Baltimore, MD Real Estate News

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 will be held on May 10, 2008 between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute High School1400 W. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21209 You could get $3,000 toward the purchase of your new home in Baltimore City!*9am - 10am - Educational SeminarsLearn about the homebuying process and Baltimore City incentive programsSome of the Topics covered include:· Applying for a Mortgage· Understanding How A Buyer's Agent Works For You· Renovating a Home in Baltimore City· Baltimore City Incentive Programs· Finding your Dream Home in Baltimore CitySeminar topics have yet to be finalized.  10am - 2pm - Homebuying FairMeet with "I love City Life" homebuying professionalsMortgage LendersReal Estate Ag...
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By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Baltimore is one of those amazing cities that has so many personalities and so many distinct neighborhoods that there is something for everyone. On May 10th, buyers will have the opportunity to participate in the Buying into Baltimore Home Buying Fair - west side.  The fair is held at the Polytechnic on the corner of Falls Road and Coldspring.  It starts at 9:00 in the morning with educational classes followed by a vendors mall and bus tours of homes and neighborhoods on the west side of Baltimore.The event is sponsored by Live Baltimore.  Live Baltimore is a not for profit organization that promotes Baltimore City living.  Their offices are located at 343 N. Charles Street and there is almost always an agent on duty and a loan officer and knowledgeable staff who can answer your questio...
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By Audrey Hoffman, VoteAudrey
(VoteAudrey blog)
If you don't live in Baltimore's Charles Village, you may be missing out on some great eats. City Paper just released a dining guide yesterday, so I suggest you grab a copy of the free paper (located on just about every Baltimore block it seems) before the week is out.  Okay, here's where Staging Girl goes to grub:THAI RESTAURANT3316 Greenmount Ave.Baltimore, MD 21218(410) 889-6003 This establishment really needs no introduction, as it's got Zagat raters and a slew of local press drooling already. This namesake (literally) Thai eatery is really in the Waverly neighborhood if you ask me, but it was featured in the dining guides Charles Village listing, so it's getting dropped in this review! (Although their online review says it's in Waverly...but I'll just chalk it up to the fact Baltim...
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By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
The spring market is actually heating up. And with all of the bad news in real estate nationally, here are two pieces of critical GOOD news: 1. Baltimore showed a net increase of 2.1% in prices for 2007 (according to Zillow) 2. Baltimore falls in tier 4 of the PMI Group's national assessment of Real Estate Economic Trends...which means there is only a 10-20% chance that real estate prices will fall lower in Baltimore in the coming year. There are many MSAs who would like to be able to say the same. Baltimore, MarylandNew Listings - 403Total Number of Active Listings - 5000+Homes that went under contract - 153Settled Sales - 105
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By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
The Live Baltimore Home Center is preparing to host the"Greenlight Baltimore," a Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) related relocation fair and tour of Baltimore City on Saturday, April 12, 2008. This is a free event for individuals and families impacted by BRAC and considering relocation to Maryland in the next two-four years.This is a great opportunity for people to experience some of Baltimore's finest features and learn more about the area you are about to relocate to.Baltimore offers over 225 individual neighborhoods and each with it's own personality.  Joining this tour will give you the opportunity to experience Baltimore through the eyes of those that know it best and love nothing better than to show off Charm City. Live Baltimore is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promot...
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By Kim Wood, Kim Wood ~ The Tech Byte
(The Tech Byte)
I've written about my stepmom, Jennifer McCurdy before. She is an amazing potter. Her work is beyond my comprehension!If you are in the Baltimore area, and would like something facinating to do this weekend, stop at the: American Craft Council Art ShowBaltimore Convention CenterDATES AND SHOW HOURSFriday, February 22 (10 am - 9 pm)Saturday, February 23 (10 am - 6 pm)Sunday, February 24 (10 am - 5 pm)Jennifer McCurdy is at Booth#1404Please tell her you are a friend of mine and I told you to say HI !!!
