Welcome

Thank you for checking out HousePat.com. This is a new website for me, and it’s a work in progress, with the goal of creating a place where you can come for information and advice for living in Washington, DC

Washington is our nation’s capital, a place people around the country see on the news every night. There are monuments to presidents, war heroes, and other people who made a huge difference. And it is also a city of neighborhoods with their own unique homes, many with a history. It’s where I work as a matchmaker, putting people and homes together.

So I’ll be adding information on neighborhoods, condo developments, architecture. And I’m putting together links for what you need to know about the amenities that different parts of the city offer, how to find great schools, and navigating the area’s public transportation.

And if you need a Realtor to help you form and realize your vision for how and where you want to live, I hope you’ll contact me for help.

For Sellers: here is a good place to start for help in turning the place you live into buyer bait!

For Buyers: start here for the information you’ll need to create a vision for your new place, and get it without doing anything crazy.



Latest News

Sparking Joy with Marie Kondo

July 15, 2019

The professional neatness consultants have always left me feeling less than impressed – like they are all a bunch of judgmental obsessives with a phycological disorder or two who are compulsive about eliminating all clutter in their lives.  Enter Marie Kondo!  Her YouTube videos are just wonderful.  And now I have discovered her ...

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This Little Piggy Went to Elizabeth Arden

Over the weekend a property came on the market that many of the neighbors have regarded as the local Addams Family house.  While I know most of my neighbors, this seller was sort of a mystery man – a recluse.  In over 30 years I’ve lived in this neighborhood and walked my ...

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Downsizing Diaries – The Joy of De-Cluttering

Getting rid of excess clutter is the first step with any move, especially when you’ve lived in your present home for a few decades.  But other than the obvious benefits of transforming my cluttered home into having a more pleasant abode that will eventually appeal to buyers, I am reaping ...

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A Great Read: The Last Palace

Normally, it wouldn’t occur to me to write a book review for my blog, except that I just finished reading Norman Eisen’s amazing book, The Last Palace, that is about many things, including an amazing piece of real estate. Eisen opens his book with a phone call to his mother ...

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Getting Ready to Sell – Even a Few Years from Now

Recently, I met with a woman who wanted to sell her townhouse and move to something smaller.  And she was all ready to go. During our meeting, she proudly showed me around the place, pointing out all of the “improvements” she had made to get her house more than ready ...

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Aging in place? And if so, which place?

A couple of years ago, my neighborhood association established a committee to explore what services our residents might need to stay in their homes as they get older.  And while I think it’s better to be in a home of one’s own for as long as possible, I question the ...

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