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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 "How much work should one do before selling? It depends on who you ask. You could start with fresh paint, maybe some new carpet, or replace a bathroom vanity, which may lead to doing even more. While we're at it, let's ______, you fill in the blank. What is your budget and timeline for the project? Do you have the right advisors and contractors? They may suggest additional items.It's important to remember these four expensive words, 'while we're at it.'  Undertaking an update/remodel can be overwhelming.. You may start with a simple project, but one thing can quickly lead to another. Here are those words again; let's update the kitchen while we're at it.  Do you love watching TV shows about home renovation? While it may seem like everything is done in just twenty minutes, the reality i...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
  Help Me Find A Baltimore Home!   I am searching for a small, distinctive home with a garage and a greenhouse in the Baltimore Area.      Gardening is a top priority, and while the lot size doesn't have to be big, it should be large enough to accommodate a planting area and some greenery.    This buyer is attracted to unique homes like historic properties, cottages, or mid-century modern homes.  Relocating cross country, they will be starting a new job next month.  It would be ideal if they could find a home to purchase quickly instead of renting before the move. Are you selling? Please reach out if you have or know of a home that fits the bill.   If you are selling a 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)
Consistency is one of the main keys to success in real estate. Always look for opportunities to meet and talk with people. Consistently market your properties using strategies such as weekly advertising, blogging, and radio show hosting. Being passionate about your work is important as every day offers the chance to meet new clients, show homes, and write offers, making the day interesting and fulfilling. Answering phone calls and discussing real estate is always enjoyable, never knowing what topic may arise and what you might share with others.However, helping people make informed decisions when buying or selling their homes is the most rewarding part. You can offer consultations to provide guidance throughout the process, answer questions, and ensure that your clients have all the nec...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
It's already mid-February, and the good news for home sellers is that buyers are not waiting for the spring season but are instead returning to the market.The mortgage rates are holding steady (mid to low six range).If you're thinking of 'right-sizing,'  go ahead and take advantage of the current market. Don't wait to buy! It's a fact that buyers tend to follow the crowd. In case of a decline in interest rates, you will inevitably face heightened competition, multiple offers, and increased property prices. It's not a pleasant experience for anyone who has gone through the bidding process.By locking in a higher interest rate now, you can avoid uncertainty and refinance if and when the interest rates come down. Want to discuss selling your 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)
As a Realtor, it is crucial to ask direct questions to understand your client's needs and preferences better. Listening to their answers is the key to getting properties under contract, but tact is equally important when asking these questions.When working with a buyer, there are several questions that you should ask to help you find them the perfect home. Please start with the basics, such as whether they are working with an agent or have signed a buyer agency agreement. Find out who the decision-maker is and where they want to live. Ask them about their list of must-haves, such as a wood-burning fireplace, proximity to light rail, a particular school system, style of the house, type of lot, or parking situation. Knowing what they want will help you find them the ideal property. It is ...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
This month's challenge, hosted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! and Kathy Streib, is to make a vision/dream board using a collage or collection of photos, quotes, or cut-out pictures that represent all types of goals and dreams to be realized through visualization. Here is mine:Reflecting on my journey, I've achieved goals and fulfilled my dreams. From pursuing my passion as a head nurse to marrying the love of my life and extensive traveling, life has been fulfilling and rewarding. As a ceramic artist, blogger, and author, I've learned that hard work, dedication, and perseverance can lead to success. My journey as the Broker and Owner of HomeRome Realty has allowed me to help others find their perfect homes. I take great pride in my weekly real estate radio show, where I share my kno...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Being in the real estate business,  you already know that it's not just about selling a property; it's also about building strong relationships with your clients. One of the most important things you can do is to keep them informed and updated throughout the process. Let's face it: nobody likes to be left in the dark, especially regarding something as important as selling a property. Keep in touch regularly and provide timely updates. It's not just about making a sale; it's about making sure they know you care. Remember, selling a property can be a stressful experience for your clients, and it's important to understand their situation. A simple phone call or email can go a long way in building trust and maintaining a positive relationship.  So, remember that communication is the key to ...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
