Hagerstown, MD Real Estate News

By Roberto Gonzalez, Hagerstown Commercial Real Estate
(RG Realty Inc)
Hagerstown Businesses Helped by Housing’s ‘Snowball Effect’ The Weather Channel has nothing to do with it. What’s happening up in the ski resorts, likewise. The ‘snowball effect’ being discussed in print and on TV won’t soften anytime soon (even if the groundhog was right about winter being over).. This is an economic snowball -- one that’s gathering momentum following what CNN’s Money website describes as “the best year for U.S. real estate market in five years.” Businesses that stand to benefit from growth in the Hagerstown housing market are watching closely. The Wall Street Journal’s snowball report took form in last Monday’s Marketplace section, where the top headline read “Housing Recovery Opens Spigot…Makers of Products From Carpets to Air Conditioners Feel Effects of Rebound.” ...
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By Roberto Gonzalez, Hagerstown Commercial Real Estate
(RG Realty Inc)
Bargain-Hunters Find a Hagerstown Market That Isn’t Waiting Anyone who is buying a house in Hagerstown -- or even just checking up on the market -- is likely to find that some of the rules of the game seem to have shifted. Particularly anyone expecting to be deluged by the kind of amazing deals being offered in 2008 and 2009 should see what I mean. As the latest housing statistics continue to paint an upbeat picture, at least when it comes to bargain-priced properties, the days of multiple bids and ‘offers over asking’ are back. If you are weighing the advantages of buying a house in Hagerstown before interest rates and prices rise in earnest, it should be useful to take a look at some strategies that work -- and some that virtually never work: 1) Blanket Low-balling – Running around wr...
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By Roberto Gonzalez, Hagerstown Commercial Real Estate
(RG Realty Inc)
Potomac Hall Business Center On behalf of Potomac Hall Business Center in Hagerstown I would like to welcome Dawn Nathaniel Lead Inspections Services to our professional group of like-minded business professionals looking to create long term relationships with people and companies where we will be offering a One-stop shop for all your real estate needs with a vast menu of services including: Acquisition and disposition, Commercial and Residential services, Property Marketing and Leasing, Property Management, Lead inspections services etc. If you are looking for a Cost effective Office working Solution please stop by our office at 113 South Potomac Street in Hagerstown or call Roberto Gonzalez @301-991-0207 for more information
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By Roberto Gonzalez, Hagerstown Commercial Real Estate
(RG Realty Inc)
Every edge counts when you’re selling your Washington County home and want it to stand out from all the other listings. Whether you have an underused room you have been wondering what to do with, or already have a ‘game room’ you’re looking to improve before an upcoming open house, in honor of next weekend’s Super Bowl, let’s talk about creating one of today’s most desirable extra-value features: that lHagerstown listings star, the “Man Cave!” Find the Right Space Lisa McDennon, an award-winning interior designer in Southern California’s Laguna Beach, likes the basement as the ideal Man Cave location. "I think the lack of windows…is a benefit because it's already dark and cave-like. It's also separated from the house by a wall." Install the Right Finishes Select wall and surface materia...
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By Roberto Gonzalez, Hagerstown Commercial Real Estate
(RG Realty Inc)
    The depressed housing market is on everyone's mind these days. To make things worse the job market hasn't been fairing any better, leading many families to a position where they are not able to afford their mortgage. While foreclosure may seem like the only alternative, it's not. One Option to Foreclosure is: Short Selling Your Home  
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By Roberto Gonzalez, Hagerstown Commercial Real Estate
(RG Realty Inc)
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By Roberto Gonzalez, Hagerstown Commercial Real Estate
(RG Realty Inc)
Hagerstown Homeowners’ Long-Term Thinking Pays Off Longevity planning” is not something most youthful or middle-aged Hagerstown residents spend a lot of time thinking about. “Getting old?” Who wants to dwell on that? Joseph Coughlin, the director of the AgeLab at MIT, pushes for changing that attitude when it comes to home sale decisions. He points out that a 65-year-old woman today can plan to live past 85 -- far longer than her parents did. If her budget plans match theirs, the result will be a serious shortfall in later years. It may be more doable than you’d think. The Brooking Institution recently reported that a home sale in a good school district totals (on average) 2.4 times more than one in a less child-focused district. Once schooling is no longer at issue, being willing to fo...
