md: "The best birthday party ever" at Sweet Pea Day Spa in Catonsville, MD - 08/25/14 11:54 AM
"Awesome!", "I had so much fun!", "This was the best birthday party ever!"
These were the responses I got from my daughter and her friends at the end of her birthday party last week. We celebrated at Sweet Pea Day Spa for Kids in Catonsville, MD. Needless to say I am super happy that I chose this venue.
The birthday party was truly a success from beginning to end, from sending an inquiry to talking to my consultant Angel (who is also part owner), from scheduling to planning, from arrival to singing Happy Birthday, from fingernails to little toenails...
Sweet … (5 comments)

md: Service with a Capital "S" at API in Elkridge, MD - 08/19/14 12:40 PM
As I was driving back from Ocean City, MD last week, my car made a strange noise. I know a lot about houses but very little about cars ... just enough to know that my car wasn't supposed to make a noise like that. I - very carefully - made it home that night and called "my" mechanic the very next day.
Isn't it nice to have a car repair shop you are so comfortable with that you can refer to them as "my" car repair shop? While it was annoying to have to deal with a car issue (have buyers … (5 comments)

md: 15712 Allnutt Ln Burtonsville Sunday Open House - 08/14/14 02:30 PM
15712 Allnutt Ln, Burtonsville, MD
Sunday August 17th, 2014
1 - 3 PM
Come join us and tour this wonderful home with a backyard oasis

15712 Allnutt Ln is located on a quiet no-thru street in the Colesville Outside subdivision. It has been well maintained by the sellers, is clean as a whistle and has a lot to offer to the right buyer: hardwood floors, bay window, crown molding, fireplace, family room, 3-season sun room and deck, 2-car garage, lots of (attic) storage space, a guest-suite or potential in-law suite, half an acre level lot, landscaped yard ....

md: Good-bye Mr. Larry ... - 08/08/14 01:06 PM
In the Fall of 2008 I was searching for a new office to affiliate with when my dear friend and colleague Rosie suggested I go with her and join Thompson Company, REALTORS. I had spent 4 years at a local affiliate of a large national franchise. I knew a big box brokerage wasn't the right fit for me but wasn't quite sure if a small Mom & Pop shop was either.
And then I met Larry Thompson, 2nd generation REALTOR®, REALTOR® EMERITUS and owner of Thompson Company, REALTORS. I joined and never looked back. 5 1/2 years later I still … (12 comments)

md: Backyard oasis For Sale in Colesville Outside 20866 - 08/06/14 02:22 PM
Imagine coming home every day to your very own backyard oasis! A tranquil place that lets you forget about the stresses of the day as soon as you pull into your driveway. You can listen to the birds chirping away while you sip a cold beverage on your deck or a cup of Joe in your 3-season sun room. The in-ground pool beckons you and you can't resist .. after a refreshing swim, you lounge poolside on one of the chairs that conveyed when you purchased the home. Perhaps you should install a diving board? It does have the proper depth for … (4 comments)

md: "Would you mind if I asked you a few questions?" - 08/02/14 02:12 PM
"Would you mind if I asked you a few questions?" asked a caller a few days ago. "Not at all", I responded, "how can I help you?"
The call came in from the Boston area. They are relocating to Silver Spring, MD in a couple of months and have started researching the area online. Not only did they stumble upon my article A Guide to Home Buying in Silver Spring, MD, published at but also a couple of blog posts I wrote about the Americana Finnmark subdivision. They found both very helpful. I love to hear that!
And I also … (15 comments)

md: Coming soon in Burtonsville, MD ... - 07/27/14 11:29 AM
Coming soon in Burtonsville, MD: a 4 bedroom (+ office/den) home for under $410,000!
Here's is a little sneak peak of a few special features this property has to offer:

 ... a back yard oasis, 3-season sun room, deck, gleaming hardwood floors, fireplace, 2-car attached garage and more.
Off Route 198 this home is in a great location, close to the Burtonsville Town Square and the ICC (quick commute to Rockville & Gaithersburg).
Coming soon in Burtonsville, MD: a 4 bedroom (+office/den) home for under $410,000!

