Washington, DC Real Estate News

By Catarina Bannier, DC Real Estate The Smart And Fun Way
(Compass)
Dear Vered and Allan and girls, as promised, I'm keeping an eye on the renovation/construction of your home while you're overseas for the summer.   You've had enough time to witness the "demolition" and even more time to study what was left while waiting for permits from the DC bureaucracy, so let's see how it's all going to come back together in the next few months! ActiveRain (thank you, guys!) rewarded us for our participation in the inspiring Makeover2Takeover contest with this amazing little flip video camera.  I have been playing with it for a few weeks now.  So much cooler than the little mini videos from my phone or photo camera!  Now the trick is to figure out the editing, and while i've been trying hard to master that as well, you'll see it's, ehm, in the early stages... Hope ...
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By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(RLAH / @properties)
Situation: a buyer (aka "the client") asks her Buyer's Agent to write an offer for less than asking price. The buyer is a friend on the West Coast who put this question to me. Response: Buyer's Agent delivers 3 comparison sales: 24, 12 & 4 months prior. Agent also argues that asking price has dropped $60k and is therefore valid since that's the asking price. Analysis:The Comps: A buyer who made an offer prior to Jan 2008 was making an offer before the sub-prime fiasco and before the turbulence in the energy markets. Usually, comps that are more than 6 months old are suspect, that this is very true at the moment. The Buyers Agent needs to remember why a Buyers Agent does comps. With my client base here in the metro DC area, many with more graduate degrees than I, they get as much data as...
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By Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital
(RLAH Real Estate)
The Dupont Circle Farmers Market is the local Mecca for Washingtonians who take their foods seriously.  The market is open Sunday mornings and is set up on 20th Street between P and Q Streets   The produce is organic and is locally grown.  It’s fresh.  And it tastes different The peaches are sweet and juicy.  You can eat the tomatoes without worrying about getting botulism.  And for the first time ever, I met some fresh currants!  They’re orange.      There are exotic mushrooms and cute little carrots.    There are few farmers selling meat from animals who actually grew up in a real honest-to-gosh barnyard and pastures where they munched organic grass.  They lead happy, healthy lives with no nasty hormones or chemicals. If you want to grow an herb garden, you can get some beautiful spec...
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By pam jessee
(extra one flooring)
What is some of the most important things you need to consider when choosing a hardwood floor for your home or business? There are many factors: Consider which floor level your new floor is going to be installed There are several things that you need to consider when you're looking into purchasing wooden flooring. For instance, you will need to make sure that you choose the right type, style, finish, species and grade for your room. Are you confused already? Sorry! There are just a lot of things to keep in mind while you're looking at wooden flooring. As far as type of wood, if you are looking for a floor that is going to be very hardy and will last a long time, you should look at acrylic impregnated floors. These are floors with acrylics injected directly into the floor itself. The res...
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By Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate
(RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President)
Well, the District of Columbia missed out by a hair on being in the Top Five this year in Forbes Magazine's ranking of the best cities for young professionals. That was slightly surprising considering Bizjournals.com named the Washington D.C. area as the third best place in the nation for job opportunities for young adults.  I reported on that story about two months ago in my blog post Young, Urban, Hip & Prosperous: The D.C. Metro Area. Forbes reports that D.C. fell one position on this year's list landing at Number 6.  Additionally the Forbes article states that D.C. rated 15th for its concentration of Forbes-measured companies and in the top quartile for both salaries and never-married young residents. The top 5 cities in the Forbes List are: 1.  San Francisco 2.  Boston 3.  Houston ...
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By Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital
(RLAH Real Estate)
Now that I’ve learned that some of Whole Food’s organic veggies actually come from China, buying my produce at local farmer’s markets seems like a pretty good idea.  So I started off checking out Georgetown’s Rose Park Market, which is open every Wednesday between 4 and 7.   The idea was to pick up some, oh I dunno, healthy stuff.  Zuchinni, cucumbers, cherries, raspberries, peaches, maybe some herbs to plant in my “garden” once I pull out all the weeds. But wait!  What is this?  Who is this!  I am drawn to this table where I meet KarenKay Roberts.  And Oh!  My!  God!  These were cakes.  Not ordinary cakes.  They were totally amazing.Karen was disappointed in this day’s Country Coconut Pecan Pound Cake – it looked like a giant sticky bun with coconut added.  But the Strawberry Blackberr...
