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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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How to Get Over an Expired Home Listing . . .

Everyone says selling your home is one of life’s great emotional rollercoasters. From making the leap to moving day, the process is one of surprises, anticipation, and (hopefully) celebration.  But expired-listing-photowhat happens if your home doesn’t sell?


If your home’s been on the market for the length of your contract with your real estate agent and it hasn’t sold, your home is on its way to becoming “an expired listing.” At this point you have to make a choice whether to continue with your agent, find a new agent, or delay your dreams and take your home off the market. Still, the sting of the experience lingers. How do you move on from an expired listing? Here are some tips to learn and even grow from the experience:


1. Admit it happened and acknowledge it’s not uncommon. It can be tough to tell people that your home didn’t sell. But you’re not alone. It happens often and it happens for a variety of reasons. Many factors influence this, but if you’re going to make your next move, you have to be open to learning what you can from the heartbreak.


2. Look for lessons, but avoid blame. The number one reason homes don’t sell is a failure to price accurately. This isn’t your fault and it isn’t your agent’s fault… it’s a shared responsibility. Did you feel a price was one you “had to get”? Did your agent fail to present a compelling case for an accurate price? Were there other factors besides price you should consider as part of the whole package?


3. Abandon worrying about what is beyond your control. If you’re selling in a buyer’s market, there’s nothing you can do about it. If the market crashes, or they discover pesticides in your neighborhood’s water system and values plummet, you aren’t responsible and shouldn’t feel the burden of guilt or anxiety. It’s not easy, but sort through what’s truly not your fault and try to distance yourself from those factors.


4. Decide on what you can do next. Review your agent’s approach to selling and your comfort with the relationship. Was there enough communication? Do you feel the home was marketed to the standards of the market? Did you do all you could to make the house welcoming to buyers? Were there curb appeal issues you might want to resolve? Do you want to try again, or should you take a break?


5. Act on next steps. Decide if you’d like to keep your agent or find a new one. If you move on, take your lessons with you, but don’t demonize the past. Accept, forgive, and get back to the dream!


Listing expire? I can help: Debbie Cook Call or text me at (301) 233-8309 or email me at [email protected]

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Retro Lovers Delight SOLD in South 4 Corners – Silver Spring

Need Your Help.  Took a Listing in Silver Spring, South 4 Corners Neighborhood – Sold for 12,000 Over List Price in less than 5 days with 5 Offers! Portland Sold
Do you know anyone in your Silver Spring neighborhood thinking of Selling?
Need Inventory: Lots of Buyers but No houses.  If you or someone you know has thought about selling, please let me know – Perfect time.
Call or Text me at (301) 233-8309 or email [email protected]


The Retro Lovers Delight!  10109 Portland Place Silver Spring, Md 20901 – Interior Photos and More Info at:

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Vintage Takoma – 127th July 4th Celebration Parade and Events 2016

This Old Fashioned Independence Day Parade is one of the oldest in the nation.  Takoma Park Marylandis with it’s tree lined avenues and Victorian Homes, the perfect setting for an annual patriotic July 4th parade.   The Takoma Park, Maryland Community has had 126 years of practice for this event and it does not disappoint.
On Monday July 4th 2016, enjoy what people living in Silver Spring and Takoma Park have have been enjoying for the past 126 years.   This will be the 127th annual Takoma Park 4th of July Celebration.

Master of Ceremonies:  Charlene Porter
Parade starts at 10:00 am beginning at Carroll & Ethan Allen Avenues, travels south on Carroll Avenue to Maple Avenue, turns right onto Ritchie Avenue where the parade will disband.  The parade lasts for 2 hours.  More about this year’s Parade.

Evening Events and Fireworks
 – Starts at 7:00 pm

Takoma Park Middle School – 7611 Piney Branch Road, Takoma Park, Md 20912

Master of Ceremonies:  Jared Garelick

ilyAIMY (Acoustic Rock Band)
AcroAirs from Washington Adventist University

Takoma Park Community Band

Announcement of Parade Winners

Greetings from the Mayor – Kate Stewart
Drawing for Raffle Prizes

Patriotic Medley and National Anthem Vocals – Heather Aubrey Lloyd and David Goette

9:30 PM Fireworks!   by Bay Fireworks (rain date -first clear evening)

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How to get the Most Money when Selling Your Home

How To Get The Most Money When Selling Your House | Keeping Current Matters

Every homeowner wants to make sure they maximize their financial reward when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive maximum value for your house? Here are two keys to ensuring you get the highest price possible.

