Gaithersburg, MD Real Estate News

By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Hollywood Costume, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts   Earlier this week, Dolores and I traveled to Richmond, Virginia to spend the day at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. This is one of our favorite day trip travel destinations and we enjoy our annual membership benefits. The current major exhibit is Hollywood Costume.  If you enjoy movies, this is an exhibit that you will not want to miss. The second part of the exhibit is a display of photographs titled Made in Hollywood. “Organized by the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Hollywood Costume explores the central role costume design plays in cinematic storytelling. Bringing together the most iconic costumes from a century of cinema, it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the clothes worn by unforgettable and beloved characters in fi...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Happy Thanksgiving   I hope you will be enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.  Dolores and I had our Wednesday night dinner at Bonefish Grill and have a full schedule planned for Thanksgiving Day.  We’ve had two cold and rainy days and hoping for better weather for the next day or so. My thoughts are not on real estate this evening as I write this blog. So, I will just share another flower picture and begin reading a new novel. As we phase into retirement, I will be writing less about real estate as we focus on activities for personal pleasure.   Chrysanthemum, Brookside Gardens IMG_1807 Photograph by Roy Kelley Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
How to sell the clutter from your attic to your basement   Now is the time to plan for January, February and March indoor flea markets in Gaithersburg.  Convert all of your clutter and surplus items to cash.  Add some good stories and you will allow purchasers to discover new must-have treasures.  There are always bargain hunters that will help you clean up your home. This is the official notice from the City of Gaithersburg: Vendor Space Available for Indoor Flea Markets in Gaithersburg Turn your attic treasures in to cash at the City of Gaithersburg’s Indoor Flea Markets on Saturdays, January 11, February 8 and March 22, 2014. Bargain hunters will be on hand to sift through your wares from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Montgomery County Agricultural Center, 16 Chestnut Street in Building 6....
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Autumn Colors in Kentlands   The winds are blowing down the fall leaves in Kentlands. I am glad that I took a few photographs in recent days. These are some photographs taken during a photowalk through our home neighborhood. For out of the area readers, Kentlands is located in the City of Gaithersburg in Montgomery County, Maryland. This is a preferred area for families that are relocated to the Metro Area of Washington, DC.   Kentlands, Flowers IMG_2488 Kentlands, Autumn Colors IMG_2490 Kentlands, Autumn Colors IMG_2491 Kentlands, Autumn Colors IMG_2492 Kentlands, Autumn Colors IMG_2494 Kentlands, Autumn Colors IMG_2499 Kentlands, Flowers IMG_2487 Photographs by Roy Kelley Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Thinking of flowers on this cold rainy day   My philosophy is the life is better when there are flowers to photograph. The flowers in our garden are gone for the season and a cold and rainy day is not good for positive thinking.  Fortunately, I took enough photographs to last us through the winter. Some of my favorites are pictures of chrysanthemums at Brookside Gardens. If you also had a rainy day, this is for you.   Chrysanthemum, Brookside Gardens IMG_1814 Photograph by Roy Kelley Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs 
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Kentlands Mansion to host December Photography Exhibit   Montgomery County, Maryland residents that enjoy outstanding photography will want to see the special photography exhibit at the Kentlands Mansion in December. Note the date of Tuesday, December 17, 2013 for the Artists’ Reception from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This is a free event. This is the official notice from the City of Gaithersburg: Photography on Display at Kentlands Mansion The City of Gaithersburg presents an exhibit featuring photographic works by Robert Ausura, Mary Kay Kinnish, Jacqueline LaRocca, and Jean Phillips at Kentlands Mansion from December 13, 2013 through January 31, 2014. The public is invited to a free Artists’ Reception on Tuesday, December 17 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Robert Ausura learned the basics of photograph...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Holiday Safety Tips   All of us know that we need to take extra care for our personal safety during the holidays. We just received this email from the Gaithersburg Police Department and I want to share it with you. This is a very good topic for family discussions. Also, be alert in your office. Thieves try to gain access to offices where they can snatch purses or other valuables from offices that are not occupied. Don’t leave that purse sitting on or beside your desk when you are going for coffee or an office meeting. Be safe and have a Happy Thanksgiving!   Gaithersburg Police Offer Tips for a Safe Holiday Season Gaithersburg, MD (November 25, 2013). The Gaithersburg Police Department would like to remind citizens to be safe during the holiday season with some of these safety tips: If ...