homerome: When a blog just does not work . - 09/22/18 08:12 AM
 There are times you get a simple idea jot it down and when you go to write your daily blog this idea becomes your topic.
Over the past five weeks, I’ve enjoyed the camaraderie and bit of controversy on the Q&A, a subject not about RE.
Choosing not to publicly participate, I did call Marie Story 
Seeing so much engagement was fun to watch. Reminded me of the “old” ActiveRain when a hijacked post received 200 comments.
I guess  Marie's question could have been "How to stay in shape for Realtors?"
Poof, the controversy would have been gone.
But my little post did not work.
My title was wrong. … (4 comments)

homerome: So How's The Diet Going ? - 09/20/18 08:33 PM
In watching friends who are heavier than they want, I have noticed something different about the way they count their calories.
They do not keep track of what they actually eat.
  Instead, they tell you what they didn't consume and by not eating the cookie etc...they saved so many calories.
After a huge meal... they tell you what was available but they did not eat it.  "I didn't eat the whipped cream and ice cream that was on my slice of chocolate cake.
There are so many "cute" myths about dieting.
We've all heard.. if you break the dessert...the calories escape.
If you eat standing up, … (15 comments)

homerome: AR Member In Realtor Magazine - 09/20/18 06:08 PM
When taking a listing, it is important to check the house and ask lots of questions of the owners. Especially about latent defects. If you see something that is suspicious, ask the owner about it.
Do you see signs in the basement of prior leaking, do you see signs of wood-boring insects, does the house have a musty smell, is the electric box  Federal Pacific? 
No, we are not inspectors but if we've been in the business for any length of time, we should have enough knowledge to ask the right questions.
There is a recent article in the Realtor® Magazine and one of our members was mentioned.
 The … (14 comments)

homerome: Smart Trash Cans In Baltimore - 09/17/18 03:27 PM
Above is Baltimore's Mayor Pugh putting the first piece of trash in the new smart can.   (Image  by Charm TV)
 Take a look...
'More than 60 solar-powered smart trash cans hit the streets in South Baltimore today, marking the start of a program for the cans that compact trash and recyclables using energy from the sun and can signal to trash collectors when they need to be emptied.'
They can be opened with your foot by pushing a pedal.
The City is hoping that this design will confine litter better and compact the trash so it doesn’t overflow. 
Read more by  Brandon Weigel, the managing editor … (6 comments)

homerome: Why Hasn't My House Sold ? - 09/15/18 07:10 PM
Received a call from a friend and former Baltimore client who sold his home twenty years ago.
When visiting this couple many years ago... they knew it was my favorite kind of house to sell. It was a wonderful big old house.
Since they are both artists... this home is funky, unique and loaded with personality. It was not your typical cookie cutter home.
This house has been on the market with several different real estate companies and has had less than a handful of showings. He asked why is his home not sold?  My question:
What did your agents say?
The only suggestion from each agent... reduce … (7 comments)

homerome: Realtors®, Radio and The Rain - 09/15/18 10:14 AM
There was a fabulous informative post written by our own Debe Maxwell. 
This dynamo agent is quite amazing...preparing for Hurricane Florence, negotiating and winning a multiple offer bid for her buyer, writing a  'Pulitzer Prize'  winning featured blog and still taking time to answer her phone! 
Read Debe's post...
And later this morning my phone rang.
It was Victor, a Baltimore radio listener, who was thinking about moving to Charlotte.
He wanted me to know that he called and spoke with Debe Maxwell, CRS to make sure she was safe. 
And Debbie took time to  take his call.
Realtors®, Radio and The Rain

homerome: Thank You Janet and Larry - 09/14/18 02:44 PM
Recently had a very smooth closing for
27 International Circle 21117 
with a wonderful couple. 
It has been 18 years since Larry and Janet first purchased this home. 
After settlement and a quick lunch celebration...here is the beautiful note they sent.
''Hi Margaret. 
'Thank You' so much for the stellar job you did for us in listing & having our home sold. 
From day one, you kept us apprised of the terms to the listing agreement & those persons that chose to come to open houses or other showings. 
When we did get an offer, you were there with the contract & took the time to … (2 comments)

homerome: Be Pet Prepared Before Disaster Strikes - 09/14/18 12:10 PM
This information is from the Maryland SPCA.
The timing is perfect with the severe weather,
especially on the east coast.
Please feel free to share.
Thanks,Tina, for keeping us updated on keeping our pets safe.  
 Visit the website 
Do you have an emergency plan for your pets?
 If you would like to share any tips, please leave your comment below.

homerome: You Can't Buy A House With Just One Showing - 09/14/18 09:02 AM
You can't buy a house with just one visit
or can you?
In a very hot market, with multiple offers, buyers may lose out on properties. If the buyer NEEDS to buy right away, they might not have the luxury of multiple visits.
A house is a huge purchase for most. There is so much to consider... finances, emotions, input from each occupant, location, commute time, proximity to work, schools, health facilities, shopping etc. Make sure you know what you are doing.
Don't rush it.
Now you can easily rule out a house in one visit...sometimes driving up to the house or opening the front … (20 comments)

homerome: Happy Ending...Smiles At Settlement - 09/13/18 09:16 PM
This was a smooth closing and a very very happy first time buyer.  Take a look at these special sellers who purchased this home, at 27 International Circle, 18 years ago. 
Everyone loves happy endings!
Smiles are wonderful at settlement.
Below is Ron Spencer CBRB buyer's agent, his buyer and my favorite sellers.
Congratulations to everyone!
27 International Circle
Owings Mills 21117
MLS #BC10304506
 See Photos
The right buyer  purchased  this four level,  brick end townhouse with 3 bedrooms,  a loft,  3 1/2 baths, a deck, finished lower level with full bath, a fireplace, walk out deck patio and a fenced back yard.
You can  tell by the smiles, above, how very happy … (4 comments)

