Baltimore County, MD Real Estate News

By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
The photo above is the lobby of this Eleven Slade Coop. We finalized the transaction with the buyers this week. And it was one fast closing.Just a few papers to sign, mainly the proprietary lease and exchange of keys, and in a few minutes, there were new owners!11 Slade Avenue  #906Baltimore, Maryland  21208Eleven Slade Cooperative3 Bedroom2 1/2  Baths I congratulate the buyers, the sellers, and the agent on a very smooth closing.Selling your 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)
It was a seller's market, and we found the oh-so-perfect home for my special FTHB (first-time home buyers). There was intense competition, and the listing agent "more than suggested "that IF we used their lender, "they could make  the offer work." So we contacted her lender and got a pre-approval, and they made an application. No problem at this time; it was a reputable lender. These young buyers did some research and shopping on their own. This 'suggested' lender had a higher rate and added TWO points! My buyers were afraid they would lose their dream property. They questioned the lender and got a response to take it or leave it. We had a ratified contract, and our home inspection was scheduled and complete. The buyers decided, after careful research, to switch lenders. When the new le...
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By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Catonsville, MD Market Report - 07/31/2022Life is great in 21228!! The town of Catonsville has a lot to offer new and repeat homeowners.  There are older homes, historic homes as well as new construction, townhomes, condos, and single-family homes, and prices range from under $200,000 up to over a million.  Something for everyone!  My family and I have called Catonsville home since 2016 and we just bought a home last October in the Paradise neighborhood and we love it!!  The town of Catonsville has lots of bars and restaurants and shops, most major supermarket chains are represented as well.  Catonsville is also known as Music City with music shops and no shortage of live performances in local establishments.  In addition, we are close to St Agnes hospital and have excellent representat...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Whenever speaking to a group or presenting, I wore kick-ass shoes. Each outfit had a particular pair. They were high heels, and they made me feel confident.                         But when I shredded the tendon in my ankle (I ran a race that I  should have walked), the reconstructive surgery halted the wearing of anything other than flat, sturdy shoes. Did that mean no more speaking? Did that mean despair with the loss of wearing my Kick Ass shoes? It could have, but I would not allow it.The feeling came from inside of me! Not from how I looked, not from how I dressed, but from how I felt.I could still have that powerful 'in charge' confident attitude. I could 'feel' those shoes. How liberating knowing it was me.Hold your head high, share your knowledge, and help others! You, too, can ...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Maybe it's not too soon to think about moving from your house. Perhaps this is a time you can get ahead financially. Go ahead and capitalize on your equity. You could probably get more than you think for your house at this time. Maybe you will sell a few years sooner than originally planned.  Or maybe you are in a home that you don't love now. Does your home still meet your needs, OR could you let it go? Go ahead and right-size now—cash in while the market is strong and there are not enough homes to meet buyers' demand. If you've been in your home for many years, maybe you own it free and clear. Perhaps you have a small mortgage. Go ahead and sell that home. Take your profit. Buy the house that meets your needs now and in the future.If the price is right, maybe the time is also right! A...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Enough is enoughIt is not pleasant when a transaction fails to close. Thank goodness this does not happen often. In real estate, there are many reasons that settlement may not occur including issues with the following:Financing, appraisals, condo or  home association, contingencies, inspection, personal conflicts, illness, death, divorce, title issues, code violations, remorse buyer or seller, change in employment or job transfer But there is another one a bit vaguer.Analysis Paralysis is the state of over-analyzing or over-thinking.  This condition involves asking many others not involved in the transaction for their opinion.When decisions or actions are incomplete, the effect paralyzes the outcome, which is unsuitable for buying and selling. We need to manage the contingency dates and...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
