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by PoP Sponsor April 23, 2018 at 4:30 pm 0

DC Bike Ride is the region’s only car-free, closed-road recreational bike ride. Register now before the price increases on May 1.

Save even more when you use the promo code POP18 for $10 off standard registration. Kids ages 3 to 7 are always free and youth ages 8 to 17 are always half-price.

Join us on Saturday, May 19 for a fun, recreational, family-friendly bicycle adventure. DC Bike Ride celebrates bicycling as a form of healthy living, fitness, transportation and fun.

Your registration includes access to the closed-road DC Bike Ride course that starts in West Potomac Park — this is the only time Washington, DC closes roads for bicycles!

The 20-mile ride will feature on-course entertainment, music and rest stops as well as a short-cut to the finish that offers a 6-mile course (in case you get tired, are riding with little ones or get hungry for some snacks).

The ride ends with a Finish Festival party with beats, eats and activities for all-ages at the National Mall in front of the U.S. Capitol. DC’s legendary go-go band Trouble Funk and DJ Little Bacon Bear will be performing at the festival. Participants also get a limited edition DC Bike Ride water bottle.

The ride raises support for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association’s work to make streets safer for all roadway users. The event has committed more than $100,000 in support over three years to WABA for street safety neighborhood programs.

No bike? No problem! We partner with Bike and Roll DC to bring you easy bike rentals.

Find us on social media: @dcbikeride on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information visit www.dcbikeride.com.

Make DC Bike Ride your favorite spring tradition and join the ride today. Don’t forget to use the promo code POP18 for $10 off standard registration now through April 30.

by PoP Sponsor April 23, 2018 at 12:15 pm 0

This is a sponsored column by attorneys John Berry and Kimberly Berry of Berry & Berry, PLLC, an employment and labor law firm located in Northern Virginia that specializes in federal employee, security clearance, retirement and private sector employee matters.

We defend federal employees in proposed disciplinary actions. When a federal employee is facing proposed discipline it is important for them to speak with an attorney knowledgeable in federal employment law for legal advice and representation. This article outlines some brief thoughts for federal employees as they respond to proposed disciplinary actions.

Types of Proposed Discipline

Most proposed disciplinary or adverse actions for federal employees fall into 3 general categories for federal employees: (1) proposed suspension or demotion actions based on misconduct; (2) proposed removal actions based on misconduct; and (3) proposed removal actions based on performance deficiencies (i.e. a PIP).

Proposed Disciplinary Action

When a federal employee receives a proposed disciplinary action (suspension of 14 days or less) or an adverse action (suspension of over 14 days to removal), they should read over the notice very carefully. Each federal agency sets their own deadlines for submitting responses and requesting information relied upon and these deadlines are usually strict.

Along with a copy of the proposed discipline, when it is issued, the federal agency may provide an employee a copy of the materials in the evidence file (documents, reports, emails, recordings, video, photographs, etc) that they are relying upon in proposing the action (often referred to as the “information relied upon.”).

It is critical for a federal employee to request and obtain these materials prior to responding in writing or orally. (more…)

by PoP Sponsor April 20, 2018 at 12:15 pm 0

This weekend the district has events for all walks of life. Whether attending the DC Beer Festival at Nats Park or the National Cannabis Festival at RFK Stadium, you’ll need a palette cleanser once you sober up, whether it’s later on Saturday or the following morning. So check out some of our suggested open houses below and  to see the entire DC Open House List, click here.

  • 220 Gallatin Street NW — $615,000 — Petworth
    Open Sat. & Sun. 1-4 p.m.– Ed Carp
    “Tastefully & gently update, but full of classic charms.”
  • 2724 12th Street NE #9 — $564,900 — Brookland
    Open Sat. & Sun. 1-3 p.m.– Patrick Morris
    A modern 2 bed/2.5 bath on 2 levels & includes a parking space.
  • 514 D Street SE — $1,250,000 — Capitol Hill
    Open Sun. 1-4 p.m.– Michelle Buckman
    Four bedroom row home with a bright, updated kitchen.
  • 45 Sutton Square SW #402 — $735,000 — Southwest Waterfront
    Open Sat. & Sun. 12-3 p.m.– Gerard Muskus
    Ooooh those views.
  • 3310 Dent Place NW — $1,649,900 — Georgetown
    Open Sun. 1-4 p.m. — Samuel Davis
    Bland on the outside, classic on the inside.

by PoP Sponsor April 19, 2018 at 12:15 pm 0

This column is written and sponsored by D.C. real estate agent and Edgewood resident Jessica Evans. Email her questions at  [email protected].

