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Crofton’s 50th Anniversary House Tour

Crofton Village Garden Club will again host a Holiday House Tour in December, and this year’s event will help kick off the Crofton 50 Year Anniversary Celebration that will run through 2014.

The club is accepting nominations for well-maintained homes throughout the 21114 zip code that will represent each decade since Hamilton Crawford developed the area now known as “Old Crofton” in 1964.  Since that time, Crofton has expanded well beyond those brick gates with a variety of single family and town house communities that now sell at price points unimagined in those early days.

Please nominate your home or a neighbor’s home to be included on the 2013 Holiday House Tour, if it is well-maintained, recently updated, and will be decorated for the holidays before the tour date of December 15. Simply click on the CONTACT tab at the top of this website, and someone from the garden club will contact you in the next few days.

Time is of the essence, because the list of homes will be finalized in September.

P.S. As a real estate agent, I just have to point out that it couldn’t hurt for you to say “Featured on Crofton’s 50th Anniversary House Tour” when you’re ready to sell your home.

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FocusonCrofton.com is my way of attracting relocating homebuyers to the greater Crofton area while keeping current residents updated about local real estate, news, and events. Please click on Contact Margaret Woda if you would like to see information about your community organization or local event posted on FocusonCrofton.com or our Facebook page.

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Crofton Georgetown Homes in High Demand

Crofton Georgetown Homes 

Three of the four most recent closings in this beautiful neighborhood were my listings, and I am happy to report that two of them went under contract in a day and the third sold in a week.  Much as I would like to claim all the credit for these results, the home owners deserve a lot of credit for their well-maintained homes and the time invested in preparing their homes for sale. And we all know about the importance of location, location, location – not to mention the standard features in these popular townhouses.

History of Crofton Georgetown Houses

The Crofton Village Green, Crofton Country Club, and approximately 470 homes were built in the new community of Crofton between 1964 and 1966.  159 of these new homes were in The Crofton Georgetown Homes, located at the intersection of Crofton Parkway and Duke of Kent Street. When these colonial style townhouses were first offered by Hamilton Crawford, standard features included hardwood floors on the main living levels, heat lamps in the bathrooms, central vacuum systems, pantries off the kitchen, an open concept layout between the dining room and kitchen, and stairs with a low rise and wide tread.  Many of the homes were brick, and most of them included a basement.

Crofton Georgetown Homes Today:

There are three separate regimes in the Crofton Georgetown Homes, each with its own governing board and covenants.  Regardless of the regime, outstanding maintenance of the public areas is a hallmark of the community and one of the things which attract new home buyers.

Elementary school students can walk to nearby Crofton Elementary, and Anne Arundel County school buses transport the older children to Crofton Middle School and Arundel Senior High School.

There are three models:

WARBURTON is larger than many single family homes, with 3,000 sq. ft. including the basement. This model is a four bedroom, 2.5 bath colonial with a partially finished basement which may or may not include another half or full bathroom.  It originally featured a center foyer, formal dining room, a large formal living room and a family room on the main level. Today, you’re likely to find the a Warburton with the kitchen and dining room combined, as they were at 1736 Dryden Way.  This home sold in 2013 at $328,000, after a low appraisal forced the price down from the original contract price.  Since then, another Warburton closed at $339,000.

CARLYLE is the smallest model in the community, with almost 1900 sq. ft. including a basement, but some of the earliest Carlyle’s did not have a basement. This model is a two or three bedroom home, with one full bath upstairs and a half bath on the main level. A Carlyle, with basement, sold in 2013 for $283,000.

THORNTON is large town home, nearly 2500 sq. ft., with three bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a full basement. As you step inside the door, you can see all the way through to the back windows and beyond – which creates a very open and spacious feeling. The two most recent sales for this model (as of August 25, 2013) were $299,000 and $280,000.  Both homes were in excellent condition; the price variance reflects the difference in updating and added features such as a stone fireplace and 3rd full bath in the more expensive home.

There are a few homes in this community that feature a different layout, with the kitchen in front overlooking the parking lot rather than the patio.  I can’t say for sure if these homes were alternate layouts to the Thornton and Carlyle or if they had a different name.  I’m only aware of about  five of these in the entire community.

If you’re interested in buying a home in the Crofton Georgetown Homes, don’t wait for one to come on the market.  Contact me today so I can let you know about any upcoming listings BEFORE they become public knowledge!

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About Focus on Crofton:

FocusonCrofton.com is my way of attracting relocating homebuyers to the greater Crofton area while keeping current residents updated about local real estate, news, and events. Please click on Contact Margaret Woda if you would like to see information about your community organization or local event posted on FocusonCrofton.com or our Facebook page.

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Landscape your home to sell – 5 Tips to Sell Green

If you saw Landscape Your Home to Sell – 5 Tips to Sell Green on Bankrate.com, you already know that this Crofton real estate agent was one of the “experts” quoted throughout the article.  If you missed it, please allow me to share my 15 minutes of fame.  Just click on the link at the beginning of this paragraph.

