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12 Trampoline Safety & Maintenance Tips

(RE/MAX Blog) - Backyard trampolines can be a great way to keep your kids active and away from their screens. Just don't let an injury end the fun. Follow these tips to help keep your young – and old – trampoline fans safe this season.

1. Put it in a safe place
Don't set up your trampoline below power lines, trees with low-hanging branches or clothes-drying lines.

2. Keep it clean
Leaves and dirt can erode the trampoline's mat and springs. Hose it down when it starts collecting yard debris, or wipe it off with a wet rag. Don't use any strong solvents to clean your trampoline as these can also erode the materials.

3. Give it a once-over more than once
Regularly check the trampoline for warped or damaged springs, damaged frames, tears or fraying in the mat and deteriorating stitching.

4. Cover the metal
Invest in shock-absorbing pads that cover the trampoline's springs, hooks and frame.

5. Avoid the asphalt
Even with a safety net or crash mats, setting your trampoline on concrete is too risky.

6. Create a safety zone
Keep at least eight feet of ground surrounding the trampoline clear.

7. Slippery when wet
Make sure the mat is dry before using after a rainstorm or morning sprinkler rotation.

8. Avoid overloading
Your trampoline's instructions will include a weight limit – do not exceed it. It could damage the equipment and increase the chance of parts breaking and causing injury.

9. Only kids 6 years and older
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons advises against kids younger than 6 using trampolines.

10. One at a time
More than one jumper at a time creates more tension, which means kids could lose control of how high and how far they bounce.

11. Exit strategy
Don't let kids bounce off the trampoline onto the ground. Those exciting dismounts cause lots of accidents.

12. Save your grass
Move your trampoline around your yard (using two people to avoid damaging the frame) throughout the year to avoid creating a giant circle of dead grass.

Ready to bounce on over to a new neighborhood? Start the search for your new home today. 

9 Ways to Cool Down Your Home This Summer

(RE/MAX Blog)- Cranking up the AC can also crank up your electric bill. Here are a few alternative ways to keep your home cool this summer.

1. Swap bulbs
If you still haven't switched to CFLs for environmental or economic reasons, do it to be cool. Incandescent bulbs waste about 90 percent of their energy through the heat they emit.

2. Keep a cool head
Try out a buckwheat pillow for bedtime. They don't absorb and retain heat like cotton and down pillows.

3. DIY AC
Place a big bowl of ice water in front of a fan for a cheap alternative to central air.

4. Mind the blinds
Close your window blinds or curtains when you leave to prevent your home from heating up like a greenhouse while you're gone.

5. Grill and chill
Cooking outside on the barbecue keeps you from heating up your home with a stove or oven. It also minimizes the time you have to sweat over the dishes.

6. Don't block your breeze
Open internal doors at night to maximize any fresh, cool air that makes its way inside.

7. Change direction
For the summer, set your ceiling fan to rotate in a counterclockwise direction to create a cooling, downward airflow. In winter, turn the setting back to clockwise to recirculate warm air.

8. Suck it up
Use your bathroom fan when you shower and your exhaust fan when you use your stovetop. They'll help draw the hot air up and out of the room.

9. Unplug
Electronics emit heat when they're plugged in, even if they're turned off. Unplug them, or use a smart power strip, when you're not using them.

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We put our real estate agents first. Our Broker Ken Crowley makes it a priority to provide our agents with the tools and support needed for them and their businesses to succeed.

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Ponemos nuestros agentes de propiedades inmuebles primero. La prioridad de nuestro dueño Ken Crowley es proveer nuestros agentes con los servicios y soporte necesario para que tengan negocios exitosos.

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    RE/MAX May 2017 Top Producers

    Congratulations to all real estate agents with RE/MAX Realty Group and RE/MAX 100 named a Top Producer by RE/MAX, LLC for May 2017. The report, which contained the top 100 producing individual agents and team leaders for the month of May and year to date, was released in the end of June.

     

    See below for the full list of top producing agents and team leaders with RE/MAX Realty Group/100.

     

    RE/MAX Realty Group/100 real estate agents named Individual Top Producers for May 2017 in Maryland for Residential and Commercial real estate. 

     

    RE/MAX Realty Group: Carol Schantz, Klaus Breitsameter, Kathleen Volz

    RE/MAX Realty Group- Crown: Melissa Bernstein, Lisa Plushnick, Christine Minutoli, Danielle Mannix, Lily Chedrauy, Dustin Borzét

    RE/MAX 100- Dunkirk: Greg Cocimano, Lara Owings

    RE/MAX 100 - Columbia: Michael Ball, Tommy Roland, Diana Gupta

    RE/MAX 100 - PAX River: Gabriela Agostinelli, Christina Stevenson, Mindy McGaffin

     

    RE/MAX Realty Group/100 real estate agents named Top Team Leaders for May 2017 in Maryland for Residential and Commercial real estate. 

