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Inside the D.C.-area’s most expensive homes for sale
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Inside the D.C.-area’s most expensive homes for sale

With the help of 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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How to properly stain your concrete patio
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How to properly stain your concrete patio

I’ve got an in-ground swimming pool at my home and my wife is not too happy about the concrete deck around the pool. The concrete was poured at...

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Transformed after foreclosure, three-bedroom Capitol Hill rowhouse lists for $867,000
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Transformed after foreclosure, three-bedroom Capitol Hill rowhouse lists for $867,000

While plenty of people dream of finding a foreclosure and making their fortune flipping it, it can be hard to find a bargain-priced house in the...

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Vacation-home market booms in Maryland and Virginia
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Vacation-home market booms in Maryland and Virginia

The robust housing landscape in Washington exists for more than just primary residences. A number of second-home markets have seen an increase in...

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Owners need to explore the capital gains implications of rental home before adding daughter to title
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Owners need to explore the capital gains implications of rental home before adding daughter to title

 We bought a rental property (it’s a condo) in 2005 for $80,000. We rented it out until 2016. Our daughter moved into this condo last year after...

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Three-bedroom, four-bathroom townhouse in Olney, Md., lists for $299,900
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Three-bedroom, four-bathroom townhouse in Olney, Md., lists for $299,900

When you want to live in a jurisdiction with a reputation for excellent schools such as Montgomery County, Md., you have to expect to pay a premium...

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Homeownership is the American Dream, but some find renting ideal
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Homeownership is the American Dream, but some find renting ideal

I’ve been reading your column with all the letters from homeowners who have all kinds of problems. They sound as though they’d rather be renting...

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A midcentury modern in Annandale gets an update
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A midcentury modern in Annandale gets an update

Updating this midcentury modern in the Brook Hills Estate neighborhood of Annandale proved a rewarding challenge for architect Jobi Jones. The...

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Mortgage rates fall on weak Treasury yields
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Mortgage rates fall on weak Treasury yields

Mortgage rates dipped back below 4 percent last week, offering modest relief to budget-conscious home buyers seeking to hit a certain target in...

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Two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo in Rosslyn, Va., lists for $1,090,000
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Two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo in Rosslyn, Va., lists for $1,090,000

A decade ago Abdo Development built the Wooster and Mercer lofts in Rosslyn, Va., a time when high ceilings, walls of windows, combined rooms and...

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Be sure you’re on solid legal footing when you decide to break an apartment lease early
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Be sure you’re on solid legal footing when you decide to break an apartment lease early

I’m from Cleveland. I had a one-year apartment lease and broke that lease after 10 months, which was two months before the end of the term. Before...

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New survey shows millennial renters may be getting ready to become home buyers
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New survey shows millennial renters may be getting ready to become home buyers

Are millennial renters getting ready to make the leap into homeownership? A recent survey by TransUnion, a credit reporting bureau and data...

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Long to live in the city? The quiet-vs.-accessibility trade-off is something to consider.
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Long to live in the city? The quiet-vs.-accessibility trade-off is something to consider.

Waking up in a city that never sleeps is an exhilarating and romantic notion, thanks to Frank Sinatra. But after a few nights of screaming sirens...

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To achieve satisfaction for any home remodeling job, make sure you and the contractor are on the same page
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To achieve satisfaction for any home remodeling job, make sure you and the contractor are on the same page

I’ve got a big problem. Concrete was poured around my new swimming pool. I wanted a colored, sanded finish that resembled cobblestones. It’s been...

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New high-end apartments in Southwest D.C. slated for 2019
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New high-end apartments in Southwest D.C. slated for 2019

The Portals project, which has transformed a former industrial area into a development including the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and three office...

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Tomorrow’s smart homes call for integrating technology into the dwelling, not adding it on
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Tomorrow’s smart homes call for integrating technology into the dwelling, not adding it on

Simple smart-home technology has slowly begun to appear throughout many home listings in recent years. From smart thermostats to lights that can be...

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Make sure you understand terms of service before paying a home inspector
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Make sure you understand terms of service before paying a home inspector

I was buying a house and hired a home inspector. We went through the whole inspection, and I even paid him his fee. Then he gave me a form that...

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Four-bedroom, four-bathroom single-family house in D.C.’s Deanwood lists for $399,999
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Four-bedroom, four-bathroom single-family house in D.C.’s Deanwood lists for $399,999

With the median sales price for a home in the District climbing to $599,000 in May, according to Rockville-based multiple-listing service Bright...

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D.C. open houses July 15-16
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D.C. open houses July 15-16

Here’s a list of open houses taking place July 15-16 in the District. We’ve divided the list by quadrants. To learn more about the properties for...

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Maryland open houses July 15-16
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Maryland open houses July 15-16

Here’s a list of open houses taking place July 15-16 in Maryland. We’ve divided the list by counties. To learn more about the properties for sale,...

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Virginia open houses July 15-16
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Virginia open houses July 15-16

Here’s a list of open houses taking place July 15-16 in Virginia. We’ve divided the list by counties. To learn more about the properties for sale,...

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In Southwest D.C., a Federal-style brick house is a rare slice of early Washington
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In Southwest D.C., a Federal-style brick house is a rare slice of early Washington

The Federal-style brick house in Southwest Washington is one of the few buildings still standing in the nation’s capital built during the period of...

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Mortgage rates soar to highest levels since early May
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Mortgage rates soar to highest levels since early May

Mortgage rates soared to their highest levels since early May this week, but the rally may be short lived. According to the latest data released...

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Cash sweepstakes target fans of HGTV shows
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Cash sweepstakes target fans of HGTV shows

Fans of HGTV’s “House Hunters” and similar programs love to predict which house the shows’ buyers will purchase. HGTV has similar opportunities to...

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How to overcome the setback of mortgage reset when you refinance
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How to overcome the setback of mortgage reset when you refinance

Did I make a mistake by refinancing my home loan three times over the past 20 years? My loan balance is at $100,000 from $130,000 after 20 years. I...

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Home flipping soars in the District and Maryland
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Home flipping soars in the District and Maryland

Home flipping has slowed across the country, but it’s booming in the District and Maryland. The District had the highest number of home flips in...

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Art-centered apartments in D.C.’s Fort Totten to open this summer
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Art-centered apartments in D.C.’s Fort Totten to open this summer

The Modern at Art Place, a development of the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, will eventually be home to more than 900 apartments, a 47...

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The offers to star in his own TV show keep coming, but this home flipper keeps passing
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The offers to star in his own TV show keep coming, but this home flipper keeps passing

Each year I get at least two or three inquiries from TV production companies looking to create another flip show.  I was pretty excited when the...

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Why you should avoid home contractors who ask to be paid upfront
Blog 2 weeks ago
Why you should avoid home contractors who ask to be paid upfront

In the most recent issue of my free weekly AsktheBuilder.com newsletter, I dealt with a polarizing subject. I have received a lot of emails...

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Five-bedroom, five-bathroom single-family house in D.C.’s Cleveland Park listing for $5.2 million
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Five-bedroom, five-bathroom single-family house in D.C.’s Cleveland Park listing for $5.2 million

The tree-canopied streets of Cleveland Park in Northwest Washington are home to some of the city’s loveliest residences, including some built as...

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