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7 Places You Can Move to When You're Ready to Downsize

By: Eric Stewart
July 18th, 2019

When you consider downsizing -- or rightsizing, as I call it -- you have to think about what really is the right size for you, not just based upon where you are, but where you’re going. The average person uses about 1100 square feet of any home they live in, unless they have a special hobby. So if you have five children, and you have a house that’s about 6000 square feet, you have more than enough room for everybody.

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Navigating the Summer Real Estate Market

By: Jim Beckley
July 11th, 2019

“Timing is everything.”  Like most of us, you’ve likely had the reason to utter this all too common phrase. Perhaps you delivered the joke’s punchline to a colleague at just the right moment.  Maybe you brought up a touchy subject to your spouse at the end of a long day’s work. What about the time you showed up to the store and found the item you were looking for had just gotten marked down by 50%?

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Top 6 Home Tips: Summer Edition!

By: Jessica Martin
July 2nd, 2019

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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A Bird's Eye View of Your Home Sale

By: Teri LaBuwi
June 27th, 2019

Beautiful birds are a hallmark of the mid-Atlantic Spring and Summer seasons and this year they are out in full force.  They captivate us with their beautiful colors and lively songs.  Did you know there are more than 500 chapters in the National Audubon Society, nationwide, with bird-watching groups all across the country devoted to sightings and habitat study?  For many, the hobby brings joy, whether you travel afar to explore favorites, or simply enjoy a view from your own window. 

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These Are Your Housing Options When You Decide to Downsize

By: Helen Flynn
June 20th, 2019

Once the decision to make a move has been made or is being strongly considered, one must decide what type of living arrangement is suitable and hopefully if not exciting, pleasing. This is a new chapter in your life!

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"Should I Build a New Home or Buy an Older Construction?"

By: Debbie Zech
June 13th, 2019

Contributed by Debbie Zech, Realtor® with the Eric Stewart Group of Long & Foster Real Estate Trying to decide whether you want to purchase a home that has been lived in and loved or whether you want your family to be the first over the threshold? There is no right or wrong answer; let’s take a few minutes to discuss some advantages and disadvantages of each.

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"Why Isn't My House Selling?"

By: Teri LaBuwi
May 23rd, 2019

Contributed by Teri Ann LaBuwi, Realtor with the Eric Stewart Group of Long & Foster You’ve listed your home for sale and you’ve had showings and more showings but no offers.  If your home has been on the market for 30 days or more, then it is TIME to make some CHANGES.

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Will Updating Your Kitchen Help Sell Your Home?

By: Erik Tammaru
May 10th, 2019

BLOG Contribution by Erik Tammaru, Realtor with the Eric Stewart Group of Long & Foster One question I often get as a Realtor is, “Will updating my kitchen help me sell my home and make more money?”

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Spring 2019 Is A Seller's Market! Why?

By: Jim Beckley
April 25th, 2019

Spring has sprung! With the recent increase in seasonal temperatures, our trees and gardens have come back to life, and so too has the local real estate market. Each year, the spring real estate market is strongest in the February-to-June timeframe. The inventory of homes is coming off of winter lows and buyers hit the marketplace in earnest in hopes of securing the perfect home before the competition lays eyes on it. This combination of cyclical events makes it the perfect time for sellers to put their homes on the market to fetch top dollar.

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Are there advantages to selling your home 'as is'?

By: Debbie Zech
April 18th, 2019

To many homeowners selling property in “as is” condition sounds very attractive, but what does an "as-is" sale actually look like?

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