kevin grolig: MoCo Has Highest Waste Diversion Rate in State - 04/03/14 10:29 AM



When it comes to recycling efforts in the state of Maryland, MoCo is number one for the second year in a row. County Executive, Ike Leggett announced our county ranking in a recent press release of MoCo County news. With a rate of just under 60 percent for 2012, MoCo has led all other counties in its efforts of waste diversion according to the Maryland Department of the Environment. 
 The waste reduction rate is significantly higher than the 15- 20 percent minimum set by the Maryland Recycling Act. County Executive Leggett has noted that this great achievement … (0 comments)

kevin grolig: MoCo Exec Budget Revealed - 03/20/14 01:41 AM




Home owners and our kids have a brighter year to look forward to in MoCo. Our County Executive, Isiah Leggett has announced his recommended 2015 Fiscal Year budget this week.  With the fiscal year beginning July 1st 2014, Leggett is looking to expand county support of our schools, county safety and MoCo jobs. The recommended budget of $4.97 billion includes a tax supported county government budget of $1.478 billion, yet also reduces the Property tax rate.
The budget for our public schools has been set well beyond the required State Maintenance of Effort Level law, with the … (0 comments)

kevin grolig: Spring Clean Your Front Yard for Maximum Curb Appeal - 03/13/14 02:09 AM
Spring will soon be here. Even with cold winter storms still raging, soon fruit trees will be in blossom and spring flowers in bloom. If you are listing your MoCo home this spring, now is the best time to plan and complete your front yard spring cleaning with staging in mind. As you clean your yard, keep the importance of curb appeal as your focus, and you will be ready to welcome potential buyers to your home.
 Basic yard clean up begins with removing dead leaves and plant litter. Go through your flowerbeds and shrubbery cleaning up the ground of any leftover … (3 comments)

kevin grolig: Get Your Irish On This St. Patrick’s Day in MoCo - 03/06/14 12:44 AM


No matter your background, there is one time of year that everyone can be Irish and celebrate the Irish Celtic heritage that has influenced much of what it is to be American. St. Patrick’s Day will soon be here and MoCo is ready to celebrate the Shamrock, the Green and the Music of Ireland. There are several ways to celebrate this celebration filled holiday, for adults and children alike. Listed below are some of the most popular events in our area.
For the adult St. Patrick’s Day celebration, plan to check out the tent party at Dogfish Alehouse, going … (0 comments)

kevin grolig: Don’t Let Your Rec Room Wreck Your Home Staging - 02/27/14 01:38 AM


Do you have a Recreational or Rec room in your MoCo home? If you do and you are ready to sell, don’t neglect what can be a gem for setting the stage for your home. Potential buyers will look for the functionality of a room when viewing homes.  With a Rec room, you can showcase several possibilities within one room, if you plan ahead and set the stage.
No matter where your Rec room is in your home, it can often be a storage room.  If this is the case for you, before you can stage it, you need … (4 comments)

kevin grolig: Find the Historical Architecture Style of your Dreams - 02/20/14 01:17 AM



Life has been hectic for all of us, from crazy winter weather, to the Olympics, Valentine’s Day and President’s Day, there seems to always be something exciting going on. This is great for life in MoCo, but sometimes it is nice to take a step back and have a little enjoyment with something different from the norm. Wanting to be your realtor, I thought it would be nice to share with you some of the historical types of architecture you can find in MoCo. If you are looking to sell your home, the following list can help you … (0 comments)

kevin grolig: Romance Comes to Montgomery County - 02/13/14 01:24 AM

Valentine’s Day, the most romantic day of the year, is this Friday. Whether you are in a new relationship, have been dating for a long time or married longer than you can remember, you can get your romance on in MoCo. When flowers and a card are not quite enough, you have many options to bring out your romantic side this weekend. 
No reservations are needed to get your picture taken in front of the Cuddle Up Pavilion at Glen Echo Park. One of the last vestiges of Glen Echo’s amusement park days, this can be a romantic highlight for … (2 comments)

kevin grolig: Should a Spare Room be an Office, Guest Bedroom, or Both? - 02/06/14 08:14 AM


If you are a homeowner with an office or guest bedroom, you have a bonus for homebuyers in the MoCo market. But how can you stage this room for impact? It’s quite simple. Make your spare room a “Two-in-One” room. Set the stage with multiple purposes in your spare room which can be adjusted to a homebuyer’s needs.
As with all your rooms, the first task is to clean. Whether it is an office, guest room, or perhaps a storage room doesn’t matter.  Whatever the current use, remove all possible paperwork, personal files, stored holiday decorations, and curio collections. … (1 comments)

kevin grolig: Gaithersburg’s Observatory Park Due for a Make Over - 01/30/14 01:00 AM
 
 
During a mayor and council meeting on January 27th in Gaithersburg, discussion was held to review plan ideas for Observatory Park, the city’s only national historic landmark. MoCo is a county full of history and landmarks, but Observatory Park offers a truly unique gift to our residents and Gaithersburg agrees.
Observatory Park along with observatories in California, Ohio, Italy, Japan and Uzbekistan performed coordinated star observations to investigate the degree of the wobble of the Earth in an effort to aid navigation. The study was begun in 1898 and the sites chosen all lay along the same latitude. … (0 comments)

kevin grolig: Use A Theme To Stage Your Kid’s Bedroom - 01/23/14 09:10 AM
You have been working hard to prepare your MoCo home for the market. You review all you have done to stage your home so far. Then you look down the hallway toward the one room you have been avoiding. Those who are parents know just what I am referring to - the kid’s bedroom. Part fantasy play-land, part sports arena, and part study hall, the average kid’s room is a mess that never seems to get cleaned up. So how do you set the stage for your kid’s room?
A good, detailed cleanup of your child’s bedroom is the first step. … (0 comments)

kevin grolig: There is Light at the End of the Tunnel for Bethesda - 01/16/14 02:31 AM
 
