Montgomery County, MD Real Estate News

Median Home Price in Montgomery County, MD: $580,000 Montgomery County homebuyers must dig a little deeper in 2024, as home prices are on the rise. From November 2022 to November 2023, the median home price in MoCo rose 4.7%, says Bright MLS Chief Economist Lisa Sturtevant.“The biggest constraint continues to be a lack of inventory,” she says. If there were more homes for sale, I bet we would have more homes sold.”Montgomery County’s median home price is $580,000, Sturtevant says, but the single-family home, townhouse or condo you’ll find for the price tag differs wildly among communities.Click here to learn more. Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania USA IMG 7778Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Roy Kelley
(Retired)
New Wheaton Community Access ProgramFee Reductions for Community Groups Reserving Public Facilities The Montgomery County Government launched a Community Access Program (WCAP) on Feb. 16 that offers a total of $75,000 of in-kind assistance to community groups seeking to host events at Wheaton facilities managed by Montgomery County’s Office of Community Use of Public Facilities (CUPF).Modeled after successful initiatives like the Silver Spring Community Access Program and the Facility Fee Assistance Program (FFAP), the WCAP will lower reservation costs for community groups using local government facilities and venues in Wheaton. This initiative aims to foster equity by making it possible for groups that might face financial constraints to afford renting these venues.“We want to support ...
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Elements of Entrepreneurship Webinar Series Business launch and planning courses from Maryland Women's Business Center.  ($25 each/all 4 for $80). Register: http://marylandwbc.org/eoe 3/4 - Building A Strong Biz Foundation 3/11 - Creating Your Business Blueprint 3/18 - Launch Your Business 3/25 - Biz Dev StrategiesThis is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement. Dahlia, National Capital Dahlia Society Show, Brookside Gardens,Wheaton, Maryland USA IMG 2981Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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Free Steering Wheel Lock for Hyundai and Kia Owners Hey Maryland Hyundai and Kia owners! This weekend, get a FREE steering wheel lock courtesy of the Maryland State Police and the Vehicle Theft Prevention Council. Just bring your license & registration to select barracks. Limited stock, so early birds catch the...lock? Info: https://ow.ly/h8tW50QJpEYThis is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement. Chrysanthemums, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square,Pennsylvania USA IMG 0198Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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Bus Service to Montgomery County Museums Montgomery County has many museums to explore and getting to those spots by bus is easier than you might think. When you take a Ride On bus to a local museum, you can beat the hassle of fighting traffic and finding a parking spot. With County bus fare of just $1, the bus is hassle free and saves money otherwise spent on parking fees and gas.For you convenience, here is a list of some of those local museums within Montgomery County and the Ride On bus routes that will get you there. Josiah Henson Museum and Park (North Bethesda): Celebrate Black History Month learning about Reverend Josiah Henson. Visit the former plantation property of Isaac Riley where Reverend Josiah Henson was enslaved. This park is a historic resource of local, state, nationa...
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Crisis Center: Local Help is Available The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is always available, but if you want to connect with someone local, we are here. Save our numbers and know that we are here to help when you need it.This is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement.Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services  Shrimp Plant, Justicia brandegeana, Longwood Gardens,Kennett Square, Pennsylvania USA IMG 5850Canon PowerShot G11 Camera, f/4.0, 1/100 sec., ISO-320, 21 mm, No FlashPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Roy Kelley
(Retired)
Wheaton Arts Parade Poster Contest  Open to All Montgomery County Residents Calling all artists! Wheaton Arts Parade (WAP) is looking for some creative ideas for this year's poster to help spread the word about the fall event. Anyone who lives in Montgomery County is encouraged to submit their original designs that celebrate the arts, Montgomery County's diverse cultures and communicates the fun-filled spirit of the parade and art festival.The creator of the winning design will receive a $500 commission and get to select a Montgomery County school to receive $100 for art supplies.Designs must be original and may not include images that are copyrighted by anyone other than the applicant. Designs may not use stock images or images taken from commercial design applications.Past poster cont...
