Pikesville, MD Real Estate News

By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
When you plan to move, it's never too early to prepare your house. In fact, by doing this, you will also enjoy your home while living in it. My friend shared the article from AARP  Magazine named "Ready, Set, Sell Your home! Your one-year countdown." II used my notes below and made this today's radio topic.  Plan for storage Declutter/edit Get a pre-inspection Leaky faucets/stained ceiling tiles Contact your REALTOR® Gather paperwork surveys, POA, warranties, death certs, Ground Rent Post-month-long sales for bikes and sofas. forget the yard sale  Donate the rest Fix floor squeaks and cracked tiles, and make sure all doors are aligned and close smoothly Curb appeal, new plants, clean trim, mulch Power wash outside Paint front door and mailbox or replace Ask a friend to take a look-fresh...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Eileen Burns and Kathy Streib host September's contest. And here are the rules. This month's challenge will be crazy stories about working with other agents or clients. Be sure to change all names to protect the guilty! Your story may include horror, happy or humor-filled episodes. Whether it is murder, sex, nudes, lost in the mansion, we will look forward to your submission.  Here is my entry.Some time ago, I wrote Giving Advice With Confidence. If you have a minute, please read.When giving and taking advice from someone... make sure they are the expert, trained and knowledgeable in the area you seek advice. Make sure they possess... Some time ago,  I had a very "confident" buyer's agent who said everything with assertiveness and authority. He dressed to impress and had a car to match....
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 Homes are coming on the market. But, what's taking so long? There is much preparation for getting your home ready to photograph and show. It's easy to say let's get the house ready. Think of the time and labor to edit your home, purge, declutter, donate, and toss! Then there is the painting, floor refinishing, cleaning, lawn and exterior maintenance, washing windows, and so on. Don't take those extra boxes and things to the garage or the basement. Mark/label them- the new home, donate, or trash.Most sellers who have worked with me know the garage is essential, so empty it and get it painted. Remember, you must leave the house empty and clean when you sell. Start preparing early. Stay in touch with your sellers, check their progress, and see what they need. Maybe a visit to check out th...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
This week, I received a call from a buyer asking if there is a glossary just for real estate terms. There are unfamiliar words when she reads a description and was looking for a place to look them up. I have talked about Alphabet Soup, a list of Realtor ® designations.   But this caller asked about a comment in a listing that mentioned a 'pony wall'. And she was not familiar with this real estate term? Pony Wall:  'For all intents, a pony wall is just a short wall that does not reach the ceiling; it need not be any particular height nor width, though it typically reaches about 3 feet tall.'' Below are examples from my home, 1 Diamond Crest Ct in Baltimore, Md. 21209. The first divides the great sunken room from the kitchen. The second one shows the pony wall as a divider from the stairc...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
We found the lucky buyer a seventh-floor floor condo in the Eleven Slade Co-op Lucky Number 711 Beautiful! Rarely available, this 11 Slade Co-op is move-in ready with a gourmet granite eat-in kitchen, soft-close drawers, and a gigantic stainless refrigerator/freezer. A primary luxury suite has a separate shower and a separate laundry. There are high ceilings and a spacious balcony overlooking the lushly landscaped grounds.Check out the walk-in closets and abundant storage.The nine-foot ceilings throughout add to the spacious feeling. The monthly co-op fee includes front desk concierge service, central air conditioning, heat, water, cable TV, valet parking, elevator, and TAXES! And the new owner's lucky number is 71111 Slade Avenue # 711Pikesville, Md. 21208Is SOLD & Settled The nine-foo...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
While on a listing appointment and touring the property, I went into the lower level to check the systems and electric box, and there was a distinct odor of natural gas. I mentioned it to the seller. Neither the owner nor the other occupants could smell anything. It is not unusual to get used to this odor and no longer detect the smell.She said she would make the call later after I left.WHOA! Get thee to a phone! Call our BGE emergency line.She saw no need to hurry, but with my gentle persuasion and a suggestion that I would make the call, we had a BGE representative in the house with equipment within twenty minutes. It took a long time, but by the end, he had discovered multiple 'minor' leaks and a list of the next steps to follow.Going on a listing, if you smell gas, please report it....
