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Affordable Housing Provides City An Opportunity to Live Its Values



This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act that rooted out discriminatory practices by landlords on the basis of race, sex, religion, disability, family status or national origin. Blatant prejudice along those lines are now taboo, but the City of Falls Church has co-opted a de facto discrimination by way of its high housing costs that are generally more within reach of affluent and whiter populations. It’s causing an progressive citizenry, including some in the City government, to investigate viable solutions to affordability as well

as their commitment to their own beliefs. To be clear, the act of discrimination implies a level of insidious intent. That’s not the case for current City residents, but it’s undeniable they’re living in a municipality that was designed to carry out a discriminatory purpose. According to “Falls Church – A Virginia Village Revisited” by Bradley E. Gernand and Nan Netherton, the City’s push for independence in 1949 centered around 1). a better education as well as 2). limiting the amount of black students. When the restrictive covenants that prevented minorities from purchasing certain properties were declared unconsti-

tutional the year before, the City residents went out of their way ensure black neighbors couldn’t attend City schools by paying their tuitions for Fairfax County schools outside of Falls Church. City schools integrated in 1961, but by then they’d already gained a reputation for strong education and attracted wealthier parents within its borders, creating the current financial barrier of entry. “Being such a progressive community, we say, ‘We don’t want Trump’s wall, that just seems crazy,’” City Councilwoman Letty Hardi told the News-Press. “But I want people to look ourselves in the mirror and think about the community we’re building and if

CITY HOUSING AND HUMAN SERVICES employees Dana Lewis (right) and Nancy Vincent present their intended goals for the Affordable Housing Policy Workgroup to F.C.’s City Council on Tuesday night. (P����: N���-P����) we are essentially building a wall around Falls Church that once you’ve made it in, you’re not letting in anyone else.” Falls Church’s Housing and Human Services (HHS) division lists the City’s median sales value for homes at just over $700,000. As the sale values increased, so did a demand to rent, which is why HHS director Nancy Vincent

noted that rents have increased by 96 percent since 2000. Rents have risen faster than incomes, so the City has experienced an uppercrusting of sorts that has catered to high earners throughout the 21st century. There haven’t been a plethora

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of housing options for people who hover around the City’s average median income (AMI) of roughly $107,000. The Fields, an apartment complex behind the Taco Bell that receives a tax subsidy from the City to remain affordable for its 96 units, is the only top-tobottom affordable housing structure in the City and its tax credits will expire in the 2026. Aside from The Fields, other apartment complexes such as Northgate, Pearson Square, West Broad Residences and The Lincoln at Tinner Hill currently offer Affordable Dwelling Units (ADUs) — with the first two complexes filling ADUs using a lottery system while the other two keep their own list and prioritize residences to families, seniors or persons with disabilities. In total, there are 54 rental ADUs and 21 homeownership ADUs in Falls Church with $292,000 allocated for affordable housing in the City’s nearly $94 million FY 2019 budget. That’s why affordable housing has become a chief focus of the HHS staff. On Tuesday night, an Affordable Housing Policy Workgroup – consisting of two developers, nonprofit representatives as well as a senior renting in the City among many others – had their first of four meetings aimed at drafting a final document by June that’s ready for adoption, according to Housing Program Analyst Dana Lewis. As of now, the workgroup has six items in its purview: Preservation of The Fields as affordable housing, add to the City’s commitment to ADUs, Virginia Village redevelopment and preservation of units, create tax incentives to promote affordable housing along with a housing grants program and first time homebuyers program. These items were presented to a work session of the F.C. City Council this Monday night. Economically (and legally) speaking, there’s nothing malevolent about the construction of the City. Supply and demand determine pricing, and nationally renowned schools with a friendly community to boot will draw widespread attention and create a high price of admission. It’s not unlike any other luxury item — there’s a reason streets have more Fords than Ferraris on them. But as Falls Church’s wealth became more garish and its demographics remained relatively uniform, City residents have noticed their own cognitive dissonance, especially in regards to the progressive ideal

