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Crowdfunding Becomes a Hot Property in Real Estate Investing

Sam Kittner, CNBCThe Fundrise crowdfunding platform plans to raise $350,000 to invest in the red brick building above. By Stephanie Dhue The vacant, two-story brick building at 1539 Seventh St. in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, D.C., is not exactly what you would expect to attract enthusiastic crowdfunding. After... Continue Reading »

Sequestration Will Hit Washington, D.C., the Hardest

By Sarah Parnass Sure, the men and women who voted for sequestration won't take a hit in their paychecks, but nowhere will the federal government's $85 billion budget cuts be felt more acutely than inside the beltway. Visitors to Washington, D.C., and locals alike are already beginning to feel the burn. Want to go on a... Continue Reading »

Inauguration 2013 Rental Prices in Washington D.C. Reach $10,000 for a 4-Day Stay

President Obama's 2013 inauguration is going on now in Washington, D.C., and for those who live there, be glad. You don't have to pay for a place to stay. For those traveling to the nation's capitol for the event, we feel for you. If you've opted for a rental during your stay, you're paying inauguration rental prices of up... Continue Reading »

Green Home in Washington, D.C., is Really, Really Green (House of the Day)

Jay-Z once rapped lyrical about the perks of "all black everything" (from his clothes to his cars to his house), but we think this house got the wrong memo -- or color, rather. With its living room decked out from top to bottom in green (velvet, no less!), this $1.95 million Washington, D.C., home is like nothing we've... Continue Reading »

Obama's Oval Office: Redecorating for World's Most Famous Tenant

What do you do when you move into a new rental? Redecorate, of course. The White House last week unveiled President Obama's redesigned Oval Office. The makeover, completed under the eye of California designer Michael Smith while the First Family was vacationing in Martha's Vineyard, showcases a sea of brown, camel, and... Continue Reading »

Cities With Jobs: Yes, They Do Exist

Summer: Time for flip-flops, beach vacations and the hunt for that first post-college job for recent grads. According to the job search engine, Juju.com, certain towns offer better career opportunities than others. Measuring a city's unemployed population versus the number of advertised positions, Juju's June list ranks... Continue Reading »

D.C. Nationals Baseball: Live Near Stadium and See Strasburg Pitch, $649K

There are fewer than a dozen homes for sale within walking distance of Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., but if you want to buy a home with the quickest walk to the baseball stadium, you're going to have to come up with $649,000 or more for a condo in the Capitol Quarter. Public transportation to the ballpark is... Continue Reading »

Stephanopoulos Settles for $1M Less on Georgetown Home

While not quite on the scale of Greek tragedy, political correspondent George Stephanopoulos has sold his exquisite Georgetown mansion for close to a million dollars less than the asking price. Stephanopoulos and his wife, actor/comedian Ali Wentworth, sold the estate to Alan Adler of Chevy Chase Trust for $5.45... Continue Reading »

Northern Virginia's Crystal City Gets New Life

In a county known for attracting young professionals to neighborhoods with its vibrant development on Washington D.C.'s Metro corridors, Arlington, Va. planners are hoping a facelift will help a 40-year-old, mixed-use development known as Crystal City compete with the upstarts. The county is floating a plan to redevelop... Continue Reading »

Washington, D.C. Housing Inventory Down

Is it a sign of a healthy housing market when homeowners choose to rent out their houses rather than sell because they can't get what they paid for them just five years ago? According to a recent Washington Post article, it is. The Post's Dina ElBoghdady tells us that inventory is down, and prices are up in the D.C. area,... Continue Reading »

Plastic's Not Your Bag? Save Money, Space and Planet With Eco-Bags

Have you ever considered how many plastic bags are consumed bagging up tomatoes, lettuce, and other items from the produce section? The answer: lots. The latest extension of BYOB (bringing your own bag to the grocery) is the reusable produce bag. According to the website of one manufacturer of an eco-friendly bag, 3B... Continue Reading »

Condo for Sale Near D.C.'s National Mall for $459K

For visitors to Washington, D.C., the National Mall is a must-see. There are so many things to explore along the 2.5-mile stretch of parkland between the Potomac River and Capitol Hill. For $459,000, you could buy this condo at 202 G St. in Washington, D.C., and walk to the National Mall anytime you want. The sites that... Continue Reading »

D.C. Homes for Sale Near the Obamas: Under $600K

Given the chance, who wouldn't want to live near the White House? No matter what your political affiliation, it's fun giving directions ("Just down the street from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue") and a great neighborhood to enjoy history. Who knows, you might run into the Obamas as they head out for a night on the town. I've... Continue Reading »

