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$10K Price Reduction on Top Floor Condo in Germantown

Come take a look at this bright top floor condo. 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths, full size washer and dryer in the separate laundry room. Have your morning coffee in the bright breakfast area with skylights or by a fire next to the cozy fireplace.

Contact Audrey with questions today! 301-938-8028

Audrey June-Forshey | RE/MAX Reatly Group | 301-921-2672
18020 Chalet Dr., Germantown, MD
Fabulous Top Floor 2 BR 2BA Condo
2BR/2BA Condo
offered at $189,900
Year Built 1989
Sq Footage Unspecified
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2 full, 0 partial
Floors 1
Parking Unspecified
Lot Size Unspecified
HOA/Maint $170 per month


This 2 BR 2 Full Bath condo is light and bright with skylights in the kitchen and eating area. Newer appliances in kitchen. Cozy fireplace in living room. Full size laundry room with full sized washer and dryer. Large bedrooms, master with walk-in closet. Balcony and storage for all of your extra things. Neutral decor throughout.
see additional photos below

Seller contact info:
Audrey June-Forshey
RE/MAX Reatly Group
For sale by agent/broker

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Sugarloaf Craft Fair Gaithersburg Fair Grounds

If you have never been to the Sugarloaf Craft Fair this is your weekend to go.  There are artists and crafts people from all over the country here in Gaithersburg at the Fairgrounds to sell. 

I love getting the hot cider and shopping for treasures to start off the Holiday season.  They make perfect holiday gifts for family and friends, maybe a gift or two for yourself. 

The show will be this weekend November 21, 22, and 23.

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Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS® Will Help Sponsor Walk For The Homeless


Saturday, November 22, 8 – 11 am
Once again this year, GCAAR will be a sponsor for the Help the Homeless Walkathon. Come out and walk with the association! There is no cost to walk and family and friends are always welcome. The goal is to have 150 members walking, which would result in an extra donation from Fannie Mae to GCAAR’s designated charities. For more information or to sign-up, e-mail Mary Jo Powell at mjpowell@gcaar.com.





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Energy Audits Required With Home Sales Montgomery County Maryland January 1, 2009

This January 1, 2009 a home energy audit will be required to be conducted in conjunction with a home inspection when selling a home in Montgomery county Maryland.  Bill 31-07 was passed in April 2008 by the Montgomery County Council.

The Bill states;

“If a home inspection is completed in Connection with the sale of a single family home, the home inspection must include a home energy audit conducted by a qualified home energy performance rater”.

A home energy audit means that someone certified in the home energy field will test the home with the appropriate equipment to test the home’s efficiency and determine the steps, if any,  that need to be taken to improve the home’s energy rating. 

I have searched through the State of Maryland’s website and Montgomery County Website for more information.  I found where they estimate that a home energy audit would run from about $350 to $700.  This will include Town homes, I am not clear if condos will be included in this legislation or not.

It is also not clear to me if the purchaser is going to pay for this like a home inspection or if the seller is going to be responsible for the inspection prior to contract?  The other issue that is unclear to me is if the seller will have to re-mediate the items the home energy rater finds deficient with the home?

In addition the seller will be required to provide the purchaser with the home’s energy bills for the 12 previous months – prior to signing the contract of sale – and any energy improvements that the seller has done to the property.  If the seller did not occupy the property for the 12 months prior to the contract of sale, Pepco will give the average electric bill for the previous 12 months.

We are awaiting new forms and updates on how this legislation will be enforced at the beginning of the year.  I will keep everyone abreast as I receive the information.

UPDATE TO THIS POST!!  This was legislation that was on the books to be passed for 2009.  Homeowners are not required to have home energy audits.  However, the new legislation requires that home owners provide potential purchasers an list of the kilowatts or energy cosumption that is used for each month and the amount in dollars of that usage.

This is for all utilities except water consumption.

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Washington DC Area Housing Trends Report for 3rd Quarter 2008

Housing is down, we all know that. But did you know that we had one of our best Augusts ever?  Why don’t we make a bigger deal out of that?  Economists are looking to 2009 housing market to stabilize.  In depth Metro DC Housing Trends 3rd Q 2008 Report is here for you to review.  This report has been put together by MRIS and Delta Group.

There was a definite surge in business during the month of August 2008.  This is really curious to me because I have, over my career, noticed a down turn in my market during August.  Seems most folks are out of town before the kids go back to school, getting the kids ready for school and so on.

However, in this struggling market August was the fairy princess month of the year so far for 2008.  August sales were up over 7% in our market.  We have looked at different factors as to what may have contributed to this, but I don’t think that there is one factor we can point to.  One of the biggest factors, I think, is the end of the Nehemiah and Ameridream loan programs.  These were the last of the 100% style loans.  Actually, they are 97% FHA loans and the seller was able to gift the down payment to the purchaser.  These loans were scheduled to be terminated at the end of September.  Purchasers that were using this type of financing had to complete their transaction by September 30th 2008.

Also, this was before the stock market and the bailout package were the daily news headlines.  Since the bailout and stock market have been all the news, the market slowed down.  However, since the election, for me personally as an agent, I have been very busy.  Many new buyers out shopping for homes.  My buyers know that if they want to purchase, now is the time.  It is a buyer’s market and the interest rates are still very low.

You may review the report and think all is not so great.  I will tell you it is great if you are a buyer with some savings, good credit and a plan to stay in your home for 5 years or more. It has been proven time and time again that long term Real Estate is one of the most sound investments you can make.

