Are things always changing?

I’ve had the pleasure and the opportunity write this column for about 15 years.  My goal was to inform and enlighten you about housing and real estate issues.  And over the years, recurring themes eme…

Upzoning to the rescue

Can zoning be the answer to solving housing shortages and increasing affordability?  Many city planners and politicians think so.  Although many localities are still considering upzoning ordinances, s…

Holiday home safety

For some, the holiday season is a time of enjoying family and friends.  For others, it’s a time of giving.  Regardless, many agree that it’s a time we wish each other joy and happiness.  Here’s some t…

Homebuyer strategies in 2020

Experts’ home sale inventory forecasts for the spring echo expectations from recent years. And in some regions, it could be a very competitive homebuyer market.  Affordability is likely to be a major …

Winter home cleaning

Each spring, we talk about cleaning our homes after cocooning during the winter months.  The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) publishes an annual survey that reveals how many of us actually do a “spr…

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…