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Gaithersburg Youth Voice Summit – March 1Gaithersburg Youth Services, in partnership with the Gaithersburg Youth Opportunities Coalition, is hosting a Youth Voice Summit for local middle and high school students on Friday, March 1 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park. The summit will focus on anti-hate and will feature keynote speakers from the Montgomery County Anti-Hate Violence Committee. Learn more here.This is a City of Gaithersburg, Maryland announcement. Chrysanthemums, Longwood Gardens,Kennett Square, Pennsylvania USA IMG 7773Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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Reminder! Nominations Sought for Environmental Awards  Nominations are being accepted for the City’s 2024 Environmental Awards, an annual program that recognizes individuals and groups for their commitment to the environment. Nomination forms are available online. The deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 8. Learn more here.This is a City of Gaithersburg, Maryland announcement. Eastern Cottontail Rabbit, Kentlands Photowalk,Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA IMG 4415Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Roy Kelley
(Retired)
Be Wary of Impersonation Scams Montgomery County’s Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) is out with a new warning about impersonation scams after the Federal Trade Commission reported an increase in these crimes over the last year. Impersonation scams involve phone calls or messages from individuals posing as representatives of legitimate businesses or organizations with the intention of obtaining personal information or money through deceptive tactics.Phone scammers often use "spoofing" to make it look like their calls or messages are coming from well-known organizations such as banks, the IRS or tech support companies. They may use high-pressure tactics and urgent language to make you feel like you need to act immediately and may even threaten legal action if you don't comply with thei...
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By Roy Kelley
(Retired)
Read Across America Week, March 2-6 Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) is partnering with the Jewish Council for the Aging Heyman Interages Center (JCA), or Interages, to celebrate “Read Across America Week” with a reading program to take place at three MCPL branches. The celebration will take place Saturday, March 2 through Wednesday, March 6.The one-on-one reading program will pair JCA volunteers with children in kindergarten through third grade. The volunteers have been recruited, vetted and trained by JCA in communication and intergenerational interaction. Reading sessions will be at the Gaithersburg, Wheaton and White Oak libraries.“Instilling a love for reading in our young people is one of the most important things we can do to in providing great educations for our upcomin...
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Heads Up, Phones Down Teen Video Contest The Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s (MCDOT) “Heads Up, Phones Down” high school video contest gives County high school students an opportunity to win some great prizes by producing peer videos promoting the importance of focusing on their surroundings, instead of their phones, while driving or walking. MCDOT will be accepting entries of 30-second Public Service Announcements (PSAs) through Feb. 29.County public and private high school students are eligible to submit contest videos. Entries can be submitted individually or from a group of up to four students. Videos can be submitted in English or Spanish. “As a parent, grandparent and former teacher, I know that teens are more likely to listen to advice from each other than from a...
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Gaithersburg Ranked Most Ethnically Diverse City in U.S. WalletHub ranked Gaithersburg as the Most Ethnically Diverse City in the United States. Gaithersburg was also ranked #1 in the Small City Category for communities with populations under 100,000. WalletHub compared more than 500 of the largest cities in the U.S. based on three key indicators of ethnic diversity, including ethnicity and race, language, and birthplace.  Read more here.This is a City of Gaithersburg, Maryland announcement. Dahlia, Hollyhill Black Widow, National Capital Dahlia Society Show, Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, Maryland USA IMG 3084Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs 
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Montgomery County, Maryland Pesticide LawIt is important for residents to know that synthetic pesticides and herbicides cannot be used on lawns in Montgomery County.The County’s Pesticide Law restricts the use of certain pesticides on private lawns, playgrounds, mulched recreation areas, and childcare facilities. Most synthetic pesticides are not allowed to treat pests in lawns.Weeds and pests can be prevented by practicing organic lawn care, which should not require the use of any chemicals. Our extensive webpages highlight the tips and tools for successful organic lawn care.Only organic or minimum-risk pesticides are allowed for use on lawns, playgrounds, mulched recreation areas, and childcare facilities. Some exemptions apply. Penta, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania US...
