Douglas Realty Customer Care Team's Blog Posts

Downpayment Assistance

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) website connects to a wealth of information regarding home purchase including programs that help you with financial  assistance by state. HUD Links

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Live Near Your Work Baltimore Grants For Homebuyers

Baltimore City Live Near Your Work Program What is it? This program is a partnership between participating employers and the City of Baltimore designed to encourage homeownership near

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Good Neighbor Next Door Program

ARE YOU A TEACHER FIREMAN EMT OR POLICE OFFICER LOOKING TO PURCHASE??Good Neighbor Next Door Program:If so, you may qualify for HUD's Good Neighbor Next Door Program which couldSAVE 50% off;

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Getting Organized

Organizing the chores you need to carry out is an effective first step toward getting the job done.https://otbd.it

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Are You A Teacher Fireman EMT Or Police Officer Looking To Purchase

Good Neighbor Next Door Program:If so, you may qualify for HUD's Good Neighbor Next Door Program which couldSAVE 50% off the purchase of your home!What is the Good Neighbor Next Door Program

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Know Who The Agent Is Working For

Know Who the Agent Is Working For!Seller's AgentA Seller’s Agent works for the real estate company that lists the property. While the Seller's agent can assist you (the buyer) in

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Whats Next In Real Estate Markets Trends To Watch In 2017

Real estate in 2017 is to be shaped by cities that meet not only the economic standards of a sustainable market, but also the demand for distinct neighborhoods within those markets.This is according

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Instagram Business

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Rent Or Buy

Tired of rising rent? May be this is time to evaluate your financial and become a homeowner or consider to become a landlord. The following buy or rent calculator comes handy. http://www

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Those Pesky Mosquitos

While some of you will be in the garden, others will be just completing chores like cutting the grass and most will just be trying to enjoy the great outdoors in our back yards and on the front.

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Digital Upgrades To Help Sell Your Home

These $100 Digital Upgrades Can Help You Sell Your House If you’re thinking about selling your home this spring, plant some fresh flowers, give the house a fresh coat of paint — and boost

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Why Pocket Listings

I'm sure there are some reasons why a Seller or Agent may want to "Pocket" their listing, but is it worth it?Some legitimate concerns of Sellers may be that,1. "I don’t want everyone to know I’m

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Making Baltimore A Safer Place To Live And Play

Safer Streets for our residents “We need more officers on the street”, “We need more officers to be visible”, “We need more officers to be compassionate,” are the out cries from

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Questions To Ask Your Realtor Before You Sign A Listing Agreement

Questions To Ask Your Realtor...Before You Sign A Listing AgreementFinding the right real estate professional requires doing a little research and asking a few questions…before you sign the

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Dont Wait Forever For THE ONE

When you’re dating, you can spend years searching for the perfect relationship only to—possibly—wait too long and miss out on something great. Suddenly, over your sad microwave meal and bottle

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Autumn Home Maintenance

Use these must-do fall maintenance tips to keep your house in shape and help keep you warm this winter.Regularly clean gutters and downspouts. Make sure all drainage areas are unblocked by leaves

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Fall Decorating For The Front Yard

Ok, maybe you are not the person who likes white ghost sheets and fake cobwebs hanging out on your front porch for the fall season. I had to, of course, when my kids were little, but now that they

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Know Before You Owe Law Or The New Lender Closing Forms

As part of the fallout from the Subprime Mortgage Crisis, the Dodd-Frank Act directed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to reform the process of informing consumers about true

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Is Residential Real Estate Really A Crapshoot

Is Residential Real Estate Really a ‘Crapshoot’? Posted: 09 Jul 2014 04:00 AM PDT Our founder, Steve Harney, occasionally asks to do a personal post on what he sees as important to

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FHFA Releases 1st Quarter 2014 Home Prices

Last week the FHFA released the 1st Quarter Home Prices for 2014. Looking at the breakdown regionally, year-over-year, prices are up across the country. We always like to give you the regional

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Short Sales Are The Numbers Beginning To Slide

RealtyTrac recently released their Q1 2013 U.S. Foreclosure & Short Sales Report™. One of the more interesting revelations in the report was the decrease in the number of short sales being

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NonTraditional Retirement Metros Becoming Meccas For Older Adults Who Want To Age In Place

It's probably only natural for real estate agents to assume that most boomers or retirees bent on moving to a new city to enjoy their golden years will be on the trail to Florida, Arizona, or

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PentUp Buyer Seller Demand About To Be Released

American consumers’ perception of the residential real estate market was revealed in a recent survey by Edelman Berland. They interviewed 2,500 Americans who are “in the market” to buy or

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Harvard 5 Financial Reasons To Buy A Home

Eric Belsky is Managing Director of the Joint Center of Housing Studies at Harvard University. He also currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Housing Research and

