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By Conor Sullivan JC Advantage | Agent in Arlington, VA
  • Fall Fun & Free Staging Special

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Arlington, Home Selling in Arlington, In My Neighborhood in Arlington  |  September 23, 2014 6:31 AM  |  13 views  |  1 comment

    Fall Fun & Free Staging Special

    Sign a Listing Agreement this Fall* to Receive Complimentary Staging by Lemon Tree Staging & Interiors

         Now that summer is winding down and school is back in session, it's time to look ahead to fall and what it is in store for our area.  Football season is kicking off and vacation season is over.  JC Advantage is gearing up for a busy Autumn and offering a complimentary staging package by Lemon Tree Staging & Interiors to any seller who signs a listing agreement, this fall, *from September through November.  
         Also featured in this month's newsletter is info on the Importance of Staging your Home to Sell, Fall Festivals & Two featured Local Artists presenting at our Open House  & Gallery.  This event will take place October 5th at our Featured Listing on North Wakefield St. in Arlington. For more open house & artist info see below & our website.
        Also, as you will read in the market update, the time for buyers to make a move is upon us.  Sales and price values are slightly down in the area as a whole and interest rates are still remarkably low.  If you have been pondering a home purchase, this is the time to consult with a member of our group to get the best guidance towards a home purchase.  

    Please don't hesitate to contact us for any real estate or home related guidance!

    Sincerely,
    Conor, John, Katia, & the JC Advantage Team

  • Dog Days of Summer with JC Advantage

    Posted Under: Home Buying in McLean, Financing in McLean, In My Neighborhood in McLean  |  August 6, 2014 7:19 AM  |  18 views  |  No comments

    Ahh, Summer

    Amidst what is supposed to be the Dog Days of Summer,
    JC Advantage Group is working hard but enjoying days off with the amazing weather at local parks, pools, fairs, and festivals around the city. Get out and enjoy what your community has to offer! We've included several links throughout our August newsletter of some happenings around town, or if you're feeling the itch to get out of town, read below for some fun outdoor options. 


    Check out the article below to see the current state of mortgage rates. We have some great listings available.  If you, a friend or family member are curious about the state of the local market or want to discuss any home related matter just drop us a line!  

    Sincerely,

    Conor, John, Katia and the JC Advantage Team

    Arlington's June Market Snapshot 
    Washington, D.C's June Market Snapshot 

    Mortgage Rates 

    Remaining mostly flat

    The 15-year fixed-rate average slid to 3.23 percent with an average 0.7 point. It was 3.26 percent a week ago and 3.43 percent a year ago.The 30-year fixed-rate average returned to its yearly low, dropping to 4.12 percent, with an average 0.6 point. It was 4.13 percent a week ago and 4.39 percent a year ago. The 30-year fixed-rate has sunk to 4.12 percent three times this year, most recently on July 3.
    Hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages were mixed. The five-year ARM average rose to 3.01 percent, with an average 0.5 point, rising above 3 percent for the first time in five weeks. It was 2.99 percent a week ago and 3.18 percent a year ago.
    The one-year ARM average fell to 2.38 percent, with an average 0.4 point. It was 2.39 percent a week ago.
    Frank E. Nothaft, Freddie Mac vice president and chief economist, noted that mortgage rates showed little change prior to a better-than-expected second quarter gross domestic product reading. Because rates tend to rise on strong data, this latest run of low rates could be winding down.
    “On Wednesday afternoon the yield on the 10-year Treasury surged as data showed gross domestic product for the second quarter at a 4.0 percent annualized rate, above expectations,” Nothaft said in a statement.
    Meanwhile, mortgage applications declined last week, according to the latest data from the Mortgage Bankers Association.
    The market composite index, a measure of total loan application volume, dropped 2.2 percent. The refinance index sank 4 percent, while the purchase index increased 0.2 percent.
    Source: Washington Post 

    Drive out Route 66 or 270, for a Day Trip... or stay the night to unveil a world of entertaining activities & beautiful scenery

    Dozens of winerieslie just a short hour outside of the city. Here is a Top Ten List
    Take a load off  & enjoy the beautifulShenandoah scenery of Skyline Drive. 
    Step back in time to visit this quaint and historic community ofHarpers Ferry.
    Plenty to do for all ages.
    Camp mountainside or go "Glamping"  at one of these locations just outside of the DC Area.
    AUGUST 2014

    Dog Days?

