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Closing time is about to get a big makeover

The government wants to simplify the forms for buyers. But lenders say they may not be ready for the changes.

    Cabell’s Mill is a neighborhood known for its stability

    WHERE WE LIVE | The Fairfax County community is defined by its lack of turnover and has amenities and arts nearby.

      Large single-family houses in Waldorf for as low as $365,000

      BUYING NEW | Scotland Heights is not near public transportation but offers spacious homes.

      House of the Week

      Plenty of sunshine to be found in this restored 1871 Italianate home

      HOUSE OF THE WEEK | It has been honored by the Historic Federicksburg Foundation and added to the National Register of Historic Places.

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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.

      Maryland open houses May 23-24

      Maryland open houses May 23-24

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

      Virginia open houses May 23-24

      Virginia open houses May 23-24

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

      D.C. open houses May 23-24

      D.C. open houses May 23-24

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

      In Tenleytown, community life revolves around hangouts

      In Tenleytown, community life revolves around hangouts

      WHERE WE LIVE | Northwest Washington neighborhood is a place where residents settle in.

      WWII-era love story gives rise to Japanese-style home in Fairfax

      WWII-era love story gives rise to Japanese-style home in Fairfax

      HOUSE OF THE WEEK | To persuade his wife to move to the U.S., a man built a duplicate of their home in Japan.

      Mortgage rates hold steady entering holiday weekend

      Mortgage rates hold steady entering holiday weekend

      The 30-year fixed-rate average falls for the first time in three weeks, dropping to 3.84 percent.

      Make the most of your tiny bathroom by maximizing space and minimizing costs

      Make the most of your tiny bathroom by maximizing space and minimizing costs

      One challenge in the Washington area is that many master bathrooms are very small.

      Museum- quality furniture for your home

      Museum- quality furniture for your home

      Pieces by furniture designer Tom Shiner are now available through Apartment Zero.

      Searching for a rental when demand and costs are high

      Searching for a rental when demand and costs are high

      Prices are high and selection can be low in spring and summer, when everyone is looking for an apartment.

      Options for underwater homeowners

      Options for underwater homeowners

      REAL ESTATE MATTERS | MakingHomeAffordable.gov and HelpWithMyBank.gov are two good places to start.