of diversity, which is a major component of the City’s “vision statement.” “You can’t have diversity unless you have diverse housing options,” said Joshua Shokoor, a data and communications analyst for the nonprofit Falls Church Housing Corporation. “I don’t see how the City is able to accomplish any of their 2040 goals without including more diverse housing options.” Shokoor’s concerns were echoed in a letter to the NewsPress a few weeks ago by Tony Scardino that observed the City’s dwindling middle class and lack of diversity in the citizenry. More housing options could satisfy this desire, yet the City also seems at odds with this motivation. A long-term solution to affordable housing has always been including another complex such as The Fields, but that goal runs up against the main opponent to such structures: the “Not in my Backyard” (NIMBY) mentality. NIMBYism stonewalled the last affordable housing structure that was proposed, the Weldon, that included a lot of help from federal funding, in a 4-3 vote on City Council in 2010 out of the fear that its presence would sink property values of nearby homes. That fear isn’t the incontrovertible truth it’s made out to seem. City resident Dr. Derek Hyra, an associate professor at American University’s School of Public Affairs, believes NIMBY concerns are overblown. According to Hyra, an affordable housing structure could have citizens ranging from 30 percent to 120 percent AMI interspersed to avoid a high concentration of low-income residents, countering any expected drag on property values. The secondary fear that City residents would have to shoulder any affordable structure through a tax raise is not clear-cut either. Per Hyra, most affordable housing initiatives are a public-private effort. If the City could attract investment through tax credits for developers or another kind of deal for nonprofits, a structure could be completed without a burdensome obligation for taxpayers and minimal fretting over tanking property values. Hyra also suggested two approaches that Hardi and Shokoor mentioned independently – making more space for the affordable housing in the City’s operating budget or the long-term capital budget and raising the threshold of ADUs from six percent to 10 percent in new developments. Although to accomplish

CURRENTLY the only top-to-bottom affordable housing structure in the City is The Fields, located off Ellison St. A second structure aimed at accommodating the workforce who’re employed at the schools, restaurants and City buildings is seen as the ideal next step to Falls Church’s affordable housing conundrum while committing to more Affordable Dwelling Units is pegged as the shortterm solution. Both measures are expected to foster a more diverse community. (Photo: News-Press) the former, the City may need to cut costs in other areas to accommodate the request. Furthermore, Hardi believes that the City needs to be more focused on singular goals when accepting developer contributions for the public pot. Instead of having new developers pay toward multiple public services at once, the City could identify particular services of need – such as affordable housing – for a period of time to direct resources to them. According to Shokoor, the City hasn’t produced new ownership opportunities since 2009 and is leaving an influx of renters cost burdened with no equity to show for it. Shokoor thinks a partnership with neighboring municipalities near a shared Metro station to do just that could be a win-win for the City and its cohort. Lastly, Hyra floated the idea of a bond referendum, similar to the $258 million measure that Portland, Oregon residents just passed last fall, though he also understands that residents may want to deal with the most recent school bond referendum before considering another one. At the end of the day, it comes down to whether or not there is

any interest in kickstarting an affordable housing initiative and whether it will actually benefit the community as a whole. Hardi, Hyra and Shokoor all believe there is definite interest among City residents, as well as the all-important political will do something about it, but getting residents to sign-on remains a work in progress. Though Hardi did note that Falls Church’s trend toward serving predominantly well-heeled school-age parents is not sustainable for the City’s future health and should be addressed sooner rather than later. As for the benefit to community, that remains to be seen. Urban scholars currently don’t have evidence to support the notion that low and high income populations living in close proximity generate a social gain for either. Despite that, Hyra’s confident that the “workforce housing” – the preferred term to describe the teachers, City employees and food service workers that any potential affordable structures could target – wouldn’t require the cultural “leap of faith” that it would take to connect high earners with those that live near the poverty line. Part of it, as well, is under-

standing that with diversity comes difference, which in turn can breed discord. Even though its touted as a moral good, it doesn’t often manifest in an idealized way. Adjusting those expectations – and having the wherewithal to ride out the initial acclimation period – could provide a beneficial end result. “If you want to have diversity, and bring together people of different ethnicities, races or sexual orientation, you’re likely going to get some conflict,” Hyra said. “On the flip side, you’re also going to get innovation. You’re going to get ideas that bubble up in diverse environments that probably wouldn’t in segregated, homogeneous communities. When you bring together different peoples, you get energy, vibrancy, art and culture, but there’s also going to be conflict.” If the City and its residents want to remain true to their word about wholesale progressive values, it may want to atone for history of discrimination and push their chips into the middle of the table like few other liberal strongholds have on the topic of diversity. Affordable housing reforms provide an opportunity to do so.



