crofton md real estate: Could what's in your home affect the value of it? - 02/06/14 03:45 AM

Crofton area home sellers are proud of their homes, and most are very confident that their home is the best in the entire zip code. It's not uncommon for them to politely ask a REALTOR®, "What should I do to prepare my home for sale?" but then take offense at staging suggestions.
The "before" photos of this stager could be any home in the greater Crofton area - clean, uncluttered, in good repair - but the "after" photo shows what a difference staging can make. It's true... what's in your home CAN affect its likely sale price. 
Staging is not a … (2 comments)

crofton md real estate: Crofton Summer Concerts 2013 - 04/26/13 05:08 AM
Free Summer Concerts on the Crofton Village Green
It's that time of year again when summer begins to unfold on our calendars. A favorite family event for many Crofton area residents is the Sunday evening concert series at the Crofton Village Green. Here's the schedule for 2013:
June 2 – Pocket Change – Formed in 1997 by a group of music teachers. Their easy listening music including Big Band, Latin, Oldies Rock and Roll, Swing, and Standards
June 23 – Big Band Caliente – An 18 piece jazz band reminiscent of the Cuban Big Bands in the 40’s and 50’s, … (3 comments)

crofton md real estate: Special Events at Crofton Library in January 2013 - 01/02/13 12:08 PM

Crofton Library is arguably the heart of the community.  In fact, it serves as the community center we don't yet have, but that's a topic for another day. Several activities are coming up at the library in January including the following...
 
January 8, 7 p.m. - PJ Story Time (Ages 2-5)
According to the library website, you will "cuddle up in your coziest pajamas" as library staff shares wintry stories, songs and rhymes with children aged two to five. Parents and caregivers must accompany two and three year-olds, while children four years and older may attend alone, providing an … (3 comments)

crofton md real estate: Crofton MD Real Estate Sales UP in 2012 - 12/31/12 07:37 AM
Happy New Year!
As we look forward to a new beginning in 2013, a quick glance back at home sales in 2012 suggests that Crofton home owners can feel good about our local real estate market.
12.5% more homes sold in Crofton, Maryland, during 2012 than 2011 and 2010.
2012: 307 homes sold and settled in the 21114 zipcode last year, including 113 homes listed as “detached” that ranged in price from $269,900 for a short sale in Crofton Village to $624,000 for a 9–year old colonial in Braddock Farms. 57 of the total closed sales reported by MRIS (18.5%) were … (8 comments)

crofton md real estate: Crofton MD Real Estate Update for May 2012 - 06/18/12 06:13 AM
Crofton home sellers can be optimistic about selling because the Crofton real estate market showed improving trends in some key areas last month, most notably the number of homes that sold and settled. Closed sales were up over 12% from last year, and higher than any May over a five year period.
New listings were down to the lowest figure for any May in five years, which is a good indicator that supply and demand may be headed towards some kind of balance and a "normal" real estate market. Days on Market were down over 23% from the same month last … (1 comments)

crofton md real estate: Crofton Real Estate Update for March 2012 - 04/16/12 06:30 AM
Real Estate Activity in Crofton MD for March 2012 was UP over last month (February 2012) and last year (March 2011), based on the units that settled.  Home owners who are thinking of selling will be encouraged by this news.  As you can see from this chart, closings nearly doubled! New non-contingent contracts were down, however, so I don't expect the number of closings to rise again in April.  We'll see... I hope I'm wrong about this.
More good news:  The ratio of Sale Price to Original List Price was up about 3% over last month and last year (although it … (2 comments)

crofton md real estate: Crofton Library Special Events in January 2012 - 01/12/12 01:50 AM
Crofton Library is the heart of our community for many residents.  
This Saturday, January 14, babies under two are invited to Babies in Bloom.  It will be a fun half-hour for babies and caregivers, designed to stimulate early infant development with stories, songs, rhymes and fingerplays.
Family Game Day will take place from 2–4 p.m. on Tuesday, January, 24, when school is closed for elementary and middle school students. 
Then, on Wednesday, January 25, there will be an e-Reader Workshop at 7 p.m.  This will be a great opportunity to get help learning to use the Kindle, Nook, iPad or other … (0 comments)

