Baltimore

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 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 [...]