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Solar Panels | RGS Title

Introduction to Solar Panels

By: RGS Title Insurance
October 19th, 2018

Solar panels have increasingly become more and more popular these days. We are becoming more “pro-environment” than ever before; and the installation of solar panels on our homes is a great way to show that support. There are many benefits of installing solar panels on your home, including that they provide a reliable source of energy, they potentially lower your energy bills, and they reduce your carbon footprint. But when it comes to buying or selling a home, solar panels can be problematic if the parties aren’t familiar with the process of transferring them.

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Visit Eric Stewart At The Beacon 50+ Expos 2018

By: Eric Stewart
October 11th, 2018

Meet Eric Stewart, host of Pointing You Home and Seniors Solutions, at the upcoming Beacon 50+ Expos, taking place in Silver Spring, MD, on Sunday, October 14th at the Silver Spring Civic Center. Events will be held from 12pm – 4pm.

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Selling A Home: To Update or Not to Update the Kitchen - Teri LaBuwi

By: Teri LaBuwi
September 27th, 2018

Think of your house as an oyster.  Whether your oyster was built in 1942, 1972, or 2012, the kitchen in any home is the most important room, or the pearl inside the oyster.  If you were out looking among the oysters for pearls, you'd discard those shells that had nothing to offer on the inside.  

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tips | market update

Real Estate Market Update - Fall 2018

By: Eric Stewart
September 27th, 2018

I’m often asked if there’s a fall real estate market and when it begins. I long assumed that there were two markets each year, the spring and the fall, as I'd been taught that for many years without stopping to challenge the assumption. The myth goes that there’s strong demand in the spring when the flowers come out; in the fall, after people are away and return after Labor Day, they will start looking for houses again.... but do they?

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Home Tips: How to Prepare for Fall & Winter

By: Jessica Martin
September 20th, 2018

Maintaining a home is no easy task. From appliances to floors and windows, a home owner's job is never done. That's why it's important to keep up with routine home maintenance and to prepare in case there's a major job that needs to be done. We know summer is nearly over when the kids start packing up their backpacks. The upcoming months can cause havoc on your home if you're unprepared! Here are our Top Tips to ensure you are ready for fall and winter.  In this update, we include a short video from Eric discussing what could happen if you don't turn off your outside faucets in the winter!

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INSIDER TIPS | Buy | Money

What Are The 3 Ways Buyers Can Lose Their Earnest Money Deposit?

By: Eric Stewart
September 17th, 2018

Earnest money deposits are one of the most critical parts of the home buying process. To show a seller that an offer is serious and made in good faith, a prospective homebuyer will include a check with their offer, for typically 1-2% of the purchase price. 

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Buy | Money

What Is The Difference Between An Earnest Money Deposit And A Down Payment?

By: Eric Stewart
September 14th, 2018

Is sustainability important to buyers? When you are buying a home, the financial vernacular can get a little confusing. You have heard of earnest money deposits and down payments, but do you need one over the other? Do you need to accommodate for both? Are they the same thing?

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home tips | Selling | buying

Should you MOVE or IMPROVE?

By: Eric Stewart
September 13th, 2018

Last night I met with a couple interested in moving to a larger home from their four bedroom, two-and-one-half bath, split level. Their main motivation for wanting to move is one of square footage; they’re interested in bigger bedrooms, a larger living room, and more kitchen space.

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Home Buying: How to Determine your Search Criteria

By: Eric Stewart
September 7th, 2018

One of the most frustrating aspects of searching for a new home is the time wasted looking at properties that ultimately don't interest you. 

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tips | buying | renting

Insider Story: Real Estate Scam - Don't Let This Happen To You!

By: Eric Stewart
September 6th, 2018

I’ve heard of many kinds of scams over the years, but more recently I’ve seen a scam involving skimming money from unsuspecting tenants who are applying to lease residential real estate from an out- of-town landlord. Here’s the story.

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