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Maryland Launches Federal Tax Credit For New Homebuyers

Maryland Launches Federal Tax Credit for New HomebuyersMay 8, 2014 by mdhousing Leave a comment Secretary Skinner unveils the Maryland HomeCredit program at the annual

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FreddieMac Housing Is Stronger Today

In a recent blog post, FreddieMac explained that “housing is stronger today than at any point since the Great Recession began and hit bottom in 2009”. They then gave three reasons which support

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The Impact Of What We Do

NAR just reported on the economic impact to a community when a home sells. They outlined: “The total economic impact of real estate related industries on the state economy,

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Rethinking The 55 Market

We are excited to have Nikki Buckelew back as our guest blogger for today. Nikki  is considered a leading authority on seniors real estate and housing. - The KCM Crew Someone said to me

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Real Estate This Spring Will Be Different

Just like May flowers, every spring the housing market blossoms as buyers come out ready to purchase their dream house. This spring, we believe we are going to see the strongest purchasing

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Encouraging Words From One Agent To Another

Can you ask the right seven questions?We are in a market place that is correcting itself.  This has been established.  When you take a listing are you asking your client the right?

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3 Reasons To Sell Your Home This Spring

 Many sellers are still hesitant about putting their house up for sale. Where are prices headed? Where are interest rates headed? These are all valid questions. However, there are several

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A Homes Cost Vs Price Explained

We have often talked about the difference between COST and PRICE. As a seller, you will be most concerned about ‘short term price’ – where home values are headed over the next six months.

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4 Signs Youre Ready To Sell Your Home

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Hispanic Millennials Housing

Nielsen recently released their report “Millennials – Breaking the Myths” and today I want to focus on the information reported about Hispanic Millennials. Of the 77 million Millennials,

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Keep Your Fingers To The Pulse Of Inventory Levels

The housing market is changing dramatically as we speak. Regions that virtually had no housing inventory just twelve months ago are now seeing a surge of homes coming to

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Speak Intelligently About The Home Sales Numbers

It is crucially important that, as experts in the real estate field, we can articulate what is actually taking place in the housing market…especially when news headlines are causing confusion.

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Who Says Millennials Are Not Buying Houses

We have often gone against the grain to promote the fact that Millennials have a stronger belief in homeownership than previous generations. Some have strongly disagreed. Well, a new study from the

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Consider Downsizing

Smaller House = Smaller Mortgage  Generally a smaller home can translate into a smaller monthly mortgage payment. In many cases, if you have lived in your family home for many years, and

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Type Of Agents Consumers Prefer

"The consumer's experience in buying a home may vary widely from an enjoyable shopping experience to a frustrating quagmire of aggravation," said Michael Urbanski, CEO of Qazzoo.com, a social search

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Benefits To Home Ownership

There are quite a few benefits that comes along with home ownership.  Every year during tax season, you are able to deduct the interest that you have paid on your home which is great

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Try To Buy

Some people may assume that purchasing a home is more expensive compared to renting.  The truth is, purchasing a home may be less expensive or the same cost as renting.  Complete some

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Buying A Home Less Expensive Than Renting By 38

Trulia released their Rent vs. Buy Report last week. The report explained that homeownership remains cheaper than renting in all of the 100 largest metro areas by an average of 38%!The other

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Agent Beware 5 Signs Of A Difficult Client

As agents, you can’t expect to agree with sellers on everything, at least not from the get-go. But there are certain telltale signs of clients that you should avoid at all costs, as they will only

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Home Sales Are They Increasing Or Decreasing

There has been a lot of chatter about the last few Existing Home Sales Reports from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Year-over-year sales have been down four of the last five months.

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Two Controversial Mortgage Products Agents Should Know About

   We already know from NAR that 1 in 4 home sales in 2012 involved a seller over the age of 65. It’s also no secret that the aging population

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Real Estate Teams Jumping Onto The Seniors Real Estate Bandwagon

Expanding into the seniors real estate niche: Good business sense for teams More and more real estate teams – both small and large – are beginning to consider the idea of expanding into

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Tapering Continues

Last week, the Federal Reserve, in a unanimous vote, decided to further decrease its bond purchasing. The bond purchases were the government’s stimulus package created to keep long

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Be Quiet Chicken Little The Sky Is NOT Falling

There has been much speculation about what is causing the falling sales numbers in the most recent Existing Home Sales Reports (EHS) from the National Association of

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How To Price Real Estate

Today we are excited to welcome back Ashley Garner as our guest writer today. Ashley has been a broker for over 20 years in the Wilmington, NC area. - The KCM Crew Location may have

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Performing A Credit Check Before Homebuying

So you thought you did away with grades and competitive scoring when you finished school? Turns out, a three-digit summary of your creditworthiness may be the obstacle or the key to your perfect

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Not Getting A Preapproved Home Loan

It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking you first find the house you want, and then you can start thinking about the loan process, especially if you've already taken care of your credit.

