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INSIDER TIPS | washinton, dc | Seattle

How does the DC market compare to Seattle?

By: Eric Stewart
August 11th, 2018

2018’s housing market is hot, with Seattle, Washington enduring the highest rise in home prices, up 14 percent from 2017. So how does Seattle’s market compare to ours in the Washington DC metro area?

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INSIDER TIPS | first time home buyer | 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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INSIDER TIPS | buying | co-list

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. 

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VLOG: Fulcrum Pricing - What is it? How does it help you get Top Dollar for your Home?

By: Eric Stewart
November 16th, 2017

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Top 4 Myths About Realtors®

By: Jessica Martin
September 8th, 2017

Finding the right Realtor® to sell your home can be a challenge. When you begin your search, these Top Myths about Realtors® are important to keep in mind. 

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INSIDER TIPS | Sell | Selling

Are Open Houses Overrated?

By: Eric Stewart
March 6th, 2017

I recently held an open house for a contemporary home at the last minute, posting it online on Sunday morning only two hours before it started.  I usually discourage people about open houses because they attract neighbors and suspects more often than prospects. Most open houses are only responsible for 1% of all home sales. That is why I generally preach against them. 

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INSIDER TIPS | Sell | Property Prep | Selling

Timing the Market ­– Part 1

By: Eric Stewart
January 25th, 2017

Remember the old saying, “the early bird gets the worm”? Well, it’s true in many respects. When it comes to getting tickets for a concert, when you’re first in line, you get the best access to seats, right? If there’s a sale on Black Friday and there’s only a certain number of TVs being sold for a dollar, you can purchase one if you’re the early bird. Taking advantage of this basic economic philosophy in the sale of real estate works the same way it does in retail, or other parts of our lives – it applies to just about anything. The key is to bring your home to the marketplace at a time when the demand is at its greatest and the supply is at its lowest.

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INSIDER TIPS | Buy | Money

Avoid These 8 Common Home Buyer Mistakes

By: Eric Stewart
August 2nd, 2016

Let’s face it: Buying a home is a major investment. However, for many people it can end up being more expensive than it needs to be due to some costly mistakes. Here are eight blunders to avoid, and some helpful tips that could mean the difference between financial security and financial distress.

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INSIDER TIPS | Sell | Moving

How Selling A Home "As Is" Can Be Beneficial And Financially Rewarding

By: Eric Stewart
July 6th, 2016

Do you want less hassle when it comes time to sell your home? If so, you may want to think about selling your home “as is.” Selling “as is” simply means putting the property on the market in its current condition, with few or no improvements. Our NEW As Is Guide provides invaluable tips and suggestions on how to effectively sell your home "as is" while still getting an optimal price. Read on to learn the benefits of selling your home “as is” and how a correct pricing strategy could get you more money than you even anticipated. 

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INSIDER TIPS | Selling

Should You Renovate Your Home Before You Sell?

By: Eric Stewart
June 8th, 2016

It’s the million-dollar question that every seller ponders. As a seller, should you undertake renovations in hopes of increasing your home's sales price? Because every property is different, some homeowners will need to spend money on their property to make a sale and others won’t. This depends not only on your property’s current condition, but the condition of your local real estate market as well. So, what is the deciding factor?

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