This sponsored column is by Law Office of James Montana PLLC. All questions about it should be directed to James Montana, Esq., Doran Shemin, Esq., and Laura Lorenzo, Esq., practicing attorneys at The Law Office of James Montana PLLC, an immigration-focused law firm located in Arlington, Virginia. The legal information given here is general in nature. If you want legal advice, contact us for an appointment.

Traveling to the U.S. for the holidays? Here’s the info on new COVID-19 requirements!

Citizens! Readers! Fellow disease vectors! We are approaching that time of the year when we travel to be with loved ones, eat overrated food and consider throwing a turkey drumstick at Uncle Billy. Last year, very few people traveled, but this year has looked a bit more “normal” according to the TSA checkpoint travel numbers.

What does the new normal look like for those traveling to the U.S.?

On October 25, 2021, President Biden issued Presidential Proclamation 10294 rescinding the geographic COVID-19 travel bans which restricted travel for those from China, Iran, the Schengen Area, UK and Ireland, Brazil, South Africa and India, and adopted COVID-19 vaccination requirements for all international air travelers to the United States (with few exceptions).

According to the new Presidential Proclamation, all international air travelers must be fully vaccinated to enter the United States. Air travelers are now required to provide proof of vaccination before boarding a plane to the United States; but beware, not all vaccines are accepted. The CDC has published a list of vaccines that are approved or authorized by the FDA or on the World Health Organization emergency use list. The following vaccines are accepted:

  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Single Dose)
  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca
  • Covishield
  • BIBP/Sinopharm
  • Sinovac
  • Covaxin

The Proclamation provides some exceptions to the vaccine requirement (spoiler alert: no religious or moral convictions exceptions are included). These are as follows:

  • Children under the age of 18
  • Those who have participated in clinical trials for covid-19 vaccination
  • Those for whom covid-19 vaccines are medically contraindicated
  • Those who are granted humanitarian and emergency exceptions by the Director of the CDC
  • Those citizens of a country with less than 10% of the population vaccinated
  • Members of the U.S. armed forces and their spouses and children
  • National interest exceptions
  • Diplomats or persons on official government travel
  • United Nations travel
  • Sea crew members
  • Airline crew members

It is important to note that anyone subject to these exceptions will have rigorous testing requirements upon arrival, and will have to self-quarantine for 7 days (even if the test results are negative), or self-isolate (in the case of a positive result). Moreover, if these individuals intend to stay for longer than 60 days, they may be required to become fully vaccinated within 60 days of arrival or as soon as medically appropriate.

For more detailed information about the requirements for proof of COVID-19 vaccination for air passengers, please visit this link.

As always, we are happy to answer any questions from our readers. Happy and healthy Thanksgiving!


Just Listed highlights Arlington properties that just came on the market within the past week. This feature is written and sponsored by Andors Real Estate Group.

Happy Thanksgiving Arlington!

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year for many reasons. First, it is almost always spent with family, and I cherish time with family, especially because of how caught up in the fast pace of Northern Virginia things can get.

Second, the food is always amazing, and good food always brings people together. Third, tradition — there is just something to be said for a predictable meal with familiar people, coupled with plenty of relaxing afterward. Fourth, and I’ll elaborate a bit on what I’m grateful for below, but just the reminder that we all have so much to be grateful for and a day dedicated to just that!

I have much to be thankful for and it’s amazing how focusing on that can improve moods and outlooks on life. My three children are growing up fast, and it is truly a joy to be a part of it and watch as they learn and transform. My wife Laura and I moved our family into a lovely new home this year (I know a great Realtor, if you need one) and this year the Andors Real Estate Group helped 55 families with their real estate needs! Laura’s health coaching business has really taken off as well, and we’re both thrilled to be helping others through our work in different ways.

As you can imagine, even real estate agents look forward to the slower pace this week, where the market really does take a breather and we can all rest and reset. Some homes will go under contract this week, but very few new listings will hit the market. The expectation from sellers is that buyers are out of town or otherwise preoccupied, so it’s better to wait a week or two.

