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Via Chris Thomas (Specialized R.E. Services inc.): FSBO Tip #1: Establish a relationship with a good Realtor I know you do not want to list your home and you want to save the commission but you should still establish a relationship with a Realtor for several reasons: A Realtor can help you establish a fair market price for your home based on comparable sales in your area. A Realtor can help you prepare your home for a sale and give you some staging and marketing tips based on what is going on in your area. A Realtor can tell you which forms (3 comments)
Violence in Jamaica continues - 05/25/10 12:00 PM
The violence in Kingston, Jamaica continues today, 1 week after the extradition order was signed to return Christopher Coke (AKA Dudus) to the US to face drug trafficking charges in New York. The violence is mostly concentrated in the rough West Kingston area. However, there have been sporadic eruptions in the uptown area (where my family is) and other parts of the capital area. This is all taking place far from the tourist areas on the other side of the island. I just watched a fascinating documentary of the history of the Jamaican drug gang, The Shower Possee, and it's illegal (6 comments)
Prayers needed for the safety of the wonderful people of Kingston, Jamaica - 05/23/10 07:34 PM
It's been tense in Jamaica over the past few months because the Jamaican government has been in a stand-off with the US government over the extradition of a suspected "drug lord" known as Dudus. Last week the Jamaican Prime Minister announced that he was signing the order to allow this man to be extradited to the US to face murder charges. Since then the capital city has been in a state of unrest. Dudus is from a very rough part of Kingston, Tivoli Gardens, known for it's drug crimes and extreme violence. The people of Tivoli are rallying around Dudus and are refusing to (4 comments)
Via David Hill, PhD, ePro, SFR (Midwest Premier Realty): If you think the home buying process itself is the most important part of finding your perfect home, think again. According to Money Magazine, "Choosing a real estate agent to represent your interests as a buyer should be one of the first, and perhaps one of the most important, step buyers should take before shopping for a home." When you're looking to buy a new home, it's important to have a buyers' agent-- someone who will represent your interests as the buyer, just as someone looking to sell their home should hire a (2 comments)
Cleaning Your Jetted Tub - A jetted tub requires special care needs for cleaning! - 05/21/10 08:00 AM
If you are like me, you completely forget all about routine maintenance of this hardly used part of your bathroom. Via Anthony Stokes-Pereira (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty): A jetted tub requires special care needs for cleaning with some surprises in store. Surprisingly, most problems come from simply adding bath salts or oils that are incompatible with your tub's operating system.
So before you take that first relaxing dip, read the manufacturer's guidelines on whether or not you can use common bath enhancers such as bath salts and oils, or if there are any preferred brands. Similarly, when you buy (3 comments)
Via Alan May, Coldwell Banker Evanston Realtor, Evanston Real Estate (Evanston Condos, Evanston Homes, Evanston Homes): Here's a handy list of 10 things you can do to kill your chances of getting a loan today. 1. The house just needs too much work.This applies to REO's, foreclosures, and short sales... sure they're good deal, but the financing can be rough. Any broken windows, bad appliances, leaking roof, water damage, obvious mold, health or safety issues, structural problems and of course any liens. 2. Low AppraisalAppraisal used to be a "rubber stamp"... those days are long gone and best forgotten. Today, appraisers are (2 comments)
Silver Spring, MD - Market Report April 2010 - 05/20/10 10:52 PM
Silver Spring, MD SOLD Homes April 2010 Houses SOLD: 227 Average LIST price: $325,513 Average SELLING price: $318,214 Average DAYS ON MARKET: 77 LOWEST SALE price: $32,000 - 1 bedroom, 1 bath condo home built in 1964. Located in Presidential Park- short sale HIGHEST SALE price: $975,600- 4 bedroom, 5.5 bath single-family home located in Orchard Hill, built in 2006 - short sale
Silver Spring, MD ACTIVE listings (as of 5/20/10) ACTIVE Houses: 945 Average LIST Price: $352,448 LOWEST LIST Price: $45,000 - 1 bedroom, 1 bath coop built in 1967. Located in Leisure World HIGHEST LIST Price: $1,599,000 - 9 bedroom, 8.5 bath single family home (2 comments)
Waldorf, MD - Market Report April 2010 - 05/20/10 10:36 PM
