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Several workshops for real estate professionals will be held this week where leads will be given and valuable information shared.

The sessions are called “Real Estate Building Blocks for Success 2014” and will be in Woodbridge, Gainesville, Manassas, and Fredericksburg.

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, 10 a.m.

Media Day is Every Day: The truth about social media and agents, presented by Markita Woods, the queen of mortgages, at 3350 Commission Court in Woodbridge.

Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, 1 to 2 p.m.

Building your legacy, presented by B. Doyle Mitchell, Jr., president and chief executive office at Industrial Bank, and Patricia Mitchell, executive vice-president of retail and sales operation at Industrial Bank.

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, 5 to 7 p.m.

Real Estate Happy Hour: Pictures & Profits: How your Personal Brand and Home Photos Matter, presented by Kathy Strauss, co-founder of Imagewerks, at Bar Louie at the Promenade of Virginia Gateway.

Friday, Jan. 10, 10 – 11 a.m.

The Art & Science of Cultivating Real Estate Leads, presented by Joe Vance, vice-president of Advance Title & Settlements, at 4920 Southpoint Drive in Fredericksburg.

“This should be an awesome workshop series that will benefit everyone that attends with the hope of having a great new year of business,” said Eric Williams, with Exit Realty and the Prince William Realtors Association. “We are looking forward to sharing information from area professionals in the real estate industry that will add some new perspective to the old way of doing business. If you’re a real estate agent and you didn’t have the kind of 2013 you thought you were going to have, you don’t want to miss out this week.”

“This time of year sets the tone for Realtors, mortgage lenders and attorneys to set goals and develop the action plans they need to be successful. This series is intended to give them a jump start,” said Joe Vance, of Advance Title & Settlements. “Millions of real estate professionals national are trying to find their market edge in 2014. Our goal is to equip them with professional development knowledge from experts in their fields, effective networking and most importantly high quality real estate leads to grow their business. That’s not being offered anywhere in our region in a 60 min session.”

Admission is free but space inside the venue is limited. Call 571-308-8636 or email for more information.

Sponsored: Consignment Shops Offer Great Halloween Costume Options

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If you are still searching for that one of a kind Halloween costume at a fraction of the cost you’d normally spend in a costume store, you may want to consider buying in a consignment shop.

Consignment shops offer an alternative to pricey costumes, as the items are gently worn, unique, and budget friendly for the entire family.

“The government shutdown really impacted us as we were planning to dress up as the royal family,” said Debbie Myers. “This is a onetime use, I bought a ball gown costume there’s no need to break the bank.”

According to the National Retail Federation, cooler fall weather may bring cooler sales this Halloween, as fewer Americans plan to celebrate the spooktacular holiday. However, Halloween will be far from a bust, as the fall season of festivals and activities puts consumers in the spirit to celebrate and spend.

On average, 43.6 percent of people plan to dress up and will spend a total of $2.6 billion on traditional and awe-inspiring costumes. Specifically, consumers will shell out $1.04 billion on children’s costumes, and $1.22 billion on adult costumes. The NRF survey also included pets as 13.8 percent of those celebrating will take the extra time to find the perfect costume for their favorite four-legged friend, spending approximately $330 million.

“I shop secondhand stores for Halloween and for the holiday season and in general,” said Mary Stewart, a bargain hunter searching for Halloween accessories and hats. “It’s not practical for me to spend $40 or $50 on a costume when I can spend $5”

Whether you are a prudent shopper or looking for a one time deal, consider consignment stores first since you can potentially save huge amounts of money while avoiding the mad dash to the picked over and full-priced retail racks.


Sponsored: Happy Halloween Savings from Dr. Lateef

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Dr. Babur Lateef and his staff at Advanced Ophthalmology in Woodbridge wish everyone a happy and safe Halloween. They’re offering 25% off glasses for customers who come visit them today. For more information, call 703-494-1766 or visit

Sponsored Post: Save Your Financial Future

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If you are facing long-term loss of income and tried to modify your loan and was unsuccessful you may want to consider reaching out to a professional to educate yourself about all of your alternatives. One alternative to a homeowner is the short sale transaction. The homeowner can hire a licensed Realtor at no up-front fees to market and sell ones house for what it worth – not what they owe at current market value.

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If a homeowner owes more on their property than it is currently worth, then they can hire a qualified real estate agent to market and sell their property through the negotiation of a short sale with their lender. This typically requires the property to be on the market and the homeowner must have a financial hardship to qualify. Hardship can be simply defined as a material change in the financial stability of the homeowner between the date of the home purchase and the date of the short sale negotiation. Acceptable hardships include but are not limited to: mortgage payment increase, job loss, divorce, excessive debt, forced or unplanned relocation, and more.

Benefit: A short sale allows the homeowner to avoid foreclosure and salvage some of their credit rating. This also keeps foreclosure off the individual’s public record, and in many cases will allow the homeowner to avoid a deficiency judgment. Borrower may qualify for another mortgage in as little as 24 months (as opposed to five years for a foreclosure).

Drawback: Short sales can be a trying process in which a homeowner is best served by contracting with a qualified real estate agent to guide the way.

