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Wednesday, October 25, 2017   /   by Brittini Martinez

Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Saving Time (DST) in the USA


The United States is 1 of about 70 countries around the world using DST. When do clocks change and which areas are exempt? In what year was DST initiated in the US?



March to November


The DST period in the United States begins each year on the 2nd Sunday in March, when clocks are set forward by 1 hour. They are turned back again to standard time on the 1st Sunday in November as DST ends.



Not All Areas Use DST


The Energy Policy Act of 2005 gives every state or territory the right to opt out of using DST.

In the contiguous US, only Arizona currently exercises that right. Clocks in most of the state, including its capital, Phoenix, remain on Mountain Standard Time (MST) all year. The only exception is the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona, which follows DST to stay in sync with the parts of its territory extending into Utah and New Mexico—both states observe DST.

Other parts of the USA that do not follow DST are ...

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Thursday, October 19, 2017   /   by Brittini Martinez

7 Ways Real Estate Reality Shows Created Nightmare Sellers

These days, if you're looking for ideas around home staging and improvement, all you have to do is turn on the TV. With dozens—dozens!—of real estate reality shows dominating prime time, you could conceivably never run out of inspiration to make your home stand out.
And sure, you might feel empowered after watching designers and builders knock down walls, repaint with bold colors, and then style the result with ornate throw pillows. But emulating these shows can be a slippery slope for sellers.
Somewhere along the way, these programs have created DIY monsters out of homeowners who think they can easily replicate what they see on TV. The result? A property that's nearly impossible for brokers to market and sell.
We're not saying you should never take your cues from these shows. But you should know the reality of reality TV advice—before your wallet is empty and you're knee-deep in shiplap. Here are seven pain points for a ...

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Thursday, October 19, 2017   /   by Brittini Martinez

5 Steps to Finding Your Best Mortgage Lender

You’re buying a home and you need a mortgage. How do you choose the right lender—one that will offer not only the best deal, but also good customer service?
You’ll find no shortage of banks, online lenders, mortgage brokers and other players eager to take your loan application. Here are five tips for selecting the best mortgage lender out of the bunch.





Compare Offers and Lenders


Start getting familiar with various lenders and the deals they’re offering by browsing through mortgage rates. Lenders will “present price differently,” notes Robert Davis, an executive vice president at the American Bankers Association (ABA). “Some lower rates might include fees with it, so the annual percentage rate is different than what you might think.”


Also, understand that some lenders specialize. One might be a good choice if you’re financing a condo, while others might offer a better deal if you’re building your home from ...

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Friday, October 13, 2017   /   by Brittini Martinez

15 Fun Events To Do In DC This Weekend

15 Of Our Favorite Events In D.C. This Weekend






Friday the 13th—sure, some will be cranking Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” and avoiding black cats and mirrors, but why do that when there’s so much going on this weekend? With a Swedish film screening, free opera in the park, and a dog-friendly rooftop party, it’s another busy weekend in the District.






Take an Argentine tango class at 18th Street Lounge. (Photo by Victoria Pickering)


FRIDAY, OCT. 13
TWO TO TANGO: Dive headfirst into the passion and romance of the Argentine tango at a dance lesson hosted by the International Club of D.C. Post-instruction, stick around for an authentic tango performance, then take the floor: All participants are invited to stay and enjoy 18th Street Lounge throughout the evening. (18th Street Lounge, 7 - 9 p.m., $16)
CARTOON NIGHT: Cartoonist Roz Chast has an impressive resume: Her work has been featured i ...

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Monday, October 2, 2017   /   by Brittini Martinez

What's Going on In DC?

What is going on in our Nations Capital this month?
Read below to find out! 
Mini Golf at Penn Hill – Through Oct. 8Penn Hill Center hosts a mini-golf pop-up that will provide fun for the entire family. Each hole is individually designed and built by a local artist, which only increases the entertainment factor of the course. Once you are done competing, you can vote for your favorite hole, participate in lawn games and savor eats from local food trucks!12 – 7 p.m. |  $3 per person or $10 for a group of fourShops at Penn Hill, 3200 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20020
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PUB Dread – Oct. 1-31From the same group that brought you the Game of Thrones pop-up bar and Miracle on Seventh Street comes PUB Dread, a spooky way to savor drinks this Halloween season. Different themed rooms, including a haunted forest, a crypt, a parlor filled with creepy dolls and a “Spacebar,” will make up this lavish ...

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