Pikesville, MD Real Estate News

By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 I was recently "interviewed," aka "grilled" by a seller's relative, a former agent, retired seven years ago and worked in another state.  (This was after they selected me to represent them as their listing agent.)Got the picture?One of the things said by this former Realtor®:"Nothing has changed in the past 30 years in Real Estate except for technology.  In this market, anyone can sell a house by just putting it in the MLS and waiting for competing offers! They will be interviewing other agents."  Thinking about the situations that have come up since we met, I made a list of a few items that I've seen with recent transactions-Home inspection request after the deadline-Ground Rent owner absent-Change in title from buyer to a trustee-Shared driveway without a recorded easement or a locat...
Comments 23
By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
My first-time home buyer found the perfect home, and we went to settlement yesterday.  We knew this house was just right! Right size, location, condition, parking, porches, and the right price!It is located at the end of the street and right for a pet lover. Below is the listing agent's description. 'Amazing three bedroom two full baths,single-family home in the highly sought after Ralston neighborhood. The last house at the end of a "no outlet" street, on a huge tree-lined double lot. New roof, freshly painted interiors, and exteriors, Hardwood floors throughout. New energy-efficient appliances. Spacious eat-in kitchen plus separate dining room. Large covered front and back porches. Spacious basement, TWO CAR GARAGE with plenty outdoor parking. Lots of room for gardening and outdoor ac...
Comments 18
By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 Baltimore Condos For sale What is a condo? A condo can be any style of housing including, but not limited to,  townhouse, single-family, high-rise, mid-rise, semi-detached, garden apartment, patio home, individual home in a gated community, elevator building, multilevel with no elevator, and some communities that are 55 plus. They can range from no amenities to those with golf, tennis, pools, tot lots, and community centers.  What about condo fees? Ask!How old is the building? Is there on-site management? Is it a full-service building?  Is it pet-friendly? Does it have community laundry?  Are any utilities included? Is there assigned parking? Garage parking? Is the parking attached or separate? Is the garage deeded?  What do you get in a condo?Ask!Is there a doorman to help with packag...
Comments 10
By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 Baltimore county home with first-floor bedrooms and so much more! The most sought-after homes are those single-family stand-alone properties that allow you accessibility, a garage, bedrooms on the main level, and space for entertaining friends and family. They are homes that have first-floor owner suites, main-level laundry, absence of steps, and plenty of rooms for home offices, hobbies, media rooms, and still space for visiting family and grandchildren.    7940 Stevenson RoadBaltimore County in 21208 fits the bill. Click to see more photosI think of this versatile style as a forever home, perfect for aging in place, couples, singles, and sharing with roommates. Maybe your family is growing, or the need for separate living areas for blended families; this property could be an ideal mu...
Comments 14
By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Buck·et list definition'...experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime.' I am enjoying my friends who are sharing their bucket lists with me. But,I'm living my bucket list. When I was eight years old, my dad died, and I knew then I wanted to be a nurse. At this early age, I was sure I could have saved him. And even as a little girl, I started my list of goals that others call a bucket list. I am now supportive and happy for my friends who are making their bucket lists come true.   Bucket list=goals=accomplishments the Rome Way.-I did become an RN and the youngest head nurse at Sinai Hospital. -I met and married the love of my life, and we counted each of those quality days all 16,802. -We're the first couple to do Natural Childbirth at my ...
Comments 29
By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
What do you know about divorce?Since the pandemic, we are hearing more about couples who are separating.  But the rate is higher in marriages where the ages are above fifty. That number has doubled in the last thirty years and is known as ‘grey divorce.’  Women are facing more monetary challenges than men.  In general, they earn less, have smaller savings, and also live longer. When the time comes to divide up assets, there are more challenges in this age group. There is more to be concerned with, from retirement benefits, child support, pension plans, and Social Security. There may be the need to support kids through college, boomerang kids, and other family obligations.  And when it is time to sell the marital home,  find a trusted financial professional that can help explain how the ...
Comments 19
By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Not everyone has a choice of when to move. There may be age or health concerns that affect when you sell.  There may be a loss of a spouse or caregiver. There may be family too far away that you are not able to stay connected. There may be financial challenges when you don't have a choice, and there comes a time when a move is a necessity.Changing homes is not easy at any time, but as people age, there is more of a challenge: so many questions and so many concerns.Is your home set up to 'age-in-place? Is it safe?Is it accessible, preferably without stairs? Is a ramp or stair-glide possible?How is your general health? How is your mental health and memory? Are you thinking ahead of five years?Consider some choices: move to an apartment,  buy a condo, check out a 55 plus community, or a se...
