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November 2016
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When Autumn Leaves Fall

)While it may be apropos to tackle what the Trump presidency means for housing, given this week's election, I've left the conjecture to the experts in stories below (please see News & Trends).

Today, I want to share some easy ways in which you can protect your home from mother nature...

Behold the Fall Folliage with its shocking array of yellow, orange and red on the trees. And the eventual dropping of leaves to the ground.

This is when beauty turns into danger for each home. But it is so simple to prevent water damage and other problems resulting from the fall season.

First and easiest: sweeping and raking leaves helps control where the leaves are when rain and/ or snow falls. Unattended, leaves will clog drains and prevent appropriate drainage of water. This often results in water entering homes at basement doors and window sills. And it can expand into mold problems with drywall, wood and carpet. Repairs can cost thousands of dollars. Prevention is a $10 broom or rake and a little elbow grease.

Also, an annual check of rain gutters helps prevent leaf build-up in the gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters and downspouts can result in water entry from the roof and walls ...and thousands of dollars in repair and mold remediation.

And all those leaves can be used as mulch to help your garden grow in the spring!

It is like I often say: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

If information is power, my mission is to help create the most powerful consumers of real estate on the market!

- Brett
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News & Trends

What does President Trump mean for the housing market?
Political pundits around the country were stunned when Donald Trump secured enough votes to beat Hillary Clinton to become the next President of the United States. While supporters from both sides are still reeling from emotions, we woke up wondering what that would mean for real estate.

New administrations rarely affect the housing market. This time could be different.
Studies have shown over and over that a new administration usually doesn't have much of an effect on the local housing market.  But this election was anything but usual.

D.C. rent comparison: What $2,200/month rents you
Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent for a set dollar amount in various Washington, D.C. neighborhoods. Is one man's studio another man's townhouse? Let's find out! Today's price: $2,200/month.
#UrbanCastles on the Market

As of October 13, 2016, the Washington Metro Area boasts more than 25,014 housing units active on the market, 1,401 of which are located in DC, itself. This excludes FSBOs (For Sale By Owner) and pocket listings. Here's a look at inventory by price range throughout the hot 20011 DC zip code, which includes 16th Street Heights, Brightwood, Crestwood, Petworth and the northern reaches of Columbia Heights, where there are currently 138 active listings:


$0 to $350k

(22 total units available)


$350k to $500k

(30 units available)


$500k to $800k

(69 units available)



(17 units available)


Not finding exactly what you're looking for in the selection of inventory in DC? Feel free to check out plenty of inventory throughout the DC Metro Area, or drop me a line to schedule a time to talk with you about your goals.



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