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One showing was all it took - 09/30/10 07:20 PM
Today I closed on one of my listings - a gorgeous townhome in Bowie. The home had been on the market for almost 3 weeks with no activity. Finally the showing service called with a showing appointment. The seller was really excited. Well imagine her excitement when the following day the agent called with a full price offer! Of course it was a no brainer - we accepted and today the new buyer got her keys and my sellers closed on their new home.
Pepsi Drinker Hanging Out at the World of Coca-Cola - 09/29/10 10:30 PM
I was almost afraid that I would get struck by lightening as I was headed into the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta this weekend. I am a staunch Pepsi drinker but that doesn't stop me from being fascinated by the history of Coca-Cola and it's role in the US pop culture.
The visit to the World of Coca Cola features Coke memorabilia, watching the bottling process, and examples of Coca-Cola in pop culture and art.
For me, my favorite part of the visit was getting to taste the over 60 Coca-Cola products from across the world. I was able (12 comments)
Prince George's County Public School Holidays 2010-2011 - 09/28/10 04:39 PM
October 14 - Early Dismissal for Students October 15 - Schools Closed November 1 - Schools Closed November 2 - Schools Closed (General Election) November 12 - Schools Closed (Parent/Teacher Conferences) November 24-26 - Schools Closed (Thanksgiving Break) December 23-31 - Schools Closed (Winter Break) January 17 - Schools Closed (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) January 24 - Schools Closed February 18 - Early Dismissal for Students February 21 - Schools Closed (President's Day) March 4 - Schools Closed April 1 - Schools Closed April 18-21 - Schools Closed (Spring Break) April 22 & 25 - Schools Closed (Easter) May 30 (2 comments)
Five Key Points on Buying a Short Sale - 09/27/10 07:52 PM
Important information about the unpredictable short sale process. Short sales could be great however, a buyer needs to be prepared for the potential for a wait and be prepared for certain frustrations. Via Brian Turner (Keller Williams Preferred Properties): Five Key Points on Buying a Short SaleBy: Tim Iacono Now that our attempt to purchase a short sale property has come to a disappointing conclusion (see this item from Monday for full details), the catharsis of sharing a few parting thoughts on the subject seemed to be in order so as to, perhaps, help others who might be in the middle of trying (4 comments)
She was her best friend - 09/27/10 08:59 AM
Thanks to John for writing this amazing piece. It really is a wonderful charity and we would certainly appreciate all support. No donation is too small. I hope all our AR friends will consider making a donation. Via John MacArthur (ReMax Realty Centre): Stacey and Angie My friend Stacy tells it this way, " I met Angie during orientation for college in 1992. She was my room-mate for all four years of college and forever my best friend. We shared many special times. The month before she died we had actually gone to Jamaica together to celebrate my father's 50th birthday. We had (3 comments)
2010 Bowie International Festival - 09/25/10 12:09 PM
The Annual Bowie International Festival will be held on Saturday October 2, 2010 at Allen Pond Park. The Bowie International Festival includes performances and exhibits from the many international cultures represented in the area. There will be dancers & music and a Chinese Dragon. This is also a great chance to sample many different international cuisines. Vendors will be on hand selling jewelry and crafts representative of te different cultures. Varying children's activities will be present throughout the day. The Bowie International Festival is free to attend and parking is available. Bowie International Festival October 2, 2010 11am-5pm Allen Pond Park (3 comments)
Rent with Option to Buy - Good or Bad Thing for the Buyer/Tenant? - 09/24/10 01:10 AM
I have had several clients call me lately interested in a rent with option to buy. I must admit I am not as familiar with these as I would like. However, my initial reaction is that as a buyer I would be wary of them. So many times renters get into houses that they think they will want to buy but after 6 months realize it is not ideal. If they had a rental option then they would lose any deposit they initially put down as well as any extra money they had paying each month. In this market, especially where rental (9 comments)
Make Your House (or Listing) the Easiest One on the List for Us to See! - 09/23/10 11:17 AM
I've been reading lots of blogs lately that discuss varying levels of showing problems. The common theme has to do with the dis-courtesy of buyer agents who give short notices for showings or who try to give large showing windows. I do think that the age of 24 hour notice is gone. This generation of buyers are very immediate and they often want to see things when they want to see them. Many of my buyers, especially the ones in the lower ranges, like to drive by the homes on their own before scheduling them for showings. It is rare that (7 comments)
Sponsorships Available for Veterans to Play in the Angie Houtz Memorial Golf Tournament - 09/22/10 11:26 AM
We have received committments from several companies and individuals to sponsor the cost of some veterans playing in the 4th Annual Angie Houtz Memorial Golf Tournament, We are excited to add this to the line-up this year and think that it is a great way to honor their service. The tournament will be held October 8, 2010 - 1:00pm at Oak Creek Golf CLub in Upper Marlboro, MD. $125 entry fee includes lunch, dinner, & drinks. However, for veterans this fee could be complimentary. The free veterans spots are limited but there are still several available. If you know someone who (1 comments)
Must and MUST NOT! - 09/21/10 08:23 PM
Great information about helping to weed through the many homes that are on the market. Important for buyers to keep the must have and the don't wants during their home search. Via Liz Lockhart, GRI (CENTURY 21 Key Realty): I pulled the car over and said to my house-hunting passengers "We need to talk." They were cornered unless they wanted to get out and walk; and at first, they were a little stunned. After all, I had not given them the fabled fair warning, "If you don't stop fighting, I'm going to have to pull this car over!" "In your price range, we are (0 comments)
Quick Delivery New Construction - Prince George's County - 09/21/10 01:46 PM
Prince George's County has several new home communities throughout the county. These include fromcondo communities to luxury single family homes. One of the down sides of new construction is the wait time between falling in love with the home and getting the chance to move in. Many buyers don't want to wait the 4-6 months that might be necessary. Quick delivery homes are good options. Buyers get the chance to own brand new construction without the wait. Quick delivery homes also offer great incentive packages and builders are willing to negotiate to reduce their inventory. Prince George's County has several quick (0 comments)
Kinderfest features pony rides, pumpkin patch, train rides, live animals and nature activities, tennis demonstrations, and more.