  Go For That SignatureAre you looking for a simple and effective formula to move forward in your real estate career? Look no further than the power of getting a signature every day possible.Getting a signature means progress. Whether signing a listing agreement, a buyer agency, or negotiating a home inspection, each signature is a step forward. By aiming to get a signature every day, you'll be able to achieve your goals and move closer to success.But it's not just about getting signatures from clients. You also give signatures by signing up for continuing education, attending Zooms, renewing your license, and investing in new technology. By staying current with day-to-day activities and learning, you can stay ahead of the competition and achieve your goals.  To help you better understa...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Some of my radio listeners have asked about this concern. They have heard ads warning that their homes can be stolen right from under their noses. The solution, the ad says, is to buy title lock insurance.” What exactly is this service? Is it something you need to keep your home safe from property thieves? Are other safeguards already in place to protect the deed to your home?Q: What is title lock insurance?A: First, title lock insurance is not title insurance. These are two very different things. Title insurance protects real estate purchasers and lenders from losses arising after a real estate settlement resulting from unknown liens, encumbrances, or other defects on the title that existed before settlement. Title lock insurance – not insurance of any kind – claims to protect you aga...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
3300 Marnat RoadPikesville, Md 21208SOLD & SETTLED Welcome to 3300 Marnat Road, a rare gem that was available for sale in Baltimore County.  But not for long.This all-brick house had four bedrooms, two on the first floor and two on the upper floor. It also had two full bathrooms, one on each floor, along with a spacious basement ready for creative design. The first floor had a kitchen, dining room, and living room with a cozy fireplace and a bay window.  The house had gas heat and cooking, central air, and a front gated porch perfect for children, pets, or relaxing. The level 13 corner lot also provided plenty of space for outdoor activities and gatherings.  Although the house needed updates, rehabbed properties in the immediate area were going for two to three hundred thousand dollars ...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Hot Tips for a Cool Fireplace: Keep It Safe and Toasty!Fireplaces are awesome! They make your home feel cozy and warm and are perfect for snuggling up with popcorn, a good book, or a movie.  But it would be best if you cared for them so they're safe and working well.  Sometimes, the chimney can get clogged up with soot and creosote, so it's best to have a professional clean it. You should also check that the chimney caps and screens are in good condition to keep out water and critters. When using your fireplace, make sure you're burning dry and seasoned wood, and always keep an eye on the fire. It's also important to have the damper open and working correctly so the smoke can escape. Glass doors with heatproof glass are a good safety feature, and you can even get a fan or blower to help...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Welcome to the exquisite all-brick colonial home in Fallstaff, northwest Baltimore. This beautifully crafted house features custom-built Flemish bond brickwork and a slate roof. The well-maintained landscaped corner lot includes flagstone walkways and a patio, making it a perfect place for relaxation and gardening enthusiasts. The original owner, who hailed from a lumber business background, incorporated mahogany and oak extensively throughout the house, adding to its warmth and charm. Upon entering the home, you will be greeted by a cozy vestibule flanked with guest closets that leads to a spacious foyer separating the formal living and dining rooms.  The kitchen has granite counters, a center gas cooking island, a breakfast bar, Sub-Zero stainless steel appliances, wood cabinets, book...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 When working with a seller, it's essential to understand their motivation when buying or selling a home. In some cases, a reverse contingency can be helpful when a client is concerned about making two separate moves. This allows the seller to find the home of their choice within a short amount of time after an offer is made. As a real estate agent, it's essential to ask the right questions and understand your client's needs to provide the best possible service.   
