Westminster, MD Real Estate News

By Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD
(Frankly Real Estate Inc.)
Halloween Week Count Down ~ Westminster, Maryland 2011 with Haunted Hayrides, Pumpkin Carving and Costume ideas too! 7 Monday - Oct. 24th - Monday Night Football Ravens vs Jaguars. At half time you can plan your spooky spectacular Halloween Week!Ravens are 4/1 and I can’t wait to see them put another WIN on the record. 6 Tuesday - Oct. 25th - Halloween Parade in Historic Downtown Westminster. Registration begins at 6pm on Monroe St. near Dutterer’s Park. The parade begins at 7pm via Pennsylvania Avenue to Main St. and ends on Longwell Avenue. This event is coordinated by the American Legion Post #31. Call 410-857-7953 for more information.5Wednesday - Oct. 26th  - GET That Pumpkin!  at Baugers or your favorite grocery store. It’s a good idea to take your stencil along when you choose yo...
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By Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD
(Frankly Real Estate Inc.)
Speechless Sunday ~ Leaf Blowers in the Rain Several days ago  I stopped to treat my self to a treat and this sight made me giggle and grab my camera. These men were using leaf blowers in the rain? I hope it gives you a giggle or other comments …. please do share : )Speechless Sunday ~ Leaf Blowers in the Rain?
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By Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD
(Frankly Real Estate Inc.)
Trunk or Treat at the Carroll County, Maryland YMCA! Free admission when you bring a healthy snack to share.It’s a Halloween Extravaganza! Ghosts and goblins will gather for Trunk or Treating, a magic show, crafts, games and snacks! Who:       The Carroll County YMCAWhat:      Happy Healthy Halloween ExtravaganzaWhen :    Friday, October 21, 2011              6pm - 8:30 pmWhere:    1719 Sykesville Road              Westminster, MD 21157For more info:  410-848-3660What’s Trunk or Treat? Decorate or dress up your car or trunk and hand out treats, just like you do at home from your front porch on Halloween. The children in costume go trunk to trunk collecting treats! It’s usually done in a community group - like the YMCA.Trunk or Treat at the Carroll County, Maryland YMCA!
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By Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD
(Frankly Real Estate Inc.)
Pumpkin Patch in Westminster, Maryland Baugers OrchardBaugers Orchardis ready to welcome you! Pick Your Own Pumpkins, Apples & Fall Harvest Weekends in October 10 am - 5 pm Also this Friday, October 21st! (because Carroll County Schools are closed) Baugers Orchard1236 Bauger Rd.Westminster, Maryland 21158Pick Your Own Hotline 410-857-0111   View Larger Map PLUS ~ Hayrides to the pumpkin patch, petting zoo and scarecrow workshop! Great fun for all ages! While you are there pick up Baugers Apples, fresh baked goods and head to the Baugers Family Restaurant  for a wonderful meal and don’t forget the fresh made ice cream and bakery items! Baugers Family Resturant 289 W. Main Street Westminster, Maryland 21158 410-848-7413   View Larger Map
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By Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD
(Frankly Real Estate Inc.)
“Your Safety is Yours” Realtor® SafetyAs Realtors® we go about our day as if we are safe because after all, we are at work, our work place is safe right? Our work all but requires us to put ourselves in precarious positions: late nights at the office, meeting strangers and open houses to name a few. At open houses we even advertise that we will be in a house, usually alone and for how long.When I first became a Realtor® I expected some type of class or system to be in place and I was dumbfounded when I was told, “no, there isn’t any training offered.” And so far I’ve found that to be very true, beyond the NAR’s tips and videos the security plan suggested was “Take someone with you.” A fellow Realtor®  and Active Rainer recommended this book The Gift of Fear by Gavin DeBecker. Although i...
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By Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD
(Frankly Real Estate Inc.)
Wordless Wednesday ~ The Fam Wordless Wednesday ~ The Fam at the Carroll County Regional Airport checking out the WWII Aircraft. This year Chris (aka Hubby) was able to join us. It’s a step back in time when you look at these enormous machines. Seeing messages to Hitler painted on the bombs and the gunners bubble hanging beneath the plane gave me chills. Our American Veterans are my hero's!Wordless Wednesday ~ The Fam
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By Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD
(Frankly Real Estate Inc.)
