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Selling | luxury

How do you sell a luxury home?

By: Eric Stewart
August 2nd, 2018

The high value of luxury homes comes from the unique perks they offer, and selling any home entails communicating its value for the price. When people seek luxury, they search for amenities like tennis courts, a pool, a magnificent view, a coveted location, and an expansive lot. The more high-end amenities a home offers, the stronger the perception of its luxury status.

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Buy | Selling | Maryland | Washington, DC | Virginia

What Makes a Bedroom a Legal Bedroom?

By: Eric Stewart
June 14th, 2018

Defining a legal bedroom may seem simple, but despite clear building codes the process is wrought with grey areas.  Requirements differ from county to county, so it's always safer to check with a Realtor or appraiser before you sell your home! 

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Selling | Video Blogs

TIMBER! What happens when a massive tree falls on a vacant property days away from settlement? Watch now!

By: Eric Stewart
March 8th, 2018

Last weekend the Washington, DC area experieced a horrific storm. It was a wind storm with up to 70 MPH gusts that caused incredible amounts of damage. There were many who were greatly affected, including one of our clients who was set to settle their home in Oakton, VA. In the video below you'll see the aftermath of what a series of strong winds can do to a tree, a home, and a contract. 

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Selling | Downsizing

Downsizing with Dignity - Taking Control of Your Lifestyle

By: Teri LaBuwi
March 1st, 2018

Did you know there are 3 primary types of downsizing? Zero Control, Limited Control, and Full Control. Follow along with Teri LaBuwi as she uses her professional experience as a Seniors Certified Real Estate Specialist in the DMV. 

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Buy | Money | Selling | appraisal,

APPRAISALS: How to prepare for one, what do appraisers look for, and what happens if an appraisal comes in too low?  

By: Eric Stewart
February 15th, 2018

If you are purchasing a home and financing it with a mortgage, the bank will require an appraisal of the property to determine its market value. The dollar amount the bank will lend you is based on the appraised value of the house rather than the agreed upon purchase price between the buyer and the seller.

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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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Selling | buying | land survey

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. 

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Selling | How to Sell Your Home for Top Dollar

How to Sell Your Home for Top Dollar - LIVE THIS WEEK!

By: Jessica Martin
October 9th, 2017

 

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Selling | Real Estate | buying | inspection | appraisal,

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. 

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Selling | buying | 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. 

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