Catonsville, MD Real Estate News

By Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD
(Frankly Real Estate Inc.)
Catonsville, Maryland Market Report February 2012 ~ 21228The average: detached home sold price $248,869 number of homes sold 33 days on the market 131 average sold to original list price ratio 90.4% seller subsidy $4,617 property age in years 58 number of bedrooms 3 number of baths 2 number of ½ baths 2 Baltimore County, MarylandThe average: detached home sold price $215,899 number of homes sold 425 days on the market 125 average sold to original list price ratio 88.2% Homes went under contract 489Homes New on the market  848Catonsville, Maryland has diverse population of 41,567 with 15,503 households and the median income for a family was $67,000 Catonsville’s housing market is performing better than Baltimore County as a whole. Remember,there is a lot more to home buying than statisti...
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By Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068
(SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061)
Loans, Loans, EVERYWHERE"I heard no one can get loans.  How is your business?"  That was what I heard recently.  I guess they didn't read my blog entitled "Rates are Crazy Low, but can I get a loan?Here is my answer:I am blessed.This has been a crazy time for me, good crazy! The Spring buying season is already in full swing, as long a  a home is priced right and looks good, there are often multiple offers within days.  As the flowers have already started to bloom, so has my business. This is my activity for just the last 3 weeks:In the last week I have had several buyers with accepted contracts, a few are even approved short sales.I completed an FHA streamline refinance for the boyfriend of one of my pre-approved buyers looking for the right home.I am getting referrals of qualified buye...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Open Houses in Catonsville, Md on Sunday February 26th 2012. The Mcintire Team are holding 2 Open Houses on Medwick Garth in Catonsville  today from 1pm till 3pm. Stop by these two very affordable homes within walking distance of each other. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ If you are planning to move to the Central Maryland area and you want a BUYERS AGENT that really knows the area and all that it has to offer, I can help. (Personal tours of the area included in the service) If you are looking to successfully sell your Maryland home with a Realtor who will market your property with multiple resources, call me for an appointment. These are the areas that I serve Buyers or Sellers in the Metro Baltimore area :  Howard County, Baltim...
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By Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068
(SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061)
CATONSVILLE, MARYLAND-NEWEST SWEET SPOT Grab the kids and head to the HMART Shopping Center at Rolling Road and Route 40 in Catonsville for Catonsville's Newest Sweet Spot. SweetFrog opened recently to serve folks in Catonsville, Maryland premium, all natural, soft serve yogurt.  It's not just yogurt, it's yogurt YOUR way.  They have a great selection of delicious soft serve yogurts (100-110 calories per 83g which is about 3 ounces).  How Does It Work? 1.  Serve yourself the flavor or flavors you like.  There is a wide variety to choose from. K There are so many great flavors and flavor combinations, be sure to ask Kristin or any of the SweetFrog employees for a taste. 2.  Head to the toppings bar... Talk about options?! Keep it light and add fresh fruit, or a bit more decadent with syr...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Many people that know me well, know that Daffodils are my absolute favorite flower. Imagine my delight today, February 22nd, as I am driving towards Ellicott City from Catonsville on Frederick Road this Spring display adorned the landscape. Usually it is not until March, but due to the AWESOME Winter we have had, Spring is springing early- I knew I was not going to heed that groundhog this year! All photos were taken and are the property of Ellie McIntire. All Rights Reserved. This content may not be reproduced or reprinted without express written permission of Ellie McIntire or an officer of The McIntire Team.   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~If you are planning to move to the Central Marylandarea and you want a BUYERS AGENT that ...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
  Ellie McIntire | The McIntire Team of Keller Williams Greater Howard County | (443) 418-7668 5516 Medwick Garth N, Catonsville, MD Quintessential Catonsville townhouse located in quiet cul-de-sac. 3BR/1BA Townhouse   offered at $175,000 Year Built 1956 Sq Footage 1,216 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms 1 full, 0 partial Floors 3 Parking 2 Uncovered spaces Lot Size 2,146 sqft HOA/Maint $0 per month DESCRIPTION A quintessential Catonsville townhouse located on a pleasingly quiet cul-de-sac. Enjoy this pleasant neighbourhood from the charming, elevated front porch before experiencing the beautiful, gleaming refinished hardwood floors that ornament this property as soon as you enter. Freshly painted throughout, this home comprises living room, separate dining room, three bedrooms and a classic subway...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Wordless Wednesday ~ or is it TOOTHLESS Wednesday in Catonsville?  