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Rain Barrels Help Residents Save Money & the Chesapeake Bay BY PATRICIA LESLIE


Just in time for Earth Day on April 22 comes a new city program designed for residents to cut utility bills and save water. Falls Church residents can act now to improve water quality and stormwater management, all with a tool that is the focus of a new program, “RainSmart,” developed by the partnership of the Village Preservation and Improvement Society (VPIS) and the City of Falls Church. The program offers residents grants of $100 for two rain barrels (or $50 for one) and up to $1,500, or half the costs, for the design and installation of rain gardens and other conservation projects which have stormwater benefits. May 4 is the deadline to apply for rain gardens’ grants, according to Jeff Peterson, a longtime VPIS board member who spearheaded the project for the organization. “Stormwater management increasingly is an issue for the city and for residents,” Peterson said. “We continue hearing from people in town who have an issue with stormwater.” The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says stormwater is harmful because it carries materi-

als and chemicals washed into storm drains from streets, gutters, neighborhoods, parking lots and construction sites. According to the EPA, this type of pollution is significant because stormwater is untreated and flows directly to a lake, river, or the ocean carrying pollutants like pesticides, bacteria and chemicals through city streets and straight to waters like the Chesapeake Bay. Food wrappers, cigarette butts, sewage overflow, bacteria from pet waste, used motor oil, paint and construction debris can all be found in stormwater, the agency says. Fairfax County says that because rain water is untreated, it is naturally softer than municipal water and is even better for washing cars, besides nurturing indoor and outdoor plants. Residents can use the grants to buy rain barrels at local retailers or online, or build their own barrels and learn how to install and maintain them at workshops hosted by the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District. Water stored in rain barrels won’t flow into streams and dump in the Chesapeake, but will flow into the ground and replenish groundwater supplies, according to VPIS. Also, by decreasing the volume of storm runoff, rain barrels help moderate

stream erosion and pollution. The Petersons have two rain barrels which stop water from flowing downhill into their neighbor’s basement, and they use the collected water to nourish their vegetable and flower garden. They said they are very happy with the rain barrels they’ve had for several years, finding them especially useful in the summer when it gets really dry. “They are a good way to keep gardens healthy and they help save money,” Peterson said. Jason Widstrom, a stormwater management engineer for Falls Church, said a mandate from the Commonwealth of Virginia requires Falls Church to help decrease pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. Rain barrels are one means to do it. “We are obligated to the state because stormwater treatment to the Chesapeake Bay is impaired,” Widstrom said. Nutrients in the water lead to algae growth which can carry toxins that kill fish, causing illnesses among humans including skin rashes and stomach disorders. Widstrom sees the grants as a way to incentivize homeowners to help work with the city and reduce pollution, and he hopes one neighborhood’s rain barrel will lead to more. Rain barrel funding will be

JEFF PETERSON is �lanked by his two rain barrels outside of his Falls Church home. (P����: P������� L�����) considered on a continuing basis. $10,000 is the amount Falls Church budgeted for the program this year with hopes that more will be budgeted for next year, Widstrom added. Peterson said the society’s very successful relationship with the city on the neighborhood tree program led to the latest collaboration. “We [VPIS] felt like we could help the city by working with people around town to take steps” to improve stormwater management. Falls Church let Arlington do the groundwork and research for the project, Peterson said. Arlington has distributed 4,000 barrels to collect water. Information, grant applications

and approved garden contractors may be found at the VPIS website under “environment.” Only city residents are eligible. Around town residents can find several city rain gardens including one down the street from the Petersons at Buxton Road and Tyson Drive. For the Earth, it’s better to go natural. “Every little bit we can do helps,” Widstrom said.

