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Talk about what people in Washington are talking about now.
Do you follow the ongoing banter about expansion of 66 or the toll roads or the impact of urban density in Northern Virginia? Do you commute via car, rail or metro to get to work? How about all of the above? Well a recent article by Tree Hugger mentions the actual effects of Suburban Sprawl and the fact that it is a lot more costly than we would imagine.
They mention “Two new studies demonstrate the true costs of sprawl, and attempt to show that if new development was built at higher densities and with proper public transit, billions of dollars could be saved. Yet people still find it cheaper to buy a house in the suburbs, because the road system is so subsidized…” What do you think this means for an area like Northern Virginia where we all live so close to DC, and the commute is half of the reason we buy our homes, sometimes all of the reason. There are actually apps now that determine commute times for a home sort of like a walk-score, now there is a drive-score. It is pretty interesting to see what determines what is important for gauging why someone will purchase a property and more often than not in NoVa real estate, you can count on the commute playing a major role.
Suburban Sprawl and urban infill development are two things that are very important to me. Important because I want to make sure we stay true to our communities and see if there are ways to increase density in a way that is beautiful, artful and creative and can innovate.
I hope this note finds you happy, healthy and ready to launch into the new year, 2016 with a huge smile on your face after having enjoyed a beautiful year. I want to start by saying thank you to you. Truly, I haven’t said it enough, but you have been a huge part of my personal growth, and for that, I thank you.
Many of you know that Drew and I had a tremendous 2014-2015 with so many milestones and events to be celebrated. In July of 2014, I was asked to launch a new brokerage, which was an incredible honor. Before making the incredible decision, and taking the anticipated “plunge” that wouldn’t happen until January of this year, Drew and I were able to take a much needed month long trip to New Zealand and Australia. The people, wildlife and scenery are simply amazing, and if you’ve ever wanted to go, I strongly encourage moving that up to the top of your bucket list!
It was a trip of a lifetime, and we could not have been more excited to be able to go on that adventure, only to come home with more wonderful opportunities. Drew has now been at his firm, Alston Bird for going into his second year, and I began my new adventures as well! I could, honestly, not have been more thrilled to have accomplished what I have in the short amount of time; I am forever grateful for the opportunities I was afforded. I am excited about what is next…
Now, I am delving into another adventure. I am starting something of my own, which will, no doubt, be one of the most testing, yet exciting things I will ever do. I know that without my friends, colleagues, clients and of course, my amazing husband, family and groups of folks like you, I wouldn’t be able to do this. I look forward to many more years in my real estate career- full of growth and successes- most of all, I look forward to sharing these successes with you.
My favorite thing to share with you is that I am getting to do what I love to do, with wonderful, innovative people.
Life, joy and real estate are off the charts here in the DC Metro area. I enter into this Season with a heart full of gratitude for all of my blessings, of which you are one. Thank you for the gift of your friendship, your kindness and your loyal support.
May the rest of your 2015 be beautiful, and your 2016 be the best year yet! I hope our paths cross aplenty.