prince georges county md: How To Price Your Home Right... From The Start - 03/08/17 03:20 PM
How To Price Your Home Right... From The Start
You’ve chosen your Realtor® and now it’s time to work on pricing your home.  Your Realtor® will walk you through the pricing strategy he or she suggest, BUT ultimately the final decision is up to you.  Below are 4 wise pricing strategies that can get you an offer the first time around.
Pricing Strategy #1 – Edge Out Emotions
Selling a home can be very emotional and the thought of putting a price on all those wonderful memories may seem almost impossible.  But you have to keep in mind that buyers are no more attached to your home … (7 comments)

prince georges county md: March is National Nutrition Month - 03/03/17 08:37 PM
March is National Nutrition Month
Put your best foot forward with FREE healthy cooking demonstrations in Prince George's County, MD! Learn how to prepare delicious, healthy meals and snacks in these step-by-step cooking demonstrations.  Afterwards, enjoy a sample of delicious creations. All ages; no registration required.
Thursday, March 9, 7-8 p.m.
Spice it Up! Experiment with Spices to Season Foods
Herbert Wells Ice Rink – 301-277-3717
 
Saturday, March 11, 12 Noon-1 p.m.
Smooth Smoothies
Harmony Hall Regional Center – 301-203-6040
 
Tuesday, March 14, 6:15-7:15 p.m.
Stack the Healthy Snacks
Good Luck Community Center – 301-552-1093
 
Thursday, March 16, 5-6 p.m.
Smooth Smoothies
Upper Marlboro Community Center – 301-627-2828
 
Saturday, March 18, 12 Noon-1 p.m.
Eating for … (10 comments)

prince georges county md: Foreclosures Explained - 03/02/17 09:08 PM
Foreclosures Explained
There are a lot of alarming statistics out there about foreclosures. But when you understand what a foreclosure is and how it works, it takes some of the fear out of the unknown.
To break it down to its bare bones, a mortgage foreclosure happens when a lender exercises its lien against a borrower's home in order to sell the house to pay off the mortgage loan. This, of course, only happens after the borrower has failed to make mortgage payments for an extended period of time, has ignored notices that the payments are behind, hasn't bothered to call the … (3 comments)

prince georges county md: Should You Rent Your Home? - 02/25/17 09:22 AM
Should You Rent Your Home?
If you, like 68 percent of Americans, own your own home, the thought has probably crossed your mind: if you were to be offered your dream job out of state, should you sell or rent your home? Naturally there are many factors to weigh before making such an important decision.
First, you'll want to think about your reasons for keeping ownership of the home. Do you like the home so much that you want to hold on to it in case you ever move back? Are you looking for an extra tax break through property depreciation? Do … (5 comments)

prince georges county md: Events in Prince George’s County, MD (Feb. 25th -26th) - 02/22/17 08:59 PM
Events in Prince George’s County, MD (Feb. 25th-26th)
 
 
Saturday, February 25
Celebrating Our History: A Family Day Festival
Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex
Landover, MD
All ages; FREE admission
11 a.m.–4 p.m.
 
African American History Amazing Race
Berwyn Heights Community Center
Berwyn Heights, MD
All ages; FREE admission
11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
 
Winston & Mary Rhodes’ God’s Sound of Life
And Friends Concert
Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex
Landover, MD
All ages; FREE admission
1–3 p.m.
 
Black History Celebration
Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex
Ft. Washington, MD
All ages; FREE admission
1-4 p.m.
Black History Mystery Escape
Columbia Park Community Center
Landover, MD
All ages; FREE admission
4-6 p.m.
 
Harlem Nights
Vansville Community Center
Beltsville, MD
All ages; FREE admission
4-8 p.m.
 
FREEDOM!
Cedar Heights Community Center
Capitol Heights, MD
All ages; FREE admission
7:30-9 p.m.
 
Sunday, … (4 comments)

prince georges county md: Be "In The Know" When Choosing the Right Contractor - 02/21/17 08:36 PM
Be "In the Know "When Choosing the Right Contractor
Billions of dollars are spent on construction and home remodeling each year. Many homeowners have discovered that improving their present residence with an updated kitchen, an additional bathroom, new windows, or a new roof can be a more prudent investment than purchasing a new residence. However, adding a room or updating a kitchen can cost more than a new car, and consumers should take some time and care in planning a costly home improvement project. Unfortunately, most consumers spend less time choosing a contractor than they do choosing a car.
Here is a checklist of … (7 comments)

prince georges county md: Importance of an Appraisal - 02/20/17 07:20 AM
Importance of an Appraisal
An appraiser is a professional person who can tell you what your home is worth. The appraiser will come to your house and list the number and size of the rooms and any extras, such as a fireplace, porch, pool, or garage. The appraiser will compare your home and property to other homes that have sold recently with similar features. The appraiser then estimates that your home might sell for approximately the same amount of money as similar homes. This is called an "appraisal." In short, an appraisal is the estimated amount of money your home may sell … (1 comments)

prince georges county md: Pre-Approval or Pre-Qualification - Which One Do I Choose? - 02/19/17 08:06 PM
 
Pre-Approval Or Pre-Qualification - Which One Do I Choose?
What is the difference between a Pre-Approval and a Pre-Qualification? This is a question that I am often asked by buyers. The difference between the two can be described as follows:
Pre-Approval is a written commitment issued by a lender after an applicant’s creditworthiness has been comprehensively analyzed. The analysis includes verification of income, resources, and other such matters as is typically done as part of a normal credit evaluation program.
 