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 I understand that "Artificial Intelligence" may not sound appealing to everyone. The acronym AI doesn't sound right to me and makes me feel like it's something I should avoid. The name seems to be a bit misleading and wrong. We all desire accurate information and access to the latest programs to save time and make work more enjoyable. Sometimes, we need to create graphics or use programs like iPiccy, Grammarly, and GPS to reach our destination faster. But we shouldn't try to do everything at once. While we receive numerous emails daily promoting the latest AI courses, the technology is not new anymore. Learning must be enjoyable and relevant to each individual's needs rather than a complete course on a particular subject. I didn't have to understand how a computer operates to send an e...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Our contest this month is about the pros and cons of AI.AI: The Assistant We Didn't Know We Needed (But Can't Live Without)  Over the years, I have unknowingly utilized the power of artificial intelligence. I realized I was using AI only recently, and now I am excited to learn more about its potential.I have used programs to check my spelling and point out mistakes. But recently, it has also been helpful when writing, as I can ask for improvements, shorten or lengthen sentences or paragraphs, and adjust the word count to meet specific requirements for articles or posts. Learning from AR members has been the motivating factor. And I am excited to learn more. I loved it when Debe Maxwell, CRS, said she wrote an MLS listing description and then asked AI to create another half a dozen. I wa...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Real Estate From A to ZI was recently asked what one thing could make someone more successful in the real estate business. Many things could help, such as being open to learning, taking classes, and listening to other successful professionals. In my case, I have found that a combination of techniques works best for me. Some of these techniques include AR blogging since 2006, meeting and sharing with Realtors® and real estate professionals, and advertising my unique homes. Additionally, I have a weekly Zoom meeting with real estate pros from all over the country and a weekly radio show.  "I believe that there is no single solution to success in real estate, but rather a combination of creativity, experience, consistency, and hard work. I consider myself fortunate to work with unique buye...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
As we wrap up the year, thank you to everyone who's been a part of All ABOUT REAL ESTATE. You guys have been amazing, and I appreciate the love and support you've shown me. Whether you've called into the show, shot me a text, or reached out during the week, I'm grateful for your engagement and feedback.  I'm honored to have been able to share my knowledge and experience with you. To those of you who've worked with me to buy or sell a home this year, thank you for trusting me with your real estate needs. It's been a pleasure working with such great people, and I'm thrilled to have helped you achieve your goals. Look at today's date  123123; it only comes around once every 100 years! So take a moment to soak it all in and reflect on all the progress we've made together. I'm excited for th...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
My mother was an extraordinary woman who faced so many challenges in her life. She came to the US from Germany at age 21 without knowing anyone or speaking English. At 39, she became a widow and was left to raise her two children while running a restaurant in Virginia. She worked tirelessly every day, from early morning until late at night. Despite the difficulties she faced, she was loved and admired by everyone in town for her hard work and determination.  When I moved her to Baltimore, she quickly became involved in the community. She gave generously to charity and people in need, never considering her actions as gifts because they didn't cost anything. Her selflessness and kindness were infectious, inspiring others to do the same.  And despite her struggles, my mother's kindness and...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Towson Roofing Pros, a reputable provider of high-quality roofing services, is proud to extend its expert solutions to Pikesville, bringing comprehensive local roofing options to residents and businesses alike. With a solid track record of serving the Towson community and the greater Baltimore area, Towson Roofing Pros has become synonymous with excellence in the roofing industry. Recognizing the pivotal role a well-maintained roof plays in the overall integrity of a property, the seasoned professionals at Towson Roofing Pros are unwavering in their commitment to delivering top-notch services tailored to the unique needs of both residential and commercial clients.As a leading Baltimore roofing contractor, Towson Roofing Pros specializes in a range of services, including roof repair, ins...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
As we approach the New Year, it's important to remember the season's true meaning: expressing appreciation through acts of kindness. I'm calling people who relocated to new residences in the past year.Even though it is a small gesture, it can mean a lot to someone to know that others are thinking of them during the holidays.Someone I helped recently sent me the following message''Good morning HomeRome. How’s Baltimore’s finest realtor doing today? It’s beyond words the level of gratitude and excitement that I’m experiencing in our new home. It’s absolutely overwhelming the level of joy, happiness and success that I feel. Super Bowl Sunday in February will mark the one-year anniversary and the amount of work that our family has invested in transforming this into our forever home is somet...
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