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Early Voting in Anne Arundel County MD

Vote2November 6 is election day across the United States, but you can vote early in Maryland on Saturday October 27, Sunday October 28, Monday October 29, and Thursday November 1, 2012. The hours on Sunday will be 12 noon to 6 p.m., but 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the other three days. 

There are five locations in Anne Arundel County, Maryland:

Annapolis –  Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, 121 South Villa Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401. Directions

Edgewater –  Edgewater Library, 5 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater, MD 21037. Directions

Glen Burnie – North County Library, 1010 Eastway,
Glen Burnie, MD 21060.

Odenton –  West County Library, 1325 Annapolis Road
Odenton, MD 21113.

Severna Park –  Severna Park Library, 45 McKinsey Road
Severna Park, MD 21146. 

According to the Maryland State Board of Elections, voting early is the same as voting on election day: when you get to the early voting center, you will check in to vote and vote your ballot.

You will vote on the touchscreen voting system, just as you would on November 6. With a touchscreen voting system, you touch the screen to make, change, and review selections and cast a ballot.

There will be instructions available at the early voting centers to familiarize you with the ballot. You may ask an election judge to explain how to vote, but you must cast your vote alone, unless you are unable to do so because you have a disability or are unable to read or write the English language.

Posting originally to the Maryland Real Estate Blog on Activerain.


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Busy Tuesday in Crofton This Week – October 9, 2012

There’s plenty to do in the greater Crofton area most weekends, but this is a busy week, as well, with two important events tomorrow night:

Meet the Candidates, 6:45 p.m., Village Commons Community Center at Waugh Chapel Rd. and Rt. 3.

Many of us are eager for the presidential election to come and go, but let me ask… how much do you know about the congressional and senatorial candidates  on the ballot? 

Greater Crofton Council is sponsoring a “Meet the Candidates” event at their monthly meeting. This will be a great opportunity for you to meet Congresswoman Donna Edwards (4th District), congressional candidates Faith Loudon, Eric Knowles and Tony O’Donnell, and Senate candidate Dan Bongino.

I attended a similar even two years ago, and it was a real eye-opener for me.

School Re-Districting, 7 p.m., Crofton Meadows Elementary, 2020 Tilghman Drive.

What are the options for alleviating overcrowding at Nantucket, Crofton, Crofton Meadows, and Crofton Woods elementary schools and their associated secondary feeder schools?  This is your opportunity to participate in dialogue with the committee of parents, community residents and school officials who will make a recommendation to Superintendent Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell later this fall. 

Dr. Maxwell will forward his recommendations to the Board of Education no later than the first meeting in December. The Board will conduct public hearings on the plans before reaching a decision no later than April 30, 2013.

Additional meetings will be held at neighboring schools, as follows:

  • October 16, 2012, at Crofton Elementary, 1405 Duke of Kent, Crofton
  • October 23, 2012, at Crofton Woods Elementary, 1750 Urby Drive, Crofton
  • October 30, 2012, at Crofton Meadows Elementary, 2020 Tilghman Drive, Crofton
  • Coming later this week:

    Crofton Real Estate Update –  September 2012


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    Fire Department 5k/10k Run in Crofton on Saturday

    Front Gate - Best2Ingress and egress for some driveways and side streets along Crofton Parkway may be restricted on Saturday morning, as our community hosts a 5k/10k run to benefit Arundel Volunteer Fire Department. 

    Similar events are held in Crofton throughout the year, and residents are usually good-natured about the minor inconvenience.  New residents are often caught off guard, however, and find themselves unable to leave home for work or other commitments.

    The run begins at 8 a.m. at Crofton Country Club, with registration beginning at 6:30 a.m.  Runners may park in designated areas at the club and at nearby Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church.

    Registration for the run ended on September 26, so there will be no walk-up participation. Details for runners are available on the Arundel Volunteer Fire Department website.

    Be sure to visit their website for other upcoming events and helpful fire-safety tips.

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    New Requirements for Some Home Sales

    Energy Consumption Disclosure

    Home sellers in nearby Bowie and throughout Prince George’s County, Maryland, must now disclose to prospective buyers the prior 12–month energy consumption history of electricity, gas and heating oil.

    Sale Sign2Disclosure will be required on the sale of most residential properties upon request from a buyer.  There are some exceptions, such as the initial sale of new construction (there is no history of energy consumption) or a transfer that is exempt under certain other regulations (a bank sale or estate sale, for example). 

    Most real estate agents already ask sellers to have this information available for buyers, but it will no longer be optional in Prince George’s County.  The local Association of REALTORS has not yet released a standard form to address this requirement, but it should be available shortly.

    Carbon Monoxide Detectors

    Another bill that goes into effect this month in Prince George’s County is the required installation of battery powered, UL listed carbon monoxide detectors with gas heating systems, fuel burning appliances and/or an attached garage.  

    Again, the local Association of REALTORS doesn’t yet have a standard form for this requirement, but I have no doubt one will become available before the end of the month.

    Prince Georges’ County Home Buyers

    Home buyers should ask for the 12–month history of utility consumption and look for a carbon monoxide detector on each level of the property, because it’s likely that some sellers and real estate agents are not aware of the new requirements. 

    Don’t be surprised if these catch on in neighboring counties or become statewide issues.


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    Multiple offers are back

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    My buyer clients have been shocked recently to find that several desirable homes sold out from under them before they were ready to make a buying decision.

    This, even more than the real estate statistics I report to you monthly, indicate that we’re experiencing a turnaround – in the Crofton area real estate market.

    105 homes went under contract during August in the combined area of Crofton, Davidsonville, Gambrills and Odenton – 44% of them (47) sold in the same month they were listed. Now that’s impressive! 19 of these were in Crofton, 2 in Davidsonville, 5 in Gambrills, and the remaining 21 in Odenton.

    If you’ve been waiting to put your home on the market, you might want to re-consider and list it now. It’s always hard to predict how an election will impact the economy, so we can’t know that your chances of selling faster or for more money will be better in Spring.

    SELLERS: Four reports you need for pricing your Crofton home

    BUYERS:  Homes for sale in Crofton


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