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Chase Away the Winter Blues in Bethesda

Lemon Almond Cake at Praline Bakery

Lemon Almond Cake at Praline Bakery

After the epic blizzard, Snowzilla, last weekend many Bethesda residents are experiencing cabin fever!  We found today that a delectable dessert like Lemon Almond Cake at Praline Bakery in Bethesda chased the blues away!

Sick of the melting snow everywhere?  There’s nothing like a sunny slice of heaven melting in your mouth to make your day a little brighter.  We highly recommend a slice…or maybe the whole cake!

 

Praline Bakery is located at 4611 Sangamore Rd, Bethesda, MD 20816 in The Shops at Sumner Place.

Top 3 Impacts to Home Ownership in 2015

The Year 2015 brought with it some important changes for homeowners and would-be home buyers in Montgomery County and nationwide. Here are the top 3 changes this past year:

  1. Federal Reserve Rate Hike

    Fed Implements 0.25% Rate Hike in 2015

    Fed Implements 0.25% Rate Hike in 2015

On December 16th, 2015, the Fed raised interest rates by 0.25% for the first time since June 2006. While mortgage rates will not drastically increase quite yet, you can certainly expect to a see a gradual and continuous rise in mortgage interest rates in the year ahead. If you’re thinking about buying, act sooner rather than later.

In addition, if you have an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) or home equity line of credit (HELOC), it will likely adjust upward upon your next anniversary date especially if the Fed continues to raise rates incrementally in 2016.  Most economist are predicting that mortgage interest rates will remain at historically low levels but gradually rise into the 4.25% to 4.5% range over the coming year. 

2.  Mandatory Radon Testing Required to Sell Your Home

In November 2015, the County Council approved a new regulation requiring home sellers in Montgomery County to perform radon testing before the sale of any single-family home – the first such regulation in the entire country. There are a few exceptions to this testing rule – estate sales and tear-down properties are among them. The new regulation goes into effect in October 2016.  While there is no requirement for the installation of a remediation system based on testing results, a buyer will be permitted to cancel a home sale contract if the seller should refuse to do so. The cost of installing a radon remediation system is usually around $1,000.

Radon testing required as of Oct. 2016

Radon testing required as of Oct. 2016

There has been a great deal of controversy surrounding this new legislation. While proponents assert that buyers need to be informed about radon and the impacts of this odorless, colorless carcinogenic gas that may be present in homes, opponents challenge that the testing requirement is ridiculous for a number of reasons including flawed test results (home kits can be purchased from stores for around $40 for a 2-day test; however, the World Health Organization and the EPA state that 90-day testing is much more accurate). Opponents have also suggested that buyer educational requirements should suffice versus mandatory testing.

  1. Massive Overhaul in Home Sale Closing Process Nationwide

    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is now in charge

    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is now in charge

Thinking of buying or selling a home in 2016? As of October 2015, MASSIVE changes occurred in mortgage lending laws across the country. Thanks to the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has taken over the administration of RESPA (Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act) from HUD (Housing and Urban Development). With this new government agency comes sweeping changes including new forms, new rules and new time frames for a typical home sale. These changes are nationwide affecting home sellers, home buyers, settlement attorneys, mortgage lenders and real estate agents alike.

The goal of this reform was to simplify the information provided to buyers and make mortgages more transparent and easier for the consumer to understand. As with most any government agency created to “simplify” things, complaints run rampant that these new changes are more confusing, more time consuming and more expensive for everyone.

If you are planning to buy or sell a home in 2016, expect longer settlement times (45-60 days versus 30 days), new procedures and new forms you have never seen before. Contact Brian and Amy Maury or your mortgage lending professional to discuss these changes in more detail.

SOLD! 5823 Osceola Road in Bethesda, MD

Subdivision: High Point

List Price:  $835,000 (Call for sold price)

5823 Osceola Road, Bethesda, MD 20816

We helped a local family find a home that would be ideal for a large scale renovation/expansion.  We assisted our clients in a competition for the property with another well qualified buyer and helped them prevail in a multiple offer situation.  We further assisted the clients by providing guidance on renovation ideas in terms of floorplan development and general cost estimates.

