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Feed your face in Ellicott City and raise money for "RED DAY" - 02/29/12 05:46 PM
Feed your face in Ellicott City and raise money for "RED DAY"There is no better fundraiser than the one that fills you with food AND makes money for a good cause in the process. One of the biggest community events for Keller Williams is RED DAY.RED DAY is the day that we, as fortunate Real Estate agents in Howard County and ambassadors of our community that we live and work in, GIVE BACK. To be able to volunteer for RED DAY we need to raise money.Wednesday March 7th at Outback Steakhouse in Ellicott City (The pinnacle of community devotion and giving) (1 comments)
Many Howard County Realtors will be traveling to Annapolis today, Wednesday February 29th from 9am - 11am to attend a rally to save the Mortgage Interest Deduction. Housing and real estate account for almost one-fifth of Maryland's gross state product. The real estate industry traditionally leads the economy out of recession. We cannot expect Maryland's economy to recover if housing does not recover. A strong real estate market is even more important at the local level. Property owners already contribute more than 45% of local county government revenues. (11 comments)
Did You Know There Are 7 Different Kind of Approval Letters? - 02/28/12 02:21 AM
If you are a buyer and you want to be taken seriously by a seller of a home you really would like to purchase, it's very important that you provide strong proof that you are qualified to do so. My suggestion is that number 7 is the lender that you really want to work with! Via Greg Nino Houston Texas (RE/MAX West Houston Professionals): There are currently seven different kind of approval letters. It all depends on who you get the from and under what circumstances. Here they are. 1. The on the spot pre-qual letter that's generated online from your favorite bank. (2 comments)
Now I have a contract...What happens now?....A loan officer's view. - 02/27/12 09:51 AM
What really happens behind the scenes when an offer is accepted and there is a ratified contract? Bridget McGee spells it out with great clarity and an attention to detail that is the reason why she is so successful in this industry. Via Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee (CrossCountry Mortgage, Inc. 410-960-2061): Inspired by a post by Martha Brown, a wonderful Maryland Realtor on what happens on the Realtor side once a client wins a contract. I bring you.... Now I have a contract...What happens now?....A loan officer's view. CREDIT: Your credit report will have already been reviewed before the pre-qualification letter is written. (0 comments)
Who would Goldilocks hire to list and SELL her Howard County home? - 02/26/12 05:54 PM
Who would Goldilocks hire to list and SELL her Howard County home?More importantly, why would Goldilocks select "Ellie McIntire & The McIntire Team of Keller Williams of Greater Howard County" to list and SELL her Howard County home?The modern version of the Fairy Tale "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" is very apt for a Howard County home owner when they want to sell their home and need to find a local Realtor.The story: Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Goldilocks (A home owner in Howard County). She went for a walk in the forest (Started looking for (6 comments)
If you are planning to move to the Central Maryland area and you want a BUYERS AGENT that really knows the area and all that it has to offer, I can help. (Personal tours of the area included in the service)
If you are looking to successfully sell your Maryland home (3 comments)
The last Sunday in February, the 26th of the month in 2012 finds 71 Howard County Residential Resale Open Houses. A crisp, yet bright Sunday again as Marylanders enjoy the nicest Winter for many years without any snow to speak of.
As March approaches in just a few days after, the local Real Estate market is primed to start the Spring season early. The Daffodils are starting to bloom and if there is no snow days with the schools, Summer will come a little earlier this year. (0 comments)
Many people that know me well, know that Daffodils are my absolute favorite flower. Imagine my delight today, February 22nd, as I am driving towards Ellicott City from Catonsville on Frederick Road this Spring display adorned the landscape. Usually it is not until March, but due to the AWESOME Winter we have had, Spring is springing early- I knew I was not going to heed that groundhog this year! All photos were taken and are the property of Ellie McIntire. All Rights Reserved. This content may not be reproduced or reprinted without express written permission of Ellie McIntire or an officer of The (10 comments)
Howard County in Central Maryland is the 3rd richest County in the USA. - 02/21/12 02:07 PM
Howard County in Central Maryland is the 3rd richest County in the USA.Money Magazine 2012 had once again named Howard County the 3rd richest County in the USA. The two Counties in Virginia closest to Washington DC, Loudon County and Fairfax County are #1 and #2.
