Brand New Listing! Walk to Columbia Heights Metro & everything from this chic 2 BR, 1 BA condo!

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Walk 1 block to Columbia Heights Metro and all the great shopping and restaurants from this chic, approx. 800 sq. ft., 2 BR-1BA, 2nd floor condo.  Features gleaming hardwood floors, an updated kitchen with butcher block counters and island breakfast bar open to living area with light-filled windows. Spacious bedrooms with ceiling fans,  beautifully updated bath. Stacked in-unit washer & dryer & HVAC just 2 years old. Walkscore of 99!

Open Sunday, March 8th from 2-4 pm!

Address: 1421 Columbia Rd NW #203 (Click address for Google Map)

Price: $399,000

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1

FEATURES AND AMENITIES:

  • Gleaming hardwood floors
  • Updated Kitchen
  • Updated Bathroom
  • Washer & Dryer in Unit
  • Walkscore of 99!

For more information, please contact the listing agent:

Rob Williams

(202) 368-5917 (cell)

rob@dchomebuzz.com

 

Awesome New Listing near H Street Open this Sunday 2/22!

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Please join us for the Open House this Sunday, February 22nd from 2:00pm-4:00pm

Light refreshments will be served. 

Stunning 3 bedroom home with den and 1 and a half baths. This lovely home offers an unfinished basement with 7’6″ ceilings and tons of potential to add living space. Kitchen updated in 2010 and all appliances new in 2013-2014. Spacious back yard with deck and separately deeded 4 car parking directly behind home available for an additional $10K. Just 2 blocks from all the great dining, shopping and nightlife of H Street & the new H Street Trolley Line.

Address: 1218 Florida Ave NE (Click address for Google Map)

Price: $499,000

Bedrooms: 3 + Den

Bathrooms: 1.5

FEATURES AND AMENITIES:

• Three bedrooms plus den

• One and a half bathrooms

• Hardwood floors

• Unfinished basement with 7’6” ceilings and tons of potential to add living space

• Spacious Kitchen renovated in 2010, adjacent laundry area with W/D

• All appliances new in 2013-2014

• Rear entrance to Back Yard with Deck

• Separately deeded four-car parking area directly behind house available for an additional $10,000

• Great location! Just 2 blocks from all the great dining, shopping and night life of H Street & the new H Street Trolley Line

• One block from Wheatley Recreation Center

For more information, please contact the listing agent:

Rob Williams

(202) 368-5917 (cell)

rob@dchomebuzz.com

What You Should Do in DC This Weekend: Vol. 14

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Check out these events and activities in the Washington, DC area this weekend!

Friday, February 6th:

For Fashionistas: Starting on Thursday, February 5th and running through Saturday February 7th, the Crystal Couture Show & Sale is making a reappearance in Crystal City! Enjoy an evening of DC’s hottest fashion show as well as some shopping for high-end bargains.

For Reptile Fanatics: For this weekend only, Discover the Dinosaurs will be at the Washington Convention Center. An event the whole family can enjoy, this exhibition consists of 40 moving and replica museum dinosaurs!

Saturday, February 7th:

For Chocoholics: Worth the trip out to Fairfax, this two-day Chocolate Lovers Festival is obviously about all things chocolate. Enjoy events such as the Chocolate Challenge, chocolate chip pancake breakfast and the Taste of Chocolate.

For Celebration: Celebrate Black History Month at the Smithsonian’s Family Day Celebration. Held from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., this event is filled with music performances, arts and crafts and more.

Sunday, February 8th:

For Sports Fans: Spend the afternoon at a Washington Capitals Game! See the Capitals take on the Flyers at the Verizon Center.

Have a great weekend!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Show your love for DC Home Buzz for a chance to WIN a $50 Hamilton giftcard!

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Email us your photo for a chance to win a $50 giftcard to the Hamilton! While you’re at it, vote for us for Best of DC, Best Real Estate Group!

