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By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
 [ This is the neigborhood in Washington, DC.  Everyone wants live here, or to come here to eat and enjoy the city.Logan Circle is the quintessential NW DC neighborhood.  It simply looks and feels right, without the attitude one finds with the usually older & more established NW neighborhoods.Penn Quarter, closer to downtown/ Penn. Ave., has the nightlife, clubs and Capital One Arena.Shaw is the place to be and the neighborhood has a great feel of new & old woven together.  Numbers increased a little from last month, with a total of 55 homes sold in October 2021. We are below the 5 year average of 66 and have continued to trend down slowly for the last couple months.  We'll continue to watch numbers as we move through fall and into winter.  We can't predict all the changes, so we'll jus...
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By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
Capitol Hill is also a neighborhood in Washington, a big village, split halfway across, half in the NE and half in the SE quadrant of Washington, DC.  Politicians work here, but people live here also.On the north side, an iconic landmark is Union Station, with some 40 million people annually, shown here to represent the local perspective. This is a true transportation hub, with Amtrak, suburban rail, intercity  bus and the Metro(subway) stations to converge. As of 2019, 2nd busiest station in the country.As of February 2016, the H Street Trolley now gets people from (almost) Union Station to past the 15th St Starburst.This view shows the station as you drive up in a cab, or Bikeshare or walk from Capitol Hill on left.  If you were there today, you'd see no cabs, and no people inside (or...
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By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
Capitol Hill is not only a political idea, it is also a big village, a neighborhood split halfway across, half in the NE and half in the SE quadrant of Washington, DC.  Politicians work here, but people live here also.On the south side of this neighborhood is Barracks Row, and the ever growing and popular Navy Yard with the Nationals Park neighborhood.  Let's consider that we will return to some level of foot traffic here in the summer of 2021, even if not 2019 levels yet.The Navy Yard has very good Metro access, and is also home to baseball's Nationals Park. This neighborhood has also become the 'it' neigborhood, growing faster than any other in the past year.  All the residential growth has fueled demand for lots of new neighborhood amenities, which brings more people.  It certainly f...
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By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
This quote is getting older, but even more relevant in 2021. Councilmember Charles Allen was quoted in the Washington City Paper (8/21/2015) saying "Southwest is an absolutely incredible neighborhood.  It's a neighborhood that has so many things: Metro stations, water access, parks & greenspaces, small and big residential buildings.  A lot of people just didn't realize it was there".Audi Field, home of DC United Soccer, as well as PNHoffman's The Wharf will ensure a lot more people find this neighborhood.This view shows the opening day, which was a good day, albeit with opening issues. DC United has upped it's game this season with a few team additions, surely to benefit a stronger team.   A total of 20 homes were sold in October 2021, with an average for the prior 5 years being 24.  Sa...
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By The Isaacs Team LLC, Compass
(1313 14th St NW DC 20005)
NORTHEAST DC |  Kadida Development Group (KDG) and Urban Investment Partners (UIP) instructed their sales & marketing team to cancel all contracts at Tribeca Condominiums early Wednesday and withdraw listings from the MLS. Shocked buyers, many of whom have been under contract for a year or more, were informed that the nearly-completed building located at 40 N Street NE would be converting to a rental property.Read more at realestateinthedistrict.com Photo: Tribeca buyer inspecting balcony Copyright The Isaacs Team LLC 2021
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By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
 [ This is the neigborhood in Washington, DC.  Everyone wants live here, or to come here to eat and enjoy the city.Logan Circle is the quintessential NW DC neighborhood.  It simply looks and feels right, without the attitude one finds with the usually older & more established NW neighborhoods.Penn Quarter, closer to downtown/ Penn. Ave., has the nightlife, clubs and Capital One Arena.Shaw is the place to be and the neighborhood has a great feel of new & old woven together.  Numbers dropped again from last month, with a total of 50 homes sold in September 2021. We are now right at the 5 year average of 51 and have continued to trend down slowly for the last couple months.  We'll continue to watch numbers as we move through fall and into winter.  We can't predict all the changes, so we'll...
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By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
Capitol Hill is not only a political idea, it is also a big village, a neighborhood split halfway across, half in the NE and half in the SE quadrant of Washington, DC.  Politicians work here, but people live here also.On the south side of this neighborhood is Barracks Row, and the ever growing and popular Navy Yard with the Nationals Park neighborhood.  Let's consider that we will return to some level of foot traffic here in the summer of 2021, even if not 2019 levels yet.The Navy Yard has very good Metro access, and is also home to baseball's Nationals Park. This neighborhood has also become the 'it' neigborhood, growing faster than any other in the past year.  All the residential growth has fueled demand for lots of new neighborhood amenities, which brings more people.  It certainly f...
