Ellicott City, MD Real Estate News

By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
What a lovely way to spend a Sunday evening in October. Tonight is the 23rd Annual event held at Turf Valley in Ellicott City. A spectacular evening filled with entertainment and a HUGE silent auction. Enjoy tastings of food from many local Restaurants. The longest line is ALWAYS for the "Crepe Suzette" prepared in front of your eyes by Fernand Tersiguel from Tersiguel's French Restaurant in Ellicott City. This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Gilchrist Hospice Care.   Ellie McIntire The McIntire Team 410-480-3398 410-750-8781(FX) 443-418-7668(cell) E-mail:  Ellie@LNF.com http://www.elliesteam.com/ We redefine the essence of service
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Hello: I would like to begin a blog topic that discusses any and all of the problems that Realtors have run into when they are posting real estate listings online.  What sites do you find most troublesome? How do you deal with the lack of current information on the internet; old listings, price changes, sites that refuse to delete your old listings, etc? How does your use of precious time play into your online listing decisions? Do you pay someone to put your listings up on a large number of sites? What exactly stops you from listing online?   I think you get the picture.  Please, Please, Please join in on this topic and let's look at all of the problems of listing real estate online.  Thanks so much for your time.  I wish you all the best in your real estate endeavors. Best Regards, Ne...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble There is no more perfect way to get into the Halloween spirit this October than to experience Macbeth in Ellicott City. Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Maryland's premier classics company, will remount its sell-out 2007 production of Macbeth with a new and highly imaginative version that puts Macbeth on the move.   The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company will bring its award-winning production of Macbeth outdoors to the grounds of the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, October 10-26, 2008.  On, in and around the massive, haunted stone ruins, audience members will join the Macbeths, witches and ghosts in Shakespeare's fast-paced, bloody tragedy.   Audiences and actors will travel throughout the Ruins for an exciting, theatr...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
There is some concern brewing that voter registration is being jeopardized. Don't assume that since you have voted in the past that your voter registration is still active. Some people have recently checked to find out that they are no longer registered. Their registration has mysteriously disappeared even though they have been registered to vote for years. For Maryland residents, you can click on the link below to check to make sure you are still registered. http://mdelections.umbc.edu/voter_registration/v2/vote_prod.php   We can make a difference this November. If you are not registered to vote, you can click on the following link for a voter registration form which must be filled out and mailed before October 14th to vote in the general election. http://www.elections.state.md.us/pdf...
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All of the below links come from Wikipedia - This is the page I got them from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Public_domain_image_resources     This is an awesome resource.  Please check it out.  Additionally, you can type 'public domain photos', 'public domain images' or 'public domain clip art', - into your favorite search engine (mine is Google - soon to control the world).  Additionally - and very importantly: "The presence of a resource on this list does not guarantee that all or any of the images in it are in the public domain. You are still responsible for checking the copyright status of images before you" use them I would just suggest that you make sure that the images you are using are public domain images.   I repeat (for extra emphasis): **Be SURE about the images yo...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
I must admit calling my new Au-Pair a "Wife" is not very PC, but that's what I feel I now have. So, yes, my new Au-Pair has arrived from France, via a few days of training in New Jersey. She is here to have a cultural and educational experience, with a strong child-care component in a Country that she has not visited before for a period of one year. Chloe teaching swimming Chloe at the park. Why does this work for me? She is another responsible adult who will live with us and become part of our family. She loves to cook- her savory crepes are to die for! She talks to my son 85% of the time in French and 15% of the time in Spanish (her third language). He can already count in all three languages to 10. She tidies up the house, she picks up after my son and puts all of his toys away. She ...
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This is a true story. Enjoy! And, afterwards, let's discuss the benefits of an online presence even though you may not always be able to connect a purchase with a specific form of advertising.  ********************************** Sunday morning, August 13th, 2006 - My wife and I woke up early and were enjoying a cup of coffee on the 6x14 sq. ft. balcony of our condo.  Our beautiful view - the backside of the building directly behind ours separated only by a small strip of sparsely forested land with run-off drainage snaking through it (I'd call it a creek, but that would be a gross overstatement).  As we were sitting there talking and taking in what scenery was available to us, we both watched in disgust as one of the residents in the building across the way walked out onto their third f...
