Happy Friday everyone and welcome to my new weekly post “The Friday Five”. Each week I’ll be highlighting five articles from the news about real estate and our local community. Check back weekly to see what’s going on!

Mortgages can be confusing, especially to the first time homebuyer. Daniel Bortz, a DMV realtor, answers the 5 Most Common Questions About Mortgages. He even covers the tough stuff like why your interest rate is higher than you thought it’d be and what to do if you can’t make a mortgage payment.

Think spring is the hottest time for real estate? Think again. Read Summer Could Be Hottest Time for Real Estate Sales in More Ways Than One for details on this buyers market that shows no signs of slowing down. If you have a family and are thinking of buying or selling a home then act now so everything is in place by the start of the school year.

Dave Ramsey, financial guru, highlights 4 Insider Tips to Sell Your Home on a Tight Timeline. He discusses the power behind staging, stellar photography, and more. I’m happy to report that these are all techniques that I take very seriously as an agent.

Calvert County is abundant with local farms and farm stands so take some time to show them support by Taking the Pledge to Eat Local Every Day During Buy Local Agriculture Week. From temporary farmers markets to a list of local roadside stands this article is your guide to eating local.

Check out here and here for a list of upcoming Southern Maryland events, live music, and more. Highlighted this week is Sharkfest at Calvert Marine Museum and wine tasting at Ruddy Duck Brewery!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!