Posts by Mark Wellborn

Following are all articles by UrbanTurf author Mark Wellborn, from most recent to least.

Trump Releases Renderings For Old Post Office Building

Trump Releases Renderings For Old Post Office Building

Mark Wellborn | April 1st 2013 | 18 Comments

We had a feeling that Donald Trump would make a splash with his new vision for the Old Post Office Pavilion, but it is safe to say we were blown away... read »

5 Predictions For the Spring Market

5 Predictions For the Spring Market

Mark Wellborn | March 15th 2013

As spring approaches, there are a number of questions floating around about the DC area housing market. Will the tight inventory in the for-sale... read »

The Rent Versus Buy Calculator Put to the Test, Part II

The Rent Versus Buy Calculator Put to the Test, Part II

Mark Wellborn | March 1st 2013 | 11 Comments

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

Oh Home Sellers, Where Art Thou?

Oh Home Sellers, Where Art Thou?

Mark Wellborn | January 18th 2013 | 9 Comments

It can be exasperating to be a home buyer in DC these days, but quite lucrative if you are selling. Problem is, there aren't that many home sellers... read »

The UrbanTurf Holiday Gift Guide

The UrbanTurf Holiday Gift Guide

Mark Wellborn | November 30th 2012 | 1 Comment

Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be two of the biggest shopping days of the year, but they both pale in comparison to the traffic that UrbanTurf... read »

30 Days With Car2Go

30 Days With Car2Go

Mark Wellborn | October 2nd 2012 | 19 Comments

During my first month using car2go, I discovered that DC's relatively-new car sharing service is very easy to abuse. And that means it will soon be... read »

DC Area Housing Inventory Remains Low, But So Do Foreclosures

DC Area Housing Inventory Remains Low, But So Do Foreclosures

Mark Wellborn | February 10th 2012

The news out today about the DC area housing market in January sounds a lot like what was reported for the market last month: a low inventory of... read »

Rents Will Fall in the DC Area, But Not By That Much

Rents Will Fall in the DC Area, But Not By That Much

Mark Wellborn | January 26th 2012 | 5 Comments

A strong apartment delivery schedule over the next few years will mean that rents will go down. But not by that much and not for very long. ... read »

Congress Working on Deal to Raise FHA Loan Limits

Congress Working on Deal to Raise FHA Loan Limits

Mark Wellborn | November 15th 2011

A deal is in the works that could raise limits for loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration. ... read »

Report: Median Mortgage Payments Equal to Median Rents

Report: Median Mortgage Payments Equal to Median Rents

Mark Wellborn | October 14th 2011 | 3 Comments

Capital Economics is reporting that the median monthly rental payment in the U.S. is almost the same as the median mortgage payment for the first... read »

DC Real Estate Guides

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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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