Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Frederick's Got Jazz

Ted Jenkins puts out a regular email telling Frederick area jazz enthusiasts where they can go to find some good music. Here is Ted's email, reprinted with permission.  If you want to get on Ted's mailling list, go to his website and there is a place to sign up near the bottom www.tedsfunkyjazz.com.     ~ Darcy
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Dear Friends,
We are continuing with our steady gigs and have some new things happening in the next month. I am happy to introduce Ted’s Jam Band playing my original compositions fusing rock, blues, funk, and jazz.  Here is a link to one of my songs “Street Walking” recorded in Reston last month and another link to a mix or originals and covers recorded last October in Frederick.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKRCRV6IKKs 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOGFVMii__s
I hope you like the vibe!  We are playing:
  • Friday March 11 : Ted’s Jam Band at the M&S Grille, Reston 6:00 to 9:30 PM
  • Friday March 18 : Ted’s Jam Band at The Richland Sports Bar, Middletown 8:00 to 11:00 PM
Connie Guy is still croonin’ her ballads blues and jazz and will appear:
  • Sunday February  28 : Connie Guy’s New Orleans Style Jazz Brunch, M & S Grille, Reston VA 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Sunday March 13 : Connie Guy’s New Orleans Style Jazz Brunch, Firestones Culinary Tavern, Frederick MD  Noon to 4:00 PM - reservations suggested
The Jazz Jam continues at the Main Cup. Middletown from 7:30 to 10:00 PM. Bob and Kim have installed sound soak panels in the bar area.  THE ROOM SOUNDS GREAT!  Thanks, Bob and Kim!   We continue the Valley Jazz Jam every Thursday there from 7:30 to 10:00 PM. 
Here are your house bands:
  • Thursday Feb 25 :  Jordan Clawson - keys,  Howard Burns - drums and reeds, and me on bass.
  • Thursday March 3 : Howard Burns, Anita Thomas - bass and reeds, and Sam Janotta - keys
  • Thursday March 10 : Bob Boguslaw - Keys, Anita Tomas - reeds, and me on bass
  • Thursday March 17 :  Jordan Clawson - keys, Howard Burns - drums and reeds, and on bass
Love, Peace, and Music,
Ted Jenkins
www.tedsfunkyjazz.com

ted@connieguy.com
301-639-8338



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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Buying A Home During the Year's Strongest Real Estate Market - Frederick Maryland

Most home buyers here in Frederick and all over the country start by searching the internet for homes they like in areas in which they want to live. That is a good thing! There are some really good resources out there for home searching.  However, to give yourself the best chance of a smooth transaction, follow these guidelines.
  1. In Maryland, we are fortunate to have buyer representation in real estate transactions. That means that a real estate agent can act as your buyer’s agent representing you (and  you alone, not the seller). Information on the internet - even the big sites like Zillow and Trulia - can be very wrong about home values and can be days or weeks out of date with changes to a listing.  The good news is that in most cases the buyer's agent is paid by the seller's agency at settlement! Be sure to ask your agent about any exceptions.
  2. Sign a buyer agency agreement and work with your agent set up an automated search that will bring listings into your email inbox each day.  The agent will send you the most up to date and accurate listings.
  3. Find a reputable and skilled lender. Your agent can recommend local lenders who have a strong record of successful loans and know the local programs.
  4. Have the lender pre-qualify you and tell you how much  you can afford to spend on a house.
  5. Once your know your maximum house price, talk with the lender about your personal comfort level with different monthly payments. The lender can then help you find a comfortable house price for your budget.
  6. Decide how much you can afford to put down on a home and which type of loan is most advantageous for you.
  7. Be sure to check with your lender first before doing anything that might effect your credit score such as open new credit card accounts, pay off loans or buy a big ticket items such as high end appliances, a car or boat.
  8. Have your agent send an example home listing to the lender and get a full cost estimate of all your closing costs. Avoid surprises and take stock of the cash you will need to close. Ask about seller closing help.
  9. Take your agent with you to open houses and new home construction model homes. Find out why it's possible that if you sign into an open house or a model home without your agent, it could cost you more money.
  10. Have fun!
  11. Call me to find out about market values and which neighborhoods have the homes you want!
~ Darcy Richards 


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Frederick MD is the city people love to live in!

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Selling Your Home During the Year's Strongest Real Estate Market in Frederick Maryland

Spring is the busiest time of year for home sales both here in Frederick and in most areas. Families with children want to get moved in before school starts, and buyers who waited until after the holidays, want to get started. The warmer weather brings out some folks who start off browsing and end up buying. However, along with the higher prices and the quicker sales that generally occur in the spring, sellers and buyers alike face increased competition. If you are hoping to capitalize on selling when there are more buyers in the spring, don’t wait to get your property in shape to sell.

Here a few strategies to help you.