**Contest is open until Monday, 2/16/15. Winner will be announced on Wednesday, 2/18/15.**

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

How to Qualify for DC Homestead Deduction – Courtesy of Federal Title & Escrow Company

The potential savings for a homebuyer over the course of a year can be hundreds of dollars thanks to DC’s Homestead Deduction. Your title company can help you complete the application so you can take advantage of savings as soon as possible, but first read on to see if you qualify.

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What is it? 

Also known as the Homestead Exemption, it’s a real estate tax benefit provided to residents of the District of Columbia who own and occupy property.

What are the specific benefits? 

There are two main benefits to obtaining the Homestead Deduction.

First, for the purpose of computing your yearly tax liability, it will reduce your real property’s assessed value by $70,200. At a tax rate of $0.85 per $100 of assessed value, that’s an annual savings of $596.70.

Second, you are entitled to an assessment cap such that your property may not be taxed on more than a 10-percent increase in the property’s assessed value each year.

Do I qualify? 

You qualify for Homestead Exemption if: • You occupy or intend to occupy the property shortly after closing • The property contains no more than five dwelling units (including the unit occupied by you) • The property is your principal residence (domicile)

When should I make application? 

You should make application at the time of your closing or shortly thereafter. Your title company can help you complete the application at closing and file the application on your behalf.

When does it become effective? 

If a properly completed and approved application is filed from October 1 to March 31, the property will receive the Homestead benefit for the entire tax year (and for all tax years in the future).

If a properly completed and approved application is filed from April 1 to September 30, the property will receive one-half of the benefit reflected on the second-half tax bill (and full deductions for all tax years in the future).

What if I already have a homestead deduction on another property? 

You cannot maintain a Homestead Deduction on a non-owner occupied property.

If you no longer occupy a property that currently receives the Homestead Deduction benefit, you must file a Homestead Cancellation form with the Office of Tax and Revenue when eligibility ceases.

For more information, contact attorney Joe Gentile at 202.362.1500 or joe@federaltitle.com

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Confessions of First Time Homebuyers: Christina & Aaron

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Check out what these recent homebuyers, Christina and Aaron, had to say about their experience with DC Home Buzz. Thanks for your contribution and congratulations on your new home!

What was the moment you decided to find a new place?

We have wanted to get into the housing market for a long time but always thought it was out of our reach since we didn’t have the savings for a traditional down payment. I’m not sure exactly how we found out about DC Opens Doors (maybe Christina can share a little more on that) but it was a game-changer for us and we are very grateful that we were able to take advantage of the program. (We found Alex and DC Home Buzz through the DC Open Doors program)

Why did you choose to live in your neighborhood?

During the home search process went on several of tours with Medy and Des and that really helped to open our eyes to new neighborhoods. When we first met they went through all of our needs and wants and really put together some great properties to see, along with our own research.

Honestly, when we first started our search we were focused on living close to our old apartment (in the Shaw / Bloomingdale area) but quickly realized that anything that was more than 1 bedroom and affordable would be difficult to find. They encouraged us to check out some new areas and during that process we fell in love with Brookland. That said, we really liked several different areas in the city and there were several other neighborhoods we would have been happy to purchase a house in.

What were some of the complications you encountered during your home search?

I think the biggest “issue” we ran into in our home search was AFTER we had an accepted contract. The very first property we put in offer in on we were accepted but after the home inspection the problems really started to mount. Fortunately we were protected and Medy was instrumental in helping us think through the process and we ended up walking away. In hindsight this was 100% the best choice we could have made but without some great advice we may have made a bad decision.

We also got outbid on a property! So that wasn’t much fun, but I think that is always a possibility when you are looking to buy in one of the “hot” areas of the city and it is important to stay emotionally grounded whenever you are making this big of a financial commitment.

How did the DC Home Buzz team help you to overcome those complications?