The importance of curb appeal to a home sale and final sale price cannot be underestimated.  If you do nothing else to prepare your home for sale, focus on curb appeal because it could mean the difference between a prospective buyer coming into the property or driving past to look at other homes. Buyers may never know you have a fabulous home interior, if the outside doesn’t say to them, “Honey, Stop the Car.  I want THAT one!”

The advice I give to sellers for preparing their home to sell is exactly the same, whether we’re talking about the interior or exterior: De-Clutter, Clean, Repair, Neutralize, and Stage.  Let me explain how this advice applies to curb appeal with this 1-minute YouTube Video, which features several Crofton homes.

About Focus on Crofton:

FocusonCrofton.com is my way of attracting relocating homebuyers to the greater Crofton area while keeping current residents updated about local real estate, news, and events. Please click on Contact Margaret Woda if you would like to see information about your community organization or local event posted on FocusonCrofton.com or our Facebook page.

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Crofton Real Estate Market Update – July 2013

Crofton Real Estate Market Update – July 2013

Crofton Gate Postcard 8.5 x 5The Anne Arundel County real estate market looked good in July, with every indicator trending in the direction we like to see:  home prices, units sold, and the percentage of sold vs. list price all increased, while the days on market were down from the same month in 2012.  These statistics suggest this is a great time to sell your Anne Arundel County home if you’ve been waiting for the market to improve.

Crofton real estate statistics for July did not parallel the county numbers exactly, but they still bode well for Crofton home owners.

Units Sold – 40 homes sold in the 21114 zip code last month, compared to 28 in July 2012.  That’s a 42% increase. In fact, this was the best July for “units sold” since 2007.

Days on Market – Average days on market were down a whopping 44% from 47 last year, to just 26 days in July 2013.  Compare this to 2011, when it took three months to sell.  Would you be surprised to know that 2005 was the last time more homes sold during July in Crofton?

Home Prices – The average and median price of attached homes that sold in July were down, and the number of attached homes that sold (25) outnumbered the more expensive detached homes (15). This may help to explain why the average and median sold prices both dropped overall in Crofton last month from the previous year. This does not suggest that the value of any one townhouse dropped – only that more of the low-end homes sold than the high end.  I don’t think this is any reason for concern, since the median sold price for detached homes actually increased slightly.

Sold vs. List Price – It looks like Crofton real estate agents are doing a good job in advising their clients regarding list price, because homes sold in July 2013 at nearly full price – 99.49% of list price, to be exact. This average includes some homes that sold above full price.

Balance – My crystal ball for indicating the future of Crofton’s real estate market is based on comparing the number of new listings with the number of new pending contracts for Crofton homes during any given period.  In July, we saw 39 new listings compared to 46 new pending contracts.  When the supply of homes goes down, the demand typically goes up – and this usually results in price increases.  That’s good news for home sellers, and bad news for home buyers in Crofton.

For more information about the Crofton real estate market, give me a call.  It might be helpful for you to see what’s happening in your immediate neighborhood, or with homes similar to yours.

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About Focus on Crofton:

FocusonCrofton.com is my way of attracting relocating homebuyers to the greater Crofton area while keeping current residents updated about local real estate, news, and events. Please click on Contact Margaret Woda if you would like to see information about your community organization or local event posted on FocusonCrofton.com or our Facebook page.

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Crofton Area Roofer Completes Job In a Day

Crofton Maryland will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2014, so it’s not too surprising that so many homes are either sporting a new roof or needing one. 20–25 years after a second layer of shingles was installed on most homes, now it’s time for many Crofton homeowners to find and hire a roofer.

Fichtner Roofing Services2Fichtner Services installed a new roof on one of my listings a few months ago, and the home owner couldn’t stop raving about them.  I saw that the roof looked great, but she said the crew was highly competent and professional, the supervisor actually supervised, and they completed the job in a day. With a recommendation like that, great references on Angie’s List, and an estimate within our budget, we decided to hire them without even interviewing anyone else.

Shingles, a dumpster for debris, and a crew of workers arrived between 7–7:30 a.m.  By 9:00 the house was draped in tarps, 2 layers of shingles on the back of the house were nearly all gone, and they were already working on the front of the house.

Another crew arrived to install a skylight in the upstairs bathroom and a 3rd  crew came soon after to install more insulation in our attic. For 12 hours, my house was a beehive of activity, to the chagrin of my two cocker spaniels!

Fichtner Services

13 hours after the first crew, shingles, and dumpster arrived, the entire job was complete and we couldn’t have been happier with every aspect of the experience.  They even updated our vents to go out through the roof – something that home inspectors recommend, these days, and many buyers are asking the sellers to do before closing.

The supervisor returned the next day to double-check the job, make sure all the debris had been removed, and to confirm we were satisfied.

If you’re thinking about any exterior improvements –  a new roof, siding, windows, paint, or skylight –  I have to add my voice to the chorus of reviews on Angie’s List and suggest you contact them.

Fichtner Services: 888–785–7649

About Focus on Crofton:

FocusonCrofton.com is my way of attracting relocating homebuyers to the greater Crofton area while keeping current residents updated about local real estate, news, and events. Please click on Contact Margaret Woda if you would like to see information about your community organization or local event posted on FocusonCrofton.com or our Facebook page.

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