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Toys for Tots!

Thank you to everyone who helped us in gathering toys for Toys for Tots - it was a huge success!! Happy Holidays to you and your family from all us here at Tom & Cindy and Associates!

Things to do Dec 14-16: Alexandria, Springfield, DC and more!

Are you looking for some fun things to do this weekend? Be sure to check out our Going out Guide for some suggestions--www.bizlinc.net/TomandCindy/Flyers.aspx! Look for the latest movie openings, concerts, wine tastings, plays and more. We will post a new calendar every week, so check back frequently. As always, if we can help you with buying or selling a home, contact us today! 703-822-0207...

Springfield: New Park and Ride Lot

Another transportation option is coming to the Springfield area in the spring. According to the Kingstowne-Rose Hill Patch, a new Park and Ride lot will offer bus service to the Franconia-Springfield Metro and the Pentagon. Located in the Saratoga area, this lot will include 535 parking spaces and space for bikes. Commuters within walking distance can access the lot by conveniently placed walkways...

Toys for Tots!

Here is your chance to be Santa Claus for a child in need this holiday season!  Bring in new unwrapped toys and our team will match their value up to $1,500. We are proud to be helping the U.S. Marines again this year with the Toys for Tots campaign. It lasts until December 18th. Last year's national Toys for Tots campaign raised 15.6 million toys benefiting nearly 7.2 million children in need. W...

Springfield Mall Update!

The official demolition of Springfield Mall began early this week, with the new "Springfield Town Center" set to be finished in the fall of 2014. This has been a long time coming and we are glad for the progress being made. The new space will include 700,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space along with a fitness center and movie theater. All of the mall's interior stores closed back in Ju...

Tips for Granite and Stone Surfaces–How to Clean and Maintain

Here are some useful tips that we came across for maintaining your natural stone surfaces. Hope you find them helpful! Tip 1: Don't use all-purpose, ammonia or bleach cleaners Whether you have granite countertops in your kitchen or travertine tile in your bathroom, there is a correct way to clean the natural stone in your home. Many homeowners are tempted to use all-purpose cleaners or bleac...

Update on Transportation Projects in our area

Last week’s Springfield Connection had a great supplement called “Virginia Mega Projects” where it detailed many of the transportation projects in the works for our area. Plans are in place to construct Express Lanes along 29 miles of highway on I-95 from Garrisonville Road in Stafford County to Edsall Road in Fairfax County. Construction began this month, and will be finished by late 2014. ...

Fairfax County Parkway: New Route Number!

Have you see the new signs on the Fairfax County Parkway that say "Old 7100, New 286"? I noticed these signs a few weeks ago and wondered what was going on. Why would they bother changing the name of a road that’s been around for years? I’m sure a lot of you were wondering the same thing, so I decided to do some digging to find out. Back in February, the Commonwealth Transportation Board appro...

Housing Recovery Efforts: August 2012

Check out this CNN Money article shared by Long & Foster's President and CEO, Jeff Detwiler. Could increasing home prices feed an increase in jobs and spending ? And from the National Association of Realtors: 8 Signs Housing is on the Mend. As always, give us a call or e-mail us if we can help you with your real estate needs: Buying, Selling or Renting!

Lorton and Fort Belvoir: Market Update

Check out the latest stats on Lorton/Fort Belvoir in zip codes 22079 and 22060! Focus On: Lorton, Mason Neck, and Fort Belvoir Housing Market June 2012 Zip Code(s): 22079 and 22060 Units Sold 43 Active Inventory 105 Median Sale Price $389,800 Days On Market 31 Up 7% Vs. Year Ago Down -29% Vs. Year Ago Up 19% Vs. Year Ago Up 29% Vs. Year Ag...