Nottingham, MD Real Estate News

By Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
(410-935-5844 Office)
Walk; Just a Little The parking lot is not even close to being full. Most of the cars in the lot are parked closer to the building, which makes sense. When you pull into the lot and look for a place to park, you can look for a place which is closer to the building or you can park a little further away.  If the spot is close, then you might as well take it. But when you see a place where a car is getting ready to possibly pull out, keep in mind that it is not yet a free space. If you pull up to that spot and wait for that car to pull out, then you may, and from what I have seen usually will, be getting in the way of that car getting out of the space. If there is another car that has to stop because you want to wait for the closer spot, then you now may be getting in the way of two cars. ...
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By Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
(410-935-5844 Office)
FSBO: I Can Give You Reliability Are you trying to sell your house on your own? Your home was the biggest investment of your life and the next home that you purchase will probably be an even bigger investment. Do you want to take a risk with such an important investment. With military weaponry, with air travel, with space vehicles, and other sophisticated creations of every day use it is critical that they perform.  If they do not perform, then it could result in catastrophic consequences. One way to assure the reliability of these systems is through the use of redundancy and back up systems.  Reliability is, also, verified through testing and through the use of sufficient statistical analysis. The same applies when I provide real estate services to my clients. The contracts which I use...
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By Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
(410-935-5844 Office)
Maryland: August Commission Discount That is right.  A discount on the real estate commission which I would normally charge to list your house. The discount is good for houses listed by the end of August 2010. How much? The commission will be discounted by 2.5% of the normal amount. This will not have any impact on the amount offered to other brokers. You will still be given full service. Call today to see of your house is eligible. Do not let anyone tell you that I can not do it; I can. Contact Ron at 410-935-5844 or at ront@mris.com.    
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By Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
(410-935-5844 Office)
Put Things into Perspective There is someone I know who has difficulty watching the local area's professional football team. She is a fan and she wants them to win, but she is so afraid that something will go wrong in the game, such as a fumble, an interception, a missed field goal, or whatever that will make them lose the game.  Like many, she can get so involved, that it could lead to a heart attack. I have to admit that I have had those feelings myself until I started to put it into perspective. I found that after a game, whether my team won or lost, that my life would still go on the same way.  I would still have all of the same responsibilities and the same real joys in life. Additionally, in reflecting upon my own experiences in playing sports, I never felt the same kind of frustr...
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By Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
(410-935-5844 Office)
An Alternative to The Homebuyer's Tax Credit With the Homebuyer's Tax Credit, the maximum that one could receive was $8,000. The average price of a home varies from market to market around the United States, but it is somewhere near $200,000 as a nationwide average. Negotiate with the Seller If a Seller were willing to accept 96 percent of that amount and were willing to give the other 4 percent to the Buyer, then this may be a better scenario than the Homebuyer's Tax Credit. The Seller would be getting $192,000, while the Buyer would be getting $8,000. This is better than the Homebuyer's Tax Credit, because the Buyer would be getting the money immediately rather than having to wait until the next year as was the case with the tax credit. Also, the Seller and Buyer could negotiate to le...
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By Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
(410-935-5844 Office)
Maryland: CDA Interest Rates The table below represents the current CDA interest rates for a 30 year mortgage (July 2010). Interest Rate Points APR 4.125% 3-point Mortgage 4.462% 4.250% 2-point Mortgage 4.501% 4.375% 1-point Mortgage 4.541% 4.500% 0-point Mortgage 4.581% All Community Development Administration (CDA) mortgage products have low, fixed interest rates and are available with downpayment and closing cost assistance. A list of the lenders who can provide these loans can be found at Maryland Mortgage Program. These low rates have been fueling more real estate buying activity, than the recently expired tax credit incentive. For more information on obtaining one of these very low rate loans, contact Ron Trzcinski at 410-935-5844.
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By Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
(410-935-5844 Office)
Tax Credit Replacement III The tax credit which provided buyers with an $8,000 tax credit and repeat buyers with a $6500 tax credit has expired. But there are incentives which are still available for purchasing a home and these incentives, especially when combined can amount to much bigger savings than the tax credit. Tax Deduction Incentive The government allows for a tax deduction, which effectively lowers ones taxable income. This deduction applies to mortgage interest and to real estate property taxes. The savings in taxes could result in about $2,500 per year during the first five years of the mortgage on a thirty year mortgage. Over a five year period this equates to $12,500. Interest Incentive Tax Credit Replacement I This equates to $6,750. Appreciation Incentive Tax Credit Repl...
