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‘Christmas on the Farm’ Will Be Hosted Dec. 3-4  “Christmas on the Farm,” a special way to celebrate the holidays in a country setting, will be at the Montgomery Agricultural History Farm Park in Derwood on Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 3-4.On each day, the Farm Park, which is located at 18400 Muncaster Rd. in Derwood, will welcome visitors with activities and displays from noon-5 p.m. There is no charge for admission.The celebration will include free cookies and cider, a bake sale of homemade treats, hayrides, a farmhouse tour and an opportunity to see farm animals up close.The event will be hosted by Friends of the Montgomery Agricultural History Farm Park and supported by Montgomery Parks, which is part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.The Agricultural Park looks...
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By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Baltimore City Employee Homeownership ProgramDo you work for the City of Baltimore or one of its agencies?  You could qualify for $5000 towards purchasing a home in Baltimore City.  With the changing real estate market programs like these have become more acceptable to take advantage of while purchasing your home.   There are over 225 neighborhoods in Baltimore City to choose from and they do truly offer something for everyone.If you qualify, you can use this grant in conjunction with one of the many other down payment assistance programs available for home buyers in Baltimore City.  To get started you will need to complete homeownership counseling from an accredited agency and complete a program application.  You will also need to work with a loan officer with a financial institution t...
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Spatchcock Oven Roasted Turkey Breast Recipe  Chef Dolores used the My Life in An Apron Spatchcock Oven Roasted Turkey Breast recipe and the turkey was excellent. She suggested sharing this recipe in a blog.  Click on the link to view and print the recipe and notes. Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 6898Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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Book Recommendation: 1989 by Val McDermidI enjoyed reading 1989 (2022) an Allie Burns novel by International Best Selling Scottish Author Val McDermid and recommend it for your reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and this novel. In the new installment to her historical crime series that began with 1979 , internationally bestselling author Val McDermid delivers a propulsive new thriller that finds journalist Allie Burns has become an editor, and as the Cold War and AIDS crisis deliver a nonstop tide of news, most of it bad, a story falls into her lap. And then there's a murder.Hailed as Britain's Queen of Crime, Val McDermid's award-winning, internationally bestselling novels have captivated readers for more than thirty years. In her Allie Burns series, she re...
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By Fernando Herboso - Associate Broker MD, & VA, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA
(Maxus Realty Group of Samson Properties )
Maxus Realty Group Agents are local specialists with knowledge to help you buy and sell the right home, at the right price.We are passionate about you as a client, we will always protect your best interests just because it's the only way we do business day in and day out.Today, we'll talk about What is the Credit Scoring Process When You Purchase a Home?  A technique known as "credit scoring" is used by lenders to assist them decide whether to grant you credit and how much to charge you for when you first apply. When you apply for a mortgage, the lender or creditor will request your Equifax, Experian, or Trans-Union credit report and score.They will obtain your reports and ratings from all three. Your "credit worthiness" is determined by comparing your credit history to a formula known ...
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By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Buying a Home in Baltimore CityLive Near Your Work There are about 225 distinct neighborhoods in Baltimore City, offering something for every buyer.  In addition, the city of Baltimore offers some great incentives for buyers to purchase here.  If you have been having a hard time saving for your new home, you may want to consider Baltimore where you can purchase a home for as little as $1000 of your own money. You will need at least a 640 credit score in order to qualify for a loan and you will need to complete a HUD-accredited Home Buyer Education program too. If you work in Baltimore City, you may want to check the Live Near Your Work Program to see if your company participates.   The incentive value varies by employer and in some cases, like Johns Hopkins Hospital, may be tied to cert...
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Increased Danger Period for Fatal Alcohol-Related Crashes The extended Thanksgiving holiday is one of the most heavily traveled times of the year. Additionally, the evening before Thanksgiving has historically been one of the busiest nights for bars and restaurants, with high drinking rates. The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) and the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) are reminding residents that high-risk activities, combined with the sheer number of drivers on the road, make it an especially dangerous time for alcohol-related collisions.Montgomery County annually implements a “Holiday Task Force” in which several police agencies combine additional efforts to keep roads safe during the holidays. The Holiday Task Force begins operations before Thanksgivin...
