Housing outlook in 2020

After the unexpected slowdown of existing home sales last fall, most real estate agents had optimism for the 2019 spring market.  However, many were surprised by the early spring reporting of mixed ho…

Consumers demand transparency

Ten years ago, I reported on the growing demand of transparency in real estate.  As you can imagine, mistrust of real estate agents was at an all-time high after the housing market crash.  At that tim…

For your protection

Of the handful of new Maryland real estate related laws that go into effect this week, two are highly important for you to know. One protects your confidential information, and the other concerns your…

Fall home maintenance

If you feel that you are always doing maintenance on your home, you are not alone.  But the truth is that homes require regular maintenance.  Fall is here and time to get to work. Fall home maintenanc…

Home sale marketing tools

Some homes seem to sell themselves, while others need help. If your home needs help, understand that effective use of marketing tools can increase your home’s appeal. Also, finding ways to communicate…

A timely housing finance reform

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump released a memorandum indicating the need to reform the current structure of housing finance. Although some believe this initiative is a distraction, the real…

Home remodeling craze

Once thought of as a supporting actor in the housing industry, home remodeling is poised to take the spotlight. The growing fascination with home remodeling is generating new renovation trends and res…

Homeowners insurance checkup

Have you thought about your homeowners insurance lately? Chances are that unless you have made a recent claim, you probably haven’t given it much consideration.  If you are like most homeowners, you p…