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Located at the edge of downtown Bethesda between Arlington Road and Wilson Lane and bounded by Bradley Blvd and Old Georgetown Road, the community of Edgemoor is perhaps one of the most desirable residential areas in Montgomery County. The reasons for its popularity are many. The first, at least as the area has evolved, is its very special location within walking distance of downtown Bethesda...with all its wonderful restaurants and shops...and the Bethesda Metro station. It's not unusual in the early mornings or late afternoons to see many people making the trek from their homes to the metro station. This (0 comments)
montgomery county: Relocating to the DC Area? Want A Gated Community? - 04/06/13 05:23 PM
If you are relocating to DC - Then let me be the first to Say - Welcome to the DC metro area. Composed of DC, Maryland and Virginia, there are lots of housing options to explore, depending on your job, interests, and price range. If you are looking for privacy and securit, you might consider a gated communities. It is important to understand that the DC area does not have as many gated communities as you might find in some other parts of the country. Having said that, there still are enough communities here to offer a good choice - with different styles, prices, and (1 comments)
montgomery county: SOS - SAVE OUR SQUASH - OKAY, SAVE OUR PUMPKINS - 10/10/11 10:47 PM
Make your Jack O'Lantern last a week longer! After all your hard work scraping out the seeds and string of a pumpkin and then carving it into a beautiful art from, there is nothing worse than having it rot away in two days! Here's how to preserve and protect it! Pumpkins rot because Organisms (fungi, bacteria, molds, fungi, protozoans, insects) get inside it once you carve it and then the pumpkin starts to break down. Oxygen in the air can also easily enter and break down the pumpkin (oxidation). Simple dehydration (drying out) will will begin the moment the pumpkin is (2 comments)
The DC market is experiencing a pleasant rebound after months of softness and anxiety. We are very lucky and if the reduced inventory and increased demand hasn't gotten to your market yet, my good wishes are with you that your market will pick up soon.
No good deed goes unpunished though, and now that the market is rebounding and multiple offers are coming in on well priced and well presented properties, it is necessary to remind the sellers that BEARS MAKE MONEY, BULLS MAKE MONEY, PIGS GET SLAUGHTERED! My two most recent listings both were fortunate enough (3 comments)
montgomery county: A New Wrinkle in Short Sales in Montgomery County Maryland - 01/08/10 08:45 PM
We all know how hard it is to get a short sale concluded since the banks frequently unwittingly throw up roadblocks at every turn and seem to change the direction of the sale. Now Montgomery County Maryland has just issued new rules which will make some short sales virtually untouchable since the relevant transfer and recordation taxes will be significantly increased, while other short sales will be unaffected. The burden will definately be on the realtors involved to alert the parties to the transaction to the potential increase in closing costs. The change is as follows: In all Montgomery County short sale transactions, the (5 comments)
montgomery county: Stargaze and Take in a Movie - 08/19/09 09:49 PM
This week is a real treat on the lawn at the Strathmore Mansion just off the Rockville Pike south of White Flint. Strathmore Mansion is holding an outdoor film festival for one week, starting August 14th and ending on August 21rst. There is a big screen to project the movie onto and the restaurant and grounds are open at 6:30pm to the public. Each movie starts at 8:10pm, but you should plan to arrive early to get a good spot to watch the movie. The movies are free and there are food concessions for a quick snack, with a portion of the food proceeds going to (0 comments)
montgomery county: Salute to Relocating Families - 07/31/09 02:20 PM
I said good bye to my tenants of three years today, who lived in a rental house we own down the street from our own home. They are a lovely family of a father, a mother, four children, a Chihuahua with an attitude and a very relaxed cat. The father has been here in the United States as the deputy ambassador and trade minister from Uruguay. Before coming to the United States they were in Geneva where he was at the GATT, and now they are moving to Bogata, Colombia, where he will be the Uruguayan Ambassador to Colombia. (4 comments)
montgomery county: DC area condo market is about to pick up! - 07/02/09 09:27 PM
Remember a couple of years ago - just before the market headed south? There was a piece in the Washington Post about the tidal wave of new condos that were being built - I think the number was something like 40,000 units that were planned or being converted into condos from rentals. It was like every developer on the East Coast independently said at the same time - "I have a great idea! I will build condos in the DC area." Naturally with that much supply on the planning boards, the market reacted in an absolutely predictable way that a student (0 comments)
montgomery county: Montgomery County Maryland restricts growth in some areas - 06/29/09 09:41 PM
