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3 Reasons to Get Pre-Approved Before Starting Your Home Search

By: Sara Foulkes
March 5th, 2020

 

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Zillow Estimates

By: Jim Beckley
January 23rd, 2020

Most homeowners have visited the Zillow website at some point to check their Zestimate  value. Some are pleasantly surprised, while others are offended at the low price assigned to their beloved home. Zillow, and many other realtor websites, have been providing real estate valuations for years. So what goes into these property estimates and how much value should we be placing on the provided information?

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A 90 Day Countdown For Spring Sellers

By: Jim Beckley
December 5th, 2019

If you are planning to sell your home in the spring of 2020, you are likely starting to feel increased stress over the long to-do list to get your home ready. As I have advised my clients, those who hit the market in the earliest part of the spring tend to sell their homes quicker and for more money. With that said, sellers have roughly 90 days from Thanksgiving to make their home as attractive as possible to the buyer community. What are the main actions you can take to accomplish this goal?

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YOU CAN'T SELL THE FAMILY HOME!

By: Helen Flynn
October 18th, 2019

Thoughts, feelings, and emotions are stirred at the suggestion of selling the family home.  It may be that just the parents are living there now, but the house may still be very much in the hearts and memories of the children that spent any length of time there.  Someone can be gone from the house for 30 years or more, yet the thought of the house no longer being in the family is disturbing. Often the house is the anchor for a family that is spread out across the country or the world.  Even so, there may still exist the hope of family gathering once more at the dining room table, of bringing one's own children to play in the tree house, or playing with Grampa's trains in the basement.

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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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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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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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