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Anne Arundel Medical Center opens Hackerman-Patz House

by John Collins, REALTOR

Anne Arundel Medical Center's (AAMC's) Hackerman-Patz House is a convenient and relaxing place to stay - a kind of home away from home - for critically or terminally ill patients, those visiting the hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and their friends and families.

Located across from the hospital, the 21,000 square-foot facility offers 20 guest rooms - each with a private bathroom - designed to give patients with a long-term recovery prognosis and their families a close, comfortable respite during this arduous time. Early morning surgery patients can also take advantage of the overnight refuge, and the warm and cozy aura of the Hackerman-Patz House.

“Families are part of our care teams – this house brings them closer to us. With this house on campus, we will be able to provide some normalcy and comfort for families," said Tori Bayless, CEO and president of Anne Arundel Medical Center. “With this addition to our campus, we will be better poised to provide care beyond the walls of the hospital."

Guest accommodations at the house include:

  • Queen-size bed or two twin beds
  • Mini refrigerator
  • Telephone
  • Cable television
  • DVD player
  • Wireless internet
  • Optional handicap accessible room
  • Playroom
  • Multi-purpose media room
  • Guest laundry
  • Great room
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace

The Hackerman-Patz House is made possible through a $2 million donation from Willard Hackerman, president and CEO of Whiting-Turner and his wife, Lillian Patz Hackerman, for whom the house is named. In addition to the generous donation from the Hackerman’s, AAMC’s Friends of Hackerman-Patz has raised $197,200 to help support the house.

Annapolis Film Festival 2013

by John Collins, REALTOR

Annapolis is preparing to roll out the red carpet for a premiere cultural event. Held on March 21st – 24th, the Annapolis Film Festival 2013 will feature films of all genres, celebrity filmmakers, and guest speakers. The City of Annapolis and the local arts and business communities have paired together to bring in this event that will transform the city. With amazing restaurants, shopping, and entertainment, Annapolis is ready for their starring role.

All That Glitters

Hollywood comes to Annapolis as more than 90 films from around the world take over the city for the Annapolis Film Festival 2013. Rubs elbows with celebrities, hear filmmakers and panels talk about their craft, and experience all that the cinema has to offer. More festival details are released every day. Keep up with it all by visiting their website, Facebook page, or blog.

Nightlife and Entertainment

With a population of 38,394 and a third place rating as the Most Energetic Cities, one can only imagine the amazing nightlife opportunities available in Annapolis. After a busy day at the Annapolis Film Festival 2013, unwind with friends at Grapes Wine Bar. The city also has lots to offer when it comes to music. Head on over to Rams Head on Stage to see one of their guest musicians. There is a different artist each night of the film festival.

B&A Trail Marathon 2013

by John Collins, REALTOR

The Jumpers Crossroads Shopping Center is the place to be on March 16th as 750 runners lace up their tennis shoes to participate in the B&A Trail Marathon 2013 in Pasadena, Maryland. This year's marathon and half-marathon are being held in memory of Ben Moore, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and retired Marine. According one source, Ben Moore is one of the initial founders of the Annapolis Striders.

While the field has reached capacity and registration is now closed for both events, come on out and support the runners along the course. Volunteers are also always needed. An expo will be held in the shopping center parking lot. This is the perfect opportunity to purchase merchandise from several area shops, visit with Dr. Raymond Infanti, and visit displays by the event sponsors.

Whether you are running or watching, everyone deserves a little retail therapy after the B&A Trail Marathon. Fortunately, the area has a great selection of boutiques, shops, and department stores ready to provide excellent service. For an outlet shopping experience, head on over to Arundel Mills. The large selection of stores available in the area guarantees you find whatever you are looking for.

Baltimore Ravens Season Highlights

by John Collins, REALTOR

The Baltimore Ravens 2012 season saw its share of ups and downs during the squad's long road to its second Super Bowl title. Here are a few of the highlights to keep you fired up during the offseason.

Less than 24 hours before the game against the New England Patriots, Ravens wide receiver, Torrey Smith, learned his younger brother, Tevin, died in a motorcycle accident. Smith decided to play in the game, and his six receptions for 127 yards and two touchdowns helped lead the Ravens to an emotional 31-30 victory.

