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

Will the Sellers Take Less”

August 2, 2021

Yesterday at an Open House, I had a prospective buyer ask if the sellers might be willing to negotiate. And my first thought was, “What planet does this nice fellow live on?”  But the answer is really a bit more nuanced. This house had been on the market for all ...

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Preparing for Your First Bidding War

July 12, 2021

You walked in and knew it was “The One”. In your eyes, it was perfect in every way.  This was the house that you wanted to spend the rest of your life with, raising your family, hosting holiday celebrations, and creating warm friendships with the new neighbors you saw walking ...

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Your Nose Knows How to Avoid a Bidding War

July 7, 2021

If you are really serious about finding a house that you can actually buy without doing anything stupid or crazy to get it, just follow your nose.  If you can manage to fall in love with a house that is almost perfect, except that it smells like a wet Labradoodle, ...

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The First Impression that Matters Most

July 2, 2021

Back in the day, the most important thing you could do to make a great first impression on buyers for your home was to make sure that when they pulled up in front for the first time, your façade and front yard landscaping would make them swoon.  Well, times have changed. ...

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Narrowing Your Search – Check the Map First!   

June 28, 2021

When you are actively looking for a new home, your agent will set you up to receive email notifications as listings in your target area come onto the market.  There will be the basic MLS information with descriptions and details, and, most important, a map pinpointing the exact location of each ...

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Narrowing Your Search – Translating the MLS Information from Realtor-eze to English!   

Each day, you get an email with multiple listing service information for homes that the computer thinks might meet your criteria.  So how do you figure out which homes actually do fit your wish list without visiting them in person?  Here are a few hints: We used to have to ...

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