Waldorf, MD SOLD Homes February2010 Houses SOLD: 92 Average LIST price: $238,146 Average SELLING price: $236,961 Average DAYS ON MARKET: 106 LOWEST SALE price: $75000 - 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhome home built in 1980. Located in St. Charles Wakefield- foreclosure HIGHEST SALE price: $460,000 - 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath single-family home located in North Pointe, built in 2010
Waldorf, MD ACTIVE listings (as of 5/20/10) ACTIVE Houses: 421 Average LIST Price: $261,948 LOWEST LIST Price: $72,500 - 2 bedroom, 1 bath single family home built in 1956. Located in Cedarlawn - foreclosure HIGHEST LIST Price: $1,199,900 - 5 bedroom, 5.5 baths single family home built in (0 comments)
Laurel MD - Market Report April 2010 - 05/20/10 10:22 PM
Laurel, MD SOLD Homes April 2010 Houses SOLD: 105 Average LIST price: $275,160 Average SELLING price: $269,908 Average DAYS ON MARKET: 67 LOWEST SALE price: $83,000 - 3 bedroom, 1 bath single family home located in Fairlawn (PG County) built in 1951 - foreclosure HIGHEST SALE price: $570,500 - 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath single-family home located in Phelps Manor (Howard County), built in 1984
Laurel, MD ACTIVE listings (as of 5/20/10) ACTIVE Houses: 461 Average LIST Price: $308,594 LOWEST LIST Price: $58,300 - 3 bedroom,2 bath mobile home (Anne Arundel County), built in 2003 HIGHEST LIST Price: (1 comments)
Did you know that military personnel and federal employees, such as members of the foreign service and employees of the intelligence community, get an extra 12 months to claim the recently expired homebuyer tax credit? According to the IRS, servicemen and women have until April 30, 2011, to sign a binding contract and until June 30, 2011, to close the purchase.This extension is available to individuals or their spouses who served on qualified official extended-duty service outside the country for at least 90 days between Jan. 1, 2009, and April 20, 2010. In order (0 comments)
Top 40 Under 40 - 05/20/10 09:13 AM
Since 1998 The Network Journal has chosen it's Top 40 Black Professionals Under 40. The honorees are usually professionals who have made significant accomplishments in their career and/or important contributions to their community. This year I am honored to say that my husband, Stefan Baugh, has been chosen as one of the Top 40 Under 40! Stefan is a 34 year old partner in a large law firm, specializing in real estate finance. Stefan also is a founding member of the Angie Houtz Memorial Fund which was established in 2001 following the death of our best friend in the 9/11 attack on (11 comments)
Not Your Average Joe's Restaurant - Great Customer Service - 05/17/10 12:55 PM
This weekend my husband and I went to Leesburg, VA. On Sunday we had lunch at Not Your Average Joe's Restaurant in Landsdowne. The atmosphere was incredible pleasant and friendly. When we got our orders my husband loved his. However, I was not so impressed with mine. Let me say though that I am an incredibly picky eater and it is not unusual for me to not like my entree. The waiter (John T) asked me if I wanted to take it home with me and when I said no he asked if I had not liked it. When I answered that (6 comments)
Dodona Manor - Leesburg, VA - 05/17/10 12:37 PM
Dodona Manor is the former home of General George C. Marshall and is located in historic Leesburg, VA. Dodona Manor was built in the 1820s and was the residence of General Marshall from 1941 until his death in 1959. The home is furnished with many of the Marshalls possessions and items consistent with the time period. One of my favorite items was the tv pictured below.
General Marshall served the United States as Chief of Staff of the Army, Special Envoy to China, Secretary of State, and Secretary of Defense. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his drafting (0 comments)
Via Dawn Maloney, CDRS Elite (RE/MAX Commitment): Make Payments? Walk Away? Short Sale? HELP!! Trying to get answers from the bank, friends, relatives about what to do? The answers are very hard to find! Where to turn, what is best for my situation? Here are some of the top questions I am asked by sellers concerning short sales in Ohio: Q. Do I qualify for a short sale?A. If you cannot make payments or are in imminent danger of not being able to make payments, or if you are insolvent, generally the answer is yes. There is no specific program to qualify for (2 comments)
Hampshire Greens is a beautiful subdivision in Silver Spring, MD. Weaving through the homes is a stunning golf course. The Hampshire Greens golf course is run by Montgomery County and is open to the public.
Hampshire Greens features estate homes with large lots built in the early 2000s.
Hampshire Greens is conveniently located in Silver Spring, MD and is an easy commute to Washington, DC.
