November 2015

Found 7 blog entries for November 2015.

5 Things to Consider When Picking a Builder for Your New Construction Home

New construction is the right choice for many people who are looking to build a home that is completely customized to suit their unique wants and needs. However, quite a bit goes into constructing a new home, and the first step is finding a reliable, experienced builder to help walk you through the process from beginning to end.

Below are the top five things to keep in mind when evaluating builders so that you can have total peace of mind as you move forward with the exciting process of home construction and ownership.

1) Outside References

Obtaining outside reference for any builder you’re considering should be your first step in the process. And remember, the builder-supplied references will likely be for jobs that went well and had

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CLARKSVILLE, Md.—The Creig Northrop Team of Long & Foster Real Estate will offer up to 15 complimentary hours of move management services to seniors moving to an active adult community, retirement community or assisted-living community when they list their current homes with the Northrop Team.

The move management services—including sorting and organizing belongings as well as packing and loading boxes—are offered through the Northrop Team’s Senior Living Division, which specializes in helping seniors sell their homes and transition into living arrangements more suitable for their needs. 

“As Baby Boomers age, more and more seniors want to right-size their homes, a challenging undertaking for many who’ve lived in the same house for decades and

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What Style Home is Best for a Senior?

Many of us want to stay in the homes we love as long as we can. But as we get older, even small stairs can prove treacherous. Shelves can suddenly seem too high and cabinets too low. Not to mention the potential disaster high bathtub sides present. Builders who specialize in aging in place construction and remodeling are helping seniors overcome these obstacles, so they can live comfortably in new homes or longer in familiar surroundings.

Understanding Health Limitations for Seniors

Before we decide on what style and which features a home needs to have to best suit a senior, we have to look at a few lifestyle factors that influence seniors daily.


As we age, our bodies don’t function quite as efficiently as they did in our

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COCKEYSVILLE, Md.—A two-story, eight-bedroom country mansion, which pre-dates the Civil War, is for sale in Cockeysville for $1 million with the Creig Northrop Team of Long & Foster Real Estate. The home, registered as a Maryland historic site, also includes two trees – a Turkey oak and arborvitae – recognized as “Big Tree Champions” by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

The trees stand on the 3-acre property with lawns and terraced gardens. Originally a farm and nursery, the residence was built in 1850 and has since been upgraded and expanded, including the addition in 1874 of the home’s main section, which has a center hall running from the front to the rear. Upgrades also included crown molding, arched doorways and other stylistic

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CLARKSVILLE, Md.—Creig Northrop, president and CEO of the Creig Northrop Team of Long & Foster Real Estate, joined the board of directors for the University System of Maryland Foundation, which advocates and supports the advancement of public higher education in Maryland through philanthropy, asset management and stewardship.

“Education means opportunity and opportunity is crucial for Maryland and its communities,” said Northrop, who graduated from the University of Maryland in College Park. “I can’t think of a better way to support higher education in Maryland than serving on the foundation’s board. I’m grateful for the opportunity.”

For more than 10 years, Northrop has led the top producing Long & Foster Real Estate team in the nation. The Northrop

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Top 10 Home Features People Forget to Ask About When Buying

Buying a house is an undoubtedly exciting experience, but it can also be a bit confusing and a bit overwhelming at times. Between the endless paperwork, prequalifying for loans, arranging showings, and all the other aspects of the house hunting process, it’s easy to overlook questions that you should be asking about every property you evaluate. Keeping a list with you at all times is a good way to stay focused on all of the important questions--big and small--that should be answered before making what is sure to be one of the largest purchases of your life.

Below are the top 10 features that potential buyers often forget to ask about prior to purchasing a home:

1.) The Roof

All too often, homebuyers visit properties and simply look at

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How Columbia, Maryland Became the First Planned Community

Columbia, Maryland is a sprawling community located in Howard County that includes ten, self-contained villages. The city has been named in the top 10 of Money magazine’s “100 Best Places to Live” list numerous times over the past decade, as well as on CNN’s “Best Places to Live in America” list. The positive recognition is well-deserved, especially considering that Columbia was built specifically with the intent of being a well-rou­­­­­­nded, idyllic place for people to live. Columbia, Maryland was the country’s first planned communities, and its creator and developer, James W. Rouse, hoped it would be a successful and prosperous community when it first opened in 1967.

Rouse was a pioneer in real estate development and in the field that

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