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Where We Live: April, 2013

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 04/02/2013

Fewer underwater homeowners at regional, national level

Rising home prices freed more than 45,000 homeowners from negative equity in the D.C. area last year.

By Amrita Jayakumar  |  05:30 AM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Real Estate Matters | Refinancing from a 30-year to a 15-year loan

While you’ll pay more, there are benefits to shortening the term of your mortgage.

By Ilyce R. Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin  |  05:30 AM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 03/29/2013

District of Columbia open houses this weekend

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

By Kathy Orton  |  10:04 AM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 03/29/2013

Maryland open houses this weekend

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

By Kathy Orton  |  10:02 AM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 03/29/2013

Virginia open houses this weekend

A list of properties in Virginia that you can visit Saturday and Sunday.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 03/29/2013

House of the Week | Virginia estate for $21 million

Named ‘Fidelio’ after the Beethoven opera, the 61-acre property is arranged with a curator’s eye.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 03/28/2013

Mortgage rates tick up slightly

The 30-year fixed-rate average rises to 3.57 percent. Still, it has remained below 4 percent for more than a year.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 03/27/2013

Real estate investing requires a new way of thinking about your money

There are good solid real estate investments all around you, and there are ways you can hedge your bets to protect your investment.

By Justin Pierce  |  05:30 AM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 03/26/2013

Is the Washington, D.C.-area housing market bubbling again?

With average home prices up by double-digit percentages, some have begun to wonder if we are heading toward unsustainable levels again.

By Lisa A. Sturtevant  |  05:30 AM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sturtevant

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 03/25/2013

Real Estate Matters | Buying and selling a home has undergone many changes in the past 20 years

Buying and selling a home has undergone many changes in the past 20 years.

By Ilyce R. Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin  |  05:30 AM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 03/22/2013

Virginia open houses this weekend

A list of properties in Virginia that you can visit Saturday and Sunday.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:04 AM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 03/22/2013

District of Columbia open houses this weekend

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

By Kathy Orton  |  10:02 AM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 03/22/2013

Maryland open houses this weekend

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

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 03/22/2013

House of the Week | National Park Seminary condo for $870,000

This week’s House of the Week is part of a former finishing school in Silver Spring.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 03/21/2013

Mortgage rates reverse course

The 30-year fixed-rate average falls to 3.54 percent, one week after soaring to its highest point in nearly seven months.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 03/20/2013

Rent-to-own deals can be tricky for buyers and sellers

It can be a way to finance the purchase of your home, but be wary of the pitfalls.

By Justin Pierce  |  05:30 AM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  investor

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 03/19/2013

Submit a question for the online chat on ‘Navigating the Market’ series

Submit a question to Craig Strent, chief executive officer and founder of Apex Home Loans in Rockville.

By Kathy Orton  |  11:22 AM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 03/19/2013

Short sales surge in 2012, trend to continue in region

More homeowners are selling their homes for less than what they owe in mortgage debt and the lender typically forgives the difference.

By Amrita Jayakumar  |  05:30 AM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 03/18/2013

Luxury home builder Gulick takes a new approach

Instead of building subdivisions, the company will now focus on constructing individual homes.

By Moira E. McLaughlin  |  05:30 AM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 03/15/2013

Maryland open houses this weekend

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

By Kathy Orton  |  10:04 AM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 03/15/2013

Virginia open houses this weekend

A list of properties in Virginia that you can visit Saturday and Sunday.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:02 AM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 03/15/2013

District of Columbia open houses this weekend

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

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 03/15/2013

House of the Week | Contemporary in Kent for $2.495 million

This week’s featured house in Northwest Washington has a ‘70s vibe, indoor pool and a bunker.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 03/14/2013

Mortgage rates appear headed up following better-than-expected economic data

The 30-year fixed-rate average rises to 3.63 percent, its highest point in nearly seven months.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 03/14/2013

Learn about renting and buying at the Northern Virginia Housing Expo

Saturday’s event is a one-stop shop for just about everyone’s housing needs.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 03/13/2013

Real Estate Matters | Architecture billings point to tentative recovery

Positive signs of a housing turnaround include stronger architecture billings and a stronger overall real estate industry.

By Ilyce R. Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin  |  05:30 AM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 03/12/2013

One of Dupont’s Six Sisters finds a buyer

The three-bedroom row house on 16th Street NW sells for $1,050,000.

By Kathy Orton  |  03:50 PM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 03/12/2013

Submit a question for the online chat on ‘Navigating the Market’ series

Submit a question to real estate agent Phil Di Ruggiero of Greenline Real Estate.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:34 AM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 03/12/2013

House Watch | Universal design is for everyone, not just the physically handicapped

Features that make a house more accessible will help all homeowners.

By Katherine Salant  |  05:30 AM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 03/11/2013

Sellers are returning to Washington housing market

After months of inventory shortages, new listings increase in February. Median sales prices also rise.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 03/11/2013

Using video to sell your home

D.C.-based videographer James Williams talks about how video might benefit sellers.

By Katherine Reynolds Lewis  |  05:30 AM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 03/08/2013

District of Columbia open houses this weekend

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

By Kathy Orton  |  10:04 AM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 03/08/2013

Maryland open houses this weekend

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

By Kathy Orton  |  10:02 AM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 03/08/2013

Virginia open houses this weekend

A list of properties in Virginia that you can visit Saturday and Sunday.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 03/08/2013

House of the Week | Kalorama Beaux-Arts mansion for $4.495 million

This week’s featured house of the week was designed by celebrated architects Clarke Waggaman and George N. Ray.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 03/07/2013

Mortgage rates inch higher but remain near historic lows

The 30-year fixed-rate average edges up to 3.52 percent but remains near historic lows.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 03/07/2013

What to do if you are afraid to sell your home because you might not find one to buy

Real estate agent Jennifer Smira answers a few of the questions we didn’t get to on our online chat.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 03/06/2013

What options do first-time home buyers have for a down payment?

Craig Strent, CEO and co-founder of Apex Home Loans, answers a few of the questions we didn’t get to in our online chat.

By Kathy Orton  |  11:23 AM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 03/06/2013

Will supply catch up with demand in Northern Virginia?

Real estate agents Thai Hung Nguyen and Christine Richardson answer a few of the questions we didn’t get to on our online chat.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 03/05/2013

Submit a question for the online chat on ‘Navigating the Market’ series

Submit a question to real estate agent Marjorie Dick Stuart of W.C. and A.N. Miller Realtors.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 03/05/2013

Windsong development in Upper Marlboro features affordable amenities

Houses in the new development in Upper Marlboro range from $450,000 to $600,000.

By V. Dion Haynes  |  05:30 AM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 03/04/2013

Real Estate Matters: Will the housing market revival last?

A number of factors could reverse the current trends.

By Ilyce R. Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin  |  05:30 AM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 03/01/2013

Virginia open houses this weekend

A list of properties in Virginia that you can visit Saturday and Sunday.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:04 AM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 03/01/2013

District of Columbia open houses this weekend

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

By Kathy Orton  |  10:02 AM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Maryland open houses this weekend

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

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

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 03/01/2013

House of the Week | Kensington Colonial for $1.149 million

This week’s featured house is a delightful blend of old and new.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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