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Where We Live: July, 2014

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 07/31/2014

Mortgage rates remain mostly flat

The 30-year fixed-rate returned to its yearly low of 4.12 percent as strong economic data could be signalling the end of low rates.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:09 AM ET, 07/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:32 AM ET, 07/30/2014

Real Estate Matters | Should buyer or seller pay for hail damage before closing?

Whether the previous owner knew of the damage beforehand is a key issue.

By Ilyce R. Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin  |  05:32 AM ET, 07/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:32 AM ET, 07/29/2014

Searching for a pet-free rental — it’s a jungle out there

Check with management companies on their policies and consider renting a single-family house.

By Nancy Simmons Starrs  |  05:32 AM ET, 07/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:32 AM ET, 07/28/2014

Town Square | Waterfront condos coming to Southwest

Also ‘Hot Homes’ feature helps buyers act quickly.

By Michele Lerner  |  05:32 AM ET, 07/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 07/25/2014

D.C. open houses July 26-27

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

By Kathy Orton  |  08:01 AM ET, 07/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:57 AM ET, 07/25/2014

Maryland open houses July 26-27

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

By Kathy Orton  |  07:57 AM ET, 07/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:52 AM ET, 07/25/2014

Virginia open houses July 26-27

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

By Kathy Orton  |  07:52 AM ET, 07/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 AM ET, 07/25/2014

House of the Week | Off-beat NW DC home for $1.25M

Jeff Speck-designed flatiron house has all the right angles.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:31 AM ET, 07/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 07/24/2014

Mortgage rates hover near lowest levels for the year

Rates hold steady while staying below where they were a year ago.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:01 AM ET, 07/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 AM ET, 07/24/2014

Ask the Builder | Here are the tools and supplies you’ll need in a natural disaster

These items can help you secure your home in the event that first responders are delayed in reaching you.

By Tim Carter  |  05:31 AM ET, 07/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:32 AM ET, 07/22/2014

Should you list or buy a home in the summer?

Real estate agents have differing views on whether to wait until fall or take the plunge now.

By Jill Chodorov  |  05:32 AM ET, 07/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 AM ET, 07/21/2014

Town Square | U Street apartment projects switch to condos

Also South Cathedral Mansions in Northwest to be renovated.

By Michele Lerner  |  05:31 AM ET, 07/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 07/18/2014

Virginia open houses July 19-20

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

By Kathy Orton  |  08:02 AM ET, 07/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:56 AM ET, 07/18/2014

D.C. open houses July 19-20

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

By Kathy Orton  |  07:56 AM ET, 07/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:52 AM ET, 07/18/2014

Maryland open houses July 19-20

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

By Kathy Orton  |  07:52 AM ET, 07/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:32 AM ET, 07/18/2014

House of the Week | Cleveland Park ‘Wedding Cake’ home for $5.25M

This gambrel-roofed dwelling was one of the first built in the neighborhood and home to a Baseball Hall of Famer.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:32 AM ET, 07/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 07/17/2014

Mortgage rates resume downward course

The 30-year fixed-rate average, which has fallen in four of the past five weeks, is now at 4.13 percent.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:04 AM ET, 07/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:32 AM ET, 07/16/2014

Rent or buy? Running the numbers on an Arlington townhouse

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

By Kathy Orton  |  05:32 AM ET, 07/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 AM ET, 07/15/2014

A listing strategy for home sellers

It helps to look at your home objectively, improve it as much as possible and to be flexible on pricing.

By Marshall Park  |  05:31 AM ET, 07/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 AM ET, 07/14/2014

Town Square | New condos to jazz up U Street corridor

Also D.C. is ranked America’s most walkable city.

By Michele Lerner  |  05:31 AM ET, 07/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:03 AM ET, 07/11/2014

Maryland open houses July 12-13

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

By Kathy Orton  |  08:03 AM ET, 07/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:58 AM ET, 07/11/2014

D.C. open houses July 12-13

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

By Kathy Orton  |  07:58 AM ET, 07/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:52 AM ET, 07/11/2014

Virginia open houses July 12-13

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

By Kathy Orton  |  07:52 AM ET, 07/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 AM ET, 07/11/2014

House of the Week | Queen Anne Victorian in NW DC for $4.25M

The 1890s home called Glen Hurst was one of the original houses constructed by the Palisades of the Potomac Land Improvement Co.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:31 AM ET, 07/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 07/10/2014

Strong employment numbers push mortgage rates up

Although the 30-year fixed-rate average remains below what it was a year ago, it wandered upward after a strong jobs report.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:15 AM ET, 07/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 07/10/2014

D.C. region’s housing market remains stuck in the doldrums

Home sales fell again last month and have declined in all but one month since the government shutdown in October.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:02 AM ET, 07/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 AM ET, 07/09/2014

Need an eight-car garage? Here’s what some homes with one costs.

A look at the most expensive listings in the Washington area.

By Michele Lerner  |  05:31 AM ET, 07/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 07/08/2014

Estate of Nextel co-founder up for auction

Chef Boyardee heir was home’s original owner.

By Michele Lerner  |  09:01 AM ET, 07/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:32 AM ET, 07/08/2014

Removal of concrete to make way for proposed floatable structure at shoreline

The proposal calls for constructing a residential building without running water.

By Dan Wittenberg  |  05:32 AM ET, 07/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 AM ET, 07/07/2014

Town Square | New apartments to rise on D.C.’s 14th Street NW

Also West Coast active adult developer to enter Virginia market.

By Michele Lerner  |  05:31 AM ET, 07/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 07/04/2014

Maryland open houses July 5-6

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

By Kathy Orton  |  08:01 AM ET, 07/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:56 AM ET, 07/04/2014

Virginia open houses July 5-6

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

By Kathy Orton  |  07:56 AM ET, 07/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:51 AM ET, 07/04/2014

D.C. open houses July 5-6

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

By Kathy Orton  |  07:51 AM ET, 07/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 AM ET, 07/04/2014

House of the Week | Modern home in Potomac for $8.75M

Built in 1985, the home is a series of triangles, square and rectangles, with few curves and arches to be found.

By Kathy Orton  |  05:31 AM ET, 07/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 07/03/2014

Mortgage rates hold steady heading into holiday weekend

The 30-year fixed-rate average drops to 4.12 percent, matching its lowest level of the year.

By Kathy Orton  |  10:01 AM ET, 07/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 AM ET, 07/02/2014

Real Estate Matters | Lack of homeowner’s insurance sparks dispute with lender

It’s never a good idea to let your coverage lapse and your bank has the right to intervene.

By Ilyce R. Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin  |  05:31 AM ET, 07/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 07/01/2014

Virginia establishes savings plan for first-time home buyers

New approach is similar to college savings program.

By Dion Haynes  |  09:01 AM ET, 07/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 AM ET, 07/01/2014

‘Hi Mom, I’m coming home’

Here are some tips to help you cope with moving back with your parents.

By Macy Freeman  |  05:31 AM ET, 07/01/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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