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

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

June 28, 2021

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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What’s a View Worth?

What’s a View Worth? My first condo won me over with a spectacular view of Rock Creek Park and the National Cathedral.  I could look out any window from my top floor unit and see neighborhood dogs chasing frisbees, and the season changes were stunning.  When it finally sold, the view was ...

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Is This a Good Time to Sell my House?

When someone asks a real estate agent if this is a good time to buy or sell a house, the answer is almost always a resounding “Yes!”  That answer is programmed into our brains on our first day of real estate school, and throughout our careers, the Yes is reinforced. Sometimes ...

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You Call That Dump a Penthouse?

When I lived in New York, my apartment could have been the set for the old classic, “Barefoot in the Park”.  It was the top floor of an old brownstone at 46 East 83rd Street, just off Madison Avenue.  The address was very posh.  The apartment was not. I learned ...

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How Not to Beat an All Cash Offer in a Bidding War

Their ads are all over your television screen.  You see buyers swooning all over the house of their dreams.  And then there is a voice in the background telling them how important it is to have their mortgage lined up so they can take on the other buyers (some of whom ...

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Granny’s House Has Three Prices

There is an exciting new option for people who are charged with selling less-than-perfect houses, and a total game changer for anyone with an older home that needs work. RLAH has teamed up with two contractors and a staging company to allow you get professional pre-sale renovations and other preparations.  And ...

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