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***Published February 12, 2018 by UrbanTurf

The regional housing market in 2018 is, in many ways, continuing the narrative that began in 2017.

Bright MLS’s latest monthly report out today shows that regionwide home prices hit a decade high for January, rising by 2.5 percent year-over-year to a median of $399,900. This uptick represented the 16th consecutive month of year-over-year price increases in the DC area.

Despite there being slightly fewer closed sales in January 2018 compared to last January, overall inventory fell by 14.8 percent, making for the lowest number of listings on the market since January 2013. Fairfax was the lone jurisdiction where active inventory rose from year to year. 


DC proper continues to buck the regional

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 ***Published by Inman News

The process of getting a property ready to put on the market can seem daunting enough. There’s clearing the clutter, endless amounts of cleaning, organizing and scrutinizing your property with a fine-tooth comb. What needs attention and what can you leave alone?

Welcome to the new world of “fixing to sell.” Gone are the days of throwing it on the market and seeing what happens. Prepping for sale is a highly choreographed dance of repair along with a bit of renovation and presentation.

Don’t ignore these seven areas.

1. Structural and mechanical

It might not be glamorous, but buyers are looking at big-ticket items like the age and condition of the roof, air conditioning and heating systems, water heater,

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***Published May 24, 2017 by UrbanTurf

Trulia’s most recent Rent vs. Buy report calculates that it is now 28.4 percent cheaper to buy a home in the DC region than to rent — a slimmer margin than the 35.4 percent value of buying a home last fall.

The DC area is not unique in this position, as the economic benefit of buying, as rents have dropped, has diminished in all 100 of the country’s largest metropolitan areas. While home prices have steadily increased nationwide over the past four years, rents have gone down by 3.5 percent between spring 2016 and spring 2017. In the last year, median home prices in the DC area rose by 4.3 percent while median rents dropped by the same percentage. Currently, there are metropolitan areas (most of which are in

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***Published April 6, 2017 by CurbedDC

A good metric for determining the most competitive housing markets in DC is median days on market as it illustrates where homes are selling the fastest.

Looking at data from legal subdivisions around the city, UrbanTurf used the metric for median days on market so far in 2017 to see which neighborhoods are moving the fastest.

Here are the six neighborhoods where homes are selling in nine days or less:

The neighborhoods where homes are selling the fastest in DC are areas that have been competitive for a long time, such as AU Park, North Cleveland Park and Mount Pleasant. They are all also located in Northwest. As the table outlines, the markets in these neighborhoods in the first quarter of 2017

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***Published March 16, 2017 by CurbedDC

Brand new renderings have been revealed for a proposed mixed-use development at a rather iconic Logan Circle location.

The project, located at 1341 14th Street NW, will be comprised of two lots, one which currently houses a three-story commercial building and one which houses a vacant one-story commercial retail building, most recently occupied by Barrel House Liquors. While the three-story commercial building will remain unchanged, the former home of Barrel House Liquors will be redeveloped with a seven-story building with ground-floor retail topped by residential space.

The plans for the project were revealed in November 2016 by UrbanTurf, who reported that the seven-story project would offer up to 40

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***Published February 28, 2017 by UrbanTurf

Late last year, Japanese developer Sekisui House and Roadside Development partnered up to purchase Fannie Mae’s headquarters at 3900 Wisconsin Avenue NW.

Now, Roadside is visiting with community stakeholders to solicit ideas and get feedback on what the developers are interested in seeing on the ten-acre site.

The primary, E-shaped building will likely be the only structure currently on-site that will be retained. Built in 1958, the steel-frame building has no columns inside and Roadside envisions that the legs could house different uses.

At a community meeting on Monday night, Roadside floated ideas, including using the northern leg as a space for arts classes and performances, the southern leg

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***Published January 27, 2016 by UrbanTurf

For months last year when we reported on the local housing market, the term “record-breaking” was used frequently to describe everything from home prices to home sales. And a look back at statistics from 2016, reveal that the DC housing market, for the year, set records in everything from home price to home sales. UrbanTurf picked out three charts that are indicative of the change in the DC housing market since the beginning of 2009 that also help put the climate and performance of the market last year in perspective.


Median Sales Price - DC

Last year, the median home sales price in DC was $545,000, the highest level on record for the city. The median price represents a 47 percent increase from the first quarter of 2009

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