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THE CRIBLINE: What They’re Saying About Real Estate Today--HARP For Those Underwater

THE CRIBLINE: What They’re Saying About Real Estate Today--HARP For Those Underwater

Hello Cribline readers:

Below you will find a sampling of the latest articles on residential real estate in America. There are some bright spots and still some dark spots, and depending on what you read or who you trust, you’ll hear stories of doom and gloom as well as stories that portray a brighter future ahead.

Before you read below, I want to make a couple points. I know there are a lot of people out there who are struggling with underwater mortgages, those who face foreclosure, and those who have been foreclosed upon. I have relatives, colleagues, and friends who make up all of these pieces. And, still the many projections about the future of the economy and the future of real estate investments cover a wide ranging spectrum.

The Cribline: Zillow Ranks DC in Top 10 of Best Cities for Trick or Treating

The Cribline: Zillow Ranks DC in Top 10 of Best Cities for Trick or Treating

Thanks to a Cribline reader for passing this on (thanks Ed). This is very cool!

Kids across the country are picking their Halloween costumes and counting down the days until Sunday… the folks at Zillow have been churning out the second annual Zillow Trick-or-Treat Housing Index.

Last year Zillow ranked DC #10 and this year we have moved up to #7.

Check out a couple other links for Halloween that sound like fun:

Halloween 2011: D.C. style from Washington Examiner

Pumpkin Patches in Maryland and Virginia 2011

Corn Mazes in Maryland and Virginia

The Cribline: Special Feature of the Week – Rare Capitol Hill Home

The Cribline: Special Feature of the Week – Rare Capitol Hill Home

Hello Cribline readers:

Occasionally, I’ll get a heads up on a listing (and I always welcome a heads up) on a special home that catches my eye.

Not until now have I felt compelled to have a special feature of the week, but this rare Capitol Hill home at 316 16th St, SE is one of a kind and represents some of the Hill’s best living. The home just came on the market.

This early 1900′s row house blends the traditional features with modern day amenities. These rarities come together in the new chef’s kitchen in the heart of the home between the living/dining rooms and the open loft-like family/entertainment/relaxation room. The open plan offers high ceilings and bountiful light, that leads out to a small patio and parking.

That’s just the first floor!

The Cribline House Pick of the Week - October 16, 2011 (www.thecribline.com)

The Cribline House Pick of the Week - October 16, 2011 (www.thecribline.com)

Good morning Cribline readers.

This week, we started off in Dupont Circle, then went through Georgetown, and finally zeroed in on the Foxhall neighborhood around Reservoir Road. This week’s pick and honorable mentions are all located in Foxhall.

The pick is a stunning home at 1450 Foxhall Road, NW

This is a one of a kind custom 6 bedroom 6.5 bath home with all the trimmings. It is nearly 6,000 square feet and offered at $2,390,000 by TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.

The Cribline - Helping People Navigate Real Estate in DC - Check out the House Pick of the Week

The Cribline - Helping People Navigate Real Estate in DC - Check out the House Pick of the Week

The Cribline is a network of experts ready to take your questions on all of the aspects of home ownership, renting, landlording, and everything in between.

This team stands ready to help fellow Washingtonians and others to create a two-way dialogue on residential real estate matters. Our goal is to be a constructive resource for those living and working in Washington, and to help this city thrive in the years ahead.

THE BIG REVEAL: 1 Volunteer + 19,000 Hours = 1 Extreme Exterior Makeover

THE BIG REVEAL: 1 Volunteer + 19,000 Hours = 1 Extreme Exterior Makeover

Gary Gaal, winner of the Extreme Exterior Makeover from Case Design/Remodeling and Ply Gem, continues to inspire with his community service.

A recurring question during the exterior makeover of Gary Gaal's home was: "How does someone volunteer so many hours?" For Gaal, it's easy. "I see people on the worst day of their lives and try to make it better." Gaal works every hurricane, flood and snowstorm and manages the scene at auto accidents and any other disaster that may occur. He is dedicated to helping others and is extremely proud of becoming a Fire Unit Officer which puts him in charge as an Fire Engine OIC and in command of the fire ground as a first arriving engine officer. One example: when an 11-year-old boy was thrown 30 feet off his bike after being struck by a car, Gaal was the first to arrive, controlled the scene and administered life saving techniques until the medics arrived. The victim survived.