Gaithersburg, MD Real Estate News

By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Thinking about dahlias in Kentlands   We are thinking about upgrading our home security system and met with a security consultant today but it is now Monday night in Kentlands so I will save that topic for another blog. The cold weather ended our growing season last week which means that there will be no more beautiful dahlias in our home garden this season. I would rather think about dahlias than security systems. And, I bet you might prefer a pretty flower rather than another real estate blog. This bloom was one of the last for the season. You can see the changing colors of the dogwood leaves in the background. Have an outstanding week!     Dahlia, Kentlands IMG_1998 Photograph by Roy Kelley Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Final week for the Longwood Gardens Chrysanthemum Festival   Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania is one of our favorite travel destinations to see beautiful gardens and photograph flowers. For us, it is close enough for a day trip. The location is just west of Wilmington, Delaware.  We try to attend all of the major annual exhibits. The annual Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens is an outstanding exhibit of over 20,000 blooming chrysanthemums. This is a world class facility and the plants are nurtured and trained by horticulture experts. This is the final week for the Chrysanthemum Festival and the exhibit may be viewed through Sunday, November 24, 2013. The conservatory is one of the largest you will ever see and there are thousands of other plants and flowers in ad...
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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 Lakelands Gaithersburg MD    (To see the latest listings in Gaithersburg Lakelands MD see below . .)   View Gaithersburg Maryland homes for sale in Gaithersburg Lakelands . 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  Lakelands MD  Latest Listings in the Lakelands $779,000 ▼ 453 PHELPS STREET, Gaithersburg New Price! A hidden jewel in a prime Lakelands location. Quality NV built / Exquisite hardwood flr...
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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 )
GaithersburgMaryland Real Estate Market Report 20878 Featured Neighborhood Kentlands in Gaithersburg MD    (To see the latest listings in Gaithersburg Kentlands MD see below . .)   View Gaithersburg Maryland homes for sale in Gaithersburg Kentlands . 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  Kentlands MD  $313,000 17 GRANITE PLACE Unit #497, Gaithersburg Fresh paint, new carpet, well maintained and spacious 2 BR & 2 BA condo in the Kentlands! Features kitchen with granite co...
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Brookside Gardens Chrysanthemum Craftmanship Conservatory Display   Brookside Gardens, located in the Wheaton Regional Park, in Montgomery County, Maryland, is one of our favorite places to visit. The gardens are lovely and they regularly host flower shows and conservatory displays. Sunday, November 25, 2013 is the final day for the Chrysanthemum Craftmanship Conservatory Display in the Brookside Gardens Conservatory. So, if you have not seen the chrysanthemum display, now is your last chance for this season. Admission is FREE and the Conservatory is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm daily. There is plenty of free parking and you will enjoy your visit. Be sure to have your camera in hand.   Brookside Gardens1800 Glenallan Ave. Wheaton, MD 20902  General Information: 301-962-1400 The grounds o...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
End of the season Dahlia for you   The dahlias in our Kentlands home garden were frozen this week and that ended the season. I cut down the dahlia plants to be recycled.  Fortunately, I took plenty of photographs and will be able to share some of them with you during the colder months ahead. The dahlia in this photograph was one of the last of the season in our home garden. Enjoy the weekend and have an outstanding new week during this season of Thanksgiving.  Enjoy the colors of the season. Life is better when there are flowers to photograph.   Dahlia, Kentlands IMG_0226 Photograph by Roy Kelley Roy and Dolores Kelley Photograph
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Why you need personal powers of attorney for your family in Maryland   We received this email from our friend Lynn Caudle Boynton and I thought it would be a good idea to share it with our friends and clients in Maryland. If you live in another state, you may wish to check on the requirements for powers of attorney to represent a family member or close friend.    WHY I AM PREPARING FREE POWERS OF MEDICAL AND STATUTORY GENERAL POWERS OF ATTORNEY….. Many people associate the need for medical and financial powers of attorney with being elderly or infirm, when the bottom line is, no one can consent or act on behalf of another person if they are over 18 years of age, including spouses and children.  Therefore, if your child was in a car accident and could not speak for themselves, you could ...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
A Chrysanthemum for You!   I could talk about real estate on this Friday evening but am anxious to get to a good book for reading pleasure. So, I will share a flower with you and wish you an outstanding weekend. This chrysanthemum photograph was taken at Brookside Gardens in Montgomery County, Maryland.   Chrysanthemum, Brookside Gardens IMG_1741 Photograph by Roy Kelley Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Book Recommendation:  The Cat Dancers by P.T. Deutermann   Those that follow my blogs know that I enjoy reading suspense novels. When I discover an author that I really enjoy, I will sometimes try to read many or all of the books written by that writer. I just finished reading The Cat Dancers  (2005), a novel by P.T. Deutermann and recommend that you add his books to your reading list. This is one of Deutermann’s Cam Richter books. Cam Richter is an investigator following up on a murder investigation. The setting is North Carolina. P.T. Deutermann is a graduate of the Naval Academy and is a retired Navy captain. His suspense novels are very well written and I am sure that you will enjoy them. One of my personal goals is to read at least one novel each week. Read a good book this week an...