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By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
The Baltimore neighborhood of Greater Lauraville is a Healthy Neighborhoods member. As such, there are a number of home improvement resources for local residents.  And, it is now possible for qualifying purchasers to receive a $10,000 matching grant for home improvements. Here's an overview of the products and services: TARGET BLOCKS: Are you on a Healthy Neighborhoods Target Block? To find out click here: http://www.healthyneighborhoods.org/pages/lauraville.html If you live on a target block you qualify for either the home renovation loan (detailed below) or the refinance/rehab loan. Both loan products are able to access the $10,000 matching grant. The refi/rehab loan's terms are always 1% below the Fannie Mae rate for 30 years. The loan amount may go up to 120% of the post-constructio...
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By Carson Porter
(Baltimoresun.com)
This one has been a long time coming! I'm sure most of you have heard of Results 1 Realty. Their office is right by my house in Pigtown and I've been talking to them for the better part of a year about the beauty of online advertising. I finally got the OK for a little test run and I'm sure the results are going to be amazing. Most of their listings are in Baltimore and under the $300k mark, which is a very popular combination with our readers. They are also very good about making sure every listing has lots of photos, which is another thing our users look for. If you want to check out their listings, just click on the logo below. And if you want more info on getting your listings online, just shoot me a quick email or comment. [Your browser does not support frames or is currently confi...
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By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
New City Partners, a Baltimore based developer is said to be buying 2.5 acres of land from the Baltimore and Ohio Museum to build 99 townhomes and condos as part of a "work force" housing project.  This was announced to the public a couple weeks ago along with their other plans for some commercial development in Washington Village. The same group is also said to be emarking on a project to revitalize the ailing Washington Blvd corridor too.  The City of Baltimore selected New City Partners winning bid for a large commercial property on the 700 block of Washington Blvd and they plan to have one or two first floor restaurants with apartments or condos on the upper floors. This is all great news for the residents of Pigtown or as newcomers would call it "Washington Village".  Washington Vi...
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Charles Village is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Baltimore. I actually have a happy hour coming up next week at the Brewer's Art. Too bad I'm not into independent films though. Maybe one of these days I'll make the move, but for now at least I get to drive through it every day on my way to work. Here is the Charles Village page on Baltimoresun.com. It is constantly updated with new articles, so keep checking back if this is a neighborhood you're interested in. I'd be interested to hear what you think about the area or our coverage of it, so don't be shy about leaving a quick comment. [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)
By Nick Gestido | Special to baltimoresun.com From high atop Brewers Hill, the neon face of Mr. Boh looks down across the tops of rowhomes and warehouses to the waterfront along Boston Street. The famous Baltimore icon has a fantastic view of Canton, a happening hotspot in southeast Baltimore. Once a booming hub of industry, Canton is now a trendy area for young urban professionals. Instead of foundries, warehouses and wharfs, you will now find a variety of restaurants, bars and nightclubs along the streets of Canton. The neighborhood is a melting pot -- a mixing of its industrial, blue-collar roots with the new "executive" face of the community. There is no better example of this blending than the American Can Company on Boston Street. Once a large canning facility, the rehabbed buildi...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
My favorite place in Baltimore City is in the 21209 ZIP code. That would be my house, of course. But besides having HomeRome's home, 21209 includes many of the things that make Baltimore attractive. Mount Washington is in the northwestern part of the city, and combines many of the pleasures of country living with easy access to the attractions of downtown Baltimore by way of the Jones Falls Expressway and Maryland's light rail system. The area is home to some 1,600 residences from 100-year-old mansions to modern condo developments. If you're looking for Georgian and Victorian architecture, this is a good spot to visit. Though it is now within the city limits, Mt. Washington began in the mid-nineteenth century as a place to escape Baltimore's oppressive summer heat. When the city became ...
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By Stuart Berman
(Ben Kona)
I believe one of the hardest aspects of selling a house is pricing.  I know agents reiterate the importance of appropriate pricing to their clients for quick and fair sales; however, the problem is most of the time the clients are not listening.  It is time for the client to start listening.  The current housing market is tough but I do not believe that the sky is falling or spiraling downward to our doom.  Despite what the newspapers say, houses are still selling.  This past Wednesday I went out to see some properties during the broker open's.  There was an open around the corner from where I live and was a house I wanted to see.  From the moment I walked into the house I felt that it had good bones and an inviting feel.  I said hello to the agent and the first words the agent said wer...