If you would like more information about this beatiful golf course community in Montgomery County please give Stacey Baugh a call. (0 comments)
Via Carra Riley CRB, CRS, GRI (Carra Riley Inc.- Real Estate Consultant, Author, Speaker ): What Every Seller Needs To Know In Today's Real Estate Market
The real estate agent is only the messenger Sellers please take several deep breaths before shutting down on any offer in today's real estate market. The agent YOU selected to represent you is doing the job you hired them to do with your best interest (2 comments)
Angie Houtz Memorial Fund Family Fun Day - 05/13/10 07:22 PM
Fourth Annual Angie M. Houtz Memorial Scholarship Family Fun Day Come join us for a day filled with fun for the entire family... Just $5 at the gate includes lots of activities! Saturday, May 22 ▪ 12pm - 5pm Charles County Fairgrounds ▪ La Plata, MD
Hayrides Face Painting Food Moon-bounce Arts & Crafts Jumbo Slide Fire Trucks 50 Cent Games Yard Sale Car show Vendors And much more! Visit www.theangiefund.com for more information.
If you are interested in volunteering for this event contact Tina - email@example.com. Volunteers are desperately needed!!!!
Fort Washington, MD - Market Report April 2010 - 05/13/10 07:13 PM
Fort Washington, MD SOLD Homes March 2010 Houses SOLD: 43 Average LIST price: $220,062 Average SELLING price: $220,516 Average DAYS ON MARKET: 66 LOWEST SALE price: $91,392- 3 bedroom, 2 bath single family home located in Bock Manor, built in 1960 - foreclosure HIGHEST SALE price: $430,000 - 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath single-family home located in Waterford Cove built in 2006 - foreclosure
Fort Washington, MD ACTIVE listings (as of 5/13/10) ACTIVE Houses: 336 Average LIST Price: $295,478 LOWEST LIST Price: $65,000 - 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath single family home located in Radford built in 1938 - foreclosure HIGHEST LIST Price: $1,599,900 - 5 bedroom, 5 (0 comments)
Upper Marlboro Market Report - April 2010 - 05/13/10 06:58 PM
Upper Marlboro, MD SOLD Homes April 2010 Houses SOLD: 107 Average LIST price: $268,571 Average SELLING price: $266,610 Average DAYS ON MARKET: 117 LOWEST SALE price: $35,000 - 4 bedroom, 1 bath single family home built in 1906, needs rehab HIGHEST SALE price: $911,325 - 5 bedroom, 3 bath single family home located in Belmont Farm built in 2009
Upper Marlboro, MD ACTIVE listings (as of 5/13/10) ACTIVE Houses: 589 Average LIST Price: $408,959 LOWEST LIST Price: $65,000 - 1 bedroom, 1 bath top floor condo located in Treetop , built in 1975 - short sale HIGHEST LIST Price: $3,276,671 - 7 bedroom, 8 full baths, 2 half baths single-family home (0 comments)
Anne Arundel County 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms Waterfront Short sale - needs work Listed By: Coldwell Banker (7 comments)
Mother's Day Blessings - 05/09/10 10:45 AM
I was driving home from work on Friday listening to a story on CNN about a little girl in Mt Airy, MD who had terminal cancer. One of the things that the girl and her mom say to each other is a quote from a book "I love you forever, I like you for always. As long as i'm living, my baby you will be." The quote brought tears to my eyes. It made me realize how lucky I am to have 2 gorgeous and healthy children. I have been tremendously busy this year and this is the first weekend (10 comments)
Bowie MD Market Report April 2010 - 05/07/10 04:36 PM
Bowie, MD SOLD Homes April 2010 Houses SOLD: 93 Average LIST price: $294,852 Average SELLING price: $229,187 Average DAYS ON MARKET: 86 LOWEST SALE price: $75,000 - 3 bedroom, 1 bath single family home located in Johnson Heights built in 1951 - foreclosure HIGHEST SALE price: $500,000 - 4 bedroom, 2 full, 2 half bath single-family located in Country Club Estates built in 2002
Bowie, MD ACTIVE listings (as of 5/7/10) ACTIVE Houses: 476 Average LIST Price: $348,705 LOWEST LIST Price: $109,900 - 1 bedroom, 1 bath condo located in Vistas at Bowie Town Center built in 1989 - foreclosure HIGHEST LIST Price: $1,999,999 - 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath (1 comments)
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