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By Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068
(SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061)
Marketing Ideas For Montgomery County, MD  Homes   One of the ways that I help my realtor partners and clients is to provide single property websites to help to get more eyes on a property and hopefully the right buyer!  It's a great marketing piece that really WOW's sellers! One such client is selling a 5 bedroom, 3 bath property in Laytonsville, Maryland.  Laytonsville is a lovely suburb of Washington, DC, in Montgomery County, Maryland, near Gaithersburg. Check out this beautiful home at the property's web site!   http://20620farcroft.StopTheCarHoney.com   A little Laytonsville trivia...Did you know that Laytonsville used to be called Cracklintown?  When I asked the seller what made her home special, she provided me with the following:    My husband moved to Maryland in January 2004,...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Kentlands Holiday Party, Saturday, Dec. 7  The Kentlands Citizens Assembly has announced the date of the Kentlands holiday party. Residents will be celebrating the season on Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Santa will be there, so don't forget your cameras!  There will also be some new activities that everyone will enjoy. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be provided. Please bring a favorite holiday desert to share with your neighbors. Please call 301-948-2071 to sign up for the event by Thursday, December 5 at 9:00pm.  Additionally, if you sign up but cannot attend, please call so they can have accurate numbers with which to plan. Please remember that this is a KCA sponsored event and is open to Kentlands residents only.  However, any single head-of-households ar...
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Montgomery County, MD Real Estate Market Statistics, October, 2013   Currently, there are 2,361 active listings of homes for sale in Montgomery County, Maryland. 99 (4.19%) of the available properties are lender owned foreclosures (REO). 205 (8.57%) of the active listings are short sale pre-foreclosures. Short sale transactions require the approval of the secured mortgage lenders since the anticipated proceeds from a sales transaction would not fully satisfy the outstanding mortgage obligations. During October, 2013, the total sold dollar volume of residential transactions in Montgomery County, MD was $440,764,666, up 36.77% from the same month last year. There were 915 closed sales, up 26.03%, at a median sold price of $379,000, up 6.6%. The average sold price in October was $481,710, ...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Book Recommendation:  How The Light Gets In by Louise Penny   I just finished reading How The Light Gets In (2013) by Louise Penny. This is A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel. This suspense novel ranked  #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. This is the ninth novel in this series. After you read this book, you will want to read the others. Quebec is the setting of this story that features the Chief Inspector in the Homicide Department of Sûreté de Québec. The book is named after an excerpt from the Leonard Cohen poem/song Anthem. Ring the bells that still can ring, Forget your perfect offering, There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. Enjoy a good book this week and share information on your favorite authors and your favorite books. I try to read a minimum of a book...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
DC Metro Area Median Home Sales Price by Jurisdiction   Families that are relocated to the Metro Area of Washington, DC are faced with the challenge to decide where they wish to live and where to purchase a home. Much of the time, the commute time to the workplace and the quality of the public schools are major factors. However, it not unusual for families to have one spouse working in Maryland and the other one working in DC or Virginia. This October, 2013 report shows the median sales prices in the area jurisdictions. As you can see, home prices were higher in all of the jurisdictions in October. Please contact us for the current market conditions in specific areas of interest. We will also be happy to provide suggestions on the areas that will work best for the needs of the family. H...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
October Housing Market, Washington, DC Metro Area   During October, 2013, there were 3,892 closed residential transactions in the Washington, DC Metro Area, up 19.1% from the same month in the previous year. The median sales price was $380,000, up 4.8%. There were 9,254 active listings, up 5.5% and 5,470 new listings, up 19.2%. 16 days was the median time on the market and the average sales price to original list price ratio was 97.7%. Please contact us for the current market conditions in specific areas of interest. Overall market statistics are interesting to watch but they may not accurately reflect the conditions in a single jurisdiction or community.      
