homerome: Make A List Of Buyer's Wants - 05/27/23 09:26 AM
Listening to various buyers, I started listing what they said was important when buying a Baltimore home. These things come after selecting the right location, condition, style and of course price range.
Here are a few, and they are in no particular order.
Kitchen: open floor plan, white cabinets; double ovens; center island; gas cooking, stone or quartz counters; a single large sink; and a walk-in pantry.
Parking: two-car garage, carport, but, at the minimum, definitely off-street parking.
Butler's pantry for those who like to entertain.
Main-level primary suite and laundry on bedroom level. 
Mudroom or a suitable place to unload groceries, packages, and hide shoes and … (16 comments)

homerome: Through My Eyes I See Beauty - 05/19/23 09:27 AM
Through my eyes- A May Challenge. 
Thanks to Debe Maxwell, CRS, for this month's challenge about appreciating the beauty of May flowers.
I was sitting outside on my porch this week, enjoying a lovely picnic lunch with my beautiful daughter. It was a delightful perfect Spring day. I looked up and around and saw the sheer beauty of the trees, the leaves, and the grass. Did those trees and leaves get so much greener than I remembered? Did what's left of my blooming Azaleas get brighter and more delicate in color and shape? 
Maybe not, but to me, they were much more vibrant. … (14 comments)

homerome: The Elmont Upper Park Heights For Sale - 05/03/23 05:33 PM
 
6317 Park Heights Ave
The Elmont # 212
MLSMDBA2084208
One Bedroom
One Bath
Would you like to live in a secure Baltimore Condominium with no exterior maintenance, no snow, no grass to cut, and no worry when you go away for a weekend or weeks?
How would you like someone to take in your packages and help you with your groceries? 
You can if you live here!The Elmont is a large luxury condominium in Baltimore's Upper Park Heights area.
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This full-service brick building has a staffed 24-hour reception desk, handicapped accessibility, plus an elegant lobby with private sitting areas.The building is set back off of Park Heights … (12 comments)

homerome: A Victorian House In Baltimore 2708 Hamilton Ave 21214 For Sale - 04/22/23 10:32 AM
 
2708 Hamilton Ave.
Baltimore, Md 21214
MD BA2082404
 
 
 
Do you love Victorian homes?
Do you love wrap-around porches?
Do you love a large home on a corner lot?
 Do you love a three-car mechanics garage? 
Do you love a project?
This Hamilton home is ready for a new buyer with the vision to bring back the old-world charm.
Built-in 1909 and, at one time, as three residences.  Now back to a single-family home and ready for some TLC from one lucky buyer.  Perfect size and room for sharing with others.
Are you looking for a large home with the possibility of a blended/extended family?
Are you looking … (9 comments)

homerome: The Reason To Answer Your Phone - 04/19/23 06:30 PM
                                                      
4/19/23 
We had a  happy smooth closing yesterday, and I received this lovely letter from my appreciative, kind seller, now my friend. 
  ''She Answered My Call
If she had not answered my call I would have moved to the next realtor. Margaret Rome answers every call.
On or about March 4th, I was in need of a realtor to help me sell my home of twenty-five years. Initially I attempted this task on my own to no avail. … (18 comments)

homerome: Keep Looking - 04/19/23 05:13 PM
Seek, and you will find
We have been searching for a Stevenson Rancher needing more than TLC for almost a year.
After researching and being patient, we found the perfect property on March 31st and had a smooth settlement on April 19th. That's twenty days from the contract to closing.
Fast and smooth is an excellent way to sell Baltimore homes.
 
The buyer and the agent need to be available to see properties at a moment's notice. When the potential right property hits the market or comes back on the market, there is no time to waste.
When you have a buyer who has … (13 comments)

homerome: This Big Little House Is Sold & Settled - 04/19/23 04:22 PM
6209 Liberty Heights Terrace 21207
MLS MDBC 2062302
Baltimore County Single Family went fast.
This big little house was listed on March 14th, ratified on the 18th, and settled on April 18th
Charming Baltimore County 100-year-old single-family home sitting on a fenced double lot.
Nine-foot ceilings on the first level.
 
