Catonsville, MD Real Estate News

By Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068
(SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061)
  ARE YOU GOING AWAY FOR THE 4th?  NOPE! I LIVE IN CATONSVILLE, MD!   I was speaking with one of my favorite realtors this afternoon and she asked "Are you going away for the 4th?".   My response, "No way, I live in Catonsville!"   Catonsville is the best big town with a small town feel I know. Located just outside of Baltimore, within an easy commute to DC, Annapolis and beyond, Catonsville, Maryland is a town where everyone you meet knows someone you know.  Often when parents move out or move on, their children buy their homes.  There are favorite ice cream stands (OPIE's!), favorite bars, favorite restaurants, 2 great farmer's markets (Sunday and Wednesday).  Known as Music City, Maryland, summer brings live music outdoors every weekend at Lurman (behind the high school on Sunday and...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Opie's Softserve and Snowball Stand on Edmondson Avenue in the heart of Catonsville is the place to be all summer long!  Their soft serve is the best around - creamy and rich in vanilla, chocolate or swirl.  A variety of sizes including kiddie for those days when you want just a taste.  Get it with or without jimmies or chocolate or peanut butter shell - good stuff!The snowcone selection includes 39 flavors with classics like orange, lemon lime, cherry,and rainbow as well as local favorites, egg custard and skylite!  A popular item at Opie's is the Snowcream with your choice of snowcone with a serving of soft serve in the middle.  Hot humid Maryland weather has met its' match in this treat!The charm continues with plenty of picnic tables in a grassy area and seating under cover for real...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Start your weekend off right at Frederick Road Fridays in Catonsville!     A popular weekly summer event, Catonsville's Frederick Road Fridays features a different band every Friday in the summer from 6:30 to 8:30.  Click here to read more about Frederick Road Fridays!    The McIntire Luxury Home Team Are you are planning to move to Howard County or Catonsville and you want a Buyers Agent that really knows the area? Find out why Goldilocks would use the McIntire Luxury Home Team and you should too (hint - we are just right)!Visit www.FindAHowardCountyHome.com or www.FindACatonsvilleHome.com ****** Don't take my word for it, see what other happy families have said about their home buying or selling experiences:Ellie McIntire Client Reviews on Zillow. The McIntire Team Real Estate Service...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Market Report for Catonsville Homes Sales for May 2014. It's a great time to sell a home in Catonsville, MD as the real estate market here continues to grow in 2014! In the month of May 2014 - 39 homes were sold, 19 of which were sold in less than 20 days!  Most of the remaining houses were sold in less than 60 days - that is what you hope for as a seller!  The average sold price in the 21228 zip code area was $285,000 which is 14% higher than the year before.In addition - home sellers are getting offers that are VERY close and sometimes above their asking price.  The Baltimore area here in Maryland is a popular destination for people moving from other states because of our proximity to jobs in Baltimore, Washington, Columbia and Annapolis.                                     Houses ar...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Free concerts at The Lurman Theater in Catonsville start this weekend!Catonsville is lucky to have this incredible outdoor concert stage which hosts live bands every Saturday and Sunday at 6pm throughout the summer.  The season kicks off this Saturday, June 6th with the popular Catonsville High School Steel Drum Band.  Other bands you can see there this summer include Deanna Bogart, The Junkyard Saints and Carl Filipiak.Whether you live in Catonsville or Howard County, be sure to check out the schedule for the Lurman which is located behind Catonsville High School.  Bring a picnic, blanket or chairs and sit back and enjoy the summer evening! You can sit in a few permanent seats upfront or on the grass hill surrounding the stage.  Bathrooms and some snacks for purchase are available. Sum...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Market Report for Catonsville Homes Sales in April 2014. It's a great time to sell a home in Catonsville, MD as the real estate market here continues to grow in 2014! In the month of April 2014 - 39 homes were sold, 18 of which were sold in less than 30 days!  Most of the remaining houses were sold in less than 60 days - that is what you hope for as a seller!  The average sold price in the 21228 zip code area was $274,496 which is 2% higher than the year before.In addition - home sellers are getting offers that are VERY close and sometimes above their asking price.  The Baltimore area here in Maryland is a popular destination for people moving from other states because of our proximity to jobs in Baltimore, Washington, Columbia and Annapolis.                                     Houses a...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Hillcrest Elementary in Catonsville Appreciates our Teachers! It's Teacher Appreciation Week and students at Hillcrest Elementary in Catonsville are showing the love! Parents, students and the administration are joining forces this week to celebrate and thank the incredible teachers at our local elementary school, Hillcrest!  Students decorated the Hillcrest school sidewalks on Sunday with messages and drawings for their teachers to greet them on Monday Morning- so creative!   