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Maryland 2012 Legislative Session- HB 866/SB 724- Title Insurance

by John Collins, REALTOR

Maryland 2012 Legislative Session- HB 866/SB 724- Title Insurance- Closing or Settlement Protection Practices- Study

Status: PASSED- Effective July 1,2012

Directs the Maryland Insurance Commission to conduct a study of settlement protection practices as they related to title insurance. As originally introduced, the legislation would  have charged home buyers an additional $50 to cover title insurance against theft, misappropriation and misuse of settlement funds. Representatives of the real estate industry and the Maryland Real Estate Commission will participate.

Just Listed in Pasadena, MD

by John Collins, REALTOR

Just Listed

194 Strohm Drive

Pasadena, MD 21122

MLS Number: AA7933910

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This Spacious rancher is perfectly situated on a wooded .32 acreage lot. All of the amenities of the water privileged neighborhood of Chelsea Beach are available at a minimal fee. Hardwood floors are featured throughout most of the first floor. Freshly painted and detailed this home is ready to move in.For more Information Click Here

Please call John Collins at 410-224-4999/410-693-6000 or e-mail him at johncollins@mris.com for more information or to schedule your private tour today!

Open House, Churchton, MD

by John Collins, REALTOR

Open House 12-3pm
Sunday, September 30,2012

1224 Chesapeake Drive, Churchton, MD 20733
MLS Number: AA7887114
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Gorgeous views of the bay. Enjoy a sense of serenity as you look out to the water from a great wrap around porch & gazebo. Versatile floor plan, sure to accommodate any lifestyle. A fully fenced backyard with more than enough room for entertaining guests. Community amenities include beach, community piers, boat ramp & playground. For More Information or Directions Click Here

Please call John Collins at 410-224-4999/410-693-6000 or e-mail him at johncollins@mris.com for more information or to schedule your private tour today!

Just Listed in Pasadena, MD

by John Collins, REALTOR

Just Listed

102 Southview Lane

Pasadena, MD 21122

MLS Number: AA7934500

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This charming rancher in the water privileged community of Pine Grove Village has been updated throughout. 3 Bedrooms, 2Baths, Upgraded kitchen and bathrooms, full finished basement with full bath. This Premium cul-de-sac lot features mature landscaping, a fully fenced backyard and storage shed. For more Information please Click here.

Please call John Collins at 410-224-4999/410-693-6000 or e-mail him at johncollins@mris.com for more information or to schedule your private tour today!

Weekend Events Annapolis, MD- September 28,29,30, 2012

by John Collins, REALTOR

Enjoy a fun weekend near Annapolis, Maryland

Friday September 28th:

"Journey Through Textures" The Friends of Quiet Water Park presents " Journey Through Textures: Weavings by Jessica Clow and Margaret O'Brian" in the Garden Gallery. The exhibit opens on Thursday, September 27th and runs through Sunday, November 11th with a Reception scheduled for September 30th from 2-4pm. For details please visit www.friendsofquietwaterpark.org or call 410-867-0078


"Artful Octogenarians Watercolor and Oil" The Friends of Quiet Water Park present "Artful Octogenarians Watercolor and Oil by Bush Keeler and David Keeler" in the Willow Gallery. The Exhibit opens on Thursday, September 27th and runs through Sunday, November 11th with a Reception scheduled for September 30th from 2pm-4pm. For details please visit www.friendsofquietwaterpark.org or call 410-867-0078

Annapolis Symphony Orchestra the 2012-2013 Lexus Classic Series opens at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts with British pianist Michael Roll preforming with the ASO on September 28th and 29th at 8pm. The concerts will feature John Mackey's Redline Tango, Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 and Serio Prokofiev's Romeo & Juliet, Suite. For information and a detailed line up of Concerts in the Lexus Classic Series, Please visit www.annapolissymphony.org or call 410-269-1132

Honey Harvest Biergarten Kick off Ocktoberfest at Honey Harvest South in our Tented German Beer Garden to be held Friday, September 28th from 7-10pm! Enjoy a wide selection of German Beers and a wonderful selection of authentic german foods. Tickets include german beer samples, entry to the festive tented beer garden, Dinner Buffet and Dessert and Souvenir Tasting Mug. For more information, RSVP call 410-257-1157 honeysharvest.com


Saturday September 29th:


