Frederick County, MD Real Estate News

By Buzz Mackintosh, “Experience, reliable, leadership”
(Mackintosh REALTORS)
Maryland REALTORS® Releases 2022 Year-End Housing Statistics  In 2022, Maryland’s home sales fell 21.2% to 84,658 units, versus 2021’s figure of 107,407, while the average sales price rose 6.3% to 453,759 and the median sales price rose 6.5% to $385,000. For most of this year, Marylanders witnessed home sales falling as sales prices climbed less and less.  Other signs that point to a slowdown in 2022 include a drop in Units Pending—houses under contract—to 82,199, a 22.3% decline from 2021’s figure of 105,728. The number of New Listings fell 16.7% to 101,860. “While 2022 wasn’t a picnic, homes are continuing to retain their value as the market heads into 2023,” said Yolanda Muckle, 2023 President, Maryland REALTORS®. “Having recently attended the First Friday Economic Forum hosted by th...
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By Buzz Mackintosh, “Experience, reliable, leadership”
(Mackintosh REALTORS)
Maryland Home Sales Fell 41.9% in December 2022 and 21.2% for the Year,According to the latest Maryland REALTORS® Housing Statistics Report   ANNAPOLIS, MD—January 17, 2023—Maryland home sales dropped 41.9% to 5,124 units in December 2022, against 2021’s figure of 8,818 units, according to the latest Maryland REALTORS® Housing Statistics Report. Home sales prices rose incrementally, with the average sales price rising 0.2% to $433,018 and the median sales price rising similarly, 0.3% to $370,250. In addition to unit sales and prices, all other indicators point to a year-end market slowdown. Pending sales—houses under contract—fell 27% to 4,218. Active Inventory—homes available for sale—slipped 9.7% to 8,172. Median Days on Market expanded to 16 days.  “This market hasn’t been easy for t...
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By Buzz Mackintosh, “Experience, reliable, leadership”
(Mackintosh REALTORS)
The official kick-off for the 275th anniversary of Frederick County Maryland will begin with the New Years' Eve Key Drop on Carroll Creek in downtown Frederick December 31st. The event will include Candle Lights on the Creek with hundreds of candles floating alongside the Sailing Through the Winter Solstice fleet and at midnight a large key suspended on the William O. Lee pedestrian bridge will drop.  Here are a few inspirational quotes to ring in the New Year:       "The best way to predict the future is to create it."   “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” Abraham Lincoln  “Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go. They merely determine where you start.” Nido Qubein “Be always at war with your vices, at peace wi...
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By Buzz Mackintosh, “Experience, reliable, leadership”
(Mackintosh REALTORS)
In the past few weeks, I have visited a number of cities that are all decked out for the holidays. The holiday season would not be complete without a trip to see the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center.     At the beginning of December, the Christkindmarkt takes over the old Bethlehem Steel Mill in Bethlehem, Pa. to celebrate the spirit of the holidays. While there I discovered this town is one of six featured on the Hallmark Channel's Christmas Cams.     My hometown of Frederick, Maryland for the past few years has allowed local businesses to raise funds for local charities by placing boats on Carroll Creek that will be "Sailing Through the Winter Solstice"   Another place to take in the holiday lights is on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington DC to see the National Christ...
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By Buzz Mackintosh, “Experience, reliable, leadership”
(Mackintosh REALTORS)
Sales Continue to Fall While Prices Continue to Rise ~ Marylander's Need Housing Relief   ANNAPOLIS, MD—December 15, 2022—Maryland home sales fell to 5,201 units in November, a 40.5% decrease from 2021’s figure of 8,748 in the latest Maryland REALTORS® Housing Statistics Report. Home sales prices continued to climb, with the average sales price rising 3.1% to $444,246 and the median sales price rising 4.2% to $375,000. In addition to home sales, pending sales—houses under contract—dropped 35.3% in November. Active inventory dropped 10% to 9,754 units. Last year, homes were on market for an average of 9 days; this year days on market has expanded to 13. Homes aren’t moving as quickly in this softened market. “Many of the markers we watch, like units sold and units pending, have been fall...
