Baltimore County, MD Real Estate News

By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Thinking about buying a Baltimore County home. Below are several affordable homes. For information, please give me a call.    And this Single family two, bedroom, one bath on almost a half-acre in Baltimore County near Northwest Hospital has a two-car garage. Price reflects the as-is condition.For information on any homePlease 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)
Here is a big little house that is ready and waiting for your TLC. Charming 75-year-old single-family home sitting on a 0.4-acre lot backing to farmland, with a two-car garage. The main level has an eat-in kitchen with gas cooking, a large living room with a fireplace, separate dining, and a full basement. Upstairs has two large bedrooms and a bath. And the home is loaded with charm, waiting for the right someone to make it beautiful again. Are you ready to make this big little house beautiful again? Who is prepared to fill it with love? I have a few buyers in mind...my dilemma is who to call first!For more information on this Baltimore County HomeCall Margaret Rome 
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
I had just graduated from Nursing School and had my dream job working in the Pediatric Clinic at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. It was time for my first car, my graduation gift from my mom. When I went car shopping, I found the perfect vehicle. Sitting on the dealer's lot was a white (less than a year old) convertible Chevelle Malibu with a red leather interior. Yep, I was in love! The price was $2995.00My budget was only $2000, and I decided to try something.   I had a check made out to the dealership for two grand. What did I have to lose? I told the dealer I wanted to take the car to my mechanic, and if it checked out, I wanted to purchase it. Without any discussion, I handed him a check one-third less than the asking sticker price. He reached for the check, saw the amount, and shook h...
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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)
9808 Middle Mill DrOwings Mills 21117The Weston$399,944MLS#2040556   We found the buyer who loves this Single Family  Condo rancher with a two-car attached garage.   They will enjoy  2000' on the main level with the convenience of one-floor living and no steps. Condo  Association takes care of all outside maintenance, including landscaping and roof. The wide-open living room and dining room have cathedral ceilings, a fireplace, and a door to the patio.   The primary bath suite with a skylight jetted tub, separate shower, and double vanities.      The gourmet eat-in kitchen with stainless appliances has a five-burner gas stove, double ovens, and a  double stainless sink.     Sliding glass doors from the kitchen go to the private deck.   Click To See More Photos The finished lower level h...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
I've known this seller since my nursing days. We were in each other's wedding, and now I have the honor of selling her home of fifty years. Take a  look at this pretty McDonogh Park three-level split!3932 McDonogh RdRandallstown, Md 21133MLS MDBC2050032Click to see photos   Here's a chance to own a single-family three-level split home in McDonogh Park. Convenient to shopping and transportation. Minutes to Pikesville, Randallstown, McDonogh School,  and Northwest Hospital. Move right in with the new roof and new gas heat and air conditioning— shows pride of ownership by the original owner—eat-in kitchen with tile floors, window over the sink, plus a large pantry. Entertain big or small in the spacious, bright living room dining room with a built-in lighted buffet.Three bedrooms and the p...
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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 June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Baltimore County and Catonsville, MD Market ConditionsThe market is shifting in many areas of the country and the stresses of a much higher interest rate than a year ago and putting pressure on home sale prices in some areas.  The information in the table below is taken from our local MLS and is believed to be accurate at the time it was collected and shows that on average prices are still rising over the same time last year and there is still high demand for homes, multiple offers, and homes selling for more than the list price despite declining sales numbers. Maryland is somewhat sheltered from this pressure due to how close we are to Washington DC and the number of defense contractor employers in Maryland. I live in Catonsville, which is a convenient and central location close to Bal...
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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)
The best things come in small packages.Like this adorable glitter bag with 17  packing aids. What a fun and thoughtful gift. I had a home inspection and an open house yesterday, my birthday, and I finished about nine o'clock.   Tired and happy to hear from so many of my friends, colleagues, and family, I wanted to share a few little gifts. The actual unique gifts were the phone calls, cards, texts, emails, comments, and messages just saying hi, I remembered. You know who you are, and I thank you!It's not the size; it's the thought. Selling your homeCall Margaret Rome   
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By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Maryland State Fair - There's One More WeekendNew this year the Maryland State Fair has changed the days they are open and there's one more weekend!!  I love going to the fair, and so happy that I have the opportunity to go this weekend.  The last weekend for the Maryland State Fair this year is September 8 - September 11, 2022.  The hours are as follows:Thursday, September 8 - Opening at 5 pmFriday, September 9 - Sunday, September 11 - Opening at 10 amAdult Admission:  $10Seniors over 62 - $8Children 6-11 - $5 
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By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Lutherville Community Yard Sale September 10, 2022 8 am - 2 pmThe annual Lutherville, MD community yard sale is happening on Saturday, September 10 from 8 am to 2 pm with a rain date of September 11, 2022.  There are 29 homes participating this year.  The Lutherville community is located in Baltimore County off York Road north of I695.  I lived in Lutherville for 12 years and know the area well.  If you are thinking about buying a home in the Lutherville/Timonium area let me help guide you through the process. 
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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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