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by PoP Sponsor — June 23, 2017 at 12:10 pm 0

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City living just blocks from the Fort Totten Metro, luxury townhomes from $599,990, brought to you by Comstock.

From Totten Mews, a new townhome development, you’re less than a mile away from the green, yellow, and red lines at Fort Totten Metro Station. In fact, it’s just 939 steps — we counted!

With the Metro Station’s access to both downtown D.C. and Silver Spring, and nearby the Metropolitan Branch Trail—an eight mile paved stretch for cyclists and runners that connects D.C. with Maryland—Totten Mews is a model for transit-oriented development.

Located at 4900 Puerto Rico Avenue, each home at Totten Mews has 2,100 square feet, features three bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and a powder room. There are nine-foot ceilings on ground and second floors.

The kitchen features a side-by-side multi-cycle insulated dishwasher, microwave/hood combination with exterior venting, and gas range with convection oven–all from Whirlpool with Energy Star rating. There are granite countertops and designer cabinets with chrome knobs, pan drawers, and trash cabinet.

A one-car garage has direct access to the home — with garage door openers and two remotes — and a rear porch provides space for outdoor entertaining.

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Within a couple miles from Totten Mews, you’ll find a Walmart, Ace Hardware, Home Depot, and Giant Grocery Market; and just a few minutes drive gets you to Indian cuisine (Woodlands Restaurant), vegan (NuVaga Cafe), Mexican (Lauriol Plaza), Laotian (Thip Khao), French (Bistro Bis), and Wiseguy Pizza, among others—a foodie footprint that’s expected to grow as development in the area continues.

And yes, there’s a Starbuck’s nearby.

Prices start at $599,990. Check out a decorated model at an Open House this Saturday, June 24th, from 11-6.

For more information check out their website. (more…)

by PoP Sponsor — June 22, 2017 at 12:15 pm 0

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

It’s officially summer in D.C. and as the temperature heats up, so does the rental market. It’s peak moving season when low inventory, rising rents and increased demand can make finding a rental this summer more challenging than ever. Here are some insider tips to consider as you search for your next home:

  1. Start early — 60 to 90 days before your move date is best. I totally understand, summer is SO busy, but the longer you wait the fewer options you will have, and you will be competing with other prospects who are also feeling a time crunch. Many larger apartment buildings can predict their vacancy well in advance.
  2. Look offline — many apartment buildings don’t advertise online, which may mean lower prices or lower demand. When you walk around your target neighborhood, look around for management company phone numbers on signs outside of apartment buildings. In my experiences, many of these buildings still don’t advertise online and can offer below market prices or have greater availability than the apartments that are saturating the online search sites.
  3. Ask around — share with friends and co-workers that you are looking to move, they may know of options that are not yet advertised. Here in D.C. we all understand the struggle of finding a good rental, (particularly in the summer) but everyone knows someone who is moving.
  4. Longer lease = lower price — A landlord may be willing to accept a reduced rate for an 18-24 month lease since they know there won’t be vacancy early (which can cost them rental income). Be sure to fully understand the terms of the lease and options for vacating early, in case your plans change.
  5. Go beyond the application — A cover letter, letter of recommendation, income and credit score documents can improve your odds of application acceptance in competitive situations. Many landlords and management companies will perform background checks but the information they obtain may be limited. The better you can convey your “tenant of the year” status to the landlord, the more likely they are to accept your application, particularly when there are multiple applicants.

by blankslate — June 9, 2017 at 12:10 pm 0

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ERB Properties — the DC-based builders known for high-end single family home residential rehabilitation projects and boutique condominium conversions — has added to its 14th Street NW portfolio. The five-home condo building at 3525 14th Street NW, just north of Columbia Heights, is a ten minute walk to the Metro Station.

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Each of the five homes at 3525 14th Street NW offer an open living space that connects to the kitchen. Along with two bedrooms and custom tiled bathrooms, the units range in size from 750  to 1,050 square feet. Each home has hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, in-unit washer/dryer and natural light.

Some units have their own private outdoor space. The top unit, #5, has a private roof deck with views of the entire city. Tours are now available.

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The building is close to an abundance of local watering holes (Red Derby, Airedale, and much more!), and restaurants of every description (Thip Khao, Sakerum, Mi Cuba Cafe) are within a ten-minute walk. DC USA outlet, the district’s largest, with such retailers as Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Best Buy — and a 24-hour iHop — is nearby.

3525 14th Street NW is on major bus lines, and the Green/Yellow metro stop —  near a Starbuck’s — is a quick 10 minute walk.

Home prices range from $625,000 – $700,000, and parking is available for sale. For more information or to schedule a tour, check out the website here.

 

by blankslate — May 24, 2017 at 12:10 pm 0

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When Alyson and Tyler started thinking about selling their home, they considered calling the real estate agent who had helped them in the buying process. But the transaction costs of using an agent were just too much to justify.

