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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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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.


Parade
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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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.

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Planning to Sell Your Home in 2015? and Think Spring is the Best Time to Sell a Home? Think Again!

Why selling your Silver Spring or Takoma Park home this winter may be the best, most lucrative route to take if you want to sell this year!

While some sellers think about taking their home off the market in the winter, believing spring or summer would deliver better results, I would caution against this thinking. Here are three reasons why:

Home Sold in Winter

  1. Those home shopping in the winter tend to be more qualified buyers. Often they have to buy a house, or they wouldn’t be facing bad weather and shorter daylight hours to find just the right place.

 

  1. Many people wait to list their home in the spring or summer, meaning available inventory in the winter months is lower.  Are you certain you want to face a market flooded with freshly listed homes?

 

  1. There’s no guarantee the spring or summer will be a better housing market. A variety of factors can influence home values.  What if there’s more inventory and prices have dropped?

 

Right now could be a better time than Spring to sell your Home.   There are buyers out there, and I would hate to see you miss out.  The ultimate decision is yours, but as a professional I like to give the best possible advice I can, based on my experience and the statistics about buyers in winter months.

 

 

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The Vintage Foursquare Style Homes in Silver Spring Takoma Park and DC

Four Square on Sligo Ave in Silver Spring Md

Four Square House in Silver Spring

The American Foursquare Style was popular from the mid 1890’s through the 1930’s.  The typical foursquare has a square, cubic design that is 2 to 2 1/2 stories high. The simple floorplan of the Four Square is 2 boxy rooms wide by 2 rooms deep on each floor.  A foursquare will most likely include a center dormer and a large front porch with wide stairs.  Another common feature of the foursquare is a distinctive hip roof.  A four square house often offers wonderful interior detailing such as craftsman style woodwork, high ceilings, vintage light fixtures , built-in cabinetry, arches and hardwood floors.

four square house in  Takoma dc

A Foursquare Home in Takoma DC

This style of home was great for the small, narrow city lots of this era, because it made the most use of interior room space.  The foursquare style is found in the older more urban areas of Silver Spring, Takoma Park and NW DC, where the first trains and streetcar lines served these areas. The Foursquare was a popular “mail order” era house.  The house came by train in pre cut pieces on a boxcar with directions for putting it together.  This is why you find many of these homes in close proximity to a rail road line.  The largest mail order catalog companies were Sears and Alladin.

Many Vintage Foursquare style homes can be found in Takoma Park, Forest Glen, Downtown Silver Spring, Old Woodside, Capitol View Park, Silver Spring Park, Blair Subdivision, Takoma DC, Brightwood and Shepherd Park.   There are other “close-in” areas nearby, such as Kensington, Rockville and Garrett Park in Montgomery County, along with College Park, Brentwood, Mount Rainier, Cottage City, Cheverly and Hyattsville in Prince Georges County that also offer vintage foursquare homes to choose from!

If you are hunting for that perfect old, vintage gem of a house or want to sell one in Maryland or DC, please contact me – I am passionate about knowing how and where to find and sell them!

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Takoma Park’s 125th July 4th Independence Day Parade

This July Fourth celebration is one of the oldest in the nation.  Takoma Park Maryland is an artsy enclave with tree lined avenues and Victorian Homes, the perfect setting for an annual patriotic Independence Day parade.  This celebration is one of the oldest in the nation and the Takoma Park Community has had 123 years of practice!

takoma gazeboOn Friday July 4th 2014, enjoy what people living in Silver Spring and Takoma Park have have been enjoying for the past 124 years.   This will be the 125th annual Takoma Park 4th of July Celebration.

Parade
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.

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

The Polyphony Marimba Band

Acro-Airs – Washington Adventist University Gymnastics Team

Takoma Park Community Concert Band


Announcement of Parade Winners

Greetings from the Mayor – Bruce Williams
Drawing for Raffle Prizes
National Anthem – David Goette

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Takoma Park MD – A HOT! Real Estate Market in 2013

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 is a 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.

Takoma Park is a friendly “laid back”, independent, small town with liberal politics. The residents are politically active and have put in place a number of progressive measures such as the declaration of a nuclear-free zone
Low Sales Price 2013 - Takoma Park Rambler
Takoma Park is one the HOTTEST Pockets of Real Estate in the DC Metro Area!
In 2013 there were 159 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 2013 was $526,597
UP $68,722 from (2012) last year.