After a humbling 30-point stampede by the Houston Texans, the Ravens brain wizards called a team meeting for Halloween morning. Head coach John Harbaugh grappled with some of the players on the team who complained about having to practice in full pads. The tense confrontation, however, proved a pivotal moment for the team, as they won their next four games.

Ray Lewis, the player whose name and polarizing personality have become synonymous with Ravens football, announced prior to the wild-card game against the Indianapolis Colts that this postseason would culminate in the 17-year veteran's “last ride.” The announcement coincided with the legendary linebacker's return to the starting lineup following a 10-week rehab after suffering a potentially season-ending tear in his triceps. It fueled the fire inside the Ravens and allowed Lewis to experience what very few professional athletes ever get to do: go out on top.

2012 Real Estate Trends for Anne Arundel County, Maryland

by John Collins, REALTOR

In order to better understand the 2012 real estate trends for Anne Arundel County, Maryland, there are a number of indicators to examine. These include the total dollar volume of sold properties, the sales prices, the number of days on the market, and the number of properties sold. Overall, the data show an improved real estate market for 2012 over 2011.

Dollar Volume of Sold Properties

One of the most significant trends for Anne Arundel County is the large increase in the sold dollar volume. In 2011, the sold dollar volume totaled 1.782 billion dollars. The 2012 figure showed an increase of over 17 percent, to 2.087 billion dollars.

Sales Prices

Prices are another important indicator of the market. The 2012 real estate trends for Anne Arundel County show an overall increase in prices. In the county, the median sold price increased over five percent between 2011 and 2012. Specifically, the figure was $280,000 in 2011, and climbed to $295,000 in 2012. Furthermore, the average sold price went from $346,720 in 2011 up to $356,297 in 2012, presenting a nearly three percent increase.

Days on the Market

The number of days on the market is another factor in real estate market health and may show whether the market favors buyers or sellers. Properties stayed an average of 122 days on the market in 2011, while in 2012 it dropped by nearly 12 percent, down to 108 days.

Number of Properties Sold

Trends also show that another very large increase occurred in the number of units sold. In particular, 2011 figures depict 5,142 units sold. The 2012 number of 5,859 units sold reveals an almost 14 percent increase. These figures may be broken down further into attached and detached units. The larger growth in units sold occurred in the detached units, namely, a 16 percent increase. These may include Bed & Breakfasts, double wide units, dwellings with rentals, houses of worship, patio homes, rooming houses or vacation homes. Attached units grew by over eight percent. Properties fitting into this category involve condos/co-ops, attached houses, duplexes, high rises, mid-rises, multi-family properties, units over storefronts, penthouses, townhouses, triplexes and vacation rentals.

Summary

Figures regarding the real estate trends for Anne Arundel County show improvements across the board compared to 2011 data, proving that today is a great day to explore all your real estate options around Anne Arundel County.

Spring is Just Around the Corner

by John Collins, REALTOR

Good Tuesday Morning!

It appears that Spring is close to being here. The first sign of Spring is the longer days and flowers beginng to bloom. It's a wonderful time to live in the Annapolis area.

Mortgage interest rates have remained almost unchanged over the past month until late last week when we saw rates take another dip. It just can't get much better than this for financing a home. If you consider that home prices are much lower than they were at the peak of the market and then consider the low cost of financing, there just may never be a better time to buy a home. This also means that it is a great time to sell your home and purchase another home whether it might be a larger home or a smaller home. The largest challenge facing home buyers right now is that the inventory of homes for sale is low. It might be slightly tougher to find the perfect home to purchase, but we are managing to find great purchase opportunities right now for the home buyers we are working with.

If you are thinkiing about purchasing your first home, moving up to a larger home or downsizing, the best way to start the process is to set a time to meet with us. We can determine your needs and then look at the best course of action for you. Once you know the process and the numbers your decision becomes much easier. I strongly advise anyone who is thinking about buying or selling a home right now to start the process with this easy analysis.

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