homerome: Grand Opening Celebration 414 Light Street - 09/12/18 08:56 PM
It turned out to be a delightful evening for the Grand Opening Celebration of
414 Light Street and I had the privilege of attending.
The invitation read..
" Questar Properties cordially invites you to join us as we celebrate the Grand Opening of 414 Light Street. The evening soiree on our Skyline Terrace will feature live jazz, cocktails and tours of our models and expansive amenity spaces."
Take a look at this video of this magnificent Baltimore structure... 44 stories of architectural glass and steel.
Congratulations Baltimore on the Grand opening of 414 Light Street!

homerome: Hope Florence Can Read - 09/11/18 08:31 AM
Weather affects real estate.
Just take a look at the photo above. 
My creative sellers added this sign to their home!
It's good to have a sense of humor at this time.
Pretty sure we will not be scheduling any showings this week at breezy point.
I do love my seller’s way of preparing for the storm.
Just hope Florence can read.
  Chesapeake Beach House (click for photos)    
Prepare your home for the storm.
Be safe!!

homerome: Love The Idea Of A Wet Room - 09/09/18 08:00 AM
Here is a beautiful totally updated five level home in Canton.
One of my favorite features is this wet room. There is the open shower, the over sized jetted tub, the glass block windows and the picture window with views of Baltimore and The Harbor.
A glass door connects the wet room to the granite topped cabinets with double contemporary sinks.
On this level is the master bedroom with walk in closet, wet bar and door to access the two roof top decks.
1102 S. Clinton Street 21224
MLS 1004158815
For more information on this home
Call Margaret Rome

homerome: AR Member Featured In The Residential Specialist - 09/08/18 11:15 AM
The real Debbie Reynolds makes us proud.
Did you read this article
 about our own Debbie Reynolds 
in The Residential Specialist 
 Out of nine questions, answered by Debbie, two were about ActiveRain and how blogging has helped her career.
Debbie goes on to explain how her topics are chosen. 
Congratulations Debbie Reynolds !

homerome: MREEA Is For Educators - 09/07/18 01:11 PM
Today I attended  MREEA ... Maryland Real Estate Educators Association.
Our presenter was
 Collette Massengale, Esq 
 Maryland Realtors® Staff Attorney, Legal Affairs.
This was a very relevant topic ...
Review of the changes to the Maryland Realtors® Forms.
The new president of MREEA was announced with applause and a unanimous approval. 
Congratulations Brenda Kasuva.
A large group of educators were in attendance.
The presentation and class participation was lively and educational.
Look forward to attending again.

homerome: Hold The Date For Second Chance Wreckers Ball - 09/06/18 10:01 AM
Second Chance Wreckers Ball – October 13, 2018
Second Chance is hosting the Wreckers Ball to support their workforce development program. The ball will be held on October 13, 2018 at their retail facility at 1700 Ridgely Street in downtown Baltimore. 
At Second Chance, we’ve made it our mission to hire and retrain individuals with barriers to employment. We reclaim reusable appliances, furniture, fixtures and materials, renewing both people and things to a fulfilling and useful life.
“People often shop at Second Chance and don’t realize we are a non-profit focusing on workforce development. The Wreckers Ball is a wonderful opportunity to tell the … (6 comments)

homerome: Carol & I Were Playing This Morning - 09/05/18 07:32 PM
This is about having fun while learning with another member.
A note from Carol Williams  asking what program I used to make my signs and graphics ..led to a quick phone call.
Well  maybe not so quick 
... So Carol and I were playing this morning.... 
and sharing the iPiccy program and just having a good time.
While I was talking about how I made the signs, I was also playing with the program and took a few of my recent blog graphics and combined them like this...
Why should Carol be the only one to get a blog post out of this morning's phone call?
Learning … (15 comments)

homerome: At the dentist with Margaret Rome and Home Rome Realty - 09/05/18 05:40 AM
My post yesterday was how to make someones day.
And then I see this written by friend Andrea Bedard and I can say Andrea did more than make my day. I have so much respect and admiration for Andrea and our friendship which started right here on AR.
Thank you for making my entire week!!
This is a very short story about a toothache and a visit at my dentist and how I sort of ran into Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland and how it all reminded me to check in with my dear friend, and broker extraordinaire. 
Margaret Rome, broker owner of Home Rome Realty, and I … (8 comments)

homerome: Make Someone's Day...Reblog - 09/04/18 05:39 PM
Go ahead and makes someones day. Do a reblog. Find a member you enjoy reading. Find a blog that is entertaining or is a great idea for your real estate.
Now just take that person's post, click on the reblog feature and share it with the other members.  Write a few lines about why you like the article and go ahead and post it.
We cannot read every post so when seeing a reblog...it is another way of sharing really good content with other members.
Many times I would have completely missed really good information.  It is a great way to share with … (12 comments)

homerome: Where Did You Get Those Cute Signs? - 09/03/18 11:53 AM
A member asked what program I used for my graphics and my answer was iPiccy but it was not always.
Take a look at this post from 2010 
Where did you get those picture words?
and you will see there were a few more places to create words for my blogs.
 I don't use free photos or paid sites for my graphics, pictures etc. I was scared away in the beginning... worried about copyright. There is no reason to worry when they are your own creation.
Making these signs, logos, graphics etc are a fun way for me to enjoy blogging even more.
On occasion I do … (7 comments)

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