Wednesday, February 29, 2012

How many blogs does it take to get to the settlement table?

 How many blogs does it take to get to the settlement table?

The home was listed January 22nd. The contract was ratified January 30th.

And today February 29th... yes it is leap year, we had a perfect settlement. Thirty eight days but who's counting.


                                   HomeRome Settlement

In the photo above, Leroy McLean(buyer agent), the excited new home owners the  happy sellers Jimmy and Dan with me. Dan is holding the check and I am passing the keys. This transaction was perfect from the beginning. Great sellers, great buyers and a very competent professionals all working together.

Thanks to Tom Shea, Sr. Loan Officer 1st Mariner for getting this FHA loan through in record time and  we appreciate Kim Gavlin Owner, KG Title Inc. for accomodating our schedules. It is the definition of TEAM...together each accomplishes more!

Below are the NINE blogs that got us from listing to settlement.

Blog #1 ...Too Busy to Blog

Blog # 2 ...10 Reasons to Live at 8930 Church Lane 21133 Baltimore, MD -                          
Blog # 3 ...Baltimore County's Newest Historic District                                                                                                         
Blog #4...The Community of Fieldstone
Blog #5...The First Showing
Blog #6... Appreciative Sellers
Blog #7 Clear To Close' Are Meaningful Words!

Blog #8 Final Walk Through

9 Blogs From Listing to Settlement..The Rome Way

  How many blogs does it take to get to the settlement table?

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

'Clear To Close' Are Meaningful Words!

'Clear To Close' Are Meaningful Words!

Here are some meaningful words that I like to use.  NEXT ,  WIN= What's Important Now?    and  I Don't Do Upset!

Today's  favorite line is Clear to Close. We had our Final Walk Through at  8930 Church Lane 21133 and settlement scheduled for Wednesday at 2PM. Last minute follow up with lender and title company for updates... these were not the words I wanted to hear, "We are waiting for a "couple more bits of information from the buyer"! 

Uh oh.. red flag!  Can we close on time?

                                                 clear to close

A quick call to my sellers to alert them of a possible delay. Why wait til the last minute to share bad news?  They are prepared but not thrilled. About 5:06 (but who is counting) an email arrives with a final approval and those very special words..Clear To Close.

The funds have been wired to the title company and I have a preliminary settlement sheet. I will feel better when I have a final HUD1 but for right now...  ''CLEAR TO CLOSE'' are meaningful words.

What are some of your meaningful words?

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Final Walk Through the HomeRome Way... 8930 Church Lane 21133

Final Walk Through the Rome Way...8930 Church Lane 21133

You all know that I have the best sellers. We choose each other and we are 100% Sure we want to work together. My favorite clients  said there were 10 reasons to use Margaret Rome.    I think they liked my blogging and I did sell their home on the first showing.

Today was the final walk through at 8930 Church Lane. We all met at the property... myself, the buyer's agent, the excited buyers and the homeowners.

Our Maryland contract allows for a final inspection within five days of closing. Most times this process is very short. There is a checklist to make sure any needed repairs are done. The buyers go around and turn on the water, the stove, the dishwasher, disposal, flush a couple of toilets, sign the addenda saying everything is satisfactory and say ''see you at the settlement table."

This was not that kind of walk through. It started at 2:00 PM and finished after 4:00 PM. We had the most fascinating tour of the  lush landscaping or as lush as it can be in the winter.  Everything planted on this  half acre lot was done using specimen plants, trees, shrubs or flowers. The buyers got a preview of their gardens and are  anticipating the  beautiful spring season in their new home.  This is such a perfect time to move.


They continued sharing info on the items in the backyard oasis...from the Tiki bar (and location of the extra fuel for these torches) to how to change the filter on the pond and where to purchase the fish. The plantings all had a give privacy, to give color, to add fragrance but most of all to share nature's beauty!

When it was time to go inside, the home was toasty warm from the gas fireplace. Each item was explained. These sellers had taken time to make up  Three Ring contained all the manuals and the other all the documents for 8930 Church Lane 21133 Baltimore county's Newest Historic District .   Everything in one place and so convenient.

