Real Estate here in Carroll County Maryland is finally starting to push it’s green shoots through the never ending winter of sluggish sales. The 1st quarter of 2014 ended in a freak snowstorm and is in the books. When the finally numbers come in, they won’t be all that impressive I’m afraid.
BUT………. hold on. There seems to a late surge in the number of pending contracts right at the end of March and carrying into the beginning of April. Multiple offers, price escalation clauses and homes sold in under 10 days appeared late in the month. In addition some settlements were delayed into April due to the shut down on 3/31 of Ellie Mae. Never heard of Ellie Mae? It’s Freddie and Frannie’s long lost sister who decided to screw up a bunch of settlements (including yours truly) here’s a link: http://tinyurl.com/EllieMaeProblem that could have a big impact on the March numbers, pushing them into April.
Right now in the Spring of 2014, Buyers in Carroll County still want that turn key beautiful property priced right. Properties “not ready for prime time” will be passed up by all except low ball investors. And buyers that sit around looking and looking for the “perfect” listing are going to miss out. Buyers have to be out early and often with their agent looking in neighborhoods and specific properties on their list. When “that” property comes on, you have to move quick and make sure you are pre-approved and ready to go. I’m starting to hear a lot of disappointment from buyers that waited too long looking. They find just the right one and decide to “keep an eye on it”. Then watch it disappear, right into the hands of another buyer. With great schools, low crime rates, lower taxes, good parks and recreation areas and not too bad of a commute- more buyers are choosing to look in Carroll County.
For Sellers, if you’ve been thinking about selling, whether you’re in Sykesville, Eldersburg, Westminster, Finksburg, Woodbine, Marriottsville, Mt Airy, Union Bridge, Taneytown, Manchester, Hampstead or anywhere in Carroll County- this is the year. But you NEED to spend a few dollars on some curb appeal, some serious de-cluttering and some paint. You want to have your home in the Real Estate market before July 4th, if at all possible- sooner rally than later. Call me for help, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to make a big difference. A surge is coming to the Carroll County Real Estate Market, don’t miss out!
My name is David Post and I’m a full time Realtor here in Carroll County Maryland. If I can assist you or someone you know in either buying or selling a property in Carroll County or any other nearby county, please call me direct at 410-984-2221 anytime. This is what I do and this is what I love…. Real Estate!