What can Brian and Amy help you do?

For questions, please contact Brian and Amy Maury.

Maury Real Estate

Maury Real Estate has unveiled a new company website featuring information about the team, the services offered and home buying and selling information.

Maury Real Estate agents are highly educated and offer decades of experience, specializing in the greater Northwest DC and Montgomery County, Maryland area.  Their agents offer a complimentary home buyer and seller consultation to anyone thinking about an upcoming home purchase or sale.

Custom marketing plans for each home coupled with the latest technology tools are a few of the keys to their success.  Maury Real Estate agents care most about client satisfaction as evidenced by the fact that most of their business is generated from satisfied customers referring friends, family and business associates.  High quality communication is the foundation of their business model.

For more information, take a look at the Maury Real Estate website and contact their agents anytime for a complimentary consultation:

MauryRealEstate.net

Maury Real Estate.net

SOLD! Elegant Colonial in Sumner – 4910 Scarsdale Rd, Bethesda

4910 Scarsdale Rd in Sumner

4910 Scarsdale Rd in Sumner

Property Tour Link:  4910 Scarsdale Rd, Bethesda, MD 20816

Subdivision: Sumner

List Price:  $1,495,000 

This elegant and stately center-hall colonial is one of the most impressive homes in Sumner. Located on a generous corner lot, the home has a commanding view. Featuring four finished levels, it offers six bedrooms, four full baths and two additional half-baths.

Family room addition with kitchen eating bar

Family room addition with kitchen eating bar

Conveniently located in Sumner, it is within approximately one mile of the DC line and an easy commute via Massachusetts Ave.  Ideally located near the Capital Crescent Trail, MetroBus, RideOn, parks, restaurants & shopping at Westbard, Kenwood Station, and Sumner Place shopping centers. The home offers generous living and dining rooms off the foyer.

Kitchen open to family room addition

Kitchen open to family room addition

The updated kitchen is open to the family room with high ceilings, gas fireplace and lots of light.  The sliding Pella doors to the flagstone patio and overhead pergola offer a perfect entertaining indoor/outdoor space.

The well-planned kitchen offers an eating bar, Corian counters and stainless-steel appliances including double-wall ovens and a gas cooktop.  

Additional living spaces on the main floor include a den/office with a wet bar as well as a sunroom with a vaulted ceiling.   The finished basement has a recreation room with wet bar, 1/2 bath, utility room and one-car attached oversized garage open to a workshop/storage area .  The home also offers the security and convenience of a whole-house generator and comfort of a two-zone HVAC system.  New roof installed in 2014.

Sunroom with vaulted ceiling with fan

Sunroom with vaulted ceiling with fan

Enjoy some of the best schools in the country – Walt Whitman High School, Pyle Middle School and Woodacres Elementary.

Contact Brian or Amy Maury for sale price and other details.

Listed by Maury Real Estate, 301-229-3652

SOLD! 4601 Chevy Chase Blvd, Chevy Chase, MD

4601 Chevy Chase Blvd, Chevy Chase, MD

4601 Chevy Chase Blvd, Chevy Chase, MD

Property Tour Link: 4601 Chevy Chase Blvd., Chevy Chase, MD 20815 – Click on the address to see floorplan and additional photos.

Subdivision: Chevy Chase Terrace/Somerset

List Price!  $1,299,000 – Sold!  Call for sale price

This is a truly special home offering an incredible value! Situated in Chevy Chase Terrace between Bethesda and Friendship Heights, it is conveniently near two Red-Line Metro stops.  Schools include Somerset Elementary, Westland Middle School and Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School.  It’s an easy stroll to Norwood Park, downtown Bethesda restaurants and Friendship Heights shopping.