crofton md real estate: Electronic Signatures Gaining Acceptance - 11/21/11 09:41 AM
CROFTON, MARYLAND:  REAL ESTATE QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Q. I want to sell my Crofton home, but I live in California. Will you mail the paperwork to me?  Fax it?
A. Paperwork that required mailing 10 years ago and scanning/emailing just 2 years ago can now be signed and sent electronically. Let me explain…
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Your autograph is no longer necessary on real estate sales contracts, addenda, and other documents used to buy, sell, and lease real estate.  E-signing is the latest item on a long list of technology innovations since I started in this business. I love it!
The e-Sign Act … (28 comments)

crofton md real estate: It's raining, it's pouring... AGAIN! - 09/24/11 06:06 AM
Texas is having a dought, and we're drowning here in Crofton, Maryland. Another home football game for the Maryland Terps (4 in a row, this year), and a 3rd rainy game. I'll be the first to admit that I'm a fair-weather football game.  When it rains, I prefer to stay home and watch it on TV, even though that means I'm gonna miss a great tailgate party.
So much going on in this area today, in addition to the Terps game: The Renaissance Festival, Crofton Crafts Fair, solar homes on the National Mall, etc., etc., etc.  But, what's a fair-weather gal … (13 comments)

crofton md real estate: 2011 Crofton Craft Fair is Tomorrow - 09/23/11 10:15 AM
The Crofton Craft Fair is a long-standing tradition in this community, and many people look forward to it on the last Saturday of September and April each year.
The Greater Crofton Chamber of Commerce will sponsor this event for the first time, on Saturday, and their enthusiasm for this project is showing. If the weather gods smile on that day, it should be more fun than ever. But don't let a little rain keep you away... the event is "on" even if it's rainy out there.
The craft fair will be held at Crofton Country Club parking lot from 10 a.m. … (5 comments)

crofton md real estate: Your Agent's Role in the Sale of Your Home - 09/09/11 10:24 AM
What do you expect of your real estate agent?
It's okay for you to blurt out an un-edited list of demands that will make your agent just about fall out of the chair, thinking "Why did I open this can of worms?"
Or you may hesitate to answer because you know what you want, but you don't know if it's reasonable to expect.

Canton, Massachusetts, Buyer Agent and Attorney Christine Smith summed up her customer service philosophy in a post on Activerain yesterday, Put the Client First and the Rest Will Take Care of Itself, and that probably sums up … (6 comments)

crofton md real estate: On the Market in Crofton MD (21114) - 06/06/11 09:16 AM

DETACHED HOMES IN CROFTON, MARYLAND (21114)
For Rent:
There are three homes currently for rent in the 21114 zipcode, and all of them are in “Old Crofton”.  Prices range from $2,150 –  $2,275 per month.  When it comes to style, they’re all different:  a rancher, split foyer, and colonial –  each of them has 3 bedrooms, a fireplace, and a garage, and they’re all within blocks of Crofton Country Club golf course. 
For Sale:
Forty-one detached homes are currently on the market for sale in the 21114 zipcode, ranging in price from $295,000 –  $689,900.  That’s a wide price range, but it covers … (7 comments)

crofton md real estate: Will the Crofton MD Real Estate Market Improve in Spring? - 02/02/11 10:00 AM
Q.  I’m concerned about the Crofton real estate market because I'd like to list my home for sale.  Do you think the market will pick up in Spring?A.   If you’ve been feeling a little blue about the real estate market in Crofton and throughout this area, I understand. From December - February, sales tend to be fewer than the rest of the year for a variety of reasons beyond our control - weather conditions being the #1 culprit.  
The world-famous weather-reading groundhog Punxsutawney Phil predicted from his home at Gobbler's Knob, near Punxsutawney PA, earlier today, that spring is on … (6 comments)

crofton md real estate: Fun Things to Do Near Crofton - Baltimore Restaurant Week - 01/20/11 12:06 AM
BALTIMORE RESTAURANT WEEK takes place January 21–30, 2011 in every corner of the city.  Pre-fixed prices guarantee you can dine within your budget:  $35.11 for dinner and $20.11 for lunch.   Whether you're in the mood for seafood or steak, Italian or Greek, there's bound to be something you will enjoy.
Why not use this as an opportunity to explore Baltimore's many unique neighborhoods, including Fell's Point, Little Italy, Mount Vernon, the Inner Harbor, Canton, Federal Hill, Hampden, Harbor East… the list goes on and on.  For a complete list of restaurants, including links to their menus and a map, just click on Baltimore … (7 comments)

crofton md real estate: Lake Louise Townhomes in Crofton MD - 01/18/11 01:23 PM
LAKE LOUISE - January's Featured Community in Crofton MD
Crofton is a community of many wonderful neighborhoods, and I'm pleased to announce LAKE LOUISE as the featured neighborhood for January.
Whether you're interested in renting or buying a Crofton home, you'll want to check out the LAKE LOUISE townhomes, located just inside the main gate to Old Crofton.
 


