Selling a Home

Capturing Curb Appeal: 4 Real Estate Photography Tips

March 8, 2017

Photos sell homes, and no photo is more important than the exterior shot that will be associated with your home’s MLS listing. Ideally, you or your real estate agent should hire a professional real estate photographer to do the job. But, if you’re listing your home independently or have a tight budget, here are some DIY photography tips. 1. If possible, shoot in the spring. Even if you’re planning to stay in your home until fall, don’t let spring pass you by without taking some…

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Local Stories

Discover Hampden: Baltimore’s Hidden Gem

March 6, 2017

What was once a working-class mill town in north Baltimore has evolved into a lively, eclectic neighborhood that radiates city pride. Hampden, which gained its fame from John Waters’ movies, such as Hairspray, was named one of “The 12 Coolest Neighborhoods in America” by thrillist.com.   What makes this Charm City neighborhood so incredibly, well… charming? For starters, its main thoroughfare, 36th Street (known to locals as simply “The Avenue”), is home to myriad art galleries, museums, coffee shops, restaurants and boutiques.   The neighborhood…

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Life at Home

Pet-proofing your home

March 2, 2017

So you want a furry bundle of joy but have doubts whether your home is suited for the task? We’re here to lend a helping paw. Use the following checklist to sniff out potential hazards and raise the woof on pet home safety. While it may not cover every danger, we’re pawsitive it’ll set you on the right track.   Power cords Gnawing teeth and electrical currents are a combination best avoided. Your first line of defense is simply to hide power cords wherever possible,…

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Selling a Home

4 Pro Tips for Better Real Estate Photography

February 28, 2017
Pro Photo Tips

It’s no secret: good listing photos sell homes faster and for more money. That, combined with the fact that 92% of house hunters search online, makes a very compelling argument for investing in professional photography. If you’re determined to tackle the task yourself, here are some tips from the pros on how to take better interior real estate photography. (Looking for advice on exterior photography? Check out our article, Capturing curb appeal: 4 real estate photography tips). 1. Get the right tools. Great photography starts…

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Buying a Home

The Facts on Closing Costs

February 26, 2017

Closing costs: a generic term tossed around by mortgage originators, real estate agents and even your neighbor. But what are these fees all about? Read on to learn the basics of closing costs and how they will affect your home purchase. What are closing costs? Closing costs, or settlement costs, are one-time expenses charged in connection with the origination of your loan. They cover additional costs like loan origination fees, loan discount points, appraisal fees, title search fees, title insurance premiums, survey fees, transfer taxes,…

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