    The phrase dog days refers to the sultry  days of summer. In the Northern Hemisphere, the dog days of summer are most commonly experienced in the months of July and August, which typically observe the hottest summer temperatures. No complaints here about this summer's weather. The low humidity and cool temps have made it enjoyable for skipping around town for work or pleasure!

    FEATURED CONDO:

    CLARENDON 
    1 bed, 1 bath, 868 sqft

    Stunning and spacious CORNER unit in one of the best buildings in Clarendon. There are only 8 units in the entire building that capitalize on the views and natural light like this unit. Walk to anything and everything from your totally turn key condo! Easy Orange Line metro access. Fresh paint and carpet, washer/dryer in unit and amazing layout. Drop us aline for more information or if you want a pre-listing tour!


    FEATURED HOME:
    NORTH ARLINGTON 

    5 bedroom, 4 1/2 half bath 

    BEAUTIFUL custom home, rests on nearly 1/2 acre of prime property, backing up to the Washington Golf and Country Club. Property line is adjacent to the golf course, with a broad private view of acres of rolling hills and stately trees. Beautifully appointed and designed, this is a rare opportunity to own one of the best lots in North Arlington!

    CONTACT US
    Need some more info? Contact a Team Member.
    Office: (703) 442-0007

    Conor Sullivan
    conor@jcadvantage.com
    c.(703) 268-6380

    John Tramonte
    John@jcadvantage.com
    c. (703) 851-8150

    Katia Watson
    Katia@jcadvantage.com
    c. (540) 968-3023

    BBQ's & Birthdays!

    Did you ever want to host a bbq or outdoor birthday party but didn't have enough space to accommodate everyone? Several of your local parks have spacious and updated picnic grounds perfect for entertaining! You can reserve in advance at some at bigger parks and first come, first serve at others.  Below are a couple links to popular picnic grounds in the area.

    Arlington Parks & Picnic Grounds 
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    clean & Farifax Parks & Picnic Grounds
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  • March Madness: Basketball & Weather!

    Posted Under: Home Buying, In My Neighborhood, Home Ownership  |  March 17, 2014 12:44 PM  |  238 views  |  No comments


    This is the most exciting month of the year for basketball fans and it's also has been the most unpredictable month of weather in Northern Virginia. The NCAA basketball tournament gets underway later this week with hopes for Virginia teams to prevail & more spring-like weather to appear.  Here are some highlights and updates on our Virginia teams moving on to the NCAA Tournament.

    The University of Virginia, claimed victory over Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, and will be the top seed in the East Region.

    No. 6 Virginia, beat Duke on Sunday earning its first ACC tournament championship since 1976.  They will play Coastal Carolina, a No. 16 seed, at 9:25 p.m. Friday at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C.

    The winner will face the winner of Friday’s Memphis-George Washington game. Memphis (23-9) is an eight-seed and George Washington (24-8, which I'm sure will prove to be an intense game.

    Virginia got its first No. 1 since 1983 and the fourth in UVA's basketball history. Virginia was a No. 1 from 1981-83 during the Ralph Sampson era.

    Coastal Carolina went 21-12, winning the Big South tournament. It is playing in the NCAA tournament for the first time in 21 years.

    Virginia Commonwealth, earned a No. 5 seed in the South Region.

    The Rams (26-8), who lost to Saint Joseph's 65-61 in the Atlantic 10 tournament final Sunday in Brooklyn, N.Y., will play 12th-seeded Stephen F. Austin at 7:27 p.m. Friday in San Diego.

