Trulia Community - Advice from neighbors and local experts

Find Your Community
We couldn't find that location. Please try again.
Get Expert Advice

Ellicott City : Real Estate Advice

  • All126
  • Local Info14
  • Home Buying46
  • Home Selling2
  • Market Conditions6

Activity 59
Sat Jun 27, 2009
Marney Kirk answered:
Raj, have you looked at the homes yet? If not, I highly recommend visiting with a a real estate agent so that person can guide you through the entire buying process.
Especially as a first time homebuyer, having someone represent your interests and needs is extremely important.
If you would like a recommendation for a buyer's agent who has sold those NV Homes in Ellicott City before, please let me know because I know someone who has done so, and has represented many buyers buying new homes.
Good luck to you!
Sincerely,
Marney Kirk
... more
0 votes 5 answers Share Flag
Thu Jun 25, 2009
Nellie Arrington answered:
To build a house? Yes, unless the property is or can be served by the public sewer system. I've worked with quite a few large tracts of land going into development as well as residential lots, and it's totally possible that the area available for an installed septic system, with the appropriate soils, etc., is limited to one relatively small section. It just depends on the specific piece of land. There are some very good civil engineers who specialize in land development -- please contact me at Nellie@MarylandHouse.com for a list. ... more
0 votes 2 answers Share Flag
Wed Jun 10, 2009
Shelly Terry answered:
Hi Prasad,
My son Marc Terry can answer your question. He's a Howard County real estate agent. Give him a call or send him a text. His number is 410-984-7014. His e-mail is marcterry@wesellmore.com ... more
0 votes 3 answers Share Flag
Wed Jun 10, 2009
Brian Pakulla answered:
Prasad,

I would highly recommend contacting a lender to get such technical questions answered. Here are some great ones:

C&F Mortgage (Jeff Modeski) – 443.474.0303
PHH Mortgage (Mike Fagan) – 410.218.2030
Southern Trust (Joseph Morris) – 410.491.0867
FNMC (Pat Sheplee) – 301.580.7709
... more
0 votes 2 answers Share Flag
Mon Jun 1, 2009
The Hagley Group answered:
0 votes 3 answers Share Flag
Sat Jun 27, 2009
George Zavas answered:
I would shop around. if this is going to be your primary residence you might be able to get FHA Financing with as little as 3% down and rates around 5%.
If your local lender doesn't have the answers, try a Mortgage broker.
Do some research online for rates and info.
a good resource site I use is Http://www.fhainfo.com


good luck
... more
0 votes 7 answers Share Flag
Tue May 12, 2009
Jonathan S Tucker answered:
Living In Pa,

Jon Tucker with RE/MAX 100. The rental market in Montgomery Run is solid with 2 bed, 2 bath average condo renting for about $1,200 per month plus utilities. Most units there are privately owned and occupied however.

If you are interested, I would like to work with you to acquire a home or investment in Maryland. Thanks, Jon Tucker, 443.538.4316, TuckerRealty@comcast.net, www.JonTuckerHomes.com.
... more
0 votes 2 answers Share Flag
Fri Feb 6, 2009
David Martz answered:
Hi Vennela - Keep in mind that in this market a listing price has often been established with the anticipation of an aggressive offer by a home buyer - The Baltimore Metro area which extends into Washington DC has been one of the strongest markets in the US for 2008. The Case - Shiller Index does not include Baltimore for data. Ellicott City is a strategic area fron investment due to it's close proximity to DC - which enjoyed a 4% increase in home prices for 2008 vs. 2007 - The BRAC re-alignement to Fort Meade area in 2010 also makes Ellicott City a great area fro investment- A price of 220k seems realistic - If you are currently not working with a buyer's agent feel free to give me the MRIS # ofr address so that I can research a bit further for you - best of luck - It is a GREAT TIME to buy ! ... more
0 votes 5 answers Share Flag
Thu Nov 20, 2008
hellodali answered:
There is no sure answer, but it's well worth asking for the contribution. We did a short sale that the bank actually gave credit for a new roof. good luck
0 votes 9 answers Share Flag
Tue Nov 18, 2008
Chris Highland answered:
Last year I was the manager for an office in that area and can reccommend several great agents to assist you there. I have no bias as I am currently selling real estate in another area of the state.