                             Binder for appliances and contracts  Binder for documents
               Showing the Gardens  8930 in Winter

My seller, being a horticulturist took time to point out each and every tree, when they bloomed, what color, described the flowers, how /when to trim, and even the fragrance of each tree or shrub. One he said smells like cotton candy... another was lemon scented.  There were chairs and benches to relax and take in the aroma and solitude of the gardens.

The tour continued, inside,on all four levels sharing the various features and upgrades and answering any and all questions.  The buyer was taking notes writing as fast as possible.

And the last thing the buyers saw..a wine cooler installed with a sign that read "Welcome Home" a gift from the sellers. The last thing I saw were big smiles on the happy buyers!

                                                     wine cooler

 Final Walk Through the Rome Way

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Cleaning Crew...Was Taking Care of Business!

The Cleaning Crew...Was Taking Care of Business!

Had a showing at one of my new listings and upon arrival the "cleaning crew" was there.  Not the workers we might have expected.

There was a deceased opossum in the street and these guys were taking care of business.  Reminded me of the  last time I saw these  thoughtful ole buzzards.

 Took a few photos of the road kill  but decided it was a bit too graphic.


                               Turkey Vulture HomeRome

                               Baltimore Vulture

 The Cleaning Crew...Was Taking Care of Business!




Friday, February 24, 2012

             ACC Craft Show Baltimore 2012..More Than Eye Candy.

The Craft Show is in Baltimore this weekend and it is bigger and better. With over 700 exhibitors, it may be the largest indoor craft show ever. Everywhere you look there is beauty, eye candy, creativity and an excitement listening to the artists.  There was lots of positive energy and people were buying.

I have been going to these shows for many years and way before real estate. Was able to see quite of few artists from previous years and prior posts.

 ACC Craft Show 2012    ACC Craft Show 2012                                                     
                      Baltimore ACC Craft Show ACC Craft Show 2012

 Susan Provda was proud to be featured in The Baltimore Sun. Her specialty is hand made brushes. Take a look at Susan's earring!


                                                  ACC Craft Show 2012 

 Tom Clark has a way with exotic woods. Here is his Ulu knife with holder...a must in any chef's kitchen.

                                                  ACC Craft Show 2012

       Textiles and lots of them. Here is a custom made throw by Loomis.

                                                  ACC Craft Show 2012  

                                                  ACC Craft Show 2012

 Eugene Watson  was delighted to see his hand sculptured jewelry boxes featured on my post about last years show. Another good use of my iPad.

                                                  ACC Craft Show 2012

Chandelier made of wine bottles. Good way to repurpose your glass bottles.

Silk Necklace

I found Susan Sanders and her "Silkworms." These very unusual necklaces are crafted of multiple silk strands and have a hand-made magnetic closure. Put it on and click, you're ready to go.   I own this one-of-a-kind in tones of browns, of course, with gold/bronze threads.

                                                  ACC Craft Show 2012

My favorite clock maker Leonie Lacouette again has her beautiful timepieces on display.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Best Craft Show Right Here in Baltimore...American Craft Council's ACC is This Weekend!

The Best Craft Show is This Weekend in Baltimore.. Check Out the American Craft Council ACC show!

For the past 36 years, the American Craft Council has held  the ACC Craft show in Baltimore.  You may remember that my former career was a  ceramic and porcelain artist.

                            Porcelain by Margaret Rome 1987


For many years, I have been enjoying the show and taking photos to share right here on ActiveRain.

It has been fun to write about the artists, the artwork and the enjoyment of just being at the The Best Craft Show!

There is lots of eye candy in the following articles. Take a look and let me know your favorites.


If It Rolls Like a Duck...ACC in Baltimore

Eye Candy for Artists – Baltimore ACC Craft Show

Such Beauty..... Winter Craft Show in Baltimore

Baltimore Annual Craft Show – Ice Can't Stop Art

One Person's Stuff...Another Person's Art ..Baltimore ACC Show 

And here are a few more to check out to see the wide variety of beautiful crafts.


