Limekiln Farm – New Towson Homes to be Built

February 22nd, 2019

Limekiln Farm is a neighborhood of new homes being built off Cowpens Avenue in Towson. It is being developed and built by Caruso Homes. There are five floor plans from which to choose. The total number of homes expected to be built will be around 25. Thirteen homesites have already been sold. There are 11 [...]

Five Credit Mistakes to Avoid When Getting Ready to Buy a House

February 20th, 2019

There are, I am sure, more than five credit mistakes to avoid when buying a house, but this list is a good place to start. Thanks to HomeKeepr for the list to share. First Credit Mistake: Not knowing what is in your credit file. I have been very surprised (as have clients) when judgements or [...]

Hunt Valley Home Sales January 2019

February 18th, 2019

Hunt Valley home sales in January 2019 were down slightly from last January. The total volume of Hunt Valley homes sold in January was $6,325,250, down 5.41% from the volume of $6,687,000 we saw in January 2018. It was also down from the volume of $10,515,900 we saw in Hunt Valley Home Sales November 2018. The [...]

Towson 21204 Home Sales January 2019

February 14th, 2019

Towson 21204 home sales in January 2019 were down in a big way from January 2018. The total volume of Towson homes that sold in  January was  $3,604,500, down 52.37% from the volume of $7,567,063 we saw last January. It was also slightly down from the volume of $3,262,000 we saw in Towson 21204 Home Sales [...]

Seven Home Repairs Best to Do Before Listing Your Home for Sale

February 12th, 2019

Home repairs can sometimes be best to do before listing your home for sale. Though this lists seven, there could be more recommended, depending on a particular house, the current local real estate market, and the intention of the home seller in any particular situation. Thank you to HouseLogic for the list. Here it is, [...]

REAL ID Law and Maryland Drivers’ Licenses

February 11th, 2019

The REAL ID law affects us in Maryland - even if you have one of the newer flag licenses! If you renewed your license prior to January 2018, you most likely need to go through some steps in order to comply with the nationwide REAL ID law. You have until October 1, 2020 to comply, [...]

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, the website of the National Association of Realtors about this topic. The 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 [...]