Category Archives: Living

HOME OWNER ALERT: Dehumidifier Recall – What You Need To Know

Over 2 Million Dehumidifiers Recalled For Fire Hazard It hit the press all over, from USA Today, to the Wall Street Journal, over 2 million dehumidifiers have been recalled because they can overheat and catch fire. Oddly enough, we have one of the recalled units, and oddly(er) enough, we noticed it had be running a…

After Long Wait Lincoln Park in Falls Church Ready For Action

If you have toddlers and/or pre-schoolers in and around Falls Church, VA, then you know the significance of this headline. After last summer’s Derecho slammed through the DC area the City of Falls Church was left particularly damaged. This included significant damage to one of the jungle gym elements at the not necessarily remarkable, but…

Colin’s “Catch of The Day”: Arlington Farm House Charms

This North Arlington Farm House brings a taste of those charming homes in Lyon Village near Wilson Boulevard, remedy but with a bit more space inside and out. 1914 Quincy St. has the charm, erectile but not without also meeting the space demands of many Arlington families. The big question: Is there enough house to…

Vicious Cycle of Hotness: Falls Church Real Estate Market

It only takes a quick look at these two charts below to see that the real estate market in the City of Falls Church is tight. At the end of August (the most recent data available) there were 30 homes available for sale, 28 homes were under contract, and 23 homes had closed during the…

Freshbikes Mosaic District Location Now Open

Fresh Bikes Mosaic District

Last Thursday I was on duty to watch our two pre-school girls, which included a morning in school and then a napless afternoon in the aftermath of the¬†adrenaline from their first day. For their sake, and for mine, I needed to find something out and about for us to do. Earlier in the week I…

The Bump: Is Mosaic District Already Boosting Property Values in Merrifield?

Target Mosaic District

With election season upon us the media likes to talk about the “bumps” in polls a given candidate receives after major events such as the RNC, or the DNC. But what about the “bumps” areas can get when real estate development occurs? A question that has floated around for several years now is what impact…

Urban “Widow-Makers”: Storms Leave Dangerous Trail In Falls Church

Limb Down in Falls Church

If you have done any amount of back-packing then you are familiar with “widow-makers”. If you have done much back-packing and do not know this term… you should probably learn it before you go out again. “Widow-makers”, in short, are large branches you want to try and avoid putting your tent under because they are…

DC Economy: More Recognition For DC’s Tech Scene

What are the first 5 cities you think of when it comes to startups? Would you put Washington, DC on that list? Well, today VentureBeat.com has done just that, and they are not the first. If you have had any exposure to the entrepreneurial community in and around DC, then this really comes as no…

Saving Saturday: Saving Money For A House, Mortgage Payment… Or Anything Really.

After 8.5 years of marriage my wife and I, in many ways, are just getting started. However, one of the things we have done quite a bit of is navigate budgets and sliming down on our spending. Sometimes it has been to meet a specific goal and sometimes just for sport, none-the-less we have learned…

5 Great Mobile Apps For Heading Back to School

A lot has changed since my last day of class over a decade ago. Way “back then” anyone with their own computer was still pretty progressive, and if you had a laptop you were something between silly, and a geek god. I, once, actually possessed a mobile phone during college (1998 I think). I was…

Termite Season: How to Know if You Have Them

With warming temperatures and increased rainfall a certain little household friend may decide to pay a visit to your home. No one likes having too many “beasties” (as my wife would say) around, but ants or, as is common in the DC area, stink bug, are one thing. Termites are another issue altogether because you…

Are Your Kids Getting the Best Education Possible?

I saw this TED video below and it had so much impact on me that I felt it was essential to share it. There are school districts in the DC area that are not only some of the best in the country, but are probably among the best in the world. However, that doesn’t mean…

Is DC Poised to Come Out Stronger Than Ever?

Recession proof. The term so often associated with Washington, DC and it’s surrounding areas. Typically the thought here is that the government is here, so jobs may be lost elsewhere, but when the economy goes bust what does the government do? Spend money! No small amount of which is spent just outside the borders into…

Give The Gift of a Social Footprint

I posted this on my DC Social Agent blog, but thought it was TBL worthy: This is a post that is not only for real estate agents, but really for anyone with young kids, or who plan to try to have kids in the future. Think for a moment of the great land rush that…

Northern Virginia Trolley’s: A Really Cool Brief History

If you have lived in the Northern Virginia area for even a brief time you have been on, or crossed over (and over, and over) the W&OD Trail (Washington and Old Domion). I thought this was a cool synopsis not only of the origin of the W&OD trail, but the attempts in the 1800’s to…