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Bringing More Into the Fold

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:17:15 GMT

Frankly, it's scary to head toward a place where I never planned to go.



Pint-Size Powder Rooms

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:17:15 GMT

When responding to nature's call means trekking up or down a flight of stairs to reach a bathroom, many homeowners start looking around for a more convenient place to put the toilet and sink.



A Crusade For Competition

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:17:15 GMT

The Department of Justice has two blunt warnings for the American home real estate establishment:



High on Their Lofty Spaces on the Hill

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:17:15 GMT

Jamie Brown and Kyle Hamblin say they won't be buying another 17-foot Christmas tree this year.



Housing Starts Fade After Busy February

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:17:15 GMT

U.S. builders broke ground on tens of thousands fewer homes than expected in March, the biggest one-month drop in residential construction activity in 14 years, according to government figures released yesterday.



In Real Estate Fever, More Signs of Sickness

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:17:15 GMT

Matt Marshman watched it happen in one Germantown neighborhood in February. Each house that went up for sale cost about $15,000 more than the last. And the houses were all very much alike.



Md. Seeks To Speed Up Enforcement

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:17:15 GMT

Maryland real estate regulators and the state association of Realtors are optimistic that Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) will sign a bill passed by the General Assembly that changes how licensing and regulation staffing is funded. The bill aims to address a backlog of paperwork and complaints that have piled up as the real estate market boomed and state funds dwindled.



Is Green Building Budding?

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:17:15 GMT

Friday marks 35 years since the first Earth Day. Have America's homes turned "green" yet?



Curbside Recycling Proves An Easy Way to Go Green

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:17:15 GMT

While environmental problems such as polluted oceans and shrinking rain forests may seem impossible to tackle on an individual level, recycling has proven to be a way for homeowners to make the planet a slightly cleaner, healthier place.



Study Shows Loan Brokers' Better Side

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:17:15 GMT

For years, mortgage brokers, who originate more than half of home loans, have been targets of criticism from federal agencies and consumer advocates.



Community Spirit Is Hallcrest's Hallmark

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:17:15 GMT

In the mid-1990s, Hallcrest Heights in McLean appeared to be heading downhill.



Governments Relying on Area Property Owners

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:17:15 GMT

The boom in local real estate prices has been accompanied by increasing tax bills as governments have spurned tax cuts in favor of reaping billions more from homeowners.



Dream House Awakenings

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:17:15 GMT

Ken Jarboe thought the big old black walnut tree hovering over the sweet, if barren, back yard of his newly purchased Capitol Hill home was just splendid. It would beautifully complement the Japanese garden he envisioned, complete with a few cherry trees, a dogwood and a meandering white stone path, "for a river effect," he said.



Indoor Air Quality Is a Top Health Risk

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:17:15 GMT

Come spring, Washington is both a nature lover's showcase and a pollen-choked crucible that sends allergy suffers scrambling for cover.



Racial Data for Mortgages Will Be Hard to Interpret

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:17:15 GMT

Are black and Latino home mortgage applicants charged higher fees or interest rates than white applicants? Are they turned down for market-rate mortgages more frequently and steered to higher-cost loans instead?



Tradition Remains Solid In Bethesda Neighborhood

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:17:15 GMT

For 69 years, the two-story stone and timbered stucco cottage looked down from a knoll onto the Bethesda neighborhood of Woodhaven.



Subdivide and Conquer

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:17:15 GMT

When word circulated last fall that a builder planned to demolish a century-old house in North Arlington and build two big houses in its place, more than three dozen families in the Westover neighborhood rallied to try to save it.



Saying No Mow

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:17:15 GMT

When Janice and Alex Dreier lived in Alexandria, they devoted a significant chunk of their weekend to yard work. Not so since moving to a house in Bethesda in fall 2003, when they hired professionals to care for their lawn.



Catch a Wave

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:17:15 GMT

Architect, author, painter and bon vivant Arthur Cotton Moore and his wife, Patricia, who manages his business ventures and social life, stunned Washington society when they decamped six years ago from Georgetown to an undulating stainless steel mansion he designed and built in Talbot County on Maryland's Eastern Shore.



Regulators Probe Upfront Estimates, Upcharges And Low-Balling

Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:17:15 GMT

Federal investigators are looking at real estate closings nationwide and turning up practices that might disturb home buyers.