However, there are some conditions based upon the following:
Identification of a suitable property. 
No material change in the applicant’s financial condition or creditworthiness … (2 comments)

prince georges county md: Events in Prince George’s County, MD (Feb. 21-24) - 02/19/17 01:03 PM
Events in Prince George’s County, MD (Feb. 21-24)
Tuesday, February 21
Music 2 Your Ears, Magic 2 Your Fingers, Art 4 Your Soul
Lake Arbor Community Center
Mitchellville, MD
Ages: 50 & up
Fee: $20/person
12 noon–3 p.m.
 
Wednesday, February 22
Part Harmony
Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center
Ft. Washington, MD
All ages
Fee: $18/person
2 p.m.
 
Thursday, February 23
 
Black History Hall of Fame
Publick Playhouse
Cheverly, MD
Recommended for Grades Pre-K-5
Fee: $8/person; $6/person (groups of 20 or more)
10:15 a.m. & 12 noon
 
Afrofuturist Film Series: An Oversimplification
of Her Beauty (2013)
Brentwood Arts Exchange
Brentwood, MD
All ages; FREE admission
6:30 p.m.
 
 Friday, February 24
 
Platinum Live: A Black History Month
Gospel Celebration featuring Pink PaLiSh
Publick Playhouse
Cheverly, MD
Ages: 60 & better
Fee: $10/person
11 a.m.
 
G.E.A.R: Ladies Karaoke Night
Bladensburg … (1 comments)

prince georges county md: MARYLAND’S NEW GRANT TO PAY CLOSING COSTS - 02/18/17 05:25 AM
MARYLAND’S NEW GRANT TO PAY CLOSING COSTS
Grant Assist is designed to assist homebuyers with closing costs associated with purchasing a home in Maryland using the Maryland Mortgage Program (MMP). The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) offers a first mortgage loan that is accompanied by a grant to pay closing costs. The grant cannot be used for a down payment.
Highlights of the Program
CLOSING COST ASSISTANCE: Grant Assist includes a grant of 4% of the MMP loan amount (first lien). The grant is to be used for the closing costs of the mortgage loan and home purchase at closing. If … (2 comments)

prince georges county md: Events in Prince George’s County, MD (Feb. 16 & 17) - 02/14/17 09:05 PM
Events in Prince George’s County, MD (Feb. 16 & 17)
Thursday, February 16
Anansegromma of Ghana: African Drum
Songs, Stories, and Games
Publick Playhouse
Cheverly, MD
9:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.
Recommended for Grades Pre-K2
Fee: $5/person
 
Afrofuturist Film Series: The Last Angel of History (1996)
Brentwood Arts Exchange
Brentwood, MD
6:30 p.m.
All ages; FREE admission
 
Friday, February 17
 
We Have A Dream: Honoring African Americans
Vansville Community Center
Beltsville, MD
All ages; FREE admission
4-5:30 p.m.
 
A Night of Jazz
Prince George’s Sports & Learning Center
Landover, MD
All ages
Fee: Resident $10; Non-resident $13
6-9 p.m.
  
Celebrating Black History: A Journey through the Arts
Largo/Kettering/Perrywood Community Center
Upper Marlboro, MD
All ages
Fee: Res w/o center ID $2; Non-residents $3, FREE with center ID
7-9 p.m.
 
Xtreme Teens: Go-Go … (1 comments)

prince georges county md: GRANT ASSIST: MARYLAND’S GRANT TO PAY CLOSING COSTS - 02/11/17 04:30 PM
 
GRANT ASSIST: MARYLAND’S GRANT TO PAY CLOSING COSTS
Grant Assist is designed to assist homebuyers with closing costs associated with purchasing a home in Maryland using the Maryland Mortgage Program (MMP). The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) offers a first mortgage loan that is accompanied by a grant to pay closing costs. The grant cannot be used for a down payment.
 
 
Highlights of the Program
CLOSING COST ASSISTANCE: Grant Assist includes a grant of 4% of the MMP loan amount (first lien). The grant is to be used for the closing costs of the mortgage loan and home purchase at closing. … (0 comments)

prince georges county md: HOAs - Some Love'em, Some Don't - 02/06/17 08:21 PM
 
HOAs - Some Love'em, Some Don't
 
Many people tend to cringe when they hear "homeowners association" or "HOA.  A homeowner's association can be described as the governing body of the development or complex, usually comprising homeowners who have volunteered to serve on the HOA board. The entire purpose of an HOA is to maintain a higher quality of life for its tenants and homeowners.
Homeowners' associations (HOA) are common in many new, single-family housing developments, as well as in condominium and townhouse complexes. If you buy a home with an HOA, membership is mandatory and monthly, quarterly and/or annual fees are collected. In return an … (5 comments)

prince georges county md: Dispelling 7 Credit Myths: Fallacy versus Fact - 02/04/17 09:33 PM
Dispelling 7 Credit Myths: Fallacy versus Fact
When purchasing a home, credit reports and credit scores play an important role in the home buying process. Buyers, as well as consumers in general, are constantly attempting to discern facts from fiction when it comes to this topic. So let’s dispel seven fallacies with the truth.
Myth 1. Credit bureaus are sanctioned with governmental authority.
 
