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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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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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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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FREE Outdoor Event in Downtown Silver Spring Tomorrow – Indonesian Street Festival

This Indonesian-themed event will take place on Ellsworth Drive in Downtown Silver Spring from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM.  Admission is FREE 

The festival will have a range of demonstrations and activities. Meant for all ages, children will have their own section where they can make arts and crafts, including puppets.

Chicken Satay

Chicken Satay

Food vendors will offer dishes such as many different versions of satay (meat skewers) and a lot of other Indonesian food.

A fashion show by Batik Boutique will show of a line of brightly colored traditional clothing.

Indonesian music will be heard throughout the day. House of Angklung, an all-bamboo orchestra, will play alongside more modern sounds.

Dancers will accompany music from groups like Gamelan Wrhatnala USA. Started in Bali in 1965 by dancer composer and choreographer I Gusti Agung Ngurah Supartha.

Indonesian dance derives some of its movements from martial art forms. Martial arts schools such as Pencak Silat Al-Azhar will take part in the festival.  At the festival on Saturday, students will give a demonstration, followed by a free clinic.

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