All About Maryland Real Estate

By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 Buyers are thinking and hopefully saying things like...'We have to think about it. We want to come back and see it in the evening or in the rain. We would like for our parents to see the house. I would like for my contractor to take a look at the property.' In the past, we have all made accommodations for buyers to see a prospective new home on more than one occasion. Purchasing a new residence is a huge decision, not to be taken lightly. But this past year, in a blazing hot frenzy of a market, that is precisely what has been happening. Contracts are written on-site, accepted, or rejected within the same day or held for multiple offers. Buyers, many times, have had to bite the bullet and make an offer within a few hours. They are "forced" if they want to buy right now to make these off...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Gaithersburg Fall Recreation & Youth Sports Programs Move, Play & Grow with Fall Recreation & Youth Sports Programs. Registration is now open for City residents (open registration begins August 4), explore all of our fall offerings and register online today! https://gburg.md/classes This is a City of Gaithersburg, Maryland announcement.  Fairy Iris, Dietes grandiflora, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA USACanon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Pooch Pool Parties, Upper County Outdoor Pool Join us for our Pooch Pool Parties. Dogs will be allowed to swim and frolic at the pool before it is closed and cleaned for the winter. Each dog MUST be accompanied by a responsible adult. Join us August 21 (http://bit.ly/3i5jhzl) + August 22 (http://bit.ly/3x9DjNk) This is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement.  Flame Lily, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USACanon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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Ruby-throated Hummingbird in Kentlands, Gaithersburg, Maryland As I was working in our back garden, a male Ruby-throated Hummingbird hovered a few feet away. It was the first time I have seen a hummingbird in our yard. Click on the following link to see more.  Photograph from Bird Watching HQ, Hummingbirds in Maryland 
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Chesapeake Bay Trust Grant Applications Due August 11 Does your community organization, nonprofit or HOA have a great idea about ways to improve water quality? The City of Gaithersburg has partnered with the Chesapeake Bay Trust to fund impressive ideas including: Outreach, Community Engagement and Knowledge Building Behavior Change Projects On-The-Ground Restoration Work  Outreach and Restoration Projects To learn more about this amazing opportunity, see previously awarded projects and start your application, click here. This is a City of Gaithersburg, Maryland announcement. Iris, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA USACanon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Debbie Cook, Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc)
During this Summer Olympic Season . . . Do you remember when Dominique Dawes caused a lot of excitement, got our attention and made us swell with pride in the USA, the state of Maryland and especially in Silver Spring and Takoma Park! Dominique Dawes was a member of the 1996 Gold Medal Olympic Team, The Magnificent 7, where she also became the first African-American to win an individual event medal with her bronze on floor. Her coach and teammates called her "Awesome Dawesome."Dominique was born in 1976 in Silver Spring, Maryland.  She grew up in this brick, Colonial Style house, circa early 1940's in Silver Spring, MD 20910.  The house sits on the border of Silver Spring and Takoma Park. She attended Blair High School at the original Old Blair Campus in Silver Spring on Wayne Avenue. H...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Recommended Maryland Gazpacho Soup Recipe     6 cups chopped tomatoes1 ½ cups chopped cucumber¾ cup chopped yellow pepper¾ cup minced onion3 or 4 jalapeno peppers-minced1/3 cup olive oil5 Tbsp. vinegar½ tsp. minced garlic¾ cup water1 can  (8oz.) tomato sauceSalt and pepper to tastePrepare all ingredients in a large bowl. Refrigerate overnight. Serve with shredded cheddar cheese and croutons.  There is no cooking.  Gazpacho soup is served cold.This soup is delicious.  The recipe is from the Heirloom Tomato Festival in Westminster, Maryland.  Tested and recommended by Dolores Kelley.Many of us are anxious to enjoy our home grown tomatoes this season.  This soup freezes well so you can enjoy it in later months. Lemon Zest Dahlia, Kentlands, Spring Flowers IMG_0625Canon PowerShot G11 Camera...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Samuel Adams Beach Session IPA After several hours of work in our yard and garden, my selection for a cold beer was Sam Adams Beach Session IPA from their Beers of Summer Variety Pack. I always like to sample the variety pack beers. Drink responsibly. 4.7% Alc. by Vol. BEACH SESSION IPABright and lively, this IPA boasts a crisp tropical aroma from Mosaic hops and a clean finish.  Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA USACanon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
