Columbia, MD Real Estate News

By Andrea Bedard, Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS
(Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860)
Happy Closing Day Dan & Divya and welcome to your new home in Columbia's Village of Harper's Choice which - as it turns out - was totally the best choice for you. Dan & Divya and I first connected back in March when they were interviewing buyer's agents to guide them on their first home buying journey - a smart move by the way, the interviewing and the choosing me part! 😉We spent time going over the process and the documents before hunting for the perfect home. They had done their homework, they knew what they wanted, which neighborhoods they would consider and - most importantly - what their financial comfort level was. Preapproval does not always equal comfort level! We explored. We researched. We wrote a few offers but only on the ones that were a good fit, until we submitted a winni...
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By Andrea Bedard, Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS
(Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860)
DOK KHAO Thai Eatery is one of the restaurants that opened in the new Merriweather District in Columbia, MD within the last year. It joined Busboys & Poets, Peter Chang, Clove & Cardamom, The Creamery..We love trying new restaurants, especially the ones that have plenty on the menu for people like me, who are suffering from food allergies or sensitivities and/or are ever mindful of ingredients. DOK KHAO is already hugely popular, and buzzing with cheerful chatter during the evening hours.Stepping into DOK KHAO feels like stepping into Spring.. an experience that was especially pleasant on a chilly, chilly night. The interior is whimsical, vibrant, happy, and colorful with lots and lots of flowers. It's a restaurant that inspires and made me want to redecorate my home. It suits you, my f...
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By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Too Late for 8509 Wild Wing Way, Columbia, MD 21045It's too late now for you to purchase this five-bedroom in the Village of Long Reach in Columbia.  This homeowner saved over $15,000 selling their home with Houwzer and it sold in record time.  Are you thinking about selling your home and would like to keep more of your equity in your pocket?  Reach out to me today and we can have a frank and honest conversation about your home and a no-obligation assessment of its value.  Let's talk today!!  
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By Andrea Bedard, Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS
(Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860)
Busboys & Poets just opened their newest location in the Merriweather District in Columbia, MD, perfectly timed with my birthday 😉 Thank you kindly! It's been years since I stopped by the one in Hyattsville always hoping that they'll open one up in Howard County, closer to home & office. I just love the blend of restaurant/coffee shop/bar/bookstore and event space, and align with Busboys & Poets philosophy which is literally the writing on their wall:  Busboys and Poets"is a community where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifteda place to take a deliberate pause and feed your mind, body and soul...a space for art, culture, and politics to intentionally collide...we believe that by creating such a spacewe can inspire social change and begin to transform our community an...
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By Andrea Bedard, Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS
(Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860)
Is now a good time to buy? is one of the most frequently asked questions I hear from clients and customers, neighbors, at social get-togethers, at the gym or from strangers who can't resist giving my assistant Lennon some attention while we are out running the trails. My answer since 2004 has been: if you are financially ready and stable and need/want a new home, then now is a good time to buy. Leaving personal reasons aside, then the answer is mostly driven by numbers (plus your ability to buy). According to Realtor.com the best time to buy in 2021 nationally was the first week of October:"This week historically has shown the best balance of market conditions that favor buyers. Inventory tends to be high, prices are below peak levels, demand is waning, and pace of the market slows to a...
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By Andrea Bedard, Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS
(Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860)
Mission accomplished. Goal crushed. Heart & mind happy (body... well, that's a different story). On Saturday I participated in a Ride of a Life Time at my local Life Time Fitness in Columbia, MD. I had signed up as a challenge rider, agreeing to ride all  four cycling classes offered that day and then some. In an effort to exceed my fundraising goal, I boldly challenged my peeps to bet $10 against me being able to ride four hours non-stop. 240 minutes. Zero breaks. I did it. I got on the bike just before 8 AM and got off at noon. At the end of the four hours, I had a full heart, an empty belly and two sore legs... and much gratitude and love for all who supported my effort, my team member's efforts and the entire event. I proudly pedaled for a purpose and sweated for a great cause, and ...
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By Andrea Bedard, Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS
(Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860)
Challenge accepted. In 2011 Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD and I cycled for a few hours to save the tatas. This Spinning marathon was not only a lot of fun but also a very successful fundraiser for the Susan B. Komen foundation. In my prior life I was a certified Spinning® instructor and although I now only ride among the crowd vs. upfront, I still very much enjoy a good AMP'd up workout. When the chance presents itself to sweat for a good cause, even better! Sign me up!This Saturday I will be participating in RIDE of a Life Time at my local Life Time Fitness gym in Columbia, MD. Of course I had to sign up as a challenge rider and will be riding all 4 classes from 8 am until noon.This cycling event is a fundraiser for the Children's Miracle Network (nationally) and the Johns Hopkins Chil...