Family room off updated kitchen

Family room off updated kitchen

This center-hall colonial has four levels with 7 bedrooms and 6 1/2 bathrooms.  It is ideal for entertaining with gracious rooms and a circular flow.  

It includes an updated kitchen, open family room addition, two main floor baths, spacious dining room, grand living room with a fireplace and a small catering kitchen nearby plus an office (7th bedroom) on the main level. The design is perfect for a live-in nanny or as a separate suite for multigenerational family arrangement.

Spacious Living Room

Spacious Living Room

On the second floor there are four spacious bedrooms and three full baths (two baths are brand new!). The 4th floor offers two additional bedrooms and a small full bathroom. Updated windows throughout the home keep it quiet inside!

Fenced yard with deck off family room

Fenced yard with deck off family room

Basement recreation room, half bath, laundry and large storage area. Backyard is fenced, level and roomy with a large deck for entertaining. Off-street driveway parking too – long enough for three cars. This is a unique home with lots of updates!

 

Contact Brian or Amy Maury for details of the sale.

Listed by Maury Real Estate, Office Phone: 301-229-3652

SOLD! 5102 Marlyn Dr, Bethesda

5102 Marlyn Dr, Bethesda

5102 Marlyn Dr, Bethesda

Property Tour Link: 5102 Marlyn Drive, Bethesda, MD 20816

Subdivision: Mass Ave Hills/Sumner

List Price:  $949,000Contact us for final sales price.

There have been many recent updates to this wonderful, roomy home! The neighborhood is within one mile of the DC line for an easy commute down Massachusetts Ave and ideally located near the Capital Crescent Trail, MetroBus, RideOn, parks, restaurants & shopping.

Cherry Cabinets, eating bar and breakfast nook overlooking backyard

Cherry Cabinets, eating bar and breakfast nook overlooking backyard

The generously-sized kitchen is perfect for entertaining with an eating bar, cozy breakfast nook with built-ins, wine refrigerator, double ovens, granite counters, stainless steel appliances & abundant cherry cabinets.

The master bedroom with its full bath is located on the main floor.  The main level also offers an additional office or guest bedroom and a another full bath in the hall.  Newly refinished hardwoods on main level so you can move right in!

The spacious living room is elegant with room enough for a grand piano.  There are built-in bookshelves and a wood burning fireplace with a marble surround.  The formal dining room is perfectly sized and opens to the screened porch with ceiling fan.  The level backyard has been extensively landscaped including a flagstone patio, fountain and small pond and plenty of privacy.

5102 Marlyn Dr. Backyard patio and screened porch

5102 Marlyn Dr. Backyard patio and screened porch

The upstairs offers four additional bedrooms, a full bath and a large walk-in attic storage room. Architectural plans are available to convert to an upper level master suite with a walk-in closet and private master bathroom.  The two-car garage has an automatic opener for convenience and the paver driveway is a nice upgrade to the home. Enjoy some of the best schools in the country – Walt Whitman High School, Pyle Middle School and Woodacres Elementary.  This home is a rare find!

Listed by Maury Real Estate

SOLD! Sumner Court in Bethesda

Newly refinished hardwood floors!

Newly refinished hardwood floors!

Property Tour Link: 5007 Sentinel Dr. #43, Bethesda, MD 20816

Subdivision: Sumner Court

List Price: $305,000 – Call for sale price.

Sold Sept. 2015

This renovated two-bedroom condo is located in one of the most popular areas in Bethesda just off MacArthur Blvd and Sangamore Road and near Massachusetts Ave.  Situated just steps over the DC line and within walking distance to the Capital Crescent Trail, shopping, restaurants, METRO bus (D5) and RideOn Bus, you just can’t beat the location!  Easy commute to DC or Virginia.

The condo offers newly refinished hardwood floors and a renovated kitchen with new wood cabinets, appliances and granite counters. The unit is located on the ground floor corner of the building offering extra light.  It is in a quiet spot in the community away from the road. Conveniently park right outside the door!  Parking is plentiful at Sumner Court.

