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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
How to Install a Rain Barrel Workshop, July 31st Interested in learning more about installing a rain barrel in your backyard? Urban Ecosystem Restorations is hosting a free 'How to Install a Rain Barrel' workshop July 31, 2021. One lucky participant will receive their very own rain barrel! To register visit: https://gburg.md/3rxymNi This is a City of Gaithersburg, Maryland announcement.  Water Lily, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA USACanon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Dana Hollish Hill, REALTOR * Broker * Coach
(Hollish Hill Group, JPAR Stellar Living)
Are homes being torn down in your neighborhood and replaced by massive houses? As land becomes more scarce, builders are seeking neighborhoods with large lots to accommodate massive new homes and buyers are paying top dollar for them.Have you wondered how these new homes impact the value of the older homes in the neighborhood? Does it make sense to upgrade your current home or will it be torn down when you decide to sell? The "renovate or move" question is one we've been helping homeowners answer for years, but the impact of tear downs and rebuilds adds another variable to neighborhood prices. We wondered if there was a way to calculate and predict a tipping point. A point when it no longer makes sense to upgrade because it will be sold to a builder. One local agent told us she's tellin...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Masks Required in Montgomery County Public Schools Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland have announced mask requirements.  All students, staff, and visitors across all levels (elementary, middle, and high) will be required to wear face coverings in school buildings, regardless of vaccination status. Water Lily, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA USACanon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Trader Joe's Truffle Mousse Pate We sampled and enjoyed Trader Joe's Truffle Mousse Pate for our happy hour at home. This is a product that we purchase again. It is made with chicken liver, sherry wine truffles and mushrooms with a brandy aspic. All you need is some baguettes or crackers and a nice glass of wine.  Flame Lily, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USACanon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Andrea Bedard, Fluent in German and Real Estate * M.A. ABR ASP
(Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860)
There's no question, the best place for sushi in Howard County, MD is UMI Sushi right on Main Street in Ellicott City!I like to take my assistants out for a special dinner after (especially challenging but rewarding) transactions, and last week we stopped by UMI Sushi! We didn't make reservations, thinking we would arrive early enough on a weekday, but UMI was packed. There was immediate availability inside but if you go to UMI during the summer months, you have to sit outside and enjoy their lovely patio with views of the Tiber stream.  UMI's sushi is melt-in-your-mouth good, and super fresh (they gut and prepare the salmon themselves, every morning). Quality is consistent, I have never left UMI's feeling anything but happy, satisfied, and full (mixed with a bit of regret that the dinn...
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Montgomery County Welcomes BioNTech to Gaithersburg, Maryland   German-based BioNTech has announced that it will soon be joining Montgomery County’s growing list of world-renowned international companies in the “Immunology Capital Next to the Nation’s Capital.” BioNTech is acquiring a Gaithersburg manufacturing facility and cell therapy research and development platform from Kite, a unit of Gilead Sciences, to support the development of BioNTech’s expanding pipeline of novel cell therapies.With its widely used Pfizer-partnered COVID-19 vaccine, BioNTech has recently risen to international prominence and is looking to add an innovative neoantigen T-cell receptor (TCR) therapy to its portfolio of cutting-edge individualized cancer therapies. BioNTech’s new Montgomery County manufacturing ...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 It was Sunday, and it was after 12 noon, and I was live on the radio. Calls were coming in, along with texting of questions.    I have found from the calls I receive during the week; more folks are shy or just not comfortable talking live on the radio. But these listeners have no problem, thank goodness, calling and asking real estate questions all week long. Many of these calls would be ideal topics for the weekly live broadcasts.  