How to avoid shocking discoveries in your home’s electrical system

Problems can be in plain sight or lurking behind the walls
  • 4 days ago

3-bedroom, 1-bathroom condo in Trinidad neighborhood lists for $399,900

AFFORDABLE HOME OF THE WEEK | The unit is located on the building's top floor and has hardwood floors in the living areas, new carpet in the bedrooms and a washer and dryer.
  • 2 hours ago
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Is now the right time to buy a home? Three factors to consider before making an offer.

While buying a new home might make sense today, will it still fit your needs in five to 10 years? That’s difficult to answer, especially as questions linger around the coronavirus pandemic.
  • 22 hours ago

Need a home repair person in D.C.? New website with consumer reviews can help you find a reliable one.

TOWN SQUARE | The DCRA Contractor Rating System provides a database of architects, interior designers, general contractors and home improvement contractors that includes a rating from one to five stars based on the quality of their plan submissions and review (for architects and interior designers) and the pass/fail rate of inspections of their projects for contractors.
  • 1 day ago

Distinguished homes for sale in the D.C. region

The Washington Post's picks of noteworthy residences on the market.
  • 4 days ago

Fixed mortgage rates upward march halted as they fall for the first time in 7 weeks

The 30-year fixed-rate average had been on a steady climb for nearly two months but fell to 3.13 percent this week.

Minority first-time home buyers in D.C. region can get help with often out-of-reach down payment

TOWN SQUARE | A first of its kind, national housing-justice initiative launched by a real-estate-management company provides virtually no strings down payment support for minority first-time home buyers in the D.C. area.
  • 5 days ago

New twist to home selling: Owners list their properties, agents bid on them to sell

TOWN SQUARE | Online marketplace “Bid My Listing” gives homeowners an opportunity to make money on their home listing by uploading their information to the site and having local real estate agents bid for the listing.
  • 6 days ago

Three mistakes to avoid in your DIY home renovation

TOWN SQUARE | Prior to starting any new project, it’s important to research the regulations and requirements within your specific region. Taking the time to understand the mandates, codes and laws in your area can save you from costly penalties in the future.
  • Apr 6
  • Perspective

Wallpaper has rolled back in style. Here’s how to get it.

Nonprofit Washington Consumers’ Checkbook and Checkbook.org has ratings of professional wallpaper installers provided by consumers like you.
  • Apr 5
  • Perspective

Looking to sell a primary or vacation home? Here’s how the IRS looks at those sales very differently.

REAL ESTATE MATTERS | The federal government gives a huge tax break to homeowners who have lived in their homes for two out of the past five years and have used that home as their primary residence. Not so with a vacation home.
  • Apr 5

Three-bedroom, three-bathroom townhouse in Germantown, Md., lists for $329,900

AFFORDABLE HOME OF THE WEEK | The townhouse is 1,580 square feet with three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a fireplace.
  • Apr 5

Following pandemic, converting office buildings into housing may become new ‘normal’

But such alterations for home living face significant challenges in design, technology, regulations, and costs and financing.
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