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DC Region Housing Market Up in August

DC Region Housing Market Up in August

The DC region just had its strongest August housing market ever, with record home prices and record sales driven by record demand and record low interest rates.  Urban Turf has published some of the more telling statistics from the August market. $515,000 -- The...

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Pentagon City Park Expansion Approved for Amazon HQ2

Pentagon City Park Expansion Approved for Amazon HQ2

The Arlington County Board has unanimously voted to approve a master plan and design guidelines for the 2.47-acre public park. Metropolitan Park’s renovations are part of Amazon’s community benefits package and will be a $14 million project.   The project intends...

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The Difference a Low Mortgage Rate Makes

The Difference a Low Mortgage Rate Makes

Long-term mortgage rates remain just below 3% and just above their all-time record low.  A year ago, rates were 56 basis points higher. UrbanTurf has taken its semi-regular look to see how the much lower rates are impacting mortgage payments. A home with a $800,000...

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Amazon has a New Fitness Tracker

Amazon has a New Fitness Tracker

Amazon has started selling a wrist band that tracks workouts, sleep and body fat. To measure body fat, Amazon will ask users to scan their body with their smartphone cameras while wearing boxers or a sports bra with bike shorts. The fitness tracker will give the...

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Arlington Has Resumed Waste Collection

Arlington Has Resumed Waste Collection

Yard waste collection resumed in Arlington after a four-month hiatus. Residential waste collection customers had to do without the weekly collection of organic material since early May, when the county suspended it on account of increased trash volumes during the...

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Amazon and Mercedes-Benz Strike Deal

Amazon and Mercedes-Benz Strike Deal

Amazon is buying 1,800 electric delivery vans from Mercedes-Benz. The order with Mercedes is Amazon’s biggest with a European car maker. Daimler said the order is for 1,200 large eSprinter vans and 600 medium-sized eVito vehicles. Delivery will begin later this year....

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Which Home Is the Best Layout for You?

Which Home Is the Best Layout for You?

Which Home Is the Best Layout for You? When you consider what you want in your next home, you tend to think first about the location and maybe the number of bedrooms. But the overall layout of any home – from the distance between the kitchen and living room to the...

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DC-Area Toll Revenue Plunges 90% Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

DC-Area Toll Revenue Plunges 90% Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Revenue from toll lanes on the Capital Beltway and Interstate 95 in Virginia all but dried up in the spring, plummeting by nearly 90% compared to a year ago, as drivers stayed home amid widespread coronavirus restrictions. That’s according to new figures revealed in a...

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Amazon is Hiring for its First D.C.-area Go Grocery Store

Amazon is Hiring for its First D.C.-area Go Grocery Store

Amazon is inching ever closer to opening two cashier-less grocery stores in the D.C. area. We know this — though Amazon still won’t acknowledge as much — because it’s hiring for them. The e-commerce giant has posted several openings related to Amazon Go Grocery stores...

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Should You Live in a Single-Family Home?

Should You Live in a Single-Family Home?

Years ago, a New York City family was looking to change how they lived. For years, they’d enjoyed living in a full-service high-rise building in Manhattan with doormen, a live-in superintendent and many of the other conveniences and amenities that come with apartment...

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The Over 3,800 Residential Units Slated to Remake Rosslyn

The Over 3,800 Residential Units Slated to Remake Rosslyn

Although other areas of northern Virginia saw a lot more development activity this time last year, the Rosslyn residential pipeline has seen a bit of a resurgence in the interim. With revival of some projects and the introduction of others, the pipeline has grown by...

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Tysons During a Pandemic…

Tysons During a Pandemic…

What is it like to live or work in Tysons during a pandemic? A recent survey released this week offers a snapshot into the many concerns people have from transit and childcare to what may be stopping people from returning to the office for work. The Tysons...

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A Proposal for a Network of Trails

A Proposal for a Network of Trails

The region’s top transportation board has endorsed a proposal for a network of trails stretching across the greater Washington region, from Frederick, MD, to Prince William County, VA. It would expand the amount of off-road bicycle and pedestrian pathways to 1,400...

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Inspired by Amazon…

Inspired by Amazon…

George Mason University has settled on three finalists to build an Amazon-inspired expansion of its Arlington campus. The university rolled out a request for proposals for private partners on the planned “Institute of Digital Innovation” in February, detailing plans...

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