September in Maryland

Celebrate the rest of September with fairs, festivals, food and more throughout the state of Maryland.


greatfederickfairEvent: The Great Frederick Fair
Venue: Frederick Fairgrounds, Frederick, MD
Date: September 18 – 19, 2015
Description: The Great Frederick Fair, Inc. is one of Maryland’s largest county fairs. The fair features livestock, 4‑H/FFA, educational, home arts, and fresh fruit and vegetable exhibits along with over 150 commercial vendors. The nine day event is the single largest event held each year in Frederick County.



Event: Elkton Fall Fest
Venue: Downtown, Elkton, MD
Date:  Saturday, September 19th
Description: Crafters, vendors, children’s games, live entertainment, demonstrations. Fun for the entire family.


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Event: Perry Hall Apple Festival
Venue: Chapel Hills Farm & Nursery – Perry Hall, MD
Date: September 19-20, 2015
Description: Experience Perry Hall’s “Spirit of Community” in a weekend of Fall Fun with Craft Vendors, Great Food, and tons of Family Activities!




Event: The Maryland Wine Festivalmarylandwinefestival
Venue: Carroll County Farm Museum – Westminster, MD
Date: September 19-20, 2015
Description: Features tasting of local wines, wine seminars, continuous on‑stage entertainment, craft vendors, and a variety of delicious cuisine for sale. Free handicapped‑accessible shuttle service, farmhouse tours, Living History Center, exhibit buildings.


Event: National Harbor Das Best Oktoberfest
Venue: National Harbor – National Harbor, MD
Date: September 25-26, 2015
Description: Over 150 Beers, wines and Schnapps highlight this all you care to taste German‑themed extravaganza! Join in the Beer Games with your friends and dance with the live music.


Event: Westminster Fallfest11698484_845576552186774_1469929051695963808_n
Venue: City Park – Westminster, MD
Date: September 24 – 27, 2015
Description: Westminster’s City Fair/Charitable event, free admission, free parking, free entertainment.




Event: Hartford County Wine Festival
Venue: Rockfield Manor – Bel Air, MD
Date: September 26, 2015
Description: Wine Tasting from hundreds of wines from around the world! Food, Arts & Crafts, Live Music!



Event: Old Town Bowie Fall Fing 
Venue: Old Town Bowie – Bowie, MD
Date: September 26, 2015
Description: The Old Town Bowie Fall Festival will be held on on Saturday, Sept. 26th from 11 am ‑ 5 pm (rain date is Sunday, Sept. 27th). Vendors of all backgrounds will be featured to showcase all that Bowie has to offer! Contact us if you have questions about attending or are interested in becoming a vendor!


Event: Annapolis Fall Home and Remodeling Expo
Venue: National Guard Armory – Annapolis, MD
Date: September 26 – 27, 2015
Description: Meet with home improvement and enhancement companies to help you with all aspects of your house, from the driveway to the roof all in the comfort of the Expo Hall at the National Guard Armory in Annapolis.


Event: West Annapolis Oktoberfest
Venue: Downtown – Annapolis, MD
Date: September 27, 2015
Description: Oktoberfest. Street festival with German music, food of all kinds, crafts provides real estate advice and information for home buyers, home sellers, and homeowners alike. is part of the Homesale Realty Family. The Homesale Family of Companies is the leading real estate company serving the Baltimore, Maryland, South Central and Southeastern PA real estate markets.  Homesale Realty has more than 27 offices with over 1,200 REALTORS®. Homesale Realty’s footprint includes Maryland real estate offices in Baltimore City, Federal Hill, Fells Point, Westminster, and Timonium. Pennsylvania real estate offices include YorkLancasterWyomissingChambersburgGettysburgHarrisburg, and Schuylkill Haven.

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September in Maryland

Neighborhood Spotlight – Westminster, MD

Thinking about moving? Carroll County, Maryland has a diverse selection of neighborhoods and locations to choose from. Located at the seat of Carroll County is Westminster. Westminster, Maryland, provides a balanced quality of life and well-established neighborhoods.

Westminster real estate is a popular choice among home buyers due to the town’s active community and year round family-fun events. Every year, the city hosts the Carroll County Fair, the Maryland Wine Festival, Common Ground on the Hill, and art festivals. Plus, Westminster is only a short drive to Washington D.C., Baltimore City and Philadelphia.


Visit Westminster’s first vineyard winery. The winery specializes in handmade wine from grapes grown in the Serpent Ridge Vineyard, select Maryland vineyards and other carefully chosen sites. Serpent Ridge consists of a little over 2 acres of grapes, which encourages a very hands-on approach to wine making. The bottles are sealed with a Zork, an innovative approach to bottle closures.


