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EXIT Mid-Atlantic Hosts Ambassador Training

Posted by Megan Gaskill on August 10, 2017 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

August 10, 2017 – Rick and Carol McDaniel, Regional Owners of EXIT Mid-Atlantic, are pleased to announce their new EXIT Ambassadors.


Donald Bobrow, Megan Gaskill, Chuck Robinson, Debbie Houck, Saul and Olga Kloper, Dan Shoemaker, Jackie Daley, John Wilwol, Craig Strobel, Jeanette Grace, and Bob Rich all traveled to Grasonville, MD. for Ambassador Training with Rick O’Neil on July 10 and 11, 2017.


Thomas Arrington, Jim and Tina Hyatt, Nicolas Krauss, Elaine Marsicano, Charles Veney, Gwen Wynn, and Tiffany Konegan all traveled to EXIT Results Realty in Elkridge, MD. for Ambassador Training with Rick O’Neil on July 13 and 14, 2017.


Ambassador Training is a two-day course designed to improve your public speaking skills and develop confidence when speaking with people about EXIT.


“Rick O’Neil did a wonderful job pulling people out of their comfort zone in public speaking!” exclaimed Carol McDaniel. “Our new EXIT Ambassadors are now able to go out and tell our EXIT Story. Congratulations to all of them!”


EXIT Riverbend Realty Arrives in Parkersburg, WV

Posted by Megan Gaskill on August 10, 2017 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

August 7, 2017 – Rick and Carol McDaniel, Regional Owners of EXIT Mid-Atlantic, are pleased to announce the opening of EXIT Riverbend Realty, under the leadership of Marian and Ron Duvall, as an EXIT Realty franchisee. This is second brokerage location for Marian and Ron.


“Based on Marian’s and Ron’s continued success with EXIT Realty, they are ready to expand into the Parkersburg community,” said Carol McDaniel. “Rick and I are confident Marian and Ron will do a wonderful job in Parkersburg, WV.”


EXIT Riverbend Realty is located at 508 37th St, Parkersburg, WV 26101. For more information, please call (740) 860-3555.


EXIT Platinum Executive Realty Arrives in Baltimore

Posted by Megan Gaskill on August 10, 2017 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

July 20, 2017—Rick and Carol McDaniel, Regional Owners of EXIT Mid-Atlantic, are pleased to announce the addition of EXIT Platinum Executive Realty, under the direction of Charles Veney and Gwendolyn Wynn, as an EXIT Realty franchisee.


“We’re very excited about joining the EXIT Mid-Atlantic family. Our motto is People over Profit,” said Veney. “Gwen and I are driven to help develop highly trained agents, which will provide first class real estate services to Baltimore City.”


Veney and Wynn plan to build the EXIT Platinum Executive Realty team on five pillars:

• Providing the tools for each agent to become thoroughly trained in successful real estate sales.

• Helping each agent to brand him or herself and then showing them how to market their brand to the community.

• Utilizing the latest technology tools to facilitate better communication during the transaction process and to effectively market property.

• Building a company culture that is supportive and fun, which enriches the community.

• Making it possible for agents to earn passive and residual income to enhance their earnings now, into retirement and create a financial legacy for their families.


EXIT Platinum Executive Realty is located at 3307 Liberty Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215. For more information, please call 443-271-7102.


EXIT On the Harbor Arrives in Edgewood, MD

Posted by Megan Gaskill on August 10, 2017 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

July 20, 2017 – Rick and Carol McDaniel, Regional Owners of EXIT Mid-Atlantic, are pleased to announce the addition of EXIT On the Harbor, under the direction of Saul and Olga Kloper and Dan Shoemaker, as an EXIT Realty franchisee.


“We are very excited to join the local business community and assist residents with their real estate needs,” said Saul Kloper. “At EXIT Realty we are committed to our customers’ satisfaction."


Klopers and Shoemaker plan to build the EXIT On the Harbor team on five pillars:

• Providing the tools for each agent to become thoroughly trained in successful real estate sales.

• Helping each agent to brand him or herself and then showing them how to market their brand to the community.

• Utilizing the latest technology tools to facilitate better communication during the transaction process and to effectively market property.

• Building a company culture that is supportive and fun which enriches the community.

• Making it possible for agents to earn passive and residual income to enhance their earnings now, into retirement and create a financial legacy for their families.


"Rick and I are excited to welcome Saul and Olga Kloper into out EXIT Family. We know they will do an excellent job with their new office," exclaimed Carol McDaniel.


EXIT On the Harbor is located at 2107 Emmorton Park Rd Suite 105, Edgewood, MD 21040. For more information, please call 410-228-2900 or visit their website www.exitontheharbor.com.


