Westminster, MD Real Estate News

By Jeri Herl, CDPE, CLHMS, GRI
(Keller Williams Realty Centre)
My neighbor said her friend owns Jeannie Bird Baking Company on Historic Main Street in Westminster and was a great place to grab a breakfast sandwich and order some baked goodies to go. My husband and I headed out on a Friday morning to do just that and be on our way to do some errands in Westminster. It was well worth the stop because you can order your egg sandwich the way you like it and the coffee was excellent.   Everything is baked fresh so my sandwich was on the multigrain roll which was yummy. My husband ordered his on a pumpkin biscuit, but he thought it was too dry for his liking. The fresh brewed coffee came with refills and the bakery goods were perfect. I had the almond croissant and my husband had a cinnamon roll. The tables are seat yourself and bus your own tables, howe...
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By Jeri Herl, CDPE, CLHMS, GRI
(Keller Williams Realty Centre)
Do Short Sales Affect Neighborhood Values? When a for sale sign goes up in any neighborhood, it is not apparent whether or not it is being sold as a short sale or a standard sale. Although it is allowable to have these type of sign riders, the sellers may feel there is a stigma, so why advertise it?   The house may sell quickly, and neighbors may be curious why the sign is up so long, but a short sale can take much longer than just a buyer and seller agreeing to the terms of a contract in order for it to close within 30-45 days. There is a delay since a "third party approval" is required for the bank to accept the sale amount that is lower than the mortgage balance. That can take 60-90 days, and sometimes longer. Once in awhile it can be very quick, but that is an acception to the rule!...
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By Jeri Herl, CDPE, CLHMS, GRI
(Keller Williams Realty Centre)
Should You Work With A Neighborhood or Area Specialist?    The answer is yes, even though there are factors to consider. I know it was hard for me when a best friend who had used me to sell a family member's house informed me that they were moving and were deciding who to hire between two very active agents who both lived in their neighborhood. My feelings were bruised because I had an in depth knowledge of their house and I had listed and sold some homes in their neighborhood as well. I also had the same access to the same pricing data as every other agent had. Working by repeat and referral is what I always strive for!   Do I wish they had picked me or at least gave me a chance to compete? YES! Do I think they made the best choice between the two agents they interviewed? YES! I had wo...
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By Jeri Herl, CDPE, CLHMS, GRI
(Keller Williams Realty Centre)
Today is still part of the 12 days of Christmas and I am glad we still have our Christmas tree and lighted Dickens Village up as I look out the bay window at the first snow of 2015 in Carroll County MD! As you can see, the table top village continues on the floor with a train that goes under the table and the Victoria Station is in the middle. There is an ice skating ring with motion, a mill house, a farm house and barn with animals under the tree!   When we moved to the Sun Valley neighborhood in Taylorsville I collected some of the Dept 56 pieces of my already established Dickens Village collection from the wonderful Christmas Shop that was near the corner of Rt26 and Rt27. I attended a class there and learned how to layer the table top display in different heights. I was sad to see ...
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By Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD
(Frankly Real Estate Inc.)
The Westminster MD  Miracle on Main Street Electric Holiday Parade was a huge success! The annual parade is a fun family event for all ages. In Carroll it is a commencement of the holiday season.   The frosty temps didn’t stop the participants or the crowd from having a wonderful time. There were high school marching bands, a baton twirling champion, creative holiday floats created by local businesses and walking groups, like our group, members of Carroll County REALTORS® Association and our amazing supportive family members (Claire and I bundled up pictured above) handing out candy and wishing folks a Merry Christmas! Thanks again to the City of Westminster, MD Recreation and Parks  for putting together Miracle on Main Street Electric Holiday Parade, Westminster MD.    
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By Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD
(Frankly Real Estate Inc.)
Come join us at the Miracle on Main Street holiday event in Downtown Westminster on Saturday, November 29th. The Miracle on Main Street event is actually a series of fun activities for young and old alike to enjoy and get into the holiday spirit. The activities include the electrifying Holiday Electric Parade, preceded by the Jingle Bell Run, the lighting of the holiday tree, caroling with the Westminster Municipal Band, Santa's Treat for Kids, chatting with Santa and more!   Jingle Bell Run/Walk Come join The City of Westminster Recreation and Parks for the Jingle Bell Run/Walk. Wear a holiday themed costume or tie jingle bells to your shoelaces and kick off the holiday with a fun run and other festivities. Celebrate the season with family and friends in historic downtown Westminster, ...
