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NAR: Pending home sales increase for the first time in 9 months

By Susan Cleary | Apr 30, 2014

I wanted to share this article with you.  This is great information and is relevant to what we are seeing in Maryland. NAR: Pending home sales increase for first time in 9 months.  Homes under contract down 7.9 percent from a year ago Teke Wiggin Staff Writer, NAP The number of homes that went under…

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Southern Maryland Gardening – Spring Gardening Tips

By Susan Cleary | Apr 16, 2014

It’s time to start planning our Southern Maryland Gardens.  Dig out your tools, gloves and seeds and get to work!   Spring Gardening Tips By Jennifer Reginald With an unusually cold winter behind us, spring has finally sprung in Southern Maryland. It’s the perfect time to bring your yard and garden back to life with some…

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Congratulations to the 2014 SMECO Mathematics Challenge Participants

By Susan Cleary | Apr 10, 2014

Congratulations to the all of the 2014 SMECO Mathematics Challenge Winners and Participants! Great job!! http://www.calvertnet.k12.md.us/info/submission/viewsubmission.asp?num=594 The Southern Maryland Electric Company (SMECO) and Calvert County Public Schools (CCPS) hosted the Elementary Mathematics Challenge on March 29, 2014 at Barstow Elementary School. Eighteen teams of fourth and fifth grade students completed individual and team challenges during the event.…

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Eggcellent Easter Fun in Southern Maryland

By Susan Cleary | Apr 7, 2014

I wanted to share some Easter activities that your whole family can enjoy throughout Southern Maryland.  I hope you have an “Eggciting” time! Chesapeake Beach Easter Festival, 4/12/2014 – 12:00 p.m.  Town of Chesapeake Beach Easter Festival is April 12 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Kellam’s Field. Fun for kids from toddlers to 12.…

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5 Tips To Sell Your Home This Spring

By Susan Cleary | Apr 3, 2014

If you want to sell your home this spring, prepare for pent-up buyer demand.  Spring might be an even livelier home-selling season this year because homebuyers want to act before interest rates or home prices rise.  Even so, buyers insist on good deals. Even in seller’s markets, where the supply of homes for sale can’t…

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How long do I have to wait after a foreclosure to buy a property?

By Susan Cleary | Apr 1, 2014

  There is no wait to “buy a property” per se, as you can always pay with cash. However, if you need financing, the answer is “it depends.” According to the Bournemouth Property team, if you walked away from your last home it could take as long as seven years for you to again be…

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Fall in Love with a Home

By Susan Cleary | Feb 14, 2014

Outdoor features make house searchers swoon, a new survey from Realtor.com finds. This home, with elaborate gardens and a pool, was recently featured as a WSJ House of the Day. Falling in love can be wonderful—and finding the perfect house can make a house-hunter weak in the knees. A survey by Realtor.com shows that falling head-over-heels…

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Great Tip Before You List Your Home

By Susan Cleary | Jan 27, 2014

Price confusion. Some sellers have a confused understanding of the mechanics of determining the fair market value of a home and setting a list price. This leaves them vulnerable to the trap of letting their financial self-interest and fantasies for the future get in the way of setting a smart list price. As you know,…

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Jobs are on the increase

By Susan Cleary | Dec 9, 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukah from your friends at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The November jobs numbers were very good, across the board. The unemployment rate fell to 7 percent, its lowest level in exactly five years, from 7.3 percent. The nation added 203,000 jobs last month, nearly identical to October’s numbers and affirming…

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