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By Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital
(RLAH Real Estate)
You'd better believe it! Every time I got to  get something out of my car's trunk, there is a little reminder.  It is on my license plates - I have tags issued by the District of Columgia.  They say: "Taxation Without Representation" On this day when we celebrate our break from England - and it was, um, taxation without representation that was the major issue - I noticed my this little reminder more than usual  Enough to merit a blog post! So, for those of you around the country who may be reading this, please remember your friends in the colony of Washington, DC who cannot write their senator or congressman when they are pissed about something. We don't have one!But we do get fantastic fireworks, although this year I'll be watching the fireworks in New York's Central Park!
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By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(RLAH / @properties)
As we get close to July 4th, this is appropriate. Somedays, I do think of things besides real estate. I'm not so thrilled with some of the comic interpretations (eg, let's not bash Pres. Bush on this one), but this is a funny way to get people to consider the implications. What is more frustrating as a DC citizen is to see neighboring districts spend lots of money in order to have an election to fill a seat which would have otherwise remain opened for a few months. If the value of those citizen's votes justify the money, then does not the value of a city with over a half million people who have never voted not also worthy of "action". So, for a funny rendition on DC's Lack of Congressional Representation...
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By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(RLAH / @properties)
If you've got less time than you'd like, and would appreciate a traveling vet, consider this. Let me just assure you, if your pet has any loathing for a vet's office, this is a great find. I've found Nia (the Housecall Vet) to be compassionate, and through. Give her a call, and you'll save stress and time, for you and your pets.
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By Fernando Herboso - Associate Broker MD, & VA, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA
(Maxus Realty Group of Samson Properties )
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By Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate
(RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President)
How can you pick just 5 things to do in the D.C. area?  Washington D.C. and the surrounding metropolitan area serves not only as the capital of the free world, the center of politics for our nation, a bastion of monuments and memorials, but also as one of the most heavily trafficked tourist destinations in the country if not the entire planet.  Okay, DisneyWorld probably has D.C. beat out, but I haven’t checked the actual statistics. During the over 13 years that I’ve lived in the Washington D.C. area, I’ve had many a guest visit and stay for anywhere from a day to over a week.  If they’ve never been to D.C. before or even if they have, I’m always ready to indulge them on my standard D.C. area tour for out-of-town guests. If you are planning to move to D.C. or Northern Virginia, or just...
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By Dana Couch-Davis, CRS, GRI, ABR, SRES
(Kendall Haney Realty Group)
Every city that is the state capital has a Capitol Hill area.  But in Washington, DC we are thrilled and privileged to have an area that is the legislative seat of power for the entire United States. Adjacent to the east of the United States Capitol Building is the neighborhoods that make up the Capitol Hill area.  They include the Seward Square Area, South Capitol Area, Lincoln Park Neighborhood, North Lincoln Park Neighborhood. The homes in these area range from quaint 2-3 bedroom rowhouses that are affordable in the market in the $400,000 price range to condos in the $600,000 range to large beautiful mansions on East Capitol Street that go for over $1,000,000 range. One of the things that I enjoy about Capitol Hill is that there seem to be small parks (maintained by the United States...
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By Tony Hain
(the art of city living® group)
The Logan Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC is a vibrant and evolving urban destination for the arts, restaurants and boutique shops.  Sleek and modern loft condos are populating like rabbits and joining the elegant and stately Victorian homes in this walkable neighborhood bordering downtown DC. Click Photo for Virtual Tour Logan Circle Real EstateHome to a diverse array of architecture, Logan Circle's tree lined streets are blanketed with many well preserved homes from the 1800's.  While some remain single family residences, others have been converted into condominium units.  On the other side of the spectrum, Logan is also home to many of the city's modern and most luxurious condominium buildings.  Prices range from $180,000 for a studio condominium to well over $1M for the upscal...
