Kevin Carroll's Blog Posts

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Starting to Look for a Home? Know What You WANT vs. What You NEEDIf you’ve been thinking about buying a home of your own for some time now, you’ve probably come up with a list of things that

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Central Maryland Experiences Population Growth

Maryland's population continues to grow in most of it's suburban counties. The state gained approximately 44,000 new residents from July 1, 2012 to July 1, 2013. Montgomery county grew by 12;

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Millionaires Still Trust Real Estate

According to Morgan Stanley, 77% of millionaire investors own real estate as an investment and 35% say they own Real Estate related stocks known as Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITS). Wealthy

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Home Renovations On The Cheap

 Sprucing up your house does not have to be expensive. By taking small steps, in the critical areas, you can make a dramatic impact on your homes initial impression without taking out another

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ShamrockFest 2014 Coming To DC

Shamrockfest 2014 is almost here! On Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 3:00 till 11:00 PM the festival fairgrounds at RFK stadium will be transformed into all things Celtic. With over 30 different

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Welcome Home

Today, my hope was restored as I was blessed with the opportunity to attend the closing of a young couple who, for the first time in their lives, experienced the American Dream. As we

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Garage Door Stastistics

Did you realize that a garage door is the largest moving object in your home?Source: http://on-sitehomeinspectionblog.com/garage-door-safety/

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Baltimore City Has How Many Fire Hydrants

Did you know that Baltimore city has 52,000 storm water inlets and 24,000 fire hydrants? Due to the heavy snow we have been receiving the Baltimore City Department of Public Works has tweeted out

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9 Causes Of A Wet Or Damp Basement

While the idea of having a personal fishing hole may be appealing to certain segments of our society, having a wet basement is every home owner's worst nightmare. Determining the cause of the water

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5 Signs Of A Damp Or Wet Basement

Damp basements can lead to a host of problems. The key is recognizing you have a problem before it becomes catastrophic.  Below are five signs that point to water intrusion in your basement

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5 Quick Tips For Reducing Your Energy Bill

Want to save on your electric bill? By working to reduce openings in the home you can save up to 30% of your homes energy consumption. Check out these 5 quick tips for reducing your energy bill.1.

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8 Steps To Buying Your First Home

1. Determine your budget2. Get Pre-Approved3. Start your search online at www.rgpadgett.com4. Once your ready contact your agent and physically tour the property5. Submit your offer6. Get home

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Rich Dad Seminar Coming To The Baltimore Region

Anyone even remotely interested in real estate investing should be familiar with Robert Kiyosaki's, Rich Dad Poor Dad book.  This book was fundamental is transforming my thought process about

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IRS Off To A Late Start

Tax season will be starting 10 days later than usual for those filing individual 2013 returns.If your are an individual W-2 wage earner, sole proprietor filing a schedule C or a landlord filing a

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Grants Available For Police Officers

Did you know there is a brand new FHLB grant available for Police Officers that offers $7500 to those that wear the uniform. While the details are still sketchy at this point, some of the highlights

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11 Quick Tips To Avoid A Water Pipe Burst During The Polar Vortex

The Polar Vortex, as it has been affectionately called, is in full swing, and people all across Anne Arundel County are experiencing record lows. I woke up this morning to no water in my vanity sink

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9 Quick Tips For Buying A Home While Selling Your Previous One

Purchasing your next home, while still living in your current home, can be a delicate procedure that requires prior planning, patience, and an experienced real estate agent. While seemingly

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5 Quick Tips For Maximizing Your Rehab Results

Every potential real estate investor dreams of becoming a rehabbing guru. Television shows make it seem way too easy. Authors break it down into manageable blocks, but the truth be told, rehabbing

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Is It Time To Sell

Knowing the value of your home is a critical step in the process of deciding whether or not it is time to sell you home.  Traditionally, this value was determined by a licensed Realtor

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10 Quick Safety Tips For Winter Home Heating

Have your heating system tuned up for the heating season. Your system will run more efficiently and will be less likely to break down when needed most.Replace air filters. This should be done

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Best Christmas Light Display In Glen Burnie

Did you know there is a family in Glen Burnie, Maryland that goes all out each and every Christmas? With over 2,000 lights, a Mickey Mouse Train set, their own snow maker and laser light show this

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For Your Protection Get A Home Inspection

You can never undervalue the importance of a good Home Inspector.  When purchasing a home, one of the most important and first steps in the process is getting a home inspection.  A

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Buy In The Slow Season

As we start to fully endure the hollidays, we enter into what is traditionally the "Slow Season" for real estate. This time of the year can be quite busy for all, with family in town, year end

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7 Quick Tips For Winter Sellers

Winter can be a difficult time to sell. Unfortunately, everyone does not have the luxury of waiting until the best selling season. Whether its a job relocation, military transfer, retirement or

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6 Easy Ways To Add Curb Appeal

Here is a quick list of 6 easy things you can do to add curb appeal to your property. Hire a LandscaperDisplay your house numberDress up the front doorClear out your side yardMake the front more

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Instant Home Values

Knowing the value of your home is a critical step in the process of deciding whether or not to sell you home.  Traditionally, this value was determined by a licensed Realtor after an in-depth

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Time Is Of The Essence

Time can be your best friend, or your worst enemy.  There is not enough time in the week to accomplish everything that some of us would like to in a day.  As deadlines come and go and bill

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Before You Start Looking

Searching for your dream home can be very stressful. That's why it's important to do the groundwork before you even think about touring properties. Market conditions favor those that are able to

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Annapolis A Port You Can Call Home

Annapolis is known for being the capital of, not only Maryland, but globally as America’s Sailing Capital. The waterfront  is a huge part of the Annapolis lifestyle and one only has to spend

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Secure Your Home To Keep The Holidays Happy

Secure Your Home to Keep the Holidays HappyDon’t let the hustle and bustle of the holidays make you careless about securing your home. Here are a few things to remember:Year-round•The garage

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Invest In Success

We all know the old saying "You only get out what you put in."  This holds true for almost everything that we do.  For most projects or quests, time is the biggest investment.  

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Drive Safe

With todays hustle and bustle overwhelmingly occurrent in everyday life, the rage of the road can become an arduous aspect of our daily routine.  Some of us are finding out that what

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Baltimore Region Showing Signs Of Growth

Home sales in the Baltimore region continue their rise as the number of sales increased by 17% in September, as compared to the same time period last year. This increase marks the sixth straight

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Government Shutdown Beginning To Slow Down Mortgages

It's been almost 10 days since the Government shutdown and the effects are rippling their way across our economy. The processing of government backed mortgages are beginning to slow with the USDA

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Rent Vs Buy Which Works For You

Owning a home of your own is a crucial step in living the American dream. Traditionally this has been one of the largest purchases most people make in their lives and is one that too often comes

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10 Home Maintence Tips For This Autumn

Autumn is officially hear and with it comes increasingly cooler weather. Now is the time to get your home in order before the full brunt of winter strikes. Take advantage of these cooler days and

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Columbia In The Fall

The Fall feel is in the air once again in Columbia, Md.  The familiar scents of cool air, wood burning in the fire place, and numerous treats made with pumpkin.  The sounds of the children

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