Baltimore County, MD Real Estate News

By June Piper-Brandon, Creating Generational Wealth Through Homeownership
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Catonsville Branch - Baltimore County Public LibraryOn February 18, 2023, the Catonsville Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library located at 1100 Frederick Road will be closing for renovations.  It is estimated that the library will be closed for a year. The renovations will include some updates and the addition of a recording studio with mixing booths.  This will all customers the ability to record music, podcasts, and more for free.  While the library is closed customers can use the Arbutus Branch located at 855 Sulphur Spring Road in Arbutus or any of the other 19 branches of the Baltimore County Public Library. 
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Prepare Your Sellers For The Home Inspection Time to talk about home inspections and let the seller know what to expect.With a smile, I say it is simultaneously similar to a root canal and a colonoscopy. Here are a few things to help sellers get ready:First, have the sellers leave the house!Let them know it could be several hours. It could be 1-2 or 5-6 but let them know you will stay in touch. They need to be available by phone, especially if there are any questions. Suggest they have clothes in the washing machine and the dryer, dishes in the dishwasher, and the appliance set to "start."You've now made it easy for the inspector ...who does not have to "figure out" your appliances.Make sure all the windows and doors open and close and are not blocked.Ensure access to the attic, the ele...
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By June Piper-Brandon, Creating Generational Wealth Through Homeownership
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Quilt Show - Baltimore Heritage Quilters - 4/22-23/23Our biannual quilt show is coming up!!  I have been a long-time member of Baltimore Heritage Quilters.  Our quilt show is an opportunity for our members to showcase the projects they have been working on for the last several years since our last show would have fallen during covid.  So, save the date - April 22 and 23, 2023 at Maryland State Fairgrounds in the 4H/Home Arts Building.  There's plenty of free parking.Admission is $12 at the door, and $10 in advance (from March 1). Over 300 Quilts Buy It or Bid Auction Quilted Items Stash to Treasure Sale Members Boutique Vendor Mall Demos and Tours Sewing Machine Raffle Raffle Baskets Raffle Quilt
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
My marketing targets buyer needs. As a listing agent, I have many potential buyers waiting for the right house. So if I find them a home, I can put theirs on the market.  If you are thinking about buying or selling a homeCall Margaret Rome
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 My day was made when I checked my email and found this lovely note from one of my most recent sellers.   ''My experience working with Margaret Rome was amazing.  I’ve moved many times over the years due to work transfers, and know it’s a process of choosing a realtor. Margaret was the first realtor I called.  As soon as she walked into the house, all she saw was the positives and potential.  Her knowledge and passion for real estate and the local market was impressive.  She also understood how difficult it was for me to sell my late brother’s house and was very patient, kind and helpful as I prepared it to go on the market.  She was always available if I had a question and never failed to contact me before a showing and after to share any comments made.  Her various marketing tools gav...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
It All Depends on Who You Talk To I've been talking with people about the current real estate market in the past week. Ask the man who just sold his house, and he'll say the market is excellent. Ask the woman whose house has been listed for several months, and she'll tell you the market is terrible. The truth is they're both right. I talked with a man who bought his house two years ago and wants to ask for several hundred thousand more. I thought, "Terrific! He must have made some great improvements. Maybe there's an addition, a new kitchen, or a pool with a hot tub." But he hadn't - all he had done was paint. I had to tell him that the market would not support that price bump these days.But a house priced right with a fair profit for the seller and a good value for the buyer will sell....
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By June Piper-Brandon, Creating Generational Wealth Through Homeownership
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Baltimore County Restaurant Week - January 13 - 22, 2023Restaurant Week is organized by Baltimore County Tourism in conjunction with several Chambers of Commerce and Business Forums and is held twice a year.  The purpose is to bring increased business to Baltimore County restaurants and promote Baltimore County's local flavor.  There are many restaurants throughout the county that participate.  You can find a complete list here.  Some of my favorites are:BlueStone - 11 W. Aylesbury Rd, Timonium, MD 21093DePaola's Pub - 1401 Sulphur Spring Rd, Arbutus, MD 21227El Guapo - 729 A Frederick Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228Glyndon Grill - 4844 Butler Rd, Glyndon, MD 21071Check out the list and see what the offerings are, it might be a great opportunity for you to try someplace new.
