Columbia, MD Real Estate News

By Jackie Vaughan and Patrick Smith, Howard County,Maryland, The Jackie Vaughan Team
(The Jackie Vaughan Team)
COLUMBIA, MARYLAND FREE LAKEFRONT ACTIVITIES  The Colummbia Lakefront in Town Center is a host of activities during most of the year.  Free movies, concerts, dining, paddle boats and a 2 mile walkking path make this a great place for you and your family.  The 4th of July fireworks display is awesome!  Watch the Youtube below to see some of the great fun.       Call or email us for all of your real estate needs. We are never too busy for your referrals.  
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By Jackie Vaughan and Patrick Smith, Howard County,Maryland, The Jackie Vaughan Team
(The Jackie Vaughan Team)
THE "NEW TOWN" OF COLUMBIA, MARYLAND THE "NEW TOWN" OF COLUMBIA, MARYLAND IS A PLANNED COMMUNITY CONCEPT DEVELOPED BY JIM ROUSE STARTING WITH LAND PURCHASES IN 1964. IT IS LOCATED IN HOWARD COUNTY, WHICH IS 30 MINUTES FROM DOWNTOWN BALTIMORE AND 45 MINUTES FROM WASHINGTON, D.C. IT IS LOCATED RIGHT OFF OF I-95 AND   295 WITH GREAT ACCESS TO BALTIMORE AND WASHINGTON.  1/3 OF THE POPULATION WORK IN HOWARD COUNTY, 1/3 IN BALTIMORE AND 1/3 IN D.C.  JIM ROUSE'S CONCEPT WAS TO HAVE A COMMUNITY WITH DIVERESE HOUSING OPTIONS AND LOTS OF GREAT COMMUNITY AMENITIES.  THE COLUMBIA PARKS AND RECREATION ASSOCION WAS FORMED TO PROVIDE AND MAINTAIN THE OPEN SPACES AMD RECREATIONAL FACILITIES. THE CURRENT POPULATION OF COLUMBIA IS 85,000.  THE COLUMBIA MALL IS A BIG SHOPPING AREA FOR LOCALS AND VISITORS ...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
  Home Residential Resale Statistics -- January 2013  Columbia, Maryland remains a very desirable city to call home. In the heart of Howard County it boasts recreation, parks and walking trails, great shopping, excellent schools and a convenient location between Washington DC, Baltimore and Fort Meade to name but a few of it's attributes.Inventory in Columbia is very low and home sales are active.Remember, Real Estate is LOCAL!Onto the activity in January 2013. As the new year in Howard County Real Estate gets underway in the Columbia area sales in the 21044 zip code are looking positive as total sales volume increased over 40% from $6.6 million to $9.36 million. January 2013 saw five more homes sold this year (26) than in 2012 (21), and, on average, homes sold for almost 15% more, risi...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Jackson Pond in the heart of Columbia, Howard County. Jackson Pond in the Phelps Luck neighborhood in Columbia is a hidden gem!  The 2 acre pond isn't even visible from the road less than 100 yards away because of a sloping hill. But once you find it you'll be glad you did!  Turn on to Phelps Luck Drive from Tamar and take a right at the first stop sign at Lightspun Lane. Park along the curve and the pond is in front of you in all its' glory.The pond is stocked with fish and there are not one but 2 fishing piers and even a slope to put small (non motor) boats in the water.  A level playground is far enough away from the water to feel safe with little ones but provides a lovely background when you are pushing your child in a swing.  Picnic tables let you enjoy your lunch and a sand box p...
