Great time to sell your home…if you’re in Arlington, Va

Great time to sell your home…if you’re in Arlington, Va

I’ve said this already but it bears repeating. Don’t take my word for it click the link above and see what the Wall Street Journal has to say about the seller’s market we’re in. If you are even thinking a little of selling your home now, it’s a better time then it’s been for many years. Inventory is low, low, low and there are more buyers then sellers right now. Do not think that you’ll get more for your house in the spring. The housing market here has been in uncharted waters for several years and the traditional rules no longer apply. Yes, there may be a few more buyers out there but there will also be many people who don’t know that the rules of the game have changed and will wait to put their house up for sale when everybody else is. More inventory = more choices = more days on market = lower prices. If you would like to know what your home may be worth or how to position it for multiple offers, give me a call.


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Updates from Westover neigborhood of Arlington, Va.

I live and work very near the Westover neighborhood. It’s a great neighborhood with a central commercial area that includes the Lost Dog Pizza restaurant, Lebanese Taverna, Ayres (they have everything….really), Westover Beer Garden etc.

I am also a sponsor of the new (and thriving) Westover Farmers Market. Here’s the latest news.


Dear Westover Residents,
Please see the messages below:
·         Photo exhibit at the Westover Market to Feb. 23
·         Westover Winter Farmers Market
·         Arlington Neighborhood College Applications Due March 4
Photo Exhibit at Westover Market to Feb. 23
Westover resident Malia Rivera, a senior at Yorktown who is now taking AP Photography, currently has a display of her images at the Westover Market along the wall connecting the Beer Haus and the Garden. The show lasts through February 23rd. The theme is appropriately “food,” one of my favorite topics. My wife Susan and I recently viewed the exhibition and gave it two thumbs up. I highly recommend that you visit the show and the Market!
Westover Winter Farmers Market
Even though it is cold outside, hard-working farmers, bakers, granola-makers, and chocolatiers are selling their wares every Sunday from 9am to 1pm in front of the Westover Library. Come out and stock up! My family is currently enjoying excellent breads, delicious apples, and amazing muffins. Fresh doughnuts will warm your tummy! See you Sunday at the market.
Arlington Neighborhood College Applications Due March 4 (application and additional info. attached)
Dear Mr. Orttung,
I am writing to remind you about the 2013 Arlington Neighborhood College, a County-sponsored leadership program designed to foster community activism.  
The deadline for registering for the 2013 Arlington Neighborhood College is March 4.
I urge you to publish this information in your next neighborhood newsletter and distribute it on your community list-serve if you maintain one.  
I also hope you will consider who in Westover Village might be interested in taking advantage of this opportunity and contact them directly to encourage them to apply if the program sounds right for them.
The free eight-week program seeks to develop effective community leaders and is open to all Arlingtonians, with a particular focus on residents from one of the eleven Neighborhood Strategy Areas – Buckingham, Columbia Heights West, Pike Village Center, Nauck, Arlington View, Long Branch Creek, Radnor/Fort Myer Heights, Barcroft, Lyon Park, Penrose, and Westover.  
Now in its 13th year, the Neighborhood College offers an opportunity for county residents to sharpen and practice their interpersonal communication skills, meet and discuss current issues with elected officials and key professional staff members, and learn how the county government functions and how to become more active and effective in community affairs.
Participants in previous years have gone on to become active in their neighborhood associations, in volunteer organizations, and as advocates regarding issues of interest to the community.
In 2012, Neighborhood College participants met with County Board member Walter Tejada, Commissioner of Revenue Ingrid Morroy, County Manager Barbara Donnellan, and head Arlington County Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Section Michelle Nuneville and Sheriff Beth Arthur, among others.
Participants also took part in individual projects that included attending Arlington Circuit Court, speaking on an issue of concern to the County Board, learning about plans for affordable housing in Arlington, riding on patrol with members of the Arlington Police, and investigating volunteer opportunities in Arlington County.
Sessions will take place on Thursday evenings from April 4 – May 23.   Class will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Five sessions will take place at the Arlington Career Center (near Columbia Pike and Walter Reed Drive).  Three class sessions will be held at the County Building, 2100 Clarendon Blvd (near the Courthouse Metro Station).  (The graduation ceremony will also take place at the County Building, at the Tuesday, June 18, evening meeting of the County Board.)
Dinner will be served prior to each session.  Childcare will be provided if needed.  Spanish-language simultaneous interpretation will be offered.  Free parking is available at both locations.
Participation is free but spaces are limited to 25 participants.
Residents who are committed to improving their neighborhoods, interested in neighborhood issues, and willing to bring energy to neighborhood activities are encouraged to apply.  
For more information or an application, interested Arlingtonians may call             703-575-8152      , email or download an application at
Merianne Liteman
Program Coordinator
Arlington Neighborhood College
1 South Lexington Street
Arlington, VA 22204
For more information, call:             703-575-8152      
You can fax your application to             888-425-2292       or attach it to an email to
Thank you!

Looking for real estate in Arlington, Va? Can’t find any? Here’s why

Potential home buyers in Arlington, Va are singin’ the blues. Who would of thought we would be seeing escalation clauses and multiple offers in the middle of the winter sales cycle but we are. Wondering why? Wonder no more. It’s all about inventory. The number of homes on the market is dismally low compared to this time last year.


Active listings in January were down 40% from a year ago. Ouch.

Pay attention sellers. If you are even thinking about selling…..think no more. In April and May other sellers will think the spring market is here and buyers are out and put there home on the market giving your home more competition. Do it now. Buyers are out and looking for your home.


Realtors are increasingly important in the home buying process.

Yesterday, I spent some time with two different clients in two different stages of the home buying process. During our time together both expressed that they were glad I was their agent. I read this article below I think it sums up their thought process well. I provide them with information that they might eventually be able to gather on their own but they are busy people and understand the value of being able to trust someone with experience to either have or have access to the information they need to make the right home buying choice. If you are thinking about buying a home consider this information. In the Arlington, Va area one exit, one school border, one metro stop, one park, one shopping area can make all the difference in the value of a home and the right price for it.