The Hillcrest PTA is sponsoring a week of activities to remind students how important their teachers really are!  The kids are getting to join in on the fun as well as show school spirit with special dress days all week. For us grown-ups, elementary school is a reminder of how much of an impact the first few years...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Real Estate Market Activity in Catonsville, 21228 for March 2014   Catonsville Market Activity is on the rise this year. March almost doubled its number to 44 sold listings compared to February's sold listings of 24. Now would be a great time to list your property in the market as buyers are actively looking for their dream house... and it could be yours! This is why should you select a LOCAL REALTOR to list your Howard County home?    Real Estate Market Activity in Catonsville, 21228 for March 2014 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  Are you are planning to move in or to the Howard County or Catonsville area and you want a BUYERS AGENT that really knows the area and all that it has to offer? You need a LOCAL REALTOR. I would lik...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Hillcrest Elementary in Catonsville celebrates Earth Day with a "Turn Off the TV Week!"  Turn OFF those TVs and Electronics - join Hillcrest students and their families in a week of fun activities starting Sunday, April 27th.  Each night this Catonsville, MD school will host a different event for students and their families to do instead of watching TV.  This is the schedule for Hillcrest kids but it's a great inspiration for any family to turn off the TV (parents too!!) and do something out of the ordinary!  Who knows - you may not even miss flipping around the channels! Sunday: Turn on Nature.  Go outside and get active as we plant trees and mulch around Hillcrest. Bring the whole family. Wear old clothes and work gloves, bring shovels and rakes to use. Service Learning hours availabl...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Come to the first ever Spring ArtStravaganza Arts and Crafts Festival this Saturday in Catonsville!The Baltimore Artists Guild is putting on this innaugural outdoor arts and crafts festival this Saturday, April 26th from 1pm - 8pm.  The free event features arts & crafts, yummy food, and live music and performances sponsored by our own Bill's Music.  A food truck rally called The Gathering (and another first here in Catonsville!) is also planned during the event!Expected are over 40 vendors with fine art and hand made crafts.  Other local vendors will be there too including the Catonsville Women's Giving Circle!The location?  The parking lot of Peace of Pizza on Mellor Road in Catonsville, MD.  If you can walk - please do so as parking will be tight!This is the first event of its' kind s...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
It's National Park Week from April 19th - 27th which means free entrance to over 400 parks throughout these gorgeous United States!     According to a recent survey, most Americans live within 100 miles of a National Park which are true treasures.Visiting a park is the perfect family pastime not to mention a great place to take a date. Hiking, biking, fishing, canoing, camping - the sky is literally the limit!Here in Catonsville we are lucky to have parks all around us including the Patapsco State Park and the McKeldin area.  The lovely swinging bridge that takes us into walking and hiking trails at Patapsco is a family favorite and lots of folks camp over at McKeldin.  They are each less than a 5 minute drive!Enjoy your state parks in Catonsville and really love it!   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Market Report for Catonsville Homes Sales in March 2014. It's a great time to sell a home in Catonsville, MD as the real estate market here continues to grow in 2014! In the month of March 2014 - 44 homes were sold, 12 of which were sold less than 30 days and most of the remaining houses were sold less than 60 days! The number of sold properties this year is also higher compared to last year's sold properities of only 33. The average sold price in the 21228 zip code area was $249,287 which is 5% higher  than the year before. In addition - home sellers are getting offers that are VERY close and sometimes above their asking price.  The Baltimore area here in Maryland is a popular destination for people moving from other states because of our proximity to jobs in Baltimore, Washington, Col...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Take care of your mind and body at the Avalon Spring Health and Wellness Day on Saturday, March 29th. This upcoming event at the Avalon Yoga & Wellness Center in Catonsville from noon to 4pm includes:Yoga Workshops De-stress Acupuncture for 20 minutesChair Massage for 15 minutesReflexology for 15 minutesChiropractic Adjustment for 15 minutesThe treatments are only $15 each or two for $25 and the yoga sessions are just $10.All the proceeds benefit Catonsville Rails to Trails, Inc whose volunteers work tirelessly to convert the old rail and trolley lines in Catonsville into walkable and bike able pathways.Spring is here so why not start it off by doing something positive for yourself and a worthy community cause! The McIntire Luxury Home Team Are you are planning to move to Howard County ...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Market Report for Catonsville Homes Sales in February 2014.   It's a great time to sell a home in Catonsville, MD as the real estate market here continues to grow in 2014! Keep in mind February is the shortest month of the year and we had quite a few snow days that probably slowed down the market.   NEWSFLASH : INVENTORY IS VERY LOW AND GOOD HOMES ARE SELLING VERY QUICKLYIn the month of February 2014 - 24 homes were sold. The average sold price in the 21228 zip code was $266,321 which is 10% lower  than the year before. What this report fails to indicate is the sales data between Upper and Lower Catonsville. 15 Homes were sold in Lower Catonsville, 9 in Upper Catonsville. 3 of the 24 were foreclosuresIn addition - home sellers are getting offers that are VERY close and sometimes above t...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
