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On January 21, 2017 women from across the country will march on our nation's capitol to send a powerful message to President Trump. Secular Americans must be a part of this historic event and send a powerful message that we stand in solidarity...
Center for Inquiry–DC (CFI–DC)
"On January 21, 2017 women from across the country will march on our nation's capitol to send a powerful message to President Trump. Secular Americans must be a part of this historic event and send a powerful message that we stand in solidarity...
Needles in a Haystack....Liberal minds in North Atlanta
From the Official Statement of the National Organizers: “On January 21, 2017, we will unite in Washington, DC, for the Women’s March on Washington. We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our...
In a epic collaboration, Advon Real Estate is working in conjunction with a dozen of the top brokerages in Arlington to bring together community to fight hunger and homelessness.
(Arlington, VA) – Saturday, Nov. 19 is the first drop off date for members of the public interested in donating outerwear, blankets and food items in support of the Arlington Realtors Care Drive (ARC). For those interested in contributing, the drop off point is at RGS Title located at 4600 Lee Highway, Suite 110, Arlington.
Collection hours are 10 a.m. through 2 p.m. Donated items will be delivered from the participating ARC partners to individual charitable organizations.
Clothing items will be delivered to A-SPAN, an organization that strives to end homelessness in Arlington through housing and ongoing case management. A-Span’s current needs are coats, winter-wear (gloves, scarfs, beanies, long-johns) and blankets. Items should be new, cleaned or recently laundered.
Food donations will be delivered to The Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), a community-basednnon-profit that provides supplemental groceries to Arlington residents. AFAC accepts most unopened, unexpired, and unprepared foods, including perishable items. The organization is most in need of low sodium tomato products (diced, paste, & sauce), low sodium canned tuna, low sodium canned soups, low sodium canned beans, low sugar cereal and cooking oil.
ARC is comprised of 12 real estate firms and RGS Title who have joined forces to provide winter essentials for those in need throughout the Arlington community. The drive started on Nov. 1 and will continue through Dec. 31. The second community drop off date is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 17 at RGS Title.
For more information on the charities involved, visit AFAC: The Arlington Food Assistance Center –
Managing Real Estate Uncertainty in a Time of Presidential Transition
Like it or not, our nation has selected a new President. But what does it mean for real estate in Northern Virginia?
Typically, when a new President is elected real estate stays static, as people go into analysis paralysis. Lump that in with Fed plan to raise rates, Brexit, etc., and we have a bit of understandable uncertainty, which is the catch phrase of the week. Allow me to provide some clarity in what I see ahead for real estate in our area after attending the wrap up Economic Summit for the Region with the micro effects as discussed by Nationally Syndicated Columnist Ken Harney, Dr. Lynn Fisher of the Mortgage Bankers Association, Stockton Williams of the Urban Land Institute and Dr. Terry Clower of George Mason University’s School of Public Policy.
Their discussion of macro and micro climates and how the Trump Presidency will possibly effect the region’s real estate had the same buzz word: uncertainty, with a hint of optimism. Before delving into detailed notes from the Summit, take note of a recent Inman new article, Thomas Mitchell wrote that, “Trump has used real estate himself as an investment, and although he hasn’t said much about his housing platform, what he has said indicates that he’s interested in boosting homeownership. Much of Trump’s platform has centered around deregulating the financial market in order to more fully revive it, and that alone could also give a boost to real estate.”
Trump is well known to have interesting concepts behind immigration and reform policies, and could try to make it more difficult to find loans for the immigrant population, but as a major real estate investor, he may try to make it easier to build. Key words here “he may.” No one knows yet for certain, because Trump and his campaign have never discussed his policy on housing, except for a possible dissolution of HUD.
Just as our style of government has a series of checks and balances to prevent a concentration of power in the government, real estate prices in NOVA are subject to stabilizing forces under the law of supply and demand. And in NOVA, this is great for buyers/sellers. We live in a strong area…. We have one of the richest in economically viable areas in the Nation, and we have a very low unemployment rate coupled with a very high income rate. Dr. Fisher discussed an average of 188,000 people added to area payrolls month over month. The job growth is in our region is healthy, viable and, in a word, good. Interestingly, there are more jobs than qualified people to fill them in NOVA (3.6% wage growth year over year.) She also noted an upward pressure on wages for these jobs in our region.
Looking forward, the top job categories in our region are:
With steady job growth, comes steady employment in the region. The main concern Dr. Fisher identified was the expectation that Fed would raise rates, and she notes that her team don’t expect rates to go over 4.5% in the next year. She also expects 10-11% in the next year in new home sales growth, which is a phenomenal growth in most NOVA neighborhoods considering we’ve been seeing 9% in many and 16-22% in some areas.
The funding of construction financing is difficult in some instances; however, with new types of lending programming on the forefront, and with more consumers being educated by the smaller local lenders, there will continue to be steady growth. With that said, there may be near-term shifts with the new presidency.
Ken Harney reiterated the concept that happens with every new presidency: people will move in and move out. High figureheads will look for high-end housing with plush amenities like the McLean, Potomac or Great Falls sort of locales. Appointees and party changeovers bring out the buying, selling and renting of real estate across the board. New jobs will be made. Industry shifts. They won’t be “draining this swamp” they will, in fact, be filling it.
Harney also reminded the Summit attendees that there are plenty of opportunities for the pro-business minded.
Dr. Clower was quick to share that if Trump does what he says he plans to do, the pro-business side of the region will benefit and there will most certainly be growth. If Trump lowers the tax basis, then we will likely see massive near-term growth.
On the topic of building, one of the panelists posited a thought about who will build if Trump implements his immigration reform? What will happen to the already low housing stock? Interesting thoughts, yes. It will definitely change the dynamic of our already low inventory and a new labor force will need to be trained somehow and fast! In NOVA, we need 410,000 homes annually with 210,000 in the low to moderate income range. We need to continue to meet our absorption rates. The fact remains that the “if this, then that” scenario is still playing out. No one knows what is going to happen next. We all just know that we have a new president coming down the pike.
Of course, there remains uncertainty over what will come next. But that’s nothing new – one of life’s few certainties is change (oh and taxes…). In the end, it’s virtually impossible to determine how the markets will react over the next few months or years based on the election of any presidential candidate. We are fortunate to live in a real estate market that has weathered its share of national market swings, and has always come out stronger than ever.
The bottom line is that while we just don’t know what the future may hold (no one does), we can still make reasonable, rationale plans based on the data at hand. Indeed we must. Real estate, like our country, is bigger than a single person, a single party, or a single state. There will likely be unknowable events – political and otherwise – that will push markets up and down in a hurry along the way. But even still, I believe in our country and in Northern Virginia. If you’d like to chat, please give me a call, shoot me a text, or send me an email. I’d love to hear from you.
For the backup to much of what is listed above, here are some links from the presentation for your review:
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.