Blog :: 07-2017

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Read our latest insights into the Greater Washington real estate market, including Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Our team of expert real estate professionals at RE/MAX Realty Group/100 have a finger on the pulse of the local market. Stay tuned for news and analysis on all the most important topics pertaining to real estate and home ownership in Maryland and Northern Virginia.

 

 

 

Moving with Your Pet? Tips for Planning Your Move Around Your Pooch

(RE/MAX Blog) - These days, moving to a new home with your pet - whether furry, feathered, or scaled – isn't so uncommon. Many find themselves looking for pet-friendly lodging on the road to their new homes.

Here are a few tips from Kim Salerno from Tripswithpets.com.

Pet-Friendly Rooms

Many hotels allow travelers to bring their pets into every room, while others have a certain number of pet designated rooms. Certain pet friendly hotels welcome pets of all breeds and sizes at no additional charge. Others have weight or breed restrictions, and may charge an extra fee when you bring your pet. Be sure to check your hotel's pet policies before you book your room to avoid any unwelcome surprises.

Plan Early

Pet-friendly rooms can fill up quickly. So, when you're planning your travel route, make sure to check pet friendly lodging availability and book in advance to avoid being turned away. Hiccups along the way are bound to happen, but good planning can help you save money and avoid scrambling for a place to stay along the way.

Consider your Budget

Depending on your budget and how comfortable you and your pet want to be, check out pet-friendly rooms at road-side motels or luxury hotels. No matter what your travel budget is, there are several pet friendly options to help you stay on track. If you have any special requests or concerns, be sure to call ahead before booking to make sure the lodging can accommodate you.

Extended Stays - A Sense of Home Before the House

There are multiple reasons for pushing back your move-in date, which potentially leaves you in your new town without a place to stay. Extended stay hotels are a great option for those needing somewhere to unload for more than a just few nights. Typically equipped with kitchens, laundry facilities and other amenities needed when traveling, many extended stay hotels are pet friendly and affordable.

No matter where your move takes you, planning ahead for pet friendly travels is a safe bet that the process will go as smoothly as possible. Enjoy the ride and embrace this next chapter in your life with your pet right beside you!

Kim Salerno is the President and Founder of TripsWithPets.com, a pet travel guide that provides online reservations at more than 30,00,000 pet friendly accommodations across the U.S. and Canada. Kim spends her free time traveling with her four-legged kids, Tucker, Charlie and Brownie.

4 Tips for a Great Home Theater

(RE/MAX Blog)- Creating a home media center means you'll never have to put up with the annoying guy at the theater who talks through the whole movie (unless, of course, you're married to him). Here are a few tips to get you started.

Think about acoustics

Choose a room with limited windows and doors to seal in the sound. Keep in mind that valuted ceilings can be tough when it comes to adjusting your sound system.

Set up strategically

To find the optimum distance to sit from the screen, the general rule of thumb is to multiply the diagonal size of your TV in inches by two.

Popcorn, of course

Once you're nestled into your home theater seats, you're not going to want to walk all the way to the kitchen for more refreshments. Consider investing in an old-fashioned popcorn stand. A mini-fridge may come in handy, too.

Set the scene

Frame a few posters from your favorite flicks and hang them on the wall. Popcorn buckets and marquee lights can also add to the environment.

RE/MAX June 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 June 2017. The report, which contained the top 100 producing individual agents and team leaders for the month of June and year to date, was released in July.

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 June 2017 in Maryland for residential and commercial real estate. 

RE/MAX Realty Group: Kerry Roth, Clairette Mafouomene, Nancy Hodges, Susan McFarland, James Winn, Paul Pultar, Klaus Breitsameter, Mary Young, James Chung

Crown: Melissa Bernstein, Kathy Xu, Lisa Plushnick, Paulette Ladas

RE/MAX 100- Lexington Park: Kimberly Scott

RE/MAX 100- White Plains: Michele Posey, Daniel Long, Julie Cronan, Kelley Rollins, Lisa Wills, Michael Tresansky

RE/MAX 100- Columbia: Sally Bielaski, Jill Lapides, Kathryn Smith, Susan Klukas, Lisa Wissel, Ana Lucia Porter

RE/MAX 100- Dunkirk: Jessica Adams

 

RE/MAX Realty Group/100 real estate agents named Top Team Leaders for June 2017 in Maryland for residential and commercial real estate. 

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

Crown: Johnice Comer

RE/MAX 100- Lexington Park: Connie Fitzgerald

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

RE/MAX 100- Columbia: Wendy Slaughter (7th Residential), Boyd McGinn, Melissa Hamet, Susan Romm, Teri Deane, Shari Hodges, Susan Wettstein, Shun Lu

RE/MAX 100- Dunkirk: Douglas Smith

 

RE/MAX Realty Group/100 real estate agents named Individual Top Producers for June 2017 in Virginia for residential and commercial real estate. 

