Monthly Archives: July 2010

Timonium Farmers Market

July 30th, 2010

The Timonium Farmers Market at the Maryland State Fairgrounds is a great source of fresh fruit, vegetables, and local meat. Each Wednesday afternoon, the market has local farmers showcasing their great produce and those around are enjoying! Even in the heat, the market is full of people looking for local food. CSA members have the [...]

What is a Broker’s Open?

July 29th, 2010

What is a Broker's Open? Here in Baltimore County, Wednesdays generally are "Broker's Open" day. There is a fairly small area where Broker's Opens tend to be highly successful, and that is in the Towson, Lutherville, Timonium, and Hunt Valley neighborhoods. A Broker's Open is where a real estate agent and their brokerage invite agents [...]

Baltimore Restaurant Week Summer 2010

July 28th, 2010

Baltimore Restaurant Week Summer 2010 is coming up soon! This summer, Restaurant Week is August 13-22, 2010. Restaurant Week is always an exciting time with special meals and dining deals -- $35.10 for a three course meal at nice restaurants in Baltimore. Lunch menus are only $20.10! The full list of participating eateries is here. [...]

Real Estate Tax in Heathcare Bill

July 27th, 2010

There is a real estate tax in the Heathcare Bill, called the Medicare Tax, because the benefits go to Medicare. Many are up in arms over the 3.8% tax that would have to be paid. Luckily for most Americans, this tax DOES NOT APPLY. From Factcheck.org: ...only those with incomes over $200,000 a year ($250,000 [...]

Towson is CNNMoney’s #14 Top Affluent Singles City

July 26th, 2010

Towson was named CNNMoney.com's #14 Top Affluent Singles City! CNNMoney.com named the top 25 cities for highest income per single households, and Towson, MD was #14 in their list. This is due to the median family income of $102,302, and the 35.4% rate of singles versus married households. Many Towson professors at the nearby Towson [...]

Home Valuation Code of Conduct (HVCC) to be Eliminated

July 25th, 2010

The Home Valuation Code of Conduct (HVCC) will be eliminated, thanks to a bill signed into law by President Obama. HVCC was enacted in 2009, and has been a big issue in the appraisal battle many home sales have been experiencing. In June last year, Tasha Linton and I wrote about how HVCC Could Negatively [...]

Tricks to Keeping Your Towson Home Cool in the Heat

July 23rd, 2010

With the heat advisories coming through every day and lasting until 9 pm, you may need some tricks to keeping your Towson home cool in the heat. Lowe's Home Improvement gave some great advice to check and follow! Fans and Ceiling Fans -- a simple fan can make a room feel 6-7 degrees cooler because [...]

HUD to Investigate Possible Loan Denials to Pregnant Borrowers

July 22nd, 2010

News came out yesterday in a New York Times report that there were loan denials to people because of the fact that one member of the family was expecting a baby, and now HUD is going to investigate the possible loan denials to pregnant borrowers. Shaun Donovan, of HUD, stated to the New York Times: [...]

Maryland Foreclosures Up in June 2010

July 21st, 2010

Maryland foreclosures were up in June 2010 as well as the whole first half of the year. There were 6,304 foreclosures filed in Maryland last month. This is up 104% from last year in the same month. This is an interesting statistic, considering that across the US, foreclosure filings were down 7%. The entire first [...]

Baltimore City Property Tax Bill Errors

July 20th, 2010

Baltimore City property tax bill errors were popping up in large amounts last week. Approximately 7,900 city residents received additional bills because of a computer issue, stating that their taxes were past due. Many of those who received the erroneous additional property tax bill were newer Baltimore City homebuyers who bought their homes sometime between [...]