Kathy Orton is a reporter and Web editor for the Real Estate section. She covers the Washington metropolitan area housing market. Previously, she wrote for the Sports section. She came to The Washington Post in 1996 from the Los Angeles Daily News. She also worked at the Cincinnati Post. She is t...
When Tim Brant thinks back on the years he and his wife, Janet, spent in their townhouse at Park Potomac, he doesn’t think about the custom-built desk in his office where he prepared for his evening newscasts or his upcoming games. Instead, the longtime WJLA sports anchor fondly remembers the large family gatherings that they hosted. “My favorite spot was always the dining room,” Brant said. “Janet changed the format a little bit and made it into a huge dining room.
Mortgage rates seem to be stuck in a holding pattern as they hover near yearly lows. According to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average slipped to 3.9 percent with an average 0.5 point. (Points are fees paid to a lender equal to 1 percent of the loan amount.) It was 3.91 percent a week ago and 3.56 percent a year ago. The 30-year fixed rate has remained within a tight band the past five weeks.
Their dream house began on a napkin. When Sid Glover and Susan Nelson were planning the home they would build on the Occoquan in the Lake Ridge community of Woodbridge, Va., it was a sketch by Susan that would become the blueprint for their 2010 dwelling. The couple bought the 1.19-acre property with approximately 100 feet of waterfront more for its location than the 1987 French Colonial that was on it. The house didn’t work for them.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
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A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".