Notwithstanding Fed Rate Hike, Interest Rates will Stay Low in 2016, Says Freddie Mac: Slight Increase 2 Weeks in a Row

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Last week, the Federal Open Market Committee announced that it will raise rates for the first time since June 2006. Thought not unexpected, the Federal Reserve decision to end its nearly decade-long period zero interest rate policy, financial markets responded. Among other effects, the new Fed rate hike is expected to hit the housing market […]

Are we Approaching a Washington, D.C. Area Real Estate Bubble? . . . Experts Say Probably Not.

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The possibility that a real estate bubble might be forming again in the Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and Maryland suburb market is a subject that draws everybody’s attention. For all of us who went through the subprime mortgage mess and drop-off in real estate prices (especially those farther out from D.C.), the possibility that the […]

Rent or Buy?

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The answer to the question about whether any individual or family would be better off if they rent or buy a home can differ depending upon when the question is posed as well as the particulars of the available properties in either category. Even when the financial calculations make it clear that to buy a […]

Deciding if a Washington, D.C., NOVA, Maryland Fixer-Upper is the Right Deal for You

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  You know them when you see them—especially when going through the listings, where their photos probably lack quite the allure of the others, or there are simply NO pictures whatsoever (or none of kitchens, baths, etc.). You can also spot them by some cautiously-phrased tipoff language. They are “handyman specials” that are offered “as-is” […]