How Holmes Run Acres Was Built Holmes Run Acres is a mid-century modern neighborhood built in the 1950's. It is located off Gallows Road, inside the beltway, and minutes from Fairfax Hospital and Mosaic District. Now part of the National Register of Historic Places, Holmes Run Acres consists of over 300 single-family, one and two-story homes developed and constructed by three builders: the Luria Brothers, Gaddy Construction Company, and Andre Boder. Each builder contributed to the modern departure from the typical Colonial-era houses seen throughout Fairfax County. These houses are unique in that they make use of the landscape. They... Read More

Nestled between the hustle and bustle of Tyson's Corner and the trendy neighborhoods of Arlington is the charming City of Falls Church. Home to Dutko|Ragen Homes & Investments, the City of Falls Church is one of our favorite Northern Virginia hot spots to live, eat, and play. With its quaint streets, good eats, and popular local entertainment, the City of Falls Church is a very desirable area to live. Many of the homes that we have sold in the City of Falls Church and surrounding area have sold quickly and for top dollar. Live. Eat. Play. So, what's so great about... Read More

Investment Journal: Old Town Alexandria Renovation Perfectly nestled on a quiet street between the King Street Metro Station and Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 School, our Baggett Place renovation project is located in an ideal part of Old Town Alexandria. For those looking for an urban lifestyle, this townhouse is within easy walking distances to all of the best Old Town shops and restaurants on King Street and is just steps from the Metro. Our Old Town Alexandria renovation project is a must see. This type of location cannot be beat with its access to a variety of activities and transportation options, making the... Read More

The 2019 Metro DC spring real estate market is here! Last year, we posted a blog about the typical spring market trends in our area. Over the last year, we’ve seen some of those trends shift in response to various economic factors. Our goal as your local real estate expert is to share the  Metro DC’s spring real estate market trends and provide insights to give you an advantage over your competition. 2019 DIFFERENCES IN THE REAL ESTATE MARKET The good news is interest rates are really low, Amazon’s second headquarter (HQ2) is coming to Arlington; Google is coming to... Read More

Do I Need a 20% Down Payment to Buy a Home? Home Buyer Misconceptions If you are in the market to buy a new house, you may be asking yourself "Do I need a 20% down payment to buy a home?" The short answer is No. When it comes to down payments, there are some  misconceptions. One of those misconceptions is the notion that you must have a 20% down payment to purchase a house. On the other end of the spectrum, some buyers think that they can buy a house easily with no money down. Here, we will examine... Read More

Buying a House in 2019? Take Advantage of January's Low Mortgage Rates If you're thinking of buying a home in 2019, don't wait on that New Year's resolution. Now is the time to buy. Mortgage rates are the lowest they have been since this time last year. Due to various economic and political factors such as the government shutdown and geopolitical unrest, recent volatility in the stock market yielded a downward pressure on interest rates since late December. Throughout 2018, home mortgage rates rose steadily from the low 4's to the low 5's. Back in November, conventional mortgage rates were between... Read More

Rosemont Neighborhood of Alexandria Receives Restoration [caption id="attachment_6102" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Restoration underway on this 1930's Colonial in the Rosemont Neighborhood of Alexandria.[/caption] Located in the Rosemont neighborhood of Alexandria, this four-story, 1930's Colonial home is receiving a full restoration. In its heyday, the home was impeccably decorated and was used for hosting neighborhood social events. Only one family owned the home. It was full of life, summertime visits from the grand kids, and memories of many family gatherings. The once grand house has since fallen on hard times. Our goal in purchasing and renovating this beautiful home in Rosemont is... Read More

Buyer's Agent The Dutko|Ragen Homes & Investments Team, part of Keller Williams Falls Church, is looking to hire a Buyer's Agent! Dutko|Ragen Homes & Investments is an award winning real estate team- a part of the top 1% of Real Estate Agents nationwide, recognized in Best of Washingtonian Magazine, Northern Virginia magazine and Virginia Living magazine. The mission of Dutko|Ragen Homes & Investments is to provide the premier customer service experience for each home seller and home buyer we work with. Knowledge we’ve gained through years of working in the local market empowers us to provide our home buyers and... Read More

Amazon Brings Virginia HQ2 to National Landing. What Does This Mean for Real Estate? In light of last week's announcement, are you wondering what Amazon HQ2 will mean for real estate? As Amazon brings Virginia HQ2 to National Landing, Dutko|Ragen Homes & Investments expects housing prices to rise, affecting communities immediately connected to Crystal City. However, there are exciting opportunities! Notably, our real estate experts are your guide to Amazon HQ2's National Landing. Here's what we know: In 2018, 15 DC-area companies made the Fortune 500 list. Virginia is home to several of them, including Capital One, Freddie Mac, Booz... Read More

In 2018, Dutko|Ragen Homes & Investments sold several renovated homes in Hollin Hills, a mid-century modern neighborhood in Alexandria, VA. This unique community was originally designed by notable DC architect Charles Goodman and built by Robert Davenport. The neighborhood's first home was constructed in 1949.  As Alexandria's contemporary community meets modern renovations, Dutko|Ragen's latest listing, 7712 Elba Road, Alexandria, VA, is at the forefront of Hollin Hills' rejuvenation. Modernizing a Contemporary Design [caption id="attachment_5875" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] 7712 Elba Road, Alexandria, VA 22306[/caption] Last year, we published a blog featuring Northern Virginia's Local Gem: The Hollin Hills Community. We highlighted the neighborhood's unique... Read More