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Add A Little Bit Of 'Sparkly' To Your Real Estate Closings - 10/23/09 09:37 PM
Today I was at a closing with one of my favorite agents on the other end. We had a few minutes to chat while waiting for the checks to be cut (yes we get checks to take back to our Brokers at closing!!) and the subject turned to interesting closings we have had in the past. I mentioned one I had where I was working with a really cute first time home buyer. I had also just heard of a sweet new closing gift to give so I thought I would give it a try. The gift consisted of bringing a (53 comments)
LOL Friday- Best Doggone Computer Cleaning Tool In The Industry - 10/23/09 09:20 AM
This has been a week of frustration's as I have struggled with computer issues. Would not have seemed so daunting had I not just come off of learning a new cell phone but alas the techno challenges continued and me in the middle. Then last night, bleary eyed and disgusted my son called. I started telling him about my computer issues and he said Mom.... Sounds like your computer needs a good cleaning and I have the perfect fix for you. Oh really, I said, as my ears perked up and my heart started skipping a beat. I sure do, he said enthusiastically. I (5 comments)
Before Active Rain and Now....Hmmmmm. What WAS life really like before and how IS it so different now? After all I have not been one where Active Rain catapulted me into social media mainstream. Nor has It made me my local community rock star, a social media whiz or even a prolific writer even though journaling has been a part of me for ions. Nope that has not been the case with me. My journey from before to now has been a different journey. Before Active (30 comments)
A Week In Review in the World of Real Estate... And The Juggling Begins - 10/16/09 11:04 PM
A Week in Review in the World of Real Estate. And The Juggling Begins Monday- Up at 6am. Started my week full of energy and high hopes for accomplishing a huge 'To Do' List even though this was a task that was already encumbered by the waiting for and then learning my new cell phone. Visited a listing of mine, checked brochures, flyers etc. Ran into a neighbor who informed me that the county governmnet offices where she works were putting they're employess on unpaid leave and furlough days more and more often. This was not great news as the county offices were within walking (16 comments)
Christophers Restaurant In Crofton This past weekend was my monthly dining out with friends night and this time around we chose a restaurant located in Crofton. Located in a small shopping center across from the main gates of Crofton on Route 3 Christopher's Restaurant exterior belies the comfortable and tasteful interior. Rich wood tones along with fresh flowers on each table and booth warms you to a menu of delectable combinations that will delight any ones taste buds.
We joined our friends already nestled in a quiet corner booth and began our night of great conversation, delightful service, and food that (6 comments)
Holy Tamolee...I'm Like a Fish Out of Water - 10/12/09 09:42 PM
It has been a VERY long 4 days. I have been like a fish out of water since my blackberry went on the fritz. The trackball was frozen and I could not scroll up or down only left to right. Yee gads, what to do... So I stayed glued to my computer for receiving my emails. Then yesterday 3 days after it stopped working my granddaughter showed me how I could still actually use it even if the trackball was not working. Leave it to the younger generation to know all there is to know about electronics. Today my new phone was finally delivered. (10 comments)
They're Banks Are Finally Making Offers....Hopefully It Is Not Too Late - 10/06/09 04:36 PM
This past week I have had some rather interesting conversations with homeowners who just a few short months ago were fighting with their banks tooth and nail over re-financing and/or re-structuring their mortgages. Fighting to save their homes. They're banks are finally making offers. Hopefully it is not too late. One homeowner after the lack of being able to get anywhere with the bank and refusing to do a short sale contacted an attorney. The attorney filed a lawsuit against the bank. Seems after reviewing all the paperwork, letters etc. the bank had sent to this homeowner the attorney surmised the bank was in default. They had not (9 comments)
Speechless Sunday- A New Beginning Once Again - 10/04/09 10:41 AM
Each day brings about its own beauty, its own challenges and its own memories. Yet each day holds one thing in common....A New Beginning Once Again. May this day hold a Beautiful New Beginning for you
About the Author- Martha Brown is a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) whose passion is homes in the Annapolis MD area and surrounding communities. Her goal is to help her clients understand the real estate market and to then be able to make sound real estate decisions. Martha is a 3rd generation Annapolitan who writes about her experiences in and out of the real estate market. Her (6 comments)
5 Local Marinas Honored as 'Clean' in the Annapolis MD Area - 10/02/09 12:05 AM
Annapolis is known for its abundance of waterways and needless to say we have an abundance of marinas along those waterways too. So what a delight when the news came out that 5 local marina's were honored as 'clean' during the states inspection this time around.
So what does 'clean' mean? It means these marina's earned certification for taking on environmentally friendly practices. Practices such as installing rain gardens to treat polluted storm-water to educating boaters on preventing fuel spills. The yacht clubs, marinas, boat ramps and other facilities in the program earn points toward certification for different practices and must be re certified (1 comments)
Looking for a Job or Career Change? The Top 10 Employees In And Around Annapolis MD - 10/01/09 10:42 PM
We have not remained immune to the unemployment crisis that has hit the nation but statistically we are doing pretty well. Listed as #14 by state with a 7.2% unemployment rate puts us way below the national average of 9.7%. Yes we are a vibrant community holding our own in this economic downturn. One of the leading factors to our lower unemployment rate is our diverse employment field. Though government and defense-related fields make up the biggest part of our employment sector we also have a healthy diversity in tourism, commercial, retail and high-tech industries too. If you are looking to make (0 comments)
Annapolis Restaurants...Wharfside Bar and Grille - 10/01/09 01:40 PM
Out and About Loving Annapolis Wharfside Bar and Grille After a long, long day in real estate the thought of cooking a meal when I got home was very unappealing to me so I talked hubby into going out for something quick and close by. We headed to Edgewater, a town just a few minutes away from where we live just outside Annapolis. We had a totally different food venue on our mind when we saw the Wharfside Bar and Grill come into view. Having said many a time we should try this place out we decided tonight was the night. Not knowing what to (6 comments)
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