Archive for month: September, 2012

Union Market DC Brings A Year Round Market To Washington, D.C.

26 Sep
September 26, 2012 Almost everyone loves a summer stroll through their local farmers' market. In the warm air, you can browse just plucked produce, cheeses made right down the road and bread baked by local artisans. There’s really only one drawback to theses wonderful-open air venues. When summer’s perfect temperatures give way to chilly fall mornings and blustery winter days, they close down shop. But this year, when the season changes, you’ll still be able to enjoy all the local goods you want. That’s because this month, one of the biggest and most anticipated indoor markets opened its doors, right in the middle of Washington, D.C. Union Market DC, which opened up inside a gutted and redeveloped old Read more [...]

The H Street Festival Drives Droves to the Atlas District

13 Sep
September 13, 2012 Washington, D.C. might be one of the fastest growing cities in America. It weathered the recession well, and business in this town is booming. And while new shops, restaurants and even buildings seem to pop up every day, from the currently under construction City Center downtown to the newly revamped Adams Morgan, one neighborhood is always at the vanguard of development. H Street NE is perhaps the most popular and happening neighborhood in the entire D.C. Metro area. A new place to dine or spot to drink or store to shop opens almost every single day. And with a large crop of new businesses, it would be impossible to check out all the area has to offer in a single visit. Unless, that is, every Read more [...]

Prince William County, VA Market Report – 9/11/12

11 Sep
September 11, 2012 Ready or not, kids are back in school, hurricane season is here and COOLER weather is just around the corner. Fortunately, the real estate market in Prince William County (PWC) is still HOT, HOT, HOT!  Compare the stats from July 2011 to July 2012 and you can see that active listing inventory is down 24%, under contracts are up 17% and average days on market (list date to contract date) is down 8.5% leading to a median sold price 6.54 % higher than last year. Why you ask?  The DC Metro area has the best job market in the country and interest rates are still at historic lows which equals more buying power. Inventory in PWC is at a seven year low and buyers are competing for listings with multiple Read more [...]

Ted's Bulletin Brings Back a Bygone Era

07 Sep
September 7, 2012 Several years ago, AMC debuted the drama Mad Men, set in the 1960s. The success and popularity of the show ushered in a new era of nostalgia, with clothes and culture to match. Down in Southeast, D.C., one place takes the tradition to a new level, with an entire motif where the Greatest Generation would feel right at home. In Barracks Row, on the corner of 8th Street SE and E Street, is Ted’s Bulletin, a 1950s-style diner, opened by the owners’ of the very successful local Matchbox franchise. That area of town has seen a revival of its own, becoming a burgeoning dining scene in the past several years, with numerous restaurants setting up shop, from Belgian bistros to happening Greek spots Read more [...]

Stafford County, VA Market Report – 9/5/12

05 Sep
September 5, 2012 Summer is getting ready to officially come to an end in Stafford County.  We just celebrated Labor Day and all of our local children have headed back to school! The Stafford real estate market has been nice and busy this summer!  The region as a whole has been very steady with inventory low, sales prices increasing and days on market decreasing.  In July, new listings in Stafford County were only down year over year by -1.48%.  Don't let that number fool you though!  Active listings in Stafford are down by -20.41%.  Across the region we are at a five year low for inventory. With the election coming up in the next three months, now is a great time to list your house and beat all of the Read more [...]