3406 Roselawn AveBaltimore, Md 21214MLS BA 2002978$229,944 Such a cute four-bedroom single-family home shows pride of ownership, with two bedrooms and a full bath on the first floor. There are two more bedrooms upstairs with good storage. There is plenty of room to relax in the bright sunroom. A long concrete driveway makes it easy to go directly to the covered patio and into the kitchen.  Check out the bright, updated eat-in kitchen with 'bullnose'' counter edge, gas cooking, built-in microwave, stainless sink, tile floors, and a door to the fenced back yard.Backyard entertaining is a breeze with a propane gas grill and a large covered patio.  Kid and pet friendly with the fenced yard and storage shed.The lower level has a family room, half bath, laundry, and a freezer. Enjoy Central A...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Small Business Summer, Montgomery County, Maryland Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich is visiting businesses throughout the County this summer to see how they have persisted throughout the COVID-19 health crisis and how they can be helped during the recovery as the County celebrates “Small Business Summer.”Throughout the summer, the County’s economic development assistance programs will continue to help small businesses with their future needs. The County will be sharing news of new businesses as well as recognizing legacy businesses and businesses marking milestone anniversaries.“The backbone of our County's economy is small and family-owned businesses and they have had a very difficult year,” said County Executive Elrich. “We want to engage these businesses, promote them, and do ...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
7929 Stevenson RoadPikesville, Md21208is SOLD! Here was a chance to purchase a sprawling brick Mid-Century-Modern rancher inside the Baltimore Beltway. It is so ready for custom renovations. Measuring more than 2800 square feet, this rancher includes a living room, dining room, den with fireplace, library, recreation room plus four bedrooms, double carport, and two and a half baths.  Click to see photos Open eat-in kitchen with breakfast bar has a door to a lush half-acre level, fenced yard with BBQ and patio area.  There is also a utility room, laundry, and double carport with storage. All on one level = No Steps  We have found a buyer for Stevenson rancher, which is being sold "AS IS."Such a wonderful opportunity for these buyers to own a luxury one-level home in such a desirable loca...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Premium Brownie Mix For her recent batch of brownies, Chef Dolores used the Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Premium Brownie Mix, her favorite. These brownies wonderful and freeze well for future desserts.There are six pouches of brownie mix in the 7 lb. 8 oz. box. Dolores uses two pouches for a 13" x 9" pan. She adds 2/3 cup of water, 2/3 cup of vegetable oil and two eggs. You may also wish to add some nuts. This time, she used walnuts. Cook at 325 degrees for 45 to 55 minutes. They were done in 40 minutes in her oven. Enjoy! How to Make Ghirardelli Brownies  Water Lily, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA USACanon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Barbara Michaluk, Leisure World Specialist / Full Service REALTOR
(Weichert Realtors | Silver Spring, MD Phone Direct 240-506-2434)
Sold 2 BR, 2 BA 3330 N Leisure World Blvd 1021Silver Spring, MD 20906 55+ Active Senior Community Leisure World of Maryland Sold price $215,000Lovely G model condo with 1,195 sq ft featuring 2 equal size bedrooms and 2 full baths. Freshly painted and new neutral carpet throughout. Indoor garage parking space #73 on lobby level conveys. Light and bright living room with slider to enclosed sunroom has a scenic view of pond with fountains. Separate dining room with built-in cabinet. Kitchen features table space, pass-thru window and plenty of cabinets. Washer and dryer located in a separate laundry closet. Extra storage cage in basement. Located in 55+ Leisure World of Maryland. Enjoy all the community amenities including: 2 clubhouses, restaurants, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis, 18-hol...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Montgomery County Climate Action Plan Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich has proposed new legislation (Bill 16-21) that will expand the number of buildings covered by the County’s Benchmarking Law and require the use of less energy. The County Council is now considering the bill. If it is approved, Montgomery will become the first county in the nation to establish a Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) policy that sets a minimum energy performance threshold for existing buildings.County Executive Elrich’s backing of the innovative bill supports the County’s climate goals and is a foundational policy in the County’s Climate Action Plan. Bill 16-21 will modify the County’s current Benchmarking Law to include additional County-owned, commercial and multifamily buildings and es...
