Friday, February 24, 2017

Foggy Morning Photos in Frederick

All this warm weather in February can create early morning fog. Here are a few shots from a foggy  Frederick MD.

Market Street, Frederick MD

Market Street, Frederick MD

 
Carroll Creek, Frederick MD
Baker Park, Frederick MD
Carroll Creek, Frederick MD


Baker Park, Maryland

Culler Lake, Baker Park, Frederick, MD

Culler Lake, Baker Park, Frederick MD

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Bicycles in Frederick Maryland - Trails, Tours, Events, Organizations

If you were wondering where to ride your bicycle in Frederick Maryland, wonder no more. Find out about trails, history tours, clubs, events.  See resources below.  Please add your comments if you know of other resources...share the fun!

EVENTS

The Clustered Spires High Wheel Racehttps://www.highwheelrace.com/

Tour De Frederickhttps://www.tourdefrederick.com/

ORGANIZATIONS / CLASSES

Frederick Pedlars:   http://frederickpedalers.org/wp1/

Frederick Bicyle Coalition:  http://frederickbicyclecoalition.com/

Frederick County Biking Group FaceBook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/frederickcountybikingcyclingclub

Active.com site shows classes in the area: 
http://www.active.com/frederick-md/cycling/

TRAILS
Within Frederick city, check out the Frederick History Bicycle Loop website and pdf of city streets with historical significance.   http://www.visitfrederick.org/frederick-history-bicycle-loop

Western Maryland Rail Trail: http://www.bikewashington.org/trails/wmrt/wmrt.htm

Bike Maryland website:  https://www.bikemaryland.org/resources/riding/trails/ 

Frederick County Heritage  Bike Tours:  http://www.visitfrederick.org/what-to-see-and-do/frederick-county-heritage-bicycle-tours

MapMyRide allows you to search for Bicycle trails in Frederick MD. It describes the miles, elevation and shows the route.  Check it out! http://www.mapmyride.com/us/frederick-md/




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Monday, February 13, 2017

How to Find out About Events and Activities in Frederick, Maryland

If you have some free time and are wondering what to do in Frederick Maryland, you have at least four good places to check for events and activities. These are the same places I use to report events for the TalkAboutFrederick monthly newsletter:

1) Tourism - The most extensive list of events in Frederick can be found online at Tourism:  http://www.visitfrederick.org/events   If you haven't gone yet, stop in at the Visitor's Center and wonder through the great resources there.  Their website is http://www.visitfrederick.org/  Tourism Council of Frederick County, Inc.  151 S.East St. Frederick, MD 21701 800-999-3613, tourism@fredco-md.net
  
2) The Frederick News Post publishes a "Things to Do In Frederick" page that is searchable.  Find it at  http://www.fredericknewspost.com/calendar/ 

3) The Downtown Partnership calendar of events:  http://www.downtownfrederick.org/calendar

4) Celebrate Frederick has a number of very popular events each year.  http://www.celebratefrederick.com/events/













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Friday, February 10, 2017

Get Your Home Ready for Millenial Buyers

Millennials— those born between 1980 and the late 1990s—constitute 35% of buyers.  Agents and sellers need to tune into the Millennial generation’s preferences to sell to these buyers.  Some selling strategies:
  • Go Mobile - Ensure that your home is listed on real estate apps. When Millennials search for a home, they reach for apps on their smart phones before any other source. Making sure that your property is displayed on all of the major real estate apps will help to maximize visibility.
  • Promote sustainability features. Millennials have grown up in an era that is characterized by concerns about climate change and depletion of natural resources. They are drawn toenergy-efficient and other sustainable features in a home.
  • Consider staging a room as a home office if you do not already have one. In the business world, Millennials often have the option to work from home and will likely place a high value on home offices. If you have a flexible living space or spare bedroom, furnishing it with a desk and chair to make a functional home work area.
  • Highlight open floor plans—or create the appearance of having one. Millennials value floor plans that allow their guests to move freely through the kitchen, living room, and outdoor living spaces. Keeping countertops clear, leave doors between rooms open, and let in plenty of natural light. 
  • Millennial home buyers prefer communities or neighborhoods with convenient access to public transportation, parks, restaurants, theater, schools, and shopping.  If your community has any of these features, be sure to highlight them for Millennial buyers.  
Article from wiseagent.com.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Average Home Price in Frederick and Washignton Counties Varies by Home Type for 2016

This is a follow up to an earlier post on the rise in average housing prices  in the region.  Average home sale prices vary dramatically by type of home - detached, townhouse or condo.   Here are the differences for 2016.  Keep in mind that these numbers are for standard sales which represent 84% of sales in Frederick County.  They do not include foreclosures (11%) and short sales (4%).

2016 Average Home Prices  - Standard Sales Only*
Frederick County
2016
2015
Detached homes
$376,895
$373,413
Townhouses, Duplex
$259,717 
$248,923 
Condos
$199,275
$210,627
Washington County
2016
2015
Detached homes
$232,880
$229,335
Townhouses, Duplex
$160,459
$160,437
Condos
$145,954
$129,025
* Does not include foreclosures or short sales

Note that all average home prices by type increased in 2016 in both Frederick and Washington County with the exception of condos in Frederick County.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Upcoming Frederick Events February 2017

Here are just of few of the many events in Frederick in February. For more details about the upcoming events go to the websites for the Downtown Partnership, Celebrate Frederick, or the Tourism calendar.\

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  • Winter Whiskey Market – Feb 4, McClintock Distillery, 35 S. Carroll St. Frederick, MD 21701. 240-815-5259
  • Frederick Coin & Currency Show   Feb 4-5 @ 5:30 pm. Sat, 9am-6pm; Sun, 9am-4pm.  Frederick Elks Club
    289 Willowdale Dr. , Frederick, MD 21702
  • Carillon Recitals – Feb 2 &  21; March 6 & 20. Twice monthly concerts  Sunday 12:30-1pm Baker Park Carillon.
  • Burns Nite SupperCelebration of Robert Burns.  Feb 27, 5:45-10:00pm. Urbana Volunteer Fire Department, 3602 Urbana Pike, Frederick, MD 21704 240-818-8283
  • In Their Own Voices – Feb 22, Living history and heritage food event commemorating Black History Month. 11am.   12607-12625 Catoctin Furnace Rd., Thurmont, MD 21788 443-463-6437
  • March 4th, First Saturday, Hidden Spaces and Cool Places,  @ 3:00pm – 9:00 pm downtown Frederick. 
  •  February 4th, First Saturday, Fire In Ice,  @ 3:00pm – 9:00 pm downtown Frederick


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