Kinderfest will run for noon to 5pm. Admission is free with fees charged for some of the activities and for concessions.
Watkins Regional Park is located off Central Ave in Upper Marlboro, MD (3 comments)
Neo-Traditional Homes In Prince George's County - 09/18/10 10:41 PM
The Neo-traditional floor plan provides a great alternative to either a large single family home or a traditional townhome. Neo-traditional homes usually offer a smaller lot-size and a rear entry garage. These homes are perfect for people that want the size and floor plans of single family homes but who want to minimize their exterior maintenance responsibilities. Neo-traditional homes are also called Village homes or Carriage Homes. These homes have begun to catch on in Prince George's County as they offer the luxury features and space that today's buyers want but at a more affordable price. Two communities offering this Neo-traditional (1 comments)
Sometimes you have to wonder what makes people do the things they do - 09/16/10 10:34 PM
I just saw on CNN that the young lady who had acid thrown on her by a stranger admitted that she made up the entire story. You have to wonder then, how did she get her face destroyed by acid? Was it self-inflicted? Why would she lie and even give a description of the African American woman who supposedly had attacked her? So many unanswered questions now remain. It's a bit frightening just how psychologically disturbed some people must be. This lie has given her national recognition (I saw her on the Today show) and cost the local police department thousands (15 comments)
Belmont Elementary (Olney, MD) Makes National News - 09/14/10 08:11 PM
Belmont Elementary in Olney, MD has been profiled as a model for an anti-bullying program in our schools. Belmont Elementary understands that the key to stopping bullying is to empower kids to not watch when someone is being bullied but instead to intervene. In this day and age where schools are usually in the news for negative reasons it's great to see a local elementary school making the news for the right reasons. Belmont Elementary Bullying Program
Olney, MD is located outside Washington, DC in Montgomery County MD and was ranked #17 in Top Small Towns to live in America in (4 comments)
Your Real Estate Agent is Your Guide from Start to Finish - 09/12/10 10:33 PM
This is important information about why a buyer should always choose to have real estate representation when purchasing a home. Someone looking out for your interests is invaluable. Via Nina Rogoff, Sharon, MA Real Estate, (RE/MAX Landmark in Norfolk County, MA Tel: 781-883-3764): Living in Sharon, MA - If you are a looking to buy a home in Sharon, MA or any other town, you may not know the benefits of working with a real estate agent. First off, there's no cost to you. In almost all cases, the seller pays the commission fee. Second of all, buying a home in Sharon, MA or anywhere else, (0 comments)
I-Phone 4 - To keep or not to keep, that is the question! - 09/12/10 09:56 AM
On Friday morning as I was preparing to run out to meet an appraiser I noticed that my I-phone battery was dead. That's strange because I thought I had charged it over night. I grab the charger and the phone and run out. Sure enough, I attempt to charge it when I get to my listing with still no luck. Lately, the phone had been giving some tiny problems and it is almost 2 years old so I just assumed this was the end. I hustle off to the AT&T store to see if they could help. He had no luck (11 comments)
9/11 - 9 years later - 09/11/10 08:19 AM
I marvel at how much I dread this date every year. Once upon a time 9/11 was just a date like any other (it's even the birthday of a good friend). 9/11/2001 became for me the day my world changed. Prior to that day I spent my days like every other knowing that would go to school/work and then I would come home and laugh about the day with my best friend, Angie. From the moment we met in 1992 on the first day of college we hit off and had been best friends ever since. We shared memories, values, laughs, and (12 comments)
Daniel Jones $2000 University of Maryland College Park
Nicole McClaskey $2000 Salisbury University
Congratulations to all the winners. We wish them great success in their academic endeavours.