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By Jackie Vaughan and Patrick Smith, Howard County,Maryland, The Jackie Vaughan Team
(The Jackie Vaughan Team)
COLUMBIA, MARYLAND 21046 REAL ESTATE SALES STATISTICS FOR JANUARY 2013 January 2013 Real Estate Market Statistics for 21046 Columbia, MD     StatisticValuesYoYMoM Total Sold Dollar Volume $3,690,000 +4.76% +14.34% Closed Sales 13 +18.18% +30% Median Sold Price $270,000 -18.67% -21.86% Avg Sold Price $283,846 -11.35% -12.04% Avg Days on Market 66 days -27.47% +29.41% Avg Sold to Orig List Ratio 93.57% -1.85% -1.48% Detailed Report        As you can see, sales volume and number of sales are up in January, but sales prices ae down.  This is primarily due to a larger number of short sales and foreclosures in zip code 21046 in January.  Sales and prices should improve next month as long as our government resolves their financial issues.   Contact us for any of your real estate needs.   We al...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Earth Treks Climbing center in Columbia, MD is a great place for a birthday party. This rock climbers paradise has been in this location for over 15 years & there are other Earth Treks in Timonium and Rockville.The facility sits in an industrial area off Snowden River Parkway in the center of Columbia and houses the largest indoor climbing wall in the country!  The center is enormous with 16,000 square feet of space and 150 individual climbing areas. Climbs range in height from 23 to 50 feet waayyy up!  There is a smaller climb area for kids birthday parties that is about 15 feet and includes lots of hand holds.For parties, you get 2 dedicated instructors who can work with brand new climbers as well as those with more experience.  On the Saturday we went there were several birthday part...
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By Jackie Vaughan and Patrick Smith, Howard County,Maryland, The Jackie Vaughan Team
(The Jackie Vaughan Team)
JANUARY 2013 MARKET STATISTICS FOR COLUMBIA, MARYLAND 21045 January 2013 Real Estate Market Statistics for 21045 Columbia, MD     StatisticValuesYoYMoM Total Sold Dollar Volume $5,520,900 -4.91% -53.05% Closed Sales 23 0% -45.24% Median Sold Price $242,000 +5.68% -10.7% Avg Sold Price $240,039 -4.91% -14.26% Avg Days on Market 66 days -34.65% +1.54% Avg Sold to Orig List Ratio 93.89% +5.8% -2.18% Detailed Report         As you can see, there have been mixed results for sales in Columbia, Maryland in zip code 21045 in January of this year.  Median sold price is up, but average sold price is down.  Days on the maerket is down which is good.   Call or email us for all your real estate needs in Howard County.   We always have time for your referrals.
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Symphony Woods in Columbia gets ready to grow in Howard County. Symphony Woods has been a centerpiece in Columbia for decades but is mainly known as the home of the concert venue Merriweather Post Pavillion and the very popular "Wine in the Woods" in May and "Symphony of Lights" fundraiser in Winter.  That is getting ready to change!The Columbia Association Board has almost unanimously approved a plan to create an iconic park and cultural center in the woods across the street from the also expanding Columbia Mall.The concept plan utilizes 36 acres of the existing Symphony Woods and has dubbed the "Inner Arbor".  The name gives a nod to the nearby Baltimore Inner Harbor which was designed with the help of James Rouse- also the beloved planner of Columbia, MD.  This plan follows an earlie...
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By Jackie Vaughan and Patrick Smith, Howard County,Maryland, The Jackie Vaughan Team
(The Jackie Vaughan Team)
JANUARY MARKET STATS FOR COLUMBIA, MARYLAND 21044 January 2013 Real Estate Market Statistics for 21044 Columbia, MD     StatisticValuesYoYMoM Total Sold Dollar Volume $9,358,200 +41.78% -7.16% Closed Sales 26 +23.81% -10.34% Median Sold Price $343,500 +18.04% -0.43% Avg Sold Price $359,931 +14.52% +3.55% Avg Days on Market 67 days -67.32% -34.95% Avg Sold to Orig List Ratio 96.52% +6.56% +4.7% Detailed Report   As you can see, the market is improving nicely in Columbia, Maryland, zip code 21044. Everything is up except days on the market which is good.   Please call us for all your real estate needs.   We always have time for your your referrals!