“At the same time, we have two young kids and very little spare time to understand the important details and nuances of managing a real estate transaction,” says Tyler.

Then they heard something from a friend that piqued their interest. Some colleagues were building a business called homezen that provides online tools and support to help owners of condos, townhouses, and single family homes sell without an agent, at a flat fee.

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“We really liked and trusted the real estate agent who helped us buy our home, and it was a tough decision not to work with her again for selling it,” says Alyson. “But the idea of funding our next down payment with the money we could save was too much to pass up.”

homezen helped them set their listing price, hired professional photographers to take photos of their home, listed it on the MLS, and took care of the paperwork.

“They were often one step ahead of us in the selling process–from proactively sending us a checklist for getting our home ready to show to asking if we needed a standard rent-back contract before we even asked for one,” says Tyler.

Before hearing about homezen, the couple thought they could ask a real estate agent friend for advice. “Working with the homezen team felt just like that!,” says Alyson. “They were quick to respond to our questions and any advice they offered was supported by market trends, analysis, and data points.”

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homezen struck a perfect balance: a trustworthy source of information and support for selling their home with a flat, low fee. Says Alyson: “And we’re even more thrilled to have saved six percent of our sale price by not using agents in our transaction. We are so grateful to the whole team!”

For more information on how homezen can help finance your future, check out the homezen website.

by blankslate — May 19, 2017 at 12:10 pm 0

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From Totten Mews, a new townhome development, you’re just minutes away from the green, yellow, and red lines at Fort Totten Metro Station.

With the Metro Station’s access to both downtown D.C. and Silver Spring, and nearby the Metropolitan Branch Trail—an eight mile paved stretch for cyclists and runners that connects D.C. with Maryland—Totten Mews is a model for transit-oriented development.

At 2,100 square feet, each home features three bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and a powder room.

The kitchen features a microwave/hood combination with exterior venting, side-by-side multi-cycle insulated dishwasher, and gas range with convection oven–all from Whirlpool with Energy Star rating. There are granite countertops and designer cabinets.

A one-car garage has direct access to the home, and a rear porch provides space for outdoor entertaining.

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Within a couple miles from Totten Mews, there’s a Walmart, Ace Hardware, Home Depot, and Giant Grocery Market; and a few minutes drive gets you to Indian cuisine (Woodlands Restaurant), vegan (NuVaga Cafe), Mexican (Lauriol Plaza), Laotian (Thip Khao), French (Bistro Bis), and Wiseguy Pizza, among others—a foodie footprint that’s expected to increase as new residential and commercial development in the area continues.

And of course, there’s a Starbuck’s nearby.

Prices start at $599,990. Models are now available for touring. For more information check out their website.

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by blankslate — May 11, 2017 at 12:10 pm 0

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Rob and Feli were ready to sell their home, but there was one thing they wished to avoid–the 6 percent realtor commission. “We wanted to sell our house on our own to avoid that,” says Rob. “We felt that the real estate system is very broken. In our case, the fee would have been $31,500.”

But how does one sell a house when you’ve got no experience? “We were reluctant because we were not familiar enough with the process and the laws,” says Rob. “Then we stumbled across homezen. We were amazed at how low their flat fee was for the services that they were providing.”

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To help the couple determine the value of their home, homezen did a competitive analysis. “Then they helped us to formulate a selling strategy to maximize our profit,” says Rob.

Next, homezen dispatched a professional real estate photographer to take photos, which they used to list the couple’s home on the MLS. Their listing went live on Good Friday and by Saturday morning the couple started getting requests for viewing; the first offer came in later that day. By Easter Sunday, they had an all-cash offer—at $5,000 higher than their list price.

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Rob and Feli’s “thank you” to homezen

“With homezen’s help, we sounded like we knew exactly what we were talking about in negotiations,” says Rob. “We were elated with the results, because it was $20,000 more than we thought we could sell the home for.”

An Easter miracle? The couple was so grateful that they crafted a personalized thank you (pictured).

“We learned a lot in the process,” says Rob, who adds that homezen continued to help them navigate through the contract paperwork and home inspection. “And we’ve been bragging to all of our friends about how we saved $21,000!”

How can homezen save you $20,000? Instead of charging the standard 6 percent commission, homezen charges a low flat fee. They’re already saving money for sellers in Logan Circle, Shaw, Brookland, the Palisades, Glover Park, Arlington, Alexandria and beyond.

You can check out the homezen website website or give them a call at 202.509.0553.

by blankslate — April 28, 2017 at 12:10 pm 0

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Totten Mews is a new townhome development just minutes away from the Fort Totten Metro Station, with convenient access to green, yellow, and red lines.

With the Metro Station’s access to both downtown D.C. and Silver Spring, and nearby the Metropolitan Branch Trail—an eight mile stretch of pavement for pedestrians, cyclists, and runners that connects D.C. with Maryland—Totten Mews is a model for transit-oriented development.

