Buyer Representation - Ocean City, MD
My phone rings while sitting in my office, located on 86th street in Ocean City, Maryland. Assuming it’s a real estate call I answer promptly. Before I get to introduce myself, I hear, “I only want to talk to the listing agent because I’ll get a better deal on the property I see on your website.” I politely respond that I am not the listing agent and before I can say anything else the caller hangs up on me. This isn’t the first time this has happened, and it surely won’t be the last. However, it does get me thinking. I realize the person is trying to save money, but they obviously lack knowledge of agency in Maryland....
Most of the Real Estate sold in Ocean City, MD is part of a Condominium Association. An Association is made of all the owners in the building and governed by the By-Laws and Declarations. The members of the Association vote on a Board of Directors; the Board of Directors are tasked to run the building as detailed in the By-Laws and Declarations. Associations can either manage the building, Self-Managed, or hire a third party, Management Company, to oversee the day to day operations. Part of the duties of the Board of Directors is to establish a Condo Fee that Covers the costs...
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT OCEAN CITY, MARYLAND
I get asked a lot of questions from buyers about Ocean City, MD. I hope you find these answers to my most frequently asked questions helpful.
Q. Where is Ocean City, MD?
A. Ocean City, MD is located on the East Coast of Maryland and the Atlantic Ocean.
Q. How many streets make up Ocean City, MD from the Inlet to DE line?
A. Ocean City, MD is approximately 156 streets.
Q. How many miles from the Ocean City, MD Inlet to DE line?
A. Ocean City, MD is approximately 9.2 miles from the Inlet to Delaware line.
Q. How long is the Ocean City,...
Free Fun In Ocean City, MD
I can still hear the words from my father, “If you’re bored, you’re boring!” I’ll even admit that I may be guilty of using this one liner with my own kids now and again. Living in Ocean City has spoiled my children with countless opportunities to play, explore, and live everyday like it’s a vacation!
Ocean City is so jam packed with fun that I thought breaking it down into three categories would be easiest!
Three Amusement Parks within Three Miles- Ocean City, MD
For those who love action packed vacation days, need I say any more than THREE amusement parks within THREE miles!!! Ocean City, Maryland has a little bit of everything for everyone! Check out what each park has to offer and find the right fit for your family!
Jolly Roger Amusement Park - 30th Street - If you have ever driven down coastal highway with a car full of kids, or even one, you have heard the shrieks of joy as you passed the Jolly Rogers Amusement Park! This place truly has it all and is the best park for families with mixed ages! Park your car for the day in their onsite free parking lot and enjoy a full day,...
Searching for Real Estate in Ocean City, Maryland
Do you know what you want, but hate navigating through hundreds of properties? I’ll give you the inside information on how to effectively search Ocean City, MD Real Estate. The use of proper terminology and basic tools will allow you to be able to properly communicate and locate your Beach retreat with ease.
Let’s discuss search terminology. Ocean City is broken into 5 MLS search areas: Oceanfront, ...
Buying Ocean City Real Estate
Buying real estate is a series of sequential steps that when properly executed will lead to you getting a good deal on a property through a skillful and fun process. Before Buying, I'd like to cover a few items that are frequently asked (see list below). Should you have any additional questions feel free to contact me anytime and I will be glad to address them. Start your Beach Search Here.
Buying Time-frames- From a signed contract to settlement is typically 45 days. This can be shorter or longer depending on type of financing. Cash deals can be completed under 30 days, while a VA or FHA loan can take 60 or more days.
Making an Offer
Before writing an offer, contact a Lender and ask to be Pre-Qualified or better yet Pre-Approved.
Pre-Qualified- A pre-qualification can be done over the phone or on the internet. Loan pre-qualification does not include an analysis of your credit report or an in-depth look at your ability to purchase a home.
Pre-Approved -pre-approval, you will receive a conditional commitment in writing for an exact loan amount, allowing you to look for a home at or below that price level. Obviously, this puts you at an advantage when dealing with a potential seller, as he or she will know you're one step closer to obtaining an actual mortgage.
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Potential homebuyers are always cautioned to be aware of mortgage lending standards and the difficulty they might face when trying to obtain a mortgage. Credit availability is expanding, making it easier to get a mortgage now than it was a year ago. The market is still tight however, and homebuyers should be prepared to shop around until they find a lender who is offering something that will meet the needs of their family.
Mortgage lending companies have high standards so it is important to make sure you and anyone else who will be included on the mortgage have their credit in check. The mortgage market is strict because lenders do not want to be put in a situation where they are forced to repurchase loans that are not paid on. They also do not want to end up in a litigation...
There has been some discussion recently on home prices in relation to mortgage rates. Some believe if there is a rapid rise of mortgage rates, home prices should decrease. Logically it makes the most sense for the price of the house to drop when interest rates are rising, but this is not always the case.
This theory of home prices decreasing is typically discussed by future home buyers. As a buyer you would like to think if you are paying higher rates on your mortgage, you should be able to see a decrease in cost somewhere else. Unfortunately, these rates are rising because the economy is in better shape. As the economy succeeds, incomes rise, rates go up, as well as the price of the home.
A recent study by the John Burns Real Estate Consulting found mortgage...