First snowstorm of the year comes up short of hype

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Snowman building after snowstorm StellaPauil Folder and Alex Fulda from Florida make a snowman in the first snowfall they’ve ever seen - following snowstorm Stella this week. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

ROCKVILLE – It took until the last week of winter, but the area finally got some measurable snow.

A nor’easter hit the County, along with much of the Northeast Monday and Tuesday giving the Washington metropolitan area its largest snowfall of the winter. The Up-County received the brunt of the storm, with Damascus getting 4.5 inches, Derwood receiving 3.5 inches while Takoma Park got 2 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

On Monday night, Gov. Larry Hogan signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency, and Montgomery County Public Schools and Montgomery County government closed on Tuesday.

After local and state governments took precautions for a large snowstorm, once most of the storm had passed, County residents did not seem too concerned about it.

“People are freaking out for nothing. This is not that bad – we’ve seen worse,” said Rockville resident Rameez Khatri of how County residents often make a big deal out of few inches of snow.


The winter of discontent and real estate sales


Winter is not usually a time of year when you would think of selling your home. After all, everyone gets into holiday and hibernation mode. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, home sale inventory is usually trimmed by an average of 50 percent and contract activity is significantly reduced.

But this winter will be different. Rising interest rates and pent up demand could make the housing market very active this winter.


It's always about the price baby - yeah!

The warm weather that occurred early in the season probably gave many of us a false sense of security, such that we may have put off the pre-winter inspection. The good news is that it’s not too late; and you should check out your home’s roof, gutters, and the surrounding grounds after the blizzard – even if you’ve already conducted a pre-winter inspection.


Winter market offers local products in the cold

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winter marketSANDY SPRING – Farmers markets remind most people of summer, but one local venue is providing county residents with an opportunity to sample offerings from local producers during the cold months. 2015 marks the third year of the Sandy Spring Museum’s Winter Olney Farmers and Artists Market, which allows area farmers, bakers and artists to sell their wares in the museum for several hours on Sunday afternoons. The market began in mid-January and will run through the end of March.


Selling your home in the cold winter

house real estateSome might say that selling a home during the winter is advantageous because of limited seller competition.  Although it may be true that there is less competition, there is typically less home buyer traffic during winter months as well.  Additionally, many home buyers who look during the winter months expect home sellers to be more flexible about pricing, and may subsequently make a lowball offer.  However, if you’re planning a winter sale, preparation and marketing can increase your success. 


Get ready for the snow! County details plans to handle expected hard winter chill

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Snowplow2After a harsh winter last year, county officials hope for milder conditions but are still preparing for the worst.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports this winter will not follow the extreme conditions of last year, but predicts the East Coast will see more precipitation than usual. In preparation for the cold and snow, the county and municipal response services are standing at the ready.

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