Baltimore County, MD Real Estate News

By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
   We went under contract in two days. It was a young couple from California. I met the buyers because their agent wasn’t available. They loved the house and thought they hit the lottery. This desirable single-family home in a waterfront community and for $250,000 unbelievable price.  I contacted their agent to confirm their interest. An offer was submitted and quickly ratified after talking to their lender and ensuring they were well qualified.  The seller and I were happy that this young first-time homebuyer was so excited to fill his home with love. We went pending, and showings suspended. There was a lengthy home inspection, and requested repairs were submitted. The seller took the entire list corrected everything that was even “suggested'' by the inspection company, taking thousand...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
First showings begin at 11:00 and 2:00Friday, June 10 7929 Stevenson RoadPikesville, Md21208MLS MDBC531920 Here is a chance to purchase a sprawling brick and stone Mid-Century-Modern rancher inside the Baltimore Beltway. And this one is ready for your dream renovations!Plus or minus 3000 square feet includes a large living room, dining room, den with fireplace, library, recreation room plus four bedrooms and two and a half baths.  Click to see photos Open eat-in kitchen with breakfast bar has a door to a lush half-acre level, fenced yard with BBQ and patio area.  There is also a utility room, laundry, and double carport with storage. All on one level = No Steps  This Stevenson rancher is being sold "AS IS"  and is a wonderful opportunity to design your luxury one-level home in a desirab...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 Make it yours!Here is a chance to purchase a sprawling brick and stone Mid-Century-Modern rancher inside the Baltimore Beltway. And this one is ready for your dream renovations! Plus or minus 3000 square feet includes a large living room, dining room, den with fireplace, library, recreation room plus four bedrooms and two and a half baths. And...check out the retro slate floors. Open eat-in kitchen with breakfast bar has a door to a lush half-acre level, fenced yard with BBQ and patio area.There is also a utility room, laundry, and double carport with storage. All on one level = No Steps  This Stevenson rancher is being sold "AS IS"  and is a wonderful opportunity to design your luxury one-level home in a desirable location.7929 Stevenson RoadBaltimore, Md 21208Close to The Shops at St...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 This week, a call came in on my listing at 8315 Stevenson Road asking if the home is available for rent.They stated they could not afford to buy.My Response...Maybe you have that backward. Maybe you can’t afford to rent! Did I say that right?Homes are selling well now, and the option to rent is slim in many areas. This buyer was sure that owning was not a possibility. When asked, how much is your rent?  The answer $1700 a month. Let’s do some simple math that's $20,400 a year!How many years have you been paying someone else’s mortgage?  Seven years. Again simple math $244,800!  Do you see why you cannot afford to rent?You can’t afford to rent! Did I say that right? Homes are selling well now, and the option to rent is slim. The next step is to talk with a knowledgeable lender who will ...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
          It’s not too big, and it’s not too small. It is in a 55 plus community, which has the benefit of pool, tennis, and clubhouse. And the monthly fee covers outside maintenance, the roof, all lawn care, and snow removal, including the driveway into your garage.         Click to see more photos of 8304 Prairie Rose Place.   The primary bedroom suite, along with the laundry, is conveniently located on the first floor. A sunroom, deck, and open granite island kitchen overlook privacy and the beauty of our changing seasons.  Vaulted ceilings and skylights are a bonus in the living and dining area with hardwood floors. Upstairs, two more bedrooms, a full bath, and a loft ... perfect for guests, family visits, home office, and studios. There’s more. The finished lower level also has a h...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
To find that perfect home, you may need the help of a matchmaker.  Many are talking about the inventory shortage, fast market, and multiple offers.  Many people in Baltimore are trying to decide whether to sell their home but are not ready to go to a 55 plus community, condo, or other adult living type. Baltimore has a minimal supply of properties and very few choices!  Unlike other big cities, we do not have a selection of patio homes, communities of ranchers with garages, or even homes that are accessible. The baby boomers do not want any assistance. They do not wish for the closeness of condo living, and they do not want the monthly fees.They are ready to give up a large family home maintain a great big house, but they want a more uncomplicated living style. Many of our one-story pla...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Open House 2-3 Today Thursday, June 3rd8315 Stevenson Road 21208We have an appointment scheduled on this new listing, so I am turning it into a one-hour impromptu open house.The weather forecast is not calling for a sunny day but let's see who shows up with liquid sunshine.  8315 Stevenson Rd 21208Open 2-3 Click For More Photos8315 Stevenson Road21208MDBC531144   The first floor has THREE Bedroom suites, each with a Full Bath and a fourth bedroom or guest room with French doors.The bright white open kitchen has granite counters and an island with storage.   The main bedroom private suite has a fireplace, barn doors, a walk-in shower, marble flooring, a fireplace, and direct access to the heated pool! Two-car attached garage..Bright windows are throughout this beautiful home.  A raised a...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
