real estate sales: Montgomery County, MD Foreclosure Auctions, Trustee Sales, Homes For Sale, Cohn, Goldberg, Deutsch - 06/13/11 06:44 AM
Montgomery County, MD Foreclosure Auctions, Trustee Sales, Homes For Sale, Cohn, Goldberg, Deutsch
Maryland foreclosure auctions are conducted at the county court house when the secured mortgage lenders instruct the trustees under the deeds of trust to conduct trustee sales due to the defaults by mortgage borrowers. Interested buyers should be watching the advertisements for trustee sales. The list below has been posted by Cohn, Goldberg, Deutsch.
Buyers should carefully read the newspaper advertisements that appear for three weeks before the sale date. Always check for cancellations before attending trustee sales. Seek professional advice if you do not have full knowledge … (2 comments)

real estate sales: Montgomery County, MD Real Estate Trend Indicator - 07/10/10 03:45 AM
Montgomery County, MD Real Estate Trend Indicator    
Prospective home buyers and sellers should be aware of the home sales trends in Montgomery County, Maryland.  This report compares the statistics for the past month with the same month last year.  There were 1,554 new listings taken in the month and the total of pending contracts was 1,096 for the month. The total dollar volume sold was up 11.82%. The number of housing units sold and settled was 1,232 from 1,099 last year.  The average days on the market was 54 compared with 94 days last year. The average sales price … (0 comments)

real estate sales: Gaithersburg MD 20877 Zip Code Real Estate Statistics - 04/13/10 07:23 AM
Gaithersburg MD 20877  Zip Code Real Estate Statistics    
Home owners and prospective purchasers want to know the trends of the local real estate market. The following statistics are for the past month and are compared with the same month last year. There were 58 new listings and 52 went to pending new contracts. The sold dollar volume was up 26.35% from last year. The number of homes sold was 29 from 22 last year. The average time on the market was 61 days from 152 days last year. The average sale price was 96.55% of the average list price. … (0 comments)

real estate sales: Homes For Sale in Prince George's County, MD - Trustee Sales, Foreclosure Auctions - Alex Cooper Auctioneers - 04/05/10 07:45 AM
Homes For Sale in Prince George's County, MD - Trustee Sales, Foreclosure Auctions - Alex Cooper Auctioneers 
Trustee sale auctions are held at the front of the county court houses in Maryland. Home buyers are looking for bargain prices.  Trustee sales are open to the public and all qualified bidders. These auctions of homes for sale are ordered by the secured mortgage lenders when borrowers default on their payment obligations. The indicated deposits must be in cash or certified funds. Most of the bidders use cashier's checks payable to themselves. Prospective bidders should carefully read the newspaper advertisements that appear for three weeks before the sales dates. If you do … (0 comments)

real estate sales: New FHA Condo Approval Process - 03/15/10 06:20 AM
Condo purchasers and their agents need to check for FHA approvals if FHA financing is to be used. A this time, many condo communities in Maryland are not yet approved for FHA financing.
Thanks to Shari Walker for this post. Check with your mortgage lender if you have questions about the process.

Previously, if a condo building had not already been pre-approved by FHA, the FHA buyer would have to go through a "spot approval" process, wherein the particular unit the buyer wished to purchase would be cleared for FHA financing.  Recently, FHA did away with the spot approval process, … (0 comments)

real estate sales: Know the Score: Three Steps to Better Credit - 03/08/10 08:04 AM
Character counts in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Know the Score: Three Steps to Better Credit If you are looking to buy, invest in, or refinance real estate now or in the coming months, your credit is going to play a more significant role in today's tight-fisted credit environment than it has in the past. It's that simple. Would-be borrowers need to address any and all credit issues now to avoid having to pay for it later. But, here's the kicker. Nearly 80% of all credit reports contain errors of some kind. Recent studies also indicate that about one-fourth of these reports contain mistakes … (2 comments)

