This elegant custom 6 BR, 4/3 bath home sits on a private lot in highly sought after Springhill Farms. Enter the marble 2 story foyer, leading to a custom white kitchen w/ breakfast room and 2 story great room with master craftsman stone fireplace and wet bar loaded with natural light,. The home features an expansive 1st floor master suite and an upper level offering 3 BR, 2fb + open loft area.. The walkout lower level includes fireplace, bar, and in-law suite.
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This stunning Brierleigh home in a gated community offers unique finishes throughout. Custom moldings, gorgeous ceilings, and expansive spaces create a stylish home with old world charm along with modern conveniences. Beautiful two story foyer entrance, gorgeous dining and living areas and guest suite on first floor. Four additional bedrooms, study and two full baths on upper level plus fully finished lower level. Contact Us for more information on this property.
There once was a was a lovely, artistic couple from Oakland, California. They longed for a mid-century modern contemporary home with outdoor space to garden and maybe a pool. Claudia found this unique home, new to the market, and thought it had the feel of a cool contemporary with the barn and pool, but also a unique old rehabbed farmhouse. She sent them the link to open house and used facetime to virtually tour the home... they wrote an offer sight unseen. The soon-to-be Baltimoreans flew in town a week later for their inspections and sealed the deal. They are in love with their new home and planning a July move-in.
Yesterday, these new Marylanders settled on their new home and new state. We wish our buyers the most modern happily-ever-after and just hope to be invited to the first event in that spectacular party barn.
Winter’s first monster snowstorm is nearly upon us, in mid-March. For most of us, it’ll be our first real test this winter of how well we’ve prepped our precious homes to protect them from this onslaught of elements. Don’t panic!
Turn off outside faucets
According to The Washington Post, pipes leading to outdoor faucets and hoses are particularly vulnerable to damage when the temperature plummets. So be sure to shut off the inside valves leading out to them, unhook hoses, and run your outdoor faucets to drain any water that might be hiding within.
Warm up your indoor pipes, tooTo prevent burst pipes indoors, keep cabinet doors under sinks open so warm air in your home can reach them more easily. You can also insulate them with heat tape, according to J.B. Sassano, president of Mr. Handyman.
Clear your gutters“Make sure your rain gutters are clear of leaves,” says Sassano. “Ice dams can form during winter storms, and if the gutters aren’t clean, they can flood the home at the worst time.”
Keep vents clear of snowIndoor heating systems can shut down when the outside vents get blocked with snow. In fact, homeowner Todd Van Hoosear recalls, “We avoided a very close call when our gas furnace vent got blocked because of a neighbor’s snowblower. Thankfully we had a newer furnace, which detected the gas backup and shut the flame off. We only noticed it because the blower was still working, but we were getting cold air. We could have died! Keeping those vents cleared is critical.”
Stock up on salt or sand“Put down salt and/or sand on outside walkways a couple hours before the expected snowstorm,” says Webster. Make sure to buy a coarse sand; play sand won’t get the job done. This will help cut down on your shoveling so all you have to really do is kick back with your hot cocoa (oh yeah, don’t forget to stock up on that, too).
By Judy Dutton | Jan 21, 2016
So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you with the entire process, and they have asked you what level of access you want to provide to potential buyers.
There are four elements to a quality listing. At the top of the list is Access, followed by Condition, Financing, and Price. There are many levels of access that you can provide to your agent so that he or she can show your home.
Here are five levels of access that you can give to buyers, along with a brief description:
From Keeping Current Matters
Have you ever been flipping through the channels, only to find yourself glued to the couch in an HGTV binge session? We’ve all been there… watching entire seasons of “Love it or List it,” “Fixer Upper,” “House Hunters,” “Property Brothers,” and so many more, just in one sitting.
When you’re in the middle of your real estate themed show marathon, you might start to think that everything you see on TV must be how it works in real life, but you may need a reality check.
TV Show Myths vs. Real Life:
Buyers look at 3 homes and make a decision to purchase one of them.Truth: There may be buyers who fall in love and buy the first home they see, but according to the National Association of Realtors the average homebuyer tours 10 homes as a part of their search.
The houses the buyers are touring are still for sale.Truth: The reality is being staged for TV. Many of the homes being shown are already sold and are off the market.
The buyers haven’t made a purchase decision yet. Truth: Since there is no way to show the entire buying process in a 30-minute show, TV producers often choose buyers who are further along in the process and have already chosen a home to buy.
If you list your home for sale, it will ALWAYS sell at the Open House. Truth: Of course this would be great! Open houses are important to guarantee the most exposure to buyers in your area, but are only a PIECE of the overall marketing of your home. Just realize that many homes are sold during regular listing appointments as well.
Homeowners make a decision about selling their home after a 5-minute conversation. Truth: Similar to the buyers portrayed on the shows, many of the sellers have already spent hours deliberating the decision to list their homes and move on with their lives/goals.
Having an experienced professional on your side while navigating the real estate market is the best way to guarantee that you can make the home of your dreams a reality!
from Keeping Current Matters
If you decide to work with a real estate agent, there are a few things to consider when you are making your choice:
Experience – Real estate is a cyclical business. The realtors who have been around for decades have survived the booms and busts, they’ve closed many deals, and they generally know what they are doing. They also tend to be good at marketing themselves. You probably know this realtor: Their face is on the bus stop bench, on the cart in the grocery store, and on the flyer that got left under your car’s windshield wiper last week.
Geographic Expertise – Some realtors focus on a particular neighborhood (they call it their “farm”). If you drive around a neighborhood and every listing is by the same agent or firm, they are probably the local expert. They will know the neighborhood well and will know exactly what kind of offers will be accepted or rejected.
Niche Expertise - Other realtors specialize in niches like fixer-uppers or rehabs. They’ll know what fair market price is for a home that needs work, will know how to find fair comps, and may even have a network of architects and contractors you can leverage.
Enthusiasm– This is the agent that is hungry for business. Sometimes they are new agents, or sometimes they just love their jobs. They are working hard trying to find buyers and sellers. They will be attentive, supportive, and will work hard to make sure you have a great experience.
Not all realtors fall into these categories, but most share something in common with each of these archetypes. There are pros and cons to each of these realtor types. The trick is to find a realtor that meets your needs.
If you are new to the home buying process, you may appreciate the additional attention from a newly minted realtor that is excited at the prospect of helping you. Or maybe you’re in a hot market, and you want to work with an expert in the area to try and get access to pocket listings. There is no perfect agent, just one that fits your particular needs.