The Average SOLD price for a single family home in Takoma Park in 2013 was $531,386

UP $89,564 from 2012 and The Average Sold Price for a home is over the average asking price.

Highest Sales Price 2013 Takoma Park BungalowIn 2013 the Average Days on the Market for a single family home in Takoma Park, MD was 43

Selling 14 days faster than last year


LOWEST Sale Price –   $152,000 for a 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 2 Level  Brick Rambler – A “Short Sale” built in 1941.

HIGHEST Sale Price –  $1,282,000  for a 5 Bedroom, 3 & 1/2 Bath Arts and Crafts Bungalow inspired by the Pasadena Gamble House built in 2006 on a parklike double lot.


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Homes for Sale Now in Takoma Park, Maryland, 20912

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Takoma Park MD July 4th Parade and Fireworks

This July Fourth celebration is one of the oldest in the nation.  Takoma takoma gazeboPark Maryland is an artsy enclave with tree lined avenues and Victorian Homes, the perfect setting for an annual patriotic Independence Day parade.  This celebration is one of the oldest in the nation and the Takoma Park Community has had 123 years of practice!

On Thursday July 4th 2013, enjoy what people living in Silver Spring and Takoma Park have have been enjoying for the past 123 years.   This will be the 124 th annual Takoma Park 4th of July Celebration. 

Parade
The parade lasts for 2 hours. The parade starts at 10:00 am beginning at Carroll & Ethan Allen Avenues, travels south on Carroll Avenue to Maple Avenue, goes right on to Ritchie Avenue where parade disbands.
There will be food vendors at Memorial Park (corner of Maple and Philadelphia Avenue).
The Takoma Metro Station is within 1 block of the start of the parade route.

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

The Mystic Warriors (Andean Music)
Acro-Airs – Washington Adventist University Gymnastics Team
Takoma Park Community Concert Band
Announcement of Parade Winners
Greetings from the Mayor – Bruce Williams
Drawing for Raffle Prizes
National Anthem – David Goette

Fireworks at 9:30 pm by Bay Fireworks!

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Takoma Park, Maryland Home Prices – 2012 Review

Takoma Park, MD City LogoTakoma Park, or “Granola Park” as some locals call it now, was the first planned suburban community of Washington, DC.  Founded in 1883, by Benjamin Franklin Gilbert, Takoma Park was developed along a branch of the B & O railroad. It was originally conceived as a “summer resort” area, as a healthful clean-water alternative to Washington, DC’s malarial swamps. With a population of 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

Religion and politics has shaped the Takoma Park community. From the early 1900’s to 1990, Takoma Park was the world headquarters of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Two of the church’s institutions remain today, The Washington Adventist Hospital, and Columbia Union College. Takoma Park is a perfect “bedroom community” for young professionals.  It is a 15 minute commute to the middle of Downtown D.C. by Metro from the Takoma Station on the Red Line.

Cottage - Lowest Priced Sale Takoma Park 2012Takoma Park is a friendly “laid back”, independent, small town with liberal politics.  The residents are politically active and have put in place a number of progressive measures such as the declaration of a nuclear-free zone and legal recognition of non-marital partnerships.

The Old Town offers an eclectic, funky mix of small, locally owned specialty shops and small restaurants, cafes and a verypopular FOOD COOP.   There is a year round farmers market every Sunday in the center of town. To celebrate July 4th, the town puts on its own parade and its own fireworks display.

In  2012 there were 184 sales of Single Family Detached homes in Takoma Park, Montgomery County, 1904 Victorian Takoma Park Md - Highest Sale Price 2012Maryland:

LOWEST Sale Price –   $95,000 for a 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath, 1 Level  Brick Cottage – A Foreclosure Sale in need of total rehab built in 1947 in the Carole Highlands Neighborhood

HIGHEST Sale Price –  $1,075,000  for a 6 Bedroom, 5 Bath Victorian origianally built in 1904. A restoration on almost a one acre lot in the heart of the Historic District.

The Average List price for a single family home in Takoma Park in 2012 was $448,875.
The Average SOLD price for a single family home in Takom Park in 2012 was $441,822
In 2012 the Average Days on the Market for a single family home in Takoma Park, MD was 57

Takoma Park remains popular with today’s home buyers and has retained it’s home values – The Average Sales Price  was UP  1.9% from 2011 and the days on Market is Down 10 days from 2011.

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