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Gaithersburg Meals on Wheels needs volunteer drivers   Gaithersburg Meals on Wheels has an immediate need for drivers to deliver hot lunches and cold suppers. The deliveries are made on weekdays at lunchtime to the elderly and shut-ins in the Gaithersburg, Maryland area. This is a wonderful program that provides much personal satisfaction for the volunteers. The meals are prepared at Asbury Methodist Village, 333 Russell Ave., and picked up by drivers between 10:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Containers are provided for carrying the meals, and delivery takes about one hour, with 8 to 12 clients on each route. Volunteers are asked to drive either once a week, or once every other week. Children are welcome to accompany parents. Training is provided. Please call 301-216-4200...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Brookside Gardens Chrysanthemum   This is my final blog for the weekend and I wish you an outstanding week with this chrysanthemum photograph that was taken at Brookside Gardens in the Montgomery County suburbs of Washington, DC. We have enjoyed a beautiful weekend in Maryland and life is good!   Chrysanthemum, Brookside Gardens IMG_1761 Photograph by Roy Kelley Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Day trip to Westminster, Maryland   We had a beautiful Saturday in Maryland. Dolores and I took a day trip to Westminster, in Carroll County.  We enjoyed the Carroll County Farmers Market at the Agricultural Center. As usual, we sampled the good food and enjoyed the hand made crafts. Some of the photography on display was outstanding. Jo Morrison, playing the Celtic Harp, provided a special treat. We decided to have lunch at the farmers market and our selection was the Emu Chili which was outstanding. The link may not take you to the recipe that was used today but this is one that was published by the American Emu Association. After lunch, we went to the White Rabbit Thrift Shop at the Carroll County Medical Center. We purchased a basket full of books from the very nice ladies that volu...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Book Recommendation:  The Quest by Nelson DeMille   Those of you that follow my blogs know that I enjoy reading suspense novels and have a personal goal to read at least one novel each week. I just finished reading The Quest (2013) by Nelson DeMille and recommend this book for your reading list. This stand- alone book is a rewrite of his 1975 novel with the same title. Much of the story takes place in Italy but the most exciting action is during the Ethiopian Civil War as the main characters report on the action, become part of action and embark on a live changing quest. Nelson DeMille is well known for his six books in his Joe Ryker series, two novels in his John Sutter series, three books in his Paul Brenner series and seven books in his more recent John Corey series. The Quest was th...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Adopt a Gaithersburg family for Thanksgiving or Christmas   Now is the time to participate in the 19th Annual City of Gaithersburg Holiday Giving Program. Donate some Target gift cards or adopt a family for the Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays. This program usually serves about 800 families and there will be greater needs this year with the reductions in the food stamp program. If you live in another area, please support your local programs to assist needy families during the holidays. This is the official announcement from the City of Gaithersburg: Help Families in Need through the City of Gaithersburg Holiday Giving Program   The City of Gaithersburg, for the nineteenth year, is coordinating a Holiday Giving Program that will serve as many as 800 City families in need. Partnering wi...
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