Top 3 Reasons Why You Should Purchase Your Next Home in Crofton, Maryland

Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

NOTE:  This is an entry in the ActiveRain Buyer Challenge - While these buyers are fictional, the facts about Crofton, Maryland, would interest most people relocating to the area.


Dear Michelle and Tom:

Welcome to Maryland!  Tom's new job at the National Security Agency sounds like an amazing once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  I'm sure that's a very competitive position and a great honor for you to be selected.  Congratulations!

It is an honor for me, as well, to help with your relocation to Maryland.  Let's get started right away by focusing on the top three reasons Crofton is a good match for you, based on the priorities Michelle mentioned in her email - location, community, and availability of affordable 4-bedroom, 2 bath homes with 1200-2400 sq. ft., within walking distance of elementary school for your two children.



Highway SignYou know what they say about the most important things in real estate - Location, Location, and Location.  When the traffic gods are smiling, Crofton is only about 30 minutes to NSA, Annapolis, Baltimore's I-695, D.C.'s I-495 and BWI Airport.  As an Air Force retiree, Tom, you and your family will enjoy the resources of several nearby military bases within an hour of Crofton:  The U.S. Naval Academy, Ft. Meade, Andrews AFB, National Naval Medical Center Bethesda, Walter Reed, and even the Pentagon.  If you accept the job offer in D.C., Michelle, in addition to driving, you have the option of taking the MARC train from Odenton or METRO-Rail from New Carrollton.

Aside from commuting time, you'll appreciate Crofton's location for its convenience to the museums, monuments, professional sports teams, and arts venues in Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Annapolis, not to mention sailing on the Chesapeake Bay.   Michelle, I know you're wondering about shopping - Annapolis Mall is just 15 minutes away, but groceries and other everyday shopping needs will be met without leaving Crofton.  Your kids will probably be glad to learn that the Atlantic Ocean is only about 2 hours east of Crofton - close enough for a day trip or weekend.  You'll find links to many of these in my Crofton Area Resource Guide.


12th tee, Crofton Country Club


It's no surprise to anyone in Crofton to see our community listed in Money Magazine's 2007 Top 100 Best Places to Live.  You'll soon see why! 

American flags fly over Crofton Parkway, mounted on light posts above the many walkers, joggers, runners and bikers that travel its 3.5 mile route.  Flowering cherry trees line some of the streets, creating a spectacular splash of spring color.  Holiday wreathes magically appear on windows, doors and light posts at the Crofton Village Green (with a little help from the Crofton Village Garden Club).  

Crofton residents enjoy many annual traditions such as Spring and Fall crafts fairs, free summer concerts on the Village Green, the Tour de Crofton bike race, Santa's arrival and Christmas tree lighting, and parades for Halloween, Armed Forces Day, and Opening Day for the youth baseball season...  There are ongoing community activities for every age and interest including organized athletics, scouts, garden clubs, civic organizations, service groups...   Recreation facilities include two golf courses, tennis courts, parks, playgrounds... There are several places of worship, small businesses, medical offices, shopping centers, restaurants and a recently-built library...  No chance of getting bored, when you live in Crofton!

And yes, your children will probably walk to elementary school from their Crofton home!  There is a middle school in Crofton, as well, but your children will have a short school bus ride due to the school being on a busy street.  (Link to Anne Arundel County Public Schools)

CROFTON PHOTOS:  Inside the Crofton Gates and Outside the Crofton Gates


4-Bedroom Colonial in Crofton Park


While home prices are higher in the D.C. area than Little Rock, where you are now, Crofton is lower than the Travis AFB area, your duty station prior to retiring from the Air Force.   I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how low Anne Arundel County property taxes are, too - as much as $100 less per month than other nearby Maryland and Virginia counties for a home in your price range.  This difference enables you to spend more for your Crofton home while still keeping your monthly payments affordable.

I think many of those sticker-shock stories about the D.C. area are based on Northern Virginia home prices.  Crofton is a place where you can still find a detached home in the $400 thousands.  Given the nature of today's buyer's market, Michelle and Tom, it is highly likely that many of them are negotiable.


Here are three Crofton homes that I plan to show you, assuming they're still available when you arrive. 

