Posts Categorized: Washington DC

More Housing = Lower Rents

Washgton DC - Michael Key - The Washington Blade

It’s not rocket science: The more housing there is, the more affordable housing will be. In cities with growing populations, the degree to which the creation of new apartment units track with the increased need for additional rental housing is the difference between soaring prices and a stable market. D.C. has begun to prove this… Read more »

Hub Krack – Gay Washington DC Real Estate Agent

Hub Krack

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals: I am a Certified Residential Specialist and although the majority of my business is residential real estate, I also sell and lease commercial properties. Past commercial clients have included… Read more »

The Gayborhood: Logan Circle, Washington DC

For a couple of decades, Washington’s gay community has been steadily expanding east of the city’s traditional hub of LGBTQ culture, Dupont Circle. The historic Logan Circle neighborhood abounds with beautiful 19th-century townhouses — many of which have been gorgeously restored in recent years. Logan Circle has morphed from a dodgy and downcast district to… Read more »

DC’s Gayborhood is No More

In 1968, Deacon Maccubbin quit the U.S. Army. He’d been stationed in Virginia with the National Guard while the movement against the Vietnam War reached a fever pitch. The Norfolk native started to feel guilty donning his uniform, knowing young men were dying in droves for an absurd cause. So Maccubbin burned his military papers…. Read more »

More Tiny Houses for DC?

The popular tiny-house movement may get a big boost in the District this fall when significantly looser restrictions regarding “accessory dwelling units” — the technical name for the trendy residences — go into effect. Under provisions in the city’s new zoning code, from Sept. 6, homeowners will have an easier time getting the necessary approval… Read more »

Why Washington DC is the Best City for Gays

New York? Yawn. San Francisco? It’s been overrun by tech junkies. Chicago? Might as well be Shreveport. The jury is officially in, via my Facebook page, and Washington, D.C., has been declared the best city to be gay. But what makes our nation’s capital the ideal urban fruitopia for the LGBT community? Succinctly, today’s Washington… Read more »

Ray Gernhart, Gay Washington DC Real Estate Agent

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals: With my successful career of over twenty five years in real estate, I have personally experienced all the ups and downs of the Washington DC real estate market. Since… Read more »

D.C. an Unaffordable Place to Rent

It is always surprising to me how much space a renter gets for $2,000 or less a month. For many parts of Northwest D.C., $2,000 a month rents a junior one bedroom. For most places in the country, this rent is considered delusional whereas it has become a norm in the District. The D.C. housing… Read more »

Flipping in DC

On Dec. 31, 2014, a colleague purchased a fully redeveloped home in Brookland. The property, a stunning, newly renovated single-family home on Newton Street, N.E., was staged and showed beautifully. After several months on the market and under contract for improvements from a home inspection, my colleague and his husband closed on the property for… Read more »

Out Traveler’s Top 10 US Gayborhoods #9: Dupont Circle

We’re counting down the top ten US Gayborhoods, according to Out Traveler. The tenth place finisher is in Philadelphia: 9. Dupont Circle (Washington, D.C.), with 4.62 percent of the vote Washington has been declared the gayest city in the country by everyone and their gay brother. Its center of LGBT life has a bit of… Read more »

Why is DC So Expensive? Hint: It’s Congress

A September housing report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is making the rounds this week after The Washington Post published its findings on the Monday holiday. The Post gave it a 100-proof headline: “It’s more expensive to live in D.C. than New York, study says.” According to “Housing: Before, During, and After the… Read more »

Lowdown on the DC Real Estate Market

As in all forecasts, we can only rely on what we see to be a general trend. The Washington metro area real estate market in 2014 has slowed in comparison to 2013 with less activity. A trend that was thought to be related to the long, cold winter can now be seen to be caused… Read more »

Washington DC’s Evolving Gayborhoods

What is happening to the ‘gayborhood?’ Discussions of the evolving nature of the gay “community” and fast disassembling “gayborhood” clusters here and in cities across the country are as commonplace as yet another report detailing how expensive D.C. has somewhat suddenly become. An announcement this week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics identifying Washington as… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Denny Horner, Washington DC

