Monthly Archives: May 2010

Thank You to Our Servicemen and Servicewomen on Memorial Day

May 31st, 2010

This Memorial Day, I want to make sure to thank our veterans and current servicemen and servicewomen for their service to our country. Without them, we would not have the freedoms we enjoy. Too many have lost their lives for us, and this is a day of remembrance of them. Thank you to those who [...]

What Not to Pack

May 30th, 2010

Many times people are not sure of what not to pack when moving either for the movers or for yourself! RISMedia and Lowe's came up with a great list to help. For irreplaceable items, I recommend taking them with you in your car. Unfortunately many times things get broken. You want to make sure to [...]

Roland Park Area Master Plan Update

May 28th, 2010

On May 19, the Roland Park Area master plan was updated By the Greater Roland Park group. The goal of the master plan is to reduce speeding, help with traffic flow, keep the area mostly residential, preserve the architectural beauty, all while having the area updated with newer pipes, walkways, and repair the deteriorating infrastructure. [...]

Brew at the Zoo 2010

May 27th, 2010

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore has its' Annual Brew at the Zoo this Saturday and Sunday, May 29 & 30, 2010. This is the biggest fundraiser each year for the Baltimore Zoo, and this year they really need it. This year's major blizzards hurt the zoo tremendously, with millions of dollars in repairs needed, and [...]

Honfest 2010

May 26th, 2010

Honfest 2010 is coming up, and the Hons in Hampden are ready! This year's Honfest is June 12 & 13. For those unfamiliar with the Baltimore term, "Hon", here is an explanation from the Honfest website: HonFest is a local tradition. The Bawlmer term of endearment, Hon, short for Honey, embodies the warmth and affection [...]

Prime Steakhouse Restaurant in Baltimore’s Chef Will Be On Top Chef

May 25th, 2010

Prime Steakhouse Restaurant in Baltimore's Chef will be a contestant on the next season of Bravo's Top Chef. Timothy Dean will be competing for the title in Washington, DC beginning next month, according to the Baltimore Business Journal. Fells Point's Prime Steakhouse has become a popular place in its' short time in business. Having national [...]

Mortgage Rates Drop Very Low

May 24th, 2010

Mortgage rates drop very low -- below 5% -- as international money comes into the United States. The US bonds are seen as a safe haven in light of the financial troubles in Europe, and this is having a nice result in our country. The Wall Street Journal reported this morning that interest rates were [...]

FHA Approves Electronic Signature

May 23rd, 2010

On April 8, 2010, FHA sent out a mortgagee letter stating that the FHA approves electronic signatures on documents, including contracts. This is wonderful news, as I have recently begun to use Docusign electronic signatures for the convenience of my clients. I also wanted to use this to prevent the use of paper as much [...]

Fannie Mae Last Minute Credit Report Check

May 22nd, 2010

Beginning June 1, 2010, just before settlement, Fannie Mae will be running last minute credit report checks to ensure borrower's credit has not changed since loan application. Though I tell my clients not to go open lines of credit before settlement, because I know many times there is a spot check, this is a new [...]

Timonium Fairgrounds Farmers Market

May 21st, 2010

The Timonium Fairgrounds Farmers Market is opening June 2 , 2010 and runs through October 27, 2010. The Farmers Market in Timonium will be showcasing and run by local Baltimore County farms. Grand opening is set for Wednesday June 9, but the sneak peek is June 2. Hours for the Baltimore County Farmers Market are [...]