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Gaithersburg Artist Collective Holiday Art Exhibit Holiday Art Exhibit by Artists on Market at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn beginning November 26 through January 8. There will be two special events during the show. The first is a traditional Meet the Artists Reception on Saturday, November 26 from 4 - 6 p.m.On Saturday, December 10 from 12 - 5 p.m. there will be a special "Meet the Makers" event which will include demonstrations in the teaching studios and an extended exhibit, In addition, there will be a holiday jewelry workshop starting at 1:30 p.m. (Registration is via the City website).This is a Kentlands Community Foundation announcement. Chrysanthemum, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 6887Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Pho...
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By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Radon in Montgomery County, MarylandMontgomery County, Maryland is the only county in Maryland where a radon test is required upon the sale of a home.  If the buyer does not conduct a radon test during the home inspection phase, the seller must provide a clear radon test before closing.  This contingency is written into the contract of sale for Montgomery County.  This year Montgomery County has extended this to rental housing as well.  Bill 26-22 will go into effect on July 21, 2023 - these are the highlights It relates to Landlords and Rental Housing Both single and multi-family housing A positive result will trigger mitigation The landlord is required to test before leasing and show a radon level below <4pCi/L Certified testing isn't required, the landlord can test themselves Test re...
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By Brian Lipsky
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.)
The Eldersburg office of Long & Foster Real Estatecongratulates its top producing agents and teams for October 2022.#eldersburgtopproducersLuster, Ripley & Team Group Top Producers, Top Sales, & Top Listings$3.7 million + total production on 9 units Paul MacKenzie Team Team Top Producers & Top Listings $1.3 million + total productionCarol & Dave Bleefield Team Top SalesJudy Tyree Individual Top ProducerDonna MacBrayne-Hunter Individual Top ListingsJanice Kirkner Individual Top SalesDiamond ClubDixon-Kluge-Skipper Home Group $2.4 million + total productionAshlea Brehm $1.4 million + total productionAgent of the MonthKathy DixonEmerald ClubJulie Byrd, Kim Fitzgerald Team Sapphire ClubCarol Swinton Team, John Lemaster, Tammy Barnes
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Book Recommendation: Mercy by David BaldacciI enjoyed reading Mercy (2021) by The New York Times Bestselling American author David Baldacci and recommend it for your reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and this novel. This is book number four in the series featuring FBI agent Atlee Pine. Dolores and I have read all of the novels by this author. FBI Agent Atlee Pine’s harrowing search for her long-lost sister Mercy reaches a boiling point in this breakneck thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci.For her entire life, FBI agent Atlee Pine has been searching for her twin sister, Mercy, who was abducted at the age of six and never seen again. Mercy’s disappearance left behind a damaged family that later shattered beyond repair when Atlee’...
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By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Gratitude - Becoming the Family RealtorWhat a great Challenge - November 2022 Thanksgiving Gratitude Challenge.  We all have so much to be grateful for. In 2014 I sold a home to Devon Beverly.  A wonderful young man, so polite, well-spoken, and respectful.  He was a first-time homebuyer and had his act together, he had his downpayment together and good credit.  His Mom would often come with us when we were looking at homes and she also came to closing.  From that one sale, I also sold Devon's cousin a home a year later.  His cousin referred me to a colleague from work a few months later, and that colleague then  referred me to her daughter last year, then Devon's parents bought a home and sold a home with me, and last month Devon's younger brother, Desmond bought a home.  When we did th...
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By Buzz Mackintosh, “Experience, reliable, leadership”
(Mackintosh REALTORS)
Rising Interest Rates and Inflation Contributing to Lack of Sales, According to Maryland’s October 2022 Housing Statistics   ANNAPOLIS, MD—November 16, 2022—October home sales dropped 36.5%, to 5,745 units sold versus 9,044 units last year, in the latest Maryland REALTORS® Housing Statistics Report. This also represents a drop of 18.9% when compared to September 2022’s figure of 6,748. The average sales price grew at a slower rate of 3.2% to $445,200 against $431,569, October 2021’s figure. Median sales price grew 2.7% to $380,000.  Against this dynamic of fewer sales and higher prices were rising interest rates, as the 30-year fixed mortgage rate peaked at 7.08% and continued limited inventory. Active Inventory fell 17.4% to 10,349 and the number of new listings fell 27.2% to 7,242. “R...
