Real Estate is Fun too! Movie Night in Tysons Corner

Real estates is a personal business. I am so grateful and thankful for my clients and their business and referrals. Every so often I like to let them know with a special event. Last night they got movie tickets, gift cards, candy and other treats.This event was held at the Tysons Corner AMC Theaters. Everyone had a great time and I’m excited about the next event. Here are a few scenes from last night.

If you know anyone that needs to buy or sell a home. Or if you would like a free home valuation contact me at or 571-228-5656

More Halloween Fun in Arlington

Everyone liked the photos so much yesterday that I took a few more neighborhood photos and videos this morning. These are from the Overlee Knolls and Westover neighborhoods of Arlington. If you would like your neighborhood represented, you can always email a photo or two with your neighborhood listed to I’ll post it here. Nothing obscene or really, really gross. Just gross is ok though.

And…just in case you thought there was no real estate perspective here….my personal observation after being a realtor in this area for thirteen (lucky number ?) years is that when people spend time and money on holiday decorations, they are feeling good about the economy and their personal finances which are both good indicators of the direction of the real estate market. Your home is probably worth more then you think. If you want to know, call me at 571-228-5656 or email Consultation is always free (what’s better then that?). No trick, just treat.





Here’s one for Edvard Munch Fans. 



Something for everyone including those on Gluten Free diets. 



Having just seen the Peculiar Children movie, this is a personal favorite

I love Halloween in Arlington, Va. Check out these decorations.

Who doesn’t love Halloween Decorations. There’s the Scary and the Spooky and even the Kooky.  Here are a few photos and a video that I took on my walk around the Westover/Overlee Knolls neighborhood in Arlington, Va. this morning. Boo!


I thought this one was particularly creative. Sccreaming Skeleton covered with spiderwebs and spiders tied to the bushes.


This one made Teddy the Dog Bark. I give it an 8 out of 10 on the Creepy Scale.

Here’s Teddy checking out the flying cat and wondering if it takes off, will he catch it. I’m sure he’d give it a try.


Yes, this is a pigwitch. Yes, it’s on my porch. Happy Halloween!


Post your photos in the comments if you like or email them to me at and I’ll post them here. Boo!

September Real Estate Statistics for Arlington, Va

Hi Folks. Here we are with our real estate statistics for September. On average sellers are in the red this month. Total sold dollar volume down 20%, Average sold price, down 7%, median sold price down 11% Average list price for solds down 7%. Before we decide it’s all doom and gloom for sellers and happy days for buyers, note that the greatest decrease was in the 4 or more bedroom attached home (townhouse) category. Down a whopping 48%.The average detached home sales price actually rose in 2, 3 and 4 more bedroom categories. It’s easy to see that in an area where homes are high priced that even one less high priced sale in any category can skew the averages greatly. That’s why when you are pricing your home it’s important to look at the comparable homes. Same goes when you are making an offer on a property. Interest rates continue to rock. It’s a great time to sell. 571-228-5656septstats-jpg

Leaf pickup schedule for Arlington, Va.

A sure sign of the season is the pile of leaves at the curb. Here is information from Arlington county about the Vacuum pickup. And…if you’re bagging, be sure to pick up recyclable FREE bags at the locations noted below.


Arlington County Leaf Season Update

Department of Environmental Services, Solid Waste Bureau

Ready. Rake. Recycle.

2016 – 2017 Leaf Collection Season

Leaf collection season begins on October 31. The County collects and recycles your leaves through vacuum trucks, biodegradable bags and in your green organics cart. Please be sure to drive safety around County vehicles. Stay aware as there may be crews servicing the immediate vicinity around parked County vehicles, as well. 

Vacuum Collection Schedule

Check our online vacuum schedule to determine when the leaf vacuum will be in your neighborhood.

Vacuum Collection 

  • Crews will complete two passes through each neighborhood between November and December, Monday-Saturday, except Thanksgiving Day.
  • Bright yellow and orange leaf collection signs will be posted in your neighborhood two to three days before crews arrive.
  • Plan accordingly to have leaves raked to the curb before scheduled pick-up. If the vacuum collection schedule doesn’t meet your needs, or if you missed the first vacuum pass, residents have the option to bag their leaves for the weekly bag collection, wait for the second vacuum pass or place the leaves in their green organic yard waste cart.
  • If you miss your collection date, leaves should be recycled in biodegradable leaf bags. Dates are subject to change due to weather and other events.
  • Call 703-228-6565 for recorded schedule by civic association.

Leaf Bag Collection

Place leaves in biodegradable bags only. Don’t use plastic bags. Leaf bags are now collected year-round on the same day as your regular trash collection day.

Where to Find Leaf Bags

Biodegradable paper leaf bags are available at most hardware stores. Please use any bags left over from spring yard waste collection. Free bags are also available beginning October 24 at these locations while supplies last.

Year-Round Yard Waste Collection

Arlington County provides weekly, curbside collection of yard waste to single-family homes, duplexes and some townhomes in Arlington. Yard waste collection will occur each week on your regular scheduled trash collection day. More details can be found in our brochure.

Interactive Leaf Collection Progress Map 

Be sure to follow the leaf vacuum’s progress on our interactive map.

Share Your Colors

Days are getting shorter and the leaves are showing their colors. Share your photo of Arlington’s changing tree canopy or leaf pile with us for a chance to be featured as our Facebook cover photo. Photos can be posted on Facebook or sent to @ArlingtonDES on Twitter.


For more information, visit and search “Leaf Collection.”

Arlington County Department of Environmental Services

Solid Waste Bureau


Absentee Voting in Arlington, Va.

Absentee voting in Arlington has begun. Please vote. Here are reasons that make you eligible for early voting and where and when you can vote. We are so very fortunate in this country to have this right. Please exercise this right.

If you’ll be absent from Arlington on Election Day, or can’t go to the polls due to an illness or disability, you can apply to have an absentee ballot mailed to you or vote by absentee ballot in person at the Office of Voter Registration. Virginia law requires a reason to vote absentee. You can vote absentee if you are:

  • A student at a higher learning institution (including your spouse)
  • Absent for business purposes (includes those employed outside of Arlington)
  • Absent for personal business or vacation
  • Working and commuting 11 of the 13 hours the polls are open
  • A firefighter or first responder
  • Unable to go to the polls due to a disability, illness or pregnancy
  • A caretaker for a confined family member
  • Awaiting trial and under confinement
  • Serving time for a misdemeanor conviction
  • Unable to go to the polls due to religious conflicts
  • An active duty uniformed service or merchant marine member (including dependents residing with you)
  • Regularly employed outside the U.S. (including dependents residing with you)
  • Living abroad indefinitely (may be eligible to vote only for federal offices)
  • A registrar, an Electoral Board member or an election officer scheduled to work the election
  • Designated by a Party or Candidate as an Authorized Representative to work inside the polls




Court House Plaza

2100 Clarendon Blvd

Mon – Fri, Sept 23 – Oct 21

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturdays, Oct 8 – Nov 5

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Mon – Thurs, Oct 24 – Nov 3

8:00 am – 7:00 pm

Fridays, Oct 28 – Nov 4

8:00 am – 5:00 pm



Madison Community Center

3829 N Stafford St

Saturdays, Oct 15 – Nov 5

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Mon – Thurs, Oct 24 – Nov 3

1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Fridays, Oct 28 – Nov 4

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm



Walter Reed Community Center

2909 16th St S

Saturdays, Oct 15 – Nov 5

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Mon – Thurs, Oct 24 – Nov 3

1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Fridays, Oct 28 – Nov 4

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm