| Sep 6, 2013
Two housing industry companies that enjoyed strong growth during the real estate crisis are tinkering with their business models to continue their success and broaden their customer base as the market's recovery gains traction.
| Aug 23, 2013
If all the dire warnings about your health haven't motivated you to quit smoking, perhaps a jolt to the real estate pocketbook would do the trick.
A couple of recent events have dovetailed to make one wonder whether the real estate industry — and,...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 3:16 PM
In a peculiar ritual of American home-buying, the prospective buyer often knows more than the seller about the home's most serious faults.
The roof is shot? The furnace should have been replaced five years ago? Termites have eaten through the garage's...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 3:08 AM
The pixel-pushers of the world have been working overtime to develop online tools for real estate, including a couple of new ways to snoop for the real scoop on that house you've fallen in love with. To wit:
Does your home have a rap sheet? If you're on...
| Aug 9, 2013
We now interrupt our regular coverage of the serious real estate world (because, trust us, little happens in August anyway) to focus on the industry's silly season, which seems to have manifested itself — with a vengeance — in my inbox.
| Aug 14, 2013
| 4:55 PM
Herbert Fowler Kostlan
Herbert Fowler Kostlan best known as Herb passed away at his Balboa Island home on Thursday, August 8th. He was diagnosed with lung cancer and fought well and hard over a 3 year period. Herb led an amazing life; throughout his...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 8:00 AM
Marianne Ferguson, branch vice president with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Harford County, was recently named as the 2013 Realtor of the Year, announced by Simon Nwaigwe, president of the Harford County Association of Realtors.
The Realtor of...
| Jun 21, 2013
Home appraisals were difficult to do during the housing market downtown because there weren't enough recently sold comparable homes to help determine a property's value.
Now the local housing has picked up steam. That has provided more comparable...
| Jun 21, 2013
In the years that we now know as the prelude to the housing bubble, I had a number of chilling conversations, at least in hindsight.
Two kinds of interviews, I remember in particular: 1) talks with homebuyers who had signed on for mortgages that they...
| Jun 23, 2013
Using email for job searches
June 24 — Learn how to set up an email account and basic tips on using email in job searches. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Washington County Job Center, 14 N. Potomac St., Suite 100, Hagerstown. Call 301-393-8255.
| Jun 28, 2013
A low supply of homes for sale is pushing up home prices at the same time that mortgage rates are moving higher. Yes, homebuyers, how much house you can buy is on the decline.
But don't fret too much. Home affordability is still really, really good,...