Scott Smolen Real Estate Update

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Over the past few weeks, I have noticed that new listings are getting showings within a few days of hitting the market more and more frequently.  We have actually put 2 homes into the MLS that have had appointments set up to view within less than 15 minutes of being entered into the system.   I b...
I met with a good friend and client of mine this morning who is in the pool and hot tub business.  He told me that over the last 3-4 years, the only pools being installed in our area for the most part were very high end jobs for people who really had money.     They have seen their business chang...
I often have clients tell me that they do not want to look at homes in the rain when they are looking to buy a house.  I actually believe that looking at homes during rain can be a great time to view houses.  Depending on how hard it is raining, things like roof leaks, skylights that have failed,...
With today being the 1st official day of Spring, it is safe to say Spring real estate market is here now too.  The combination of warmer weather and longer days will help showing activity on all homes.  It is now easier to be able to view homes during the week after work and not be so dependent o...
This past Friday we had some violent winds though the Annapolis area.  Some of the winds were in the 60 MPH range and they were sustained for a good while.  In addition to pulling trees out of the ground, power outages, etc., many homes suffered roof damage.   Some of the damage was obvious with ...
I have recently had several of my past clients contact me because their homes have been reassessed for much less than what they had been previously.  In our area, assessments are done on a 3 year cycle (you also have the right to appeal assessments), but the regular cycle is once every 3 years.  ...
Although I do not run into to this too much, it does happen from time to time.  The public record for a home is inaccurate.  This can be due a variety of errors.  However in Anne Arundel County, I tend to see this with the number of bathrooms showing "0" from time to time.  Obviously any home has...
  Clients ask me all of the time does it make sense to refinance their current mortgage.  Sometimes the answer is yes, and sometimes it is no.  Use our mortgage calculator on my web site to help you figure this out for you.  There is a specific bar on the side that says "Should I refinance".  Thi...
People have been asking me what the clearing off of Waugh Chapel Road in Odenton, Md. near Chapel Grove is being done for.  The area that is being cleared is actually Chapel Grove Phase 7.   Winchester wanted to finish and get out of the community a few years ago when the market took a down turn....

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