The main level with a 21' bedroom with a bath,  den, kitchen, living room, dining room, sun porch in front, and large deck in the back—a paved driveway and parking pad also had a wood-burning fireplace with an insert. Upstairs are two more bedrooms.
Need accessibility; there is an exterior elevator.
A full basement has a separate entrance, two … (13 comments)

homerome: Consider A Home That Needs Work - 04/15/23 10:50 AM
 Consider A Home That Needs Work
Real estate has been challenging for many buyers, especially young first-time buyers. They have lost properties because of low inventory,  the need to make fast decisions, and bidding wars for these lower-priced homes. They are losing out to cash buyers and those who waive inspections or appraisals.
Let's rethink. Look for homes in a buyer's desired neighborhood that are substandard. You obviously will look at properties that are lower priced.
This may be the time to consider a Rehab loan. Talk to a trusted lender.
This idea may suit sellers who do not want to spend more time, work, … (20 comments)

homerome: I Don't Need Listings I Need Specific Homes - 04/08/23 11:05 AM
I Don't Need Listings; I Need Specific Baltimore Homes
Yes, inventory is low; not much on the market in Baltimore right now. Homes start as "Coming Soon," By the time they are listed, they have an offer with the only contingency being viewing the property. Not only first-time buyers but others who are cautious want and need more time to decide about the magnitude of this decision.
I am not looking for listings. I am looking for specific properties! And here are a few buyers ready to purchase and settle. They are qualified and prepared to make a decision right away.
Buyer #1 is … (9 comments)

homerome: Listen To The Agent You Hire - 04/02/23 08:11 AM
It's a good idea to listen to the agent you hire.
After 30-plus years, I have learned some lessons which may help a buyer or seller:
Your Realtor has access to a variety of lenders. Agents genuinely want you to qualify for a mortgage (or bring cash, if possible). Switching agents won't magically improve your financial situation. You might have to wait if you cannot get qualified after speaking with several mortgage professionals.
 
A Realtor can help decide about your situation, whether buying or selling.
If it's not the right time to buy, if you are priced out of the market, or if you … (31 comments)

homerome: The Buying Of My First and Only House - 04/01/23 08:49 PM
The Buying Of My First and Only House 
Kathy Streib and Carol Williams host this month's challenge. They want us to tell them about buying our first home. Some cannot remember their first home or choose to forget the experience; maybe it was purchased with a former spouse.
For me, this is a straightforward challenge because, believe it or not, I am still in that first home we purchased. 
My husband was content living comfortably in a spacious apartment with a  great balcony view of woods and a stream. I wanted to be a homeowner. My Lee challenged me and said he would … (38 comments)

homerome: Smooth And Charming, Watch Out - 03/25/23 03:31 PM
Have you ever had a con man as a buyer?
Years ago, I had a buyer who asked to see a wonderful vacant exciting home close to our Baltimore Harbor. He was so smooth, he was so confident, and he was a charmer. He tried to assure me there would be a quick settlement; I was waiting for his proof of funds before submitting his full-price cash offer. 
 
Did I mention he was smooth?
In the meantime, this charmer contacted the listing agent and convinced her he had an excellent investment to make her money. He got really 'friendly' with that listing agent by assuring her … (17 comments)

homerome: You've Won The Lottery - 03/25/23 02:52 PM
 
 When I get a phone call that is a telemarketer or other solicitor, I am as polite as possible. But after a  'No Thanks, Not interested'... enough is enough.  I hang up. The good thing is that they will never get through to me again. How?
I make a new contact in my phone, label it SPAM, and block the number. Never again do I take that call.
But many people won't take calls from unfamiliar numbers.
I want to know who is calling and don't want to lose legitimate callers.    To most of us, it is just an annoyance, but speaking with a client, I found out she received one … (18 comments)

homerome: Only Get Upset When It Can Help - 03/21/23 10:48 PM
Only Get Upset When It Can Help
Patricia Feager and Kathleen Daniels are hosting the March challenge, asking us to use critical thinking using original content. Think about a scenario that can march you into trouble. Please write about a scenario that has the potential to come up during a real estate transaction. 
 