It is best to work with a Realtor that is well versed with short sale transactions to ensure their success. Find out more about how to get started by contacting Eric Willams and his short sale team today! They have negotiated and successfully closed over two thousand short sale transactions and they can help you too!

Sponsored Post: What Is A Title?

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When you purchase a home, you are really purchasing the title to the property — which is the right to occupy and use the property. That legal right is usually documented in the form of a deed recorded at the local courthouse. A title may be contested based upon past rights and claims asserted by others. These types of claims can complicate your purchase of the property, or challenge your ownership later on, and potentially cause you to lose money.


Sponsored Post: How Does Title Insurance Protect You?

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An owner’s policy of title insurance protects a buyer against defects in the title of the property, either clearing up title problems or paying for your losses. For a one-time premium generally paid at closing, an owner’s title insurance policy remains in effect as long as you, or your heirs, retain an interest in the property.


Sponsored: Affordable Elite Youth Basketball and Volleyball Summer Camps August 26 – 30

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Northern Virginia Sports organizations Virginia Quest Volleyball Club and G Team Sports have partnered together to offer a series of exclusive youth sports training summer camps August 26 – 30 focused on Basketball and Volleyball development.

GTeam Sports is an all-inclusive sports company which not only supplies referees for local recreational sports events, but also provides personal training for youth who are interested in building on their athleticism and fundamentals along with orchestrating clinics and sports camps within Northern Virginia. 

“It’s more then just summer camps and training youth sports, its about being an active member of the community,” said G Team Sports President/Owner George Logan.

Earlier this month G Team Sports donated their state of the art basketball shooting machine to raise funds for injured police officer Heather Munsterman at the Hopes for Heather charity basketball event that created public awareness to support Virginia no texting while driving campaign

082113-G-team-sports1“Partnerships like this only make for higher quality instruction for our regions children. We are committed to developing student athletes ready for the next level”, said Virginia Quest Volleyball President Clarence Lee “All of the Quest athletes of High School Age have made their high school teams to include Brentsville, Garfield, Woodbridge, and Hylton high schools,” said Lee.

As it relates to their summer camp collaboration, each individual camp will offer a mix of specialized training. Virginia Quest Volleyball Club will focus on the fundamentals of volleyball for all participants while analyzing and tweaking specific components of the individual athlete’s volleyball game. While G Team Sports and their all purpose shooting machine, will focus on high repetition and jump shot accuracy. Both sports will simulate game-like situations with scrimmage games between all instructional sessions.

“We will continue to expand our programs to various locations. We are currently working with a number of neighborhood HOA’s, parks and recreation departments and schools to build out our sports programming.” says George Logan.

Both organizations will be releasing their fall and winter program schedule starting September 4th on their official websites.

Volleyball Summer Camp

Virginia Quest Volleyball Club or 571-214-7396

5-Day Option Monday thru Friday

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

2-Day Option Monday and Wednesday

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

*Extended Hours Available 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. /4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

2-Day Option Monday and Wednesday

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.


9501 Dean Park Lane, Manassas, VA 20110

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Basketball Shooting Summer Camp

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5-Day Option Monday thru Friday

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

*Extended Hours Available 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. /4 p.m. – 6 p.m.


9501 Dean Park Lane, Manassas, VA 20110

5070 Dale Boulevard, Dale City, VA 22193

17565 Old Stage coach Road, Dumfries, VA 22026

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Sponsored Post: Misty Ridge Offers Convenient Living, Multiple Amenities

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Are you looking for a new place to call home? We offer spacious one and two bedroom apartment homes starting at only $1,085. Misty Ridge is located in the heart of Woodbridge, just minutes from major highways, shopping, entertainment, and the business district.

Our platinum apartments offer upgrades which include: Granite counter tops, solid wood cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, brush nickel fixtures, vinyl wood-like flooring, wood blinds, and modern lighting. Every apartment home is equipped with brand new windows and sliding doors, washer and dryer and a patio or balcony.

Our community offers a fitness facility, which is accessible 24-hours a day for your convenience, swimming pool with sun deck, Jacuzzi, playground, tennis court, and a dog park. We welcome pets of all sizes!

Call now and ask about our current specials and monthly discounts! Your new home is only a phone call away! Phone: 703-680-0668 and email:

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Now in Dumfries, PRTC Moves Fairfax Transplant


Ama Mian had never used public transportation until 2005 when she moved from Fairfax to Dumfries. These days, she’s a regular PRTC passenger who frequently rides OmniLink and Cross County Connector buses.

Being able to use public transportation to go to work and school helps her to feel independent and is less expensive than other means of travel, Ama said, adding that she doesn’t want to have to ask people for rides.

“It’s very easy to get a Weekly Pass and ride all week,” she said.

When Ama first moved to Prince William County, she noticed a bus stop sign across from her house and frequently saw buses traveling nearby. She got the Customer Service phone number from the sign and called to learn more.

“At first, I got lost many times, but now I know all of the routes,” she said.

In the future, she would like for PRTC to offer a Monthly Pass and run more weekend service – specifically on the Prince William Metro Direct and Cross County Connector buses as well as Sunday service on the eastern OmniLink routes.

