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Hotel Rooms Still Available

If you thought Washington's hotels were booked up for the Obama-thon, think again. The District's official tourism office, Destination DC, reports that there are 15,000 rooms available in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and the District. A total of 800 rooms remain...

By David A Nakamura | January 14, 2009; 04:40 PM ET | Comments (20)

Tips for Renting Out Your Property for Inaugural Week

We reported in today's Post about the sluggish inaugural housing market. But for those who do score last-minute deals to rent out their properties, the National Apartment Association in Arlington, Va., has issued a number of tips for homeowners to...

By David A Nakamura | January 9, 2009; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Housing Market Goes Bust

In today's Post, we bring you the latest on the inaugural rental housing market, which isn't what many expected it to be. Seems like the initial demand from out-of-towners to rent apartments, condos and houses led Washington-area homeowners to flood...

By David A Nakamura | January 9, 2009; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Inauguration Volunteers Seeking Free Housing

Have a spare room, couch or basement? The Presidential Inaugural Committee is seeking your help in providing free space for the dozens of volunteers who will be coming to town over the next two weeks. Fill out this form if...

By David A Nakamura | December 29, 2008; 12:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Frank Lloyd Wright Home Available for Inauguration: $100,000 For the Week

Cost to build the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Marden House in 1959: $76,000. Cost to rent it for five days for the inauguration from current owner James V. Kimsey, co-founder of AOL: $100,000. That's what Kimsey's asking for use of the...

By David A Nakamura | December 16, 2008; 04:12 PM ET | Comments (2)

Polls: Your D.C. Visit

How are you getting to Washington? Where will you stay? What events and attractions are you most excited about? Vote in our polls, or tell us about your travel plans in the comments....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 12, 2008; 02:19 PM ET | Comments (15)

Destination DC: Hotel Rooms Still Available

Destination DC, a city tourism group, continues to monitor hotel availability and announced today that nearly 900 hotel rooms remain available in the District for Jan. 19, the night before Barack Obama is sworn-in as president. The organization also has...

By David A Nakamura | December 11, 2008; 05:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

How to Prepare for Beloved Guests/Lucrative Renters

The Post provides advice today on how to make that guest room a home away from home when hosting friends for the holidays, or when offering a weeklong sublet at an exorbitant rate. Getting a request for lodging can be...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 11, 2008; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

The $50,000 Per Night Inaugural Lodging

It's the mother of all inaugural housing packages--a 550-acre estate in Rappahannock County, with a manor house, a carriage house, a pink house, two private cottages, separate pool/spa complex with a large heated swimming pool, Turkish steam room, Finnish sauna...

By David A Nakamura | December 11, 2008; 05:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Gaylord Resort in Maryland Has Hotel Rooms

Many D.C. hotels may not have rooms for next month's inauguration, but one of the pre-eminent hotels just across the bridge in Maryland is still accepting guests, a spokeswoman said. The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, located on the...

By Marcia Davis | December 10, 2008; 04:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inauguration to Turn an 'Empty Nest' Into a Full House

Talk about change: One home in Cleveland Park will transform from "empty nest" to Obama colony in the days leading up to the inauguration. Mary Warfield, 57, who’s lived alone in her four-story home since her three sons left for...

By Washington Post Editors | December 10, 2008; 01:46 PM ET | Comments (1)

Here's a Rental 'Candidate' for You...

There are places to rent for the inauguration -- and then there are places to rent that are being rented by folks who actually ran for president. It seems that former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson, who lost out to Sen....

By Washington Post Editors | December 8, 2008; 05:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hotels Opening Up

Still looking for a place to stay on Inauguration Weekend? We reported last week that there would be more hotel rooms opening up. And today, we're able to be specific. A fresh batch of several thousand hotel rooms for the...

By Marcia Davis | December 8, 2008; 01:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Some Hotel Rooms, Home Rentals Still Available in Loudoun

Many areas well beyond the Beltway are seeing a run on hotel rooms, and Loudoun County is among them, Loudoun Extra's Erica Garman reports. Some options remain for latecomers, though: The Goodstone Inn and Estate, also in Middleburg, has several...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 5, 2008; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. Tourism Group: Hotels Rooms Still Available

Destination D.C., a tourism organization, says reports of hotel rooms being sold out in the Washington area aren't exactly accurate. In fact, the group says, there are roughly 1,400 rooms still left within a 30-mile radius and you can have...

By David A Nakamura | December 5, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

More on Landlord Liability for Inauguration Rentals

On Nov. 20, The Post's David Nakamura explored some of the possible risks for landlords and residents renting out their properties for the inauguration. Christopher J. Boggs of Insurance Journal goes into a little more detail: Homeowners' policy forms specifically...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 2, 2008; 02:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hotels Seeing Green Over Inauguration

A couple of weeks ago, we told you about the potential problems in the inauguration housing market in which thousands of Washington-area residents are trying to rent out their homes for the week of Jan. 20. In today's Metro section,...

