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Working with highly knowledgeable home buyers. Thinking of moving to Northern Virginia? E-mail me and request my relo package! Looking for someone who will really listen and help you find your dream home? Call Kathi

Maintain your home and keep up its value!
06/05/2019
19 Vital Home Maintenance Tasks & Savings Tips Homeowners May Regret Forgetting

Maintain your home and keep up its value!

19 Vital Home Maintenance Tasks & Savings Tips To Do Before June Posted by Sarah Brownell May 20, 2019 Tips So you’re one of the lucky 2/3 of Americans who own a home and no longer have to pay rent. That’s great, but by no means is home ownership cheap. With the rising costs of living, finding w...

May through November - Every Saturday morning.
06/03/2019
Reston Farmers Market Named Best Farmers Market in Northern Virginia

May through November - Every Saturday morning.

Readers of Virginia Living magazine named the Reston Farmers Market the best farmers market in Northern Virginia. The selection was made from the magazine's annual readers' survey in January and also covered categories like best in arts, culture and entertainment; living and recreation; shopping;

06/03/2019
Upcoming blood drive. Help save lives.

Cisco and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive.

Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!

Drive Details:
Site: Cisco
Address: 13600 Dulles Technology Dr,
Herndon, VA, 20171
Room Name: Loudoun and Montgomery County Conference Rooms
Date: Mon Jun 3, 2019
Time: 8:00: AM - 1:30: PM
Coordinator Name: Steven Bratland

We are facing a shortage leading into the summer, and this month we have less blood than the hospitals have requested to perform crucial procedures for cancer patients, for people with organ failure, and for accident victims who have sustained life-threatening injuries. By clicking on the link above and picking an appointment slot you can be responsible for helping the American Red Cross fill those final much needed units of blood to save so many lives! On top of that, you will be emailed a $5 Amazon gift card when the program ends on 6/24 as a sign of our appreciation. Thank you so much for all you do!

The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.

Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!

Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App on the App Store, Google Play or text BLOODAPP to 90999. Schedule appointments, get rewards and invite friends to join you on a lifesaving team.

American Red Cross Blood Services - 431 18th St. NW, Washington, DC, 20006

Here's information about our upcoming American Red Cross blood drive. Schedule an appointment.

Hints And Tips For Selecting Curtains
06/01/2019
Hints And Tips For Selecting Curtains

Hints And Tips For Selecting Curtains

If you are considering framing your windows with long curtains and drapes, they are a great way to add unexpected glamour and personality to your home. The biggest challenge that comes with this for most people is the difficulty in selecting curtains. So, before you head out to your home goods store...

"Home buyers can recoup the added investment in several ways, however. In addition to lowering utility bills, energy-eff...
05/31/2019
Buying an Energy-Efficient Home: A Financially Bright Idea

"Home buyers can recoup the added investment in several ways, however. In addition to lowering utility bills, energy-efficient homes often sell faster and at a higher price than non-certified homes, studies have shown.

If you buy a certified efficient house, it could give you an advantage should you ever sell. Energy-efficient homes bring in around $5,000 more than standard homes, a 2019 National Association of Home Builders study concluded."

Good for the planet, good for your wallet. More energy-efficient homes are being built every year; here's what to look for.

Not Ready to Buy a Home – Take a Class
05/25/2019
Not Ready to Buy a Home – Take a Class

Not Ready to Buy a Home – Take a Class

Buying a home tops your long-range goals list, but are you ready? As a first-time buyer, you have loads of questions and concerns. After all, a home loan is an obligation for years into the future. You want to make savvy decisions and be comfortable that you’ve negotiated the best deal. On top of ...

Reston continues to improve itself.
05/24/2019
Tishman Speyer's Reston Crossing Project Heads to County Board for Approval

Reston continues to improve itself.

