Posts by Will Smith

Following are all articles by UrbanTurf author Will Smith, from most recent to least.

Buyers Week: How a $100 Mistake Can Sink Your Credit Score

Buyers Week: How a $100 Mistake Can Sink Your Credit Score

Will Smith | March 16th 2018

Having a very good credit score is crucial if you want to be pre-approved for a home loan and get the lowest interest rate possible. And, as the... read »

The Pursuit 2: Before & After Shots at Lanier Heights

The Pursuit 2: Before & After Shots at Lanier Heights

Will Smith | June 13th 2016 | 7 Comments

An article from the UrbanTurf archives in which our publisher describes the renovation process for his one-bedroom co-op. ... read »

The Pursuit: Finding a Beautiful One-Bedroom in Lanier Heights for $1400/mo

The Pursuit: Finding a Beautiful One-Bedroom in Lanier Heights for $1400/mo

Will Smith | October 8th 2013 | 6 Comments

UrbanTurf publisher Will Smith relates his experience finding a one-bedroom in the charming and previously unfamiliar Lanier Heights. ... read »

Getting in on the Ground Floor in Southwest

Getting in on the Ground Floor in Southwest

Will Smith | March 30th 2011 | 21 Comments

In a city where real estate watchers are always speculating about the next hot neighborhood, it is curious that DC's Southwest quadrant gets so... read »

Supply and Demand for New Condos Completely Out of Whack

Supply and Demand for New Condos Completely Out of Whack

Will Smith | March 18th 2011 | 9 Comments

The diminished supply of new condominiums in the DC metro area has gotten so tight that the next chapter of condo development could materialize this... read »

Weekly Mortgage Rate: 4.76%

Weekly Mortgage Rate: 4.76%

Will Smith | March 17th 2011

Mortgage rates continued their downward trajectory this week, with Freddie Mac putting the average rate on a standard 30-year fixed-rate mortgage... read »

Opportunity to Buy at a Discount in Capitol Riverfront

Opportunity to Buy at a Discount in Capitol Riverfront

Will Smith | March 16th 2011 | 12 Comments

Next Saturday, developer EYA will release 11 townhomes in Capitol Quarter for sale under a unique workforce financing program co-managed by the DC... read »

Don’t Expect New Condos in Downtown Silver Spring Anytime Soon

Don’t Expect New Condos in Downtown Silver Spring Anytime Soon

Will Smith | March 16th 2011 | 8 Comments

Now that there are signs of life again in the new condo market, some would-be home buyers are wondering what DC-area neighborhoods developers will... read »

Gaslight Square: Just Say No To Wood

Gaslight Square: Just Say No To Wood

Will Smith | March 16th 2011 | 9 Comments

"When I lie in bed at night and dream about buildings, this project is what I think about," said Jim Abdo to open his presentation last night about... read »

National Harbor to Get Big Apartment Project

National Harbor to Get Big Apartment Project

Will Smith | December 10th 2010

National Harbor is set to get a large 350-unit apartment building, reports the Washington Business Journal. Construction is scheduled to begin next... read »

DC Real Estate Guides

Short guides to navigating the DC-area real estate market

We've collected all our helpful guides for buying, selling and renting in and around Washington, DC in one place. Visit guides.urbanturf.com or start browsing below!

Northern Virginia

Profiles of 14 neighborhoods across Northern Virginia

Looking to Give People A Reason to Stay Past 6pm
Happily Straddling the Line Between City and Suburb
Columbia Pike
Arlington’s Neglected Stepchild is Getting a Makeover
Crystal City
Turning Lemons into Lemonade
Lyon Village
Developing An Air of Exclusivity?
Hitting Its Growth Spurt
An Urban Village Hitting Its Stride
Del Ray
Virginia’s Small Town Near the Big City
Eisenhower Avenue
The Vibrancy Might Take a Few Years
The Quiet Neighborhood By the Beltway
Old Town
Mayberry By The Potomac
132 Commerical-Free Acres
Downtown Falls Church
Staying the Same in the Midst of Change
Tysons Corner
Radical Change Could Be On The Way