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By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Just Sold - 5051 Columbia Rd, Columbia, MD Drop-dead gorgeous 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condo townhome with hardwood floors, updated kitchen with granite and stainless, and a single car garage.  The bathrooms have been beautifully updated too.  The basement is finished with a walkout to the rear fenced yard.  This home was only on the market for 4 days and sold for over the listing price.  This seller saved $9000 selling their home with Houwzer!!
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By Andrea Bedard, Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS
(Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860)
When you are craving Caribbean Cuisine, only the very best will do! Anegada Delights Caribbean Cuisine in Columbia, MD is the place to go when you are craving jerk chicken, shrimp or salmon, curry coconut shrimp, oxtail, red snapper, and the most flavorful Caribbean side dishes. I can say - without exaggeration - that the food at Anegada Delights is out of this world. It's melt-in-your mouth deliciousness with just the right kick!When you are craving Caribbean Cuisine, please see my friend Lee at Anegada Delights. You will not be disappointed! You may have seen his lime-green food truck around Howard County, but there's also a restaurant location open for carry-out and delivery:Anegada Delights Caribbean Cuisine9861 Broken Land PkwyColumbia, MD 21046Monday through FridayLunch 11 - 2Dinn...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
The Symphony of Lights has been a time-honored Howard County holiday tradition enjoyed by many for 27 years. Set in the historic Merriweather Post Pavilion and made up of more than 300,000 bulbs, this family-oriented spectacular is a dazzling display of larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations.  Take some time to drive through this spectacular Symphony of Lights in Colombia, Maryland. My daughter and I did this as a Mini Cooper Rally and toy drive. Lots of fun and a lovely way to see the lights. Thanks for hosting Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker and Carol Williams 
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By Andrea Bedard, Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS
(Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860)
It didn't take long for the perfect buyers to fall in love with this townhome on Wild Ginger Court in Columbia's Village of Hickory Ridge. We listed it in mid-March - before the wooded area behind the block was dressed in all shades of green, and before we could show off just how picturesque the view really is - had showings scheduled back-to-back, and had a contract in hand just 4 days later. Yesterday was Happy Closing Day - my favorite day of the week! This one is one for the memory books for sure! Not only did we have to adapt to the restrictions that come with a pandemic and stay-at-home order, but also finalize the sale in the midst of a severe weather advisory and torrential downpour. As is the norm right now, settlement was a split one, the seller signed during a parking lot clo...
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By Andrea Bedard, Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS
(Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860)
A virtual shout-out to Race Pace Bicycles..  the Mini (a.k.a. my youngest daughter) adores her vintage-looking cruiser bike, and enjoys riding laps with her big sister while mom loops the parking lot. The other day though, cruising was cut short. The back wheel was acting all funky, clearly it needed some TLC - urgently. Race Pace Bicycles to the rescue! They are an essential business and fully operational, albeit with restrictions. I called to be sure, dropped the bike off an hour later, got a call back that same evening, and picked it up the next day. The entire experience was super fast, uncomplicated, and exceeding my expectations. Race Pace Bicycles has adjusted well to restrictions imposed and continues to be there for its customers. They've set up a drop-off area for all maintena...
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By Andrea Bedard, Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS
(Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860)
Fall in love with this immaculate town house in Columbia's Village of Hickory Ridge! This warm and inviting home on Wild Ginger Court backs up to a wooded area, thus offering some privacy and picturesque views from its deck and patio below. Watch the deer that like to come for a visit or listen to the birds sing their songs while you enjoy a cup of coffee or fire up the grill.This townhome comes with a new roof (Nov. 2018), and a remodeled and upgraded kitchen (with white cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, and granite counters) that has plenty of room for a breakfast table. It has a fully finished walk-out basement with a large family room and a wood-burning fireplace to enjoy during chilly winter eves, a walk-in closet, and a full bath. Upstairs flows just as a nicely - the large l...
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By Peggy Yee, Search Vienna Homes For Sale - Northern Virginia
(NoVa House and Home)
This is a snapshot of recent sales in the Allview Estates neighborhood of Columbia, MD. Real estate market data and analysis is provided by Peggy Yee, Realtor. Click here to sign up for my free monthly real estate market update.Highest and Lowest Sold Allview Estates Home ValuesIn the past 6 months, 12 properties have sold in Allview Estates ranging from a 4-bed, 3-bath Detached for $306,000 to a 4-bed, 2-bath, and 1-half bath Detached for $524,950.Allview Estates Neighborhood Real Estate Market ActivityThese market activity gauges show the market trends for the previous month as compared to the 5-year average of the current month. In December 3 homes sold in Allview Estates. The average sold price was $425,166 and the average days on market was 6 days.  Sell Your Home in 72 Hours for T...
