Dutko | Ragen Homes and Investment’s most recent renovation project, 2110 Popkins Lane, is located in the innovative and contemporary neighborhood of Hollin Hills: a collection of 458 houses nestled into 225 acres of wooded, hilly terrain in Southeastern Fairfax County. Nebraska born builder Robert Davenport acquired the land at a courthouse auction and began construction on the first home in the neighborhood in 1949. Davenport was inspired by the contemporary designs of notable DC architect Charles Goodman, who forged his own path away from the colonial revival look so common in Virginia. Besides working closely with Davenport in the... Read More

The Volcker Rule, named after former Fed-Chairman Paul Volcker, is Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Act. Dodd-Frank was a response to the financial crisis of 2007-2008. The role of Dodd-Frank was “to build a financial system that helps the real economy while also preventing future crises.” The Volcker Rule specifically attempted to restore “part of the firewall between commercial and investment banking,” which was lost in the repeal of Glass-Steagall. The Volcker Rule was implemented to prevent banks from making “large speculative bets” and to refocus the bank’s attention to serving customers. The Volcker Rule... Read More

The minimalistic trend popular in the U.S. right now might not be for everyone. Shows like HGTV’s “Little House Big Living” promote small homes as providing a fresh lifestyle change, financial freedom, and a more limited impact on the environment. The homes featured on the show are extremely small. For example, Jenny and Nathans home, nestled in the Hawaiian cliffs amounts to a mere 314 square feet and Mark and Jens 224 square foot surf house featured in Season 2 is perfect for their outdoor lifestyle. Above: Dutko | Ragen Homes & Investment's Craftsman style project at 7214 Arthur Dr... Read More

If you've driven through Ballston recently, you probably noticed lots of construction going on around the landmark Ballston Mall. Developer Forest City Washington, with help from Arlington County, are redeveloping the site into an "open, mixed-use" project which will be called Ballston Quarter. Scheduled to open late next year, Ballston Quarter will feature a dynamic mix of commercial and residential spaces, and breath new life into the city. This dramatic investment in DC area real estate development will change the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor, making it a great place to live, work, and play. Coming Soon to Ballston -589,000 square feet of... Read More

In January of 2015, Illinois-based real estate investment trust, Retail Properties of America(RPAI), purchased the Merrifield Town Center for $56.5 million. Then, about a year ago in January 2016, RPAI made another massive purchase: $45. 7 million for Merrifield II, an 8.2-acre property on Gallows Road, which is currently home for a Gold’s Gym, Great Wall Supermarket, Cubesmart self-storage, and Unique Thrift Store. The current plan is for Merrifield II to be redeveloped into an extension of the neighboring Mosaic District development, a mixed-use project consisting of both residential and retail, as well as commercial real estate. The Mosaic District... Read More

According to Northern Virginia Magazine, "minimalism with simple, clean lines and a lot of uniqueness" are the foundations of today's bathroom design. At Dutko I Ragen Homes & Investments, we pride ourselves on paying particular attention to the design and functionality of bathrooms in our projects. In our renovations, we incorporate popular bathroom elements like double vanities, marble & ceramic tile surrounds, as well as exotic and unique marble and quartzite tops. Take a look at some of our recent projects: A luxurious setting in the master bath at our listing on Recard Drive in Alexandria. Double vanities with marble tops... Read More

Today, December 14, 2016, was an important day. Federal Reserve Chair, Janet Yellen, announced that the Federal Reserve unanimously voted to increase the target for the Federal Funds Rate by 0.25% to about 0.5-0.75%. The Federal Open Market Committee meeting was not a surprise for the market. Besides dodging questions about President-elect Donald Trump, Yellen’s press conference cited many reasons for the rate increase. Low unemployment rates (the 4.6% in November unemployment rate is lowest since 2007), household spending increases, and core inflation near the targeted rate of 2%, all point to a healthy economy. But unemployment is down because people have... Read More

Check out the photos our team snapped today of Marymount University's new Ballston campus which is on target to be delivered in summer 2017. The expansive project that is among The Shooshan Company’s notable portfolio, commenced in August of 2015. A little over one year later this mixed-use development will include a 170,000 square foot campus adjacent to a 265-unit apartment building. Both are designed to be LEED Gold Certified. Community neighbors can also anticipate 8,000 square feet of retail space with about 3,000 square feet having potential for lease. The Shooshan Company is also responsible for the award winning... Read More

This blog post will introduce you to FHA loans and answer questions you may have about FHA loans.  FHA loans are mortgages insured by the Federal Housing Administration, or FHA, which regulates the housing industry and serves as the largest mortgage insurer in the world. Since the FHA insures the lender against borrower default, lenders are able to offer attractive rates for these loans, along with less strict qualification requirements. FHA loans make homeownership accessible to more people. For instance, FHA loans allow for down payments of as little as 3.5% as opposed to the typical 20%.  To put the significance... Read More

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few weeks you have undoubtedly heard about the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union, referred to by the media as “Brexit”.   On June 23, a referendum (where everyone votes on a specific issue) over whether to stay in or leave the EU took place. Surprisingly, 52% of voters wanted to leave the EU, while the remaining 48% wanted to stay. The outcome of this recent referendum in the UK unsettled the global economy seeing as such a move is unprecedented in history. The US Federal Reserve has been... Read More