md: Excuse me, but how would you pay your bills? - 07/24/14 11:50 AM
So you want to rent this Silver Spring, MD home listed at $2,150/month but your take home pay is only $2,600? Excuse me, but how would you pay your bills?
There has been no shortage of inquiries and showings on my rental listing in Silver Spring, MD. It's been a steady stream of prospective tenants and most like it a lot. So much so that I've received multiple applications.
What appears to be lacking, however, is income and good credit. One applicant's take home pay was only a little more than the monthly rent, with foreclosure filings and active HOA … (20 comments)

md: Thank you Elkridge, MD Subway for making my day! - 07/10/14 10:46 AM
Yesterday was one of those days. You know the one. When you try to cramp a week's worth of appointments and errands into one day. When you go non-stop for 12 hours and forget to eat. When you hit every red light and get stuck in the worst traffic. When said traffic causes you to be late for a showing. When your phone suddenly shuts down and nothing can bring it back alive. When you race to pick up your kids from summer camp before they close and you feel bad that they'll be the last ones there.
Somehow though, you … (9 comments)

md: Silver Spring, MD Real Estate Market Report Second Quarter 2014 - 07/06/14 06:04 AM
Here's a quick look at how the Silver Spring, MD Real Estate Market performed during the second quarter of 2014
All properties
Number of sales: 796 compared to 778 during the second quarter of 2013
Average SOLD price: $358,368 which is about 2.1% higher than during the 2nd quarter of last year
List-to-sold-price-ratio: 99%
DOMP (days-on-market property): 43 which is about the same number of days it took on average to sell a property during the 2nd quarter of 2013
Detached single-family homes only 
Number of sales: 491, up slightly from the 2nd quarter of 2013
Average SOLD price: $437,740, up … (5 comments)

md: Four Bedroom Home For Rent in Silver Spring, MD - 07/03/14 09:07 AM
Looking for a 4 bedroom house to rent in Silver Spring, MD? I may just have the right home for you:

All four bedrooms are light-filled! Three are on the upper level and feature vaulted ceilings. The fourth bedroom is on the lower level which also has a full bath and family room with a fireplace.
This townhome is located on Strauss Ter - a cul-de-sac - in the Fairland Park subdivision in 20904 Silver Spring, MD and is available immediately.
For more information please contact Andrea Bedard, Thompson Co. Realtors at (240) 593-2860 or

Four Bedroom … (0 comments)

md: For Sale in Marriottsville, MD... A pool with a view! - 06/29/14 07:57 AM
Today I visited with one of my favorite Baltimore brokers, Margaret Rome, and toured one of her fabulous listings: 11415 Reisberg Ln in Marriottsville, MD.
I not only wanted to catch up with Margaret, I also wanted to see the house. The setting is just spectacular, you don't see homes for sale very often that have an in-ground pool with a view! That pool was definitely calling my name and I could see myself spending a whole afternoon with family and friends enjoying this very peaceful scenery ... unfortunately, I am not in the market for a new one right now. … (8 comments)

md: A step back in time ... Oakley Cabin in Olney, MD - 06/28/14 11:32 AM
Montgomery County, MD Heritage Days invite you to take a step back in time:

The Oakley Cabin in Olney, MD is an African American Museum and set up just like it was between 1880 and 1920 offering a glimpse of a time long gone. The cabin was one of three that were built next to historic Brookville Road. It was more sophisticated than others of its time with its foundation as well as a boxed staircase to get to an upper level. The cabin was occupied until 1976.
The Oakley Cabin was one of about 40 sites that was … (4 comments)

md: Business is earned, not given! - 06/26/14 12:35 PM
I am a home owner and as such I have a never-ending to-do list. I am not complaining about that part, I actually like home improvement and always have a few projects going on, in various stages of progress.
Although I am much more comfortable swinging a hammer than I am with a spatula in my hand, I am aware of my limitations. I know when it's best to hire a contractor. What I haven't quite figured out is where to find one who will deliver great service and results consistently.
I have hired a few over the years and was … (8 comments)

md: Montgomery County, Maryland Heritage Days June 28th - 29th, 2014 - 06/25/14 09:50 AM
This weekend, June 28th - 29th, 2014 more than 40 historic sites all over Montgomery County, Maryland will be open for the annual Heritage Days: from the oldest building in Poolesville to the Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard in Dickerson, from the King Farm Dairy MOOseum in Boyds to the Sandy Spring Slave Museum, from the historic Red Brick Courthouse in Rockville to the Nation's Capitol for a Day, Brookeville.

