Butchers Hill is getting lots of attention for all sorts of buyers these days. With Hopkins right behind the Butchers Hill neighborhood, has certainly becme popular with medical students along with doctors/nurses and other staff. All throughout the day and into the evenings you are sure to see a rainbow of scrubs walking, biking or catching the conveinent shuttle to and from the Hopkins facilites. Many of the homes in the area are large enough to have 3+ bedrooms. In many cases I have medical students looking for houses that will also allow for roommates.
Another popular group trending in the Butchers Hill area are fmailies! Yes, couples are staying in the city and raising their families here! Not only does Butchers Hill have homes with the square footage that a growing family needs but there seems to be a sense of community that folks are attracted to. Locally the schools are getting betterr reviews, there are shared green space for gardening, and one of the largest parks in the city doesn’t hurt either!
The seller’s of 1806 Lombard Street are a family of 4. they came here from NYC and have to move again due to work. While they are trying to stay positive for the big move down south, they are heartbroken to leave the area and the great families they have met. When asked what they will miss the most their reply to me was being able to walk everywhere but especially the Fells Point Market on Saturday mornings.
1806 Lombard St, Baltimore, MD 21231
3 true bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 3 finished levels, hardwood floors throughout, exposed brick, CAC
Offered for $259,000
Interested in seeing this house or others, contact me!
I always enjoy taking Baltimore buyers to Canton, Fells Point, and Federal Hill to see the newly rehabbed CHAP credit houses. I like to show my clients how different each row home can look in the inside. In many cases, buyers go thru the listings looking at the exterior picture and deciding if they want to see it or not. These fully renovated row homes can be quite the surprise once you open the front door. As an agent and investor, I like to see each builder’s creative layouts, trendy finishes, and space-saving ideas. It’s good to see these with buyers too so you can see what things are immediately liked and how one layout mistake can ruin an entire sale.
I am working on 261 S Ann Street in the Fells Point / Butchers Hill area. Here is what it looked when I bought it:
I bought it because of the great location. The owner of this home will be able to leave their car parked all weekend because of how close the area’s attractions are to their front door. The home itself is wide and deep. As we were planning out the rehab for this, we were excited to be able to keep the historical rounded staircase. Much to our surprise the wood floors throughout are completely salvageable!
Systems are going in. Kitchen cabinets have been ordered. Soon drywall will be hanging and the fun starts. Selecting tile, lights, handles, faucets, paint colors, etc. is when you can really start to see the house come together.
I’ll post an update once that starts. You can see more pictures of the progress on my CrabbyHomes FB page. Click “albums” too see all the before and construction photos. I am an active agent in the popular city of Baltimore with a tigh grip on the developement in the area. Let me help you get a CHAP credit rehab BEFORE it hits the market! Learn more about me and how to contact me here.
The hot tickets in Canton, Fells Point, Locust Point and Federal Hill are the newly renovated homes with CHAP credits. But most home buyers would be shocked at what some of these homes look like before the rehab. Below are some new CHAP houses coming to the market for sale. See what they looked like before and during the rehab.
519 S Curley Street – 21224 – CANTON: BEFORE & DURING
261 S Ann Street – 21231 – FELLS POINT: BEFORE & DURING
Here is a list of some up coming CHAP homes in the most popular areas of Baltimore City:
1. 519 S Curley Street – 21224 – 3 bedroom, 3 full bath, 3 finished levels, easy parking, roof deck
2. 261 S Ann Street – 21231 – 3 bedroom, 3 full bath, 3 finished levels, roof deck, end of group
3. 614 S Kenwood – 21224 – 3 bedroom, 3 full bath, 3 finished levels, easy parking, roof deck
4. 3213 Foster Ave – 21224 – 3 bedroom, 3 full bath, 3 finished levels, easy parking, roof deck
5. 3200 Fleet Street – 21224 – 4 bedroom, 3.5 full bath, 3 finished levels, roof deck, garage parking, end of group
- Has your Baltimore Realtor asked if you been approved? I know, it sounds slimy. BUT have you? And let’s just say you have been approved for $450k….do you know what those monthly payments are? We ask because it gives us the best idea of what homes to show you. We don’t ask to be rude.
**It’s best to have your lender work your numbers backwards as sometimes you qualify for more than you are comfortable spending. This time tell your lender that you don’t want to be more than X amount a month. Let them tell you want to target.
- Do you have to sell your Baltimore house in order to buy another? Yes? So list it now! No sense in looking at homes until you have a contract on your current house. Chances are that by the time your house goes under contract, the homes you look at won’t be available.
- Showings: We have to schedule showings directly with the listing agent, a showing service, or an office admin. Not all listings are easy to schedule. Some sellers have pets. Some have sick kids at home. Some have renters that NEVER want to allow people in.
** It’s best to give your agent at least a day’s notice so we have time to set them up. Oh…and if you can limit them to 5 or less a day, that’s great.
- You get a lowball offer on your listed house. It’s ridiculous that someone even offered it. COUNTER! Don’t be a jerk and try to prove a point and just reject it.
**Some people need to see hear NO from the seller(s). Counter to show interest.
- Once under contract you can’t keep asking permission to go back inside, vacant or not.
**Best time to measure is at your long home inspection!
- Buyers guess what….you may never be able to buy your Baltimore dream house. So focus on getting the best you can afford now.
- You bought your house 8 years ago and you never upgraded a thing. Why would you think it’s worth 100k more than you what you bought it for?
**Much like the iPhone, your home needs upgrades as well to keep value.
- DON’T decline showings. For real…you should make it easy for agents to show. In many cases once an agent gets declined to show, they don’t think to reschedule. Make it work.