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
The Columbia Mall in Columbia, Howard County joins the "Demalling" trend! The Mall in Columbia!  A whole generation in the 80's grew up going to the mall as kids, then teens and now they take their kids there.  I recently came across this old advertisement jingle for the mall on YouTube which was a fun flashback!Back in these days when there were actual restaurants in the mall serving actual alcoholic beverages!  There are no sit down restaurants inside the mall anymore (just fast food - ok and Panera) but a group of restaurants in the newer outside area include the Cheesecake Factory, Uno's and my favorite ladies dinner spot -  PF Changs.  The mall has another big change coming up when the existing free standing LL Bean Store is torn down this May to make way for even more open air sho...
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By Andrea Bedard, Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS
(Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860)
If you are searching for a venue to hold your child's birthday party then check out the Center Ring Circus School in Columbia, MD. Picture 12 kids rolling on the floor laughing - that is how much fun it is!My almost-4-year-old was recently invited to a birthday party at the Circus School. She's a rather shy child but it took her about 5 minutes to detach from my hip and join in the fun and laughter. The owner and clown-in-chief, Gregory May, had all kids engaged and enjoying themselves from the get-go singing silly songs, learning some juggling tricks and walking the tight rope. Before indulging in birthday cake and ice-cream all kids got to try out the aerial fabric by swinging upside down or in a cocoon (a big hit!). The party ended with a long-standing circus tradition: a shaving cre...
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By Jackie Vaughan and Patrick Smith, Howard County,Maryland, The Jackie Vaughan Team
(The Jackie Vaughan Team)
As you can see by the chart below, the sales in Columbia, Maryland in zip code 21044 went up in January 21013.  Our market is improving, and this is a great time to buy a home in Columbia and Howard County. January 2013 Real Estate Market Statistics for 21044 Columbia, MD     StatisticValuesYoYMoM Total Sold Dollar Volume $9,358,200 +41.78% -7.16% Closed Sales 26 +23.81% -10.34% Median Sold Price $343,500 +18.04% -0.43% Avg Sold Price $359,931 +14.52% +3.55% Avg Days on Market 67 days -67.32% -34.95% Avg Sold to Orig List Ratio 96.52% +6.56% +4.7% Detailed Report   Call us for all your real estate needs. Remember, we are never too busy for your referrals.  
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By Jackie Vaughan and Patrick Smith, Howard County,Maryland, The Jackie Vaughan Team
(The Jackie Vaughan Team)
Focus On: Howard County Housing Market December 2012 Units Sold236 Active Inventory748 Median Sale Price$350,000 Days On Market75 Up 16%Vs. Year Ago Down -38%Vs. Year Ago No ChangeVs. Year Ago Down -13%Vs. Year Ago   Chart: Howard - MD Units Sold Description: Homes sold in the Howard County housing market. This chart shows the number of homes sold in this market in recent months. Contact a Long & Foster agent for more details at http://www.longandfoster.com Tags: Homes sold in Howard County Author: Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. data supplied by MRIS and its member Association(s) of REALTORS. Deemed reliable but not guaranteed. charts powered by iCharts Units Sold There was a decrease in total units sold in December,...
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By Bridget Hendricks, Bridget Hendricks
(RE/MAX Advantage Realty)
Buying a home is a big decision, and certainly not something to be taken lightly. The search for the perfect house is exhausting and it can be difficult process. To ensure that you're getting a great home that will last for years to come, you should make sure that you know exactly what to look for. Never rely on the square footage quoted by the realtor when buying a home. Take a tape measure and check for yourself. Create a scale floor plan of the homes you're most interested in and play around with scale pieces representing each item of furniture that you have. This will help you see whether your couch will really fit in that corner, or if your bed swallows up an entire bedroom. Rooms look much larger when they're empty and some furnished models purposely use smaller pieces of furnitur...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Columbia "Superbowl" Open House today 2/3/13 1pm till 3pm - 9005 Flicker Place, Columbia. MD 21045   Ellie McIntire / Toni Conner | The McIntire Team of Keller Williams Greater Howard County | (240) 604-7289 9005 Flicker Pl, Columbia, MD Well Maintained Home on a Quiet Cul-de-sac in Columbia, MD 4BR/2+1BA Single Family House   offered at $350,000 Year Built 1973 Sq Footage 1,932 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms 2 full, 1 partial Floors 3 Parking 1 Lot Size 7,841 sqft HOA/Maint $64 per month DESCRIPTION From the seller's, themselves: What first attracted you to your home? When we found our home at 9005 Flicker Place, to be honest, we didn't think it was going to be big enough when we parked...until we walked in and saw the family room addition from the living room. We looked at our agent, without ne...