Free Museum Day Visit participating museums for free during this annual event hosted by Smithsonian Media. Local participants include Riverdale House Museum and Mount Clare Museum House. Hours and locations vary. Visit website to print required free pass. smithsonianmag.com/museumday

Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival Please join us for the 25th Aniversary of the Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival on Saturday, September 29th from 10am-7pm at the Annapolis City Dock. THe City Dock is significant and appropriate because it was the site of Kunta Kinte's arrival to America on September 29th, 1767. The festival kicks off with a reenactment of Kunta Kinte's arrival, followed by a procession led by the Annapolis Drum and Bugle Corps which will march to the festival site. Spend the day as if you were in West Africa enjoying the drumming, dancing, arts and crafts market and traditional food. The Children's Tent features crafts and dress-ups presented by Chesapeake Children's Museum. For more information please visit www.kuntakinte.org


Sunday September 30th:

Fall Festival 2012 An Annual Tradition! The Annual Fall Festival on Maryland Avenue and State Circle on Sunday, September 30th from 10am-5pm. An old fashioned street festival in the heart of Historic Annapolis. Art, Crafts, Antiques, Home Decor and Children's Activites. Bistro dining at Galway Bay and Harry Browne's. Live music. Free and free parking nearby at Calvert and St. john's Streets. For more information call 410-990-9700 or 240-432-1772 or visit marylandave.com


Annapolis Run for Shelter and 5th Annual Jogging Joe Shafran Memorial Run are a half marathon and a 4.2 mile fun race. Proceeds will benefit the Light House Shelter. At Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis. Half marathon at 7:30am;  Jogging Joe run at 7:45am Friendslhs.org 410-268-4251

Dog Fall Fashion Show Annapolis dogs come out in styleto wlk the "cat walk" wearing the newest fashions available at Paws Pet Boutique on Sunday, Septemeber 30th beginning at 11:30am. One of many fun festivites scheduled during the annual Fall Festival on Maryland Avenue and State Circle. You will enjoy dogs of all sizes strutting their stuff and looking fablous in their fashionable threads. For more information visit pawspetboutique.com or call 410-263-8683

Maryland 2012 Legislative Session- HB 678/SB 591- Real Property

by John Collins, REALTOR

Maryland 2012 Legislative Session- HB 678/SB 591- Real Property- Manufactured Homes- Affixation to and Severance from Real Property

Status: PASSED- Effective October 1, 2012

Creates a statutory process for converting a mobile or manufactured home to real property. The legislation authorizes an Affidavit of Affixation to be recorded in the land records as long as the owner of the property meets certain conditions. The Clerk of the Court may charge reasonable fees for recording the property. Any fees or tax typically levied for the sale of real property (e.g., transfer taxes) are prohibited if the owner is only recording the Affidavit of Affixation. The Legislation is intended to create a simpler process to convert these properties to real property and thereby take advantage of better lending terms.

Maryland 2012 Legislative Session-HB 1411-Enviroment

by John Collins, REALTOR

Maryland 2012 Legislative Session-HB 1411-Enviroment- Water management Administration - Wetlands andWaterways Program Fees
Status:PASSED- effective July 1, 2012

Establishes a new fee schedule for wetland and waterway permits. The Bill lowers the fee for homeowners by reducing the fee schedule for minor residential modifications and keeps the current $750 fee for minor residential projects. The fee would increase for most major nonresidential projects, but not all commercial projects. In fact, certain specified activites (commercial or residential) would have lower fees. Those activites include projects such as: installation of boat lifts; installation of floating platforms; driveways; bulkhead repair.

Maryland 2012 Legislative Session-HB 987/SB 614- Stormwater Management

by John Collins, REALTOR

Maryland 2012 Legislative Session-HB 987/SB 614- Stormwater Management- Watershed Protection and Restoration Program
Status: PASSED - Effective July, 1. 2012

As originally introduced, would have required all local governments to impose a stormwater management fee on all residential and commercial property. MAR opposed the bill, because counties already have authority to impose stormwater fees. The legislation was amended to require only those local jurisdictions subject to a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination system (NPDES) Phase I Permit to impose a stormwater fee (about ten counties). The legislation gives local goverment some discretion in creating the fee.

