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The cost of waiting to buy a home
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The cost of waiting to buy a home

The decision to rent or buy requires financial and emotional choices and depends on your job security, lifestyle and commitment to a neighborhood...

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Low-voltage deck lighting can be an easy install for homeowners
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Low-voltage deck lighting can be an easy install for homeowners

Q: I’m going to tackle rebuilding my deck soon and have seen lots of photos of low-voltage deck lighting. I’m afraid of electricity and don’t feel...

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Two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo in Reston lists for $385,000
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Two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo in Reston lists for $385,000

If the idea of stepping out of your high-rise condo to walk to coffee shops, dozens of restaurants, concert venues and movie theaters appeals, you...

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Maryland open houses May 19-20
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Maryland open houses May 19-20

Here’s a list of open houses taking place May 19-20 in Maryland. We’ve divided the list by counties. To learn more about the properties for sale,...

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Virginia open houses May 19-20
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Virginia open houses May 19-20

Here’s a list of open houses taking place May 19-20 in Virginia. We’ve divided the list by counties. To learn more about the properties for sale,...

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D.C. open houses May 19-20
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D.C. open houses May 19-20

Here’s a list of open houses taking place May 19-20 in the District. We’ve divided the list by quadrants. To learn more about the properties for...

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A 1934 log cabin in Rockville woods with wildlife as neighbors
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A 1934 log cabin in Rockville woods with wildlife as neighbors

Stephen and Bea Epstein had heard about a teacher and her husband living in a log cabin not far from Green Acres School, which one of their...

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Mortgage rates reach levels not seen in seven years
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Mortgage rates reach levels not seen in seven years

After a brief pause, mortgage rates are back on the ascent. According to data released Thursday by Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average...

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Affordable housing under development in the District
Blog 5 days ago
Affordable housing under development in the District

A major side effect of the booming housing market in the District is the severe absence of affordable housing. A flurry of announcements in April...

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The D.C. area’s most expensive homes for sale in May
Blog 6 days ago
The D.C. area’s most expensive homes for sale in May

Using data from Rockville-based multiple-listing service Bright MLS, we compiled a list of some of the most expensive houses for sale in the...

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A new low down-payment option for first-time home buyers
Blog 6 days ago
A new low down-payment option for first-time home buyers

Buyers looking for a low down-payment loan often turn to FHA loans, which require a down payment of 3.5 percent, or a Fannie Mae HomeReady mortgage...

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Buy one rental property a year to help build your wealth
Blog 6 days ago
Buy one rental property a year to help build your wealth

To make a rental property purchase successful, owners must find a bargain — paying no more than 80 percent of the home’s value when factoring in...

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You can deduct interest on HELOCs, equity mortgages under new tax law — but there are limits
Blog 1 week ago
You can deduct interest on HELOCs, equity mortgages under new tax law — but there are limits

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act caused consternation for taxpayers and tax preparers because when it was signed into law in December, it was unclear...

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Home prices are above their pre-recession peak
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Home prices are above their pre-recession peak

Price appreciation around the country during the first quarter of 2018 drove home values to a median price of $240,000, less than 1 percent below...

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Doing the calculations on purchasing a rental property
Blog 1 week ago
Doing the calculations on purchasing a rental property

The mistake most new wannabe landlords make is they pay market price for any old home on the market. Any house at any price won’t necessarily make...

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If refinancing isn’t an option, your best bet may be to sell your house
Blog 1 week ago
If refinancing isn’t an option, your best bet may be to sell your house

Q: I need $8,000 to bring my mortgage to date. It costs me $1,000 per month. I have $100,000 in equity. It seems crazy to lose my home, but I...

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Four-bedroom, three-bathroom single-family home in Bowie is listed for $365,000
Blog 1 week ago
Four-bedroom, three-bathroom single-family home in Bowie is listed for $365,000

Home buyers looking for affordability in the Washington region can find better prices in Prince George’s County, where the median sales price was ...

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Georgian house has space to spare but the delight is in the details
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Georgian house has space to spare but the delight is in the details

The owner of the Georgian house in the Kent neighborhood of Northwest Washington spent more than a year working with architect David Hudson...

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D.C. open houses May 12-13
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D.C. open houses May 12-13

Here’s a list of open houses taking place May 12-13 in the District. We’ve divided the list by quadrants. To learn more about the properties for...

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Maryland open houses May 12-13
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Maryland open houses May 12-13

Here’s a list of open houses taking place May 12-13 in Maryland. We’ve divided the list by counties. To learn more about the properties for sale,...

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Virginia open houses May 12-13
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Virginia open houses May 12-13

Here’s a list of open houses taking place May 12-13 in Virginia. We’ve divided the list by counties. To learn more about the properties for sale,...

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Mortgage rates pause ahead of expected increases
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Mortgage rates pause ahead of expected increases

Fixed mortgage rates barely budged this week but they appear poised to head higher. According to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac,...

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Two new developments are coming to Capitol Hill’s Buchanan Park
Blog 1 week ago
Two new developments are coming to Capitol Hill’s Buchanan Park

The developers of new townhouses at Buchanan Park and condos in the former Buchanan School clearly like the neighborhood. While those two projects...

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How to get a landscape project underway
Blog 1 week ago
How to get a landscape project underway

Maybe you want to create something beautiful. Maybe you want to hang out in an attractive, functional outdoor space. Maybe you can’t bear your...

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How easy is it to get a mortgage?
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How easy is it to get a mortgage?

The rate of would-be borrowers getting turned down for a mortgage is almost half of what it was a decade ago, according to an analysis by real...

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Stop basement leaks with a French drain
Blog 1 week ago
Stop basement leaks with a French drain

Q: Water is pouring into my basement now that it’s spring. I’m sick of the water intrusion and the mold it creates. I’ve done so much research...

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Forget owning, renting is becoming the end game for many millennials and baby boomers
Blog 1 week ago
Forget owning, renting is becoming the end game for many millennials and baby boomers

Renting traditionally has been viewed as one rung on the housing ladder: First, you rent an apartment, then move on to purchase a starter home,...

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An off-market listing could be the key to finding the home you’re looking for
Blog 2 weeks ago
An off-market listing could be the key to finding the home you’re looking for

The number of homes for sale across the country has declined when making year-over-year comparisons for the past 34 months. For home buyers, this...

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Rock retaining walls pit friction against gravity
Blog 2 weeks ago
Rock retaining walls pit friction against gravity

Q: Tim, I read a column on your website about rock retaining walls. I’m having a hard time believing you can build a lasting wall and not use...

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Mortgage lender may offer options to help pay expenses on an inherited property
Blog 2 weeks ago
Mortgage lender may offer options to help pay expenses on an inherited property

Q: My wife and her sister were given their mother’s home when she died. The property was mortgage-free. For the past six years, her sister has been...

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