Howard County Raises Transfer Tax

 

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The new legislation is about half of the original amount proposed.

If you are buying or selling a home in Howard County, it’s going to cost you more.  The Howard County Council passed County Resolution 84, a bill that changes the property tax transfer cost from 1 percent to 1.25 percent. Another bill, CR85 which would have raised recordation taxes did not pass.

Property transfer taxes are paid when property is sold to another party and in certain circumstances when a homeowner refinances their home.  The Howard County Association of Realtors estimates it will raise the cost of an average real estate transaction by $1000. The new tax rate will apply to transaction that occur as of Jul. 1, 2020.

 

 

December 2019 Housing Statistics for Maryland

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Inventory is down but the average sales price is up.

December was a busy month in Maryland for home sales. The number of units sold rose by 12.6 percent compared to the same time last year. The average price was also higher.

“The average sales price increased from $331,681 to $349,629 and the median price increased from $287,000 to $300,000,” said Maryland REALTORS® President John A. Harrison. “Months of inventory dropped to a low of 2.2 months, compared to 3.7 last year. December was an unusually busy month for settlements, defying the typical fall and early winter slowdown.”

Brisk sales were pushed by a dip in interest rates, but just like many areas of the U.S., buyers faced a shortage of inventory available for purchase. In Maryland, inventory in Maryland was 16, 239 versus 25,511 in December of 2018.

According to data released by the National Association of Realtors, the U.S. is short 3.8 million homes. Even though 5.9 million single-family homes were built between 2012 and 2019, it isn’t enough to offset the 9.8 million new households formed.

“Simply put, new home starts are not keeping pace with demand. Homebuilders have a mountain of opportunity, but a big hill to climb,” said Javier Vivas, director of economic research, realtor.com®. “The current inventory crisis and the need for 3.8 million new homes means a nearly insatiable appetite from potential buyers, especially in the lower end of the market.”

 

Pumpkin Patches in and around Howard County

Pumpkin+Patch+Corn Maze+Hayride= FUN!

Halloween is just a couple of weeks away. If you haven’t picked up a pumpkin yet, we’ve put together of local farms in and around Howard County where you get your fall festival on!

Clark’s Elioak Farm
10500 Clarksville Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042
clarklandfarm.com

Clark’s Elioak Farm has been a favorite fall destination for many years. This Ellicott City farm has it all, a farmer’s market, petting farm and the Enchanted Forest Village. In the weeks leading up to October, you can visit the pumpkin patch, take a hayride and jump on the Enchanted Express train. Admission to the farm is $7 on weekdays and $8 on the weekends. Individual rides range from $2 to $4.

Triadelphia Lake View Tree Farm
15155 Triadelphia Mill Rd.
Glenelg, MD
tlvtreefarm.com

TLV has pick-your-own pumpkin patches, a corn maze and other fun activities.  Mini pumpkins are $1 each,  pie pumpkins are $3 and large pumpkins are 59 cents a pound.  Admission is $8 and includes a hayride to the pumpkin patch. TLV is open on the weekends through October.

Butler’s Orchard
22222 Davis Mill Rd.
Germantown, MD 20876
butlersorchard.com

Butler’s Orchard has weekday and weekend fall festival activities or you can come into the  Farm Market and buy a  pumpkin starting at 69 cents a pound. Pumpkin Harvest Days are held during the week and include a self-guided tour of the farm, small pumpkin and take-home activity sheet for $.7.50. On the weekends come for the hayrides, corn maze, carnival activities (Pumpkin Cannon) and yummy festival food. Admission is $12.

Heyser Farms
14526 New Hampshire Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20904
spencervillered.com

This Montgomery County farm has pumpkins for sale in their market or you can pick your own.  The farm is also famous for fresh-pressed apple cider that is made on site.  Heyser also bakes pies, cookies and bread. Monday all pies all 50 percent off!

Honorable mention:

Pumpkin House at Queen Anne Farm, courtesy Facebook

Queen Anne Farm
18102 Central Ave.
Mitchellville (Bowie), MD 20716
queenannefarm.com

Queen Anne Farm isn’t close to Howard County, but it is one of the most unique pumpkin patches in the state. The farm carries more than eleven varieties of regular and heirloom pumpkins. It has a fairytale-worthy pumpkin house and a variety of straw animal sculptures. Plus, if you hate carving pumpkins they sell pre-cleaned pumpkins the day before Halloween!

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.

Realogy partners with Amazon on new Turnkey Buyer Program

Realogy is the parent company of several real estate brands, including Century 21.

Amazon and Realogy have partnered on an exciting new real estate program called Turnkey. The new program gives buyers that participate in the program between $1,000 and $5,000 dollars in Amazon Services and products for their new home.

“Customers can be overwhelmed when moving, and we’re excited to be working with Realogy to offer homebuyers a simplified way to settle into a new home,” said Pat Bigatel, Director Amazon Home Services. “The Amazon Move-In Benefit will enable homebuyers to adapt the offering to their needs – from help assembling furniture, to assisting with smart home device set up, to a deep clean, and more.”

To participate in the program, buyers will sign onto the Amazon program and then be partnered up with a Realogy real estate agent in their area. Upon a successful close of their new home, buyers will receive a credit for Amazon services and products.

Turnkey is currently available in 15 markets across the United States including Washington, D.C.. Want to know when this exciting program will be available in the Howard County area? Fill out the form below.