I will be spending most of the day Friday taking pictures, talking with the artists and just taking in the beauty of the best crafts by juried artists.  

Wonder what new or old crafts will capture me this year. Wonder if I will run into anyone I know at the show. If you will be at the show on me and we can meet up.

Stay tuned for a review of this year's ACC Craft Show 2012 through my eyes.

Here are the times for this weekend at the

Baltimore Convention Center.


Friday, Feb. 24, from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 25, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 26, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


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Single Family Home In Baltimore for Under $75,000!

A Single Family Home In Baltimore for Under $75,000!  Ideal for hospital personnel... within walking distance to  Sinai Hospital where I was a former RN.

2804 Woodland Ave Baltimore, MD 21215  is ready to go on the market. Located in the Cylburn area of Baltimore City.

Here is your chance to own a Single Family cape cod with two bedrooms on the first level and a large finished attic (29" x13") that could be a third bedroom, recreation room, studio or office.

Off street parking... the driveway leads to the back  concrete parking pad with room for a carport or garage.

Convenient location minutes from I-83, Light Rail, bus and just a few short blocks from Sinai Hospital.

                                       2804 Woodland Ave HomeRome 410-530-2400

You read that right! I have a single family home for under $75,000. Please call  me at 410-530-2400 for more information or to tour this cape cod home.  Perfect starter home or investment property.

Single Family Home In Baltimore for Under $75,000!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I Go Nowhere Without My Camera!

I Go Nowhere without my camera.

Just read a featured post by Jeff Dowler ... your camera ...a best friend. 

This is especially true in real estate.

                                                  my camera

My camera goes everywhere with me and it is definitely my best friend.  I remember to keep a charger with me at all times.

Just today on a listing appointment, after taking photos of the Baltimore home, my camera was a portable copier. Took a photo of the plat and driver's license so I would have seller's ID in my file.

Then I went to a lecture and took photos of the speaker, her signature to me in her  book and her slide presentation.

After that, it was  out to lunch where I photographed the waitress, the restaurant and, of course, the food. All of the above will be future blogs.

My camera is a  great tool  for the memory. I take a close up of the house numbers and street signs. No forgetting which property the photos belong with.

About a year ago I was thinking about having my camera ready in Baltimore. There was a time when I  made picture words with my camera.

Thanks to Jeff for the inspiration. I go nowhere without my camera!


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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Another HomeRome Listing Under Contract....1 Clipping Tree Lane-Greencroft-Hunt Valley 21030

Another HomeRome Listing Under Contract.... 1 Clipping Tree Lane-Greencroft-Hunt Valley 21030

We have found the perfect buyers for this  beautiful Greencroft  home in Hunt Valley.

Rarely available...this exciting custom built brick, stone and cedar five bedroom two story contemporary sits  on a 2.15 acre lot and  has the right combination of lawn, landscaping and wooded areas. Being a landscape Architech, the new buyers love the home as well as the land.  There are many luxury upgrades in this property.

This serene community  is filled with friendly neighbors and activities for children and adults. There is tons of open space, a children's play group, a women's club, a community pool... all this for a modest $1400 a year association dues and the privilege of living in Greencroft.

Greencroft 410-530-2400

 Beautiful Greencroft... Hunt Valley, Maryland

Brick stone and cedar contemporary

Two Story Brick, Cedar and Stone Contemporary.

Stacked stone fireplace with glass view insert can heat the entire house.

Warm Stacked Stone Fireplace.

Bright Living Room with fireplace, over sized windows and ceiling fan

This is Such a Pretty Living Room.

Gourmet Kitchen with lots of counter space and cooking island.

Spacious Kitchen with lots of cherry cabinets.

View of Living Room looking into formal bright dining room

Contemporary Beauty.

Tree House 1 Clipping Lane

The new buyers climbed into tree house!


Another HomeRome Listing Under Contract.... 1 Clipping Tree Lane-Greencroft-Hunt Valley 21030

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Bullhead City Area Commercial Investment Real Estate - Bullhead City Golf Course Luxury Homesite - 2982 Sidewheel Drive, Bullhead City 86429 - Laughlin Ranch Golf Course, River, Casino View Lot For Sale - CORVETTE OFFER!

