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Reston's Top Restaurants for Valentine's Day!

If you're looking to impress your special someone with a romantic dining experience for Valentine's Day, Reston, Virginia has an array of delightful restaurants to choose from. Whether you're a

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Ready to leap into a new home?

“Buy now, or wait” is a question prospective homeowners have been struggling to answer for some time now. Home prices have been skyrocketing since 2020, and the Federal Reserve’s

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Ditching Valentine’s Day?

Hand passing heart to another.Yes, everyone knows that February has become synonymous with love, romance, expensive flowers, candle-lit dinners, and, for some strange reason, cardboard boxes shaped

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Planning a Winning Super Bowl Party!

Are you hoping to crush your Super Bowl party this year? Crafting the right atmosphere and serving excellent food is vital. Here are some simple tips to make this one to remember.Set the StageCreate

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3 Ways to Save for Your Down Payment!

Tired of wasting money on rent? Or maybe you’re ready to set down roots and move into something a little more spacious? If that sounds like you – you’re not alone! For many first

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Home Decor in 2024. What’s Hot & What’s Not?

Pink’s out. Peach is in.Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2024 is soft and subtle “Peach Fuzz,” replacing last year’s vibrant “Viva Magenta.” Pantone is

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Embracing Hygge: A Cozy Companion to Beat the Winter Blues!

Once the holidays pass, it can feel like the rest of the winter is filled with cold days and long nights. Enter: The Winter Blues. How can you make the cold, dark months of January and February more

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Things to Do in January in the District, Maryland and Virginia!

Start the new year with a First Day Hike or a New Year’s Day 5K! Too cold for your liking? Stay warm inside The Kennedy Center while enjoying Disney’s “Frozen” Broadway

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Crafting Meaningful New Year’s Resolutions!

As 2023 comes to a close, the tradition of setting New Year’s resolutions offers a powerful opportunity for self-reflection, growth, and positive change. Crafting resolutions involves more

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Tips on How to Winterize Your Home!

As winter arrives, it brings chilly temperatures and harsh weather conditions that can take a toll on your home. To ensure your home remains cozy, energy-efficient, and well-protected during the

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This Year, Ask for the Gift of Homeownership!

With the Holiday Season in full swing, chances are that relatives have asked you for some gift ideas. Before you shrug and say, “I don’t know, maybe a sweater?” consider asking for

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Tips for Staying Organized this Holiday Season!

The holiday season, filled with joy, gatherings, and celebration, can also bring about a whirlwind of tasks and commitments that may leave you feeling overwhelmed. Staying organized during this busy

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Reston Restaurants Open For Thanksgiving Day 2023!

For people who don’t want to spend hours or even days cooking and cleaning up from a big turkey dinner, several restaurants in Reston are open Thanksgiving Day.Restaurants open for

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5 Smart Ways To Leverage Your Home Equity!

A home is many things: A shelter from thunderstorms, a place to throw backyard barbecues, a place to play hide and seek with your kids, but also (and perhaps not as intuitively) – it’s

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A Guide to Hosting a Small Thanksgiving Get Together!

Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude, reflection, and spending quality moments with loved ones. While large family gatherings are the norm for many, hosting a small, intimate Thanksgiving dinner can

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10 Great Autumn Camping Trip Ideas Around the DC Area!

Wild ponies on Assateague IslandAs the leaves change and the air turns crisp, autumn is the perfect time to embark on a camping adventure around the Washington, DC area. With its stunning fall

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Places to Visit on Veterans Day in D.C. This Year!

Arlington National CemeteryVeterans Day is a day dedicated to honoring and expressing gratitude to all U.S. military veterans for their service and sacrifice. Washington, D.C. is an ideal place to

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Home Projects to Take On This Fall!

Fall is a great time to tackle home improvement projects that may have been put off during the hot temperatures and busy schedules of summertime. Autumn is also a season of transition, making it a

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Credit Scores of You and Yours!

So – you and your better half are thinking about buying a house. Congrats! You have a ballpark idea of what’s what – home inspections, down payments, offer letters, and credit

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Things to Do This October Around the Area!