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Celebrating Fall at the Carroll County Farmers Market   “Celebrating Fall” is the theme for the Carroll County Farmers Market this Saturday, October 4, 2014. The hours are from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  There will be 65 vendors with handmade crafts, fall decorations, pumpkins, gourds, produce, home baked goods, gourmet foods, fresh eggs, farm raised beef, pork, lamb, and emu, nuts, honey, and fall mums. The market is located at the Carroll County Ag Center, Westminster, Maryland. Follow the signs to the Ag Center. If you have questions, call Anita Bullock at 410-848-7748   www.carrollcountyfarmersmarket.com     Photograph by Roy Kelley Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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Carroll County Farmers Market, September 6th   Saturday, September 6, 2014 is the Carroll County Farmers’ Market Harvest Weekend.  This is the last date of the Summer Season at the Carroll County Farmers’ Market. This will be your last chance to stock up on local produce including apples, potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, cantaloupe, watermelon, corn, pumpkins and more.  The plant vendors will have mums of every color for sale.  Also, don’t forget the 2nd annual Celebrating Fall show on October 4th  for all of your fall decorating needs. The hours for the fall show will be 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The food stands provide home baked goods, including cakes, pies, scones, cookies, breads, rolls and biscotti. You will also find jams and jellies, honey, nuts, and more. There will also be farm fresh...
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Carroll County Farmers’ Market, Saturday, August 23rd   On August 23, 2014 the Carroll County Farmers’ Market is celebrating the best of summer.  The hours are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Customers will be able to purchase the best produce that the summer has to offer: apples, peaches, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, sweet corn, blackberries, pears, lima beans, potatoes, watermelons, and cantaloupes. 50 vendors will participate with all local fresh fruits and vegetables, farm fresh eggs, farm raised beef, lamb, and pork, nuts, jams and jellies, honey, baked goods, gourmet foods, handmade crafts and plants. Breakfast and lunch are served. Items include fresh made pancakes, egg sandwiches and homemade slices of pie and cake. The weekly craft demonstration is by Sheri Crivelli – “Glass Etching”. Th...
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By Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD
(Frankly Real Estate Inc.)
Carroll County, MD Parents: New Vaccines Needed for kindergarten & 7th grade students  2015-15 school year.   The Carroll County Health Department announced new vaccine requirements and immunization clinics  available for students entering kindergarten and 7th grade.   Students entering kindergarten: 2nd Dose of Varicella vaccine aka Chicken Pox   Students entering 7th grade: MCVS (Meningococcal) vaccine  aka Meningitis. Tdap vaccine (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis  aka Whooping Cough)   These vaccines are needed in addition to the current school vaccination requirements. Your child can get the vaccinations from his or her doctor or you may bring them to the Carroll County Health Department for free immunizations on 8/27/2014 between 7 am & 1pm.   FAQ's Regarding the new Vaccine Require...
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Peach Festival, Carroll County Farmers’ Market, Saturday, Aug. 9th   This Saturday, August 9, 2014 is the date for the 19th Annual Peach Festival at the Carroll County Farmers’ Market in Westminster, Maryland. The hours are from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Peach Festival is the Markets’ biggest event of the summer. The Market also plays host to the Brain Injury Association’s “Eat  A Peach Bike Ride”. There are activities for the kids, food and entertainment by the General Store Band. The Market will be open from 8:00am to 2:00pm this Saturday. Free peach treats and recipes are provided by vendors for customers’ enjoyment. Local peaches and peach sundaes, peach ice cream, peach cobblers, peach pies, peach cakes, and other food items are offered for sale. The peach ice cream is wonderful! 75 ven...
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By Jeri Herl, CDPE, CLHMS, GRI
(Keller Williams Realty Centre)
Country Charm! 3537 Salem Bottom Rd Westminster MD 21157 NEW PRICE $317,000 Welcome home to this wonderful well maintained home that sets off the road surrounded by rolling hills and pastures. Quality, value and move-­in condition make this the perfect choice for your new home! There is abundance of space with a huge Family Room addition, three bedrooms and a main level Library/Office that can also serve as a guest room or possible fourth bedroom.  There are two full Bathrooms on the main level and the half Bath on the lower level and are all updated. The Kitchen has updated appliances too! No Improvements needed since this home offers new doors, new siding, roof, gutters, downspouts and most windows have been replaced, including a beautiful Bay window in the Living Room! Front Exterior...
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Carroll County Farmers’ Market, Saturday, July 12th   This Saturday, July 12, 2014 is the date for the Christmas in July event at the Carroll County Farmers’ Market in Westminster, Maryland. The summer market hours are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday until September 6, 2014. Many of the Christmas Market Vendors will be giving a sneak peak of what is going to be available at the Winter market. Yes, there will be door prizes.  Local fresh produce available this week: lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, onions, peas, blueberries, radishes, zucchini, beets, squash, cucumbers, garlic, cherries, peppers, green tomatoes, collards, herbs, cabbage, peaches and cantaloupes. Homemade cakes, pies, scones, biscotti, cupcakes, muffins, cookies, and breads will be available as well as farm fresh eggs, far...
