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DARLINGTON APPLE FESTIVAL

Friday, October 06, 2017

DARLINGTON, MD - It's fall and that means it's time for the Darlington Apple Festival. The festival is set for Saturday, Oct. 7.

The Darlington Apple Festival happens every year the first Saturday in October. It is a rain-or-shine event.

Here are all the things you need to know.

When: The Darlington Apple Festival is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7.

What: Enjoy a day in the country with vendors, crafters, apples, produce, family activities, live musical entertainment and refreshments. Hay rides will be available behind Darlington United Methodist Church, 2118 Shuresville Road, Darlington, and so will pony rides. A cornhole tournament is also planned.

Live music will be provided by the following:

How Big: About 50,000 people attend the Darlington Apple Festival each year. The festival started in 1986.

What Not To Bring: Neither pets nor alcohol is permitted.

How To Get There

The Darlington Apple Festival is at 2120 Shuresville Road in Darlington.

Shuresville Road will be closed at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7.

Shuttle service to the festival will be available at Chesapeake Harley-Davidson (4600 Thunder Court), the Darlington firehouse (2600 Castleton Road) and the field across from the High's gas station (4585 Conowingo Road).

Handicapped parking is on the grounds of Darlington Elementary School. To get there from MD Route 161/Darlington Road, take a right onto Old Quaker Road and then proceed on School Road. Signs for handicapped parking will be posted.

By Elizabeth Janney (Patch Staff)

Paint like a Pro

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Paint Like A Pro

 

      Whether you’re inspired to splash a new hue across a room’s walls or they’re just due for a fresh coat of the same ol’ color, make sure you DIY with these tips in mind.

 

Choose your paint wisely.  It’s important to choose indoor paint for indoor paint jobs.  Water-based paint is easy to use and clean up, while oil-based paint is more appropriate for specialty jobs.  Check with an expert at the paint store to choose the right type of paint for your situation.

 

Prep like a pro.  This may take more time than the actual painting itself, but take your time here to avoid mistakes. Prep work includes:

  • Laying down drop cloths.
  • Cleaning off dirty areas.
  • Filling in holes in the walls with spackle.
  • Sanding any uneven surfaces.
  • Priming the walls, if needed.
  • Taping off non-paint zones like outlets and molding.

 

Do detail work.  Use a thin brush to paint around window and door frames, baseboards, and trim.

 

Use a roller brush.  Roll the full height of the wall and keep a wet edge.  Start near a corner, and move over slightly with each stroke of paint.  Don’t let the roller become dry, and paint so the open side of the roller frame faces the area that is already painted.

 

Let it dry.  Once your entire paint job is dry, make sure everything is evenly coated.  Add a second coat as needed.  Wait at least 24 hours before removing the tape between the painted walls and unpainted places.  Use a sharp utility knife or box cutter to slice the tape; do not just pull it off.

 

 

Wealth with Real Estate Rental Properties

Friday, July 07, 2017

Real Estate Corner…

 

Q. How can I build wealth with real estate rental properties?

A.  Before purchasing rental property, consider the following factors to make a good investment:

 

  • Find moderately priced properties, so you can generate more cash flow than higher priced properties.  Your tenant’s rent should cover the mortgage, utilities, and additional expenses in order to produce a cash flow.
  • Get the full cost of owning and repairing the home.  Have a property inspection before you purchase the property to identify any potential repairs.  Also, get written quotes from contractors for repairs you’ll need to make before renting out the home.
  • Carefully select your tenants.  Each time a renter leaves, you have to prep it for another tenant by paying for repairs, possible upgrades, and other costs such as advertising, credit and background checks, plus taking time to show the unit.  Long-term tenants are better for your investment, so choose wisely and treat them well!

 

To learn more, call me to request my Free Consumer Report called
“How to Avoid 8 Dumb Mistakes Even Smart Investors Make.”   

2017-2018 TAXES

Thursday, July 06, 2017

ATTENTION BALTIMORE COUNTY HOMEOWNERS

URGENT AND IMPORTANT


Baltimore County has sent out incorrect bills for your 2017-2018 Taxes.   This was done in error.   The county has said they will be sending out corrected bills and will be extending the discounted dates.   Please take caution with your bill and make sure you are paying the proper amount.   If you have an escrow and your mortgage company is paying the taxes, please notify them about the error.    

