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Property Prep | Selling

How Sellers Can Prepare For A Home Inspection

By: Eric Stewart
August 9th, 2016

One of the most common clauses in a residential real estate contract is the home inspection contingency. If included, a home buyer has a specific amount of time (typically 7-10 days after the contract is ratified) to have a licensed professional conduct a home inspection and to either negotiate for repairs or to back out of the contract if they do not like the results of inspection. If a seller knows what to look for, they can resolve many minor items before the home inspection occurs. While some items identified during the inspection might seem like minor issues individually, collectively, they could add up to major headaches, involving both time and money. So, read on to learn how to sellers can best prepare for a home  inspection.

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Money | Selling

What Are The 6 Risks If You Price Your Home Too High?

By: Eric Stewart
June 23rd, 2016

One part art, one part science, determining the correct selling price of your home is no easy task. Yet, it is one of the most important factors to get right if you want a timely sale at an optimal price. Determining the best offer price should be dictated by the market. Some sellers may choose to ignore the market and start with a higher sales price, but to do so is risky, and a decision most people end up regretting. What are 6 risks that sellers may face if they overprice their home? Read on to find out.

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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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Selling

What Is The Best Day To Put Your Home On The Market?

By: Eric Stewart
May 24th, 2016

The pictures have been taken, the house has been cleaned, the “for sale” sign is in the yard, and the lockbox is on the door. You are all set to have your home listed on the market. But, what is the best day to maximize your home’s exposure to potential buyers and to get the best price?

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Selling | Downsizing

What Are The Hottest Selling Items At Garage Sales?

By: Eric Stewart
May 12th, 2016

Are you in the midst of decluttering your home and have items that you no longer use or need, but may be of value to someone else? With the warmer weather upon us, now is a great time to hold a yard sale. Your cast-off may be someone else’s treasure. To help you get started, read on to discover the most in-demand items at garage and yard sales.  

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Buy | Selling | Maryland

Eric Stewart To Speak On Aging In Place At Potomac Community Village Event On April 14

By: Eric Stewart
April 5th, 2016

The Potomac Community Village (PCV) has invited Eric Stewart to help answer one of life's key questions. Stewart, a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES®) and top Associate Broker with Long & Foster, will share his strategies for keeping one's home easy to manage, and a place of comfort, familiarity, and safety.   

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Selling

11 Tips For Winterizing A Vacant Home

By: Eric Stewart
November 19th, 2015

For a home to remain in good shape throughout the winter, it needs regular care and attention. Vacant houses are particularly prone to damage during extended periods of freezing temperatures. By winterizing a vacant house, you are protecting your investment so it can be sold, rented or otherwise inhabited at a moment’s notice without worry of unforeseen issues.

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Radio Show | Money | Selling | Washington, DC

What Are The 10 Most Overvalued Housing Markets in the U.S.?

By: Eric Stewart
October 6th, 2015

According to CoreLogic, a real estate analytics firm, 14 of the top 100 real estate markets in the U.S. are overvalued, which is more than double the number that were at the end of first quarter 2015. An overvalued housing market has home prices that are 10% or more above the long-term sustainable level.

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Radio Show | Selling

8 Mistakes To Avoid When Selling Your Home

By: Eric Stewart
September 22nd, 2015

While the real estate market turns its wheels 12 months a year, selling a home in the fall months can be more of a challenge. There are fewer active buyers this time of year, and less demand can drive prices down from higher levels in the spring months. However, on the upside, there are fewer sellers, and thus less competition. To take full advantage of the fall market, you should avoid making the following eight home selling mistakes, which were originally featured in an article from LearnVest.com.

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Selling | Retirement | Downsizing

Downsizing Can Help You Save Money For Retirement If Done Right

By: Eric Stewart
September 9th, 2015

The article, How Downsizing Can Save Your Retirement, in the September issue of Money magazine, covers the top four reasons why retirees downsize and four questions to address to avoid financial mishap when moving from one residence to another.

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