homerome: Coming Soon Baltimore County Semi Detached !
- 02/21/17 06:38 PM
Coming soon in the Joppa Road-Loch Raven area of Baltimore County.
This Semi detached has been completely renovated from the 4 bedrooms (2 on main level and 2 upstairs) to the 2 1/2 new baths. Gleaming wood floors, fenced yard, gas heat and central air.
Gourmet granite kitchen with sun room, gas cooking and all new appliances.
Two of the bedrooms are on the first floor along with washer and dryer. The other two spacious bedrooms are upstairs and with a bit of creativity...you could possibly have a 32' roof top deck.
Such versatility...this would make a good investment property. Live in one unit and rent
homerome: George Washington Did Not Do This!
- 02/20/17 07:16 PM
Yesterday when showing my favorite listing in Monkton and walking to the river cottage, I saw this downed tree and realized right away that...
George Washington did not do this!
More about beavers.
Talk about sheer beauty...take a look at a few photos while hiking on the NCR trail to the river cottage.
This little cottage would make a great fishing/hunting lodge, guest house or a quiet get-a-way in Baltimore County.
The river cottage is being sold along with the main property at 1560 Blue Mount Road in Monkton, Md. 21111.
Take a tour of the property
homerome: Baltimore Is Beautiful In February
- 02/19/17 04:47 PM
Such a pretty weekend in Baltimore. It is February and the temperature actually reached 70 degrees both days.
So lucky to have out of town company and was able to enjoy a lovely lunch at the The Valley Inn on Falls Road. This restaurant is minutes from my condo listings at The Risteau.
Beautiful service, lovely presentation and delicious food.
Below is a plate of oysters on the half shell, lobster risotto and just a perfect hamburger served with fries and onions.
Afterwards, I was able to meet a couple of buyers to show this gorgeous full service condo.
This is the view overlooking the pond at
homerome: Home Inspection Prior To Listing
- 02/18/17 07:38 PM
Most of us wait until after we have a contract offer before we move forward on a full home inspection.
The normal procedure in our Baltimore area...the buyer orders and pays for all the inspections.
There can be many in addition to the general inspection.
To name a few... radon, septic, well yield, water quality, chimney, mold, structural, roof, HVAC, termite, water penetration, in ground pools, spas, jetted tubs, polybutylene piping, underground oil tanks, electrical and lead based paint inspections.
For those of us in the business for a while...we have seen challenges with all of the above.
An inspection can take many
homerome: You Want Proof...Here's Proof
- 02/17/17 09:28 AM
How many times have you been asked if blogging works? How many times have you seen a question asking if you get real business from ActiveRain? How many comments have you read asking for confirmation that this is not a waste of time?
I am not looking for referrals and I am not trying to convince anyone to use this blogging platform, but thought I would share what's happening right now.
I sold a property to a buyer who lives out of my area and was able to recommend a wonderful Realtor® who I met ,through ActiveRain.
This agent, over the years, has become a
homerome: Make Me An Offer
- 02/16/17 07:29 PM
After showing one of my listings, the buyer's agent asked what the seller would take.
My answer...'I could probably get them to take the list price.'
They answer back... 'but we don't want to insult you with an offer.'
You cannot insult me and I will not allow the seller to be insulted.
It takes an agent time to prepare and present a 40 plus page offer signed by the buyer, get them qualified, write an earnest money deposit, figure out dates for settlement, loan commitment, home inspections, title company etc.
Personally this is not an insult no matter what the price or terms.
That agent has done their job, presenting what the buyer has
homerome: Time To Say NEXT
- 02/15/17 05:04 PM
I never said it was EASY to say NEXT.
This week I have spoken with several agents who have gone out of their way to do so much for a buyer or a seller "friend" and each one of these professionals has been let down. Either they didn't get the listing or had another agent take over after months of handholding or "their friend" went and purchased a home with another Realtor®
Lets put it this way...the golden rule was not used. What these clients did was not fair but if you've been in the business for awhile...this stuff happens even when you have
homerome: Gretchen And Harmony Could Use Some Love
- 02/13/17 08:25 PM
It's Valentine's Day and what a perfect way to show some special love. Take a ride out to the Baltimore Humane Society and meet Gretchen and Harmony.
They both require some TLC and maybe you are the right person to supply that love.
Just give the BHS a call at 410-833-8848 to visit these guys.
Do you have room in your home or your heart for either of these pets?
homerome: This Alone Should Be Worth Some Extra Points
- 02/11/17 09:44 PM
Check out my point count.
Has anyone else ever done this?
This will not help me sell another house. This will not help me get a new listing. This will not get me closer to a settlement.
I could call to share this with others but do you think anyone cares?
So I decided to forget the call...and just write a blog post.
homerome: A Radio Show and A Snip The Rome Way
- 02/09/17 03:56 PM
There is a contest, sponsored by ActiveRain, asking us to share 2 tools or systems we really love. We cannot choose our smart phones and are asked to dig deeper and pick an app, tech tool, system or program that enhances the way we do business.
I have chosen to write about a very simple tech tool that I use daily and to tell you more about my live radio show which I have been doing for three years, how I started and how much it has helped me enjoy the business and share this wonderful life of real estate.
