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My Home; My Castle

Back in December, I received a friendly letter requesting I change the title of my newsletter. It seems another esteemed colleague who works in the Washington, DC Metro Area has been operating with the marketing and advertising slogan "Rock the House," and actually went to lengths enough to register the trademark. I expect there are some frustrated musicians and marketers of music. However, I honor the trademark (and the law which protects it), and have brainstormed at length to find something new: #UrbanCastleDC.
A true Urban Castle in Kansas City, MO
No matter where we live; no matter what type of housing - studio apartment, townhouse, or mansion - our home is our castle.

As always, the mission of this newsletter (in its 8th year!) and my work as a Realtor is to offer world class comprehensive real estate service, including insights, news and trends.

I invite you to check out the hashtag (#UrbanCastleDC) on Facebook for articles and comments, and I invite you to add your own to the list!

If information is power, my goal is to help make you the most powerful consumer on the real estate market.


- Brett

News and Trends




In today's world, there are not many family owned and operated real estate companies who can say they have been in business for 35 years. It is an honor and a privilege to be part of our growing company and to celebrate our 35th anniversary serving Greater Washington, DC. Read more 




Zillow offers estimates of your house's value. But the error rate can be high
When "CBS This Morning" co-host Norah O'Donnell asked the chief executive of Zillow last week about the accuracy of the automated property value estimates - known as Zestimates - that can be found on his company's Web site, she touched on one of the most sensitive perception gaps in American real estate. Read more



Millennials jump into the mortgage market
Call them the prodigal millennials: Statistical measures and anecdotal reports suggest that young couples and singles in their late 20s and early 30s have begun making a belated entry into the home-buying market, pushed by mortgage rates in the mid-3-percent range, government efforts to ease credit requirements and deep frustrations at having to pay rising rents without creating equity. Read more



The 5 Latest 'Must-Have' Amenities of Home Shoppers
Besides an upscale kitchen and plenty of space, what are new-home buyers' looking for when house hunting? Surveys by the National Association of Home Builders and homebuilder PulteGroup shed some light on a few of the latest in-demand amenities. Read more

Uptown Homes in DC
As of February 11, 2015, DC boasts 976 properties actively on the market for sale. That excludes FSBOs (For Sale By Owner) and pocket listings. Here's a look at inventory by price range throughout DC's hot 20011 zip code, which includes 16th Street Heights, Brightwood, Crestwood and Petworth (a total of 97 properties on the market):

(16 total units available)

(31 units available)

(46 units available)

(4 units available)

Not finding exactly what you're looking for in this selection of inventory in DC? Feel free to check out plenty of inventory throughout the entire DC Metro Areaor I'm happy to schedule a time to talk with you about your goals.