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By Roberto Gonzalez, Hagerstown Commercial Real Estate
(RG Realty Inc)
Seamless Hagerstown Relocation Takes Focused Preparation As soon as you are offered a great new job or promotion – even if it’s in a new town -- your natural response is, “Absolutely, yes!” After all, you landed the opportunity because you are a go-getter -- someone who solves problems! Experience teaches that seamless relocation to Washington County (or anywhere) takes some determined preparation. Even after you’ve identified your new house, there are a few significant hurdles to clear before happily settling into a new community. Here are four common mistakes new buyers in Hagerstown have made in the past…and how you can avoid them: 1) Not Getting Loan Pre-Approval – Once you pack the cartons and load the truck, locating all those documents the bank requests can become next to impossi...
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By Roberto Gonzalez, Hagerstown Commercial Real Estate
(RG Realty Inc)
Fix-and-Flip or Buy-and-Hold: Which Are You? With the Fed having announced its intention to hold interest rates near 0% until at least mid-2015, even very cautious investors are recognizing that this provides a rare opening. If ever there were a time to start a real estate portfolio, it’s hard to imagine a better one. For many, the first question is whether there is still an opportunity to buy foreclosed homes in Hagerstown. That answer is yes, for sure – but that is not always the only strategy that will get you to your goal. It all depends on you. Before we can develop your strategy, you first need to decide which type of real estate investor you wish to be: The Fix-and-Flip Investor - This type of investor is handy (or has a lot of contacts who are), and is familiar with remodels and...
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By Roberto Gonzalez, Hagerstown Commercial Real Estate
(RG Realty Inc)
2013 Outlook Promising for Hagerstown Vacation Homes According to the National Association of REALTORS®, last year the number of sales for vacation homes continued to rise following the staggering 64.5% gain in all investment home sales for 2011. The consensus has it that promising statistics are likely to repeat in 2013. Perhaps it is an improvement in Hagerstown’s vacation homes outlook, or maybe it’s because of the recent media focus on personal tax issues…whatever the reason, it looks as if 2013 may be seen as a particularly inviting time to make a first vacation home investment. Although I don’t offer tax advice (your CPA and financial advisor take care of that), there are several general reasons it makes good sense for some people to consider investing in Washington County vacatio...
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By Roberto Gonzalez, Hagerstown Commercial Real Estate
(RG Realty Inc)
  Hagerstown Housing Outlook Key to Rent or Sell Decision Area Homeowners Ask: Should I Stay or Should I Go? The real estate climate forecast for the coming year is partly sunny -- and warming up! Yet, with no double-digit appreciation in sight, some who plan on selling a home in Hagerstown face the very practical question: is the winter of ’13 the right time to sell? For those who stand to make a gain from selling, the decision boils down to convenience. Whether sale prices rise or fall, the cost of their next home will probably move in the same direction. But what about those who suspect that the overhang from the financial crisis will probably result in some degree of net loss? How do they decide whether it makes more sense to sell and take the loss, or to rent -- and wait? Emotions ...
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By Roberto Gonzalez, Hagerstown Commercial Real Estate
(RG Realty Inc)
Novel Sales Alternative for Hagerstown Luxury Properties? Online Auctions: Legit Sale Tool for Luxury Properties? You could have easily missed it here in Hagerstown -- an attention-grabbing event that happened just before New Years Day. One of those San Francisco Bay Area luxury properties (priced at $25 million) made headlines when it was reported to have successfully gone under contract through a little-known process…an online auction. Come again? In an increasingly digital age that instantaneously reaches buyers and sellers across the globe, online auction tools to sell luxury properties are beginning to gain credibility. But is an auction really a new must-have tool? Or just another gimmicky fad? The attraction of using an online auction to sell luxury properties is the shortcut the...
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By Roberto Gonzalez, Hagerstown Commercial Real Estate
(RG Realty Inc)
Unexpected Bargains Test Hagerstown First-Time Buyers Hagerstown First-Time Buyers Need Advance Planning!! It can happen when you least expect it: an opportunity unexpectedly opens up – and you suddenly realize that the time to become a homeowner is here! It may happen when the landlord of the Hagerstown home you’ve been renting suddenly decides it’s time to sell. Or, during a search for a rental, you happen upon a new Hagerstown listing that’s such a bargain you’d be crazy not to snap it up! For Hagerstown first-time buyers, unexpected opportunities like these may be the first time they seriously entertain home ownership. If that’s the case, they may well be disappointed. The fact is, the time for first-time buyers to start planning is well in advance. Job One is to take very seriousl...
