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CoronaVirus | buyers

Do You Need a Bigger House?

By: Rachel Harclerode
July 30th, 2020

Realtor® Robert Garcia recently discussed a popular question he's been seeing from buyers during the global pandemic: do I need a bigger home? Check out the video and description below to hear what Robert's advice is for those considering moving to a bigger home!   Robert Garcia Exploring the Question: Do I Need a Bigger Home?   Hi everybody, Robert Garcia here, Director of Sales and Operations of the Eric Stewart Group of Long & Foster. It has been about 90-120 days since COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic worldwide. And we have learned new things with the pandemic speaking from the real estate perspective.    So working with buyers and sellers, we get all kinds of questions. But this one comes from buyers that we work with every day, and the question is: now that we have a new normal, should we upgrade to a bigger house?    Well, chances are that you have the privilege to work from home, and need the space for a formal home office, as well as if you have kids you may need the space for homeschooling, or a hybrid format that will start in the fall. So if you don’t have the space that you need for the new normal of working from home, the changes are that you should probably think about upgrading to a house that’s maybe a three-level house with a fully finished basement or a partially finished basement where you can put your office. Or maybe if you have a lot of rooms upstairs that you don’t need, then you can consider making one of the spare bedrooms your office moving forward. So you can have conferences, calls, Zoom video meetings, and so on. That should be something that you should make a priority.    Now if you have a house that fits the space that you need for now and you don’t need to upgrade, maybe think of improvements, refinancing your property, and looking ahead for the future in terms of what kind of upgrade you should be doing.  

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CoronaVirus | DMV | real estate market

Is a Rebound in Home Sales Underway in the DMV?

By: Rachel Harclerode
July 16th, 2020

Realtor® and Associate Broker Eric Stewart recently discussed updates in the real estate market on 105.9FM WMAL. Check out the videos and descriptions below to hear what Eric says about surprise changes to the market!   Eric Stewart Discussing the Jump of Home Sales from April to May   A rebound in the home sales market is underway with pending home sales jumping 44% from April to May. Realtor Eric Stewart, host of the Eric Stewart Show here on WMAL, says the numbers are good news.   “We had a drop in the month of April, so May’s spike was in comparison to April’s drop, and therefore it really was more in line with a typical month of May. We would typically see the kind of sales in the month of May that we saw this May which was a wonderful surprise," Eric says.

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CoronaVirus | DMV

Good News Happening in the DMV

By: Rachel Harclerode
May 28th, 2020

With COVID-19 constantly dominating the news, it’s hard to come by good, light-hearted stories. But happy stories are out there! We put together this list of some happy and fun stories around the DMV that we hope brighten your day. It’s important to remember that there’s still life to enjoy amid the coronavirus, and these stories provide that exact reminder. Stevensville Woman Offers Passersby Free Flowers In Stevensville, MD, a woman named Rona Werner has set up a table of flowers at the end of the driveway and offers them to passersby for free. She said, “I thought in this time of the pandemic, there’s so much sadness, it would be nice for people to feel joy.” A small act of kindness goes a long way, and we love the simplicity of this act of generosity! Kids Read to Therapy Dogs The DC nonprofit People Love Animals has had to add over 120 new reading slots to their now virtual program because so many kids are signing up to read to therapy dogs! Unique Way to Encourage Social Distancing Fish Tales, a bayside restaurant in Ocean City, MD, is rolling out bumper tables to ensure social distancing as they open back up for dine-in business. The tables, made by a company in Baltimore, are a fun and creative way to keep people six feet apart! Montgomery County Almost Ready to Open Here’s some great news for Montgomery County residents! The county has seen a decline in COVID-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations over the past two weeks and will most likely reopen gradually over the coming weeks.

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CoronaVirus | DMV | mother's day

4 Ways You Can Still Give Mom a Mother's Day Brunch

By: Rachel Harclerode
May 6th, 2020

 

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CoronaVirus | DMV

COVID-19 Testing Centers in MD and DC

By: Rachel Harclerode
April 23rd, 2020

 

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DMV | restaurants

11 Local Restaurants Still Open in the DMV

By: Rachel Harclerode
April 16th, 2020

Every aspect of life has been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. The way we connect with others, the way we shop for food, the way we work, and more have changed in the face of this novel virus.

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Washington, DC | DMV | cherry blossom festival

Updates to this Year's National Cherry Blossom Festival

By: Rachel Harclerode
March 19th, 2020

 

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Real Estate | Coronavirus Outbreak

10 Things to Do While Social Distancing

By: Jim Beckley
March 17th, 2020

 

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Selling | guides/ebooks | Homes sales

VIDEO: Why Timing of the Market Trumps Condition

By: Eric Stewart
March 12th, 2020

 

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Holiday | St. Patrick's Day | celebrations

5 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the DMV

By: Rachel Harclerode
March 11th, 2020

 

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