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What Makes a Bedroom a Legal Bedroom?

By: Eric Stewart
June 14th, 2018

Defining a legal bedroom may seem simple, but despite clear building codes the process is wrought with grey areas.  Requirements differ from county to county, so it's always safer to check with a Realtor or appraiser before you sell your home! 

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Top 6 Home Tips: Summer Edition!

By: Jessica Martin
June 8th, 2018

Summer is here in the DC area and it looks like it's here to stay!  It's time to start thinking about how to get your home (and your kids) ready for summer break.  To continue our Top 6 Home Tips series, let's take a look at a few ways you can keep your home up to date with the changing temperature.

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Your DC Metro Area Community Events Update!

By: Jessica Martin
June 1st, 2018

About a month ago on the ESG website, we introduced you to Potomac, MD, and a new feature  - community events.  This month we will feature Washington, DC, its events, and a little bit about the history of the beautiful city.  

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Possessions & Time - Series for Downsizers

By: Helen Flynn
May 24th, 2018

In 2018, the Seniors Solutions Team within the Eric Stewart Group began.  Eric Stewart and Helen Flynn, two certified Seniors Real Estate Specialists (SRES®), realized their combined knowledge and passion for helping seniors navigate real estate and downsizing.  They've been conducting multiple seminars and classes on how to Rightsize your Life, Age in Place, and help you answer the question: what is your preferable future?  Over the next few months, we'll be introducing Helen with portions of her books with valuable information for your mental, physical, and intellectual well being.  This month is from Jewels for Boomers.

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How Local Air Quality Affects the Value of Your Home

By: Eric Stewart
May 17th, 2018

Last week we talked about sustainability and potential ecological upgrades for your home that could increase its value. This week we hit a related topic – the air quality outside of your home.

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Is Sustainability Important to Buyers?

By: Jessica Martin
May 12th, 2018

Last summer we published a blog about a new crop of buyers entering the market who value eco-friendly homes, how organic supermarket developments have impacted home trends, and introduced you to the term ‘agrihood’. Are buyers still interested in sustainability?  What has changed in the last several months to promote environmental and physical health and well-being?

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Home Upgrades Offer Wide Range of Return on Investment

By: Eric Stewart
May 4th, 2018

Return on investment (ROI) is often top-of-mind when people make home improvements. What is “worth doing” and what isn’t?

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Is owning a second home a smart investment?

By: Eric Stewart
April 27th, 2018

Owning a second property, either as an investment or as a vacation home, can be extremely rewarding and fun.  It can also be completely the opposite.  Why the disparity?  Because careful financial evaluation and market timing must be considered.  Often, they are not.

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Where Can You Live on $60,000/Year?

By: Jessica Martin
April 19th, 2018

Here's a crazy stat: there are only 44 resale homes currently on the market in Seattle, a metro area with over 80,000 residents.  When you factor in the inventory versus demand, it causes home prices to skyrocket.  We're seeing this in the DC Metro Area, but, thankfully, not to that extent.  As Eric Stewart mentioned in today's Real Estate Minute on WMAL, in case you find yourself tired of the stress and strain markets like these can cause, did you know there are cities where it only costs $60,000 a year to live comfortably? 

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Your Potomac MD Neighborhood Update!

By: Eric Stewart
April 12th, 2018

Spring has Sprung!  While you may not live in the Potomac area and you may feel that this neighborhood update does not pertain to you, we want to make sure you know the importance of investing in your community.  We're sure you're heard about Location, Location, Location from many different sources!  If you want to know how YOUR community might be affecting your home value, contact the Eric Stewart Group today for a free home evaluation even if you're not in the DC area.  We have resources to help you if you're from out of state, including Relocation Nation - a company that vets agents in your local area.   Keep reading to learn about events and trending news happening in your area!

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