]

Home Shopping in Arlington on a Tight Budget — “If you’re like my fiancée and me, with good jobs and ‘professional’ graduate degrees but attendant student loan debt and slightly delayed careers due to school and the recession, you probably can’t even buy into the ‘starter’ segment of the market without significant savings or a sudden gift or inheritance. However, we did manage to buy a home in Arlington for $425,000. Here’s how we did it.” [Greater Greater Washington]

How Virginia Sealed the HQ2 Deal — Amazon’s decision to split HQ2 between two different places actually helped convince some skeptical Virginia state lawmakers to support the deal. [Richmond Times-Dispatch]

Road Closures Planned for Thanksgiving 5K — “The 13th Annual Turkey Trot 5K will take place on Thursday, November 22, 2018. The Arlington County Police Department will conduct [a number of] road closures from 6:30 a.m. until approximately 10 a.m. to accommodate this event.” [Arlington County]

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Open Houses in Arlington This Weekend

Looking for a home? There are plenty of houses and condos open for viewing this weekend.

Check out the Arlington Realty website for a full list of homes for sale and open houses in Arlington. Here are a few highlights:

6050 28th Street N.
5 bed/4 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Optime Realty
Listed: $1,399,900
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

1531 12th Street S.
3 bed/3 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Penfed Realty
Listed: $934,500
Open: Saturday 12-4 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

5727 2nd Street S.
3 bed/2 bath single-family home
Agent: Mcenearney Associates
Listed: $895,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

314 S. Cleveland Street
3 bed/1 bath, 1 half bath single-family home
Agent: Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
Listed: $694,500
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

1530 N. Key Boulevard #527
1 bed/1 bath condo
Agent: Ttr Sotheby’s International Realty
Listed: $499,995
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

900 N. Stafford Street #2010
1 bed/1 bath condo
Agent: Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $324,900
Open: Sunday 1-3 p.m.

 

4600 S. Four Mile Run Drive
3 bed/2 bath condo
Agent: Keller Williams Realty
Listed: $260,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

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