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Aging in place? And if so, which place?

July 15, 2019

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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Reading and Listening to the Real Estate News

January 31, 2019

OK, I won’t go so far as to call the real estate reports in the national media as “fake” news.  But most of what you read and hear about your real estate market in the media is based on data that applies to the nation as a whole, and all ...

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Your Family Calls Him “Fido”. Your Realtor Calls Him “Fang”.

During my first week of real estate school, one of the first sessions covered how to suck up to the family dog (or cat) to get a listing.  It’s a critical skill for any serious Realtor. But what they didn’t cover – and should have – is how to speak ...

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Real Estate and Politics – Neutralizing Your Home

Here in DC, our residents tend to be quite focused on politics. Many of my clients have worked as reporters, attorneys or lobbyists who are concerned with what Congress, the regulatory agencies and the White House might be doing.  Others work for on the Hill or at the Department of Whatever.  So ...

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What “Pet Friendly” Really Means

September 17, 2018

  Many of the buyers I’ve helped find new homes are, like me, animal lovers.  And it’s important that they find a place where the furry family member is welcome.  With houses, there usually isn’t an issue, but condos and coops are a very different story. Most condo and coop ...

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Saint Anthony and the Lucky Duck

April 5, 2018

St. Anthony and the Lucky Duck. Real estate agents, especially those with Irish ancestors, tend to be pretty superstitious. And I am quite typical, with a lucky cat on my desk in my office and a lucky cow painting that hangs behind my desk.  My mother painted the cow, a Hindu ...

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