Why Waldorf, MD is a great place to rent a home

15 Miles south of Upper Marlboro lies Waldorf, MD.  In addition to Upper Marlboro's rental housing market, I discovered Waldorf, MD is quite comparable.  Last week I closed a deal on a rental property!  An immaculate 4 bedroom, colonial style home located off of Berry Road (Route 228) in Waldorf, MD.  I represented the renters in this transaction. The home rented for $2500 monthly. My customer's criteria: Charles County, MD - Waldorf, La Plata, or White Plains.  Needless to say, we cruised through Pomfret, MD as well.  After several weekends of showing town homes and single family homes my customers decided on this one particular home (pictured) located in Waldorf.  

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Waldorf, MD is a community for many residents who commute to work in Washington, D.C. and Joint Base Andrews (Andrews Air Force Base). It is located approximately 23 miles south of Washington, D.C.  With St. Charles Towne Center Shopping Mall at it's core, Waldorf is considered the major retail spot in Southern, MD.  There's literally a lot of nice places to eat, drink, and be merry!  If you are a cigar smoker like me, then you'll probably enjoy a visit to the Tinder Box Cigar Lounge on Route 301 :-)

 

 

Angelo Rhodes, Realtor Taylor Properties 240-535-1855 email: angelo@realestateuppermarlboro.com

Clinton, MD Homes for Sale

This past weekend's home showings took my Buyer and I to Clinton, MD to see several properties.  This 4 bedroom, Split Foyer style home was completely renovated and listed for $299,900.  The interior of the home showed well.  However, my Buyer didn't like the back yard.  She was completely "spooked out".  It had a creek running through the property and this old ugly barn/shed.  The back yard also had weeds and many soft spots.  Experience tells me there are drainage issues in that yard and the potential for snakes to crawl around.  Well, that was definitely a show stopper!  Our search for a home continues...…...

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Angelo Rhodes, Realtor Taylor Properties 240-535-1855 email: angelo@realestateuppermarlboro.com

Upper Marlboro MD Real Estate Market Update - March 2019 (20772)

Recent home sales in the Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 zip code show the median price for a detached, single family home is $339K.  Most homes in the $300K-$400K range are 30+ years old with at least 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and a basement.

Additionally, most of these homes have 1-2 car garages and more than 2,000 sqft of living space.  The style of homes you'll normally find are Split Foyer, Split Level, Rambler, Cape Cod and Colonial.

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Angelo Rhodes, Realtor Taylor Properties 240-535-1855 email: angelo@realestateuppermarlboro.com

Buying or Selling A Home In Upper Marlboro, MD

Looking for a real estate agent in Upper Marlboro, MD?  I'm honest, trustworthy, and responsive! I know the Upper Marlboro area very well.  If you are a buyer, I'll help you find the right home, negotiate the terms of sale and help with price negotiations. 

If you are a seller, I'll help you market your home to potential buyers, sell within a specified period of time, and price your home competitively. 

Call me at 240-535-1855 :-) 

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Angelo Rhodes, Realtor Taylor Properties 240-535-1855 email: angelo@realestateuppermarlboro.com

Upper Marlboro's Most Affordable Neighborhood

The most affordable place to live in Upper Marlboro, MD is the older Brandywine Country subdivision.  This neighborhood is located of off Route 301 between Trumps Hill Rd, Heathermore Blvd, and Fairhaven Ave. bordering the more expensive Marlton area.   

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Single family detached homes, town houses, and apartments are available with the median sales price of $285,000.  Monthly rent in this neighborhood averages $1450 per month.  Most of these properties are 40+ years old and were built between 1972 and 1979.

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To schedule a showing, contact me at 240-535-1855.

Angelo Rhodes, Realtor Taylor Properties 240-535-1855 email: angelo@realestateuppermarlboro.com

Basement Flooding....The Woes of Home Ownership

A few weeks ago my basement flooded again.  Oh, the woes of home ownership!  The Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area had over 63 inches of rain in the last year.  Ground water and water tables persist in Upper Marlboro.  Water seeps in from under my basement floor where it meets the foundation footer.  The french drain (gravity flow system) I personally installed in the front yard didn't seem to solve the problem as the ground water made its way to the front wall of the basement.  