You can have a red corvette for $10.00. You read that right. Take a look at this wonderful marketing by Candice Donofrio. My friend Carra Riley knew what she was doing picking this dynamo broker to sell her property.

 Check out this golf course lot in Bullhead City, Arizona just across the Colorado river from Laughlin, Nevada.
                       Wishing Candice and Carra a quick sale with one lucky buyer.

Via Candice A Donofrio, Broker Fort Mohave, AZ Txt 928-201-4242 :
Bullhead City Area Commercial Real Estate - Bullhead City Golf Course Luxury Homesite - 2982 Sidewheel Drive, Bullhead City 86429 - Laughlin Ranch Golf Course, River, Casino View Lot For Sale - CORVETTE OFFER!
Laughlin Ranch is back, bigger and better than ever, market briskly rebounded on far more solid footing than before.
Prices are literally HALF of what they were at the height of the market. And the five star resort-style living remains the best in the area.
Your opportunity to acquire the BEST properties in Laughlin Ranchwill be a short-lived one, as the County records show a flurry of recent activity.
If you move decisively NOW, however, you can live the dream that is Laughlin Ranch.
Here is one of the best opportunities to--pardon the pun--come down the fairway in some time:
2982 Sidewheel Drive, Bullhead City 86442, located in Laughlin Ranch's prestigious Vistas is a hilltop view homesite that takes in not one but FIVE T-boxes on the championship golf course, as well as offering a bird's eye view of the Laughlin Ranch clubhouse, the upscale, elegant community's Grill (to die for chow), salon, mudroom, world class day spa, pro shop, banquet and meeting rooms, swimming pool, gym and workout facilities.
The owner spent an additional $25,000 for custom house plans that are nothing short of breathtaking.
IMAGINE THIS: The plans include a 3000 SF custom home with outside kitchen and bath in the pool area taking advantage of the mountain, T box and River views. The home also will have a formal dining area with fireplace, and a study with atrium garden area. The kitchen niche looks at the breathtaking view.
The owner also paid $1200 for the HOA approval for the plans and additional amenities, such as an RV garage to go with the oversized garage.
Did you know that parts of the movie "Escape From Witch Mountain" were filmed here?
Disclosure on Corvette Offer: For an acceptable offer to the seller on 2982 Sidewheel, a 2002 red Corvette will be transferred to the new buyer for $10.00 at closing. The seller will be offering the red Corvette on 2 other combination parcels of land: one in Lake Havasu City, AZ, and one in Yucca, AZ ONLY the first of the three listings of land with an acceptable offer can have the red Corvette for $10.00 at closing. Buyer must come and pick the red Corvette up or pay for transportation from Williams, AZ. Seller will not include owner carry terms if the car is included in the transaction.
This AWESOME property is being offered for $111,111 AND the owner --one is an AZ RE Licensee is willing to get creative!
Laughlin Ranch has never been more affordable. But it won't last forever.
Still, if you act now, you could be spending part of the Summer of '12 at the River!
How can you pass THAT up?
How can we help you?

Deals That Make Sense.
Bullhead City 86442, Fort Mohave 86426, Mohave Valley 86440
SEARCH FOR ARIZONA REAL ESTATE On The Beautiful Colorado River ~~~

Don't even think about it.

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

De-CowPie Your Home the Rome Way

De-Cow Pie Your Home the Rome Way

This post was inspired by two very special people  Linda Davis,  a fellow CyberProfessional  and my friend  Carra Riley.

Just tonight I received a delightful call from Carra and in the course of conversation told her about Linda Davis. Before I knew it, I had the title for tonight's blog!

De-Cow Pie Your Home the Rome Way

When speaking to clients who are thinking about selling their home, I find them overwhelmed with the thought of packing up a lifetime of stuff, memories and many years in their home.  It is such a stressful time and the tendency is  to put it off for way too long. Their children and family are  pushing them to get started. Sometimes the well meaning adult children are adding more stress to the situation.

