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Groupon the on-line site which offers huge discounts on things to see, do, eat and more.  Offered in over 175 cities in the US and Canada; it has become a HUGE hit. Those who sign up; receive daily emails offering "The Deal".  Basically a coupon; something like a $40 gift card at a restaurant for...
02/01/2011
One of our local Settlement Companies have introduced a Short Sale management program.  For a fee of $800 due at closing; they will handle all of the details of the short sale.  Seems like money well spent.  Of course the challenge is do the sellers have the $800?   Well after working many short ...
02/01/2011
  Long gone is the Federal Tax Credit for 1st Time buyers; which expired last year. HOWEVER; the District of Columbia still offers a $5,000 tax credit to anyone who has not owned a main home in the District during the one-year period ending on the date of purchase. At the end of last year, Congre...
01/31/2011
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Current Number of Homes Active and Under Contract in the Washington DC area: Here is the breakdown as of January 24th, 2011   Inventory is down from the same time last year in DC and Arlington County; while Prince Georges and Montgomery Counties have seen an increase in inventory.  All areas hav...
01/24/2011
One of my biggest pet peeves is getting other Real estate agents to return phone calls. Last Friday (today is Thursday), I called an agent to show a listing he had for sale. My client wanted to see it, along with others on Saturday. I leave 2 messages and hear nothing back. He calls me back today...
01/15/2011
How can I reduce all the junk?  What about the junk I sometimes want?  You know- every 100 times I see that ad for the flowers or the chocolates; I think - OH YES - a sale - and I know just who to send them to! But then there are the 100s of other junk emails I get that I dont care about. Well Ne...
01/12/2011
As I sit here and smell the fixings being prepared and waiting for good friends to join for a Thanksgiving Celebration; I must reflect on what a great year this has been and how Thankful I really am. Some Great Accomplishments this year: - Began a new (and successful) partnership in my business -...
11/25/2010
Like so many government projects; we hear things long before we see the results - or even the project started.  But now it seems a project - will be happening which has been long talked about and even longer awaited. DC waterfront projects will be seeing some redevelopment over the next 5 years. ...
11/21/2010
El Sol Restaurant at 9th Street NW near Florida Ave; is a small Mexican restaurant in the Shaw neighborhood near the "U Street Corridor" of Washington DC.  THE LINK ON YELP! Below is my less than glowing review of the place this week.  Sorry; but there are too many other good places in DC to eat ...
11/18/2010
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There is a block which I know well.  It is unlike many blocks in Washington DC; where motorists speed down; ignoring the speed limit; or pedestrians, children walking (or Realtors getting out of their cars). The block I am currently concerned about is the 1300 block of Taylor St NW, in the Petwor...
11/17/2010
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