De-cluttering your Home

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

De-clutter Your Home Fast

                Whether you are planning to sell your home or just would like to be more relaxed and enjoy spending time there, here are some quick ways to start the de-cluttering process – and keep it clutter free:

  • Use the three-box method.  In the room you’re de-cluttering (try to focus on one at a time), set up 3 boxes and a trash bag for trash.  Label the boxes “Put Away,” “Give Away,” and “Keep” and go through every item in the room to decide which of the 4 spots the item is placed in.

  • Try the closet hanger experiment.  Put everything in your closet in with the hangers facing backward.  When you wear an item and return it to the closet, face the hanger the right direction.  After 6 months or a year, get rid of everything still facing backward.

  • Give away one item every day.  You don’t have to throw out everything at the same time.  Find one thing each day to donate, and make it fun by thinking about which charity or friend could most benefit from the item.

Foreclosure/Short Sales Sellers can NOW BUY

Friday, April 17, 2015

There is a new set of buyers coming into the marketplace.   They are called Boomarang Buyers.   You are asking yourself, “What are Boomarang Buyers?”  They are buyers who have faced hardship throughout the last 7-8 years, had to sell their home in a foreclosure or short sale and now would like to buy again.  These buyers are in luck….yes they can buy again.   There will be specific guidelines to follow, but the process will be the same.   If you or anyone you may know falls in this situation, please reach out to me, 410.591.1800.

Big Changes Effecting Sellers of Short Sale Properties

Sunday, September 30, 2012

There is currently a law in place to help sellers with reporting the deficiency as income on their tax returns.  However, that law is cited to expire on December 31, 2012.  There has been no word yet as whether or not it will be extended.   There are speculations but no official word.   In my opinion, look for word to be delayed until after the elections.  If you are facing hardship (death of a spouse, divorce, loss of job, medical, financial, etc) call me immediately to review your options to take advantage of the current law.  If you are falling behind in your mortgage payments or facing falling behind in your mortgage payments, call me immediately to look at your options.   Please don’t wait until it is too late to have options.  All appointments are confidential.  Contact me or 410.591.1800. 

Below is a link for your convenience to get more information:

http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/The-Mortgage-Forgiveness-Debt-Relief-Act-and-Debt-Cancellation-

 

 

When will the Real Estate Market start to go up?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Many homeowners are asking when will the Real Estate Market start going up?  There is no crystal ball to be exact, but indicators are pointing to the bottom has been reached.   Appraisers are telling me they are seeing in overall increase in values.  The inventory has started to decrease which indicates sellers seeing higher prices.  Homes are selling in a reasonably short time frame, if sellers are realistic and homes show well.  It has been a very exciting summer market even though it is the slowest market of the entire year.   But beware, the distressed market is still alive and thriving.   Foreclosures and short sales are still very much a part of our everyday market.    If you are a seller or thinking of selling in the near future, DO NOT delay.  Take advantage of a strong Fall Market.   If you are buyer or thinking of buying in the near future, act NOW.   Your window of opportunity is closing quickly.   For more information, email me at Marian@MarianStaab.com or call me @ 410.591.1800 to get started.

Short Sale New Regulation

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

 

There is a new regulation for Short Sales that is now in effect for about a month.   The banks are now required to render a decision with 30-60 days after receiving all required documents.  If for any reason, the bank can not conform to this regulation, they are required to communicate on a weekly basis until a decision is given.  If you have any questions regarding this regulation, please don't hesitate to contact me.  

If you know of anyone who has fallen on hard times and is in fear of falling behind on their mortgage, please contact me immediately to review your options.

Short Sale Deficiency Judgements

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Many Sellers asked about the difficency in the payoff that comes with the short sale.  Your CPA will be happy to review your obligations with you and explain the current law that is in place.  However, there is a deadline on the law waiving your judgement.  It expires 12/31/12.  There has been NO word of any extension of the law.  Therefore, If you are facing late pays in your mortgage, or you are already 30+ days late, please contact me immediately, before time runs out to review your personal situation.  There may be help available.

Marian

Contact:  Marian@MarianStaab.com or 410.515.5742


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