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Skipping The Home Inspection

We learned in Mistake #4 not to take someone at his or her word until you get a written, signed agreement. Likewise, when you're buying a house for the first time, you can't just depend on asking

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Legislation To Reform The Federal Flood Insurance Programr

Knowing of your interest in legislation to reform the federal flood insurance program, I wanted to provide you with an update on recent actions the Senate has taken on this important issue.

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Shred The New Revolutionary Diet

Dr. Ian K. Smith's Shred is the answer to every dieter's biggest dilemmas: how to lose that last twenty pounds? How to push through that frustrating plateau? What to do when nothing else is working?

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Mediterranean Diet May Counter Genetic Risk Of Stroke

Mediterranean diets heavy in two foods -- olive oil and nuts -- are linked to a lower rate of strokes in older people whose genetic makeup boosts their risk of diabetes, according to a new study.

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10 Easy Tips To Boost Fiber

Eating plenty of fiber is good for digestion and may help to reduce the risk of conditions like heart disease and certain types of cancer. Eating fiber-rich foods may also help you feel fuller. But

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The Lender And Title Company

Whether you are buying a home or selling a home these are 2 of the key players in your real estate transactionany one of these folks can ruin your closing if they are not on top of your transaction

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Is The Home Inspector Helping

Almost everyone gets a Home Inspection rightThe Home Inspector is working for you a few things you want to always ask:1) Does the Home Inspector Physically get on the roof? Why?  the roof

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Buying Insurance For Your Home

When it comes time to buy an Insurance Policy for your new Home check around, ask questions.Did you know many companies have wind and hail deductibles as high as 2% of the homes value?for example if

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Showing Your Home In The Winter Months

To help with the showing of your property it is critical that the sidewalks and steps be cleared of snow and ice in the front and rear of your property. If you cannot do this your self usually

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Flood Insurance Issues Could Sink Your Sales

Dec 8, 2013   Representative John Sarbanes Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2444 50 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20515-2003   Dear Representative

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The Big Fish Debate

Just months after Paul Greenberg’s book Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food hit the shelves, the future may have already arrived. In Four Fish, Greenberg -- a

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GMO Genetically Modified Organisms Healthy Or Harmful You Decide

 Genetically-modified foods (GM foods) have made a big splash in the news lately. European environmental organizations and public interest groups have been actively protesting against GM

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HEART HEALTHY GUIDELINES

Many leading cardiologists say the credibility of new cholesterol guidelines released this month is shattered, raising questions about what kind of evidence should be used to direct medical

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WALKING IN THE WINTER

Fitness experts have long extolled the virtues of walking as a heart-healthy low-impact exercise. But a new first-of-its-kind study suggests more of us need to pick up the pace to get the

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Black Friday Or Cyber Monday

‘Tis the Season to Go Shopping: Black Friday and Cyber Monday Battle It Out for Consumer DollarsPosted on November 20Nothing says “holiday shopping” quite like the four-day weekend from

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Black Friday Shopping Now Starts On Thanksgiving

Christmas Lights and decorations were up even before Halloween.  Christmas music playing on radio stations long before Thanksgiving and now Black Friday sales and stores are beginning on

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Preparing Your Home For Sale

You sellers out there, this is for you....Here are 11 quick tips on preparing your home for the fastest and quickest sale!Interior:  Kitchen, Floors, Lighting, Storage, Walls, Extra

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What Do You Do When Your Child Does Not Want To Go To School

So...every morning, (Mon. - Fri. / Sept.- June)  it's the same old thing.  You get your child up for school, feed them, send them up to the shower as you make their school lunch, only

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Home Improvements And The Difference They Make

A swimming pool or a built in Spa may not cause the home to sell for any additional money.  In some instances these items may be a big negative to a potential home buyer especially in lower

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Can The Ravens Beat Cleveland This Sunday

The Ravens have had two weeks to rest up, get themselves together, and come out this Sunday to play some football. They have been a bit frustrating to watch lately as they have made many

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Fighting Animals And The Spectators That Watch

Animal Fighting Spectators—S. 666 and H.R. 366, the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act. Introduced by Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Mark Kirk, R-Ill., Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and

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Another Critical Animal Abuse Issue

Horse Soring—S. 1406 and H.R. 1518, the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act. Introduced by Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Mark Warner, D-Va., and Reps. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., and Steve Cohen,

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Pasadena Home For Sale

Three bedroom, 2 full bath, large split level home in sought after Deefield Community in Pasadena is waiting for you.  You will love the beautiful hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings,

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10 Weird Facts About Halloween

Here are a few fun facts about Halloween that I thought I would pass along...found on Mashable.com.  More candy is sold on October 28th than any other day of the year.  According to,

