Think of your house as an oyster. Whether your oyster was built in 1942, 1972, or 2012, the kitchen in any home is the most important room, or the pearl inside the oyster. If you were out looking among the oysters for pearls, you'd discard those shells that had nothing to offer on the inside.
I’m often asked if there’s a fall real estate market and when it begins. I long assumed that there were two markets each year, the spring and the fall, as I'd been taught that for many years without stopping to challenge the assumption. The myth goes that there’s strong demand in the spring when the flowers come out; in the fall, after people are away and return after Labor Day, they will start looking for houses again.... but do they?
Our Market Ready Guide provides strategic advice and useful tips to get top dollar for your house when the time comes to sell.
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!
Earnest money deposits are one of the most critical parts of the home buying process. To show a seller that an offer is serious and made in good faith, a prospective homebuyer will include a check with their offer, for typically 1-2% of the purchase price.
Is sustainability important to buyers? When you are buying a home, the financial vernacular can get a little confusing. You have heard of earnest money deposits and down payments, but do you need one over the other? Do you need to accommodate for both? Are they the same thing?
Last night I met with a couple interested in moving to a larger home from their four bedroom, two-and-one-half bath, split level. Their main motivation for wanting to move is one of square footage; they’re interested in bigger bedrooms, a larger living room, and more kitchen space.
One of the most frustrating aspects of searching for a new home is the time wasted looking at properties that ultimately don't interest you.
I’ve heard of many kinds of scams over the years, but more recently I’ve seen a scam involving skimming money from unsuspecting tenants who are applying to lease residential real estate from an out- of-town landlord. Here’s the story.
This week our blog features a piece written by Adriana Parreira Cora, an agent with our Group who will be featured on Eric Stewart's radio show on WMAL 105.9FM THIS Sunday morning, September 2nd, at 8 AM. Follow along with her as she recounts her trip to New York, what she's observed about New York neighborhoods, and how this relates back to the DC area.
I recently took a listing in Alexandria, VA, and the seller requested that I create and share a “coming soon” listing with other local agents, even though it won’t be on the open market for six months. She prefers to sell it quietly, and I offered a discount on my commission if we’re able to do it without the extensive (and expensive) marketing that we use for homes on the open market.