real estate sales: What is a Short Sale...the official definition - 03/08/10 07:59 AM
Short Sales Explained
A short sale can be an excellent solution for homeowners who need to sell, and who owe more on their homes than they are worth. In the past, it was rare for a bank or lender to accept a short sale. Today, however, due to overwhelming market changes, banks and lenders have become much more negotiable when it comes to these transactions. Recent changes in corporate policy and the Obama administration have also improved the chances of getting a short sale approved.
But to be technical, here's a more official definition:
A homeowner is 'short' when the … (0 comments)

real estate sales: Washington County MD Real Estate Trend Indicator - 02/10/10 03:04 AM
Washington County MD Real Estate Trend Indicator  
Please let us know if you need to purchase by the end of April to qualify for the tax credit of $8,000 for first time home buyers or $6,500 for current home owners that are purchasing another primary residence. Prospective home sellers should consider the tax credit expiration date April 30 when listing their home for sale. It might pay to list earlier than the usual Spring market.  
Save on FHA financing. For case numbers assigned beginning April 5, 2010, the front end mortgage insurance premium will increase from 1.75% to 2.25% … (0 comments)

real estate sales: HUD Homes For Sale in Montgomery County - 02/01/10 10:49 PM
HUD Homes For Sale in Montgomery County
The following are the HUD owned foreclosures that are currently on the market. Note that the owner occupant status means that the home is not yet available to investors.
Most of the home buyers are best served when using FHA financing to purchase HUD homes. All buyers need to have a pre-approval letter in hand. Ask us for a referral to a loan officer if you do not have a lender relationship.


real estate sales: Last Minute Travel Tips - 02/01/10 06:41 AM
Last Minute Travel Tips
Planning ahead is a good thing, and that's definitely true when it comes to travelling. However, sometimes unforeseen circumstances - or a severe case of the winter blues - make planning far in advance almost impossible. If you ever need or decide to travel at the last minute, here are some tips to maximize savings.
Be flexible - If possible, be flexible with both your travel dates and the carrier you choose. Rigidity in either of these areas can easily translate into paying increased costs.
Know when to book - Most airlines file their Web specials on … (7 comments)

real estate sales: FHA Financing On Flipped Foreclosures - 01/30/10 02:39 AM
To boost sales of foreclosures, FHA suspends anti-flipping rules
Today's issue of The Washington Post - The Nations Housing
Kenneth R. Harney
"Call it three birds with one stone: The federal government hopes to help low-down-payment home buyers, investors who fix up foreclosures, and communities burdened with too many bank-owned and foreclosed homes -- all with one potentially far-reaching policy change.
The Federal Housing Administration is revising its long-standing anti-flipping rules starting Feb. 1 and just might score a hit with all three target groups. For years, the FHA has had a strict prohibition: It wouldn't insure a mortgage on a … (11 comments)

real estate sales: Registration Now Open for Spring Sports Programs - 01/28/10 07:59 AM
Registration Now Open for Spring Sports Programs 
Registration for youth and teen sports programs in the City of Gaithersburg is now open.  Offerings include Start Smart golf and baseball for kindergartners and their parents, girls softball for grades 3 - 7, boys and girls t-baseball for grades 1 and 2, coed baseball (machine pitch) for grades 2 - 5, boys and girls soccer for grades 1 - 6, and boys and girls volleyball for grades 4 and 5.  Also offered will be coed baseball for grades 6 - 10 and girls volleyball for grades 6 - 8.
Registration fees vary.  The … (0 comments)

real estate sales: Virus Warning - 01/27/10 04:41 AM
Virus Warning
One of the real estate professionals in our office has experienced severe computer virus issues.  The following notice was distributed by our friendly Geeks On Call representative. Some good tips for all. We recommend Geeks On Call for your office and personal needs.
Rob - I'm sorry to hear about all of the problems you had with a virus recently. Sadly, you are not alone as there are MANY viruses going around right now that are among the most difficult and destructive we have seen in years. While I have written about virus prevention in the Realty Group newsletter over … (5 comments)

real estate sales: Some assistants are simply better than others! - 01/26/10 01:03 AM

