Dave's Blog

My blogs will feature articles and information relating to all sorts of things real estate related -- from home improvement tips, to landscaping ideas, designing interior spaces, home repair items and local real estate market updates. Feel free to comment on the blogs, or if you'd like me to blog about a certain topic, just let me know.

Feb. 22, 2018

313 Eatons Landing Dr., Annapolis MD

Simply stunning is the best way to describe this home! 

The Nantucket style waterfront home offers the ultimate in privacy and is located on "protected" Crab Creek, right off the South River. The private pier offers multiple boat slips and is on deep water. The master suite is simply amazing as it's 2-story and features a library and a beautiful master bath.

If you love cooking, you're in for a treat with this wonderfully designed gourmet kitchen! The home features so many windows affording the opportunity to see full views of the water! You have to see this home as there are to may features to list...


Posted in Featured listings
Feb. 15, 2018

FOR SALE - 2732 Gingerview Lane - RIVA TRACE

A great location close to all amenities Annapolis has to offer! The home features over 2800 sf of living space. You'll love the master suite featuring a soaking tub, separate shower, fireplace and private deck! The family room has a wood burning fireplace a wet bar and doors leading to the deck. It's an entertainers delight! Separate dining room for those formal functions and spacious bedrooms. The basement has a walk out and a rough-in bathroom to customize as you see fit. Major expenses have been completed such as a new roof, new hot water heater, new carpet, new skylight and new Hardiplank siding! 2-car garage. You'll love the amenities that the Riva Trace community has to offer!


Posted in Featured listings
Feb. 9, 2018

FOR SALE - 745 Pearson Point Place - Kingsport

Beautiful Kingsport Colonial! Stately 2-story foyer as well as a 2-story Great Room with a gas fireplace. The home features 9-foot ceilings and beautiful triple crown molding! Elegant cherry hardwood staircase! The basement features a finished club room and exercise room. Light and bright kitchen with center island and built-in desk. Enjoy warm evenings on the rear brick patio. 2-car garage! Fabulous Community Pool and Water Access!

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Posted in Featured listings
Jan. 31, 2018

1434 Willow Bend Dr - Creekside Village at Tanyard Springs

Cozy and charming townhome in sought after Creekside Village at Tanyard Springs. The community offers its residents wonderful amenities and lots to do (pool, gym, basketball court, tot lots. dog park and more)!

The home features a spacious eat-in kitchen with 42" cabinets and a center island. The basement rec room comes complete with a surround sound system and speakers. Walk out patio. Custom built-in closets in the main level office. The master suite offers ample closet space and a master bathroom. You'll love relaxing on the deck facing open common area.

Posted in Featured listings
Jan. 31, 2018

1434 Thornbury Ct - Crofton Manor

Pride of ownership abounds in this immaculately kept 3-BR townhouse in sought after Crofton Manor. The home features sparkling hardwood floors throughout the 2nd level and a large inviting kitchen with a breakfast bar. You'll love the bright sunroom perfect for relaxing or working on your craft project. Enjoy the cooler evenings by the gas fireplace in the lower level family room. The enormous master suite has a generous master closet and master bath with soaking tub and separate shower. The roof is 6 years old and the AC compressor is several years old. Enjoy the privacy on the newly updated deck.

Posted in Featured listings
Jan. 31, 2018

2800 Moores Plains Blvd - Beech Tree East Village

Just WOW - is all that's needed to describe this wonderfully renovated townhouse in a sought after golf course community. The home features fresh paint throughout, new carpet and refinished hardwood floors. The kitchen has been completely transformed and offers new stainless appliances and countertops. All bathrooms have been updated with new tile floors, new vanities and lighting fixtures. New garage doors.

You'll love the 2 fireplaces - one in the dining area and one in the spacious master suite! The home offers ample storage and generously sized bedrooms. The deck is maintenance free. Quiet community with lots of amenities. This is move-in ready!

Posted in Featured listings
Jan. 31, 2018

5704 Lyngate Ct - Glenn Estates

Amazingly beautiful renovation to this large and spacious home in Glenn Estates! The home features new carpet throughout and is freshly painted. The kitchen has been completely remodeled and updated with new wood floors and stainless appliances. You'll cherish the relaxation offered by the all season sunroom. The large trex deck faces the woods for plenty of privacy. The master suite is enormous and has vaulted ceilings and dual his/her closets. The basement rec room offers ample space and even has a room waiting for your final touches. The home sits on a quiet cul-de-sac and is ideally located. 

Posted in Featured listings
Jan. 30, 2018

1929 Eutaw Place - Bolton Hill

This is a beautifully remodeled townhome in sought after Bolton Hill! The home features new carpet and shining hardwood floors throughout. The kitchen has been completely upgraded and has new appliances and a contemporary backsplash. The bathrooms have been upgraded and the home has been freshly painted throughout. You'll love the 2-car garage and being able to walk to most amenities in the area. 

Posted in Featured listings
Aug. 26, 2014

A Color Primer for Home Decorators

HomeYou don't need to be an interior decorator to understand color, or create satisfying personal spaces around your home. Here is some quick inspiration for your next decorating project.

