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Where We Live: May, 2013

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

House of the Week | A contemporary incarnation of Chevy Chase colonial

HOUSE OF THE WEEK | This $2.49 million 1950s home was redesigned with 21st-century features.

By Mohana Ravindranath  |  05:31 AM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 05/30/2013

Mortgage rates jump to highest mark in a year

Experts attribute the rising rates to higher home prices and improving consumer confidence.

By J.D. Harrison  |  10:16 AM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:32 AM ET, 05/29/2013

Real Estate Matters: How can unemployed homeowner preserve credit rating?

The government has programs that may help jobless homeowners trying to stay current on their mortgages.

By Ilyce R. Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin  |  05:32 AM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:32 AM ET, 05/28/2013

D.C. area housing market sees sudden surge in listings in April

For the first time since the housing recovery, there's been a year-over-year increase in new listings in April.

By Lisa A. Sturtevant  |  05:32 AM ET, 05/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:38 AM ET, 05/27/2013

House Watch Blog: Italian designers take ceramic tile to a new level

At a recent design fair, two Italian firms showed American audiences how sophisticated ceramic tile can be.

By Katherine Salant  |  05:38 AM ET, 05/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 05/24/2013

District of Columbia open houses this weekend

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

By Kathy Orton  |  10:30 AM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 05/24/2013

Virginia open houses this weekend

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

By Kathy Orton  |  10:06 AM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 05/24/2013

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, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:32 AM ET, 05/24/2013

House of the Week | Mass. Ave. Heights contemporary for $5.195M

This California contemporary has attracted a who's who of Washingtonians over the years as well as a few outside-the-Beltway celebrities.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:32 AM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 05/23/2013

Mortgage rates are trending upward

The 30-year fixed-rate average moved higher for the third week in a row, jumping to 3.59 percent.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:06 AM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 AM ET, 05/23/2013

Renter's insurance is a must-have for the recent college graduate

It's a common misconception that a landlord's policy will protect a tenant, but the truth is renters need their own policy.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:31 AM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:32 AM ET, 05/22/2013

Gone are the low lying fruit of real estate investing

With prices rising and growing confidence in the economy, it is getting tougher to find good deals.

By Justin Pierce  |  05:32 AM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:33 AM ET, 05/21/2013

Real Estate Matters: Loan documents are often missing after mortgage is paid off

Real Estate Matters: Make sure you can show that your loan balance was paid off and future buyers of your home won't have to deal with a recorded lien for a loan that is no longer active.

By Ilyce R. Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin  |  05:33 AM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:32 AM ET, 05/20/2013

Tips on making a winning offer for your next home

What buyers can do to write an offer that would best appeal to sellers while preserving and protecting their own interests.

By Paul Valentino  |  05:32 AM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 05/17/2013

Maryland open houses this weekend

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

By Kathy Orton  |  10:06 AM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 05/17/2013

Virginia open houses this weekend

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

By Kathy Orton  |  10:03 AM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 05/17/2013

District of Columbia open houses this weekend

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

By Kathy Orton  |  10:01 AM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:32 AM ET, 05/17/2013

House of the Week | Dupont row house for $1.399 million

This row house not only can boast that it was home to two statesmen but it also offers modern amenities.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:32 AM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 05/16/2013

Mortgage rates show an upturn

The 30-year fixed-rate average surges to 3.51 percent, rising above 3.5 percent for the first time since early April.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:13 AM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:33 AM ET, 05/15/2013

Tips for buyers in a fierce seller's market

This is not a market which potential buyers want to navigate without the best counsel one can obtain.

By Paul Valentino  |  05:33 AM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:33 AM ET, 05/14/2013

Real Estate Matters: Low mortgage rates are an opportunity

While mortgage rates may bounce along at the bottom, there's an intention to keep them this low, or nearly this low, for an extended period of time.

By Ilyce R. Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin  |  05:33 AM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:33 AM ET, 05/13/2013

How to prevent basement flooding in rainy season

There is plenty you can do right now to make sure you and your house stay dry this spring.

By Ken Fraine  |  05:33 AM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 05/10/2013

District of Columbia open houses this weekend

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

By Kathy Orton  |  09:05 AM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 05/10/2013

Maryland open houses this weekend

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

By Kathy Orton  |  09:04 AM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 05/10/2013

Virginia open houses this weekend

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

By Kathy Orton  |  09:02 AM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 AM ET, 05/10/2013

House of the Week | An Arlington home for $1.785 million

A 1918 summer house was a haven for newshounds.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:31 AM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 05/09/2013

Mortgage rates move higher after five weeks of declines

The 30-year fixed-rate average jumped to 3.42 percent after five weeks of declines.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:08 AM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:33 AM ET, 05/08/2013

Renovations transform problem District Heights house

Turning around this property was more complicated than a real estate investor thought it would be.

By Justin Pierce  |  05:33 AM ET, 05/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:32 AM ET, 05/07/2013

Real Estate Matters: How to be a smart property investor

There are plenty of ways to profit from the purchase of investment real estate. But the time to buy may be now.

By Ilyce R. Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin  |  05:32 AM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 05/06/2013

Handy home buying search tool for parents

Century 21 Redwood Realty has developed a online way to search for homes within a specific school's boundaries that's more comprehensive than its competitors.

By Kathy Orton  |  09:31 AM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:32 AM ET, 05/06/2013

Interior designer helps power couple achieve elegant yet simple feel in their D.C. home

Interior designer Kelly Holland helps Geoff Tracy and Norah O'Donnell design their D.C. home

By Michele Lerner  |  05:32 AM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 05/03/2013

Virginia open houses this weekend

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

By Kathy Orton  |  10:07 AM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

District of Columbia open houses this weekend

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

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

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 05/03/2013

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, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 AM ET, 05/03/2013

House of the Week | Historic Annapolis home for $3.2 million

The Peggy Stewart House takes its name from a ship, not either of the American patriots who owned it.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:31 AM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 05/02/2013

Mortgage rates continue five-week decline

The 30-year fixed rate falls near its all-time low, while the 15-year fixed rate hits a new record low.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:07 AM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Real estate investors sometimes have to walk away from a bad deal

When the risks and unknowns are too great, the best move may be to cut your losses.

By Justin Pierce  |  05:31 AM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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