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Celebrate Labor Day Weekend at the DMV’s Favorite Go-To Beaches

For those of us who live in the DMV region, the Atlantic Ocean is our playground. Just a drive away and we can experience spectacular sunrises, fresh seafood, and tons of fun ranging from nature walks to nightlife. While the DMV includes portions of D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, the other “DMV” geographic grouping is Delmarva – the East Coast peninsula formed from parts of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia where life primarily revolves around the beach.

A ‘Proper Degree’ Saves Babies

The Ebola outbreak of 2014 decimated the already fragile health system in Sierra Leone – many doctors and other health providers died, and others left the country in the wake of the epidemic. Today, there are fewer than 250 doctors serving a nation of 7 million people. This lack of trained health professionals has a devastating impact: Sierra Leone has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, and infant mortality is approximately 82 per 1,000 births.

Things to Do in August in the DMV

Things to Do in August in the DMV Celebrate food and fairs and big-time Broadway this August in the DMV area. Events abound in your town or a short drive away. Here are some tourism highlights so you can experience all the nightlife, nature, music, and culture that our region offers. Sample unique flavors while taking in the rich history Fredericksburg showcases. If you’re a foodie AND a history buff, make sure you also visit the James Monroe Museum, the Rising Sun Tavern, the Hugh Mercer Apot

5 Things Every First Time Homebuyer Needs to Know

5 Things Every First Time Homebuyer Needs to Know So you’re ready to buy your first house? Owning a place of your own is an exciting – and wise – prospect! But the road leading to homeownership can seem daunting: twists and turns and mountains to climb before you’re comfortably settled into “home, sweet home!” You probably know you have a score attached to your name through the three main credit bureaus: Experian, Equifax and TransUnion, but you may not understand what those numbers mean or ho

A Grandmother's Journey in Namibia

63-year-old Nora Thomson makes her monthly five-mile walk to the local hospital. She is going blind and takes the tiring trek with 14-month-old great-granddaughter Pemai strapped to her back, but she has little choice. She travels dutifully to secure the life-saving antiretroviral therapy medication (ART) that is essential for her and her grandson, 13-year-old Santi. Both are HIV-positive, so without this medicine they would face sickness and eventually a slow, miserable death.

The Fastest Growing Areas in the DMV Region

The Fastest Growing Areas in the DMV Region A booming job market, a thriving cultural and entertainment scene, diverse cultures – for these reasons and many more, the DMV (Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia) area continues to grow. Metropolitan Washington is one of the most educated and affluent places in the U.S., and housing construction can barely keep up with population and job growth. The whole region is growing, but what particular areas are seeing the biggest surge? According to t

Renting Your Home Out

Looking to be a landlord? Investing in real estate rentals can be lucrative, but be aware that “passive” income requires homework, real work, and some headaches. Whether you’re considering a long-term rental or an Airbnb, here’s a list of pros and cons homeowners face. But first, find out if real estate investing will work for you. First step: legal considerations. Check your local ordinances to see if there are laws or regulations that prohibit short-term or long-term rentals. Also, check your

Should You Go Solo with a FSBO? The Pros and Cons of Selling Your House Without a REALTOR

Should You Go Solo with a FSBO? The Pros and Cons of Selling Your House Without a REALTOR It’s time to sell your home, and you’re weighing the pros and cons of using a REALTOR. After all, if you sell it yourself, won’t you save money by not having to pay the listing agent’s commission? Not so fast! The benefits of using an agent are numerous and this value usually outweighs the commission charge. And don’t forget: If you’re buying a home, there’s no out-of-pocket cost to you because buyers’ ag

Best Happy Hour Spots In and Around D.C.

Best Happy Hour Spots In and Around D.C. When it’s time to unwind from a stressful workday, our region is teeming with Happy Hour haunts that will brighten your spirits! Some offer a unique venue vibe paired with similarly-themed menus. Some just have downright good deals. Even the most high-brow establishments tend to have special Happy Hour pricing to draw patrons looking kick back after a hard day’s work. Here are some great options, whether you’re wanting to wind down or paint the town! Th

Making Your Military Move: Neighborhoods Near Military Stations

The DMV area is home to several major military bases – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines – with many on-base housing options. However, for those families who choose to live off-base, there are loads of alternatives. Here’s a brief overview of some of the areas that surround Andrews Airforce Base, Fort Belvoir, and Fort Meade. And when it is time to relocate, CENTURY 21 Redwood Realty has more than 150 military-certified relocation agents who can help you buy, sell or rent. Not only will these prof

10 Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home

10 Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home Real estate transactions are among the biggest financial exchanges homeowners encounter in their lives. If you’re preparing to sell your home, you’ll want to get the biggest return on this investment possible, so it’s important to position yourself – and your home – in the best light. Here are ten common mistakes that translate into lost dollars for home sellers. You may think you can save money by selling your home yourself, but the benefits of usin

Celebrity Homes in the DMV

For those in the know, the Kalorama neighborhood in Washington, D.C. is the place to be if you want to rub shoulders with powerful people. These D.C. mansions tucked into a posh neighborhood in the northwest corner of the capital have included residents such as Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, and more recently, Ivanka Trump. The name is fitting, as Kalorama means “fine view” in Greek, and these houses are indeed fine. Other well-heeled, well-known residents have chosen to
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