I’ll keep it short and sweet this week so that you can enjoy the time this weekend however you see fit. Whether it’s large family gatherings, travel, staying in or maybe you’re stuck working, I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and I look forward to resuming a normal schedule next week for Just Listed!

Click here to search currently available Arlington real estate. If you see a home that you’re interested in purchasing, give us a call!

Call the Andors Real Estate Group today at (703) 203-1117 to talk more about buying or selling Arlington real estate. Below are eight new listings that I think you might like to check out.

5049 9th Street S.

This column is sponsored by BizLaunch, a division of Arlington Economic Development.

Since its founding in 2010 by American Express, Small Business Saturday has encouraged thousands of shoppers from across the country to shop small and support local businesses.

With many small businesses still navigating through the challenges of COVID-19, now more than ever small businesses need your support this holiday shopping season. This year Small Business Saturday will take place on November 27, and shoppers from the DMV have a unique opportunity to discover local businesses by shopping small.

Since its founding in 2011, One More Page Books has consistently leveraged the marketing efforts surrounding Small Business Saturday. In fact, One More Page Books welcomed President Barack Obama along with his daughters, Sasha and Malia, on Small Business Saturday in 2012.

Thanks to One More Page Books, Arlington shoppers will have the opportunity to participate in a passport program encouraging shoppers to shop local this holiday season. Additionally, through the passport program, shoppers have the chance to win prizes and find deals, all while supporting our community’s vitality in keeping dollars local.

Interested shoppers can pick up a passport at any participating business, which can be found online. Many local businesses are running specials on Small Business Saturday.

To be eligible to win one of three Grand Prize baskets, shoppers need to collect at least five stamps from the participating businesses. Once completed, the completed passports can be returned to One More Page Books or left at the last participating business shoppers visit.

Winners of the baskets will be randomly drawn from all completed passports on November 28 at 3 p.m. at One More Page Books and notified via e-mail.

If you’re a small business owner wanting to capitalize on Small Business Saturday, American Express has developed customizable Small Business Saturday graphics. Furthermore, American Express has made it even easier to find local businesses near you to shop small through their Shop Small Map.

The BizLaunch team hopes you have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday and hope you support our community by shopping small on Small Business Saturday on November 27.


Adoptable Pet of the Week: Marion

Welcome the newest Adoptable Pet of the Week, Marion. This colorful, almost 2-year-old is laid back and looking for her forever home (preferably without dogs).

Here’s what her friends at Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation have to say about her:

Despite this black and orange tortie’s striking good looks, Marion is no snob.

This low-maintenance, playful and loving cat loves people and attention, favoring head and back side scratches. When feeling especially amorous, Marion will also stretch out on her back for tummy rubs.

This frisky cat favors chasing strings and batting toys around the house. She also enjoys cat scratchers, grass, catnip, and watching the birds and squirrels on the balcony.

Marion will do best in a calm environment, without dogs or small children.

Learn more about Marion and how to adopt her at Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation.


Each week, “Just Reduced” spotlights properties in Arlington County whose price have been cut over the previous week. The market summary is crafted by Arlington Realty, Inc. Maximize your real estate investment with the team by visiting or calling 703-836-6000 today!

Please note: While Arlington Realty, Inc. provides this information for the community, it may not be the listing company of these homes.

We’re a day early, but let’s say it: Happy Thanksgiving!

As you gather with friends, family or perhaps take a nice long weekend for some solo relaxation, know that the team at Arlington Realty, Inc. is ever-thankful to be engrained in this beautiful community.

Entering the holiday season here, we’re starting to see a bit of a decrease in available listings — week-over-week, the number of listings ticked down by approximately 10 percent. However, we did see an uptick in the total number of Just Reduced properties week-over-week. In between the lines here: While less folks may be listing their homes in the heart of the holiday season, for those that have, now is the time they are being more aggressive to sell.

If a real estate transaction is on your list for Santa this year, there is still time and your friends at Arlington Realty have your back. Until then, have an amazing and happy Thanksgiving!

