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Real Estate May 26, 2015 at 10:48 am

flipped condos — reselling issues

another implication of the stories about condo flipping: issues with reselling

What, if any, are the ramifications of something related to a conversion going wrong after the we (the unit’s first owners/residents) complete a sale to new owners? To what extent could we be on the hook financially and legally? To what extent would it be the original builder and seller? We of course would disclose anything we know of that’s an issue, but what about things there’s no sign of? Does it fall into the category of “that’s homeownership”?

Likely we’ll just sit down with a real estate lawyer, but leave no stone unturned; some of you may have experience/knowledge with this, and others might be able to benefit from the topic, as well . . .

Thanks for any insights you all might be able to provide.

PoPville May 25, 2015 at 7:06 pm

Plywood Pop-up in 1700 Block of New Jersey Ave NW

I know that pop-up discussions are not novel here. They are the bane of many DC residents and the delight of the many contractors and realtors, who are undoubted overrepresented in these blogs. Nevertheless, this recent pop-up in the 1700 block of New Jersey Ave NW is just not troublesome because of its proposed height. It is disturbing because of the material the contractors are using in the immediate proximity of the Valero Gas station on the corner of New Jersey Ave NW and Rhode Island Ave NW.

I have averred on several occasions that the reason we have blocks of brick rowhouses and not blocks of wooden structures is because the wooden buildings were deemed too ease to catch fire and too prone to spread fires, once engulfed in flames. We had several fires in the 1700’s and 1800’s, including the Great Fire of London, that prompted people, like Ben Franklin, to support the creation of the modern fire department and better building codes. Indeed, building codes required buildings to be built with three course of brick party walls which greatly reduced the chance of fires spreading quickly.

This current structure under construction, which hovers above the Valero gas station, evidences how quickly we forget the lessons of the past and are willing to brush aside safety concerns. We should not allow cheapness, laziness, and greed to trump safety concerns, lest we repeat that past.

This green wood structure, abutting a gasoline station does not have a setback on the side wall, i.e., the gasoline station side. Its construction suggests that the builders have no intention of including anything type of masonry-separation wall between this five-level structure and the gasoline station directly below it.

While the modern code ‘allows’ construction using such materials because fire-rated drywall and similar materials can be used, fire-rated drywall is not brick. Put simply, we don’t have enough faith in it to construct fireplaces out of it. Fire-rated drywall and aluminum siding are not cinder block, brick or concrete.

I cannot believe that D.C. inspectors are blind to the very serious danger that the height and construction materials of this particular building pose given its location. In short, any building abutting a gasoline station should be required to use material with a much higher level of fire protection that that of fire-rated drywall and aluminum siding.

Announcements May 25, 2015 at 10:16 am

Lost Cat at 9th and Q St NW

A medium hair cat with a brown coat and white on the paws, nose and chest was lost on Saturday afternoon near 9th and Q St NW. She is an indoor cat and is likely scared and hiding.
All of her vaccinations are up to date and she is microchipped. Her name is Lucy. I am devastated by her loss and hoping someone will find her. If you see a cat matching Lucy’s description please contact Lindsey 612-308-4196 or email l.c.wilder@gmail.com or contact DC Animal Control. There is a reward for her return.
Thank you

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Home and Garden May 25, 2015 at 1:05 am

What to fix up to sell your house

Everyone knows that selling your home is a pain but mostly because you have to put so much time into getting it fixed up before it goes on the market. And the worst part is that you end up putting all that work into your home and then just giving it away to someone who doesn’t appreciate it anyway. Here are some tips to keep in mind when fixing up your house before a move. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but some things will certainly make a difference.

Nothing that couldn’t be torn out

The whole point of remodeling before a sale it to give your home a greater appeal to the buyer and earn some extra money in the process. That means it is a huge waste of money to put in anything that might not be appealing to everyone or would be sad for you to see torn out. Most people who walk through your home will appreciate feeling like it is cleaned up or that new stuff has been put in it, but they are also spending a lot of time figuring out how to update it and change it to what they like. Of course, it is worth it to remodel some things because many buyers won’t even look if they don’t feel like the home is new or has new features, but you want to be careful putting in things that may be controversial or are too expensive, according to Sippican Week. You certainly won’t get your money back out of most of it.

New carpets/flooring

If your carpets are in relatively new condition and are neutral colors, don’t waste your money replacing them. Most people are willing to replace flooring because everyone has different tastes in what they want. If there are ugly colors or things such as chipped tile, you’ll certainly want to get it replaced with more neutral options.

