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OWN HOME INVESTMENTS FEATURE REALTY SALES BUY REAL ESTATE NOW RENT COMMISSION AIMS TO SPEED UP HEARINGS Wort b Hampered, However, by j Failure of Complainant* to Ob serve Necessary Kutc-. Although numerous complaint* 1 lutve bean filed with the ttent Com oilaslon. and eve^r effort U bsliig made by the commission to expedite the trial of these cases, the business 1 of bringing the Issues to a hearing Is being seriously delayed by the failure of complaining parties to observe the necessary rules of proceduro. It la necessary to serve a copy of every complaint filed upon the de fendant or defendants In the case. To do this It Is essential that parties bringing actions before the commis sion Hie as many coplss of their com plaint aa there are defendant*. Only In a few Instances has thi* rule been followed. Many complaints have Wen re delved that have not been signed by the parties bringing the actions. It Is, of course, necessary that each complaint should be signed by the person or Arm filing It. In order to further expedite the tflal of cases, the commission es tablished a rule during the past week, reducing, the period in which a defendant must Die an answer to a complaint, from ten to live days. Approximately 600 cises have al ready been filed with the Kent Com mission. The great majority of these have come from tenant* seeking a re duction In rent. Tenant* seeking to prevent property owner* from rais ing rent, or causing them to vacate, are next In the number of complaints filed. The cases arc being set for healing as rapidly as the commis sion can whip them Into shape. REAL ESTATE FIRM SEEKS DISSOLUTION; Harry K. Boss, H. Glenn Phelps, and Ben T. Webster has filed a petition in the District Supreme Court t'or the dissolution of the real estate and brokerage firm of Boss & Phelps, of which they claim to be the owners and principal stockholders. Petition ers, represented by Attorneys James Schick and William Clabaugh, de clare the Arm owes no debts and that ihey are the holders of the capital i ??stock of the firm, amounting to $15,000. | r They say "the - stockholders have deemed it beneficial to their Interests I f hat the corporation be dissolved and I that the business can be conducted to I better advantage In their Individual . .names." I Theodore tiller, well known newspa per correspondent, and former president of Press Olub, purchases charming home at 3400 Mt. Pleas ant street, from John T. Maury. 12TH ST. BUSINESS PROPERTY PURCHASED Lewia Thayer and Roy L. Neuhauaer Acquire Valuable Site?Other Salea of Shannon A Locks. The business property at 720-731 Twelfth street was sold last week by Harry Townsend to Lewis M. Thayer and Itoy L. Neuhauser The consid eration was In the neighborhood of $27,500. The property has a frontage of 26 feet and a depth of 06 feet to a 10-foot alley. Two frame structures are at pres ent on the property, but It la the In tention of the purchasers to build a modern business block when a satis factory tenant is secured. The sale was made by R. L? Mc Kcever of the business property de partment of Shannon & Luchs. The new frame home at 221 Rose mary street. Chevy Chase, was sold to Earl W. Chaffee by J. Albert Pot ter. Mrs. Robert A. Mumford purchased the two-story brick residence at 017 Seventh street from Daniel \V. Byer. Myrtle N. Wells bought the six-room brick ho.ne at 150 Adams street, in Bloomlngdale, from Archibald Kdmon ston. All the sales were made through the real Estate firm of Shannon & Luchs. EXTRAORDINARY HOME OFFERINGS To Meet the Needs of Small White Families of Limited Means. Prices Less Than Cost of Reproduction. 0 Several brick dwellings, well located northwest, on prominent resident street and avenue, will be sold sep arately to white buyers only. Near the Central High School,. Upper 14th St. and 7th St. , Business Sections. \ Convenient to all car lines, schools, stores, churches, and in walking distance of numerous departments and many industrial plants, employing hundreds of people. These houses will never be vacant; having been constantly occupied by white tenants since they were built. They will produce a steady and fair income at all times?no risk involved. Investors should avail them selves of this chance. Liberty Bonds at par value accepted as part pay ment. The high cost of labor and material p'ace these houses in a "preferred class." Act quiclyh Prices Range From $2,000 to $3,250 According to Size Terms, $350 to $750 cash; balance reasonable monthly payments. ' 2211, 2213, 2219, 2223, 2229, 2235, 2239 Tenth Street northwest. 