Here are this week’s Just Reduced numbers.

As of November 22, there are 110 detached homes, 50 townhouses and 261 condos for sale throughout Arlington County. In total, 43 homes experienced a price reduction in the past week:

4624 13th Street N.

Please note 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 Arlington Realty, Inc.


Address: 6301 23rd Street N.
Neighborhood: East Falls Church
Open: Saturday, November 27 from 1-4 p.m.

The Arlington Group has perfected the pop-top by elevating a classic Arlington rambler to a sparkling new home with 9 foot ceilings on three levels.

With a complete renovation and reconfiguring, the new home offers a holiday perfect kitchen with crisp white cabinets, quartz tops and stainless appliances. It flows into the family room featuring a coffered ceiling and gas fireplace with over-mantel. A full bath adjoins the den enhancing its versatility. The flexible floorplan continues with a traditional dining room that provides space for home work and learning. A mudroom just off the driveway completes this floor.

Andersen windows admit abundant sunlight and provide views of the nearly quarter acre level lot. Upstairs, the primary bedroom offers a walk in closet, private bath with soaking tub, double vanity and linen closet. The second bedroom has an en suite bath while the third and fourth bedrooms share a bathroom. How convenient to have the laundry on this level, too.

In the lower level, the fifth bedroom and bath provide private space for an in-law, au pair or distance learning student. A big rec room has space for media, gym and play. More storage is in the utility room.

The home is conveniently located between Westover Village and the Lee-Harrison Center and is walkable to Tuckahoe Park and the East Falls Church Metro.

Good homes do come on the market at the end of the year — and this is one of them.

Listed by:
Betsy Twigg
McEnearney Associates
[email protected]


This regularly scheduled sponsored Q&A column is written by Eli Tucker, Arlington-based Realtor and Arlington resident. Please submit your questions to him via email for response in future columns. Video summaries of some articles can be found on YouTube on the Ask Eli, Live With Jean playlist. Enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving week everybody!

The Eli Residential Group will be donating $1,500 towards three fantastic local food charities based on your votes. We will distribute the donations in proportion to the total votes received for each of the three charities below. Thank you for your participation and have a wonderful start to the holiday season!

Arlington Food Assistance Center
AFAC is rated 86.34/100 on Charity Navigator.

“Our mission is to feed our neighbors in need by providing dignified access to nutritious supplemental groceries. Since 1988, the Arlington Food Assistance Center remains dedicated to its simple but critical mission of obtaining and distributing groceries, directly and free of charge, to people living in Arlington, who cannot afford to purchase enough food to meet their basic needs.”

“While hunger might not seem to be an issue in a wealthy county like Arlington, the high cost of living here combined with the current economic situation causes many families struggle to make ends meet. Supplemental groceries from AFAC mean that families can remain in their homes, workers can stay on the job, children are ready to learn, and mothers and babies have the nutrition they need. We help relieve the food budgets of our clients, thereby allowing them to make other necessary purchases without sacrificing their health and nutrition needs.”

The Lamb Center
The Lamb Center is rated 97.12/100 on Charity Navigator.

“The Lamb Center is a daytime drop-in shelter for poor and individuals experiencing homelessness in Fairfax, Virginia. We provide a variety of services without cost to our guests, including breakfast, lunch, showers, laundry service, Bible studies, housing and job counseling, AA meetings, a nurse practitioner clinic, a dental clinic, and much more. We partner with local groups and organizations who have a passion for serving the homeless.”

SOME (So Others Might Eat)
SOME is rated 94.35/100 on Charity Navigator.

“SOME provides material aid and comfort to our vulnerable neighbors in the District, helping them break the cycle of poverty and homelessness through programs and services that save lives, improve lives, and help transform lives of individuals and families, their communities, and the systems and structures that affect them.”

“The cycle of poverty and homelessness can be broken. SOME’s (So Others Might Eat) comprehensive programs are designed to help our most vulnerable neighbors — people experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty — find pathways out of poverty and achieve long-term stability and success.”

