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Real estate industry affected by legislation

Thursday, May 20, 2021 Lauren Bunting

As a continuation to last week’s article, the Maryland State Legislature convened on January 13thand adjourned on April 12th. Maryland REALTORS®' issues a report each year on the Maryland ...

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Real estate industry secures several wins in Md. Assembly

Thursday, May 13, 2021 Lauren Bunting

In 2021, the Maryland State Legislature convened on January 13th  and adjourned on April 12th. Maryland REALTORS®' issues a report each year on the Maryland Legislative session ...

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Home Builders Association reports lumber prices rising

Thursday, May 06, 2021 Lauren Bunting

Per the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), lumber prices have tripled over the past 12 months and have caused the price of an average new single-family home to increase by $35,872. This ...

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Options exist for homebuyer looking to waive inspections

Thursday, April 29, 2021 Lauren Bunting

Last week, we discussed the current sellers’ market and how it is difficult to get offers accepted when facing multiple offer situations. The article last week detailed using appraisal waivers, but additional ...

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Waiving appraisal effective strategy for select buyers

Thursday, April 22, 2021 Lauren Bunting

Buyers are looking for ways to strengthen their offer in this competitive seller’s market. One tactic that carries a lot of weight with sellers is waiving your appraisal contingency. But not every ...

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Buyer 'Love Letters' can be deceptive, according to NAR

Thursday, April 15, 2021 Lauren Bunting

In this sellers’ market, one tactic used by buyers is the “buyer love letter”.  This is when a buyer will write a personal note/letter in an attempt to stand out to a seller, especially in hot ...

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Maryland SmartBuy 3.0 program discussed

Thursday, April 08, 2021 Lauren Bunting

The state of Maryland offers a unique program called Maryland SmartBuy, which can help buyers with student debt attain homeownership. This program can also significantly increase a buyer’s purchasing ...

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Recordation taxes, transfer fees

Thursday, April 01, 2021 Lauren Bunting

Customary in the state of Maryland is a split of transfer and recordation charges between a buyer and a seller. Section 14-104(b) of the Real Property Article, Annotated Code of Maryland provides ...

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Home sales slip in February after gains in months prior

Thursday, March 25, 2021 Lauren Bunting

According to the National Association of Realtors®, existing-home sales declined in February, following gains in both January, 2021 and December, 2020. However, all four U.S. regions recorded year-over-year ...

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Home buyers should assure septic systems get tested

Thursday, March 18, 2021 Lauren Bunting

If a home doesn’t operate off of a public sewer facility, then a private in-ground wastewater treatment system is used to treat and dispose of household wastewater on-site. In Maryland, approximately ...

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Lead inspection required in Md. since 2015

Thursday, March 11, 2021 Lauren Bunting

Since 2015, the state of Maryland has made it mandatory for all properties built prior to 1978 to have a new lead inspection certificate at each change of occupancy. Here is a reminder of some of the ...

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Individual, business rates of withholding tax in Maryland

Thursday, March 04, 2021 Lauren Bunting

Anyone who sells a property in Maryland, but is a “non-resident” of the state of Maryland, must pay a withholding tax. Recently the Maryland Association of Realtors released information on various aspects ...

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Worcester County following Md. Forest Conservation Act

Thursday, February 25, 2021 Lauren Bunting

The Worcester County Forest Conservation Law was enacted under the Maryland Forest Conservation Act of 1991, requiring all county governments to adopt local forest conservation programs. The purpose of ...

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Cost effective home staging tips

Thursday, February 18, 2021 Lauren Bunting

The saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” is especially true in selling a home in today’s world, where practically all house shoppers start their search online.  Staging a home properly ...

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Tips to improve chances in challenging sellers' market

Thursday, February 11, 2021 Lauren Bunting

Lack of inventory, rising prices, multiple offers on new listings—all confirmation that we are indeed in a sellers’ market. Finding a home in today’s market is challenging for buyers, but there are ways ...

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