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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 A recent post reminded me of a situation from long, long ago. I was selling a sizeable custom-built home. We had a buyer who loved the house and made an offer. The seller was adamant about his sales price, and the buyer was just as adamant about what he was willing to pay for the house.  I knew that almost all furniture was custom-made for this property, and the owner was not planning to use any existing furniture in his new property. The buyer wanted to buy, and the seller wanted to sell. When that happens, there is always a way!                                                      We created two separate contracts: one for the sale of the house and another for the sale of the furniture. They both agreed. The buyer received the house with all the furniture, itemized and included, and ...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Working independently has allowed me to take pride in personalized service.  As a solo Realtor®-Broker-Owner, I can work with a network of trusted professionals. Whether engaging with a reliable mortgage broker, contractor, appraiser, photographer, locksmith, electrician,  home inspector, stager, or real estate attorney, I can handpick experts who deliver the same excellence I provide.Here is one example: In this week of extreme summer heat, I had a situation with a nonfunctioning AC system and was told that it would be a real challenge to get it up and running anytime soon. The AC owner was a senior who was not feeling well. At 1:15 p.m., I texted my "team" member, a long-time loyal HVAC contractor, explaining the situation. Within minutes, he called back.  Yes, he was swamped on Balti...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
One-Hour Open House  Sunday, July 14, 20242:00-3:00Take a look at 3500 Fallstaff Rd  Take a look at 3500 Fallstaff by clicking the links below. 3500 fallstaff 21215: Double the Flair - Furnished and Bare!" -   3500 fallstaff 21215: "Your Dream Home in Fallstaff - All-Brick Colonial Charm!  3500 fallstaff 21215: 3500 Fallstaff Rd Has A Vestibule Entry -   3500 fallstaff 21215: Once Upon A Haus: the 1940s custom colonial with a vestibule -    Impromptu Open HouseSunday2-3:00For more information on this homeCall Margaret Rome
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
   In addition to staying in comfortable, air-conditioned spaces, you might want to try a Baltimore snowball.  Have you had one?  There are different types of snowballs ...especially in the Baltimore area.  There are the winter ones that most people like to forget.  There are the summer snowballs—the ones native to Baltimore.  Some other areas call them snow cones, but I think they shave the ice differently.  Note:Baltimore's snowballs can be traced back to the mid1800s. Ice houses shipped wagons with huge blocks of ice from New York to the South and, when they passed through Baltimore, children would beg for some ice shavings on humid summer days.This is what a Baltimore snowball looks like. They are good plain like this spearmint-flavored one above.You can also add marshmallow cream o...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
  Buy a fifth on the third for the fourth!No, I am not promoting drinking, but this reminds me of my mom, who always said this silly little saying on July 3rd.There is only one day that the saying is appropriate. And that day is today. I hope everyone enjoys making memories with friends and family this holiday week.  Mom, I am thinking about you!
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Penthouse Coming SoonStunning 3-bedroom, 2 1/2 bath 9th-floor penthouse in  Eleven Slade.The bright eat-in St Charles Kitchen has two pantries, a stainless steel side-by-side refrigerator with an ice maker, double ovens, and a skylight. A separate door from the kitchen to the hallway provides ease of bringing in groceries. An entire wall of windows and a glass door lead to a 26-foot balcony. The balcony offers breathtaking tree-top views and is a perfect spot to enjoy The Golf Club fireworks displays from every room.The spacious 37-foot living area has a wall with a concealed bar opening into the den/third bedroom.  #906 Floor Plan (sizes approximate)  The generous-sized primary bedroom has plenty of closets, and the black-and-white bathroom has an accessible jetted walk-in tub and show...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Park Towers West 6711 Park Heights Ave #305 Baltimore, Md The high-rise elevator condominium unit at Park Towers West is on the third floor, and there is a convenient ramp in the lobby. It has replacement windows and a gourmet eat-in kitchen featuring granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, a five-burner gas stove, and a pantry with slide-out drawers. The tiled foyer has a huge walk-in closet, providing plenty of storage space.  