EXIT Mid-Atlantic Supporting Veterans and Their Pets

Posted by Megan Gaskill on August 10, 2017 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

June 29, 2017 – Rick and Carol McDaniel, Regional Owners of EXIT Mid-Atlantic, are pleased to announce their support for Harold and Daisy, a veteran and his dog riding cross country to spread the word about the need for Veterans pets being supported while the Veteran get the assistance needed.


Rick and Carol invited Harold and Daisy to dinner at The Jetty Restaurant & Dock Bar on June 26 and contributed to Vets and Their Pets.


“Thank all of you at Exit Mid-Atlantic for dinner, your support, and your enthusiasm (it breathes new life into the tour)! Daisy and I enjoyed meeting you.” Said Harold in his Facebook post about the event.


Vets and their Pets is a branch of Valley Dogs Rescue, a non-profit, no-kill animal rescue organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. Their focus is to support the animals of Veterans in need by providing veterinary care, temporary housing and food.


Harold and Daisy are currently travelling up the east coast and is currently in Washington, District of Columbia as part of Tour De PACLANTIC.


You can follow Harold and Daisy’s journey through google+ or Facebook by searching the group Tour De PACLANTIC.


You can donate to Veterans and their Pets at FundRazr.com/veteransandtheirpets


Call to Action Brokers and Agents

Posted by Megan Gaskill on June 7, 2017 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

EXIT Mid-Atlantic Needs Your Help


Please Donate to Veterans and Their Pets


Harold Palmquist, a USAF veteran of the Gulf War and his traveling companion, Daisy, his dog are traveling via bicycle across the country and will be arriving in Maryland sometime later this month. His mission for his cross-country trip is to spread the word about the need for supporting veteran’s pets when the veteran is in need of help. You can check out his story on Facebook at Tour De PACLANTIC www.facebook.com/groups/TourDePACLANTIC


Vets and their Pets is a branch of Valley Dogs Rescue, a non-profit, no-kill animal rescue organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. Their focus is to support the animals of Veterans in need by providing veterinary care, temporary housing and food.


Click Here to Donate Today


For Checks:

Payable to Valley Dogs, Inc

7534 E Bent Tree Dr

Scottsdale, AZ 85266

Re: TOUR DE PACLANTIC - Harold Palmquist



Please contact Susan Fleming at 301-807-5987 for more information about Harold’s stay. Susan contacted Rick and I about Harold, a high school friend of hers and asked if we could help him out as a region. Absolutely we said … That’s what EXIT Is All About!


Giving Back



Purchase a HUD Home for Only $100 Down

Posted by Matthew T. Smoot on April 27, 2017 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Purchase a HUD Home for Only $100 Down

There is a great new program available now for purchasers who are looking to buy a HUD home.  All that is needed is $100 for your down payment instead of the minimum 3.5% down if you were to go with an FHA loan.  In order to qualify you must meet the following requirements:

1.  You must use a HUD registered broker.  Not all broker's and agents will have access to this program for their clients.

2.  You must pre-qualify for a mortgage and use a lender who offers this program. 

3.  Homeowners purchasing the home as a primary residence will get first priority to utilize the program.

4.  Prior to making a bid, you must provide your real estate broker with the appropriate earnest money deposit in the form of a cashier's check or money order.

This is a great program available on selected HUD homes.  For more information, or to get pre-qualified for the program contact me and I will put you in touch with a loan officer who can participate in the program.

Matthew T. Smoot-Your "Whatever it Takes" REALTOR®
When You List with Smoot, You Sell with Smoot

With over 11 years in the business I offer my clients the most comprehensive representation in Maryland.  Not only am I a REALTOR, but I also hold a Broker's license, which is the highest and most specialized license a REALTOR can hold.  Customer Service is my Priority, Selling Houses is My Goal!  Contact me for any and all of your Real Estate Needs.  443-504-8930

Press Release: EXIT Mid-Atlantic Realty Region Announce the Grand Opening of EXIT Results Realty in Elkridge, MD.

Posted by Megan Gaskill on April 10, 2017 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Rick and Carol McDaniel, Regional Owners of EXIT Mid-Atlantic, joined over 100 people to celebrate the Grand Opening of Jim and Tina Hyatt’s new EXIT Results office on March 16.


Jim and Tina Hyatt (Broker/Owners of the EXIT Results Realty) relocated offices from Colombia, MD to Elkridge, MD. The new office includes individual conference rooms, a state of the art training room, and a beautiful reception area. In attendance with the Regional Owners were John Steffey, Director of Franchise Sales, and many EXIT Brokers and Agents.