For cat lovers.
At one of my inspections yesterday, I had an assistant.
I had lots of assistants from 2001-2007, but I had not worked with an assistant on a home inspection since 2007.
My assistant was unfamiliar with things, so she checked out my tool bucket, checked out me, checked out the layout of the house, and then went to work. I took several pictures of her.
Here she is coming out from a crawl space:

Here she is checking out the fireplace hearth extension:

Here she is telling me that the balusters are too wide for child and pet … (2 comments)

real estate sales: Positive Life Kit - 01/25/10 10:24 PM
 Positive Life Kit

When I started a new job years ago, I was given a Positive Life Kit.  There was a little note attached that read, "In order for you to have a successful first year, we have provided this special kit just for you.  The items included in this kit are designed to help you find success.  Good luck!"
Elastic - to remind you to be flexible
Marbles - to replace those that you might lose from time to time
Toothpick - to help you pick out the good qualities in everyone you meet
Gum - to add a … (1 comments)

real estate sales: Home Buyer Tax Credit - 01/25/10 12:19 PM
The Home Buyer Tax Credit, initially set to expire on November 30, 2009 has been
extended into this year.  Additionally, the tax credit has been expanded to include
current homeowners looking to purchase a different home.  The key points of
the tax credit bill is as follows:
First-Time Home Buyer Credit The $8,000 credit is available to first time buyers defined as a person who has not owned a principal residence for three years prior to the purchase. This applies to both parties in a married couple as well. If one spouse has owned a home for three years, but … (1 comments)

real estate sales: Germantown MD Trustee Sales - Harvey West Auctioneers - 01/25/10 01:22 AM
Germantown MD Trustee Sales - Harvey West Auctioneers
Harvey West Auctioneers has scheduled Maryland trustee sales.
Trustee sales auctions are open to the public and all qualified bidders. These sales are foreclosures by the secured mortgage lenders. Buyers should carefully read the newspaper advertisements that appear for three weeks before the sale date.  The required deposits must be in the form of cash or certified funds. Most of the bidders use cashier's checks that are payable to themselves and endorse the checks when they are successful. Always check for cancellations before attending trustee sales. Seek professional advice if you do not have full knowledge … (1 comments)

real estate sales: Carpet in a Bathroom - 01/24/10 10:03 PM
Carpet in a Bathroom
Carpeted bathrooms are bathrooms that have carpeted floors instead of traditional floor surfaces, such as tile or vinyl. Despite their tendency to foster mold and bacteria, carpets are sometimes installed in residential bathrooms for aesthetic purposes. Carpets should never be installed in bathrooms in commercial buildings.   Advantages of carpets in bathrooms:
They make bathrooms appear more warm and inviting. They are softer than tile and many people find them comfortable on bare feet. Bathroom slip hazards are reduced. It is easier to slip on hard bathroom surfaces, such as tile, than on carpet. Installation is generally … (2 comments)

real estate sales: How To Clean Stubborn Microwave Stains - 01/24/10 09:57 PM
How To Clean Stubborn Microwave Stains

You are listing a home and you are helping the homeowner to make the home show in the best light possible - but the microwave is dirty.  Here is what you can suggest:
To clean the most stubborn microwave stains, place a cup of water inside and heat on high for three minutes.  Once the cooking cycle is finished, leave the door closed for another five minutes to allow the steam to permeate the stain, then wipe down the interior with a sponge.
Now you have a sparkling clean microwave!
     Katie McBride


real estate sales: Year of the Tiger - 01/24/10 09:45 PM
Monday Morning Motivator & Some Points to Ponder...
“He who rides the tiger can never dismount”
  ~~ Chinese Proverbs quotes
This year marks the year of the Tiger in the Chinese calendar. When folks focus on the woes of this lack luster economy, it is easy to get depressed. He who rides the powerful, independent, courageous, tiger often emerges as the victor.
In business we have but two choices, we can be like the pussycat who waits to be fed by its master, or we can be brave and bold like the tiger ~ go out ~ kill something … (2 comments)





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