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Where We Live: June, 2012

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 06/01/2012

D.C. Housing Expo comes to Washington Convention Center

Whether you are thinking about buying a home in the District or renting one, you may want to stop by Saturday’s D.C. Housing Expo.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 06/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 05/31/2012

For rent by owner: A landlord responds

Doug’s first blog post about being a landlord strikes a nerve.

By Douglas Hsiao  |  12:00 PM ET, 05/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  realestatepage, landlord

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 05/31/2012

Mortgage rates free fall continues; 15-year dips below 3 percent

Once again, the 30-year and 15-year plunge to new all-time lows.

By J.D. Harrison  |  10:00 AM ET, 05/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  realestatepage

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 05/30/2012

Buying a vacation home

Although the process is similar, buying a vacation home is often a very different experience than purchasing a primary residence.

By John L. Heithaus, Chris Jett and Sheila Dodson  |  05:30 AM ET, 05/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 05/29/2012

For rent by owner: The letter landlords dread

Being a landlord has been smooth only in short stretches, and at times it has veered toward disaster.

By Douglas Hsiao  |  05:30 AM ET, 05/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  landlord, realestatepage

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 05/28/2012

My Renovation Saga: Community Forklift

Mary visits a place in Maryland that will take reusable building materials, architectural salvage, furniture and appliances. 

By Mary McCutcheon  |  05:30 AM ET, 05/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  realestatepage, renosaga

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 05/25/2012

Editor’s column: New construction offers option for growing number of D.C. house hunters

Construction of single-family homes, which stalled when the housing bubble burst a few years ago, is beginning to pick up across the region.

By Dion Haynes  |  01:23 PM ET, 05/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 05/25/2012

Bethesda mansion with 11 bedrooms, six kitchens and 49 closets

House of the week | This 35,000-square-foot home has a price tag to match: $6.9 million.

By Abha Bhattarai  |  12:00 PM ET, 05/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 05/24/2012

Commentary: The debate over classical vs. contemporary architecture needs to continue

By Justin Shubow  |  12:00 PM ET, 05/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 05/24/2012

30-year mortgage rate hits fourth straight record low

Rates hold fairly steady following a series of uplifting news from the housing sector this week.

By J.D. Harrison  |  10:01 AM ET, 05/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  realestatepage

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 05/23/2012

Sales of new homes up 3.3 percent in April

Home prices are also up year-over-year

By Olga Khazan  |  11:34 AM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 05/23/2012

Help! How do I sell my house?

Real estate broker Morgan Knull took reader questions on ways sellers can better position themselves to get a fair offer on their homes

By Olga Khazan  |  05:30 AM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 05/22/2012

Existing home sales and prices rise in April

Sales and prices continue to pick up.

By Olga Khazan  |  10:37 AM ET, 05/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 05/22/2012

Prince George’s County April home prices rise

The average sales price in Prince George’s was 8 percent higher than the price in April 2011.

By Lisa A. Sturtevant  |  05:30 AM ET, 05/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sturtevant

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 05/21/2012

My home demolition: Where will all the storm water go?

Why I’m trying to create a vernal pool

By Mary McCutcheon  |  05:30 AM ET, 05/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  realestatepage; renosaga

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 05/18/2012

Editor’s column: It’s not rosy for all sellers

I know how frustrating it can be holding on to a house you no longer want.

By Dion Haynes  |  03:13 PM ET, 05/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 05/17/2012

Mortgage rates sink to record lows for third straight week

The free fall continues as the European debt crisis drives rates even lower.

By J.D. Harrison  |  10:19 AM ET, 05/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  realestatepage

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 05/17/2012

A home theater in Waldorf gets a makeover

The Berrys want to transform their dated family room into a cozy place to relax.

By Megan Buerger  |  05:30 AM ET, 05/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 05/17/2012

Washington metro area foreclosures down 7.9 percent in April

Foreclosures also fell 5 percent nationwide

By Olga Khazan and Brady Dennis  |  12:01 AM ET, 05/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 05/16/2012

What are the best strategies for D.C. home buyers?

