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2008 

In a recent post about Counting Chickens Before They're Hatched, I mentioned that I feeling pretty good about things until the inspection came along and had a lot of stuff on there that the Seller really hadn't expected. Of course, the Seller had all their money tied up in the house and, to make ...
08/25/2008
In this post, I was doing a little bragging about how if a house is priced right and in decent condition it'll receive multiple offers...even in this market!  I was feeling pretty proud of myself (and the Seller) for getting the house into decent showing condition and pricing it so aggressively t...
08/19/2008
Last night, Congress introduced bipartisan legislation, H.R. 6694 that would reauthorize and reform charitable downpayment assistance. This bill would remedy a harmful provision in the new housing law which limits homeownership opportunities for low and middle-income Americans. The legislation, s...
08/15/2008
It always amazes me that when a home is priced aggressively right out of the gate and looks even half decent -- not Martha Stweart but nice -- that multiple offers start ot come in almost immediately. My clients who own the townhouse in this post in gorgeous and historic Laurel, MD had lived in i...
08/14/2008
FRANKLIN PARK, A WONDERFUL PUBLIC PARK IN PURCELLVILLE VIRGINIA OFFERS MUCH FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS.  I have house guests for several more weeks waiting for their home to be completed (see below).  Since the family has an 11 year old daughter and a 2 year old son, finding interesting activities is al...
08/11/2008
It is almost always surprising to me that when I go to visit someone thinking about allowing me to assist with the sale of their home they are always so proud of the things that they have done to fix the place up.  It doesn't matter if it's a simple thing like a new bathroom vanity or a full blow...
08/08/2008
This great END UNIT townhouse boasts new bamboo floors, a wood burning fireplace in the sunken living room, a separate dinging area and a finished basement with room for a family room and den. It is located near I95 and the MARC train for an easy commute into downtown DC or Baltimore. Shop at the...
08/07/2008
A brand new hardwood floor has just been installed in this END UNIT town home. The finished basement has been freshly painted with room for recreation and a den. There is a nice, wood burning fireplace in the sunken living room to enjoy romantic evenings. The Home Owners Assoc. is making landscap...
08/05/2008
We've all been in homes that have squeaky floors and squeaky stairs.  Sometimes, in the older Victoriens, the squeaks actually add a bit of character to the home.  In the newer places (meaning 20 years or younger) the squeakiness can be downright distracting. I'm posting this blog for two reasons...
08/03/2008
I wish I had a camera that would do justice to the new token.  I tried but my "close ups" all look blurrier than a Saturday night after 4 Martguerita's. MRIS has rolled out a new token in Prince George's County.  It's significantly smaller (yay!) and the "code" is all numeric so I can type it in ...
08/01/2008
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