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Maryland Tax Free Energy Star Appliance Weekend 2019

February 8th, 2019

Maryland Tax Free Energy Star appliance weekend is February 16-18, 2019. 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 The "Shop Maryland Energy weekend" happens from [...]

Cigarette Smoke Smell Can Reduce Resale Value of Homes

February 5th, 2019

Cigarette smoke smell can reduce the resale value of homes comes from a post by Realtor.com, the website of the National Association of Realtors about this topic. The Realtor.com article states that cigarette smoke can reduce the resale value of a home by up to 29 percent! There are a number of ways to attempt [...]

Am I Being Recorded When Viewing a House?

February 1st, 2019

Am I being recorded when viewing a house? Potentially, yes. The TODAY Show did a segment about people recording showings in their houses, making people aware of something they may not have been before. This is something I have cautioned people about for a few years - that you never know if you are being recorded [...]

Maryland Property Tax Rate Not as High as Many Believe

January 30th, 2019

The Maryland property tax rate is not as high as many believe. I hear pretty often that the Maryland property tax rate is one of the highest in the country. Though it may feel that way, currently, it ranks #20, according to this post in the Patch. There are 19 other states with property tax [...]

Home Sales in December 2018 Dropped More than Usual

January 29th, 2019

Across the US, home sales in December 2019 dropped more than the usual seasonal reduction in sales. Home sales dropped an average of 6.4% from November. According to both the National Association of REALTORS and a CNBC article, the drop was unusually large, as sales generally vary monthly in the very low single digit averages. [...]

Millennials Want to Own Homes

January 25th, 2019

Millennials want to own homes. Seventy-two percent of Millennials surveyed prioritize buying a home over marriage and having children. The reasons given in the CNBC survey were that those surveyed would like to have stability or feel they are established if they own a home. The only priority over homeownership is planning for retirement. Those [...]

Hunt Valley Home Sales 2018

January 23rd, 2019

Hunt Valley home sales in 2018 were up from 2017. The total volume of Hunt Valley homes sold in 2018 was $110,582,801, up 3.8% from the $106,536,397 we saw sell in 2017.   The average sales price was up as well, up 8.21% to $426,961 from $394,579 in 2017. Two hundred fifty-nine Hunt Valley homes sold in [...]

Towson 21204 Home Sales 2018

January 16th, 2019

Towson 21204 home sales in 2018 were down 4.55% from 2017. The total volume of Towson homes in 21204 that sold in 2018 was $95,394,731, down over $4.5M from the volume of $99,943,837 we saw sell in 2017.   Two hundred two homes in 21204 sold in 2018, which is 16 less than 2017. The average [...]

Timonium Home Sales 2018

January 14th, 2019

Timonium home sales in 2018 were down slightly from 2017. The total volume of Timonium houses that sold in 2018 was $275,958,537, down .92% from the $278,532,621 volume sold in 2017. The average sales price in Timonium was up -- to $438,726 -- up 6.32% from the $412,641 average we saw in 2017. There were 629 [...]

Stamp Prices to Rise January 27, 2019

January 10th, 2019

Stamp prices are scheduled to rise on January 27, 2019. This means that postage will increase across the board. A first class stamp will go from 50 cents to 55 cents. Package shipping costs are rising as well. Here is a link to a stamps.com blog that discusses the new postage prices. If you buy Forever stamps [...]