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by ARLnow.com Sponsor — April 19, 2017 at 6:30 pm 0

Get a $1,500 credit for your home at closing 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. PLUS — the first 5 to attend the seminar will get a FREE Amazon Echo Dot!*

Dan Lesniak, author of The HyperLocal HyperFast Real Estate Agent, is hosting a Home Buying Seminar event on April 24 from 6 – 8 p.m. at our Rosslyn office located at 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101, Arlington, VA 22209. The seminar will last approximately one hour and then we will have time after for questions and one-on-one 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 No. 1 real estate team in Arlington, the No. 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.

Details

When: Monday, April 24 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 from Kona Grill
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, please visit vipbuyerseminar.com for complete details

In The HyperLocal, HyperFast Real Estate Agent, Dan tells how he used the Segmentation, Targeting and Positioning (STP) framework to identify potential markets, choose which ones to go after and how to add massive value to the consumers in that market. This book will teach you how to use the STP framework to enter new markets or increase market share in your existing markets by adding more value to your potential clients and communicating your value proposition to the market. Download 10 tips from Dan for free here.

by ARLnow.com — April 14, 2017 at 10:30 am 0

Looking for somewhere new to live? There are plenty of houses and condos open for viewing in Arlington this Easter weekend.

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

2615 S. Walter Reed Drive
2 Bed/1 Bath Townhome
Agent: Charles Bengel
Listed: $320,000
Open: Saturday 1-3 p.m.

 

1300 Army Navy Drive
2 Bed/2 Bath Condo
Agent: Edward Downs
Listed: $443,500
Open: Saturday 1-4 p.m.

 

4043 Columbia Pike
3 Bed/2.5 Bath Townhome
Agent: Ronald Cathell
Listed: $625,000
Open: Saturday 2-4 p.m.

 

613 S. Taylor Street
4 Bed/3 Bath Single-Family Detached
Agent: Patrick Loftus
Listed: $799,900
Open: Saturday 1-4 p.m.

 

5011 14th Street N
4 Bed/3 Bath Single-Family Detached
Agent: Ronald Cathell
Listed: $899,900
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

239 N. Barton Street
3 Beds/2.5 Bath Single-Family Detached
Agent: Ronald Cathell
Listed: $998,900
Open: Saturday 1-4 p.m.

 

3819 N. Tazewell Street
3 Bed/3.5 Bath Townhome
Agent: Matthew Shepard
Listed: $1,150,000
Open: Saturday 1-4 p.m.

 

Interested in getting your open house listed? Email us.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — April 11, 2017 at 5:30 pm 0

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Last year, Justin was finally ready to sell his condo, but it hadn’t appreciated in value enough for him to pull his money out after paying the 6 percent commission to real estate agents.

He says the idea of paying a 6 percent commission drove him nuts. “I thought I could probably sell without an agent, but I was little nervous to take the risk without having knowledgeable support during the process.”

Enter homezen, which provides online tools and support to help owners of condos, townhouses and single family homes sell without an agent, at a flat fee.

How low? For $499-$699, homezen helps you set your listing price, has professional photographers take photos of your home, lists your home on the MLS and takes care of the paperwork.

They’ve helped sellers in the Palisades, Glover Park, Logan Circle, Shaw, Arlington, Alexandria, Rockville and beyond save an average of $20,000 per sale — and Justin is now one of them.

“They helped me price, prep, list my home, and they gave me the paperwork I needed,” says Justin. “They were there for me whenever I had questions, and they gave me the confidence I needed to sell my own home without an agent.”

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For more information on how homezen can change your life, check out the homezen website.

by Katie Pyzyk — April 10, 2017 at 9:15 am 0

Washington Business Journal Downsizes HQ — The Washington Business Journal has moved out of its headquarters at 1555 Wilson Blvd in Rosslyn, where it had been for 20 years. The publication moved just down the street to 1100 Wilson Blvd. The downsize puts WBJ in a location that is about 3,000 square feet smaller than its previous space. [WTOP]

Civic Leaders Honored — The Arlington County Civic Federation honored two residents for their years of community leadership and activism. The organization recognized Jim Pebley and Stefanie Pryor at its anniversary dinner on Friday. [InsideNova]

Northern Virginia Businessman Dies at 100 — Well-known sportsman and businessman Randolph “Randy” Rouse died on Friday. A long-time Arlington resident, Rouse is a Washington-Lee High School graduate and began his foray into real estate in 1947. He was said to entertain visitors at his 10-acre Arlington estate — the Febrey-Lothrop house on Wilson Blvd and N. McKinley Street — with tunes from his saxophone. Rouse was 100. [Fauquier Times]

by ARLnow.com — April 7, 2017 at 2:00 pm 0

On the lookout for somewhere new to live? There are plenty of houses and condos open for viewing in Arlington this weekend.

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

2903 S. Woodley Street
1 Bed/1 Bath Condo
Agent: Carrie Shokraei
Listed: $265,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

1301 Courthouse Road
2 Bed/2 Bath Condo
Agent: Richard Nathan
Listed: $534,800
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

316 S. Fenwick Street
3 Bed/1.5 Bath Single-Family Detached
Agent: Elizabeth Lucchesi
Listed: $745,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

29 N. Oakland Street
3 Bed/3.5 Bath Townhome
Agent: Ronald Cathell
Listed: $799,900
Open: Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

5011 14th Street N
4 Bed/3 Bath Single-Family Detached
Agent: Ronald Cathell
Listed: $899,900
Open: Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

3700 N. Woodstock Street
5 Beds/4 Bath Single-Family Detached
Agent: Kevin Love
Listed: $1,000,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

2601 N. Jefferson Street
4 Bed/4.5 Bath Single-Family Detached
Agent: Christopher Downey
Listed: $1,124,900
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

Interested in getting your open house listed? Email us.

by ARLnow.com — March 31, 2017 at 4:30 pm 0

On the lookout for somewhere new to live? 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:

4163 S. Four Mile Run Drive
1 Bed/1 Bath Condo
Agent: Aaron Podolsky
Listed: $312,500
Open: Saturday 2-4 p.m.

 

2817A S. Woodrow Street
3 Bed/2 Bath Townhome
Agent: Renata Briggman
Listed: $525,000
Open: Saturday 1-4 p.m.