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By Buzz Mackintosh, “Experience, reliable, leadership”
(Mackintosh REALTORS)
314 - 316 W, Patrick Street, Frederick, Md. Located in Frederick's Historic district a block from Baker park these well maintained row houses include 4 units zoned DB, (DOWNTOWN BUSINESS), with 2 lower level commercial units and 2 upper level residential 1 BR apartments. separately metered and each unit has its own entrance. Ample off-street parking in the rear for 8 to 10 cars. Perfect for a live / work situation or great investor opportunity. Call for more details. 24 hour notice is required for an appointment to see.
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By Buzz Mackintosh, “Experience, reliable, leadership”
(Mackintosh REALTORS)
Rising Interest Rates and Inflation Contributing to Lack of Sales, According to Maryland’s October 2022 Housing Statistics   ANNAPOLIS, MD—November 16, 2022—October home sales dropped 36.5%, to 5,745 units sold versus 9,044 units last year, in the latest Maryland REALTORS® Housing Statistics Report. This also represents a drop of 18.9% when compared to September 2022’s figure of 6,748. The average sales price grew at a slower rate of 3.2% to $445,200 against $431,569, October 2021’s figure. Median sales price grew 2.7% to $380,000.  Against this dynamic of fewer sales and higher prices were rising interest rates, as the 30-year fixed mortgage rate peaked at 7.08% and continued limited inventory. Active Inventory fell 17.4% to 10,349 and the number of new listings fell 27.2% to 7,242. “R...
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By Andrea Bedard, Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS
(Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860)
The Gaslight House in the heart of historic Frederick, MD is a gorgeous Italianate rowhome dating back to the 1810s. The original structure was expanded several times, culminating in its characteristic L-shape by the mid-1880s. Its exquisite interior holds historic treasures such as a restored curved staircase, a grand front parlor, floor-to-ceiling windows, wood floors, antique picture molding, clawfoot tub, multiple fireplaces, butler's pantry, and perfectly marries them with the modern conveniences of the chef's kitchen and the expansive outdoor spaces that include the balconies, patio, in-ground pool and landscaped gardens. Since November 2021 the iconic Gaslight House is home to the Gaslight Gallery which is showcasing contemporary art from across the country and international arti...
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By Buzz Mackintosh, “Experience, reliable, leadership”
(Mackintosh REALTORS)
**Back on market** Recent contract fell through**   ~  Second chance on this vintage farmhouse  ~      9518 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, Maryland                                                                       (Click link for listing info) This historic farmhouse, large bank barn and sheds would be an ideal place for a contractor or potential home-based business. located on a private 2.16 acre lot surrounded by a 25+ acre majestic nut orchard with chestnut, pecan, and walnut trees maintained by a non-profit that focuses on planting trees. A new septic system was recently installed September 2022. The original portion of the house is log that dates back to the 1700s, with numerous additions added over time.  4 bedrooms 3 full baths, large country kitchen with center island, Viking ...
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By Buzz Mackintosh, “Experience, reliable, leadership”
(Mackintosh REALTORS)
  For over 40 years the agents and staff from Mackintosh REALTORS have been dressing up and going to the Rock Creek School to pass out pumpkins to the children.  It is always a happy time to see the smiling faces of special needs children at Halloween. This year was extra special after not being able to visit the last two years due to the pandemic and we were able to take a tour of their beautiful new campus.   41 years ago this month the Mackintosh family purchased WMS Realty and the first Pumpkin Pass out took place in 1982.   
