Lauren Bunting is an Associate Broker with Atlantic Shores Sotheby’s International Realty in Ocean City.

(July 23, 2021) Earlier this week, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) will eliminate the Adverse Market Refinance Fee for loan deliveries effective Aug. 1.

(July 16, 2021) Industry experts are still communicating that now is a great time to sell your house. Yes, it’s still a sellers’ market.

(June 25, 2021) Buyers usually pay most of the closing costs associated with a purchase, of which, transfer and recordation taxes are one piece of the total closing costs.

(June 4, 2021) As a conclusion to the previous weeks’ articles, below is a final reporting of the Maryland State Legislature, which convened on Jan. 13 and adjourned on April 12.

(May 14, 2021) In 2021, the Maryland State Legislature convened on Jan. 13 and adjourned on April 12. Maryland Realtors issues a report each year on the Maryland Legislative session to summarize the legislation that affects the real estate industry. Below are a few of the items from the repo…

(April 2, 2021) Customary in the State of Maryland is a split of transfer and recordation charges between a buyer and a seller.

(March 26, 2021) According to the National Association of Realtors, existing-home sales declined in February, following gains in both January 2021 and December 2020. However, all four U.S. regions recorded year-over-year gains.

(March 12, 2021) Since 2015, the state of Maryland has made it mandatory for all properties built prior to 1978 to have a new lead inspection certificate at each change of occupancy.

(Feb. 19, 2021) The saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” is especially true in selling a home in today’s world, where practically all house shoppers start their search online.

(Dec. 25, 2020) This year has produced noticeable real estate market shifts, and in many cases the surge in real estate demand was fueled by the effects of covid-19.

(Dec. 18, 2020) Worcester County’s Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Program, which was adopted in 1990, accommodates future growth within the Critical Area, while providing for conservation of fish, wildlife and plant habitats, and minimizing adverse water quality impacts.

(Nov. 20, 2020) In a strong real estate market with lower inventory, we are experiencing numerous multiple offer situations, especially on the lower price point category of homes that first-time homebuyers would be seeking.

(Nov. 13, 2020) Most commonly used in the state of Maryland to protect a buyer and ensure that title to a property is clear and marketable in a real estate transaction, is the purchase of a title insurance policy.

(Nov. 6, 2020) Homeowners in the state of Maryland should be aware that as of Jan. 1, 2018, there were new residential smoke alarm requirements put into place, as per a bill passed by the Maryland General Assembly in 2013.

(Oct. 30, 2020) With two months left in this bizarre 2020, and the continuation of a very strong sellers market, many buyers are asking what impact continued economic uncertainty could have on home prices and will they finally start to level or go down.

(Sept. 18, 2020) The National Association of Realtors Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun, released a video report that dissects the latest homes sales numbers, talks about what could make the market even stronger, and forecasts what’s ahead in housing.

(Aug. 28, 2020) Earlier this month, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced plans to impose a new 0.5 percent adverse-market fee on mortgage refinances starting Sept. 1.

(Aug. 14, 2020) Since 1921, U.S. tax law has recognized that the exchange of one investment or business-use property for another of like-kind results in no change in the economic position of the taxpayer, and therefore, should not result in the immediate imposition of income tax.