Comments 17
By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
What's it like to have a home in two different counties like Baltimore City and Baltimore County. There are properties that part is in the city and the other in the county. Over the years, I have sold more than a handful of these listings. And it is always interesting. The topic, brought up on this past week's radio show, created a discussion from the listening audience. Questions came upWhat about schools?Where do you pay taxes?When is trash day?Which library?How about a neighborhood pool?A senior center?For the school situation, my experience has been that there is a choice. Since you are paying two tax bills and have two tax IDs, you have a choice, just like voting. I have always taken these "on the line" properties as a positive. Maybe your job requires you to live in the city, but ...
Comments 29
By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 Safety First Always!Chris Ann Cleland inspired this post. Her title ''Think You Are Safe Because You Work Strictly By Referral?''This reminded me of a call received a few years ago. The potential buyer wanted to see one of my listings, and he wanted to see it at 8 PM. Not a chance! I declined his request. Note: I did not know this person. It was dark; the house was vacant and on a wooded lot—more than enough reasons to deny any last-minute showing. And then came his mocking/sarcastic questions:  "Why won't you show me this house?  Are you afraid of the dark?"My quick reply: "No, Sir, I am not afraid of the dark, but.. I am afraid of you!"  I will be happy to set an appointment during the day with a Realtor® of your choice. What time tomorrow would you like to see it? He showed up the n...
Comments 29
By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Open Sunday2:30-3:30 7940 Stevenson Rd 21208 MDBC20000820 $699,944 5 Bedrooms 3 1/2 Baths    Here is a forever house with five bedrooms, a sunroom addition, an office with a separate entrance, and a large den on the main level. Two bedrooms on the upper level with another full bath and abundant storage. Two wood-burning fireplaces plus a pellet stove. The patio is wired and ready for your hot tub.  Garage and studio/office with separate entrance. Updated and upgraded, this Sugar-built Stevenson home sits on a beautifully landscaped and manicured lot.     Click to see more photos.      For a tour or more information about this home Call Margaret Rome    
Comments 4
By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
The first question about a listed home is almost always:  How many bedrooms and how many baths? The bath numbers don't change but think about the other rooms.  How many rooms do you need that have to have a bed? Should you say the house has five or six bedrooms, you may get a response...oh, that house is too big!Time for more questions. How many will live in the house? How many rooms do you need? How many rooms are needed for sleeping? I have seen three-bedroom houses, and two of those bedrooms have three bunk beds. Yes, that house could easily sleep eight.But "bed" rooms are used for many other activities other than sleeping.  How are your rooms going to be used?There are times when only one person will be occupying the home but needs so much space. Think about how you are going to use...
Comments 17
By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
I have been looking for a  Greene Tree Condo in Baltimore County, with a first-floor owner suite and a double garage for quite a few months. My buyers have been wonderfully patient, but today they asked permission to take matters into their own hands.In my search for this property, I have been running an ad, blogging, placed a call to the property management, and talked about this property on my weekly radio show.My buyers made up this flyer to distribute in their desired neighborhood. Finding a home for buyers in this market takes a bit more than waiting for one to hit the MLS. Thinking of selling your homeCall Margaret Rome 
Comments 11
By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Families often choose to move to a new home during the summertime so their children can feel at home in the new place before school starts. It makes good sense to give kids the chance to settle in before taking on the challenges of a new school, no matter what their ages.Many years ago, my very special clients, Keith and Kim Holmes shared their tips for making a move easier on your children. Here are a few of their ideas: ''Most important – LISTEN. Children will give you all kinds of signs. Take care to be in tune with their feelings, fears, and concerns.   Be sensitive to their wishes. You will have hour-on-hour of “new house” discussions, and there will be times when they don’t want to be involved.   Make sure to involve them, especially in decisions that affect them. Let them choose ...
