Tuesday, April 5, 2011

6 real estate headlines: 05-April

A daily dose of headlines for real estate agents, mortgage lenders, homebuyers and home sellers.

Washington suburbs recovering slower than city
Washington Examiner
: While the unemployment rate in urban areas remains higher on average, the damage in the suburbs has narrowed the gap, largely because of the professions hit by this recession.
Rowhouse Rehab: Fencing in the contractor
Wall Street Journal
: Unfortunately, saving the old is more labor intensive and often more expensive. But don't let contractors fool you into thinking it's impossible.
An ecological calculator for homebuying decisions
Washington Post
: Home purchases tend to be very emotional transactions, but when you assume a mind-set of dispassionate, rational self-interest, it's a win-win for yourself and the environment,
What 14th Street's new condos will look like
DC Urban Turf
: The scope and the design will likely not change very much, as the concept already has Board of Zoning Adjustment and Historic Preservation Review Board approvals.?
Stumpf: How to fix the mortgage mess
CNN Money
: We have to solve the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac problem and eventually figure out the proper role of the federal government in supporting a secondary market for home mortgages.
Hard to sell basement units? Don't build them
Washington City Paper
: The Redstone is built with a bike room and storage on the first floor, and three floors above it with an overhang that makes the whole building look levitated off the ground.


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