Patio outside front door at Sumner Court

Patio outside front door at Sumner Court

 

Sumner Court Pool

Sumner Court Pool

The condo fee of $590 per month includes ALL UTILITIES – heating, air conditioning, electricity, water and sewer.  It also covers snow removal in the winter plus management of an abundance of community amenities.  Some of those amenities include an outdoor community swimming pool with lifeguard services, a newly renovated playground, picnic area, bike storage, laundry facilities and storage cages are available too.

The condo offers an excellent investment opportunity or rental alternative.  Turn-key condition!

Listed by Brian and Amy Maury, Maury Real Estate, 301-229-3652.

SOLD! 5307 Wakefield Rd, Bethesda in Popular Green Acres

Property Tour Link: 5307 Wakefield Road, Bethesda, MD 20816

Subdivision: Greenacres

List Price:  $869,000

5307 Wakefield Rd, Bethesda - Green Acres Community

5307 Wakefield Rd, Bethesda – Green Acres Community

This charming 4-bedroom colonial is situated on a quiet street in the popular Green Acres community, close to the Friendship Heights Metro and just steps over the DC line.  Enjoy the nearby Metro Bus, RideOn, shopping, Whole Foods, restaurants, Capital Crescent Trail and Little Falls Pool. Westbrook Elementary can be conveniently accessed via a private walking trail from the Green Acres neighborhood.

Screened porch with ceiling fan

Screened porch with ceiling fan

The home has been meticulously maintained and offers a first-floor addition which includes a master bedroom suite with a full bath and a separate washer and dryer, plus a large breakfast room open to the kitchen and a screened porch. At the time of its construction, the addition was reinforced to support a second floor should someone wish to add additional bedrooms to the home upstairs as well.  Easy and affordable future expansion!

Single-story addition includes main floor master suite, screened porch and breakfast room.

Single-story addition includes main floor master suite, screened porch and breakfast room.

The spacious living room has built-in shelves and a gas fireplace.  The main floor with hardwoods throughout also includes a den/office near the foyer.  The home has newer windows & a young roof.

Backyard at 5307 Wakefield Rd

Backyard at 5307 Wakefield Rd

Exterior amenities include a fenced yard, tool shed and a paved driveway for convenient off-street parking.  The basement has a recreation room, laundry and a utility space.  Newer hot water heater.

Contact Brian or Amy Maury for a private showing anytime!

Listed by Maury Real Estate

SOLD! 8811 Ridge Road in Bethesda, MD

Subdivision: Hillmead

List Price:  $889,000 (Call for sold price)

8811 Ridge Road, Bethesda, MD 20817

8811 Ridge Road, Bethesda, MD 20817

We helped a couple who were relocating from California find a great home in the sought after Hillmead neighborhood.  With multiple offers potentially swirling around the house we helped them present an attractive offer to the seller and secure a contract.  After the sale we helped the couple find several contractors to make the home just right for them.

What can Brian and Amy help you do?

For questions, please contact Brian and Amy Maury.

SOLD! 3883 Connecticut Ave NW Unit 204

Wonderful two bedroom condo in The Connecticut has it all!  Click here to view the property tour.

Listed at $499,000 – Call for SOLD Price

The Connecticut is a full-service building with concierge and 24-hour security

The Connecticut is a full-service building with concierge and 24-hour security

The Connecticut is a sought-after community for its ideal location within easy proximity to TWO Metro stops (Cleveland Park and Van Ness/UDC), restaurants, shopping and the Uptown Theater.  The building is set back behind another condo complex so it’s away from the road –  more quiet and private than others on Connecticut Ave, yet enjoying all the conveniences of this amazing DC location.

The rooftop pool and sundeck at The Connecticut

The rooftop pool and sundeck at The Connecticut

The Connecticut offers full service including 24-hr security, on-site property management and concierge services such as dry cleaning pick-up and drop off, mailing services and guest arrival notification. The building’s lobby has recently been remodeled too.