960, 964. 970, 974, 978, 982, 984 Florida Avenue northwest, only two blocks north of You Street. Take 14th St., 11th St., 9th St., 7th St., or You St. carlines. Full particulars can be obtained from two of our salesmen? Frank Sullivan or Gilbert Dyer STONE & FAIRFAX 1342 New York Avenue The Cost of Building? By RONALD S. O'NEILL. The question builders are called upon most frequently to answer is: "How much will it cost to build a seven or eight room house?" Another question, invariably asked when the first is answered, is: "How much money must I have at the beginning?" The first can be answered with reasonable accuracy. The second?"aye, there's the rub"?it depends. You can build a home in Washington today for an ap proximate cost of #1,000 per room. A seven or eight-room house, of sound construction, will cost $7,000 or $8,000. While these figures are average they are quite accurate. They are based on a careful study of the cost of labor and materials in the Washington market today.' If you own a lot and have this amount of ready cash to invest you can begin to bui'd tomorrow and feel rea sonably certain that you will be satisfied with the finished home. BUT?if you are the average prospective home builder? if you must purchase your home on the installment plan? your troubles will be many. You must own your own lot. It is utterly impossible to finance the construction of a home until your lot is free from date and yours in fee. Assuming that you do own your lot, here is the answer to your second question. Assuming that you want to build a $7,000 home it will be necessary for you to raise this amount of money. Your lot will probably be worth close to $1,000. The completed property, lot and home, will represent an investment and will be WORTH $8,000. This will be the amount of security that you will be able to give some one who will loan you money with which to build. When you attempt to negotiate this loan you will learn that the house you intend to build could have been built three k or four years ago for about $5,000 and tliat the lender is fearful lest there be a sudden slump in values and will ac cordingly loan you money only on a basis of a $5,000 valu ation. This means that you will be able to borrow not more than $3,500 on a first mortgage on your contemplated home. In other words you can borrow just about one-half of what this hunjble home will cost. Your realtor will probably be able to finance a second trust loan of perhaps $1,000. This will help. But YOU must have $i,000 CASH at least in order to know that your home will be built How many sound substantial citizens of Washington? Government employes?who should be and are good moral, risks, can afford to become builders of homes? Before very many can build their own homes two parties must accept the present high cost of materials as permanent? the Government and the financial interests. A salary adequate to meet current living costs must be given the Government worker and the financial interests mu$t loan him a larger percentage of the cost of his contemplated home. When both are done Washington's Government employe will have at least a fair chance of becoming a home owner. x PETWORTH CATHOUCS I BUY SITE FOR CHURCH The Petworth Catholic Church ha* purchased an entire square of ground bounded by Grant circle. Seventh, Varnum and Webster street*. In the heart of Petworth, upon which It will erect a new edlflce. Work has al ready been begun on the building of a temporary church which will house the congregation until plan* can be drawn and a permanent church built. The property purchased comprise* 120,000 square feet. The Rev. John U. McNamara. present assistant pas | tor of St. Patrick's Church, will be 1 the pastor of the new church. The sale of the property was giade ' through the office of 1L E. Bergmann | * Co. MASONIC MUTUAL LIFE WILL BUILD NEW HOME The? Masonic Mutual IJfe Asaocla , tion ha* awarded a contract for the erection of a new office building, nt 1619-21 H street, immediately adjoin ing the present quarters of the asso ciation. The building will be of brick, one story high, of the classic type of ar chitecture, and will cost approximate ly $12,000. C. L WIRE WILL BUILD THIRTEEN NEW HOUSES Charles E. Wire is preparing tc I erect thirteen attractive homes In th? "1600" block on Webster street. Work will begin within the next ten days. The houses wJU be of brick, two stories high, and will contain about seven rooms each. The estimated cost of the prpject Is $160,000. EFFINGTON APARTMENTS ARESOLDBYF.f\SHEEHY The Efflngton Apartments, at 20? tOS D street, were sold last week by Frank Sheehy to a local Investor for $1S,000. The building contains six apartment* of five room* and bath each. S?LLS FINE BUNGALOW. The attractive bungalow at 4330 Seventh atreet was *olrt last week by D. J. Dunlgan to Mr*. Tjllllan M. Hoi lebaugh. who will occupy It n* her home. The houne contains six room* and bath nnd Is thoroughly modern. If APING REAL ESTATE PUIERS John F. Donohoe & Sons, Inc., Rral B*l?t, mm4 >???