If you own a dog, or are an avid dog lover, be sure to visit the Bennett Cerf Dog Park. The dog park is a large one acre fenced in area where dogs are permitted to be taken off-leash to exercise and socialize with other dogs in a safe environment. Adjacent to the dog park is a walking trail, baseball field and picnic pavilions.




Make sure you check out Starry Night Bakery. This creative cafe and bakery not only makes delicious baked goods but also hosts open mic night for local artists. Starry Night Bakery was featured on the Food Networks hit show, Cupcake Wars. 

If you are considering moving, why not consider moving to Westminster? Contact your local Homesale Agent to help locate your next home in Westminster, Maryland. provides real estate advice and information for home buyers, home sellers, and homeowners alike. is part of the Homesale Realty Family. The Homesale Family of Companies is the leading real estate company serving the Baltimore, Maryland, South Central and Southeastern PA real estate markets.  Homesale Realty has more than 27 offices with over 1,200 REALTORS®. Homesale Realty’s footprint includes Maryland real estate offices in Baltimore City, Federal Hill, Fells Point, Westminster, and Timonium. Pennsylvania real estate offices include YorkLancasterWyomissingChambersburgGettysburgHarrisburg, and Schuylkill Haven.

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Neighborhood Spotlight – Westminster, MD



You’ve made decisions in your personal life and career; you’ve worked hard and now consider yourself established. The time has arrived where you are ready to own a home, and make that dream a reality.

But now you’re faced with the option of creating your own home from the floor up or purchasing a pre-existing home in your preferred town/city. Either buying or building a house will get you into a place to call home, but they are two very different paths with pro’s and con’s that need to be addressed. Here is a guide to weigh your options.

Buying a home can be as simple as contacting your local Realtor, going on showings, finding the right home for your life and having your offer be accepted. However, when it comes to purchasing a home there are numerous details and steps to consider during the buying process.

Building your own home gives you the flexibility to have things just the way you would like, to your own individual specifications. Building new means starting with a blank canvas, but even with the added conveniences, there are some drawbacks.





* Convenience* Cost – Best value, usually able to negotiate better price on the home.* Appliances and fixtures are typically included, desired upgrades can be negotiated into the purchase.* If your offer is accepted, you can likely close and move into your new home in 30-45 days.

* Less stress – Much less considering during the buying process, less decisions to be made and/or negotiated. Don’t forget to consider home inspections.

* Already in an established area – easier to consider the character of the home and the area it is located in.

* Landscaping is usually complete and matured.

* Tremendous sentimental value and personal pride in making it ‘your home’.* Everything is able to be customizable from the carpet in the living room to the countertops in the kitchen and everything in between; structurally and design-wise.* Everything is brand new and up-to-date.*Construction materials and building code will be up to the latest standards.

* Energy efficient – better building standards, new quality materials and efficient appliances and systems.

* Deferred maintenance – you will not have to replace a leaky roof or water heater for many years. Unforeseen issues will most likely be covered by a warranty.

* New communities offer incentives such as recreational facilities, community maintenance and locations close to stores.





* Older floors plans do not have the same fluid traffic flow and opening feeling that most new homes possess.* You will most likely have to make compromises on your list of wants and needs.* Existing homes are often in need of some maintenance or renovations.* Less energy efficient – might need updates on wiring and other major systems depending on the age of the home. * Usually take s 6-7 months to build, and you may even have to wait 1-2 more months depending on unforeseen issues; bad weather, builder’s schedule, material defects.* New construction typically has higher costs and most initial estimates are not accurate. A lot can change during the building process.* Might have to live with the noise and construction vehicle traffic if you are located in a new community, which could go on for months.* The personal time commitment can be draining emotionally and financially.

*Must also purchase the land for your house to be built on.



The decision to build or buy is not an easy one and each has its own set of advantages and problems that need to be carefully weighed against one other. There is no wrong or right choice; only your personal preference.  The best thing you can do is to plan ahead; review the pros and cons of each choice thoroughly; determine your budget and stick to it; consider job security and long-term plans for being in the area; and last, but not least, don’t forget about maintaining your own sanity!




9 Ways to Make an Old Home Feel New


Whether you are planning on selling your home, looking to buy an older house or are looking for a few ways to give new life to your home, here are 9 easy tips on how to give your house fresh facelift.



