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Where We Live: December, 2013

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 12/31/2013

Choosing the right home remodeler

Make sure the contractor is licensed and in good financial shape.

By Craig Durosko  |  12:00 PM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 AM ET, 12/31/2013

Town Square | Cash offer key to buyer bargain on high-end D.C. property

Offering more cash was the secret in winning the competition against a developer also seeking the home.

By Michele Lerne  |  05:31 AM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Real Estate Matters | Sale of residence-turned-rental will incur capital gains tax

The rule that allows the exclusion requires the home seller to have lived in the home for at least two out the five prior years.

By Ilyce R. Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin  |  05:30 AM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 12/26/2013

Mortgage rates show slight increase heading into the end of the year

The 30-year fixed-rate average edged up to 4.48 percent.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:14 AM ET, 12/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 12/24/2013

My First Apartment | Income restrictions prove to be obstacle in housing search

A first-time renter shares her experience searching for an apartment in the D.C. region.

By Macy Freeman  |  05:30 AM ET, 12/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 12/23/2013

House Lawyer | What short-sale sellers can do to expedite process

For urgent concerns, contact the institution’s escalation team or the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

By Harvey S. Jacobs  |  05:30 AM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 12/20/2013

D.C. 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, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 12/20/2013

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, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 12/20/2013

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, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 12/20/2013

House of the Week | Arlington contemporary for $2.185M

Built on a crest, nothing in this European-style home inhibits enjoyment of the sweeping view.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 12/19/2013

Mortgage rates rise on Federal Reserve’s decision to pull back on stimulus

The 30-year fixed-rate average bumps up to 4.47 percent, while 15-year fixed-rate average surges to three-month high.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 12/19/2013

What you can rent for $2,250 in the Washington D.C. region

A sampling of rentals available in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 12/18/2013

Real Estate Matters | Don’t rush home upgrades just to get a tax credit

Take your time to check out the contractors’ work first.

By Ilyce R. Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin  |  05:30 AM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 12/17/2013

Town Square | Four-acre city retreat lists for $8.9M

Also Washington Design Center heads to 14th Street.

By Michele Lerner  |  05:30 AM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 12/16/2013

Short sale sellers need a sense of urgency

The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act expires at the end of the year.

By Jon Coile  |  05:30 AM ET, 12/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 12/13/2013

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, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 12/13/2013

D.C. open houses this weekend

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

By Kathy Orton  |  10:03 AM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 12/13/2013

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, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 12/13/2013

House of the Week | Contemporary Capitol Hill rowhouse for $1.395M

A modern take on the classic is a departure from the neighborhood’s traditional homes.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 12/12/2013

Mortgage rates wander downward for the first time in three weeks

The 30-year fixed-rate average dropped to 4.42 percent after climbing 24 basis points in the past two weeks.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:29 AM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 12/11/2013

Real Estate Matters | To sell a home, you need to assemble a great team of pros

Get to know the people working with your real estate agent.

By Ilyce R. Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin  |  05:30 AM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 12/10/2013

Federal government shutdown created drag on D.C. area housing market

Home sales plummeted, purchase contracts dwindled and the number of properties for sale waned in November.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 12/10/2013

Town Square | Annapolis estate is among the area’s most expensive listings

Also new apartments and supermarket for Petworth.

By Michele Lerner  |  05:30 AM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 12/09/2013

House Watch | Green groups push consumers to healthy building materials

Advocates seek wider use of environmentally friendly new pipes, paint and carpeting.

By Katherine Salant  |  05:30 AM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 12/07/2013

Editor’s Column | Buying New feature debuts in today’s Real Estate section

Today’s package includes a look at new home trends.

By Dion Haynes  |  05:30 AM ET, 12/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 12/06/2013

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, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 12/06/2013

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, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 12/06/2013

D.C. 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, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 12/06/2013

House of the Week | Chevy Chase castle gatehouse for $1.5M

All that remains from a 1926 castle in Chevy Chase is this gatehouse.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 12/05/2013

Mortgage rates increase for second week in a row

The 30-year fixed-rate average spiked to 4.46, its highest level since late September.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Rent or buy? Running the numbers on a 16th Street NW condo

We compare a property that is for rent and for sale to see which is the better deal.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 12/04/2013

How to select a home inspector

Ask for the standards of practice for his or her professional association.

By Justin Pierce  |  05:30 AM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 AM ET, 12/03/2013

Real Estate Matters | Mortgage lenders get C+ in customer service survey

Satisfaction among borrowers is at a seven-year high.

By Ilyce R. Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin  |  05:31 AM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 12/02/2013

Town Square | Capitol Hill mansion converted into new residences

Also new luxury apartments in D.C. friendly to people and pets.

By Michele Lerner  |  05:30 AM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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