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By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(RLAH / @properties)
The DC Chamber of Commerce has just published their 2008 State of the Business Report. It's fairly predictable in that while there is a national economic slowdown (or use the R word if you wish), the local area is somewhat protected by Uncle Sam and a diverse economy. Notes of caution as unemployment is ticking up, albeit less than the national average. The urban center, DC itself, is higher. And of course, no economic report can not discuss real estate. The cost of housing is higher relative to income than we'd like, which is not an attraction to business, nor to it's employees. The report will likely not have thunderbolts of new refreshing thought, but it does compile strengths and opportunities fairly well. YourBusyLife.com
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By Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital
(RLAH Real Estate)
Somewhere around 1950, when my next door neighbor was about six years old, he planted a bunch of lilies in his front yard.  He still lives in the house (where he was born), and his lilies still bloom every year. During the 25 years living in my house, I've enjoyed these blooms every single June.  Arold's lilies are an orange color, and there are others around the neighborhood in shades of yellow and pink.  They are hardy and easy to grow - they even grow wild in Rock Creek Park and in some of the neighborhood alleys.  These are some of the Washington June blooms!
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By Fernando Herboso - Associate Broker MD, & VA, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA
(Maxus Realty Group of Samson Properties )
A growing popularity of high-end rentals reflects a lifestyle decision and uncertainty about our economy. Up until a couple of years ago, perhaps it made more sense to purchase a home around Bethesda, Potomac, Reston or McLean. . a few minutes drive from the capital. Purchase prices ranged around teh one million mark. If you are going to be  just for a few short years . . Does it make any sense in buying a property now? The market for high-end rentals is going to grow and demand is at it's highest. In addition to lifestyle changes and concern over the economy, housing is very expensive and unstable right now. To see available rentals from $3000, to $9000 per month. . Around Potomac, Bethesda, McLean and Reston. CHECK THEM HERE!!Choose your property and call us and you will receive VIP s...
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The end of may I had the opportunity to go to the Natural History Museum in Washington DC. I spent a lot of my time looking at the fossils, and gems. I thought the fossil hunters in this group would enjoy seeing the pieces from the museum. Pieces this large and colorful would be a great find!        
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I have been traveling recently and not doing a lot of blogging. I got a change to go to Washington D. C. for the first time. Since I love flowers my favorite places were the Botanical Gardens, and the rose gardens. I thought I would share a few pictures with you. It was hard to narrow them down.                
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By Brian Block, Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate
(RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President)
Tomorrow, Saturday June 7th, I'll be hitting the streets, running in the road, and racing with RE/MAX for the annual Susan G. Komen National Race for the Cure.  This annual event raises awareness and money for finding a cure for breast cancer which unfortunately afflicts so many women in this country.   I've been running this 5K race just about every year since I moved to the D.C. area in 1995.  Having trained for, run and completed all 26.2 miles of the Marines Corps Marathon in 2004, 5K races aren't really too much of a challenge anymore, but I enjoy supporting a great cause and a good run through D.C. on a Saturday morning. Moreover, having been affiliated with RE/MAX Allegiance since the summer of 2003, it's been an annual pilgrimage to the race for our brokerage.  This year we've g...
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By Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital
(RLAH Real Estate)
In Washington, we get cherry blossoms in March and April.  May is about azaleas.  And June is the month for roses! During Willie's walks, we pass by these rosebushes on the corner of 17th and Allison Streets in Crestwood, the neighborhood where I live. Here is a close-up of one of the yellow roses.  It is so beautiful that even Miss Type-A here took time for a little stop and sniff.  And what a wonderful way to start a day! Across the street from these bushes, my friend and neighbor, Janice Sterling, has just about the prettiest rose garden in the neighborhood.  She has a mix of white, red, pink andpeach.  Some are growing over her white picket fence, and some are under the windows of her charing house. So if you are visiting Washington this June, take a trip up 16th Street, above Moun...
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