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The Truth About Auditing

We all have that fear of hearing we’re getting audited by the IRS. However, less than one percent of Americans get audited. State agencies also have the right to look at your returns.

People most likely to be audited are those with no income and those making more than $1 million. If you still use the old paper methods instead of using an online service or having a professional prepare your taxes, you up your chances of an audit.

Click here to read the full infographic report in my monthly Item of Value.

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Keep your home organized

Thanks to Cindy Bernstein of Aim4Order for this episode of Tips from the Pros about clutter and your mindset.

When I think about organizing my home, I like to take a step back and look at it from an outsider’s point of view. Think about a real estate agent coming over to tell you how you need to reduce the clutter in order to show your home. You be the real estate agent and look around your own home.

Make a list of things that you see that need work. Write it down so you have that list and don’t forget anything.

Do shelves seem like they have too much on them? 

Too many photos, nicknacks, books or other items can make your home look cluttered just because there is so much there. Think about what you can part with and what gives you joy...

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The Basics of Slate Roofing

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about slate roofs.

As a realtor, you probably see almost every type and quality of roofing imaginable, from roofs that seem to have more bare spots than shingles to traditional composite shingles. However, many realtors lack experience with slate roofing. This high-quality roofing material can last for up to 150 years if it’s properly installed, and it adds major value to homes.

Slate Roofing

Slate roofing can match almost any exterior aesthetic thanks to the wide range of textures and colors that the material comes in. It’s also completely recyclable once it has worn out. Slate roofing requires expert maintenance and specialized installation to give homeowners the best experience possible.

When Selling a Hom...

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January Mortgages

Thanks to Mark Hines of Fidelity Bank for this episode of Tips from the Pros about mortgage rates.

Don’t forget Fidelity Bank Mortgage now has the lock and shop to insure the rate does not go up while searching for the home of their dreams. See attached.

Long term trend provided by Market Alert, Inc.

Some may be wondering where all the furloughed government workers claims for jobless benefits are?  As is normally the case with federal workers — they have a different system than the average Joe on the street.  There are more than 10,500 government employees who have sought benefits through the week ended January 5th, the latest period for which numbers are available.  

The federal jobless benefits are higher than those paid to ordinary citizens – but unlike regular citizen...

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Contact me for all your real estate needs

Contact Me for All of Your Real Estate Needs

I am happy to answer any of your questions about our local real estate market, buying, selling or looking for a referral for a service in Baltimore and surrounding counties.

I can help in any of these areas:

  • The value of your home
  • The state of the market
  • A home renovation 
  • Selling a home
  • Looking for a new home or investment property
  • Moving out of the area or purchasing a vacation home
  • Financing or refinancing information

Read the full report in my monthly Item of Value by clicking here.

Contact me if there is anything I can do to help you buy or sell your home.

Oh, by the way, I’m never too busy for any of your referrals.

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Organizing your goals

Image: Balloon Coach

Thanks to Cindy Bernstein of Aim4Order for this episode of Tips from the Pros about organizing your goals.

As the year is coming to an end, thoughts turn to 2019 and what you can accomplish in the new year. Setting goals can be a challenge, but there are some ways to make it easier.

The first step is deciding what goals you want to achieve in the coming year before you figure out how to achieve them.

People who write down their goals are much more likely to make them happen. There are several ways to do that.

Make a list of the goals you want to achieve in the year, month-by-month or even week by week. You can break down the big goals into components that you need to accomplish in order to reach that goal...

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How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality this Winter

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about air quality.

Homes are designed to be energy-efficient over the cold winter months and block out heat in the summer. When frigid winds start outside, homeowners seal cracks in insulation and block out any drafts. However, those measures to keep heat in also seal in allergens and pollutants inside of the home. Indoor air quality can dramatically decline over the course of a single winter month.

What Pollutants and Allergens Impact Indoor Air Quality?

  • Mold and mildew
  • Pet dander and hair
  • Dust mites
  • Pollen
  • Germs, viruses and airborne bacteria
  • Tobacco smoke
  • VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that can be found in the bonding agents used for carpet, upholstery and paneling
  • Asbestos
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Lead
  • Household ...
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The Five Elements

In this issue of Tips from the Pros, here is a blog from Chuck Graham an acupuncturist.

The study of the 5 elements is the study of relationships in nature. It is, along with yin and yang, the basic philosophy of traditional Chinese medicine. The ancient Chinese observed these relationships in nature, and applied them to their understanding of the human body.

The five elements, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood, are not simply the foundation of this beautiful system of medicine: they are the foundation and spirit of all nature around us. The five elements are alive both around us and in us: they are a way to describe the movement of all life and all energy. They embody all the qualities that we encounter in Nature...

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Thin out your files

get rid of clutter with files, tips from the pros

Thanks to Cindy Bernstein of Aim4Order for this episode of Tips from the Pros about clutter and your mindset.

Even though a lot of our paper has been eliminated by the computer, there are still a lot of pieces of paper we have to deal with. Every now and then we need to take time to go through them to avoid towers of paper.

Invitations

Invitations, flyers, save the date cards from events that have already happened or are no longer needed are taking up valuable space. Time to recycle these things if they are no longer useful.

Art projects

You don’t need to keep kids’ artwork from last year (and earlier). Keep only the most spectacular items of your kids’ artwork and take photos of the rest. Hang onto them for a year or less so everyone has a chance to see them and then let them go...

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December Calendar of Events

December Calendar of Events

Lots of activities and holiday events are happening in December around Baltimore. Get the scoop on what’s happening and where.


tipsy bee spelling bee

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The Tipsy Bee (Adult Spelling Bee) Tuesday, December 4, 8:00-9:30 pm at Old Major, 900 South Carey Street, Baltimore.


Lighting the monument

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47th annual Downtown Partnership Monument Lighting, Thursday, December 6, 5:00-8:00 pm at the Washington Monument, 699 N. Charles Street, Baltimore.


family and pet portraits

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Holiday Pet & Family Portraits Waverly Ace Hardware, December 8, 601 Homestead Street, Baltimore, 10 am.


December fire museum

Image: Maryland Fire Museum

Fire Museum of Maryland Holiday Train Garden, Open December 2, 9, 16, 27-30 ate the Fire Museum of Maryland, 1301 York Rd., Lutherville, MD 21093.


december in Hampden

Image: Miracle on 34th Stree...

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