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Eric Stewart

Eric Stewart started his real estate career in 1987, and each year sells over a hundred homes in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. He has completed more than 2,900 real estate transactions, placing him in the top 1% of Realtors® in the nation. With a comprehensive approach to marketing and a knack for negotiation, Eric has established his group as a force to be reckoned with in the world of real estate.

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Buy | Selling | Maryland | Washington, DC | Virginia

What Makes a Bedroom a Legal Bedroom?

By: Eric Stewart
June 14th, 2018

Defining a legal bedroom may seem simple, but despite clear building codes the process is wrought with grey areas.  Requirements differ from county to county, so it's always safer to check with a Realtor or appraiser before you sell your home! 

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How Local Air Quality Affects the Value of Your Home

By: Eric Stewart
May 17th, 2018

Last week we talked about sustainability and potential ecological upgrades for your home that could increase its value. This week we hit a related topic – the air quality outside of your home.

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Our Market Ready Guide provides strategic advice and useful tips to get top dollar for your house when the time comes to sell.

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tips | ROI

Home Upgrades Offer Wide Range of Return on Investment

By: Eric Stewart
May 4th, 2018

Return on investment (ROI) is often top-of-mind when people make home improvements. What is “worth doing” and what isn’t?

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Is owning a second home a smart investment?

By: Eric Stewart
April 27th, 2018

Owning a second property, either as an investment or as a vacation home, can be extremely rewarding and fun.  It can also be completely the opposite.  Why the disparity?  Because careful financial evaluation and market timing must be considered.  Often, they are not.

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Your Potomac MD Neighborhood Update!

By: Eric Stewart
April 12th, 2018

Spring has Sprung!  While you may not live in the Potomac area and you may feel that this neighborhood update does not pertain to you, we want to make sure you know the importance of investing in your community.  We're sure you're heard about Location, Location, Location from many different sources!  If you want to know how YOUR community might be affecting your home value, contact the Eric Stewart Group today for a free home evaluation even if you're not in the DC area.  We have resources to help you if you're from out of state, including Relocation Nation - a company that vets agents in your local area.   Keep reading to learn about events and trending news happening in your area!

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Selling | Video Blogs

TIMBER! What happens when a massive tree falls on a vacant property days away from settlement? Watch now!

By: Eric Stewart
March 8th, 2018

Last weekend the Washington, DC area experieced a horrific storm. It was a wind storm with up to 70 MPH gusts that caused incredible amounts of damage. There were many who were greatly affected, including one of our clients who was set to settle their home in Oakton, VA. In the video below you'll see the aftermath of what a series of strong winds can do to a tree, a home, and a contract. 

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8 Reasons People May Be Stalling On Buying A Home

By: Eric Stewart
February 26th, 2018

What could be stalling people on buying homes? Inventory is lowand when there are multiple offers skyrocketing prices, your buyers might be intimidated!

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Buy | Money | Selling | appraisal,

APPRAISALS: How to prepare for one, what do appraisers look for, and what happens if an appraisal comes in too low?  

By: Eric Stewart
February 15th, 2018

If you are purchasing a home and financing it with a mortgage, the bank will require an appraisal of the property to determine its market value. The dollar amount the bank will lend you is based on the appraised value of the house rather than the agreed upon purchase price between the buyer and the seller.

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INSIDER TIPS | buying | co-list

VLOG: How Everyone Loses When you Co-sign on a Loan

By: Eric Stewart
November 28th, 2017

Have you thought about buying a property with or for a son, daughter, friend, or other family member that's not your spouse?  Do you know the ramifications that it could have on your wallet and your credit? Watch as Eric discusses what this could mean for you. 

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Downsizing | aging in place

Eric Stewart to Speak about Aging in Place on December 12th & 14th in Virginia & Maryland

By: Eric Stewart
November 24th, 2017

  Eric Stewart invites you to a class to help you answer one of life's key questions. Stewart, a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES®) and top Associate Broker with Long & Foster, will share his strategies for keeping one's home easy to manage, and a place of comfort, familiarity, and safety.   

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