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~If you are planning to move to the Central Marylandarea and you want a BUYERS AGENT that really knows the area and all that it has to offer, I can help. (Personal tours of the area included in the service)If you are looking to successfully sell your Maryland home with a Realtor who will market your property with multiple resources, call me for an appointment. These are the areas that I serve Buyers orSellers in the Metro Baltimore area :  Howard County, Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Harford County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Montgomery County or Prince Georges County . If you would like more information please call me, Ell...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Home Residential Resale Statistics -- January 2012   Catonsville experienced a pretty good January to kick off the new year.  Sales were up 2% compared to last year, the average selling price was up over 20%, and the average days that homes spent on the market was down by almost 20%.  Four less units were sold, however, at 22 versus 26, though four of them sold within 10 days and two within 20. The number of active listings compared to last year is down 40%, 116 now compared to 195 in 2011, so with that said Catonsville experienced a solid month.  Hopefully this trend will continue in the future.   Catonsville   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~If you are planning to move to the Central Marylandarea and you want a BUYERS AGENT that re...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Love where you live.....and talk & write about it too. (Part Two ~ Catonsville, MD) In January I posted Love where you live.....and talk & write about it too. (Part One ~ Ellicott City, MD) , so this is Part Two, which is dedicated to Catonsville where I currently reside.Catonsville is where I took that first "Big Girl Step" into home ownership shortly after starting my career in Real Estate. I was not even looking for a home on the day when I found the perfect property for me. I was heading to an Open House in Catonsville to drop off paperwork to an agent I was currently in a transaction with. It was love at first sight. I put in a full priced offer with an escalation clause. (It was the start of the multiple offer frenzy)Discovering Catonsville has always been a joy. It has wonderful,...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Sometimes good things come out of bad situations- Today was one of those.A chore that I have being putting off for the longest time was washing my truck. It is no fun in the winter and usually a good car wash is followed by a couple inches of snow- which I did not want.I couldn't hold out any longer, so my son and I headed to "Catonsville Car Wash" on Route 40 for a "self service wash". My junior helper did not last long so he got back in the truck to watch his movie while he waited. Soaped, washed and waxed later I was all done and on my way.....or so I hoped. The DVD player had drained the battery and the car was dead!!There were many other people there washing their car, so I asked a few if they had jumper cables. One chap found some in the back of his trunk, but refused to help me w...
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By Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068
(SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061)
Private Elementary Middle School Open House near Catonsville, MD January 29,2012 Many schools host Spring and Winter Open Houses to allow prospective parents and students to see the school, get a feel for the program and meet some current faculty, staff and parents. There are two private school open houses in Catonsville, Maryland this weekend. St Agnes School  603 St Agnes Lane Catonsville, MD 21228 Sunday, January 29, 2012 10:30 to Noon St Agnes offers Catholic School education from age 3 through 8th grade.  They have approximately 300 students and are associated with St. Agnes Parish.  If you are interested in an inter-denominational Christian education than be sure to stop by the open house at: Lamb of God School 1815 Fairview Avenue in Baltimore, MD 21227 Sunday, January 29th, 2012...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Catonsville, MD Home Residential Resale Statistics -- December 2011 December in Catonsville was a good one with sales volume increasing a little over 25% when compared to 2010. This is the result of both the number of units sold as well as the average sales price seeing increases. However, with almost 30% less active listings on the market than last year, homes are averaging 11 more days on the market than in December of 2010. 21228   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~If you are planning to move to the Central Marylandarea and you want a BUYERS AGENT that really knows the area and all that it has to offer, I can help. (Personal tours of the area included in the service)If you are looking to successfully sell your Maryland home with a R...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Happy New Year 2012 2012 has finally arrived which means that the holidays are now officially over and all the Christmas decorations need to be packed away. In my household we always have a live tree and this year to took a trip out to Gaver Tree Farm in Mount Airy with client friends to find one. We picked out and then cut down the prettiest Canaan Fir tree of all.......for a lot less than buying a tree pre cut. It was a great fun afternoon with hot chocolate, plenty of exercise, lots of laughter and a couple of great trees tied to the roof of the truck....with a little help.. The tree brightened up our home through December and also made the room smell like Christmas- (My 5 year old's words, not mine!) Now it's time to say farewell. Baltimore County trash collectors will pick up Chris...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