Fall colors brighten the shoreline of a pond reflecting them and the Washington Monument in Washington D.C.October in the DMV and surrounding areas is brimming with activities ranging from Halloween

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Best Places Around the Area to See Fall Foliage!

Autumn’s natural glory will soon be ablaze with color, making it a great time to plan your leaf-peeping. Mid-October is generally the best time to start seeking out fall foliage, and the

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20 Tips for Safe Trick-or-Treating!

Halloween is supposed to be spooky, but make sure your Halloween is scary for all the right reasons. Trick-or-treating is fun, but it’s also an evening fraught with danger. Here we offer 20

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Why it’s (Almost) Never a Bad Time to Buy a Home

If you’ve put your homebuying plans on hold because of rising rates and prices, think again. It could still be a great time for you to buy. Here’s why:While inflation is not something

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Things to do in September Around the Area

Frederick, MDSeptember in our area is the perfect time of the year to enjoy outdoor events. The weather tends to be mild with the emergence of early autumn. Fall festivals are full of farmers’

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15 Tips to Get Your Home Ready for the School Year

Back to school. Whether you’re a parent who loves or loathes this time of year, it’s inescapable. Beyond back-to-school shopping, creating a study-friendly environment in your house is

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10 Tips for Hosting a Winning Football Watch Party

Are you ready for some football?!The 2023 NFL football season is upon us and aside from attending a game in person, there’s nothing better than cheering on your favorite team with friends at a

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Home Projects to Take On This Fall

Fall is a great time to tackle home improvement projects that may have been put off during the hot temperatures and busy schedules of summertime. Autumn is also a season of transition, making it a

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Buying a Home? Top Three Reasons to Get Pre-Approved!

Let’s talk about you, the home you want to buy, and… pre-approval. “Pre-approved” may sound like an industry buzzword for homebuying, but the fact of the matter is it&rsquo

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Our Favorite Boating Spots Around the Area (and beyond!)

Georgetown, DCThere’s something about boating that can make you feel as if you are escaping from all of life’s worries that exist on shore. If you’re looking for a way to vacate

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Things to do in August Around the Area!

As summer reaches its peak in August, there are so many fun things to do in DC and the surrounding areas. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, the region offers an awesome range of things to

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15 Tips to Get Your Home Ready for the School Year!

Back to school. Whether you’re a parent who loves or loathes this time of year, it’s inescapable. Beyond back-to-school shopping, creating a study-friendly environment in your house is

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Things to do in July in the DMV!

July is hot – and we’re not just talking fireworks. Outdoor fun is abundant around here. Whether you believe that the U.S. is a melting pot or a salad bowl, our area is home to a

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Celebrate July 4th in and around the DMV!

Happy Birthday, USA!We’re sharing some of the top spots for July 4th fireworks in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia region. Take note – a few locales are choosing to celebrate the weekend

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10 Ways to Stay Active in the Summer’s Heat!

Don’t let the dog days of summer keep you from staying active. As the temperature rises, so does the incidence rate of heat illness including heat exhaustion, heat injury, and heat stroke.

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D.C’s Best Picnic Spots!!

Washington DC aerial view with National Mall and MonumentWhere to go, what to bringDining al fresco in D.C. doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, if you want to avoid making reservations,

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Fun and Unique Events in the DMV this June!

There are so many fun things to do this June in DC, Virginia, and Maryland — check out a few of our suggestions below and start adventuring!Fredericksburg Nationals Baseball GameVirginia

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D.C’s Best Picnic Spots!

Washington DC aerial view with National Mall and MonumentWhere to go, what to bringDining al fresco in D.C. doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, if you want to avoid making reservations,

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How to Host a Banner BBQ!

If you aspire to have your friends and family describe your backyard barbecues using words like “epic” and “legendary,” our hosting guide will help you plan a shindig that

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When is the Best Time to Sell a Home?