By David A Nakamura | December 2, 2008; 05:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Inauguration on the Web

USA Today notes that Delta and Southwest have joined five other airlines increasing traffic into and out of Dulles, Reagan National and BWI for the inauguration. Meanwhile, the Washington Examiner reports that while many buses are being chartered to bring...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 1, 2008; 11:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fraudulent Craigslist Ad Asks $300 for Hotel Room "Reservation Only"

The advertisement on Craigslist wasted no time getting to the hype: “Be A Part of History!” It went on: “Be there to witness a moment in history that you won’t soon forget. You’ll be able to tell your children or...

By David A Nakamura | November 26, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (6)

Housing Options

With the demand for inauguration housing continuing to grow, a number of Web sites have been founded to try to hook up property owners with prospective tenants. Here's a listing of some of the sites. www.inauguralhomes.com Founded by Andre Butters,...

By David A Nakamura | November 24, 2008; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (1)

D.C. Releases Sample Housing Lease Agreement

District government officials promised yesterday to draw up a sample lease for those looking to rent out their apartments or houses for the inauguration. The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs has released this form for residents to use as...

By David A Nakamura | November 21, 2008; 05:21 PM ET | Comments (3)

Does the Red Line Run to Philly?

Having trouble finding a suitable hotel room in D.C. for the inauguration? Have you tried the inner suburbs? You have? Have you tried Baltimore? Annapolis? Fredericksburg? You have? What about Pennsylvania? That's the suggestion of U.S. Sen. Robert Casey, who...

By Washington Post Editors | November 21, 2008; 05:11 PM ET | Comments (1)

Housing Options

What: The Emergence Community Arts Collective Where: 733 Euclid St. NW Washington, DC How Much: $30 per person, per night When: Available the week of Jan. 18 What you get: From the Web site: Floor space in two heated rooms...

By David A Nakamura | November 21, 2008; 01:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fenty to Suspend Housing Rental Regulations for Inauguration

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty signed an executive order today to suspend District regulations and allow residents to rent their properties for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama without obtaining a business license or a certificate of occupancy. The move is...

By David A Nakamura | November 20, 2008; 04:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Inaugural Housing: A Cautionary Tale

With thousands of people renting out their houses for inauguration week, think that there won't be any problems? Ask Margaret Knox Baum (at right, with daughter Rosa and husband Dan). Baum, of Boulder, Colo., thought she was ahead of...

By David A Nakamura | November 20, 2008; 07:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Are Hotels Really Sold Out for the Inauguration Already?

The District has 29,000 hotel rooms and the number swells to 95,000 in the greater Washington area. For people looking for places to stay for President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration Jan. 20, the trick is finding a vacant room. Stories have...

By David A Nakamura | November 19, 2008; 03:09 PM ET | Comments (1)

D.C. Government Relaxes Some Tax Laws for Inauguration Rentals

The D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue will suspend its sales tax on property rentals to transients for residents who want to rent their apartments or homes to out-of-towners for the inauguration. The city usually assesses a 14.5 percent tax...

By David A Nakamura | November 19, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

Local 'Couchsurfers' Find They Have Popular Pads

At a time when some Washington residents are trying to rent their homes and apartments for hundreds or even thousands of dollars for a few days during the inauguration, Michael Barge is giving his to strangers. For free. Barge, who...

By Washington Post Editors | November 19, 2008; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Housing Parody on Craigslist Leads to Real Offers

The room that Grabow jokingly put up for rent. The advertisement was mixed in among more than 2,000 housing listings on Craigslist posted by apartment and condo owners hoping to make a few bucks by renting out their Washington-area...

By David A Nakamura | November 18, 2008; 05:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

How to be an Inauguration Day Landlord: Be Careful

Looking to rent out your house or apartment for inauguration week in January? Hoping to score a quick buck or two? The Post's Elizabeth Razzi writes in the Real Estate section today on how to be prepared and make sure...

By David A Nakamura | November 16, 2008; 03:38 PM ET | Comments (1)

Housing Options: The Great Outdoors

The Post's Fredrick Kunkle reports today on a rather unique housing option for people attending the inaugural. Kunkle writes: With hotel rooms booking up fast, visitors who want to witness President-elect Barack Obama's historic inauguration are snapping up spots...

By David A Nakamura | November 15, 2008; 01:23 PM ET | Comments (1)

Luxury Apartments Offered for Inauguration Week

A luxury apartment company is taking advantage of the influx of people expected for the inauguration. One and two-bedroom units that are sitting empty are being offered up as an option to hotel rooms that are hard to find these...

By David A Nakamura | November 14, 2008; 01:29 PM ET | Comments (2)

Capitalizing on the Moment

So let’s say you’re an African American Republican who lives in Washington and you did not vote for Barack Obama. What do you do now? If you’re Deana Bass, you put your free-market, capitalist philosophy to work. Bass, 35, who...

By David A Nakamura | November 11, 2008; 03:27 PM ET | Comments (2)

 
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