WASHINGTON POST

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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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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Difficult to Believe Which Is Cheaper: Housing Markets: Renting Vs. Owning

  by  Russell Legato, Residential Property Analyst Situations in the housing markets: renting vs. owning is more expensive in some parts of the country, but, cheaper in others. Seattle is one such place. In fact, the monthly rent is an average of $377 lower than it would cost to live in the same house and make mortgage payments.  Low interest ...
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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 ...

Cindy Lowden

Cindy Lowden Pacific Northwest – Greater Seattle Area Insider tips Managing Broker, RE/MAX Select RE, Maple Valley, WA Email: cindylowden@mail.com Website: www.cindylowden.com After relocating to the great State of Washington over 20 years ago, I still am in awe of the beauty and majesty of Mt. Rainier, the Olympic and Cascade mountains. ...

Washington Tips Mark Kirshner

Mark Kirshner Finding the Uncommon Deal in Washington  Insider Tips Tweet Washington State is a great place for home buyers to find “the uncommon deal”. The following are tips to assist home buyers in Washington State find your dream home at the right price. Here are some things to know: Washington is a non-recourse state, so if an ...

Pacific Northwest – Greater Seattle Area

After relocating to the great State of Washington over 20 years ago, I still am in awe of the beauty and majesty of Mt. Rainier, the Olympic and Cascade mountains. While I am merely a few hours away from the Pacific beaches or the desert/agricultural/wine regions of eastern Washington, I am only minutes from fresh water lakes, hiking trails, major roads ...

No mention of MID in State of Union Speech

  President Barack Obama talked about the need to reduce the federal deficit and simplify the tax code in his state of the Union speech last night but in leaving out the specifics of how he would accomplish those goals he left it unclear whether changes to the mortgage interest deduction (MID) would be part of the mix. Source: Web: www.realtor.org