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By Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
(410-935-5844 Office)
Tax Credit Replacement IV The tax credit which provided buyers with an $8,000 tax credit and repeat buyers with a $6500 tax credit has expired. But there are incentives which are still available for purchasing a home and these incentives, especially when combined, can amount to much bigger savings than the tax credit. Closing Cost Incentive With a high inventory of homes for sale, the real estate market is still a buyers' market. This means that buyers are more likely to negotiate. They are most likely to negotiate in terms of providing closing help. Many mortgage guidelines allow for the seller to give closing assistance to the buyer in an amount of 3 to 6 percent of the mortgage. Using the conservative number of 3 percent, on the $250,000 house this would equate to $7,500. Interest In...
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By Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
(410-935-5844 Office)
Tax Credit Replacement II The tax credit which provided buyers with an $8,000 tax credit and repeat buyers with a $6500 tax credit has expired. But there are incentives which are still available for purchasing a home and these incentives, especially when combined can amount to much bigger savings than the tax credit. Appreciation Incentive Over the historical long run, the value of real estate has appreciated in value by about 4 percent per year. This increase accounts for slow and negative periods of appreciation such as that which occurred during the recent recession.  If you have lived through other recessions or even the depression, then you know this to be true. Most economic pundits believe that the drop in prices from the recent recession is over. If the appreciation for the $250...
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By Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
(410-935-5844 Office)
Tax Credit Replacement I The tax credit which provided buyers with an $8,000 tax credit and repeat buyers with a $6500 tax credit has expired. But there are incentives which are still available for purchasing a home and these incentives, especially when combined can amount to much bigger savings than the tax credit. Interest Rate Incentive Mortgage interest rates have fallen substantially such that they are at a 50 year low.  This has been fueled by investors placing their money in the secure bond market, which supports the mortgage industry instead of in the more risky stock market. On a mortgage for $250,000, the principal and interest portion of the payment is about $112.50 less per monthly payment on average, than what it would have been a year ago. Over a five year period this equa...
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By Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
(410-935-5844 Office)
It Is Just A Sign They are just signs.  I use them to direct buyers to my listings or open houses.  I use them in front of my listings to get the word out to all of the people passing by. They are just signs, but I have so much trouble with them. The Open House Signs  I have an Open House and I strategically place the signs, with colorful balloons, to lead into my listing and then I wait for the flood of potential buyers . . .  and I wait, and I wait, and no one shows.  When I eventually close down for the day and go to retrieve my signs, I find that they are not there, or, at least, the ones that are on the main route.  No wonder no one came.  Who took my signs? Perhaps it was an agent who was just starting out and had no signs of his own.  I am glad to help.   Maybe it is the neighbor...
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By Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
(410-935-5844 Office)
Why Did You Lower The Price? You hired a real estate agent to help you to sell your home. Your agent provided extensive and pertinent information on recent sales and other activity in the real estate market. Along with this information, your agent provided a comparative market analysis, which made price adjustments for each of the appropriate sold properties to determine a fair and reasonable price for your home. You Said "But, I would like to get a price of "X" amount." Your price was far above the suggestion, which was based on factual data, that your real estate agent had given you. "But, I would like to give it a try at my preferred price.  You never know unless you try."  "A Buyer is going to offer less money anyway, so I should start high." Your agent told you the concerns about o...
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By Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
(410-935-5844 Office)
Mortgage Rates at Record Lows While temperatures are rising to record highs, mortgage rates have been falling to record lows. Per Freddie Mac, 30 year fixed rate loans dropped to 4.58 percent for the week ending on July 1 down from 4.69 percent for the prior week. They, also, reported that the 15 year rate fell to a record low of 4.04 percent. The record high temperatures must be trying to say that this is a hot time to buy.
