Baltimore County, MD Real Estate News

By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
7520 Seven Mile LaneBaltimore County 21208MLS# MDBC2003390 Seven Mile and Smith Ave Desirable location! Here is an excellent opportunity to own a single-family home set up as two living units. The second floor has a private entrance from the large covered front porch, three bedrooms, a full bath, and a laundry/kitchen!  The main level has an eat-in kitchen, breakfast bar,  access to the deck, and rear fenced yard. The First-floor bedroom with walk-in closet/office/ sunroom has a half bath and Pella sliding glass door to the deck. Also on this first level is a dining room, living room, wood-burning fireplace, hardwood floors, and another full bath. The lower level, finished with a 19 x 20 carpeted space, has the laundry, a recent radiant gas hot water furnace, a door to the outside, and ...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
I had a delightful caller this past week. He listened to my radio show, asking about one of my listed properties. This gentleman, out of town, has been looking for the past two years without success. He is a first-time homebuyer and qualified with a lender. He has his down payment and is ready to go. But life had a few challenges as he was a victim of identity theft. Not easy to clean this up and prove that your financing is in order. But he has done it and is ready to try again.The home he called on would have been perfect. It was a single-family home, in his price range but already under contract. So during our conversation, I found out he is looking for a modest home; he would like a little bit of privacy, two to three bedrooms, one or more baths. A couple of trees to hang a hammock ...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 Dealing with unusual and unique homes, I find that one person's perceived obstacle may be another's reason to purchase.   When touring a home to list, I am aware of things that could be negative for a buyer. I ask the present owner what they like and what they don't like about their house. And when working with buyers and touring potential properties, I will ask the same questions. What is your favorite feature, and what don't you like? You can learn a great deal about the buyer's intent with the question. Here are a few examples where one sees possible obstacles, and the other sees potential opportunities.  - One level home built on slab-lack of storage     Accessible to everyone -First-floor Condo-security concern   People with phobias of elevators or heights and patio gardeners -No ...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 I have been a listing agent for most of my real estate career. But in today's market, sellers are saying; we will not be listed until we find the right place to move. I need to find their next property to get that listing on the market. That means I am also working as a buyer's agent.      They are concerned about the possibility of two moves. They asked me to look at their home to see what ballpark price they could expect. That's when we discussed the client's motivation. Are they ready to sell? Are they prepared to buy? Many cannot move until their home is under contract and have the available proceeds. But others are more concerned about finding a suitable home than selling their current house. Do you see how people can be stuck, even paralyzed, in making a decision? This process ne...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Size does not matter when selling your house.Ranchers of all sizes are needed. Buyers in the Baltimore area are looking for Ranchers, Single Level Living, and size does not matter. Do you have a sizable rancher? Do you have a small rancher? Do you have any size home with the primary bedroom and laundry on the main level?The buyers I have are qualified, flexible, and can accommodate your moving schedule. Are you thinking of moving?Do you have a home to sell?  Thinking of 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)
 The real estate company is only as good as the agent you choose! The school is only as good as the teacher your child gets!   The Hospital is Only as Good as the Doctor Who Treats You!   When associated with the big real estate company, I asked three questions on a listing appointment. Now and there are only two questions.           Are you 100% sure you want to sell your house?   Are you 100% sure you want to use me?   The third question used to be: "Do you have any questions about the company I work for?" Most times, there were none, but on occasion, when the potential client  asked about the brokerage, I got this kind of response: 'Oh, I can't use you. We once had an agent from that company, and we will never use them again, or my friend used them and had a bad experience.'  That's ...