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Where We Live: January, 2014

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/31/2014

Virginia open houses Feb. 1-2

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

By Kathy Orton  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:57 AM ET, 01/31/2014

D.C. open houses Feb. 1-2

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

By Kathy Orton  |  07:57 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:56 AM ET, 01/31/2014

Maryland open houses Feb. 1-2

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

By Kathy Orton  |  07:56 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 01/31/2014

A look at the 2013 D.C. region housing market data by Zip code

A look at which areas fared best and worst by median sale price and days on market.

By Kathy Orton  |  07:30 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/31/2014

House of the Week | Alexandria brownstone for $2.55M

After many renovations, this home has maintained its historic charm while moving into the modern era.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 01/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 01/30/2014

Mortgage rates fall for fourth week in a row

The 30-year fixed-rate average has remained below 4.5 percent for the past three weeks.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:04 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 AM ET, 01/30/2014

High radon levels may be a downside to having a tight, energy-efficient house

Experts suggest testing for the gas in the winter when your windows are sealed and you are more likely to be exposed to it.

By Jill Chodorov  |  05:31 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 01/29/2014

What you can rent for $1,400 in the Washington D.C. region

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

By Kathy Orton  |  03:20 PM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 AM ET, 01/29/2014

How to land a great rental in the competitive D.C. market

If you want that apartment, you need to dress right and bring a resume and your credit card.

By Nancy Simmons Starrs  |  05:31 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/28/2014

Pontoon house? Stilt house? Geodesic dome? ISO ideas to develop flood zone

Land owner “crowd sources” blog readers for suggestions on how to transform his Potomac parcel.

By Dan Wittenberg  |  05:30 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/27/2014

Town Square | Architect lists his Palladian-style villa in Middleburg

Also Dupont Circle rowhouses converting to condos.

By Michele Lerner  |  05:30 AM ET, 01/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:04 AM ET, 01/24/2014

Maryland open houses Jan. 25-26

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

By Kathy Orton  |  08:04 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 01/24/2014

Virginia open houses Jan. 25-26

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

By Kathy Orton  |  08:02 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/24/2014

D.C. open houses Jan. 25-26

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

By Kathy Orton  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/24/2014

House of the Week | French Provincial home in Bethesda for $1.625M

The owner bought the home four years before opening Urban Country and in many ways it is a reflection of the store.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 01/23/2014

Mortgage rates fall for second week in a row

The 30-year fixed-rate average drops to its lowest level since late November, while the 15-year fixed-rate average stayed below 3.5 percent.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:07 AM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/22/2014

Real Estate Matters | CFPB’s new ‘qualified mortgage’ rule now in effect

Lenders must now ensure that borrowers have the ability to repay the loans.

By Ilyce R. Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin  |  05:30 AM ET, 01/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Town Square | Healthy home on the market in Middleburg

Also Maryland ranks high in millionaires -- and foreclosures.

By Michele Lerner  |  05:30 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/20/2014

Logan Circle condos to use feng shui

The building site is said to be in harmony with nearby alleys and buildings to avoid negative energy.

By Jill Chodorov  |  05:30 AM ET, 01/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/17/2014

D.C. open houses Jan. 18-19

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

By Kathy Orton  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:55 AM ET, 01/17/2014

Maryland open houses Jan. 18-19

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

By Kathy Orton  |  07:55 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:52 AM ET, 01/17/2014

Virginia open houses Jan. 18-19

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

By Kathy Orton  |  07:52 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/17/2014

House of the Week | Great Falls manor for $6.5M

The five-bedroom, 10-bathroom house is modeled after the Homewood Museum on the campus of Johns Hopkins University.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/16/2014

D.C. neighborhood is one of the most sought-after by home buyers across the country

Redfin ranks Chevy Chase among the top five in the country.

By Kathy Orton  |  12:00 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/16/2014

Mortgage rates fall amid signs of a weakening economic recovery

The 30-year fixed-rate average fell below 4.5 percent for the first time in three weeks, while the 15-year fixed rate dropped below 3.5 percent for the first time in five weeks.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/16/2014

Rent or buy? Running the numbers on an Alexandria townhouse

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, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 AM ET, 01/15/2014

Real Estate Matters | How to get your finances in home-buying shape

Budgeting, paying down debts and savings can help put more money in your pocket.

By Ilyce R. Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin  |  05:31 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/14/2014

Higher interest rates will slow housing market growth in 2014

Prices will grow this year, but so will days on market.

By David Charron  |  05:30 AM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/13/2014

Town Square | Two dozen local designers to transform Forest Hills estate

Also local Realtor to star in HGTV ‘Rent or Buy’ episode.

By Michele Lerner  |  05:30 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/10/2014

Washington D.C. area housing market improved in 2013

Median sales price, the number of homes sold and the number of homes for sale were all up compared to a year ago.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 01/10/2014

Virginia open houses Jan. 11-12

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

By Kathy Orton  |  09:55 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 01/10/2014

D.C. open houses Jan. 11-12

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

By Kathy Orton  |  09:46 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 01/10/2014

Maryland open houses Jan. 11-12

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

By Kathy Orton  |  09:45 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/10/2014

House of the Week | Historic Annapolis waterfront estate for $13.1M

Severn Side Farm has 883 feet of waterfront access and its history dates back to the antebellum period.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/09/2014

Mortgage rates show little change

The 30-year fixed-rate average dropped for the first time in three weeks to 4.51 percent.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/09/2014

Most expensive homes sold in the Washington D.C. region in 2013

An 11,625-square-foot McLean mansion tops the list of the most expensive homes sold in the region last year.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/08/2014

The quest to build something very cool in a very hazardous area

Land owner seeks reader input in his plan to construct something special in a flood zone.

By Dan Wittenberg  |  05:30 AM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/07/2014

Real Estate Matters | What home sellers can expect in the market this year

Rising prices and interest rates may reduce the pool of qualified buyers.

By Ilyce R. Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin  |  05:30 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/06/2014

Town Square | Former EPA headquarters to house green apartments in Southwest

Also condo at Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown sells for a record high.

By Michele Lerner  |  05:30 AM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 01/03/2014

Maryland open houses Jan. 4-5

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

By Kathy Orton  |  10:04 AM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 01/03/2014

Virginia open houses Jan. 4-5

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

By Kathy Orton  |  10:02 AM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/03/2014

D.C. open houses Jan. 4-5

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

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 01/03/2014

House of the Week | Georgetown mansion for $16.8M

The home is a fine balancing act of historical charm and modern living.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:30 AM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/02/2014

Mortgage rates head into new year on an upswing

The 30-year fixed-rate average rises for third week in a row, reaching 4.53 percent.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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