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By Dan Rochon, Top Realtor in Northern Virginia
(Greetings Virginia - Keller Williams Realty)
HOMES FOR SALE in Columbia, MD $799,9006105 Trotter Ridge Ct, Columbia MD 21044         $795,00010450 Waterfowl Ter, Columbia MD 21044         $675,0006521 Ocean Shore Ln, Columbia MD 21044         These properties was listed as of January 29, 2013.  No guarantees can be made that these properties are still actively for sale.  Please ask your real estate professional for an updated status of these properties.
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By Jackie Vaughan and Patrick Smith, Howard County,Maryland, The Jackie Vaughan Team
(The Jackie Vaughan Team)
LAKE ELKHORN IN COLUMBIA, MARYLAND Lakes of Columbia Lake Elkhorn in Owen Brown Village.   This 37 acre lake was built by the Columbia Association in 1974with a watershed of about 2500 acres. The lake is 15 feetat its deepest and averages about 8 feet. The path around is 2 miles.Lake Elkhorn Park is a 23-acre park surrounding the lake. The lake is stocked in the Spring with trout & bass. A pavilion for picnickingcan be reserved through the Columbia Association - call 410-715-3161. Waterfowl includes many species. Contact The Jacke Vaughan Team for more information on Lake Elkhorn and many other amenities in Howard County, Maryland.  We have been the #1 real estate team for Long and Foster Realtors for        14 years. 410 365-1605 patsmith22@comcast.nrt www.thejackievaughanteam.com      
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By Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068
(SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061)
Already given up on the New Year's Resolution? I have a solution! JOIN Maryland Mortgage Mama for a Kick Start Sign up and train for the: L.O.G.JAM 5K     April 13th, 2013                Register online until April 11th at 8PM        $30.00 until April 1, 2013      $35 from 4-1-2013 until 4-11-2013    $40 Race Day Registration   The Inaugural L.O.G. Jam 5K  to support the Lamb of God School in Halethorpe, Maryland   AWARDS and DRAWINGS on RACE DAY (must be present to win) WALK   JOG   RUN RACE REGISTRATION OPEN and Open to everyone!     Go to 3wRaces.com to register   This is a looped route around Centennial Lake.  This is a great race for beginners and beyond.  It's a good practice run for the Iron Girl races, Nations and the Columbia Tri. Race will be timed and organized by 3W Races o...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Columbia, MD   Home Residential Resale Statistics - December 2012 Though a slight drop in sales when compared to November 2011(a little over $1 million less), the 21044 portion of Columbia, MD realized a substantial increase when compared to December 2011, with total sales volume increasing over 50% from $6.4 million to $10 million. Though the average selling priced only increased by 2.79%, ten more homes were sold last month than during the same time last year. Considering the market is 25% smaller than it was last year (and also 25% smaller than it was in November 2012), overall, Columbia, 21044 experienced a good December.  Columbia, MD - 21044 Similarly, 21045 also experienced a strong growth compared to last year with sales increasing 44% to $11.7 million as opposed to $8.1 million...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Columbia, MD - 21044, 21045, & 21046 Active Home Status for Townhomes and Detached Homes as of January 8th, 2013. The city of Columbia, located in Howard County, MD, is one-half of the 8th best place to live in the United States, and for good reason. Boasting great location, this suburb is close to Baltimore, Washington, D.C., as well as Ocean City and Deep Creek Lake, giving you an abundance of variety and exploration right at your fingertips. In addition, Columbia is full of fine dining, has great schools, and is home to some truly fantastic scenery, making it one of the most desirable places to live in Maryland.  For detached, single family homes in Columbia, MD, there are a total of 73 active homes on the market today. Of those homes, 10 of them (14%) are shortsales and 5 of them (7...
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