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Let me preface this blog by stating that I am not a RE expert.  My opinions on this subject are derived from the fact that a large % of everyone I am related to is in the RE Industry and, due to that, half the people that I know are in it as well. I just hope that my opinions can spur further conversation about the topic being discussed.  Thanks.  *************************************** The best possible way to get a listing from friends and/or family is to ask them for it.   If someone you know is about to, or even contemplating, putting their home on the market - go right up to them and ask them if they would consider listing their house with you (while handing them two of your business cards - one for them and one for someone that they may know who needs a listing agent).  If they se...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
This past Labor Day weekend was our Annual Office Picnic/ Crab Feast. We all gathered at the largest Pavilion in Centennial Park, Ellicott City. Right next to the huge playground. What's a picnic in Maryland without CRABS? Nice and heavy and seasoned with Old Bay. Everyone brought a dish. The Deviled Eggs were scooped up quickly. Mr Brookhart & Mr. Regan cooked up burgers and hot dogs then waited for the corn to cook to perfection. Good food and good conversation..... ....and a playground close by. It was a great afternoon, mostly in part to our Manager Brian Lipsky, George Brookhart and Chuck Regan who labored in the heat. Ellie Mcintire
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Saturday August 28th 2008 was a perfect day for riding. One of those days that just makes you glad to be alive. The 2nd Annual Boomerang Poker Run A total of 135 participants signed up to ride the Walkabout Sidney at one of the following locations. Bel Air Outback Steakhouse Hunt Valley Outback Steakhouse Ellicott City Outback Steakhouse Glen Burnie Outback Steakhouse Unbelievable amounts of "Bonzer Outback Steakhouse Tucker" was served at the restarants throughout the day. Steak and eggs for Breakfast, Ribeye Sandwiches, Ribs on the Barbie, Bloomin' onions and so much more. No-one went hungry. All of this for $25! What a screaming deal! The final card was drawn at the Harley Davidson of Maryland (Elkridge) where dessert was also served. A little History about this event. This ride was ...
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By Teri Deane, Realtor, ABR, CRS, SFR - The Deane Team
(RE/MAX 100)
Buyers should take advantage of this program now because it may not be here for very long. Saving money for a downpayment and the closing costs necessary to purchase a home is very difficult. One option to consider is the Nehemiah Program established by the Nehemiah Corporation of America.  Here is a brief overview of this program.  For more information go to www.GetDownpayment.com or call the Nehemiah customer service hotine at 877-634-3642. You can receive gift funds (provided by a non-profit organization) for up to 6% of the sales price. New homes, resale homes, single family, duplex, triplex, condo, or townhomes are eligible. There is NO repayment of funds -- it is a "gift" to the home buyer. There are no income, asset or geographic restrictions and you do not need to be a first-tim...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
The Olympics continues to keep me up till all hours of the morning. I should probably get TIVO, but too late for that now! I have even posted as I watch. Mostly in reference to the swimming. I have a new addiction! Are you in tears too?  Phelps-Mania in Baltimore One of my personal favorite sports is soccer (Football to everyone else in the world but the USA!) Sadly the US team did not make it through to the quarter finals. However there was a great deal of interest to me for the following reasons. Stuart Holden- Midfielder Drew Holden- Left Back.....Behind the goal for now! No family ties although have they both have the same last name. Both August babies, but a mere 21 years difference. Stuart Holden: August 1st 1985. Drew Holden: August 17th 2006. One playing for the United States So...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
     2nd Annual Boomerang Poker Run   Attention Bikers! Registration for the 2nd Annual Boomerang Motorcycle Poker Run is OPEN! Gather up your mates and join us for a day of fun, Outback Style!!Back by popular demand, this year's Poker Run will be held on Saturday, August 23rd, 2008!!         About the Boomerang Motorcycle Poker Run: Chesapeake Bay Area Charities, Outback Steakhouse, The McIntire Team of Long and Foster, and two Harley Davidson Dealerships have joined to host a day of fun, food, and riding. Funds raised from the event will directly help children at the Kimmel Cancer Center of Johns Hopkins and Special Olympics Maryland.   This fundraising event allows Motorcyclists to "Walkabout Maryland, Outback Style." Bikers and passengers ride to 4 different Outback locations and en...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
We will be holding an emergency blood drive at our Long & Foster office on August 28th from 2:30-7:00 pm. The address is 9171 Baltimore National Pike Ellicott City, MD 21042. You can schedule your life saving appointment by calling 1-800-give-life (1-800-448-3543). You can also register online at https://www.membersforlife.org/rccm/mobilesch/request.php?did=215306.   The following blood types are below a level which is considered to be safe. If your blood type appears here, please consider donating at our emergency blood drive. All blood types are important. If your blood type does not appear today, your donation is still badly needed in order to treat local patients who depend on that type. A safe, desired supply is 5-7 days worth of any given blood type, in order to meet local patient...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Please welcome my friend Perin Tinsley to Active Rain. Perin is a great person and a very dilligent Realtor whom I have worked with for almost 5 years. I have sent him numerous invitations to AR and finally he has taken the plunge. A little known fact about Perin is that he has the voice of an angel. He sings in many choirs and always leads our "sing song" at the holiday party. He also does a great deal of community endeveours and mentoring in the City of Baltimore. He is a good person to know.