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By Buzz Mackintosh, “Experience, reliable, leadership”
(Mackintosh REALTORS)
For the last few years, a coalition that includes The Frederick County Association of  REALTORS®, The Chamber of Commerce, citizens groups, the local Builders Association, and the Farm Bureau have joined together to oppose the Sugarloaf Treasured Landscape Management Plan (STLMP). The plan is filled with proposed governmental policies and regulatory actions that infringe on private property rights, siphon values and could result in unwarranted land use and zoning restrictions to landowners causing undue harm to citizens.  Last summer while discussing the issue with one of the agents in my office, he reminded me of what we learn in real estate school ~ " the bundle of rights ". This inspired my mission for a series of PSA blogs to raise public awareness of the consequences if the propose...
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By Buzz Mackintosh, “Experience, reliable, leadership”
(Mackintosh REALTORS)
A Steep Drop in New Housing Listings Continues to Point toa Market Cool down in Maryland’s September 2022 Housing Statistics   ANNAPOLIS, MD—October 12, 2022—Maryland’s September home sales experienced a 28.6% drop in units sold, according to the latest Maryland REALTORS® Housing Statistics Report. While still a seller’s market with average home sale prices rising 4.8% to $449,125 against the 2021 figure of $428,619, and median home sale prices rising 4.3% to $386,000, other signs, like median days on market, which jumped to 11 days in September, still point to a market cool down.According to Yolanda Muckle, 2023 President, Maryland REALTORS®, mortgage rates have played a significant role in this slowing. “Even though mortgage interest rates have dropped slightly this past week, the rat...
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By Buzz Mackintosh, “Experience, reliable, leadership”
(Mackintosh REALTORS)
Do you own property in Frederick County Md.? If so you should be paying attention to the Sugarloaf Treasured Landscape Management Plan currently being debated at the County Council. Should the adopted plan be approved with the overreaching property rights issues, it will set precedent and send ripple effects that can threaten other property owners as other area plans are added to the Livable Frederick Master Plan.   The Sugarloaf Treasured Landscape Management Plan (STLMP) is the first area plan and foundation for the Livable Frederick Master plan and it is critical that it be done right. Council members Steve McKay and Phil Dacey should be applauded for proposing amendments to fix many of the overreaching issues with the plan that affect property owners and concerned citizens have expr...
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By Bob Force (REALTOR®), The FORCE in Maryland Real Estate
(Weichert Realtors - Aspen Hill)
Today’s View – Sept 16, 2022 – New Market, Md. 21774 – Existing TownhousesThis is a market report for existing townhouse in New Market, Md. 21774.  At the time of this report (9/16/2022), there are no townhouses on the market FOR SALE, 5 are under contract, and 3 that has successfully completed the sales process in the last 30 days.  Two Bedroom TownhousesWhile there are two bedroom townhouses in New Market, currently there are none on the market for sale, 1 currently under contract, and none that have successfully completed the sales process in the last 30 days.  The last known list price of the home under contract is $229,000 after being on the market of 6 days. Three Bedroom TownhousesThere are no three-bedroom townhouses in New Market currently on the market for sale. nor any that h...
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By Bob Force (REALTOR®), The FORCE in Maryland Real Estate
(Weichert Realtors - Aspen Hill)
Today’s View – Sept 16, 2022– Mount Airy, Md. 21771 - TownhousesThis is a market report for townhouses in Mount Airy, Md. 21771.  At the time of this report (09/16/2022) there is 1 townhouse on the market FOR SALE in Mount Airy, 4 under contract, and 5 that have sold in the last 30 days. Two-Bedroom TownhousesWhile there are two-bedroom townhouses in Mount Airy, currently there are none on the market for sale, and none that have successfully complete the sales process in the last 30 days.There are 2 two-bedroom townhouse in Mount Airy currently under contract. The last known list price of these homes being $268,900 after being on the market for 19 days and $285,000 and it was on the market for only 2 days. Three-Bedrooms TownhousesThere is 1 three-bedroom townhouse in Mount Airy current...