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Book Recommendation:  Hunter Killer by Patrick Robinson   Those that follow my blogs know that I enjoy reading suspense novels. The book that I am currently reading is Hunter Killer (2005) by Patrick Robinson. This New York Times Bestselling Author has written several series featuring characters that he has made popular. This novel features Admiral Arnold Morgan and is one of ten books in the series. Enjoy a good book this week and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.   Admiral Arnold Morgan Series Nimitz Class (1997) Kilo Class (1998) H.M.S. Unseen (1999) U.S.S. Seawolf (2000) The Shark Mutiny (2001) Barracuda 945 (2003) Scimitar SL-2 (2004) Hunter Killer (2005) Ghost Force (2006) To the Death (2008)   Garden, Colonial Williamsburg IMG_0827 Photograph by Roy Kelley Roy and Dolores Kelley Pho...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Feeling ragged around the edges?   If you are feeling a little ragged around the edges after a difficult week, I have a photograph for you. This is an end of the season butterfly that is showing the wear. Enjoy the weekend and be sure to spend some quality time with those that you love. It is a time to be thankful for our many blessings.   Butterfly, Lantana, Freedom Park, Williamsburg IMG_0881 Photograph by Roy Kelley Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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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 )
Gaithersburg Maryland Real Estate Market Report 20879 Featured Neighborhood Flower Hill  Gaithersburg MD   (To see the latest listings in Gaithersburg Goshen Estates MD see below . .)   View Gaithersburg Maryland homes for sale in Gaithersburg Flower Hill . If you are relocating to Montgomery County MD , you may want to read more about the Gaithersburg MD community, or find out about Gaithersburg School Boundaries.    Whether you're looking for a home for yourself, or an investment property, Gaithersburg MD offers a unique life-style that appeals to everyone.  A Sample of the Latest Listings in  Gaithersburg  Flower Hill MD  Latest Listings in Flower Hill $375,000 5 FLOWER HILL COURT, Gaithersburg FRESHLY PAINTED! Spacious 4 lvl split near shopping, Shady Grove Metro, Bus. Cul-de-sac s...
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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 )
Gaithersburg Maryland Real Estate Market Report 20878 Featured Neighborhood Goshen Estates  Gaithersburg MD   (To see the latest listings in Gaithersburg Goshen Estates MD see below . .)   View Gaithersburg Maryland homes for sale in Gaithersburg Goshen Estates . If you are relocating to Montgomery County MD , you may want to read more about the Gaithersburg MD community, or find out about Gaithersburg School Boundaries.    Whether you're looking for a home for yourself, or an investment property, Gaithersburg MD offers a unique life-style that appeals to everyone.  A Sample of the Latest Listings in  Gaithersburg  Goshen Estates MD  Latest Listings in Goshen Estates $829,900 ▼ 21030 WOODFIELD ROAD, Gaithersburg Price reduced! Custom built all brick rambler on 3.29 acres in Goshen Esta...
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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 )
Gaithersburg Maryland Real Estate Market Report 20878 Featured Neighborhood Quince Orchard Manor Gaithersburg MD    (To see the latest listings in Gaithersburg Lakelands MD see below . .)   View Gaithersburg Maryland homes for sale in Gaithersburg Quince Orchard Manor . If you are relocating to Montgomery County MD , you may want to read more about the Gaithersburg MD community, or find out about Gaithersburg School Boundaries.    Whether you're looking for a home for yourself, or an investment property, Gaithersburg MD offers a unique life-style that appeals to everyone.  A Sample of the Latest Listings in  Gaithersburg  Quince Orchard Manor in MD  Latest Listings in Quince Orchard Manor $650,000 718 HIGHLAND RIDGE AVENUE, Gaithersburg Beautiful home inside and out! Brick colonial wit...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Heads Up in Parking Lots   “Heads Up in Parking Lots” is a new pedestrian safety campaign that was announced this week by Montgomery County, Maryland. The campaign is focused on reducing the number of people hit by vehicles in parking lots and garages This is a very good reminder for all of us to be alert and careful in public areas. There are even greater risks during the very busy holiday season. It was reported that 125 people were hit by vehicles in parking lots and garages in the county during the past year. This is almost a third of the 423 pedestrians hit in Montgomery County last year. 18% of them received incapacitating injuries. $50,000 is allocated to fund the campaign which includes messages in county parking garages and lots, ads on buses and bus shelters and reminders on r...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
The Real Deals of Real Estate: Trustee Sales   Foreclosure sales has been my specialty in real estate for many years and I can assure you that some of the best available real estate purchases in Montgomery County, Maryland take place at the trustee sale auctions at the County Court House in Rockville. We have represented many clients at trustee sales and I have purchased even more properties for our own account to fix up for resale. One of the ActiveRain network November challenges is to tell more about the good and bad situations and share some inside knowledge that may be useful to those that are in the market. So the purpose of this blog is to provide a little insight about the positive and negative aspects of trustee sales. Mortgage borrowers in Maryland execute a deed of trust to p...
