Home Owners

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.

8 Staging Tips for Small Outdoor Spaces

(RE/MAX Blog)- An attractive outdoor space, even if it’s just big enough to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee or evening cocktail, can be a major selling point for potential buyers. Here are a few suggestions for maximizing your outdoor living space.

1. Floor it.
If you have a small outdoor area, it won’t break the bank to invest in higher quality tiles or stones. Snap-in deck tiles are another option for adding a touch of class.

2. Envision clarity.
When it comes to tables, go for glass-topped: It will help create the illusion of a larger space.

4. Watch your back.
Chairs and benches with more open backs don’t interrupt sight lines as much. They’ll keep your space feeling open, and looking larger.

5. Focus.
Creating a focal point in a small space adds visual interest. A simple piece of garden art, a small flowering tree or a tiny water feature in a corner can add style and distract buyers from focusing on square footage.

6. Scale down.
The world’s largest outdoor chaise lounge may be a napper’s dream, but it won’t do much to help your patio or deck. Choose outdoor furniture scaled to set off your space, not smother it. You can even find fire pits in smaller sizes.

7. Get vertical.
Wall gardens help add green without sacrificing space. Wall art made from succulent plants is another low-maintenance option for adding foliage, and drawing attention to the edges of your space, which helps visually enlarge it.

8. Don’t hide the grill.
A clean barbecue can help buyers imagine their own outdoor meals. Unless you have a grill or smoker large enough to hold the entire pig, or if your grill is in disrepair, keep it out.

Looking for a home with a nice backyard where you can gather with family and friends? Start your search today. 

Finding Time for Fun in Real Estate

(RE/MAX Blog)- When you hire a real estate agent to help buy or sell a home, they can help free up time you would otherwise spend on sorting through listings, scheduling showings, or trying to figure out paperwork. You might even have time to focus on the fun parts of moving, such as:

1. Building a Pinterest board of décor inspiration

Don't have a particular design style in mind? No problem. Check out the RE/MAX Pinterest page for ideas.

2. Clearing out the clutter with a yard sale

Remember, each thing you sell is one less thing you'll have to pack – and unpack. Here are some top yard sale tips.

3. Planning your housewarming party

You'll want to show off the new place – especially after you've made it Pinterest perfect. Put together a Facebook event and start thinking about party favors to thank friends who helped you move in.

4. Bargain shopping for furniture

There are plenty of options for you to furnish your new nest without breaking the bank. Here are six places to find furniture within your budget.

Looking for a new home? Start your search today.

One in Every Eight RE/MAX Realty Group/100 Agents Named Top Producers

GAITHERSBURG, MD– There was no shortage of RE/MAX Realty Group/100 real estate agents in the RE/MAX, LLC Top Producers report released in May 2017. The report, which contained a list of the top 100 producing individual agents and team leaders for the month of April and year to date, named fifty-seven agents with RE/MAX Realty Group/100 top producers. That is one out of every eight agents with the real estate brokerage. In addition, RE/MAX Realty Group/100 agents Lisa Plushnick and David Baxter, Sr. were both awarded the number one spot for the month of April in their respective categories.

Plushnick, who is an agent at the RE/MAX Realty Group Crown office, was named the overall number one individual top producer and the number one top producer in residential real estate for April 2017 in Maryland. Plushnick has over eleven years of experience in the real estate industry. Her professionalism, dedication and knowledge have resulted in outstanding reviews. She is highly recommended by former clients and is recognized for her expertise in the real estate market, exceptional negotiation skills, responsiveness, and a polished and charming communication style.

David Baxter, Sr., who is an agent at the RE/MAX 100 Columbia office, was ranked the number one individual top producer in commercial real estate for April 2017 in Maryland and the number two individual top producer for commercial real estate in Maryland for the year to date. Baxter, Sr. has over 15 years of experience and is also recognized by his clients for his professionalism, dedication, negotiation skills, excellent customer service and knowledge of the real estate industry.  He specializes in the sale, purchase and leasing of industrial, office and retail properties and vacant land in the Baltimore and Washington Metropolitan area. 

Additionally, RE/MAX Realty Group/100 agents Kara Hurley, Klaus Breitsameter, Suzanne Ward, Connie Fitzgerald, Philip Kelley and Wendy Slaughter were ranked in the top 25 producers in Maryland for the month of April in their corresponding categories. Klaus Breitsameter, Lisa Wills, Connie Fitzgerald, Wendy Slaughter, Andrew Werner, Jr., Richard Prigal and Mary Chambers were ranked in the top 25 producers in their corresponding categories for the year to date in Maryland. In Virginia, RE/MAX 100- Springfield agent Donald Wilkes ranked at number two for top individual producer in commercial real estate for the year to date.

RE/MAX Realty Group and RE/MAX 100 is a locally owned and operated full-service real estate brokerage with offices located throughout Maryland and Northern Virginia. It is the seventh largest brokerage in the greater Washington area and one of 120 largest brokerages in the United States. The brokerage has over 400 Realtors® and specializes in Residential and Commercial real estate. RE/MAX Realty Group and RE/MAX 100 is a proud supporter of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® and other charities. 

 

RE/MAX Realty Group/100 Agents Named Top Producers

Fifty-seven RE/MAX Realty Group/100 real estate agents were named Top Producers in the RE/MAX, LLC report released in May 2017. The list contained the top 100 producing individual agents and team leaders for the month of April and year to date. See below for the full list of top producing RE/MAX Realty Group/100 real estate agents.

 

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

RE/MAX Realty Group: Klaus Breitsameter, Darin Rich, Deirdre Burrell and Ray Boss, Jr. 