The Montgomery County Maryland Planning Board recently established a development moratorium for three school clusters: Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Clarksburg and Seneca Valley. After receiving the results of the annual school test - which compares projected student enrollment against projected classroom capacity - the Planning Board yesterday established the development moratorium. The 2009 school test results show that number of students expected in 2014 in certain clusters would exceed a 120 percent cap specified in 2007. The moratorium limits residential subdivision approvals in overcrowded clusters in an effort to ensure that students generated by newly approved housing units do not exceed the remaining (2 comments)
Woodmont East is starting to take shape! The Montgomery County Planning Board gave preliminary approvals last Thursday to the JBG Companies, which are now actively moving ahead in plans to develop Woodmont East. The last vacant parcel next to Bethesda Row is going to be host to a large-scale, mixed-use project which will include 208,579 square feet of office space in one tower, and 250 residential units and 9000 square feet of retail space in the other tower. Running between the two will be the much loved Capital Crescent Trail, which will remain open for, at the very least, most (0 comments)
montgomery county: OPEN SUNDAY in POTOMAC MD NEW LISTING - 04/30/09 12:27 AM
Open Sunday from 2 to 5 - a completely updated colonial in Potomac for $599,000. 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, an updated kitchen with corian counters and high end cabinets, large dining room, family room, den, master bedroom with sitting room, newly renovated basement play room, beautiful deck and a yard with mature trees. Almost unique in the Montgomery Square neighborhood, this home has a one car garage and a huge tile floored mudroom. Please tell your friends and send your clients! I would love to meet them! (2 comments)
montgomery county: Market Update on Kenwood Forest - 03/31/09 08:48 PM
One of the best neighborhoods in Chevy Chase is Kenwood Forest, a community of nearly 400 townhouses and one level one bedroom or studio condos, created between 1978 and 1980 from an apartment complex built after WWII. While prices have dropped over the last 2 years, buyers still call me frequently asking to be notified whenever a new listing comes on the market. Small wonder since Kenwood Forest townhouses are well designed with at least 2 baths upstairs and a half bath on the 1st floor; the community is very well maintained with amazingly low condo fees; and homeowners can walk to (3 comments)
montgomery county: The Reality of a Realtor 2009 - 03/20/09 11:03 PM
When I got my associate broker's license in 1989, I joked with my family that I was going to sell $1M houses, pop bonbons, and drive a Jaguar. Of course, the market tanked immediately after I got my license, there were no bonbons (bad for my waistline). I never drove a Jaguar - always drove a Jeep (but hey- they both start with "J"), and I told my family that I was now selling $1M houses for $300k. Then the market improved, and even rocketed beyond itself. Suddenly I was selling $300k houses for $1M. At least my family and my accountant were happy (1 comments)
montgomery county: Trapped in a Short Sale Nightmare - 02/25/09 03:51 PM
I read Corey Samson's posting this morning about short sales - Hoax or Opportunity, where he said the following: Experienced agents qualify a property and a seller with the bank before setting a price. They request and receive a "Broker Price Opinion" on the value of what a Realtor thinks it would sell for. The price is not based on retail or on foreclosure value but somewhere in the middle. The experienced listing agent also has a "negotiator" assigned to the transaction to move swiftly once a contract has been secured. To find the opportunities, look for words like "approved" "BPO" (50 comments)
montgomery county: How Should I use Facebook to Grow My Business - 02/08/09 10:51 PM
I read the posts and understand that social networking targetted toward your market is an important part of our business development. I try to reach out in various ways on the Internet and get a lot of business from it. Now I am trying to develop my Facebook presence. What am I supposed to put up there to attract people to my SOI? How do you use it? How many pictures do you keep on your Facebook page? What kinds of pictures do you put up. Do you link people back to your Facebook page for listings? Does this actually generate (15 comments)
montgomery county: What has your Experience been with Short Sales? - 02/08/09 05:13 PM
Hooray! the seller accepted the contract! but now it has to go to the bank for approval. I have sold other properties that were short sales, but the final sales prices were more in the range of 10% below market value. This one seems a little different. It originally started out on the market at $2.2 million, then went below $2 million, then to $1.75 million, and finally came to rest at $1.55 million, where there were four offers and a tiny bidding war. The sellers accepted our offer; we have done the inspection; our financing is great; and now the waiting (12 comments)
Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,
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