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If you are an Arlington resident, you probably just received your Real Estate Assessment in the mail, as I did.

Arlington County says that the assessment of your property represents 100% of the fair market value, and they are noting an increase in values overall with a 1.0% increase in single-family residential values. You may find that on your assessment – as I know some homeowners’ have and are reporting to me –  that the value of your home has actually decreased.

So, don’t be surprised if yours goes down or up – 31% of properties increased, 47% remained unchanged and 22% declined. These numbers reflect the diversity of Arlington properties. And perhaps the complexity of the Arlington Tax Assessment process.

If you would like a free Broker’s market value opinion to compare against vs. your home’s real estate assessment, please contact me!

Getting it SOLD – for YOU!

Ken Courtade

The Yes I Ken! Team


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One of the many reasons I love Arlington is because of the constant efforts towards urban agricultural growth. As many of you know, The Westover Farmers Market opened in my neighborhood last summer. It is held in front of the Walter Reed School and Westover Library on N. McKinley Road on Sundays from 9am-1pm. I was happy to see that the The Westover Farmers Market recently resumed its winter season on January 13th, and includes many vendors from the summer market along with some new vendors. What a great way to support our local area farmers and prepared food vendors!

In other local agricultural news, Arlington’s Urban Agriculture Initiative Citizen Task Force has scheduled a series of Community Conversations. The schedule is as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

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101 Year Old Arlington Resident/Author to speak at Central Library

Saturday, January 12, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street) in the library’s auditorium, 101 year old Arlington resident Martha Ann Miller will be discussing her autobiography “The First Century: And Not Ready for the Rocking Chair Yet.”

Centenarian Miller met President Coolidge as a 4-H teen, was captain of the Purdue field hockey squad, demonstrated new ranges for Washington Gas, raised a family,  helped overhaul the Arlington County School Board and went on to teach math for decades at Stratford Junior High. She also won a Person of Vision award from the Arlington Commission on the Status of Women. And that was just in her first 100 years.

In her book, Miller writes about her experience as a teacher at Stratford Junior High School (now H-B Woodlawn) in Arlington.  She writes that in 1959 “The principals asked the teachers if we would be willing to teach black students,” Some teachers refused. I personally felt it was an insult to be asked this kind of question, and I, of course, volunteered, considering it an honor to have these students in my classroom.”

With police acting as a protective force and the national media watching, four students entered Stratford on Feb. 2, 1959, and took math with Miller. “I welcomed them into my class,” Miller wrote, “showed them where they could sit, and we went into our lesson. It was just a regular day.”

Her appearance on Saturday will be a wonderful opportunity to hear her look back on Arlington over the decades, as well as the inside story of how Arlington became the first district in Virginia to desegregate its schools and her role in that moment in history, the Arlington Library said of the program.

(The Washington Post, ArlNow, Arlington Public Library)

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Ken Courtade

The Yes I Ken! Team



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Friday Frivolity! Where’s Great Pizza in Alrington? Here are Five!

Here’s my list! (In no certain order, and not inclusive, not exhaustive – I need your help to finish it…)

1. Pete’s – In Clarendon

2. Z Pizza – Washington Blvd enoroute South towards Pentagon City Read the rest of this entry »

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INEXPENSIVE Makeover “Secrets” that MAKE YOU MONEY!

So, you wanna do something to your home that is not costly and will bring the cash to the door at sale time?

Here are 5 TOP FIX-UPS!

1. Replace bathroom lighting – then clean the tile. Make your bath shine!

2. Reorganize your closets so they are tidy and efficient – and give the impression there is STILL MORE STORAGE there. Read the rest of this entry »

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