Baltimore, MD Real Estate News

By Aaron Rice Helps, ESG Digital Twin Solutions
(eXp Commercial)
Because of the current market conditions, mortgage lenders are more willing to work with borrowers faced with a financial hardship by agreeing to the short sale process. If you are faced with a hardship and are unable to meet your financial obligation on your mortgage, your lender would prefer to settle the matter with you as opposed to taking the property through the foreclosure process. If you, your family or friends are looking for refinancing strategies, tips for a quick sale or information on purchasing a home, I invite you to call me for valuable information on today's ever changing real estate market. If you, your family or friends are facing a current or future financial hardship www.BaltimoreShortSaleTeam.com can help please contact me Aaron Rice, Certified Distressed Property ...
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By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Dine at one of the many local Baltimore area restaurants listed at   www.mfeast.org  on Thursday, Sept 18th and 20% of your bill collected on that evening between 5-9 PM will go to Moveable Feast, the area's sole provider of meals to people living with HIV/AIDS and breast cancer. At the Web site a list of about 40 restaurants and the percentage of money going to Moveable Feast on that night is listed. What a great way to support this great organization and get a nice meal out at the same time. Check out the Moveable Feast website http://www.mfeast.org and find out ways you can volunteer your time to help out and there are lots of other interesting articles here too.  June Piper-Brandon, Advance Realty Anne Arundel - http://www.gb-advancerealtyusa.com    
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By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Saturday, September 13 is the date for the next Buying into Baltimore Home Buyer's Fair.  You won't want to miss this opportunity to get $3000 grant towards your next home.  All you need to do is attend the fair, get your ticket stamped at some of the open houses and take the educational class and be one of the first 50 people to find a home!! This is a great opportunity to learn about buying a home, meet some great realtors like the one's from Advance Realty, meet some great lenders who are very familiar with all the Baltimore City loan programs and see some great homes in some wonderful neighborhoods.  The event is held at Baltimore City College which is located at 3220 The Alameda, Baltimore, MD 21218 This event is free to attend and will be held from 10 am to 2 pm. For more informat...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
  When I did my meme, I left out the answer to "I miss," because what I was missing, among other things, was my morning walk. Talk the Walk or Walk the Talk?     So yesterday, with camera in hand, I took a neighborhood walk around Cheswolde.             This house on Taney Road was a double challenge to sell – it was an unusual shape and style, having been designed by the architect/owner, and the condition inside made it an "as is" sale. Now the buyers are adding a lot more space and completely changing its look. We have plenty of variety in Cheswolde, including the "Clone-onials" that Baltimore loves so much, like this one. This McMansion used to be two houses! Now it dwarfs its next door neighbors.   Everywhere you look, there are additions, some small like a back porch entrance, and ...
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By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Houses along Druid Hill Avenue and McCulloh Street were constucted during the 1890's. The homes contain large interior design with three stories and as many as five bedrooms. During the 1920's homes were built on Etting Street. Etting Street was formerly a stream of water known as "Spicer's Run".  Many of these homes fell into disrepair after the King riots in 1968.  Druid Heights CDC has been regaining title to many derelict properties along McCulloh, Druid Park Dr. and Division and is now selling those through Advance Realty Anne Arundel to visionary home owners who will purchase these homes using 203K financing to rehab them and make them shine once more.  In addition to these homes there is also a new housing development called Baker's View, located on Baker Street and some surround...
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By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Druid Heights is a community in transition.  It is located in Baltimore City and its boundaries are marked by North Avenue to the north; Laurens Street to the south: Pennsylvania Avenue to the east; McCulloh Street to the west.   In years past North Ave was the dividing line between Baltimore City and Baltimore County (until 1890), but this line has since been moved north of Northern Parkway.  Druid Heights is rich in character and diversity. The community has been an important African American community for well over one hundred years. It has two commercial corridors, North Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue and a history for entertainment and religious attractions in the area.   The Druid Heights Community Development Corporation (DHCDC) was formed in 1975. Before 1990, the organization p...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Allen Hainge and Ellie Palmer were driving over to Baltimore from Reston, VA to meet us for lunch. Great. And I knew exactly how to get to the Bay Café, but it's difficult to explain to someone who doesn't know that area of Baltimore where streets don't all go in a nice, neat, criss-cross grid. This is near the harbor, and some streets have been there for literally hundreds of years. They turn at odd angles, and some are one way. But thanks to a neat feature of the Treo, I could get directions by sending a text message to GOOGL (46645), and in seconds I had the address on my screen. I gave Allen and Ellie the address for their GPS, and they got there before we did! Allen of course knew about the neat tech tip, and Ellie was looking up  all kind of "goodies"  on her cell phone to see wha...