They both make
homerome: Referrals And Another Smooth Settlement
- 02/08/17 06:18 PM
I've been working with a buyer who was referred to me by a former client.
Today we had a very smooth settlement that was done with perfection. We had an efficient coop agent, wonderful appreciative buyers and a very professional title company.
Afterward we celebrated with lunch at a local neighborhood restaurant.
Here is the photo of the house we closed on today.
A lovely home in a 55 + neighborhood in Villages At Woodholme. This particular house was perfect for these buyers...every thing they were looking for. It has a first floor master bedroom, gorgeous granite open kitchen, deck, end unit, 2 car garage, 2 more bedrooms and loft
homerome: What Do You Do Down There?
- 02/07/17 05:13 PM
Last week I wrote about a Unique house and a unique feature.
Below is where this door, above, leads.
Nope, I did not venture down but one of the buyer's agents went exploring with her client and here is the photo she took down in the bunker.
This bomb shelter has produced a lot of comments from prospective buyers about how it would be used. I have heard everything from a man cave, a play area, wine cellar, dark room (well yeah it is), extra storage space, a getaway place and I am sure I will hear many more. The sellers used to play down there
homerome: Of Course I Won't Say Anything
- 02/06/17 07:13 PM
In the past ten days I have had three separate buyer's agents show my properties to different buyers. Each time they have told me not to say anything...letting me know their buyers were not aware of the other client looking at the same house.
According to the exclusive buyer brokerage agreement, the agent has the right to show the same property to other buyers without consent.
As the listing agent, I am not complaining since I am working for the seller and I'm happy showing my homes to everyone...so
Of course I won't say anything!
homerome: The Phone Call Is NOT For Everyone
- 02/04/17 07:26 PM
Just because I pick up the phone with ease and will talk to anyone... does not mean calling others is the right thing for you.
A recent contest sponsored by Debbie Reynolds encouraged us
"to connect with other ActiveRain members. Having a phone conversation is a good way to make friendships, establish business relationships and to lay the groundwork for future referrals.''
Some people resisted, felt it was a waste of time, did not want to make the calls and didn't mind letting us all know that.
I can think of several people who would rather poke themselves in the eye with a hot needle than make
homerome: I Do Love Real Estate
- 02/03/17 06:52 PM
Real Estate was not my first career or even my second but I do love it!
The year was 1990 and I was enjoying a wonderful life and my career as a ceramic artist. There was the accident in which I was rear ended while driving and had neck and back issues. They all said I needed surgery. Since no one would or could guarantee the use of my hands...I refused. They advised me not to lift more than five pounds.
Wait a minute! You are kidding me!
My box of clay weighed 50 pounds..no more ceramics for awhile.
During this time I get a
homerome: Unique House Unique Feature
- 02/02/17 08:12 PM
When you specialize in unusual homes, it is sometimes interesting what special features you may find.
This home built back in 1953 is one of the largest homes in the Cheswolde/Mt Washington area of Baltimore, Maryland 21209.
It looks like a pretty normal two story brick colonial on a large level corner but look what is just outside the back basement door.
Do you know where this leads?
homerome: This Will Not Find Me A New Listing Or A Buyer
- 02/01/17 05:37 PM
Let me start by saying this is not going to help me get a new unique listing or find a special buyer for my wonderful exciting properties in Baltimore.
It is not going to help with Google juice or SEO.
And maybe no one will read this because it is rather frivolous in the scheme of Real Estate.
But those members who have been here for awhile may like this bit of trivia.
Just for fun...this question was posted by Nathan Gesner .
Who is the "oldest" member of ActiveRain? I am curious which member has been on the Rain the longest. Must still be active today.
homerome: Crystal Ball...The Rome Way
- 01/30/17 08:25 PM
It is already the last day of January and here I am a bit late for the Crystal Ball Prediction for the year.
How many of us are looking into that crystal ball for the contest sponsored by Praful Thakkar?
The only future that I can possibly predict is the one in which I control.
So to predict what will happen, I plan to use my very own crystal ball.
As the broker and owner of HomeRome Realty... most of what I am already doing will continue... looking for the most unusual and unique homes in the Baltimore area for very special buyers.
These individuals are not looking for cookie
homerome: Owings Mills Maryland 21117 Market Insight
- 01/30/17 07:02 PM
Here is the local Market Insight for
Owings Mills, Maryland 21117.
Looking at the chart below you can see new listings, those under contract and closed sales in this Baltimore County area.
Listings and sales are up in the 21117 zip code of Baltimore County.
If you are thinking of selling a home
Please call Margaret Rome
homerome: It's Not Over Until...
- 01/29/17 05:21 PM
You were expecting the lady to sing? Well not this time.
In real estate it's not over until we get to final closing and the check has cleared.
Getting from an offer to a ratified contract to consummation is where all the work happens. Yep, consummation is the word. It used to be closing or settlement but they all mean the same.
You must have a strong contract to start.
As a listing agent, find out as much as possible about the buyer's agent (how familiar are they with the area) and the buyer...not always easy.
Is financing in place and are they motivated? How long