The Catonsville Farmers Markets are opening this week!

The Catonsville Farmers Markets are opening this week!

Sunday Option:

Sponsored by the Catonsville Chamber of Commerce, the weekend market celebrates its Opening Day on Sunday, May 1 and runs, RAIN OR SHINE, through November 20, 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Its growing number of vendors offer a wonderful array of Maryland farm-fresh foods, from poultry, pork and eggs, to produce, fruits and herbs, with baked goods and unique specialty items rounding out the offerings.
But that’s just the beginning. Throughout the season local musicians and community organizations will participate in the market. The Chamber’s Sunday venue is a community event where you’ll gather with friends and neighbors for a relaxed, old-fashioned farmers’ market experience.

The market is now an authorized FMNP Farmers Market and certified vendors may accept WIC and SFMNP checks. For details, call the Catonsville Chamber at 410-719-9609 or email chamber@catonsville.org.

Wednesday Option:

NEW location this year! The Wednesday Farmers Market is now being held at The Christian Temple at 5820 Edmondson Ave.

The market is open to customers on Wednesdays from 10am– 1pm from May 4, 2016 to November 23, 2016. This market is produce only so come ready to stock up on your fruits, veggies and meats for the week.

For more information about the Wednesday Market, visit http://www.catonsvillefarmersmarket.com/.

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For Sale By Owner

For Sale By Owner (FSBO)

I know a great real estate agent you should hire.

He’s very enthusiastic and well-intentioned. He’s also completely honest and trustworthy, and he really wants to do a great job for you.

On the other hand, he has never sold a house before. He has never taken a real estate course, does not hold a real estate license, and knows nothing about real estate law.

He has no background in sales or marketing and doesn’t know anyone in the real estate business.

He does not know how to find prospective buyers (although he’s confident that won’t be a problem), and he admits to being completely unfamiliar with the elements of negotiating a real estate contract — in fact, he’s never even drafted a real estate contract.

He does not have access to the Multiple Listing Service (he’s not even sure what that is or what it offers) and he knows nobody in the mortgage, title settlement, or related fields, nor does he know anything about those businesses.

But like I said, this guy is honest, motivated, and wants to do a great job for you. Oh, and best of all, he’s free. Would you hire him?

No, of course not. It’s obvious why such a person is willing to work for free: Nobody would ever think of paying him!

Yet, if you’re planning to sell your home on your own, without the benefits of a real estate agent, this is exactly who you are hiring: You’re hiring yourself. ~Ric Edelman “The Truth About Money”

If this isn’t enough to convince you, consider the following facts:

85% of FSBO’s end up listing with a Realtor.

Of the 15% that “successfully” sell FSBO:

FSBO homes sell for 18% less than comparative properties listed with Realtors, on average.

Realtors commission is typically 6-7%. (Do the Math)

FSBO transactions take 7 months longer to close.

FSBO’s spent $2,500 more on inspection repairs then listings represented by Realtors.

40% said they knew the Buyer of their home personally before the transaction.

Only 14% sold their home in the time they budgeted.

Only 13% said they had enough time to devote to the sale.

63% said the FSBO process impeded with work.

77% said it impeded with time spent with their family.

Source: 2012 Profile of Buyers and Sellers, NAR Research

When the time comes for you to list your home, call a Realtor! A Realtor will provide you with a competitive market analysis specific to your house in your neighborhood. A Realtor will professionally market your home which will result in your property being viewed by a large number of people in a short amount of time. A Realtor will work to get you the best price with as little hassle to you as possible. Call me anytime for a free market analysis of your home.

What is the Difference Between a REALTOR and an Agent?

narFrequently you will hear the words “REALTOR” and “Real estate agent” used interchangeably. What you may not know is that not all real estate agents are REALTORS. While both can be licensed to sell real estate, there are some major differences and advantages to using a REALTOR. When a real estate agent gets their license, they join a brokerage and can sell real estate. They have to complete continuing education to keep their license in good standing and they are supervised by a licensed broker.

Some agents decide to take it a step further and become REALTORS. By joining the National Association of REALTORS, agents commit to abide by the NAR Code of Ethics. While all agents are governed by laws, the Code of Ethics takes it up a notch to ensure that REALTORS are providing the best service to everyone they come in contact with.

NAR also offers additional education and resources for REALTORS to access. One such resource is the Realtor.com website. Only REALTOR’s listings are featured on this site for consumers.

REALTORS are also members of the local and state Board of Realtors. This means REALTORS are getting the most up to date information about the markets in your area!

When it comes time to select an agent to sell your home or help you buy a new one, be sure to call a REALTOR!

http://www.realtor.org/

http://www.realtor.com/