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Although few people would consider Crofton MD to be a hotbed of distress sales, four of the 31 homes for sale now are listed in the mls as foreclosures, including one on Eton Way in Old Crofton. Three other active listings are identified as potential short sales. Home prices suffer in any community where 22.5% of all available inventory includes distress sales, and that translates to very good news for home buyers like you. Prices overall (including the foreclosures and short sales) in this community range from a (6 comments)
The Night Before Christmas... a Buyer! - 12/24/10 08:02 AM
This parody on Clement Clark Moore’s “A Visit from St. Nicholas” that I wrote a few years ago has become a holiday tradition here on Activerain. Let’s call it “A Visit from Margaret”. Enjoy!
‘Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the town, Not a buyer was stirring, the market was down.Our sale sign was posted in front with care,In hopes that some buyers soon would be there. The children were curled up reading in bed,And visions of moving danced in dad’s head.Now Grandma in her sweater, and pa in his cap,Were asleep near the fire, taking a nap. When out in the yard there arose such a clatter,I leaped from my chair to see what was the matter.Away (29 comments)
Fun Things to Do in Bowie - Holiday Happenings Between Christmas and New Year's Day - 12/22/10 07:48 AM
How many times have you driven past the sign for Belair Mansion on Laurel-Bowie Rd (Rt. 197) and thought, "I should check out that mansion someday." Okay, no more excuses... Why not next week, after the rush of Christmas preparations is behind you? Join the Friends of Belair Estate Wednesday, Dec. 29, at 4 p.m. for Belair Mansion’s annual Winter Wonderland High Tea. Enjoy traditional holiday tea goodies by candlelight in Bowie’s most historic house. After tea, wander the Mansion’s rooms decorated to celebrate the season. Belair Mansion is located at 12207 Tulip Grove Drive in Bowie. For information about reservations (5 comments)
Is Your Most Recent Activerain Post on Page One of Google? - 12/19/10 05:07 AM
Go ahead... do a google search on your most recent Activerain post. Type in a phrase or question that a consumer might use to find the information you provided. Does your Activerain post appear on the first page of results? I just typed in "crofton md santa tour"...
The organization that puts on this event every year is the Arundel Volunteer Fire Department, and they're the 10th item on page one of the results. As you can see, my Activerain post from yesterday is #1 of 1,900,000 results. 'Can't get any better than that! Well, maybe I can... the post (25 comments)
Santa Clause is Coming to Crofton MD - 12/18/10 07:52 AM
Watch for Santa this week, as he climbs aboard a firetruck from the Arundel Volunteer Fire Department for his annual tour of the Crofton area. I think he's making a list, checking it twice, trying to find out who's naughty and nice... Residents of Crofton Meadows, Chapman Farms, and Walden spotted him in their neighborhoods last night. A little elf tells me Santa has a very busy schedule for the remainder of this week, visiting other neighborhoods in Crofton, Davidsonville, and Gambrills MD: Tonight, Saturday, December 18, watch for him in the communities of Eagles Passages, Gravely, Annapolis Preserve, Penderbrook, (5 comments)
Match-ups can happen anywhere, and this one takes place right here in the Crofton area… at Four Seasons Grille in the Village at Waugh Chapel. Filet Mignon Meets BLT. No kidding! If you haven’t yet visited Four Seasons Grille in the Village at Waugh Chapel, use the holiday season as an excuse to take your spouse or mom or neighbor to lunch for a holiday treat. They have a different atmosphere than many restaurants in this area – no old stuff hanging on the wall gathering dust, no 20–somethings serving you in their football jerseys, no TV’s mounted to the walls, (15 comments)
Spacious Crofton Colonial on 2 Acres for Rent - 12/15/10 07:43 AM
Not many homes in the Crofton area are located on 2 acres, so it's a rare opportunity when one becomes available for rent. If you're relocating to the Baltimore-Washington area, your timing couldn't be better. Three military installations are located within a half hour - Fort George G. Meade, Andrews AFB, and the U.S. Naval Academy - not to mention the various U.S. Government offices in D.C. (just a little farther but still an easy commute). Maryland public schools are ranked #1 in the nation, and recreation opportunities abound in nearby Annapolis, Baltimore and D.C. Now you can enjoy it all (8 comments)
It's 19 Degrees Outside... Do You Know Where Your Clients Are? - 12/14/10 01:03 PM
Are your former clients tucked into their warm beds in the homes you sold them? Crofton residents awakened this morning to a light snow and frigid temperature of 19 degrees... admittedly nothing compared to many other parts of the country today, but plenty cold. This cold spell sweeping the nation right now isn't pleasant for anyone, but I can't help thinking of the homeless families out there who don't have a warm bed with layers of blankets, like I do... or even a heated shelter with temporary relief from the cold and blistery wind. With so many people losing their homes (20 comments)
A Maryland homeowner recently told me they wanted to rent their home rather than sell it because they wanted to wait for property values to "come back"... I couldn't help thinking of them when I saw the title of this blog post by a Georgia REALTOR. As I mentioned in my comment to this post,"Not Ever" is a long time, but I don't believe we'll see 2005-2006 prices again in our lifetime. Please click through to the original post to leave comments. I've disabled comments on this post as a reminder for you to do that.
Via John Mulkey, (0 comments)
Thank you for making me look good to my clients - 12/13/10 11:36 AM
Lenders, inspectors, title companies and contractors can make or break any real estate transaction AND our relationship with clients. Few things impact our success like having the right business partners who make us look good, just by doing their job. Whether the relationship is a formal one through our real estate company or an informal one through our own network, it's just as important for these professionals to be on time for appointments and to follow-through with delivery of services as it is for us - especially if we recommend them.
As you're making a list and checking it twice (18 comments)
Like most Crofton residents, I tend to be in denial about foreclosures in our community. No way, no foreclosures! But then I put on my REALTOR hat and click on "foreclosures" in our regional MLS system... In addition to the pre-foreclosure Crofton townhome I have listed and under contract, there are about a dozen others right now. My colleague at Long & Foster, Rich Iarossi, has done a great job of organizing the data on this topic, so let's take a look at it.
Via Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Long and Foster® (0 comments)
You Want to Connect on LinkedIn - But I May Not - 12/06/10 07:26 AM
Another day, another email (or two or three) with the subject "Join my network on LinkedIn." Honey Bear has indicated you are a fellow group member of ActiveRainer's: I'd like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn. But I don't know Honey Bear (fictitious name) or even recognize her name, and I don't recall ever seeing her face or photo before now. Someone out there probably knows better than I do the benefits of connecting with mega-numbers of people on LinkedIn, whether you know them or not, but I'm inclined to think a "link" or "connection" implies at (81 comments)
You're invited to tour historic Hammond Harwood House in Annapolis to see the stunning decorations created for the holidays by local garden clubs. Hammond-Harwood House is an Annapolis landmark dating back to 1774, when gentleman-farmer Matthias Hammond began working with renowned architect William Buckland on plans to build an elegant townhouse in the city. I encourage you to visit the Hammond-Harwood House website to lean about its fascinating history, architecture, and the museum pieces and fine arts currently on display. Even better, would be a guided tour...
Each room of historic Hammond-Harwood House has been decorated for the holidays by a different local garden club, including the (2 comments)
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