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Where We Live: June, 2013

Posted at 05:32 AM ET, 06/28/2013

House of the Week | In Logan Circle property, spirit of Victorian-era firehouse lives on

Unique residence has had many incarnations -- including harpsichord factory and an art gallery.

By Mohana Ravindranath  |  05:32 AM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 06/27/2013

Mortgage rates spike in response to Fed statement; 30-year crosses 4 percent mark

Mortgage rates spiked this week, in sharp response to the Federal Reserve's announcement last Wednesday that it could taper its bond-buying program early.

By Amrita Jayakumar  |  10:01 AM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  mortgage rates

Posted at 05:32 AM ET, 06/26/2013

Is there a mismatch between housing inventory and demand in the Washington region?

New listings in comparison to sales have been high in suburban Maryland yet low in D.C. and Northern Virginia.

By Lisa A. Sturtevant  |  05:32 AM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:32 AM ET, 06/25/2013

Real Estate Matters | Is it always better to switch from an ARM to a fixed-rate?

For underwater borrowers, making the change may not be advantageous.

By Ilyce R. Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin  |  05:32 AM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 AM ET, 06/24/2013

New federal program for struggling borrowers launches July 1

The Streamlined Modification Initiative will offer lower interest rates and payments to underwater homeowners.

By Timothy M. Dwyer  |  05:31 AM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:32 AM ET, 06/21/2013

House of the Week | Panoramic city views, opulent living in this $3.2 million Watergate unit

Nearly 3,000 square foot property has floor-to-ceiling windows and lots of high-end detailing.

By Mohana Ravindranath  |  05:32 AM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 06/20/2013

After steady increases, mortgage rates drop

The 30- and 15-year averages had been climbing for six weeks since May 2.

By Dion Haynes  |  10:02 AM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:01 AM ET, 06/20/2013

New report asserts that D.C.-area home values could go flat next year

Local housing experts disagree with Zillow's projection of 0.1 percent growth.

By Dion Haynes  |  04:01 AM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 AM ET, 06/19/2013

Real Estate Matters | Rehab loan on underwater home is a dicey proposition

Your home is worth less than what you currently owe your lender. Will it be worth more than what you owe after your renovation costs?

By Ilyce R. Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin  |  05:31 AM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:32 AM ET, 06/18/2013

The highest offer on your home may not be the best offer

Your agent needs to determine whether the buyer and lender can follow through and close on time.

By Cody Kessler  |  05:32 AM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:32 AM ET, 06/17/2013

When selling, make sure your listing agent is your watchdog

Realtor needs to scrutinize the buyers' finances and vet the loan officer.

By Cody Kessler  |  05:32 AM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:32 AM ET, 06/14/2013

House of the Week | A $5.7 million embassy-sized home in a neighborhood for the powerful and famous

House on Chain Bridge Road is part of Langley Farms, a neighborhood home to some of Washington's wealthiest public figures.

By Mohana Ravindranath  |  05:32 AM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 06/13/2013

Mortgage rates continue climbing; 30-year nears 4 percent

Rise in fixed rates spurs more consumer interest in ARMs.

By J.D. Harrison  |  10:27 AM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 06/12/2013

Report: Negative equity falls in first quarter

The Washington area experiences a slight decline from last quarter.

By Amrita Jayakumar  |  11:47 AM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:32 AM ET, 06/12/2013

Growth in science jobs helps drive housing construction in Montgomery County

More than 500 people attended a recent preview for a new townhouse development in Gaithersburg.

By Dion Haynes  |  05:32 AM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 AM ET, 06/11/2013

Real Estate Matters: Is the housing crisis over? Maybe not for minorities.

A new study shows that, despite the many positive signs pointing to a housing recovery, minority homeowners are still left behind.

By Ilyce R. Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin  |  05:31 AM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 06/10/2013

Surging home prices in region help fuel more new listings

More evidence of a recovery: In May, the amount homeowners in the region get when they sell their homes reached historic levels.

By Dion Haynes  |  10:01 AM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 AM ET, 06/10/2013

Post writer, contributors win journalism awards

Orton, Salant and Harney win in a total of five categories in the National Association of Real Estate Editors' annual contest.

By Dion Haynes  |  05:31 AM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:32 AM ET, 06/07/2013

House of the Week | Former schoolhouse may appeal to students of history

Vestiges of the home's former days are present -- from the 1893 windows to the holes in the floor where desks were attached.

By Mohana Ravindranath  |  05:32 AM ET, 06/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Mortgage rates climb higher; 15-year eclipses 3 percent

The average for a 30-year fixed rate is up for the fifth straight week, reaching nearly 4 percent.

By J.D. Harrison  |  10:06 AM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Home maintenance can keep those pests away

Trimming your lawn, removing standing water and keeping your kitchen clean can help repel bugs and rodents.

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

Posted at 05:31 AM ET, 06/04/2013

Real Estate Matters: Plenty can go wrong when you don't plan contingencies in purchase

Reader seeks advice on whether to move forward on purchase of home in need of extensive repairs.

By Ilyce R. Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin  |  05:31 AM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:32 AM ET, 06/03/2013

Query: What do you do when a joint owner dies?

Reader seeks advice on whether she needs to remove her late husband's name from her mortgage papers.

By Harvey S. Jacobs  |  05:32 AM ET, 06/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 06/01/2013

From the editor: Let us know what you think of new tab format

Survey seeks to gauge readers' opinions of the new Real Estate section.

By Dion Haynes  |  07:01 AM ET, 06/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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