Wings of Freedom Historical Aircraft at Carroll County, Maryland Regional Airport October 7 - 10, 2011 Take a walk back in time and get a hands on up close tour of a flying fortress from days gone by. “Witchcraft”, Boeing B-17G and “Betty Jane”, North American TP-5 C Mustang will be at the Carroll County Regional Airport this weekend! It’s an amazing sight to see. 200 Airport Dr. Westminster, MD 21157 Adults $12.00 - Kids $6.00 Wings of Freedom Historical Aircraft at the Carroll County, Maryland Regional Airport.
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By Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD
(Frankly Real Estate Inc.)
3 Good Reasons Good Condition (or better) is important to the sale of your house We, most of us, live in our homes a lot differently than we would show our home. Sure, I’d like to have my home in show condition all the time, however, reality steps in. I have a busy schedule, a hubby, three children, three hair shedding furry children I don’t want to live without, and a full time (plus) career I love. I get it. It’s hard work keeping a home in show condition 24/7. Here are 3 things to remember that may ease the stress: 1.     It’s only temporary. Good condition (or better) reduces days on the market.2.     More money in your pocket. Good condition makes your negotiating stronger. If the house doesn’t need paint, the offer should not reflect the cost of paint and even a professional paint...
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By Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD
(Frankly Real Estate Inc.)
Carroll County Ag Center Corn MazeLearn about Carroll Counties Top 5 Agricultural products while you navigate the 3 miles of winding trails on 10  acres, the county's largest corn maze is at Carroll County Ag Center!Opening this Sunday, September 25 (delayed opening due to rain) at 2pm and running weekends through October 30th706 Agriculture Center Dr. Westminster, Maryland 21157 Friday  5-9pm Saturday 5-9pm Sunday 2-7 pm Admission: Adults $10/ Children $5 ages 3-12/Children 2 & under are FREEFor more information visit the website or call 410-848-6704    
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By Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD
(Frankly Real Estate Inc.)
The 4-H and FFA Fair is happening NOW! Carroll County, MarylandJuly 30th and through  August 5th, 8 am - 8 pm at the Farm Museum in Westminster, Maryland. The fair is celebrating it’s 113th year! Livestock exhibits, dog show, chainsaw carving, pig racing, hypnotist, live music, food, contests, Demolition Derby and so much more fun awaits for all ages at the 4-H and FFA Fair!Admission is FREE, parking is $5.00 after 4 pm each day. The 4-H and FFA Fair is the place to be this week, it’s happening NOW!
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By Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD
(Frankly Real Estate Inc.)
White’s Bicycles, Westminster, Maryland Get the bike fixed or get up every morning and drive Cole to work? My son Cole works on a local vineyard, just 2 miles away from home, an easy ride …. by bike to work and back home every day. His bike has experienced wear and tear over the past few years and wasn’t really safe to ride. When Cole came to me with the laundry list of repairs the bike needed I thought I may be cheaper to purchase a new bike.We took the bike to White’s Bicycles at 12 West Main Street in Westminster, Maryland where we found Megan working hard repairing customers bikes.  She dropped what she was doing and asked how she could help us. Cole spoke with her and asked her to take a look at the bike.She promptly walked out with us to the Jeep, Cole unloaded the bike, a Mongoos...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 Two Cats Were Sold ...Along with 28 Acres and a Cantilevered Contemporary!   I Sold Two Cats  ...they just happen to be part of 28 acres and a very unique contemporary home. Numerous posts have been written about one of my favorite properties...a Westminster Contemporary where you can live like you are on vacation all year round!                                                                   These two cats have known no other home...so it was natural for the new owners to take possession and continue to feed and care for these precious feral felines.  I was inspired by Sondra's third place win in the  Photoblogger Contest: Why Did You Leave Me?  Thank goodness these kitties were not left.                                              It was a smooth settlement and we celebrated with ...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
38 Bixler Church Rd.... Too Late !  Another HomeRome Listing Under Contract!  One of my favorite homes, also called The Chocolate House, has found  new buyers. They love this house and will be taking possession in less than thirty day. I think it was love at first sight. I am thrilled that these buyers found me through the internet and I was available to show the property this past weekend. They have even agreed to love and feed the two kitties.   A Year Round Vacation in Westminster, MD 3738 Bixler Church Rd. 21158 3738 Bixler Church Rd, Westminster, Maryland 21158 Cantilevered Contemporary on 28 Acres         Living Room as seen from above!                                             Two Story Slate Fireplace         First Floor Powder Room Granite counter and Glass Bowl Sink         ...
