Washington real estate sneak peek


Thinking of buying or selling a home this year? (John Raoux/AP)

Good morning! Here’s a preview of what’s coming in the print Real Estate section delivered to your door on Saturday.

Our cover story, published online earlier this week, covers everything you need to know about buying and selling for 2012. There are some issues you should be aware of if you are thinking of jumping in the market this year, from the impact of federal budget spending cuts to jumbo loans and the D.C. first-time home buyer tax credit. Read our piece by Amanda Abrams to get informed.

This week’s Where We Live featured community is Clarksburg, Md. We look at where things stand with the planned community that is still in progress. Do you live in Clarksburg? Tell us what you think of your community. Has your community not been profiled in a while? I’d love suggestions for where we should go next. E-mail me at realestate@washpost.com.

(Neighborhood guide: Clarksburg)

Also in the section, Katherine Salant explains how remodeling has changed since the housing downturn. House Lawyer Harvey Jacobs wades a little into politics and explains why the Obama administration's housing efforts haven’t worked and what the government should do if we really want to get serious about strengthening the nation’s housing market.

Curious about home prices? This week we feature Fairfax County’s home prices, but you can also see updated home prices where you live on our handy guide.

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