Maryland Real Estate News

Sept. 24, 2019

My Top Real Estate Podcasts

As a professional Realtor is very important for me to stay tuned in with the latest news around the real estate world and finance. Since I spent a lot of time driving around and showing homes in the Washington D.C. metro area, I have switched to listen to podcasts while stuck in traffic. Here is the list of the top podcats shows I recommend for you to at least give a shot. 

Business: 

Master in Business for the podcast CLICK HERE and for the website CLICK HERE

Pivot for the podcast CLICK HERE and for their website CLICK HERE

How I Built This for the podcast CLICK HERE and for their website CLICK HERE

How To Start a Startup for the podcast CLICK HERE and for their website CLICK HERE

Digiday for the podcast CLICK HERE and for their website CLICK HERE

Loose Threads for the podcast CLICK HERE and for their website CLICK HERE

 

Real Estate: 

Here is my list of top ten real estate podcasts I highly recommend to you. 

Tom Ferry Podcast CLICK HERE

Real Estate Coaching Radio CLICK HERE 

Kevin and Fred's Next Level Podcast CLICK HERE

Gary Vee Audio Experience CLICK HERE

Pat Hiban Podcast CLICK HERE 

Bigger Pockets Podcast CLICK HERE

Agent Caffeine CLICK HERE 

Hack the Entrepreneur CLICK HERE 

Super Agents Live CLICK HERE

 

I hope you enjoy them and let me know if you have additional questions and/or recommendations for other podcasts worth mentioning here. 

 

Robert Garcia, Realtor 

Long and Foster Realtors 

795 Rockville Pike

Rockville, MD 20852

W:301-424-0900

C:240-286-5526

 

Posted in News
Nov. 16, 2017

List of Holiday Events in Montgomery County Maryland

As the holiday season is ready to kick in, many people wonder of the type of events they can take advantage of with friends and family members. Here at Buyahouseinmaryland understand the importance of the series of events about to take place in the months of November and December of this year. Here is comprehensive list of events you may consider.

1-RIO Washingtonian Christmas Tree Lighting & Fireworks

When: Friday, November 17 at 7 PM.

For more details click the link below. 

http://riowashingtonian.com/events/washingtonian-tree-lighting-celebration--6

 

2-Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade

When: November 18, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Veterans Plaza - Downtown Silver Spring, 8523 Fenton Street, Silver Spring, MD 20910

For more details click the link below. 

https://www.silverspringdowntown.com/montgomery-county-thanksgiving-parade

 

3-Holiday Sugarloaf Craft Festival 

When: November 17, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Montgomery County Fairgrounds - 16 Chestnut Street, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

For more details click the link below. 

https://sugarloafcrafts.com/festivals/fall-tour/november-gaithersburg

 

4-Holiday Tree Lighting at Pike and Rose

When: November 17, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Pike and Rose 11580 Old Georgetown Rd, North Bethesda, MD 20852

For more details click the link below. 

http://www.pikeandrose.com/event/annual-neighborhood-tree-lighting/

 

5-Downtown Rockville Tree Lighting 

When: November 18, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Rockville Town Square - Rockville Town Square Plaza, 200 East Middle Lane, Rockville, MD 20850 

For more details click the link below. 

https://business.facebook.com/events/796792543778758/

 

6-Christmas Bazaar and Children's Secret Shop

When: November 18, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Washington Grove United Methodist Church

303 Chestnut Rd, Washington Grove, MD 20880

For more details click the link below. 

http://www.washgroveumc.org/category/uncategorized/news-letter/

 

7-Holiday Tree Lighting at Clarksburg Premium Outlets

When: November 18, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Clarksburg Premium Outlets

22705 Clarksburg Rd, Boyds, MD 20841 

For more details click the link below. 

http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlet/clarksburg/stream/tree-lighting-enter-to-win-500-shopping-spree-5449897

 

8-Santa's Arrival Event at Lakeforest Mall 

When: November 18, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Lakeforest Mall 701 Russell Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

For more details click the link below. 

http://www.shoplakeforest.com/events/santas-arrival-event

 

9-A Christmas Carol 

When: Saturday, November 25, 2017

Arts Barn 311 Kent Square Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

For more details click the link below. 

http://www.gaithersburgmd.gov/calendars/community-calendar/2017/12/christmas-carol

 

10-turkeypalooza 

When: Friday, November 24, 2017

Arts Barn 311 Kent Square Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

For more details click the link below. 

https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1527109

https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1527121

 

