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Where will we put all of our stuff? Making Your Move Light by Rightsizing Your Stuff – Silver Spring, Takoma Park and DC

Downsizing? Relocating? Maybe you just feel a little overwhelmed by all the stuff you’ve accumulated over the years. If so, here are some “rightsizing” tips you can use.

“Where will we put all of our stuff?”

 

This is one of the foremost questions on homeowners’ minds when they’re making a move. Whether it’s a relocation from a suburban to a city environment, or downsizing for a more comfortable retirement, “stuff” can cast a big shadow. To lighten the burden before the big day, it can be helpful to “rightsize” for your move far in advance. Not only will rightsizing save you time, money, and energy as you transition to a new home, it can also help you learn how to evaluate what you really need versus what you’ve been hanging onto for no good reason.

 

If you’ve compared your current floor plan to your new one, you’ve probably already made the determination that some things must go. But how do you winnow the pile? Here’s a set of criteria you can use to rightsize your possessions:

 

1. Is this right for the weather? If you’ve lived in places with severe winters and you’re heading for a zero-snow climate, recognize what doesn’t fit and let it go.

 

2. Is this right for the lifestyle? Your massive outdoor grill and patio furniture may be a waste if you’re settling into a city high-rise. The same might even be said of a second car or recreational vehicle.

 

3. Is this expensive to move? Some items cost more to move than replace. This is especially true if the item forces you to upgrade the size of your moving truck.

 

4. Is this something I really use? If you’re in a storage space looking at stuff you haven’t touched in six months or a year, you probably don’t need to transport it to your new space.

 

5. Is this going to look out of place? Sometimes a new house will make old furnishings and objects seem tacky or trashy. Imagine where you’re going to move it and see if you can do without.

 

Once you’ve decided something should go, it’s a simple matter of deciding if it’s a “sell,” “donate,” or “ditch” item. While the income from selling items may be appealing, be sensitive to how much time you have before the move. If time’s short, gifting items to friends, charity, or even the dump is a reasonable way to go.

 

Ready to look for your rightsized home? Let me help: Debbie Cook – Realtor DC and MD (301) 233-8309

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On Houses for Sale “As Is” in Maryland and DC

Sometimes people inherit a home they simply need to unload and other times they don’t want to make the effort to make repairs or tune up the home’s curb appeal. For these home owners looking for a quick sale, they often think selling a home “as is” is the way to go. If you’re like most folks, you might think the “as is” sale means “take it or leave it” and “what you see is what you get.”

 

But an “as is” sale isn’t necessarily a cakewalk. It doesn’t mean you’re completely exonerated from taking some responsibility for the home’s condition. While advertising a home “as is” lets buyers know they’re likely to have to do some work, it also broadcasts that the home is probably going to be a relatively good deal, provided they’re willing to take on repairs.

 

“As is” doesn’t relieve you from disclosing problems with the home. What you know about, you must disclose by law. Failure to do so could get you into hot water. If you know about a problem but hope it slips by the buyer’s inspector, you’re at risk.

 

And that’s another thing: “As is” homes still go through the inspection process. While your “as is” sale may indicate your unwillingness to make repairs, it doesn’t mean the buyer won’t ask you for compensation based on condition issues. You may not come out of pocket, but it could come right off the top of your listing price, so keep this in mind. What’s more, once these conditions come to light you generally must disclose them to future prospective buyers if the current one bails.

 

With any luck, your “as is” buyer will be a cash buyer, but if not, prepare for the appraisal. Banks don’t want to loan money unless they deem the value of the home is acceptable. If the appraisal comes in low, your buyer may find themselves without the funds necessary to meet your price.

While selling “as is” may seem like a viable alternative to bringing a house up to its full market potential, recognize there are some trade-offs. Go in informed and you’ll find the process much easier to navigate.

 

Whether you’re looking to sell “as is” or not, I’m happy to help you get the best price possible for your home. Let’s talk when you’re ready!

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Silver Spring MD Neighborhood Swim Pools and Swim Clubs Opening for 2017 Season Soon . . .

