homerome: This Little Light Of Mine
- 07/26/16 06:48 PM
This little light switch is for safety and convenience.
We all know that plug in night lights don't last very long so here is a simple and inexpensive solution for an electrician to make a home more comfortable.
Take an ordinary light switch like the one on the left below and add illumination.
During the day, you cannot see this light but when the house is dark, you can easily find the switch. It looks like the picture on the right...just a tiny little light.
Where would you use these illuminated lights?
homerome: Another Two Millionaire...Anna Banana Way to Go!!
- 07/25/16 08:56 PM
Stop what you are doing and go over and congratulate our own
Anna Banana Kruchten
for reaching the TWO MILLION point milestone !
Anna has always gone above and beyond to help many ActiveRainers and she has been doing it for years.
Not only a great Realtor® and blogger but a good and trusted friend who freely gives her advice and shares her wisdom.
Congratulations Anna Banana. You make us all proud!
homerome: Stewie & Oliver Need A Baltimore Home
- 07/25/16 02:05 PM
Take a look at these two faces and see if you have room in your heart and in your home for Stewie or Oliver. Good news, the adoption fee for both of these guys has been sponsored.
Please give the Baltimore Humane Society a call at the number above, take a ride out to Nicodemus Road and see if Stewie or Oliver might be your perfect pet.
homerome: Baltimore Rancher For Sale
- 07/22/16 08:47 PM
Prettiest Home In The Neighborhood.
6003 Stuart Ave. Baltimore, Md. 21209
MLS# BA 9722492
Offered at $499,944
Take a look at the slideshow
Stone front rancher on a beautiful 1/2 acre lot.
Four bedrooms on main level.
Stack stone fireplace wall in the sunken living room.
Two walls of glass in the living room and dining room with sliding glass doors to the private slate patio and lovely fenced rear lot that is both kid and pet friendly.
Custom eat in kitchen has an abundance of cabinets, Subzero refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, gas cook-top, pantry and Corian counters.
Convenient first floor laundry plus finished huge lower
homerome: Get Away Day In Annapolis
- 07/19/16 08:17 PM
No reason but just a 'get away' for the day.
I have been on a wonderfully busy fast paced listing and selling frenzy. When my friend asked me to go to Annapolis...my first thought..no way...too many transactions in the pipeline. Not a good time.
Since when can't I take a day to enjoy the day, the outside, the beauty, the water and a special friend?
We had a delightful time spending the day at Quiet Waters Park and walking around Annapolis.
Nothing was missed, my phones were answered, appointments made and I have been in touch with my clients.
Nice day and glad to share
homerome: Baltimore Condos For Sale
- 07/19/16 07:12 PM
Which Baltimore condo is right for you? You have a choice.
Would you like a balcony with a view?
Would you like a two bedroom and den?
Would you like a forty foot patio?
Would you like a granite kitchen?
Would you like valet service?
Baltimore County Condominiums For Sale
If you would like to make a condo in Baltimore County your home
Please call Margaret Rome
homerome: I Love This House In Stevenson
- 07/18/16 12:42 PM
This is a contemporary home and I love it!
So many special features...just take a look
at more photos
and let me know when you would like to tour this unique
Located in the Stevenon area of Baltimore County, on a
private court and minutes to the Baltimore Beltway Exit 21.
To see this home
Call Margaret Rome
homerome: It Never Hurts To Help
- 07/17/16 05:59 PM
On my radio show today Tom called in to thank me for giving him a name of a termite contractor. That name I gave him was over a year ago.
His neighbor was in dire need of an exterminator and he remembered my recommendation. Not only did my friend and contractor go out and help his neighbor eradicate some large critters that had invaded her home but he went back the following day to check on the customer to make sure she was OK and to again make sure these rodents were gone.
He even re-baited the traps and reassured her.
Tom just wanted to
homerome: Taking responsibility As A Listing agent.
- 07/16/16 07:49 AM
Real estate is a commitment and comes with responsibility.
As a listing broker
I have been told that I should not make my own appointments that I should not show my own properties.
When I take a listing I also take on the responsibility of that listing.
By limiting the amount of listings I take, I am able to give this kind of service.
I continue to make my own appointments, I do show my own listings and I do keep my sellers informed.
If my property has a lockbox it's still my responsibility to make sure the house is secured after any showings.
Its easy to blame the agents who didn't turn off lights, who
homerome: Saving For That Down Payment
- 07/15/16 08:58 AM
When speaking to buyers especially young and first time purchasers who have little or no savings, I advise them to start a "house account".
This place is only for deposits and no withdrawals allowed.
Take a look what Alan and Gene suggest for engaged couples.
Every time they think they want to buy some frivolous item on a whim, I ask them to think about that future home.
Then take whatever 'savings' and deposit into that special account. When relatives ask what they want for a birthday or special occasion...ask for a donation to your future home. Many buyers have thanked me for this advice over the
homerome: This Is Not The Rome Way
- 07/14/16 08:34 PM
Received a call today from a potential seller with a very unusual home to sell. They found me through my print media and have been following me for awhile.
With time in my schedule, I went over this afternoon and I found this to be a really unique, secluded gem, custom built by the present owner and in a very desirable area but in need of TLC.