Blue has timeless appeal, the wide range of hues make it a continual favorite for bedrooms and nurseries—and not just for boys. Pale blues in living spaces for grownups are just as appealing.

Yellow is extremely versatile, creating the illusion of light or complementing light-filled rooms. Yellow is accompanied well by other colors found beside it in nature like tangerine, brown, fuchsia, lime green and persimmon.

Green gives visual impact even as a neutral. Bring the outdoors inside and mix greens the same as you would in the garden, adding accents of aqua, pink or even white.

Red is intense and dramatic, a backdrop for strong accessories like silver and porcelain. Always a great choice in dining rooms, accented with charcoal grays, dark chocolates and rich caramels.

Purple shades make for fabulous accent pieces, but work well for bedrooms, too, especially for kids.

Pink doesn't have to be the shade of bubblegum to be useful in living rooms, master bedrooms or girls' rooms. As an accessory, a little pink goes a long way to soften hard edges.

White is a backdrop allowing other colors to stand out, or help showcase collections. White walls draw the eye upward to artwork, or serve as a great wake-up space in the breakfast nook.

Brown creates a cozy cocoon in a bedroom, small living room, library or office. Look to nature to inspire your accent colors: pumpkin, terra-cotta, and saffron, or deep red, green, and turquoise.
Posted in Home remodeling
Aug. 20, 2014

The Truth about the "Rain Tax"

No, Maryland isn't taxing rain.


You undoubtedly have heard the term "rain tax." Fox News started using the term earlier this year.

Local news outlets picked it up. It is a catchy label, but it misrepresents and smears an otherwise 

praiseworthy state initiative.


I think veteran environmental writer Tom Horton best put the "rain tax" in perspective:


"They might as well call quarterly sewer bills 'a bowel movement tax' or paint the food sales tax 

as government intrusion in 'swallowing.' So long as water runs downhill and connects 'your' 

property to 'our' bay, word games won't make the stormwater problem go away."


Basically, the state is asking residents and businesses in its more populated areas to help solve a 

serious problem that largely originates with them: urban polluted runoff.

Of all the water pollution problems we face, urban runoff generally is the least understood, and the 

most expensive to fix. Sure, we've heard that farm manure, fertilizer, and sewage plants pollute the 

Chesapeake Bay. But another major source is the rain that runs off our parking lots, driveways, 

roofs, and other hard surfaces.


Around the Bay region, this source of pollution causes about 16 percent of the excess 

nitrogen in the Bay. But the percent is far higher in many creeks and rivers. The Anne 

Arundel County Department of Public Works, for instance, found in 2010 that 37 percent of 

the nitrogen in the Magothy River comes from urban runoff, not to mention 94 percent of the 

excess phosphorus, and virtually all of the sediment and bacteria pollution.


So it's a major problem, causing real harm. For instance, the state cautions Marylanders 

not to swim in any natural water for 48 hours after a rain storm because of the unhealthy bacteria

carried by runoff. A fresh water stream downstream of Frederick City can be just as polluted by

urban runoff as a beach near Annapolis. A child wading into that stream is just as at risk for bacteria

infection after a storm.


Urban runoff has been a problem for years. But not enough was done to address it. It's actually 

getting worse as development continues to sprawl out to our rural areas, and more 

fields and forests are turned into malls and housing developments. Baltimore City and the state's nine

most populated counties are actually required by federal law to reduce this type of pollution under

Clean Water Act permits. Many have made commendable attempts. But the size of the problem far

exceeds the resources those localities have used to address it. That's in part because the problem

was ignored for so many years.


Enter the Maryland General Assembly in 2012. First, the legislature budgeted tens of millions 

of dollars to help local governments upgrade their stormwater managements systems. But 

lawmakers also decided the local jurisdictions needed to contribute themselves. After all, this is a 

problem that originates in the local areas, and often as the result of local zoning and growth 



So the legislature passed a law saying if you are one of those ten localities in Maryland already 

required by federal law to reduce stormwater, then you must collect some level of fee dedicated only 

to this work.


Call it a state mandate if you like. But it was mandated after years of insufficient effort by Baltimore 

City and the nine urban/suburban counties. And, as Horton points out, it was mandated because 

"your" property impacts "our" Bay.

The legislation gave wide flexibility to the ten jurisdictions to set the size of the fee, and how it is 

calculated and collected. The result wasn't surprising: Fees approved by local governments this 

spring range from $21 to $170 per household per year, and potentially significantly higher for 



The key is local governments decided these amounts, not the state. Some governments 

opted to charge a flat fee to everyone, regardless of property. But others decided a mall should pay 

more than a mom-and-pop deli downtown. Remember, the more hard surface, the more polluted 

runoff comes from a property. And keep in mind the benefits we will see as local governments start 

using the new funds to upgrade their stormwater management systems. Montgomery County 

already started and has created about 3,300 full-time, private sector jobs. Prince 

George's County estimates it will create about 5,000 jobs. And that's not to mention 

the obvious: clean water, open beaches, and happy crabs and oysters. (Courtesy Home 1st Title)