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By Carson Porter
(Baltimoresun.com)
A friend told me about a cool site that rates the walkability of 2,500 neighborhoods nation wide. Walk Score calculates the walkability of an address by locating nearby stores, restaurants, schools, parks, etc. Walk Score measures how easy it is to live a car-lite lifestyle—not how pretty the area is for walking. This is especially important to note for Pigtown. I wouldn't feel safe walking to or in many of these businesses, but maybe that's just me.
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By Brendan Cooke
(Passport Realty, LLC)
I realized a long time ago that I don't just sell houses, I sell neighborhoods. It's a good thing that I love my neighborhood! Here is some video footage that was shot on a lovely Spring day this year of the Mount Vernon Cultural District in Baltimore City. It is home to the Baltimore Opera Company, The Baltimore Symphony, The Peabody Conservatory, Walters Art Gallery, Center Stage and many more wonderful arts organizations, not to mention a ton of fabulous restaurants. I hope to get some more little video tours of my favorite place up and running soon!
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By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Druid Heights Community Development Corporation and Advance Realty Anne Arundel presents Baker's View Baker's View townhomes is a multiphase project that will be  located within the Druid Heights Urban Renewal Area of west Baltimore city, Maryland.  Druid Heights CDC is developing 100 single family  newly constructed  town homes, with landscaped green spaces and off street parking, lining the streets of Baker, Division, Etting and Pennsylvania.  All of the units will be for sale and accommodating low to moderate income households.   Phase I is now being released for sale.  The first phase of the development consists of a minimum of twenty two single family town homes. Working in concert with our architect, Design Collective, Inc. and engineer KCW Engineering Technologies, the developmen...
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By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Here's the event you have all been waiting for!!! Buying into Baltimore Home Buyer's Fair - East Side - will be held on September 13, 2008 between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm at Baltimore City College, 3220 The Alameda, Baltimore, MD 21218 This fair covers neighborhoods like Govans, Hamilton, Lauraville, Fells Point, East Broadway, Ednor Gardens and many more on the east side of Baltimore City.  You could get $3,000 toward the purchase of your new home in Baltimore City!* 9am - 11am - Educational SeminarsLearn about the homebuying process and Baltimore City incentive programsSome of the Topics covered include: Applying for a Mortgage Understanding the Home Buying Process Renovating a Home in Baltimore City Baltimore City Incentive Programs Finding your Dream Home in Baltimore City Seminar topic...
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By Brendan Cooke
(Passport Realty, LLC)
So, I get the call on Thursday...an excited investor that found me (of all places) on ActiveRain.  The investor is pre-approved, and unlike many calls I've been receiving from graduates of some awful "investor class" they are actually looking to take title to properties rather than wholesale, and start a portfolio of rental properties.  We discuss some strategies, and decide to meet on Sunday. I set up eight showings on some rather distressed properties requiring total rehab.  The investors gladly watched as I unboarded home after home with my screw-gun so that they could take a look.  The second to last one of the day was a winner, they asked me how we would go about writing an offer.  I explained the process, and notified them that there were special bank addendums that would be requi...
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By Carson Porter
(Baltimoresun.com)
City Life Realty is a great brokerage in Hampden. They really believe in Baltimore and in keeping it clean & green. I've been talking to them for a while and am very happy to have their listings online with us @ www.baltimoresun.com. They will have banner ads running soon as well, so look for them throughout the site. Visit them online at www.cityliferealty.net Or, view all of their listings with all of the pictures, tours, and info online with us here
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By Chris Breck,, Advantage Title Company
(Advantage Title Company - Nationwide)
The Professional Development Institute presents: Free Continuing Education on 1031 Exchanges Made Simple (3 Free Credit Hours) Learn all of the fundamentals and guidelines in 1031 Tax Deferred Exchange; Time lines, restrictions, and how to manage your clients engaged in a 1031 transaction. Taught by Chris Breck of   Date: Tuesday August 5th, 2008 Time: 10:00AM - 1:00PM Location: Cummings & Co. Realtors - 2929 O'Donnell Street/ Canton, MD 21224  Cost: FREE courtesy of Advantage Title/ First Home Mortgage/ Cummings & Co. Realtors Giveaways: $50 Gift card to Coburn's Tavern To sign up please call or email Chris Breck at 443-695-2090 or cbreck@advantitle.com by July 31st.