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M������ K���, M�E������� A��������� Falls Church City is my family’s home, and I have had the privilege of being a REALTOR here since 1970. My husband Art and I raised our children here and I’m delighted that my daughter Karin Kaye Morrison joined us in the business. I remain as passionate about serving the needs of my clients today as I was the day I started. And that’s because it’s not just about selling homes — it’s about selling the unmatched quality of life we have in Falls Church and being a committed member of the community. I served on the Falls Church City Historic Commission and the BIE, I was a founding member of the Friends of Cherry Hill, and am president of Historic Falls Church. For years I served on the Mt. Daniel Library Committee putting on Book Fairs featuring famous children’s book authors. I love Falls Church, and the fact that I have had the opportunity to serve many of my clients, and their children, multiple times is the strongest testimony that I have the knowledge and the marketing and negotiating skills to assure your smooth home buying or selling experience. It has been my privilege to have sold more real estate in The City than anyone. There is no substitute for experience and passion.

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T��� M�K�����, K����� W������� Tori and her family moved to Falls Church City 20 years ago. In 1998 as a new member of Falls Church City, Tori believed a sense of community would require active participation, and she has lead by example for the past two decades. She actively supports: Falls Church City Schools, Falls Church Education Foundation, Falls Church Chamber of Commerce, FIRSTFriday/Art-a-Lot, Tinner Hill Blues Festival, Falls Church Arts, and Taste of Falls Church. Tori serves as Vice-Chair on the Housing Commission, is a member of FCCPS Business in Education, and serves on the Board of Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation. Tori has often been recognized for her community involvement. She

was named Pillar of the Community by the Falls Church Chamber, named one of the Top Producing Real Estate Agents by Washingtonian Magazine, for five consecutive years, has been voted Best Real Estate Agent, and for 2017 has been voted Best Real Estate Group in the Falls Church News Press ‘Best of Falls Church’. As a tireless Falls Church advocate, Tori has helped countless families buy and sell homes over the past 14 years. Tori puts her heart and soul into the Falls Church community, and she gets so much more in return. When you’re ready to buy or sell your home, call Tori, your Falls Church expert for ROCK STAR Service.

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Louise Molton, RE/MAX West End For the past twenty years my family and I have been fortunate to live and work in Falls Church City and I believe my extensive local knowledge and passion for the community is what sets me apart in this industry. Two years ago marked a milestone in my real estate career as I opened RE/MAX West End in downtown Falls Church City, with the mission to provide the highest level of client service and expertise to our community. My team and I support our clients at every turn, from first time home buyers to experienced investors, from downsizing to relocating. I know that every situation is unique but the one constant is my commitment to excellence and exceeding your expectations! If you are thinking of buying or selling, or just want some real estate advice, please call me today at 703-244-1992 for a no obligation, confidential meeting.

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Colin Storm, Keller Williams A Falls Church REALTOR® and resident, Colin has specialized in residential real estate throughout Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. since 2007. With many years of experience as a Graphic Designer and in a leadership role in 4 and 5 Star hotel environments, Colin brought a firm grasp on high level proactive client care, and an understanding of design and aesthetics. Skills that have proved indispensable in preparing homes for sale, preparing marketing plans to generate the best results possible for home sellers, helping buyers see the full potential of opportunities, and in working hand in hand with his clients along the way. EcoBroker® certified, Colin is also passionate about the “Green Home” & energy efficiency movement. In a time when many homes continue to sell in the first or second weekend it can be tempting to sit back and allow the market to do most of the work. It is Colin’s belief that, even in this environment, a carefully prepared home, a carefully crafted marketing plan, and a hands on marketing launch can still make a notable difference to a home seller’s bottom line. It is also Colin’s belief that there should be an action plan in place up front for when a home sale takes a little longer than expected. Of course marketing is only one piece of the real estate puzzle. Every set of needs and circumstances when buying or selling a home are different. Colin adapts plans and approaches accordingly, and works with his clients to find solutions that work within their time frames, budgets, and other needs. He and his family call the City of Falls Church home, and can often be found as a swarm of bikes or scooters along the W&OD trail.

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K�� T������, TTR S������’� I������������ R����� A Falls Church real estate specialist and Host of the Video Series, Home Trends With Ken, Ken was named by the Washingtonian (2017) as a Top Producing Agent. By preparing a custom marketing plan for each listing, Ken’s listings have been featured in the FCNP, as well as The Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, Curbed DC, and DC Magazine. Ken’s custom marketing strategies have resulted in his listings selling for Top Dollar and setting sales records in the Falls Church area. Prior to becoming a top producing Realtor®, Ken was a successful litigation attorney in Washington, DC, and draws frequently from that experience in his real estate career, saying: “The skills to be a successful Realtor® are the same skills it takes to be a successful lawyer. I focus on making my clients’ interests my sole priority and zealously strive to achieve the best results for each client.” For more information about the Ken Trotter Advantage, reach out to him directly and check out his website (listed below). To watch his Video Series, Home Trends with Ken, please like his facebook business page (@KenTrotterRealtor) or subscribe to his YouTube channel (Ken Trotter).

