Kwame Joseph Realtor's Blog

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Washington DC can be a very expensive place to live and own a home, luckily there are things you can do right now to make sure your stress load is at the minimum.

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DC Zoning commission has finally adopted a new zoning code. One of the most notable changes was a provision that allowed for the by-right development of Accessory Apartments (also commonly known as Accessory Dwelling Units, or ADUs) in certain residential zones in the city.

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DC Wharf will officially open on October 12th with a live concert from Kevin Bacon and brother Michael. Their band, the Bacon Brothers, will play at 5:00 p.m. on October 12th on the development's District Pier.

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To-go containers, clean pizza boxes, and plastic plates are not regular trash anymore in D.C., they're recyclables. The District has increased the number of items that can be tossed into city's big blue toters and will standardize the list across residences, businesses, and schools, the Department of Public Works announced today.

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Fall is a good time to take care of big home repair projects before shorter days (and in many areas, ice and snow) make outdoor work too difficult. And if you do live in an area with cold winters, take some time this fall to boost energy efficiency throughout your home and prevent damage from winter storms with proper tree care. (We spoke with an expert to find out what you need to do.) Tick these items off your list this season, and you can rest easy knowing that your home and yard are buttoned up and ready for winter.

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Pre-Kindergarten

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DC First Time Homebuyer Tax Benefit Act

In this video Deirdre P Brown gives a brief overview of the DC First Time Homebuyer Tax Benefit Act. For more title related questions visit http://www.CloseWithDee.com. Subscribe to my channel to receive notifications when new videos are uploaded.

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Protect Your Money from Wire Fraud Schemes When Buying a Home

Buying and selling a home is an exciting time, but there can be pitfalls for unsuspecting consumers . The American Land Title Association wants homeowners and sellers to be aware that criminals are using wire fraud schemes to steal money meant for home purchases or the proceeds from the sale of the property.

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HOW MUCH HOUSE CAN I AFFORD?

To determine how much you can spend on a home, take a close look at your budget. Review your bank statements and spending habits for the last couple of months to figure out how much you are spending on everything from cellphone bills to restaurants. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau offers a spending tracker that can help you figure out where your money is going each month.

Once you have a better picture of your spending habits, determine how much you want to allocate toward a monthly home payment. This figure includes your principal, interest, tax and insurance payment, which add up to your monthly mortgage sum.

The Federal Housing Administration formula, used by many lenders, recommends allocating no mo...

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Kwame Joseph Compass Realtor

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