Entries by Casey Kunkel

Should You Buy A Home For Your College Kid?

If you’re about to send your child to college, you’re undoubtedly suffering from sticker shock. And it’s not just from the cost of tuition and mandatory fees and books and a meal plan and parking, but also from housing. Maybe, especially, from housing. The mouse – hole your dorm – bound child will live in […]

Elon Musk’s D.C.-Baltimore hyperloop route, mapped

The Boring Company is proposing a project on the East Coast to build Loop, a high-speed underground public transportation system. The DC-to-Baltimore Loop would consist of the construction of a set of parallel, twin underground tunnels. This transportation system would create a significant public benefit due to decreased commute times, decreased urban congestion, decreased public transportation trip […]

Boost Your Property Value: 4 Smart Features Worth Adding

Your home may be your castle – but what that means for each person can be very different. Some people prefer light colors, some dark. Some want a location that lets them walk everywhere, while other people want to live far away from the hustle and bustle. However, there is one point that many homebuyers […]

Black Stainless Steel: Is It The Next Big Thing?

Consumer ReportsLG Stainless steel has ruled the appliance world for many years, with no serious contenders on its heels. But now, here comes black stainless steel, fighting for dominance in the kitchen. Like any new finish, we won’t know if it has true staying power until some time has passed. But if you’re looking for […]

Freddie Mac: Rising Mortgage Rates DO NOT Lead to Falling Home Prices

Recently, Freddie Mac published an Insight Report titled Nowhere to go but up? How increasing mortgage rates could affect housing. The report focused on the impact the projected rise in mortgage rates might have on the housing market this year. Many believe that an increase in mortgage rates will cause a slowdown in purchases which would, in turn, lead to […]

Shaw’s Atlantic Plumbing to Be Complete By Next Year

Rendering of Atlantic Plumbing The delivery of the Atlantic Plumbing development in Shaw set the tone for much of the redevelopment in the immediate area, including the impending arrival of a Whole Foods grocer and the looming loss of the Town Danceboutique this summer for future replacement with residences. However, the Atlantic Plumbing development is not yet […]

Development Partners Enter Contract To Buy Farm Women’s Market in Downtown Bethesda

A joint venture involving downtown Bethesda property owners has contracted to buy the landmark Bethesda Farm Women’s Market as part of a redevelopment vision that straddles Wisconsin Avenue. The partnership between two major regional developers, Bernstein Management Corp. and Foulger-Pratt, could represent an initial step toward preserving and revitalizing the historic market property as Montgomery County officials have hoped. But there’s a long way to go. The property sale is contingent on […]

A Condo Fee Tutorial

When searching for a condo or co-op, one of the first things buyers look at are the monthly fees. High fees can be a turn-off, but they can also be an indication that a building is in good financial health. In addition to amenities, condo fees typically cover payments for a reserve fund (a fund […]

The Mortgage Pre-Approval Process

As buyers get the itch to look for a home and start to venture out to open houses, it will behoove them to go through the pre-approval process. Pre-approval essentially consists of a lender going through various aspects of a homebuyer’s background (credit history, income verification, etc.) to determine how much home they can actually […]