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As the adage suggests, a single image conveys many complex ideas and thoughts, more so than a mere verbal description ever could. What does this mean for a home buyer or seller? What do you want the images of your current or potential home to convey? 

4J Real Estate recently acquired a listing after a homeowner was unsuccessful selling their home through another agent. The property sat on the market for 100+ days without movement. Part of the problem was that the pictures attached to the listing did not display the great features of the house. In fact, they detracted from them. While home photography sounds like a great way to save money, it can actually be a hindrance. We came in with our professional photographers (at no additional cost to the

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Which side do you fall on, dressing or stuffing? There's plenty of debate over the correct terminology of the popular Thanksgiving side dish. If you grew up south of the Mason-Dixon line, chances are that you may be firmly planted in camp dressing, while the rest of America cries stuffing. While both are delicious there are a few distinct characteristics of each.

Dressing - typically made with cornbread and cooked outside of the bird, most likely in a dish of its own. You can find it in the South, parts of the Midwest, and in certain pockets of New England. It's rumored that the term dressing originated in the 1850s when old Victorians deemed stuffing too crude a word for a dish to be named. Honey, I do declare!

Stuffing - typically made with sandwich

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4J Real Estate is proud to honor all veterans today. Your undeniable valor is a testament to why we are able to stand proudly as Americans. Because we cannot live in the land of free, without it also being the home of the brave. 

Veterans Day is celebrated every year on November 11, commemorating the end of World War I and the armistice reached between the Allied Forces and Germany on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month. What was originally called Armistice Day was later changed by Congress to Veterans Day in 1954, to honor American veterans of all wars. 

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While this day provides images of patriotism and Americana, the outlook for many veterans is not so warm. The harsh reality of war and conflict brings cases of PTSD,

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Did anyone else get sick the second we turned our clocks back one hour? It’s as if my body knew I was already complaining about that and decided to throw in a host of other ailments. Tis the season I guess. But then it got me thinking, is this just my body not adjusting to the time difference, or is it something more? Am I experiencing seasonal allergies or a cold? What’s the difference? I did some research and found that, like mucus, the differences aren’t always clear. 

Colds and allergies are similar in that they both affect your respiratory system, making it harder to breathe and easier to feel miserable. But while colds are caused by a virus that will provide days of coughing/sneezing/wheezing/sore throating and generally work itself

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As Cher famously sang, “If I could turn back time…”, we too wonder if it’s possible. Can we really control time? We’re most confident that we can. Well, at least twice a year that is. Yes, folks, this weekend marks the bi-annual tradition of adjusting our clocks by an hour to ensure that the Sun revolves around us and our schedules and not the other way...around. Do you know the history behind the tradition? 

Stubborn Americans confidently believe that Benjamin Franklin invented the daylight saving (not savings) tradition. Spoiler alert, he didn’t. While he may have sarcastically suggested it back in the late 1700s, it wasn’t until a hundred years later that the modern concept was adopted. 

While living in Paris in the spring of 1784, he awoke

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It's that time of year when the DC area gets a little bit spookier, and Halloween fun is lurking around every corner! Are you looking for a festive neighborhood to take your kids trick-or-treating? Or are you looking for a creepy costume party where you can do the monster mash? We have something for everyone!

If you're looking for the best neighborhoods for trick-or-treating, then head over to Kensington, Capitol Hill, Georgetown, Del Ray and Old Town Alexandria. These areas are known to have the most festive decor and lots of little ghouls and goblins running from house to house. Embassy Row also participates in the Halloween fun, and many open their doors to offer a cultural experience. 

If trick-or-treating isn't your thing, then head over to the

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We’ve all been there, wondering why it costs so much to have a great time in this city. Rents are high, stress levels are high, even our bank account balances aren’t high. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun.  So we thought we’d help offer some ideas for free events and activities in your zip code that’ll cost you just that...ZIP!

 

Visit the Kennedy Center

Did you know that the Kennedy Center offers free performances every day at 6pm? Take in a free performance every evening (no tickets required) at Millennium Stage with performances ranging from The National Symphony Orchestra to poetry slams. 

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Take a Walking Mural Tour

DC is home to some of the most vibrant displays of art and culture in the form of murals. What was once

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Hop, skip, jump? Planes, trains, automobiles? Swim, bike, run?

All joking aside, with so many transportation options these days, how are you ever supposed to know which is the right choice for you? While navigating a large city can be overwhelming at times, the truth is that it all depends on your individuals needs. How do YOU prefer to travel, and what is your budget? We’ve created a list of the most popular modes of transportation in the DC area, excluding the use of your individual car. 

 

Walk

This may seem too obvious, but we often overlook the walkability of DC. Walk Score rates DC with a score of 77, making it the 7th most walkable city in the US. Take advantage of our city’s historic neighborhoods and classic beauty while earning

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sunsetWhat a great time to be a baseball fan in DC. The Washington Nationals are on track to win their first World Series title in franchise history. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or a casual observer, it’s hard to deny there’s a palpable electricity in the crisp October air. So let’s ignite that spark and start with taking a quick look at the history of baseball in Washington, DC. 

Professional baseball began in the Nation’s Capital beginning in the early 1870s with franchises playing their games in smaller ballparks known as Swampoodle Grounds, Capitol Grounds, and Boundary Field. The Washington Senators are the most well-known team to emerge from this era, organized in 1901 when former Western League President Ban Johnson formally organizes the American

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Sweater weather, pumpkin spice everything, warm side of the color wheel. That’s right, Fall has arrived and we couldn’t be more excited! The DC metro area has plenty to offer for those of us longing to wave goodbye to those hot summer days and say hello to crisp Autumn offerings. Check out our list of activities that are sure to keep you entertained all season long.

 

1) Visit Shenandoah National Park

Whether you’re looking for great fall color or a hiker’s paradise, Shenandoah has you covered. Nestled just 75 miles away from Washington, D.C., this park boats over 500 miles of hiking trails, 105 which are part of the Appalachian Trail. Hiking not your thing? Travel along Skyline Drive to view some of the most spectacular seasonal leaves

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