Tag: home buying

What’s That Roof Stain?



The black mold-like stains and streaks that appear on roofs, particularly light-colored asphalt shingles, are actually a blue-green algae (Gloeocapsa magma). Commonly found in climates with warm, humid summers – like Baltimore – it does no damage to the roofing, even though it may be unsightly.

Home Buyers’ 7 Biggest Regrets: How Many Will Haunt You?


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Buying a home has its vastly rewarding moments, of course, but it can also be a long road paved with sinkhole-size regrets.

Buying a Home? Make an Offer! The Worst They Can Say is No


Estate agent shaking hands with customer after contract signature

Many sellers price their property knowing that they may receive at least 10 percent less than the fair market value. In fact, many increase the asking price in order to leave room for negotiation.

Johns Hopkins REALLY Wants You to Live Near Your Work



Johns Hopkins’ Live Near Your Work program is one of the neatest, simplest ways we’ve seen to encourage local workers to buy homes in the city rather than fleeing to the suburbs. Qualifying employees who buy homes in certain neighborhoods near either the Homewood or East Baltimore campuses can qualify for thousands of dollars of grants to assist with the down payment and/or closing costs. And as a sign of their commitment to the program (and to the neighborhoods surrounding their campuses), the university just announced that they’re providing even more money to qualifying homebuyers.

Direct Mortgage Loans Offers the Sweet 16 Pledge


The Direct Mortgage Loans Sweet16 Pledge compresses the process to just 16 days. The appraisal management firm is local – not nationally-based like most banks and credit unions. The in-house processing and underwriting keeps things moving at top speed for you and your buyer.

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More Foreclosure News


If you liked our Step by Step Guide to Buying at Auction, now you have a chance to put it to good use. Non-profit Healthy Neighborhoods will host “Seven Great Neighborhoods, 100 Great Homes” next Saturday, September 24 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Patterson Park Public Charter School Cafeteria.  The event will focus on available rehabbed and foreclosed homes in the neighborhoods Belair-Edison, Better Waverly, Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello, Ednor Gardens, Patterson Park and Elderberry Park, Old Goucher and Reservoir Hill and discuss incentives and qualifications for the National Stabilization Program, a government program to help keep neighborhoods from falling apart despite record foreclosures.