The Angie Houtz Memorial Scholarship Fund is available to students attending public colleges & universities in Maryland who have shown a commitment to academics and community service.
The Scholarship Fund is supported by (1 comments)
Upper Marlboro, MD Market Report July & August 2010 - 09/09/10 11:27 PM
Upper Marlboro, MD Market Report July & August 2010 Upper Marlboro, MD SOLD Homes July & August 2010 Houses SOLD: 136 Average LIST price: $253,695 Average SELLING price: $249,346 Average DAYS ON MARKET: 81 LOWEST SALE price: $55,000 - 3 bedroom, 2 bath condo located in Pines built in 1944 - foreclosure HIGHEST SALE price: $640,000 - 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath single family home located in Belmont Farm built in 2010
Upper Marlboro, MD ACTIVE listings (as of 9/8/10) ACTIVE Houses: 682 Average LIST Price: $375,900 LOWEST LIST Price: $30,900 - 3 bedroom, 2 bath double-wide trailer located in Flower Village , built in 1982 HIGHEST LIST Price: $3,276,671 - 7 bedroom, (2 comments)
Three Year Anniversary in Real Estate - 09/08/10 10:51 PM
I started my real estate career 3 years ago. I got in during one of the worst real estate markets in recent memory. I've had so many people ask me if I was crazy - maybe I was. It started out slowly, VERY slowiy but it's beginning to pick up. I finally see some of my internet marketing efforts begin to pay off as people have begun to contact me with regularity. I have really enjoyed the past three years. I've met some wonderful people and made amazing friends. I've struggled with difficult transactions and learned the rigors of (11 comments)
1725 DeSales Street, NW, Suite 401Washington, DC 20036(202) 331-0901
The 2010 Tournament: October 8, 2010, 1:00pm Oak Creek Club, Upper Marlboro MD www.angiefundgolf.com
There are still many opportunities to support the Angie Houtz Memorial Golf Tournament event: Play in the tournament - $125/golfer Sponsor the tournament - sponsorships begin at $100 Make a tax deductible donation Donate an item for the silent auction Donate marketing materials for the player goody bags Donate a prize for (0 comments)
Need Some Twitter Help - I am Being Hacked? - 09/04/10 09:22 AM
I have google alerts set-up with my name. Yesterday I got an alert saying that a tweet was posted by me about Brentwood, CA. Clearly I know nothing about Brentwood. Anyway, when I go to my twitter page there is no evidence of this tweet but this is the third or fourth time that I have gotten such an alert. I've copied the 2 most recent alerts below:
By staceyhomes stacey r. baughBrentwood Real Estate – Get to Know Your Market: Brentwood Real … Posted by staceyhomesstacey r. baugh on Sep 3rd, 2010 and filed under Blogs. You can follow any responses to (5 comments)
The Death of the McMansion - I think NOT!!!! - 09/03/10 11:57 AM
This morning I was watching the Today Show and they were discussing the death of the McMansion. According to their resident real estate expert buyers no longer wanted larger homes. She even indicated that there was a trend towards a tiny home (approximately 70 square feet). These segments often get on my nerves because they make sweeping generalizations about the market as though they are truths everywhere. Here in Maryland, I work with many first time buyers interested in buying homes under $150,000 and I have yet to find someone who would even consider a 70 square feet home. In my (11 comments)
It's almost football time again and we have the pleasure of having 2 professional teams in the area. There is no Battle of the Beltway on the schedule this year so we don't have to divide our loyalties, instead we can hope for them both to win. Ravens Schedule 9/13, 7:00pm @Jets 9/19, 1:00pm @Bengals 9/26, 1:00pm Browns 10/3, 1:00pm @Steelers 10/10, 1:00pm Broncos 10/17, 1:00pm @Patriots 10/24, 1:00pm Bills 10/31, 1:00pm @Lions 11/7, 1:00pm Dolphins 11/11, 8:20pm @Falcons 11/21, 1:00pm @Panthers 11/28, 1:00pm Bucaneers 12/5, 8:20pm Steelers 12/13, 8:30pm @Texans 12/19, 1:00pm Saints 12/26, 1:00pm @Browns 1/2, 1:00pm Bengals (4 comments)
Oak Creek Club Swim & Tennis Center - Now Open - 09/01/10 10:11 PM
One of the challenges of moving into a new community is the wait for the planned amenities. The residents of Oak Creek Club in Upper Marlboro, MD have been waiting for the opening of the swimming pool and tennis courts for some time.
The economic slow down delayed the building of these amenities. However, I am pleased to report that the Oak Creek Club swimming pool and tennis courts are finally open.
The Center features lighted tennis courts, pool with on duty life-guards, a kiddie pool with fountain, and a club house. The club house has space (2 comments)
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