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Nov 21

Black Friday in Georgetown

Black Friday, November 25th, kicks off the holiday shopping season and there's no better place to do it than in DC's best neighborhood for shopping, Georgetown. On Black Friday, many Georgetown stores will offer extended hours, sales, and special incentives for shoppers. Additionally, on Saturday, November 26th, Georgetown will be participating in "Small Business Saturday", a day dedicated to supporting small businesses during one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. The Georgetown BID … [Read more...]

Nov 20

33rd Annual Logan Circle Holiday House Tour

The annual Logan Circle Holiday House Tour (click here for previous event photos) is scheduled for Sunday, December 4, 2011, from 1 to 5 p.m.. Plan to join us for a tour of traditional and contemporary luxury homes and enjoy our Wassail reception hosted at Studio Theatre, 14th and P Streets, N.W., from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Proceeds from the tour help fund the Logan Circle Community Association’s ongoing mission to improve the quality of life for residents and businesses in Logan Circle and all of … [Read more...]

Nov 19

New 'About Us' Videos from M Squared

Here are the latest short videos from M Squared, we hope you enjoy. Our mobile interface allows you to quickly search and preview Washington, DC real estate on your smartphone or tablet device. There are no apps to download and registration is not required. Simply point your mobile browser to msqrealty.com and start your search. Learn More... At M Squared we practice real estate a bit different. Learn More... Our public website at msqrealty.com offers DC real estate buyers with … [Read more...]

Nov 17

Homebuilders Getting Optimistic; Higher Home Prices Ahead?

Homebuilder confidence continues to rise. Just two months after falling to a multi-month low, the Housing Market Index surged again in November, climbing another three points to 21. It's the second straight month that the HMI posted a 3-point gain, catapulting the index to an 18-month. The Housing Market Index is monthly report from the National Association of Homebuilders. It's meant to measure confidence among the nation's homebuilders, scored on a scale of 1-100. When homebuilder confidence … [Read more...]

Nov 16

Government Releases Additional HARP Guidance For Underwater Homeowners

Tuesday, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac unveiled lender instructions for the government's revamped HARP program, kick-starting a potential refinance frenzy across District of Columbia and nationwide. HARP stands for Home Affordable Refinance Program. The updated program is meant to give "underwater homeowners" an opportunity to refinance at today's low mortgage rates. In the two-plus years since its launch, HARP's first iteration helped fewer than 900,000 homeowners. HARP II, by contrast, is … [Read more...]

Nov 08

Tips For Maximizing Your Home’s Appraised Value

A home appraisal is an independent opinion of your home's value, performed by a licensed home appraiser. Appraisals are part of the traditional home purchase process, and lenders require them for most refinances, too. Appraisers are trained professionals. First, they derive a base for your home's value based on the recent sales prices of homes that are comparable to yours in terms of bedrooms, bathrooms, style, and square footage. Then, accounting for features and amenities that make your … [Read more...]

Nov 02

A Simple Explanation Of The Federal Reserve Statement (November 2, 2011 Edition)

Wednesday, the Federal Open Market Committee voted to leave the Fed Funds Rate unchanged within its current target range of 0.000-0.250 percent. The vote was nearly unanimous, with just one dissenting voter. There were 3 dissenters at each of the FOMC's last two meetings. In its press release, the Federal Reserve presented an improved outlook for the U.S. economy, noting that since its last meeting in September, there's new evidence that the economy "strengthened somewhat" in the third … [Read more...]

Oct 21

Despite 18% Contract Failure Rate, Home Resales Stay Strong

Despite fewer homes for sale nationwide, the number of home resales remains steady. According to data from the National Association of REALTORS®, on a seasonally-adjusted, annualized basis, September's Existing Home Sales eased by 150,000 units, falling to 4.91 million units nationwide. An "existing home" is a home that's been previously occupied and, despite last month's drop, September's sales volume remains the second-highest on record since April 2011. This statistic is noteworthy … [Read more...]

Oct 19

Homebuilder Confidence Rises on Surging Sales Volume, Foot Traffic

Homebuilder confidence is rebounding sharply. Just one month after falling to a multi-month low, the Housing Market Index rebounded four points to 18 for October. It's the highest reading for the HMI since May 2010 -- the month after last year's homebuyer tax credit expiration. The Housing Market Index is published monthly by the National Association of Homebuilders and is scored on a scale of 1-100. Readings above 50 indicate favorable conditions for homebuilders. Readings below 50 … [Read more...]

Oct 06

A Mortgage Rate Strategy Ahead Of Friday’s Jobs Report

Mortgage rates are prepped to make big moves in the next 36 hours. Is it time for you to call in your rate lock? Friday, at 8:30 AM ET, the Bureau of Labor Statistics will release the Non-Farm Payrolls report for September. Issued monthly, the "jobs report" offers sector-by-sector job creation figures from the month prior, and reports on the national Unemployment Rate. Last month, exactly zero net new jobs were created, the government said. This month, economists expect a net 60,000 new … [Read more...]