Washington, D.C.: Huge Condo for Sale on Embassy Row, $1.9M

For $1,895,000 this condo is an amazing amount of space in a historic district that was once one of the premier residential neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. -- Embassy Row. The condo at 2339 Massachusetts Ave. is one of four apartments that each encompass an entire floor of the building. Continue Reading »

Downtown Washington, D.C. Condo; $850K, Near the Obamas

The chance to live on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. doesn't pop up every day, and the opportunity to live on the same street as the White House is probably rarer. With this $850,000 condo at 701 Pennsylvania Ave., you can say you live near the White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., and be in the heart of the city and... Continue Reading »

Penn Quarter, Washington, D.C. Condo That Could Be a Museum, $2.4M

A $2,495,000 price tag for a condo is steep. Even in downtown Washington, D.C., you'd think the price would include some artwork to enjoy while knocking around its 3,700 square feet. The condo at 475 H St. NW in downtown Washington is painted and designed as if you were walking into a piece of art, or at least one of the... Continue Reading »

Downsizing: How to Live in a Small Space with Less

How does one move from 5,100 square feet to 600 and still function? Attorney Glen Ackerman, who, when he moved from his large Pittsburgh home to his tiny one-bedroom Washington, D.C. condo started over with nothing but his clothes and a few books, will tell you "live only with the necessities," according to the Washington... Continue Reading »

I Want This House: Washington, D.C.'s Dupont Circle for $3.9M

The main reason I want this Washington, D.C. house -- for the princely sum of $3.9 million -- isn't because it looks like a castle and has five levels and an elevator, but because it's at the center of the city, in the heart of the city's nightlife in Dupont Circle. The house at 2030 R. St. surely does the job as far as... Continue Reading »

I Want This Washington, D.C. House: $749K in Chevy Chase

For $749,500, this house in the Chevy Chase neighborhood of Washington, D.C. will put you near the popular Connecticut Avenue stretch in Northwest, where there are enough unique stores, parks and history to keep you busy for years. The home at 5218 Chevy Chase Pkwy. is a few blocks from the major thoroughfare, which... Continue Reading »

Washington, D.C. Condos Under $450,000

If you have a family, finding a home in Washington, D.C. for $450,000 or less can be difficult. But if you're single, or married, and don't mind having a one-bedroom condo, possibly two bedrooms, then you can find a place to live in our nation's capital. With enough politics, nightlife, history, restaurants and other... Continue Reading »

I Want This Washington, D.C. Mansion for $6.9M

I want to live in a mansion. I want to live in a house so big and with so much to do in it that I could get lost for days. I think I've found it at 4847 Rockwood Pkwy, in Washington, D.C. Just by the measurement of bathrooms, this $6,995,000 house qualifies as a mansion: eight bathrooms and two half baths. If a home has... Continue Reading »

I Want This Washington, D.C. Condo With River Views: $765K

Everyone should spend some of their life in Washington, D.C., if possible. There's politics, art and plenty of museums and living history to keep you busy. This penthouse at 700 New Hampshire Ave. is in a neighborhood that will put you near the center of the action in Washington, D.C. Granted, it costs $765,000 and only... Continue Reading »

I Want This $11.5M Historic House in Washington, D.C.

The house for sale at 1248 30th St. in Washington, D.C. is worthy of envy: five bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths and enough chandeliers to know you're living in style in a home that costs $11.5 million. But what sells me is the fact that this former coach house was built as a stable for an adjacent house owned by Abraham... Continue Reading »

See a Problem? Text City Hall

Tech-savvy Bostonians with a bone to pick with the city (snowed-in streets, potholes, leaking fire hydrants) needn't worry any more about bureaucratic red tape. Thanks to a new iPhone app called Citizens Connect, residents can snap photos of busted streetlights or stray graffiti, punch in a few key details, and submit the... Continue Reading »

5 Things Congress Can Learn From the

Watch out politicos, MTV's "Real World" is returning, and this time they're in your town. Yes, Washington D.C is the latest "hip" locale for the house filled with mismatched 20-somethings all vying for their cliché 15-minutes of fame (or drunken embarrassment). The current crew will be living in an unbelievable... Continue Reading »

The New Real Estate Bubble

You've probably walked by the Hirshhorn museum without knowing it. On the Mall in Washington, surrounded by the picturesque Smithsonian Castle, with its bright red turrets, and the National Archives, with its dramatic classical facade, the Hirshhorn tends to fade into the background. Despite its distinctive donut shape,... Continue Reading »

Why Chase Turned Me Down

It's understandable why a bank might not want to to refinance a home that is underwater, or where the owner can't show enough income to justify the rate. But what about a perfectly normal mortgage? The New York Times had a recent piece about otherwise qualified homeowners who try to refinance their mortgages at today's... Continue Reading »

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