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    Friday hike at Great Falls Virginia. See the icy falls!

    DC Metropolitan Hikers

    Hike through Great Falls Park and River Bend Park.With all the cold weather the river and the falls are probably covered with interesting ice formations.Mather Gorge and Great Falls are the scenic highlights of DC. This hike runs along the river...

    Practice Speaking English at Aurora Hills

    English Conversation Class at the Arlington Public Library

    A comfortable place for non-native speakers to practice English. No registration necessary. Groups meets every Friday. For more information about this class, call[masked]-5715.

    Coffee and conversation - dating - yes, no, maybe, II

    The Boomer Gang - for widows/widowers of the senior variety

    So many people were interested in this I am running it again so others can participate.  As part of our journey the dating thing looms. Have you thought about dating, have you tried it, what about online dating experiences you'd share with us?...

  • Recent Posts

    Importance of First Time Buyers

    Lower First Time Buyer Percentages moving into Q1

    All of the reports from the tail end of 2014 moving into Q1 of 2015 can be quite confusing. Is the market moving towards a bubble? The answer, per the Wall Street Journal, National Association of Realtors and Case Schiller Index is no.

    This short video explains why this is the case.

    2015 Northern Virginia Market Preview

    Home sales stabilize into first quarter of 2015

    Last week, we saw the Case Schiller projections come out delivering some great information about what home sales have looked like from October through December of 2014. After looking over several different reviews and dissections of what this data actually means for our Northern Virginia market as a whole, I wanted to give you a little break down of the happy side of Northern Virginia’s real estate market moving into 2015.

    If you’re wondering what this will mean for your particular situation, I am happy to discuss your home buying and selling process with you individually.

    Here it is in a nutshell so you can enjoy in a short video.

    Smart Homes for 2015 and beyond

    Smart Homes are more than just programmable thermostats

    Have you been wondering what sorts of innovations are going on behind the scenes these days? Everything from the Nest being bought out by Google to Whirlpool making dryers that know when you’re away to utilize “anti-wrinkle technology.” But wait, there is more! Home Integration systems or smart home technology goes well beyond programmable thermostats, lighting and security. It is everything that syncs your home to make you more efficient in your daily life as well as your energy usage to create a high performance home. Even here in Northern Virginia real estate, we see a lot of home automation going in from linking the elan g! system throughout a whole home, to just upgrading the security panel to know when to turn off and on lighting controls, or evens shut a garage door or lock a front door if you think you may have forgotten. Accessing these things has never been more simple.
    One thing I will be curious to watch over the next couple of months and years, even, will be how all of the data is mined to better serve the client, since there are so many systems now that are not all linked. This was a major concern written up in the Wall Street Journal recently. He who owns the data will be king. Who do you think will end up coming out with the hub? Will it be Google or someone else with an entirely different application? Time will tell!

    Check out what the most recent details are about home automation and smart homes in this short video.