*Note the underlined links below to previous situations.
 
When a situation is out of our control, getting upset is a total waste and...
I don't do upset.
Here's an example:
 Closing has to be delayed. The buyer and seller have arranged time off from work. It's the end of the month. Everyone is inconvenienced... … (15 comments)

homerome: This Big Little House Has A Too Late Sign - 03/18/23 04:48 PM
 
6209 Liberty Heights Terrace 21207
MLS MDBC 2062302
Baltimore County Single Family
This big little house was listed on the 14th and ratified on the 18th.
Charming Baltimore County 100-year-old single-family home sitting on a fenced double lot.
Nine-foot ceilings on the first level.
 
The main level has a 21' bedroom with bath,  den, kitchen, living room, dining room, sun porch in front, and large deck in the back—a paved driveway and parking pad.   There is a wood-burning fireplace with an insert. Upstairs are two more bedrooms.
Need accessibility; there is an exterior elevator.
A full basement has a separate entrance, two finished rooms,  a full … (12 comments)

homerome: 6209 Liberty Heights Terrace 21207 - 03/13/23 09:16 PM
 
6209 Liberty Heights Terrace 21207
MLS MDBC 2062302
Baltimore County Single Family
A big little house is ready and waiting for your TLC. Charming Baltimore County 100-year-old single-family home sitting on a fenced double lot. Nine-foot ceilings on the first level.
 
The main level has a 21' bedroom with bath,  den, kitchen, living room, dining room, sun porch in front, and large deck in the back—a paved driveway and parking pad.   There is a wood-burning fireplace with an insert. Upstairs are two more bedrooms.
A full basement has a separate entrance, two finished rooms,  a full bath, and a separate laundry utility room. It is loaded … (5 comments)

homerome: They Didn't Leave It - 03/12/23 03:12 PM
They Didn't Leave It
 
How many times have we heard a buyer or seller say:
"But I thought__________ would stay with the house!''
Go ahead and fill in the blank.
These words are not something any of us want to hear. This means there is some misunderstanding.
Many years ago, a buyer, after settlement, had her agent call me demanding an answer to why the stained glass panel was removed. She thought it came with the house and demanded it returned. I  told her it was a personal piece of art from the seller's collection.
 
Not satisfied, the agent, quite vocal about the art, had her manager … (28 comments)

homerome: Did You Wow Me? - 03/11/23 01:37 PM
This is entry #3 for the March challenge hosted by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, and Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP.
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You Don't Lose Me When Things Go Wrong
That's right; you don't lose me when things go wrong because there is always some turbulence. You know the old saying, SNAFU. You lose me when you don't handle the hiccup, return the call, blame it on your assistant, and have someone else call to tell me how busy you are.
Yes, it was the end of the month, and that situation happens 12 times a year for everyone, not just lenders. We spoke when … (28 comments)

homerome: Dress Your House - 03/09/23 06:57 PM
Dress your house 
You’ve decided to sell your unique home, chosen a top agent, prepared for photography, and set a price.  Of course, you want it to look its best…but how?
Dressing for success is not just for people. 
With some thought and planning, your home can be warm, light, and inviting, no matter how much furniture or clutter.  You’ve heard the saying “Less is more,” especially when preparing your home for the market.
Start with knowing that you probably have too much in all your rooms.  You might plan a neighborhood yard sale, donate to a favorite charity, or rent a Pod or storage locker.  … (15 comments)

homerome: 2022 Top 10 - 03/06/23 02:15 PM
This one is for Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker. Thanks for the challenge.
My top 10 posts for 2022.
 
 
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