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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Washington DC’s Mental Geography

Though geographically compact, Washington is a city of many neighborhoods, each with a particular character, sometimes changing after just a few blocks. I call this the “mental geography of Washington” because it informs our sense of distances in the District that may have nothing to do with the actual physical mileage between places. However, it… Read more »

Washington DC’s Priciest Neighborhoods

Want to know where Washington, DC’s toniest neighborhoods are? Want to rub elbows with the Capital’s rich and powerful? The Washington Blade has the skinny: “Location, location, location.” That’s the advice Realtors give clients looking to buy a home. It’s almost always better to spend the same money on the least expensive home on the… Read more »

The New Reality of Washington DC Real Estate

During our year-end meeting this past week, we did our annual “look back to what we learned” exercise. We are so glad that many in this market have been protected from the economic downtown that has caused so much destruction across our country. However, the most poignant lesson from 2012 is that there is now… Read more »

DC Real Estate – Like It’s 2005

The house goes on the market and within four hours an agent registers a contract. The calls continue and 36 hours later there are five contracts on the property allowing for a $25,000 escalation in price and the exact settlement date and rent back period the owners hoped to enjoy. Thinking it’s 2005? No, this… Read more »

DC: Care Needed When Replacing Historic Roofs

Walk, bike or drive on 8th St. S.E., near Eastern Market and you will see a long block of homes with old slate turret roofs, with built-in gutters below and finials, the decorative metal ornaments, at the peak. A turret is a small tower that projects vertically from a building and were originally castle appendages…. Read more »

DC: 14th Street in Flux

Construction on 14th Street N.W. in Washington is nothing new — anyone who frequents the uber-gay area has been seeing chain-link fences, closed sidewalks and cranes for months as various massive projects are underway. But with ground now broken for the Louis, the former Utopia spot at 14th and U that will be a mixed-use… Read more »

DC Real Estate Market, Economy Among Strongest in Country

The U.S. Congress is a masterpiece of dysfunction, but it’s surrounded by perhaps the highest-functioning metro area in the nation. Washington, D.C., is the richest city in the country. It’s the best-educated, too. The district is growing faster than any other U.S. state and at three times the national average. Post-recession home prices are faring… Read more »

DC: What $500K Will Buy You

Let’s face it: It’s been rough the past several years. Any real estate agent will tell you that. Economic growth has been tepid. The unemployment picture is not encouraging. The latest figures on new foreclosure filings are kind of scary. But the Washington area is doing better than most parts of the country, right? To… Read more »

DC’s Housing Market Still Strong

There’s good news and bad news in real estate these days, but if you’re in the immediate area around Washington, the news is mostly good. The Case-Shiller Index, published by Standard & Poor’s and considered the most accurate report of home values both across the country and within 20 major metropolitan regions, showed Washington to… 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. Gay Friendly Washington DC Realtors and Real Estate Professionals Denny is one of the Washington DC area’s hardest working realtors. he has the education, skills, and knowledge to help… Read more »

DC: Home Sales in January Up 31% Over Last Year

Home sales in the Washintgon, D.C., metro region got a bump last month, according to one index. Pending sales were up 31 percent from a year earlier, according to RealEstate Business Intelligence, a subsidiary of Metropolitan Regional Information Systems of Rockville. The index is a two-year moving window that uses pending sales and median sales… Read more »

Washington DC #2 in Foreign Real Estate Investments

The District will be the second-most favorite city, both domestically and globally, for real estate investments among foreign investors this year, according to an annual survey of the D.C.-based Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate. New York, which ranked No. 3 in 2010, is the No. 1 U.S. city for foreign real estate investments… Read more »

Featured Gay Friendly Realtor: David Maplesden, Takoma Park, MD

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. Gay Friendly Location Realtors and Real Estate Professionals in Maryland David is originally from Brighton, England, in the United Kingdom. He’s been licensed as a Washington, DC Realtor since… Read more »

Gay Realty Watch: Washington, DC

We continue our look into local real estate markets with large gay and lesbian communities. Today, Washington DC, home of one of the largest per capita populations of gays and lesbians in the US, legal gay marriage, and as of last Tuesday, the new House Republican Majority. :::sigh::: DC outpaces nation’s other metro areas in… Read more »