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Where We Live: October, 2012

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 10/02/2012

For rent by owner | A landlord reflects on lessons learned

After writing nearly 10,000 words about being a D.C. landlord, Douglas Hsiao ties up loose ends and answer questions left by commenters.

By Douglas Hsiao  |  05:30 AM ET, 10/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  landlord

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 10/01/2012

Ask the real estate expert | Why is Montgomery County lagging behind Fairfax County?

A reader wonders why his county trails one of its closest peers in housing market data.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 10/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 09/28/2012

House of the Week | A historic Leesburg house for $4.95 million

The home has an unusual historic and artistic past.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 09/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 09/27/2012

Pending home sales fall nationally, but are mixed locally

The forward-looking index, which is based on contract signings not sales, was down 2.6 percent in August.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:43 AM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 09/27/2012

Mortgage rates fall to historic lows; 30-year fixed-rate average plummets to 3.4 percent

The 30-year fixed-rate average plummets to 3.4 percent.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 09/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:06 PM ET, 09/26/2012

Donald Trump buys Kluge estate in Charlottesville

Donald Trump acquired the mansion for a mere $6.5 million.

By Kathy Orton  |  06:06 PM ET, 09/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 09/26/2012

Ask the real estate expert | When is the best time of year to sell your home?

What to consider when deciding when to list your home on the market.

By Paul Valentino  |  05:30 AM ET, 09/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 09/25/2012

New residential construction is on the rise in the Washington D.C. region

Residential construction activity has improved significantly over the historically low levels of building activity in 2009 and 2010.

By Lisa A. Sturtevant  |  05:30 AM ET, 09/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sturtevant

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 09/24/2012

HGTV looking for ususual homes and pools in the Washington DC area

The network is recruiting for its shows “You Live in What?” and “Cool Pools.”

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 09/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 09/24/2012

My renovation saga | green home design

Our Arlington County homeowner looks into an environmental-friendly renovation.

By Mary McCutcheon  |  05:30 AM ET, 09/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  renosaga

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 09/21/2012

Editor’s Column: Deadline Monday, now is the time to enter the Historic Home Contest

The deadline for entries is Monday at midnight.

By Dion Haynes  |  12:23 PM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 09/21/2012

House of the Week | A Contemporary Bethesda home for $5.9 million

HOUSE OF THE WEEK | A local architect designed the home with the outdoors in mind.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 09/20/2012

Mortgage rates are at historic lows; 30-year fixed-rate average matches all-time low at 3.49 percent

The 30-year fixed-rate average matches all-time low at 3.49 percent.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 09/20/2012

How low can mortgage rates go?

Now that the Fed has announced its stimulus plan, are 2 percent 30-year fixed-rate mortgages far behind?

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 09/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 09/19/2012

Existing-home sales, housing starts rise, suggesting the housing market is recovering

Two U.S. housing reports released Wednesday morning show more signs of improvement in the housing market.

By Kathy Orton  |  11:10 AM ET, 09/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 09/19/2012

How to work with a contractor

When it comes time to bring in a professional, you need to take a few simple steps to protect yourself and your project.

By Justin Pierce  |  05:30 AM ET, 09/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  investor

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 09/18/2012

What is keeping home sellers on the sidelines

Home prices are rising, but inventory remains at historic lows, frustrating would-be buyers who want to take advantage of low mortgage rates.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 09/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 09/18/2012

Deciding when to sell your investment property

Our landlord has been thinking about why he continues to hold onto his Dupont Circle condo.

By Douglas Hsiao  |  05:30 AM ET, 09/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  landlord

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 09/17/2012

My renovation saga | Designing a home with old age in mind

Our Arlington County homeowner plans her home renovation around a time when she might have less mobility.

By Mary McCutcheon  |  05:30 AM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  renosaga

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 09/14/2012

House of the Week | A Winchester home for $924,500

Few homes built more than 200 years ago have never been on the market, but the Bell House is the exception.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 09/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 09/13/2012

Mortgage rates show little change

The 30-year fixed-rate average was unchanged from the previous week, remaining at 3.55 percent.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 09/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 09/12/2012

Ask the real estate expert | What to do when your home won’t sell

In our new feature, our real estate expert advises condo owners who are having trouble finding a buyer.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 09/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 09/12/2012

Washington DC is popular moving destination

More moving vans came and went from Washington this summer than any other city in the country, according to a recent report by a moving company.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 09/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 09/11/2012

Historic preservation online chat transcript

Rob Nieweg, field director and attorney for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, was online Tuesday to answer your questions.

By Washington Post editors  |  02:57 PM ET, 09/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 09/11/2012

Washington DC area is becoming a region of renters

Despite a steady recovery in the housing market, more people in the Washington area are renting.

By Lisa A. Sturtevant  |  11:06 AM ET, 09/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sturtevant

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 09/10/2012

Washington area housing market continues on an upswing

Monthly figures for August show increases in sales and prices for homes in the D.C. area.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 09/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 09/10/2012

Mount Vernon, the birthplace of historic preservation

In 1853, women banded together to save Mount Vernon. The preservation movement was born.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 09/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 09/08/2012

Submit a question for the online chat on historic preservation and The Post’s Historic Home Contest

Rob Nieweg, the Washington field officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will answer your questions about historic preservation on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 09/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 09/07/2012

How to submit photos to the Historic Home Contest

A step-by-step guide to submitting photos to this year’s edition of The Washington Post Historic Home Contest.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:19 AM ET, 09/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 09/07/2012

House of the week | A Watergate co-op for $1.795M

The 3,640-square-foot co-op at Watergate East is surrounded by windows, some of which overlook the Potomac River, others gazing upon the monuments.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 09/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 09/06/2012

Mortgage rates continue to hover near record lows this week

The 30-year fixed-rate average fell to 3.55 percent, while the 15-year average remained the same as a week ago, at 2.86 percent.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 09/05/2012

A real estate investor’s guide to negotiating

Real estate negotiating is all about finding common ground.

By Justin Pierce  |  05:30 AM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  investor

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 09/04/2012

Tax benefits of owning rental properties

The tax system is stacked heavily in the landlord’s favor.

By Douglas Hsiao  |  05:30 AM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  landlord

 

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