04/17/14 12:15pm

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Sponsored By The Alden.

Aria Development Group. Historic real estate. Good times.

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Hi there! We’re Aria Development Group, and we’ve been reading all of your comments and questions about The Alden, our new renovation of 2620 13th Street NW. There is clearly a lot of speculation about the information surrounding this project, from building history and ownership to affordability and rent. Well, we were inspired by your comments, and we’d like to offer the following oh-so-fun-and-entertaining Alden Quiz to test your knowledge of the salient facts of this deal. And we will offer you one free month of rent if you answer all of these questions correctly, or if you come visit and decide you’d like to live at The Alden before May 15th. If you so desire, you can study from the “CliffsNotes” here and here. Are you ready? Let’s begin!

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02/24/14 12:15pm

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Sponsored By DC Home Buzz.

DC Home Buzz is a real estate company in Columbia Heights.

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As part of a series of profiles of women who own their own businesses, The New York Times profiled DC Home Buzz’s real estate broker Ati Williams, where she discussed how homeowners can save thousands through her newly introduced initiative, “Full Service, Flat Fee.”

Introduced last April, the program is open to all home sellers and developers in the DC metropolitan area (DC, Maryland and Virginia) who list with DC Home Buzz, regardless of home price.

“When brokers sell a house,” writes Colleen DeBaise of the Times, ”they typically collect a commission of 3 percent of the purchase price [while] another 3 percent goes to the buyer’s broker. Brokers like this model, but consumers increasingly want lower fees, Ms. Williams said, particularly as the Internet has changed the way people market houses.”

Instead of collecting the standard 3-percent commission, DC Home Buzz collects a flat fee of $9,900 from the seller and 3% for the buyers only if the home sells. This fee includes tailored marketing (including photos, video, and social media advertisement), plus complimentary staging and an expert agent in charge of pricing, handling offers, and negotiations.

To get more information and a free, no-obligation estimate of your home’s value, you can get started here.

02/20/14 12:15pm

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Sponsored By Zagat.

Zagat helps users find the world's most exceptional places by curating the opinions of avid consumers with real experiences.

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Do you know Washington, D.C., like the back of your hand? Does the back of your hand have faded stamps from the last three clubs you were at? Well then, it’s about time someone rewarded you for your expertise.

Zagat is looking for local experts to fill out its Washington, D.C. Nightlife Survey. Simply share your recent nightlife experiences and receive $25 off your next qualifying Zagat Wine purchase. Your comments may also be quoted as part of the next Zagat review.

Plus, if you submit one of the wittiest reviews–think “margaritas so good you might wake up married”– you’ll win a FREE Samsung Chromebook, perfect for planning your next night out on the town.

Now when someone asks why you stay out so late every night, you can say, “I’M WORKING.”

Photo courtesy of vmiramontes via Flickr

01/23/14 12:15pm
Locally sourced flower arrangement from Little Acre flowers

Locally sourced flower arrangement from Little Acre flowers.

Sponsored By Little Acre Flowers.

Little Acre Flowers offers locally-sourced flowers for delivery throughout DC/MD/VA. A new way to order flowers.

Created By BlankSlate

Valentine’s Day is coming! Enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post for a chance to win an over-the-top floral arrangement valued at $300.

Where does our food come from? Recently, it’s a question more of us have been asking. The locally-sourced movement has created a culture in which people actively seek out food that comes from nearby sources, believing it is healthier, more environmentally sound, and that it supports the local economy.

So, if we’re conscientious about what we put in our bodies, it makes sense to be equally aware of what we put in our homes–the overarching thought behind the creation of Little Acre Flowers, first locally-sourced florist in the D.C. area.

Founder Tobie Whitman was inspired by the farm-to-table movement in grocery stores and restaurants. She had the idea to create a flower delivery service that she calls field-to-vase: with flowers directly sourced from local fields and arranged in a vase, without any unknowns or variables in-between.

little acre flowers 3Just as a locally sourced restaurant offers a seasonal menu based on the availability of fresh meats and produce from local farms, Little Acre offers a daily arrangement of its freshest flowers. You can have the flowers delivered to pretty much anywhere in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area.

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12/11/13 12:15pm

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Sponsored By Make Your Money Matter.

Make Your Money Matter is a grassroots campaign that educates a new generation of consumers about the benefits credit unions provide over big banks.

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These days, it can be hard to imagine that there are still alternatives to big corporate banks in DC. The architecture of our main thoroughfares speaks to the large presence of these giants. On Connecticut Avenue between Dupont Circle and K Street, there are 14 big bank locations. And it doesn’t count the large number of ATMs in pharmacies.

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But when millions of people deposit their money into a big bank, do they actually know where it goes? Unlike banks, credit unions are not-for-profits where the members themselves own the credit unions. This means that the financial profits go back to members and the community, rather than to shareholders. With regular banks, 97% of the money you deposit can leave the community but credit unions last year distributed over $5.3 billion back to members. (more…)

11/01/13 1:15pm

Sponsored By DC Home Buzz.

DC Home Buzz is a real estate company in Columbia Heights.

