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Crofton School Construction Update

Crofton School Construction Update

Parents, kids, staff, and even the neighbors of several Crofton area schools will be glad when construction is finished for several ongoing school construction projects in the greater Crofton area. A summary of the projects and expected completion dates follows:

Crofton Elementary is undergoing a significant “revitalization” that will increase capacity from 512 students to 658.  Additionally, you’ve probably noticed the newly paved area for a school bus drop-off and pick-up area.  Construction began last Spring and is expected to be complete in time for the 2015-2016 school year.

Crofton Meadows Elementary is getting a kindergarten addition, which is expected to be complete in the Spring of 2014.

Nantucket Elementary will also get a kindergarten addition, with construction beginning next summer (2014) for completion by the end of the year.

Crofton High School is simply not on the horizon, but many parents are lobbying hard. If you have children in elementary school now, this will become a reality for your family only if you get involved.  Click through to read Build Crofton High School in Crofton, Maryland, written by my assistant, Jenn Morson.

Odenton residents are also seeing some school construction now and in the immediate future.  Updates for these and other projects can be found on the Anne Arundel County Public School website.

 

 

 

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Halloween Hauntings near Crofton – 2013

Crofton area Haunted Houses – 2013

Halloween

If you’ve outgrown trick or treating and prefer a more frightful Halloween experience, you can choose from several within a half hour of Crofton – but don’t expect to find a friendly witch like the one picture here.

NIGHTMARES - Just 5 miles south of Crofton on Rt. 3 in Bowie, you’ll find NIGHTMARES – the PG-13 haunted house by Tulip Gulch production at Prince George’s Stadium, home of the Bowie Baysox. The stadium gates open for admission at 6:30 p.m. and the tour begins at dusk on weekends through Nov. 2 and Halloween night. But leave your little ghosts and goblins at home because this is not appropriate entertainment for small children. Teens and adults, on the other hand, will no doubt find this a perfectly haunting evening. Purchase tickets for NIGHTMARES online at $15.

FRIGHTFEST - A little further south on Rt. 3 and west on Rt. 214, you’ll find FRIGHTFEST at Six Flags America this weekend in Upper Marlboro, featuring more than a dozen terrifying attractions after the sun goes down and the ghouls come out at 6 p.m.  Visit the Twisted Fairy Tales 3-D Haunted House, the Blood Factory, the Carousel Toxic Dump or the Demented Tower of Doom – to name just a few.  For a complete list of chilling ways to spend an evening, visit these Terrifying Attractions at Six Flags America. This adventure is not appropriate for small children or inexpensive. Purchase FRIGHTFEST tickets online, ranging from $47.99 to $92.99.

If Frightfest sounds a little over the top to you or you want to take small children, visit Six Flags between 12 noon and 6 p.m. this weekend for seasonally-themed shows, events and attractions.  You’ll find kid-friendly activities such as the Trick or Treat Trail, Pumpkin Patch Hay Maze, and a Halloween Kids Costume Contest, and more. Regular park admission rates apply.

HISTORIC ANNAPOLIS GHOST WALK - If you prefer “real” ghosts over manufactured ones, you might prefer an HISTORIC GHOST WALK in downtown Annapolis on Friday or Saturday night, October 25 or 26, with a guide dressed in period costume. Tour the city’s streets by candlelight and learn about the spirits who dwell in Annapolis buildings and linger in the mist.  You’ll learn about unexplained footsteps, the Gravedigger, the ghosts of Paca House, people who were hung to save room in local jails, and other stories based on historic facts. You may even see a roaming spirit, poltergeist or ghost. This 90-minute walking tour is suitable for all ages. Purchase tickets the the HISTORIC ANNAPOLIS GHOST WALK online for the October tour, $20/adults and $14/kids. (Other Annapolis ghost tours are available April-September.)

BENNET’S CURSE - If you had north to Jessup this weekend, you’ll find three terrifying haunted houses under one roof.  At the House of the Vampyes, guests will find themselves caught amidst diabolical instruments of torture, a labyrinth of dungeon cells, and the remains of a mighty but ruined medieval castle. At Zombie Kingdom in 3D, you’ll experience springy bridges, floating walls, and a host of undead zombies immersed in the amazing scenery striking when you least expect them. Last, but certainly not least, is the Sanctuary of Insanity – an asylum that houses Bennet’s Curse, more disturbing and terrifying than you can imagine.  Purchase tickets to BENNET’S CURSE online, starting at $50. This is not an appropriate activity for children.

For a more kid-friendly Halloween, don’t forget about Crofton’s Halloween Parade and Party on Saturday, October 26.