One of my questions when listing a home,   Are You 100% Sure You Want to Move ?  Answering that question is the first step!

But until we get to the place where they are sure they are ready to move... this is a suggestion that I have been using lately.

                                              Big Calendar to Write on Each Day

Find a calendar..big enough that you can scribble on each and every day. Then do it. With an attached marker, write one thing that you are getting out of the house. This can be  throwing away trash or getting rid of useless junk.   This can be items that you can  give to a charity or recycle.  This could be contacting the kids who have stuff stored in your home.This could be a cherished item that you want to give to a special friend. Just look around  and see what you can eliminate today?

The suggestion of removing one thing is a starting place and not overwhelming. But getting rid of an item a day keeps you focused on the task at hand.

A gentle reminder is in order after the first week.  A phone call asking..."Have you purchased the calendar?" If not why not supply them with one?

De-Cow Pie Your Home the Rome Way



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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Another HomeRome Listing Under Contract...105 Church Lane 21208

I do love saying...''Another HomeRome Listing Under Contract!'' This one is located at 105 Church Lane Pikesville, MD 21208  and is the The Newest Home In Old Pikesville

This is a home I sold in 2009 and thought it was a terrific home. My seller is relocating and we put the house on the market the second week in January and now we have the perfect buyers.

This beautiful colonial in Pikesville, MD is under contract and scheduled to go to settlement next month. The home was shown by a delightful buyer's agent..Pat Bronhoff, whom I met this past Thursday. Pat and I came into the business about the same time and have always wanted to do a transaction together. Now we get that chance.

105 Church Lane 21208 HomeRome 410-530-2400  105 Church Lane 21208 HomeRome 410-530-2400

This home is not to be confused with 8930 Church Lane which is also under contract and  closing in less than two weeks. Both of these homes will have new owners to enjoy Spring in Baltimore.

                                                                      Spring Gardens in Baltimore 410-530-2400

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Hands of a Pianist Erica Rome

I am one lucky mom!  This past week I had the privilege of watching my beautiful talented daughter play Gilbert and Sullivan on her grand piano? 

When Is a Dining Room Not a Dining Room? 


There were 25 -30 G & S singers from several states who came together with this music in common. It is all day of singing and laughing and lots of fun. Erica has organized several of these gatherings and is also the accompanist. I admire her amazing talent and skills.  

  Love to watch her play. Love to hear her music.

                          hands of pianist Erica Rome     

 It was fun having my iPad downloaded with the music of Gilbert and Sullivan so I could follow the words and enjoy this talented group of singers and musicians.

                                             iPad for music HomeRome -410-530-2400        

Thank you,Erica, for inviting Dad and I to join your party!

                                                            TLH and Erica

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

'I Like It Like That' ... by Hot Chelle Rae Went Platinum Today!

' I Like It Like That' ... by Hot Chelle Rae Went Platinum Today

 Recently wrote a post Share the Music Lady's Excitement!   This was exciting for a teacher to have one of her students be part of a Jeopardy question.

 Quite a few years ago I listed and sold  Sam and Anita's home and helped them purchase their dream home. We have kept in touch and these special clients have also become good friends. These are the same giving people who started Kids Helping Hopkins! 

                               Kids Helping Hopkins

 Today I received an email from my friend Anita Rozenel letting me know even more wonderful news about her former student Dan Block. Take a look at her email...


"Hi!!   Please allow me to share some more exciting news with you....     Just read a Facebook post from former Hernwood student Dan Book....  His song, "I Like it Like That", recorded by Hot Chelle Rae, went PLATINUM today!!! I may be an "oldie but goodie" music lady, but I must tell you that this song is fabulous, and obviously 1,000,000+ thought the same thing and bought enough copies to make it Platinum!!!   The group won Best New Artist at American Music Awards.......Congrats to Dan, his co-writers/producers, and the group....THANK YOU for letting me share this..... Think  I'm gonna burst!!!  Take care!   Love, Anita"

It is such a treat to share the happiness of others.

' I Like It Like That' ... by Hot Chelle Rae Went Platinum Today.

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