Headlines: Cat cafe coming? DC Open Doors program closes on $72M in financing so far

Headlines: Cat cafe coming? DC Open Doors program closes on $72M in financing so far
Urban Turf reports that 266 DC buyers have closed on homes through the DC Open Doors program so far, and more than 200 of those purchases were made in 2014.

Here's a look at what's happening in real estate in the District of Columbia and beyond.

DC Open Doors program has closed on $72M in financing so far

Open Doors works by giving buyers access to mortgage products that can include incentives like down payment assistance, lower mandatory down payments and lower interest rates than a buyer might normally qualify for. -Urban Turf

DC may get its own cat cafe

The Washington Humane Society will supply the cats to the cafe, according to a spokesperson, meaning all the cats will be available for adoption. -DCist

NY realty firm to open office in DC

The company is announcing Thursday that it is moving into the Washington real estate market by acquiring the boutique brokerage Lindsay Reishman Real Estate. Both are small firms. Urban Compass has 108 agents, and Reishman about 40 employees. -Washington Post

Leggett pitches 'development ombudsman' for Montgomery County

The Montgomery County Council will consider legislation pitched by Leggett to create the ombudsman position in his executive office. The hire, to be paid an estimated $198,600 annually, will act as a problem-solving liaison between developers and county and state agencies, bring "systemic concerns to the attention of the county leadership for resolution," recommend improvements and work to implement them. -Washington Business Journal

4 ways to winterize your real estate business

That means exchanging your warm-weather sales tools and tactics in favor of an entirely different approach that will convince home sellers and buyers that “Snowvember” and “Icember” really are a good time to buy or sell — even though the swimming pool looks more like a hockey rink. -Inman News

$1M+ home sales up 16%

Sales of existing homes priced above $1 million jumped over 16 percent in October from a year ago, according to a Realtors report released Thursday, outshining every other price segment. The next strongest was the $750,000-$1 million range, up over 12 percent. Sales of homes priced under $100,000 fell 6 percent. -CNBC

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