If you're thinking about renting a home in the D.C. area, chances are you're looking at $2,000 a month for rent.  In fact, it costs that much or more for a one bedroom apartment in some popular close-in communities such … (5 comments)

crofton md real estate: Register Now to Play Baseball in Crofton MD - 01/05/11 06:00 PM

 
Crofton Athletic Council Baseball Commissioner Larry O'Ferrell has announced that registration for the 2011 Baseball Season (click on the link) will take place online throughout January for boys 4-14.  (Information about girls softball will be posted at FocusOnCrofton.com on Friday, January 7, 2011.)
 
The registration fee varies, depending on which division:
$  65     Spring Tee Ball - 05/02/2006 - 11/01/2007 birthdate                   $  75     Spring Baseball A (5/6) - 05/02/2004 - 05/01/2006 birthdate      $  95     Spring Baseball AA (7/8) - 05/02/2002 - 05/01/2004 birthdate      $110     Spring Baseball AAA (9/10) - 05/02/2000 - 05/01/2002 birthdate$150     Spring County Baseball (10u) … (3 comments)

crofton md real estate: Spacious Crofton Colonial on 2 Acres for Rent - 12/15/10 07:43 AM
Not many homes in the Crofton area are located on 2 acres, so it's a rare opportunity when one becomes available for rent.  If you're relocating to the Baltimore-Washington area, your timing couldn't be better.
Three military installations are located within a half hour - Fort George G. Meade, Andrews AFB, and the U.S. Naval Academy - not to mention the various U.S. Government offices in D.C. (just a little farther but still an easy commute).  Maryland public schools are ranked #1 in the nation, and recreation opportunities abound in nearby Annapolis, Baltimore and D.C.  Now you can enjoy it all … (8 comments)

crofton md real estate: Nautilus Diner to Host Crofton Regional Community Center Meeting - 07/09/10 09:37 AM
If you haven’t visited The Nautilus Diner yet, why not put it on your calendar for Wednesday, July 14.  That’s when the next meeting for Crofton Regional Community Center (CRCC) is scheduled, and The Nautilus Diner is hosting it at 6:30 p.m.
Nautilus is located on Route 3 at the intersection with Rt. 424.  It’s open round-the-clock on Fridays and Saturdays, and 6 a.m. –  1 a.m. Sunday thru Thursday.  My personal favorite is breakfast - there’s just something about that diner environment and pancakes that seem to go together –  and breakfast is served any time.  Of course, they also have … (4 comments)

crofton md real estate: It's a Beautiful Day for a Picnic in Crofton MD - 04/06/10 08:27 PM
When you're looking for something to do in Crofton MD…

Take the family to Swann Park, located off Crofton Parkway at Swinburne Avenue in Old Crofton. 
Let the kids play on the equipment, toss pebbles into the pond and watch them skip across the water, critique (or cheer) golfers on the adjacent 12th hole of Crofton Country Club, or take photos of the scenic red barn across the 13th fairway.
Swann Park is a nice walk from most homes in “Old Crofton” and there’s plenty of adjacent parking for anyone coming from nearby communities. 
 
If you live in Crofton … (4 comments)

crofton md real estate: Are You Ready to Dump That Crofton-Area Rental Property? - 02/18/10 10:23 AM

 
If you own rental property in the Greater Crofton Area and want to get rid of it, now might be a good time for doing that. 
Chances are good that you can cut your losses and get the property sold during the next few months while the first-time buyer and repeat-buyer tax credits are still going strong.  After those tax credits expire, I suspect we might see a lull in the local real estate market - and that’s probably right about the time your lease expires again.  You don’t want to wait 'til then.  (Early End Likely for Spring Home-Buying Season)
In fact, it’s possible your … (5 comments)

 
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Crofton, MD

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