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By Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068
(SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061)
My Husband Took My 5 Year Old To A Peep Show! Well to be honest, I was there too.  Wait!  Before you call Child Protective Services, it was the 4th Annual PeepShow at the Carroll County Art Council 91 W. Main Street  Westminster, MD 21157 There are some crazy talented people creating masterpieces out of Peeps! These folks didn't listen when mom told them not to play with their food!   The entries were created by local artists, individuals and groups.  There were Peep Bunnies, Peep Chicks, even Peep Christmas Trees....some folks really plan ahead. Some used the entire Peep as is, some mushed the Peep, or allowed the Peep to dry out and shrivel.  Some Peeps were painted, covered in chocolate or even dressed up.  I saw Peeps playing soccer, running track and playing football.  There was ev...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Feed the Kitties...Feed the Birdies... While Showing 3738 Bixler Church Road, Westminster, MD 21158   These two gals always greet  me at the house... continually looking in the glass front door, jumping up to make themselves known. Why, because they know I will feed them.  And that is my pleasure! But they need to be a bit more patient...they need to know I have to get the house ready first! Security systems turned off, thermostat checked, doors unlocked, lights on, rooms opened up... all before prospective buyers arrive. 'Mom' (the black kitty on the left) and 'Sharkey' do not like to wait!  And they let me know! These pretty girls have beautiful green eyes, are spayed and will remain with the home for the new buyers....no extra charge!                                                  ...
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By Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD
(Frankly Real Estate Inc.)
Wordless Wednesday ~ A little Moo from Carroll County, MD I stopped for gas last night and when I opened my door I heard mooing! This little sweetheart & a few friends were in a transport truck on the way to a farm. I love Carroll County, MD’s farms and animals. This little one made me smile after a long day. I hope she has the same effect on you!  
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
  This is the best post ever about my very special listing at 3736 Bixler Church Rd in Westminster. This entire article was written by Carolyn Tann-Starr who made the Open House on Sunday such a treat.While I was showing the property to prospective buyers, C Tann was photographing the house and the natural beauty of the 28 acres. Please read and comment on Carolyn's post.   Half my gear is packed. I'm happy to be procrastinating... I am waiting to Skype with the wee people before I go back to New York City. Mikey is waiting for them to get off the school bus and I can't wait to tease Stephen, the Minion Blur and post the digital footage I captured while visiting Lucy's home.She has a neat bird feeder that's like Grand Central Station (LOL). I have 30 minutes of footage just for the feed...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 I have been quite Busy With Real Estate in Baltimore This Weekend. Starting on Friday taking phone calls for appointments. When I found out that I had not one but two showings on Bixler Church, a light bulb went off..why not make it an  Impromptu Open House       When I am already at a listing, already have a scheduled appointment, it is to our advantage to make it an OPEN HOUSE.   Open Houses Can Be For the Birds. You see there was another open house going on...dozens and dozens of birds feasting off one feeder. There was even a beautiful red headed woodpecker. I was torn between getting some good photos of the birds OR doing my job showing the property. You can see by the quality of the pictures what my decision was. That "X" in the snow...probably deer tracks.                    Aft...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
3738 Bixler Church Road Impromptu Open House 1-2 PM TODAY! I have an unusual situation but exciting in today's market. It is my listing and I have interest from several buyers so I am holding an impromptu open house and everyone is invited. The sellers are aware. it's in the MLS as open as well as on Craig's List.                                                            I have two showings scheduled so while at the home, I will have it OPEN from 1-2 PM                        It is also 16 degrees with a windchill. Yes I will be at 3738 Bixler Church Road in Westminster with multiple showings...so why not make it an open house. Is that COOL !!    When will there be a Baltimore Open House? When would you like it open? Bixler Church Road Impromptu Open House 1-2 PM TODAY!
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
When potential buyers are searching for special homes, they find my listings on the internet and contact me by email. Their question starts: "I am interested in the home at 3738 Bixler Church Rd in Westminster and would like like more information. What can you tell me about this home?'' Dear Buyer, I would be happy to call you to discuss this contemporary home. Until we have time to chat, I have included  floor plans and  photos for each of the four levels and a link to this contemporary Home. Please let me know if you have specific questions, concerns or would like to set up a private tour of one of my favorite homes, located five miles from the Carroll County Airport and  sitting on 28 private acres. My email and phone numbers are below and I look forward to hearing from you. "       ...
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