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ObamaCare Strikes Again

  View gallery.An image from the "Hannity" segment in which the Fox News host called an Obamacare phone operator (Fox News)An Obamacare phone operator who had a conversation with Fox News host

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TO ANIMAL POWER And Those Of Us Who Love Them

Animal power: The rise of online advocacy   A couple of years ago, someone asked me how we did adoptions before the Internet. The question, apart from highlighting my age,

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IRS Delays Start Of TaxFiling Season

Daily Real Estate News | Thursday, October 24, 2013 The IRS announced this week that it will delay the start of tax-filing season by up to two weeks because of the

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September Real Estate

After hitting the highest level in nearly four years, existing-home sales declined in September, but limited inventory conditions continued to pressure home prices in much of the country,

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Real Estate Search Engines Trulia Zillow And Others

In the age of technology, sometimes it is good to go back to the good old fashion way of doing things and ask a REALTOR!  As I constantly attempt to keep up with all of the new fangled,

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Window Condensation

I have always "thought" I understood what caused window condensation but have recently found out that I really didn't understand how todays "tighter" houses that are more energy efficient have a

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HealthCare And Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Marylander's can now shop for health coverage through a new online Marketplace called the Maryland Health Connection. If you live in Maryland and are looking for health coverage, I

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Fall Season And Chicken Soup Receipe

As Promised -  Chicken Soup soothes a cold, Fall Allergy symtoms and comforts ones Soul Receipe:1 Whole chicken or 1 1/2 lb of Chicken breastsLarge container of  chicken Stock or Knorrs

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Smart Spending For Fall

GREAT Article I wanted to share!Written by Kathleen Miller You might be ready to cozy up indoors now that fall is in full swing, but it’s just the right time to be thinking about your lawn

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50 Shades Of Grey Movie Girls Day Out

While I am just not so into the 50 Shades of Grey series as some of my friends are, I was thinking I would just rather see the movie.  Then I thought how cool it would be to get a HUGE group of

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DIY Coop GREAT Idea To Do With Friends

I read an interesting article about a DIY Coop!   I thought what a great idea!  The article spoke about contractors who help each other.  Which kind of sounded like a bartering.

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WELCOME BACK JACOBY JONES GO RAVENS

Tough loss yesterday but was so HAPPY to see Jacoby Jones return!   You can just see the energy in his eyes!  He was as happy to be back as we were to see him!

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VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE FAUCET VOTE BY OCT 16TH

Comment for a chance to win! POLL: Favorite Bathroom Faucet?Houzz Pollslast Tuesday in Design DilemmaWhat's your favorite bathroom faucet style? Vote for your choice! To enter the

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Welcoming The SUN

Didnt realize how much I missed the sun until I woke up this morning!!   REALLY DOES BRING OUT THE BRIGHT SIDE OF!

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Leeland Woods Pasadena

I'm so excited to share this beautifully built home by Rivendale Homes in Severn  MD. The Kingston Model is move-in ready  with three finished levels and loaded gorgeous;

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FALL TIPS FOR INTERIOR MAINTENANCE

Hope you find these as helpful as I do!Inside the Home Have a heating professional check your heating system every year.Replace your furnace filter.Woodburning stove connector pipes and

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FALL TIPS FOR EXTERIOR MAINTENCE

Just a TO DO LIST of FALL TIPS for Exterior Maintenance!Outside the home Clear debris out of window wells, gutters, downspouts, and storm drains.Remove garden hoses from spouts. Drain and store

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Deer And Dog Share Common Ground

It is amazing how Mother Nature works! I have an 8lb poodle mix that barks at EVERYTHING!  Even if there is a person walking down our street a 1/2 a mile away, she hears them coming and starts

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Oldest Child gets her first REAL CAREER JOB!  As a Mom the most rewarding thing is knowing that your child is happy and self sufficient!   I have 2 children and it has been a crazy 23

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Fall Menus Of Comfort Food Also Helps Allergy Sufferers

Love the smell of Vegetable Beef Soup brewing!?!  Feel the warmth of Chicken and Dumplings in your tummy?!? Smell the cinnamon in your Hot Apple cider?!  With the Beautiful Fall Season

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The Winning Mega Millions Ticket Sold In Anne Arundel County

Congratulations to the person or persons who won the Mega Millions jackpot this morning!  Apparently, the winning ticket was sold at the Dash In on Quarterfield Rd.  I am happy that

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Signs Of Fall In Pasadena

Crisp cool mornings, leaves beginning to change, colorful mums everywhere.  I love this time of year in Pasadena. Signs for Fall Bazaar's, pumpkin farms, corn mazes, apple cider, Fall

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Historic Ghost Walk In Annapolis

This weekend will be the last weekend for the Annapolis's Ghost Walk if you and your family would like to learn about the history (and haunted tales) of Annapolis.  It is a family friendly

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