Posts by Joe Marhamati

Following are all articles by UrbanTurf author Joe Marhamati, from most recent to least.

New Federal Loans Allow Homeowners to Finance Energy Efficiency

New Federal Loans Allow Homeowners to Finance Energy Efficiency

Joe Marhamati | May 2nd 2011 | 1 Comment

Sometimes, the biggest obstacle to making a home more energy efficient is the cost. However, the Departments of Energy and Housing and Urban... read »

The Foreclosure Hunt With Google Maps

The Foreclosure Hunt With Google Maps

Joe Marhamati | January 17th 2011 | 1 Comment

Not every home buyer out there is willing to go through the arduous process of finding a foreclosure to purchase, but for the bargain-hunting home... read »

The 3.13 Percent Mortgage

The 3.13 Percent Mortgage

Joe Marhamati | December 14th 2010 | 1 Comment

Last week, long-term interest rates continued to creep back up from their record lows, which resulted in some buyers getting off the fence and got... read »

The H Street Solar Panel Installation Adventure

The H Street Solar Panel Installation Adventure

Joe Marhamati | November 19th 2010 | 12 Comments

Back in October, we ran a story on Georgetown Energy, the solar advocacy group at Georgetown University. This article spurred UrbanTurf’s Joe... read »

The UrbanTurf Interview With the CEO of Zillow

The UrbanTurf Interview With the CEO of Zillow

Joe Marhamati | November 16th 2010 | 9 Comments

UrbanTurf recently interviewed Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff about Zillow, the DC housing market and the evolving accuracy of its popular Zestimate... read »

H Street Getting Its Giant

H Street Getting Its Giant

Joe Marhamati | November 10th 2010 | 6 Comments

DCist reports that a 41,200 square-foot Giant Food has signed on to open at 3rd and H Street NE. Construction is expected to begin this coming spring... read »

DC’s First-Time Buyer Tax Credit Is Gone, But Maybe Not For Good

DC’s First-Time Buyer Tax Credit Is Gone, But Maybe Not For Good

Joe Marhamati | November 8th 2010 | 7 Comments

The $5,000 tax credit available to DC home buyers expired at the end of 2009, but that doesn't mean that DC residents may never be able to take... read »

DC’s Home Purchase Rehabilitation Program

DC’s Home Purchase Rehabilitation Program

Joe Marhamati | October 25th 2010 | 5 Comments

The Department of Housing and Community Development has introduced a new pilot program that will allow first-time home buyers to purchase homes that... read »

The Rent vs. Buy Calculator Put to The Test

The Rent vs. Buy Calculator Put to The Test

Joe Marhamati | October 8th 2010 | 12 Comments

The New York Times Rent vs. Buy calculator is the go-to tool for those that are trying to make the decision between continuing to rent or buying a... read »

Sweat Equity: The Story of An Auction-Bought Home

Sweat Equity: The Story of An Auction-Bought Home

Joe Marhamati | September 21st 2010 | 9 Comments

The story of a home bought at auction will almost certainly be a more interesting tale than any conventional home-buying transaction. For a 30... 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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