    Where will the tournament lead our Virginia teams? Fill out your NCAA Bracket and get into the game.  With this crazy weather and great teams, who knows one of our teams could take it all! Whatever happens, we'll be cheering for them.

    If you want to settle in the Northern Virginia area, this is a great time to look for a home! For help with your NoVA search please allow JC Advantage to help! Give us a call at (703) 442-0007, Ext. 1. If you prefer, you can stop by our office at 8245 Boone Blvd., Suite 410, or even send me an email at conor@jcadvantage.com. Let us take care of all of your real estate needs!

  • It's March Madness in NoVA!

    Posted Under: General Area, Home Buying, In My Neighborhood  |  March 11, 2014 11:52 AM  |  235 views  |  1 comment


    Fans in the Northern Virginia area are celebrating the fact that the Virginia Cavaliers have sown up the Atlantic Coast Conference title in regular season play! This is a really big win for the Cavaliers, because they're sort of a dark horse in the NCAA arena.

    ESPN has moved the Cavaliers up in their Basketball Power Index from number 13 to number 7. This is a result of their having won 13 straight conference games. How does this translate as far as post-season play is concerned? Only time (and games!) will tell. Whatever happens, their fans will be there to cheer them on!

    Since they wrapped up the ACC championship, they have suffered the loss to Maryland, but that won't stop them. They'll gearing up for the post-season ACC tournaments, where the Cavaliers are seeded number 1. They're studying their mistakes and taking steps to correct them. 

    This is the most exciting month of the year for basketball fans. Will the Cavaliers keep moving, and make to to the Sweet Sixteen? After that, they could even hit the Elite Eight! Dare we hope for the final four? And then, who knows they could even take it all! Whatever happens, we'll be cheering for them.

    If you want to settle in the Northern Virginia area, this is a great time to look for a home! For help with your NoVA search please allow JC Advantage to help! Why don't you give us a call at (703) 442-0007, Ext. 1? If you prefer, you can stop by our office at 8245 Boone Blvd., Suite 410, or even send me an email at conor@jcadvantage.com. Let us take care of all of your real estate needs!

  • NoVA Is Heading for Spring!

    Posted Under: General Area, Home Buying, In My Neighborhood  |  March 4, 2014 12:51 PM  |  242 views  |  1 comment




    Yes, I know it's still cold,and snowy and blowy in Northern Virginia. Spring is on its way, however, and the surest sign of that is that it is time for the Arlington Home Show and Garden Expo. This year's offering promises to be better than any other year!

    This annual event is a good thing for homeowners. The information available is invaluable. Top of the line remodeling and home improvement techniques are on display. It's a great way to discover the latest appliances for your kitchen,also. The brightest and best are gathered in one place!

    Is it time to weather proof your house? The newest techniques are there. You can see the most energy efficient windows, roofing materials, and insulation innovations. They will also have demonstrations on how to use these products. Women will find the DIY for women displays and workshops helpful.

    This year, the landscaping and outdoor living displays are expanded. The builders, designers, landscapers, contractors and, yes, realtors are going all out to see that people know just where to go for all of their home needs. Even zoning and inspection ordinances and regulations are covered.


    Local artists and artisans
     are featured, in order to give consumers an opportunity to patronize them. How about this? There will be an event in which people can have their antiques, collectibles and jewelry appraised. This year's show has it all!

    Plumbing is a lot of people's least favorite home activity. Check out how it can be “fast & easy at the Home Show. Seminars on various topics are offered, including some on financing, buying and selling a home, what permits are needed for remodeling, and urban agriculture.

    The Arlington Home Show and Garden Expo is just another good thing about live in Northern Virginia! If you want to buy or sell a home in NoVA, please allow JC Advantage to assist you. Our phone number is (703)  442-0007, Ext. 1. Stop by our office at 8245 Boone Blvd., Suite 410, or send us an email to conor@jcadvantage.com. We can help you with all of your real estate needs.

  • Is It Spring Yet?

