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May 23rd, 2012 Categories: Crofton Real Estate
Crofton public schools are a magnet for many families relocating to the DC-Baltimore-Annapolis triangle. And, with good reason… Many of our schools have been recognized on a County and State level for their excellence again this year:
- Crofton Meadows Elementary was named a 2012 Maryland Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the Maryland Department of Education. 100% of tested students scored proficient or advanced on math in the Maryland State Assessment Test and 99% of them scored proficient or advanced in reading. According to the Maryland Department of Education, Crofton Meadows’ teachers constantly assess their students, analyze the results, and use the data to drive and form instruction.
- Crofton Woods Elementary was named a 2012 Maryland Green School by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education. This certification was earned through a two-year certification project during which the school established an effective, proactive environmental program that involved the community in becoming more environmentally conscious. They integrated “green” thinking into every aspect of the school experience from staff professional development to community celebrations.
- Crofton Woods Elementary also received the Maryland School of Excellence in Arts Education Award from the Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance Inc. (AEMS) for its outstanding efforts to incorporate the arts into their learning environment. You can view over 3,000 samples of Crofton Woods art projects online, along with a PDF file available that shows China art, painted rain barrels, shadow puppets, and symmetrical art projects.
- A Nantucket Elementary parent received the Maryland Parent Involvement Matters Award. Ambareen Jafri was the statewide winner, after four years of service to Nantucket Elementary and the Anne Arundel County School System. This busy mom, who speaks URDU, began her volunteer service to the school by translating for Indian and Pakistani students.
- South River High and Arundel High excelled in the 2012 High School Challenge, which ranks schools and school systems nationwide based on Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and other college-level exams given to graduating seniors. South River is the top Anne Arundel County School, eighth in Maryland and 21st in the region. Arundel ranked 8th in the County, 18th in Maryland and 49th in the region.
Also in the news…
Three schools in the greater Crofton Area have received funding for addtions and/or renovations:Crofton Middle ( $2.9 million for additions), Crofton Elementary ($1.4 million for renovations and additions) and Waugh Chapel Elementary in nearby Odenton ($784,000 for their gymnasium).
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April 13th, 2012 Categories: Crofton Real Estate
1. Have a pre-sale home-inspection to find out about any electrical, plumbing, HVAC or structural problems. (Well, septic, and lead-based paint tests, too, if applicable.) Make suggested repairs before you put your home on the market. Why? This will eliminate most problems that arise between contract and closing.2. Start organizing and packing to eliminate collectibles and piles of papers, clothes, etc. Reduce accessories, visible toys, and even excess furniture. Why? This is preparation that won’t cost you anything, and might make some money for you if you sell some of those extras.3. Neutralize inside and out by replacing decorator colors with neutrals and eliminating political and religious items. Why? Buyers won’t be distracted by “dislikes” and will be able to focus on the things they like about your home.4. Wash windows, re-grout tile, scrub floors, polish floors, wash windows, shampoo or replace carpet… in some cases, “clean” requires fresh paint on walls and trim, and/or new carpet. Why? Few buyers want to part with their hard-earned money to buy someone else’s dirt!5. Staging is the final step, and it’s one that few homeowners can do themselves, so ask me to recommend a local stager. Why? Staging will convert your home from one that reflects your personality and lifestyle into a one where prospective buyers can imagine themselves living.
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March 30th, 2012 Categories: Crofton Real Estate
Getting your Crofton home ready to sell requires some preparation – outside, as well as inside.
Take a look at this video minute.
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March 28th, 2012 Categories: Crofton Real Estate
NEW LISTING IN CROFTON, MARYLAND
Imagine a view of the 2nd fairway at Crofton Country Club from your deck, dining room, kitchen and master bedroom! Other special features of this new listing include hardwood floors & oversize windows on the main level and a huge family room “L” that’s not included in the room dimensions on MRIS. Clean and well maintained so you can enjoy living in this home while updating it at your own pace.
With a location like this, 1653 Eton Way will not be on the market for long. Please contact me directly for more information so you can be one of the first people to see the interior of this home. (301–346–2923)
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Davidsonville, Gambrills, and Odenton, Maryland
February 2012 Real Estate Updates
Spring came early to the greater Crofton area, this year, and we’re loving the early blooming of daffodils and flowering trees. We just hope to see an early Spring for real estate, as well.
New pending sales and lower home inventory were great news in last week’s market update for Crofton, but what about adjacent communities?
Year to date statistics for Davidsonville show an increase in average and median sold prices, but overall sales are down 58.5% from last year. There wasn’t a single closing in Davidsonville during February, so these statistics reflect only January sales.
There was some new real estate activity last month in Davidsonville, however, as 5 properties went under contract and 9 new listings went on the market. I think it’s going to remain highly competitive for home sellers in the 21035 zipcode during the coming weeks and months. Some GREAT opportunities for home buyers!
Spring has arrived in the Gambrills real estate market! Daffodils weren’t the only things coming up in February: Closed sales, median and average prices, average sold price vs original list price and the average list price for properties – up from last year (2011) and up from last month (January 2012). Average days on market went down, also, which is also good news. WOW! It’s a great time to be a home seller in Gambrills.
As to new business, 15 new listings went on the market in Feburary, but there were 19 sales pending – let’s hope this balance in favor of new sales over new listings continues for several months. The Gambrills real estate market is alive and well, but buyers better get in the game now while they can still find a great home and great deal.
Real estate sales in Odenton last month improved in every category from January 2012, just as they did in Gambrills, but they did NOT measure up to February 2011 in any category used to measure sold and settled properties.
However, the critical word “balance” is a good description of “year on year” numbers for new activity: 36 new listings vs. 39 sales pending. This leads me to a prognosis for Odenton of cautiously optimistic about the real estate market in the coming weeks and months.
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