Catonsville, MD Real Estate News

By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
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 for an appointment. These are the areas that I serve Buyers orSellers in the Metro Baltimore area :  Howard County, Baltimore County, Baltimore Ci...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
  Market Update for Upper Catonsville. So what is UPPER CATONSVILLE? It's the area North of Rt 40. Still 21228, but newer homes compared to the historic homes of "Lower Catonsville". Currently 40 homes on the market. Only 2 foreclosures and 8 short sales.   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~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 Cou...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
As we plan and prepare for the holidays, shop and bake, wrap and write Christmas cards, it's easy to forget that there is so much outside our little bubble. I imagine many of us have made donations to charities, bought gifts for "Toys for Tots" or even sponsored a family, which is what we did at  Keller Williams Realty Centre of Greater Howard County. many of us  make our contribution and then we focus on our own festivities.Spare a thought for the brave men and women of our armed forces who are not afforded the simple joy of spending the holidays with their family because they are thousands of miles away serving our country.This past weekend Troop 884 of the Girl Scouts of America headed to BWI airport to hand out care packages and girl scout cookies to military personal heading to Afg...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
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 for an appointment. These are the areas that I serve Buyers orSellers in the Metro Baltimore area :  Howard County, Baltimore County, Baltimore Ci...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
The Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department Santa Detail.From December 9th till December 23rd there will be a lot of noise and lights around Arbutus and Catonsville as Santa Clause makes his pre-Christmas rounds in the area with the Arbutus Volunteer Fire department and entourage. This is the schedule.My son always gets excited when our evening arrives. We get together with neighbors and listen to the parade as it makes it's way closer to us. The noise is deafening as sometimes 6-8 vehicles are all full blast with lights and sirens. Santa waves to all from atop the head fire truck and the "elves" give out candy canes.The Santa Detail is a yearly delight for many local children and especially those who like Fire trucks. The Arbutus Fire Department generously give their personal time to bring j...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
For as long as I can remember from childhood to present day, there has always been an Advent Calendar to count down the days of December until Christmas Eve arrives. An Advent calendar is a special calendar which is used to count or celebrate the days of  Advent in anticipation of ChristmasWhat a delight it was to wake up every morning and open another window and enjoy a delicious piece of Cadbury's chocolate (albeit not the most nutritious start to the day!)- it was another day closer to Christmas.As an adult it has always symbolized the traditions that I had as a child, so even before my son there was always the usual countdown. Christmas really becomes real with an Advent Calendar.Now, as the Mother of a 5 year old who is consumed with the sparkle of the season, one would think I wou...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Catonsville Residential Home Resale Statistics - October 2011 October sales in Catonsville were very similar to that of 2010, increasing by .72%. However, homes sold on average for more than $35,000 less than last year. The key was in the number of units sold, 37 versus 32, and the fact that homes stayed on the market a whopping 42 days less than the did last year, a difference of 33%.    Catonsville
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
There is a rumble in Catonsville, Maryland today and it's not another earthquake or a hurricane. It may well be from outer space as the "Catonsville Comets" the Catonsville High School Varsity Football team, are smokin' hot off of a historical "first unbeaten season" and bring the first play-off game to "The 'Ville". It seems just yesterday that the season was starting, but the leaves are falling and there is a chill in the air. (10-0) Catonsville take on Paint Branch (8-2) at home today, 11-11-11 at 7pm. The successful teams will have an opportunity to play at M&T Bank Stadium, home to the Baltimore Ravens, in December. From the Catonsville Patch:   Outlook: Catonsville coach Rich Hambor concedes that Paint Branch as a team is bigger than his Comets. But, if Catonsville has proved anyt...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Catonsville residents have been watching the construction of the Frederick Road building, formerly Chiropractic Plus, for the past few months. Beautification of the frontage has been the topic of many conversations. The long awaited grand opening of the new "Frederick Road Veterinary Hospital" was this Sunday. An "Open House" invited neighbors, pet owners and interested people in to see the new facilities. After brunch (a huge mistake as tasty treats from Catonsville Gourmet were served) we headed over to take a tour. My son was hoping to see some animals, but only the stuffed kind were available. "Frederick Road Veterinary Animal Hospital in Catonsville. "Create a free slideshow with Picnik! What we did see was a pristine and sun filled space with ample room for many animals to be car...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Hillcrest Elementary School in Catonsville has partnered with the local Pediatric Dentist, Smiles 4 Children in Catonsville in a "Halloween Candy Buy Back". Encouraging the students to DONATE the sweet treats that they collected last night will be rewarded with a Pizza Party for the grade that donates the most candy.All the candy is then shipped to our brave service Men and Women serving in Iraq & Afghanistan. Apparently the Kindergarten grade never wins. Maybe they don't collect as much or they are unwilling to part with their loot?  My competitive (wonder where he gets that from?) 5 year old wants to change that at the school. He wants his grade to win.His brother is an Army cadet and he has also watched over the years the care packages that we have sent to his Uncle Nick who has comp...
