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751 Seawall Road

  • 751 Seawall Road, street view of home.

Welcome home to 751 Seawall Road! Newly renovated, this property blends modern updates...

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1246 S 48th St in Dundalk

Unlock Income Potential: Dual-Living Gem Ready for Investment or In-Law Comfort

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554 Hopkins Landing Dr Unit 554

  • 554 Hopkins Landing Dr Unit 554, parking lot and building.
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How to Manage Japanese Beetles

Thanks to the University of Maryland/Maryland Grows this informative article on how to manage Japanese beetles.

Japanese beetle on a raspberry bush.
Adult Japanese beetle on a ripening raspberry cluster.
Photo: Miri Talabac, University of Maryland Extension.

Q:  Japanese beetles have been ravaging my yard for a few summers now. I heard Milky Spore can be a natural way to treat them. Is that right?

A:  Japanese beetle grubs feed underground on plant roots (often in lawns). The adults feed on foliage and flower petals on perennials, shrubs, and trees. It’s possible only one of those two life stages will pose a problem for a gardener while the other does not. You won’t necessarily have to tackle both. In fact, a lot of lawn grub treatments are unnecessary...

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The Importance of Regular Chimney Inspections

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about the importance of regular chimney inspections.

Spring is here, which means that many homeowners won’t be lighting a fire again for many months. However, you should still schedule a chimney inspection to make sure that everything is good to go for the fall. How can regular chimney inspections help to improve fireplace efficiency at your home?

Ensure Proper Airflow

Regular chimney inspections are key to ensuring the efficient operation of your fireplace. Over time, creosote, a byproduct of burning wood in your fireplace, can accumulate in the chimney. This buildup not only poses a fire hazard but also prevents proper airflow, which decreases the efficiency of your fireplace...

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May 2024 Baltimore Events

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Joyce J. Scott: Walk a Mile in My Dreams

Three generation quilt.
Image: Baltimore Museum of Art.

Joyce J. Scott: Walk a Mile in My Dreams through July 14, 2024 is the summative career retrospective of one of the most prolific and boundary-breaking artists of our time. Born in Baltimore in 1948, Scott grapples with profound social, historical, racial, economic, and personal challenges that concern society at large in dazzling beadwork, sculpture, textiles, jewelry, printmaking, and performance. For five decades, she has upended hierarchies of art and craft, insisting that artistic expression is that “extra inch of life” that nourishes the soul even in the most challenging circumstances...

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a person watering a bonsai tree that looks like a graph going upward.

2024 Q1 Market Commentary: All-Time Highs

Thanks to L. K. Benson for sharing with us.

Investment Markets

Investment markets started the year much the same way they ended 2023. US Large-Cap Stocks led the way again with a 10.6% return in the quarter. Eeveloped market international stocks and US Small-Cap stocks were not far behind at 5.8% and 5.2%, respectively. Those three asset classes posted the strongest returns in 2023 as well. Growth stocks continued to outperform Value stocks, though the margin narrowed from last year. Volatility remained quite low in the markets, with the Volatility Index (VIX) at the lowest level since 2017. The S&P 500 made 22 all-time highs in the first quarter after not making any new all-time highs in 2023.

When markets start hitting all-time highs, many investors worry that they should get o...

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A home exterior with excellent curb appeal.

Taking Care of Our Most Valuable Asset

Our homes are more than just structures; they are our sanctuaries, our safe havens. Whether you’re a homeowner or a renter, maintaining a pristine house and yard is essential. Not only does it enhance your quality of life, but it also has several tangible benefits. Taking care of our most valuable asset is crucial and how it can positively impact our well-being, finances and community relationships.

The Value of a Pristine Home

1. Financial Benefits

  • Higher Resale Value: A well-maintained home and yard can significantly increase its resale value. When it comes time to sell, potential buyers are drawn to properties that exude curb appeal and cleanliness. A fresh coat of paint, neatly trimmed hedges and a clutter-free interior can make a world of difference.
  • Reduced Maintenanc...
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A Stitch in Time Saves Nine?

Thanks to Cindy Bernstein of Aim4Order for this episode of Tips from the Pros on getting organized.

“A stitch in time saves nine.”

This old proverb means that if you sort out a problem immediately it may save a lot of extra work later.

I’m thinking about short cuts and hacks to getting organized and decluttered. If we can prevent clutter from starting, that sounds like a really great short cut — right?

A hand with a bag of money.

Here are some ideas to get your decluttering enzymes going:

  1. When you are tempted to buy the latest hot selling book, first go to Libby and order a digital sample. Another option is to go to Amazon and order a FREE SAMPLE to see if you even like what you are reading...
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Grow Peas, Please!

Thanks to the University of Maryland/Maryland Grows this informative article on why you should grow peas.

Young pea plants in a box.
Peas growing at the Derwood Demo Garden in 2015 in a very appropriate container! (We must have cut out the bottom since you need a soil depth of more like 8-10 inches to grow peas.)

Grow Peas

Spring is the time to plant peas! We are nearing the end of our pea-planting window, so if you want to grow them this year, get them in the ground soon. Sowing peas is very weather- and temperature-dependent. There’s a tradition of planting them on St. Patrick’s Day, which is not a bad guide, but obviously, if there’s snow on the ground that day, or it’s pouring rain or freezing cold, you might want to hold off.

Peas are very hardy, and since we’ve had a recent trend of warm...

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A gloved hand cleaning a gutter

How Regular Gutter Cleaning Can Boost Property Value

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about how regular gutter cleaning can boost property value.

While there are plenty of seasonal maintenance tasks that homeowners dread, gutters are near the top of the list. Cleaning the gutters can be messy, wet, and gross. That’s if you aren’t afraid of heights or standing on a ladder! However, cleaning the gutters is still critical. How can gutter cleaning help boost property value for your real estate clients?

Curb Appeal Matters

First impressions matter when it comes to selling a home. Clogged, overflowing gutters not only detract from the aesthetic appeal of a property but also signal possible neglect to potential buyers...

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