  7906 Stevenson Road Baltimore, Md. 21208 is Sold and SettledWe found the perfect buyers for this Baltimore Home.  This home has two primary owner suites on the first floor, each with a private bath and plenty of storage. Never will you have to share your bath with anyone.The first floor has a new powder room and separate den or office perfect for company and entertaining.  Upstairs are two large bedrooms and another full bath plus a huge storage room. This space could also be for future needs when one person needs home care or space for a separate office or boomerang kids. It's also convenient to the Baltimore Beltway, all the shops in Pikesville, Trader Joes', Starbucks, and Lifebridge Health Center, to name a few.With only one small step into the main house and another step from the...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Click For More Photos8315 Stevenson Road21208MDBC531144  Stevenson Rancher that's not too big and not too small and easy to maintain.  The first floor has THREE Bedroom suites, each with a Full Bath and a fourth bedroom or guest room with French doors.The bright white open kitchen has granite counters and an island with storage.   The main bedroom private suite has a fireplace, barn doors, a walk-in shower, marble flooring, a fireplace, and direct access to the pool!  Easy access in this two-car attached garage with room to handle your SUV. . Bright windows are throughout this beautiful home.  A raised area is perfect for a dining room. The lower level has a large recreation room or 5th bedroom, half bath, and a huge walk-in closet perfect for au pair, guests, teens, or home offices.The...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
  Perception, the ability to "see past," and having a "good eye" is how people visualize a home in any condition. Some have it! Many do not!Know what kind of buyer you are.  When going into a new build model, everything is perfect for making sure you see what they want you to see. Sometimes the doors are removed, and the furniture is custom-sized and scaled-down. It may look like a double bed but is smaller. If you look at this same model home vacant or the way you would be accepting it... it is very different. And usually, the model has many upgrades, is done in all neutrals with accents of color in pillows and area rugs.  This way of showing the house is for buyers who want to walk into the perfect magazine picture home.Now take a look at your own home. Is it ready for company, for ph...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 When asked: Have you ever turned down, released, fired, or chosen not to work with someone. My answer was, of course. It reminded me of a seller who trusted no one. In the middle of a difficult divorce, a seller wanted me to represent her. I was the buyer's agent when she bought, and she wanted that exact kind of representation.  She was 100%  sure she wanted to sell, and 100% she wanted to use me.But when it came time to answer  a few essential questions: How much do you owe?Do you have a divorce decree?Are you current on your payments?Who could legally sign? Evasive is the best description for her response.She was not willing to share the information.   Questioning why she would not give me the pertinent answers, her response: " You sell this house for the most you can. That’s all yo...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 Click To See More Photos Owner suite, library, 2 sunrooms, laundry gourmet kitchen, and a 2 car garage all on the main level.This is the only single-family home with this much luxury, privacy, and space in Baltimore County in a fifty-five-plus neighborhood. For information on this luxury condo 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)
The best advice for those looking for a home to buy is to make sure they are working with an agent who knows where the houses are. Just recently, a colleague called about one of my off-market properties. She has an interested buyer who is not in a hurry and could wait for the right timing. So happy she called me, and we discussed getting the potential buyer and sellers together. Lots of transactions are happening right now, and many buyers never see these homes hit the market. There are quite a few homes that are ready to go on the market. Numerous owners are ready to sell right now. But…until they find the right place to move…it’s not happening so fast.     I am working with about a dozen different families in this position. They are ready to move IF, which is a big IF they find the r...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 A phone call to set up an appointment for a showing on one of my listings led to a conversation that the seller was a tiny bit uncomfortable...they are changing their minds about selling right now. The house sits on over seven acres; the family loves it, especially their pre-teen daughter. When we were getting close to an offer, they realized this was NOT the right decision for their family, at least not the entire family. Remember, the best time to sell is when the house and all the owners are ready to move.So I will be releasing the listing because the sellers still love this property. It took going through the winter and the Covid lockdown to appreciate what they have. And they love the acreage, the pond, the five bedrooms, the three-car garage, the chickens, geese, wildlife, and th...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
