Westminster, MD Real Estate News

By Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD
(Frankly Real Estate Inc.)
Baugher’s Annual Yard Sale, Saturday, Nov. 3rd, 2012 ~ Westminster, MDBaugher’s Farm & Restaurant Westminster, MD Baugher’s is a household name in Carroll County, a family owned local farm, orchard  and restaurant celebrating 100 years! That’s a huge accomplishment for a family operating 600 acres, of course the family has grown through the years right along with the farm. There are many generations keeping the tradition and big business, moving forward. It’s peak baking season at Baugher's! Did you know you can order pies & dinner rolls to compliment your Thanksgiving Dinner? Nothing beats homemade, but Baugher’s fresh made pies with fruits grown in their own orchard is the next best thing. How about apple butter, sticky buns, sweet rolls, apple fritters or apple dumplings? All baked t...
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By Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD
(Frankly Real Estate Inc.)
Monday Market Report for Carroll County, MD 10/14-10/20/2012 Monday Market Report for Carroll County, MD 10/14-10/20/2012 24 Properties sold last week, median days on the market 57. The median sold price was $286,500, median original list price was $297,450 median list price at time of sale $290,000 with a ratio of 90.73% original list price to sold price ratio. From Taneytown, near the PA line, to Marriottsville, near the Baltimore County Line, real estate sales are on track to meet 2011 numbers of 100 units sold in October. Days on the market are down to less than half of 2011’s 136 days on the market. That’s a positive sign! Houses are being priced accurately and selling quickly. Factors that benefit both buyers and sellers in my opinion. Sellers, price it at fair market value from t...
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By Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD
(Frankly Real Estate Inc.)
Ghost Walk in Westminster, MD Halloween, October’s spooky fun tradition of neighborly gatherings and a parade of “trick-or-treat” as it’s finale also brings to mind ghost stories. Often more history than ghosts it’s fun to explore the local community and hear the stories of days & souls from long ago. Legend has it there are quite a few ghosts parading the streets, buildings and yards of Westminster, MD, one not so funny comedian, a doctors patient who died waiting to be seen one man so bitter and mean his bones would not stay buried! For all the ghostly, ghastly stories visit the Carroll County Public Library for details and to register  for the ghost walk and here these details and more. Ghost Walk schedule in Westminster, MD Wednesday, 10/10/2012 6:30 PM Friday, 10/12/2012 6:30 PM Mo...
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By Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD
(Frankly Real Estate Inc.)
Carroll County, Maryland Haunted Places ~ Crybaby Bridge Carroll County, Maryland Haunted Places ~ Crybaby Bridge The last several days have been rainy here in Carroll County, MD. That’s an understatement really, we have had torrential downpours followed by teasing peeks of sun and more and more rain. I’m not sure why I thought today would be beautiful and I’d take some fall community photos to go with my upcoming market reports. Looking out my window, nothing but big rain clouds and dark grey ominous skies. No new photos today! That’s ok, I have plenty to do. During my first appointment this morning the conversation turned to Carroll County, MD Haunted Places. I don’t think I’d ever given it much thought. Haunted places? In Carroll County? Gettysburg, PA sure, Bath, Maine sure, we’ve b...
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By Jeri Herl, CDPE, CLHMS, GRI
(Keller Williams Realty Centre)
  NEW CONSTRUCTION-Westminster MD Pfaff Builders Has New Homes for Sale I was sad to see The Christmas Shop in Taylorsville close down. For one thing, it had all the Dept 56 village pieces I collect. I even attended a class there and learned how to display my village with three levels of Styrofoam built up on a table top.   It was also nearby- a few minutes away and they had a soft serve ice cream stand on the small deck. Then I saw the new owner was sprucing up the exterior and repaving the parking lot. And WOO HOO, a new ice cream shop was opening!   So what does this have to do with new construction? Pfaff Builders Inc is a family owned business and this is now their new office building. They kept the local appeal of a very popular soft ice cream stand and it is operated by their fam...
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By Jeri Herl, CDPE, CLHMS, GRI
(Keller Williams Realty Centre)
  Thanks to my husband Ron's love and talent by landscaping our new home we have enjoyed watching our plantings grow since we moved into our new home six years ago. When buying real estate, new contstruction typically has a builders landscaping package which was a nice foundation. With the help of our grandson we were able to create a nice privacy wall of evergreens at the back of our lot and plant lots of perrenials to enjoy a  colorful display all s season long.     Low Maintenance Privacy Landscaping   Here are a few of the beautiful homes I have sold with nice landscaping done 3599 Gillis Falls Road 1770 Heatherwood Way 4219 Iroquois Drive   If you are preparing your home for sale in Maryland check out all the seller resources on our website www.HerlHomeDreamTeam.com When you are bu...
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By Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD
(Frankly Real Estate Inc.)
