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DC’s Dept. of Building offers a searhable database of approved, rated proftessionals. You’ll also find a list of those who may be subject to heightened enforcement for potentially violating the DC Construction Code and jeopardizing safety.


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Find Highly-Rated Contractors And Services

Search the Department of Building’s database of contractors and service pros, including general contractors, engineers, interior designers, architects, expeditors, home improvement contractors, electricians, plumbers, gasfitters, refrigeration and air-conditioning specialists.

Some contractors and vendors may be listed under a company, rather than individual, name, and must be licensed, and have participated on a project during the previous three year period to be included on the list.

The system is used in conjunction with the Permit Wizard to assist residents, project managers and developers in making project decisions.

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The DOB's Contractor Rating System

Each building professional receives a score of 1-5 stars representing performance level of their projects over the past three years during (1) building permit intake, (2) permit plan review, and (3) construction. The DOB partners with the BBB for additional insight into quality of work and service.

The DOB's Targeted Enforcement List

The DOB publishes another important list; one that calls out contractors and service providers with potential targeted enforcement.

DOB can deny building permits to individuals or entities with 5+ Stop Work Orders (SWOs) in a 12-month period. The agency’s list identifies, and allows others to identify, those who may be subject to heightened enforcement for potentially violating DC Construction Code and jeopardizing safety. The list names individuals or entities associated with permits issued, and have large numbers of SWOs.

DC residents and others can use this information to evaluate and consider the risk of hiring a building professional facing regulatory action or other targeted enforcement actions.

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Your Washington DC Real Estate Investment Compass

Buy & Hold

A long-term investment strategy primarily focused on value appreciation. The investor purchases a property and rents it for an extended period of time, often 5-10 years.

Fits Classification:

  • All types
House Hack

Generate income from your personal residence. Live in one portion and rent the rest, either short-term or long-term.  Ideally, tenants cover the mortgage, owner builds equity.

Fits Classifications:

  • One Family Rental
  • Shared One Family
  • 2 Family Rental
  • 3+ Family Rental
Fix & Flip

Purchase below-market priced property requiring updates, renovation or remodeling. Do the work and resell at market rate.

Fits Classifications:

  • All types

Multifamily properties such as apartment buildings, 2-4 unit boutique rental properties, or duplexes offer multiple spaces for rent and thereby boost net operating income and cash flow. These properties can also realize outstanding equity build, if properly maintained and managed.

Fits Classification:

  • Multifamily
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Start With The Basics

Whether you’re investing in DC real estatae as a side hustle or full-time business, understanding the local real estate market and fundamentals is key.

How We Help

  • Guidance and education
  • Off-market opportunities
  • Skill, expertise and experience

Assembling A Team

Having a team of professionals in place will ease acquisition and managment of your investment portfolio.

Your Realtor, lenders, property manager, contractors and vendors functioning as a team can identify opportunities, speed transitions, address issues, and increase profitability.

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