Monthly Archives: October 2011

Will tomorrow’s housing market be hurt by today’s cuts to children’s budgets?

I have my policy research hat on this morning. An article in today’s WaPo reports increased numbers of school districts turning to a 4-day school week in response to shrinking budgets.

This quickly brings to mind a report released this week by expert scholars at the Urban Institute. In a series of essays, the experts attempt to answer the question:

How can solutions to our national and state budget crises fit the facts about children in the United States?

Some key quotes:

“The nation’s budget reflects the nation’s priorities.  Ours makes it clear that children, investment, and, more generally, posterity rank low.”  Eugene Steuerle

“Today’s children will be tomorrow’s workers, replacing the baby boomers and their echo. An objective assessment of their prospects points to the conclusion that, without a significant investment in today’s children now, many of tomorrow’s workers will lack the skills needed to compete successfully in the increasingly competitive global economy.”  — Robert Reischauer

“Unfortunately, the investment in the youngest children is probably far too low. Total public spending per child in elementary school is double that per child under age three, even though research suggests that spending on child development, health, and nutrition in these early years can cost-effectively prepare them for school and help avert later high public cost.” — Olivia Golden

They also discussed the issue in a forum on CSPAN yesterday.

So now speaking as a realtor, I ask: we have huge challenges in today’s housing market. If these kids represent future homeowners, and we are shortchanging them, what does this mean for our future real estate market, an important engine of our economy?


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Wow! 2nd Floor Rowhouse Condo

1705 EUCLID ST NW #2, WASHINGTON, DC - #: DC7691086Another great listing by my colleagues at Century 21 Redwood….

Not only is this condo in a stunning row house, but it is on the second floor with beautiful front-facing southern windows!

And it’s just blocks from all the action in Adams Morgan and the new Harris Teeter.

If you want old city charm with all the modern updates, this is it…

1705 Euclid St. NW #2

2 bdrms, 2 baths


I’d love to show it to you or a friend – let me know!

Photo courtesy of MRIS.

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Neighborhood News: Meat Restaurant Coming to Petworth!

Considering DC neighborhoods in which to buy? Petworth scored points recently as the home to the new Three Little Pigs – a charcuterie and salumi – coming soon!

According to their website, here’s what to expect:

“Everything at TLP is wholesome and hand crafted.  We butcher from locally sourced whole animals to make all of our charcuterie & salumi.  In fact, everything we source is local, all the way down to the salt.  We don’t use unnecessary chemicals to prolong shelf life or to make up for a lack of craftsmanship and patience. “

Meat-lovers, don’t miss their menu. I’ve never seen so many kinds of meat!

5111 Georgia Avenue NW

Drove by the other day and looks to still be under construction, but their website says they will offer meats for the holidays. So hopefully a grand opening soon…

Picture of Pig courtesy of the Three Little Pigs Website

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AU Park for under $700k!

A realtor colleague of mine just listed this great house in AU Park – $665,000!

4729 47th Street NW

It’s perfect for the “10 year plan”…  Totally livable for now.  Expand into the spacious attic or basement in a few years.  And if you want go big someday it has a huge side and back yard!

A great opportunity to get into AU Park – if you know anyone looking.

Open Sunday 1-3

Photo courtesy of MRIS.

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Welcome to Jenny Macomber Homes!

Thanks for joining me!  I’m still getting set up but hope you’ll have a look around.  I should have all info in place later this week.  I am a decorator, developer, realtor (R), and researcher in the DC metro area.  I look forward to sharing with you what I see, hear, and know on decorating, development,  and real estate trends!  I’ll also throw in the occasional policy story, drawing on my policy research background.  Hopefully in the process I can bring it all together and help you fall in love with your home – and DC too!  Stay tuned…


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