rock creek forest: Cool Light Displays in the Metro DC Area - 12/03/11 02:34 AM
There are so many wonderful holiday activities in Bethesda and the surrounding area, including some great holiday light displays. Two of the nicer displays are ZooLights at The National Zoo in Washington, DC and Symphony of Lights at Symphony Woods in Columbia, MD.
 
ZooLights shows off many of the zoo’s most popular animals, built larger-than-life and constructed of LED lights. The LED lights are environmentally friendly and use about 90 percent less energy than traditional light bulbs. The event also offers hands-on activities, food, and other entertainment.
 
A new activity this year is an “Iceless” Skating Rink. Located at the … (3 comments)

rock creek forest: Client Appreciation Fall Festival - 11/25/11 06:46 AM
I recently hosted my annual client appreciation event and had a great time with many of my clients. We had wine, lunch, a hayride and ran wild all over Sharps Farm! Two lucky clients won stays at my beach condos! Hope to see more of you next year!
 
Click here to see photos - Provided by my good friend Jessica DelVecchio, Wedding & Portrait Photography – 202-744-3746. She's perfect for your holiday cards & gifts!
 
Special thanks also to those who ensure business runs smoothly:
Roger Dennis, MetLife Home Loans - With rates this low, it's a GREAT time to buy … (2 comments)

rock creek forest: A Place to Learn History, Ride a Trolley—and See Santa! - 11/19/11 06:20 AM
Just outside of Chevy Chase is the National Capital Trolley Museum where history and fun meet for a very good time. A visit here takes you back to a time when the building, maintenance and operation of street cars were the focus of most of the nation’s workforce.
 
The Museum’s website states that they exist “to collect and preserve artifacts of electrical street railways and to interpret their impact upon the development of communities in the Washington DC region.“ A stroll through this wonderful museum offers lots of interesting information.
 
In the Main Hall you’ll learn about the street … (4 comments)

rock creek forest: Bethesda Students Put Kindness into Action - 11/12/11 11:29 AM
The kids at Bethesda's Carderock Springs Elementary School are learning more than just academics. They’ve discovered how great it is to help others.
 
It started at the beginning of October with a book called “The Lemonade Ripple: An Adventure in Philanthropy” by Paul Reichert, the father of a Carderock student. The story tells of a young girl who opens a lemonade stand to help get a new wheelchair for her friend, which creates a “lemonade ripple” that draws the whole community to help.
 
What the book did in Bethesda was to inspire students from kindergarten to the fifth grade … (0 comments)

rock creek forest: A Small Bethesda Business with a Big Impact - 11/05/11 03:55 PM
Anyone who lives here knows there’s always great stuff happening in Bethesda. Add to that list Savenia Labs, a small start-up company making a big environmental impact.
 
The company was started by John Jabara, a Bethesda resident, to provide consumers with the energy cost of operating various household appliances. A few years ago John was in the market for a coffeemaker and wanted to know not only how much energy it used, but also the long-term cost to both himself and the environment of using the different units on the market. Because this information wasn’t readily available, he started a … (2 comments)

rock creek forest: Historic and Haunted Fun in Maryland - 10/22/11 09:23 AM
Attention residents of Bethesda and the general DC, Maryland and Virginia areas: If you’re in the vicinity of Clarksburg over Halloween weekend, you may run into some very “spirited” characters. 
A book store called Novel Places—which just happens to be the site of the old Clarksburg Trading Post and the Wilson General Store of the 1950s and 60s—may be visited by the Maryland Goatman and the Snallygaster beast. These two haven’t been seen in this area since the early 20th century, but Halloween is their time for fun and an old building the perfect place to play.
 
On October … (2 comments)

rock creek forest: Homes in DC Area More Affordable Than Ever - 10/15/11 05:18 AM
If you’re buying in or relocating to the Metro DC area or the surrounding suburbs, you can breathe a little easier. For 252 zip codes in the DC area, the yearly income needed to buy a home has dropped dramatically from 2007 to present says the Washington Post.
 
