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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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Strategies For Winning In Multiple Offer Situations

By: Jim Beckley
February 14th, 2019

CONTRIBUTED BYJIM BECKLEY, REALTOR WITH THE ERIC STEWART GROUP OF LONG & FOSTER REAL ESTATE As we enter the spring market of 2019, the local home inventory is at historic lows.  Selling a home is no different than selling anything else; when supply is low and demand is high, prices and competition rise. So how does a buyer position him/herself to win the home of his/her dreams when that exact home is also a favorite of another buyer who is also submitting an offer?

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Amazon HQ2

Amazon HQ2: Effects on the DMV

By: Debbie Zech
February 7th, 2019

CONTRIBUTED BY DEBBIE ZECH, REALTOR WITH THE ERIC STEWART GROUP OF LONG & FOSTER REAL ESTATE Excitement continues to build as plans for Amazon’s new HQ2 in Crystal City unfold. Of course this raises more questions than answers – what will be the effect on traffic, will the current public transportation be adequate, will our schools become more overcrowded – and of course, what will happen to housing prices and availability.

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How Do You Know It's Time To Move?

By: Helen Flynn
January 31st, 2019

Contributed by Helen Flynn, Realtor® & SRES®, with the Eric Stewart Group of Long & Foster January is a time for new resolutions, lists, changes, dreams, and plans. Here we are again in January wondering what this new year will bring.  Many times last year clients would tell me they were thinking about making a move “next year” or  "next spring”. Perhaps you are thinking about thinking about making a move.  I am often asked the question, “How will I know it is time?”

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2018 Recap & What To Expect in the 2019 Housing Market

By: Jessica Martin
January 24th, 2019

Thank you to our clients for the last year - 2018 was one of our greatest, and we can't wait to see what 2019 continues to bring. Our listing agents are here to help you sell your home with confidence and our buyers agents are here to assist in all of your home buying needs.

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"Contingency" - What does contingency mean for real estate?

By: Eric Stewart
January 17th, 2019

What does the word “contingency” mean in sales, especially in real estate? Contingency is a simple word from Latin roots meaning to hold together. Wait, if it means to hold together, why is it known as a way out of a contract? Well, consider buying real estate without any contingencies. Would you purchase a home if you couldn’t inspect it, do an appraisal, or check for termites? Or have a loan contingency if you need to get a mortgage? No, hopefully you wouldn’t. You need the contingency to hold the contract together even though, if a contingency isn’t fulfilled, the contract will die.

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What Happens Once Your House Goes Under Contract?

By: Erica Dhawan
January 10th, 2019

  You hired a Realtor, prepared your property for market, kept your house in immaculate condition for showings, found an interested and qualified buyer, and you finally have a ratified (signed by buyer and seller) contract. Nothing else to do, right? On the contrary, though you’re nearing a sale, there is now a closing process, which should be managed carefully by your Realtor or a qualified member of his/her team. Considering the serious legal implications associated with such a large transaction, you’ll definitely want assistance from someone with plenty of experience in home sales.

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Holiday | Maryland | Washington, DC | Virginia

Events For The Family This Holiday Season In The DMV

By: Jessica Martin
December 20th, 2018

There are festive lights and mistletoe all around us this time of year. You are wrapping presents, baking cookies, singing along to classic songs, curling up by the fire with a good book... and entertaining your children, grandchildren, parents, in-laws, and the multitude of extended family you might have joining you. How do you fill the down time, in between family meals and those holiday traditions you've had for years? Be sure to tune in On 12/23 for The Eric Stewart Show's Christmas Show on WMAL 105.9 FM at 8AM. 

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The Magic of Home Staging

By: Erica Dhawan
December 14th, 2018

This is part of our 12 Days of Real Estate event happening NOW on ESG Social Media channels There are people who can walk into a room and visualize what it can become – a coat of paint here, an area rug there, crown molding, soft lighting . . . they can imagine the potential. Unfortunately, most people do not have this ability. Therefore, when selling your home, you don’t want to rely on potential buyers to perceive the appeal of your home on their own; you have to set the stage for them.

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