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What Capital Gains Taxes Do I Pay When I Sell My Home?

By: Eric Stewart
April 11th, 2019

If you are preparing to sell your home, you should be aware of the capital gains tax implications. There is a good chance that you will not owe any capital gains taxes on the sale of your principal residence if you meet certain federal requirements. And, if you do, the amount of capital gains that you pay on will be significantly reduced.

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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)! 

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Sell | Moving | Selling | Real Estate | tips | escrow

BLOG: What is Escrow?

By: Jessica Martin
January 19th, 2018

Escrow. In the buying and selling process, you'll come across this word on multiple occasions. What is escrow? What does it mean, and how does it relate to the real estate transaction? Read on to find out more.

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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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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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[LIVE Webinar] How to sell your home for top dollar

By: Eric Stewart
January 6th, 2017

Join Eric Stewart, on Wednesday, January 18 at 7 pm Eastern, or on Sunday, January 22 at 8:15 am ,  for a one-hour live online presentation and learn how to sell your home for the highest value possible. Eric, with more than 30 years of real estate experience and 2,500 transactions in the DC Metro Area, is among the top 1% of Realtors® in the U.S. He will share with you his secrets for helping his clients get the most money for their homes. Secrets you can put into action for yourself!  Eric will also answer questions live from the audience toward the end of the webinar.  So if you've got a burning question — bring it with you! Eric loves to answer people's questions.

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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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Sell | Downsizing

Get The Inside Scoop On How To Sell Your Home For Top Dollar

By: Eric Stewart
April 20th, 2016

Don't miss out! Join top producing Realtor® and WMAL radio host Eric Stewart for a live online webinar on how to sell your home for maximum profit.

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INSIDER TIPS | Radio Show | Sell

Are Open Houses Helpful Or Harmful?

By: Eric Stewart
February 18th, 2016

Holding open houses has been an age-old tradition in the real estate industry. Yet, did you know that only 1% of buyers come from these events? My radio show listeners have heard my opinion on open houses many times. I am against them in most instances. In my experience, open houses attract three types of people. Who are they?

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Radio Show | Sell

Get Your House Ready To Sell With These 5 Decluttering Tips

By: Eric Stewart
February 2nd, 2016

Decluttering a home is often the hardest part of prepping it to sell. It can be difficult to part with your belongings or you may feel overwhelmed at having to organize and put things away. However, one of the biggest advantages of decluttering is to help prospective buyers see themselves living in the home and to not think about how the current owner lives. In addition, if everything looks meticulous inside a home, buyers will assume the owners took the same care with home maintenance.

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