     

    RE/MAX Realty Group: Allan Prigal , Richard Prigal, Andrew Werner, Jr., Eugene Kovin, Philip Wineman

    RE/MAX Realty Group- Crown: Johnice Comer

    RE/MAX 100- Dunkirk: Douglas Smith

    RE/MAX 100 - Columbia: Wendy Slaughter, Shun Lu, Susan Romm, Jonathan Tucker, Scott Miller, Eric van Swol

    RE/MAX 100 - PAX River: Connie Fitzgerald

    RE/MAX 100 - White Plains: Edward Weibrecht, Jr., Michael Foster, Frank McKnew, Teresa Klopfer, Kathy White-Thorne

    RE/MAX 100- Leonardtown: Ronald Lord

     

    RE/MAX Realty Group/100 real estate agents named Individual Top Producers for May 2017 in Virginia for Residential and Commercial real estate. 

     

    RE/MAX 100- Springfield: Delilah Neugass

     

    RE/MAX Realty Group/100 real estate agents named Individual Top Producers for the year to date in Maryland for Residential and Commercial real estate.

     

    RE/MAX Realty Group: Klaus Breitsameter, Carol Schantz, Susan McFarland, James Winn

    RE/MAX Realty Group- Crown: Melissa Bernstein, Lisa Plushnick, Lily Chedrauy, Kathy Xu, Kara Hurley

    RE/MAX 100- Dunkirk: Greg Cocimano

    RE/MAX 100 - Columbia: David Baxter, Sr.

    RE/MAX 100 - White Plains: Lisa Wills, Julie Cronan, Gary Mead

     

    RE/MAX Realty Group/100 real estate agents named Individual Top Producers for the year to date in Virginia for Residential and Commercial real estate. 

     

    RE/MAX 100- Springfield: Monica Sims

    Donald Wilkes was ranked the third top individual producer in commercial real estate for the year to date.

     

    RE/MAX Realty Group/100 real estate agents named Top Team Leaders for the year to date in Maryland for Residential and Commercial real estate. 

     

    RE/MAX Realty Group: Andrew Werner, Jr., Richard Prigal, Allan Prigal , Philip Kelley

    Jason Hageman was ranked the fourth team leader in commercial real estate for the year to date in Maryland.

    RE/MAX Realty Group- Crown: Johnice Comer

    RE/MAX 100 - Columbia: Wendy Slaughter, Shun Lu, Boyd McGinn, Concetta Corriere, Susan Romm, Eric van Swol, Jonathan Tucker

    RE/MAX 100 - PAX River: Connie Fitzgerald

    RE/MAX 100 - White Plains: Michael Foster, Frank McKnew, Mary Chambers, Edward Weibrecht, Jr. , Kathy White-Thorne, Teresa Klopfer, Terry Davis

     

    RE/MAX Realty Group/100 real estate agents named Top Team Leaders for the year to date in Virginia for Residential and Commercial real estate. 

     

    RE/MAX 100- Springfield: Herbert Riggs and Mark Wilkes

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      Get Rid of Clutter with These 7 Yard Sale Tips

      (RE/MAX Blog)- Busting clutter is almost always the first recommendation from professional stagers. Why not have a yard sale to clear out the things you no longer use while earning some cash for your move? Follow these tips to help things go smoothly and maximize your profits.

      1. Get the online word out
      List your sale on the "Garage Sale" section of Craigslist and on any neighborhood Facebook page groups. Include photos of your more interesting items to attract shoppers.

      2. Sign up
      Hit the dollar store for some neon poster board and thick markers. Then make big, legible signs to post at intersections near your home.

      3. The more the merrier
      Ask neighbors and friends if they want to sell their things too. Everybody has things they need to get rid of. People are more likely to stop and shop if they see a variety of items for sale.

      4. Sell drinks
      Enlist your cute kid (or your neighbor's) to learn about economics with a lemonade or coffee stand. A hot or cold drink for a few cents can help lure people to stop and shop while they sip.

      5. Plug in
      If you're selling appliances, have access to an outlet or an extension cord so people can test them out. Make sure to have some batteries on hand so shoppers can see if battery-operated items work as well.

      6. Make it easy to find prices
      The bigger the item, the bigger the price tag. Don't make shoppers hunt around for tiny stickers on your couch or lawn mower.

      7. Prep for checkout
      Have lots of change and small bills on hand, as well as plastic bags shoppers can use to carry home their new treasures.

      Living Lagom: Three Steps to Create your 'Just Right' Home

      (RE/MAX Blog) - Just as hygge becomes mainstream, a new Scandinavian trend is hitting lifestyle blogs, websites and even the world's largest furniture retailer. Have you heard? 2017 is the year of lagom.

      Loosely translated from Swedish, lagom means "not too little, not too much, just right." This applies to finding balance in all aspects of your life, including your dwellings.

      Are you looking to achieve a 'just right' home in 2017? Here are three easy steps.