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By Peggy Yee, Search Vienna Homes For Sale - Northern Virginia
(NoVa House and Home)
This is a snapshot of recent sales in the Gateway neighborhood of Columbia, MD. Real estate market data and analysis is provided by Peggy Yee, Realtor. Click here to sign up for my free monthly real estate market update.Highest and Lowest Sold Gateway Home ValuesIn the past 6 months, 2 properties have sold in Gateway ranging from a 3-bed, 2-bath Condo for $244,900 to a 3-bed, 2-bath Condo for $245,000.Gateway Neighborhood Real Estate Market ActivityThese market activity gauges show the market trends for the previous month as compared to the 5-year average of the current month. In December 1 homes sold in Gateway. The average sold price was $245,000 and the average days on market was 5 days.  Sell Your Home in 72 Hours for Thousands More Than Traditional Real Estate!We have a program to ...
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By Peggy Yee, Search Vienna Homes For Sale - Northern Virginia
(NoVa House and Home)
This is a snapshot of recent sales in the Glenshire Towne neighborhood of Columbia, MD. Real estate market data and analysis is provided by Peggy Yee, Realtor. Click here to sign up for my free monthly real estate market update.Highest and Lowest Sold Glenshire Towne Home ValuesIn the past 6 months, 10 properties have sold in Glenshire Towne ranging from a 2-bed, 1-bath, and 1-half bath Townhome for $213,000 to a 3-bed, 2-bath, and 1-half bath Townhome for $302,000.Glenshire Towne Neighborhood Real Estate Market ActivityThese market activity gauges show the market trends for the previous month as compared to the 5-year average of the current month. In December 2 homes sold in Glenshire Towne. The average sold price was $281,500 and the average days on market was 11 days.  Sell Your Home...
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By Peggy Yee, Search Vienna Homes For Sale - Northern Virginia
(NoVa House and Home)
This is a snapshot of recent sales in the Snowden Ridge neighborhood of Columbia, MD. Real estate market data and analysis is provided by Peggy Yee, Realtor. Click here to sign up for my free monthly real estate market update.Highest and Lowest Sold Snowden Ridge Home ValuesIn the past 6 months, 7 properties have sold in Snowden Ridge ranging from a 3-bed, 3-bath, and 1-half bath Townhome for $300,000 to a 4-bed, 2-bath, and 1-half bath Townhome for $366,000.Snowden Ridge Neighborhood Real Estate Market ActivityThese market activity gauges show the market trends for the previous month as compared to the 5-year average of the current month. In December 3 homes sold in Snowden Ridge. The average sold price was $347,333 and the average days on market was 41 days.  Sell Your Home in 72 Hour...
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By Peggy Yee, Search Vienna Homes For Sale - Northern Virginia
(NoVa House and Home)
This is a snapshot of recent sales in the Thunder Hill neighborhood of Columbia, MD. Real estate market data and analysis is provided by Peggy Yee, Realtor. Click here to sign up for my free monthly real estate market update.Highest and Lowest Sold Thunder Hill Home ValuesIn the past 6 months, 15 properties have sold in Thunder Hill ranging from a 4-bed, 3-bath Detached for $280,000 to a 4-bed, 3-bath Detached for $488,000.Thunder Hill Neighborhood Real Estate Market ActivityThese market activity gauges show the market trends for the previous month as compared to the 5-year average of the current month. In December 1 homes sold in Thunder Hill. The average sold price was $462,000 and the average days on market was 5 days.  Sell Your Home in 72 Hours for Thousands More Than Traditional R...
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By Peggy Yee, Search Vienna Homes For Sale - Northern Virginia
(NoVa House and Home)
This is a snapshot of recent sales in the Town Center neighborhood of Columbia, MD. Real estate market data and analysis is provided by Peggy Yee, Realtor. Click here to sign up for my free monthly real estate market update.Highest and Lowest Sold Town Center Home ValuesIn the past 6 months, 5 properties have sold in Town Center ranging from a 2-bed, 2-bath Condo for $177,500 to a 3-bed, 3-bath, and 1-half bath Townhome for $345,000.Town Center Neighborhood Real Estate Market ActivityThese market activity gauges show the market trends for the previous month as compared to the 5-year average of the current month. In December 1 homes sold in Town Center. The average sold price was $290,000 and the average days on market was 6 days.  Sell Your Home in 72 Hours for Thousands More Than Tradi...
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By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Columbia, MD - 2020's Best City's for JobsWallethub.com's report is out and Columbia, MD, located in desirable Howard County, placed 23rd on the top 100 list (Baltimore, MD placed 160th).  Columbia, MD is also on the list of best places to live.  With 2019 firmly in the rear view mirror a lot of folks have listed a new job as one of their top resolutions.  If location isn't a problem one should check out this list for places that would likely be a great place to live and work.Wallethub compares a number of key indicators when creating their list and they include job opportunities to employment, growth to monthly average starting salary, and socio-economics.Columbia's unemployment reate is only 3.2% which is very low in comparison to other parts of the country.  Zippia has ranked the 20 ...
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