If you have ever wondered what the Oakley Cabin looks like on the inside or a 19th century one-room-schoolhouse, if you want to cross the Potomac on a historic ferry, walk … (2 comments)

md: Just Listed For Rent: 2824 Strauss Ter, Silver Spring, MD 20904 - 06/13/14 11:10 AM
Just Listed For Rent in the Fairland Park subdivision in 20904 Silver Spring, MD
Are you looking for more space? This lovely townhome has plenty, more than 2,000 square feet on three finished levels. There is room for a breakfast table in the kitchen, a full-sized dining room, 3 bedrooms up- and 1 downstairs, a family-room with cozy wood-burning fireplace and a great deck to boot.

There are also 3 full bathrooms: one for the upper 2 bedrooms and one attached to the master bedroom which features dual vanities, a separate shower and soaking tub! The third one is on … (5 comments)

What are the most common mistakes Silver Spring, MD area home buyers make? Bridget "Maryland Mortgage Mama" McGee sums it up nicely:
1. Looking at homes before knowing what price-range one can qualify for.
2. Not considering that loan approval and comfort level can be two very different numbers
3. Failing to budget and bank account overdrafts
If you are considering buying a home in Montgomery or Howard County, MD, contact Bridget McGee to assess your financial readiness and to establish a price-range. If you have some work to do first, don't be discouraged, Bridget offers excellent guidance.
When … (2 comments)

md: Vintagepalooza at the BB Home Shop in Glenwood, MD - 06/09/14 10:31 AM
In case you missed Maryland's favorite small flea market, The Funky Flea at The Pink Cabbage, last weekend, or you loved it so much that you want more, then mark your calendar! This Saturday, June 14th, 2014, is the Vintagepalooza at the BB Home Shop, The Vintage Marketplace at Glenwood. 
Where: the grounds of The Vintage Marketplace, 2945 Route 97, Glenwood, MD
When: June 14th, 2014 9 AM - 5 PM
What: vintage, vintage and vintage ... live music and food

Once a month The Vintage Marketplace at Glenwood opens its doors for a very special sale of refurbished, … (3 comments)

md: An Interview with Beth Fuson, Pathways College Advising - 06/06/14 10:12 AM
Although my girls are only in (and about to start) Elementary School, college is already on my radar. I want to make sure I provide them with the best possible tools on a personal, social and educational level to thrive and reach their fullest potential.
I also know that time flies and they'll be heading off to college before I know it. How does one best prepare, especially with rising costs and daily (scary) news about student loan debt? I turned to the expert to get an idea:
An Interview with Beth Fuson, Pathways College Advising
What is Pathways College … (5 comments)

md: Oh red, juicy sweetness! It's Strawberry Season in Howard County, MD! - 05/31/14 08:34 AM
It's Strawberry season in Howard County, MD! Oh red, juicy sweetness!
When I checked the pick-your-own strawberries status for the Gorman Farm in Laurel, MD this morning, I was super excited: Excellent picking fields of ripe berries! it announced and off we went.

The Gorman farmers were not exaggerating. We found a few rows with ripe strawberries and filled our buckets in no time. My girls munched on a few and had a hard time leaving the farm ... Just one more mommy! Oh, look, this one is perfect! Here's another red, juicy one!
If you didn't make it … (5 comments)

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Andrea Bedard

M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Silver Spring, MD

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Address: 15711 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD, 20905

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Andrea's blog is about local Real Estate, family-owned businesses, Main St USA, market stats, neighborhood info and happenings in (mostly) MoCo & HoCo.It's sprinkled with sound advice and a candid perspective, sweetened by her vintage soul and topped off with her passion for Real Estate, running and the 2 most important people in her life. MY SPECIAL LISTINGS: Would you like to have a SOLD sign in your yard, too? Then call me!




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