January 2014

Found 7 blog entries for January 2014.

610 Elliott St NE.

Stop by on Sunday 1-4 to see this perfect Capitol Hill house!
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Renovated 3 bedroom 2 bath semi-detached townhouse with all the goodies. Lots of windows, hardwood floors. granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Recently renovated master bathroom, wood burning fireplace, slate patio off the den and a large deck off living room. On a super cute block street just a short hop from the greatness of Atlas District and Capitol Hill.

Exterior front: 610 Elliott St NE Washington DC.  Capitol Hill.

Entrance: 610 Elliott St NE Washington DC.  Capitol Hill.

Living room with fireplace: 610 Elliott St NE Washington DC.  Capitol Hill.

Dining room: 610 Elliott St NE Washington DC.  Capitol Hill.

kitchen: 610 Elliott St NE Washington DC.  Capitol Hill.

Master Bath: 610 Elliott St NE Washington DC.  Capitol Hill.

Deck: 610 Elliott St NE Washington DC.  Capitol Hill.


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 Congratulations to our buyer on this fabulous purchase on Capitol Hill.   Located on 3rd st NE, this tall Victorian Bay front home has 7 bedrooms and 3.5.  House also has a 2 bedroom rental apartment in the basement, off-street parking and a perhps the best roof deck on Capitol Hill.
120 3rd ST NE Exterior

The view from the roof deck includes the Capitol Dome, the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress!
Capitol Hill Roof deck with view of Capitol, Supreme Court and Library of Congress

We love Capitol Hill.  Our office is right across from Historic Eastern Market on 7th St SE.  Stop by for some coffee and a quick chat about the Capitol Hill housing market. We are the local real estate experts and can help you find a great home on The Hill.

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According to a report released by RBi, median sales prices were up year over year by 9.6% in the DC METRO area and in Washington DC they were up by 10.2%.

If you are looking to buy a house in DC, now is the time to for action.  Home prices are clearly on the upswing, interest rates are still low (about 4.4% today for 20% down and gret credit), and inventory is picking up for the Spring.  Also read this  Washington post  article on the new rules for mortgages.
For specific home buying strategy tailored to your needs, call us today, we'll grab a quick coffee and start you on your way to homeownership.

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That time of year is upon us again. Restaurant Week. The week where budget concious gluttons can experience the joy of eating like the 1%. And what timing! Two weeks after the New Year, when everyone starts to give up on their resolutions to eat better, Restaurant Week comes swooping in to console the masses after their failed attempts. Well played Restaurant Week, well played. All snarky criticism aside, Restaurant Week, this year January 13th-19th, can be a great time to broaden your palate and try new things or it can be a wolf in sheep's clothing. All depends on how you look at it; regardless, read on for our guide to DC's Restaurant Week 2014.

The official Metropolitian Restaurant Week website boasts 3-course meals for 7 days at over 200 local

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311 Aspen St NW Washington DC.
We are excited to announce that we represented the buyer of another great Takoma Park, DC, house.  This brick bungalow is on a large lot, with garage and just a short walk to the Takoma Park redline Metro stop and all the great shops of downtown Takoma Park.
Congratulations to our buyer on this great purchase.
311 Aspen, Takoma Park DC Exterior

311 Aspen, Takoma Park DC back yard

311 Aspen, Takoma Park DC Living room

311 Aspen, Takoma Park DC Dining room

311 Aspen, Takoma Park DC Kitchen

311 Aspen, Takoma Park DC bedroom

311 Aspen, Takoma Park DC bathroom

Thanks for reading our blog.  We are the local DC real estate experts. We live, love & Sell DC.  We can help you find a great home in DC.

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So... as part of being a 'gear head' and a passionate admirer of anything with wheels, I collect old license plates.   DC has issued some fairly interesting license plates over the years.

Here are some of the most interesting old ones from my collection. (If you see any cool ones, please send me a picture for inclusion here, and if you have any extra ones lying around the garage... I'll gladly take them off your hand and make a donation in your name to your favorite local charity.)

Oldest one I have so far is a matched set of plates from 1921 that one of our clients found in a house on Eastern Ave.
1921 DC license plates
License plate from 1957 "Nations Capitol"
Washington DC license plate from 1957
License plate from 1968: Switched to "Washington D.C"
Washington DC license plate from 1968
License plate from 2001 "Celebrate & Discover"
Washington DC license plate from 2001
First year of

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Washington DC Real Estate Market in 2014

Here are some predictions for the Washington DC Real Estate Market for 2014.
The DC area remains among the wealthiest http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2013/12/12/the-d-c-suburbs-dominate-the-list-of-wealthiest-u-s-counties/
Loans are going to be harder to get.  New guidelines under The consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Qualified Mortgage will now require a maximum debt to equity ratio of 43% even with large downpayments.  Self employed persons will also continue to have a harder time getting a loan.  One way to avoid this is to work with a local bank or credit union that lends out portfolio money- meaning they keep the mortgage on their books and can therefor set their own rules.  Some of the

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