The hidden delights of the Patapsco State Park in Catonsville. Many people that know me are aware of the speed that I usually travel through life. In my past I regretfully admit that I experienced Niagara Falls for all of 6 minutes and the Grand Canyon for a whopping 15. I am embarrassed to say how fast I have sped through some of the worlds most coveted museums and national treasures! Thankfully the past 5 years a certain young man has slowed my pace down somewhat, but still I am quite an impatient person by nature. In the Metropolitan Baltimore area, heavy traffic is very common. Nothing I dislike more than being parked on I95- Usually I jump off and head through the back roads. Between Columbia/Ellicott City and Catonsville is the Patapsco Valley State Park - One of Maryland's oldes...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
So what is all the fuss about Catonsville, Md for? Yesterday I wrote a post that essentially was about buyers that I am working with who have relocated to the area and have decided that they want to find a home in the Historic area of Catonsville. I want to live in Historic Catonsville, but I can't find a home!  An area that is rich in history, has lower taxes than the sister County of Howard County, enjoys great schools, lots of parklands and so much more. (Do you have an hour or so? I could talk about so many other qualities too) Year round Catonsville is the real deal. It is the best kept secret around. Not only are there some great restaurants (Another post coming soon) but there are always fun things to do. The community participation is outstanding. Residents of Catonsville look ...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
I want to live in Historic Catonsville, but I can't find a home!This is the lament heard lately. If you are a buyer looking to purchase a great home in the "Lower Catonsville" area ~ The Catonsville High School district, then you are probably quite frustrated at the moment. In the past few months there have been limited new listings that are priced correctly and convey the essence of Historic Catonsville.The good ones are snapped up very quickly at very near to full price...... (or at least close to it)Catonsville 21228 Current Active Listings in Lower Catonsville     There are not many distressed homes and it is considered an economically stable area.A small fact about residents in Catonsville & Oella is that they do not move as frequently as residents of neighboring areas- 45.23% of h...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
This is my neighbor carefully watching over his frying Turkey for his Christmas dinner. The delicious smell is being shared with the neighborhood . All photos were taken and are the property of Ellie McIntire. All Rights Reserved. This content may not be reproduced or reprinted without express written permission of Ellie McIntire or an officer of The McIntire Team.   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~If you are planning to move to the Central Marylandarea and you want a BUYERS AGENT that really knows the area and all that it has to offer, I can help. (Personal tours of the area included in the service)If you are looking to successfully sell your Maryland home with a Realtor who will market your property with multiple resources, call me...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Every family has different traditions and in our humble home we probably do not do it "The American Way". Despite nearing 25 years years of being in the USA the traditions of my own childhood prevail.Our Christmas Day has begun. The big Guy in red obviously stopped by in the middle of the night and enjoyed the Mince Pies and gave the carrots to the Reindeer. We call him Father Christmas and although he arrives in the middle of the night, he fills a sack that sits at the bottom of the bed. The squealing 5 year old child wakes us at a respectable 6:30am........his usual wake up time........and we all head back to his bedroom to see what Father Christmas has filled his sack with.Thankfully I am blessed with such a beautiful generous child who opens his gifts and thinks of who else would li...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
The magic of Christmas is alive and well in our home. "Ralph", our Elf has been watching over all month to make sure that everyone has been very good. Thankfully he has only been reporting back good things.The excitement is starting to build as Christmas Day has already began in some parts of the world. So far this morning on the East Coast we have tracked Santa heading across Australasia and Asia. The wonders of technology and Google Earth enable every child to watch the progress of the Big Guy as he heads towards the USA.Check here to see where Santa is and how many gifts he has delivered. From our home to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~If you are planning to move to the Central Marylandar...
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By Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068
(SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061)
Christmas Lights in and near Catonsville, Maryland There are so many great places to see Christmas lights in and around Catonsville, Maryland.  There are some places that are so over the top they become annual traditions just for the spectacle.  Baltimore's own Miracle on 34th Street in Hampden, Maryland is like that for our family.  If you are in the area and haven't been to this special Baltimore neighborhood at Christmastime, you haven't experienced the most Christmassy of Christmas Baltimore neighborhoods, Hon! You can check out more about 34th street on Margaret Rome's Blog:  Baltimore's Miracle on 34th Street  http://activerain.com/blogsview/2657924/baltimore-s-miracle-on-34th-street- The Symphony of Lights is a lovely way to spend some time oohing and ahhing over 70 larger than l...
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