We’re flying through the steps of the home-buying process with just a few more to go. If you have missed any or want to start at the beginning, you can do that here.

Now that you’ve made it through the home inspection, and have a ratified contract on a home, we’re on to part 2 of the financing process. Financing part 1 was choosing a lender and pre-approval. Now that you have a home lined up to purchase, it’s time for part 2, the loan application and other steps needed to receive your financing on the settlement day.

The loan approval process is in many ways very similar to the loan pre-approval process. In addition to filling out a loan application you will be requested to submit documents. Depending on your financial situation this may be the same documents requested for pre-approval or many more.

Expect your entire financial (and tax) situation to be examined under a microscope with numerous requests for documentation. During this time it is important that there are no substantial changes to your financial situation, in particular:

  • Don’t move any funds without discussing with your lender.
  • Don’t make any large deposits unless you are able to document the source of the funds.
  • Receiving gift funds? These need to be properly documented. Do not accept or deposit gift funds without speaking to your lender.
  • Do not apply for new debt of any kind. This includes credit cards, car loans, or refinancing any of your existing loans (unless recommended by your lender).
  • Consider credit monitoring (during your search and through settlement) to make sure that there are no unauthorized changes to your credit score.

While the the information that you provide your lender will confirm that you qualify for your loan, the other part of the equation is making sure that the property that you are purchasing qualifies.

Since the property you are purchasing will be collateral for your loan, the bank wants to make sure that your loan is based on the market value and that there are no conditions that would have a substantial impact on their ability to sell the property in the event of foreclosure.

How does a bank know what the home your buying is worth? This is where the appraisal comes in. Your lender will order your appraisal, and it will be conducted by a third party service provider. The appraiser will have a copy of the sale contract. They will visit the home to take measurements, document the size and condition, and note any adverse conditions. (more…)

by PoP Sponsor April 18, 2018 at 1:15 pm 0

If you’re craving a meal that spans the globe, Taste of 8th is where you need to be on Saturday, April 28 from 1-4 p.m.

Your culinary journey begins near Eastern Market Metro station on Barracks Row (8th Street, SE). The event will feature 24 nearby restaurants serving up tapas sized samples of everything from Greek and Korean to Belgian and Serbian.

Past participants include Ambar, Cava, Matchbox, Souk, Pineapple and Pearls, Nooshi Sushi, Medium Rare, Lavagna, and many more.

Guests need not pick just one cuisine! By purchasing a 5 Pack of tasting tickets you can curate your own international lunch, course by course. Early bird pricing of $15 for 5 tickets ends on April 20. The price then increases to $20 until midnight April 27. Tickets are available to buy at the event for $5.00.

The annual event is sponsored by Barracks Row Main Street, which celebrates the area’s historic buildings and businesses, including over 30 restaurants. Tickets sales will benefit the group’s year-round work to maintain a clean and safe community.

This is guaranteed to be your best lunch deal in D.C. that day — don’t miss it.

by PoP Sponsor April 18, 2018 at 12:15 pm 0

Real Estate Fresh Finds is a weekly selection of newly-listed properties in the District, brought to you by Real Living At Home.

With 266 new listings in the past week, there’s bound to be one that lines up with what you’re looking for in your next home. Check out some of our suggested Fresh Finds below and find your new place before the market gets too overwhelming.

  • For $6.5mil, your Most Expensive Home of the Week is this 4,600 sq. ft. 3 bed, 3.5 bath condo “offered fully-furnished and accessorized,” meaning all that abstract art and sculptures could be yours in the “newly renovated luxury condominiums” of Ward Tower.
  • A fully-updated 5 bedroom Tudor in Brightwood has a “$100k gourmet chef’s kitchen” and is equipped with smart home tech. and separate theater room with a 120″ screen.
  • This 4 bedroom Petworth row home technically lists yesterday as the offer due date, but if this is one you’re really digging, I bet the client would be cool with even more offers.
  • One bed, one bath unit in a “DC Best Address” condominium building, the Kenesaw.
  • Your Foreclosure of the Week is an “Industrial CHIC LOFT! 2-Level Penthouse Condo,” but only shows one picture, so you’ll have to go check this one out to see if the $600k price tag is a deal or not.

by PoP Sponsor April 17, 2018 at 12:15 pm 0

District Floor Depot is a new hardwood flooring retail store located at 1600 Rhode Island Ave. NE.