Enthusiastically, 
Robert Garcia, Realtor® 
Direct: 301-349-7863 
Cell: 240-286-5526 
Office: 301-424-0900 
E-mail:Robert@EricStewartGroup.com
Zillow Profile: http://bit.ly/UqavOb 
       
Eric Stewart Group of Long and Foster Realtors
795 Rockville Pike | Rockville | MD | 20852
Posted in Events, News
Sept. 22, 2017

Just Listed 1201 Poplar Run Dr, Silver Spring, MD 20906

Just Listed 1201 Poplar Run Dr, Silver Spring, MD 20906

 

 

Price: $525,000 Taxes:$5,219.00 Bedrooms: 3 Full Baths: 2 Half Baths: 1 Levels: 3 Schools: Elementary: Glenallan Middle: Col. E. Brooke Lee High: John F. Kennedy Welcome to this gorgeous end-unit townhome with an open floor plan design in the sought-after community of Poplar Run. This five year old home is located in a community that has the amenities many other well-located communities lack. You can lounge by the pool, take the kids to the playground, stroll the walking trails and host your own events in the modern clubhouse. Poplar Run has over 150 acres of open green space, miles of interconnected trails, sports courts, forests, and parks all for you to enjoy just outside your door. On the main level you are welcomed by a cozy living room with gleaming hardwood floors and a gas fire-place with a dentil mantel, a powder room, a coat closet, a utility room, and access to the large two car garage.

On the second level, you will find a gourmet kitchen with center island, stainless steel appliances, gas cooktop, double wall/convection oven, 42” cabinets, and granite counters. Also on this level are a formal dining area, family room, a spacious south-facing bonus room that can be used as a library, professional office, or craft room, hardwood floors throughout, and high ceilings. On the third level, you will find an owner’s suite with a large walk-in closet, and a full bathroom with a tub and separate shower. Additionally, you will find two nicely appointed bedrooms with spacious closets, a hall bathroom, a linen closet, and a convenient upper level laundry.

This home enjoys generous amounts of natural light on all floors,recessed light fixtures,hardwood floors and high ceilings throughout, gutters draining below ground, bus stops within walking distance, and a metro station within few minutes driving. Located near public schools, shopping, and convenient commuter routes like ICC and Rt. 29 which offers an easy commute to downtown Silver Spring, this home is a must see!

Enthusiastically, 

Robert Garcia, Realtor® 

Direct: 301-349-7863 

Cell: 240-286-5526 

Office: 301-424-0900 

E-mail:Robert@EricStewartGroup.com

Zillow Profile: http://bit.ly/UqavOb 

       

Eric Stewart Group of Long and Foster Realtors

Long and Foster Real Estate 

795 Rockville Pike | Rockville | MD | 20852

 

Posted in Events, News
Aug. 31, 2017

Episode 3: No Sales Pressure Just Education VLOG: Interview with Luis Cardenas

 

On this episode, one of the local Montgomery County entrepreneurs and residents, Luis Cardenas, owner of Bargain Movers Inc. will share with us the best tips and top reasons why you need to consider a full service moving company after you have sold or purchased a piece of Real Estate. He will also talk about the POD's and how some renters' insurance can cover your personal belongings next time you move. As a realtor I always like to surround myself with winners and people that know how to get the job done.

 

Here is how to get a hold of Luis.

Luis Cardenas Jr.

BARGAIN MOVERS

301-685-6789 Office

240-396-4499 Fax

www.bargainmoversinc.com

lcardenas@bargainmoversinc.com

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Enthusiastically, 

Robert Garcia, Realtor® 

Direct: 301-349-7863 

Cell: 240-286-5526 

Office: 301-424-0900 

E-mail:Robert@EricStewartGroup.com

Zillow Profile: http://bit.ly/UqavOb 

       

Eric Stewart Group of Long and Foster Realtors

Long and Foster Real Estate 

795 Rockville Pike | Rockville | MD | 20852

Posted in News
Aug. 3, 2017

Top 10 Golf Courses in Maryland

 

Bulle Rock, Havre de Grace

Congressional Country Club, Bethesda

Eagle’s Landing Golf Club, Berlin

Greystone, White Hall

Lake Presidential, Upper Marlboro

Links at Lighthouse Sound, Bishopsville

Lodestone Golf Course at Wisp Resort, McHenry

Maryland National Golf Club, Middletown

Queenstown Harbor Golf Links, Queenstown 

Renditions, Davidsonville

Posted in News
July 23, 2017

Top ten beaches you can visit this summer when staying in Maryland

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1.         Ocean City

“It features miles of beach and a wooden boardwalk lined with restaurants, shops and hotels. At the boardwalk's southern end, Trimper’s Rides has hosted theme-park attractions for decades. The surrounding waters are active with kayaks and tour boats, some of which journey to popular Assateague Island nearby.”