Gibson: You Backed & Encouraged Me


First of all – thank you.

To my family, friends, neighbors, and supporters: running for Congress was an audacious goal, you backed and encouraged me throughout the effort.

To ballot petition signers: even if you don’t end up voting for me, you saw that greater ballot choice is vital to a dynamic democracy.

To those who may vote for me: by rejecting partisan bickering and inaction, you empower all of us to move forward together as a nation.

Has this run been a little farfetched? Maybe, but it was a little farfetched when our Founding Father brought forth a new nation in the face of the tyranny. Nowadays we suffer the tyranny of the major parties that bring forth candidates with little more to offer than their continued existence and strengthening of these “recognized political parties”.

Has it been wasted effort? Definitely not. Civil discourse that focuses on the issues is never wasted effort. Nor was it wasted effort to get Congress moving – especially when the issues are great and resolutions within our reach.

I did my best to run an open campaign that got voters “inside the ropes” of the political process. I told voters that “what you see is what you get” with me and I never deviated from that promise. I accepted donations only from individual 11th District voters, never signed any pledges, and maintained my positions even if it meant losing endorsements.

As your Congressional representative, I will listen and I will lead. We may not always agree but I will do my best for our District and for the country as a whole.

Let’s challenge the status quo of inaction and rancor. Let’s do something audacious. Let’s do something great.

Sincerely, Mark

Mark Gibson

Independent Candidate for Congress (VA-11)


Volleyball is Back at Manassas


Volleyball at the Manassas Boys & Girls Club is becoming “the number one place” for recreation volleyball in the Manassas area.

The program is proud to offer more than 10 experienced coaches that have been the key to the development and growth of the league. The club’s spoke on the importance of having strong volunteers.

“When six of my 10 volunteer coaches have been with us for almost four years, you know you have something great going. It shows parents dedication and builds trust. Parents are certain that their children are in good hands and getting excellent training,” said Athletic Director Mike Tiller.

The club now offers two indoor volleyball courts and provides numerous hours a week for girls to practice and compete in games. “The volleyball here is not only great and affordable, but it’s the friendships that I have made since coming here that bring me back,” said longtime coach Alisha James.

James went on to elaborate on those friendships.

“Not only are some of my daughter’s best friends in the league, but I have formed great relationships with the other coaches. We love to work together and help each others players together. Off court, everyone is trying to win, but the overall goal is to make sure the girls are learning and improving,” said James.

The Manassas Club offers an outstanding league that is held 3 times per year for only $80.


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More Playing Soccer at Prince William Boys and Girls Clubs


Coach Marlon Ortega is back for another season of soccer.

Not only is soccer popular around the world but it is also growing in popularity at the Boys and Girls Clubs. Although soccer is still fairly new, the number of children playing soccer at the Clubs has nearly doubled and shows no signs of slowing down.

Two-years-ago Marlon was just a parent of a BGC member who wanted to get more involved. After finding out that the Clubs had never had a soccer program, Marlon took it upon himself to share his knowledge of the game and become the lead instructor of the first ever “BGC Soccer Academy.”

The first season brought in close to 15 children and practiced once a week. Marlon decided to stick with his passion and attempt to grow the program into something bigger and better.

The program now trains over 30 children twice a week and has goals of creating a competitive team to join local leagues. The BGC Soccer Academy meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m.


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Youth Basketball Clinics Begin at Dumfries


The General Heiser Boys & Girls Club in Dumfries is enjoying being back in “Fully Operational Mode.” Through the month of September we have been planning, planning, and planning, but now in October the fall sports season has begun at this club for the first time in three years.

With plans of starting a full fledge basketball league the spring 2013, the Fall Basketball Clinic began Oct 3. The sessions are divided into two age groups, ages 5-9-years-old and ages 10-14-years-old.

The clinic covers the basic fundamentals of basketball, teaches children how to display good sportsmanship, and how to be a good teammate. If your child is ready to get started with their basketball career or get back on the court, this clinic is where you need to be.

The 5-9-year-old age group sessions are Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 pm and Saturdays 9:30 to 11 a.m. The 10-14-year-old age group sessions are Thursdays 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays 11 to 12:30 p.m.

For more information visit our website at , or call Wes Cherry at 703-441-0611.


Manassas Park 10 Miler Track Includes Golf Course, City Streets


MANASSAS PARK, Va. – The City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation invites you to join us as at our Annual Manassas Park 10 Miler on Saturday, October 6th. The race will start at Anytime Fitness, located at 9133 Andrew Drive in ManassasPark, at 8:30 a.m 7:30 a.m.

The Manassas Park 10 mile is open to running skill levels, from novices to self-proclaimed experts. This course will take you down Manassas Drive, through Blooms Crossing neighborhoods onto the winding, turning, steep hills of General’s Ridge Golf Course cart paths, and back through. This 10-mile run has been proclaimed as “one of the hardest races I’ve ever done”.

Registration is required for just $40 per participant. Registration includes a race t-shirt and water bottle. Awards will be given out based on age group.

For additional information about the Manassas Park 10 Mile Run, please or contact Carl Blake at 703.335.8872 or via email at

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