  • BEST MATCH:   1736 Trent Street- $467,950.  I think you will enjoy life in "Old Crofton", the heart of the community and its many activities, walking distance to Crofton Woods Elementary, Crofton Country Club, Crofton Swim and Tennis Club and Swann Park.  This one-level home has everything you're looking for including 4 large bedrooms, 2 baths, a famiy room with fireplace, screened porch, updated baths and kitchen, and beautiful 11,482 sq. ft. treed corner lot.
  • BEST VALUE:   1424 Knights Bridge Turn- $449,000.  No mortgage payments for the first three months on this awesome designer-decorated home, just reduced $12,000.  This colonial style 2-story home features 4 bedroom, 2.5 baths, wood floors, upgrades everywhere, tile flooring in baths, family room with brick fireplace and slider to the patio, and a large 9,957 sq. foot treed level lot.  Crofton Woods Elementary, Crofton Country Club, Crofton Swim and Tennis Club and Swann Park are just a bike ride away.
  • BEST PRICE:   1737 Linkwood Lane- $420,000.  This split-foyer style 4-bedroom 2 bath home, situated on a 7,176 sq. ft. lot, features a beautiful 18x36 in-ground pool and Loi pond, but just one garage.  There are lots of upgrades including recent HVAC, fireplace liner, and leafless gutters/downspouts.  Other updates include ceramic tile throughout the lower level and updated kitchens/baths.  Your children will walk to Crofton Meadows Elementary School and Crofton Library from this home.

Click on this link for a sneak preview of other homes for sale in Crofton, including photos, prices and brief descriptions.  

CROFTON PHOTOS:  Homes (An online tour of the neighborhood, but these homes are not for sale)


I look forward to introducing the Snyder family to some of your future neighbors when you visit next month.  In the meantime, be sure to check out Focus on Crofton, for my blogs about Crofton News, Events, Businesses, People and Real Estate.   

A list of other real estate professionals who may have a role in your home purchase is attached, in case you want to contact them before you arrive for house hunting.   See you soon - I'm eager to meet you and get started!


Margaret Woda
Associate Broker, Long & Foster


 The BRAC Factor


P.S.  I almost forgot to mention the "BRAC Factor"

Thanks to the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Report, 22,000 new jobs are expected in the next five years at Ft. Meade.  This is great news for your Crofton home's future property value, since there will be huge demand for a limited supply of nearby homes!




Relocating to the Baltimore-Washington area?  Check out Your Relocation Package for Anne Arundel County, Maryland.




Since you're new to the area, I'm providing you some local contacts who have served my clients well in the past - mortgage lenders, real estate and title attorneys, insurance agents and home inspectors.   Maryland law is very clear that the choice cannot be dictated by me or any home seller, including builders.  Therefore, this list is provided as a service for your convenience, and is not intended as a referral to or recommendation of these companies or individuals.

Mortgage Lenders:

Real Estate and Title Attorneys:


Home Inspectors:



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Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Laura, Coming from one of my competitors, that's a really nice comment!  Thanks much!

Katie, Thank you!  There's still time for you to enter the contest, too!

Sep 18, 2007 04:40 AM #13
Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent

Hi Margaret - this is a really nice post on your area, and I love all the links you included.  Your attachment with the additional people who'll be part of the process is a great touch as well.  Instant information for those potential buyers.

Great entry, and good luck in the contest!

Sep 18, 2007 08:44 AM #14
Martha Brown
Goodness girlfriend you have done an absolutley fabulous job of making the buyers not only feel comfortable but also to feel that they are so lucky to have you for their realtor. Your expertise, knowledge and commitment is bar none. I am definitely going to have to take my services up a notch just to compete with you!! Good work.
Sep 18, 2007 09:19 AM #15
Jay McGillicuddy
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty - Exeter, NH
Real Estate Broker
Hi Margaret, very nicely done and I love the golf course photo. I always like to live and be near golf courses when we travel. Good luck in the contest.
Sep 18, 2007 12:42 PM #16
Lewis Poretz
Bank of England Mortgage - Annapolis, MD
Mortgage Loan Officer - Lending in 50 States
Margaret -  wow - great post   makes me proud to be an Anne Arundelian....   you are certainly a blog god in my eyes.... 
Sep 18, 2007 12:50 PM #17
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life
WOW Margaret, excellent effort here!  I'm no master by any means in SEO, but I think you did wonderful with this and the information you laid out here is top-notch and abundant.
Sep 18, 2007 02:49 PM #18
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Anne, thanks for the compliment!  Honestly, I've never attached a list like this, but three recommendations for these professionals was part of the contest rules - Now that I've done it, I believe I'll tweak to include with my future relo correspondence.