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There are 35 homes in the development, at 2,100 square feet, each with three bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and a powder room.

The kitchen features microwave/hood combination with exterior venting, side-by-side multi-cycle insulated dishwasher, and gas range with convection oven–all from Whirlpool with Energy Star rating.

A one-car garage has direct access to the home, and a rear porch provides space for outdoor entertaining.

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Within less than a mile of Totten Mews, there’s a Walmart, Starbuck’s, and Giant Grocery Market; and a few minutes drive gets you to Indian, vegan, Mexican, Asian fusion, and French restaurants, among others—all of which will accommodate the influx of new residential and commercial development that’s planned within walking distance of the Fort Totten Metro station.

Prices start at $599,990. For more information check out their website.

by blankslate — April 11, 2017 at 12:10 pm 0

 

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Last year, Justin was finally ready to sell his condo, but it hadn’t appreciated in value enough for him to pull his money out after paying the 6 percent commission to real estate agents.

He says the idea of paying a 6 percent commission drove him nuts. “I thought I could probably sell without an agent, but I was little nervous to take the risk without having knowledgeable support during the process.”

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Enter homezen, which provides online tools and support to help owners of condos, townhouses, and single family homes sell without an agent, at a flat fee.

How low? For $499 — $699, homezen helps you set your listing price, has professional photographers take photos of your home, lists your home on the MLS, and takes care of the paperwork.

They’ve helped sellers in the Palisades, Glover Park, Logan Circle, Shaw, Arlington, Alexandria, Rockville and beyond save an average of $20,000 per sale — and Justin is now one of them. 

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“They helped me price, prep, list my home, and they gave me the paperwork I needed,” says Justin. “They were there for me whenever I had questions, and they gave me the confidence I needed to sell my own home without an agent.”

How much did he save? $10,000 — which he’s now using to bankroll his travel around the world, including stops in Argentina, Patagonia, Switzerland, Paris, Italy, Egypt, Dubai, and beyond. “It’s life changing,” he says, “and I can’t recommend it enough.”

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For more information on how homezen can change your life, check out the homezen website

by blankslate — March 27, 2017 at 12:10 pm 0

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How much can you save on your electric bill by using LED bulbs? Replacing a 60-watt incandescent with an LED equivalent can save $130 throughout the new bulb’s lifetime—and $150 from your annual energy bill if you replace all incandescents with LED bulbs.

It’s a smart choice, but not all LED bulbs are created equal. Without ENERGY STAR-certification, that LED bulb you purchase at the store fails to meet certain quality requirements. These “ish” bulbs can flicker, shift in color, lose brightness over time, offer uneven light, or continue to use power when turned off. Look for the blue ENERGY STAR label to get the best bang for your buck.

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The current ENERGY STAR requirement is for LED bulbs to last at least 13 years. They’re also required to have guaranteed light quality and output, to cast light in all directions, and to be available in a wide variety of styles to fit any socket.

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And now, the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU), DC’s resource for saving energy, is helping the cause by working with retailers across the district to offer discounted ENERGY STAR LED bulbs for as low as 95¢—a cost that’s compatible with the often cheaper “ish” bulbs.

For more information about the DCSEU and its network of partnering retailers, check their website.

by blankslate — March 23, 2017 at 12:10 pm 0

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Got an idea for a startup business? Need some help getting funding?

WeWork’s Creator Awards will be giving away over $20 million to entrepreneurs, small businesses, growing companies, nonprofits, and artists throughout 2017 — and it all kicks off in DC on March 28.

The event is a great way for startups and growing companies to get their bearings. Beginning at 5 p.m., attendees can check out the DC Job Showcase, where local business owners will be stationed to answer and ask questions.

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Or sit in on the Master Classes, where real-world ideas for setting up your business, getting funding, and differentiating your idea will be volleyed around with some of the best in the biz.

If your startup is ready for a funding round, you’ll probably want to see how a pitch should be structured. At 8 p.m., check out a Pitch Lightning Round, where select finalists will pitch to the crowd. Furthermore, the finalists who have been selected to pitch at the event will be broadcast in real time throughout the day on Facebook Live.

Then, award winners will be announced in each of the three categories: The Incubate, The Launch, and The Scale. Winners qualify for the Creator Awards Global Final on November 30 in New York City.

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After the winners are announced, the party starts with a DJ, more drinks and more food.

Several more regional events will take place in Austin, Detroit, Berlin, Tel Aviv, and Mexico City before the Global Final at Barclays Center in New York City.

“WeWork began with a group of people that believed community, passion, meaning, and intention could change how we live, work, and connect,” said WeWork co-founder and CEO Adam Neumann, who notes that membership now counts 100,000. “We could not think of a better way to honor our members and all the creators who inspire us every day.”

The event begins at 5 p.m. at the Andrew W Mellon Auditorium, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW. Admission is free, and there will also be a pop-up market with DC merchants selling their wares. For more information and to RSVP, check out the website.

 

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