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 NO  to moving into the house before settlement! There will be times that a buyer or their agent requests an early occupancy. That means they want to occupy the house before settlement. There may be a "tiny " glitch with the Clear-To-Close, and the buyer's lease is up, and they were planning to move into the new house. They are all packed, and their possessions are on the moving truck. The request may come in different ways. -It's only for the weekend. -Can we put our furniture in the house?-There's a delivery scheduled, and we need access. -Can I store my artwork and accessories in the garage? -The loan is "almost" approved. -We should have CTC in 24 hours. -My clients will be homeless if you don't make an exception. -You have our  EMD, so you know we are moving forward. -We can pay re...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 January's Challenge, hosted by Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES, asks us to reflect on the most significant change the internet has brought to our business—both the way we do business and our clients do business with us.   In many ways, my load is lighter. There is no need for map books, compass, tape measure, fax machine, copy machine, camera, film, photo developing or making seven copies of each contract offer, so everyone had a signed original. We have our smartphones that can do most things that we used to need extra equipment.There's no need for TV or radio for weather reports, no newspapers for the news, no movie theaters for film, no set day to schedule for your favorite show. Just program it all.I have delegated my listing photos to a professional photographer allowing me to input ...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
It may be time to move, but where?There is a shortage of condos in Baltimore with first-floor bedrooms, laundry, and garages. And we don't have any of the new planned 55 plus communities. For this type of living, owners are moving to other states.Many are looking for a more manageable lifestyle when they give up their family home. They are not necessarily looking for a smaller home, but they are looking for the "right" house. I see a demand in our older communities for ranchers, and there is a surge in rehabbing the one-story homes. Some are buying the properties for the land, tearing down the existing structure home, and bringing the luxury one-level living back into the community.This move for baby boomers is the next to last, if not the last, house they plan to purchase. Since there ...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
8305 Burning Wood RdStevenson 21208Sold & Settled  Today was the settlement for this contemporary Stevenson rancher. This property turned out to be the right home for my special buyers. It never hit the market, but we were able to get an appointment with the gracious seller, an attorney, and make an offer that was hard to refuse. That was the second week of November, and today, December 29, the buyers signed for this forever home. I love selling homes between Thanksgiving and New Year.I wish the buyers many years of making happy memories in their new home. Thinking of buying or selling a 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)
 There have been occasions when I have worked with someone for a while, showing them houses that we think are right or want to see. One day they say, "This is the one - I want this house."Instead of whipping out a contract offer and saying "Sign here," try asking a few questions first. Many years ago, I helped a friend avoid what could have been a mistake. And we did it with questions. "What do you like so much about this house?" She answered with the obvious things - the land around it, the building that would house her office, and a decent-sized garage for her husband.Those are the tangibles, the things that are easy to identify.  It's the intangibles that make you feel safe, happy, and relaxed when you walk into the right home. This house was older, had small rooms and low ceilings. ...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 It's the end of the year, and the buzz around is resolutions. I owe homes to a few people. Yes, I have promised to find houses for buyers. I will continue to talk with as many people as possible. I will continue my daily blogging to help find and sell these needed properties. I will continue with my print advertising and my weekly radio show.  And I will cover multiple avenues to search out the folks ready to sell soon and give them a little nudge. Remember, the right time to sell is when you and your house are both ready and prepared.  But it may also be the time when I can introduce you to a ready, willing, and able buyer. Here is a partial list of the Baltimore homes needed for buyers, and these guys are more than ready to purchase. -Baltimore County Rancher with a first-floor bedro...