Martha, One of the things I like about ActiveRain is that it does push us all to be better at what we do.

Jay, Glad you like the golf course photo.  I pass that hole (12th at Crofton Country Club) going to and from my home.

Lewis - "Anne Arundelian" - That's a new one on me!

Jason - You're one of my favorite AR lenders, and your comments mean a lot to me.  Thank you!

Sep 19, 2007 04:33 AM #19
Debbie DiFonzo
Debbie DiFonzo - United Country VIP Realty, SW Missouri - Lebanon, MO
Lebanon MO and Buffalo Missouri Real Estate

Great job!

If I were Michelle I'd read this letter numerous times - I'm sure I'd miss something the first time around - too good to quickly pass by!

Good luck in the contest.

Sep 19, 2007 02:54 PM #20
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Debbie - Thanks, it is packed.  I would normally not actually send this much info in one letter but the Challenge rules required it.  Now that I've done it, my "real" communication may take on some of these qualities... we'll have to see.

Sep 19, 2007 10:09 PM #21
John MacArthur
Century 21 Redwood - Washington, DC
Licensed Maryland/DC Realtor, Metro DC Homes
Margaret - Father Hartke would be proud.
Sep 20, 2007 03:15 PM #22
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

And they get to have Margaret Woda for an agent. 

Great resources.  It's bookmarked.  I'm always looking for good people.  Thanks.

Sep 21, 2007 09:50 AM #23
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
WooHoo! Congratulations!
Sep 21, 2007 11:40 AM #24
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

This is excellent, Margaret. Some great ideas, well laid out, and plenty of information. Congratulations.


Sep 21, 2007 01:15 PM #25
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services
Congratulations -- I love the pictures and the information.  It makes me want to move to the area. 
Sep 21, 2007 03:44 PM #26
Tracy Santrock
Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. - Cary, NC
Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge
These are fantastic ideas on how to connect with the fictional buyers.  Margaret, you really rose to the occassion w/this post!
Sep 21, 2007 09:42 PM #27
Brian Block
RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President - McLean, VA
Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate
Margaret, Congratulations!  Welcome to the winner's circle.  I knew you'd win all along -- see my earlier comment.  Have a great weekend.  Michelle and Tom in Crofton and Paris Hilton in Arlington -- we'll have to introduce them!
Sep 21, 2007 11:12 PM #28
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
Margaret- Congratulations! I don't know how I missed your post. This is SOOO good! I love it! I am going to need to use this format to write one about why people should move to Wellington. This is so great! Katerina
Sep 23, 2007 06:19 AM #29
Christopher Myers
Orlando Property Group - Orlando, FL
Greater Orlando and Central Florida Real Estate
Great job on the buyers challenge!  It's really teaching me a good deal on how to better communicate with buyer leads and improve my close ratio.  Much appreciate!
Sep 29, 2007 04:45 AM #30
Tchaka Owen
Galleria International Realty - Hollywood, FL
#4 - Gheorghe Muresan lived there.  :-D
Sep 29, 2007 05:00 AM #31
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Chistopher - Thanks, I'm glad you liked it.  I've never really put together anything this comprehensive for prospective buyers.

Kateriina - I appreciate your compliment.  I would love to see it if you do a post for Wellington prospective buyers.  Be sure to let me know.

Brian - Thanks, Brian.  You're starting a trend here - two contest, two wins, two weeks in a row...  'Must be all that attorney training, learning how to make a good case.

Tracy - Thank you!  My buyer is a composite of most relo transfers to this area.  In the past, they've been headed to Ft. Meade, Andrews AFB or the USNA, but many thousands are expected to relocate here for NSA and Ft. Meade expansion.

Joan - Thank you! 

Jeff, I'm glad you liked it.

Thank you, Sally.  I appreciate your moral support.

Lenn, thanks for the compliment,  It means a lot, coming from you - the ultimate buyers' agent!!

Thank you, John




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