We are supposed to stay in touch with past clients. But I love it when my sellers and buyers do that for me. How? Through Phone calls, notes, or a call on my radio show like the past Sunday when the clients called on my radio show to share our fifth anniversary of selling their beautiful farm. Named Sycamore Farms, this had been their home since they married over sixty years ago. Such a beautiful, unusual property sitting on 34-plus acres, a grand house built in the 1800s, and the bonus was the old river cottage. It had been on the market for years until they called me to help find the perfect new owners. The buyers wanted to know why it did not sell with the previous lister—questioning if there were some problems with the property. And my answer: "Until today, the right buyers had not ...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Letter to 8205 Tama Court in Stevenson 21208  "Dear House:Thank you for all the years of happiness you've facilitated for us, from hosting family & friends in your huge living room/dining room, where everyone always enjoys choosing food laid out on the 17' buffet, to more intimate get-togethers, where everyone gathers in the spacious kitchen. Your double wall oven & cooktop make it easy to cook for big parties, and your granite countertops & kitchen island always provide plenty of counter space. The travertine backsplash reminds everyone of Israel. The cabinets we put everywhere provide TONS of storage for all the "stuff" that hubby wonders why we have, but it's nice to know we can always find the suitable bowl, platter, or container, neatly tucked away somewhere. Floating in the pool o...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
8295 Tama Court 21208 Come look at the four- to five-bedroom brick and stone rancher in Stevenson. Move-in ready, immaculate MidCenturyModern with an inground pool and no steps.  8205 Tama CourtStevenson 21208 Directions Stevenson or Greenspring (north of the beltway), Woodvalley to Marcie Drive to 8205 Tama Court. Questions about this 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)
Wonderful Wacky WomenThis group of friends has been meeting monthly for the past 3 or 4 decades. And this week, Vickie hosted a lovely afternoon luncheon at her gorgeous home. Friendship, fun, and food sum up how we celebrated Vickie's birthday. So popular is she that there were not one but two cakes. It was delightful being together with a lovely array of delicious treats catered by Gene and Vickie. Lively conversation, camaraderie,  laughter, watching the birds, the  Clydesdale, and a miniature horse, added to the festivities.   And as we left, there was a party mug for each of us. The words describe us!  
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
My last two posts were about the creativity of my friend, Jill, who created the first-floor bathroom when others said it was impossible and how her staircase, too narrow for rails on both sides, was 'handled.' Here's one more creative idea using a 3-paneled screen/room divider similar to this.  Turned sideways, given sturdy wooden legs, cut from the trees on the property, and voila, repurposed into a sofa bed.Note: The kitty uses it during the day for cat naps.  Practical, inexpensive, and multipurpose. Check out the 'sofa bed' above. Thinking of staying or selling your homeCall Margaret Rome
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By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
National Tire & Battery in Catonsville, MDAs a woman, I am used to national chain mechanical service companies trying to take advantage and rake me over the coals for products and services I don't need and they think because I'm a woman I don't know what I need and don't need. NTB in Catonsville is a breath of fresh air and they treat every woman that goes in there with respect and fairness. NTB doesn't just do tires and batteries either.  I have been to this location twice.  The first time the leads on the battery in my son's car had come loose, two other places told me I needed to have them replaced and the bolts couldn't be tightened.  Andrew came out, took a look, and came back with a socket, tightened them, and sent me on my way, no charge.  Last week I drove over a bolt on my stre...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 Remember the story of Jill and the impossible first-floor bathroom. Yet another challenge for this home was the staircase, which was too narrow for a handrail on both sides. So here is Jill's solution.   Notice the double row of small door knobs going up the stairs. They take up very little room, are inexpensive, and work.  Clever idea. I went up the stairs to test, and it was easy to grab hold of a knob as needed while going up or descending the stairs.There are many creative ways to help one stay in a home and make it safe!Thinking of staying or selling your 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)
Jill was determined to stay in her home. But there was no first-floor bathroom. 'Not possible,' said the various contractors!  Jill thought otherwise and would not take no for an answer. Once you meet a brilliant, strong-willed 92-year-old, you better be careful about saying those words.It has been four years since I first met my friend Jill.  This week I had the privilege to spend some time at her home. She loved this comfortable abode- an unusual home that started as a  log cabin with a few additions over the years.  Located in one of the best neighborhoods...it is a true hidden gem. This was the eighth house she had purchased.  Jill's philosophy on real estate, buy the cheapest, poorest condition home in the best neighborhood and go from there. After three decades, the question arose...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
