Category: Real Estate

Good Scents: Listing Your Home For Sale

When you walk into a home for the first time, you’re visually taking in your surroundings. But if you’re met with a strong smell, it can derail you, even be a real turn-off. It’s hard to get past those lingering questions about where the odor is coming from and why haven’t the current owners noticed and done something about it. It’s called “nose blind,” which means that over time, one has become unable to detect odors and smells, usually due to familiarity with or prolonged exposure to them. Here are a few tips to make your home fresh as...

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New Name, Renovation Plans Attracting Potential Tenants to Discovery Building

With a new name and renovation plans in the approval process, the former Discovery building is drawing significant interest from potential tenants, according to Bryant Foulger, chairman of Foulger-Pratt. The Potomac-based company bought the building last fall in partnership with Cerberus Capital Management, a New York private investment firm. “It’s a great building. It’s an awesome building. That’s one of the things that attracted us to it,” Foulger said. “It’s a LEED Platinum building; it was one of the first in the area. It’s an attractive building, it’s well located, it’s next to Metro rail, Metro bus, soon to...

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Company’s Coming

We learned we were having six guests, a family spanning three generations, come to stay and visit the history within D.C. back in January. That’s when it started. We had two months to get things in shape as well as figure out where people were going to sleep. You probably have experienced the same and that’s when your eyes open to spots on the walls, cabinets that need to be organized, the yard’s a wreck and you have dirty windows. But it doesn’t stop there. Then the towels you use every day look down trodden, couch pillows slouched and...

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Testing Your Home for Radon

When you buy a home or town home in Montgomery County, you are required to perform a radon test. Radon is a form of ionizing radiation. It is an odorless, tasteless and invisible gas produced by the decay of naturally occurring uranium in soil and water, commonly found in soil and released harmlessly into outdoor air. When trapped inside, it can build up and become a health hazard. Radon enters through cracks in the foundation or walls, and openings around floor drains, pipes and sump pumps. The EPA recommends remediations if the radiation levels in the home exceed 4pCi/L...

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Zoning Change Would Allow More Flexibility for Accessory Dwelling Units

Property owners in the county would have greater flexibility to add accessory dwelling units under a proposal introduced last week by Councilmember Hans Riemer (D-At Large). Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) 19-01 – Accessory Residential Units – Accessory Apartments, is intended to remove current barriers preventing homeowners from building these units. An ADU is a separate dwelling unit that is on the same lot as a single dwelling unit with its own entrance, full kitchen, and bathroom. The ADU tenant does not have access to the rest of the home. Examples cited in a fact sheet distributed by Riemer’s office...

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