 

For those living or working at or near the Walter Reed Medical campus in Bethesda MoCo, there is great news to look forward to. The Montgomery County Planning Board has given its final approval for the Maryland Route 355 Multimodal Crossing Project, a pedestrian tunnel, to be built. This tunnel will provide access not only to the medical center but also the Metro station, re-routing pedestrians away from traffic safely. Stairs, an escalator and elevators on each side of Rockville Pike will take commuters and residents 120 feet below to the Medical Center Metro Station mezzanine.
The project … (0 comments)

kevin grolig: Stage Your Master Bedroom For the WOW Factor - 01/09/14 12:51 PM


Your MoCo  home will sell faster when you stage your home room by room, showing potential buyers the best attributes of your home. This is easily done by having your rooms Well Lit and Open, resulting in a Wonderful Space, or what I call the WOW Factor. By using this approach, home viewers feel welcome and their attention is on the possibilities they can imagine. This is very important for that most private of spaces, the Master bedroom.
The cleaner a room, the more inviting it will be. Start with a fresh coat of paint, in neutral tones, … (2 comments)

kevin grolig: Happy MoCo New Year! - 01/03/14 01:36 AM



Can you believe it? 2013 is over, and a new year has begun. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season filled with joy, laughter, family and friends. I am looking forward to a wonderful 2014 in MoCo and wish you all the best the New Year has to offer. Many of us look at the New Year as a time to make new resolutions. We resolve to change things in our lives; from eating healthier and losing weight, to gaining new clients and increasing sales. There are those who resolve to go back to school or get … (2 comments)

kevin grolig: A Very Merry MoCo Christmas To You! - 12/25/13 04:43 AM


We Wish You a Merry Christmas! I hope you have Decked the Halls and are ready…for Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Soon he’ll be up on the house top! 
  
Do you hear what I hear?  Silver Bells and Jingle Bells ringing upon a Midnight Clear on this Silent Night, and bringing Joy To the World!
  
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas in this Winter Wonderland. Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow, and a White Christmas shall bring Santa Claus to Town.
 
It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year for a … (2 comments)

kevin grolig: Stage Your Living Room, Stage Your MoCo Home for Sale - 12/19/13 03:15 AM


One of the first rooms potential buyers will see when viewing your MoCohome is the living room. You want to make a great first impression, but where do you begin? I have listed a few areas to get you on your way to staging your main living space.
 Do you have Wood floors? Repair damaged areas; you need not replace the whole floor. A good sanding and re-staining of your existing floor will bring a fresh, dramatic flair to your living room floors. If you have a wood laminate floor that won’t take to sanding and staining, give them … (2 comments)

kevin grolig: Come See Winter Holiday Lights in MoCo - 12/12/13 09:00 AM
The Winter Holidays are alive and well in MoCo. This month is full of holidays from many diverse cultures and faiths. No matter what you celebrate at this time of year, one thing stands out as a sure way to have a holly, jolly holiday season. Go see the Bright Holiday lights of Montgomery County. I have a listed a few places worth the extra look below.

For a great family photo opportunity, check out the 30-foot-tall lighted holiday tree art installation at the Fountain Plaza in Silver Springs. Presented by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, the … (3 comments)

kevin grolig: Happy Thanksgiving MoCo! - 11/29/13 03:28 AM
 
         I want to extend Thanksgiving wishes to everyone in MoCo. I hope you have a wonderful feast with family and friends, and a great Holiday Season this year. I hope you enjoy these fun facts about our most American of holidays!
 William Bradford, leader of the Plymouth Pilgrims, organized the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621. He invited the neighboring Wampanoag Indians to the feast, who had taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land. This first feast last for three days. It is believed that some of the food included, rabbit, chicken, lobster, fish, chestnuts squash, dried fruit, onions, … (0 comments)

kevin grolig: Being Thankful and Volunteering in MoCo - 11/21/13 03:05 AM
  With Thanksgiving just around the corner, now is a great time to give back to the community at large. Volunteer opportunities are plentiful in MoCo, especially at this time of year. There are many ways to volunteer, on a small or large scale, every person counts and every action helps.  
One of the best ways to help as the holiday season gets into full swing is through food. From donations to a local food bank, to preparing meals for elderly “shut-ins” or helping out with a meal at shelter, you can directly help those in need to eat a … (0 comments)

kevin grolig: Setting the stage in your MoCo Home Kitchen - 11/14/13 12:18 PM
 
I have been sharing some tips for staging your MoCo home to sell. Whether you are a gourmet cook or not, the kitchen is the most important room in your home when it comes to staging. Think about simplicity and cleanliness and you will be well on your way to a perfectly staged home.
 First and foremost is to clean and de-clutter your kitchen. Clean the inside of your refrigerator, removing any food spills. Take off all magnets, pictures and notes from your refrigerator; display your home, not your family. Place all counter-top appliances, like toasters or coffee pots, in … (0 comments)

kevin grolig: MoCo Going Green with Electric Vehicles - 11/07/13 01:14 AM
 

Electric vehicles have been making a comeback over the last few years, with MoCo leading the way in Maryland. As recently as 2010, there was only one electric vehicle registered in the state. As of 2012, there were over 650! This rapid growth has brought an equally rapid response specifically within Montgomery County, with the greatest number of charging stations having been added in MoCo compared to the rest of the state.
 Why such the surge in growth in our area? MoCo has been able to sustain higher economic growth compared to other counties in the state. This in … (2 comments)

 
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