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L&F Canton's listings are now accessible 24/7 from all of the websites in the Baltimore Sun Media Group! Their 124 active listings will be a great addition to our database of homes. Click here to see all of L&F Canton’s Listings Or you can search our whole database by using the widget below [Your browser does not support frames or is currently configured not to display frames. Please use an up-to-date browser that is capable of displaying frames.]
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By Carson Porter
(Baltimoresun.com)
If you are considering buying a home here, you should read about how the Ground Rent system works. It used to be widely viewed as a harmless vestige of colonial law, but is increasingly being used by some investors to seize homes or extract large fees from people who often are ignorant of the loosely regulated process. I know I just get a bill for $60 every 6 months from a company I've never heard of. If you fall behind on paying, it can cost you a lot more than the $60 though. Over a recent 6 year period, city judges awarded houses to ground rent holders over 500 times! If you don't want to risk it, you usually can request to buy out your ground rent. All three parts of our Ground Rent series plus continuing coverage, pictures, a sample deed, etc can be read here. [Your browser does no...
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By Carson Porter
(Baltimoresun.com)
The SC Johnson Clean Team will visit one of the three neighborhoods (Highlandtown, Penn Ave, or Pigtown) and give it a “Clean-Up Makeover” just in time for the summer. I posted about this yesterday and got at least 30 people from the office to vote. They all said Pigtown had at least 50% of the vote. This morning, I check and we are down to 14% of the vote, even behind Penn Avenue! There is no way 6,000 people voted for Highlandtown last night. Vote for Pigtown and right this wrong! Click here for more info and to cast your vote.
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I went to "Pigout in the Park" over the weekend and had a blast! The band was great and had an actual washboard player, which I hadn't seen in a long time. The pulled pork was amazing and the beer flowed like wine. I'm back in positive spirits about the neighborhood, so here's a quick plug for this year's Pigtown Festival. It's a great family friendly event with lots of vendors, music, and of course, the running of the pigs. If you like summer festivals, you'll love this one. So come on out on 9/6/2008 and enjoy my neighborhood at its best! Check out http://www.pigtownfestival.com for more info
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Greetings! Who said Carlton Sheets was dead, Well actually no one has, the point I'm trying to make is Creative Financing is alive and well. Below you will find a link that will lead to 20 Real Estate deals that you can buy with either Owner Financing or 1 -2 Years of No Mortgage Payments. Just imagine for the first 2 years of ownership all the cash flow form your rental is yours to keep. Now it doesn't get any better than that.So isn't time to stop talking about being a investor, get off the fence, and do some investing.as always if you have any questions please don't hesitate to give me a call 443-844-3018 All Deals Are Located In Baltimore Md   20 Deals Owner Finance or 1 - 2 Years No Payments See All Pictures and Details Just Click This Link If you Have any questions don't hesitate...
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By Jesse Barron, REALTOR® - Real Estate Made Easy™ in Anne Arundel County, MD
(Keats & Co. Real Estate, LLC)
No, I did not make a typo in the title.  More and more Baltimore City, Maryland residents are finding themselves out on the street with no advance notice because their landlord has not paid the mortgage on their rental unit.  In fact, unless the landlord divulges to the tenant that they are in foreclosure, or the future listing agent comes by to do an occupancy check, few renters know they are facing homelessness until the day of the scheduled eviction.  Talk about a shock! A new bill has advanced in the Baltimore City Council, at the request of Mayor Sheila Dixon to help these renters.  The bill is expected to be passed this year. Under the new law, tenants would have to be notified by first class and certified mail at least two weeks prior to the actual eviction.  A notice will also h...
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