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Montgomery County Community Events for November

By: Jessica Martin
November 1st, 2018

Welcome to November!  We hope you had a great Halloween and you're getting ready for colder temperatures to (finally) come next week. In this week's blog, we'll be listing out a few activities to look forward to this weekend and throughout the month November, including a Christmas Bazaar starting on the 10th!

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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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Top 6 Home Tips: Summer Edition!

By: Jessica Martin
June 8th, 2018

Summer is here in the DC area and it looks like it's here to stay!  It's time to start thinking about how to get your home (and your kids) ready for summer break.  To continue our Top 6 Home Tips series, let's take a look at a few ways you can keep your home up to date with the changing temperature.

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Your DC Metro Area Community Events Update!

By: Jessica Martin
June 1st, 2018

About a month ago on the ESG website, we introduced you to Potomac, MD, and a new feature  - community events.  This month we will feature Washington, DC, its events, and a little bit about the history of the beautiful city.  

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Is Sustainability Important to Buyers?

By: Jessica Martin
May 12th, 2018

Last summer we published a blog about a new crop of buyers entering the market who value eco-friendly homes, how organic supermarket developments have impacted home trends, and introduced you to the term ‘agrihood’. Are buyers still interested in sustainability?  What has changed in the last several months to promote environmental and physical health and well-being?

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Pointing You Home | tips

Where Can You Live on $60,000/Year?

By: Jessica Martin
April 19th, 2018

Here's a crazy stat: there are only 44 resale homes currently on the market in Seattle, a metro area with over 80,000 residents.  When you factor in the inventory versus demand, it causes home prices to skyrocket.  We're seeing this in the DC Metro Area, but, thankfully, not to that extent.  As Eric Stewart mentioned in today's Real Estate Minute on WMAL, in case you find yourself tired of the stress and strain markets like these can cause, did you know there are cities where it only costs $60,000 a year to live comfortably? 

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first time home buyer | INSIDER TIPS | how to pick a real estate agent

How Do You Pick a Real Estate Agent?

By: Jessica Martin
April 5th, 2018

If you've been with us before, you'll know right away that we have a method to finding the right REALTOR® for you.  In the Market Ready Guide, you'll find 10 Questions You Should Ask a Realtor Before You Hire One.  This, we believe, is a cornerstone to your real estate agent search. but there's more to take into consideration.  Do you know what it is? 

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Pointing You Home | tips | home tips | Real Estate

Everything You Need to Know about Egress Window Requirements

By: Jessica Martin
March 29th, 2018

Do you know what an egress window is?  Do you know what the requirements are for an egress window?  It sounds like it should be complicated, but there are only 4 requirements your basement window must meet in order to be up to code. 

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First Time Home Buyer Mistakes You Should DEFINITELY Avoid

By: Jessica Martin
March 23rd, 2018

If you've decided you're ready to buy your first home, you've probably gotten tons of unsolicited advice regarding what you should and shouldn't do. Take it from the real estate professionals - there are a lot of things you should and shouldn't do before buying your first home, but let's take a look at the top 5. 

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buying | earnest money

Everything You Need to Know About Earnest Money Deposits

By: Jessica Martin
March 15th, 2018

What is an earnest money deposit? How does an EMD differ from a down payment? Where does an earnest money deposit go and why is it important? 

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