“Jim and Tina Hyatt have the highest productivity per agent in our EXIT Mid-Atlantic Region. Rick and I are so proud to have them in our EXIT family!” exclaims Carol McDaniel, Regional Owner.

Understanding Disclosure Laws for Sellers

Posted by Matthew T. Smoot on February 15, 2017 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Understanding Disclosure Laws for Sellers

Knowing what the law says about disclosure is an important part of the real estate sales process. You need to be aware of what you are expected to disclose to potential buyers, both to avoid breaking any laws and to help you better plan your sales process. Of course as a real estate agent you want to present the best points of the home you're marketing to fetch the best price, but you also want to avoid potential lawsuits by following the letter of the law.

 

Generally speaking, you want to be honest about the state of the home you are selling. While there is no need to paint it in a bad light - what you think is a problem may not be for the right buyer - an honest assessment of the positives and negatives of the property tends to make things easier for both buyer and seller.
For real estate agents, understanding disclosure laws is a paramount part of your success, along with keeping you out of a courtroom as well! Real estate agents need to be keenly aware that disclosure laws in many states are different for sellers than they are for agents. Generally speaking, real estate agents are held to a much higher standard than homeowners are in many areas of the country.
 

Things To Disclose about Homes For Sale

Quite often home sellers will ask real estate agents what do I have to disclose when selling my house? The answer really depends from state to state. Here is a reference where you can find a comprehensive review of just about every issue under the sun that could come up in a real estate transaction. Do your homework and know the disclosure laws in your area. Below is a review of some of the more popular disclosure issues in real estate sales.
 

Lead

The federal government requires that homeowners make it known if a property contains lead-based paint if the home was built before 1978. You may have received a pamphlet about the risks of lead paint when you bought the home, or when you were a renter at some point. As a seller, you will need to provide the same pamphlet to buyers, and allow them to test the home for the presence of lead within a 10-day period. Disclosing the possibility of lead paint is a federal regulation. It is just about the only disclosure issue that applies to every state in the United States.
 

Repairs and renovations

Major repairs and renovations must meet building code requirements in your area. When the home inspector goes over the house, he or she will most likely notice any repairs that have been done, so it is good to be prepared with documentation that all the work done to the home is up to code before you try to sell the home. Plenty of home sales have fallen through due to shoddy repair work, so avoid any problems by having all the paperwork in order.
 

Mold

Mold and the water that causes mold problems can be a serious issue for potential buyers. Although it has yet to be demonstrated that mold causes serious health issues in a home, the fact is that buyers are hyper aware of mold and are not going to be happy if they discover it after they have closed on your home. Be straightforward about the problem, look for the most effective solutions (mold remediation specialists can help) and you should still be able to sell your home even if you discover mold.
 

Square footage

The concrete facts about your home, like its square footage, are not something that you can fudge on. It only takes a buyer breaking out a tape measure to verify your square footage claims, so it makes sense to be accurate from the start. Bringing in a third party professional to the home to have him or her calculate the square footage is never a bad idea. If you have already had an appraisal, an accurate measurement should be available on your report.
 

Legal problems

You want to clear up any legal issues related to the home if at all possible before you go to sell it. Things like a cloud on the title or a lien against your home can make selling the property harder than it has to be, so ideally you will work these issues out before you try to sell. If you do have any ongoing legal issues with the property, you will need to explain them to any buyer that you are hoping to attract. If the home is a short sale, probate sale or estate sale, that should be disclosed to the buyer up front.
 

Homeowners Associations

If you live in a neighborhood with an association this should be disclosed up front to potential buyers. Your HOA is an important part of your property, dictating a variety of things about living there and about ownership. Any buyer is going to need to know about the HOA and its requirements before purchase. Now you do not need to vent all your frustrations to a potential buyer - any HOA can be frustrating to deal with at times - but you do need to let him or her know that the HOA is part of the deal.
 
An informed buyer will ask questions about the state of the HOA, how it handles problems and its financial stability, so it can save you time to gather all this information before you start meeting with buyers.
 

Termites

Termites and other pest infestations are going to be noticed by any good home inspector. Even if you have already had the problem addressed, there will most likely still be evidence that there was a problem at some point in time. As the seller, you want to be ahead of the game and have all your information ready to explain the termite problem, how you dealt with it and why it is no longer a worry for any potential buyer. Get documentation from whoever treats for the pests and have it ready as you go to sell.
 
Knowing how to prepare for a home inspection as a seller is always an important consideration for keeping a sale from falling apart. When doing your listing walkthrough it is always a good idea to look for blatant problems that could surface during the time of the buyer's home inspection.
 