The building includes a rooftop pool with a view, outdoor shower, sun deck and BBQs, a fitness center, business center, party room and a community lounge.

The condo unit offered for sale is unit #204, a light-filled, freshly painted 2 Bedroom, 2 bathroom unit.   It includes an in-unit washer and dryer and a garage parking spot that happens to be right next to the elevator!

Living area with virtual staging

Living area with virtual staging

The unit also offers a balcony, hardwood floors in the main living areas and NEW carpet in bedrooms. Central air conditioning and heat in each unit is separately metered and controlled in this modern building constructed in 2002 and remodeled in 2005.

Listed by Brian & Amy Maury , Maury Real Estate. 301-229-3652

SOLD! 4960 Sentinel Drive, #205 in Bethesda, MD

Subdivision: Sumner Village

List Price:  $518,000 (Call for sold price)

4960 Sentinel Drive, #205, Bethesda, MD 20816

4960 Sentinel Drive, #205, Bethesda, MD 20816

We helped a couple sell their condominium in Sumner Village.  The property featured wooded views Brazilian cherry wood floors and an updated table space kitchen w/designer lighting. Gorgeous master suite w/ walk-in closet w/ELFA shelving & full renovated bath. The hall bath had also been renovated. The popular Sumner Village community features a large swimming pool, sauna, tennis & gym and is near the Crescent Trail & the shops and amenities of Sumner Place Shopping center. 

What can Brian and Amy help you do?

For questions, please contact Brian and Amy Maury.

SOLD! 5000 Battery Lane, #902, in Bethesda

Subdivision: Madison Park Condominium

List Price:  $479,900 (Call for sold price)

5000 Battery Lane, #902, Bethesda, MD 20814

5000 Battery Lane, #902, Bethesda, MD 20814

We helped a couple who live abroad purchase a second home within walking distance of downtown Bethesda.  Of course purchasing a home when you live out to the country can be a little tricky but we helped them coordinate all the details with the title company so the transaction went very smoothly. Voilà!

What can Brian and Amy help you do?

For questions, please contact Brian and Amy Maury.

SOLD! 206 Whitmoor Terrace, Silver Spring

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206 Whitmoor Terrace, Silver Spring, MD Listed by: Maury Real Estate

Property Tour Link:  206 Whitmoor Terrace, Silver Spring, MD

Subdivision: Woodmoor

List Price: $499,000 (Call for Sold Price)

Nestled beneath a canopy of mature trees and overlooking the Northwest Branch Park, this remodeled colonial features a family room addition, extensively updated kitchen, renovated baths, thermal pane windows, new roof and upgraded utilities. It offers three bedrooms upstairs and a guest suite with full bath on the lower level.  The back yard borders park land and is very private, surrounded by trees.  The home is wonderful for outdoor entertaining with a large deck and patios in the fenced yard.

Back Yard Deck and Patio at 206 Whitmoor Terr

Back Yard Deck and Patio at 206 Whitmoor Terr

Located in the highly-coveted Woodmoor community this home is convenient to the nearby Forest Glen Red-Line Metro stop as well as the Four Corners, Woodmoor and Burnt Mills shopping areas. Woodmoor is a great place to live where neighbors really know each other and actively participate in the civic association, annual yard sale, Halloween and Garden parades, book clubs, baby-sitting coop, and community events.

Click here to view the virtual tour and additional photos.

For a personal tour of the home, please contact Brian and Amy Maury

Listed by: Brian and Amy Maury, Maury Real Estate, 301-652-0400

SOLD! 6121 Ramsgate Road in Bethesda, MD

Subdivision: Wood Acres

List Price:  $880,000 (Call for sold price)

6121 Ramsgate Road, Bethesda, MD 20816

6121 Ramsgate Road, Bethesda, MD 20816

We helped a family relocate from out of state to the Bethesda area.  They wanted to be in the Whitman School district and we found just the perfect home for them in the popular Wood Acres community.

What can Brian and Amy help you do?

For questions, please contact Brian and Amy Maury.