howard county maryland homes: KEEPING IN TOUCH WITH YOUR CUSTOMER BASE - 05/30/13 02:25 AM
We have been sending out previous cusomer emails for many years.  Sometimes you think they don't work, and you want to give up.  We just received 2 new listings based on our old customer email list.  WOW!!  It works, and we are encouraged again.  Don't give up.  be patient.  Think about how much your commission is on 2 $500,000 listings.   Hmmmmmm.
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howard county maryland homes: HOUSING INVENTORY IS UP IN HOWARD COUNTY, MARYLAND - 04/05/13 03:53 AM
HOUSING INVENTORY IS UP IN HOWARD COUNTY, MARYLAND THE HOUSING INVENTORY IN HOWARD COUNTY, MARYLAND HAS BEEN LOW FOR THE PAST YEAR.  DURING THE LAST 60 DAYS WE ARE SEEING MORE AND MORE NEW LISTINGS COMING ON THE MARKET.  MOST OF THEM ARE STANDARD SALES, NOT SHORT SALES OR FORECLOSURES. THIS BODES WELL FOR BUYERS AND SELLERS BECAUSE OF A MORE BALANCED MARKET.  WE ARE PREDICTING A BOOM "NOT BLOOM" IN OUR SPRING MARKET.  

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howard county maryland homes: WHY ARE HOA COVENANTS AND RESTRICTIONS IMPORTANT IN HOWARD COUNTY - 04/02/13 06:28 AM
WHY ARE HOA COVENANTS AND RESTRICTIONS IMPORTANT IN HOWARD COUNTY? Almost all buyers ask why do they have to live in a newer neighborhood that has HOA covenants and restrictions.  They want to be able to do anything they want with the exterior of the house without applying for permission from an HOA.  What they don't see is that these same covenants and restrictions protect their property values.  Their neighbors can't store wrecked cars in the driveway.  They can't paint their house hot pink.  They cant sell beer on the front porch.  They have to cut the grass and maintain the … (1 comments)

howard county maryland homes: WHY EVERY SELLER SHOULD THINK LIKE A BUYER - 04/01/13 08:43 AM
WHY EVERY SELLER SHOULD THINK LIKE A BUYER I know that every seller has designed and kept their home in their own style and what makes them feel comfortable since they bought the house.  They have their own decorating style, colors, pictures, furniture and knck knacks.  Then they decided to sell their home, and the Realtor tells them that they need to de-personalize it.  They are offended!  Why wouldn't every buyer like the way i have designed my home? Think like a buyer!  Buyers have their own ways that they want to personalize their home.  Some of your things are just … (3 comments)

howard county maryland homes: GOOD REALTOR WEBSITE - 03/26/13 06:34 AM
GOOD REALTOR WEBSITE Can anyone recommend a productive realtor website company that you have used and you like.  We have gone through a couple of companies, and are not all satisfied.  Is a custom website the only way to go?  Lots of money involved for a custom site.  Any input would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!
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howard county maryland homes: HOWARD COUNTY MARYLAND GREAT IDEA FOR A HOME INSPECTION - 03/20/13 06:23 AM
HOWARD COUNTY MARYLAND GREAT IDEA FOR A HOME INSPECTION I had a home inspection today on one of my listings, and when I dropped by to see how everything was going I was very surprise to see that the sellers had left freshly baked cookies, hot coffee, bottled water, cups, plates  and napkins for the buyers, their agent and the home inspector.  What a GREAT idea!  Start the inspection process out on a positive note , and it makes the buyers bond with the house as well as the sellers.  I wish I could take credit for this idea, but I can't.  … (1 comments)

howard county maryland homes: WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE FOR A REALTOR TO HAVE A WEBSITE? - 03/19/13 04:54 AM
WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE FOR A REALTOR TO HAVE A WEBSITE? The internet is so complex these days that is hard to tell where you should spend your money on a productive realtor website.  There are so many options, and so much difference in pricing, that we would like to know where is the best location on the internet to get new buyers and sellers. If you could give us some advise, we would greatly appreciate it.  Thanks! … (0 comments)

howard county maryland homes: THE BEST WAYS TO UPDATE YOUR HOME IN HOWARD COUNTY, MARYLAND - 03/18/13 03:49 AM
     A long time customer asked me the other day where the best place to start if they wanted to update their house and get there money back when they decided to sell.  I always recommend that they start in the kitchen.  Upgrade the counters to granite, Silestone or Corian. Upgrade the appliances to stainless or black.  Upgrade the cabinets to light oak or maple or white.   Put hardwoods on the floors.      Next I would go to the bathrooms and get rid of the harvest gold or avocado green tile and tub.  Put in new tile, granite or corian counter … (1 comments)

