homerome: Thanks For The February Contests...Mine Are Done - 02/22/18 04:04 PM
Yep! I have finished all three of the February contests.
You might ask: Why? 
 For me it is to support the members who put so much time, energy and effort into these contests.
For contest sponsors...it's certainly not for the money.
They are giving back to this community encouraging others to participate.
My friend Myrl Jeffcoat  wrote on my last entry: 
" I have those 'love in the air' transactions in my head, but I'm having difficulty buckling down and writing them."
I know Myrl is thinking about entering and beyond any doubt she has hundreds of satisfied buyers and sellers that have made her feel good.
I replied:
"My Suggestion: Take … (4 comments)

homerome: Marketing The Rome Way...Past Present & Future - 02/19/18 06:44 PM
 Part 1
About ten years ago I left the big box company to start a REALTOR® auction company. At the time I was using the term "accelerated marketing" wanting to help guide auction sellers before, during and after. 
In that short year, I knew it was not for me but it was a fun intense year and I learned so much ...especially how to get to the seller's bottom line number.
I'm not calling this type of marketing a loser...it was more like taking a one year course and made me a better real estate agent and prepared me for being a solo broker...opening HomeRome … (22 comments)

homerome: Making Your Blog Do Double Duty - 02/19/18 04:26 PM
More bang for the buck by using  blogs to get more mileage.
Daily blogging does double duty by being part of my weekly radio show. I'm  writing about real estate to share with lots of people and my blogging topics are now part of the radio show.
And yet another use of  these posts...to answer questions.
Ask The Expert 
How are you using your blogging?

homerome: Love Is In The Air The Rome Way - 02/18/18 03:55 PM
Love is in the air is a contest sponsored by Lisa Von Domek 
and Lisa says...
'This contest is all about a transaction that you loved to handle because it made you feel so good...I am positive that you have had more than one transaction that you loved, so you will be rewarded for each story that you share..... (limit 3...ActiveRain is generous, but let's not get crazy!)..'
All my transactions are feel good ones. When you work with the best sellers that you like and respect, the transactions are very special. They are not all perfect, there are some bumps along the way but you work them … (12 comments)

homerome: Baltimore Penthouse Is TOO LATE - 02/17/18 07:12 PM
This Baltimore Penthouse is Too Late.
Baltimore Penthouse on the 9th floor of 
Park Towers East  is under contract.

Baltimore Penthouse has almost 2700' on the 9th floor of Park Towers East Condo located  at 7111 Park Heights Ave 
Full service building with underground parking!
This luxury condo has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 skylights and a private balcony off the master bedroom.
Granite and custom cabinets in the gourmet kitchen.
If you are looking for that perfect home or you want a TOO LATE sign on your home.
Call Margaret Rome

homerome: What Am I Doing Wrong ? - 02/17/18 11:34 AM
Am I not playing nice in the sandbox?
I am beyond devastated and don't know what to do. It is the end of the world...help...I have been removed from an AR group? What is one to do now...my blog life is at an end!
Any suggestions, from someone who has been through this atrocity? 
Is there counseling for this? 

I smiled when I received the following email
''Your post has been removed from the group (unamed ) by an administrator or moderator.
You should either review the guidelines for the group or contact this person if you have any questions.''
Seasoned bloggers... think of a newer … (12 comments)

homerome: Showing In The Rain...Not Singing - 02/16/18 02:57 PM
In Baltimore we have all four seasons and sometimes in the same day.
Yesterday I was sitting on my front porch on a warm sunny day.
Today it was in the 60's but raining and tonight's temperature in the twenties with a forecast of snow tomorrow.
That's pretty much of a weather forecast for Baltimore.
We do not let our weather stop us from showing property year round. Some people do not want to go out looking in the rain.
If you are a buyer, it is important to see a house in the rain...not the ActiveRain but the liquid sunshine kind.
When I … (13 comments)

homerome: If You See 'DRAFT' It Ain't Quite Ready - 02/13/18 05:01 PM
When writing my daily posts, I always put the word DRAFT at the top before the title. That's my little trick of insuring that I don't publish prematurely. I also post late at night and then read comments the next morning.
This morning when checking, I see a comment by Barbara Todaro and yep you guessed it...the post started with DRAFT!
No..not the end of the world, but it is my way of knowing when the post is ready, proofed, photos or graphics loaded and a quick last spell check.
That is when the word Draft is removed and I hit PUBLISH. 
Are there any long time … (25 comments)

homerome: Love Is In The Air And The Home - 02/12/18 05:35 PM
So many transactions make me feel good.
Every listing and every seller is my favorite at the time.
Recently had a wonderful transaction with a listing and buyer on the same home. Within five weeks the home was listed, sold and closed.
How exciting that this home had everything this lucky family wanted.. the perfect location, four bedrooms on the first floor, big eat in kitchen with adjacent laundry, lower level ready to finish, a big level backyard and needing enough updating to be in their price range. 
The owner, in her late nineties, had some deferred maintenance that needed to be dealt with...so we listed it "AS … (16 comments)

homerome: Buyers Prepare! Bring A Ping Pong Ball - 02/10/18 07:46 PM
These are the four things a buyer needs to have whenever they are out looking for a home.
The flashlight is self explanatory...you need it for crawl spaces, electric boxes, utilities, reading dates on hot water heaters, checking electric panels and so much more.
The ping pong ball is a great little toy to see if a surface is level...yep there is an app for a level but the little white ball makes more of a statement.
The pliers are mandatory if you must know what is under that wall to wall carpet.
Do not, and I repeat, do not do this without permission.  … (10 comments)

