Monthly Archives: August 2010

Fannie Mae Last Minute Credit Report Checks Not Mandatory

August 31st, 2010

Despite the new guidelines laid out in May regarding last minute credit checks before closing, Fannie Mae now says those full reports are not mandatory for banks to pull. Though there are systems in place to check if there have been inquiries into your credit health, and ways to see if there have been new [...]

This Month in Real Estate September 2010

August 30th, 2010

This Month in Real Estate September 2010 is here early! September's video discusses foreclosures, and how California, Florida, and Arizona topped the list in most foreclosures per state. Maryland foreclosures too are at an all time high, as I discussed in both July & August, up 56.2% in the first half of 2010, and 10th [...]

Does HUD Owe You a Refund?

August 29th, 2010

Does HUD owe you a refund? If you had an FHA-insured mortgage after September 1, 1983 and meet certain qualifications (including no refinance), then possibly! Here are the eligibility requirements from their website: Who may be eligible for an FHA refund or share? Premium Refund: You may be eligible for a refund of a portion [...]

Why Do Some Houses Sell While Others Stay on the Market?

August 27th, 2010

Why do some houses sell while others stay on the market? A very good question. The answer is rather simple: price & condition. In a Towson neighborhood where there could be 3 houses that have been on the market for months, a new one comes on. There is a flurry of activity, and the house [...]

HampdenFest 2010

August 26th, 2010

HampdenFest 2010 will be held September 11, 2010 from 10 am - 7 pm on the Avenue -- 36th Street -- in Hampden, Hon! HampdenFest is a community arts festival with four blocks of arts & crafts vendors, local food and drink, antiques, kids' activities, three stages for art & musical performances, and the Hampden [...]

Buying into Baltimore $4,000 Incentive Fall 2010

August 25th, 2010

Buying a home Baltimore just became a little sweeter for homebuyers looking on the east side. The Housing Authority of Baltimore City sent a press release out this morning with this great announcement that 50 eligible buyers participating in the Buying into Baltimore event on September 11, 2010 will receive $4,000 towards their new home, [...]

Hunt Valley Towne Center Friday Night Concert Series August 27, 2010

August 24th, 2010

The final concert of the summer for the Hunt Valley Towne Center Friday Night Concert Series is this Friday, August 27, 2010. Summer is definitely coming to a close! With Baltimore County Public Schools beginning the 2010-2011 school year on Monday, August 30, the signs are here. The final concert of the 2010 Summer at [...]

New Safeway in Towson is Open

August 23rd, 2010

The new Safeway in Towson is now open! On Thursday, August 19, it opened its' doors to an enthusiastic crowd of people. I finally was able to get over there today, and it is GORGEOUS! The staff was so polite and helpful -- the food selection great, including fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats. The funny [...]

Baltimore County Restaurant Week Extended

August 22nd, 2010

Baltimore County Restaurant Week has been extended through September 5, 2010 for 14 of the 15 originally participating restaurants. 2010 was Baltimore County's first restaurant week, and from the look of things, this will continue yearly! Restaurants from Towson to Timonium to Sparks have been and are continuing to participate with discounts for lunch and [...]

Ray Lewis Real Estate Firm

August 21st, 2010

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis now has his name backing a new commercial real estate firm called RL52 Realty, currently based in Boca Raton, FL. The official kick off to Ray Lewis Realty will be at the International Council of Shopping Centers from August 22-24, 2010 outside Orlando, FL. Ray Lewis has recently put his [...]