1. Clean or Replace Carpetsvaccuum
Transform the room by making the space feel fresh. Deep cleaning vacuums can help remove odors and make your carpet feel almost new. If you want to take on a DIY project, you could try replacing your carpet with new carpet or even hardwood flooring.



2. Make it Cohesive
As the years go by, it is easy to lose focus or forget about making a room/entire house flow nicely together. An update here and an update there can leave the home in a state of mis-matched chaos. You should determine whether you want rooms to be the same throughout or to each have their own uniqueness.




3. Update Outlets, Light Switches & Plates
Small changes such as updating outlets, light switches and plates make a significant difference. Some may have yellowed, been painted over, various shapes & styles through the years. Updating plates can be simple but updating outlets and light switches can be tricky. Therefore, if you are not experienced hire a licensed electrician or find online tutorials to guide you through the process. While you are at it, you should also update old alarms, thermostats and smoke detectors.


4. Repair Walls
If your house has numerous holes in the walls due to hanging up pictures/mirrors, etc.., and/or have apparent DIY patching, you should consider getting your walls professionally repaired. You could even have your painters fix blemishes and fill the nail holes. Repairing your walls will make them look brand new!




5. Add Light
There are numerous ways to add light to your home beyond light fixtures. You could replace old blinds. Rethink the idea of curtains by making a curtain rod extend past the width of the window, making the window appear larger and not blocking any light. You should also consider adding or replacing light fixtures. Change out light bulbs to newer bulbs that give off a higher wattage and offer a different effect; soft or white.


6. Paint
Even though this is an obvious answer, changing the color or even adding a fresh coat of the same color can make a major difference. A current and cohesive paint palette brings the home into the present.


7. Remove Dated Fixtures
Updating lights and hardware are easy ways to freshen up your home.


8. New Doors/Door Frames
Replace your older doors with newer models. Sometimes older doors no longer fit in the door frame and may not lock correctly. Also adding a new front door will help with curb appeal and can even brighten up your foyer.

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9. Refinish Hardwood
If your hardwood floors are scratched up and have lost their shine you should consider refinishing your hardwood floors. Choose an appropriate stain and give your floors a makeover. This can either be a DIY project or you can hire a professional.







If you are considering selling, purchasing or even staying put in your current house and want to take on a new project such as updating an older home contact your local Homesale Agent today.

9 Ways to Make an Old Home Feel New

Neighborhood Spotlight- Annapolis, MD

Main Street, Formerly Church Street, Annapolis, Maryland, USASource:

Thinking about moving to Maryland? Anne Arundel County is known as “the land of pleasant living”, and has a diverse selection of neighborhoods and locations to choose from. The Chesapeake Bay area’s quality of life and rich history, makes Anne Arundel County a great place to live and work.

Situated on the Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the Severn River, only a few miles away from Baltimore and Washington D.C., is Annapolis. There are three distinct regions of Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay. Annapolis City, the State Capital of Maryland, is world-renowned as America’s Sailing Capital. The Annapolis Countryside, offers hundreds of miles of Chesapeake Bay Shoreline and a wide array of American history. Annapolis-Baltimore is home to Arundel Mills Mall, Maryland Casino and BWI Thurgood Marshall.

If you are considering moving, you should take a few days to explore your potential new town. Whether you are solo, moving with friends, a significant other or your family, here are a few ideas to get you acquainted with the new area.



Take a Day to Relax

Are you in the mood for little R&R? Have a spa day and get away from it all at the highly rated Robert Andrew The Salon and Spa. Take advantage of all their exclusive offerings and be sure to check out their “Zents-ability” services, which will leave you feeling calm and at peace.



Have Fun with the Children

When it comes to family-friendly activities, there are a handful to choose from. A great idea is to check out the action with the various sports Annapolis has to offer. Get ready to start cheering on the Chesapeake Bayhawks Major League Lacrosse, Baltimore Ravens and U.S. Navy sports teams. Since it is football season, plan a trip to watch a U.S. Navy game, while also exploring what else Annapolis has to offer.




Go for a Walk 

If you thought Annapolis was all inner harbors and boats, you are dearly mistaken. The Annapolis Countryside region will open your eyes to numerous acres of historical land. Experience history, archaeology and horticulture on the Historic London Town & Gardens. The 23 acre park features reconstruction of colonial buildings, tours of national landmarks, an 8-acre woodland garden and 2 historic gardens.


Shop until you Drop

Even if you come to Annapolis to enjoy the water, take in the history or simply appreciate the surrounding beauty, is it easy to make shopping part of the experience…..or the entire experience. Annapolis is filled with boutique shopping, convenient malls and town centers, and the largest outlet mall in Maryland, Arundel Mills Mall.





