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Friday, November 24, 2017   /   by John Murdock -- CityScapeMetroGroup


Sure, the District might be part of the Mid-Atlantic region, but it feels more like the North Pole during the holidays thanks to the National Christmas Tree, countless holiday markets, one-of-a-kind seasonal light displays, Christmas-themed bars and lots more. Here are some of the best, can't-miss ways to experience the holidays in Washington, DC.

1Cross visiting the National Christmas Tree off your bucket list
Richard Ricciardi
The National Christmas Tree is DC’s claim to fame during the holidays, and for good reason. The gorgeous conifer lives in President’s Park on the White House Ellipse, where it's surrounded by trees decorated with handmade ornaments from 56 U.S. states and territories and is accompanied by nightly musical performances throughout the holiday season. The display is free to visit and open from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. while the National Christmas Tree is lit each day from 4:30-10 p.m.
2ZooLights takes over ...

  dc, dc metro area, real estate, community, did you know?, dc events, fun in dc, what to do in dc, happy holidays, holiday 2017

Tuesday, August 29, 2017   /   by John Murdock -- CityScapeMetroGroup

Hurricane Harvey: Where, What & How To Donate

With Houston and other parts of Texas dealing with flooding and damages caused by the hurricane people everywhere are looking for ways to provide help to those affected. Here a few ways you can help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. 

Cash is king. While you may want to send food and other items, the infrastructure may not support those donations. Many organizations have been clear that cash, or cash equivalent, is preferred (but keep reading). Keep receipts if you intend to claim those donations on your tax return.
Stay put. Yes, we all want to get in our cars and help but don't rush to help without checking first. There are already professionals and trained volunteers on the scene, and due to the potential for more flooding, relief officials have asked that folks stay off the roads where possible. If your services are needed and you do volunteer, remember that you can claim a tax deduction for your out-of-pocket expenses but not for your time.
Be smart. Be wm ...

  community, dc, dc metro area, dmv, flooding, harvey, houston, hurricane harvey, real estate

Monday, August 28, 2017   /   by John Murdock -- CityScapeMetroGroup

12 Reasons to List During the Holidays

As we approach Fall, you may hear a lot of Realtors start to say that the market is slow. They may even discourage you from listing your home for sale! While it is true that compared to Spring/Summer sales, Fall is a bit slower, we have gathered 12 reasons on why it may be the perfect time to sell your home! 

Reason #1: Inventory of Competition is Lower
Your home stands out better with less to choose from. Your odds of selling may actually go UP during this time of year. Many people feel just like you that fall is a poor time to sell, and don't realize that there will be a FLOOD of new listings on the market after the holidays that can cause you to get "lost in the crowd." Listing now means more serious buyers per home for sale. 

Reason #2: Only the SERIOUS Buyers Are Out in the Fall/Winter
Fewer may be looking, but you are more likely to get a contract from those that do come through! Think about how fantastic it will be to have this all fini? ...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017   /   by John Murdock -- CityScapeMetroGroup

Remember These? 6 Design Trends from 2007!

Can you believe it has been 10 years since these design trends took the housing market by storm? It seems like everyone wanted at least one of these features in their home during that time! Do any of these grace your home? Or did you switch these out for something more fitting with today's trends? 
Enjoy this blast from the past! 

1- Use bolder, deeper colors for trim

Realtor Mark Nash, who follows home design trends through by surveying more than 900 real estate agents and brokers, says that professional color forecasters predict the use of bolder colors for shutters, doors, window frames and other trim will be big in 2007. 
According to Doty Horn, director of color and design for Benjamin Moore, Americans have gotten progressively comfortable with the bold look. 
"Before we would use more neutral colors," she says. "We didn't want to offend anyone."
Now, a more self-assured public is asserting itself by using color to make dramatic statements. Color ...

Monday, July 24, 2017   /   by John Murdock -- CityScapeMetroGroup

Back to School 2017!

It's that time again! Time for another exciting year of learning and growing! Whether you are starting your first year in school, or your last, one thing remains the same... 
Back to school shopping! 
We here at CityScape love helping our fans any way we can, below are some links to ongoing sales around you, as well as some information on the upcoming Tax-Free weekend and what is included/not included! 
Sale Links: 

JC Penny
L.L. Bean
Office Depot
Old Navy

More Information: 

The state of Virginia is offering a single tax-free shopping event during 2017. Get the dates, find out what items qualify, and more:
Changes to Virginia's Tax-Free Weekend for 2017

In the past, the Virginia offered separate sales tax holidays for back-to-school shopping, hurricane-preparedness, and Energy Star products. For the first time, the events will be combined into one tax-free weekend, scheduled for August 4-6, 2017.

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