Memorial Day Weekend is here and the various Silver Spring Neighborhood and Community Pools are OPENING for the 2017 Summer season! With school out and the mercury rising, a neighborhood swimming pool is the perfect place to while away those hot, humid summer days we have here in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Community spirit, the roar of the crowd and the excitement of youthful competition all combine at a neighborhood swim meet. What better way to spend a summer evening than gathering around your local pool in a group effort to be part of an event that promotes fellowship and fun.  Swim Teams in Community Pools of Silver Spring , compete as division members of the Montgomery County Swim League(MCSL).  Being a member of a swim team in Silver Spring is a great way for kids to make friends at the pool, share a teambuilding experience, and compete in a healthy, active sport over the summer.  Some of the pools also have Dive Teams that compete in the Montgomery County Diving League.

Most of the Pools in Silver Spring  offer great Family Oriented Social Events such as Pool Camp Out night, Ice cream socials, pizza night, teen night, family movie night, float night, talent shows and more.

Check out this list of links to some of the best Silver Spring Neighborhood Pools and Swim Clubs:

Northwest Branch Pool – Home of the Northwest Branch Dolphins Swim Team

Glenwood Recreation Club – In the Historic Forest Glen Neighborhood – Home of the Glenwood Tigers Swim Team and DiveTeam

Calverton Swim Club – Home of the Calverton Chargers – Also has a Dive Team, Volleyball League, Ho rseshoes and Basketball Court

Forest Knolls Pool – Home of the Seahawks Swim Team

Daleview Pool – Home of the Daleview Swim Team

Franklin Knolls Pool – Home of the Gators Swim Team

Hillandale Swim and Tennis Association – Home of the Hillandale Hellcats Swim Team – Also offers 2 Lighted Tennis Courts, a practice wall and Tennis Camp

West Hillandale Swim Club – Home of the Dolphins Swim Team

Twin Farms Swim & Tennis Club – Home of the Twin Farms Tigers Swim Team, Dive Team, Tennis Team and Tennis Camp

Robin Hood Swim Club – Home of the Robin Hood Swim Team – Also has a Dive Team and Tennis Team

Kemp Mill Swim Club – Home of the Kemp Mill Kangaroos

Parkland Swim Club – Home of the Parkland Whales
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the commerical area just off of Arcola Avenue. this is one of the oldest Montgomery County Swimming Pools.
Beautiful Setting with mature shade  trees near Wheaton Regional Park and Sligo Creek Park.

Tanglewood Community Swim Center – Home of the Tanglewood Tigers Swim Team – This community center is located in the middle of the Tanglewood neighborhood and includes a large open field, playground and tennis courts

Connecticut Belair Swim and Tennis Club – Home of the Connecticut Belair Gators. This Swim and Tennis Club has recently been fully renovated and is spectacular.  Lots of water fun here with big slides and raft day on Saturdays.

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Dave Chappelle’s Childhood Home in Silver Spring, MD

Dave Chappelle American stand-up comedian, screenwriter, producer, and actor was born 1973 in Washington, DC.

Dave grew up in this Cape Cod style house in the North Woodside Neighborhood of Silver Spring, MD that his parents purchased in 1973.

Chappelle attended Woodlin Elementary School. His parents were politically active, and the family house was visited by notable individuals including Pete Seeger and Johnny Hartman. The latter predicted he would be a comedian and, around this time, Chappelle’s comic inspiration came from Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor. After his parents separated, Chappelle stayed in Washington with his mother while spending summers with his father in Ohio. In 1991, he graduated from Washington’s Duke Ellington School of the Arts, where he studied theatre arts. (from Wikipedia)

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The Potomac of Silver Spring – Quaint Acres – Nature and MCM Lovers Heavens

Tucked away in this wooded sylvan setting off New Hampshire Avenue near White Oak is the Neighborhood of Quaint Acres in Silver Spring, Md.  A Washington Post Article describes the setting in this neighborhood to a tee.

The setting is perfect for the Mid Century Modern houses that were built there in the early to late 1950’s. There are 156 Homes, most were built between 1948 and 1974 and each lot is a little over an acre. These great examples of custom built Mid-Century Modern Homes are what makes Quaint Acres a “Mid Century Modern House Lover’s Paradise”.  I remember people calling the Quaint Acres Neighbohrood,  “Silver Spring’s Potomac” or “The Potomac of Silver Spring”!

The oldest home is the original farmhouse built in 1853 where Quaint Acres Drive and Applegrove Road meet inside the Entrance to the Subdivision. The old farmhouse was the home of Altus Lacy Quaintance, the namesake for the neighborhood.

