Secrets of the DC real estate market

WASHINGTON – The D.C. real estate market is one of the hottest in the country, but that doesn’t mean it is easy to navigate.

There are a lot of questions: where would you get the most bang for your buck? How do you start looking?

Who would know better than a real estate agent himself?

We talked to Justin Noble of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. If you think an active real estate market makes it a simple game, Noble will tell you otherwise. According to him, it’s all about being connected 24/7.

“I don’t have days off," he said. "I might take two or three hours to hang out and chill."

We asked Noble to share some secrets of the D.C. real estate game.

He said the first thing to do before looking is to talk to a mortgage broker or lender and find out what you can afford.

If you want to live in D.C., where should you look?

Noble suggested Kennedy Street. He said it is one of the few commercial corridors that runs east to west. What you’ll see is most development in that section is from renovations allowed by zoning.

Most of the new properties are pop ups; meaning row homes that have been renovated to make multiple units.

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