February 20, 2010 |
We would like to introduce a new columnist, Harvey S. Jacobs, a real estate lawyer and investor based in Rockville. He will write about all aspects of residential real estate law, addressing concerns of buyers, sellers, landlords, tenants and small investors. The Housing Counsel column by Benny L. Kass will continue. The contexts vary, but the question remains the same. People say they want to add a loved one's name to their deed and want reassurance that it's a good idea.
May 11, 2013 |
Shorty needed a ride home. She got confused sometimes, the result of some undefined mental condition, and wasn't always sure where she'd wandered. Her family knew this about Michelle "Shorty" Knight, all 4 feet 7 inches of her, and that's why they worried. She got in a car. It begins there, with that simple act, a 21-year-old — in many ways still very much a girl — got in a car. Aug. 22, 2002. If she'd looked up in that last moment of freedom, she...
December 14, 2012 |
When Stefan and Jennifer Hull beat out other interested buyers for a four-bedroom, two-bathroom Cape Cod house in Bethesda, they felt sure they'd gotten a bargain at $759,200. They were shocked when their lender's appraiser valued the home at only $744,000. Because of the low appraisal, their bank would only give them a $595,200 mortgage, instead of the $607,360 they'd been approved for initially. The Hulls said they didn't believe the home was worth the lower...
January 8, 2012 |
Embrace uncertainty. It is a motto for entrepreneurs as well as the subtitle of a book I found in my mailbox last week. The phrase caught my attention as I was preparing to write this column about Michael Holmes of Vienna. Five years ago, Holmes left a promising future with the Carlyle Group, the District-based private- equity giant, to run his father-in-law's chainlet of 11 automobile service stations in Northern Virginia. You could argue that there wasn't...
March 8, 2009 |
The defendant was an immense man, well over 300 pounds, but in the gravity of his sorrow and shame he seemed larger still. He hunched forward in the sturdy wooden armchair that barely contained him, sobbing softly into tissue after tissue, a leg bouncing nervously under the table. In the first pew of spectators sat his wife, looking stricken, absently twisting her wedding band. The room was a sepulcher. Witnesses spoke softly of events so painful that many lost their composure. When a hospital emergency room nurse described how the defendant had...
March 1, 2013 |
Like many desperate house hunters in popular District neighborhoods, Robert Epstein and his wife Melanie Bixby experienced their share of disappointment when several properties that seemed ideal to them were snatched up by someone else in bidding wars. During the past year, would-be buyers eager to take advantage of nearly record low interest rates have flooded the local real estate market. But the growing demand, coupled with historically low inventories, has pushed the price of the...