To hit a bullseye, you must throw the dart.I attended the Annual GBBR Fair a few years ago, and one of the booths had a dart contest. There was a bit of a crowd, and they summoned me over to try my hand.  I said, "no problem, I can do that."I threw the dart and it landed BULLSEYE ! Here is the actual photo to prove it.  When asked to try something new I did it confidently and without hesitation. After all, what did I have to lose? Everyone watching broke out in applause. Asked if I could I do it again?My answer was, Does it matter? Unafraid to take a chance with unusual "impossible to sell" listings. I frequently hit a bullseye and get them sold when others are doubtful.For a shot at the bullseye, you have to be willing to, at least, throw the dart. Thinking of buying or selling a homeC...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Being a Broker and Realtor® and having my radio show, I get a good glimpse of what is happening in Real Estate. Buyers, sellers, and professionals share their stories; some are anonymous, others not. I'll give you some examples. Are you ready to sell? Maybe you are.  Maybe Not. First-A NeighborA neighbor called because her family wanted her to sell and make a profit. She was a musician, loved her home, and had no mortgage, but "they" thought it was time to move into an apartment. I pointed out the advantage of staying, explaining there is nowhere she could live for less. She was paying taxes, utilities, and maintenance -her only expense was less than any decent rental. She was so happy that I "talked " her out of selling. She did not want to move and would continue to enjoy her music. B...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
All homes have personalities. When looking for a home, whether a condo, co-op, single family, townhouse, or vacation home, make sure you visit various styles, locations, and buildings.If looking at a condo, how do you feel when entering? Is it warm, inviting, along with a friendly staff, etc.?  Engage the crew by asking about parking, mail, or snow removal questions. And when you see a visitor or resident in the elevator, ask more questions. How long have you lived here? What is the pet policy, and are there guest accommodations? If you can find a maintenance person, building manager, or even front desk personnel, ask about package delivery, exterminator, heat, AC,  assessments, and the history of monthly fees.Engaging with people associated with the building will help you assess that p...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
27 E Chatsworth Ave 21136 Single Family Reisterstown Home MLS MDBC2028682 Click To See Photos   The home built in 1945 was initially two homes (a duplex) with a dividing wall and two front and back doors. Along the way,  an owner converted it into a single-family home. The screened front porch and the kitchen now measure 32' wide. And the recent roof, gas furnace, and central air make an exceptional house close to all the conveniences of Reisterstown. There is parking for more than a dozen vehicles. In the back is a sizable workshop, an above-ground pool, and a 32' covered Trex deck with a ramp for electric bikes, scooters, strollers, motor toys, bicycles, wheelchairs, or walkers. This ramp makes accessibility easy and leads to a first-floor bedroom with a full bath.     Ramp to covere...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Three things that keep an agent going no matter what the market is doingONE:The Need For LearningNot only through our compulsory (CE) education, but each transaction is another opportunity to learn and share what you know. Great agents and professionals want to give information to other agents so that we are all better informed. When I speak with a colleague or a professional, including Realtor®,  lenders, inspectors, or a title attorney, there is always the opportunity to get a new idea, learn about new rules, change, or even new forms. And we know from our clients when they ask questions. Each day I am asked to clarify items in the contract. When working with buyers and sellers, the contract agreement addresses most concerns, but you, the professional, must know that contract and abou...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
First-floor bedrooms are the most requested feature in homes. Whether for aging in place, accessibility, in-law suite, adult privacy, or just plain ole convenience. I receive more calls, texts, emails, and radio inquiries asking for main-level living primary suites than any other feature. And for so many reasons. And not just for the aging population. Think of a new mom, a sports injury, or a guest suite, and that room does not have to be a designated bedroom, but the versatility makes many a home desirable when this feature is needed.A home office on the first level makes it very convenient when the primary bedroom and kitchen are also on this level. There are other solutions when I often visit home because they think they must have a first-floor boudoir.And many times, I have been abl...
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