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New Listing!!

MLS # 501658

$385,000

9 Ocean Mist Drive Unit #4B
Selbyville, DE 19970

Wake-up Happy! After a good nights sleep in one of the 2 master suites, you can enjoy a cup of coffee on the screen porch or one of the 3 balconies! After that jump on your bike, walk or take the shuttle and its off to the beach. Only 1.5 miles to downtown Bethany Beach and ocean waves. Return after a fun filled day to relax in your new wonderful beach retreat!

YOU DESERVE IT!!

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Michael Moore
Realtor
The Moore Team
Keller Williams Select Realtors
Cell: 410-726-8829
Office: 410-677-0909

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Snowed-In Saturday

Instantly Appealing! Start your day with morning coffee on the balcony with views of the bay and ocean. It’s a short walk to the beach or enjoy swimming or working out in the roof-top community pool and fitness center. Catch some crabs for dinner on the common crabbing dock. Evenings are great for Nightlife! Walking distance to Seacrets, Mackeys and Fagers Island. Return home for all the relaxation that you need. YOU DESERVE IT!
5405 Coastal Hwy. Unit # 410 Ocean City, MD 21842

$ 239,900

MLS # 501542

Mary Moore
Realtor
The Moore Team
Keller Williams Select Realtors
Cell: 410-474-9794
Office: 410-677-0909

8 Things Your Realtor Does Behind Your Back

While browsing other real estate blogs and stories, the title of this article immediately caught my eye. I had presumed the story would have negative implications, but was pleasantly surprised to find that wasn’t the case. Please go to the link and read about all the hard work and dedication us realtors put it when clients aren’t around.

8 Things Your Realtor Does Behind Your Back

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34000 Rounds Road, Pittsville, Maryland
$1,600,000
MLS # 501373
Looking for turnkey poultry farm with possible room to expand? Neat and organized. Shows pride of ownership. This farm has five clear span houses – both sides of houses have pads. 2 manure sheds – 40×76. Houses 1 & 2 are 40×400, Houses 3 & 4 are 42×500, built approximately 2000; House 5 is 45×500, built approximately 2002. 180 KW w/ 2 Auto Switch Generators also attached to dwelling. 4 wells, 2-4” and 2-2”. House has new windows, wood burning fireplace, heat pump new in 2008. 40×60 workshop- separate service entrance to farm. Farm has 15 acres tillable land rented by farmer. Woodland in front of house and 4-5 acres across from farm on opposite side of road.

 

Mary Moore
Realtor
The Moore Team
Keller Williams Select Realtors
Cell: 410-474-9794

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What’s the scoop on HOAs?

When looking for a new home, a homebuyer has an overwhelmingly interminable number of decisions to make. What size yard? One story or two? Country or city? Schools? Bedroom:Bathroom ratios?

 

Then one glorious morning, the homebuyers and the buyer’s agent find the perfect property, meeting and exceeding all of the homebuyer’s expectations! The home is in a lovely subdivision; And it is part of a Homeowners Association, or HOA. What does this mean for the homebuyer?

 

If you ask two different folks, both members of the same HOA, you are likely to get two very different reactions. There are numerous factors leading to such a differences of opinion in regards to HOAs. HOAs can have many perks, but it is all dependent on the individual personalities, preferences, qualities, and leadership.

 

What at is an HOA exactly? It is a nonprofit entity of a community, usually comprised of a board of homeowners, who enforce rules and collect a monthly, quarterly or annual membership fee. This fee covers services and maintenance that a homeowner would otherwise have to cover out-of pocket. HOAs strive to maintain consistency, conformity, conveniences, and improvements.  Some of the perks can include:

~Recreation – The most rewarding benefits of an HOA can include pools, clubhouses, tennis courts, community center, or walking trails.

~Low Maintenance – In some HOAs, trash and snow removal or lawn services are covered. Common areas, such as sidewalks or parks, are likely to be maintained by the association. This can leave less work or stress for the homeowner.

~Appealing Appearances – HOAs typically frown upon unkempt yards, peeling paint, or even large or unnecessary vehicles (commercial van or RV). They can manage how many cars you can park at your house, paint colors, and outside decor. Some associations have committees that can vote to approve many issues that arise in the community. This is drives down neglected or tacky looking properties. Well taken care of properties also helps maintain property values for the neighborhood as a whole.

~Who’s the Boss? – If an issue arises with your neighbor, such as loud parties, a tree with ominous limbs, or a pesky pet, most homeowners associations are willing to help mediate the quarrel, rather than ending up in a personal battle with your neighbor.

 

Now some folks need the ability to run a business from home, park a large truck or vehicle in their yard, or even add a shed or an addition without pre-approval. For some people, a benefit of home ownership is being able to “do whatever you please.” HOAs can also come with a few cons:

~Fees – fees vary greatly between HOAs, and also cover different things. It’s important to check and see what is covered by a specific HOA’s dues. It’s also a good idea to remember that dues can be raised at any time and they are not tax-deductible.

~You can be fined for non-compliance – if your HOA decides you have too many flowers, and you choose not to remove them in a timely manner, they can slap you with a fine

~An HOA can evict or foreclose – if a homeowner falls behind on their HOA dues, they can have liens placed on their property, be evicted, or in some situations even face foreclosure.

~Regulations – HOAs can regulate landscaping, paint colors, swing sets or basketball hoops, trash cans, sheds or garages and numerous other things on your property.

 

So, Homeowners Associations can be seen as extremely valuable or they can be seen as burdensome. It is all in the eye of the beholder. If $500 a year for a pool and gym is worthwhile to you, then go for it. If freedom to paint and build on your property as you please is worthwhile to you, then go for it. Just be mindful before entering into a home purchase agreement to investigate and understand all implications of the property’s HOA, or lack thereof.