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By Dana Scanlon, Bethesda MD- Award-Winning Bethesda Realtor
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival is coming to the Washington DC area this weekend, November 22, 23, 24. This huge art fair is filled with all sorts of talent in areas such as photography, jewelry, glass blowing, textiles, and even food! Taking place at the Montgomery County Fair Grounds, you will easily be able to complete your holiday shopping there. Even just going for the sights and window shopping would be a fun filled way to spend the day. For coupons to the festival, please click here. Enjoy!
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Kentlands Thanksgiving Day Recycling   The normal recycling day in Kentlands is Thursday. The City of Gaithersburg has announced that the Thanksgiving Day Recycling is to be Picked Up on the FOLLOWING Saturday. The recycling collection that would normally take place on Thursday, November 28, 2013 will take place on Saturday, November 30, 2013. This includes newspaper, mixed paper, corrugated cardboard, and commingled materials, as well as brush, branches, grass clippings, leaves and other yard trimmings, picked up by the City’s recycling contractor. Regular trash and garbage collection for City residents is handled by private contractors. The trash collection days in Kentlands are Tuesday and Friday. I have not seen any announcement of a change for trash collections during the week of T...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Gaithersburg, MD 20879 Housing Market, October Summary   There are 46 active listings of homes for sale in the area covered by zip code 20789 in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  6 (13%) of the available properties are lender owned foreclosures (REO).  12 (26%) of the active listings are short sale pre-foreclosures. Short sale transactions require the approval of the secured mortgage lenders since the anticipate proceeds from a home sale will not fully satisfy the outstanding mortgage obligations. During October, 2013, the total sold dollar volume for residential transactions in Gaithersburg, MD 20879 was $4,567,900, down 1.9% from the same month last year. There were 19 closed sales, up 18.75%, with a median sold price of $230,000, down 7.98%.  The average sold price was 240,416, down 17.39%, w...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, Gaithersburg, Nov. 22, 23, 24   Gaithersburg area residents are familiar with the long running Sugarloaf Crafts Festival that is scheduled for this weekend, November 22,23, and 24, 2013 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg, Maryland. This is your opportunity to meet over 400 juried artisans that will offer designer crafts, home furnishings, affordable art, specialty foods and a most enjoyable time as you make selections for your holiday gift list. Admission is $10 at the door or $8 online at SugarloafCrafts.com.  The admission is good for all three days. There is no charge for children under 12. Parking is free. The hours on Friday and Saturday are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.   A dahlia from our Kentlands home garden...
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Know Before You Owe Mortgage Forms, A New Disclosure Requirement   The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has announced that a new “Know Before You Owe” mortgage form will be replacing the current federal disclosures for those that apply for mortgage loans. This is an effort to help consumers better understand their options as they shop for a mortgage loan product that will best meet their needs. Hopefully, the new form will simplify this information for consumers. Shopping for a mortgage loan can become a confusing process and there is never a substitute for the advice of a local real estate professional and a trusted mortgage loan officer. A dahlia from our Kentlands home garden....   Dahlia, Kentlands IMG_1989 Photograph by Roy Kelley Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Gaithersburg, MD 20878 Housing Report, October Summary   There are 158 active listings of homes for sale in zip code 20878 for Gaithersburg and North Potomac, Maryland. Five of the listings are lender owned foreclosures (REO) and eight of the available properties are short sale pre-foreclosures. Short sale transactions require the approval of the secured mortgage lenders since the anticipated proceeds from a sale will not fully satisfy the outstanding mortgage obligations. During October, 2013, the total sold dollar volume of residential transactions in Gaithersburg/North Potomac, MD 20878 was $38,840,122, up 63.43% from the same month last year.  There were 70 closed sales, up 20.69%, at a median sold price of $564,460, up 59.59%.  The average sold price was $554,859, up 35.41%, with a...
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