      1. The Right Amount of Space

      The first step in creating a lagom home is finding the right amount of space. Whether it's a single family home, condo or a home with a much smaller footprint, more American homebuyers are choosing to live in less square feet. In fact, the lagom lifestyle is in line with many of the amenities that millennial home buyers are looking for. Gone is the desire for a formal dining room that may only be used on holidays and large outdoor spaces that take time and money to maintain.

      2. The Right Amount of Furniture

      Now that you have found your 'just right' space, it's time to furnish it. Take a note from professional home stagers on this one, the size of the furniture is just as important as the amount of furniture in a lagom home. While shopping, look for useful and comfortable pieces that don't overpower your space.

      3. The Right Amount of Décor

      Millennials seeking out minimalism will gravitate to lagom home décor. The focus is clearing clutter and keeping only items that you need.

      4 Steps to Launch the Home Buying Process

      (RE/MAX Blog)- You’ve decided you’re ready to buy your own home– now what? Start with these initial steps:

      1. Get your financial ducks in a row.
      Calculate how much money you have in savings and assets, your total annual income and your expenses. Know how much of it you can allocate toward a down payment and other expenses. Check your credit report and fix any errors. This will help you determine what type of loan you qualify for, and the price range of homes you want to look at.

      2. Determine how much house you can afford.
      A common rule is that your monthly mortgage payment should not exceed 28 percent of your pre-tax income. You can plug your information into an online mortgage calculator to get a starting idea of exactly how much you’ll pay each month with different interest rates and terms.

      3. Find a real estate agent.
      Interview several agents to find one that specializes in the communities you're interested in and has experience representing buyers with the type of home you’re looking for. 

      4. Shop!
      It’s important that you keep an open mind and look at a wide range of properties. Go to open houses. Cruise the Internet. Peruse different neighborhoods. Your agent will also help by finding properties that match as many of your "wants" and "needs" as possible. When you fall in love with a house and are ready to make it official, your agent can help you navigate the process from putting in an offer to the closing table.

      Buying or selling a home? Contact us for assistance. 

      RE/MAX 100 Leonardtown Grand Opening

      LEONARDTOWN, MD- The number one RE/MAX brokerage in Maryland and Northern Virginia will be celebrating a new office location in Southern Maryland. RE/MAX Realty Group/100 will be hosting a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 for their RE/MAX 100 office in Leonardtown. The office is the new facility for the previously recognized RE/MAX 100 Mechanicsville and is part of an overhaul of 6 RE/MAX 100 offices purchased by Broker Ken Crowley.

      The RE/MAX 100 location is in the heart of historic Leonardtown and has a unique “steampunk” décor. Please join us for the celebration to meet local professionals in the real estate industry, enjoy light hors d'oeuvres, a ribbon cutting ceremony and tour the facility.

      What: Grand Opening Celebration

      When: Wednesday, September 6, 2017

      4 PM-7 PM

      Where: RE/MAX 100- Leonardtown

      22845 Washington Street STE E

      Leonardtown, MD 20650

      Visuals: Ribbon cutting ceremony at 5 PM

      For more information, contact Elizabeth Langer at ElizabethdLanger@gmail.com.

       

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      8 Money-Saving Tips for Landscaping

      (RE/MAX Blog) - A yard with a beautiful landscape is one of the few home investments with a value that increases over the years. Buyers love mature plants and trees, so giving your yard some love even if you're not planning on selling for a few years is a smart way to go. What's even smarter? Employing these money-saving tips:

      1. Free mulch.
      Many municipalities recycle the yard waste they pick up curbside throughout the year into mulch, which is then made available to residents for free or a very low price. Surrounding your shrubs and trees with a layer of the stuff not only makes them stand out visually, it also helps conserve moisture and stave off bugs.

      2. Look to the list.
      Craigslist's “farm and garden" section can be a treasure trove of outdoor planters, border stones and even “used" trees and shrubs. Check here first before heading to the nursery.

      3. Go big with your neighbors.
      Bedding plants are often less expensive when you buy them in bulk.

      4. Compost.
      Instead of buying bags of fertilizer, generate your own black gold for gardens by composting your kitchen waste. It's not as hard – or smelly – as you'd think.

      5. Chat with a master.
      Master gardeners often hold free Q&A sessions at garden centers or local libraries. Before investing in new plants, seeds or shrubs, check with an expert to find which options will thrive without expensive maintenance.

      6. Rein it in.
      Trim back any trees, shrubs or vines that hide or overwhelm your windows, porch or patio. Sometimes the most effective landscaping upgrade can come from removing greenery, not adding it.

      7. Pull your weeds.
      It's the outdoor equivalent of de-cluttering your home, an inexpensive way to boost your yard's visual appeal.

      8. Powerwash fences and patios.
      It can take years off your fence and patio in just minutes. You'll be amazed at how much brighter they'll look with just a bit of effort that requires little more skill than running a vacuum. Rent a machine at your local home improvement box store for about $30.