We sell quality hardwood floors directly to customers at every day low prices. After years of renovating hundreds of houses, we have developed a passion for home renovation and interior design. Flooring choices can build the foundation for a great design and influence the character of the rest of the house.

We started District Floor Depot to help customers make great design choices and to make the best flooring options accessible to them at a great price.

We opened our first store in March of 2017. District Floor Depot has over 300 styles of top quality flooring available including everything from hardwood to bamboo and reclaimed to vinyl. We offer fast-delivery, installation services, a local showroom and can beat the prices of local contractors with mill-direct prices.

The flooring choices we offer are responsibly sourced, giving our customers peace of mind. Our design consultants and associates are professional, knowledgeable and detail oriented to best help you with your next project. We would be happy to personally visit your work site and bring any samples you’re interested in. (more…)

by PoP Sponsor April 13, 2018 at 12:15 pm 0

We all know the weather is supposed to be amazing this weekend.

Throw on your shades, maybe have one (or several) too many brunch mimosas and check out some of our suggested open houses going on across the district. To see the entire DC Open House List click here.

  • 1301 20th Street NW #416 — $280,000 — Dupont Circle
    Open Sun. 2-4PM — Gene Sung
    Bright studio in The Lauren, a boutique condo building just a block from the circle.
  • 432 Evarts Street NE #4 — $389,000 — Brookland
    Open Sat. & Sun. 2-4PM — Craig McCullough
    “Beautiful 2-year-old condo located on the edge of Brookland and Eckington.”
  • 5125 3rd Street NW — $735,000 — Petworth
    Open Fri. 5-7PM, Sat. & Sun. 1-3PM — Matthew Similuk
    If you act quick, maybe they’ll throw in that WMATA Metro Map shower curtain.
  • 1311 Delaware Avenue SW #S741 — $235,000 — Southwest Waterfront
    Open Sat. 12-2PM & Sun. 1-3PM — Peter Paglio
    “Unbeatable location in sought after SW DC!”
  • 1907 11th Street NW #1 — $674,500 — U Street
    Open Sun. 1-3PM — Jessica Evans
    It may technically be a condo, but this home feels much more like a townhouse, except with no stairs.

by PoP Sponsor April 12, 2018 at 1:15 pm 0

As wedding season approaches, a local company is offering a unique way for engaged couples to meet potential planners, vendors and local sponsors, Chacho USA, Sankofa Beer Company and Capital Aesthetic + Laser Center.

An Artistic Wedding Experience on H Street is taking place at Gallery O on H on April 22 from 2-6 p.m. The interactive wedding-themed day party will feature live music performances, food and cocktails, fashion and art exhibits, and live beauty demonstrations, including a men’s’ grooming lounge, for ample wedding inspiration.

Most importantly, it’s a chance for couples to interact with top wedding planners, culinary experts, jewelers, stylists, designers and other specially-curated professionals. Guests can also sign up for demonstrations, stage a pop-up wedding shoot and rate their favorites to win prizes.

The one-of-a-kind experience is hosted by Bespoken DC, a D.C. based company that specializes in high-end “experience curation” for parties, elopements and travel adventures. General admission tickets are $40 per person and include complimentary cocktails, hors devours, and desserts. Guests who spring for $50 VIP tickets will also get a tailored gift bag, exclusive access to event partners and a guided tour of Gallery O on H’s carriage house.

The chance to meet the perfect professionals for your dream wedding? Priceless.

by PoP Sponsor April 12, 2018 at 12:15 pm 0

This column is written by Metro DC Houses, a local real estate team serving DC, MD, VA made up of Colin Johnson, the immediate past President for the D.C. Association of Realtors and Christopher Suranna, the current President for the D.C. Association of Realtors.

For over 10 years, the Washington Nationals have called Navy Yard (or Capitol Riverfront) their home.

During this time, the neighborhood has seen a resurgence of housing and commerce replacing what was at times considered DC’s industrial backyard.

While Nationals Stadium has been a key cornerstone of this success, such a rapid change could not have happened without a concerted effort by city officials, developers and local residents.

The Capitol Riverfront BID sees the area becoming the, “next-generation neighborhood for business, recreation and city life.” So much so, that Mayor Bowser has even pitched it to Amazon for their future HQ2 site.

With so much development, we thought we’d take a look at the numbers from the perspective of a future homeowner, renter or investor that has been wondering if the Navy Yard is right for them. (more…)


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