The living space is flooded with natural light, thanks to a wall of windows and a sliding glass door leading to a covered balcony—the ideal spot to enjoy the sunrise views. The private primary bedroom has a luxury bath with a jetted tub and a washer/dryer, while the second bedroom features custom built-ins. With many closets, you'll have ample space to...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Tell Me More  About ActiveRain   Since 2006, when I joined this platform, I have been charmed by its blogging capabilities. Initially, I used it to write about my properties and the interesting places I visited. There were so many subjects to cover every day but so little time to write about all of them. I would use the photos from the day's outings with my camera. Do you remember when we carried those things? Each evening, I would choose a picture and post it. If I was interesting enough to capture, there was a story, and it was perfect for uploading and writing a paragraph or two.My listings get a lot of attention, from coming soon to active to too late and sold. I would share this with my clients. That hasn't changed. If a home has a unique feature, a story to tell, an exciting showi...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
House Built By JackJack, a skilled carpenter, informed his long-time employer that he was ready to retire. He was sorry to see his skilled worker go, so he asked if the carpenter would build just one more house as a personal favor.The weary carpenter reluctantly agreed, but it was evident that his heart wasn't in the project. He hurried through the task, resulting in work that didn't meet his usual high standards. By rushing, he took shortcuts and used inferior materials, resulting in shoddy work. When the house finished, the builder handed Jack the keys. This was a retirement gift, showing appreciation for his years of skilled, loyal, and meticulous work. What a shock! What a shame! He would have done it differently if he had only known he was building his own house. Now, he had to liv...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Fulfilling a Dream: Searching for Land In MarylandAttention everyone! I need your help to fulfill a young man's dream of starting a farm. I'm searching for at least 6 acres of farmable land in Maryland or within an hour of Baltimore.The ideal properties might include land in a floodplain, under a conservation easement, in an agricultural zone, or non-buildable or non-dividable land. Access to water, such as a river, lake, reservoir, or stream, is an absolute must. The land might come with a house, barn, or outbuildings in any condition, or it may be vacant. We will consider larger properties if there are at least 4 to 5 acres of relatively level land.Please join me in making this buyer's farming dream a reality!Contact me if you or your family have any land available for sale or if you ...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 Real Estate Observations after seeing many transactions.     Choosing your REALTOR®Find a good communicator and problem-solver. Find one whose personality is acceptable. Miscommunication, personality conflicts, or other reasons can sometimes cause foul-ups. Agents have to navigate any issues that may arise.   Scheduling settlement Be considerate. Find the most convenient time for both the buyer and seller. And, of course, check if your title company is available at that time and place. Is everything in order? Is there a CTC?  The keys Once the settlement is funded, the keys are handed over to the new owners. Sellers receive the money, and buyers receive the keys. It's very important not to give the keys away early. Imagine if you're all packed and ready to move on Friday afternoon, onl...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 Your help is needed to find a unique Baltimore property. We're looking for a charming home with character in Baltimore County and could use your help. An ideal house would have limited traffic, privacy from other homes, and an acre or more.We're seeking a property with five or more bedrooms, a primary suite on the main level, and another accessible bedroom on the first level.A two-plus garage and lots of storage would be fantastic. Accessibility is a must with features like a level or ramped entrance, an elevator, a roll-in shower, etc.   The areas in Baltimore we're considering are the Greenspring /Falls Rd corridor, north of the Beltway, but we're open to properties anywhere in Baltimore County. Can you please help me find this special home?   
