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.

KFC offering chicken scented fireplace logs

The unmistakable, mouth-watering aroma of Colonel Sanders’ secret recipe – now in your fireplace with the KFC 11 Herbs & Spices Firelog.

If you have ever walked into a KFC and thought, “I wish my house could smell like this,” your prayers have been answered. For a limited time KFC is offering up a fireplace log that emits the amazing fragrance of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Created by Enviro-Log, the limited edition log is scented with those key 11 herbs and spices, warming your home and your senses.

“At KFC, we have always been proud of our role in bringing loved ones together at the dinner table around a bucket of our world-famous fried chicken,” said Andrea Zahumensky, KFC U.S. CMO.  “Now, this winter we’re bringing all the things we love – family, friends and fried chicken – together around the fire with our scented firelog.”

The special logs are available as supplies last. KFC has created a number of promotional products this year (KFC scented sunscreen, pool floats) that have sold out within hours of being posted. The logs are $18.99 (tax and shipping included), available at kfcfirelogs.com. Get them while they’re hot!

Places to cut-your-own Christmas tree in Maryland

There’s nothing like a fresh Christmas tree to get you in the holiday spirit! Lucky for us Marylanders, there are plenty of places we can go to get a fresh tree right from the ground! All you need is a warm coat, gloves and a little muscle. Here are four Maryland farms that offer that cut-your-own experience.

Clemsonville Christmas Tree Farm
10120 Clemsonville Road
Union Bridge, MD 21791
(410) 848-6083
clemsonville.com

Located in Carroll County, this Christmas tree farm is one of the most affordable cut your own farms in the region. With all trees are priced at just $25, it’s definitely worth the trip. While you’re there, check out the Everlasting Tree, a 50-foot limestone rock formation in the shape of a Christmas tree.  Clemsonville Tree Farm is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m..

Gaver Farm
5501 Detrick Road,
Mount Airy, MD 21771
(301) 865-3515
gaverfarm.com

Gaver’s cut your own trees range from $55 to $100 and include varieties like Colorado Blue Spruce, Canaan Fir and Scotch Pine. The on-site wreath shop has decorated wreaths, centerpieces, swags and more. Gaver also has a farmers market/bakery serving up hot, fresh cinnamon-sugar apple cider donuts. Check the website for daily updates on hours of operation.

Triadelphia Lake View Farm
15155 Triadelphia Mill Road
Glenelg, MD 21737
(410) 489-4460
tlvtreefarm.com

Triadelphia Lake View Farm or TLV for short, has cut your own trees ranging from $45 to $60 and including shaking, bailing and drilling. On weekends,  the little ones can visit with Santa from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. TLV also has a warming hut with seasonal snacks and hot drinks. The farm is open Monday through Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

Pine Valley Farms
1150 Fannie Dorsey Road
Sykesville, MD 21784
(410) 795-8314
pinevalleyfarms.com

This large farm offers seven varieties of trees ranging from 5-feet to 12-feet, availability conveniently listed on the website. Bring your checkbook or cash, because the farm does not accept credit cards. Stop for a snack in the Christmas barn and browse the fresh wreaths, decor and tree accessories. Check the website for hours.

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.

Four farms with fresh apple cider donuts in Maryland

Fall in Maryland is synonymous with three things; oysters, pumpkins and apples.  With fresh picked apples comes apple cider. This rich apple brew is great to drink but makes an even better donut.  Here are four farms in Maryland where you can get these fresh cinnamon tasty treats.

Heyser Farms
14526 New Hampshire Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20904
(301) 384-7859
spencervillered.com

Heyser Farms is probably the closest farm with donuts to Howard County. This Silver Spring area farm also offers tours of its apple cider press and has a farmers market packed with locally sourced foods and produce. Donuts are made in the mornings, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Come in early before they sell out!

Weber’s Farm
2526 Proctor Lane
Parkville, MD 21234
(410) 668-4488
weberscidermillfarm.com

Located just a little east of Towson, Weber’s Farm is a one-stop shop for fall fun. Weber’s has a farmers market,  bakery, pick your own fruit fields, hayrides and more!  One dozen apple cider donuts will only set you back $8 and you can order ahead online to beat the rush. Check the website for a list of the events happening throughout the season.

Miller Farms
10140 Piscataway Rd.
Clinton, MD 20735
(301) 297-9370
millerfarmsclinton.com

This Southern Maryland farm is definitely known for its donuts. The list of 24 regular flavors includes red velvet, toasted coconut, carrot cake along with two versions of apple cider donuts. The farm also has a farmers market, nursery, pick your own fields and a vast menu of baked goodies. Donuts can be reserved ahead of time, please call for details.

Gaver Farm
5501 Detrick Rd.
Mount Airy, MD 21771
(301) 865-3515
gaverfarm.com

Located about 40 minutes from Columbia, Gaver Farm is the ultimate fall  hotspot. The farm’s annual fall festival has over 50 attractions including a  corn maze, hayrides, petting zoo, pedal carts and jumping pillows. Admission is $9 per person on weekdays, $13.50 on weekends and free for kids under 2. Donuts are served hot (weekends only) in the cafe. You don’t need to pay admission if you are visiting the cafe, farmers market or pumpkin patch.

*Many of the farms close in bad weather, be sure to call ahead before you make the trip!