If you are going to be 62 or older by August 27th, you like our National Parks, and you would like to save $70 on your lifetime SENIOR pass, then you need to get in your convertible and go!
Click on the picture above and you'll be taken to the list of National Parks that sell the LIFETIME SENIOR PASS for the next month at only $10. As of August 28th, pay $80. That's an 87% savings.
As a Realtor I don't want to show any age bias against younger people so I am making this information available to everyone, including those under 62 years of age.
PS, you can go to the US National Park Service website and mail them $20 plus a copy of your driver's license and they will mail it to you. Just make sure your envelope is postmarked by August 27th.
Interested in Fireworks Displays? We are fortunate to have the ones in
Washington, DC and they are on the 4th. (But if you just want to see the performers
with a smaller crowd, head to the US Capitol on the evening the the 3rd
and watch the dress rehearsal. (No
fireworks on the 3rd , however)
Beginning Saturday, June 30th, then July 1st,
then July 4th and then July 8th you have 4 nights in
different locales to take them in. So
here’s my list, but double-check before you go and pack patience please.
June 30th and July 1st
Mount Vernon Highway
Admission fees, Fireworks at 9:45 PM
Lake Fairfax County Park
1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston
All day activities, fee for car, bikes and pedestrians free, fireworks
at 9:15 PM
Capitol Fourth Dress
West Lawn of the Capitol, Free
Performing: The Beach Boys, the
Four Tops, Blues Brothers, Kellie Pickler and more
Take the Subway. Parking scarce
8 – 10 PM
If you have never sat on the
Capitol lawn, watched the fireworks at the Washington Monument and listened to
the National Symphony play the 1812 Overture, grab up the family and leave at 4
for the Capitol South METRO station. If
it rains, watch it on PBS.
Take the Subway, Parking worse than scarce
8:00 – 9:30 and then Fireworks until 10 PM
Iwo Jima Memorial,
Arlington Potomac River Shoreline
All good areas to observe the fireworks but arrive early and expect
Take the Subway, expect to walk
Fireworks 9:30 – 10 at the Washington Monument
Town of Herndon
Free, starts at 6:30 PM with fireworks at 9:30 PM
Town of Vienna
Southside and Yeonas Park
Festivities begin at 4 include circus acts, moon bounce
Fireworks at 9:30
City of Manassas
Train Depot & the Manassas Museum Lawn
9431 West Street, Manassas
Events start at 3 PM and the fireworks are at 9:15 PM
Free parking in commuter lots, handicapped parking by Train Station
City of Alexandria
Oronoco Bay Park
100 Madison St
Happy Birthday America!
Details on the Parking Lot Sale
Sign up Sheet for Your Sale Space
Want more information or you just have items you would like to donate? Contact David
Until you have owned a home for a while it is your hope that expenses for repairs will be minimal and far off in the future. I'm not speaking about upgrades - replacing appliances and changing wood for carpet. I am speaking of replacing the roof, HVAC, hot water heater, an appliance that fails, repainting, etc. All items have an average life expectancy, (and my father better than me), should be budgeting for replacement.
I have been recommending to first-time buyers that they should save 1-2% of the purchase price of their home EACH YEAR for repairs and replacements. If you start with a home warranty covering many things in your first year, you will get by with less savings.
Want to read more and see an "Annual Home Repair Budget?" CLICK for Article
Once again this year Weichert is holding a Yard Sale in the Parking Lot at 1760 Reston Parkway on Saturday Morning, May 20th. If you want to reserve a spot to sell your things, call me - 703-220-0406 or Click to Email Me. Your space fee will benefit Habitat For Humanity but your sales proceeds stay with you. Consider getting a friend or 2 to join you.
To Recycle Your Electronics
A Forever Home is a not-for-profit organization that matches rescued dogs with screened individuals/families to adopt them. This Sunday, May 7th from Noon to 4 PM in the Greenbriar Shopping Center in Chantilly parking lot of Petco you can ecologically recycle all kinds of electronics. You benefit and they get needed funds.
To Recycle Your Books
I had been recommending Books Across America as the place I donated books but they have recently shut down operations.
I would now recommend the Vietnam Veterans of America as a good choice and they will pick up your boxes of books and other items. Here's their list and if you want to schedule a pickup directly from their website, CLICK
If you can afford it, buying a second home or vacation home, can be a sound part of your investment strategy towards retirement. I am not a retirement planner, but buying a vacation home in your 30's or 40's can be a smart move.First, you can use it for a vacation destination and otherwise rent it out. Even if you are not in the 28% who might pay cash and therefor have a mortgage, by the time you are planning to retire you can sell the presumably appreciated asset.According to a National Association of Realtors 2017 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey report released this week, vacation homes accounted for 12% of all 2016 transactions. Buyers typically earned on average in 2015 and 2016 between $89,900 and $103,700 per year and the top two reasons for the purchases -- 42% for a family retreat and 18% for future retirement.
According to the NAR Survey, 36% purchased in a beach area, 21% in a lake area and 20% in the country, 14% in the mountains and typically the vacation home was 200 miles from the primary residence.Two last points. If you have an investment property here, would a 1031 Exchange make sense swapping it for a rental property at the beach, for example? The other point -- I can connect you with a great agent in one of dozens of vacation locations, beaches, up and down the coast. Let me know where you are thinking of looking and I'd be happy to set up an introduction and stay involved (or uninvolved if you prefer).As someone with owns vacation home on a lake, my experience is that it is a place to make memories with your family that last a lifetime!
The housing market continues strongly with low interest rates, but buyers are having a tougher time finding a home to buy. Nationwide new construction starts for residential properties dropped in March nearly 7% compared to March, 2016.
Home prices year over year, varying by area in Northern Virginia are generally up 4-6% compared to last spring and the National Association of Home Builders reports a nearly 13% increase in single family homes being built in the Northeast, but a 3% drop in the South. Confused? To add to your confusion, multi-unit construction (apartments for example) increased nearly 14% in March while single family permits were down 1% from last year. Link to Realtor Magazine
So, perhaps the 2017 year will be up but there may not be as many homes for summer move in as buyers would like.
As a reminder, please give me a call BEFORE you sign in at the new home sales offices because in that way I can represent you. The super nice sales staff in those new home sales offices work for the BUILDERS.