 

2.         Assateague Island National Seashore

“It is known for its Atlantic beaches and for trails that wind through marshland, dunes and pine forest. In the south, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is home to wild Chincoteague ponies, bald eagles and migratory seabirds. Near Toms Cove is the working, 19th-century Assateague Lighthouse.”

 

3.         Sandy Point State Park – Annapolis

“The park’s beaches and picnic areas are well known for their breathtaking scenic water views that overlook one of Maryland’s true treasures, the Chesapeake Bay.

 

4.         Chesapeake Beach

“Enjoy a water park and scenic boardwalk on the Bay; Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum, restaurants, marinas, antiques, B&Bs, bay front park, charter fishing and boat ramps.”

 

5.         Gunpowder Falls State Park - Hammerman Beach, Baltimore County

“Features a swimming beach, food concessions, four picnic pavilions, picnicking, playgrounds, canoe/kayak and sailboat rentals, fishing, short hiking trails and two short water trails.”

 

6.         Rocky Point Park and Beach

“On 375 acres on the Back & Middle Rivers, this park offers swimming, boating, fishing & picnicking.”

 

7.         Deep Creek Lake

“With 69 miles of shoreline, Deep Creek is the state’s largest man-made lake, with a swimming beach and boat rentals plus a host of events and nearby restaurants.”

 

 

8.         Calvert Cliffs State Park

“This is a grand, natural bay beach for swimming, hiking and just being in the great outdoors. The big draw, though, is fossil collecting along the sandy quarter-mile stretch of beach. More than 600 species of fossils including massive megalodon shark teeth dating back 10 to 20 million years have been found along the shore, so it’s the perfect place to take shark-obsessed youngsters and budding fossil-hunters.

 

9.         Breezy Point Beach

“A half-mile of sandy beach, a netted swimming area, and a 200-foot pier for crabbing and fishing make Breezy Point an ideal getaway spot in Calvert County.”

 

10.   Matapeake Beach

“Just across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on the Eastern Shore, Matapeake provides beautiful views, trails and a public beach (including a separate dog beach).”

 

Enthusiastically, 

Robert Garcia, Realtor® 

Direct: 301-349-7863 

Cell: 240-286-5526 

Office: 301-424-0900 

E-mail:Robert@EricStewartGroup.com

Zillow Profile: http://bit.ly/UqavOb 

       

Eric Stewart Group of Long and Foster Realtors

Long and Foster Real Estate 

795 Rockville Pike | Rockville | MD | 20852

Posted in Beach, News, Party venues
July 22, 2017

5 Top amusement parks you can visit from Maryland

1.         ADVENTURE PARK USA

11113 West Baldwin Road, Monrovia, MD 21770

(301) 865-6800

 “Adventure Park USA is Maryland's largest family entertainment center. With everything from Laser Tag, Go Karts, and Roller Coasters to Miniature Golf Courses, they have enough adventure for the whole family

 

2.         JOLLY ROGER AMUSEMENT PARK

2901 Philadelphia Ave, Ocean City, MD 21842

(410) 289-3477

 “Jolly Roger Amusement Park provides a wide range of family-friendly fun in Ocean City, MD with rides, amusements, games, waterslides, and more! With four separate parks, each jam-packed with adventures that await you at every turn, it’s no wonder so many families return year after year to make lifelong memories with Jolly Roger.”

 

3.         SIX FLAGS AMERICA

13710 Central Ave, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

(301) 249-1500

“Six Flags America is a theme park located in Woodmore CDP, Prince George's County, Maryland, near Upper Marlboro, and in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Amusement park offers Looney Tunes–themed rides for kids, roller coasters & an attached water park.”

 

4.         TRIMPER’S RIDES

700-730 S Atlantic Ave, Ocean City, MD 21842

(410) 289-8617

 “Trimper's Rides is a historic amusement park located near the inlet at South First Street and the boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland, United States. It was founded in 1893 as The Windsor Resort. It is located at the south end of the boardwalk, where it consists of a year-round indoor facility, The Haunted House (which resides on its own lot on the Boardwalk strip), and three outdoor lots.”

 

5.         THE ADVENTURE PARK IN SANDY SPRING

16701 Norwood Rd, Sandy Spring, MD 20860

(240) 389-4386

 “Forest setup of zip lines, rope rigs & wooden bridges has day & night passes for kids & adults.