Here’s how the numbers tell it.
Since 2007, general interest rates have dropped from 6.58 percent to 4.62 percent. The average cost of a single-family home has fallen from $424,000 to $329,990. Therefore, the amount of income you need to buy a home has gone from $103,776 annually to $65,088. That’s a … (2 comments)

rock creek forest: Metro DC: The Best No-Cost Events Anywhere! - 10/07/11 04:25 PM
As you’ve heard from me over and over, I love living in the Metro DC area. From DC proper to Bethesda and Silver Spring, I believe no other place can challenge my home for diversity of things to do. Whether it’s arts, history, government or fun, DC offers it almost every minute of the day and night. But what’s especially unique about Metro DC and the surrounding areas is that so much can be had for free.
 
And don’t worry--while these events have no cost, it’s definitely not a case of “you get what you pay for.” Our free … (0 comments)

rock creek forest: Summer Fun at Rock Creek Forest Block Party - 10/02/11 05:01 AM
This past June, the residents of Rock Creek Forest got together to hold a wonderful summer block party. The weather cooperated with a lovely day so that neighbors could share food and conversation while kids found each other for games and general fun.
 
Here are more pictures of this great event:
 
Rock Creek Forest Block Party - June 2011
 
 
Rock Creek Forest is just one of many great neighborhoods in the DC area. Contact me, Mynor Herrera, today for expert help buying or selling in the DC, MD, & VA areas! I also specialize in Bethesda and Chevy … (0 comments)

rock creek forest: Clean Energy for Bethesda and Beyond - 09/18/11 09:55 AM
Bethesda and the surrounding neighborhoods have so much to offer, and now we can add a commitment to clean energy by area businesses.
 
On September 15, over a dozen companies participated in the Trans-Atlantic Symposium on Cleantech Innovation and Federal Contracting at the John Hopkins Montgomery County Campus. Among the attendees were American companies such as Lockheed Martin of Bethesda and Clean Currents of Rockville as well as several Swiss companies. The main focus of discussion was clean renewable energy, and there were some outstanding things to share.
 
Lockheed Martin met its 2010 goals to become a greener … (0 comments)

rock creek forest: Biking Beckons in Bethesda (Say It Three Times Fast!) - 08/11/11 03:49 PM
Everyone knows that Bethesda is a great place for walking, with a Walkability Score of 50. Very soon it will be just as easy to bike around Bethesda, too, says Gazette.net. A bikeshare program is on tap for the downtown area, and the search for funding has begun.
 
This program, modeled after the one in Washington, DC would create a very green alternative form of transportation for Bethesda residents. Once registered for the bikeshare program, you are allowed to take a bike from a dock, ride to your destination, and return the bike either to its original dock or to … (0 comments)

rock creek forest: Lessons Beyond the Stage at Bethesda Theatre Camp - 08/03/11 05:26 PM
Shakespeare said “All the world’s a stage,” and kids in a local Bethesda summer camp are learning just how true that is! Since 1981, Adventure Theatre’s Musical Summer Camp at Glen Echo Park has been teaching children ages 6 to 15 not only skills for the stage but also for life, says Gazette.net.
 
One of the basic tenets of this camp is that you must work as a team with other campers and not “hog the spotlight,” according to Education and Outreach Director Kathryn Hnatio. They keep stress low by using an informal audition process where casting is often based … (2 comments)

rock creek forest: Free and Comfortable Rides in Bethesda - 07/28/11 04:46 AM
Catching a ride in downtown Bethesda has gotten a little more modern, though some might say a bit less charming. According to Gazette.net, the Bethesda Circulator has traded up from old-fashioned trolleys to new luxury buses for the 2.1 mile, 20-stop route through the city’s downtown area.
While the trolleys were delightful, the new buses also have some nice amenities including cushioned seats, which all will agree are more comfortable than the trolleys’ wooden benches. But the major reason for the change, according to the Bethesda Urban Partnership, was economics. The trolleys had begun to break down more often with replacement … (0 comments)