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Profiles of 14 neighborhoods in suburban Maryland

Small-Town Living in the State Capital
Bedroom Community Gets Buzzing Cache
Cabin John
In With The New While Maintaining the Old
Chevy Chase
Affluence, Green Lawns and Pricey Homes
Downtown Silver Spring
Experiencing a Resurgence After a Bumpy History
A Suburb on Steroids
Rockville Town Square
Despite the Dynamism, Still Somewhat Generic
Takoma Park
More Than a Little Bit Quirky
A Foodie Magnet on the Verge of Change
Capitol Heights
Kudzu, Front Porches and Crime
Glass Half Full or Half Empty?
Mount Rainier
Artists, Affordable Homes and A Silo Full of Corn
National Harbor
A Development Rises Next to the Potomac
Riverdale Park
A Town Looking For Its Identity

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Northwest DC

30+ neighborhood profiles for the city's biggest quadrant

16th Street Heights
DC's Sleeper Neighborhood
Where (Almost) Everyone Knows Your Name
AU Park
One of DC’s Last Frontiers Before the Suburbs
DC’s Northern Neighborhood on the Cusp
DC’s 535 House Neighborhood
Cathedral Heights
Do You Know Where That Is?
Chevy Chase DC
Not to Be Confused With the Other Chevy Chase
Cleveland Park
Coming Back After A Rough Year
Columbia Heights
DC’s Most Diverse Neighborhood, But For How Long?
An Island of Serenity East of the Park
Dupont Circle
The Best of DC (For a Price)
Foggy Bottom & West End
Where the Institutional Meets the International
Forest Hills
Ambassadors and Adventurous Architecture
Foxhall Village
350 Homes Just West of Georgetown
Friendship Heights
A Shopping Mecca With a Few Places to Live
History, Hoyas and H&M
Glover Park
One of DC’s Preppier and More Family-Friendly Neighborhoods
A Posh View From Embassy Row
LeDroit Park
A Quiet Enclave in the Middle of the City
Logan Circle
Trendy Now, But Not By Accident
Mount Pleasant
Sought-After Homes Surround Main Street in Transition
Mount Vernon Triangle
From Seedy to Sought-After
The Long, Skinny Neighborhood at the City’s Northwest Edge
Park View
It’s Not Petworth
Penn Quarter/Chinatown
DC’s Go-Go-Go Neighborhood
Getting a Vibrancy of Its Own
The Duke’s Former Stomping Ground
Shepherd Park
DC’s Garden of Diversity
Spring Valley
A Suburb With a DC Zip Code
Not To Be Confused With Takoma Park
Not Quite Like Its Neighbors
U Street Corridor
The Difference a Decade Makes
Woodley Park
Deceptively Residential
Adams Morgan
No Longer DC’s Hippest Neighborhood, But Still Loved by Residents

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Southwest DC

The little quadrant that could

Southwest Waterfront
A Neighborhood Where A Change Is Gonna Come

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Northeast DC

Profiles of 10 neighborhoods in NE

New Development Could Shake Up Pastoral Peace
A Little Bit of Country Just Inside the District’s Borders
Not to Be Confused With Bloomingdale
Fort Totten
Five Years Could Make a Big Difference
H Street
A Place To Party, and To Settle Down
The Northeast Neighborhood That Few Know About
Michigan Park
A Newsletter-On-Your-Doorstep Community
Evolving from a Brand to a Neighborhood
Ripe for Investment Right About Now
The Difference 5 Years Makes
Big Houses, A Dusty Commercial Strip and Potential

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Southeast DC

6 neighborhoods from Capitol Hill to East of the River

Capitol Riverfront
Still Growing
Hill East
Capitol Hill’s Lesser Known Neighbor
Congress Heights
Gradually Rising
Notable for Its Neighborliness
Historic Anacostia
Future Promise Breeds Cautious Optimism
Eastern Market
A More European Way of Living

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