Lauren Bunting is an Associate Broker with Keller Williams Realty of Delmarva in Ocean City, Maryland.

(May 6, 2022) The month of April this year celebrated the 54th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, the landmark civil rights law signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on April 11, 1968, that made discrimination in housing transactions unlawful. 

(April 29, 2022) The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s Maryland Mortgage Program announced the launch of two new loan products to provide higher levels of down payment and closing cost assistance.

(April 8, 2022) If a piece of undeveloped land is being sold that has an agricultural use, but it is the intent to change the use to residential, then the Agricultural Transfer Tax and Surcharge applies at the point of sale.

(April 1, 2022) You know the old tune by Tennessee Ernie Ford: “You load 16 tons, what do you get; Another day older and deeper in debt; Saint Peter don’t you call me ‘cause I can’t go; I owe my soul to the company store.” Having a mortgage is a fact of life for many, with the final payment …

(March 25, 2022) Solar panels on a home can be a great selling advantage, one that provides very affordable utility bills.

(March 18, 2022) What is equitable interest? An equitable interest is an “interest held by virtue of an equitable title (a title that indicates a beneficial interest in property and that gives the holder the right to acquire formal legal title) or claimed on equitable grounds, such as the in…

(March 4, 2022) Homeowner’s insurance is a necessity if your home is mortgaged, and this type of insurance covers the structure of your home and your personal property, as well as your personal legal responsibility (or liability) for injuries to others or their property while they’re on your…

(Feb. 25, 2022) It’s a hot real estate market right now, but we all remember the real estate “crash era” that began in 2008.

(Feb. 18, 2022) With inflation and national average costs of moving on the rise, budgeting in this expense when selling your home is important. Below are some tips for having a smooth move when selling.

(Feb. 11, 2022) 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.

(Jan. 21, 2022) With property reassessments going out last month for much of Worcester County, property owners might be wondering what their options are if they disagree with the values the county assessment office has calculated.

(Jan. 14, 2022) According to a recent article released by the National Association of Realtors, consumers can expect slower housing price appreciation, easing inflation and rising interest rates in 2022.

(Jan. 7, 2022) Last year was another banner year in real estate that ended very strong. Here’s an “at-a-glance” recap of some of the various market stats.

(Dec. 24, 2021) The National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) has a new rating methodology, Risk Rating 2.0, and FEMA says it will deliver rates that are easier to understand and better reflect a property’s unique flood risk. Rates will now be developed on a structure-by-structure basis vers…

(Dec. 10, 2021) One of the inspections that a buyer might decide to pay for when purchasing a home is a chimney inspection, especially when buying a home with a wood burning fireplace, woodstove, or pellet stove.

(Dec. 3, 2021) Part of each residential contract of sale in Maryland is an addendum from Section 10-702 of the Real Property Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland (“Section 10-702”).

(Oct. 8, 2021) With low inventory in our market, and a high buyer demand, we are experiencing many multiple-offer situations on properties.

(Oct. 1, 2021) All homebuyers know they should get a home inspection, but a common misconception is that your home inspector will also cover inspecting for termites.

(Sept. 24, 2021) Mortgage insurance is an additional cost that buyers will have to budget for in their total monthly costs when they are not able to put 20 percent or more down on the purchase of a home.

(Sept. 10, 2021) The Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation (MALPF) was established by the Maryland General Assembly in 1977 and is part of the Maryland Department of Agriculture.

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(Aug. 27, 2021) Without broadband access, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) estimates that a home loses 6 percent of its value compared to a similar home with access. 

(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.