Wine & Dine

Stop by one of the town’s newest restaurants in Eastport, called Blackwall Hitch. It gives off an “urban chic” ambiance. Inside includes an oyster bar, two large dining areas, several private dining rooms, rooftop dining space, and a private VIP room, called “The Living Room”. The restaurant serves modernized American cuisine, while accommodating plates for seafood lovers as well.




Real Estate Overview

With a desirable combination of highly rated school, low crime, and historic locations, Annapolis fits the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. If you’re interested in buying a home in Annapolis, please contact one of our local real estate professionals.



Neighborhood Spotlight- Annapolis, MD

Getting your College-Bound Teen Ready

collegeboundWithin the next month many parents will face the tough task of preparing their teen for dorm life for the very first time.  For the majority of students the concept of a home away from home can be overwhelming and a little bit frightening.

Here are some tips to help guide you and your teen through this exciting and trying period:

Emotional Impact…Your kid may appear confident and eager to leave home, but the truth is this can be a difficult transition for both of you.  Getting to know the school before classes begin is a great idea!  The more you know, the more you will feel a part of his/her life.  Plan a trip to see the campus if possible, an online virtual tour is a great alternative if you can’t visit.

On-campus housing can fill quickly; hopefully the room reservation was sent in as soon as your teen was accepted!!  Also encourage them to reach out to their new roommate ahead of time.  Facebook is a great way to connect and to get to know the person before moving day.  Get to know their likes/dislikes, hobbies, about their family, etc.  It’s also a way to organize who is bringing what supplies and furniture so they don’t end up with duplicates.

Small things can be done ahead of time to help kids adjust to their new state of independence.  Sit down and talk to your student about the expenses involved and help establish a budget that will work for everyone!  Sometimes pre-college programs are available and will provide them with a “small dose” of college life.  Talk about the great opportunities ahead and don’t dwell on challenges.  There will be good days and bad days!  The first semester is usually the hardest!  Communicate regularly, but not too much.   Be open to communication, but let them initiate it.  During these calls, pay attention to the names of classmates and professors, remember the course names and other information he/she shares with you.

Parents will also need to discover ways to handle their own separation anxieties!  This is a great time to find a new hobby or activity and develop new routines.  If Friday was always family night, find something else to do; get together with friends or enjoy a date night with your significant other.

A little preparation, good communication, and a little bit of confidence can make the college experience a memorable one for all of you!

Shopping List:

Laptop / Printer / Ink Clorox Wipes / Swiffer
Sheets/Blankets / Comforter Desk Lamp
Backpack / Messenger Bag Mirror
Laundry Detergent / Bag / Quarters Alarm Clock
Small Fridge / Microwave (if allowed) First Aid Kit / Other necessary medicines
Power Strip Storage bins
Shower Caddy A little piece of home (pics, etc.)
Flip Flops! A must for walking back & forth to the shower Car Accessories – gas credit card and AAA card are highly recommended!
Academic Supplies Room Freshener!!
Small Fan / Space Heater (if allowed) Snacks

Do you have a child heading into Kindergarten? Read our blog post on Avoiding Kindergarten Jitters.

Getting your College-Bound Teen Ready

Property Information at Your Finger Tips

While looking at properties, call or text our Home Info 24/7 phone number and get property details before you even leave the curb.

ADAMS & YORK: (717) 801-1845
BERKS: (610) 228-4346
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MARYLAND: (433) 268-0780
SCHUYLKILL: (570) 385-1488

You’re on the go – grocery shopping, taking care of the kids, your morning commute, or just cruising through a neighborhood where you might like to live. Every time you see a home you like, the yard sign has a different phone number to find out more. Try calling that number during the evening or on the weekend, and you may find that the office is closed or the agent is unavailable. At Prudential Homesale, we think it should be easy for you to find out more about any home for sale when it’s convenient for you.

Prudential Homesale’s Home Info 24/7 is your curbside connection. Listen to current information about ANY HOME for sale with ANY COMPANY by using ONE phone number.  Hear estimated monthly mortgage payments, and have the option to connect to your Prudential Homesale real estate agent.

This voice technology is simple enough for even the most basic telephone. But, it also has robust features such as text confirmation and photos for iPhones, Droids and other smart phones. Find out everything you want to know about a property… while you are sitting right in front of it… even without getting out of your car.

Get the info you want…before you drive away. For more information contact your Prudential Homesale agent or activate your phone online at today!

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