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.

Five Ways To Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

The phrase “You only have one chance to make a good first impression” is never more true than when you are listing your home for sale. The front yard is a buyer’s first contact with your home and gives clues to whether or not your home is well maintained. Here are five ideas to help you boost your home’s curb appeal for a quick sale.

Make a Grand Entrance

In the early days of colonial Maryland, people would paint their front doors red to welcome traveling visitors. A bold colored front door adds charm and serves as a focal point. If association rules prevent you from painting your door a bold color, spruce it up by applying a coat of stain or paint, cleaning the windows and touching up the trim.

Power Wash

You can make decks, porches and brickwork look brand new with a simple deep clean. Power washing removes dust, dirt as well as the moss and mold than can build up on brickwork. Rent a power washer for the day or leave it to the pros.

Trim Up the Yard

Mowing and weeding are essential to keeping your yard in tip-top shape. You might also consider bringing in a landscape company for a more thorough once over. Experienced landscapers can give new life to your yard by trimming back trees, shrubs and adding seasonal plants.

Seal the Driveway

If weather and winter salt treatments have taken a toll on your driveway, now is the time to seal it. A couple of fresh coats of driveway sealant will hide imperfections and make your whole property look sharp and clean. Driveway sealing is another one of those messy projects you can leave to the experts.

Stage Outside Living Space

When staging your home it is important to accentuate the outdoor living ares was well as the inside. Adding potted plants, metal lanterns and a cafe table to front porch showcase it as an evening retreat from the day. Fill up that empty deck in the back yard with some beach inspired outdoor furniture.