Medy (and also Des!) were amazing and instrumental in walking us through the process. And I also really want to highlight the work that Medy did AFTER we had a contract. While the house was sold in an “as-is” condition, Medy put in a lot of work and we were able to have the seller fix a major issue with the roof AND she was able to secure a new washer / dryer that the seller had accidentally marked as included on the contract!

Did you purchase a fixer upper? Do you plan to do any renovations?

Nope! We do have some future plans for renovation (adding a 4th bedroom and potentially enlarging the kitchen). These are distant future though and the house we purchased was almost 100% move in ready. The only real major expense we had was a new water heater. Our home inspection warned that it was over its lifespan so we knew that it might break down and sure enough it did about a month after we closed!

Did you find our first time homebuyers workshop helpful? Why?

We actually didn’t attend the DC Home Buzz workshop, however we did do the mandatory workshop for DC Open Doors participants and it was mostly very helpful. They provided a lot of information about the process, especially some things we were unsure of such as escrow accounts / homeowners insurance and the actual closing process (title insurance / etc.).

Anything you wish you knew before you started the process?

Everything! We learned a lot going through the process and while I believe we had a great home buying experience I would love to know everything I do now before we jumped in.

Any tips or tricks for homebuyers looking to buy soon?

I would say that it is important to stay emotionally grounded. Even in the most buyer friendly market unexpected things can crop up and you have to be prepared to be outbid / have a bad home inspection / etc.

Beyond that, make sure you do your homework. Get a feel for the neighborhoods you are going to be looking to purchase a home in. Do more than just look at the crime statistics. Drive around after work. Practice the commute. Talk to potential neighbors and ask about the area.

What You Should Do in DC This Weekend: Vol. 13

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Check out these events and activities in the Washington, DC area this weekend!

Friday, January 23rd:

For Auto Enthusiasts: Attend the largest public event in the DC area for some of the latest and most sustainable auto innovations. A haven for all things auto, The Washington Auto Show will encompass over 700 new makes and models from 42 manufacturers. Due to its popularity, the event’s time frame has doubled from previous years and will run through February 1st.

For Home Improvement Buffs: Whether you’ve bought a home or are still in the market, the Home + Remodeling Show is a place of inspiration for all. Browse exhibits that include every product and service from windows to furniture or interior designers to cookware that will fuel your next home improvement project. Starting on Friday, January 23rd, the show runs all weekend until Sunday, January 25th at 6:00 p.m. at the Dulles Expo Center.

For Magic Fans: Two professional magicians, Brian Curry and Mark Phillips, battle it out on stage to become ‘Washington DC’s Favorite Magician’ in their show Catch Me. Audience members run the show by requesting styles of magic and determining the overall winner. Don’t miss out on the fun!

Saturday, January 24th:

For Culture Lovers: Spend the day celebrating everything Scottish at the Hylton in the Highlands festival at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. All ages can experience Scotland’s culture and history through interactive activities, performances, exhibits and more. The event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For the Drink Connoisseurs: Step out of your comfort zone and try amaro, the bitter yet increasingly popular Italian herbal liqueur, at That’s Amaro! at Urbana Restaurant from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. The class will run through all the must-know brands and styles of amaro, in addition to learning the best ways to serve the drink.

Sunday, January 25th:

For Food Lovers: Take your love for food to a new level at the National Geographic Museum’s Food: Our Global Kitchen. This exhibit allows visitors to see the journey of food from farm to fork, make virtual meals and enjoy tastings (soups and stews this week) from the test kitchen. Open everyday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. through February 22nd, this is a great way to expand your food knowledge!

For Music Lovers: Venture to The Hamilton for a live performance from The Steel Wheels. Known for their raw energy, this group of musicians group tightly around one microphone to create their own version of acoustic Americana roots. Hitting it big in 2010 with their breakout album Red Wing, The Steel Wheels are a group you don’t want to miss.