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Congressional Reforms to Federal Mortgage Providers Would Affect Interest Rates, Loans BY MATT DELANEY


Homeowners and prospective homebuyers may come up against a new obstacle when paying or taking on a mortgage for their desired property if Congressional reforms to government-sponsored enterprises are made official in the near future. According to new research by Zillow, Congress is considering changes to the lending procedures used by government-sponsored enterprises, or GSEs, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in order to reduce the risk to taxpayers if there was another housing market crisis. Continuing with Zillow’s analysis, the purpose of the two GSEs are to keep interest rates on long-term fixedrate mortgages low, and as a result, making housing more affordable for the masses. If Congress were to pass some comprehensive changes, Americans could be facing shorter loan durations or higher interest rates, or both, depending on what kind of housing market they’re currently residing in. “Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac continue to play a key role in the

secondary mortgage market by guaranteeing loans for investors to purchase, which is crucial in providing capital for mortgage lending,” Adam DeSanctis, an economic issues media manager for the National Association of Realtors (NAR), told the News-Press. “As for proposed changes in Congress to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, NAR believes that any change must involve some government presence to ensure a continual flow of capital at all times and in all markets. However, any proposal that raises the costs of getting a mortgage ultimately places financial strain on many would-be homebuyers and would have a negative impact on the housing market.” Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are seen as a necessary arbiter when it comes to providing lower and middle income populations with an opportunity to purchase a home. However, the two GSE’s responsibility in the last housing crisis, which was a major factor in the Great Recession, and the now decade-long conservatorship by the federal government have turned Congressional opinion around. Per, before the

housing crisis Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac enjoyed a monopoly on the secondary mortgage market — a very large and liquid market where home loans and servicing rights are bought and sold between lenders and investors. When home prices fell and mortgages began to default en masse, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) declared that the two GSEs would eventually be insolvent, causing the firms to take on another $200 billion in debt in an effort to stabilize the economy. From then on, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been under their current state of conservatorship. James C. Miller III, a former Office and Management Budget director under President Ronald Reagan, wrote in the Washington Times last fall that the GSEs support $5 trillion in home loans that are funded primarily through credit and lack sufficient cash or capital to reinforce the firms if another wave of defaults were to occur. Miller makes an appealing case that both of the firms should undergo some serious reforms, the least being an investigation into how


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Falls Church Area Housing Market — 4th Quarter 2017 Report Zip Code


Average Price

Number of Homes Sold

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Home Sales Vs. 1 Year Ago

Home Prices Vs. 1 Year Ago

Change in # of Homes Sold: 4Q ‘17 vs 4Q ‘16

Change in Average Home Price: 4Q ‘17 vs 4Q ‘16


Change in Falls Church City (22046)


Change in Falls Church City (22046)


Change in Bailey’s X-roads (22041)


Change in Bailey’s X-roads (22041)


Change in Sleepy Hollow (22042)


Change in Sleepy Hollow (22042)


Change in Pimmit Hills (22043)


Change in Pimmit Hills (22043)


Change in Lake Barcroft (22044)


Change in Lake Barcroft (22044)

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6 6 6 5 5


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HB 1 1 1 1 1

List Price

$1,650,000 $1,574,900 $1,498,999 $1,399,950 $1,425,000

Sale Price

$1,600,500 $1,574,900 $1,465,000 $1,415,500 $1,415,000


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Date Sold 1/31/18 2/23/18 1/4/18 1/9/18 3/29/18

Source: MRIS, Inc.; Photos: MRIS, Falls Church News-Press

#5 $1,415,000

Falls Church News-Press Spring Real Estate Guide 2018  

Falls Church News-Press Spring Real Estate Guide 2018

Falls Church News-Press Spring Real Estate Guide 2018  

Falls Church News-Press Spring Real Estate Guide 2018