DIY v. Hiring a Professional: What’s the best option for different projects

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    Renderings of Isaac Newton Square. Image courtesy RestonNow.

    Golf Course Overlook LLC seeks to convert a three-acre parcel, currently Golf Course Plaza, a 45-year old, three-story office building with surface parking, into a single high rise with 413 residential units and three levels of underground parking. Information and images courtesy RestonNow.

  • It’s the question every handy homeowner getting ready to embark on a renovation asks themselves: How much can I actually do myself? Curbed spoke with experts including DIY home renovators, contractors and architects to determine the realistic DIY projects in your house and what is better left to the professionals.
  • Across the country, the share of 24-34 year-olds living at home with their parents has steadily risen over the past decade. Today, one in five millennials lives with their parents — a proportion that also holds true in the D.C. area.
  • And just for fun: Meet the Man Living Inside a Boeing 727

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Renting, buying or selling a home with your canine in mind

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MovingtoReston.com author and McEnearney agent Lauren Budik with her dog, Lily

I wonder if there are other areas where you can drop off your dry cleaning, stop by the pharmacy, buy a pair of jeans, visit your favorite artist’s studio and enjoy a leisurely lunch, all while walking with your dog. It never surprises me when visitors ask, “Are you allowed to bring your dog in here?” When I say “Absolutely!”, they wish they had brought their dog on vacation, too!

Yes, we are lucky to live in Northern Virginia, however, there are also some challenges to renting, buying, and selling your home when you own a dog.

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UPDATED! Reston Summer Film Festivals, Community Cookouts + more weekly events

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Balducci’s in Bethesda, Md.

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  • Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market has signed a lease to open at The Signature, Boston Properties’ new building at Reston Town Center, according to RestonNow.
  • Smart Markets @ Reston Station is open 3-7 p.m. Wednesdays, at the plaza outside of the Reston metro station.
  • Reston Association will host its Community Yard Sale this Saturday, May 14 (rain date May 15) from 8:30 a.m. to noon at 12000 Sunrise Valley Drive. Vendor space is sold out. In case of rain in the forecast, call 703-435-6577 the morning of the event, for a recorded message.

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Market in a Minute: A Summary of Market Conditions in NoVA for April 2016

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MCE for sale sign“With the healthy increase in contract activity, the spring market in Northern Virginia is well underway. Those good contract numbers make it tempting to overlook some other fundamentals in the market, which are really just about where they were last year. The average number of days a home is on the market before receiving an offer is slightly higher, and the average sales price is actually down just a bit.

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Buying or selling a home in 2016 is both harder, easier than before; RA Garlic Mustard Challenge

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  • In case you missed it: Washingtonian magazine named Reston one of the top five best value areas in the Washington region.
  • Luxury-home buyers pay top dollar for white-glove movers that offer meticulous wrapping, climate control and custom crates to move rare items and other valuables (Wall Street Journal – Real Estate, April 27, 2016)
  • Buying or selling a home in 2016 can be both easier and harder than it’s ever been. For first-time home buyers or sellers, there is a lot to navigate. This is especially true for millennials, who are beginning to come out of their economic shells, get married, start families and buy their first home. (Forbes, April 27, 2016)

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