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316 Drew St. in Baltimore

  • 316 Drew St., sidewalk view

316 Drew St., Baltimore City

Hopkins Bayview is within walking distance and this home is minutes from downtown Baltimore. The convenient location is just one feature of this well maintained rowhome at 316 Drew St. (Baltimore City).

The home offers a fantastic option for a first time home buyer or savvy investor. Another option is that you might be looking to put your finishing touches on this home with great bones.

You will find t...

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Lawn and Garden Tips and Tricks for August

Thanks to Maryland Grows for letting me reprint these garden tips.

For Ornamental Plants:

  • Late August through September is usually a good time to transplant, divide and plant perennials such as daylily, liriope (photo left), and echinacea. (HG 99) Be sure to keep them well watered during dry periods.
  • Annuals and perennials, like yarrow and salvia, may have grown spindly and are not flowering well. Cut them back to encourage re-bloom. Deadhead the spent blooms of annuals like zinnias and marigolds. This will encourage them to continue blooming more vigorously.
  • Plant hardy mums for fall color this month so they will become well established prior to the winter.
Enter Dormant lawn. Photo: University of Illinois Extensiona caption

Garden Tips For Lawns:

  • In dry periods grasses go d...
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4102 Chardel Rd. #3-G

  • 4102 Chardel Rd., view from parking lot

4102 Chardel Rd. #3-G, in Nottingham, Baltimore County

Tucked back nicely from the hustle and bustle of Belair Road, this condo at 4102 Chardel Rd. in Nottingham offers a convenient locale. In addition, it’s in a quiet neighborhood too!



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Markets Stay Strong in 2019

L.K. Benson in Tips from the Pros talks about markets

The second quarter of 2019 ended about the same way it started, with positive returns across financial markets. In our 2nd quarter market commentary we’ll recap what happened, what we learned and where we go from here.

Best Planning Ideas for 2019

Each year at the annual AICPA Personal Financial Planning conference, Lyle moderates a panel discussion with leaders from the CPA financial planning profession. These leaders discuss the best planning ideas they are implementing with clients right now, and there always a number of great takeaways.

We’ve touched on many of these topics in our writing over the past couple years, but here’s a reminder of the top planning ideas to consider now.

The Kiddie Tax

The tax on the unearned income of children has long been a pai...

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35 Nakota Ct., Middle River

  • 35 Nakota Ct., sidewalk view

35 Nakota Ct. in Middle River

From the moment you step foot into this delightful Middle River townhome located at 35 Nakota Ct., you’ll be asking “where do I sign?”

No detail was missed in the renovation of this stunning NEW kitchen...

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Why is your chimney leaking?

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about reasons your chimney might be leaking.

Image: Clean Sweep

The recent thunderstorms and downpours have led many area residents to wonder if their chimneys have a leak problem. While the rain is awesome for cooling us off and keeping the lawn watered, the last thing that you want to encounter is a leaky chimney.

The Symptoms of a Leaky Chimney

Some people assume that every chimney with a leak problem will have a puddle of water sitting in the flue or fireplace. However, since most chimney systems are complex, leaks are often not found until they have already caused serious damage. Some of the signs of a leaking chimney include:

  • Water or condensation present in the firebox
  • Moisture, leaks or water damage on t...
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August Events

Find activities and August events that are happening in and around the Baltimore area. In addition, get the details on what’s happening and where.

Baltimore Improv Festival

Image: Baltimore Improv Festival

Be a part of the Baltimore Improv Festival presented by the Baltimore Improv Group. It will be held at The BIG Theater, 1727 North Charles Street Baltimore, MD 21201. Check it out through August 4 at 7:00pm.

Fort McHenry Crab Feast

Image: Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine

The 6th Annual Crab Feast will be on the grounds of Fort McHenry. The event includes BBQ, drinks and music by the Eastport Oyster Boys. Saturday, August 3 at 4:00pm-8:00pm at Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine.

Best of Baltimore Party 2019 

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Lawn and Garden Tips and Tricks for July

Thanks to Maryland Grows for letting me reprint this gardening advice.

Every month, we will highlight a few timely, key tips for Maryland homeowners’ lawns and gardens.

Fruit Growers:

Lawn and garden tips
Image: Maryland Grows
  • Fruit plants have shallow root systems which are easily damaged by cultivation. Do not cultivate or dig into the soil around small fruits or tree fruits. Hand-pull the weeds and then apply organic mulches to control weeds.
  • Practice good sanitation by removing and discarding all fallen leaves and fruits.

Vegetable plants:

  • Squash vine borer larvae are feeding inside squash and pumpkin stems. Monitor plants for signs of wilting and entrance holes on lower stems. You may see sawdust-like frass around the hole. Stems may contain more than one larva...
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Bring Your Dreams to Life With a Vision Board

Bring Your Dreams to Life With a Vision Board

Bring your dreams to life with a vision board. A vision board is a great way to transform your dreams into reality. When you constantly see your aspirations in front of you, it’s a reminder of what you will achieve with all your hard work. 

A vision board can show the goals you have for your work, personal life or health. 

Even if arts and crafts aren’t your jam, there are some steps you can take to visualize your dreams without breaking out the scissors and glue. Choose a medium, then follow these tips to craft your vision board and bring your dreams to life! 

Create your vision board from magazines, photos or hand written text. You can create a digital vision board if that works better for you.

Put the vision board somewhere you spend a lot of time...

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How to Make Your Gutters Last as Long as Possible

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about your gutters.

Make your gutters last as long as you possibly can by taking care of them.
Image: Clean Sweep

Whenever you make an investment inside or outside of your home, you want to ensure that it lasts as long as possible. This is especially true when installing devices that help to protect the structural integrity and safety of the rest of your home, like gutters.

Your roof gutters help to protect your home from water damage caused by rain. They reduce the likelihood of mold growth on the side of your home. How can you ensure that your gutters last as long as possible?

Have Your Gutters Professionally Cleaned

Your gutters should be debris-free throughout the year. Clogged gutters are one of the most common causes of basement flooding in the country...

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