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The medieval meets the modern Sunday, December 15, when the 10,647-pipe great organ and the professional musicians of the Washington Symphonic Brass attempt to raise the roof of the majestic Washington National Cathedral during the “Christmas at the Cathedral” program.

The holiday-themed event begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes traditional Christmas favorites, such as Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols”, and an assortment of other popular favorites that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

The rousing sounds of the evening will be rounded out with help from the Washington National Cathedral Girls’ Choir and the professional classical ensemble Cathedra. Michael McCarthy conducts as Bill Barclay hosts the evening.

Tickets range from $25 to $95 and can be purchased at this site.

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As we enter the strange holiday lull after Thanksgiving but before Christmas, we tend to see a dip in both new listings and open houses, but with 230 open houses scheduled across the District, that dip isn’t noticeable yet. Check out our favorite open houses for the weekend below and to see the full list,  click here.

  • 1391 Pennsylvania Avenue SE #359 — $585,000 — Hill East
    Open Sat. 2-4 p.m. & Sun. 1-3 p.m. — Traci Johnson
    “Full service luxury condo in the heart of Capitol Hill East” boasts “2 bedrooms with huge walk-in closets and 2 full bathrooms and secure garage parking!”
  • 805 Jefferson Street NW — $850,000 — Brightwood Park
    Open Sun. 1-3 p.m. — Molly Branson
    Just renovated 4 BR/3.5 BA custom row home with an open floor plan and a fantastic price reduction from when it originally hit the market.
  • 317 10th Street NE #1 — $559,000 — Capitol Hill
    Open Sun. 2-4 p.m. — Ellen Klein
    2 BR/1.5 BA unit at The Hawthorne with a renovated kitchen, oak hardwood floors, a wood-burning fireplace, deeded parking and a 400 sq. ft. private patio.
  • 912 Shepherd Street NW #103 — $359,999 — Petworth
    Open Sun. 1-2:30 p.m. — Stacie Turner
    “Spacious, open, bright 1 Bed/1 Bath unit in an ideally located boutique building” just steps from the Petworth Metro.
  • 1719 6th Street NW — $1,025,000 — Shaw
    Open Sat. & Sun. 1-3 p.m. — Harrison Beacher
    Gorgeous 4 BR/3 BA fully-renovated luxury home with exposed brick, a fenced-in private rear yard and loaded with Smart Home technology.
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Let us simplify the home buying process for you at a free, fun, and informative workshop.

Talk to local lenders about getting a loan and learn the importance of hiring a real estate agent not only to help you in your search but to make a winning offer. You will even hear all about the home buying experience from a recent first-time home buyer.

View the dates below and sign up for our amazing workshop.

  • December 7
  • January 11
  • February 8

All workshops are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at our office at 2216 14th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. Multiple bus lines serve 14th Street and it’s a short walk to U-Street/Cardozo Metro Station (Green/Yellow Metro Line). Refreshments will be provided.

Sign up here. No obligation to buy… only to learn.

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Bungalow: Roommates Wanted

Bungalow, the country’s largest co-living network is continuing expansion throughout the D.C. area and plans to launch Baltimore in January of 2020.

Bungalow takes the hassle out of housing. We offer private bedrooms, furnished common areas, flexible lease terms from 4-18 months and help match with roommates you’ll love coming home to. Offering monthly community events, we also make it easy for you to connect with other Bungalow members in your city. Recent community events have included wine tours, boat cruises and sporting events.

Take the stress out of renting a room and come join our network of homes throughout the city. We currently have rooms for rent in Georgetown, Logan Circle, Columbia Heights, Petworth, Capitol Hill, Bethesda and Arlington. Looking for a room to rent and some fantastic roommates? Find our available properties here! Homeowners that have rental property in the D.C. or Baltimore area can find out more here!

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Friends of the National Zoo’s hoppiest holiday event, BrewLights at ZooLights, is back December 12 for a night of unlimited craft beer.

For one night only, in addition to enjoying the general splendor of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo lit for ZooLights, guests will also get to sample from 40+ breweries. Plus they’ll have special access to animals at the Zoo’s exhibits and animal houses, which normally are closed during ZooLights hours.

Panda Claws will mingle and pose for photos with crowds, while performers, such as carolers and a capella singers, will entertain guests. Stroll around the Zoo, admiring new light installations, including some amazing animal lanterns and a dreamy art installation, Entre les rangs, from Montreal. Warm up while feasting on chocolate creations at a custom s’mores station, sponsored by Carvana. Snacks like popcorn and pretzels will be offered to complement the region’s best brews.