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Quilt Day at the Carroll County Farmers' Market   This Saturday, June 28, 2014, will be Quilt Day at the Carroll County Farmers’ Market in Westminster, Maryland.  The hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participating in this special event will be The Piecemaker Quilters, a group of quilters whose mission is to make quilts for veterans on any conflict.  The group will be demonstrating hand quilting, machine quilting, Hawaiian appliqué, as well as quilts in different stages of completion.  Simply Staching, formally known as the Quilt Patch will be present with demonstrations and products to sell as well as our own vendors displaying antique and new quilts of their own throughout the market. Demonstrations this week will be: machine quilting by Elaine Esworthy, knitting and crocheting by Herdis Mos...
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Carroll County Farmers’ Market, Saturday, June 14th   This Saturday, June 14, 2014, is the opening day for the 43rd summer season at the Carroll County Farmers’ Market in Westminster, Maryland. The market will be open on 13 consecutive Saturdays through Sept. 6th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Customers will be able to purchase locally grown produce featuring asparagus, lettuce, rhubarb, spinach, strawberry’s, yellow squash, onions, summer turnips, kale, Swiss chard, and collards.  There will also be farm raised beef, pork, lamb, emu, honey, and fresh eggs. The Home Baked Goods stands will be filled with homemade cakes, pies, breads, scones, cupcakes, and cookies. Other food items include jams, jellies, gourmet dips and sauces. This week’s demonstration is “Pet Portraits” by Diane Bauer an...
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By Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD
(Frankly Real Estate Inc.)
Carroll County, MD Are you looking for home improvement ideas? Does spring fill your mind with fresh new ideas? I’m dreaming about a new deck, new floors or maybe that expanding the kitchen! Wait! I’d better slow down and do some serious planning.   This weekend the Carroll County Home Show is a great opportunity to explore current trends with local professionals. Don’t forget to think about the return on your investment and what’s customary in your market. Are you staying in the home for a while or improving to sell your home for maximum return? Adjust your perspective to match your goals.   As always, I’m available to assist you with your real estate decisions. Call, text or email today! Visit Real Estate Philling Station for more information. See you at the home show!   2014 Carroll...
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By Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD
(Frankly Real Estate Inc.)
Carroll County Career and Technology Center SkillsUSABoosters  Fundraising Night   Spaghetti Dinner Adults $8.00 Age 6-12 $5.00 Age 5 and under Free Tuesday, March 25, 2014 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Carroll County Career and Tech Center 1229 Washington Road Westminster, MD 21157
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By Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD
(Frankly Real Estate Inc.)
Carroll County Career and Technology Center   SkillsUSA Boosters  Fundraising Night Eat wings & raise funds Wednesday, March 12, 2014   6:00 - 9:00 p.m.   At the   Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar 404 Englar Road Westminster, MD 21157     On the day of the event, BWW will donate 15% of all pre-taxed food sales (less alcohol and promotional discounts) from any guest that presents the fundraising ticket. ~ email me, Diane, for free tickets! DianeJustSold@gmail.com   Please put BWW Tickets in the subject line.   Eat wings & raise funds @ Buffalo Wild Wings! See you there!  
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By Jeri Herl, CDPE, CLHMS, GRI
(Keller Williams Realty Centre)
  Expiration of Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act Affects Short Sales Prior to the Mortgage Foreclosure Debt Forgiveness Act of 2007 that was extended through this year, the IRS rule is that the amount owed that the banks forgive in a short sale will become taxable income to the seller. There are recent articles in CNN Money this month on the mortgage tax break expiring Jan 1 2014 and how it can mean high tax bills for distressed homeowners who short sale their homes. After reading these articles and spending time reading all the heated online comments by readers, I am amazed at all the mis-information and opinions that people who have not had a hardship have. With the fiscal cliff looming once again, the extension of this program is not a priority to our lawmakers. Some of the angry...
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By Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD
(Frankly Real Estate Inc.)
Giving Tuesday is inspiring! Giving Tuesday is inspiring! You’ve heard of Black Friday, Cyber Monday? Well heres a new day in the Holiday Season - a day to give back! Giving Tuesday! www.givingtuesday.org   Following the rush of the holiday season GivingTuesday is a wonderful movement to give to others in our communities. Giving Tuesday serves as a kickoff to the giving season. Give in ways that matter to us, as individuals, as families.  Donate food, blankets, clothing, time, education and of course money.  I’m giving because I care! I’m giving because I love to give!   One simple and somewhat small way I love to give regularly is to send a card, personally written and if I have time, hand made. Some cards are for holidays however, the really others are just because. I get to feel good...
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