The Catonsville Women's Giving Circle celebrates community spirit by showcasing their 2013 Grantees on Thursday, May 1st at 7pm at 10 St. Timothy's Lane.  The evening event is a chance to showcase and honor these recent grantees and learn about how the contributions are making a difference here in Catonsville!  Grantees include: The Lighthouse, Inc. Catonsville Rails to Trails Banneker Kings Basketball Good Shepherd Center Lazarus Caucus Turning Pages Benjamin Banneker Historial Park & Museum Hillcrest Healthy Kids Committee Mosaic Community Services New Moon Theatre Fourth of July Committee Kaleidescope Art Camp Catonsville High School Cross Country Team P.J. Schaefer Cardiovascular Research FundLadies from the Catonsville area - please click here to register to attend the showcase - t...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
  How is the Real Estate Market in Catonsville?   If you ask your Realtor this question they may respond with a general “It’s great”, “It’s busy”, “It’s slow” etc.  My response is always “Why do you ask?”  Everyone has a different motivation for staying in touch with the Catonsville Real Estate market.  A potential buyer wants to know about homes that are available now. A home owner who is thinking about selling soon may want to know a realistic list price for their home compared to recent sales. It may be a question from a resident who sees the value in keeping updated on the current market trends and activity.People that live in Catonsville tend to stay for a long time! You can see the changes in a neighborhood as older families move out after decades and families with young kids move...
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By Andrea Bedard, Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS
(Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860)
The typical home buyer looks at 10, 20 or more homes before they find the one .. or the one that actually works out. Sometimes though, one house is all it takes. Last summer I received a call from a young lady who was relocating to Maryland with her hubby. It was a very pleasant conversation and we clicked right away. They were coming to the area for one weekend only and were ready to house-hunt. She emailed me one listing they had seen online that had really piqued their interest. It was an older home (my specialty) off Main Street in Ellicott City, MD. It needed some updating but it had undeniable charm - something that was high on their wish list. Just a couple days before they were scheduled to arrive, the home went under contract. There was nothing else available in their price ran...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
How to make a Catonsville Snow Angel. This winter season we seem to have more than our fair share of snow. Schools have exhausted their annual "Snow Day" quota (The days they factor into the Baltimore County School calendar in the event of snow) More snow is anticipated this evening Sigh! Here is the McIntire Team Junior Agent creating his first "How To" video in the refined art of "How to make a Catonsville Snow Angel".      __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Are you are planning to move to Howard County or Catonsville and you want a Buyers Agent that really knows the area?  You need a LOCAL Realtor with first hand knowledge of neighborhoods, schools and everything ou...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Where to go sledding around Catonsville?The weather outside is frightful but sledding is so delightful!  Actually - the 12 inches and counting we got here in Catonsville makes it a little hard to sled right now.  Once the snow packs down a bit and people can actually drive (Friday maybe?), here are some prime sledding spots around Catonsville:Benjamin Banneker Park 300 Oella Ave., Oella, MD 21228This is a great hill for kids over 5 all the way up to adults!  The hill is steep and long enough to get a decent ride in but you slow down way before any roads or trees.  This place can get crowded so little ones might be over their heads here. Enter at the Banneker Park sign and go right up to the top parking lot.  Catonsville Community College800 S Rolling Rd, Catonsville, MD 21228This is the...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Catonsville Home Buyers choose the McIntire Team!Jim and his family bought a house in Catonsville with the help of The McIntire Team.  This family appreciates our community outreach and ability to maintain relationships with clients even after the home buying process is complete.Using a local Realtor who really knows the area, schools and even about houses before they come onto the market is critical in a desirable area! That's why Catonsville Home Buyers love to choose The McIntire Team!Check out homes on the market in Catonsville right now!Even if you already live here -  it's always a good idea to know what homes are selling for in your area - selling prices affect your home's value too!  Don't forget - the real estate market was booming last year in Catonsville and 2014 looks like a...
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