Have a great weekend!

What You Should Do In DC This Weekend: Vol. 12

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Here’s some fun stuff to get into this weekend!

Friday, January 9th:

For the Foodies: The winter’s biggest restaurant opening was this week! José Andrés debuts China Chilcano, his first Peruvian eatery. The Penn Quarter restaurant specializes in Peru’s many culinary influences—Chinese, Japanese and Spanish. Looks like they might be totally booked this weekend, but you can start making plans to visit by booking your reservation online or calling (202)783-0941.

For Literary Buffs:  Naked Girls Reading, which is just what it sounds like, is back for its first show of 2015. This one is called “Come Into My Parlor,” and it’s all about staying warm in this freezing weather. Things may get slightly scandalous, but overall, the night is more about art, literature, and celebrating the human form. Tickets $20, available online 10 PM

For Music Lovers: Been to a show at The Hamilton Live yet? New Orleans Suspects and Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett of Little Feat are performing this Friday, January 9th and Saturday, January 10th. The band’s third CD Ouroboros was released on Louisiana Red Hot Records on October 14, 2014, to rave reviews! Doors open at 7:00 P.M. Showtime is 8:30 P.M. Tickets are $27.00-$35.00. For More Info click here or call 202-787-1000. 

For the Film Buff: This week is the 19th Annual Iranian Film Festival and on Friday they are presenting Manuscripts Don’t Burn: Made in defiance of a 20-year ban on filmmaking, this incendiary thriller was inspired by the Iranian government’s 1995 attempt to murder several prominent writers and intellectuals. Cost: FREE Seating for films is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Auditorium doors will open approximately 30 minutes before each show. Freer Gallery of Art(202) 633-4880 

Saturday, January 10th: 

For Elvis Fans: The King would be 80 this year, so go celebrate at Elvis’s Birthday Fight Club, hosted at Gala Theatre. There’ll be crazy announcing, entertaining fighting, burlesque, and comedy in between. Tickets $18 are available online. 8 PM

For Vodka and/or Whiskey Drinkers: The newest member of the District’s growing local drinking scene makes its debut on Saturday. One Eight Distiling, DC’s second production distillery since Prohibition, opens its doors in Ivy City just off New York Avenue, Northeast. Tours are free, and food truck eats are available. The distillery will be open for tours and tastings (21+ only) on Saturday from 1 to 4, starting this week. Admission is first come, first served, and groups will be kept fairly small to allow for questions. Once production is up and running, the team plans to collaborate with local restaurants, bars, and liquor stores—but for now you can buy bottles of the vodka ($36) and white whiskey ($34) on premises. A lineup of food trucks has been scheduled to provide food, starting with Red Hook Lobster Pound this Saturday.

For Beer Lovers: Want to get to know DC Craft Breweries? Then check out The Ultimate Craft Brew Tour by DC Brew Tours! This ‘Original Brew Tour’ event provides beer enthusiast with an insider’s look into how three different DC’s breweries craft their celebrated brews. Perfect for beginners, connoisseurs, home brewers, and everything in between! Ticket price includes lunch, lots of beer, bottles of water, transportation, and VIP access into DC’s brewing scene! Cost: $85

For Art Lovers: Intersections-Bernardí Roig, No/Escape Extended through April 5, 2015 at The Phillips Collection, Mallorcan artist Bernardí Roig installs 6 sculptural works in unexpected interior and exterior spaces, challenging visitors to rethink the definition of the museum. Roig draws parallels between the poignant social commentary offered in his and Honoré Daumier’s works, addressing the existential dualities of entrapment and liberation, blinding and illumination,absence and presence. Weekends: $12 for adults, $10 for students as well as visitors 62 and over; free for members and visitors 18 and under; FREE weekdays, includes permanent collection. Tuesday-Saturday 10 am–5 pm, Sunday Noon‒7 pm & Thursday extended hours 5‒8:30 pm