(???? U*Ml? M S14 Ptnmylvania An. S. L Guch 4 Birg* RnI Mat* 1326 N. Y. An. Maim 8130 | NEW STANDARD SAVINGS BANK PURCHASES SITE: The newly organized Standard Sav ings Bank has purchased the prop erty at the southeast corner of New York avenue and Ninth street, upon which it will build a modern bank ing building. Plans for the new structure^re now being drawn. Algernon S. Oardiner, president of the bank, announced the purchase. Work will begin at onoe upon the building, and the bank expects to be In the new Quarters In the near fu ture. ALLAN E. WALKER WILL j ERECT NEW BUILDINGS Allan E. Walker has acquired from William T. Galllher two large lots on the north side of L, stret. Just off of Connecticut avenue, upon which he Immediately will *rect two large buildings. One of tlie buildings Is to be occu pied by the District Oakland Com pany, R. J. Murphy, manager, under a ten years' lease, secured by D. E. Bulloch A Co. Two more buildings are in contem plation for the corner of Seventeenth and L. streets, fronting 104 feet on L, street, by 135 feet on Seventeenth street. K.C. TEACHES MODERN HOLDING PRINCIPLES In order that a greater number of, ex-service men might be fitted to aid In the reconstruction contracting pro gram. the Knights of Columbus com mittee on war activities Is undertak ing to train them free of charge in the various building trades. Classes in mechanics, theoretical, and practical; plumbing, interior eloc trlc wiring, and plan sketching snd blue print reading are among those already begun. Business property at 729 731 Twelfth St., purchased by Lewis M Thayer and Eoy L. Neu ha user from Harry Town ?end through Shannon A Luchs Consideration esti mated to be $27,600. BIG APARTMENTS FAIL TO SATE HOME DEMAND Huge Shortage of Homes Still/ Ex ists in Washington, Despite Ac tive Building of Past Year. Although a doxen new apartment buildings of considerable slxe have been constructed In Washington dur ing the past year, and many others are nearlng completion, there la no apparent relief In the tremendous home shortage that developed here during the war. Completed apartments have been entirely filled, moat of them were rented Ion* before completion, yet there is little, if any, diminution In the demand lor housing quarter*. In vestigation d incloses that even the higher class of apartments, of which several were built during the past year, are crowded to capacity. In one of the newest and finest of Wash ington's apartmentn it is estimated that an average of two people for each room are now living in the building. Among the larger apartments com pleted during the past year are the Chastleton. at Sixteenth anO R streets; the Calverton, at> Columbia and Quarry roads, and the Chateau Thierry, at Twentieth and 8 streets. Others under construction Include the Woolwich, to be erected by Harry Wardman at Connecticut avenue and Woodley road; another Wardman apartment at Connecticut and Cathe dral avenues, and an apartment at Sixteenth and K streets being built by Ernest O. Walker. In addition to the larger apart ments, approximately fifty two-and four-apartment buildings were built during 1910. A conservative estimate of the number of separate apartments, designed to house one family each, built In Washington during the year past is about 750. When it Is remem bered that the city lacks approxi mately 10.000 homes. It will be seen that but a little ripple in the neces sary building requirements of Wash ington wax caused by the erection of these structures. P. J. NEE COMPANY BUYS SEVENTH STREET SITE The business block at the southeast corner of Seventh and H streets was purcliaaed last week bjr the P. J. Nee Company, furniture dealers, for $00. 