RE/MAX Realty Group- Crown: Lisa Plushnick, Kara Hurley, Paulette Ladas, Linda Latta, Melissa Bernstein, Ben Samari, and Melissa Raffa

RE/MAX 100 - Columbia: David Baxter, Sr., Susan Klukas, Barbara Reiter, and Ana Lucia Porter

RE/MAX 100 - Dunkirk: Suzanne Ward

RE/MAX 100 - PAX River: Gabriela Agostinelli

RE/MAX 100 - White Plains: Julie Cronan and Lisa Wills

 

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

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

RE/MAX Realty Group- Crown: David Goldberg

RE/MAX 100 - Columbia: Wendy Slaughter, Eric van Swol, Paul Duncan, Boyd McGinn, Concetta Corriere, Teri Deane, Susan Romm, and Scott Miller

RE/MAX 100 - PAX River: Connie Fitzgerald and Michelle Camaioni

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

 

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, James Winn, and Susan McFarland

RE/MAX Realty Group- Crown: Lisa Plushnick, Kathy Xu, Kara Hurley, Paulette Ladas, and Mercedes Fitzgerald

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

RE/MAX 100 - PAX River: Karen Taylor

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

 

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, Philip Kelley, Allan Prigal, and Jason Hageman

RE/MAX Realty Group- Crown: Johnice Comer

RE/MAX 100 - Columbia: Wendy Slaughter, Shun Lu, Boyd McGinn, Concetta Corriere, and Eric van Swol

RE/MAX 100 - PAX River: Connie Fitzgerald and Michelle Camaioni

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

 

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, also from RE/MAX 100 - Springfield, was named the number two individual top 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 Virginia for Residential and Commercial real estate. 

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

RE/MAX Realty Group/100 would like to congratulate all the real estate agents who have been ranked as top producers by RE/MAX, LLC and commend them for their hard work and success in the real estate industry.

Learn more about RE/MAX Realty Group/100. 

Find a Home with the Perfect Backyard BBQ Spot

(RE/MAX Blog)- As you tour homes, do you stop in the backyard and visualize your friends and family fighting over the first burgers off the grill while the dogs play in the yard? If outdoor entertaining is a priority in your new home, here are four things to look for.

1. Space

You may be dreaming of an extensive outdoor kitchen, complete with weatherproof appliances and a table with a built-in cooler. Or, your budget may limit you to a Hibachi and camp chairs. Regardless, make sure there's enough space to host the backyard soiree of your dreams.

2. Shade

Western facing backyards will provide the perfect sunset backdrop for your barbecues. Yards on the eastern side of a property may leave you overexposed to the sun.

3. Flooring

If you're looking to lounge around barefoot, take note of the patio or deck's condition. Make sure it's been refinished so you can avoid splinters.

4. Fire pit

A fire pit can help stretch the seasonal use of your outdoor space by providing a cozy place to gather around after dark. But don't let it be a deal breaker – fire pits can be added at any time (and may be on sale if you wait to purchase one toward the end of summer).

    

5 Tips for Getting Over "The One That Got Away"

(RE/MAX Blog)- Imagine you finally find the house of your dreams. It has everything you hoped for in a home, from the right countertops to the right landscaping. You spend hours envisioning the parties you'll throw in the backyard and the baths you'll take in the clawfoot tub. But fate intervenes. For some unfortunate reason – perhaps a fierce bidding war or a fickle owner who decides to stay put – deal falls through. How do you recover? Here are some tips.

1. Get right back in the saddle

If you must have a pity party, do it quickly. Perhaps a quick toast to what could have been, then dive straight back into search mode. In today's market, things move fast. You don't want to miss an even better home while you're mooning over photos of the lost listing.

2. Don't dwell on one dwelling

Delete the listing of the home that got away. Erase the pictures you took with your phone when you toured. Do your best not to compare new homes to the one you lost. There are lots of homes with lots of new possibilities. Keep an open mind.

3. Don't settle

Don't let your frustration push you into a hurried purchase of the next available property simply to get the process over with. Stay true to your shopping list of features you need and want.

4. Re-evaluate your budget.

Take another look at what you can spend and what the homes you're looking at have been selling for. Do you need to add cushion to be more competitive when making an offer? Or do you need to start looking at a less expensive neighborhood to find a home that has everything you want?

5. Talk to your agent.

Your RE/MAX agent will be full of advice for surviving the lows – and highs – of your real estate journey. Start your search today. 

4 Spring Lawn Care Tips to Grow Curb Appeal

(RE/MAX Blog) - A great lawn can serve as a green calling card for your home. Here are a few things you can do this spring to help your lawn – and curb appeal – flourish.

1. Test before you invest
Find out the acid and alkaline levels of your soil with a testing kit from the hardware store before you shell out bucks for fertilizer and seed. The test will help you determine the right products to help your lawn flourish.

2. Give it some air
Grass and soil can get compacted during the winter, making it difficult for oxygen and nutrients to reach root systems. Aerating, or poking holes in the lawn, helps. You can hire a lawn service to do this, buy a rolling tool, or use inexpensive strap-on attachments for your shoes that aerate the lawn as you march around.

3. Seed or weed
Spring is prime time for seeding sparse areas of your lawn or applying a natural herbicide to prevent crabgrass and other weeds from sprouting. Don't do both, as the herbicide will also kill the grass seeds.

4. Mow tall
For the lushest lawn, set your mower to the tallest setting and cut only about the top third of the grass. Taller blades promote healthier root systems and help shade the ground soil, preventing it from drying out.

Ready to plant a "For Sale" sign in your lawn? Contact us today.