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Annapolis Neighborhoods with Most Increased Home Values

by John Collins, REALTOR

Maryland’s capital city, Annapolis, offers colonial charm and modern conveniences to its residents. Like most real estate markets, the city has been buffeted by the national housing collapse however; many of the idyllic neighborhoods in the city are experiencing impressive price gains in the past year. Whenever a market can support a 50% growth in housing values, over a 12-month period, those are areas worth considering, and Annapolis offers a number of such markets.


Situated a mere fourteen miles from Annapolis, Crofton has experienced an impressive population growth in recent years. Crofton is home to such Maryland landmarks as the Katcel Archeological site, the 200-year old home of Thomas Linthicum, a close friend of George Washington. Crofton experienced an impressive increase in property values over last year by nearly 85%.

Severna Park

Severna Park has close proximity to Annapolis. Nestled between the Severn and Magothy Rivers, Severna Park straddles the Ritchie Highway, which links Baltimore and Annapolis. The neighborhood has witnessed a boost in values, which have topped off in the high seventy percentile range. With recording growths at 78%, Severna Park has achieved some impressive gains since 2012.


The semi-rural town of Davidsonville, Maryland has experienced an impressive 75% growth in property values over the past year. Composed primarily of farms and suburban-like developments, Davidsonville is a rural oasis located in the heart of the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan complex.


Tied with Davidsonville at 75%, Arnold, Maryland can also lay claim to impressive property gains as the national housing market inched up in the previous year. Located five miles from Annapolis, Arnold is located on the beautiful Broadneck peninsula, and features a myriad of natural and cultural features. Natural beauty and close access to big city amenities have played a role in increasing property values.

Home Winterization Tips in Annapolis, Maryland

by John Collins, REALTOR

Most people would readily agree that they’re not particularly keen on paying the power company any more money than is their due. Unfortunately, a house that has not been properly winterized is the equivalent of throwing open a living room window for the duration of the season when it comes to wasting money on pointless energy cost.  Happily, many of the fixes are nearly as quick as shutting that open window and can be accomplished at little or no cost.

Inspection and Repair

Before beginning your winterizing project, it’s always a good idea to conduct a detailed inspection looking for wear and tear that might be leading to an energy loss.  A such, it just makes sense to complete the easiest tasks first, so go into the living room and check to be sure that that window is in fact closed.  Additionally, when near the window, examine the window sash and make sure that it is properly sealed against the elements.

As houses age they have a tendency to shift with time, which can form gaps that are easy entry points for bad conditions. Typical entry points are found around windows and doors.

Stop the Flow of Cold Air

To help make sure that the cold air stays outside, you need to install door sweeps on exterior doors, as well as basement and attic entry points.  Windows ought to be sealed with weather stripping tape around the edges. Finally, caulking those small cracks in the baseboards and walls will stop the flow of cold air into your home.

Frozen Pipes Equal Broken Pipes

As temperatures dip, the danger of severe damage to a home’s pipes increases. So make sure that those pipes leading to the hot water heater are foam wrapped and insulated, while interior pipes placed near exterior walls are subject to increased risks of freezing and breakage.

Annapolis Police Department Toy Drive Review

by John Collins, REALTOR

Helping the community is at the core of what the Annapolis Police Department does every day, so it’s just natural that they would pitch in to help during the holiday season. Although the department has routinely reached out to help those in need in years past in other ways, 2013 marked their first foray into the toy drive game. The five day event scored bundles of toys for needy tots throughout local neighborhoods, and represents a successful entrée into what is planned to be an annual tradition in years to come.

The holidays can be a tough time for those in need, and the department stepped in to help remedy that situation for area families and children. When announcing the drive back at the end of November, Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop said, “As part of the community, we want to do all we can to help families and children during the holiday season.”

To help make it easier to get gifts under the trees of needy families, the department established parking lot drop-off points to facilitate the delivery of holiday donations. Donors didn’t even have to get out of their cars to donate their new, unwrapped toys for the annual Annapolis Santa Run. Once in hand, the department handed over the holiday gifts into the capable hands of the volunteers at Annapolis Firefighters Local 1929 who have been loading up their old trusted Engine 1 with great toys for more than a decade now in their annual Santa Run. Their volunteer efforts have helped create great Christmas smiles on the faces of more than 5,000 children in that time period.

No child should go without, and no parent should have to feel guilty about not being able to provide for them during the holiday season, and the Annapolis Santa Run made sure that in 2013 that didn’t have to happen.

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 Office: 410-224-4999 * Cell: 410-693-6000

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Annapolis, Maryland 21401
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