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Real Estate Agent - Thompson Company, REALTORS - MD594797
Andrea Bedard has been assisting home buyers and sellers in Silver Spring, MD and beyond since 2004. She has a passion for Real Estate in general and vintage homes in particular. Ready to sell or buy? Contact Andrea for a free consultation 240-593-2860.
This beautiful Colonial on Ulster Dr in Laurel, MD just sold March 4th, 2015 - a day early thanks to the last (I hope) Winter storm of the season. This sale was another matchmaking success! My buyer was searching for her forever home in Howard County and we found it in the Kings Woods subdivisio...
1. Snow days are only fun the first and second time around. The first time we are dressed and armed with 3 shovels and 2 sleds as soon as the ground is covered. The second snow day  we are not quite as enthusiastic and finish breakfast/thepaper/thegame before heading out ... by # 3 I'm just consi...
Vintage comes from the Latin word vindemia = grape gathering and describes high quality wine that is produced from grapes that were grown and harvested in a single year. Over time the definition of vintage broadened to include old 'things' that were of quality. Technically, anything that is neith...
Why is the list price higher than the tax assessment? is another question frequently asked by Silver Spring, MD area home buyers. The short answer is: because the assessment is done to arrive at a basis for Real Estate taxes looking at broader criteria in a bigger area. A comparative market analy...
While I was out and about today I noticed this interesting creature, not pretty but definitely interesting. He was sitting high up with a good view of all the homes and yards around him. He didn't appear relaxed or just hanging out. He was alert, scanning the area and ready to pounce at any momen...
I am a big planner and rarely buy anything on impulse. Well, okay, except for shoes. For the most part though, I research, collect ideas, develop a vision and then budget according to my final plan. My approach means that I spend a good amount of time online looking stuff up, saving possibilities...
Home buyers interested in moving to Columbia, MD all have one important question at the top of their list: What is the CPRA fee and what does it include? Columbia, MD is a planned community in the heart of Howard County, MD which was founded by James Rouse in the 1960s. It is made up of 9 village...
When you want to tell potential buyers why the Lake Elkhorn area in Columbia, MD is such a great place to live, you can do no better than go directly to the source. And that is just what I did. Mr and Mrs Seller, what's the best part about living on Dockside Ln in Columbia? We really enjoy living...
Many buyers nowadays will do extensive research online and pick the homes they want to see based on their findings. Their own research is (ideally) complemented by their agent's search and together they come up with a short list of homes to see. Why a home won't make it on the short list, even if...
"The kitchen is outdated!" complained the buyer. "I know, isn't that fabulous!" responded the REALTOR® (me) During one of my open houses I engaged in a conversation with a visitor who was obviously very interested in the home. She had spent a good amount of time walking around, admiring the view,...

Andrea Bedard

M.A.; REALTOR Silver Spring, MD and beyond
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