 

Enthusiastically, 

Robert Garcia, Realtor® 

Direct: 301-349-7863 

Cell: 240-286-5526 

Office: 301-424-0900 

E-mail:Robert@EricStewartGroup.com

Zillow Profile: http://bit.ly/UqavOb 

       

Eric Stewart Group of Long and Foster Realtors

Long and Foster Real Estate 

795 Rockville Pike | Rockville | MD | 20852

 

Posted in Amusement Parks, News
July 21, 2017

5 Tips to protect your house in Frederick County Maryland while on vacation this summer

1.         INSTALL TIMERS ON YOUR ELECTRONICS

A dark house at night for a week straight is a sure sign that someone is on vacation. By the same token, you don’t want to just flip a light on as you head out the door and leave it on the entire time. Luckily, there are a huge variety of timers on the market that plug right into an outlet and turn your lights and other electronics on and off at certain times of day.

 

2.         LEAVE THE BLINDS OPEN IF YOU NORMALLY DO

If you’re someone who regularly leaves the blinds open in your home during the day, don’t go closing them when you leave for vacation. It may seem strange and you might feel that you don’t want anyone peeping into your home while you’re not there, but it’s also an obvious giveaway to burglars that something is outside the normal routine. As already noted, you want things to look normal and lived in — a house that’s all shuttered up for a week straight does not give that appearance.

 

3.         DON’T LEAVE SPARE KEYS OUT

If you have a spare key hidden somewhere — under a mat, attached to a mailbox, in a fake rock — now is the time to remove them and stow them away. If a would-be thief knows you’re away, they’ll feel free to take their time in searching for spare keys. They also know all the most common hiding spots way better than you do, so don’t try fooling them.

 

4.         LOCK THE GARAGE DOOR

If you have an automatic garage opener (rather than a manual door that you have to open and close by hand), you’re already pretty secure. Those doors are hard to open for burglars. There is a workaround, however, called “fishing.” It’s where a burglar will snake a coat hanger through the top of the door, and pull the emergency release trigger, turning off the automatic opener and allowing the door to be opened manually. This isn’t possible on all openers, but it’s definitely a risk for some.

 

5.         HIRE A HOUSE SITTER

One option that covers many of these tactics is to hire a house sitter. Whether a family member, a friend, or other acquaintance (nannies often make great house sitters!), having someone actually stay at your home to care for and keep an eye on it is a great way to ensure its safety.

 

Enthusiastically, 

Robert Garcia, Realtor® 

Direct: 301-349-7863 

Cell: 240-286-5526 

Office: 301-424-0900 

E-mail:Robert@EricStewartGroup.com

Zillow Profile: http://bit.ly/UqavOb 

       

Eric Stewart Group of Long and Foster Realtors

Long and Foster Real Estate 

795 Rockville Pike | Rockville | MD | 20852

Posted in Home Tips, News
July 20, 2017

5 Tips to protect your house in Montgomery County Maryland while on vacation this summer

 

1.         KEEPING WATCH

An easy, low tech way to make sure that your place is covered is by asking a trusted friend, neighbor or family member. Have them go over to your home several times a week just to check on everything. The best thing about this is that you might not need to pay them!

 

2.         SECURITY SYSTEM

              Speaking of security, you also have the option of installing a security system. There is no better way to                         secure your home while you are away on vacation than a home alarm system. With the technology available,               at minimum you will be able to have a system with a control panel, door and window sensors, motion                           sensors, glass break sensors and often times these features can be monitored using your cell phone.

 

3.         STOP THE MAIL

            An overflowing mailbox and a pile of packages on the front step are clear indications that someone hasn’t                     been home for a while. It’s incredibly easy to stop your USPS delivery for any amount of time (up to 30 days)               and for the dates you specify. They even deliver your mail in a large bundle when you get home.

 

4.         BEWARE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

In our Instagram world, every vacation is instantly shared on the internet for the entire world to behold. It’s indeed tempting to post your photos right as you snap them and induce FOMO to your entire stream of friends. What that also does, however, is broadcast to the world that you aren’t home right now, and your stuff is ripe for the taking. So skip the photo-posting, checking in, and status updates like “Off to the airport!”

 

Feel free to share all your awesome pics, just wait until you’re home to do so.

 

5.         LOCK EVERYTHING

While it seems like common sense, be sure to lock every single possible entry to your home, including deadbolts. While you may lock the main doors when you’re gone at work, there are surely windows and/or doors (such as into the garage or a second-floor deck) that usually stay unlocked or un-dead bolted. Before you leave for a vacation though, go through the house and lock absolutely every window and every door.