Timing is everything for the best chances of success when selling your home. While there are some objective, good fiscal reasons to sell, there are also subjective personal reasons that can be

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Best Happy Hour Spots In and Around D.C.!

When it’s time to unwind from a stressful workday, our region is teeming with Happy Hour haunts that will brighten your spirits! Some offer a unique venue vibe paired with similarly-themed

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Elevate Your Home's Curb Appeal!

They say not to judge a book by its cover, but unfortunately, we all do it – with books and houses alike! As a seller, you should know how important it is to stage the inside of your home to

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My Favorite Open-Air Activities in the DMV

The weather is warming and you’re ready to revel in the DMV’s great outdoors. From the athletic fields to strawberry fields, here are some great ways to get outside – all within a

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15 Things to Look for When Buying a Home!

Buying a house is a venture full of variables. The road to finding your dream home can involve overwhelming twists and turns as you navigate the good, the bad, and the ugly. What problems could be

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Spring Cleaning: 10 Tips Toward Success!

Let’s face it, for many of us spring cleaning is a pipe dream. For those who do tackle this seasonal tradition, most will fall short of their own expectations. But don’t throw in the

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Making Your Military Move: Neighborhoods Near Military Stations!

The DMV area is home to several major military bases – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines – with many on-base housing options. However, for those families who choose to live off-base, there

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House Hunting: How to Find Your Perfect Match!

With Valentine’s Day behind us, it’s time to focus on another kind of match. If you’re on the search for a home, you’re undoubtedly hoping to find that special house that

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20 Tips to Get Your Backyard Ready for Warmer Weather!

Warmer weather is in the horizon and it’s time to make merry memories for your loved ones! St. Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July are prime times for outdoor

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Interior Design Trends for 2023!

Wondering what’s in store for 2023 décor? A new year and new trends have arrived. Here’s a fashion forecast for our homes.ColorLong live wine! Pantone’s 2023 Color of the

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Things to Do in the DMV in February!

Aerial view Frederick, MarylandLove and patriotism are alive and well in the DMV this February, with events and festivities that warm the heart and feed the soul. Feb. 1 – 26George

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8 Great Valentine’s Day Dining Options in the DMV!

Red Fox Inn, Middleburg, VALove is in the air, and often the way to a (wo)man’s heart is through the stomach. If you’re looking to make your Valentine’s day, the DMV region is

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A Guide to Public School Districts in the DMV!

One great thing about living in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia is that overall, local school systems achieve high ratings.A state-by-state performance comparison by U.S. News and World

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10 Ways to Stay Busy and Active this Winter!

As the weather turns, it can be challenging to stay active — especially with the short days and busy work schedules. In 2023, we suggest committing to an ideal without strict rules,

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Things to Do in January in the DMV!

If you’re prone to the post-holiday blues, we’ve got some ideas for January rejuvenation, starting off with a New Year’s Day run or hike and ending with a Monster Jam. Whether you

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How to Keep up with Your New Year’s Resolutions!

Let’s face it: New Year’s resolutions are renowned for failure. Studies show that between 50 and 80 percent of these well-intended self-promises are abandoned within months. You’re

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Ways to Keep Your House Warm this Winter!

Winter weather in the DMV region is generally considered mild compared to many parts of the United States, but it still brings a chill: average January temperatures in Washington D.C. are a low of

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Ways to Save Money in 2023!

Even if you’re looking at a gloomy U.S. economic forecast, there are ways to get your finances in order. Don’t get discouraged by news of inflation and interest rates. 2023 can be your

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20 Steps to Puppy-Proof Your Home

Are you a victim of puppy love? You’re not alone! Puppies are adorable and bring out our playfulness. They keep us active and can grow to be loyal friends. But along with the joys of adopting

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Things to Do in December in the DMV

Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa! DMV holiday activities abound in December! Here’s a sampling of the celebrations!December 1 – 30Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker Warner Theatre513

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10 DMV Charities to Donate to This Holiday Season!