Light bulb moment  So when I give out the call-in number, I also give my cell number and tell the audience they can text me during the show. And it's working!Yesterday's show was lively. I was talking about my new listing, taking calls on the switchboard, reading texts, and seeing an email notice, all at the same time. One of the callers asked about this "s...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Taste of Home Chocolate Chip Blondies Recipe Chef Dolores used the Taste of Home Chocolate Chip Blondies recipe and we have enjoyed them. These blondies freeze well for future desserts. Click on the link to view and print the recipe.  Orchid, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA USA IMG 8220Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Senior Planet Montgomery Online Programs Senior Planet Montgomery, a technology training program designed for County learners 50 and older, is offering free online classes this week that focus on how to thrive at home. Classes July 27 - 30 will include Wearables and Voice Assistants. https://buff.ly/3kWFnWq This is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement.  Orchids, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA USA IMG 8215Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Bob Force (REALTOR®), The FORCE in Maryland Real Estate
(Weichert Realtors - Aspen Hill)
Today’s View – July 26, 2021 – New Market, Md. 21774 – Existing TownhousesThis is a market report for existing townhouse in New Market, Md. 21774.  At the time of this report (7/26/2021), there are NO townhouse on the market FOR SALE, 7 are under contract, and 5 have sold in the last 30 days.  Two Bedroom TownhousesWhile there are two bedroom townhouses in New Market, Md. There none currently on the market for sale, 1 under some form of contract with the last known list price being $295,000 after being on the market for less than a week (5 days), none that have sold in the last 30 days. Three Bedrooms TownhousesThere are no three-bedroom existing townhouse in New Market on the market for sale at the time of this report. There are 6 three-bedroom townhouses in New Market under some form ...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
2021 Maryland Senior Olympics: Registration is Open The Maryland Senior Olympics (MSO) are officially underway and registration is open for many events that will take place through October. Montgomery County will host numerous events.Each year, men and women, ages 50 and older, from Maryland jurisdictions participate in age-group competitions in sports including archery, track and field, swimming, tennis, golf, cycling, softball, shuffleboard, 3-on-3 basketball, croquet and pickleball. The complete list of sports can be found at https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rec/activitiesandprograms/seniors/seniorolympics.html.To participate in MSO, competitors do not have to be seasoned athletes or champions in training. Entrants only have to be age 50 or older and willing to participate. The MSO...
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By Bob Force (REALTOR®), The FORCE in Maryland Real Estate
(Weichert Realtors - Aspen Hill)
Today’s View –  July 24, 2021 – Mt. Airy, Md. 21771 – Detached HomesThis is a market report for existing detached homes in Mt. Airy, Md. 21771.  At the time of this report (7/24/21) not including new construction 25 such homes are on the market FOR SALE, another 56 are under contract, and 37 have sold in the last 30 days. The absorption rate (Active/30 day sold) is .67 which is considered a seller’s market.While the minimum lot size is just 0.1 acres and the maximum lot size is 80.1 acres, the median is 1.02 acres. Of those active, 8 came to market in the last week. Of those under contact, 14 went under contract last week, and 5 of the 37 that sold completed the process last week.  There are also 4 homes that the realtors have announced as coming soon, Two Bedroom HomesThere is 1 two-be...
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By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Houwzer Inc)
Just Sold - 13108 Brandon Way Rd, Darnestown, MD 20878Is it any coincidence that the street name and my last name are the same on this great home that I just sold?  I wonder!!This great 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom multi-level home sold in record time with multiple offers and for over list price.  One of its great features was that it backed to Seneca Creek State Park plus it had a large fenced yard.It's too late for you for this great home but if you are shopping for a home in the  Darnestown area let me set you up with a buyer's agent on my team to help you with your purchase.  If you are thinking about selling your Darnestown home we have qualified buyers waiting for just the right home to come on the market.  Curious about how Houwzer can save you thousands of dollars on the sale of your h...
