Luxury Living

You’ve worked hard to get where you are, now it’s time to splurge on the home of your dreams! Here you’ll be able to read about tips to improve your current home, how to finance your dream house and ways to enjoy becoming empty nesters. And just for fun, we’ll also show you some of the most extravagant home purchases and upgrades we’ve found in the market.

Found 7 blog entries about Luxury Living.

Can you afford to purchase your luxury retirement home today?

If you are retiring, you probably own a home and are about to finally see the fruits of the 401k you’ve been diligently nurturing for decades. So, you will likely have plenty of money to put towards the luxury home of your dreams and live the retired life in style and comfort. While it seems like you are going to afford it easily, retirement can be a long time, and there are important factors that will play into whether or not you can afford a luxury home in the long run.

Negotiating a Mortgage for your Luxury Retirement Home

30-year mortgagesare the most popular because they carry the lowest monthly payment. However, retirees should look to the 15-year loan. A lot can happen in 30 years, and as we age, we tend to have increased expenses

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8 Lavish Luxuries Your New Home Needs

If you’re searching for a new home, you probably have a basic checklist of must-haves for your real estate agent to reference. Features like a front porch, two-car garage, or a spacious backyard are typical for these types of checklists, but what about the special upgrades that will make the average home stand out from the rest? Beyond the hardwood floors and granite countertops, there are several other unique and lavish features to consider – the type of luxuries that will make your new home your castle.

Luxury Items for Your Home

Among homebuyers looking for luxurious upgrades, here are 8 of the most popular:

  1. Dual ovens. If you’re lucky enough to have an excellent cook in your family, why not seek out the gourmet kitchen they
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The Homeowners Guide to High-End Purchases

The old saying “you get what you pay for” is generally true. The quality of materials and craftsmanship tend to decrease and increase with cost. With home prices and interest rates still historically low, new homeowners are finding themselves with extra to money to spend on improving their homes. But which improvements are worth going the high-end route and which are better done at a savings?  

Let’s take a look at five purchases that are worth splurging for:

Kitchen counter tops.

 Your kitchen counters take a lot of abuse. Acidic foods eat at them, knives chop away at them, and it seems even everyday cleaners are trying to leave a dark stain on them. Going cheap will mean you’ll have to replace them much sooner. When it comes to your

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Lifestyles of the Luxurious: Where the Celebs Live

From Robin Leach’s ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous’ to MTVs ‘Cribs’ to HGTV’s ‘Celebrities at Home,’ we’ve always been fascinated with the homes where our icons of music and screen live their private lives. You can’t have a discussion about celebrity homes without beginning in L.A. We all like to live near our work and celebrities are no different.

L.A. is a sprawling metropolis. In fact, the cities of Boston, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland can all fit inside its city limits. L.A. also has the 2nd highest population density in the U.S. This makes L.A. extremely crowded, which is why most celebrities can be found bunched together in neighborhoods that offer a little more property and privacy, although that doesn’t seem to stop the wily paparazzi

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Why Now is the Right Time to Buy Your Dream Home

The dream home. For some, it is a two-story traditional style with white trim, white picket fence, and a swing swaying from a lush, green tree in the front yard. For others, it is a contemporary style with intriguing angles, bold natural light cascading in, and a state-of-the-art remote controlled fireplace. You’ve probably driven by the dream house that makes you swoon. And if it’s for sale, what’s stopping you from buying it? The time to grab your dream home is now. The current market has the right mix of factors making ideal buying conditions--but it won’t last long.  

Your dream home is affordable.

The housing market is in full recovery mode, and buyers who were hesitant to purchase a home because of market instability are now jumping

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3925 Folly Quarter Road

It is our distinct pleasure to introduce to you the prestigious Folly Quarter Manor. Located at 3925 Folly Quarter Road in Ellicott City, this luxury estate is one of the most spectacular properties in all of Maryland. Perched atop the most picturesque and historic countryside of Howard County, the fully fenced 54-acre property was once owned by Charles Carroll, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Today, the estate offers a graciously appointed 8,000 square foot manor home, built in 1936 by the owners of Pimlico Race Track, a guest cottage, care-taker cottage, 10-stall horse barn, pool, tennis court, assorted out-buildings, lush gardens, horse grazing pastures, and natural pond and trout stream. This refined manor home has been extensively…
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Creig Northrop Team Luxury MarketingDid you know that 52% of the homes over $1,000,000 that sold in Howard County this year were listed by The Creig Northrop Team of Long & Foster Real Estate? It’s important to advertise luxury properties not just on a local level, but regionally and globally as well. That’s why luxury real estate demands a strong online presence. With affluent buyers doing their research online before ever contacting an agent, we believe in the importance of online channels such as search engines, social media networks, YouTube Videos, and advertising your listing on the top real estate sites. The Creig Northrop Team advertises our luxury listings on third party websites and enhances our listings (that is, adds additional photos and pays extra to have the listing appear at

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