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By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
This quote is getting older, but even more relevant in 2021. Councilmember Charles Allen was quoted in the Washington City Paper (8/21/2015) saying "Southwest is an absolutely incredible neighborhood.  It's a neighborhood that has so many things: Metro stations, water access, parks & greenspaces, small and big residential buildings.  A lot of people just didn't realize it was there".Audi Field, home of DC United Soccer, as well as PNHoffman's The Wharf will ensure a lot more people find this neighborhood.This view shows the opening day, which was a good day, albeit with opening issues. DC United has upped it's game this season with a few team additions, surely to benefit a stronger team.   A total of 13 homes were sold in September 2021, with an average for the prior 5 years being 17.  ...
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By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
 [ This is the neighborhood in Washington, DC.  Everyone wants live here, or to come here to eat and enjoy the city.Logan Circle is the quintessential NW DC neighborhood.  It simply looks and feels right, without the attitude one finds with the usually older & more established NW neighborhoods.Penn Quarter, closer to downtown/ Penn. Ave., has the nightlife, clubs and Capital One Arena.Shaw is the place to be and the neighborhood has a great feel of new & old woven together.  Numbers dropped quite a bit from last month, with a total of 73 homes sold in August 2021. This puts us right at the 5 year average of 72, are we finally back to normal? Or will the COVID yo yo continue.  We'll continue to watch numbers as we move through summer to fall.  We can't predict all the changes, so we'll j...
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By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
Capitol Hill is also a neighborhood in Washington, a big village, split halfway across, half in the NE and half in the SE quadrant of Washington, DC.  Politicians work here, but people live here also.On the north side, an iconic landmark is Union Station, with some 40 million people annually, shown here to represent the local perspective. This is a true transportation hub, with Amtrak, suburban rail, intercity  bus and the Metro(subway) stations to converge. As of 2019, 2nd busiest station in the country.As of February 2016, the H Street Trolley now gets people from (almost) Union Station to past the 15th St Starburst.This view shows the station as you drive up in a cab, or Bikeshare or walk from Capitol Hill on left.  If you were there today, you'd see no cabs, and no people inside (or...
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By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
Capitol Hill is not only a political idea, it is also a big village, a neighborhood split halfway across, half in the NE and half in the SE quadrant of Washington, DC.  Politicians work here, but people live here also.On the south side of this neighborhood is Barracks Row, and the ever growing and popular Navy Yard with the Nationals Park neighborhood.  Let's consider that we will return to some level of foot traffic here in the summer of 2021, even if not 2019 levels yet.The Navy Yard has very good Metro access, and is also home to baseball's Nationals Park. This neighborhood has also become the 'it' neigborhood, growing faster than any other in the past year.  All the residential growth has fueled demand for lots of new neighborhood amenities, which brings more people.  It certainly f...
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By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
This quote is getting older, but even more relevant in 2021. Councilmember Charles Allen was quoted in the Washington City Paper (8/21/2015) saying "Southwest is an absolutely incredible neighborhood.  It's a neighborhood that has so many things: Metro stations, water access, parks & greenspaces, small and big residential buildings.  A lot of people just didn't realize it was there".Audi Field, home of DC United Soccer, as well as PNHoffman's The Wharf will ensure a lot more people find this neighborhood.This view shows the opening day, which was a good day, albeit with opening issues. DC United has upped it's game this season with a few team additions, surely to benefit a stronger team. We can see 25 homes were sold in August 2021, with an average for the prior 5 years being 22.  Again...
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By The Isaacs Team LLC, Compass
(1313 14th St NW DC 20005)
The New Dept. of Building And Two Other Entities Replace The Old DCRAThe DC Council recently voted to create three new entities to replace the old DCRA, which they found to be conflicted and inefficient. Law 23-269 establishes the Department of Buildings as a subordinate agency within the executive branch of the District government. The new department's mandate is to promote the health, safety, and quality of life of residents and visitors in the District of Columbia by reviewing proposed plans for technical sufficiency, issuing permits, inspecting the built environment, regulating land use and development, and enforcing the regulations and codes governing building construction, rental housing conditions, building maintenance and building safety.   In order to keep the workload manageab...
