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A letter to Planning...

mccivicfedThe following are portions of a letter sent to the Planning Board on July 14 by Ulysses Glee, a self-described small minority developer in Montgomery County.  Dr. Glee details the problems his staff had using the new ePlans software program now required for electronic submission to the Planning Department of all developer project plans and, in his case, requested changes to an already approved plan.  The letter shows dissatisfaction with government processes is not limited to county residents.  Fortunately for him, on July 24 the Board approved Dr. Glee's request.

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Millenials and home ownership

gavel2Many analysts are trying to provide answers for this year’s disappointing home sales volume.  One factor that has been maintained is the lack of participation from young home buyers, which may be supported by statistics compiled by the National Association of Realtors®.  Highlights from the National Association of Realtors® 2013 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers cites the median age of home buyers was 42 years old (increased from the median age of 39 reported in 2008, when three-fifths of all home buyers were under 45); and the median age of the first time home buyer was 31 (increased from the median age of 30 in 2008, when 54% of first time home buyers were reported to be between the ages of 25 and 34).

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Real estate is still very personal

gavel2It might not be a revelation that the initial news about Zillow’s acquisition of Trulia reverberated among the analysts as a game changer for the real estate industry.  But you might be surprised that some commentaries expressed that the transaction of buying and selling homes has not really changed since the inception of these internet giants.

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Alice in Pepperland via Oz

PencilPaperIn 1968, some 753 years after the signing of the Magna Carta, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band freed the good people of Pepperland from the likes of the bad people – Blue Meanies.

Today, some 46 anno Sgt. Pepper, bad people – the Blue Meanies along with the Snapping  Turtle Turks, Butterfly Stompers and Apple Bonkers are once again tormenting Pepperland.

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Stumped by wood stumps

mccivicfedA lot of what we are taught about gardening, or what we have learned by watching others, actually results in needless work.  Sometimes this extra work is actually counter productive.  A case in point is the effort and expense that many homeowners will undergo in order to remove the stump after having a tree cut down.  Professional stump removal can cost between $80-$400. 

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Beauty remains in the eye of the beholder

house real estateThe maxim “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” seems to be applied universally.  But the meaning that different people are attracted to different characteristics may be also applied when viewing homes online.  Recent research confirms how visual cues can either increase or put off a home buyer’s interest in your home.

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