 

 

Enthusiastically, 

Robert Garcia, Realtor® 

Direct: 301-349-7863 

Cell: 240-286-5526 

Office: 301-424-0900 

E-mail:Robert@EricStewartGroup.com

Zillow Profile: http://bit.ly/UqavOb 

       

Eric Stewart Group of Long and Foster Realtors

Long and Foster Real Estate 

795 Rockville Pike | Rockville | MD | 20852

Posted in Home Tips, News
July 19, 2017

Top places to get married in Montgomery County Maryland

1.         Kentlands Mansion

320 Kent Square Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

(301) 258-6425

 

“Nestled in the heart of Gaithersburg, Maryland, Kentlands Mansion reflects the beauty and grandeur of the early 1900s, with 22-foot ceilings, dark wooden paneling, polished hardwood floors, and crystal chandeliers.”

 

2.         Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda, MD 20852

(301) 822-9200

 

“Discover the comforts of one of the premier hotels in Bethesda, MD with a stay at the prominent Bethesda North Marriott Hotel Conference Center. Stylish guest rooms, a Concierge level and 50,000 square feet of high-tech event space welcome both business and leisure travelers with everything needed for a remarkable hotel experience.”

 

3.         VisArts in Rockville

155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD 20850

(301) 315-8200

 

“The award-winning Buchanan Event Room is a modern and versatile canvas awaiting your special touch. With stunning panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Rockville Town Square, the event space offers gorgeous views, excellent acoustics and lighting, a permanent dance floor, and an adjoining warming kitchen.”

 

4.         Brookside Gardens

1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902

(301) 962-1400

 

“Award-winning Brookside Gardens is a picture perfect setting for your next event – outdoor or in! From April through October, enjoy the Gardens’ shimmering ponds, romantic gazebos, colorful gardens, and green lawn expanses for celebrations of all kinds.”

 

5.         Glen Echo Park

7300 MacArthur Boulevard, Glen Echo, MD 20812

(301) 634-2222

 “The Bumper Car Pavilion in Glen Echo Park is a unique setting for your wedding reception. With great views of the Park, this versatile facility was built in 1923 as a cornerstone attraction of Glen Echo Park during the amusement Park era.”

6.         Woodlawn Manor Park Event Center

16501 Norwood Rd, Sandy Spring, MD 20860

(301) 774-1900

 “Woodlawn Manor Park Event Center offers a beautiful, pastoral setting for weddings. The rental site includes the Manor House, which was constructed in 1800 – 1815, a Gazebo Garden, expansive lawns, historic boxwoods and several outbuildings that speak to the agricultural operations at Woodlawn during the 19th century.

 

7.         Glenview Mansion

603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville, MD 20851

(240) 314-8660

 “The elegant 1920’s Historic Glenview Mansion, located in Rockville, is the perfect place to walk the aisle and say ‘I do’ to the love of your life. With stunning architecture, blossoming formal gardens, stone walkways leading up to the timeless mansion that dazzles with its stacked brick and white column exterior, this venue was built to entertain.”

 

8.         Rocklands Farm

14525 Montevideo Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837

(301) 825-8075

 

“This historic farm is the perfect venue for brides and grooms looking for a natural rustic charm blended with simple beauty and elegance. Located on Montgomery County’s agricultural reserve in Poolesville, the grounds include a historic 1870 Italianate house, smoke house, blacksmith shop, springhouse, farm market building, corncrib, Bankbarn, and it’s got small vineyard!

 

9.         Woodend Sanctuary and Mansion

8940 Jones Mill Rd, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

(301) 652-9188

 “Woodend is a historic home located in Chevy Chase, Maryland. With an elegant setting and historic mansion, this venue offers a charming grove for outdoor ceremonies, and the use of the mansion and adjacent tented terrace for 170 guests.”

 

10.   Bretton Woods Recreation Center

15700 River Rd, Germantown, MD 20874

(301) 948-3357

 “Bretton Woods is located in Germantown, Maryland. The 285 acre club offers one large ballroom and a breathtaking, pond side back lawn perfect for a ceremony or outdoor cocktail hour.”

 

 

Enthusiastically, 

Robert Garcia, Realtor® 

Direct: 301-349-7863 

Cell: 240-286-5526 

Office: 301-424-0900 

E-mail:Robert@EricStewartGroup.com

Zillow Profile: http://bit.ly/UqavOb 

       

Eric Stewart Group of Long and Foster Realtors

Long and Foster Real Estate 

795 Rockville Pike | Rockville | MD | 20852

Posted in Events, Events place, News