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"Why Isn't My House Selling?"

By: Teri LaBuwi
May 23rd, 2019

Contributed by Teri Ann LaBuwi, Realtor with the Eric Stewart Group of Long & Foster You’ve listed your home for sale and you’ve had showings and more showings but no offers.  If your home has been on the market for 30 days or more, then it is TIME to make some CHANGES.

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Will Updating Your Kitchen Help Sell Your Home?

By: Erik Tammaru
May 10th, 2019

BLOG Contribution by Erik Tammaru, Realtor with the Eric Stewart Group of Long & Foster One question I often get as a Realtor is, “Will updating my kitchen help me sell my home and make more money?”

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Spring 2019 Is A Seller's Market! Why?

By: Jim Beckley
April 25th, 2019

Spring has sprung! With the recent increase in seasonal temperatures, our trees and gardens have come back to life, and so too has the local real estate market. Each year, the spring real estate market is strongest in the February-to-June timeframe. The inventory of homes is coming off of winter lows and buyers hit the marketplace in earnest in hopes of securing the perfect home before the competition lays eyes on it. This combination of cyclical events makes it the perfect time for sellers to put their homes on the market to fetch top dollar.

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Are there advantages to selling your home 'as is'?

By: Debbie Zech
April 18th, 2019

To many homeowners selling property in “as is” condition sounds very attractive, but what does an "as-is" sale actually look like?

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Sell | Money

What Capital Gains Taxes Do I Pay When I Sell My Home?

By: Eric Stewart
April 11th, 2019

If you are preparing to sell your home, you should be aware of the capital gains tax implications. There is a good chance that you will not owe any capital gains taxes on the sale of your principal residence if you meet certain federal requirements. And, if you do, the amount of capital gains that you pay on will be significantly reduced.

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INSIDER TIPS | Moving | Selling

When Should You Move Out If You Are Selling Your Home?

By: Eric Stewart
March 29th, 2019

When selling your home, you’re the boss when it comes to deciding when to move. Depending on your particular situation, there are three times you can consider vacating your current home – before, during, or after the sale. Like a lot of decisions pertinent to the home sale process, a number of trade-offs can come into play. 

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What happens when a buyer no longer wants to buy your home?

By: Eric Stewart
March 24th, 2019

One of the most popular blogs I’ve written revolves around what happens to the earnest money deposit when a buyer changes his mind after going to contract. This reminds us that, while everyone has likely heard of an earnest money deposit before, a little clarification is likely needed. Here's what happens when a buyer decides they no longer want to buy your home after beginning the process. 

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Fact or Fake: The DC Area has both a Fall Market & a Spring Real Estate Market

By: Eric Stewart
March 15th, 2019

Unfortunately for many consumers, there’s a misperception that there’s a fall market and a spring market in the Washington DC region. Frankly, this is a myth promulgated by the media and some real estate agents, including me for many years. But I studied 31 years of real estate markets and with only two exceptions in late stage bull markets, there is not a fall market of notable value.

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Around Your Neighborhood - Pike & Rose

By: Adriana Parreira Cora
March 7th, 2019

Contributed by Adriana Parreira Cora, Realtor with the Eric Stewart Group of Long & Foster There we were on a busy Saturday, standing in line at La Madeleine. My boys were hungry and restless, both had been tagging along with me and their father on our errands. They refrained from running around the long rolls of silk and cotton at G Street Fabrics while I shopped for notions to replace their winter coats missing buttons. They waited patiently for dad to surface from CVS with a bag of first aid supplies to patch their soccer inflicted bruises. In exchange for their good behavior, we promised them a visit to Toys R’Us, our next stop. We ordered hot chocolate and pastries, sat down at the outside patio and enjoyed the sunny, unusually warm fall afternoon while the boys talked about the new toys they would get. There we were, at Mid-Pike Plaza twenty years ago.

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Why 2019 is a Good Time to Buy or Sell your Home

By: Erik Tammaru
February 21st, 2019

CONTRIBUTED BY DR. ERIK TAMMARU, REALTOR WITH THE ERIC STEWART GROUP OF L&F When speaking with prospective clients or friends, I’m often asked about the outlook for real estate in the coming year and whether it’s a good time to buy or sell.

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