Should we wait until spring to put the house on the market?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

Should we wait until spring to put the house on the market?

Nope. Not if your sellers have photos plus a Baltimore Sunpaper article  written in 2006.

The best sellers are mine! I love partnering to get my homes sold. Interviewing the owners, during a listing appointment or a brainstorming session after the home is on the market, can produce new ideas like....

Promoting Baltimore County's Newest Historic District ...Fieldstone  or highlighting the 10 Reasons to Live at 8930 Church Lane 21133 Baltimore, MD


Baltimore winters are not an ideal time to show off  the magnificence of landscaping, ponds and gardens. So the question is:

Should we wait until spring to put the house on the market? Nope!

Not if your sellers have a Baltimore Sunpaper article  written in 2006.



IT'S EASY TO TELL WHICH home in the historic Fieldstone community of Randallstown belongs to master gardener Jimmy Waites. Inside his shaded front lawn, hemmed in by mixed viburnum, two huge maples are ringed with hostas. Wooden trellises spaced along one edge of the property frame weigela, Leatherleaf Mahonia (Mahonia bealei) and azalea. Opposite, a meandering bed of shade-lovers leads you up the driveway to an iron arch at the front walk that is covered with rose-and-blond-bloomed honeysuckle "Gold Flame" (Lonicera x heckrottii). A few scarlet salvias highlight a curve along the drive.

Waites appreciates symbolism, but is more interested in what gardens offer the senses, including the ear. He loves the sound of water and has several fountains burbling quietly throughout the space. He has also hidden a speaker and plays -- very softly -- bird-call tapes (Canada geese for example) to add to the lively conversations among the many songbirds that live there.

Not surprisingly, his property is a certified wildlife habitat. Bullfrogs "gullump" in his pond. Hummingbirds zip through the red bee balm (Monarda didyma cardinalis). His butterfly bush (Buddleia) arbor draws hundreds of butterflies that land on him when he walks through. There are squirrels and rabbits and chipmunks.  "I once looked out and there was a red fox lying down by the koi pond," he says.

But the quarter-acre garden isn't just for critters. He places focal points -- statuary, ornaments, urns, gates -- to lead visitors through every portion of this mini-wonderland. The garden is a flowing series of "rooms," each with its own spot from which to admire the view.'' 


                                                         Or Photos like these

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                       Landscaped using lots of color, walkways, statues and a variety of plantings.


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Attention to detail with stones framing the garden beds.             This property is a certified wildlife habitat.



                            Should we wait until spring to put the house on the market?

  Now you can buy this home and enjoy the full beauty of Baltimore's spring.

When would you like to tour 8930 Church Lane 21133 in Baltimore County's Fieldstone Community?











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Comments (16)

Tim Lorenz
TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team - Mission Viejo, CA
949 874-2247

The one thing that I am sure of is that we do not know what the market will bring.

Jan 24, 2012 04:06 PM
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

Agree with Tim nobody knows what today let alone tomorrow si bringing. By avoiding the market you could be missing the buyer looking for YOUR exact home.

Jan 24, 2012 04:11 PM
Cameron Novak
The Homefinding Center - Corona, CA
Featured Corona Real Estate Agent Team

You should only wait until spring to put your home on the market if you want to sell your home in the spring ;-)

Jan 24, 2012 04:15 PM
Peggy Hughes/pha logistix, inc.
pha logistix inc - San Francisco, CA

Hi Margaret.... having those pictures is such a breath of fresh air when the weather outside is not the best... Rome Home is THE agent to have selling your property in Baltimore, MD! Here's to a quick sale..

Jan 24, 2012 04:22 PM
Stacey Smith
Keller Williams Realty - Aliso Viejo, CA
Your Orange County Beach Cities Realtor

Unless they are unreasonable on the price time of year they put the house on the market isn't going to sell.. Price the home right.. Generate the activity... Sale the house... Simple as that..(though it's actually not that cut and dry.. but you catch my drift.. :) )

Jan 24, 2012 04:28 PM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Sounds like you are ready to go Margaret. Let's get this thing sold, not this spring - NOW!


Jan 24, 2012 04:38 PM
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Margaret, Those stories are a great way to set those houses apart from the competition. The pictures really added to the impact too. You're working I see, so everybody in Baltimore didn't hurt themselves after the Ravens lost. Way to bounce back.

Jan 24, 2012 04:49 PM
Anne M. Costello
Weidel Realtors - Yardley, PA

Margaret: Third post about the Fieldstone listing in 3 days! Every post is clever, informative and not the usual. Best wishes on a quick sale.  BTW, I am inspired. 

Jan 24, 2012 08:03 PM
Cheryl Dickson
Retired Realtor / Retired Home Inspector - Oklahoma City, OK
Retired Realtor, GRI / Retired Home Inspector

What a beautiful property Margaret! I agree, go for it NOW! How sweet it is to have pics like those! Best Wishes!

Jan 24, 2012 08:33 PM
Jimmy Waites

A park like atmosphere in our own back yard was the goal. Having Margaret understand our hard work and passion about Church Lane makes our departure a breeze.

It truly is a beautiful property and it means so much to us both how Margaret is sharing it with the rest of the community. We could not ask for more.  Awesome job!!

Jan 24, 2012 10:42 PM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Margaret, I don't know exactly what your market is like there, but here in the winter there are less homes on the market because everyone seems to think they should wait until spring.  So, for a seller that means less competition!  We still have buyers - in fact, right now in Boise the inventory is so low we could use a few more homes on the market for buyers to chose from, but being one of few homes for sellers is certainly a good thing for them! -Kasey

Jan 25, 2012 10:06 AM
Rose King
David Tracy Real Estate - Friendswood, TX
Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area

Wow, those are awesome pictures! The owners have done a beautiful job on their garden. Margaret Rome will get that place sold fast!

Jan 25, 2012 01:45 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Tim, The certainty is the uncertainty! We do not know.

David, We do not want to miss the market!

Cameron, The right time to sell is when you are ready to sell. Houses sell all year round!

Peggy, The photos really add to the write up. I,too, am hoping for that quick sale.

Stacey, This home is priced to sell but you are so right.

Tom, I am hoping that the new buyer will move in and enjoy the beauty of the emerging  spring gardens.

Wayne, I actually listed this home on Sunday right before the Raven's game!

Anne, So who's counting. Would love to hear about your inspiration.

Cheryl, What a pleasure working with these home owners.

Jimmy, I am so pleased to be the one selling your beautiful home.

Kasey, Hoping that fewer home will bring more competition for this one.

Rose, The owners have done a beautiful job and I am proud to be representing them.

Jan 25, 2012 03:39 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Margaret!  You are a marketing GENIUS! These sellers have GOT to be thrilled with all that you're doing to market their home--NO DOUBT ALL of your sellers are thrilled!  I have to say that somedays when it's gloomy, I wish for those spring shots but, you've got that covered in the brochure that you leave in the home AND online.  As always, I'm totally impressed!  xoxo


Jan 25, 2012 04:17 PM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Yep!  I'm sure you will get the home sold quickly and do a great job for your sellers.  Good luck!-Kasey

Jan 26, 2012 06:39 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Debe, Even more impressed...the house is under contract after first showing!!

Russel, I have to go read that post.

Kasey, The house is under contract. Thanks for the good wishes!

Feb 03, 2012 02:00 PM