RE/MAX 100- Springfield: Jeri Sellman, Kelly Jones

Real Estate Agent, Ava Kennedy, ranked 9 out of 10 Top Producers in commercial real estate for the month to date.

 

RE/MAX Realty Group/100 real estate agents named Top Team Leaders for June 2017 in Virginia for residential and commercial real estate.

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

 

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, Susan McFarland, James Winn, Clairette Mafouomene, Nancy Hodges, Kerry Roth

Crown: Lisa Plushnick, Melissa Bernstein, Kathy Xu, Lily Chedrauy, Paulette Ladas, Kara Hurley

RE/MAX 100- Lexington Park: Kimberly Scott

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

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

RE/MAX 100- Dunkirk: Greg Cocimano

 

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 fifth 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: Richard Prigal, Andrew Werner, Jr., Philip Kelley, Allan Prigal, Jason Hageman

Crown: Johnice Comer

RE/MAX 100- Lexington Park: Connie Fitzgerald

William Brook Matthews was ranked the tenth Top Producing Team Leader in commercial real estate for the year to date.

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

RE/MAX 100- Columbia: Wendy Slaughter, Shun Lu, Boyd McGinn, Susan Romm. Audrey Bullock, Concetta Corriere, Angela Rom

 

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, Mark Wilkes

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    6 Tips for Puppy-Proofing Your Home

    (RE/MAX Blog) - Preparing to bring home a furry bundle of wagging joy? Keep your puppy (and belongings) safe by following these tips.

    1. Harvest your plants

    Puppies are known to nibble indiscriminately – make sure they don't munch on a toxic houseplant! Find out which of your plants are dangerous (azalea, philodendron and jade are a few) and either hang them high or make a neighbor's day with a gift of green.

    2. Hide your cords

    Everything can look like a chew toy to pups, and electrical cords are no exception. If you can't tuck them safely out of sight, try feeding cords through PVC tubing. Cords hanging from drapes and blinds also can be tempting to puppies. Tie them up out of reach.

    3. Stash your trash

    Items such as Q-tips and twisty ties can cause serious damage if your puppy consumes them. Chicken bones can be ever-so-enticing – and highly dangerous – to dogs. If you have under-counter storage space that can accommodate your trash can, use it. Otherwise, be sure to use a sturdy trash can with a locking lid.

    4. Secure your snacks

    Avoid the temptation to slip your dog table scraps. Lots of common foods, like onions and grapes, are poisonous to dogs. Foods stored in plastic bags are also dangerous, as puppies could suffocate on the plastic. Stash them on high shelves, or in pantries and cabinets.

    5. Mind your pocketbook

    Hang a hook or clear some space in a closet where you can place your purse as soon as you walk through the front door. You'd be amazed how quickly a pup can pilfer pills, sharp objects, pens (that could leak all over your carpet), makeup and other dangerous items from your bag.

    6. Store cleaners

    Make sure all household cleaning agents, like laundry detergent, pods, bleach and furniture polish, are stowed safe from the puppy in a cabinet that either locks or has a child-proof latch.

    RE/MAX Realty Group/100 Real Estate Agents Named America's Best by REAL Trends

    We are proud to announce the names of the real estate agents and teams with RE/MAX Realty Group and RE/MAX 100 who were ranked among America’s Best Real Estate Agents by REAL Trends.

    Lisa Wills, Ross Simone, Trish Nicely and Klaus Breitsameter were ranked among the best individual agents. Team Connie Fitzgerald, the McKnew Team, Andy Werner Team and the Prigal Brother’s Team were ranked among the best teams. 

    The REAL Trends rankings, which were released in July 2017, featured nearly 12,600 U.S. real estate associates from every state. The ranking of both the individual agents and real estate teams were based on their closed transactions and sales volume in 2016.

    America's Best Real Estate Agents ranking by REAL Trends represents all 50 states and all major cities. It includes over 250 Major Areas and nearly 600 major cities. Search for the Best Agents in your area or view the REAL Trends ranking.

    Learn more about RE/MAX Realty Group and RE/MAX 100.

    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.

    We Create & Support Top Producers

     

    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.

    Learn more about the team. 

    Ponemos nuestros agentes de propiedades inmuebles primero. La prioridad de nuestro dueño Ken Crowley es proveer nuestros agentes con los servicios y apoyo 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

      Learn more about RE/MAX Realty Group/100

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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.