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
The Sweet Smell of RevengeA couple was getting a divorce. The wife received an excellent settlement, and he got the house. They agreed on how to divide their belongings and went their separate ways. She spent the first day packing her things and had movers collect them on the second day. On the third and last day, she sat in the empty house on the floor and enjoyed her last meal, which consisted of steamed shrimp, caviar, and champagne. She carefully cleaned the house and left, but not before stuffing the leftover caviar and shrimp shells into the existing curtain rods of each room.The following day, the ex-husband and his new girlfriend happily moved into the house. However, a foul odor began within a day and progressively got worse. They tried everything, including having it professio...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
If you're interested in Baltimore real estate, Margaret Rome is the person to contact. After rewarding careers as a head nurse, ceramic artist, wife, and mother, she uncovered her true passion in real estate in 1990. With her years of experience, deep local knowledge, and dedication to her clients, Margaret, the published author of "Real Estate the Rome Way," provides personalized service. She takes the time to understand your needs and those of your home, and her ultimate goal is a smooth settlement. With thirty-four years of experience in the Baltimore real estate market, she has the expertise to assist you in finding the perfect home in the ideal location. As the broker and owner of HomeRome Realty, Margaret has been consistently blogging since 2006, writing over 5000 posts.  Continu...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Moving Made Easy... Leave the House FurnishedSelling furnished homes in vacation areas such as beachfront, golf, or mountain resort properties is not unusual, probably because many people have second homes. But why not extend that concept to regular resales?      In a recent conversation with a seller, the idea of leaving the home furnished came up. They might be "rightsizing" (I don't like the term "downsizing") and moving into a newly built condominium. Since the large, lovely house is fully and comfortably furnished, why not leave it as is?Imagine a family moving from out of town, a first-time buyer, or a buyer with the same idea: selling their home, condo, or townhouse furnished. You may have a spacious home with a living and dining room, storage, a large family room, multiple bedro...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Here are the ten simple steps to consider if you're thinking about selling your home: 1. Find a real estate agent to guide you through the entire process and help you list your home online. Get recommendations from others who have had a successful experience. 2. Work with your agent to determine a competitive selling price by examining similar homes recently sold in your area. 3. Discuss with your agent and ensure your home is in top shape before choosing the right time to sell. 4. Prepare your home for listing by cleaning, decluttering, and addressing any issues. 5. Highlight your home's best features with a fresh look, such as a new coat of paint and some fresh flowers. 6. Hire a professional photographer to take high-quality photos of your home. 7. Remain calm and let your agent hand...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
  Things work out with the right amount of patience, persistence, and experience. I get to know potential buyers and sellers and connect with them before or as soon as a property is listed on the market. I have been working with a couple for the past three months, visiting several models, and narrowing it down to one specific top-floor condo. This is a very desirable location, and these properties rarely come on the market."Note homes needed on the side of my weekly ad. I find the properties by doing the following: -Reaching out to neighbors in this community -Closely monitoring the MLS- Separate column in my weekly ad with 'homes needed'-And I seek these homes on my weekly radio show.  And then it happened! That seemingly perfect condo became available on Friday, with showings and an o...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Where Do You Want The For Sale Sign? A client said they did not want a FOR SALE, and I asked why; the response:They didn't want their nosy neighbors to know the house was for sale!WHOA... If your neighbors don't know you are selling, I have  NOT done my job. I aim to get as many people as possible to look at your property.Before the Internet, we relied heavily on yard signs.The question is not: 'Do you want a for-sale sign?' The question is: "Where would you like the sign located?"   Many condos and HOAs do not allow signage.When selling a home, for sale signs can be either helpful or harmful, depending on the situation.A few examples==I once took a listing that had been on the market for a year or more. It was on a high-traffic street adjacent to a church. The seller did not want signa...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 Suppose you have a front-loading garage. But you don't like the look.What can you do?Be creative. Go ahead and change the look of the door. This company, Style-Your-Garage, lets you transform your garage doors into works of art using customized photo tarpaulins featuring cars, airplanes, boats, and more. You can even create a personalized design. PHOTOS ABOVE  STYLEYOURGARAGE.COM There are numerous options to choose from, ranging from a Fire Engine to a Fold-Wing Jet Fighter, a Family Boat, a Tank for clearing your way in traffic, a Stealth Bomber, a Room for practicing your music, a Biplane ready for takeoff, a Vintage Dream Car—or you can use your creativity and design one that suits you best.What would you put in (or on) your garage?To buy or sell your homeCall Margaret Rome
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 Have you had a buyer who was surprised and even shocked to find out that a property they had been watching went under contract? They were sure it would not sell quickly and wanted to wait a bit. No matter what kind of market, properties are selling, so if you see a home that suits your needs, it's important not to hesitate to make an offer. Encourage buyers to submit a bid even if there is a concern about insulting the seller or the other agent. A contract should not be considered an insult but a starting point for negotiation. Remember that a buyer's agent works for the purchaser, and the seller's agent works for the owner. Preparing and presenting a net sheet showing the seller's proceeds is key to the negotiation process. It would be best if you prepared a couple of net sheets: Firs...
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