1. Price it a LITTLE LOW

This may seem counterintuitive. However, let’s look at this concept for a moment. Many homeowners think that pricing their home a little OVER market value will leave them room for negotiation. In actuality, this just dramatically lessens the demand for your house (see chart below).

How To Get The Most Money When Selling Your House | Keeping Current Matters

Instead of the seller trying to ‘win’ the negotiation with one buyer, they should price it so that demand for the home is maximized. In that way, the seller will not be fighting with abuyer over the price, but instead will have multiple buyers fighting with each other over the house., gives this advice:

“Aim to price your property at or just slightly below the going rate. Today’s buyers are highly informed, so if they sense they’re getting a deal, they’re likely to bid up a property that’s slightly underpriced, especially in areas with low inventory.”

2. Use a Real Estate Professional

This too may seem counter intuitive. The seller may think they would net more money if they didn’t have to pay a real estate commission. With this being said, studies have shown that homes typically sell for more money when handled by a real estate professional.

Research posted by the Economists’ Outlook Blog revealed that:

“The median selling price for all FSBO homes was $210,000 last year. When the buyer knew the seller in FSBO sales, the number sinks to the median selling price of $151,900. However, homes that were sold with the assistance of an agent had a median selling price of $249,000 – nearly $40,000 more for the typical home sale.”

How To Get The Most Money When Selling Your House | Keeping Current Matters

Bottom Line

Price your house at or slightly below the current market value and hire a professional. That will guarantee you maximize the price you get for your house.


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Adorable, Cute as a Button House for Sale – Columbia MD 21046

kindler just listedSweet House for Sale – Village of Kings Contrivance – Columbia, Md.  21046

This Adorable Home is filled with charm from the Hardwood Floors, Crown Molding and Wood Burning Stone Fireplace to the gleaming white “eat in” kitchen with Plantation Shutters.

There is a fantastic huge “All Season” Sunroom addition with a little deck off the Kitchen overlooking a picket fenced backyard

Cape Cod Columbia MDThere is a spacious First Floor Master Bedroom with hardwood floors, crown molding and attached Full Bath. Additional 2 Bedrooms with Hardwood Floors and Full Bath are upstairs.

Nestled in a quiet Cul de Sac of the popular Convenient Columbia, Maryland Neighborhood of the Village of Kings Contrivance.  This house is steps from the vast interconnecting hiking, walking, running, biking trails, woods, streams and parks of Howard County.

There are Great Howard County Schools and an abundance of Shopping and Recreation choices!


Virtual Tour 7392 Kindler Road, Columbia, Md 21046 – $330,000

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Rustic Rural Woods – Springbrook Forest Neighborhood Silver Spring Md 20902

road in springbrook forestA rustic wooded neighborhood with 1+ acre lots. The Springbrook Forest neighborhood has a rare, uncommon setting for homes in the bustling Silver Spring area.  With all the mature tall trees, no streetlights and no sidewalks the community still has that a rural feeling.  There are  just a few roads in Springbrook Forest, they are “long and winding roads”, like a road through a deep Enchanted Forest.  This is a neighborhood for people who are serious nature lovers and want a guiet, private setting for their home yet still have the convenience of being close to transportation, shopping, good schools and a Metro Station!

Part of the Kemp Mill Area, Springbrook Forest is a unique subdivision tucked away off of Kemp Mill Road in a forested area that is surrounded by Northwest Branch Park.

Springbrook Forest was subdivided in the 1950’s by George J Moss. His idea was for people to build their own custom homes on these beautiful heavily wooded acre plus lots.

Most of the homes in Springbrook Forest reflect the contemporary mid century modern style most popular in the mid 1950’s through the 1960’s and were custom built.
Parts of Springbrook Forest are still on Septic Systems.  Springbrook Forest is on acreage that was originally a MICA Mine in the Kemp Mill Area.