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Expanded Eligibility for Police-Private Security Camera Incentive ProgramThe Montgomery County Department of Police (MCPD) has announced expanded eligibility of the priority areas of the Police-Private Security Camera Program. Locations within these areas are now eligible to participate in the program. The Police-Private Security Camera Program is designed to deter and solve crimes by incentivizing the installation of security cameras in geographic areas experiencing relatively high crime incidents.  An owner or tenant of a property used as a residence, business, or nonprofit organization located within an eligible priority area may apply.To participate, individuals, businesses, or nonprofit organizations must register online. Residents must purchase and install their security cameras b...
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Gaithersburg Farmers Market in Kentlands, Feb. 24 CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE!     CASEY FARMERS MARKET 810 South Frederick Ave T OPEN MONTHLY DECEMBER - APRIL Thursday, March 21, 2024 11 AM - 2:30 PM ____________   CURRENT CASEY MARKET VENDORS   SEE OUR FULL SCHEDULE OF FOOD TRUCKS HERE!   MAIN STREET FARMERS MARKET 301 Main Street   OPEN YEAR-ROUND Saturdays 9 AM - 1 PM ____________   CURRENT MAIN STREET MARKET VENDORS   SEE OUR FULL SCHEDULE OF ARTISTS & CRAFTERS HERE!   Black Horse Kettle Corn: The perfect salty and sweet snack!   Bread & Cupcakes: Fresh breads, hearty soups, and tasty treats.    Clear Skies Meadery: Handcrafted meads aged to perfection and wines made with honey.   Izaak Walton League of America: Historic conservation organization working to achieve practical policies tha...
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By Andrea Bedard, Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS
(Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860)
Another 5-star review is making my week! I am always so appreciative when my clients take the time to pen a review. Since Google's AI bot is a review thief, I have resorted to screenshotting and sharing it on my blog, too. This was a memorable transaction for so many reasons. The sellers and I bonded throughout the weeks we prepared their home for sale. It was an extraordinary property in Brookeville, MD that showed like a model home. It was a large home with a many special features. So many, in fact, that I had to show the house myself to any prospective buyer and their agent to make sure none of it was overlooked. I am still thrilled about the outcome we achieved, and the timing that turned out to be just perfect for my clients. Thank you, Stephanie and Fred, for your confidence in me...
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By Roy Kelley
(Retired)
Use and Occupancy Certificates  Visit the Deptment of Permitting Services website for information about use and occupancy certificates, including frequently asked questions and answers. https://ow.ly/QhTp50QG8Yl.This is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement.  Winterberry, ilex verticillata, Longwood Gardens,Kennett Square, Pennsylvania USA IMG 5452Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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Montgomery County Seeking Crisis Counseling VolunteersMontgomery County’s Trauma Services, part of the County’s Department of Health and Human Services, is seeking volunteers to assist victims of sexual assault and domestic violence—and their families. Interviews are currently being conducted for the 2024 winter training session.A training session will be held once a group of interested individuals is identified. Volunteers provide 24-hour crisis counseling and companion services at County hospitals and police stations for victims of rape, sexual assault and domestic violence. Bilingual volunteers are encouraged to apply.Volunteers must attend a training program that covers crisis intervention skills and the specialized knowledge of the emotional, medical and legal issues that victims f...
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Montgomery County Recreation Summer Jobs Dive into summer with a job at Montgomery County Recreation! We're hiring camp directors, lifeguards, and more. Join us at our job fairs in February, March and April. Great pay, rewarding work! Details https://ow.ly/533R50QFLRBThis is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement. Thistle, Meadow Garden, Longwood Gardens,Kennett Square, Pennsylvania USA IMG 5461Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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