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Towson Circle Redevelopment

February 23rd, 2017

Towson Circle redevelopment is in the works, with the spaces vacated by Trader Joe's in March, Barnes & Noble this summer, Pier One that had already closed, and Bahama Breeze which had already closed in line for a complete redo. Though the developers, Retail Properties of America Inc., had originally thought that Barnes & Noble [...]

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Spring Forward 2017

February 22nd, 2017

Spring Forward March 12, 2017! Before you head to bed on Saturday night March 11, remember to set your clocks forward an hour as we enter Daylight Saving Time at 2am Sunday, March 12, 2017. Though most of our smart phones and some digital clocks automatically re-set, many microwaves and regular battery-powered clocks do not. [...]

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Hunt Valley Home Sales January 2017

February 21st, 2017

Hunt Valley home sales in January 2017 were down from last January. The total volume of Hunt Valley homes sold in January was $5,932,520, down 37.96% from the $9,563,134 volume from January 2016. The average sales price was also down -- -58.64% to $282,501 from $683,081 last January. This is also down from the average sales price [...]

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Maryland Tax Free Energy Star Appliance Weekend 2017

February 16th, 2017

Maryland Tax Free Energy Star appliance weekend is February 18-20, 2017. The Energy Star appliances that qualify, per the Maryland Comptroller’s website: Air conditioners Washers and dryers Furnaces Heat pumps Boilers Solar water heaters (tax-exempt at all times now) Standard size refrigerators Dehumidifiers Programmable thermostats Compact fluorescent light bulbs Light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs The "Shop [...]

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Towson 21204 Home Sales January 2017

February 15th, 2017

Towson 21204 home sales in January were down from January 2016. The total volume of Towson homes that sold in January 2017 was $2,350,900, down 19% from the $2,902,500 volume we saw last January. Seven homes in 21204 sold in January, one less than last year at the same time. The average sales price for the seven homes that settled was $335,843, [...]

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Timonium Home Sales January 2017

February 13th, 2017

Timonium home sales in January 2017 were down slightly from last January. The total volume of Timonium houses that sold in January 2017 was $15,716,300, down 5.69% from the $16,663,730 volume that sold last year at the same time. The average sales price in Timonium was also slightly down, to $424,765 from the $438,519 average last January. It is also up from [...]

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Tricks to Renovate and Create Space in Your Home

February 9th, 2017

Tricks to renovate and create space in your home comes from a Today Show post about "space saving tricks" - but they really are about how to renovate your home and use the space you already have. Here are the tricks from the Today Show post - with my take on each one. Turn Open [...]

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FHA Mortgages Allow for Downpayment to be a Gift

February 7th, 2017

FHA mortgages allow for the full downpayment to be a gift. Currently, FHA mortgages require a 3.5% downpayment from a buyer, in addition to local closing costs, including transfer taxes, mortgage costs, title company and local charges, and possibly other closing costs. What many FHA homebuyers may not know is that the 3.5% downpayment can be [...]

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Maryland Ranks #5 in States with the “Best Schools” According to 24/7 Wall Street

February 2nd, 2017

Maryland ranks #5 in States with the best schools according to an article published on a website called 24/7 Wall Street. The article was published on January 20, 2017 on 24/7 Wall Street. They used data from Education Week's 2017 Quality Counts report. They gave Maryland the overall score of a B. The state's per student [...]

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Buying Your First Home – What to Do in the Year Leading Up to Your Purchase

February 1st, 2017

Buying your first home - what to do in the year leading up to your first purchase comes from an article on that talks about what to do a year before buying your first home. There are many things you can do to prepare, both the year before, and the months leading up to [...]