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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 Andrea and Carol asks us to identify one thing we'd like to scare away for the coming new year. My choice is how to handle a kindness-impaired person. Some agents call me during the year to bounce ideas and ask for advice when dealing with a challenging transaction. And many times, the problem is dealing with a complex personality.  While lending my ear to a very hurt and unhappy agent about a situation regarding a "toxic" colleague, it reminded me of a problem a long time ago. That's when a person challenged my integrity, and I was visibly upset. A fellow agent figured something significant happened within my family. When I explained the incident, he knew the reputation of this "kindness impaired'' agent.  He said words that I would never forget.''You C...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
I often hear agents complain about all the calls they have to field. They treat the phone as the enemy, annoying, and another interruption in their day. My goodness isn't this the why we are in Real Estate to help buyers and sellers. Isn't it to make that phone ring, our text message to light up, or hear the sound that lets us know, "you've got mail!" Yes, the robocalls get through, the spammers get through, the wrong numbers get through, and unsolicited sales calls get through. Deal with it—block numbers of those known offenders. Turn your phone off when needed.But rejoice when the caller asks a real estate question or wants to see a  house or even list theirs for sale. So many times, the public is impressed that we even bother to answer. I'm sure you have also heard this.  Weekly, if ...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
It's a standard greeting most people use, but you might not have time for the answer. How Are You? When you ask someone how they are, be prepared to listen or don't ask.When you are out and about and run into an acquaintance, a friend, a neighbor, or even a client, How Are You?' May Not Be The Best Greeting.If you have a schedule to meet, you might not get away so soon. We need to acknowledge our friends, co-workers, and colleagues. A better greeting when time is of the essence (I had to get a bit of real estate in) is "Nice To See You." This tip works incredibly well for anyone who is a receptionist.  'Nice to see you' works better than ' how are you?' Thinking of  buying or selling a 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)
When writing my posts, sometimes, I allow them to do double-duty. Below you see one of my articles, in a different form and used in my print advertising. It's an advantage to get different audiences to view the information. Are you using your blog posts to do double duty? For any information on buying or selling a 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)
Please Leave A Message! Whether phone, email text, or smoke signal, leaving messages is necessary for running any business. Think it through. Make sure you cover the essentials. Recently had a very long phone message with only a first name.  "Please call me a soon a possible."  I have no clue who that was and no way to respond.   There are messages with just bits and pieces or insufficient numbers. By now, we all know that cell phones can hit dead spots. If you suspect that your message didn't get through, call back and repeat your name and number. When you leave a phone message, keep it clear and straightforward. State your name, phone number, and what you want, especially to see, a specific property. Believe it or not, many of us have more than one property listed. One of the most fru...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Call an AR member that we have not yet spoken with. That's Option #3 of the December challenge. Those who have been around for a while know I'm a caller. Yes, every day, I speak to at least one AR member. My challenge was to find someone I want to talk with that I haven't talked to previously. Oh, sure, I could go through the roster and choose a newbie but I didn't have to. This past week Thom Abbott presented at the Tuesday Zoom. His topic was Condo Nightmares, and he packed a tremendous amount of information into this one hour. Throughout his presentation, the chat box was busy. Those digital hands were waiting to ask questions and comment on the subject. It was a busy Tuesday for me with afternoon showings, and I needed to leave the zoom a bit earlier. But I still had some comments a...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 I recently wrote a post about DOM  (short for days on the market) and received this comment from Brian England: "The smaller the audience is for a certain property, the more likely it is to spend more time on the market." And this is certainly true of the unique and unusual properties. There is a smaller buyer pool for these homes, and we have to dig deeper to match up the right buyer. These listings take a lot more time to find the right buyer from that limited buyer pool. I have always enjoyed the challenge and when describing these houses, I hide nothing. Always explaining the unique feature, whether built in the 1700s, has cantilevered decks, is attached to a cemetery, adjacent to the beltway, is upside down (not financially). But the bedrooms are on the lower level. Maybe the hous...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
  Days On Market can be much longer for unusual, unique, and one-of-a-kind homes.Marketing and patience are needed to find the buyer who will love your home.  Can you handle hearing comments like "what's wrong with the house" or  "do you think it will appraise?"Owning and loving these homes takes emotional and financial patience when it is time to sell. Do you have the patience and time to find the right buyer?Owners of these properties put their homes up before they plan to move. They know it can take longer to find that one right buyer. Not only does the owner need this kind of patience, but so does the Realtor®.If you own a unique property, choose your agent wisely.  Be careful about an agent whose only solution is to "drop the price" until sold.I have been the 2nd or 3rd agent and h...
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