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
With interest rates doubling recently from the low threes to seven percent, it has reduced the buying power by 30-40%. That means as the rate, hopefully, drops, buyers can afford more house. They can also refinance if that happens.As John Meussner  in California states: " if rate increases put potential buyers on the sidelines, it would reason that reduced rates would bring buyers back to the market." Don't stop looking! As more homes come on the market, there should be more room to negotiate. Maybe you don't have to go to your maximum loan limit. Perhaps you can get a home more reasonably now. Many buyers have quit looking, and many sellers are in a position where they are ready to sell fast. The good thing is the feeding frenzy has calmed down. The multiple offers have slowed down, an...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Friggatriskaidekaphobia... What A Great Word! It is Friday the 13th! Do you know anyone who has friggatriskaidekaphobia?  The definition of friggatriskaidekaphobia is a severe fear of Fridays that fall on the thirteenth.Here's an interesting fact:  Any month's 13th day will fall on a Friday if the month starts on a Sunday.Some clients have asked not to settle on Friday the 13th, and others will not live on the 13th floor of an elevator building. Some high-rise buildings go from 12 to 14 and skip thirteen. (Do they think the 14th floor is not the 13th?)   We make our luck...good or bad. If you wake up with an "oh no, it's the 13th,'' and it happens to be Friday...you have already set yourself up for a not-so-good day. Just because a listing does not appraise, the air conditioner is not ...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Help me find a house for these newlyweds. Here's a description of what we are looking for.A modest home with two or more bedrooms and two baths in Baltimore County, Harford County, or Carroll County. Our budget is up to three hundred thousand, and we would like to settle before summer. I'm confident, with enough help, we can find this home.An open kitchen and separate dining room would be ideal. Stone or brick would be perfect.  We are looking for a single-family home with parking, a garage would be ideal, but a driveway is a  must. We are looking for Central air conditioning and gas heat, a deck or porch, and an open floor plan. A side street away from traffic and a small yard not too close to neighbors.Help me find the right house with many of the above features.Thinking of selling yo...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
What do you fear, what are you afraid of, and what keeps you from living a full life?Umar Hameed is going to answer these questions on Sunday.My radio guest is an expert in changing individual behavior. He uses techniques and tools of Applied Neuroscience and NLP to make individuals and organizations more successful. He has been the Keynote Speaker in 16 countries and held a briefing at the white house. He's the author of three books, and his latest title is Unleash Your Crazy Sexy Brain.  Please tune in Sunday, January 8, to listen toUmar Hameed & Margaret Rome  
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
I am grateful for this heartfelt letter from my beautiful buyer.    ''Margaret Rome - A Force of NatureI am a retired professional woman and first-time property buyer who sought Margaret Rome’s help to buy a condominium. Margaret Rome, an amazing, skilled realtor, exceeded all my expectations and helped me find the perfect condominium.Margaret took me in hand; provided ongoing buyer education and reassurance; guided me relative to my purchase; maintained a watchful, close eye on events as they unfolded, and kept her hand on the process from inception to sale completion! Never was such a naïve buyer so lucky to find such a “mama bear” realtor!During the peak of summer vacations Margaret secured a seasoned housing inspector and stayed with me while he performed the inspection and detailed...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
A too late sign for 1031 Hartmont RdCatonsville, MD 21228MLS#MDBC2050468 We found the right buyer for this four-level split with additions, a pool, pond, basketball hoop, and outbuildings. Notice the double granite islands, a gourmet kitchen, gas cooking, and premium appliances.  The primary bedroom is 26 x 17 with five windows and a 14' walk-in dressing area with a half bath.Large dining room with access to the pool and she-shed? And a bonus is the in-law or guest suite with direct access to the carport.We found the lucky buyer and look forward to closing next month. If you want a too late and sold on your home Call Margaret Rome  
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