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By Buzz Mackintosh, “Experience, reliable, leadership”
(Mackintosh REALTORS)
With Fewer Homes Sold and Prices Rising,Maryland’s August 2022 Housing Statistics Points to Cool down   ANNAPOLIS, MD—September 12, 2022—Maryland’s home sales continued its cooldown with a 24.1% drop in home sales in August 2022, down 7,693 units compared to 2021 sales of 10,137, according to the latest Maryland REALTORS® Housing Statistics Report.  Despite fewer sales, prices continued to climb with the average sales price rising 5.4% to $459,066 from $435,506 last year and the median sales price rising 4% to $390,000 against last year’s figure of $375,000. Since May 2022, when the average sales price rose 11.4% and median sales price rose 9.5%, the gains in sales price have been gradually decreasing—more evidence of a cool down. “There are a variety of factors for the market being whe...
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By Bob Force (REALTOR®), The FORCE in Maryland Real Estate
(Weichert Realtors - Aspen Hill)
Today’s View – Aug 17, 2022– Mount Airy, Md. 21771 - TownhousesThis is a market report for townhouses in Mount Airy, Md. 21771.  At the time of this report (08/17/2022) there is 1 townhouse on the market FOR SALE in Mount Airy, 6 under contract, and 3 that have sold in the last 30 days. Two-Bedroom TownhousesWhile there are two-bedroom townhouses in Mount Airy, currently there are none on the market for sale, and none that have successfully complete the sales process in the last 30 days.There is 1 two-bedroom townhouse in Mount Airy currently under contract. The last known list price of this home is $285,000 and it was on the market for only 2 days. Three-Bedrooms TownhousesThere is 1 three-bedroom townhouse in Mount Airy currently on the market for sale.  The current list price of this...
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By Bob Force (REALTOR®), The FORCE in Maryland Real Estate
(Weichert Realtors - Aspen Hill)
Today’s View – Aug. 31, 2022 – New Market, Md. 21774 – Existing TownhousesThis is a market report for existing townhouse in New Market, Md. 21774.  At the time of this report (8/312022), there are no townhouses on the market FOR SALE, 6 are under contract, and 1 that has successfully completed the sales process in the last 30 days.  Two Bedroom TownhousesWhile there are two bedroom townhouses in New Market, currently there are none on the market for sale, 1 currently under contract, and none that have successfully completed the sales process in the last 30 days.  The last known list price of the home under contract is $229,000 after being on the market of 6 days. Three Bedroom TownhousesThere are no three-bedroom townhouses in New Market currently on the market for sale, nor any that ha...
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By Buzz Mackintosh, “Experience, reliable, leadership”
(Mackintosh REALTORS)
Maryland’s July 2022 Housing Statistics: Prices and Interest Rates Rise,Inventory Increases as Other Indicators Suggest Consumer Concern   ANNAPOLIS, MD—August 15, 2022—Home sales fell by 27% to 7,376 units, compared to 10,110 units sold the previous year, according to the July 2022 Maryland REALTORS® Housing Statistics report. Despite this drop, prices continued to rise with the average sales price growing 6.1% to $472,656 against last year’s July figure of $445,366. The median sales price rose to $399,000, a 5.4% increase from the July 2021 figure of $378,500.  Months of inventory has steadily increased since the beginning of the year with July’s figure reaching 1.3 months (January 2022’s months of inventory stood at 0.6 months). This increase still pales in comparison to pre-pandemic...
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By June Piper-Brandon, Creating Generational Wealth Through Homeownership
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Frederick, MD - Restaurant Week Aug 8-14, 2022I have regularly blogged about Baltimore's Restaurant Week and just discovered that Frederick also has a restaurant week.  I sold several homes in Frederick County last year including homes in Monrovia, Middletown, Mount Airy, Walkersville, and the town of Frederick.  While there I did check out a few restaurants, you should check some out during this coming week too, and take advantage of the specials.Check out the full list of restaurants here.  My favorites are:Black Hog BBQ at 118 S Market St. - everyone that knows me, knows I like some good Q and I was not disappointed here!!Magoo's Pub & Eatery located at 1A W 2nd StThatcher & Rye at 228 N Market St.Please take time to get out and enjoy these and the other local eateries in Frederick. 
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