Savings Splurge: Local Experts on Federal Tax Credits

Those aspiring to own real estate who didn’t think they’d make the deadline for a tax credit now have eight thousand more reasons to buy: On Nov. 6, the government extended the $8,000 tax credit for first-time homebuyers for another six months. Instead of expiring on Nov. 30, buyers now have until April 30, 2010 to sign a contract for a home.

Secrets of Swift Sales

BRANDON GREEN RESOLVED to try his hand at real estate after watching a late-night infomercial in 2000. Bored with his job in sales as an IT recruiter in Silver Spring, Green paid $19.95 for Carlton Sheets’s “No Down Payment” video, and applied himself. “My first project was a complete overhaul of a house, 727 11th Street, NE,” he recalls.

Renovation Frustration

WHEN JUDITH MATLOFF moved back to the U.S. after a career in foreign journalism, she dreamed of buying a home and did just that in 2000. What she didn’t count on was that her dream brownstone four floors, almost 5,000 square feet in West Harlem would be surrounded by crack houses and […]

Feathers at Your Nest: Spotting Wild Birds

MARY PFAFFKO was on her way back from the gym, walking down Connecticut Avenue, and there it was. A wood thrush, common in the East but rarely seen outside deeply wooded areas. But there it was, right on the street. The only problem was that it was dead. In her role as president of the […]