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Speaking of very special friends who are also clients, my day was made when this message arrived. And that's how the letter began: "Well, we did it again, eh?  And when I say we, I mean you, of course, as our involvement was little more than signing our name a few times.  Oh, and having the good sense to say, “Time to move again!  Call Margaret…”They say everything gets easier with practice, and this, our SIXTH transaction in 7 years, certainly proves that.  At the last closing, we hardly sat down when suddenly everything was done.  Of course, most of that was due to your impeccable professionalism; all the details were taken care of well in advance, so no surprises on closing day.  Smooth sailing all the way, for which we are eternally thankful.  Buying and selling a house can be hugel...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 I attended my first PhillyMINI Vinyl Day this past Saturday. Hosted by Mike and Steph, there were Mini Coopers everywhere. Below you can see a couple of before and after shots. One member wore a Mini Shirt with a design that would be identical to the new vinyl stripes about to be applied. Then there was the grey one getting three tapered bars down each side.    There were red, white, and blue MINIS, a rare purple haze, lots of happy Mini owners, and a common bond; their love of this small car.  It was fun seeing everyone sharing friendships along with car stories. This group can teach a lot about the different types and styles. And you can see the pride of ownership in the way each vehicle takes on a personality.  It reminds me of my love for real estate. What common bond do you share ...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 So you think you know how to count?Watch those dates!Time is of the essence at the very top of our contract.     Dates are important. Real important. Our contracts include the offer date, ratified date, and settlement date. Many dates count from the date of the agreement. But not all.There are so many days for financing, so many days for the loan application, so many days for loan commitment, so many days to order the appraisal, and so many days to respond.Home Owner Associations, Co-ops, and Condos have more dates and days to review and withdraw.  Days from contract to perform the inspection. Days to respond if not satisfied by the buyer. Days to respond from the seller. Then more days for responses between the buyer and seller. Some inspections like radon might add additional days to...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 I love it when professional calls into my radio show and talks about a personal transaction. That happened on Sunday.My friend, Lauren Sisson (a Realtor and office manager), shared the experience of selling her home using a top negotiator from her office. Smart to let another REALTOR® handle the listing. I've known Lauren and  Gary Sisson for over thirty years.Gary was my first mentor in Real Estate and was present for the Get By Giving Award.How many agents cannot resist representing themselves? By giving the listing to another professional, Lauren was free to be "the seller." When multiple offers came in, Lauren used guidance and reduced the emotion of selling her property. This past Sunday, 9.5.22,  Lauren and I shared with the audience how she decided to take an "underdog family" F...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
A few weeks ago, I went on a listing appointment. This two-story home will be an excellent property to sell: a beautiful four-bedroom, side-loading garage on a half acre with great schools. These are the homes  Maryland loves, and I have affectionately named them "clononials." The sellers are mother-daughter. Both are artists and love the outdoors, gardens, and trees. We discussed the price, what needs doing, and a timeline for painting, floor refinishing, purging, and professional photography. We also talked about what they wanted in the new home purchase. Last week I got a call from these sellers to visit a new listing. We did, we fell in love, and we made a bid. With four other offers, even with our higher price, they could not accept a contract contingency on the buyer's home.But th...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
    One Diamond Crest Court  Baltimore, County 21209 MLS MDBC2024820   Showing by appointment  Sunday afternoon! This rare find is a beautiful home in The Gables at Summit Chase. Click To See More Photos     By appointment only an open house for this five-bedroom, two-story home with three finished levels, a two-car garage, and a fabulous screened porch off the gourmet kitchen. This one shows pride in ownership.   Click To See More Photos   Then Call, text, or email for an appointment or visit us at the open house! Located at 1 Diamond Crest Ct 21209 Directions: Greenspring Ave, South of Baltimore Beltway Exit 22 to Left At Green Summit to the corner of Diamond Crest. For more information on this home Call Margaret Rome    
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 Beautiful  3000’  all brick and stone rancher is a contemporary gem with one entire floor of gracious living…one level with no steps.Click To See The Slideshow Photos8205 Tama CtStevenson 21208MLS #MDBC2011878Check out this  Stevenson move-in-ready rancher with five bedrooms, luxury baths, an in-ground fenced pool, and a cul-de-sac  Stevenson location. Notice the beautiful curved stone wood-burning fireplace in the living room.And gleaming wood floors show the quality of this sprawling rancher.Custom designed twenty-seven-foot kitchen includes clean lines with lots of granite, ceramic tile, and an abundant amount of custom wood cabinets and is ideal for the gourmet cook. Enjoy easy living with the stainless three-door refrigerator, double wall ovens, five-burner cooktop, and large stai...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 So many buyers are looking for homes.  But, they cannot afford the move-in-ready properties.  They are having to shift and are now looking for a home with an acceptable price and location.  Maybe a house that someone could update over some time.  Number one on the list is the right location for all your needs.  That means considering your job location, school, friends, family, and lifestyle.  Buyers are watching the listings come in daily, calling to see if the home is still available and ready to set up an appointment right away.  Many times, the house is already sold or too expensive.Do you think about a move?  Is your home needing TLC (tons of liquid cash), but you don't want to take the time, energy, or money to bring it up to model show condition?  Let's talk about it.  So many bu...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
