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INSIDER TIPS | washinton, dc | Seattle

How does the DC market compare to Seattle?

By: Eric Stewart
August 11th, 2018

2018’s housing market is hot, with Seattle, Washington enduring the highest rise in home prices, up 14 percent from 2017. So how does Seattle’s market compare to ours in the Washington DC metro area?

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Selling | luxury

How do you sell a luxury home?

By: Eric Stewart
August 2nd, 2018

The high value of luxury homes comes from the unique perks they offer, and selling any home entails communicating its value for the price. When people seek luxury, they search for amenities like tennis courts, a pool, a magnificent view, a coveted location, and an expansive lot. The more high-end amenities a home offers, the stronger the perception of its luxury status.

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How does having a pool affect the value of your home?

By: Eric Stewart
July 26th, 2018

The weather is sweltering and the air is still and thick. You’ve just finished some rigorous yard work and the sweat is dripping off of you. Wouldn’t you like to take a cool, refreshing dip in your crystal blue pool? Who wouldn’t? But how does having a pool affect your property value?

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Selling in the Summer: Is it Possible?

By: Eric Stewart
July 24th, 2018

We've talked a lot about how, in the DC area, when the fireworks go up, sales come down. Follow along with this vlog as Eric explains how, and why, it's still okay to sell in the summer!

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Should I sell my home or rent it out?

By: Eric Stewart
July 19th, 2018

I wish I’d purchased a home every year of my career, and that I still owned all 30 properties to provide me with steady income as I grow older. Yes, there would be headaches – maintaining properties, replacing furnaces, dealing with unpaid mortgages – but there would also be houses I purchased for $125,000 that would now sell for $450,000. Or houses I purchased for $175,000 that would now sell for $750,000. If I had 30 of those, I’d be in a different economic sphere.

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Should You Sell Your Home "As-Is"?

By: Eric Stewart
July 17th, 2018

Have you ever wondered if it's OK to sell your home "as-is" or in "as-is" condition?  What is an "as-is" property?  In today's vlog,  Eric explains how and why you would sell a home "as-is". 

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Why Curb Appeal is NOT as Important as it Seems....

By: Eric Stewart
July 12th, 2018

Like a smile and a handshake when you greet someone, your home’s curb appeal serves as its first impression, prompting buyers to draw immediate conclusions about living there. Does the exterior of your home “smile” and say, “Welcome, come on in!” or does it say, “I don’t put much thought into how I present myself”?

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Learning More About the Nation's First Retirement Community for Military Families

By: Eric Stewart
July 5th, 2018

Retirement from the military can be remarkably different from retirement as we imagine it. The average age of a retiring officer is only 45, versus 62 for the general population. There is a transition back to civilian life that can be complex, especially if the retiree is dealing with issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder or physical disability. Depending on which state a military retiree decides to reside, benefits can vary widely.

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TIMBER! Part 2: Home Renovation Progress from Oakton, VA

By: Eric Stewart
July 4th, 2018

In March of this year, when the DC area was hit with a large windstorm of up to 70mph, we had a listing in Oakton, Virginia, that had a massive tree fall on the property.  You can catch up on the original video right here.  Last week, we re-visited the property to get a sense of how renovations were coming along.  Follow Eric as he walks the property for the first time since renovations began. 

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Buy | land survey | first time home buyer

House Surveys: Why They Are Important in Home Buying

By: RGS Title Insurance
June 28th, 2018

One of the questions frequently asked when buying a home is “do I really need to have a survey done?”  More and more, lenders are not requiring a survey as a loan requirement and the prospect of saving a few hundred dollars is appealing to most buyers.

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