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REAL ESTATE NEWS
Ditch the district for a home outside the beltway...read more on which suburbs are attracting millennials
The Washington-area’s housing market continues to suffer from a lack of houses and condos for sale, although price fluctuation from area to area compared to year-ago levels was mixed last month...read full story here
Tight inventory in the D.C.-area housing market is not just driving up prices, it is starting to affect appraisals. Appraisals rely heavily on “comps,” or recent sales of comparable properties that are similar in size, condition and — equally important — location...read full story here
REAL ESTATE INVESTING ADVICE
Real estate is a tricky business with a lot of ins and outs that can be difficult to navigate. Getting informed is the key to battling information overload and fatigue. We wanted to know more about what first-time investors should consider when looking for properties to put money into. We asked members of the Forbes Real Estate Council for their best tips for investors setting out after their first deal. Read what our CEO Bobby Montagne’s advice for first-time investors...
It’s easy to see the rise in popularity of Airbnb and other online vacation rental sites and think it’s a good idea to buy a property dedicated to short-term housing. But that strategy may not be as simple or lucrative as it seems, experts warn...read full story here
If you’re thinking about selling a vacant house, there are some things to consider. Selling an empty house is different than selling an occupied house. You need to make sure you’re aware of some of the obstacles you may encounter when trying to sell your vacant home. In this post, we’ll walk you through the complete guide to selling a vacant house...read more
HOME IMPROVEMENT TIPS
For some properties, landscaping can make or break a deal. Unless you're selling a real fixer-upper, your home's yard is an important part of the real estate equation. If you're looking to put your home on the market, or you've already listed and you haven't had a lot of interest, use these quick and easy landscaping tips to help your property stand out from all the others...read full story here
When I bought my first house last year, I was determined to have marble countertops—Carrara marble, specifically. And with Carrara falling on the relatively cheap end of materials (an average of $40 per square foot), several houses in my tiny budget had them. Of course, I looked at homes with other options—drab granite, rustic butcher block, and one unfortunate bout of Formica. But there was just something that kept drawing me back to marble...read full story here
The best flooring for dogs and other four-legged friends is, among other things, durable. Popular varieties of beautiful hardwood and luxurious wool carpets don't stand up well to daily wear and tear, so if you've fantasized about filling your home with high-maintenance flooring, you might want to think twice...read full story here
We got a note from Logan, a student at a local community center, who wanted to share with you an article on home security systems. Hope you find this article about choosing and installing motion sensor security cameras helpful!