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Homes for Sale in Crofton, Maryland

OpenHouse‘Tis the season for house-hunting, and you may be a little curious about what’s on the market in the greater Crofton area, including Davidsonville, Gambrills, and Odenton.

Twenty years ago, you would either call a local real estate office or get into your car and drive around to find SALE or OPEN HOUSE signs. It’s a lot easier today.

Just click on the icon below to see a complete list of all current listings in the greater Crofton area. These lists are updated every 15 minutes, so they will be current whether you view them today, April1, 2014, or 3 years from now.

Crofton Homes for Sale

Davidsonville Homes for Sale

Gambrills Homes for Sale

Odenton Homes for Sale

Long & Foster’s annual company-wide Open House Extravaganza will be held April 26 and 27, so mark your calendar now.  If you’re thinking of selling any time soon, be sure to get your home listed in time for the advance marketing of this event.

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Does Open House Help Sell Homes?

Crofton Real Estate FAQ’s


Q. Does Open House Help Sell Homes?

HGTV fans know that a successful Open House is the goal of any home renovation prior to selling. An endless parade of prospective buyers walk through the Open House during the last five minutes of the show, raving about the scrumptious kitchen, spa-like bathroom, etc.

These shows generally conclude by saying how much everyone liked the complete makeover of the home that was performed over the first 25 minutes of the show. They rarely indicate that a contract of sale was the direct result of the Open House.

Dining table croppedAs a REALTOR® in Crofton since the 70′s, I’ve held my share of traditional Open Houses in this area. Years ago, this was the only option for consumers to view home interiors without working with a real estate agent. The situation is quite different in today’s market.

Every home listing is “open” online for viewing 24/7  by anyone, providing that first look at the interior of listed homes.

My daughter is a perfect example of today’s home buyer. She saw the interior photos of a beautiful Virginia townhouse online last month, clicked through to the map to see where the home was located, and immediately made an appointment to see the property. Less than 24 hours after seeing the home online, she submitted an offer and now she is the proud owner of that townhouse.

Statistics from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) indicate that the home-buying process began online for 42 percent of home buyers in 2013 and 92% of home buyers used the Internet to search for homes.

OpenHouseDon’t get me wrong… Open House can still be an effective strategy for marketing a home, especially private events held for local REALTORS® who sell homes in your neighborhood.  And you WILL be seeing Open House signs in your neighborhood during the coming weeks.

Long & Foster’s company-wide Spring Open House Extravaganza will take place April 26-27. If you’d like to see your Crofton-area home included in the advance marketing for this event, contact me today at 410-451-6245 to get your home on the market before then.

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Where is Spring?

Will winter never end? If I recall correctly, March is supposed to be the time of year when daffodils are peeking through the mulch, and buds on the cherry trees that line Crofton Parkway are teasing us with hints of color.

In a normal March, residents would be outside picking up the twigs in their yards, washing off the outside furniture, maybe event firing up the grill for their first barbecue of the season.

But cold temperatures and more snow (?!?!?!?!) are still appearing in our forecast!

All this bad weather is NOT helping the real estate market because we’re all snuggled inside, trying to keep warm. Neither buyers nor their agents want to go anywhere. In fact, car and retail sales are down, too.

Have faith, Crofton… Spring IS around the corner and we’ll appreciate it even more than we do most years. Before long you’ll be seeing homes framed by cherry trees, with an Open House sign in the front yard.
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Walden – Featured Crofton Community

Walden – Featured Crofton Community

Walden Golf Course 2More than 900 homes are located north of Rt. 424 in the Crofton community of Walden, including townhouses, multi-unit condos, and detached homes built around the community centerpiece of Walden Golf Course, clubhouse, tennis and pool facilities. Most of these homes were built during the 1990′s.

The earliest Walden homes – approximately one hundred 3-level townhouses and seventy-two garden-style condos – appeared on the south side of Johns Hopkins Road between 1990-1992.

The exterior appearance of these early Walden townhouses was somewhat stark and boring, with little or no brick on the facade, but their interior layouts were spacious and more than made up for the exterior. Some of them featured a garage and some even backed to the golf course. The Tiers of Walden condos ranged from 710-1280 square feet, appealing to buyers who wanted an apartment-size dwelling with the benefits of home ownership and, as a bonus, their own garage. Fourteen attractive detached homes, featuring basements and garages, were built on Walden Drive during this same period.

Other Walden neighborhoods popped up along Reidel Road over the next eight years, between Johns Hopkins Road and Crofton Meadows, adding more than seven hundred households to Crofton. The homes included 3-level townhouses, many with garages, zero lot-line villas that introduced another new concept to Crofton, and traditional detached homes.

Demand for Walden homes in Crofton has never wavered since the day they were built, as many buyers are attracted by their relative “newness” – about 30 years younger than most homes inside the Crofton triangle. Yet residents enjoy the same convenience to D.C., Baltimore, and Annapolis, excellent Crofton schools, participation in Crofton community organizations, and the same shopping, dining, and recreational venues.  As the community celebrates 50 years since the first home was built in Crofton, we celebrate the neighborhoods in Walden built in the 1990′s.

Check out current listings of Walden homes for sale by clicking on the icon below.  This list updates automatically, so it will be current whether you read this post today or years later.  When you see a home (or two or three) that catches your eye, contact Team Woda at [email protected] or call me at Long & Foster (410) 451-6245 to see the home and community up close and in person.

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Too much stuff to move!

Preparing your home to sell

Have you ever made plans to list your home and buy another, but reconsidered after your agent or stager advised you to “minimize” so your current house would show better? What on earth will you do with those boxes you never unpacked from moving in, or the excess furniture from combining two adult households, or Grandma’s family heirlooms?

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The truth is, they’re right…  They know that prospective buyers are more attracted to professionally staged homes that look bright and spacious. These homes typically sell at top dollar in less than 30 days, so it will benefit you to “minimize” your belongings before putting your home on the market. This will provide the stager a blank slate for dressing your house to sell.

In addition to ASP® stager Jenn Morson, my real estate team now includes an interstate moving company who will transfer clients’ excess items to storage pods when their home is listed and provide insured storage at a climate-controlled indoor facility. Not only that, they will move furniture from one room to the next or even one level of the home to another, as recommended by the agent or stager. The price is less than $500, including two months storage.

My daughter recently experienced this service first hand as she prepared her Northern Virginia condo for sale. The Staging Fashionista (of Facebook fame) had suggested moving some of her heavy furniture and removing boxes stored in an unused bedroom. Over the years, she’s heard the success stories of my clients who staged their homes, so she didn’t hesitate.

She used masking tape to mark two 7×7 areas on the floor, and spent a weekend stacking boxes and furniture within this area to 5′ high. The movers cleared these areas, packed the pods, and relocated furniture within her two level condo in just 3 1/2 hours. Amazing, when you consider that each trip included 33 steps between the front door of her condo and the van.

The result: a condo that was ready to stage, photograph and sell.  Click on the image below to access the slideshow – especially if you know anyone thinking of purchasing a condo in Northern Virginia. (There’s music attached, so you may want to open it when you’re not sitting in a meeting.)

If you have too much stuff to move… put my real estate team to work for you.  We’ve thought of everything, including professional movers to help you prepare for showing your home to prospective buyers.

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