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Real estate brokerage firm DC Home Buzz has announced a new program for home sellers called “Full Service, Flat Fee”. It works like this: instead of a paying them a 6% fee, they charge 3% for the buyers agent and only $9900 in place of their commission at closing, regardless of of the sale price. This fee covers everything they do to market your home, like providing a dedicated agent, negotiating on your behalf, handling the offers and contract to close process, photography, listing syndication, complimentary staging, custom video and more.

DC Home Buzz says that if you were selling a $900,000 home, you would save $18,000 by using them. Watch the video above to learn the details.

You can also contact DC Home Buzz or call them at 202-503-4013 to learn more.

10/31/13 1:15pm

Sponsored By DC SEU.

The DC SEU saves District residents energy and money through energy-efficiency and renewable energy programs.

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Worried about how to heat your home this winter? As the last leaves fall and the weather gets cooler, District residents can look to the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) for help saving money and energy, starting with these tips.

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Photo: CraXplore

1. A great place to start lowering your energy costs is through proper maintenance of your heating system. You can find a contractor and schedule an annual tune-up to avoid any unforeseen complications with your equipment.

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2. To get the most out of your system, you can also ensure that your home is properly air-sealed and insulated by scheduling an energy audit(more…)

10/28/13 12:15pm

Expertly Crafted Wellness DC

Sponsored By Expertly Crafted Wellness.

EC Wellness focuses on integrative massage and aquatic therapy. We work to meet each client's individual needs through body awareness and educational fitness.

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Don’t miss out on a chance to win one of the great massage packages that Expertly Crafted Wellness is giving away! Their lead massage therapist Jim Starn has over ten years of experience alleviating people’s aches and pains. Jim and his team want to teach you some effective massage techniques you can use on your honey.

One grand prize winner will receive a couples massage party for up to six couples in their home. One second prize winner will get a couples massage for two for 60 minutes and one runner-up will get a 90 minute massage at the Expertly Crafted Wellness Center in Dupont Circle (see above photo).

Check out their reviews on Yelp, earn extra points by following Expertly Crafted Wellness on Twitter and Facebook, and by signing up for PoPville’s mailing list and tweeting about the contest. Remember, you can’t win if you don’t enter!

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10/15/13 12:15pm

Expertly Crafted Wellness DC

Sponsored By Expertly Crafted Wellness.

EC Wellness focuses on integrative massage and aquatic therapy. We work to meet each client's individual needs through body awareness and educational fitness.

Created By BlankSlate

Expertly Crafted Wellness, located in Dupont Circle (GMAP) helps people manage aches and pains thru therapeutic massage, including Swedish, deep tissue and sports massages. Jim Starn, who is the lead therapist, has ten years of experience and specializes in chronic back and shoulder pain. Jim and the team at Expertly Crafted Wellness would like you to give them a try and are giving away massages to five lucky winners.

One grand prize winner will receive a couples massage party for up to six couples in their home. The clothing-on class lasts 2.5 hours and teaches couples about effective massage techniques, including the do’s and don’ts, and more importantly how to make rubbing your honey easy and fun. Couples will learn how to hit the right spots to soothe aches and pains. This class should make for a great date night — and includes snacks and wine too.

One second prize winner will get a couples massage for two for 60 minutes and one runner-up will get a 90 minute massage at the Expertly Crafted Wellness Center in Dupont Circle (see above photo).

Check out their reviews on Yelp, Earn extra points by following Expertly Crafted Wellness on Twitter and Facebook, and by signing up for PoPville’s mailing list and tweeting about the contest. You have until October 29th to enter!

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10/10/13 12:15pm

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Sponsored By Point2 Homes.

Point2 provides real estate marketing and lead management software to brokers and agents. Point2’s solutions also include the real estate listings portal, Point2 Homes.

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According to a recent study by the National Association of Realtors, 90% of homebuyers search online and shoppers perform an average of 11 searches before taking action on a real estate site. In addition to sites like PoPville and Redfin, Point2 Homes is a site you should consider when doing your metro D.C. searching. It’s got some features that can have you staring at the computer late into the evening.

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First of all, like other sites, Point2 Homes has a range of search tools for sales and rentals, but the one that really caught our eye was the parcel maps with overlays that provide lots of local information. In the D.C. metro region there are many overlays like FEMA flood hazard areas, tax per square foot, school filters, and year built. With new residential developments springing up all over Washington D.C., plus all the homes for sale in towns like Arlington and Alexandria, it’s easy to get caught up in the hype. The parcel maps on Point2 Homes show you what’s underneath the surface, allowing you to visualize your new neighborhood and even pinpoint the best blocks.

Another reason why you should use Point2 Homes is for the detailed Property Data Reports from their sister website Property Shark. With information like the floor area ratio, available air rights, current and projected tax value, you’ll have a deeper understanding of what you’re getting yourself into before you decide to buy. In addition, historical sales information lets you track the property’s value over time, giving you more insight into a property’s value. Savvy homebuyers are increasingly doing their own comparisons and detailed property research. By creating a login on Point2 Homes, you can access Property Data Reports on up to four properties for free.

Also, if you are a real estate agent or brokerage, the Point2 Agent offering has many resources available to help you grow and manage your business, including agent websites, lead management, social media tools, and listing syndication.

Follow Point2 on Twitter and Facebook and get the free iPhone app.