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By Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068
(SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061)
Resources in Baltimore County for Children-Parent, Teacher, Home School, Child Care   Last week Sydney's teacher asked me to go to The Southwest Resource Center to laminate some posters that she and the kids had created.  I had never heard about this great place.  It's just off 695, Wilkens Aavenue exit, near Maiden Choice Lane. I had no idea what a great place I was about to find!    It's a crafter/teacher/parent/homeschool/child care NIRVANA!   According to Christine Peter, the parent services rep at the Maiden Choice location "The Southwest Resource Center for Families and Schools at Maiden Choice School is committed to supporting student achievement in homes, schools, and communities. The center – located in the annex building at Maiden Choice - offers support and encouragement to p...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Many areas of Catonsville, Maryland are a delight to view on foot. In the Hillcrest Elementary School district area of Catonsville the walk score is 78. Mostly in part to the amenities available on Frederick Road, but not even taking into consideration the relatively quiet streets and wonderful residential neighborhoods that surround the commercial district that are a pleasure to visit (and live in). One of my favorite activities is to enjoy an evening walk around the neighborhood with a camera in hand. The abundance of mature trees, individual unique homes and seasonal decorations are a feast for the eyes at all times of the year.Here are a few festive homes getting ready for Halloween. "Halloween in Catonsville." Create a free slideshow with Picnik! All photos were taken and are the p...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Are you looking for some exercise and entertainment this weekend in Catonsville, Md? Head to St Marks Catholic School in the heart of Catonsville on Saturday October 29th for the 5k Monster Dash and 1M family Fun Run. Despite the weather predictions of the first snow of the season with a chilly wintry mix, the fun will start at 8:30am. Click here for registration and details. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~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...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
A quick Pumpkin 911 ~ Tips to preserve your pumpkin. There are several primary causes of "pumpkin rot" The intact skin of a pumpkin protects it until you carve it.  But then various organisms (fungi, bacteria, molds, fungi, protozoans, insects) can get inside and start to break it down. Oxygen in the air can also easily enter & cause oxidation. Simple dehydration (drying out) will will begin the moment the pumpkin is carved. All of this will turn your beautiful carved lantern into a shriveled eyesore in a short period of time. How to preserve your pumpkin for as long as possible: First remove the insides- It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it! Sterilize the pumpkin's carved surfaces (to kill fungi, mold, bacteria, bugs) Seal the surfaces to prevent drying  Here are the simple steps...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
The September 2011 Catonsville Market Report. Life is great in 21228. The Real Estate market in Catonsville has been very active of late. In September there was a considerable increase in sales in comparison to the same month in 2010. The sold dollar volume increased by 33.68%, possibly fueled in part by the low interest rates. There was a 22.22% increase in units sold.23 of the 33 homes sold in 21228 for the month of September sold within 3 months of the original list price. The average percentage of sold price to original sale price was a comfortable 94.1% As a very active agent in the Catonsville area, the one characteristic of the current market is that the inventory is very low. The Active homes in the price range of $400,000 and above is very limited. Currently, as of mid October,...
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By Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068
(SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061)
How do I raise a financially responsible child? As a loan officer I talk to people almost every day who have no idea what it means to be financially responsible. I see credit scores in the low 400's and multiple insufficient funds on bank statements.  I get calls from people that don't understand why the fact that they haven't paid their bills on time, ever, means they can't qualify for a loan.  I had a woman with 13 credit cards that her husband didn't know about.  She didn't understand what the problem was since there was money left over at the end of the month after all the bills were paid.  There was $30,000 on those cards, but since she paid the minimum payment, on time, each month,  she thought she was fine.  She didn't realize that the interest rate on most of those cards was ove...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Catonsville in Baltimore County, Maryland  - "Life is Great in 21228!" Catonsville- A GREAT place to call home!There are two very distinct areas of Catonsville, Md, although both areas share the same zip code of 21228.These areas have been referred to as "Upper Catonsville" and "Lower Catonsville"."Upper Catonsville" is the area North of Rt 40 and of course  "Lower Catonsville" is South of Rt 40. Woodlawn High School serves "Upper Catonsville" and Catonsville High School district covers "Lower Catonsville". You may also hear residents refer to Catonsville as "The 'Ville"See below for more schools served by each area!   There are many incredible large Historic Victorian and Colonial homes located in Catonsville that were built by wealthy Baltimoreans. Originally, these communities were u...
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By Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068
(SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061)
Pay It Forward-Feeding A Cold and Hungry Stranger I was running a bit late this morning.  I had hoped to be in the office by 10, and it was just after 10 when I left the house. Rushing out the door, I noticed a man sitting on the curb across the street from my house.  This is pretty unusual, I don't live on a main street or on a bus route.  As I was putting my bags in the car, I asked him if he was OK.  I thought maybe he was a neighbor out for a walk and something had happened.  He said he was hungry and didn't have money for food. I went back in the house and checked for something I could give him.  Based on his clothing, I was concerned that a ham sandwich or leftover pork chops wouldn't work.  I thought about making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and as I reached for the peanut ...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Yesterday, Thursday September 29th was Rosh Hashanah and Public Schools in Baltimore County observed the Jewish New Year Holiday with a day off of School. The night before my son and I talked about why he was not expected to go to class the following day and about different holidays throughout the year.He decided he was going to get himself dressed before we went to the park. This was his wardrobe selection.He caused quite a stir at the playground at St Marks Catholic School in Catonsville as the students enjoyed recess! Thankfully I have a very independent child who does not care a hoot about what others think.......I hope he stays that way!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~If you are planning to move to the Central Marylandarea and y...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
This is the Catonsville, Maryland house that Jim bought for ZERO money. This week my clients settled and  moved into their new home in Catonsville. It was the BEST deal EVER. They purchased this beautiful single family custom Colonial home in the Hillcrest Elementary School district that is walking distance from the local pool. The house was originally listed for $509,900 and my clients comfortably paid $417,000 with over $11,000 closing help that we negotiated into the transaction.In the beginning Mrs. Buyer was not convinced that they would be able to buy a home. There were challenges but I introduced them to George Kuda of Prosperity Mortgage and he started working his magic. He spent a great deal of time getting the buyers to a comfortable place so they could qualify for a loan.My c...
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