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Thank you!

Hats off to my clients of 2017!

I am so grateful for you. I could never it do all of this business without the referrals of my clients and business partners.

Thank you.

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Tax Reform Bill and What it Means

Thanks to L.K. Benson for this issue of Tips from the Pros.

L.K. Benson Tips from the Pros tax reform

Over the past several months we have been closely following the tax reform bill and providing you with regular updates on the proposals and planning opportunities surrounding those proposals. Both the House and Senate passed the final version of the bill and received the President’s signature. The bill was signed into law and will be effective for the 2018 tax year. That leaves you with very little time to implement any tax planning strategies!

We have written a more detailed overview of the reform bill and some tax strategies you should consider before December 31 that you can find on our website here. Below is a brief summary of these planning ideas:

  1. If you have not yet fully paid your 2017 state income taxes, consider maki...
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L.K. Benson Tips from the Pros tax reform

Tax Reform Moves Closer to Reality and Capital Gain Distributions Incoming

Thanks to L.K. Benson for this issue of Tips from the Pros.

Last Friday night the Senate passed a tax reform bill that would bring sweeping changes to our income tax system for individuals and corporations. The House of Representatives had already passed a similar bill earlier in November, and now the reconciliation process has begun. While significant differences between the two bills remain (see here for a good summary), there are enough similarities that we believe the odds are high that a compromised version of the bill will be signed into law before the end of the year. Unfortunately, you won’t have much time after the bill is passed to determine exactly how it will impact your own situation and implement any tax planning strategies before year end...

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The Role of Fireplaces in Home Value

Thanks to Clean Sweep Chimney, Gutter & Slate Service for this episode of Tips from the Pros about fireplaces and home sales.

Fireplaces Play an Important Role in Winter Home Sales

Fireplaces have a direct positive effect on home sales, provided that they are in good condition. A study by the National Association of Realtors showed that fireplaces were one of the top three amenities requested by prospective homebuyers.

How Do Fireplaces Affect Home Value?

Almost half of homebuyers indicate that they are willing to pay more for a home with a working fireplace. On average, both wood-burning and gas fireplaces increase a home’s selling price by 12%. Their value is undeniable, whether they are inside of a home, condominium, townhouse or apartment...

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7335 Stratton Way

  • 7335 Stratton Way, front view

7335 Stratton Way in Eastwood

Meticulously maintained inside townhouse in the much sought after Eastwood neighborhood at 7335 Stratton Way in Baltimore County...

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House Hunting Checklist

house hunting checklist for home buyers

By using a house hunting checklist, you will be more organized in your home shopping process. Buying a new home is a complicated matter and after seeing a few, they all start to blend together. If you’re like most homebuyers, you’ll view several houses before you find the one you want to make your “home.” How can you remember the details of each? Please utilize this checklist to help you keep track of what you like and don’t like about each home you visit. Use it to help you decide which home you would like to buy.

Click here for the checklist.

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October Events

October events in the Baltimore area

Here are some October events happening in and around Baltimore. Go out and be a part of our community as a participant in these events.


Halloween Trick or Treat at the Baltimore Visitor Center

trick or treat at baltimore visitor center

Happy Halloween!

Looking for a safe place to Trick or Treat? Stop by the Baltimore Visitor Center. Candy treats for all. Dress up if the spirit moves you.
Baltimore Visitor Center
401 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Saturday, October 28-Tuesday, October 31, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.
Visit their website.

BCAG Peace Exhibition

BCAG peace exhibit

Courtesy Baltimore County Arts Guild.

Love art? Come check out this display from the Baltimore County Arts Guild. The exhibit has a theme of peace. Two and three dimensional work will be displayed.

Baltimore County Arts Guild
1101 Maiden ...

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The 15 minute organizing challenge

Thanks to Cindy Bernstein of Aim4Order for this month’s Tips from the Pros about ways to reduce clutter.

aim 4 order tips from the prosInstead of trying to organize your entire home in one afternoon, break bigger tasks into smaller ones and start organizing little by little. The clutter didn’t happen in a day and reducing it doesn’t either. Take the challenge and try to do 15 minutes of organizing every day for a week.

Here are some thing you can do in around 15 minutes:

Go through a stack of mail.

Recycle what you can, and keep current bills in a folder or drawer. Or pay the bills and file whatever you need to save for tax purposes. If you haven’t read an article in a few months, toss the magazines. If you really want to save it, cut out the article you want and recycle the rest...

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How to Maintain Great Credit

a great credit score is achievableMonthly Item of Value – How to Maintain Great Credit

Perfect credit doesn’t have to be elusive. With time, patience and a few good habits, you can gradually improve your credit score over time. Eventually, great credit will be yours.

Do you know what your credit score is? If you do, can you understand what that means to your future financing of a home?

Click here for tips to help boost your credit score as well as some information on what defines “good” credit.

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20721 York Rd.

  • 20721 York Rd. front view

20721 York Rd., Baltimore Co.

A private drive welcomes you to this lovely porch front home located at 20721 York Rd. in Baltimore County that blends the charm and character of yesteryear with the modern conveniences of today...

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