Tishman Speyer's plan to redevelop two office buildings -- Reston Crossing I and II -- into a major mixed-use project with up to 2 million square feet of development got a green light from the Fairfax County Planning Commission last night (Wednesday). A vote by the Fairfax County Board of Supervis

What a wonderful story about a small town that bucked the "big box stores" mentality. It was a gloomy, crime ridden down...
05/21/2019
From bleak to bustling: how one French town solved its high street crisis

What a wonderful story about a small town that bucked the "big box stores" mentality. It was a gloomy, crime ridden downtown and today is a thriving, beautiful area full of small independent stores.

Mulhouse has turned around its image and now boasts more shops opening than closing, thanks to smart planning, investment and community efforts

Appraisal versus Assessment - What’s the Difference?
05/18/2019
Appraisal versus Assessment - What’s the Difference?

Appraisal versus Assessment - What’s the Difference?

Home valuation is one of the tricky areas of real estate. In general, you want a high appraisal and a low assessment. But shouldn't they be the same? Well, in a perfect world your assessment and your appraisal would be the same, but you don't want the world to be perfect in this regard. Here's why:....

A Lake Anne institution is sadly closing. I will miss your wonderful shop,  Susann Gerstein! 😢
05/17/2019

A Lake Anne institution is sadly closing. I will miss your wonderful shop, Susann Gerstein! 😢

Oh, I’m going to miss these people! Come by to shop our amazing stock of summer clothes & shoes - all at 50% OFF - and our wonderful MELISSA & DOUG inventory, at pretty much wholesale prices...But, please come as well for the hugs, the tears, for blowing kisses, & writing in our journal...On lovely Lake Anne Plaza

Tips For Staying on Track With Home Improvements
05/11/2019
Tips For Staying on Track With Home Improvements

Tips For Staying on Track With Home Improvements

One of the most satisfying aspects of being a new homeowner is the process of "making it your own." That could include everything from painting walls and hanging pictures to replacing window treatments and assembling shelves. (Then, of course, there's the unpacking, furniture arranging, organizing,....

05/09/2019

Reston is such a great place to live!

How to Get Fit Wth a Long Commute
05/04/2019
How to Get Fit Wth a Long Commute

How to Get Fit Wth a Long Commute

A commuter is someone who regularly travels from one place to another because of work. Commuters spend a lot of hours per day to get to work daily which may require a lot of sitting or driving in a bus/car. When they get to work, they still must sit for hours in the office and then drive back home

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05/03/2019

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Lake Anne Plaza - where it all began.
05/03/2019

Lake Anne Plaza - where it all began.

Nature Colors for Your Home
05/03/2019
Nature Colors for Your Home

Nature Colors for Your Home

Whether you’re renovating an old home or moving into a new house, you want to put your personal stamp on your environment by selecting beautiful paint colors to make your home unique to you. This year paint trends are moving toward nature and natural themed coloring and effect. You can choose....

Should You Downsize Before Retirement?
05/03/2019
Should You Downsize Before Retirement?

Should You Downsize Before Retirement?

You might think that only retirees should consider downsizing their homes to accommodate a change in lifestyle. Wrong! Today downsizing might be the right decision for many reasons. There are many pros to simplifying your lifestyle and moving to a smaller home. Take a look at your situation, house,....

The result could be that many homes will not be up to code. In the 1970s, no codes or standards existed for energy effic...
01/26/2019
Homes Are Aging and That’s a Big Problem, a New Report Warns

The result could be that many homes will not be up to code. In the 1970s, no codes or standards existed for energy efficiency. Many code changes for fire safety also came after 1970.

Older homes are staying in the pipeline longer and new-home construction is failing to replace them fast enough. Economists are concerned.

Are you a Government worker or contractor?
01/23/2019
Homesnap to Help 10 People Pay Mortgage or Rent

Are you a Government worker or contractor?

Homesnap wants to help government workers and contractors who have been impacted by the shutdown. We will pay mortgage or rent in February for 10 people who share their story. Tag Homesnap on social media and use #MyHomeMeans and #ShutdownStories.

