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Where We Live: July, 2012

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 07/02/2012

My renovation saga: Installing a green roof

A Petworth homeowner decides to put in a vegetated roof on her rowhouse.

By Annette L. Olson  |  05:30 AM ET, 07/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 06/29/2012

Kent home with indoor pool for $2.9M

House of the week | This 5,400-square-foot house has five bedrooms and a rooftop garden.

By Abha Bhattarai  |  05:30 AM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 06/28/2012

30-year fixed-rate mortgage rates unchanged, 15-year fixed-rate falls to new low

The 30-year fixed-rate average stayed the same, while the 15-year fixed-rate average fell to a new low

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 06/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 06/27/2012

Pending home sales match two-year high

The National Association of Realtors reported that contracts on existing homes were up 5.9 percent in May.

By Kathy Orton  |  11:01 AM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 06/27/2012

Investors are putting cash to work in residential real estate

In the past few years, real estate has increasingly become an investment option that’s difficult to ignore.

By Jeffrey S. Detwiler  |  05:30 AM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 06/26/2012

Roundup: Elijah Cummings is voice for distressed homeowners

Brady Dennis takes a look at the Maryland lawmaker’s efforts to stem effects of foreclosure wave.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:24 AM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 06/26/2012

For rent by owner: Legal landmines for landlords

When it comes to choosing tenants, D.C. has many laws bounding a landlord’s discretion.

By Douglas Hsiao  |  05:30 AM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 06/25/2012

My renovation saga: A break-in brings safety to mind

After her parents’ home is burglarized, Mary realizes she needs to think more about her home security.

By Mary McCutcheon  |  05:30 AM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 06/22/2012

Editor’s column: Historic preservation and contemporary renovation collide in Cleveland Park

Two stories in Saturday’s Real Estate section focus on the challenges of attaining those goals.

By Dion Haynes  |  11:55 AM ET, 06/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 06/22/2012

Bethesda seven-bedroom for $2.89M

House of the week | The home on Bradley Blvd. has a library, wine cellar and heated swimming pool.

By Abha Bhattarai  |  09:24 AM ET, 06/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 06/21/2012

Mortgage rates sink to record lows

Mortgage rates plummet again. The 30-year fixed-rate average fell to 3.66 percent and the 15-year dropped to 2.95 percent.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 06/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 06/21/2012

What you can buy for $350,000

Here’s a sampling of properties for sale in the Washington metro area priced around $350,000.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 06/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 06/20/2012

Apartment hunter: From college student to renter

Jon Fox, a recent American University graduate, tries to find a place to rent in Washington.

By Jon Fox  |  05:30 AM ET, 06/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 06/19/2012

Signs of life in Washington area homebuilding

The increase in building activity is good for economic stability, as well as for those seeking housing.

By Lisa A. Sturtevant  |  05:30 AM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 06/15/2012

Editor’s Column: House of future takes green to extreme

House in Waldorf demonstrates eco-friendly and money-saving features to buyers.

By Dion Haynes  |  12:15 PM ET, 06/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 06/15/2012

Handy homebuying search tool for parents

A Virginia real estate broker has developed a tool for his Web site that allows users to search online for homes based on a school’s boundaries.

By Kathy Orton  |  07:30 AM ET, 06/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 06/15/2012

McLean custom home for $3.9 million

House of the week | The 10,500-sq. ft. home has five bedrooms and limestone floors.

By Abha Bhattarai  |  05:30 AM ET, 06/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 06/14/2012

Mortgage rates end free fall, rise slightly

The 30-year rose to 3.71 percent, and the 15-year average also increased but remained below 3 percent.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 06/14/2012

Apartment hunter: A Midwestern woman begins her search for a D.C. apartment

Molly Hobbs, a recent graduate of the University of Dayton, begins her search for an apartment in the District.

By Molly Hobbs  |  05:30 AM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 06/13/2012

Real Estate chat transcript on renting your basement debate

Washington Post staff writer Lori Aratani was online to chat about her Real Estate cover story.

By Lori Aratani  |  03:00 PM ET, 06/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 06/13/2012

Virginia realty agents optimistic about housing market

Many agents believe housing market conditions have improved.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 06/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 06/12/2012

For rent by owner: Deciding how much rent to charge

For a landlord, the question of what an apartment is worth comes down to what price a renter will pay.

By Douglas Hsiao  |  05:30 AM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  landlord

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 06/11/2012

My renovation saga: Needing a lift later in life

WHERE WE LIVE | Concerned about the stairs in her home, Mary considers installing an elevator.

By Mary McCutcheon  |  05:30 AM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 06/08/2012

Editor’s Column: D.C. and Montgomery open new debate on affordable housing

The District and Montgomery County are considering zoning changes that could impact neighborhoods in a variety of ways.

By Dion Haynes  |  01:41 PM ET, 06/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 06/08/2012

Georgetown home, formerly part of the Evermay estate, on the market for $18M

House of the week | The eight-bedroom, 10-bathroom home is surrounded by exquisite gardens.

By Abha Bhattarai  |  05:30 AM ET, 06/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 06/07/2012

What you can buy for $500,000 in the Washington metro area

Wondering what you can buy for $500,000 in the Washington metro area? Here’s a sampling of properties for sale at that price.

By Kathy Orton  |  12:00 PM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 06/07/2012

Mortgage rates fall for the sixth consecutive week

The 30-year fixed-rate fell to 3.67 percent, while the 15-year fixed rate remained below 3 percent.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Abe Pollin’s Metrotowns at Parkside nears completion

The Linda Joy and Kenneth Jay Pollin Memorial Community Development is a mixed-income, nonprofit apartment and townhouse complex in Northeast Washington.

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

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 06/05/2012

Home prices and rents on rise in Washington metro area

Home prices have increased more than 3.5 percent year over year, while rents have risen to varying degrees, depending on where you live.

By Kathy Orton  |  11:18 AM ET, 06/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Affordability could be an issue in the Washington area’s recovering housing market

Even as other markets across the country begin to recover, prices in the Washington area continue to rise and have been up for 26 out of the last 30 months.

By Lisa A. Sturtevant  |  05:30 AM ET, 06/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 06/04/2012

D.C. Housing Expo offers assistance to home buyers and home owners

D.C. residents came to the D.C. Housing Expo on Saturday and left with information on buying as well as repairing a home.

By Kathy Orton  |  12:03 PM ET, 06/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 06/04/2012

My renovation saga: Running hot and cold on green solutions

Mary reluctantly severs her emotional ties with green technology in favor of more practical but equally efficient alternatives.

By Mary McCutcheon  |  05:30 AM ET, 06/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 06/01/2012

Editor’s column: Does your home decor need a summer upgrade?

This week, Real Estate offers some ideas you can use to upgrade your home decor and get into the summer mood.

By Dion Haynes  |  01:00 PM ET, 06/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 06/01/2012

Pennsylvania Avenue condo for $1.78M

House of the week | This two-bedroom Penn Quarter unit overlooks the Washington monument.

By Abha Bhattarai  |  11:30 AM ET, 06/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  realestatepage, houseofweek

 

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