There are 119 lots in Springbrook Forest.

There are only 2-6 Home Sales in Springbrook Forest every year.  In 2015 there were 4 Home Sales ranging in price from a low of $460,000 to a high of $740,000.


Gorgeous Wheaton Regional Park
50 Acres of Beautiful Brookside Gardens
Horses! – Wheaton Riding Stable
Westfield Wheaton Shopping Mall
Red Line Metro – Glenmont Metro Station
Kemp Mill Shopping Center

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Takoma Park MD – Another Wild Hot Year for Real Estate Sales

Founded in 1883, by Benjamin Franklin Gilbert, Takoma Park was developed as a “summer resort” area, as a healthful alternative to Washington, DC’s malarial swamps.  With a population of approximately 18,000 it rests along the upper northeast boundary of D.C.   Takoma Park in Montgomery County has it’s own city government, police department, library and is served by Montgomery County Schools
Takoma Park (Also known as Tacky Park, Granola Park, Berkeley of the East and People’s Republic of Takoma Park) is the perfect “bedroom community” for professionals.  It is a 15 minute commute to the middle of Downtown D.C. by Metro from the Takoma Station on the Red Line.


Victorian in Takoma Park MDTakoma Park is one the HOTTEST Pockets of Real Estate in the DC Metro Area!

In 2015 there were 144 sales of Single Family Detached homes in Takoma Park, Montgomery County, Maryland:

The Average LIST price for a single family home in Takoma Park in 2015 was $581,051


The Average SOLD price for a single family home in Takoma Park in 2015 was $589,152

The Average Sold Price for a home is over the average asking price by over 8,000.


In 2015 the Average Days on the Market for a single family home in Takoma Park, MD was 43 Days.

LOWEST Sale Price  –   $152,000 for a 3 Bedroom, 1 Bath, 3 Level  Brick Colonial in need of rehab – built in 1947.

HIGHEST Sale Price  –  $1,175,000  for a Magical 5 Bedroom, 4 & 1/2 Bath restored 1900’s Victorian on a 1/2 Acre Lot with 4 finished levels.

          Search all Homes for Sale Now in Takoma Park, Maryland, 20912

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The Paczki are at The Woodmoor Bakery!

Paczki-PaczkisThe Tuesday before Lent the 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.

Tuesday February 9th 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.

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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Tips for the Summer Silver Spring, Takoma Park & DC Home Seller

Sell your home this summerSpring kicks off the peak home hunting months of the year, but it isn’t until summer that things really get cooking. While there are pros and cons to buying and selling homes at various times throughout the year, summer can be, on average 25 to 30 percent more active than the annual average.

In summer you have a real mix of buyers and sellers… some serious and some not-so-serious. In the winter months, many buyers searching for homes would only do so if they absolutely had to. In the summer, there are often a larger number of buyers just toying with the idea. (Many of the serious buyers are eager to get settled before school starts in the fall.)

Selling homes in the summer requires its own brand of seasonal marketing and showing. Here are a few tips you’ll want to keep in mind as you invite buyers to consider your home:


  1. Keep it cool, but don’t keep it dark. Your instinct may be to close the blinds and draw the drapes, but making your rooms feel dark and shut-in is counterproductive. Run the A/C and keep the air circulating. While your wallet may not appreciate the bump in your power bill, imagine how expensive it can be to keep the house on the market.


  1. Stage it inside and out. Have a pool deck? What about a garden patio? Make them as inviting as you would the living room or kitchen. Stage them appropriately and tell the story of what it might be like to live with such nice amenities. Think magazine photo shoot!


  1. Make the lawn sing. Curb appeal can be king in the summer months, especially when the neighbors’ lawns may be looking a little brown by comparison. Find bright flowers that can withstand the heat and provide a high-contrast to your green grass.


  1. Ride the sunset. With the longer daylight hours, you may have buyers who want to check out your home closer to dinner time, once the hottest hours of the afternoon have passed. Try and roll with the disruption… buyers prefer to see a home when the owners aren’t around.

Take advantage of the summer sales activity! I’d be happy to guide you on the buy or sell side of this white hot market . . .

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