  • Begin by selecting a Realtor who can guide you through the getting ready phase and advice you on your home's market value, timing, and process

  • Choose the right listing price. If you want a quick sale, your realtor can advise you on an  initial listing price that accurately reflects your home's value in the current market. If your price is too high, your home will be bypassed in favor of other homes on the market with more updates and lower prices.
  • If you list early in the market – February to early March,competition is lower.  Your home will enjoy a greater chance of attracting buyers' attention.
  • If your home is behind in maintenance, consider having a home inspection before listing it. You can be made aware of, and correct, some issues before a contract is at stake.

  • Clean, declutter & organize! Buyers will be put off by clutter,dirt and messy spaces. First impressions are key! Get your home in prime condition early in the process and that will increase your chances of getting an offer.

  • As soon as it’s warm enough, give your front and back yards a landscaping makeover. Buyers will be drawn to properties with  welcoming, colorful and comfortable outdoor spaces.
  • Prepare for a quick sale. Have at least TWO backup plans in case your home sells more quickly than you expected. There are no guarantees, but you may encounter a rapid sale and even a multiple bids. As a seller, you may want to begin packing and planning your move while your home is still on the market.
 Call me if you want an estimate of your home's value and advice on what to do to get ready to sell.  ~ Darcy Richards  
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To suggest additional topics for the Talk About Frederick blog, to share your photos, or if you have questions, or corrections, e-mail me at darcyrichards01@gmail.com or call my direct line: 240/215-0381.  Frederick is the city people love to live in!  If you need a Frederick Realtor to sell your home, or to help you buy a home, call on me to guide you through the process. 
Darcy Richards, RE/MAX Results, 7210 Corporate Ct, #B Frederick MD 21703

Direct: 240/215-0381 Main: 301/698-5005. www.darcyrichards.com  Each office independently owned and operated.  Agent reviews.  Go to http://www.darcyrichards.com

Sunday, February 14, 2016

February Home Maintenance Checklist

It's cold out there!  Perfect time to do some of those winter maintenance chores.
  • Ensure that all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working. 
  • Have your fireplace /chimney swept if necessary.
  • Check  your gutters and down spouts if you see ice dams forming during or after a snowstorm.
  • Make sure you have an ergonomically helpful shovel and plenty of  snow melt on hand for those snowstorms.
  • Replace your furnace air filter if it is time to do so.
  • Clean your range hood filter if you have one.
  • Weatherproof your windows and doors.
  • Check your dryer vent and if clogged, clean it out.
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To suggest additional topics for the Talk About Frederick blog, to share your photos, or if you have questions, or corrections, e-mail me at darcyrichards01@gmail.com or call my direct line: 240/215-0381.  Frederick is the city people love to live in!  If you need a Frederick Realtor to sell your home, or to help you buy a home, call on me to guide you through the process. 
Darcy Richards, RE/MAX Results, 7210 Corporate Ct, #B Frederick MD 21703

Direct: 240/215-0381 Main: 301/698-5005. www.darcyrichards.com  Each office independently owned and operated.  Agent reviews.  Go to http://www.darcyrichards.com

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Report on Frederick & Washington County Housing Markets 2015

HOUSING SUMMARY FOR 2015
Frederick and Washington Counties, MD
The number of homes sold in 2015 was dramatically up for almost all ZIP codes in both Frederick and Washington Counties. This rise in the number of sales was not accompanied by a corresponding rise in the price of home with a few exceptions.

Existing home prices are holding steady for most areas with slight drops in some areas. The exceptions: Prices rose 8% in  21702, almost 10% in Brunswick and 11% in Smithsburg. Mt. Airy and Hagerstown showed slight price declines. 


2015 Housing
Stats By Region
Units Sold
% Change
Ave
Price $
% Change
Frederick Co.
3,841
 18.7%
$296.7 K
 .8%
21701 Frederick
811
27.3 %
$268.3 K
-0.1 %
21702 Frederick
631
30.1 %
$276.2 K
7.9 %
21703 Frederick
574
11.5 %
$242.7 K
1.3 %
21704 Frederick
254
13.4 %
$422.1 K
-1.7 %
21716 Brunswick
120
8.1 %
$194.0 K
9.6 %
21771 Mt. Airy
360
4.7 %
$375.8 K
-3.3 %
21788 Thurmont
155
20.2 %
$233.5 K
1.5 %
21769 Middletown
141
21.6 %
$361,3 K
-0.7 %
21754 Ijamsville
82
34.4 %
$466,0 K
3.6 %
21774 New Market
264
5.2 %
$361.2 K
-0.8 %
Washington Co.
1,787
16.3 %
$176.5 K
0.0 %
21740 Hagerstown
774
12.2 %
$143.2 K
-5.2 %
21742 Hagerstown
474
29.9 %
$197.2 K
-2.4 %
21783 Smithsburg
85
-14.1 %
$211.2 K
11.2 %



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Frederick MD is the city people love to live in!

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