Comments 12
By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
  7940 Stevenson Rd 21208 MDBC20000820 $699,944 5 Bedrooms 3 1/2 Baths    Here is a forever house with five bedrooms, a sunroom addition, an office with a separate entrance, and a large den on the main level. Two bedrooms on the upper level with another full bath and abundant storage. Two wood-burning fireplaces plus a pellet stove. The patio is wired and ready for your hot tub. Garage and studio/office with separate entrance. Updated and upgraded, this Sugar-built Stevenson home sits on a beautifully landscaped and manicured lot.     Click to see more photos.      For a tour or more information about this home Call Margaret Rome    
Comments 8
By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Over the years, I have listened to so many buyers and sellers about their wants and needs. I have heard sellers say their homes will be hard to sell because of a perceived deficiency. It may not be so.Always ask and don't assume. A dozen assumptions in real estate:  -Everyone wants a Single-Family Home-Everyone wants Central Air Conditioning-Everyone wants Public Water-Everyone wants A Finished Basement-Everyone wants Gas Heat-Everyone wants a Brick House-Everyone wants a Side Loading Garage-Everyone wants a Fireplace-Everyone wants an EOG townhome-Everyone wants an Inground Pool-Everyone wants a Lawn-Everyone wants a Quiet Street  For each of the dozen perceptions above, I have a story to tell.  Just ask.Please don't assume!Questions about buying or selling a homeCall Margaret Rome  
Comments 20
By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 7520 Seven Mile LaneBaltimore County 21208MLS# MDBC2003390 Seven Mile and Smith Ave Desirable location!  Here is an excellent opportunity to own a single-family home set up as 2 living units. The second floor has a private entrance from the large covered front porch, three bedrooms, a full bath, and a kitchen!  Live on the first level, rent the upstairsor use the entire home as a four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home. Maybe laundry room upstairs instead of the kitchen.The main level, with fireplace, has an eat-in kitchen, breakfast bar, access to the deck, and rear fenced yard. The First-floor bedroom with walk-in closet/office/sunroom has a half bath and Pella sliding glass door to the deck.  Also on this first level is a dining room, living room, fireplace, hardwood floors, and anot...
Comments 8
By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 My special sellers held an event at the home they are selling.  With their large family, including four sons, wives, a bunch of grandkids, and great grands, this couple opened their home, and so many came. I stopped by  Sunday after my radio show to see this wonderful home filled with beautiful happy people. The purpose: a Giving Away Party! Everyone could choose from many cherished items, and they all got fed lots of wonderful home cooking. What a terrific reason to have a party! The house was filled with laughter, photo-taking, story sharing, making memories, and helping Grandma and Pop lessen the stuff that needed packing, moving, and giving away.  Have you ever thought about how we pay others to throw our stuff away? Think of all the organizers, stagers, haulers, and others who, fo...
Comments 13
By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 Would you please help me find a Pikesville/Owings Mills Home?   I am looking for a small single-family home in Northwest Baltimore with only two must-haves! -ONEIt must be in immaculate move-in condition.This busy buyer has no time and no inclination to do any work. We are ready to move and start living immediately.  -TWOIt must have a garage!One car is okay, but it must be attached.   This home does not sound like a tall order, but we need this property ASAP. The buyer is qualified and ready to move at a moment's notice. Do you have this home to sell?Do you know someone who does?  If you have this home, please get in touch with Margaret Rome. All calls confidential!  
Comments 8
By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
7940 Stevenson Rd 21208MDBC20000820$699,9445 Bedrooms3 1/2 Baths  Here is a forever house with five bedrooms, a sunroom addition, an office with a separate entrance, and a large den on the main level. Two bedrooms on the upper level with another full bath and abundant storage. Two wood-burning fireplaces plus a pellet stove. The patio is wired and ready for your hot tub. Garage and studio/office with separate entrance. Updated and upgraded, this Sugar-built Stevenson home sits on a beautifully landscaped and manicured lot.   Click to see more photos.   For a tour or more information about this homeCall Margaret Rome  
Comments 11
By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 What will you do to sell my home?That's the question a seller wants to know from their REALTOR®Hopefully, more than the three Ps. 1.Put it into the MLS2. Place a sign on the property 3. Pray  In addition to putting the property on the MLS (Multiple Listing System), making sure it is on numerous websites, professional photography, and taking each call to answer questions and set up appointments, HomeRome will be doing various additional marketing.   As you can see above, we will talk about your house and all the special features on my live weekly radio show. You may call in, and we can discuss your property. This way, your home has more exposure to the general public. Blogging is part of my marketing to tell about your home, neighborhood, and unique features.  And sometimes, I combine t...
Comments 13
Explore Pikesville, MD
Pikesville, MD Real Estate Professionals