Rise Southern Biscuits opening in Howard County

This will be the North Carolina company’s second location in Maryland.

Rise Southern Biscuits and Righteous Chicken is opening a new store in Howard County. The Durham based biscuit restaurant is known for its fresh biscuits and more recently, chicken. Rise’s quick-serve, no wait staff concept is designed to keep costs down and quality high. Rise is open for breakfast through lunch.

Courtesy of Rise Self Righteous Biscuits

Rise’s biscuits also has donuts, biscuits and gravy dishes and chicken. The new store opens on Saturday, Apr. 27, 2019 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.. To show commitment to the community,  ten percent of all opening day sales will be donated to Gorman Crossing Elementary School!  Visit them at  8872 McGaw Road, across the street from Wegman’s.

Century 21 New Millennium to hold Open House weekend Apr.6

Come view some of the greatest homes in the region this weekend!

Century 21 New Millennium is holding an all company Open House weekend on Apr.6 and 7, 2019. Help us kick off the spring market in Maryland and beyond while shopping for a new home. Visit this special link to view all the homes participating in this great event.

Can’t make it this weekend? Give me a call or text at (702) 340-8000 to arrange your private viewing!

Happy House Hunting,

Christa Emmer

Housing numbers for Feb. in Howard County

Maryland REALTORS® has released numbers for February in Maryland.  Statewide, the average home price rose by 5.1 percent and the median price rose by 5.0 percent compared to  2018. Inventory also rose to 4.6 months statewide.

The January statewide median sales price was $275,000 compared to $262,000 in 2018. This represents an increase of 5.0 percent. Now let’s look at Howard County.

In February, Howard County had 201 homes for sale vs. 219 in Feb. 2018. The average price was $402, 490 vs. $411, 538 last year at this time. The active inventory was higher than 2018, 635 units vs. 580 last year at this time. Months of inventory on hand also increased 3.2 percent vs. 2.6 last year. These numbers are good news for homebuyers looking in Howard County, and show a good balance between sellers and buyers!

If you are looking for a home in the area, please give me a call or text! I know about some great programs sponsored by the State of Maryland that provide down payment and closing cost assistance.

Call or text me at (702) 340-8000 or email me!

Columbia office holding Homebuyer Seminar on Apr. 11

 

Interested in buying home but have questions? We would like to help! Come by our office for light bites and wine on Thursday, Apr.11, 2019 and learn all about buying a house in Maryland! We will have experts on hand to tell you all about:

    • How home ownership may be cheaper than your monthly rent-stop making your landlord rich!
    • Tax benefits of home ownership
    • Credit issues and getting financially “ready” to buy
    • Rent to Own programs
    • Property search and negotiating your offer
    • Successfully getting to the closing table and moving in

You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions in a casual, fun setting. Confidentially find out what your purchasing power is and get advice on what you can do to improve your credit score.

All are welcome. Wine and Light refreshments will be served. Raffles and giveaways that all attendees can participate in.

To RSVP, visit Eventbrite or contact me.

The Important Maryland Tax Credit You Might Be Missing Out On

State starts campaign to raise awareness about the Maryland Homestead Tax Credit.

Beginning on Feb. 1, 2019 the State of Maryland will be making it easier for homeowners to apply for the homestead tax credit. This credit reduces the tax on your primary residence by capping the new assessment percentage every two years. The state cap is 10 percent, but local governments can set their own caps. For instance, Howard County has a cap of 5 percent. The State of Maryland will be identifying properties that are eligible for the credit and sending an application with your assessment notice. You can find your county’s tax cap here.

Here’s How it works

Assessment    Tax without
cap
Tax with
cap
Old Assessment $100,000    
First Year Assessment $120,000 20% 10%
Tax rate of $1.04 per $1000   $208 $104

Is my property eligible?

  • Property must be a primary residence, and you must live in it 6 months out of the year.
  • A married couple can have only one primary residence.
  • Primary residence address must match up with Maryland income tax, voter registration and dmv records.

How do I apply?

First you need to check if you already have an application filed. You can do this by going to the sdat website and entering your county and address.

Once you have verified that an application hasn’t been filed, you can do one of two things:

You can wait for your assessment statement to come in the mail, fill out the application and return it.

-or-

You can apply on the Maryland Assessment website here. You will need to get an access number to file the application online. To get this number, send your name, address and county to this email: sdat.homestead@maryland.gov.. You will get a return email with your account number and an access code.

To apply by mail or fax, download this form and return it to:

Department of Assessments and Taxation
Homestead Tax Credit Division
301 West Preston Street, 8th Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Fax: (410) 225-9344

You can check the status of your application by revisiting the Maryland Real Property Database.

Want to find out what your home is worth based on the latest closed and pending sales? Fill out the form below.