January 2023 Marketing Challenge!Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Broker, and Aura Alex are co-hosts for this contest and are asking for our most effective marketing tips and practices that have led to success in the real estate business. Being a big believer in marketing, this is fun.  There are many ways to market, brand, and advertise. It is our job to let the folks know we are in real estate! It is not their job to remember!Half the advertising does not work, but do we know which half? There are so many ways of marketing. Check out other marketing Consistency is my marketing secret, including my weekly advertising, blogging, and radio show.  Since I build my listing inventory at the end of the year, I have been having an excellent  December and January. But I need to be careful not to ...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
2614 Molton Way 21244, Kingswood Commonis TOO LATEMLSBC2054802We found the right buyer for this adorable and affordable two-bedroom townhouse with two assigned parking spaces right in front.One and a half baths, an eat-in kitchen, dining and living room, and a full-sized washer and dryer. The sliding glass doors lead to the patio—no grass to cut or snow to shovel.  This is an energy-efficient interior Townhouse with low Condo fees of $165 per month.2614 Molton Way is conveniently located to the beltway, shopping, and metro station.This brick two-level  Kingswood Common Condo is in Baltimore County but is TOO LATE.Click To See PhotosFor information on any homeCall Margaret Rome
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
One of my clients is moving out of state when her home is sold. She asked how to find a Realtor® to help in her new area. Easy peasy! Just give me the city, state, and zip; with my connections, I can find an experienced agent in every state. This comes from my long-standing participation in ActiveRain. Usually, in one or two phone calls, I can hook you up with a professional, seasoned agent in your desired area.Moving is less stressful when you already have someone working for you in your chosen area. Give me a call so we can find you the best Realtor® for your needs. So the client above asked how to find an agent. Within 24 hours, I had the right person and introduced the two of them. My seller is now looking forward to her search in Virginia and knows she is in good hands. Just anothe...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
3932 McDonogh RdRandallstown, Md 21133 L MLSMDBC2050032Click to see photos   We found the lucky buyer for this single-family three-level split home in McDonogh Park. Convenient to shopping and transportation. Minutes to Pikesville, Randallstown, McDonogh School,  and Northwest Hospital. The buyer can move right in with the new roof and new gas heat, and air conditioning. This home shows pride of ownership by the original owner.And entertaining is possible, big or small, in the bright living room and dining room with a built-in lighted buffet.For information on any homeCall Margaret Rome 
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By June Piper-Brandon, Creating Generational Wealth Through Homeownership
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
A Great Find in Glyndon, MD - The Glyndon GrillMy friend Megan posted on Facebook that she wished she had made lunch dates for the whole week.  To which I responded, I'm available tomorrow.  Megan lives in Hanover, PA and I live in Catonsville, MD.  The midway point for both of us was about Glyndon, MD.  Glyndon is a historical town located in Baltimore County, north of Baltimore City and it was established in 1871.  In 2020, the census estimated the population of Glyndon to be 424 people.  In 2022, 9 homes sold in Glyndon for a median home sale price of $515,000, and there are currently 3 homes listed for sale and 1 coming soon.We had lunch at the Glyndon Grill and what a find it was too!!  The server was super friendly and knowledgeable.  The duo of the day was a kale salad with peanu...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Help Me Celebrate TEN years on live radio.Sunday, January 1, 2023 ALL ABOUT REAL ESTATE    ON AIR PARTYEveryone is invited! 12 noonCall In 410-922-6680 or Listen to  http://www.wcbm.com/  There is also an app called WCBM.   So let's have some fun.  ActiveRain members are invited to listen/call/text if you are up early enough this New Year's Day! (The football games don't start until 1.) What are you doing on New Year's Day? Help me celebrateTEN YEARS  'All About Real Estate ' 
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 Like averages (which we know are meaningless!), headlines tell only a tiny part of any story. Indeed, getting a reasonable price for your home in a sale is essential, or getting a great deal if you buy. Remember to look at your own housing needs and not listen to others. Most folks don't buy a home to make money; they do it as a place to raise their family, entertain, put down roots, and feel secure. Housing markets go through cycles. The down markets follow up markets which follow down markets.People who have been in the industry long enough recognize they are as natural as the seasons. And the real estate professionals who have built their careers on service and value will find the ups just as exciting as everyone else and the downs not nearly so deep.Thinking of selling a homeCall M...
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