Monthly Archives: February 2011

602 Meadowridge Road Towson

February 28th, 2011

602 Meadowridge Road is a five bedroom cape cod in the Riderwood Ridge neighborhood of Towson, MD. **UPDATE! House went under contract in less than a week on the market!** Meadowridge Rd is a cul de sac street located just off the bridge from West Joppa Rd that crosses N. Charles St. The next street [...]

Speedbumps on Greenwood Rd in Towson

February 27th, 2011

If you have driven down Greenwood Road in Towson in the past week, you may have noticed three new speedbumps along the road. This was to slow down traffic in & out of both the parking lots to the Baltimore County Board of Education, and from Joppa to Charles St. Two of the speedbumps are [...]

How Can I Appeal My Baltimore County Tax Assessment?

February 25th, 2011

There are three appeal possibilities for Baltimore County homeowners when it comes to your property taxes. The first is the Assessment Appeal. This appeal is done the year it is assessed. As soon as you get your assessment, if you disagree with the assessed value, you can file this type of appeal. The second is [...]

Possible Septic System Law Could Affect Homeowners

February 21st, 2011

A new law proposed by Governor Martin O'Malley would limit construction of homes in rural areas to five in a development, if they were to be on private septic systems. Smaller, individual developments, of a single home would be required to install more costly but less polluting septic systems than the standard as set currently. [...]

How is My Baltimore County House Assessed for Taxes?

February 20th, 2011

How is my Baltimore County house assessed for taxes? How does Baltimore County determine my house assessment? These are two very good questions which determine how much you pay in property taxes each year. First, tax assessments are done as mass appraisals. This means there are many homes being valuated at the same time. The [...]

24% of Baltimore Mortgages are Underwater

February 16th, 2011

A recently released report shows that 24% of mortgages in Baltimore are underwater. A mortgage that is underwater means that the value of the house is less than what is owed to the mortgage company by the homeowners. The national average of homes underwater is 27%, so Baltimore homeowners are faring a little better than [...]

Maryland Tax Free Weekend for Energy Star Products

February 14th, 2011

From February 19-21, 2011, Maryland residents will get a 6% sales tax break on many Energy Star Products, making it a tax free shopping weekend! Here is the list of Energy Star Products that will be sales tax free next weekend from the Comptroller of Maryland website: * Air conditioners * Clothes washers and dryers [...]

Towson High School Named Blue Ribbon School of Excellence

February 11th, 2011

Towson High School was named a Maryland Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. It was one of six named in Maryland in 2010, and is the 15th school in Baltimore County to receive the honor, and the third Baltimore County High School to do so. According to the Baltimore County Public Schools article: Blue Ribbon School [...]

Four Years to Remove Shadow Inventory

February 10th, 2011

The S&P (Standard & Poor)'s rating service states that it will take four years to clear "shadow inventory" from the real estate market, according to their recently released report from the end of 2010. "Shadow Inventory" is the number of houses where the homeowners are more than 90 days delinquent on their mortgage payments. The [...]

Milkshake Valentine Show for Autism Speaks

February 9th, 2011

Milkshake is playing a show on Sunday, February 13, 2011 to celebrate Valentine's Day and raise money for Autism Speaks. The Valentine's Day Spectacular concert will be at Ram's Head Live in Downtown Baltimore, with doors opening at 1 pm, and the concert beginning at 2 pm. Other fun things include face painting, balloon art, [...]