FACT: No credit bureau is empowered by any kind of governmental authority, although the credit bureau will tell you otherwise. Credit bureaus are for-profit companies and are in the business of selling information that is obtained through subscribers who in … (6 comments)

prince georges county md: Events in Prince George's County MD (Week of Feb 5) - 02/04/17 03:45 PM
Events in Prince George's County MD (Week of February 5)
Black History Month Exhibition:
"Shout For Joy": African American Sacred Music Traditions
Montpelier Arts Center
Laurel, MD
Thru February 28
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
 
  
Music In Mind: Four Strings Around the World - A Global 
Tableau of Solo Violin Repertoire
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park, MD
February 5
 
U.S. Marine Band Public Concert
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park, MD
February 5
 
 
John Early & Kate Berlant: 555 presented by Vimeo
Howard Theatre
Washington, DC
February 5
 
Karaoke Tuesday
Half Note Lounge
4881 Glenn Dale Road, Bowie MD
Hosted by DJ Fresh. Free admission
February 7
4 p.m. - midnight
 
I Am JAZZ Wednesdays
Half Note Lounge
4881 Glenn Dale Road, Bowie MD
February 8
4 p.m. – 11 p.m.
 Enjoy The Music!
 
image courtesy of … (2 comments)

prince georges county md: January 2017 Events in Prince George's County, MD - 01/16/17 10:44 AM
    January 2017 Events in Prince George's County, MD
 
If you are looking for Exhibits/Performances/Health and Wellness in Prince George's County, MD, please check out the following January, 2017 events:
 
Exhibit: Negro League Legends of the Mid-Atlantic
& Local Sandlot Baseball Teams                           
Marietta House Museum Glen Dale, MD  Thru January 30                                                                                                                                          Loves and Hours                                                    Laurel Mill Playhouse                                                            Laurel, MD                                                    January 13-February 5      Health and Wellness:  New Year, New You!  Family Bootcamp Southern Regional Technology & Recreation Complex Fort Washington, MD Thru January 28
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prince georges county md: New Home Ownership Program Launches in Prince George's County, MD - 12/30/16 11:30 AM
 
"Pathway to Purchase" Offers Up to $10,000 Down Payment and Closing Costs for First Time Home Buyers in Prince George's County      The Prince George's County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is launching a new home ownership program, entitled "Pathway to Purchase." This new program offers first-time home buyers up to $10,000 in down payment and closing cost assistance. Home buyers can purchase a home anywhere in Prince George's County. Eligible residential properties include: new construction, resale, short sales and foreclosures. DHCD will start accepting Pathway to Purchase applications on Monday, January 9th.
     Pathway to Purchase is a … (7 comments)

prince georges county md: MY HOME II PROGRAM in Prince George's County, MD is BACK! - 09/06/16 06:40 AM
      On September 1st, the Prince George's County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) re-opened the popular My HOME II Program which provides first-time home buyers with up to $20,000 in down payment and closing costs for the purchase of their home in Prince George's County. Home buyers must be income eligible, purchase a home in one of 14 specific zip codes in the County and must pay back the zero percent interest loan when the house is sold or transferred. Any residential property can qualify within certain zip codes, including new construction, re-sales and short sales, even foreclosures. 
The eligible … (6 comments)

prince georges county md: The "My HOME" Down Payment and Closing Cost Assistance Program - 07/19/14 10:29 AM
The "My HOME" Down Payment and Closing Cost Assistance Program
in Prince George's County, MD 
 
If you are a first-time homebuyer needing assistance with down payment and closing cost in Prince George’s County, MD, this information will be of interest to you! The “My HOME” program is a key housing policy strategy used to provide affordable homeownership for low, moderate and middle income households in Prince George's County, MD.  Please keep in mind that this Federally Funded program is based on a demonstrated need.
 
In order to get started, you must follow the steps below:
 
Contact a My HOME Program … (11 comments)

prince georges county md: Fireworks Displays in Prince George's County, MD - July 3-6, 2014 - 07/01/14 01:07 AM
Below is a list of approved fireworks displays.  These events have been approved through the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department, State of Maryland or municipality hosting the event.  It is strongly encouraged that you attend one of these displays. Unless otherwise noted, all events are on July 4th.
 
Trinity Assembly of God – July 3
7800 Good Luck Road, Lanham - Fireworks approximately 9:00 pm/dark
 
University of Maryland/City of College Park
Parking Lot #1 Concessions at 5 – Entertainment at 7:00 – Fireworks approximately 9:00 pm/dark 
 
City of Greenbelt
Buddy Attic Park – Fireworks at approximately 9:30/dark 
 
City of District Heights
2000 Marbury … (4 comments)

 
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