Neighborhood Spotlight: Maple Lawn

Maple Lawn is a master-planned community in Fulton about seven miles from Columbia Maryland. The community features a mix of single-family homes, condos and townhomes and has a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere.

Maple Lawn has more than 1,300 homes, four parks, a community center with a pool, gym, basketball and tennis courts. The live-work atmosphere boasts walking distance to stores, restaurants including Harris Teeter, Steelfire Grill, Hudson’s Coastal, Looney’s Maple Lawn, McDonald’s, Chipotle and more.

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Located halfway between Baltimore and D.C., Maple Lawn has become a popular destination for commuters to both markets. Homes range in size from 1600 to 8000 square feet and start in the high 300s. Currently, there are no new construction homes being built in Maple Lawn proper. Maple Lawn South has new construction opportunities and new lots will be added to Maple Lawn in the future. To get a list of current and future listings for sale in Maple Lawn you can text me at (702) 340-8000 or click here.

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

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.

Maryland housing numbers are out for December

Maryland REALTORS® announced the final numbers for November and December of 2018. Winter is normally a slower time for the housing market, the state finished out strong with the average home price up 2.2 percent and the median prices up 4.4 percent as compared to the same time last year.

Courtesy Maryland REALTORS

The November 2018 statewide median sales price was $338,336 and $330,196 in December. These both represent a slight increase of 2.2 percent over November 2017 and 2.8 percent over December 2017. 

To view the complete report, visit www.mdrealtor.org.