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By Roberto Gonzalez, Hagerstown Commercial Real Estate
(RG Realty Inc)
       Mayor David S. Gysberts will try to reach existing Hagerstown business owners to offer  any available assistance; he said that the Economic Development should make a  priority to bring new business and to continue revitalize downtown Hagerstown and that the goal is to generate more jobs specially in downtown. Here is the full article
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By Roberto Gonzalez, Hagerstown Commercial Real Estate
(RG Realty Inc)
Hagerstown REALTOR® Tilts Odds at Appraisal Time It may be a fundamental element in nearly two-thirds of every residential real estate transaction, yet when you think about buying or selling a Hagerstown home, it’s not likely to be your major focus. Important though it may be, for most people, the appraisal process seems like a mere formality. After all, haven’t the seller and buyer already agreed to the deal? What’s left to do, other than dot the I’s and cross the T’s? Of course, if you are a cash buyer, you can choose to skip the appraisal altogether. If so, congrats - you are ready to buy as soon as you find the right property! But for the rest of us, if a loan is involved, so too is the lender’s appraisal – or appraisals. Yet many real estate agents are not a part of this element. T...
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By Roberto Gonzalez, Hagerstown Commercial Real Estate
(RG Realty Inc)
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By Roberto Gonzalez, Hagerstown Commercial Real Estate
(RG Realty Inc)
The Institution of EcoArchitecture believes in the importance of reducing the number of homelessness around the world. Their ultimate goal is to travel globally and form a partnership with international governments to contribute with their building philosophy to decrease the number of underserved homeless. They also believe in challenging the status quo of building and provide the tools needed to foster autonomy from conventional living structures. Locally, IEA dedicates and its efforts to educating disposable citizens of environmentally sustainable innovative techniques of building an emergency shelter or a home. At a time where environmental impact is at its worst, architecture is at the brink of change. IEA provides members an opportunity to stay ahead of the curve and learn these te...
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By Roberto Gonzalez, Hagerstown Commercial Real Estate
(RG Realty Inc)
Keeping the Value of Antique Hagerstown Homes If you live in a home built in the early 20th Century (or before), cold winter evenings can send visions of new homes dancing through your head. With floors that creak and windows that barely slow the icy gales of January, even the antique charm of your original wooden banisters can wear thin. But don’t despair. While newer homes in Hagerstown may be a preferred investment for some buyers, duplicating the authenticity of your hand-hewn, turn-of-the-century Victorian is, quite simply, not possible. With the right specialists to help, keeping your original home in top repair might not be as time consuming or costly as some fear. Original windows, for example (the kind famous for letting chilly drafts pass unmolested) don’t necessarily need com...
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By Roberto Gonzalez, Hagerstown Commercial Real Estate
(RG Realty Inc)
Hagerstown Real Estate, Vintage 2013   The holiday décor is down; neighborhood kids are back in school; January’s social calendar looks amazingly clear (compared with the previous two months, anyway)… so, what now? One suggestion I might offer: put some serious thought into acting on those financial New Year’s resolutions – at least the ones dealing with your Hagerstown real estate plans. Doing so would dovetail nicely with my own New Year’s prediction, one I share with many credible real estate watchers: 2013 is the year buyers and sellers are going to really get serious about real estate. According to Money Magazine on CNN’s website, the housing market rebound is here. Among other sources, they site the Mortgage Bankers Association forecast that “more and more house hunters will start...
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By Roberto Gonzalez, Hagerstown Commercial Real Estate
(RG Realty Inc)
You don’t have to be on the verge of retirement in Hagerstown to begin thinking about the nuts and bolts of your future living arrangements. There is more to it than just adjusting your monthly budget. For many people who are winding up their full-time working lives, a governing decision – one that will affect countless others – is whether to buy a home, continue in one you already own, or to rent. Some retirees view shedding home ownership as a stress-reliever. If they decide to migrate -- whether to a milder climate or to be closer to the grandkids -- those folks are less inclined to buy a home in their new community. For others, the decision can be more emotional: many of us who have long owned our homes would be uncomfortable any other way. If it has been years since you’ve even tho...
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