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By Barbara Michaluk, Leisure World Specialist / Full Service REALTOR
(Weichert Realtors | Silver Spring, MD Phone Direct 240-506-2434)
Leisure World Home Sold 10 Finsbury Park Ct., Silver Spring, MD 209063 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom / Semi-detached HomeBright and sunny 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom rambler style semi-detached patio home with 1,193 sf in Leisure World. Includes a 2 car attached garage. Spacious living room and dining room with laminate wood flooring. Dining room has slider to enclosed patio with small garden area. All new paint and new carpet in all bedrooms. Primary bedroom with large window and updated bathroom with step-in shower. Updated hall bathroom. Full size washer and dryer. Enjoy the treed view from front of home. Enjoy all the 55+ Leisure World community amenities including restaurants, 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, 2 clubhouses, post office, medical center, 24-hour security...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Homeowners Are Advised to Have Their Older Decks Inspected With the recent deck collapses in various parts of the Washington region, Montgomery County’s Department of Permitting Services (DPS) is advising owners of properties with decks older than 20 years to have a licensed third-party inspection of those decks. DPS advises that having older decks inspected every five years is a good safety measure that could help avoid disaster.DPS Program Manager Jeremy Shupp has been assessing damages and causes of deck collapses. He offers the following tip for homeowners with aging decks,“The No. 1 cause of most catastrophic collapses we see is a faulty ledger connection to the house,” he said. “If the property owner cannot verify the type of attachment, DPS recommends making the deck self-support...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Recycle Right in Gaithersburg, Maryland Gaithersburg Begins Tagging Campaign to Help Residents Recycle Right.Select Gaithersburg neighborhoods will be part of an outreach effort to encourage residents to be better recyclers. Starting in August, staff in the City’s Public Works Department will post “Oops” tags on recycling bins that contain inappropriate materials. The bins will be left behind, to be collected on the next regular recycling day if the contaminating materials have been removed. Staff will be available in these neighborhoods to answer questions: Monday, August 2 - Gateway Commons Wednesday, August 11 - Amberfield       Thursday August 19 - The Orchards         Friday, August 26 - Diamond FarmsTuesday, August 31 - Foxwood   The weekly recycling service that the City of Gaith...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
How to Install a Rain Barrel Workshop, July 31st Interested in learning more about installing a rain barrel in your backyard? Urban Ecosystem Restorations is hosting a free 'How to Install a Rain Barrel' workshop July 31, 2021. One lucky participant will receive their very own rain barrel! To register visit: https://gburg.md/3rxymNi This is a City of Gaithersburg, Maryland announcement.  Water Lily, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA USACanon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Dana Hollish Hill, REALTOR * Broker * Coach
(Hollish Hill Group, JPAR Stellar Living)
Are homes being torn down in your neighborhood and replaced by massive houses? As land becomes more scarce, builders are seeking neighborhoods with large lots to accommodate massive new homes and buyers are paying top dollar for them.Have you wondered how these new homes impact the value of the older homes in the neighborhood? Does it make sense to upgrade your current home or will it be torn down when you decide to sell? The "renovate or move" question is one we've been helping homeowners answer for years, but the impact of tear downs and rebuilds adds another variable to neighborhood prices. We wondered if there was a way to calculate and predict a tipping point. A point when it no longer makes sense to upgrade because it will be sold to a builder. One local agent told us she's tellin...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Masks Required in Montgomery County Public Schools Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland have announced mask requirements.  All students, staff, and visitors across all levels (elementary, middle, and high) will be required to wear face coverings in school buildings, regardless of vaccination status. Water Lily, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA USACanon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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