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Letting strangers into their homes, happily

D.C. residents gain extra income and meet new people by offering their homes on Airbnb and other services.

    Where We Live | Rock Spring

    The car is king in this part of Arlington County, where pretty much everything is a single-family house.

      Location is key at the Townes at Shady Grove Metro

      Comstock Homes is building 36 townhouses in Rockville that feature 4 bedrooms and nearby transit.

      House of the Week

      House of the Week | Historic Alexandria home for $5.2M

      Often referred to as Holland House, this modest two-story home gradually grew into a 6,125-square-foot L-shaped dwelling on nearly a half-acre.

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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.

      Virginia open houses Sept. 20-21

      Virginia open houses Sept. 20-21

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

      D.C. open houses Sept. 20-21

      D.C. open houses Sept. 20-21

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

      Maryland open houses Sept. 20-21

      Maryland open houses Sept. 20-21

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

      House panel considers ways to boost credit scores

      House panel considers ways to boost credit scores

      Complications come to light as committee airs ideas about reporting consumers’ financial track records.

      The importance of a well-designed street

      The importance of a well-designed street

      Like good architecture, a good streetscape should aspire to achieve aesthetic as well as practical goals.

      Location is key at the Townes at Shady Grove Metro

      Location is key at the Townes at Shady Grove Metro

      Comstock Homes is building 36 townhouses in Rockville that feature 4 bedrooms and nearby transit.

      Where We Live | Rock Spring

      Where We Live | Rock Spring

      The car is king in this part of Arlington County, where pretty much everything is a single-family house.

      Letting strangers into their homes, happily

      Letting strangers into their homes, happily

      D.C. residents gain extra income and meet new people by offering their homes on Airbnb and other services.

      House of the Week | Historic Alexandria home for $5.2M

      House of the Week | Historic Alexandria home for $5.2M

      Often referred to as Holland House, this modest two-story home gradually grew into a 6,125-square-foot L-shaped dwelling on nearly a half-acre.

      Mortgage rates soar to highest level since early May

      Mortgage rates soar to highest level since early May

      The prolonged flat, stable period of mortgage rates came to an end this week as the 30-year fixed-rate average spiked to 4.23 percent.

      Where We Live neighborhoods

      Deale

      The Maryland town was sleepy, before D.C.-area residents discovered it.

      Langdon

      The Northeast Washington neighborhood may lack flash, but yards are big and prices are small.

      Courthouse

      Arlington County planners have turned their attention to improving the neighborhood’s central square.

      Bladensburg

      The D.C. suburb played a key role in the War of 1812, and today its affordability is a draw.