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Instant Emergency Information In Gaithersburg

These days we all want instant everything.  From our Internet connections, to our cell phones connecting right away and answers to our questions should have been five minutes ago.  We are in tune and on the move. 

But what about an emergency?  Bad weather?  Storms coming, you know we have had a few tornadoes in this area in the last few years.  They are so rare, but if one was coming wouldn’t you want to know?  How about a tree down blocking a road after a storm.  What about a water main break that stops traffic.  These are inconveniences, but wouldn’t you like to know before hand?  Sure you would. 

Remember how scary 9/11 was here in Maryland?  Being right next to the Nation’s Capital, what a scary and traumatic day it was for all of us.  Now we were not set up back on 9/11, but rest assured our national and even local governments have come up with a way of getting emergency information to the public instantly.

Montgomery County has installed a system called Alert Montgomery County.  You can go to the link and sign up and if there is an emergency you will notified immediately through;

If you live in Gaithersburg, Takoma Park or Rockville these cities have their own Alert system.  You may follow the links directly and sign up for emergency information.

You will receive text messages to your device as soon as the message is sent.  The system is FREE, but you will need to check your wireless or online service provider to see if text messaging charges may apply to you.

Pray we never need to use the system, but thankfully our officials have come up with a way to reach as many people as possible at one time.  Please let your friends know about this service.

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Gaithersburg Celebrates Veteran’s Day

The City of Gaithersburg will celebrate Veteran’s Day, November 11th,  at the City Hall Concert Pavillion at South Summit Ave.  Everyone is invited to come out and support our troops.

The main speaker will be Rear Admiral Michael Browne, who graduate from the US Naval Academy in 1980.  There will be representatives from all branches of the military and local veterans groups. 

Gaithersburg City Officials will be laying a wreath in a Memorial Ceremony on Tuesday.  Show your support to your community and to your troops and come out on Tuesday for the service.

If you would like to help our troops you can follow this link to donate supplies to our men and woman that service our country.

God Bless America

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Habitat for Humanity Partners With Montgomery County Maryland

The Montgomery County Maryland Branch of Habitat for Humanity has had a Memorandum signed by County Executive, Isiah Leggett to purchase foreclosed properties in the County.   The plan is to purchase up to 10 homes in the county and refurbish the homes for Habitat families.


Leggett has increased the Housing Initiative Fund from $20 million a few years ago to $53 million dollars in the current fiscal budget.


The county will budget up to $350,000 per property to be purchased and refurbished.  The benefit is two fold;  The first benefit is to clean up vacant properties in County neighborhoods.  The second is to help families find affordable home ownership in Montgomery County Maryland.

Click here to read the official press release from Montgomery County, Maryland.

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What’s Cooking in Bethesda Maryland?

Bethesda Maryland has an abundance of restaurants.  There is a different flavor or taste for every palate.  However, I am not going to discuss restaurants in this post, but I am going to discuss food.  My friend, Jackie, and I are the resident foodies of our group of friends we love to entertain and cook for friends and family.

Jackie and I are pretty good cooks, but as with all things there is always room to improve.  So Jackie and I take recreational cooking classes at L’Academie de Cuisine Culinary School in Bethesda.  There is an accredited program for those who have the passion to cook, become professional chefs and make it their life’s work. Then, there are the people like Jackie and myself who really have fun cooking and concocting new dishes for the fun of it.

L’Academie de Cuisine offers demonstration classes, if you would like to be an observer or you can take a participation class and get in right in on the act.  The participation classes are what Jackie and I always sign up for.  Last night we made Beef Wellington with herb and walnut pate’, and Semolina Cake with Caramel Pears.  The class was taught by Chef Dave Arnold from L’Academie de Cuisine.

The class will start and Chef Dave Arnold will demonstrate each dish we are to prepare and then the students will work in pairs, with directions in hand, and start to prepare each dish on the menu. 

I have to say, it seemed a bit overwhelming to think we were going to make Beef Wellington and all of the trimmings in 2 to 3 hours.  However, the class had great instruction and great success.   At the end of the class, when everything is finished the reward is to sit down, with a glass of wine, and enjoy your creation.

It is a very social activity.  Jackie and I are the best of friends, and we always meet many folks in our classes.  We took photos and I emailed them to the other folks in the class so that they could share the photos of our accomplishments.

I must tell you the Beef Wellington was fabulous.  The Caramel Pear Desert was “to die for”.  If you are a die hard foodie I strongly suggest you sign up for one of L’Academie’s recreational classes.

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Open House Sunday, November 2nd 1:00 to 4:00

Audrey June-Forshey | RE/MAX Reatly Group | 301-921-2672
756 Tiffany Drive, Gaithersburg, MD
Open House Sunday November 2nd, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
5BR/3BA Single Family House
offered at $459,000
Year Built 1969
Sq Footage 2,156
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 3 full, 0 partial
Floors 4
Parking 1 Covered spaces
Lot Size 11,131 sqft
HOA/Maint $0 per month
see additional photos below

Central A/C Central heat Fireplace
Walk-in closet Hardwood floor Tile floor
Family room Living room Dining room
Dishwasher Refrigerator Stove/Oven
Microwave Attic Basement
Washer Dryer Laundry area – inside
Balcony, Deck, or Patio Yard


Seller contact info:
Audrey June-Forshey
RE/MAX Reatly Group
For sale by agent/broker

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Posted: Nov 2, 2008, 12:50pm PST

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