Bathrooms and kitchens

Most people say you don’t sell your home, you sell your kitchen and bathrooms. For some reason, that is where most people put a lot of their wow factor in deciding whether or not to buy a home, even if it isn’t the space they spend most of their time. So, it is worth it to make sure both areas are really clean. Even if the areas are outdated a little bit, you are okay just to keep it clean. However, a 1970s home may need a remodel in order to sell. Just be careful because, again, a lot of owners may end up tearing out your changes anyway, so don’t be too worried about being cheap. The whole purpose is to make it look good and show off bones of the house, not to give them everything they want.

Fixtures

A lot of people will spend money on fixtures in their home to update them to current trends. This will cost you more money than you think, so don’t jump right in if you don’t have a couple of thousand to play with. However, it will usually help sell your home if people are high-end and want high-end fixtures. Just a quick update isn’t that hard and will usually bring you more value.

Interior Decorating and Remodeling News Brought to You by BaseBoardRadiatorCover.com

Source: sippican.villagesoup.com/p/should-i-remodel-to-sell-my-home/1347554

General Discussion May 23, 2015 at 10:03 am

second wedding dress

I looking to save money, but still have a beautiful dress, and have been looking into some

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on sites such as KIJIJI. Wondering if any one out there has bought one second hand and their experience with it?

Events May 22, 2015 at 2:18 pm

Grogan Social Scene and Guests

Grogan Social Scene, lead by DC-based, Thomas Grogan, will play Americana-infused, indie-rock tunes from their forthcoming, second full-length album, Conceptual Arrangements.

The show will be on September 6th at 4 PM at the Pinch.

The Pinch
3548 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

Tickets will be $5 at the door.

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Events May 22, 2015 at 2:13 pm

Our City Festival

Celebrate DC’s culture, people and creativity through film, music and literature at the Our City Festival. Presented by PR and Marketing firm, KRPR, in partnership with the DC Public Library Foundation, the weekend-long event showcases films about DC and hosts live performances featuring Kokayi, Feedel Band, Easy Hand Dance Institute, DJ Sam the Man Burns, Bumper Jackson’s Chris Ousely, Free Minds Book Club, members of the Chuck Brown Band, and many more. Check out the full schedule for more information on tons of free events.

Festival is all day June 5-7.

http://www.theourcityfestival.com

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Art May 22, 2015 at 1:37 pm

Calling artists, artisanal product makers, and entertainers!

Come be a part of the fun at the 2nd Annual Kennedy Street Festival on June 20th from 11am-3pm. We are looking for vendors and entertainers to help make the festival a hit.

For entertainment – we are looking for bands, hula hoopers, magicians, face painters, balloon animal makers, or anyone else who can help activate the street.

For vendors – we are looking for people who make and sell their own original works – jewelry makers, artists, fashion designers, product makers, etc.

The event is being organized by the Kennedy Street Development Association, an all-volunteer initiative of current and prospective business owners and residents with an interested in the development of small, locally-owned businesses on our street.

If you are interested in being a part of the festival, please contact Emily at art@kennedystreetnw.org

Announcements May 22, 2015 at 10:14 am

multi-family yard sale, 5/23 @ 9am

8 Families
Lots of stuff – Priced to sell!!

439 Quincy St. NW
Quincy St. at 5th St. and Rock Creek Church St. NW
Saturday, 23 May 9am – 2pm

Boys clothes, newborn to 5Tboys swim suits, designer boys baby shoes, including Timberland, Nike
Girls clothes, newborn to 6 (including some winter wear at really rock bottom prices)
Swim suits
life vest
water float
Capezio and danskin dance wear

Arms Reach co-sleeper
Various baby wraps & carriers Lots of swaddles & sleep sacks Baby/toddler toys, books
Toddler bike
Convertible crib rail
Maternity clothes, small – lg & xl

Non baby-related stuff:
Women’s clothes and shoes
women’s jeans Size 26
Antique dining room table – wood
Single size futon type chair
Skeeter vac
Kitchen gadgets & housewares
great selection of books

Public Safety May 22, 2015 at 4:36 am

Screaming at 4am

Loud distressing screaming this morning at 4am near 13the and Fairmont. I called 911 and they said they received several calls. Seemed like the cops took forever and they couldn’t seem to find her. Anyone know is she received help? Hope she’s ok. Anyone know anything?

Events May 21, 2015 at 9:00 pm

Renting vs Air BnB

Here’s our dilemma and we are looking for advice and insight.

We’ve redone our basement apartment in our new house (less than 2 months ownership) in the hopes of renting it out and mitigating the monthly mortgage payment. However, we are finding that it is rather loud down there–footsteps and voices carry, and we have two kids under 5. We are now considering trying to do Air BnB instead of having a renter so that we do not have to be on tenterhooks about any noises disturbing our renter at any time and instead can just be careful about volume whenever someone is in the basement as an Air BnB client.