For the Wanna-be Yogis: Want to try Yoga? Then visit Yoga Noma’s Workshop: Yoga ABCs & they will teach you the yoga basics. They’ll help demystify all those funny names, teach you the most basic poses, and help you get a little more comfortable with being challenged in a safe way. 1:45-3:45pm $20

For Ska Music Fans:  Always a fun time, The Pietasters are back at 9:30 Club Doors 8:00 PM, Tickets $15

Sunday, January 11th: 

For Antique Collectors: Katzen Arts Center hosts the Washington Winter Show. If you have some old stuff that you want to get rid of—or at least learn the value of—bring it with you. There’ll be appraisers, lectures, exhibitors, cocktails, and more. Tickets $20 are available online. 11 AM to 8 PM (also Friday and Saturday)

For a Free Laugh: Free Comedy at Wonderland Ballroom – Sundays – 7 PM Every Sunday night this show will feature DC’s best stand-up comics along with a few newer comics performing at Wonderland Ballroom in Columbia Heights. Many of these comics regularly perform with national touring headliners at the DC Improv and Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse.  No cover. You must be 21 to enter.

For Some Unique Entertainment:  One of Brian Feldman’s signature projects, “txt” (pronounced ‘text’) makes its D.C. premiere in 2015 at American Poetry Museum at The Center for Poetic Thought (located within the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market in Brookland); with 48 performances taking place at 7:00 PM every Sunday (except Feb. 1, Feb. 22, May 10 and Sep. 13), beginning on January 4, 2015.“txt” is an interactive performance featuring a mysterious character named txt, played by Brian, who recites increasingly absurdist dialogue written anonymously by the audience in real time via Twitter. All audience members are instructed to bring a smartphone, ideally fully-charged, and actively use it during the show’s 45 minute duration. It is not necessary to have a Twitter account in order to participate, as everyone in attendance is randomly assigned a protected and anonymous account for their use. Doors 6:45 PM, Show 7:00 PM Tickets $20

Have a great weekend!

SOLD in 9 DAYS! Adorable 3 level home in Friendship Heights!

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Cute as pie! Super adorable 3 level, 3 bedroom, 1 bath, 2 half bath, 2100 sq ft home offers Central HVAC, original hardwood floors, partial finished basement with half bath, off street parking. Great location, just 3 blocks to Friendship Heights metro. Schools: Janney Elementary, Deal & Wilson

5331 42nd Place, NW (Click for Google Map)

Price: $775,000

Sale Price: $752,000

Bedrooms: 3

Baths: 1.55

Does this listing look like a property that you have and are looking to sell? If so, DC Home Buzz could be the perfect agency to list with. We now offer a $9900 flat fee listing rate, which includes a committed team of relators, customized marketing, staging and more. If you have questions, or just want more details, send us an email at info@dchomebuzz.com.

For more information, please contact the listing agent:

Rob Williams

(202) 368-5917 (cell)

rob@dchomebuzz.com

SOLD $10K Above List Price in 5 Days!

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Great Mount Vernon Square location! Just 4 blocks to metro, Safeway, and all the great dining & nightlife of the Mt. Vernon/Chinatown area. Walkscore=92. This condo has it all: stainless steel appliances, granite counters, hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, in-unit washer/dryer, low condo fees, & a PRIVATE balcony/deck. Pet friendly building.

310 M Street NW #4 (Click for Google Map)

Price: $285,000

Sale Price: $295,000

Bedrooms: 1

Baths: 1

For more information, please contact the listing agent:

Rob Williams

(202) 368-5917 (cell)

rob@dchomebuzz.com

Does this listing look like a property that you have and are looking to sell? If so, DC Home Buzz could be the perfect agency to list with. We now offer a $9900 flat fee listing rate, which includes a committed team of relators, customized marketing, staging and more. If you have questions, or just want more details, send us an email at info@dchomebuzz.com.

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