 

1205 N. Garfield Street
2 Bed/2 Bath Condo
Agent: Diane Duston
Listed: $644,900
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

820 N. Pollard Street
3 Bed/2 Bath Condo
Agent: Meg Ross
Listed: $763,000
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

2305 N. Monroe Street
4 Bed/3 Bath Single-Family Detached
Agent: Talmage Amaya
Listed: $885,000
Open: Sunday 1-4 p.m.

 

618 S. Adams Street
5 Beds/3.5 Bath Single-Family Detached
Agent: James Fox
Listed: $999,618
Open: Sunday 2-4 p.m.

 

4634 14th Street N.
5 Bed/5.5 Bath Single-Family Detached
Agent: Elizabeth Twigg
Listed: $1,679,900
Open: Saturday 12-4 p.m.

 

Interested in getting your open house listed? Email us.

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — March 31, 2017 at 2:30 pm 0

821 N Wakefield Street
Neighborhood: Ballston
Listing Price: $1,105,000
Open House: Sunday, April 2 from 1-4 p.m.

An urban dwelling that exceeds your expectations! Built in 2014, this energy efficient townhome is designed for modern entertaining and high end living in the heart of Ballston. The 2,843 square foot, 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath property features abundant light, hardwoods throughout, and custom upgrades that offer a luxury experience.

The focal point is a designer kitchen with an oversized granite island that opens to a spacious dining/living lounge–the perfect inviting space for social gatherings or cozy nights in. The dining area fits a table for eight with room to spare. In the living area, the gas fireplace adds ambience to the spacious living area.

Upstairs, the loft master is a truly impressive space. A sleeping alcove overlooks a generous open area with room for seating or furniture. Savor morning coffee and evening drinks on the private terrace. The resort-quality bath features marble counters, porcelain tile, and a frameless glass enclosed shower. The walk-in closet will keep you organized with ease. A bonus master and third bedroom, both with en suites, provide private areas for family and guests.

This urban abode offers the best of everything. High-tech amenities include whole house audio/visual, remote controlled shades, remote security access, and digital thermostats, helping to streamline day-to-day living. The prime location and abundant windows connect you to city life while you relax in style and comfort.

Take a tour.

Stop by this modern, sustainable home this Sunday from 1-4 p.m., or contact Keith Herrmann with Keller Williams Realty at [email protected].

by ARLnow.com Sponsor — March 30, 2017 at 6:00 am 0

Get a $1,500 credit for your home at closing 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. PLUS — the first 5 to attend the seminar will get a FREE Amazon Echo Dot!*

Dan Lesniak, author of The HyperLocal HyperFast Real Estate Agent, is hosting a Home Buying Seminar event on April 3 from 6-8 p.m. at our Rosslyn office located at 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101 in Arlington. The seminar will last approximately 1 hour and then we will have time after for questions and one-on-one 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 percent 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 No. 1 real estate team in Arlington, the No. 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.

Details

When: Monday, April 3 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, please visit vipbuyerseminar.com for complete details

In The HyperLocal, Hyper Fast Real Estate Agent, Dan tells how he used the Segmentation, Targeting and Positioning (STP) framework to identify potential markets, choose which ones to go after and how to add massive value to the consumers in that market. This book will teach you how to use the STP framework to enter new markets or increase market share in your existing markets by adding more value to your potential clients and communicating your value proposition to the market. Download 10 tips from Dan for free here.

by ARLnow.com — March 28, 2017 at 9:55 am 0

In Monday’s Morning Notes, we linked to a Washington Business Journal article that noted that there is more domestic migration out of the D.C. region than into the area last year.

Slower job growth and a high cost of living were blamed as possible reasons for the outflow.

We have previously predicted that Arlington will struggle to retain millennial residents as they start having families due to the high cost of housing and childcare. Those millennials may seek greener pastures outside the region, particularly in the kinds of cities that saw a net influx of domestic migration: Phoenix, Dallas, Seattle and Houston.

Would this prediction bear out in a poll of our readership? Let’s find out.

Photo courtesy James Mahony

by ARLnow.com — March 28, 2017 at 8:55 am 0

Farmhouse Sale Not Certain — Arlington County officials are pretty sure the historic Reeves farmhouse in Bluemont will sell to a private buyer, but it’s not a given. The cost of fixing up the house may be more than it is worth. [InsideNova]

Arlington Healthcare Co. Considering Merger — Ballston-based Evolent Health is exploring a possible merger with D.C.-based Advisory Board Company, a healthcare consulting firm that helped to fund and launch Evolent. [Reuters]

VHC Land Swap Still in Progress — A proposed land swap that would give Virginia Hospital Center 5.5 acres of county government land next to its main campus, allowing it to expand, is continuing “to make its way through procedural steps.” The swap could happen as early as June 2018, with Arlington County getting some combination of land and/or cash in return, though it depends on some regional and state regulatory approvals. [InsideNova]

Flickr pool photo by Kevin Wolf

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.

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