Many foods in the package.The season of giving is upon us, and the options for choosing which charitable organizations you will donate to are practically limitless. November and December are the

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A Guide to Hosting December Holiday Dinners!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Holiday celebrations are back in full swing and back in person. Hosting a holiday dinner party is a great way to reconnect with family and friends.

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6 Frequently Asked Questions from Buyers & Sellers!

One of the primary roles that a real estate agent fills for consumers is that of a trusted source of information about all things buying and selling. The real estate market is a bit of a mystery to

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20 Ways to Keep Your House Warm this Winter!

Winter weather in the DMV region is generally considered mild compared to many parts of the United States, but it still brings a chill: average January temperatures in Washington D.C. are a low of

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25 Ways to Tackle Home Organization through a Home Edit

Decluttering is essential to prepare for the sale of your home, but there are other reasons to tidy up.Retail therapy. We’ve all done it: shopping for fun, celebrating by buying, rewarding

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Our Favorite Open-Air Activities in the DMV

The weather is warming and you’re ready to revel in the DMV’s great outdoors. From the athletic fields to strawberry fields, here are some great ways to explore nature – all within

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Deep Clean Your Kitchen: Tips for Tackling 8 Neglected Nooks and Crannies

deep cleaning oven in homeKeeping up with kitchen mess is a monotonous yet necessary chore. But going beyond the daily tidying and really diving into a deep clean takes planning, effort and elbow

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The 15+ (Forgotten) Things You Need to Clean

You may be a neatnik, but are you really a clean freak?Kudos to you for clearing clutter! Hats off for your regular cleaning routine! Now it’s time to clean those neglected places that may not

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The Fastest Growing Areas in the DMV Region

Washington, DC skyline of monuments and highways.A booming job market, a thriving cultural and entertainment scene, diverse cultures – for these reasons and many more, the DMV (Washington, D.,

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Home Renovations that May Help (or Hinder) Resale Value

Want to get the best bang for your buck when deciding which home projects and renovations will be worth the pay off when it’s time to sell? Choose your projects carefully. Not every home

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HGTV Real Estate and Real Life

Chip and Joanna Gaines. They’re a dynamic duo: builder/contractor, real estate agent, interior designer/decorator — all in one delightfully friendly couple! They show prospective

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DMV Home Style Trends: What’s In? What’s Out?

When it comes to home styles in the U.S., we often broadly categorize them by region. A Southern style home might have columns and a spacious wrap-around porch with rocking chairs. We think of

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Helpful Hints for Your Family’s Military Move

Lying on floor. Top view of caring father and daughter lying on the floor and painting family treeDoes PCS equal STRESS? The answer is probably “Y-E-S” — particularly when children

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12 Items You Probably Forgot to Clean in Your Bedroom and Bathroom

Your primary suite may not get much guest traffic or public presentation, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve attention. Our bedrooms and bathrooms are our personal sanctuaries, and

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12 Restaurants to Try in 2022 in the DMV Region

You may not be able to travel internationally this year because of COVID concerns – or simply finances – but you can sample fabulous international cuisine and nightlife right here in the

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Renting Your Home Out

Looking to be a landlord? Investing in real estate rentals can be lucrative, but be aware that “passive” income requires homework, real work, and some headaches. Whether you’re

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Celebrity Homes in the DMV

For those in the know, the Kalorama neighborhood in Washington, D.C. is the place to be if you want to rub shoulders with powerful people. These D.C. mansions tucked into a posh neighborhood in the

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5 Things Every First Time Homebuyer Needs to Know!

Lots of shrubs and mulch in beautifully landscaped yardSo you’re ready to buy your first house? Owning a place of your own is an exciting – and wise – prospect! But the road

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Best Happy Hour Spots In and Around D.C.

When it’s time to unwind from a stressful workday, our region is teeming with Happy Hour haunts that will brighten your spirits! Some offer a unique venue vibe paired with similarly-themed

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How Will Inflation Affect the Housing Market in 2022?

How Will Inflation Affect the Housing Market in 2022?When it comes to concerns about the economy in 2022, all eyes are on inflation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021 saw the U.S.

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