“SOME is an interfaith, community-based service organization that exists to help and support residents of our nation’s capital experiencing homelessness and poverty. SOME offers a variety of services, including affordable housing, counseling, substance use disorder treatment, and job training. In addition, SOME helps meet immediate daily needs by providing food, clothing, and healthcare to those in need.”

If you’d like a question answered in my weekly column or to discuss buying, selling, renting, or investing, please send an email to [email protected]. To read any of my older posts, visit the blog section of my website at Call me directly at 703-539-2529.

Video summaries of some articles can be found on YouTube on the Ask Eli, Live With Jean playlist.

Eli Tucker is a licensed Realtor in Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland with RLAH Real Estate, 4040 N Fairfax Dr #10C Arlington VA 22203. 703-390-9460.


Address: 4315 15th Street N.
Neighborhood: Waverly Hills
Listed: $2,199,000

This unique property is all about urban living at its finest! Classic Cottages and Backyard Cottages present their latest joint project in North Arlington to include a 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath single family home with an oversized one car garage and a 1 bed/bath detached accessory dwelling unit [ADU].

This project includes collaboration with nationally recognized small space living innovator URBANEER, for the detached ADU layout which includes their patented movable wall system. The movable wall allows for flexible social & bedroom configurations to maximize space and create open concept living. There are many benefits and uses from investing in a Backyard Cottage, including long-term rental income, for a family member, or flexible space to serve immediate or future needs.

Truly a must-see! The main house has a large kitchen with breakfast nook overlooking the great room which features beautiful wood beams and a gas fireplace. Primary bedroom has two walk-in closets, double vanities, large shower and soaking tub. Spacious secondary bedrooms offer plenty of natural light and each have their own bathrooms and outfitted closets.

The lower level of the home features luxury vinyl planks throughout, recessed lighting, wet bar, guest bedroom & bath and oversized fitness room. Home includes outdoor patio with built-in firepit and decorative string lights.

This incredible one-of-a-kind property in Waverly Hills near Washington-Liberty High School is only a 12-minute walk to Ballston Metro!

Listed by:
Michelle Lynch
Classic Cottages Realty, LLC
[email protected]

What makes Barcroft a special neighborhood in Arlington?

Quietly tucked away near some major Arlington crossroads (Route 50, George Mason and Columbia Pike), Barcroft is a hidden neighborhood convenient for commuters but with a small community feel.

In the heart is the Barcroft Community Center, a historic landmark constructed in 1908 originally as a church and sold to the Barcroft School and Civic League in 1914. The Barcroft School and Civic League website states, “Today it is Arlington’s last remaining one-room schoolhouse — a living tribute to the sleepy, rural place that Arlington once was. Over a century later, it remains the heart of the community — its ownership shared by the members of the BSCL, it is where the neighborhood meets to celebrate, learn, and conduct business.”

Known for being a friendly neighborhood, Barcroft sponsors a number of community events including: “its annual Fourth of July Parade and picnic to a Holiday program with a visit from Santa Claus, meet-the-candidates nights before elections, spaghetti dinners, Easter egg hunts and National Night Out ice cream socials. These events retain the strong spirit of community first developed here over 100 years ago. (source:” Most of the homes in this neighborhood were built in the 1930-1970 era with some new home builds recently, including condominiums and apartments.

Also nearby is Columbia Pike, with many shops and restaurants and the newly-built Centro anchored by a Harris Teeter, and Route 50 with many more amenities. On the eastern border of Barcroft is the wonderful Alcova Heights Park — a 13-acre park that includes a playground, baseball field, basketball court and sand volleyball court. On the southwestern border is the beautiful Four Mile Run Park which runs parallel to the Four Mile Run stream and connects to the W&OD Trail.

Interestingly, the name does not derive from its length which is actually 9.4 miles long and takes you all the way to the Shirlington business district.

Connect with neighborhood experts Susan Sarcone and Mitchell Schneider to learn more about Barcroft and other surrounding areas!

