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When buyers view your home, how do you want them to feel? Do you want them to feel like they’re intruders or a nuisance? Of course not! You want them to feel welcomed. So how do you create that impression? Here are a few proven ideas: • The foyer. This is where buyers first set… Read more

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The 2020s may become known as the decade in which we re-evaluated our homes and found ways to make them better serve our needs. Part of that assessment has already begun, especially amongst seniors who desire greater independence and want to continue to enjoy comfortable, productive lives in their own homes. Enabling their wishes in… Read more

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Do you know what causes the most common source of stress when selling your home? Is it scheduling buyer viewings? Is it the length of time it takes for your property to sell? Is it an offer that falls through? Those things can, indeed, cause some worry! But, the number one source of stress is… Read more

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For some people, selling a home can be an emotional roller-coaster ride. In addition to the process of selling your property, buying a new one, and moving, you’re also saying goodbye to a neighborhood and a home. But there is plenty you can do to smooth out the ups and downs. Here are some ideas:… Read more

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When you’re looking for a new home, you want to find one in a great neighborhood – or, at least, in a neighborhood that is on the upswing. How can you tell if a particular area is improving? Here are some common indicators: • Pride of ownership. Take a walk around the neighborhood. Do you… Read more

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As technology evolves and becomes more affordable, homeowners should consider replacing their older equipment with a completely new security system, rather than patching together outdated units that provide specific functions in isolation. A modern system will wake you up in the morning to your own personalized display screen, adjust your room temperature, turn on your… Read more

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When Realtors, lenders and others use the term underwater to describe the market condition of your home, they are figuratively describing the market value of the home compared to its mortgage balance. It strictly means the market value of the home is less than the mortgage balance. In several cases, I have seen the market… Read more

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Homeowners with good steady jobs and live within a family or personal budget are familiar with the term foreclosure, but probably cannot tell you when the foreclosure process begins and ends. Reason being, as long as they are making their mortgage payments on time they would have no need to be concerned with the details… Read more

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The State of Maryland has developed a program which allows credits against the homeowner’s property tax bill if the property taxes exceed a fixed percentage of the person’s gross income. In other words, it sets a limit on the amount of property taxes any homeowner must pay based upon his or her income. This plan… Read more

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