- DON’T stay home while a Baltimore agent and a potential buyer is looking at your house. It makes it awkward for everyone.
- And the top 10th thing that your agent want’s to say to you but doesn’t know how….when looking at homes, and the minute to walk in, you hate it…..LEAVE! Don’t waste time complaining about the payout of a house you will never make an offer on!
Part of being a good Realtor is having the right resources for your clients. As a Realtor you are typically the first person buyers and sellers call when something needs to be fixed or upgraded within their home. As my calls increased for an assortment of home improvement specialist so did the calls for several other business types. Over the years I have made a conscious effort to keep a running list of as many home improvement contacts as I can. Like-wise I have other businesses that refer constantly.
What is important in a home improvement contractor?
So many people get turned off when a contractor doesn’t take your call immediately. But think about that for a moment…most actually work the field. They are under decks, lifting HVACs , climbing on roofs, hanging drywall, etc. I most cases, expect to call a contractor a few times and be sure to LEAVE A VOICEMAIL. A good contractor for any service is hard to find, so kill them with kindness.
The #1 characteristic that I value the most is weather the contractor is familiar with the area and type of house.
There are contractors that do very well in new constructed homes.
ex. Some painters do better when they can use sprayers. If floors aren’t installed, which is usually a newly constructed home or a home with major renovations; they can use sprayers to paint. It allows them to cover a lot of wall square footage in a quick timeframe and very cost affective.
There are some contractors that truly understand the quarks of a 100 year old row home.
ex. The plumbing on Baltimore City row homes have certain characteristics that townhouses build in the 1990’s just don’t. Finding contractors that don’t need to research older homes is key. When a plumber can already tell me the problem before I finish explaining, it’s music to my ears. When they can tell me where the house ties into the city lines, it always reassures me.
There are some contractors that specialize in certain areas.
ex. Anne Arundel County is known for having Polybutylene Pipes, that failed dramatically. If you are buying a home in Anne Arundel County and you hire a home inspector that doesn’t know about this type of pipe, how are you supposed to get an accurate report?
Some contractors have such good expert knowledge in their field, I feel comfortable referring them anywhere.
ex. the master electrician I refer clients to no matter if they have an old city row home, a detached home in the county, or a condo. He has been doing this for so long that I trust his expertise in any sort of home or age of the home.
Here are the contractors and other businesses that I refer the most:
- Flooring: Wood Floors Plus – Steve Cratch – 410-636-9663 http://www.woodfloorsplus.com/
- Electrician: Magothy Electric – 410-439-0088 http://www.magothyelectric.com/
- Painter: Seneca Painting – 443-992-1245
- Decks: Tom McCleary – 410-236-9274
- HVAC: Air Source, Inc – 443-605-5100 http://www.airsourceinc-hvac.com/
- Pest Control: Defend Pest – 410-633-9100 http://www.marylandpest.com/index.html
- Home Inspection: Home Sweet Home Inspections – Ryan Siegler – 301-390-HOME
- Pool / Spas: NOVA Builders – Mark (builder) & Tom (inspector) 410-766-1770
- General Repairs: American Home & Property Services – Lisa Heisey – 443-613-6973 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pier & Bulkhead Build/Repair: Chesapeake Pile Driving, Inc – Todd “Gator” Scott – 443-604-8451
- Windows/Siding/Roofing: Horizon Construction Co. Inc – Steve – 410-256-6561
***Contact me for others***
LEGAL & FINIACIAL:
- Lending/Refi: Coastal Lending Group – Jon Vitak – 410-276-3404 http://www.clgroup.biz/
- RE Attorney (Short Sales, Estates, Landlord/Tenant, etc): Heise & Heise LLP – 410-276-1983 http://www.heiselegal.com/
- Home & Auto Insurance: Jim Himes – 443-837-2071
- Title Attorney: Capitol Title – Chris Sadler – 410-465-2437
- Commercial Lending: Susquehanna Bank – Sidney Minor – 410-539-0636 email@example.com
OTHER…(cause I always get these questions)
- Auto Mechanic: Hamilton Goodyear – 410-426-2220 http://www.hamiltongoodyear.com/
- Social Media/Advertising: Savin Media Consulting – 443-742-5012 www.savinconsulting.com
- Personal Trainer: Nick Strong (at Merritt Athletic Clubs) – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hair Stylist: West End Studio: Victoria Kidd – 443-682-7631
- Tax Accountant: Marty Peltzer – 410-526-0327
- Business Accounting Advisor: BLK Accounting & Consulting LLC – Kelly Black – 443-310-1106 email@example.com
- Financial Planner: Celestial Weath Management – Colin Exelby – 443-438-7211
- Financial Planner: Northwestern Mutual – Jason Bell – 410-659-6055
- Event / Wedding Planner: Lemon and Lime Event Design – Katey Clark – 330-730-8407 Katey@lemonandlimeevent.com
- Movers: Perry Movers – Sam Perry – 443-472-1565
How to hire a contractor checklist:
o Do you need someone with an MHIC (Maryland Home Improvement Commission) license?
o Is your quote/estimate free?
o Can the company itemize your quote?
o Is the quote an estimate or is it a final total?
o Has the contractor done anything similar in the area?
o Is the person that came out to do the quote the same person who will be on site during construction?
o Will they be hiring sub-contractors in order to complete your project?
o Will they guaranty a completion date?
o Is there a deposit due before they start?
o Does the company warranty their work for a year?
Hope you have found this helpful! Don’t hestitate to contact me with questions or contractors that you would like to recommend!