On Wednesday, June 14, 2023, Richard P. Streett Jr, V.M.D. was awarded The Good Scout Award.  This recognition is presented to those who exemplify in their daily lives the ideals of the Boy Scouts of America as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law. The recipients of The Good Scout Award are chosen for their outstanding community service as evidenced by the interest and leadership they have given to many worthwhile organizations, as well as the respect and esteem in which they are held by their colleagues.

Dr. Streett has been an active member of the Harford County community for over 60 years.  He was born and raised on Spenceola Farms in Harford County and the Streett and Spencer families have been residents for over 300 years. He is a Bel Air High…

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Keys to Success for First-Time Homebuyers




Buying your first home is an exciting decision and a major milestone that has the power to change your life for the better. As a first-time homebuyer, it’s a vision you can bring to life, but, as the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shares, you’ll have to overcome some factors that have made it more challenging in recent years:


“Since 2011, the share of first-time home buyers has been under the historical norm of 40% as buyers face tight inventory, rising home prices, rising rents and high student debt loads.”

That said, if you’re looking to purchase your first home, here are two things you can consider to help make your dreams a reality.

Save Money with First-Time Homebuyer Programs

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We would like to welcome to our Brokerage the talented  Mike Hirschhorn! 

Mike Hirschhorn was born and raised right here in Bel Air, Maryland.  He has lived and breathed real estate since the day he was born.  Diana and Ed, Mike's parents, sold real estate in this area for more than 25 years.  After graduating in Finance from UMD's Smith School, Mike joined the family business of selling real estate.  He found his calling when he started his own business, Hirschhorn Real Estate Marketing. 

 For the last 8 years Mike has been assisting agents in successfully marketing and selling over 3,500 homes.  He offers professional HD listing photography and is a FAA certified drone pilot offering stunning aerial imagery.  Mike also does 3D Matterport tours…

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FIVE DAY TRIPS TO TAKE THIS SPRING

For Maryland Residents

 

It’s the perfect time of year to take a day trip!  We’ve selected some locations that are less than two hours away sure to make your weekend memorable. 

 

 

Calvert Cliffs State Park

Address:10540 H. G Trueman Road Lusby, MD 

Description:The massive cliffs, from which Calvert Cliffs State Park was named, dominate the shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay for roughly 24 miles in Calvert County. They were formed over 10 to 20 million years ago when all of Southern Maryland was covered by a warm, shallow sea. When the sea receded the cliffs were exposed and began eroding. Today these cliffs reveal the remains of prehistoric species, including sharks, whales, rays and seabirds that…

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Top 4 things buyers can do to get an edge in a sellers market

 

Pre-approval isn’t going to cut it 

Go through full mortgage underwriting before shopping. Being pre-approved is no longer enough in this aggressive market. Sellers looking at multiple offers will pick the surest thing. Go well beyond a pre-approval letter. “If you need a mortgage, make sure you’ve gone through full underwriting,” he says. “Then, all that’s left is for the appraisal to come in.”

 

Consider the “Timing”

The seller has a specific deadline in mind for the sale of their home. The longer the home stays on the market, the more money flies out of their pocket. Be strategic by focusing on a closing date that benefits the seller the best. You might have a…

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Now Available!  These are 3 Office Buildings totaling approximately 10,500 square feet in the heart of Bel Air across from the main entrance to the Court House.  Properties are owned by long time law firm in Harford County. They are B2 Zoning in Bel Air, allowing for office, retail, or apartments and have 5-6 parking spaces on site with a large parking lot to the rear of the property.

This is a beautiful street and there are many fine touches in the buildings.  Call the Agent for more details.

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Winter Gardening

It’s March, and although we’ve had a mild winter, you might be daydreaming about warm breezes, sunshine and fresh local produce. What better way to increase your availability to at least one of these by creating a home vegetable garden using a kiddie pool. 

 

What you will need:

Hard plastic kiddie pool

Electric drill

Loose rocks/gravel

Potting soil

Fertilizer

Seeds of choice

Seedling starter planters

 

 

Preparing the pool for planting

  1. Drill drainage holes into bottom and sides of the pool about 6 inches apart.
  2. Put the pool in a place with adequate sunlight, and access to water
  3. Fill the bottom with rocks to about 1.5 inches depth
  4. Fill the rest with soil

 

What to…

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What a great property and private setting.  Fabulous custom built home in a picture perfect setting.  Finely appointed and high end 5 bedroom, 3 1/2 bathroom stone & hard plank colonial built by Duerbeck Building.  Superb floor plan.  Large state of the art gourmet kitchen with updated Stainless Steel appliances, granite countertops, warming drawer, island, eat in area/breakfast room.  A dramatic 2 story family room with hardwood flooring, stone fireplace & coffered ceiling.  Main level primary bedroom that has a tray ceilings, crown molding and large separate walk in closets.  Primary bathroom has granite countertops, separate vanities, soaking tub and shower.  And much, much more!!! Home is situated in the back of a small 12 lot community of Three…

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2022 market review and 2023 predictions

Source: Bright MLS

 

 

2022 Unusual Market Year 

 

2022 saw two markets. The first half of the year was “frenzied”  with homes selling quickly, historic low inventory and rising home prices.

The second half of the year was “frozen”. Prices and activity fell sharply due to rising mortgage rates, high inflation and affordability challenges

 

Mortgage rate surge at end of 2022 average 30 year fixed rate was 6.42% down from 7.08% but double what they had been in 2021. This raise eroded homebuyers purchasing power, making many people decide to wait it out. 

 

Watch out for falling prices!

Prices were up 6.2% in the beginning of 2022 due to the tail end of sub 3 mortgages. By the…

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Bel Air, Aberdeen, Havre de Grace, Harford County is filled with charming small towns. From main street Bel Air to Concord Point lighthouse in Havre de Grace, there is of shortage of charm, and things to keep you busy this holiday season.  We have compiled a list of Holiday Events and sights to see in HarCo from Thanksgiving through New Year. 

 

Bel Air Festival of Trees

This annual, weekend-long event showcases Christmas trees of all sizes, gingerbread houses, and holiday wreaths, each decorated and donated by local businesses, organizations, and individuals. The trees, wreaths, and gingerbread houses are sold by silent auction with the funds benefitting Cancer LifeNet at the Patricia D. and M. Scot Kaufman Cancer Center. Special events…

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