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By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Houwzer Inc)
Just Sold - 1151 Shaffersville Rd, Mt Airy, MD 21771It's too late for this beauty now!!  This beautiful custom-built 5 bedroom 3 bathroom home is situated on 6 acres in the Howard County section of Mt Airy in the Glen Elg school district.  Enter through double doors into a wide center hallway that was flanked by a sitting room/den on one side and a living room on the other.  Between the living room and kitchen was a formal dining room.  To the rear of the home was an open concept great room and huge kitchen with an island and butler's pantry.  The deck overlooked the inground swimming pool and private oasis. This seller saved over $27,000 listing and selling their home with Houwzer.  Are you thinking about selling your home?  Are you curious about how we are able to save our seller's mo...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
The seller's story ''In 1985, at age 36, I lived with my boyfriend Sam for seven years and was madly in love.  Since we both wanted to spend the rest of our lives together, I believed it would be more special if we shared a home rather than the beautiful three-bedroom highrise we enjoyed for many years.  Sam loved it there, with the doormen and other amenities those types of buildings offer. Reluctantly I dragged him to the beautiful street called Thoroughbred Lane.  They were two blocks of relatively new homes, about 1-3 years old.  The only home Sam could be remotely interested in was a new one, a turn-key operation....no fixer-uppers for him!   The Realtor took us through a lovely home, the type that Sam probably could have been talked into.  But I had to be honest as we all piled in...
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By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Houwzer Inc)
Just Sold - 106 Stockton Ln, Arnold, MD 21012This is the second home I have sold on Stockton Lane in 2021.  This beautiful home featured a main floor bedroom with an adjacent full bath and upstairs there were 4 more bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms.  This 3300+ square foot home was located in the Broadneck school district and within easy reach of Annapolis, DC, and Baltimore for workday commuters.  The sellers received multiple offers and the home sold for $679,900 in just 9 days.This seller saved over $18,000 using Houwzer's save when you sell with the Houwzer business model.  Are you thinking about selling your home?  Are you curious how we can sell your home in this swiftly changing market and save you money too?  Ask me how!!  You can also ask me how you can save even more by purchasin...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Alert Gaithersburg: Receive Emergency Messages Know about severe storms coming your way before they ruin your backyard BBQ. When an incident or emergency occurs, Alert Gaithersburg notifies you with information and instructions sent to devices that you identify when you register.Emergency messages from Montgomery County's Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security are also sent over this system, and you can opt to receive Smart Weather notifications and messages about traffic incidents in Gaithersburg and the rest of Montgomery County. Be prepared for whatever comes. Sign up today.  This is a City of Gaithersburg, Maryland announcement. Orchids, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA USA IMG 8224Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 Being lucky enough to list unusual, fascinating, and interesting homes over the years, I am still excited to discover some of the unique features of  This wonderful old house Look at the old outbuilding below.   The carved bird door knocker  And minutes away are neighboring horse farms.   My most recent listing was built in 1778, even though the tax record says 1810. Click below to seePhotos of 3820 Thoroughbred Lane 3820 Thoroughbred Lane 21117Worthington  area of Baltimore CountyMDBC2004326 For more information on this charming homeCall Margaret Rome    
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Solar Co-Op Information Session Tonight, July 22nd Gaithersburg is joining municipalities throughout the DMV to promote residential solar installations. Learn everything you need to know about going solar at a virtual information session tonight, Thursday, July 22 at 6:30 p.m. Learn more here. This is a City of Gaithersburg, Maryland announcement.  Dahlia, Narrows Kirsten, National Capital Dahlia Society Show, Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, Maryland USA IMG 3116Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
'Ride Free' Staying For People Over 65 On MOCO Buses People over 65 and people with disabilities will continue to ride Montgomery County buses for free even if bus fares return, the Department of Transportation Announced. County buses have been free for all during the pandemic.To get a free ride, show one of the following (don't tap the firebox): A Senior SmarTrip card A Reduced Fare SmarTrip photo ID card A Medicare card with a current photo ID A MetroAccess card This applies to the following Metro bus routes as well: C2, C4, C8, F4, J1, J2, K6, K9*, L8, Q1, Q2, Q4, Q5, Q6, T2, Y2, Y7, Y8, Z2, Z6, Z7, Z8. Metro buses are collecting fares for all other passengers.  Gaithersburg Patch  
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