Westminster Community Pond ~ Westminster, MarylandThe Westminster Community Pond is a tranquil setting for people of all ages. Stop by and enjoy a quiet moment, maybe a walk around the pond. Bring the children for some fun at the playground & watch the ducks and geese. Remember, don’t feed the ducks, our ideal snacks may not be good for them or for the water quality of the pond. Westminster Community Pond this 33 acre park is located at MD 140 (Baltimore Blvd.) and MD 97 North(Littlestown Pike) in Westminster, Maryland.    View Westminster Community Pond in a larger map Westminster Community Pond ~ Westminster, Maryland
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By Jeri Herl, CDPE, CLHMS, GRI
(Keller Williams Realty Centre)
The Sun Valley/ Franklin View community is located in Westminster, MD 21157 near Taylorsville and borders Mount Airy, MD. With approximately 130 homes, half of the homes are 7-10 years old with the original section that were built approximately 20 years ago. There is currently one home available built by Senate Homes 7 years ago in the Franklin View section and is offered at a bargain priced for this size home on 3 acres!  For more information on short sales in Carroll County:  Carroll County Short Sales   These are my listings that have sold in Sun Valley this year:  2227 Cherokee Drive, Westminster MD 21157  $515,000     4707 Navajo Drive, Westminster MD 21157   $375,000         2201 Cherokee Drive, Westminster MD 21157  $360,000     2222 Cherokee Drive, Westminster MD 21157    $499,0...
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By Jeri Herl, CDPE, CLHMS, GRI
(Keller Williams Realty Centre)
NEW CONSTRUCTION IN DOVES CREST WESTMINSTER, MD   USA Today recently reported Housing Starts in June were the highest in four years. This is evidenced right here in Southern Carroll County which has several neighborhoods with new construction by quality builders like this one in Doves Crest Westminster, MD. Doves Crest is an impressive community built by Pfaff Builders, Inc., Doves Crest is situated on gently rolling countryside in Westminster, Maryland, and boasts custom homes of enduring beauty, high quality, and exceptional value. Doves Crest in Westminster, MD will have  32 homesites at its completion. All lots are 1+ acres and include well and septic. There are several lots left in the subdivision site plan. The price range in Doves Crest Westminster, MD  is from $487.000- $725,000...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Ellie McIntire | The McIntire Team of Keller Williams Greater Howard County | (443) 418-7668 1608 Carriage Hill Dr, Westminster, MD Gorgeous, Wide Open Single Family Home in Desirable Westminster, MD 4BR/2BA Single Family House offered at $245,000 Year Built 1976 Sq Footage 1,028 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 2 full, 0 partial Floors Unspecified Parking 2 Lot Size 24,001 sqft HOA/Maint $0 per month DESCRIPTION This lovely 4 bedroom 2 bath split foyer is a MUST SEE! Located on a nice street backing up to forestry, Carriage Hill is the perfect blend of quiet and bustling as its only two miles away from the Westminster metropolis. Initially a home with tons of potential, the buyers have put in the sweat equity necessary to transform this home into a pristine work of art. The beautiful, wide open u...
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By Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068
(SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061)
3 bedroom home in Westminster on just over 1/2 acre of land. This one is a must see, lovingly updated and cared for. Westminster, MD For Sale By Owner 1608 Carriage Hill Drive Westminster, MD 21157 THIS ONE HAS THE WOW FACTOR! Home Photo Gallery Virtual Tour Property Map Payment Info Request Showing Amy Therit Daytime:410-876-9298 Evening:410-876-9298 eMail:Contact Price : $259,900 Bedrooms : 3 Bathrooms : 2 Square Foot : 1,028 Lot Size : 24,001 County : Carroll Property Type : FSBO Year Built : 1976 click for more information and pictures Property Description This lovely 3 bedroom 2 bath split foyer is a MUST SEE! The beautiful, wide open upstairs living area has been completely updated. It's the perfect home for entertaining while being cozy enough for every day. Through the dining ro...
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By Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD
(Frankly Real Estate Inc.)
Carroll County Association of RealtorsAnnual Community BLOOD DRIVEWe need more people to give and would love to sign you up.  We have many openings from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.  The time slots are every 15 minutes.Please call:  Diana Armacost 410-857-3003Or CCAR 410-876-3530  To schedule your Life-Saving donation “LEAVE A LASTING IMPRESSION…GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE” “TOGETHER, WE CAN SAVE A LIFE”  Thursday, March 15, 2012Westminster VFW - 519 Poole RoadTime: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.Who is eligible to give blood?   Donors must: Be generally in good health Be at least 17 years old or 16 years old with written parent consent Weigh at least 110 pounds Have NOT received a tattoo within the past year Have NOT donated whole blood within the past 56 days If you make an appointment please be mindful that it is ve...
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By Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD
(Frankly Real Estate Inc.)