Major issues with the home

Things like the roof, foundation, walls, plumbing, electrical system and other fundamental features within a home are supposed to be in good working order. After living at your home for a while, sellers may realize they have issues but just don't have the funds to fix them or think nobody will find out.
 
When it comes to disclosing the issues you should know about, speaking with the seller on the history of problems is not a bad idea. Any great real estate agent should know the disclosure laws for their area. He or she should be able to assess what the real issues are - which need to be disclosed - and the issues that are not as important. Decide on how you will present the information to be honest and accurate, while avoiding the tendency to present the home in a bad light.
 
Matthew T. Smoot-Your "Whatever it Takes" REALTOR®
When You List with Smoot, You Sell with Smoot
With over 11 years in the business I offer my clients the most comprehensive representation in Maryland.  Not only am I a REALTOR, but I also hold a Broker's license, which is the highest and most specialized license a REALTOR can hold.  Customer Service is my Priority, Selling Houses is My Goal!  Contact me for any and all of your Real Estate Needs.  443-504-8930

10 Easy Ways to Safeguard Your Home and Prepare for an Emergency

Posted by Matthew T. Smoot on February 5, 2017 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)


10 Easy Ways to Safeguard Your Home and Prepare for an Emergency

When disasters strike, they come without warning. This is why you need to prepare for emergencies ahead of time. These 10 tips will help safeguard your home and family, and save you time, money, and stress should an emergency occur.
 
Protect your home from break-ins.

A home invasion occurs every thirteen seconds in the United States. This alarmingly high rate means it's essential to safeguard your home from burglars by investing in a home security system.

Know potential threats and emergencies relevant to your location.

If you live in the Midwest, tornados are a bigger threat than floods. If you live in California, earthquakes are a real danger. Teach your family about the natural threats common to your location and what to do should one occur. Having a plan and instinctively knowing what to do can save your life in the event of a disaster.

Inspect your outdoor lighting.

Make sure to check your outdoor lights to see if any need to be added or replaced. Well-lit homes help deter burglars and prevent accidents.

 
Perform regular home safety checks.

Every month, inspect your home for signs of broken or damaged items. Make sure your roof, basement, attic, pipes, and foundation are in good condition. Check your door locks, garage door, and windows for any broken parts. Regularly fixing up your home will help maintain its value and keep it in great condition.

 
Test your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.

An average of $12 billion in personal property is lost in fires each year. Protect your home and personal items by routinely testing your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. Not only will this protect your home and property, but it can also save your life.

 
Inspect your fire extinguisher.

Check the pressure gauge to see if the needle is in the green, and replace or service it if it isn't. Also examine the hose and nozzle for cracks, and you'll need to replace your fire extinguisher if the handle is missing the locking pin or is broken. Should a home fire occur, you will be prepared to handle the situation because your fire extinguisher will be in great working condition.

 
Create an emergency communication plan.

Discuss what everyone in your home will do in case of a disaster. Talk with each family member about their responsibilities, where you will meet, and how to communicate with one another. If communication lines are down, it's important to have a central meeting location established so everyone can meet and regroup. Discuss different disaster scenarios and come up with a communication and action plan that everyone knows and can enact if necessary.

 
List relevant contact information and make it easily accessible to everyone.

Keep contact information on hand in case of an emergency. While you may keep numbers in your cellphone, it's smart to keep a hard copy of key contacts in your home. This list can include your primary care physician, poison control, and a trusted neighbor.

Keep 72-hour emergency kits in your home and car.

The CDC recommends putting together an emergency kit that includes the following.
  • One gallon of water per person, per day
  • Non-perishable food that is easy to prep
  • A can opener
  • Important medication
  • A radio
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Toilet paper
Compile and regularly update your home inventory.

If you need to file an insurance claim after a blizzard or burglary, it'll help to have an itemized inventory for your valuable home goods. Store instruction manuals, serial numbers, and important receipts in files that you can access easily when needed.
Incorporate these ten safety hacks into your to-do list and you'll be able to safeguard your home, property, and family should a disaster or emergency occur.
 
Matthew T. Smoot-Your "Whatever it Takes" REALTOR®
When You List with Smoot, You Sell with Smoot
With over 11 years in the business I offer my clients the most comprehensive representation in Maryland.  Not only am I a REALTOR, but I also hold a Broker's license, which is the highest and most specialized license a REALTOR can hold.  Customer Service is my Priority, Selling Houses is My Goal!  Contact me for any and all of your Real Estate Needs.  443-504-8930

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