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
The following is the market report for Ellicott City 21043 zip code, Maryland in the last 30 days of activity as of July 23rd, 2008 Total Active Resale Properties: 260 Number of Active Detached homes: 144 New listings in the past 30 days: 58 Total properties under contract: 53 Properties sold in the past 30 days: 31 Average sold price: $468,836 Low Sale Price: $217,500 High Sale Price: $870,000 Average Days on Market: 104 If your interested in buying a home in Ellicott City, Maryland, please contact The Mcintire Team of Long & Foster Real Estate.   Ellie McIntire The McIntire Team 410-480-3398 410-750-8781(FX) 443-418-7668(cell) E-mail:  Ellie@LNF.com http://www.elliesteam.com/ We redefine the essence of service
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
The following is the market report for Ellicott City 21042 zip code, Maryland in the last 30 days of activity as of July 23rd, 2008 Total Active Resale Properties: 203 Number of Active Detached homes: 178 New listings in the past 30 days: 57 Total properties under contract: 42 Properties sold in the past 30 days: 32 Average sold price: $606,559 Low Sale Price: $210,000 High Sale Price: $1,850,000 Average Days on Market: 89 If your interested in buying a home in Ellicott City, Maryland, please contact The Mcintire Team of Long & Foster Real Estate.   Ellie McIntire The McIntire Team 410-480-3398 410-750-8781(FX) 443-418-7668(cell) E-mail:  Ellie@LNF.com http://www.elliesteam.com/ We redefine the essence of service
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
Tomorrow is Monday July 14th 2008. There is not much going on but in France they will be celebrating Bastille Day. On July 14, 1789, an outraged group of Parisians stormed the Bastille, a fortress and prison in France where prisoners of influence were held, in hopes of capturing ammunition. Shortly thereafter, King Louis XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette took refuge in Versailles as the violent peasants pillaged and burned châteaux, and destroyed records of feudal dues; this reaction is known as the grande peur (great fear). For the peasant class, the Bastille stood as a symbol of the hypocrisy and corruption of the aristocratic government - controlled mostly by nobility and clergy. This important event marked the entry of the popular class into the French Revolution. The French recogni...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
The following is the market report for Ellicott City 21043 zip code, Maryland in the last 30 days of activity as of June 16th, 2008 Total Active Resale Properties: 258 Number of Active Detached homes: 144 New listings in the past 30 days: 63 Total properties under contract: 41 Properties sold in the past 30 days: 47 Average sold price: $483,474 Low Sale Price: $219,999 High Sale Price: $962,500 Average Days on Market: 97 If your interested in buying a home in Ellicott City, Maryland, please contact The Mcintire Team of Long & Foster Real Estate.   Ellie McIntire The McIntire Team 410-480-3398 410-750-8781(FX) 443-418-7668(cell) E-mail:  Ellie@LNF.com http://www.elliesteam.com/ We redefine the essence of service  
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
The following is the market report for Ellicott City 21042 zip code, Maryland in the last 30 days of activity as of June 17th, 2008 Total Active Resale Properties: 215 Number of Active Detached homes: 179 New listings in the past 30 days: 52 Total properties under contract: 39 Properties sold in the past 30 days: 40 Average sold price: $532,472 Low Sale Price: $250,000 High Sale Price: $824,900 Average Days on Market: 137 If your interested in buying a home in Ellicott City, Maryland, please contact The Mcintire Team of Long & Foster Real Estate.   Ellie McIntire The McIntire Team 410-480-3398 410-750-8781(FX) 443-418-7668(cell) E-mail:  Ellie@LNF.com http://www.elliesteam.com/ We redefine the essence of service  
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