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An Insider’s Guide to Mastering Washington’s Real Estate Market

An Insider’s Guide to Mastering Washington’s Real Estate Market
Illustrations by Diego Patino.

In our region’s ultra-competitive housing market, what and who you know can mean the difference between a smart investment and a losing one. Here’s our guide to the new rules of Washington real estate, including where prices are rising fastest, the developers building the biggest new neighborhoods, and what to expect next.

Illustrations by Diego Patino. 
This article appears in the April 2017 issue of Washingtonian.

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Benjamin Freed joined Washingtonian in August 2013 and covers politics, business, and media. He was previously the editor of DCist and has also written for Washington City Paper, the New York Times, the New Republic, Slate, and BuzzFeed. He lives in Adams Morgan.

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Marisa M. Kashino joined Washingtonian in 2009 as a staff writer, and became a senior editor in 2014. She oversees the magazine’s real estate and home design coverage, and writes long-form feature stories. She was a 2020 Livingston Award finalist for her two-part investigation into a wrongful conviction stemming from a murder in rural Virginia.

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Dan is a writer, urban planner, and real-estate agent. He’s also on the board of Action Committee for Transit, an advocacy group in Montgomery County. He blogs at Just Up the Pike. On Twitter, he’s @justupthepike.