01/18/2019
Reston Association

This is an important meeting. Please consider attending this meeting with other concerned citizens.

The traffic in Reston has become so heavy, we occasionally see near gridlock conditions during rush hour. And the number of people living in Reston and using the Metros in Reston is going to increase dramatically over the next 5-10 years.

Fairfax County is holding an important Planning Commission Meeting discussing the potential increase in residential density in Reston.

7PM Wednesday, January 23 at the Fairfax Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy, Fairfax

Are you a federal government worker/contractor?These banks are offering short-term, interest free loans; accepting defer...
01/16/2019
Government Shutdown

Are you a federal government worker/contractor?
These banks are offering short-term, interest free loans; accepting deferred payments on mortgages; and/or other finance options that might be helpful to you.
Please share this post and write a new Post, to help get the attention of those who could use this information:

DO YOU NEED HELP?

Local Banks Help with personal loans and mortgage payment assistance Your bank and/or mortgage lender may have programs that can help you if you are adversely affected by the 2019 Federal Government Partial Shutdown. Each institution has different ways they are approaching the assistance, including missing a payment (and how to repay); 0% short-term loans; and other custom solutions that can be worked out between you and them.

An associate found the websites of the “shutdown” assistance programs for banks and credit unions that serve the area – if you’re bank is not listed here visit their website or call them. He found that not every company has a message at the front page and had to search “shutdown” on several to find a message directing members to a help page.

Bank of America https://rem.ax/2RILrUt
BB&T Bank https://rem.ax/2RQ6nco
Burke & Herbert Bank https://rem.ax/2TNc4oI
Capital One Bank https://rem.ax/2D6SH4y
Chase Bank (JP Morgan Chase) https://rem.ax/2RLHq1v
Eagle Bank https://rem.ax/2H6WqTD
Flagstar Bank https://rem.ax/2H6WsuJ
NASA Federal Credit Union https://rem.ax/2RFBY0f
Navy Federal Credit Union https://rem.ax/2RIlWTg
Pentagon Federal Credit Union https://rem.ax/2RJsS2j
PNC Bank https://rem.ax/2TJgn4n
Suntrust Bank https://rem.ax/2D6Wi2c
TD Bank https://rem.ax/2RJtnJJ
United Bank https://rem.ax/2RFC5ZJ
US Bank https://rem.ax/2H77DTZ
Wells Fargo https://rem.ax/2RMr0Gb

We know the partial federal government shutdown is affecting many of our clients. If you are facing any difficulties, we are here to help you. Our Client Assistance Program is available to you for personalized financial assistance, tailored to your specific situation and needs. If you or someone you...

HOW IS THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AFFECTING THOSE WHO ARE SCHEDULED TO CLOSE ON THEIR HOME?While Congress previously approv...
12/28/2018

HOW IS THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AFFECTING THOSE WHO ARE SCHEDULED TO CLOSE ON THEIR HOME?

While Congress previously approved funding for 75% % of the government’s operation the remaining 25% of the government remains unfunded until the White House and congressional impasse can be resolved.

This partial shutdown may cause delays in settlement. Here are some of the reasons on how buyers may be affected:

1.) Tax Transcripts: IRS ability to process transcripts will be impacted. All 4506-T must be executed prior to settlement and will be processed once the shutdown ends.

2.) Social Security Number Validation: Similar to the IRS the SSA will not be able validate SS#’s.

3.) Verbal Verification of employment (VOE) for all Govt. Employees: This must be provided prior to settlement. Alternative documentation can be provided such as current paystubs post shutdown. Any Govt. employee that is affected by this requirement or furloughed during the shutdown cannot close until verification of return to work is supplied.

4.) Flood Insurance: There will be no new federal flood insurance policies issued during the shutdown. All loans must have proof of valid Flood insurance in place if applicable with a paid receipt prior to closing. Private Flood insurance is acceptable but this option comes at an increased price.