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By Carson Porter
(Baltimoresun.com)
Find your next home on Baltimoresun.com! It's the only place to find listings from real estate professionals, new home builders, as well as For Sale by Owner properties. Canton is a great neighborhood and is also one of our most popular searches. We currently have hundreds of active listings in the area. Use the search widget below to go right to all of our 21224 listings, including many you can't find anywhere else.
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By Richard Halpern
(Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT)
Baltimore City has hired a Washington, DC Law Firm to sue Wells Fargo Mortgage because it says that Wells Fargo gave sub-prime mortgages and too many fixed rate mortgages, at a high interest rates, to a large number of Minority home buyers that live in Baltimore City. Although a lot of these homeowners are facing foreclosure. If this works I'm sure that many other Cities will jump on the bandwagon with their own lawsuits. I feel that if the City wins this lawsuit, i'm sure that Mayor Dixon will want to reallocate the money among the homeowners facing foreclosure. At this tie Cleveland has also instituted suit against Wells Fargo.
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By Carson Porter
(Baltimoresun.com)
This is the headline of an article in today's Baltimore Sun.The article is really talking about the newest round of tax assessments. They are up about 25% from the last time they were revalued in 2004. What do you think about this article and the city's prospects vs other MD counties? It's hard for me to see my taxes going up as a good thing, especially since we already have the highest tax rate in MD. At least we get a great school system in return. Personal note: My middle school and my zoned high school (that thank God I tested out of) are both now boarded up. I got out just in time!
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
  3806 Clarks LaneBaltimore, Maryland 212153-4 Bedrooms3 Full Baths                              1 Half Bath    www.HomeRome.com 410-530-2400     Here is a charming all brick Colonial with great curb appeal in the Upper Park Heights Area of Baltimore city. Three spacious bedrooms are on the upper level with a master bathroom and a buddy bath between the other two bedrooms. Notice the refinished wood floors, ceiling fans and access to new roof top balcony. The modern eat in kitchen with stainless steel counter, dishwasher, disposal  and refrigerator has an adjoining breakfast room. These areas have new laminate easy care flooring. Enjoy entertaining and all your family and holiday meals in the large formal dining room with chandelier, bay window, built in corner cabinets and hardwood flo...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Okay, it's not Palm Beach or LA so you can't expect balmy weather. Baltimore is in the mid-Atlantic and that means we get chilly in January. But it's still a good time to visit, and I'm glad to have a chance to point out some of my favorite things about this city. Thanks to Margaret Harrington for asking! There's no season for history, and Baltimore has plenty. O say can you see? Of course you can at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. In September 1814, the star-shaped fort was the site of the Baltimore of Baltimore. On a ship some eight miles away, Francis Scott Key watched the bombardment and, when the smoke cleared, saw that the flag still waved. We still sing about it today. Fell's Point combines history and the pleasures of eating and shopping. This historic area d...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
3300 Olympia Ave                   Baltimore,Md 21215$269,9443 Bedrooms1 Full Bath1 Half Bath Convenient Pikesville, Upper Park Heights location!! This three bedroom split level has one full and one half bath. There is wall to wall carpet over hardwood floors..  In addition to the 3 upstairs bedrooms (all with double closets), there is a family room with built- in cabinets for storage, which could be a guest or fourth bedroom.  There is a large laundry room, workshop and loads of storage space in addition to the crawl space. Easy access to the back yard and patio.. The bright kitchen with dishwasher and a window over the sink, has an adjacent breakfast room with a door to the spacious patio for enjoying your morning coffee or backyard barbequing Company coming? Expansive living room an...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
In Baltimore's arts area there are plenty of choices – Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, The Maryland Institute College of Art, and The Lyric Opera House, plus other smaller venues. Visitors to Baltimore should hop the Light Rail and take the short ride north to this artful area. We recently visited the Lyric, and had a chance to rediscover this jewel of a concert hall. It's a magnificent old hall that opened with a Boston Symphony Orchestra in October 1894. Over the years, it has been the site of everything from jazz concerts to boxing matches, famous speakers to cooking exhibitions, hypnotists to magicians. Enrico Caruso sang here, Charles Lindbergh spoke here, Will Rogers joked here, and Leopold Stokowski conducted here. Since its first concert, the Lyric's acoustics have been rated among the...
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