The medium household income in Howard County is $101,771 which is really not too far behind the $103,010 of Fairfax County at #2.To current residents it does not come as a surprise, yet many feel RICH in many other ways too because of where they have chosen to live. Howard County is wealthy in (4 comments)
Spending Time In the Design Center When You Buy New Construction - 02/18/12 06:53 PM
New construction can sound like the ideal purchase for the buyer. Selecting the perfect colors and options can really start to add up. If you have a buyers agent they can possibly help you to negotiate a better deal with the builder. Via Cindy Jones-Northern Virginia Real Estate & Military Relocation Services (CJ Realty Group, Inc.): One of the most fun and often overwhelming parts of buying new construction in Prince William County Virginia is picking all of your options for your home. The builders design center contains thousands of choices for flooring, tile, faucets, sinks and even the handles you want on (1 comments)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~If you are planning to move to the Central Marylandarea and you want a BUYERS AGENT that really knows the area and all that it has to offer, I can help. (Personal tours of the area included in the service)If you are looking to successfully sell your Maryland home with a Realtor who will market your property with multiple resources, call me for an appointment. These are the areas that I serve Buyers orSellers in the Metro Baltimore area : Howard County, Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Harford County, Anne Arundel (16 comments)
Home Residential Resale Statistics -- January 2012 January was a strong month for Columbia, with two out its three zip codes experiencing strong increases in sales.
21044 – 21044 was one of those zip codes. This portion of Columbia saw an increase in sales of almost 20%, over $1 million more than last year. Average sold price was actually down by almost 9%, though five more homes were sold this month than the same time last year (21 versus 16). What is worrying, though, was the increase in how long homes generally stayed on (3 comments)
Home Residential Resale Statistics -- January 2012 January 2012 was a good month for Howard County, and fairly comparable to last year. Sales were up almost 9% compared to 2011, and the average sold price was almost identical, $384,627 versus $381,088, a difference of less than 1%. With 154 homes sold this past month, Howard County experienced an increase of over 7%, even though the number of active listings is down a little over 7% compared to last year. Average days on the market was almost identical to 2011, though two homes took over 721 days to (1 comments)
Home Residential Resale Statistics -- January 2012 Howard County, as a whole, saw a good amount of sales volume, and Ellicott City was no exception.
21042 – The 21042 portion of Ellicott City saw a good month. Sales in 21042 were up over 20% compared to 2011, mostly attributed to the average sold price being almost 30% more than last year. The number of units was slightly down, 19 compared to 21, though homes were leaving the market over 25% quicker than last year.
21043 – 21043 continued the trend with a 6% increase (0 comments)
Catonsville experienced a pretty good January to kick off the new year. Sales were up 2% compared to last year, the average selling price was up over 20%, and the average days that homes spent on the market was down by almost 20%. Four less units were sold, however, at 22 versus 26, though four of them sold within 10 days and two within 20. The number of active listings compared to last year is down 40%, 116 now compared to 195 in 2011, so with that said Catonsville experienced a solid (1 comments)
Home Residential Resale Statistics -- January 2012
Because Clarksville, MD generally sees only a few sales each month, it is used to volatile changes in terms of sales volume. The month of January, for example, saw only one less home sold than last year (3 vs. 4), and that resulted in a decrease in total sales of almost 35%. The average sold price, too, was lower, down by a little over 13%. Slightly alarming, though, was the average days that the homes were on market. Last year in Clarksville, the average was 39 days, and this year, (0 comments)
Am I a bad Maryland Short Sale agent because I use leverage to get the Short Sale approval? - 02/13/12 09:36 PM
Am I a bad Maryland Short Sale agent because I use leverage to get the Short Sale approval?Back in the "Good ol' Days" you take a listing, fulfill all of your listing agent duties with marketing and negotiating and go to settlement. Since the arrival of the SHORT SALE the process has increased substantially. My first short sale in 2007 was before "Short Sale" was a daily word. I recall spending hours and hours AND HOURS on the phone to different departments in different Countries across the world, hearing different versions of where the process was. It was very frustrating and time (48 comments)