The house is under 1 mile from the Brookland metro, and the basement is about 500 sq feet with two rooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, its own entrance and its own washer/dryer. Would it make more sense to rent it and have a consistent stream of money coming in while being very careful with noise every day OR to try the Air BnB market where we’d be able to be more relaxed about kids’ play and general ambient noises, but we would have to make up any differences in monthly payments ourselves? Convince me!

Thanks.

General Discussion May 21, 2015 at 1:34 pm

TOPA help! Forming a tenant association.

I just found out that my apartment building (5+ units) is under contract with a developer. We do not have a tenant association, but I’d like to form one with my fellow tenants.

I’m definitely out of my element when it comes to this stuff, so I turn to the good people of PoPville to share their experiences and advice. Any help would be great!

Announcements May 21, 2015 at 10:53 am

Found: Female Beagle mix at Georgia & Quincy NW on 5/19

Found at Georgia and Quincy NW last night around 10pm: Female Beagle (mix?), approx. 4-6 years old (total guess. Collar, but no tags.

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Events May 21, 2015 at 7:47 am

Out/Spoken: Queer, Questioning, Bold and Proud True Stories Through an LGBT Lens

SpeakeasyDC presents stories from LGBT perspective that will challenge, provoke, inspire and ignite. From finding love in the time of grindr, to learning the truth about that crazy ‘bachelor’ uncle, or (dis)functional family fun. Out/Spoken is night of stories that celebrate the diverse perspectives of the community and embrace the challenges and triumphs of being queer, questioning, bold and proud.

Friday, June 5
Doors open at 6:00 PM

9:30 Club
815 V St NW
Washington, D.C., 20001

Tickets: $25

More Information/ Ticket Purchasing:

http://speakeasydc.com/events/item/out-spoken-queer-questioning-bold-and-proud

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Announcements May 20, 2015 at 10:36 am

Found dog in Mt Pleasant

Found 5/19: Shizu mix, female, no tags on Mt. Pleasant St. NW. Super sweet! Also called animal control. Email kristahighland@gmail.com.

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Replied on May 26, 2015 at 10:48 am

flipped condos — reselling issues

another implication of the stories about condo flipping: issues with reselling What, if any, are th…
Replied on May 26, 2015 at 4:38 am

Kitchen Reno

Maybe you desire a kitchen built for entertaining or one that allows several people to cook at once…
Replied on May 25, 2015 at 7:06 pm

Plywood Pop-up in 1700 Block of New Jersey Ave NW

I know that pop-up discussions are not novel here. They are the bane of many DC residents and the…
Replied on May 25, 2015 at 10:16 am

Lost Cat at 9th and Q St NW

A medium hair cat with a brown coat and white on the paws, nose and chest was lost on Saturday afte…
Replied on May 25, 2015 at 1:05 am

What to fix up to sell your house

Everyone knows that selling your home is a pain but mostly because you have to put so much time int…
Replied on May 23, 2015 at 2:52 pm

Sales tax in DC at Sephora?

It’s indeed 5.75%, District-wide. It’s 6% in Maryland and Northern Virginia (and the Ha…
Replied on May 23, 2015 at 2:37 pm

Car Break-in on 11th and U

Definitely been on an uptick. My neighbors and I around 13th and R have been having an epidemic of …
Replied on May 23, 2015 at 2:19 pm

Keeping your car registered outside of DC

You could get a ROSA permit by proving your residency whereever you claim residency (your parents&#…
Replied on May 23, 2015 at 2:15 pm

25 feet from stop sign tickets. Is it legal?

+1 on gdopplerxt’s post. It’s also illegal to drive over 25 mph when there’s no s…
Replied on May 23, 2015 at 2:09 pm

DC towed me to metered parking, then charged me for not paying the meter

I doubt you’ll win this one. You can chalk it up to a lesson learned; if you’d called t…
Replied on May 23, 2015 at 2:04 pm

DC Parking Enforcement — Two citations, same infraction, less than 1 hour?

I don’t know what the official policy is, or if one unambiguously exists, but it seems unlike…
Replied on May 23, 2015 at 10:03 am

second wedding dress

I looking to save money, but still have a beautiful dress, and have been looking into some <htt…
Replied on May 22, 2015 at 2:18 pm

Grogan Social Scene and Guests

Grogan Social Scene, lead by DC-based, Thomas Grogan, will play Americana-infused, indie-rock tunes…
Replied on May 22, 2015 at 2:13 pm

Our City Festival

Celebrate DC’s culture, people and creativity through film, music and literature at the Our C…