Saturday, April 23, 2005

Bringing More Into the Fold
An Agent Is Sold on Hiring a Partner
By Malcolm Carter, Page F01
    Frankly, it's scary to head toward a place where I never planned to go.

Pint-Size Powder Rooms
Converting Niches Into Half-Baths Is A Design Challenge
By Deborah K. Dietsch, Page F01
    When responding to nature's call means trekking up or down a flight of stairs to reach a bathroom, many homeowners start looking around for a more convenient place to put the toilet and sink.

A Crusade For Competition
By Kenneth R. Harney, Page F01
    The Department of Justice has two blunt warnings for the American home real estate establishment:

High on Their Lofty Spaces on the Hill
In the Old School, Tales of Love at First Sight
By Stephanie Cavanaugh, Page G01
    Jamie Brown and Kyle Hamblin say they won't be buying another 17-foot Christmas tree this year.

Articles Inside the Section

Means Test, Counseling Requirement Lead a Host of Bankruptcy Changes
By Benny L. Kass, Page F03
    It will no longer be as easy to erase your debts under the bankruptcy law that President Bush signed this week.

Remodeling Moves To the Garage
By Katherine Salant, Page F04
    Over the past 20 years, every room in a typical suburban house has been transformed to some degree.

'Fly-by-Night Inspectors' Need Standards, Disgruntled Agent Says
By Barry Stone, Page F08
As a real estate agent in the Seattle area, I have watched as growing numbers of home inspectors, with their authoritarian attitudes, have led buyers to think they are entitled to mint-condition houses, free...

Gardening Tools Grow More Sophisticated
By Joel M. Lerner, Page F12
    "Man is a tool-using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all," wrote Scottish essayist Thomas Carlyle in 1833.

By Robert J. Bruss, Page F16
    Q DEAR BOB: I live in a high-cost area. Although my apartment rent is low compared with the costs of owning a home, I realize there is no advantage in being a lifetime renter. I have a great job producing good income, but I can't afford to buy even a starter house. Is there any hope that I will ever own my own home? -- John R.

30-Year Mortgage Rates Drop Again
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    Rates on 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages averaged 5.80 percent this week, down from 5.91 percent last week, Freddie Mac said Thursday in its weekly nationwide survey.

Twinning Convenience and Comfort in Silver Spring
By Ruben Castaneda, Page T05
    Residents say the Twin Towers apartment complex, in the heart of Silver Spring, is a great place to live whether you commute to work or are retired.

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    1110 Fidler Lane
Silver Spring, Md. 20910

Broken Air Conditioning Won't Break the Lease
By Robert Griswold, Steven R. Kellman and Ted Smith, Page T09
    Q I am a tenant and have many months remaining on my current lease. I would like to break my lease so I can move to an apartment community across town. I know it is not the hot season yet, but if my landlord will not fix the air-conditioning unit, can I use that as a reason to break the lease?

Apartment Chat
Rents May Be Moderating, but Do the Math
By Sara Gebhardt, Page T11
    Edited questions from Apartment Life, Sara Gebhardt's online discussion about rental issues.

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