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School quality has a mighty influence on neighborhood choice, home values

D.C.-area buyers, even those without children, are drawn to highly ranked districts, buoying local realty markets.

Spring Valley, neighbor to American University, getting a tony reputation

WHERE WE LIVE | Residents consider Spring Valley to be neighborly and intrinsically connected to American University.

Abbots Wood: Expansive new homes — with room for expanding families

BUYING NEW | These Alexandria houses have scenic views, open floor plans and 10-foot-tall ceilings.

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A splendid porch is this Arlington home’s most distinguishing feature

HOUSE OF THE WEEK | The Queen Anne-style house belonged to the Schutt family who played a role in the development of Cherrydale.

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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.

D.C. open houses Sept. 5-6

D.C. open houses Sept. 5-6

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

Maryland open houses Sept. 5-6

Maryland open houses Sept. 5-6

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

Virginia open houses Sept. 5-6

Virginia open houses Sept. 5-6

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

Spring Valley, neighbor to American University, getting a tony reputation

Spring Valley, neighbor to American University, getting a tony reputation

WHERE WE LIVE | Residents consider Spring Valley to be neighborly and intrinsically connected to American University.

A splendid porch is this Arlington home’s most distinguishing feature

A splendid porch is this Arlington home’s most distinguishing feature

HOUSE OF THE WEEK | The Queen Anne-style house belonged to the Schutt family who played a role in the development of Cherrydale.

School quality has a mighty influence on neighborhood choice, home values

School quality has a mighty influence on neighborhood choice, home values

D.C.-area buyers, even those without children, are drawn to highly ranked districts, buoying local realty markets.

Mortgage rates rise heading into holiday weekend

Mortgage rates rise heading into holiday weekend

The 30-year fixed-rate average moved higher, rising to 3.89 percent.

Free session in D.C.’s Columbia Heights to target first-time home buyers

Free session in D.C.’s Columbia Heights to target first-time home buyers

TOWN SQUARE | The workshop, among other topics, will cover figuring out how much you can afford and understanding finance options.

How to enforce lease restrictions in a condo building

How to enforce lease restrictions in a condo building

REAL ESTATE MATTERS | Renting out too many units could jeopardize owners’ ability to refinance their mortgages.

A new deal in D.C., Montgomery real estate contracts

A new deal in D.C., Montgomery real estate contracts

HOUSING COUNSEL | Realtor group replaces the old regional contract after Northern Virginia’s decision to break away.