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2009 

Ellicott City, MD - Real Estate - Just Sold! 3845 Gray Rock Drive This ten year old home was listed by The Sue Wettstein Brazzel Real Estate Team and settled last week for $595,000.  The new owners are excited to be moving into such a gorgeous, well maintained home.  They love the open floor plan...
12/29/2009
DON'T GET CAUGHT WITHOUT YOUR HOMESTEAD PROPERTY TAX CREDIT!   In Howard County, we have a Homestead Tax Credit that limits the increase of county taxes to 5% per year and state taxes to 10% ... IF THE DWELLING IS YOUR PRIMARY RESIDENCE.  But, you MUST APPLY for the credit!  Even in the current r...
12/28/2009
The notion of "splitting the difference" should have no place in real estate negotiations!  This concept of "fairness" goes back at least to the story of King Solomon.  When faced with two women who claimed to be the Mother of an infant (one was the true parent and one an impostor), the King sugg...
12/27/2009
This is a video that Terry Hagen shared with the Active Rain community.  It was produced by the "Dogs Deserve Better" organization that strives to improve the lives of mistreated and unloved dogs.  You may learn more about this group at: DogsDeserveBetter.org. I was actually afraid to watch it wh...
12/26/2009
My two youngest grandsons came to visit me and my husband, Michael, yesterday.  Michael is recuperating from a short stay in the hospital and Dipper, Sheri, Ethan and Seth came to visit - with a box of chocolates for Michael... Seth enjoyed the chocolates! And Ethan left us a priceless "note" in ...
12/25/2009
Ellicott City MD 21042 - Ellicott Meadows House Values - December 2009 - "55 and Better!"   Ellicott Meadows is a unique community for folks who are "55 and Better".  Located in Ellicott City near Columbia, Md, it is comprised of Villa style townhomes and beautiful single family houses.  It is a ...
12/22/2009
A new and improved Howard County Settlement & Downpayment Loan Program (SDLP) has been implemented by the Howard County Housing Office!  This program is for first-time homebuyers and is designed to give buyers (who otherwise could not afford to buy) help with their down payments and/or closing co...
12/21/2009
Waking up to the Columbia Maryland blizzard was like awakening to a white, blanketed, pristine wonderland.  The quiet (before the plows, snowblowers and shovels) is like no other "sound". On the left, Jack (my 3 year old Standard Poodle) is loving this weather!  He sticks his whole head into the...
12/20/2009
Columbia MD 21044 - Deering Woods Condominium House Values - December 2009   The Condominiums in Deering Woods were built in the 1970's and are located in the Harper's Choice Village Center in Columbia, Md.  The grounds and buildings in DeeringWoods are beautifully landscaped and are surrounded b...
12/19/2009
Columbia MD 21045 - Glenmont House Values - December 2009   Glenmont is a Columbia "out-parcel" - meaning it has a Columbia mailing address, but is not subject to the Columbia Association assessment.  Glenmont residents may enjoy the "perks" that "Columbia offers, but they will pay a non-resident...
12/18/2009
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