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Same-sex marriages create new questions in property laws

On Jan. 1, residents in Maryland joined those in the District, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire and New York in the ability to have same-sex marriages. While laws in the District and those states may have settled the big question on who can get married, they raise a number of practical real estate questions. One question arises ...
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D.C. area home buyers get creative in return of bidding wars

One home he was interested in sold four hours after it came on the market. He never even got a chance to put a contract on it. When he heard about a fixer-upper in Eckington, a neighborhood in Northeast Washington, he and his real estate agent, Tim Barley, moved quickly. But despite the $50,000 escalation clause in his contract, Bennett lost out to ...
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Water and Homeowners Insurance

by Susanne Romo When most people think of home insurance and claims, fire or burglary is usually the first thing that concerns people.  But what might surprise you is that neither of those claims is the most common.  Water is. And your homeowner’s policy may or not cover the damage.  The bottom line your claims adjuster will need to know is —- ...

Condo owners should buy secondary insurance

BY BARBARA HOLLAND Posted: Aug. 11, 2012 | 2:04 a.m. Q: I currently own a condominium that I rent to my granddaughter. Last Sunday, the girl who lives in the condo above mine called me and said she heard running water, and asked if would come over and see if we could figure out where it was coming from. I went over and we looked in all the storage ...
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Laura Rubinchuk

About Laura Rubinchuk Laura J. Rubinchuk calls Arlington home. Prior to becoming a full-time Realtor, Laura served as an analyst and consultant in the finance realm of the Federal Government. Laura completed her undergraduate work at the University of Rochester and holds a dual degree in Economics and Statistics, as well as a Master’s Degree in ...

VA Insider Tips

Photo Sue Goodhart When is a Deal a Deal? Insider tips McEnearney Associates in Alexandria, VA How can you Be sure that your purchase in Northern Virginia is really a deal?  Understanding your position as a buyer in Virginia when buying in the Washington DC metro area is an important first step in finding a deal that works in your favor. Read ...

Stairs can pose a problem as you get older

Maryann Haggerty Stairs can pose a problem as you get older, so take steps now to ease the climb Article Maryann spent two decades as a business reporter and editor at The Washington Post. Web: www.maryannhaggerty.com Eventually, the 17 steps became too much for Karl Schwengel.Schwengel, 79, a retired business manager for a D.C. nonprofit association, ...

Adams Morgan: Looking beyond nightlife

Amanda Abrams Adams Morgan: Looking beyond nightlife Article Amanda Abrams is a Washington, D.C.-based writer who spent many years planning to be an organic farmer. That was a couple of decades ago. These days, Adams Morgan’s restaurants and bars are still there, but the surrounding city has changed dramatically. Little by little, neighborhoods ...

Double Dip? Not in Washington D.C.

Double Dip? Not in Washington D.C. David Abromowitz dabromowitz /@\ americanprogress.org Jobs and housing prices are strongly connected. The Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Va.-Md.-W.Va metropolitan area has a 5.4 percent unemployment rate, second lowest in the country for any area over 1 million in population. Conversely, foreclosures in most ...