PoPville readers: use code POP Beer19 for $5 off General Admission tickets, for up to four tickets.

Go to fonz.org/brewlights to buy tickets now.

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

Featured Property of the Week: 3519 New Hampshire Avenue NW #2

“This newly renovated 2-unit condominium is just blocks from both Columbia Heights and Petworth Metro, which provides a plethora of restaurants, bars, shopping, coffee shops and grocery options. This 2-level 3 BR/3 BA includes a kitchen with Quartz countertops, Samsung appliances and a great island. The open floor plan ensures ample entertaining space, while the surround sound speakers provide the ambiance for entertaining guest, as well as outside speakers. Unit #2 comes with a rooftop deck.”

Other Notable Fresh Listings:

  • The Most Expensive Home of the Week is a 2 BR/2 BA luxury condo unit at the Westlight, a “five-star full-service building with white glove services” including a doorman, 24-hr concierge, porter, on-site engineer and a community rooftop, outdoor pool and a gym.
  • Back on the market is this beautiful Petworth 5 BR/3.5 BA interior row home with 2,100+ square feet boasting high-end gourmet kitchen and a lower level “rental potential with 2 BR/1 BA/Wet Bar/Separate Laundry + front & rear entrances.”
  • 4 BR newly renovated end-unit near the H Street Corridor just got a massive $75k price reduction, making this BRAND-NEW conversion a new homeowner’s dream!
  • Your REO/Bank-Owned Property of the Week is a 5 BR/3.5 BA Columbia Heights row home that has great bones, but needs a lot of interior work.
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The working professionals who pursue the Arlington-based Executive MBA at Virginia Tech get a rich education in the fundamentals of business — accounting and finance, marketing, operations, ethics, communications and leadership.

But woven around foundation courses are “experiential modules” designed to accelerate development in four essential and current areas: business analytics, entrepreneurship and innovation, leadership and governance, and global business.

The hands-on experience of the integrated modules is meant to allow Executive MBA students to immediately put their learning into action. That’s the idea behind all of Virginia Tech’s MBA programs — giving working professionals the tools they need to advance their careers as they pursue an MBA.

“What we did at Virginia Tech a few years ago was to say that we really want to focus on the working professional — someone who wants to enhance their career or make a change in the direction of their career, but not at the expense of continuing to be a business professional,” says Pamplin College of Business Dean Robert Sumichrast. That allows those students to come into the classroom, he adds, “and use what they’ve learned as part of the experience of the MBA program.”

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How much do you get paid to rideshare?

Chances are very good that you said “nothing” because unless you’re lucky enough to have your employer pay for it, commuting costs the average worker a sizable amount each month. Have you ever really looked at the true cost of drive alone commuting?  Besides the obvious fuel expenses are the hidden wear and tear and mileage depreciation costs of driving alone to and from work; not to mention possible tolls and parking.

Not only is carpooling/vanpooling far more affordable than driving alone, Commuter Connections will actually pay you to do so. To find out the true cost of commuting alone by car, visit Commuter Connections’ Cost of Commuting Calculator.

But there is a way for you, as well as your new carpool partners, to earn money for commuting together a minimum of just two days a week. Commuter Connections’ “Pool Rewards” program pays up to a $130* subsidy to those who start and join new carpools. That figure goes up to $200* for new vanpools with seven to 15 commuter occupants, including the driver.

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The third annual DC Circulator Winter Wonder Bus returns to the District of Columbia on Friday, November 29.

Each year during the holiday season, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) decorates a 44-foot DC Circulator electric bus with a festive bus wrap, ornaments and other holiday adornments. The theme of this year’s Winter Wonder Bus, “A Gingerbread Holiday” was selected by local riders via an interactive Twitter poll. The interior and exterior decor illustrates an enchanted tale of a gingerbread holiday celebration in the nation’s capital.

This year’s Winter Wonder Bus will rotate between all six DC Circulator routes and participate in multiple District-wide holiday events. For the second year, the DC Circulator will offer a special weekend evening shuttle to the annual ZooLights exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.

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One of the largest closing costs a home buyer pays at settlement is the title insurance policy required by their mortgage lender. Title insurance protects the home buyer (and the lender) against any title claims by prior owners or lien holders.

But there is a way to save hundreds or even thousands of dollars off of the title insurance premium — and it doesn’t cost the home buyer a thing. When negotiating the purchase contract, buyers should ask the seller of the property for a copy of their title insurance policy. With it, a reduced title insurance reissue rate can be obtained.

Most buyers are not aware that they can get this significant savings simply by asking for it up front — the best part is that there is nothing else that the home buyer needs to do to qualify for it.

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