Contact me if you would like an inpartial referral.

isell4u2@msn.com
... more
0 votes 3 answers Share Flag
Fri Aug 14, 2009
Greg Kinnear answered:
Kristin

Given the challenging market conditions, hiring a full time and experienced real estate professional is paramount to the success of the sale. A clear and decisive marketing and pricing strategy is also a must.

I am a life long area resident and currently live in Ellicott City personally. My full time Team and I are still actively selling homes every single week. I would be very interested in sharing our thoughts with you when the time is right for you.

Greg Kinnear
Re/Max Advantage Realty
410-423-5280
greg@teamkinnear.com
... more
0 votes 7 answers Share Flag
Tue Mar 3, 2009
Nellie Arrington answered:
Dear Ready2buy --
What question did you have about buying a house in Ellicott City or Clarksville under $450,000, and built in the past 8 years?
0 votes 7 answers Share Flag
Mon Aug 18, 2008
voices member answered:
Both communities are in one of the most desirable counties in Maryland. Some people feel that Elkridge is a bit more inconsistent in it's zoning (i.e. trailer parks nearby large homes, etc.). For that reason alone, Ellicott City tends to do better with resale value. With that said, much of Elkridge is very nice and sometimes a bit more affordable. So in all honesty you need to weigh which factors are most important to make the decision that is best for you. No matter what you decide, do not go into either sales office without a buyer's agent! Many people don't know to do this and miss out on what could amount to a significant savings. If I can be of assistance, I would be happy to. I can be reached at LDevnew@cbmove.com ... more
0 votes 3 answers Share Flag
Tue May 20, 2008
voices member answered:
In the 21043, there are currently 7 active listings for townhomes between $1600-$2300 per month. I would need a specific address to find more accurate comps. Please contact me at ldevnew@cbmove.com if you would like more detailed information. ... more
0 votes 3 answers Share Flag
Sat May 10, 2008
George Belleville answered:
The number one issue with a historic home is the number of restrictions placed upon the property. For some homes it is not an issue because they have been maitained and cared for appropriately. For others, it can become a problem when you need to make repairs and upgrades, and you are restricted by the style and type of material you can use, at least for the exterior.

Remember, not all the homes in the area are covered by the historic district. Another important item to remember is just because there is no HOA, does not mean there are no restrictions on the property. I happen to live in a neighborhood with no HOA, but very strict restrictions which are part of the deed and are forever. Always look at the deed before you purchase, just in case.

And finally, be extra cautious with your home inspector. Don't just pick any company, and make sure the person doing the inspection has experience with historic homes, and have a structural engineer handy. Good luck!
... more
0 votes 3 answers Share Flag
Wed Apr 30, 2008
Brian Pakulla answered:
There is not set amount, but during the month of Feb 2008, the average seller negotiated approx 8% off the price of their home in Howard County as per our MLS data. I hope that helps.

You should look at the recent comps and rely on your expert Realtor's opinion.
... more
0 votes 6 answers Share Flag
Fri Mar 28, 2008
Brian Pakulla answered:
The market across the board is slower than where it used to be. However, all homes in all price ranges will sell if priced correctly, marketed correctly and staged correctly. This high-end luxury townhome market will take longer than average since there are less buyers who are willing to pay for luxury townhomes when you start pricing against single-family homes.

I am an expert in the Howard County Townhome market. Please let me know if I can help you further.
... more
0 votes 5 answers Share Flag
Wed Apr 30, 2008
Christopher Walker answered:
You shouldn't have the need for one if your property is connected to a sewer system. You need a perc test to see if a septic system can handle waste absorption.
0 votes 6 answers Share Flag
Wed Jul 16, 2008
Paul Slaybaugh answered:
Additional factors will need to be determined before a local expert can provide that information. The positive of having only 1 neighbor could turn into a negative if the unit is located on a busy street, near power lines, near noisy community areas, etc. Too many variables at play for a blanket statement of "x" dollars for an end location. ... more
0 votes 11 answers Share Flag
1 2 3
Search Advice
Search
Ellicott City Zip Codes

Followers

221