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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)

Student Loans

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Beat Those Student Loans!

 

            Even if they’re financially savvy, a lot of Americans continue to carry student loan debt with them for years after they’ve graduated from college.  Use these strategies to shake off that heavy financial burden:

 

  • Make it a priority.  Yes, you have a lot of bills to pay, but focus on paying off student loans so you can turn your attention to saving for retirement.
  • Create a repayment plan that works.  Make sure the date your student loan payment is due works with your monthly budget, and consolidate your loans so you only need to make one monthly payment.
  • Focus on variable private loans.  The interest rates on these loans can quickly change, so pay as much toward them as possible while also putting at least a minimum monthly contribution toward fixed-rate federal loans.

Sign up for auto-deductions.  If you opt for auto-deductions, you won’t accidentally miss a payment date.  Plus, all government and some private lenders charge a slightly lower interest rate if you pay this way.

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.    

BelAir Aldi

Monday, January 09, 2017

Bel Air ALDI Announces Grand Opening Date

The ALDI store in Bel Air is opening soon at the Bel Air Plaza, with a ribbon-cutting, giveaways and more planned.

By Elizabeth Janney (Patch Staff) - January 6, 2017 6:56 am ET

 

BEL AIR, MD — In two weeks, the anchor space that has been vacant for nearly two years in the shopping center on US 1 at MD 24 will be up and running with a new grocer.  ALDI will open at the Bel Air Plaza on Thursday, Jan. 19.

The anchor space in the Bel Air Plaza has sat vacant since Mars closed in January 2015. To celebrate the new ALDI store, several activities are planned.  First, there will be a ceremonial ribbon-cutting. Once the store opens its doors, the first 100 shoppers to enter will receive "golden tickets," or ALDI gift cards of various amounts. On opening day, all shoppers can enter a sweepstakes to win produce for a year. The store is also planning to give away product samples and distribute eco-friendly bags on its first day in business.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

To all of my customers, clients and friends,

May you have a wonderful holiday season no matter how you celebrate.  

 

Marian

What To Do If Someone is Following You

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

What To Do If Someone Is Following You

 

      The feeling that someone might be following you is terrifying.  Though it’s not likely, what would you do if the feeling became reality?  Being aware of your surroundings is the best way to tell if someone is actually following you.  Whether you’re on foot or in a vehicle, here’s how to know if someone’s tailing you and then how to handle the situation:

How to Tell

  • Try not to act as if you’re looking for the person following you.  Keep walking or driving at the same speed, and try not to look over your shoulder.
  • Notice small details.  Is the car behind you taking all of the same turns?  Does the suspicious person take a turn away from you but re-appear minutes later?
  • Walk or drive more slowly.  If you’re in a car, move to the right lane and drive a few miles under the speed limit.  If you’re walking, stop for a moment and notice if people around you stop as well.

What to Do

  1. Stay calm. Don’t speed or panic because you’ll be more likely to cause an accident.
  2. Be confusing.  Change your route, stop, retrace your steps, take a quick exit or enter a store unexpectedly. 
  3. Call the police.  It’s better to let the professionals handle the situation.  Let them know exactly where you are and describe the suspect person or vehicle in detail.
  4. If you’re being followed, don’t drive home in case it’s a criminal with bad intentions.  You don’t want them to know where you live.  Instead, drive to the nearest police station or busy public area.

TAX FREE SHOPPING IN TIME FOR BACK TO SCHOOL

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

This year, once again, Maryland will offer tax free shopping.  It will start August 9th through August 15th.  See below for more information....

http://comptroller.marylandtaxes.com/Public_Services/Agency_Information/Office_of_the_Comptroller/Comptroller_Initiatives/Shop_Maryland_Tax-free_Week/

Make Money

Friday, June 05, 2015

Your Junk Could Be Worth $$

Ever wonder if your garage or attic might have a treasure you didn’t realize you had?  Here are a few surprise objects you should check the values for before you toss them:

Old electronic game consoles and games:  The ones from the ‘70s and ‘80s are collectible. Consoles can range from $100 to almost $4,000!  Check RarityGuide.com for values for these items.

Rock band posters:  Rare posters from big rock bands from the ‘50s and ‘60s can be worth a lot of money, but even old posters from unknown bands can be worth something if the art is well-done. PosterCentral.com is a good place to start checking.

Empty boxes from collectibles:  It’s well-known that items still in their boxes are worth more, but what if you just have the box?  The iconic blue vintage boxes from Tiffany & Co. can be worth something, and boxes from toys like train sets or Star Wars have been sold for around $100.  Check Ebay.com to see if you can price your prize.

Advice to 1st Time HomeBuyers

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Real Estate Corner…

Q.  What advice can you give to first-time homebuyers?

A.  The best advice is to learn from the mistakes of others.   Here are three common examples:

  • Not knowing what you can afford.  Examine your budget, get a copy of your credit report, and sit down with a qualified lender to determine how much of a loan you can afford.  Feel free to ask me for a list of lender recommendations, then make sure you comparison shop for a mortgage.
  • Forgetting to consider the overall costs of home ownership.  You can make the monthly payment, but remember to add in the cost for homeowners’ insurance, property taxes, utility costs, plus maintenance. 
  • Paying too much for a beautifully staged home.  The home looks perfect, but will it look that way when you move in your furniture?

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