Monthly Archives: August 2011

A New Low for Incorrect Zillow Zestimates

August 31st, 2011

Last night, Zillow posted a tweet, inviting you to look at this glorious mansion on the market for $35,000,000. Please note, that is $35 MILLION. The amusing part to me, is when I clicked on it, directly under the asking price is the Zillow Zestimate: $396,500. Yes, you read that right, Three hundred ninety-six THOUSAND, [...]

Moveable Feast Dining Out for Life September 22, 2011

August 30th, 2011

On September 22, 2011, if you dine out at participating restaurants, at least 20% of the proceeds will go to Moveable Feast. Moveable Feast is a charity that helps to feed hundreds of men, women, and children locally who are living with HIV/AIDS, and possibly  other life-challenging conditions (like breast cancer or other cancers). A [...]

Power Still Out in Towson After Irene

August 29th, 2011

Well, here we are, coming up on two days without power at our house in Towson after losing it during Irene on Saturday night. It's maddening because our neighbors across the street lost it Sunday morning for only a few hours, and they are back up & running. Why? We are on a separate line, [...]

Hurricane Irene and Potential Settlement Delays

August 26th, 2011

I received emails from two lenders warning of possibly repercussions of Hurricane Irene in Baltimore, in terms I hadn't considered. An excerpt from an email from Brian Nowakowski, of Academy Mortgage, "it is very likely that settlements will be delayed next week. Lenders across the board will require re-inspection of all properties should we be [...]

Hurricane Irene in Baltimore

August 25th, 2011

Well, the new predicted path for Hurricane Irene is trending more west, bringing higher winds and heavier rain our way most likely this weekend. Here in Baltimore we are right on the cusp of the "High" to "Extreme" threat level for the storm. It appears that it is supposed to be between Category 2 & [...]

Charm City Kids Club in Timonium

August 24th, 2011

Charm City Kids Club is a new and unique place for young children, and is located in convenient Lutherville! Taking over vacant space in the Seminary Crossings building, it is located right off Seminary Avenue in Lutherville across from the Royal Farm Store and near the lightrail crossing. The Charm City Kids Club is a [...]

Baltimore Earthquake

August 23rd, 2011

A 5.9 earthquake hit just north of Richmond, but we felt it up here in Timonium! The walls were swaying, the floor was shaking. It was rather frightening. Though West Coasters tend to know what to do, we here in Baltimore certainly do not. I found a quick guide from FEMA as to what to [...]

Baltimore Grand Prix

August 23rd, 2011

The Baltimore Grand Prix is coming Labor Day weekend -- and Downtown Baltimore is getting ready! Roads have been under construction, parts closed, causing traffic nightmares to prepare for the big event. Our city will be hosting for five years -- great for Baltimore! There will be races and practices throughout the weekend, with the [...]

Maryland State Fair in Timonium 2011

August 22nd, 2011

The Maryland State Fair begins on Friday, August 26 and runs through September 5, 2011. With 11 days of games, rides, livestock, concerts and more, the Maryland State Fair has something for everyone! The big concerts this year are Blake Shelton, who many learned about when he was a coach on The Voice and when he [...]

3.875 Interest Rate?!

August 19th, 2011

I received an email this morning from one of the lenders that I would recommend, and he said FHA and VA loans started the day at 3.875%! He said: So far this week, mortgage rates have improved as investors continue to worry about the health of the economy and anticipate a moderate recovery. Treasury prices [...]