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

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

Home buyers in 2021 need more cash, face more competition

TOWN SQUARE | Competition between buyers in the past six months has led many to offer more than the listing price and to waive the right to make their offer contingent on an appraisal, a home inspection or financing, according to a recent report by Redfin.
  • 14 hours 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.
  • 1 day 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.
  • 2 days 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.
  • 2 days ago

Distinguished homes for sale in the D.C. region

The Washington Post's picks of noteworthy residences on the market.
  • 6 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.
  • 6 days ago
  • Perspective

Sale of condo spurs rift between sisters

REAL ESTATE MATTERS | Clearly, you and your sister need to sit down in a mediated environment and hash this out, or you’ll wind up losing family over money, which is the worst outcome for both of you.
  • Apr 7

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.
  • Apr 7
  • Perspective

Diagnosing the defect causing smoke to billow from a new fireplace

ASK THE BUILDER | The shape and size of the throat of the fireplace as well as the design of the smoke shelf are of the utmost importance to ensure that all the smoke and hot gases go up the chimney rather than roll into the room.
  • Apr 6

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
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