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.

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Adjectives and Real Estate Ads

July 24, 2023

Yesterday, I was looking through listings for a client who wants to downsize. She’s looking for a 1-bedroom condo, preferably in Cleveland Park. And as I read through the listings, I noticed the words “huge” and “enormous” sprinkled through many of the descriptions included in the listings. OK. One was ...

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Home Inspections as a Home Maintenance Tool

My across the street neighbor already bought her house – like about 30 year ago.  And I don’t think she is planning to move any time soon. So when she told me she had hired a home inspector to come by for a “walk and talk”, that seemed pretty interesting. ...

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Real Estate Love Letters

The Latest in Real Estate Love Letters: Is it a Sign the Market’s Changing? Last weekend, I saw a pretty house in a popular DC residential neighborhood close to downtown. And I had to catch my breath! The listing agent, Weichert’s Christine McGuinness, and her sellers had done a superb job ...

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The Pickleball Pickle Pickleball seems to be quite the rage right now. It’s a combination of tennis, with some ping pong and badminton thrown in. It can be played at a leisurely pace that our neighborhood elders can enjoy, or it can become fast paced and quite competitive for all ...

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Rooms with a View!

This is what I call a great view! Last week, as new condo listings came onto the market, quite a few listing agents boasted about “fabulous”, “astonishing” or various other multi-syllable words describing the views these units offered. And only one of them lived up to the hype. As I ...

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Will a Pool Help Your Home Sell?

Will a Pool Help Your Home Sell? Last week, on a particularly hot and muggy July afternoon, I showed an interesting house. And one thing that caught my client’s eye was a beautiful back yard swimming pool shown on the online virtual tour. The MLS photos were stunning, showing an ...

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