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Borrower has second thoughts about that second chance

Northern Virginia Home Guide - Fri, 03/11/2011 - 21:04
Q. I was going into foreclosure, but the bank gave me a loan modification. I agreed to the modification at the beginning, but now I see it was a mistake and think foreclosure would be better. What do I have to do - just stop paying?

Tips for painting kitchen cabinets

Northern Virginia Home Guide - Fri, 03/11/2011 - 20:58
Painting kitchen cabinets is much easier if you remove the hardware. This takes time up front, but you'll get fantastic results at the end of the day. Be sure to put the hardware for each cabinet in a separate, marked plastic sandwich bag so that you can reassemble the cabinets and everything wor...

Six steps to upgrading a kitchen without boosting the cost

Northern Virginia Home Guide - Fri, 03/11/2011 - 20:55
Q. I'd love to move to a new home, but the economy is preventing that. So I've decided to do some kitchen remodeling, as it seems to be the center of activity of our current home. Based on the bids I'm getting, remodeling costs seem high. What can be done to keep the total cost as low as possible...

Smart growth bill capitalizes on Maryland transit

Northern Virginia Home Guide - Fri, 03/11/2011 - 20:40
The Maryland General Assembly may soon make a really smart move toward achieving really smart growth: It could adopt proposed land-use legislation enabling "State Rail Station Overlay Districts."

Take precautions before signing a remodeling contract

Northern Virginia Home Guide - Fri, 03/11/2011 - 19:53
When planning major home renovation, there are many steps you have to take to find the right professionals, including the contractor and perhaps an architect. It's equally important to take steps to protect your legal interests - and to do so early in the process.

March's gardening and nature programs around D.C.

Northern Virginia Home Guide - Fri, 03/11/2011 - 19:52
Spring offers many opportunities for lectures, workshops, tours and other educational programs. Before you get busy in the garden, take advantage of one of the many sessions offered this month. Call to ascertain if pre-registration is required. If a fee is not shown, the event is free.

Many still owe taxes on forgiven home-equity debt

Northern Virginia Home Guide - Fri, 03/11/2011 - 19:51
With hundreds of thousands of homeowners having negotiated loan modifications or short sales or been foreclosed upon during the past year, the Internal Revenue Service has issued fresh guidance on how to handle canceled mortgage debt in the coming tax season.

Tips for military families moving to D.C.

Northern Virginia Home Guide - Fri, 03/11/2011 - 17:24
l Be prepared for sticker shock. The D.C. area is much more expensive than most military towns. You'll receive a larger housing allowance, but it may still be tough to afford what you want.

Military buyers: Home-shoppers on a mission

Northern Virginia Home Guide - Fri, 03/11/2011 - 17:19
To those who haven't worn the uniform, their ways can be a mystery. But anyone trying to sell a home in the Washington metro area would be wise to learn more about the needs and habits of military officers, enlisted people and their families. It's the season for them to begin some serious house-h...

Major changes ahead for mortgage system as U.S. seeks to scale back role in housing

Northern Virginia Home Guide - Fri, 03/11/2011 - 17:13
Fundamental changes are probably ahead for the American mortgage system as the federal government pushes to unwind its unprecedented involvement in the housing market.

Federal Housing Administration leader David Stevens will leave post

Northern Virginia Home Guide - Fri, 03/11/2011 - 03:56
David H. Stevens plans to leave his post as head of the Federal Housing Administration by the end of April after guiding the agency through its toughest financial challenges in one of the housing market's darkest periods.

Color of Money Live

Northern Virginia Home Guide - Thu, 03/10/2011 - 17:00
Need advice about how to handle your personal finances? Post columnist Michelle Singletary offers her advice and answers your questions.

Behind the foreclosure crisis, big banks' reign of error

Northern Virginia Home Guide - Sun, 03/06/2011 - 05:00
The problem in the nation's housing market now isn't subprime lending. It's subpar lenders.

Details on the Greenbriar neighborhood

Northern Virginia Home Guide - Fri, 03/04/2011 - 16:56
20153 BOUNDARIES: Stringfellow Road to the west, Route 50 to the north, the Fairfax County Parkway to the east, and Melville Lane (including Morning Spring Lane and Marshall Hall Lane) to the south. SCHOOLS: Greenbriar East and Greenbriar West elementary schools, Rocky Run Middle School and Chan...

Greenbriar: Chantilly's Levitt town

Northern Virginia Home Guide - Fri, 03/04/2011 - 16:40
The minute Shelly and Trey Lackey drove into Chantilly's Greenbriar neighborhood 11 years ago, she thought, "Oh my goodness, I've been here before!" But "here" actually had been another Levitt and Sons community, in Willingboro, N.J.

For the best refinancing deal, do your homework

Northern Virginia Home Guide - Fri, 03/04/2011 - 16:36
Q. My wife and I are thinking about refinancing our house. We are considering using a particular mortgage broker, but they have had a number of complaints with the Better Business Bureau and have a B rating. So how do we decide whether we should refinance with them?

Concern grows over use of flame retardant HBCD

Northern Virginia Home Guide - Fri, 03/04/2011 - 16:35
Hexabromocyclododecane, commonly known as HBCD, is a flame retardant that is starting to give a lot of green builders headaches.

How to install piping for a central vac system

Northern Virginia Home Guide - Fri, 03/04/2011 - 16:34
Installing the piping for a central vac system in an average-size new house usually takes part of a day. The pipe glues together with regular PVC cement. You can cut the thin piping with a simple hacksaw, making sure you remove any burrs from the cut ends of the pipe. Burrs can grab onto hair and...

Central vacuum system installation tips

Northern Virginia Home Guide - Fri, 03/04/2011 - 16:33
I was touring a new home, and one of the features that really interested me was the central vacuum system. It seems like one of these would be really handy. What's involved when you install a central vacuum? Can you share some tips, especially what not to do? - Ray H., Newtown, Pa.

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