Susan Sarcone and Mitchell Schneider | 703-795-6772 | [email protected] and [email protected] |

Important Barcroft (and Nearby) Neighborhood Resources

For 40 years, McEnearney Associates has been a premiere residential, commercial and property management firm with 11 offices located in the Washington metro region. With service excellence, hyper-local expertise, powerful data insights, innovative technology and cutting-edge marketing, McEnearney Associates have helped their clients make informed decisions on their most valuable real estate investments. There is an important difference at McEnearney: It’s not about us, it’s about you. To learn more, visit us at


Address: 5027 35th Street N.
Neighborhood: Country Club Manor
Listed: $1,895,000
Open: Sunday, November 21 from 1-4 p.m.

7 Bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, 2 car garage

Good homes do come on the market in November, and this is one of them! Built in 2008 with an eye to the future, this all brick Colonial offers the many spaces and features buyers now value in a home.

  • Colonnaded wraparound porch with double porches at the side and a flagstone grilling patio
  • Separate entry via a second set of stairs to a bedroom suite that is deal for a private home office, in-law, au pair, or distance learning college student
  • Thoughtfully designed kitchen will appeal to those with a renewed interest in cooking and baking — double sinks, double dishwashers, wall oven, warming drawer, comfortable cork flooring, and generous counter and cabinets space
  • Geothermal heating and cooling with domestic hot water as a by-product, radiant heat in floors, multiple heating and cooling, zones for comfort and efficiency
  • Advanced framing techniques for tight construction and foam and fiberglass insulation; high efficiency windows, with functional exterior shutters
  • Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV) system removes stale air from the home and brings in fresh air, contributing to a healthy environment
  • Private spots in the lower level for a Peloton gym or yoga, Zoom Calls, more office and learning space
  • Hobby or craft room with rough ins for a sink and 220 electric
  • Electric car charger in the oversized two car garage
  • Jamestown, Williamsburg, Yorktown schools

A home built with quality, energy efficiency, and traditional style in a most desirable location.

Listed by:
Betsy Twigg
McEnearney Associates
[email protected]


Just Listed highlights Arlington properties that just came on the market within the past week. This feature is written and sponsored by Andors Real Estate Group.

Good morning, Arlington, and welcome to Just Listed!

I hope you’re looking ahead to Thanksgiving next week as much as I am. Gathering with family, friends or both over a meal is a wonderful thing and I wish we could do it on the Thanksgiving scale more each year.

There is an amazing part of a Thanksgiving meal that doesn’t show up on the table, or in the hard work that goes into the preparation of the food, or the beautiful decorations. It’s the house that entertains and welcomes the guests. Our homes are so important to our lives daily, and the opportunities to welcome others into them can be very rewarding.

Conversations about home ownership are ongoing for many, but they usually start to ramp up surrounding the holidays. If you have a dream of hosting Thanksgiving dinner or other holiday gatherings in a new, or larger home next year, I would love to chat with you about how my team can help you achieve that goal!

Activity in Arlington real estate continues to chug along, but it’s quite evident we’re closing in on the end of the year. Inventory is declining and days on market are still climbing. I’ll dig into the numbers a bit more below.

This week, there are 425 listed homes available for sale in Arlington, down 26 from last week. There are 98 detached homes for sale, 61 townhomes/semi-detached properties, and 266 condominiums on the market.

As of this week, the average list price of homes currently for sale is $789,322, and the median is $565,000. Average days on market (DOM) is 71, and the median is 43. Homes of all types range in price from $99,900 all the way up to $4,250,000!

This same week last year, there were 566 available homes for sale in Arlington, sellers listed 81 new listings and buyers ratified 65 contracts.

Click here to search currently available Arlington real estate. If you see a home that you’re interested in purchasing, give us a call!

Call the Andors Real Estate Group today at (703) 203-1117 to talk more about buying or selling Arlington real estate. Below are eight new listings that I think you might like to check out.

4019 16th Street S.

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