Silent Saturday- Howard County snow day. - 02/11/12 09:13 AM
Silent Saturday- Howard County snow day.Snow has not been an issue this Winter in Howard County 2011/2012. Barely any accumulation yet and not one hour of school missed, let alone a full school day.This morning we woke up to a dusting. The roads were perfectly clear and passable. The drive down New Cut Rd in Ellicott City was delightful and breathtakingly beautiful. It was the perfect Howard County snow storm. All photos were taken and are the property of Ellie McIntire. All Rights Reserved. This content may not be reproduced or reprinted without express written permission of Ellie McIntire or an officer of The (12 comments)
How Does A Real Estate Agent Get Paid? - 02/10/12 10:39 PM
This is the question that many buyers and sellers wonder, but often do not ask. Being a Realtor is a rewarding, but not always profitable. Many Realtors barely make minimum wage. Via Tammie White Realtor® Franklin TN Homes For Sale (Benchmark Realty, LLC): How Does A Real Estate Agent Get Paid? This is a question that far too many real estate agents think consumers understand. Unfortunately, too often that is not the case. Real estate agents are independent contractors which means we work on 100% commission. We do not get paid until the homes we are selling close.
This is NOT the Superbowl Game that most of Central Maryland hoped to see after The Baltimore Ravens suffered a crushing loss to the New England Patriots two Sunday's ago. It seems that most Real Estate Agents and Sellers in Howard County are either still in mourning or had planned the day to get ready for the big game that won't be.
There are a mere 17 Open Houses in Howard County today.
OPEN HOUSES IN WESTERN HOWARD COUNTY
Love where you live.....and talk & write about it too. (Part Two ~ Catonsville, MD) - 02/04/12 10:41 PM
Love where you live.....and talk & write about it too. (Part Two ~ Catonsville, MD) In January I posted Love where you live.....and talk & write about it too. (Part One ~ Ellicott City, MD) , so this is Part Two, which is dedicated to Catonsville where I currently reside.Catonsville is where I took that first "Big Girl Step" into home ownership shortly after starting my career in Real Estate. I was not even looking for a home on the day when I found the perfect property for me. I was heading to an Open House in Catonsville to drop off (2 comments)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~If you are planning to move to the Central Marylandarea and you want a BUYERS AGENT that really knows the area and all that it has to offer, I can help. (Personal tours of the area included in the service)If you are looking to successfully sell your Maryland home with a Realtor who will market your property with multiple resources, call me for an appointment. These are the areas that I serve Buyers orSellers in the Metro Baltimore area : (4 comments)
I am a Maryland transplant from many other places, most recently Florida, but since 1997 I have found my true home in the heart of this great State. Maryland has it all. Mountains 3 hours to the West, the Atlantic Ocean 3 hours to the East and head North and South for either Philadelphia and New York or Washington DC. It is the perfect location! The Metro Baltimore area offers a rich mix of history and modern amenities. City living, suburbia or "not a neighbor in sight" is available in this area. Excellent Schools, amazing communities and an incredible location is why many people choose to live in Central Maryland. I proudly help my clients buy and sell all types of homes in Howard County and beyond. Enjoying the entire process is my goal for my clients. Every transaction is different and everyone has different needs. I know the Metro Baltimore area well and I am current on the Real Estate Market activity- That's my job.
As your "Buyers Agent" I will work diligently to find you the home that suits all your needs. I will update you immediately when a home matches your search criteria. I will educate you on the current market and help you craft the best offer possible. I will "hold your hand" throughout the entire process.
As your "Listing Agent" I will coach and guide you from day one to put your best foot forward when you list your home. I will use aggressive and innovative marketing strategies to give your home the best exposure possible. I will use modern technology and multiple resources that other agents do not use. I WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH PROOF OF ALL MY EFFORTS.
I am a full time agent and I my number one goal is to give you exceptional service ALWAYS.
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