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213 Rickswood Road

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213 Rickswood Road

Lovely colonial in ideal locale at 213 Rickswood Road in Lutherville, Baltimore County offers an updated look in a traditional package...

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How to Protect Your Information Online

Do you think about security when you put your credit card information into a website? Many unknown threats to your personal and financial information are out there, but we have ways to help you keep your information as safe as possible. Protect your information online to avoid fraudulent charges on your credit card.

Technology is constantly changing and evolving. We must all learn how to cope with this evolution in order to keep our information safe.

Using strong passwords, a firewall and not clicking on unknown websites are some of the ways to protect yourself. Don’t access your banking, credit card or other personal information on mobile devices when you are using public wifi, like at Starbucks or Panera.

Always update your phone, tablet and computer to the latest operating systems...

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3920 Wilke Ave.

3920 Wilke Ave., Baltimore

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This home at 3920 Wilke Ave. is an ideal pick for a budget minded first time homeowner or savvy investor looking to add to their rental portfolio. Solid built end of group rowhome on charming street offers lovely hardwoods, fresh neutral paint, two spacious bedrooms with updated bath...

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January Events

January Calendar of Events

Lots of activities are happening in January in and around Baltimore this month. There are many events taking place this month including Baltimore restaurant week and Shen Yun.

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Baltimore restaurant week is great fun!


Now through Jan. 21:
Baltimore Restaurant Week Get amazing discounts to encourage you to try new places.

target $2 family fun night

Image: Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Jan. 19: Target $2 Family Fun Night at Port Discovery Children’s Museum Take the kids for this family friendly event.

women's march

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Jan. 20: Baltimore Women’s March Looking to stretch your legs and support women in Baltimore? Give this event a try.

coffee cupping and beer tasting in january events

Image: Baltimore Brews

Jan. 20: Coffee Cupping and Beer Tasting Love coffee and/or beer? This event is for you.

shen yun at the hippodrome

Image: Shen Yun

Jan. 26-28:

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Fireplace Safety for the Winter

This issue of Tips from the Pros is brought to you by Clean Sweep Chimney, Gutter & Slate Service.

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Staying warm during the winter could mean piling on blankets, slipping on socks or huddling on the couch in front of a space heater, but for many people, it means lighting up the fireplace. Before you get cozy, refresh your fireplace safety knowledge with these simple tips.

Is Your Chimney Clean?

Before you worry about what type of logs to burn, you need to ensure that you have a clean chimney. Your chimney should be professionally swept at least once a year. Creosote, soot and debris will all be removed from the inside and the structure will be inspected for safety. If there are any problems with your chimney, it’s much better to find them out before something dangerous occurs.

How Low Sh...

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Do I need to organize?

Thanks to Cindy Bernstein of Aim4Order for this episode of Tips from the Pros about how to organize your home.

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When you organize, you will find you have more time for yourself.

“I can find everything I need, it might just take me a while.”

“I know where all of the important stuff is in my home.”

Are these statements you’ve made? Do you spend time every day looking for things? It’s time to get organized!

Having clutter can be like carrying weights around with you all day. It slows you down and takes away time that could be spent with more productive or fun tasks. You may have trouble reaching your personal and business goals.

Once you have eliminated clutter and organized what is left, you’ll find that your mind seems more clear and you actually feel better...

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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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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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