000. The property has been occupied by this company for a number of years. The building Is of red brick, three stories high. It has a frontage of 45 feet on Seventh street and a depth of 75 feet on H ptreet. The floor area measures 13.500 pquare feet. I TENANTS BUY APARTMENT. Tenants in a six-story apartment house in upper Broadway have formed a syndicate and bought the building, after they had learned a 20 per cent Increase In rentals was | contemplated. New tenants will have an opportunity of becoming share holders In the syndicate. The build ing. with seven stores on the ground floor, returns a gross rental of about f36,000 monthly. McQUADE SELLS HOME. W. D. McQuade. of the Washington Gaslight Company, sold his home at 1801 California street last week to i/ouls Kraft for I1B.OOO. The new owner will remodel the building Into a store and apartments. ANNOUNCEMENT J. Edward Lewis Real Estate, Loans and Insurance % The Exchange Bank of Washington requiring ad ditional floor space to take care of their increasing busi ness has necessitated changing my address from its pres ent location, 19 W Pennsylvania Ave. N. W., to 912f 15th St. N. W. Adjoining Univermity Club With increased office force and better facilities, I will be able tb give my personal attention to your real estate requirements. Twenty-seven years of real estate experience in the District of Columbia is worth your con sideration. ATIY. J. W. STAGGERS BUYS COLUMBIAN BUHL Paya $375,000 in Caah and Improved Realty for Slrurtv*?Will Re model at Coat of 123,000. The Columbian building, at 418-41# Fifth street waa aold yesterday to Attorney John W. Hta||?ri for |I70, 000. The property ?u formerly own ed by Qeorife 8. Rees. The sale waa made by B. Crlfaai. of the C. W. SUnp aon Company. The Columbian Building la one of the neweat and largest office struct ures In the vicinity of the new court houae. It la seven stories high, and contains lib offices. The building ia practically all under rental. Mr. Htag gera will hold the property as an la veatment. The purchaaer gave In exchange for the building Improved property (u the Dlatrlct In the amount of I66.000. and the remainder of the purchase prioa waa paid in caah. Mr. Staggers will begin at once to remodel and Improve th? building at an estimated cost of I2G.000. The sale Is one of the largest of the year in downtown property. CHEAP BUILDING OFTEN COSTLIEST IN THE END Makeshift building, no matter how low the Initial cost may seem, la always expensive In the end, accord ing to the American Builder. The makeshift home Is neither durable, flre-reslatlng nor sanitary, and It Is rapidly giving way In America to ward more substantial construction. Most home builders have clear and definite Ideals which they strive to Incorporate in their plans for their new home. Such homes are usually planned with the view to permanent occupancy by the Individuals whose Ideals they express. They insist on a building Which will secure for them the comforts and convenience* typi fied In the word "home." Concrete house^ lend themselves readily to quantity construction. Building operations may be stand ardised and the forms used many times. Because of the great demand and the pressing need for more homes in every section of the country and because of the adaptability, speed and economy of concrela house con struction In quantities, concrete is the loglal material to use In reliev ing the present serious housing shortage. OTHO C. BARKLET, of the sales force of Gardner & Dent, waa married a few days ago to Miss Frances Green. The couple are living at IStiO Blltmore street. H. G. KENNEDY, of the National Realty Company, has returned from Hageri<town. where he delivered an address on the housing situation. LEE r>. LATIMER, president of the Real Estate Brokers' Association, was a guest at the eighth annual banquet of the Pittsburg Real Estate Board last Tuesday. A humorous home seeker remarked last summer: "Let's go out to the ball park, we'll And all the real estate salesmen there." The same man would find them staying rather close to the office these days?they're all writing lim ericks.' The "Victory Banquet" of the Real Estate Brokers' Association will be held at Rauschers, on March 6. Realtors expect this affair to be one of the largest In the history of the association. Open Today 609 lo 637 Princeton StN.W. 7 Rooms, Bath and Garage f ? ? L < *' < t 111 i ? ? ??*> M-.'jk"-. . -F ir?~- ? I ii rj? * ?>4 'TiF-W*' ?*7 .? ft: ;????' m. Ready to Move In Take 9th St. cars to Quebec St. and walk one square east, or phone us for auto. H.R.HowensteinCo. 1314 F St. N. W. or 7th and H N. E. I il. S. LAND OPENING TO CUT LIVING COST Secretary Lane Sees Develop ment of Coal and Oil Fields Boosting Production. ?r ntAWKLia knight uanb, luilrlaa Ictrtiar; ?