So, I decided to hire a local waterproofing company.  They did a great job and gave me a fair price.  Ask me how much? The labor costs are the bulk of the job.  The contractor had to dig a channel (trench) around the perimeter inside my basement, alongside the footers.  PVC pipe was then installed in the newly-made channel to allow the flood water to flow into a sump pump basin, then pumped outside of the house. 

Here's a video I made of the project..........https://youtu.be/JXV3abLlago

 

Angelo Rhodes, Realtor Taylor Properties 240-535-1855 email: angelo@realestateuppermarlboro.com

Villages of Marlborough - AffordableTownhomes in Upper Marlboro, MD

If you are looking for an affordable townhouse in a decent location then you'll find one here in the Villages of Marlborough subdivision.  2-3 bedroom townhomes are reasonably priced from $231,000 - $275,000.  That's an estimated monthly mortgage of $1680-$1900 per month.  These townhomes were built between 1987 and 1998.  Here's what's currently on the market in the Villages of Marlborough......

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$231,400     13612 Captain Marbury Lane
$239,000     13806 Bentwaters Drive
$244,000     4503 Sherborn Lane
$245,000     14325 Governor Lee Place
$245,000     4807 Clirieden Lane
$255,000     13808 Edwall Drive
$264,949     4707 Colonel Ewell Court Unit#372
$265,000     4528 Sherborn Lane
$267,000     13902 Barrington Lane
$271,000     4625 Captain Covington Place
$274,999     13849 Lord Fairfax Place

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Angelo Rhodes, Realtor Taylor Properties 240-535-1855 email: angelo@realestateuppermarlboro.com

After School Program in Upper Marlboro, MD

Community centers are not just for seniors, not just for kids, not just for families.  They can offer an enormous variety of educational, social and recreational activities, tailored to what the members of the community are interested in.  Community potlucks, singles nights, afterschool programs and tutoring, health, wellness and exercise classes, crafts, lectures, dances, music performances...to name just a few examples. When we reach out to our neighbors and make new friends (or renew old ones), our quality of life is increased.  Check out the Upper Marlboro Community Center located at:

5400 Marlboro Race Track Road
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

301-627-2828

Hours of Operation

Mon.-Thurs.:

6:30-9am camps; 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Fri.:

6:30am–9am (camps);6:30 am - 7 pm

Sat.:

10am-3pm; 7pm - 10pm (Teens)

Sun.:

12 noon-4 p.m.

Key Amenities

  • Activity room
  • Athletic fields (softball and soccer)
  • Fitness room
  • Gymnasium
  • Meeting room
  • Playground
  • Pre-school room
  • Racquetball courts
  • Tennis court
  • Warming kitchen

Programs

  • Kids Care
  • Xtreme Teens prog
Angelo Rhodes, Realtor Taylor Properties 240-535-1855 email: angelo@realestateuppermarlboro.com

Negotiating the Astronomically High Cost to Replace Windows in Your Home

Based on my personal experience using an established home improvement company, the purchase price and installation of one standard size window can range from $300-$700 each.  A bow or bay window alone can cost upwards of $4,000. 

If you are considering replacing windows in your home, do a little homework first.  Google "double-hung vinyl windows."  Get at least three estimates from reputable home improvement companies.  It's a big negotiating game once the salesperson comes to your home for a presentation.  He or she will make recommendations and actually show you a sample window.  Consider the best quality windows of course. 

After a 1-2 hour presentation, the salesperson will quote you an astronomically high price!  This is where the negotiating begins.  Hold your ground.  Don't be forced into overpaying with the promise of low monthly payments for 15 years.  

Please note, financing huge investments like this will normally attach the loan to your house.  What this means is that if you miss several payments on the new window loan, the lender has the right foreclose on your home.

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Angelo Rhodes, Realtor Taylor Properties 240-535-1855 email: angelo@realestateuppermarlboro.com