(May 13, 2022) This week 80 years ago, the Second Battle of Kharkov (Kharkiv in Ukrainian) began.
(May 13, 2022) One of the important steps during a real estate purchase is conducting a title search.
(May 13, 2022) One of the most distinguished characteristics that sets fox hunting apart from other sports is its rich tradition and formal attire.
(May 6, 2022) This is a rather strange, or shall we say unique, time of the year.
(May 6, 2022) This week, 80 years ago, the first naval battle exclusively between aircraft carriers occurred in the Coral Sea. The Coral Sea is a large expanse of ocean northeast of Australia.
(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.
(May 6, 2022) Every four years, gifted athletes from all over the world compete in the world-renowned Olympics. As a young child, mother and I also competed in a grueling competition, “I’m going to get you on April Fool’s Day.”
(April 29, 2022) This week, 80 years ago, the Imperial Japanese Army captured the Burmese city of Mandalay and the town of Lashio, the jumping off point for the Burma Road to China.
(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 29, 2022) The structure of a dish is a key consideration when preparing a meal. Cooking has purpose and each step is carefully calculated.
(April 22, 2022) This week, 80 years ago, Lt. Gen. Jonathan M. Wainwright IV surrendered the island of Corregidor in Manila Bay, and all Allied forces in the Philippines. The island is about 2.21 square miles and is about 30 miles from Manila.
(April 22, 2022) The shift in interest rates is in motion.
(April 22, 2022) Falling in love for the first time is very special.
(April 15, 2022) As we approach mid-April 2022, there is only one combined U.S. Navy and American Army Air Corps exploit that even now elicits such great respect and gratefulness on both sides of the Pacific. That is the famous Doolittle Raid of April 18, 1942.
(April 15, 2022) Maryland has a Forest Conservation and Management program in place to encourage landowners to manage their forest land in return for a reduced and/or frozen property tax assessment.
(April 15, 2022) My mother is the queen of snapshots. Every minute detail of the Walker’s past has been diligently recorded for keepsake recollections.
(April 8, 2022) This week, 80 years ago, Maj. Gen. Edward P. King Jr. surrendered a combined force of 75,000 starving American and Filipino soldiers that were defending the Bataan Peninsula, on Luzon Island, in the Philippines.
(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 8, 2022) Chance is a variable of many degrees and the mysteries associated with it can take many unexpected turns.
(April 8, 2022) Sooner or later, a surfer is going to want to travel to other places. This is assuming that the individual or individuals are into it enough that they want to expand their horizons.
(April 1, 2022) This week, 80 years ago, German submarine U-552, commanded by Kapitain-Lieutenant Erich Topp, sank the SS David H. Atwater off the coast of Assateague, Virginia. The U-552 was 17 months old, and based in St. Nazaire, France. Its captain had already received the Knight’s Cross.
(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 …
(April 1, 2022) Tempestuous winds pirouette to a magnificent performance as another cold front sweeps through the Eastern Shore.
(March 25, 2022) Times have changed and cheese boards are no exception.
(March 25, 2022) This week, 80 years ago, saw the Red Army’s most intensive efforts to reduce the “Demyansk Pocket.” The “Demyansk Pocket” came about as a result of the Red Army’s Winter Offensive, which began on Dec. 6, 1941. After the Soviets had driven Armeegruppe Center, commanded by Fie…
(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 18, 2022) This week 80 years ago, Congress enacted legislation that made, " . . . it a misdemeanor knowingly to disregard restrictions made applicable by a military commander to persons in a military area prescribed by him as such, all as authorized by an Executive Order of the Presid…
(March 18, 2022) The sparkling rays of the shimmering sun graces the Eastern Shore. Peace and serenity bring out the natural goodness for all to enjoy.
(March 11, 2022) This week, 80 years ago, American General, and Philippine Field Marshal Douglas MacArthur left the Philippines, and his troops, with his wife, son, son’s nanny, and staff on a PT boat, which took them to an American airbase on the island of Mindanao, from whence they were fl…
(March 11, 2022) In real estate, there are three levels of licensure: salesperson, associate broker and broker.
(March 11, 2022) St. Paddy’s Day is here and corned beef and cabbage is synonymous with the jolly merriment.
(March 4, 20222) This week, 80 years ago, the Burmese capital of Rangoon (now Yangon) was captured by the Japanese Fifteenth Army, commanded by Shōjirō Iida, after the British had evacuated. At the time, its population was 500,000. Today, it is 10 times that!
(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…
(March 4, 2022) As the sun begins to take a more commanding presence, nature is slowly waking up from a long winter.
(Feb. 25, 2022) Six different battles make up what is called the “Java Sea Campaign.” They include (1) Macassar Strait, also known as Balikpapan, on Jan. 23-24, (2) Madoera Strait on Feb. 4, (3) Banka Island on Feb. 13-14, (4) Badoeng Strait on Feb. 20, (5) Java Sea on Feb. 27, and (6) Sunda…
(Feb. 25, 2022) Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it.
(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) Annually, millions of air travelers pass through Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Doubtless, few are aware of the origin of the name of the facility that is helping speed them to their destinations. Fewer still are aware of the role of one Alphonse Capone in its name.
(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. 18, 2022) Individualism is a theory where the political, economic and social independence of an individual are based on the person’s initiative, action and interests.
(Feb. 11, 2022) A huge German warship steaming up the English Channel under the very nose of the world’s most powerful navy? Absurd! In broad daylight? Impossible! Three huge German warships? Unbelievable? Believe it, because it happened this week, 80 years ago! And the British knew it was coming!
(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.
(Feb. 11, 2022) Super Bowl LVI is finally here!
(Feb. 4, 2022) This week, 80 years ago, soldiers of the Twenty-Fifth Imperial Japanese Army under the command of Tomyuki Yamashita (“the Tiger of Malaya”) landed on the North Shore of the island city of Singapore. A week later “the Gibralter of the East” surrendered.
(Feb. 4, 2022) Our last column began with the emphasis on winter surfing and morphed into an overview of potentially needed wetsuit gear for anytime of the year.
(Feb. 4, 2022) The number one question most real estate agents are asked right now is “What is the market doing?”
(Feb. 4, 2022) Behind every apparently simple concept there lies an unruly ocean of complexity.
(Jan. 28, 2022) This week, eighty years ago, the Soviet high command — Stavka — created the Crimean Front, with Dimitry Kozlov as its commander, for the defense of the Black Sea Port of Kerch on the Crimean Peninsula. A “front” is roughly equal to an army group. At 2,600 years of age, Kerch …
(Jan. 28, 2022) Everything has beauty, but not everybody sees it. This famous proverb by Confucius embodies more than meets the eye.
(Jan. 28, 2022) The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently announced increases to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s upfront fees for certain high-balance and second-home loans.