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Where We Live: August, 2012

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 08/31/2012

House of the Week | An Orange, Va. home for $565,000

We don’t usually venture as far as Orange, Va., for our House of the Week feature, but this Federal-style home had such an interesting history we made an exception.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 08/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 08/30/2012

Mortgage rates head down

After a month of increases, the 30-year fixed-rate average fell to 3.59 percent this week.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 08/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Two historic Maryland bed and breakfasts are on the market

If you’ve long had the dream of leaving your cubicle behind and opening up a bed and breakfast, now is your chance.

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

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 08/29/2012

Pending home sales rose in July

The number of contracts on single-family homes, condos and co-ops rose to its highest level in more than two years.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:44 AM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 08/29/2012

Pricing your home to sell

The president of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate in Greater Washington shares three keys that will help increase the chances of selling your home.

By Paul Valentino  |  05:30 AM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 08/28/2012

Optimistic housing prices report, but tempered reaction

Although a national report on home prices was optimistic, some housing analysts tempered their enthusiasm about the housing market’s recovery

By Kathy Orton  |  10:11 AM ET, 08/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 08/28/2012

Washington DC area housing market recovery moves to the suburbs

Close-in neighborhoods led the recovery, but buyers are increasingly visiting outer suburbs.

By Lisa A. Sturtevant  |  05:30 AM ET, 08/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sturtevant

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 08/27/2012

My renovation saga | A citation for an overgrown yard leads to questions about definition of weeds

Our Renovation Saga homeowner receives notice from the county that the weeds in her yard need to be trimmed.

By Mary McCutcheon  |  05:30 AM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  renosaga

Posted at 05:56 PM ET, 08/23/2012

House of the Week | A Potomac home for $1.575M

This Arts and Crafts-style home was custom designed in 2008 by a mom who thought of everything.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:56 PM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 08/23/2012

Mortgage rates inch higher again this week

The 30-year fixed-rate average rose for the fourth week in a row, now stands at 3.66 percent.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 08/23/2012

Fewer Washington-area homeowners are underwater

The number of local homeowners with mortgages who have negative equity fell to 31.3 percent.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 08/22/2012

Short sales chat transcript

Brian Gormley, founder of Cornerstone Properties, was online Wednesday to discuss the complicated real estate transaction.

By Kathy Orton  |  02:12 PM ET, 08/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:36 AM ET, 08/22/2012

Short sales online chat

LIVE CHAT | Experts explain a difficult transaction for sellers who owe more than their home is worth.

By Kathy Orton  |  07:36 AM ET, 08/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 08/22/2012

A real estate investor’s guide to buying a home

Tips from a professional who buys a house a month.

By Justin Pierce  |  05:30 AM ET, 08/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  investor

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 08/21/2012

The pros and cons of using a property manager for a rental apartment

Our long-distance landlord finds using a real estate management company has its benefits and its drawbacks.

By Douglas Hsiao  |  05:30 AM ET, 08/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  landlord

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 08/20/2012

A conversation about refinancing with Craig Strent, CEO and co-founder of Apex Home Loans

Low interest rates have created a boom in the home-loan market, especially when it comes to refinancing.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 08/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 08/18/2012

Submit a question for the online chat on short sales

Brian Gormley, founder of Cornerstone Properties, will answer your questions about this complex transaction on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at 1 p.m.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 08/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:19 PM ET, 08/16/2012

House of the Week | Georgetown penthouse for $6.5M

House of the Week: The waterfront residence has views of the Potomac River from its veranda.

By Kathy Orton  |  07:19 PM ET, 08/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 08/16/2012

Mortgage rates rise for third week

The 30-year fixed-rate average climbed to 3.62 percent, while the 15-year average remained below 3 percent.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 08/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 08/15/2012

Rising home prices push affordability lower in Washington metro area

The rise makes homes less affordable, but may indicate recovery in the housing market.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 08/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 08/14/2012

Washington metro area condo market’s revival could be tempered

While the condo market has looked much healthier, we are unlikely to see a major price surge regionwide, even with the dwindling supply.

By Lisa A. Sturtevant  |  05:30 AM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sturtevant

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 08/13/2012

My renovation saga: Green roof is finished, now the work begins to maintain it

Our Petworth homeowner learns what she’ll have to do to maintain the garden year-round.

By Annette L. Olson  |  05:30 AM ET, 08/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  olson

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 08/10/2012

A Severna Park home for $6.5M

House of the Week | A five-bedroom Federalist-style house on the Severn River offers a taste of Williamsburg with wildlife.

By V. Dion Haynes  |  05:30 AM ET, 08/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  realestatepage, real estate

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 08/09/2012

Mortgage rates edge higher for second straight week

Following months of decline, the 30-year and 15-year averages increase on the heels of surprising employment data.

By J.D. Harrison  |  10:19 AM ET, 08/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  realestatepage, housing

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

Persistence and patience are prerequisites for real estate investors

Persistence and patience are prerequisites for anyone investing in real estate.

By Justin Pierce  |  05:30 AM ET, 08/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  investor

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 08/07/2012

For Rent by Owner: Condominium association’s restrictions on landlords can cause tension

Tensions exist at times between owner-occupied units and those who rent their place.

By Douglas Hsiao  |  05:30 AM ET, 08/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  landlord

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

My renovation saga: A Petworth homeowner finally gets her green roof installed

The long wait is over, and our Petworth homeowner now has plants growing on her porch roof.

By Annette L. Olson  |  05:30 AM ET, 08/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  olson

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 08/03/2012

A McLean home for $6.5M

House of the Week | A five-bedroom Colonial Revival was built by Eugene J. Cullinane and decorated by Darryl Carter.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 08/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 08/02/2012

Mortgage rates edge higher for second straight week

Following months of decline, the 30-year and 15-year averages increase on the heels of surprising employment data.

By J.D. Harrison  |  10:00 AM ET, 08/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 08/02/2012

Mortgage rates reverse their trend, rising slightly after weeks of record lows

The 30-year fixed-rate average climbed to 3.55 percent, while the 15-year rate remained below 3 percent.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 08/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 08/02/2012

Buying beats renting after 3.5 years in Washington metro region

In the Washington metro area, you are better off buying than renting, as long as you plan to stay in the home an average of 3.5 years.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 08/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 08/01/2012

Apartment hunter: Grateful to have a home in Washington D.C.’s tough rental market

After finally finding a place to live, our apartment hunter reflects on what a long, strange process it was.

By Jon Fox  |  05:30 AM ET, 08/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jon Fox

 

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