Contemporary Mid Century Modern architects and builders such as Charles Goodman and   loved to make their homes seem as if they were one with nature.  Mid Century Modern Homes have simple, clean lines without a lot of embellishments. They use natural elements like stone, wood and glass, with a lot of floor to ceiling windows and vaulted ceilings. In a lot of the Modern homes, you get the feeling that you are outdoors when you are inside them. During this time period the homes in Quaint Acres were considered the epitomy of Luxury Living, much like the New Luxury Homes are thought of today.

Rachel Carson, the mother of the environmental movement, built her first house in Quaint Acres on Berwick Road.  This house is now an historic landmark.

Margaret Chase Smith, US Senator from Maine and the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress, also lived in Quaint Acres from the early 1950’s through the early 1990’s
This is a quiet, lovely neighborhood, where you can still find homes set back from the street on gorgeous, large, wooded lots, and NO McMansions what-so-ever.

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The Paczki are Here! Woodmoor Bakery – Silver Spring

The tradition is that the Tuesday before Lent is a time to indulge or Fatten up before tightening belts and giving up things for Lent, which starts on Ash Wednesday.  It is the Fat Tuesday associated with Mardi Gras and it is the Shrove Tuesday associated with Pancake Suppers or Pancake Day.

This Tuesday, February 28th is also Paczki Day, a Polish tradition of making and eating Paczki the day before Lent starts.

The best place to get Paczki in Silver Spring, is at the Woodmoor Bakery/Pastry Shop in the Woodmoor Shopping Center at Four Corners.  They make the most divine, decadent Paczki anywhere in the area.  They are the filled, rolled in powdered sugar type paczki and they are GOOD.

My advice is to get there early if you want any! – They start making them a few weeks before Paczki Day, so they
should have them NOW!  I’ve been there on Fat Tuesday before Noon and they had only 3 single Paczki left.

Here’s Hoping the Paczki are plentiful, there is no long line and they don’t run out!

Check out reviews of the Bakery and the Paczki at the Woodmoor Pastry Shop.

Woodmoor Bakery
10127 Colesville Road
Woodmoor Shopping Center
Silver Spring, MD 20901
(301) 593-7667

* The Woodmoor Pastry Shop also makes fantastic King Cakes for Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Celebrations

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Silver Spring – Takoma Park Real Estate Renovations with the Best Returns for 2017

If you’ve been kicking around the idea of some home improvements, but aren’t sure which ones make the most financial sense, don’t miss “The Renovations That Will Pay Off the Most for Your Home in 2017” published by Realtor.com.

While some renovations sound like they’re a home run for your home’s value, in actuality big-ticket projects recoup far less than some of their simpler counterparts.

For example, adding fiberglass insulation to your attic has an astonishing estimated return of 107.7% compared to a bathroom addition, which averages only a 53.9% return.

The report compares the average cost of the project to the expected value at the time of resale. Here are the top 10 projects and their ROI percentage:

  1. Fiberglass attic insulation (107.7%)
  2. Steel entry door upgrade (90.7%)
  3. Manufactured stone veneer (89.4%)
  4. Minor kitchen remodel (80.2%)
  5. Garage door replacement (76.9%)
  6. Siding replacement (76.4%)
  7. Wooden deck addition (71.5%)
  8. Second-story addition (71.1%)
  9. Basement remodel (70%)
  10. Family room addition (69.3%)

 

You can read a more detailed analysis of the projects (plus the next 9 projects in the ROI list) here: http://www.realtor.com/news/trends/best-and-worst-renovations-to-make-in-2017/

Of course, ROI is only one factor in choosing a home renovation. Some projects pay huge dividends in the pleasure they give you while you live in your home. Having a second bathroom with two teenagers in the house? Priceless!

Which renovations are you considering? How concerned are you about your return on investment when the time comes?

When you’re ready to cash in on your investment, give me a call! I’m here to help you get top dollar for your home:  Debbie Cook Call or Text (301) 233-8309

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Big Kahuna of Christmas Lights are ON! – The Bishops House – Silver Spring/DC Border

This Huge Tudor style house at 1665 North Portal Drive has been attracting crowds and causing traffic jams for over 30 years.  It’s called “The Bishops house”.  The location is just 2 blocks South of Downtown Silver Spring MD, just over the DC line where Colesville Road crosses into DC and becomes North Portal Drive at the 16th Street Circle.  It is on the corner of Birch and North Portal Drive.  The first string of Lights went up in 1963 – the house has an interesting history and story.  There has been no photo taken that does it the justice it deserves.  There is no wide angle lens large enough to take it all in.  You just have to see it at night to appreciate it.

