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From puppies to old dogs: The weird world of home-sale clauses

In the white-hot D.C.-area market, it seems that no contingency is off-limits when dickering over contracts.

Rockshire is home for the long haul

WHERE WE LIVE | Residents say the Rockville community was once full of children — many of whom are there today.

Six units of contemporary living in D.C.’s bustling Brookland

BUYING NEW | Perry Row townhouses come with green and “smart” features, decks, yards, and a walkable neighborhood.

House of the Week

Gropius protege designed modern home in Northwest Washington

HOUSE OF THE WEEK | Its minimalist design offers a classic example of Bauhaus architecture.

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Housing sale trends in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia

Explore real estate trends from the last 10 years of property sales in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Hey, homeowners, it’s that time of year again: Tax-extender season in Congress

Hey, homeowners, it’s that time of year again: Tax-extender season in Congress

Here are the key real estate provisions in the annual bill now heading for full Senate action this fall.

Here’s your chance to win free rent for life

Here’s your chance to win free rent for life

TOWN SQUARE | Tenants can enter the Apartments.com sweepstakes by writing a short review on their residence.

A peek inside one of the most expensive homes in the nation

A peek inside one of the most expensive homes in the nation

The 10-bedroom, 10-bathroom, 10,300-square-foot estate in East Hampton, N.Y., is listing for $140 million.

Mending a decorative brick wall

Mending a decorative brick wall

ASK THE BUILDER | Use masonry epoxy to attach the brick. But the problem may be finding brick to match the wall.

New community in Ellicott City, Md., has permanent view of forest preserve

New community in Ellicott City, Md., has permanent view of forest preserve

BUYING NEW | The tranquil Autumn Overlook aims to involve residents in protecting the environment.

Apartments and retail coming to U Street

Apartments and retail coming to U Street

TOWN SQUARE | Known as 13/U, the eight-story building is being planned for a 2017 occupancy.

Should you rent a house or a high-rise unit? It depends on your lifestyle.

Should you rent a house or a high-rise unit? It depends on your lifestyle.

A house offers more room, flexibility -- and quiet. A high-rise offers more amenities and plenty of ways to be social.

Construction begins on apartments at D.C.’s shuttered Hine Junior High

Construction begins on apartments at D.C.’s shuttered Hine Junior High

TOWN SQUARE | Besides 162 residences, the project includes office and retail space on Capitol Hill.

D.C. open houses Aug. 1-2

D.C. open houses Aug. 1-2

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

Maryland open houses Aug. 1-2

Maryland open houses Aug. 1-2

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