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By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
Capitol Hill is also a neighborhood in Washington, a big village, split halfway across, half in the NE and half in the SE quadrant of Washington, DC.  Politicians work here, but people live here also.On the north side, an iconic landmark is Union Station, with some 40 million people annually, shown here to represent the local perspective. This is a true transportation hub, with Amtrak, suburban rail, intercity  bus and the Metro(subway) stations to converge. As of 2019, 2nd busiest station in the country.As of February 2016, the H Street Trolley now gets people from (almost) Union Station to past the 15th St Starburst.This view shows the station as you drive up in a cab, or Bikeshare or walk from Capitol Hill on left.  If you were there today, you'd see no cabs, and no people inside (or...
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By The Isaacs Team LLC, Compass
(1313 14th St NW DC 20005)
If you're buying a new condo in DC, the sales & marketing rep for the developer will tell you about all the great attributes of the location, the building and the units you're interested in. But one of the most important factors in a new condo purchase is the delivery date. You plan your financial details and living arrangements around it. This key aspect of your transaction is something your sales rep won't want to talk about.Here's what you need to know ⬇️These Factors Factor Into Your DC New Condo Delivery Date Construction timeline Certificate Of Occupancy Pre-Sale Requirement Your location in the building It Doesn't Require A Crystal Ball 🔮New construction timelines are not unbreakable codes, universal mysteries or transcendental equations. What new home sales reps in DC won’t tell...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Free At-Home COVID-19 Vaccinations for DC ResidentsTo ensure that everyone can #TakeTheShotDC, we're offering at-home vaccinations to those who need it. To schedule a free, at-home vaccination, call 1-855-363-0333.This is a DC Health announcement.  Otacanthus, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA USACanon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By The Isaacs Team LLC, Compass
(1313 14th St NW DC 20005)
What New Condo Associations Must Know To Protect Their InterestsWhen you buy a new construction condo in DC, it's important to know the owner's board responsibilities and take the appropriate actions before important deadlines are missed. Even if you're not on the board, this is important information to share.BackgroundCondo associations' primary purpose is to control the appearance, management and budget of the community. The association not only provides services and manages the community, it also has the authority to enforce regulations, levy assessments and impose fines for infractions by unit owners. Members pay dues and assessments and are obligated to follow the rules set out in the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs).Developers create the association when developing a...
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By The Isaacs Team LLC, Compass
(1313 14th St NW DC 20005)
If you're buying new construction, a DC condo owner or sit on a DC condo board, this post is for you. So are this one and this one. Here's why: Crumbling Condo Exposes Faults In DC Agencies The River East at Grandview Condos built by Stanton View Development LLC in 2017 are crumbling. Developers of the 46-unit townhouse-style condo project at 1262 Talbert St SE received 6 million dollars in city funding form DC’s Housing Production Trust Fund, a reserve used since 20001 for affordable housing restoration and construction, controlled by the Dept. of Housing & Community Development (DHCD). HPAP provided mortgage assistance for the low-to-moderate-income buyers who purchased units at River East at Grandview. As The Washington Post reported, homeowners are being forced to evacuate after st...
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By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
 [ This is the neigborhood in Washington, DC.  Everyone wants live here, or to come here to eat and enjoy the city.Logan Circle is the quintessential NW DC neighborhood.  It simply looks and feels right, without the attitude one finds with the usually older & more established NW neighborhoods.Penn Quarter, closer to downtown/ Penn. Ave., has the nightlife, clubs and Capital One Arena.Shaw is the place to be and the neighborhood has a great feel of new & old woven together.  Up and down, up and down, numbers dropped from last month, with a total of 106 homes sold in July 2021. We are still quite a bit above the 5 year average of 75 and have continued to trend up slowly since the early COVID days.  The rebound of 2021 continues, so we'll continue to watch numbers as we move towards the en...
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By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
Capitol Hill is also a neighborhood in Washington, a big village, split halfway across, half in the NE and half in the SE quadrant of Washington, DC.  Politicians work here, but people live here also.On the north side, an iconic landmark is Union Station, with some 40 million people annually, shown here to represent the local perspective. This is a true transportation hub, with Amtrak, suburban rail, intercity  bus and the Metro(subway) stations to converge. As of 2019, 2nd busiest station in the country.As of February 2016, the H Street Trolley now gets people from (almost) Union Station to past the 15th St Starburst.This view shows the station as you drive up in a cab, or Bikeshare or walk from Capitol Hill on left.  If you were there today, you'd see no cabs, and no people inside (or...
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