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Parties, Shrines to Childhood and The Weekend Poll

A housefull, such as we expect, is sort of a stress test for the home. At some point I know I will wish we had a second fridge, another oven and a few more rooms. But once the visitors have said their goodbyes, our home will be the right size again--and will feel even more roomy by late August, when both children have decamped to college.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  June 19, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Funny , Home features  
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New Web Site Takes Mystery Out of Closing Costs

I've just taken a spin through a new Web site, Closing.com, that looks like it's going to be really useful for home buyers trying to figure out who to choose for closing services and what their total cost will be. With their Closing Wizard, you can just plug in a few details about the home you're buying--ZIP code, sales price, down payment, square footage and interest rate, and it will tell you how much cash you need to close the deal, including downpayment and fees.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  June 18, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Buying , Mortgages  
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It's Graduation Day!

You're not going to hear much about housing news from me today; my mind is elsewhere! My son is graduating from high school. It's big, happy milepost for him and for my husband and me. Our youngest child will be off to college in the fall; we will be off to the empty nest.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  June 17, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Department of Hopeful News  
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What Northern Virginia Needs Now is New Homes?

What makes Washington different from the rest of the country? (Insert your own wiseguy remark here.) According to Stephen Fuller, director of the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University, it's that our unemployment woes are much lighter than elsewhere, and --take a deep breath--we need to start building homes again.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  June 16, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  The economy , The market  
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The Arlington Rap and Chat Plus

A question from the latest Real Estate Live chat comes from Arlington: live in a townhouse/condo. The homeowner's association is responsible for maintenance of common grounds. Branches from tree on common ground is right up against my home, touching it. I asked HOA to trim back branches. They agree it is their responsibility, but they won't do it because they "don't have the money." What can I do?from Friday, we have the latest installment in Chat Plus.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  June 15, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Chat Plus , Condo/homeowner associations , Funny  
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