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Category Gigi’s Blog

Steve Preis, Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc.

Steve Preis, Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc.

This series of posts will introduce you to my team of preferred partners who assist me in all aspects of my business. In this installment, meet Tom Benisch, Jr. of State Farm. When I say I am your trusted real estate adviser and that I’m available to provide resources/referrals to other industry professionals and services before, during, and after a sale, I mean it.

Meet Steve Preis of Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. He has extensive knowledge combined with an intense attention to customer service. Steve believes in face-to-face meetings, close client interaction and a 24/7 team approach to service.

What is your mission statement or philosophy of business?

To develop sincere relationships, while delivering the best possible service and overall experience.

Tell us so...

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2020 Real Estate Market Fast Facts

The new year is here and it’s time to take a look at the real estate market stats of last year. In addition, we want to learn what to expect from the market in the new year.

How long homes stay on the market and the mortgage rates matter. Get those and other stats you’ll need if you are buying or sell a home this year.

Are you a first time buyer? Did you know that a third of buyers are first timers?

How long do you expect to search? What is your view on the American Dream? Most people include owning a home in their dream. Furthermore, home ownership is a good financial decision.

In my Monthly Item of Value, get 2020 Real Estate Market stats to start you home buying or selling journey.

The 2020 real estate market fast facts

As always, I am here if you need assistance in buying or selling a home. Contact me t...

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Do Gutters Change the Value of a Home?

Do new gutters change the value of a home? Find out in this article.

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about how gutters change the value of your home — or do they?

The average homeowner or home seller might not think too much about their gutters, but the gutters are a critical piece of every property. Without the right gutters, a home can have issues with basement. Problems with flooding, foundation cracks and other serious problems also can happen. Do the gutters that are on the home you are listing add to the value of the home or decrease it?

The Importance of Good Gutters

Every year, homeowners insurance companies pay out a whopping $2.5 billion in water damage-related losses. In addition, 37% of homeowners have claimed losses due to water issues...

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January 2020 events

My monthly calendar will help you find some January 2020 events in and near Baltimore. It’s a great month for dining out. See details below. In addition, get the details on the events by following the links in the listing.


Winter Lights

January 2020 events, Winter Lights– Bach in Baltimore.
Image: Bach in Baltimore

Come and enjoy Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Part V & Cantata 153 on Sunday, January 5 at 4 p.m. at the Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles Street in Baltimore.


Baby & Toddler Storytime

January 2020 events, baby & toddler story time at Enoch Pratt Northwood.
Image: Enoch Pratt Free Libary

Come to the Northwood Branch of the Enoch Pratt Library located at 4420 Loch Raven Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21218 for a special story time just for the little ones on January 9 at 10:30 a.m. Check the website for additional story times and other programs.


Baltimore City Restaurant Wee...

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My 2019 home sales

Congratulations to all of my clients who purchased or sold a home this year! Here is a list of my 2019 home sales.

  • 316 Drew St.
  • 9450 Wordsworth Way #306
  • 28 Stillwood Circle
  • 2603 Gibbons Ave.
  • 3501 Northway Dr.
  • 35 Nakota Ct.
  • 719 50th St.
  • 302 Breslin Rd., Joppa
  • 8673 Castlemill Cir.
  • 5804 Clearspring Rd.
  • 2012 Gough St.
  • 11425 Glen Arm Rd, Glen Arm
  • 6526 Corkley Ave.
  • 7237 Talisman Lane, Columbia
  • 8622 Jessica Lane, Perry Hall
  • 2212 Lowells Glen Rd. #G
  • 239 Lodge Cliff Ct., Abingdon
  • 14 Bandon Ct. #204
  • 6536 Fish Hatchery Rd., Thurmont
  • 1718 E 29th St.
  • 3343 Lyndale Ave.
  • 4460 Laplata Ave.
  • 5 Bowline Ct.
  • 205 Delight Rd.
  • 9319 Shadycreek Way
  • 715 S Potomac St.
  • 4221 Necker Ave.
  • 87 Cedar Chip Ct.
  • 1007 Milchling Dr.
  • 6123 Marglenn Ave.
  • 8 Raspberry Hill Court, Bel Air
  • 3...
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Ten tips for a healthy, stress-free holiday

stress-free holiday

In this issue’s of my Monthly Item of Value, get Ten Tips for a Healthy, Stress-Free Holiday that will make your holidays easier for everyone.

Whether you travel or stay at home for the holiday season, your stress level will rise. Learn how to make some simple changes in your life to ease the tension.

Your budget might be the biggest source of stress this time of year. Try to shop within your means to avoid troubles next year.

Get the full list of tips for a healthy, stress-free holiday in an infographic by visiting this link.

As always, I am here if you need assistance in buying or selling a home. Contact me today!
Oh, by the way, I’m never too busy for any of your referrals!

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Grocery store game plan

Do you have a grocery store game plan?

Thanks to Cindy Bernstein of Aim4Order for this episode of Tips from the Pros with a blog about your grocery store game plan.

Going to the grocery store can be anything from a dreaded chore to an out of control shopping spree. Knowing how to make the most of your trip can save you time and money.

Plan meals ahead

Lots of things can help you plan a week’s worth of meals ahead of time. Check the grocery store flyer that I’m sure you get in the mail every week. See what is on sale. Chicken breasts? Plan a meal or two around them. See what coupons you have if you save them.

Check the pantry 

Before you head out see what you have in stock in the pantry and refrigerator.  While you are looking in the fridge, toss uneaten leftovers that have been around for five days ...

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Baltimore December events

The monthly calendar will help you find activities and Baltimore December events. In addition, get the details on the events by following the links in the listing.


B&O Railroad Museum Holiday Fun

B&O Railroad Museum in December
Image: B&O Railroad Museum

The B&O Railroad Museum’s month-long holiday spectacular is back, and this year they’re diving into the history of the railroad to deliver festive tidings of joy and giving! Visit their website for events through the entire month.


Gluten Free Gingerbread House Party + Cookie Exchange

Baltimore December events include a gluten free gingerbread hours party and cookie exchange,.
Image: Baltimore Gluten Free

Visit the Cedarcroft Center, 6112 York Rd. 21212 on December 8, 2019 from 1:30- 3:00 pm and learn how to make a gluten free gingerbread house...

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4 Common Fall Chimney Problems

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about fall chimney problems.

Fall chimney problems can be a danger to your home.

Chilly nights and brisk mornings are here. That means many homeowners are suddenly noticing problems with their chimneys. Many chimneys can last for decades with regular preventative maintenance and repairs. And some homeowners forget about the importance of preventative maintenance until it is too late! What are the most common fall chimney problems?

The Most Common Fall Chimney Problems

  1. Obstruction: Blockage in your chimney can be the result of a broad range of things, including animals or creosote. Whenever blockage occurs, it can prevent smoke and dangerous gases from leaving through the chimney like they should...
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25 Stablemere Ct.

Lovely three-level, garage front townhome at 25 Stablemere Ct. offers an affordable option. The home is located in the much sought after neighborhood of Summit Chase in Baltimore County.

The lower level entry is complete with a finished rec room space, half bath, and wood-burning fireplace. This room is the perfect perch for a Ravens watch party!

The second level offers a bright and cheery eat-in kitchen, breakfast bar and table space. In addition, there are brand new stainless steel appliances.

The kitchen opens to a sizable dining and living room combination. The comfortable area is divided by a two-sided, wood-burning fireplace.

The upper level houses a huge master bedroom with a walk-in closet...

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