  Beautiful  3000’  all brick and stone rancher is a contemporary gem with one entire floor of gracious living…one level with no steps. Click To See The Slideshow Photos8205 Tama CtStevenson 21208MLS #MDBC2011878Check out this  Stevenson move-in-ready rancher with five bedrooms, two and a half luxury baths, an in-ground fenced pool, and a cul-de-sac location.    Notice the beautiful curved stone wood-burning fireplace in the living room.And gleaming wood floors shows the quality of this recent renovation.Custom designed twenty-seven-foot kitchen includes clean lines with lots of granite, ceramic tile, and an abundant amount of custom wood cabinets and is ideal for the gourmet cook. Enjoy easy living with the stainless three-door refrigerator, double wall ovens, five-burner cooktop, and ...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
I am seeing another side of the real estate market right now. Reading and listening to the media, one would think that the market is crashing and buyers can get some real bargains- right? -- not happening. After a ratified contract, I've heard about some 'sledgehammer' negotiations. The demands are over the top. Some examples are asking for a driveway repaved and for flooring under the carpet in an attic removed because there "maybe" a chance of asbestos. They are asking as an afterthought for a complete entire home painting before settlement and or trying to re-negotiate the price. Before finalizing an offer, I have seen many requests that may be granted depending on the other terms.   But remember, the time for the negotiation is before the contract is signed. It's too late to make un...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Ray Henson and I are hosting the August Challenge. Since this is supposed to be a fish tale, I am not a fisherman or woman. I thought this would have to do. Can you relate?Many years ago, I cared for my mom with Alzheimer's while running a real estate business as a solo agent. One day my delightful husband inquired about my checking account. Lee was a Wharton School Graduate, and his checkbook was always balanced. "Your checkbook is a mess," he said. "You have no idea how much money you have." My answer, of course, was, "Sure I do. It's within a couple of thousand dollars." You can imagine the exasperated look on his face. He said, "If you reconcile your account, I will take it over." The next day, I took my checkbook to the bank and instructed, "Please close this account and open a new...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
A recent caller on one of my pending properties stated they were upset, saying they had been watching this listing and their 'friend' thought there was plenty of time!  Don't hesitate to make an offer when you see a home that suits your needs. Some buyers are "trained" to show a poker face; however, this can and does backfire. If this buyer had shown any interest, they could have been encouraged to move forward. It was the right place. It was the right price. Now they regret listening to their friend.Agents, please encourage your buyers to make an offer. Don't worry about  "insulting" the other agent or the seller. Do right for your buyer. We have ratified many contracts where the sellers have given their bottom line, and we find out there is still a bit of negotiation, maybe with the t...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Everywhere you look, email, online ads, texts, phone calls, flyers, and messages are all selling 'the' magic bullet guaranteeing your success in real estate. They promise 25 new listings in the next month. Why does every Realtor® need to constantly purchase a script, a program, a coaching program, a magazine ad, or some device to make money in Real Estate? Like that's going to take the place of taking care of your clients.And I see many agents "buy" into the newest program, webinar, gadget, get a month free,  or a new listing presentation. You may think this is just happening to newer agents...not so.Seasoned agents s are not only buying, but many are even selling these shiny new programs, with the bells and whistles that promise a boost in your business with unlimited listings to make ...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Exquisite High Tech With Taste!11 Slade Ave. CoopUnit 404 Pikesville, Md 212082 Bedroom 2 Bathroom  This beauty is move-in ready.Elegant Eleven Slade address with a Baltimore County location.A large 22’ covered balcony spans the living and dining areas. The Primary 20’ x 13’ bedroom boasts TWO walk-in closets. The luxury bathroom has lavish glass doors—a custom marble vanity with designer drawers and an abundance of mirrors. Bright Open Gourmet kitchen is perfect for entertaining and your cooking needs. Shiny white cabinets, white quartz counters, a smooth five-burner cooktop, and white Jenn Aire appliances fill this spectacular space. Built-in microwave, refrigerator with freezer on the bottom,  mirrored backsplash, and a breakfast bar—such a pretty kitchen space.    The nine-foot ceil...
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