November 14th, 2012 Categories: Buying
Homes are all over the internet on countless sites, so it’s easy to believe that the slickest websites also have the best data. In fact, this isn’t the case. Some are really good, some are breathlessly horrible, and a lot are somewhere in between. Read the rest of this entry »
Montgomery County missed a direct hit from super-storm Sandy, but we did get a ton of rain. The force of water in the Potomac River was spectacular, so we created a short video. Luckily for us, the river stayed in it’s bank (this time).
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This was a quick timelapse taken overlooking the lake at Black Hill Park in Boyds. This was taken on the Saturday before ‘Super-Storm’ Sandy hit, so the light and clouds were really interesting. I only wish that I could have started about 30 minutes sooner.
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October 29th, 2012 Categories: Market Updates
How’s the Market?
This month’s market update includes great fall scenes from the Agricultural History Farm Park in Derwood. Normally see lower month-to-month activity in the fall but September was an exception with a robust increase compared to August. Compared to last year, September was on fire up 37% percent. This helped push the last three months’ activity to a 20% increase compared to 2011.
Taking a look at activity by price range, the biggest advance is in homes priced $300,000 to $500,000. Activity for entry level homes continues to be constrained by very low availability. Activity is flat for our most expensive homes.
The main story for our market continues to be very low inventory. Inventory is a comparison of the number of available homes to contract activity and is the best single metric describing our market. Since the summer, inventory has stayed very low at 2.5 months for all price ranges.
By price range, there’s a scant 1.2 months’ available inventory for entry level homes. Inventory for $1M plus homes continues to trend upwards. Inventory for lower price ranges continues to trend flat to lower.
Call anytime if you are planning to buy or sell, or have questions about the Montgomery County real estate market.
This church has so many historical and interesting dimensions. The first thing that grabs your attention is the main cathedral. From several approaches, it appears as a giant spaceship from the Jetson’s era. I think it’s a great looking building, but I imagine that some aren’t as enamored with this architecture. It may be impossible not to love the interior, however, which is breath-taking. It’s a vast open space that’s filled with light, and is warm and welcoming.
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Sandy Spring is one of the Montgomery County’s earliest communities settled in the early 1700s by Quakers. A visit to the Sandy Spring Museum is a great introduction of this area’s rich and unique history. The museum was founded by local citizens in 1981 to preserve artifacts from the past, but also strengthen the fabric of today’s community.
The Quakers were very innovative farmers, but they were also very progressive who placed a high value on education, abolished slavery long before the civil war, and were very early champions of women’s rights. Their dedication to education and history is embodied in the museum’s library. Volunteers continue to improve the breadth and depth of a collection that provides a detailed chronicle of the community’s past.
More than a keeper of history, the museum is committed to enriching today’s community. The museum has a resident quilter and blacksmith with regular classes. And there’s large meeting spaces for private events, concerts, classes and meetings.
Getting to know the Sandy Spring Museum is a great way to get in touch with our past and strengthen your connection to the community. Check out more of the arts in Montgomery County.
The Black Rock Mill was built in the early 1800s and was powered by Seneca Creek. The mill was in working operation for over a hundred years until a flood in 1920 destroyed a dam on Seneca Creek and damaged the mill.
The Black Rock Mill sits on the banks of the meandering Seneca Creek and is a point on the Seneca Creek Trail. This trail follows Seneca Creek for miles from the Potomac River up to Damascus. This gorgeous – and hilly – trail is a fantastic natural setting which is ideal for a nature walk or trail run. Seneca Creek State Park is another stop on the trail. Here’s a map showing the section of the trail from the Potomac River to I-270.
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Bethesda – before it was called Bethesda – was a small crossroads village through most of the nineteenth century. It was a sleepy stopover with a school, blacksmith shop, post office, a few homes and a Presbyterian church — the Bethesda Meeting House. In 1871 the local post office was named ‘Bethesda’ after the historic church.
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Fall is the very best time of the year to enjoy the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve. And the best way to enjoy the Ag Reserve is to visit family farms like Butlers Orchard. Take a quick tour with this video, then plan a visit in person. Get a current list of events at their website, and learn more about the Ag Reserve.
The Casey Barn was built in 1938 and was the centerpiece of Eugene Casey’s 191 acre dairy farm. With sixty cows, this farm had a daily production of 300 gallons of milk. Maybe not so impressive today, but that was a lot of milk in the 1940s. Casey was quite the land baron owning up to six farms at one time giving him the largest holding of property in Montgomery County by an individual. Here’s a great historical picture of the barn from Shaun Curtis’ Gaithersburg history website.
The Casey Barn was donated to the City of Gaithersburg in the 1970s and is now the Casey Community Center. Located on busy MD-355 at I-370, it’s easy to miss. It offers several types of rooms for rental, so it’s a great place to host events. Check out more barns in Montgomery County.
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September 26th, 2012 Categories: Market Updates
How’s the Market?
Month-to-month contract activity for the June through August of 2012 compared to last year continues to head downward which is a typical this time of year. Compared to this time last year, the number of contracts is up 15% with a big jump in August. Like we’ve seen over the last couple of reports, very low inventory for entry level homes continues to constrain activity for homes priced $300K and less. The most robust segment of the market is for homes priced $300K to $500K which is up 35%. And like last month’s report, Read the rest of this entry »