real estate advice

The Eric Stewart Group Blog

Trusted resource for local and national real estate news and trending topics, and everything you need to know about the buying and selling process.

Blog Feature

home tips | Selling | buying

Should you MOVE or IMPROVE?

By: Eric Stewart
September 13th, 2018

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.

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

tips | buying | renting

Insider Story: Real Estate Scam - Don't Let This Happen To You!

By: Eric Stewart
September 6th, 2018

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.

Read More

Share

Get Our Market Ready Guide

Market Ready Guide!

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

Blog Feature

first time home buyer | tips | buying

How do you buy a home before it hits the open market?

By: Eric Stewart
August 23rd, 2018

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.

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

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? 

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

Buy | Sell | tips | home tips | disclosures | buying | Real Estate | Moving

Why "Stink Up" Your Chances of Selling your House?

By: Jessica Martin
January 26th, 2018

During the sale of your home, you will probably come face to face with an ugly truth - there are certain parts of your house (design and structure-wise) that buyers might not like. It's hard to hear, but read on to learn some of the major aspects of your home that buyers will be looking for and what they really don't care to see (or smell)! 

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

land survey | Selling | buying

GUEST BLOG: How a Property Survey Could Save You Thousands

By: RGS Title Insurance
January 4th, 2018

One of the questions frequently asked when buying a home is “do I really need to have a survey done?”  Join Helen Dankos from RGS Title Group as she explains why a land survey is important to you. 

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

co-list | INSIDER TIPS | buying

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. 

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

title insurance | buying

7 Reasons Why Every Homebuyer Needs Owner's Title Insurance

By: Sage Title Group
November 22nd, 2017

  Buying a home is an exciting and emotional time for many people.  To help you buy your home with more confidence, make sure you get owner's title insurance.  Sage Title Group has put together information on why it's so important. 

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

Selling | buying | appraisal, | Real Estate | inspection

What Happens When an Appraisal Comes in too Low During the Sale of your Home? - Secrets from the Eric Stewart Show

By: Eric Stewart
August 10th, 2017

We had a home for which we got a fantastic price. In fact, compared to the comps in the neighborhood it sold for $75-$80 thousand above the other listings! Our clients absolutely loved us. We sold the house in 8 days, and the location and the condition definitely warranted the demand and the interest. We have a system at the Eric Stewart Group. 

Read More

Share

Blog Feature

buying | Selling | security | fraud

Word to the Wise: Practice Safe Money Habits

By: Jessica Martin
July 14th, 2017

 There was an incident these last couple of weeks that we’d like to bring to the attention of our readers involving cyber security. Here's a cautionary tale where, even though you do everything right, sometimes you're still at risk. 

Read More

Share