It is one of those "unsalable" homes that "won't appraise"
... right up my alley.
I love the challenge.
After asking my two questions, I got affirmative answers. Yes... they want to sell and yes... they want to use me.
They loved my marketing
homerome: Are You Thinking About A Pikesville Rancher In 21208?
- 07/13/16 08:33 PM
Are you thinking about a brick rancher in Pikesville ?
Would you like to be notified when this one hits the market?
Would you like to have a finished lower level with a half bath and plenty of room for a studio, workshop or additional bedrooms?
Would you like a home that is both kid and pet friendly...one that has a fenced yard and interior gates to contain young children and pets?
In a few weeks this three bedroom and two and half baths home will be on the market.
Heads up... If you are thinking of owning this home
Call Margaret Rome
homerome: But It's Tuesday ! And There Is An Open House In Baltimore!
- 07/12/16 07:26 AM
Open House Today
1022 Windsor Road
Since I have one showing scheduled this evening, Tuesday, I am going to have an Impromptu Open House.
1022 Windsor Road 21208 will be open Tuesday July 12th.
Please join me.
Take a look at this charming brick cape cod located in historic Sudbrook Park in Pikesville.
Easy living with two bedrooms, a full bath on the first floor and a deck off the kitchen.
There is a window over the sink, wood cabinets and dishwasher. Gleaming wood floors and a wood burning fireplace.
Upstairs is one very very large room that could easily be two separate bedrooms or one spacious master or studio or office or anything you
homerome: What A Nice Way To End The Week
- 07/09/16 11:42 AM
Recently sold a property to someone who remembered me from twenty years ago.
The sale went well and so did the closing.
Click to see slideshow
Yesterday, I received these lovely words from my special seller.
"I had an excellent experience with Margaret Rome when selling my house in Baltimore County.
Margaret is extremely professional and knowledgeable about the real estate market, and my house was under contract in one week.
She was always available whenever I called or needed information, and she returned phone calls, emails, and texts immediately.
Margaret writes a daily blog about real estate and is the host of a
homerome: A Nice Memory
- 07/08/16 03:23 AM
Remembering Jerry Herling
I remember when My Lee and I flew from Baltimore to Atlantic City to get a contract signed. It was a delightful experience and a real WOW for my favorite sellers, Lois and Jerry Herling.
They were at their vacation home and I wanted to expedite the sale. I made a call requesting they meet us at the Atlantic City Airport. We were able to make this trip in 40 minutes, instead of the normal 3 hour drive. We also had time
homerome: Social Media The Rome Way
- 07/07/16 05:35 PM
Many years ago I wrote a blog post on ActiveRain about a special
I was looking for a way to get traffic to one my listings.
The blog describing that event was picked up by the
Washington Post.. Read here.
From The Washington Post article
Realtor® Magazine invited me to be the Open House Master.
We tagged on the first ActiveRain Open House at the same time.
Social media marketing The Rome Way.
'Social media is one of the most powerful tools you can utilize to market your business. In fact, with 90% of home searches beginning online I’d say having an online presence is absolutely essential if you
homerome: LSC... Or Leave It Alone
- 07/06/16 03:36 AM
If it does not have to do with Real Estate, including listing, selling and closing...it's not up for discussion.
When I first became a Realtor® over 25 years ago, I found so much chit chat, negativity, rehashing of what was or what went "wrong" with the buyer, the seller, the agent or the transaction that I made an unwritten rule for myself.
If it does not have to do with a listing, a sale or a closing...leave it alone.
When in the office, I would spend a short time with niceties..how are you, how are the grand-kids etc.
My focus was learning about listing, selling
homerome: Using AR to promote listings
- 07/05/16 09:25 PM
Recently Jeff Dowler CRS asked if we post our listings on ActiveRain and I wanted to say...
I post all my listings. I post them coming soon. I post them when they are live in the MLS. I post them when they are too late. I post them when I do an impromptu open house. I post them when they are sold. I post when the seller writes me an email or letter thanking me.
And... I post any other topics that help showcase my listings and gets my properties additional exposure
I also post when buyers go to closing. I post about neighborhoods, restaurants and local
homerome: Fireworks In The Rain...Baltimore
- 07/05/16 08:54 PM
Just heard from my very special buyer who bought a beautiful condo with a view last month.
This is the photo she sent me last night...taken from her condo building in downtown Baltimore.
Even in the rain this is a pretty good view of fireworks.
It was such a pleasure finding this special place that Linda calls home.
homerome: My Favorite Listing Is On The NCR Trail
- 07/04/16 07:50 PM
1560 Blue Mount Road
Monkton, Md. 21111
Go ahead and take a tour by clicking on the photo above.
This magnificent home is on a total of 34 acres with a separate river cottage for guests, caretaker or extended family.
There are five bedrooms upstairs and each has an adjoining bath for maximum privacy. The home has five working fireplaces! The 10 foot ceilings and huge windows make this charming home very bright. Pastures and automatic watering ...perfect for livestock.
The property, known as Sycamore Farms, is zoned agricultural, and has low taxes.
This would be the perfect place to entertain, to get away from the