    Posted Under: General Area, Home Buying, In My Neighborhood  |  February 19, 2014 6:56 AM  |  242 views  |  No comments

























    Winter is brutal this year, and
    Northern Virginia is no exception! Take heart, however! We have reached the middle of February, and there may be some light at the end of the tunnel.

    What affect does the weather have on the condition of a house, particularly the roof and the gutters? One potential problem can be ice dams. Now may be a good time to learn about ice damming, and what to do about it.

    Several factors are involved in ice damming. The temperature is low enough that water (snow, ice, etc.)  freezes to the outside of the home. The overhangs and soffits are first to freeze, just as bridges are first to freeze on roads. When heat escapes from the house under these surfaces, the lower ice/snow melts. This melted ice gathers in the lower edges, but doesn't have a current or anything to carry it to and over the gutter or edge. This water builds up, and some re-freezing occurs further hindering drainage. If it gathers long enough, it finds a place to leak into the house.

    Once the leaking occurs, it is necessary to find a way to stem the flow by creating an outlet for it on the outside of the house. This can be tricky because further damage can  be caused by using a hammer or chipping implement. The judicious use of sodium chloride, a roof rake, and diluted vinegar may be helpful. Extreme cases may require professional help.

    Planning for the prevention or recurrence of ice damming is wise. In some cases gutter heat tape, which doesn't melt the ice, but keeps a path open for the water to drain may be all that is needed. Shaded areas of the house may require more aggressive measures, such as  an ice and water shield. A roofing expert can advise you on this.

    Once you have survived the ice damming or other effects of winter, you may be interested in purchasing or listing a property. Let http://www.jcadvantage.com/ help you do that.  Visit our office at 8245 Boone Blvd, Suite 410 here in Vienna. If you prefer a phone call, our number is (703) 442-0007 Ext. 1, or you can send us an email at conor@jcadvantage.com.

  • Appreciating NoVA's Historical Significance

    Posted Under: General Area, Parks & Recreation, In My Neighborhood  |  February 10, 2014 11:27 PM  |  253 views  |  No comments

     





    When you live in Northern Virginia, in a neighborhood that is right next door to the nation's capital, you may tend to forget the fact that you are also in the heart of her history. You may not even notice when you pass a national landmark such as the Washington Monument. It can become just part of the scenery. Maybe some historical background can give you a renewed sense of wonder for one of our national treasures.

    A monument to our First President and Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, George Washington was proposed just ten days after his death in 1799. However, not much progress was made on even getting a design until 1832, the year marking the 100th anniversary of Washington's birth, when the Washington National Monument Society was formed. They raised funds, and held a competition for a design for the monument.

    In 1836, the project was awarded to architect Robert Mills. The society liked his design of an obelisk, but they were concerned about the cost of building the colonnade he had planned for around it. They were hoping that the actual building of the monument would stimulate donations for the surrounding projects.

    The cornerstone for the monument was laid in 1848, in an elaborate celebration on the Fourth of July. In 1854, when donations ran out, completion of the project was in jeopardy. The American spirit of ingenuity proved itself, however, when a plan was devised to solicit donations of stones for the structure from the various states and territories. This snowballed into donations, not only by the areas mentioned, but by American Indian tribes, professional organizations, societies, and even foreign countries.  That explains the rich variety of stones used, such as marble, granite and bluestone gneiss.

    The stop and go history of the construction of this monument would fill a book. Space does not permit even a thumbnail sketch of the swirl of events that affected the progress of the project.  However, it was completed, and it is the tallest stone structure and the tallest obelisk in the world, rising to 555', 5 I/8” high. It is currently closed for repairs to damage caused by an earthquake and Hurricane Irene, both in 2011.

    It is wonderful to live in such proximity to this testament to our nation's history. If you need to buy or sell a home in NoVA, please allow JC Advantage to be of assistance.  Our office is at 8245 Boone Blvd, Suite 410 in Vienna. Call us at (703) 442-0007 Ext. 1, or send us an email at conor@jcadvantage.com.

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