With the Fourth of July around the corner, and all the barbecues and gatherings surrounding it beginning already, my thoughts have been on how to create a great seasonal decorating scheme with a small home and an even smaller budget. Nobody likes waste, but this may be even more true of people who live in DC's small apartments and townhouses! Luckily there are some easy ways to set the tone for each holiday gathering without filling up your small closet with a dozen holidays'
Whether to sell your home or rent it out to tenants is a quandary facing anyone who has to move outside the Beltway or wants to upgrade to a new home. While a property manager can help you make a financial comparison for your particular situation, there are some ‘soft’ factors to consider about this decision and how it will fit into your lifestyle and financial future. A Growing Market Things in DC are looking up. While in many parts of the rest of the country housing prices
For many people, the decision to use a property management company is obvious. They might be moving out of town or swamped with work and unable to manage their property themselves. For others, hiring a property manager is a tougher decision. Many have asked me, why should I pay for a property management company rather than simply manage the unit myself? My response is that there is nothing simple about managing a rental property in DC! Using a property management company can
Many landlords default to saying no to pets. They imagine worst-case scenarios: the cat who sprays plaster walls, the mastiff who chews that vintage woodwork all day, or the bird that keeps every neighbor within a three house radius awake. However, allowing pets in your rental can actually be a great way to find and retain stable, happy tenants. The reasons are fourfold. Finding a Tenant First, it's a great bargaining chip when finding a great tenant initially. Even in a hot