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552 W. Woodlynn Road

This delightful cape cod is locate...

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Potatoes Grow in Bags at Project Spudnik

Thanks to the University of Maryland / Maryland Grows for this article about growing potatoes.

Spudnik Project features a fabric pot garden growing potatoes.
The Spudnik Project features a colorful fabric pot garden with a blueberry bed in the foreground.

Container gardening is wildly popular these days. Type “grow potatoes in containers” and your search engine will return over 7 million web pages. Six years ago, Sherrill Munn, a UME Master Gardener in Calvert Co., developed a fun and challenging youth gardening program he named Project Spudnik. It was designed to encourage a love of gardening, teach environmental stewardship, and raise fresh produce for people in need...

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3349 Acton Road

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The real deal with discount and online brokerages

They are popping up all over the internet. However, these discount and online brokerages can’t do the things that a real, in-person realtor can do for you.

Get some advice in my Monthly Item of Value below:

The real deal with discount and online brokerages
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Strive for comfort, not perfection

Strive for comfort, not perfection

Thanks to Cindy Bernstein of Aim4Order for this episode of Tips from the Pros with a blog about striving for comfort.

Strive for comfort

Being organized is not the same as being perfect. The goal is not perfection. You want to get your home to a place where clutter is no longer a problem. This will allow you to find what you need and feel more comfortable in your home.

Little things can be time savers like always leaving your keys in the same spot when you come in the house. A key rack, that is used every time you come in the door, can be huge. It takes a couple weeks to get in the habit, but one you get used to putting your keys in that spot you will never lose them again. No more searching...

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Dundalk Renaissance

Thanks to Dundalk Renaissance for sharing this info with me. Find out if you are eligible for a home buyer grant that can be used for homes in Dundalk.

Our Next Home Buyer Event is March 19 at 6:30 PM

Image: Dundalk Renaissance

Our next home buyer event will be March 19 in the Forge.  Our Be a Buyer class starts at 6:30pm.  Registration is open online. The class will be taught by Advance Realty Direct and My Mortgage.  

Our $5,000 home buyer grants can be used ANYWHERE in Dundalk! In order to access the grant money, home buyers must: 

  1. Be income qualified and provide proof of income.  Incomes must be between 80%-120% of the are median income. Not sure if you qualify? Check out our chart
  2. Attend 1 home buyer event (like this March’s upcoming Be a Buyer class).
  3. Attend 1 marketi...
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March 2020 Events

My monthly calendar will help you find some March 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.

Fire Museum of MD – Family Safety Day

On Family Safety Day, March 7 from 10 am – 4 p,m visit the Fire Museum of Maryland. Families can engage with local, state, and national exhibitors on ways to make their families and homes safer and healthier. There will be interactive fire extinguisher demonstrations, a scavenger hunt, and prizes. As a result, you will have fun and learn some tips along the way.

WOW Festival of Baltimore

WOW [Women of the World] Festival of Baltimore
Image: Wow Festival of Baltimore

WOW [Women of the World] Festival of Baltimore celebrates the power of women and girls in ...

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Let spiders help in your vegetable garden

Thanks to the University of Maryland / Maryland Grows this article on how to let spiders help in your vegetable garden.

A few years ago during the early spring, my brother, mother, and I noticed several quarter-sized, brownish-colored egg cases in our high tunnel. Our research taught us they were gifts from black and yellow garden spiders, Argiope aurantia. These spiders are also called yellow garden orb-weavers, writing spiders, or zipper spiders. This made sense, as the tomato vines are trellised to 8 feet high. They provide the perfect environment for these magnificent arachnids. Furthermore, these spiders spin large circular webs, high off the ground, which contain a highly visible, zig-zag pattern in the center that is called a stabilimentum.  

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15 Willow Path Court

  • 15 Willow Path Court, front view of building

This well maintained second-floor unit offers two spacious bedrooms and two full baths. This condo at 15 Willow Path Court in Nottingham is an ideal choice for a downsizer, first-timer, or simply the buyer who wants the benefits of homeown...

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What to do with your tax refund

Getting a refund?

Tax time is upon us! As you gather all your documents and prepare to file by the April deadline, there’s a chance you might receive a little bonus in the form of a refund.

Rather than pocketing the extra dough, why not put that money to work? Check out these financially healthy ways you can use that refund in 2020!

You can:

  • Stock your rainy day fund
  • Invest
  • Chip away at debt
  • Work on the mortgage
  • Contribute to retirement
  • Support a cause
  • Renovate your home
  • Focus on Personal Development

And if you think you may owe, don’t panic — I’ve got a few tips on what to do if that’s the case. If you need a tax professional to help you out, contact me for a great referral. 

Click on this link for the full document.

What are you going to do with your tax refund?
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