( lk? lilrrtor. The general leulDf bill, Juit ap proved by rVeeldent YVllsou, ah'tuid be a vital (actor In decreasing llvfiig Costa throughout tbs United Htutca through Its Influence on tbo price* of tbs basic necessities, coal, oil, gas and phosphates for fertilizer. Production of these raw material* will be vastly Increased as a result of the throwing open of millions of acres of public lauds, made possible by the law. Under the law, any citizen of the United States or of any country which extends reciprocity to the United States. may prospect upon lands de ' scribed In the law and, upon ills | covery, secure a lease which will en title blm to remove from these land* mineral wealth they now contain, in return for av royalty ?ald to tho [United States. This royalty, ranging In rate from 0 per cent upward, is expected to yield between ftt.000.000 and 110. 000.000 a year to the government. Under the law, mineral lands thrown open to prospectors lnc'ud<j 8.000,000 acres of possible oil land*, ' 40,000,000 acres of coal lands and U, ! 500.000 acres of phosphate lands. I The demand for oil for months has exceeded production. I An Increase in oil production, th?re fore, ahould tend to reduce the price, not only aft oil Itself, but of gasoline, which will reduce delivery and trurk Ing costs snd In turn have a general tendency to reduce living costs. The opening to development and usa of the vast areas of coal ulll particularly affect that part of the United States west of the Mississippi river by providing a supply of fuel for local and domestic needs and by affording an opportunity for manu facturing, Including development of ( Iron and steal resources of the w est. Tbe act is a radical departure from the old mining laws. In that It retalnn the title to the lands and deposits to the United States, but gives the de veloped an opportunl^r to work with out the large Initial Investment neces sary to buy the l'.nds or deposits, pay-, Ing for them on a royalty basis as production occurs; while at the bams time the Oovernme'tat retains such a measure of control as will tend to prevent waste, improper mining, and withholding the resources from use. BLACKJACKS HOTEL MAN AND FLEES WITH $1 BILL Struck on the head with a black jack, A. H. Caabarlan, 320 Pennsyl vania avenue northwest, had a $1 bill snatched from his hand by an un identified man early this morning. According to police, the man came to the hotel at the Pennsylvania ave nue address and asked Caabarlan for a room. While assigning him to a room, Casbarlan was asked to change a $2 bill. While making change, he was struck over the head by the man, who snatched a bill from his hand and escaped. ANNOUNCEMENT ^ ATTENTION This I ton U of lotwt To AO We ar? Infur mod by t be Commercial NkUvMl Ju?ttf?ui ? rouu*or loc*(#4 at ? th and Ftiin* avi N W , Wmhioftvii, D C-, that the> recently ?ol4 Their weekly department to lho People's Mu tual Bo nofit Insurance Company of Waiblnftuii. O. C. Thoro h?v? boon iom? inquiries a? ta whoth?r or not thin transaction arr??f?d ? r . ommareUI <"e?cu*lty lmur?nc? ?!o. of Now Jersey. and wo wlah to advtee that the abovo transaction had itulbloi to do with the Commercial Casualty In surance Company of New Jersey Our Waahwifton office la atill located at No. 14 Warder building, corner of Hh end K ita. N. W . where we have recently Improved oar office equipment ao aa to take care of our rapidly increasing bual neaa We extend to our policy holder* and frlenda a cordial Invitation to visit ua In our newly equipped office. Commercial Casualty Ins. Co. C. G. OTWKi.I., Maui" THOUSANDS of poeple s?ve 75 per cent ?o their shoe repairing bills. Why shouldn't you? This outnt la toM with oar wrttien guarantee that If the atand or any of (he laafta break, we replace them. Out of over 1,000 sold In 1919, all we had to replace were 2 lasts and 2 rfandn. The factory GUAHANTKEH TH KM TO UP AND WK (iU AH ANTIC IC THICM TO TOU. The lasts and th?* stand are ex optionally heavy, to aland use and abuao. s A practical shoe repairing outfit that will enable every family In Wash ington to p r a c t 1 ce true economy. It will reduce your shoe re pairing bill 76 per cent. Four size laats with every outfit. Steel shoe maker's him m e r. r-xtra heavy stand. R I c h a r d '? ateel knives, nails, heel plates, a shoo rasp, a pair forged steal pincers, a heel remover. nail h*4 t and many other! nece*aary tools to makeg up this outfit at .. Other Outfits for 75c to $4.00. ?$4.00 to too. LEATHER MANCHESTER STAR X The Beet Leather Yon Can Buy. Guar anteed to Last Four Months at Least. $40,000 Worth of Shoe Findings to Select From. CAPITAL SHOE FINDINGS CO. 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