Archive for month: February, 2013

Take in the Old and New at Washington's Classical and Modern Gallery

28 Feb
February 28, 2013   Washington is filled with many venerable architectural institutions: the Library of Congress, the Lincoln Memorial, and the White House to name a few. Among the many aspects these places share is that they were all built in a similar neoclassical style, with soaring Romanesque columns. It’s a look that many of the most powerful buildings have. With the city in the midst of a construction boon, D.C. has seen itself moving away from the designs of the past with new modern glass structures. Many people may not know though, that this look came to the city decades ago, when it was paired with an iconoclastic building, creating one of the most unique contrasts in the metro area.   The Read more [...]

Burke, VA Market Report – 2/21/13

21 Feb
February 21, 2013 There is no doubt about it.   If you're thinking of selling... NOW IS THE TIME TO LIST YOUR PROPERTY FOR SALE! Property values are increasing and your home may be worth more than you think.  With the time it takes to sell a home decreasing, most homes are going under contract in less than 60 days.  You'll be able to get the best price for your home in the least amount of time.  A seller's dream come true! You'll notice that the inventory for homes is at an all-time low.  By putting your home on the market now, you'll be ahead of all the homes traditionally being listed during the spring market.   Why wait when all indications say now would be a good time to sell your home. January Read more [...]

Spend a Sugary Sunday at the Maple Syrup Festival

20 Feb
February 20, 2013 When it comes to breakfast, what’s your favorite part? Is it the slightly runny egg yolks? Salty bites of bacon? Light and fluffy biscuits? Or is it taking a big bottle of maple syrup and pouring it all over everything, drenching your entire meal in sugary goodness? If it's that last part, then read on, because you are in for a sweet treat. Everyone typically imagines maple syrup being bottled up north, coming from either Canada or Vermont. You wouldn’t be wrong. Quebec Province accounts for almost 75% of the world output, while Vermont produces almost six percent. So the syrup on the table at your breakfast nook is most likely from there. But those two places aren’t the only locations Read more [...]

Vienna/Dunn Loring, VA Market Report – 2/19/13

19 Feb
February 19, 2013 HOT, HOT, HOT! I of course am not referring to the weather but the local Vienna, VA real estate market. With the average sales price up 11.77%, the average days on market down almost 50%, inventory is almost non existent, and with loan rates still at an all time low, it makes for a perfect storm of multiple offers! January 2013 Real Estate Market Statistics for 22180 Vienna, VA Statistic Values YoY MoM Total Sold Dollar Volume $14,665,150 +76.98% +5.18% Closed Sales 19 +58.33% 0% Median Sold Price $620,000 +4.64% +7.83% Avg Sold Price $771,850 +11.77% +5.18% Avg Days on Market 76 days -48.99% +13.43% Avg Sold to Orig List Ratio 95.33% +3.54% -1.34% Vienna’s Read more [...]

Gainesville, VA Market Report – 2/18/13

18 Feb
February 18, 2013 Did you know? VDOT is spending 267 million on the Rt. 29 and Linton Hall Road Interchange.  The estimated completion date is June 2015 and you can watch a video of the finished product at http://www.virginiadot.org/projects/resources/NorthernVirginia/Linton_Hall_800.mpg Even with the road construction and traffic delays, demand for housing in Gainesville is on the rise!  New construction is so "HOT" developers are standing in line at the county offices trying to obtain approval for new projects.  You might ask, why is new construction important?  The answer is, as new home prices increase so do resale prices. This has always been the trend so come on new construction!! Just look at the Read more [...]

Visit Ford's Theater To Pay Homage This President's Day

14 Feb
February 14, 2013 One of the perks of living in Washington, D.C. is being right next to so many historical sites. A lesser known perk of this town, is that most companies follow the federal government's schedule, so offices all around the Metro area will be closed this upcoming Monday for President’s Day. While many buildings will be shuttered, it doesn’t meant there won’t be plenty to do. All of the museums in the city will be open, with some having events honoring the greatest people this country has ever seen. Of course we celebrate presidents on President’s Day. And this year is a perfect time to pay your respect to one of this country's greatest leaders, Abraham Lincoln. There’s certainly the Read more [...]

Bayou Festivities Come To Arlington

07 Feb
February 7, 2013 In less than a week, the country’s biggest block party will come to a close. If you haven't heard about, it’s been going on ever since this Wednesday. But right now, the streets of New Orleans have been closed, and will be for six more days, as the city puts on what may be America’s wildest week. That’s right, it’s Mardi Gras. The festivities began much earlier than usual this year, with Fat Tuesday coming in early February. That’s the final day of celebration, and this year is February 12th. Fat Tuesday celebrates the last day before the solemn season of Lent, and is the actual day of Mardi Gras. But ever since the city of New Orleans threw its first parade back in 1857, the parties Read more [...]