The best place to view the display is at the top of Portal Drive (not North Portal) and Primrose or Roxanna.  Drive down North Portal Street past the crowded display area and make a U Turn at the end of the street, this will put you on Portal Drive going up a hill.  From here you can look across a treed ravine down on the display and get the best view of the display in all it’s massive glory.

 

 

 

 

 

 
The best photo of the place at night that I’ve seen is Here at Holly’s Tacky Christmas Lights.

 

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12 Good Reasons to Sell Your Home During the Holidays

1.  Inventory of Competition is Lower
Your home stands out better with less to choose from.  Your odds of selling  may actually go UP during  this time of year.  Many people feel just like you…and don’t understand that  there will be a FLOOD of new listings on the market after the holidays that can cause you to get “lost in the crowd “ Listing now means more serious buyers per home for sale.
christmas-wreath-on-door 2.  Only the SERIOUS buyers are out in the fall/winter
Fewer may be looking but you are more likely to get a contract from those that do come through!  Think  about how fantastic it will be to have this all finished when others are just getting       started!
3.  Taking Photos in the Fall…
Can be a big asset, as they look great on your MLS, and flyers…before exterior plantings die off.
 4.  Home May Show Better While Decorated
Your home may look better now than any other time of year! Why not have potential buyers see it at it’s best? Fireplaces, evergreens, scented candles…All add to the beauty inside when it’s not so pretty outside. Contrast can equal a sale!
 5.  It’s OK to have specific “no showings” Times During Holidays
Lock boxes can even be emptied of keys or removed. Just because you’re planning a few holiday events is no reason to not be for sale the rest of the time.
6.  Houses Feel More Like “Homes”
When you come in from the cold weather, this cozy feeling causes emotions in a Buyer you can’t get
other times of the year. “Home Sweet Home” is never sweeter than now!
artificial-christmas-wreaths-exterior-traditional-with-christmas-decorations-christmas-wreath-entrance-entry-entry-gate-garden-lighting-garland-grass 7.  Online Searches Go Way Up
People stay home more in colder weather and with today’s technology and our expertise in marketing your home online, the chances you get seen and sold are improved.
 8.  Buyers Who Buy Closer to the End of the Year
May pay closer to full price than other times, as they are often buying under a deadline. They have less time to negotiate and less inventory to choose from getting  you the BEST price.
9.  Buyers have more day-times off during mid-November through January
Increasing serious buyer traffic during normal business hours vs. showings during your evenings and weekends.
10.  Buyers at this time often have an “urgency factor”
Many employers want new hires to start in January, so they can’t wait to buy your home. If you don’t list until after January 1, you might miss out on those buyers. They can’t buy yours if it’s not for sale.
11.  Late occupancies are common during this time
Some buyers that need to buy by end of the year don’t have to occupy the home right away, allowing you a real win-win. They win with lower interest rates now, and you could negotiate your move for later.
12.  Decreased Demand
On lenders, appraisers, home inspectors, movers and other vendors during this time can cause your escrow processing time to be smoother and easier than during busier times.

The bottom line is that if your home isn’t available, you may miss YOUR perfect buyer. If you know you want to sell, don’t wait. “You can’t win if you don’t play” as they say…   The Question really is – why delay?   What’s the downside to listing now?

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Pumpkins! – Country Boy Urban Farm Stand in Silver Spring, MD

Country Boy is like a Farm Stand you’d find on a country road in a rural area, but placed in the heart ofCountry Boy in Wheaton/Silver Spring MDbusy Wheaton-Glenmont.  Since 1955 they have been selling fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants, mulch, firewood, Christmas Trees, beer, wine, unusually fresh groceries and McCutcheon’s Products from Frederick Maryland too!

Country Boy is the best place I found to get my Pumpkins this year and at only .49c a pound the least expensive!  There is a HUGE selection and they look better than anywhere I’ve been.

Visit Country Boy tucked away off Randolph Road near intersection of Georgia and Randolph
Glenmont Shopping Center
2211 Randolph Road
Silver Spring, MD 20902
(301) 942-6355

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