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“Dear PoPville,

I’m really struggling to decide if I am in a position to buy a condo in DC right now and would greatly appreciate hearing the thoughts of your readers.

A little bit of context: I moved to DC straight out of grad school in 2008 and had been living in group houses (some great, some not so great) until 2018 when I paid off my student loans and with freeing up a bit of monthly income, I got myself my first ever apartment (tiny studio in Dupont). I work in the environmental nonprofit field and make a decent salary for the field, but it’s been hard to save since DC is so expensive. I’ve lived in Petworth, Shaw, Columbia Heights and now Dupont and would be interested in NE as well (H St or Capitol Hill) and since biking is my preferred transportation I would love something a short (2-3 miles) bike ride to my office in McPherson Square (when we re-open by the end of this year).

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“Dear PoPville,

I was wondering if I could query the PopVille hive about buying houses in probate court. Specifically, we were interested in touring a house and making an offer. The house had only been listed for a few hours the first time we reached out. After multiple requests from our agent to see the house being unanswered, I called the listing agent’s office and asked for a tour. The office stated they were unable to get a hold of the listing agent. I submitted requests online to the agent, but did not receive a response.

In an attempt to get a feel for the property, we went to the house just to see it. While we were there, three other groups of people tried to get in to view the home. None of us were able to enter the property.

After three days, the listing agent provided our agent the door code and informed us that offers were due earlier that day. The listing agent said 20 other people had viewed the property and he had three competitive offers, but we were welcome to tour and make an offer. We toured and then immediately decided to make an offer. We again tried to contact the listing agent to once again not hear back.

This morning, we awoke to find the house listed under pending. Here is my question, is there anything we can do to try to get our offer considered? Or at least notify the court of probable issues with the real estate representative?

I realize I forgot one piece of crucial information. The house is in probate court and is being administered by a District appointed lawyer. We finally tracked her down and while she confirmed our offer was higher, they had already accepted another bid.”


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