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Weekend Reading and the Weekend Poll

Why should people invest in residential real estate now? For the rent, of course. In this Saturday's Real Estate Section, Alejandro Lazo has a good story on how people who want to buy, fix and rent are reclaiming the word "investor" from the flippers who prevailed during the boom.

What makes a neighborhood neighborly? Also on Saturday, Ann Cameron Siegal reviews some of the the things (hint: they're verbs, not nouns) that do the job. That's a topic I find fascinating. I know in our neighborhood an annual progressive dinner party at Christmastime boosts neighborliness. And the parents who see off the school bus each morning often linger for a chat after the kids are well on their way. But we could do more, especially with an eye toward bringing younger and older residents closer together. A Memorial Day block party may be just the thing!

Don't forget to join Real Estate Editor Maryann Haggerty and me for today's Real Estate Live chat at 1 p.m. You can always post a comment or question early, and doing so actually increases the odds that we'll be able to include your points within the hour-long chat.

The Weekend Poll
It's been awhile, but we have for your voting pleasure the responses to the Complete This Sentence Game, Realtor Edition. Facetious and/or cynical answers were welcomed as the finish to this sentence:

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  May 1, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Funny , Outdoors , Poll , Selling  
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Elizabeth - The Washington Post Real Estate search engine is filled with scam ads by an outfit called Realty Trac. They list long gone foreclosures in the "Open This Weekend" page as a come on to get users to give them credit card #s for a $50 month service, that is likely a scam as well.
Try seaching open this weekend by single family homes in McLean and sort by lowest price. You will call up a half dozen phony ads for this outfit.
The Post ought to do better...

Posted by: fcoleman | May 2, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for that info, fcoleman. Let me see what I can find out. --Elizabeth

Posted by: Erazzi | May 4, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

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