Sometimes you know a desirable street when you see one. For example, it’s obvious that a home on a cul-de-sac is enticing mainly because there isn’t any through traffic. What are the other characteristics of a desirable street that may not be as obvious? Here are just a few: Sidewalks – A sidewalk in front… Read more

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If you’re a senior, downsizing is a nice way to simplify your life. You can get rid of belongings you no longer need, and start fresh in a new place that’s more suited to your current and future lifestyle. It can even make you healthier and improve your overall quality of life. If you’re hoping… Read more

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Remember the last time you walked through a furniture showroom? You probably noticed that the sofa, chairs, tables or other furnishings were arranged or staged to make them look more appealing. You might have seen an attractive lamp on a sofa end table, or an appetizing bowl of fruit on a dining buffet. When preparing… Read more

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Many things can change in a family’s lifestyle creating a need to expand into a larger home; however, in most cases I encounter the family has simply out grown its current home. In Prince George’s County Maryland these buyers are often looking at homes in Bowie, Fort Washington and Upper Marlboro where homes range from… 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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Just knowing which type of relationship you have with your real estate agent and broker will help you negotiate the best possible deal, whether you’re a buyer or a seller. If you are not sure of your relationship with your agent, just ask and the agent will tell you. In a real estate transaction, the… 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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As a homeowner or a potential homeowner, you will be faced with an appraisal at some point in time. Hopefully, something contained in this article will help you when confronted with an appraisal. It is not the intent of this article to explain the complete appraisal process but to acquaint buyers and sellers with some… Read more

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When I meet with Sellers on listing presentations, I offer them a lot of advice to get their homes sold on time and at the very best price. Analyzing all the advice I give them, if I had to list one as the most important; it would be not to overprice your home. I make… 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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