  Don't just look at brand new listings when working with special buyers.Open up your search with homes that have longer DOM, aka 'Days On Market.'There are reasons why homes are off the market and then maybe back on. Here is a list of reasons why homes come off the market:  -Maybe they've changed their minds. Seller remorse. Yep, it happens.-One of the sellers falls back in love with the home and realizes it is not the time to let it go.-There was a lease with an option that did not work out.-The seller has decided that they would like to keep it in the family...stay longer or rent it.-Want to allow the kids/grandkids to finish the school year.-Maybe they are taking an extended vacation.-Maybe there are personal health or family situations.-Maybe because it didn't sell, they want to tr...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 Ignoring them will not be possible.They are here! They are back!They are Brood X. They are Cicadas, and we haven't seen them for seventeen years.  For me, that ended today with a few out on my patio and front porch.I only see the shells, not yet the flying critters or the sounds... but I know they will be here soon enough.Cicadas have a highly unusual life cycle. They remain burrowed underground for 17-years. Once they are ready to make their grand entrances, they emerge in their "nymph" stage, affixing themselves to a vertical surface like a tree trunk. Then, their shells split down the middle, cracking open, before they wiggle away, wings extended.This process usually takes an hour. Today for the first time, I saw the shells, not yet the flying critters or the sounds... but I know th...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Recently asked how I would describe my Real Estate Business, I told them how long I had been a Realtor® since 1990, what my previous careers were, a Pediatric Head Nurse, and a porcelain/ceramic artist. I also shared my daily blogging and ALL ABOUT REAL ESTATE, my weekly live radio show.    I went on to describe my favorite client. It is  an owner with a home perceived by others as "hard to sell." Maybe it's been on the market before, maybe with more than one agent. It is perhaps unusual, funky, or quirky. These are the properties that turn me on. How can I take an 'unsalable' home and find the perfect buyer?  Answering these questions above describes what I love to do. I've never been one to rack up listings. I love to find the owner of an unusual home. The more unique a property, the ...
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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 buyer, I already know a lot about their wants, needs, wishes, and desires.  When the buyers see a home and really show interest I know the right questions to ask! Here are some examples of buying questions:    Where will you be placing the big screen TV? Will your vegetable garden be on the side or rear of the house? Which rooms will be best for your offices? Where will your 100-gallon aquarium go - in the lower level or the first-floor family room?Hey kids, have you picked out the color for your room?Will your laundry area be in the upstairs bedroom area or the lower level?Do you prefer to cook with gas or electric?How long will it take you to get to your work/school/hospital from here?  Will you be using the light rail to go to the airport?  There are four grocery...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
A recent email from a considerate buyer agent read: "Great news, the appraisal came in, and it was sufficient for the purchase price!" This one email got me thinking about other things in Real Estate I love hearing... so I started to make a list of the nice things I've heard when speaking to some past clients. -You are qualified to purchase this special home -We love the house; let’s write an offer-I never thought we would find the perfect home-Honey, the balcony is perfect for listening to our music-I am so happy. My family loves our new home. -Our first spring -I love seeing our flowers, budding trees, taking photos naming each one. -The children love the backyard. It was perfect for sledding this winter. -You sold my cousin's home. We want to buy and sell ours with you.-We are making...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
The last few homes that have gone under contract this year have been not from local buyers but DC, Silver Spring, California, Pa, and New Jersey.  Our market is strong, and our prices are up but not as high as other places around the country. People see the value in our Baltimore homes, our proximity to DC, our International airport, our four seasons, our excellent choice of hospitals, health care, our Inner Harbour,  excellent restaurants, and the fact that you can get a lot more house and land in Baltimore than in the other places mentioned above. Maybe this is the time to monetize your home. If you got the price you have only dreamed about in the past, would you consider putting your home on the market? There are many buyers in all price ranges that are looking for excellent properti...
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