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Denny is a residential real estate agent in the metro DC area, specializing in row homes and detatched homes. Metro DC offers great diversity and house options! See Denny’s… Read more »

Washington DC’s Winner and Loser Neighborhoods

Last month we looked at active vs. sold listings for D.C. overall. This week, we’ll look at the median price over the past seven months for D.C. neighborhoods based on zip code. Washington, D.C. overall experienced growth in median price from 2013 to 2014, both in July (1.90 percent) and year-to-date (4.20 percent). Keep that… Read more »

Exploring DC’s Real Estate Gayborhoods

Do you really know where you live? When I started selling real estate in D.C. in the 1990s there were a number of neighborhood monikers that had withstood the test of time. Everyone knew Georgetown, for example, with its expensive properties and the restaurants and shops that lined M Street and Wisconsin Avenue. Nearby Foggy… Read more »

DC’s Housing Trends

Spring is finally here but the biggest buzz isn’t about what’s outside but what’s going on inside. Real estate in the District is changing in a major way from size and design to renovations. Here’s a roundup of some of the latest trends a savvy buyer should know about when hunting for a new home… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: Hub Krack, Washington, DC

Periodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals. Hub has been a full-time Washington, DC real estate professional since 1999. See Hub’s Expanded Listing on Gay Realty Network Here Gay Friendly Realtors and Real Estate Professionals in… Read more »

DC’s Real Estate Market in Review

In this article, I’ll review some statistics for D.C. real estate for 2013, and will have something to say to both sellers and buyers in light of those statistics. First, let’s consider the following graph of active listings vs. sold listings for the last 5 years. The monthly inventory of available homes (active listings) has… Read more »

The Washington Blade’s Best of Gay DC 2013

Thinking about moving to DC? The Washington Blade has you covered: The Washington Blade’s annual Best of Gay DC Issue keeps growing. This year, there are 71 categories – the most ever – and nearly 20,000 of you voted to select the winners, a new record. Check out the winners below. At Gay Realty Watch,… Read more »

Where is DC’s Newest Gayborhood?

Ted Smith vividly recalls building matchstick houses as a child – and decorating them. After his parents finished supervising the building of their home in Pittsburgh, the family would visit real estate open houses on weekends. Smith loved walking through homes and looking at properties, an inexpensive form of entertainment in a simpler era. He… Read more »

In DC, Urban is The New Suburban

The D.C. market is hot and buyers are looking for proximity to entertainment and smaller, more energy-efficient spaces. (Photo public domain) Whether we’ve worn Coco Chanel’s little black dress or an impeccably tailored Ralph Lauren tuxedo, it’s clear that black evening attire has long been associated with elegance, both understated and timeless. In 1983, however,… Read more »

Good News for DC Homebuyers

There are several pieces of good news on the horizon for homebuyers. First, the D.C. real estate market is about to enter its fall season of active listings, which will increase the inventory of available homes for purchase. The D.C. market has two seasons of market activity: spring and fall. Imagine a line graph in… Read more »

DC Gayborhood May Once Again Ban New Eateries

The announcement late last week was startling mostly for its time-capsule-like nature. The damage, after all, is a couple of decades long and old. The Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) is poised to ask the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board to again renew the now 23-year-old “East Dupont” liquor license moratorium on the… Read more »

Should DC Raise Its Real Estate Height Limits?

For more than a century, the height of buildings in Washington D.C. has been capped by federal law. The original rationale was fire safety — ladders back in 1900 only reached so high — but the height limit has since made its way into the city’s aesthetic mythology. It preserves “light and air” on the… Read more »

Logan Circle – DC’s Top Gayborhood

In a recent survey conducted by neighborhood blog Borderstan, Logan Circle was once again declared the top gay neighborhood in D.C. Borderstan polled its readers to find out where the District’s gayest neighborhood actually lies, and for the fourth consecutive year Logan Circle took the crown. By a landslide, in fact, raking in 42 percent… Read more »