rock creek forest: More Small Business Loans Possible for Bethesda - 07/21/11 03:43 AM
The U.S. Treasury Department is helping a Bethesda bank provide more local small business loans. From Gazette.net, EagleBank of Bethesda has received $56.5 million from the Treasury as part of the 2010 Small Business Jobs Act, which is meant to offer capital to community banks with assets of $10 billion or less.  
According to the CEO of EagleBank, Ronald D. Paul, the bank is able to obtain the money at an interest rate of only 1 percent because of the large number of loans it has given out in the past twelve months. In actual figures, the bank had an increase … (2 comments)

rock creek forest: A Special Camp Experience in Silver Spring - 07/15/11 04:48 AM
Summer is a time for kids to enjoy lots of fun activities. This year, 30 lucky Silver Spring children got to spend a week at the fourth annual Police Adventure Camp at Viers Mill. Run by Montgomery County police officers, this non-profit camp provided services to at-risk children and their families, according to a Gazette.net article. 
Activities at the camp included sports and crafts as well as some more important life lessons. The children completed the Drug Abuse Resistance Education or D.A.R.E. program to understand the dangers of substance abuse. They also listened to guest speakers and interacted with the officers … (0 comments)

rock creek forest: Technology and Real Estate in Bethesda: Geek is Chic! - 07/14/11 04:11 AM
Technology continues to change the way business is done today, and real estate is no exception. Previously I reviewed some of the smartphone apps that are changing both home buying and selling in Bethesda, as outlined on the MSN Real Estate web site. Here are five other technology trends making inroads into real estate.
Single-Property Websites - Buyers are still searching websites, but not the earlier versions with hundreds of listings. Today there are individual sites devoted solely to one home. In addition to high-quality photos and detailed information, these single-home websites also offer links to a home's Walk Score, a … (0 comments)

rock creek forest: Buying or Selling in Bethesda? Pull Out that Smartphone! - 07/07/11 09:41 AM
By time standards, we're just barely into the twenty-first century. Real estate, however, has moved "to infinity and beyond!" The MSN Real Estate site notes that the technology explosion of the past three years has totally changed how people buy and sell their homes in the DC Metro Area--and everywhere else.
One small-sized device that's made a huge impact is the smartphone. Many real estate sites like Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com now offer applications for smartphones and tablets to make a buyer's life almost care-free. For example, you can drive to a neighborhood you might like, run a search on your … (0 comments)

rock creek forest: Brand New Historic District in Bethesda - 07/02/11 07:12 AM
An area full of historic places now has one more.  As reported by Gazette.net, the Greenwich Forest neighborhood in Bethesda has just been designated a historic district in a unanimous vote.  This will add the neighborhood's 71 homes to the county's Master Plan for Historic Preservation. 
The decision to create this new historic area sprang from petitions by neighborhood residents who wanted to stop the older homes from being demolished and replaced by new properties. Most of the neighborhood's homes were built between 1929 and 1941, making Greenwich Forest the youngest historic district in the county.
Homeowners living in a historic … (2 comments)

rock creek forest: Chevy Chase Curb Appeal in Listing Photos - 07/01/11 01:27 PM
There are two words that every Chevy Chase home seller should know: curb appeal. The better this is, the higher your chance of reeling in a buyer the minute they park in front of your house. But according to Realtor Magazine Online, the curb appeal also needs to show up in your on-line listing photos, since most buyers will see this before they view the actual property. 
To put that pizazz in your photos, try these three simple, no cost options.
Take Down Window Screens - Most home exteriors can look pretty dull, and screens generally make windows look dark. You … (0 comments)

rock creek forest: Loan Flipping Scam Can Cost You Your Bethesda Home - 06/23/11 01:16 PM
Do you have equity in your Bethesda home but also have bills to pay? Are you thinking about refinancing to get cash for a needed item or service? Anyone who answers yes to either or both of these questions is a potential target for the latest mortgage scam: loan flipping.
How do you know the real lender from the scam artist? According to HouseLogic.com, these scammers prey on your financial anxiety and count on your not knowing their game. They'll start with a phone call, posing as a legitimate lender, and ask if you want to refinance your mortgage and get … (0 comments)

 
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