howard county maryland homes: ELLICOTT MEADOWS 55+ COMMUNITY IN ELLICOTT CITY MARYLAND - 03/15/13 06:48 AM
  ELLICOTT MEADOWS 55+ COMMUNITY IN ELLICOTT CITY MARYLAND    
Clubhouse, Gym, Card Room & Swimming Pool  
Ellicott Meadows is one of the nicest 55 and over communities in Howard County.  Itis located in Ellicott City, Maryland.  It has single family homes as well as attached villas. The amenities include a beautiful clubhouse, private gym, cardroom and outdoor swimmimg pool.  Walking paths are throughout the community.   What agreat place to live.  For more information contact us.
 
We always have time for you and your referrals!  
 
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howard county maryland homes: MULTIPLE OFFERS IN HOWARD COUNTY MARYLAND - 03/14/13 07:35 AM
MULTIPLE OFFERS IN HOWARD COUNTY MARYLAND More and more homes that are coming on the market in Howard County, Maryland are receiving multiple offers. I listed a home in River Hill on Saturday, we had 31 groups through the open house on Sunday, and I received 6 contracts by Monday.  The sellers accepted an offer well over the list price.  If a house shows well and is priced fairly, you can expect multiple contracts in our area.  Great time to sell!
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howard county maryland homes: ONE STREAM RECYCLING IN HOWARD COUNTY MARYLAND - 03/11/13 08:09 AM
ONE STREAM RECYCLING IN HOWARD COUNTY MARYLAND
One of the really neat things about living in Howard County, Maryland is what is called "one stream recycling.  You don't have to separate your recyclable items when you put them at the curb.  The county gives you a large recycling ben with wheels that you put everything in and put out once a week.  It's so easy and it helps save our environment!
Contact us for all your real estate needs.
we always have time for you and your referrals
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howard county maryland homes: NEW LISTING IN RIVER HILL IN COLUMBIA, MARYLAND - 03/09/13 06:50 AM
NEW LISTING IN RIVER HILL IN COLUMBIA, MARYLAND

5 BEDROOM COLONIAL WITH ALMOST 5,000 FINISHED SQUARE FEET IN RIVER HILL NEIGHBORHOOD.
1ST FLOOR LIBRARY
GOURMET KITCHEN
HERE IS A LINK TO THIS HOMES WEBPAGE:
http://6304-velvet.lflisting.com/
CALL US FOR ALL YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS.
WE ALWAYS HAVE TIME FOR YOU AND YOUR REFERRALS.
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howard county maryland homes: NEW LISTING - 5 BEDROOM HOME IN THE VILLAGE OF RIVER HILL IN COLUMBIA, MARYLAND - 03/07/13 03:09 AM
                          
NEW LISTING - 5 BEDROOM HOME IN THE VILLAGE OF RIVER HILL IN COLUMBIA, MARYLAND
 
  
$714,900
WE HAVE A 5 BEDROOM COLONIAL IN THE VILLAGE OF RIVER HILL IN COLUMBIA, MARYLAND COMING ON THE MARKET THIS WEEK.  IT HAS 3 FINISHED LEVELS AND OVER 5,000 FINISHED SQ FT.  IT IS IN IMMACULATE CONDITION WITH A GOURMET KITCHEN AND A 1ST FLOOR DEN/LIBRARY.  HARDWOOD FLOORS ON THE MAIN LEVEL. IT HAS A TREX DECK AND BACKS TO WOODED OPEN SPACE.  ALSO A 2 CAR ATTACHED GARAGE AND BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPING.  THE PRICE IS $714,900.  CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE INTEREST, AND … (0 comments)

howard county maryland homes: Age restricted communities in Maryland - 03/05/13 11:49 PM
Age Restricted Communities In Maryland
Their are a good number of age restricted communities in Marland.  The usual criteria is that the residents must be 55 years old or older.  Children below the age of 18 are not allowed to live there on a permanent basis.  Most of the communities have amenities such as a clubhouse, swimming pool, gym and walking paths.  The homes can be 1 level condominiums, attached town homes or single family homes.  They are all usually condominiums, so all of the outside maintenance is taken care of such as lawn care, fertilization, landscaping and snow removal.  There … (0 comments)