homerome: Sunday OPEN HOUSE 8904 Griffin Way 21208 - 02/10/18 12:59 PM
 8904 Griffin Way 
Pikesville 21208
Open Sunday 3:30-4:30 
MLS BC10078632
 Click here for PHOTOS
This three to four bedroom 3 bath  single family rancher has all the conveniences of a CONDO …no exterior maintenance, no lawn care, no shoveling and all the perks of owning an individual home.
This detached stand alone home with a 2 car garage, first floor laundry, hard wood floors, luxury master bedroom and bath with two walk in closets and an adjacent office, 'snoring' room or TV room.
There’s another bedroom and full bath on the main level along with the spacious living … (10 comments)

homerome: What Motivates You? - 02/09/18 02:02 PM
My first week in real estate I listed and sold a home. The manager placed  a large banner on THE BOARD congratulating me.
Over the years I continued listing and selling and these transactions were written on THE BOARD.
Everyone can see who is getting the listings and who is getting them under contract.
At the end of the month there was a top seller and a top lister award. 
was the motivator.
Agents received a piece of fancy paper for top lister or top seller for the month. It was also published in the newspaper as well as the company newsletter. But … (9 comments)

homerome: Saturday Open House in Canton - 02/09/18 10:30 AM
Canton Open House 
Saturday 11 AM - 12 Noon
1102 S Clinton Street 21224
Check the pictures here. 
We are having a one hour open house Saturday at 11:00AM. Hope you can join us to see this exciting 5 story townhouse with two roof top decks. Spectacular move in contemporary townhouse in the desirable Canton area with plenty of parking.
MLS #10041588815

homerome: Time Wasters Are Preventable - 02/08/18 06:04 PM
 Buyer's agents...please preview or have buyers preview the properties.
Ask questions before your scheduled meeting time.
Very frustrating when an appointment is made several days ahead, confirmed and then 10 minutes before the scheduled time...a call or text comes in saying we have decided not to see this property.
Why: the buyer  just did the numbers and they cannot afford this home.
By this time the house is show ready, the owner has readied the house, taken out the pets, turned on the lights, disappeared and is waiting to be notified when to return with the three sick children. 
 Please drive by the house first.
We … (18 comments)

homerome: Don't Tell The Seller Yet - 02/08/18 01:38 PM
Below are three recent scenarios from three different agents.
 "We're writing an offer.  When would the seller like to close?" This  along with a few more questions.  " So let us know if anything else comes in." 
 My buyer is interested in your listing. She cannot afford the asking price and before I go through the time consuming process of typing, printing , getting signatures, (in other words wasting my time)... I want to run  it by you verbally.
My buyer loves this home and does not want to lose it but their  mother's father's stepson's aunt, uncle or some other relative has to … (67 comments)

homerome: A Jump On The Spring Season - 02/07/18 06:10 PM
A call this week from a home owner with the good news "We are definitely using you as our agent to sell our Baltimore house." 
That is a nice way to start a conversation! 
They continued by saying....'' We know that February is a terrible time to sell and we will be waiting until Spring." 
Whoa...says who?
I have made this statement before:
'The best time to sell is when you and your house are ready. ' 
Then I ask: 'what are you plans?'
They  just purchased a home in California that won't be available until June. So okay they have some time.
what if there … (12 comments)

homerome: Every House Has Something Special - 02/06/18 03:39 PM
If you are in Real Estate and if you are listing, selling and marketing homes, you will always look for the special features, the things that will make the property stand out.
What would a buyer be looking for that makes this one a bit different than all the others?
Or maybe the buyer wants it not to be so different and needs something this house has in common. That could be the school system, proximity to work, light rail or maybe a hospital.
Working with unique properties does not mean I don't take on a development home or one in a … (9 comments)

homerome: Do You Have IT - 02/05/18 06:07 PM
You either have IT or you don't.
My best friend, Karen, has it and wears an 'IT' pin like the one above.
We both wear the pins when we go out together each week.
What is IT?
That feeling that comes from within not from others. That feeling when you feel good, powerful in charge and confident. We recognize when someone else has it and it is fun to be around.
I used to get it from my  Kick Ass Shoes
Think about the times you felt special and really good about yourself.
Bring yourself back to that time.
That's the IT, I'm talking about.
Maybe it … (22 comments)

homerome: It's Easy To Tell Who Is Watching HGTV - 02/04/18 07:24 AM
Meeting a lovely family at one of my properties this week, it was easy to tell the entire family is a fan of real estate TV. 
When asked what they liked about the home and what would they change, they immediately started talking about liking the open concept.
They were ready to move walls, knock the back of the house out, add a great room, a bigger dining room, add an electric loft room (I had to look that one up) an en-suite bathroom and a few other "simple" upgrades.
They love wood floors and when I said there is hardwood under … (21 comments)

homerome: Thinking About Selling In Baltimore - 02/03/18 07:07 PM
Timing is everything.
If you have plans to sell your house this spring, now is the time to get it ready.
Much to do when the busiest time, for real estate, is right around the corner.
Time is needed to prepare.
We don’t live in a house the same as when we are selling.
Involve everyone...the entire family needs to be on-board.
Take a look around.
Where are repairs needed?  
Start on the outside where first impressions are made. Lawn maintenance people appreciate  work at this time of year. The weather is cold and there is little grass to cut. Check  for debris and branches.

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