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By Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
(410-935-5844 Office)
Maryland Governor's Race: Basic Freedoms and Bob Ehrlich? I know, I know, I almost got caught in an oxymoron. Here we are at the beginning of July, a time when the citizens of the United States celebrate their independence. We recognize the beauty and power that our freedoms provide to us. Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion are all part of the freedoms which we do not take for granted, but which we understand have been a large part in making our country great. It is a greatness which has inspired throngs of people from around the world to come to this country and make it their home. But, remember, Bob Ehrlich, the former governor of the State of Maryland. Governor Ehrlich did not like the reporting by The Baltimore Sun, a newspaper from Baltimore, regarding the...
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By Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
(410-935-5844 Office)
What is Credit? Many people will say that they have bad credit or that they do not have credit at all. But do they know what is meant by credit? Credit Credit is the ability to borrow tomorrow's money to pay for something that you get today.   Credit is a promise to repay a debt.   Credit may be extended by several means such as credit cards, personal loans, car loans, and home loans (or mortgages).   Credit is a privilege.  The ability to borrow money at reasonable terms and interest rates cannot be taken for granted or assumed.   Credit is extended based on a demonstrated willingness and ability to repay it.  
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By Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
(410-935-5844 Office)
Commuter Train: There Ought To Be A Law The Event On June 21, 2010, a MARC Commuter train broke down. It was a hot and sweltering 90 plus degree day. With the breakdown, the train's air conditioning system also went down, which caused temperatures in these crowded cars to climb into what was probably near 120 degrees. The conductors attempted to keep the passengers on the cars, which had very little ventilation and windows which are not designed to be opened. Some passengers were becoming faint, while others were bursting out the windows. Emergency Medical Technicians were called to the scene. Eventually another train was brought in to transport the passengers. The Response Officials from the MARC Train service expressed delight at such an exciting incident.  Nobody died and nobody was ...
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By Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
(410-935-5844 Office)
Maryland Foreclosures Decline Foreclosures in Maryland dropped by 9% in the first quarter of 2010 when compared to the same time period from last year.  The national decline was 33%. The 3,547 homes sold in foreclosure accounted for 20% of sales in the first quarter.  The national average was 31%. The average price of a foreclosed property in Maryland was $221,794, which was 24% below the market.  Nationally they sold for $171,971, which was 26.7% below the market. Although, lenders may potentially have a high inventory of future foreclosures building, that number may be lower in Maryland due to recent legislation.   HB 472 - Foreclosure MediationSTATUS: PASSED - Effective July 1, 2010Establishes a mediation process for homeowners facing foreclosure.  Requires lenders to provide informa...
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By Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
(410-935-5844 Office)
Fireworks Safety Enjoy your Fourth of July, but be careful with the fireworks. Consider the following fireworks safety tips and information: Lit sparklers can reach temperatures up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Be cautious to not catch clothes on fire or use near children. Only use fireworks outdoors. Read and follow all warnings and instructions before igniting fireworks. Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks. Ensure spectators are out of the range of the fireworks. Only light fireworks outside on a smooth, flat surface away from houses and flammable materials. If drought conditions are present, avoid using fireworks altogether. Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned. Always have a bucket of water, or water hose, nearby. Alcohol and fireworks never mi...
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By Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
(410-935-5844 Office)
Important Information I do not know what the following information means nor do I know what it has to do with real estate, but it must be extremely important as I have received it as a comment two times on one of my blogs. Please read this information and commit it to memory.  You never know when you might need these crucial words. The security of the United States, of North America, of the world, of the universe, . . . , may be at risk. Also, unless you are a complete moron, I suggest that you do not use the form of advertising, whereby you randomly send information about your product or service to unrelated and uninterested sites. I further suggest that you never purchase anything from Timberland as there are rumors that they are a front for an international espionage network. There a...
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By Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
(410-935-5844 Office)
Maryland Venture Fund: InvestMaryland There is a reason that Maryland leads the nation in job creation as we come out of the recession and it is not luck. A program to grow new business and create jobs. Gov. O'Malley announced a new program called InvestMaryland, an administrative and legislative proposal designed to support the growth of the state's knowledge based industries by stimulating investment in the Maryland Venture Fund. The Governor unveiled his proposal during a key note speech to 350 business, academic and government leaders at the 2010 State of Tech in the I-270 Corridor conference at the Universities at Shady Grove Conference Center. More than 11,000 people work in life sciences and approximately 35,000 people work in high tech sectors like IT, telecom and cybersecurity ...
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