howard county maryland homes: HOW MUCH MORTGAGE CAN YOU AFFORD? - 03/04/13 02:39 AM
How Much Mortgage Can You Afford? To determine how much can be borrowed for a mortgage, the lender uses several different ratios. It is important to know the criteria used to determine the loan amount, and equally important as a borrower to have an idea as to how high of a mortgage can be comfortably taken on.
Front-End Ratio: The monthly percentage of your yearly gross income dedicated to mortgage payments is called the front-end ratio. Mortgage payments consist of four basic components: taxes, interest, insurance, and principal. Often, they are collectively known as PITI, and should not exceed 28% of … (0 comments)

howard county maryland homes: 5 BEDROOM COLONIAL IN RIVER HILL NEIGHBORHOOD IN COLUMBIA, MARYLAND - 03/02/13 01:14 AM
     5 BEDROOM COLONIAL IN RIVER HILL NEIGHBORHOOD IN COLUMBIA, MARYLAND
WE HAVE A 5 BEDROOM COLONIAL IN THE VILLAGE OF RIVER HILL IN COLUMBIA, MARYLAND COMING ON THE MARKET NEXT WEEK.  IT HAS 3 FINISHED LEVELS AND OVER 5,000 FINISHED SQ FT.  IT IS IN IMMACULATE CONDITION WITH A GOURMET KITCHEN AND A 1ST FLOOR DEN/LIBRARY.  HARDWOOD FLOORS ON THE MAIN LEVEL. IT HAS A TREX DECK AND BACKS TO WOODED OPEN SPACE.  ALSO A 2 CAR ATTACHED GARAGE AND BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPING.  THE PRICE WILL BE AROUND $700,000.  CONTACT US IF YOU HAVE INTEREST, AND WE CAN PROVIDE MORE DETAILS.
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howard county maryland homes: SMALL MIRACLES EVENT IN HOWARD COUNTY, MARYLAND - 03/01/13 02:50 AM
SMALL MIRACLES EVENT IN HOWARD COUNTY, MARYLAND   We rescued our cat, Kizzy, from Small Miracles, and we couldn't be happier.  And neither could he!  Please participate in this worthwhile event.   Call us for all your real estate needs.   We always have time for you and your referrals. … (1 comments)

howard county maryland homes: THE "NEW TOWN" OF COLUMBIA, MARYLAND - 02/28/13 04:21 AM
THE "NEW TOWN" OF COLUMBIA, MARYLAND

THE "NEW TOWN" OF COLUMBIA, MARYLAND IS A PLANNED COMMUNITY CONCEPT DEVELOPED BY JIM ROUSE STARTING WITH LAND PURCHASES IN 1964. IT IS LOCATED IN HOWARD COUNTY, WHICH IS 30 MINUTES FROM DOWNTOWN BALTIMORE AND 45 MINUTES FROM WASHINGTON, D.C. IT IS LOCATED RIGHT OFF OF I-95 AND   295 WITH GREAT ACCESS TO BALTIMORE AND WASHINGTON.  1/3 OF THE POPULATION WORK IN HOWARD COUNTY, 1/3 IN BALTIMORE AND 1/3 IN D.C. 

JIM ROUSE'S CONCEPT WAS TO HAVE A COMMUNITY WITH DIVERESE HOUSING OPTIONS AND LOTS OF GREAT COMMUNITY AMENITIES.  THE COLUMBIA PARKS … (0 comments)

howard county maryland homes: LEASING SECURITY DEPOSIT INTEREST IN MARYLAND - 02/28/13 03:19 AM
LEASING SECURITY DEPOSIT INTEREST IN MARYLAND
I currently have a property listed for lease in Clarksville, Maryland.  In the process of receiving a lease agreement from another agent, I discovered that any landlord in Maryland must pay the tennat 3% simple interest for his security deposit.  This applies to up to 2 months rent max, and the interest is for each year of the lease term.  This is a good thing to let you prospective customers know up front.
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howard county maryland homes: ELKRIDGE, MARYLAND REAL ESTATE SALES STATISTICS IN JANUARY 2013 - 02/27/13 07:01 AM
ELKRIDGE, MARYLAND REAL ESTATE SALES STATISTICS IN JANUARY 2013
January 2013 Real Estate Market Statistics for
21075 Elkridge, MD     Detailed Report   ELKRIDGE, MARYLAND, ZIP CODE 21075 HAD A VERY ACTIVE REAL ESTATE SALES MONTH IN JANUARY. AVERAGE SALES PRICE WAS UP 4.6 % AND DAYS ON MARKET WEREDOWN 57%.  FEBRUARY SHOULD BE EVEN BETTER!   CALL US FOR ALL YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS. WE ALWAYS HAVE TIME FOR YOU AND YOUR REFERRALS!   … (0 comments)

 
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