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First-timer Primer

Following are all UrbanTurf articles filed under First-timer Primer, from most recent to least.

What is the Right of First Refusal?

What is the Right of First Refusal?

UrbanTurf Staff | March 6th 2018

In DC's famously tenant-friendly system, renters have the first shot to buy the home they are living in, should the owner decide to sell. So, how... read »

First-Timer Primer: Renting Out Your Basement

First-Timer Primer: Renting Out Your Basement

Lark Turner | June 7th 2016

UrbanTurf talked to a reader who recently bought a house with a rentable English basement for details on what to consider in this scenario. ... read »

First-Timer Primer: The Do’s (But Mostly Don’ts) of Reverse Mortgages

First-Timer Primer: The Do’s (But Mostly Don’ts) of Reverse Mortgages

Lark Turner | April 2nd 2015

Though the cash offered by a reverse mortgage may seem attractive, many borrowers likely have a better option. ... read »

First-Timer Primer: Maryland’s Home Buyer Assistance Programs

First-Timer Primer: Maryland’s Home Buyer Assistance Programs

UrbanTurf Staff | December 2nd 2014

Maryland's homebuyer assistance programs can seem complex. This edition of First-Timer Primer aims to provide some clarity for those shopping outside... read »

First-Timer Primer: Obtaining a Basic Business License For Your Rental

First-Timer Primer: Obtaining a Basic Business License For Your Rental

UrbanTurf Staff | June 17th 2014

Being a landlord in DC involves a bit of paperwork, including obtaining a Basic Business License. Here is how to go about getting one. ... read »

The Top Tax Breaks For Homeowners

The Top Tax Breaks For Homeowners

UrbanTurf Staff | May 22nd 2014

Tax day was just over a month ago, and if you are a first-time homeowner, chances are high that you didn't take full advantage of the tax breaks... read »

The Splitting the Rent Formula

The Splitting the Rent Formula

Shilpi Paul | December 3rd 2013

When sharing an apartment or group house, it only seems fair that those in bigger rooms should pay a higher share of the rent. But, how do you factor... read »

The 5 Things To Know About DC Property Taxes

The 5 Things To Know About DC Property Taxes

UrbanTurf Staff | September 17th 2013

With all the news surrounding property taxes over the past few weeks, UrbanTurf wanted to put together a quick primer on the topic. ... read »

First-Timer Primer: What To Do After Buying an Illegally Rented Property

First-Timer Primer: What To Do After Buying an Illegally Rented Property

Shilpi Paul | September 11th 2013

In this edition of First-Timer Primer, we look at what steps a new owner can take when they buy a property that has an illegally rented unit. ... read »

First-Timer Primer: 10 Ways To Tell If a Home Renovation is Well Done

First-Timer Primer: 10 Ways To Tell If a Home Renovation is Well Done

Shilpi Paul | June 24th 2013

Since DC's housing market is full of newly renovated houses and condos of variable quality, this first-timer primer offers a few tips on how to tell... read »

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