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By Dana Hollish Hill, REALTOR * Broker * Coach
(Hollish Hill Group, JPAR Stellar Living)
Curious about what's happening in real estate? I know you are. Interest rates are up, and there are so many predictions in the media that it's difficult to know what is happening now. Believe me, it's not all doom and gloom.Let's focus on Maryland for a moment. As you can see, less units sold in October 2022 than in October 2021. Inventory has been very tight so that is not at all surprising. Both the average and median price increased this year over last year. Pending and Active listings are down as well. Again, not surprising. And the months of inventory is exactly the same as last year. That is partly because the days on market is slightly higher than than last year. This trend looks as if it will continue because we are seeing fewer new listings this month than we did in October of ...
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Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule, Montgomery County, MarylandThe Montgomery County Government, and programs that impact County residents, will have the following schedule and program changes for Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, Nov. 24: County offices—Closed. State offices and courts—Closed. State Motor Vehicle Administration offices and Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program stations—Closed. Libraries—Closed. Alcohol Beverage Services (ABS)—All ABS stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Stores will operate from 10 a.m. -9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, Nov. 23. County-operated COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Clinics—Closed. Department of Permitting Services—All offices, including customer service lobby, are closed. Montgomery County 311—Will not be in operation. Ride On—Will operate...
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By Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
(410-935-5844 Office)
Newly Affiliated with Sachs Realty Hi, I’m Ron Trzcinski, real estate agent with Sachs Realty.With nearly 25 years in the business, I have had the opportunity to work for and learn from some of the top brokerages in the industry.There is a long, almost formidable, list of brokers, managers, top agents, and office support personnel, with whom I have had the privilege and the pleasure to work side by side.  All, of them, have helped me to hone my skills to serve my clients, buyers and sellers alike, to the highest degree possible.Now, in order to stay ahead of an ever-changing industry and to meet the ever-increasing expectations of buyers and sellers, I have decided to affiliate with Sachs Realty.Todd Sachs, the broker at Sachs Realty, and I have similar ideas on educating the public, ou...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
2614 Molton Way 21244Kingswood CommonWindsor MillsMLSBC2054802Adorable and affordable two-bedroom townhouse with two assigned parking spaces right in front.One and a half baths, an eat-in kitchen, dining and living room also have a full-sized washer and dryer. There are sliding glass doors to the patio—no grass to cut or snow to shovel. Energy-efficient interior Townhouse with low Condo fees of $165 per month. Security system, "wood" floors, and conveniently located to the beltway, shopping, and metro station. Instead of paying rent, consider this brick two-level  Kingswood Common Condo in Baltimore County.Click To See PhotosFor information on this homeCall Margaret Rome
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Book Recommendation: The Boys from Biloxi by John GrishamI enjoyed reading The Boys from Biloxi (2022) by The New York Times Bestselling American Author John Grisham and recommend it for your reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and this novel. #1 New York Times bestselling author John Grisham returns to Mississippi in his most gripping legal thriller yet, the riveting story of two sons of immigrant families who grow up as friends, but ultimately find themselves on opposite sides of the law. Grisham’s trademark twists and turns will keep you tearing through the pages until the stunning conclusion.For most of the last hundred years, Biloxi was known for its beaches, resorts, and seafood industry. But it had a darker side. It was also notorious for corruption an...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 Thankful for the Sunday before Thanksgiving.So much to be grateful for, especially in Real Estate. So thankful for buyers and sellers, those who ask me questions, those who have let me talk them out of selling their home, those who have said, "heard you on the radio," or ''my spouse listens every week.''  I'm thankful for all those who call in during the show and those that text me during the show for support or to let me know when I make a mistake. Thankful for those who call in during the week. I'm grateful to those who have bought or sold a home with me. Thankful for how many of you have become friends over the years. Thankful that other listeners are interested and learn from your calls, especially when I have talked about spam calls, mail scams, and emails and how real they sound....
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By Roy Kelley
(Retired)
Winter Lights Opens November 25 The Winter Lights Festival welcomes visitors back for its 27th spectacular season. The wondrous display of lights at Seneca Creek State Park will be open nightly November 25 through December 31, Sunday through Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. The Festival will be closed on December 25. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are only good for the specific date listed on the ticket. Purchase tickets online here.  S’more LightsFriday, November 18 and Sunday, November 20, 6 to 9 p.m.Roast marshmallows over a campfire and make delicious s’mores, stroll through a wonderland of sparkling lights, and take selfies with Santa while enjoying hot beverages and collect a holiday craft to take home. Purchase tickets here. Leashes & ...
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