Exploring Westminster, MarylandExploring Westminster, Maryland was named by William Winchester after his home town in England “Westminster” Winchester is said to have purchased 167 acre tract of land in 1754, 258 years ago. I often wonder what life was like in days gone by.   This is a photo I took recently of City Hall. Exploring Westminster, Maryland
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By Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD
(Frankly Real Estate Inc.)
Great day at the Town Mall of WestminsterIt was actually warm enough for some yard work, a nice walk, riding a bike what ever your favorite outdoor activity is. Temps reached 59 today, unseasonably warm in Maryland for this time of year. I saw a few flip flops, tank tops and shorts around town.  I thought the mall would be empty with Christmas just two weeks ago I’m happy to report I was wrong, it was busy! Great day at the Town Mall of Westminster
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By Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD
(Frankly Real Estate Inc.)
Welcome to the Carroll County Career and Technology Center! How exciting …. CONGRATULATIONS COLE !  Cole has been accepted in the Welding Technology program I’m not sure who's more excited, Cole or me! I think this is perfect for him and we are counting the days until he begins his journey as a welder. Students from high schools across Carroll County have the opportunity to apply for the programs offered at CCCTC.Welcome to the Carroll County Career and Technology Center!
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By Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD
(Frankly Real Estate Inc.)
Westminster, Maryland Market Report November 2011 ~ 21158 & 21157The average: detached home sold price $244,175 number of homes sold 22 days on the market 191 seller subsidy $4,999 property age in years 34 number of bedrooms 4 number of baths 2 number of ½ baths 1 Carroll County, MarylandThe average: detached home sold price $285,752 number of homes sold 88 days on the market 151 Homes went under contract 67Homes New on the market  156Remember,there is a lot more to home buying than statistics, hire a Buyers Agent you feel comfortable with so your best interest is protected. Search Westminster Homes ~ 21157   21158 Carroll County, Maryland a great place to live! Manchester, Maryland Real Estate Market Report Call me, I love to talk real estate! 443-286-4365 Source: MRIS Information deem...
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By Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD
(Frankly Real Estate Inc.)
Maryland and Pennsylvania Meet UP! A great success!Maryland and Pennsylvania Meet Up! Today in Westminster at the Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grill was a huge success! The crowd was small however, the laughs were big. I’m glad I stepped out of my comfort zone or I would have really missed out.Bridget McGee and I were a party of two but a party non the less, we had a great Meet UP! at the Green Turtle in Westminster. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Bridget before, RainCamp in Atlantic City, however, it was nice to meet up and talk about business, family and of course ActiveRain. The Greene Turtle in Westminster was a venue I would defiantly choose again. The staff was wonderful, the food was delicious, so much that we forgot to photograph it. Thanks April & Rhonda for making us feel welc...
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By Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD
(Frankly Real Estate Inc.)
Will Christmas be cancelled? Westminster, MarylandWill Christmas be cancelled if we don’t shop Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, in my opinion, should be about loved-ones, a time of reflection and thanks, good food and of course football. Do we really need to shop on Thanksgiving Day?  Stores opening as Early as 9 pm on Thanksgiving Day …. really?! What’s your opinion? DO WE really need to shop on Thanksgiving Day? Would anyone else like to bring back blue laws? Blue laws began changing in the late 70’s early 80’s. (Blue laws in Maryland, in short, prohibited wholesale & retail establishments from opening on Sunday for a “day of rest.” Recently even laws prohibiting the sale of alcohol on Sundays have changed. Strange to me because businesses were closed on Sundays when I was growing u...
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By Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD
(Frankly Real Estate Inc.)
FIRST NATIONWIDE TEST OF THE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM Test to Take Place November 9 at 2 p.m. EDT Please share this national information WASHINGTON, D.C. -   Today, Diane M. Phillips, REALTOR®  announced that on November 9 at 2:00 p.m. ET, the federal government will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS).  The test will last up to three and a half minutes. During this period, regularly scheduled television, radio, cable, and satellite shows will be interrupted as the system is being tested.   Diane M. Phillips, Realtor® would like to ensure that all of her family, friends, clients customers, colleagues  and the larger public are aware that this event will be just a test, and not a real emergency alert.  “I believe this test is important because as a mom my ...
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By Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD
(Frankly Real Estate Inc.)
Carroll County, Maryland Real Estate Market Report ~ Featuring Westminster 21157 & 21158 Oct. 25, 2010 Let's take a closer look at …... Westminster for the last 7 days. Westminster, our county seat, combines both historic downtown area 21157 and rural 21158. It’s important to look at the statistics separately because housing is local and even hyper local as in this case with the property just 6 miles apart in some cases, the price is effected.  For example, in September 2011 the Average detached home sold price for 21157 was $222,227 and for 21158 was $219,888. That’s a difference of $2,339 which can make or break a deal. If you  look at the county averages listed below you can see another example of the difference between local & hyper local. Real estate pricing is all about LOCAL & HY...
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