Posted originally at Activerain.com

 

 

 

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Odenton Real Estate Update – September 2013

Odenton Real Estate Update – September 2013

The Odenton real estate market remained robust in September, in spite of rising interest rates and uncertainty about the economy.  Average and median prices were up for closed sales, days on market were down, and more units sold than last year AND last month.

Odenton Real Estate - September 2013

Odenton Real Estate – September 2013

Odenton home owners should not take this as a license to be greedy, however, because other indicators suggest that darker days may be ahead, with more than three times as many new listings in September than there were new contracts.  This “balance” is a key indicator of the real estate market in the near future – a crystal ball, of sorts, that suggests the direction of supply and demand.

There are 132 homes for sale in Odenton today, including 34 new listings and 17 closed sales so far this month. This is a 2-1 ratio, not good news for home sellers.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHome Sellers:  With this imbalance in new listings and new sales, combined with the effects of the government shutdown, it’s likely that we’ll see declining home prices, more days on market, and fewer units sold in the coming weeks. Please be conservative in your pricing and choose an agent with an aggressive marketing plan, plenty of experience, and a great track record for average days on market.

Home Buyers: While it’s likely that housing inventory will grow and prices fall, given this imbalance of supply and demand in Odenton, interest rates have been on the rise for the past few months and new qualifying limitations seem to pop up weekly. For these reasons, it’s a real gamble for you to continue sitting on the sidelines and waiting for a return to the buyers’ market of 2009 and 2010.  Take advantage of this situation and start home shopping now.  You could be in your own home by Christmas, or even Thanksgiving.

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Crofton Halloween Parade and Party – October 26, 2013

Crofton Halloween Parade and Party – October 26, 2013

Crofton Halloween Parade

Crofton Halloween Parade

The Crofton Halloween Parade and Party is a decades-long tradition in this community.  Even if you don’t have kids, come out and watch.  If this doesn’t get you into the Halloween spirit, nothing will!

Where: Crofton Parkway, between Prince of Peace Church and Crofton Woods Elementary School
When: Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 11 a.m.
What: Costumed kids and parents should gather in the parking lot of Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church, beginning at 10 a.m.  (Park at adjacent Crofton Country Club.) Following the parade, a party will be held inside Crofton Woods Elementary School, featuring prizes for costumes, refreshments, and make ‘n take crafts. (Parade sponsored by Crofton Kiwanis; Party sponsored by Crofton Civic Association)

Note: This year’s parade will follow a different route than years past.  It will end at Crofton Woods Elementary, NOT Crofton Elementary, due to ongoing construction at Crofton Elementary.

Copyright 2013. All rights reserved. Margaret Woda

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Maryland Real Estate Forms Updated – 2013

Crofton Real Estate Q&A

Q.  How often are real estate forms updated in Maryland?  The offer on my home includes several forms that haven’t been updated since 2009 or earlier. Should I be concerned?

A.  Maryland real estate forms are typically updated as the laws change, usually in the fall following the legislative session ending in April when new real estate laws are passed.

Nearly forty standard real estate forms have been updated so far in Maryland during 2013, including the Maryland Property Condition Disclosure and Disclaimer from the Maryland Real Estate Commission, a division of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

sign papersMaryland Residential Property Disclosure/Disclaimer Statement

Of the four new statutory forms, changes to the Maryland Residential Property Disclosure/Disclaimer Statement may be the most noticeable at a glance.

Home owners are now asked to disclose if permits were pulled from the county or local permitting office for improvements made by the homeowner or a contractor. Additionally, home owners are asked for details about their smoke detectors.  To view the new form in its entirety, click on Real Estate Commission – Maryland Residential Property Disclosure/Disclaimer Statement.

Maryland Association of REALTORS® Forms:

There were six changes to the Residential Contract of Sale and two changes to the Unimproved Land Contract. Both of these contracts now include a provision advising buyers to inquire about any deferred water and sewer assessments.  Another change to the Residential Contract of Sale is a provision requiring any permit violations to be corrected prior to closing.

Several addenda were modified, including the Short Sale Addendum, the VA and FHA Financing Addenda, the Financial Condition of Property Addendum, the Lockbox Addendum and several others.

The brokerage agreements for buyers and sellers were updated, as well.

This is not meant to be a complete list of updates, of course, but a reminder to check the date at the bottom of the page on any so-called “standard” real estate forms. If they’re not dated 2013, ask the agent to confirm that the form is the latest update. This information is easily available to all real estate agents and brokers at the Maryland Association of REALTORS® website.

Copyright 2013. All rights reserved. Margaret Woda

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