Maryland 2012 Legislative Session-HB 923- Property Tax Credit

by John Collins, REALTOR

Maryland 2012 Legislative Session-HB 923- Property Tax Credit- Neighborhood Conservation Act of 2012
Status: PASSED- Effective June 30,2012

Authorizes local governments to pass a property tax credit for individuals purchasing property in designated areas of high foreclosure activity, blight or vacant property. The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is charged with developing regulations detailingthe application procedure for determining a neighborhood conservation area.

Weekend Events Annapolis, MD- September 21,22,23, 2012

by John Collins, REALTOR

Enjoy a fun weekend near Annapolis, Maryland

Friday September 21st:

Parker Quartet/St. John's College The acclaimed Parker Quartet returns to St. John's College to perform a program of classical works. The concert, which is FREE and open to the public will be held in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium on Friday, September 21st at 8:15pm. For more information please visit www.stjohnscollege.edu or call 410-626-2539

Pink Poker Night, Join us wine ,coffee,hors d'oeuvres and friendly competition benefiting cancer patients and their families, served by the Wellness House of Annapolis and Save the Coconuts. Homestead Gardens, Severna Park. 6-9pm Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 410-384-7966, homesteadgardens.com

Magic Show Fundraiser, Glen Burnie. St. Paul's Lutheran School invites you to the Magical Mystery Show featuring the comedy and illusions of Carson Entertainment!  Voted the #1 family act of Las Vegas two years in a row, Carson brings his full Vegas show for families to enjoy on September 21st.  The show starts at 7pm, doors open at 6:30.  Tickets are available at the door or in advance by calling the school at 410-766-5790.  Tickets are $10 per person and benefit the school and the Lutheran Mission Society.  The school is located at 308 Oak Manor Drive, Glen Burnie, Md. 21060.  Concessions available. Contact Joyce Heid 410-766-5790 or jheid@stpauls-lutheran.org. stpaulsgb.org


Parents Night Out, Have a night out while the kids play games, watch movies and eat pizza. North Arundel Aquatic Center, Glen Burni. 5-7:45pm $10 in advance, $12 day of. Ages 6-11 410-222-0090, aacounty.org/recparks.

Saturday September 22nd:

Classic Wooden Boat Rendezvous and Regatta, Calling all classic wooden boats large and small. This is your chance to showcase your pride and joy alongside other classic yachts in the heart of America's Sailing Capital. The 3rd Annual Classic Wooden Boat Rendezous and Regatta to be held September 22nd-24th, is a fun and casual gathering of classic wooden sailboats to showcase their history and elegance and to provide an informal opportunity to compete in a low-key race against similar vessels. Any boat under 60 feet in length, whose hull is built from wood and whose design dates back before 1970 may participate. This includes any newer boat which has been built to a pre-1970 design. For information and to register please visit the National Sailing Hall of Fame website www.nshof.org or call 410-295-3022.

Hospice Cup, Annapolis. Come out to the annual Hospice Cup, a regatta benefitting three area hospice centers. The event is also looking for business sponsors Visit hospicecup.org for more details

First Annual Harvest Spaghetti Dinner. This dinner will support the Goshen Farm Preservation Society. Funds from this event, which will match the state grant, will be used to continue the restoration of the houses and the Goshen Farm. Cape Saint Claire United Methodist Church, Annapolis. Seating at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person. goshenfarm.org/community-garden


London Town and Garden Fall Plant Sale! Join London Town on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 8am-12 noon for their popular annual fall plant sale and take home an unusual camillia or mognolia a London Town grown perennial, or a seasonal plant from the Melwood Horticultural program. anne arundel county Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and assist you. For details please visit www.historiclondontown.org or call 410-222.1919


Sunday September 23rd:


West Annapolis Oktoberfest. Listen to a German Oom-Pa-Pa band perform while you shop from vendors and enjoy beer and German food. Annapolis Street, Annapolis. westannapolisbusiness.org

Cinderella Pageant. Participants, ages 2-26, from Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey compete in beauty, talent and photogenic. Winners receive crowns, trophies, sashes and entry fee paid into state pageant. Severna Park Community Center, Severna Park. 1-4 p.m. $125. 302-691-8208, cinderellapageantsde.com


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John Collins, Realtor
JohnCollinsGroup of Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc
108 Old Solomons Island Road - U4
Annapolis MD 21401
Office: 410-224-4999
Cell: 410-693-6000
Fax: 410-224-4032 Email: John@JohnCollinsGroup.
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