howard county maryland real estate: 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 real estate: 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 real estate: 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 real estate: WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN SELLERS LEAVE FURNITURE IN THE FRONT YARD - 03/29/13 06:51 AM
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN SELLERS LEAVE FURNITURE IN THE FRONT YARD I Had a settlement today ( Thank God!), and the sellers left furniture in the front yard.  the buyers were upset, and the sellers had not made arrangements to have the furniture picked up by anyone.  We call AmVets and they agreed to pick up the items left.  Thank you ! It saved the day for the buyers, sellers and agents.
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howard county maryland real estate: 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 real estate: 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 real estate: 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 real estate: 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 real estate: 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 real estate: 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 real estate: 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 real estate: 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 real estate: 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 real estate: HOWARD COUNTY, MARYLAND 2012-13 BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS - 02/25/13 03:54 AM
HOWARD COUNTY, MARYLAND 2012-13 BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS

FOLLY QUARTER MIDDLE SCHOOL

Folly Quarter Middle School in Howard County excels with 99 percent of its students proficient or advanced in math and 93 percent in reading on the MSA exams; 67 percent scored advanced in math and 77.3 were advanced in reading. And for the fourth time in the past five years, 100 percent of Folly Quarter students who took the Algebra HSA passed this high school graduation requirement. In addition, over 98 percent of 8th grade students again passed the science MSA. In an article this year, the Baltimore … (0 comments)

howard county maryland real estate: SENIOR CENTERS IN HOWARD COUNTY, MARYLAND - 02/21/13 03:27 AM
SENIOR CENTERS IN HOWARD COUNTY, MARYLAND

                The Bain Center in Ellicott City
         
                                         Elkridge Center                                                                  Glenwood Center
Howard County Senior Centers offer a wide variety of programs and services including fitness programs, educational opportunities through Howard Community College and other instructors, arts, music, wellness classes and many opportunities for recreational activities including cards, games, clubs and more.  Our focus is on the needs and interests of Howard County’s older adults.  Senior Centers also serve as a gateway to the many services offered by the Office on Aging.
 
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howard county maryland real estate: THE ENCHANTED FOREST IN ELLICOTT CITY, MARYLAND - 02/19/13 07:18 AM
THE ENCHANTED FOREST IN ELLICOTT CITY, MARYLAND


The Enchanted Forest was a theme park in Ellicott City, Maryland which opened on August 15, 1955, one month after Disneyland Park's opening.  The admission was $1 for adults and $.50 for children.  The park had a nursery rhyme theme with fairy tale buildings and Cinderella's Castle.  The park was built on 52 acres of land on Route 40 in Ellicott City, Maryland.  Ellicott City is in Howard County, between Baltimore and Washington.  At the heighth of it's popularity, it welcomed over 300,000 children per summer.  The park was purchased in 1998 and a shopping … (0 comments)

howard county maryland real estate: ELLICOTT CITY, MARYLAND 21042 JANUARY 2013 MARKETING STATS - 02/13/13 06:46 AM
January 2013 Real Estate Market Statistics for
21042 Ellicott City, MD     Detailed Report   AS YOU CAN SEE, SALES HAVE GONE UP SIGNIFICANTLY IN JANUARY 2013 FROM 2012.  AVERAGE DAYS ON THE MARKET HAVE GONE DOWN.  LIST TO SOLD RATIO IS GOOD, TOO.  THINGS ARE LOOKING UP IN ELLICOTT CITY!   CALL OR EMAIL US IF YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS.   WE ALWAYS HAVE TIME FOR YOUR REFERRALS! … (0 comments)

howard county maryland real estate: HOWARD COUNTY MARYLAND GENERAL HOSPITAL - 02/08/13 07:03 AM
HOWARD COUNTY MARYLAND GENERAL HOSPITAL


Welcome to Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Howard County General Hospital has been serving our community for nearly 40 years. Our mission, "Provide the highest quality care to improve the health of our entire community through innovation, collaboration, service excellence, diversity and a commitment to patient safety" is carried through in all that we do.
When the Columbia Hospital and Clinics Foundation was founded in 1973, it was conceived as simply a 59-bed, short-stay facility for members of the Columbia Medical Plan. However, in response to the immediate demand for services and … (1 comments)

howard county maryland real estate: HOWARD COUNTY, MARYLAND DOG AND CAT RESCUE - 02/04/13 02:59 AM
HOWARD COUNTY, MARYLAND DOG AND CAT RESCUE
        LAST YEAR WE WERE FEELING A REAL NEED FOR A PET TO COMPLETE OUR HOUSEHOLD AND ADD TO OUR LIVES.  WE WERE RECOMMENDED TO A DOG AND CAT RESCUE NEAR US, SO WE WENT AND MET OUR SOON TO BE FAMILY CAT.  HIS LEG HAD BEEN BROKEN BY SOME TEENAGERS, AND HE HAD BEEN IN A CRATE FOR 2 MONTHS WITH A CAST.  WE WAITED 2 WEEKS, AND HIS CAST WAS REMOVED, AND WE TOOK HIM HOME.  WE NAME HIM "KIZZY" BECAUSE WE THOUGHT IT WAS KISMET FOR ALL OF US TO HAVE … (0 comments)

howard county maryland real estate: HOWARD COUNTY MARYLAND ROBINSON NATURE CENTER - 01/21/13 06:21 AM
HOWARD COUNTY MARYLAND ROBINSON NATURE CENTER
     This is a beautiful new nature site in Howard County Maryland with interesting and educational items for the whole family.  It is open year round and is worth the visit.  Check out the website below and enjoy!
 
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