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Where We Live: January, 2013

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/31/2013

Mortgage rates show an increase for the second week in a row

For the first time since September, the 30-year fixed-rate average is above 3.5 percent.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/31/2013

Washington, D.C., region ranks among worst to buy a foreclosure

While it’s bad news for real estate investors looking to snap up good deals on properties, it is good news for the area’s housing market.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/30/2013

New tool for searching recent home sales

The application can be used on your desktop or mobile device.

By Kathy Orton  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/30/2013

What to do when problems arise with a contractor

It’s nearly impossible to maintain a seamless long-standing relationship with someone doing work on your home. Sooner or later there will be problems.

By Justin Pierce  |  05:30 AM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/29/2013

Real Estate Matters: Hate your loan modification? It could be worse

Banks can give the appearance of trying to help a borrower while at the same time making their lives worse

By Ilyce R. Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin  |  05:30 AM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 01/25/2013

District of Columbia open houses this weekend

A list of properties in the District that you can visit Saturday or Sunday.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:04 AM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 01/25/2013

Maryland open houses this weekend

A list of properties in Maryland that you can visit Saturday or Sunday.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:02 AM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/25/2013

Virginia open houses this weekend

A list of properties in Maryland that you can visit Saturday or Sunday.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/25/2013

House of the Week | Palisades contemporary for $1.95 million

This week’s featured home is designed not only as a showcase for sculpture and paintings but also as a piece of art itself.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/24/2013

Mortgage rates inch higher but remain near historic lows

30-year fixed-rate average rose to 3.42 percent but has remained below 3.5 percent for more than 4 months.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/23/2013

Demand for condos in Washington D.C.-area market intensifies

Condo prices in the District and Arlington County are now higher in some neighborhoods than they were at peak of housing boom.

By Lisa A. Sturtevant  |  05:30 AM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sturtevant

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/22/2013

Reality TV star Josh Flagg offers down-to-earth advice at Home and Remodeling Show

Josh Flagg of “Million Dollar Listing” appeared at the Home and Remodeling show.

By V. Dion Haynes  |  05:30 AM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/21/2013

Trends in bathroom remodeling

Tubs are mostly a thing of the past, at least when it comes to master bathrooms.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 01/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/18/2013

House of the Week | Severna Park estate for $19.5 million

The 22,000-square-foot home is reminiscent of a French chateau.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/17/2013

Mortgage rates hold steady

The 30-year fixed-rate average edged down to 3.38 percent.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/16/2013

Before you buy a home, check comparable prices in the neighborhood not just the region

Before you buy a home, check comparable prices in the neighborhood not just the region.

By Justin Pierce  |  05:30 AM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  investor

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/15/2013

The Aston, a new condo building on 14th Street NW, is nearly sold out

The first residents of the new condo building on 14th Street NW will move in this month.

By Moira E. McLaughlin  |  05:30 AM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/14/2013

Market Insight | D.C.’s luxury condo market is heating up but most of the action remains at the lower levels

The high end of the market is heating up but most of the action remains at the lower levels.

By V. Dion Haynes  |  05:30 AM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/11/2013

House of the Week | McLean contemporary for $1.35 million

Nestled between the trees on a 3-acre lot, the deckhouse blends seamlessly into its surroundings.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 01/10/2013

Washington DC area housing market shows yearly growth but monthly decline

Reports shows a slowdown in sales, prices and inventory last month.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:05 AM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/10/2013

Mortgage rates rise; 30-year fixed rate reaches eight-week high

The 30-year fixed-rate average reaches eight-week high.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/09/2013

One Loudoun brings urban living to Loudoun County

Developers Miller & Smith are creating a self-contained community.

By V. Dion Haynes  |  05:30 AM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/08/2013

Real Estate Matters: Here’s what you can do now if you plan to buy a house this year

If you’re hoping to buy a home this year, here are a few New Year’s resolutions to make.

By Ilyce R. Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin  |  05:30 AM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/07/2013

The Nation’s Housing: FHA tightens up on reverse mortgages

The agency also plans to institute changes that could make obtaining a reverse mortgage tougher.

By Kenneth R. Harney  |  05:30 AM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Free and Cheap, Events

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/04/2013

House of the Week | Capitol Hill row house for $3.3 million

The 19th-century Victorian appeared on the cover of House Beautiful.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  All We Can Eat, Markets This Week

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 01/03/2013

Asking prices and rents show gains in December nationally and locally

Most of the country saw an increase in housing prices and rents.

By Kathy Orton  |  11:46 AM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  SkinsCast, Latest

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/03/2013

Mortgage rates show little movement

The 30-year fixed-rate average fell to 3.34 percent, while the 15-year was down to 2.64 percent.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/02/2013

Take caution at a real estate auction

There are many traps and pitfalls that the buyer needs to navigate in order to win an auction.

By Justin Pierce  |  05:30 AM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  investor

 

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