Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Real estate round-up: October 19

Check in every business day for the latest edition of Real Estate Round-up, where we post a list of our favorite real estate news stories from DC and beyond.

Headlines from the DC Metro Area:

Arlington tries to preserve 'essential' historic properties
Washington Examiner

Unlike most communities, which label only specific buildings or properties historic, Arlington ranks all buildings over 50 years old as historically significant.

Loan options for home improvement projects
DC Urban Turf

Today, with the low cost of building materials and contractor services, coupled with historically low interest rates, it is possible to finance $50,000 in home improvements for less than $350 a month through 203K or conventional home loans.

What $725,000 buys you in DC
DC Urban Turf

In What X Buys You this week, UrbanTurf takes a look at properties on the market in the $715,000 to $725,000 range to give readers an idea of what type of homes are available in this price point in the DC area.

National real estate news stories:

Next generation "less confident about home ownership"
Wall Street Journal

A new paper by Federal Reserve Bank of Boston economists used consumer sentiment data collected in the Michigan Survey of Consumers over the summer to try to find out how the housing market's terrible state of affairs was affecting the willingness to buy a new home.

Male agents list more homes, female agents list pricier ones
Inman News

In a blog post about the findings, Trulia said that "the average list price isn't necessarily a reflection on how aggressive the agent is on pricing. In some cases, it could mean that women take on inherently more expensive homes/neighborhoods than men, and vice versa."

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