5.) FHA and VA: General automated functionalities and insuring will be un-effected by the shutdown. Any condo approvals in process or individual cases that must reviewed by either agency will be delayed and in those circumstances closing could be delayed until FSMC obtains the necessary documentation.

6.) USDA: GUS will not be functional nor will any review or conditional commitments be issued. USDA closings will have to be delayed until the shutdown is resolved.

Since this is a fluid situation, we will continue to monitor the guidance and issue updates as needed. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions. Hopefully it is resolved quickly.

Behr has another beautiful idea of the years trending color.
12/11/2018
Find Out the New, Hot Home Color for 2019

Behr has another beautiful idea of the years trending color.

The paint company Behr has named its top pick for 2019's Color of the Year. See the trending color in home design.

What a gorgeous color to add to your pallet this year!
12/11/2018
The 2019 Color of the Year Is...

What a gorgeous color to add to your pallet this year!

This hue is poised to make a splash as a bold accent color in home design next year.

Great article for teens and young adults! IRS never too early to start planning for your retirement!  💰 or 💸??
12/10/2018
Teen Article: Early Birds and Money Worms

Great article for teens and young adults! IRS never too early to start planning for your retirement! 💰 or 💸??

SLFCU Teen Member Invests in a No-hassle Future

11/10/2018

Time to winterize your exterior water faucets

Temperatures are starting to drop this week in the Mid-Atlantic region. Take some time this weekend to make sure that your exterior water faucets are drained and shut off properly. 10 minutes now will save you the possibility of damage to pipes later this winter / next spring.

Here's how to do it

Start with the outside
First, disconnect the hose from the outside faucet. Once the hose is disconnected, turn on the faucet and let it run while you head inside to shut off the valve.

Shut off the valve from the inside
Locate your exterior water shut off valve. For most, it is found in the utility room along with your sump pump and hot water heater. It may also be concealed behind a panel - either way, it should be clearly labeled. Turn the valve to the off position. If you have more than one valve, make sure all are turned off.

Once the inside valves are turned off, return to the outside faucet. If the water is no longer running, you're done! Just turn the faucet to the off position and head inside to wait for warmer weather.

Of course Reston is a great place to retire!
10/05/2018
Financial Study: Fairfax County is the Best Place to Retire

Of course Reston is a great place to retire!

A new study says that Fairfax County is one of the best places in Virginia to retire. The rankings were compiled by financial website Smartasset.com, which used factors like healthcare access, the number of retirement-focused recreational centers and overall tax burden, to determine the best places

Residents urged to avoid contact with Lake Thoreau and Lake Audubon
09/16/2018
Residents Urged to Avoid Contact with Lake Audubon and Lake Thoreau

Residents urged to avoid contact with Lake Thoreau and Lake Audubon

A harmful algae bloom spotted on Lake Audubon a little over a week ago remains on the lake. The bloom, called Microcystis, was can produce toxins that are lethal for livestock, fish, and people. Some toxins have been linked to liver cancer. The Environmental Protection Agency says Microcystis is a

Local Police to Hold Scam and Fraud Awareness Event The Reston District Station of the Fairfax County Police Department ...
09/16/2018
Local Police to Hold Scam and Fraud Awareness Event

Local Police to Hold Scam and Fraud Awareness Event

The Reston District Station of the Fairfax County Police Department is hosting a scam and fraud awareness event on September 26 from 4-7 p.m.

The event, which will be held at Reston Associations headquarters (12001 Sunrise Valley Drive), is free and open to the public. A panel will offer insights on how scams that frequently target the older adult community. Subject matter experts will also discuss warning signs of fraud.

The Reston District Station of the Fairfax County Police Department is hosting a scam and fraud awareness event on September 26 from 4-7 p.m. The event, which will be held at Reston Associations headquarters (12001 Sunrise Valley Drive), is free and open to the public. A panel will offer insights o

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