Our real estate expert chats with readers about the Washington home-buying process

By Olga Khazan  |  02:03 PM ET, 05/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 05/16/2012

My relocation: Why we chose Carderock Springs

What we love about our neighborhood

By Amy Moore  |  05:30 AM ET, 05/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 05/15/2012

Apartment Hunter: Barcroft Apartments in Arlington

Our apartment hunter heads to Barcroft Apartments in Arlington

By David Hood  |  05:30 AM ET, 05/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 05/14/2012

My home demolition: Struggles with the gas company

Getting the gas turned off shouldn’t be hard, right? Right?

By Mary McCutcheon  |  12:14 PM ET, 05/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  realestatepage; renosaga

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 05/11/2012

D.C. home that belonged to ‘Real Housewife’ on the market for $1,195,000

House of the week | The 16th Street Heights home used to be a church, Chinese consulate.

By Abha Bhattarai  |  01:29 PM ET, 05/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 05/11/2012

Editors column: What buyers need to know in a seller’s market

Having a set of strategies helps when navigating a big purchase decision

By V. Dion Haynes  |  12:51 PM ET, 05/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 05/10/2012

D.C. home prices increased more in the past year than they have since 2006

Greatest yearly gain since 2006

By Olga Khazan  |  11:29 AM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 05/10/2012

Mortgage rates sink to record lows for third straight week

The free fall continues as the European debt crisis drives rates even lower.

By J.D. Harrison  |  10:02 AM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  realestatepage

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 05/10/2012

Mortgage rates hit record lows for second straight week

The average 30-year hits 3.83 percent, following bond yields lower.

By J.D. Harrison  |  10:02 AM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  realestatepage

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 05/10/2012

House Calls: Simplifying a fussy Bethesda bedroom

A master bedroom in Bethesda is redesigned to be casual, cozy and warm.

By Megan Buerger  |  05:30 AM ET, 05/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 05/09/2012

What’s going on with the D.C.-area housing market?

Excerpts from our live chat with local housing expert Lisa Sturtevant

By Olga Khazan  |  02:11 PM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:29 AM ET, 05/09/2012

In many neighborhoods, homes are selling much faster than before

Average days on the market are plummeting across neighborhoods.

By Lisa A. Sturtevant  |  08:29 AM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sturtevant

Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 05/08/2012

Submit your questions for our housing live chat now

Our resident demographer, GMU professor Lisa Sturtevant, will be taking your questions about the housing market.

By Olga Khazan  |  09:08 AM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 05/08/2012

Moving: Expectations vs. Reality

Do: Set money aside for the unexpected. Don’t: Make a spreadsheet.

By Amy Moore  |  05:30 AM ET, 05/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 05/07/2012

My home demolition: Why tear it down?

Our home demolition blogger explains why she chose to tear down and recycle her home.

By Mary McCutcheon  |  05:30 AM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  realestatepage; renosaga

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 05/04/2012

Falls Church home on Lake Barcroft

House of the week | This lakefront home with a private beach is on the market for $4.9 million.

By Abha Bhattarai  |  04:00 PM ET, 05/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 05/04/2012

Editor’s column: Our guide to help you navigate the Washington area real estate market

Need some help buying a house? How about selling one? Check back here for your Washington real estate stories and advice.

By V. Dion Haynes  |  12:55 PM ET, 05/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 05/03/2012

Mortgage rates reach new lows

30-year fixed hits 3.84 percent, down from 3.88 last week.

By Olga Khazan  |  10:09 AM ET, 05/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 05/03/2012

House Calls: A plain patio gets pretty

Outdoor decorating ideas from a local landscape architect

By Megan Buerger  |  05:30 AM ET, 05/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 05/02/2012

John Russell Pope house sells to White House CIO

Embassy Row house is the only Pope residence still in use as a private home

By Olga Khazan  |  07:00 PM ET, 05/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 05/02/2012

Should you get a professional appraisal before putting your house on the market?

Sometimes, the seller and the agent might not agree on a price. And even if they do, the sellers might look for some ‘objective’ method to corroborate their number. But should you?

By Catarina Bannier  |  05:30 AM ET, 05/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  realestatepage

 

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