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July 28, 2016

Pirates Plunder Near Maryland Real Estate

Pirates Plunder Near Maryland Real EstateSet sail away from Maryland real estate on a pirate adventure! Urban Pirates cruises boast that they can turn any landlubber into a swaggering pirate to be proud of. The venture starts at the dock where regular sailors turn buccaneers after boarding the pirate vessel The Relentless! Once aboard, Maryland homes are forgotten and the ship sails forward into National Harbor under the flag of the jolly roger. All hands on deck require a change in appearance from average citizens to swashbucklers. New looks feature tattoos, beards, mustaches and maybe an eye patch too.

Urban Pirates offers two cruise options for residents living on or near Maryland real estate. Those setting sail on the Family Adventure will learn the lingo of pirates through song, dance and games. War is waged with water cannons spraying into National Harbor. Participants in the Bring Your Own Grog Cruise are welcomed to lug aboard their own adult beverages. They then can enjoy their special grog alongside friends as The Relentless sails the National Harbor waters. Birthday packages and charter cruises are available as well.

The Relentless sets sail rain or shine, so on cloudy days dress appropriately. Cruises fill up fast so reservations are recommended. Availability may be checked on the Urban Pirates Website so find a date to walk the plank and come on board matey.


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July 28, 2016

Thinking Caps Are On For Children Living In Maryland

Thinking Caps Are On For Children Living In MarylandFamilies living in Maryland love learning together at the Port Discovery Children's Museum. This Maryland property mixes permanent hands on exhibits with special events and visiting displays.

Permanent exhibits are plenty and keep kids busy. The BGE Studio Workshop is all about art exploration. Little artists can delve into the colorful world of expression. Activities change regularly with new projects to keep interest. Miss Perception’s Mystery House requires the use of thinking caps. Junior detectives living in Maryland will be challenged with the mysteries waiting to be unravelled. Kids Works and Kick It Up focus on the importance of getting kids active. A three story tree house sets the scene in Kids Works where youngsters can traverse rope bridges and climb to their hearts content. In Kick It Up, Soccer enthusiasts will love the indoor arena area where they can score goals. Snowboarding, surfing and skating are all simulated on balance boards. There is also a dancing area for movers and shakers to get their groove on!

With a vision of “A World where the value of learning through play is recognized and respected,” The Port Discovery Children's Museum strives to provide a creative learning space that is based on fun.

This Maryland property is conveniently located at 35 Market Place in Baltimore. Regular Hours for The Port Discovery Children’s Museum are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Another great time to visit is on Family Fun Night each third Friday of the month. From 4 to 8 p.m. admission is only $2.


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July 28, 2016

3 Questions Every Buyer Should Ask Themselves

3 Questions Every Buyer Should Ask Themselves | MyKCM

If you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are probably getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family will have your best interest at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in the real estate market.

Answering the following 3 questions will help you determine if now is actually a good time for you to buy in today’s market.

1. Why am I buying a home in the first place?

This truly is the most important question to answer. Forget the finances for a minute. Why did you even begin to consider purchasing a home? For most, the reason has nothing to do with money.

For example, a recent survey by Braun showed that over 75% of parents say “their child’s education is an important part of the search for a new home.”

This survey supports a study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University which revealed that the four major reasons why people buy a home have nothing to do with money. They are:

  • A good place to raise children and for them to get a good education
  • A place where you and your family feel safe
  • More space for you and your family
  • Control of that space

What does owning a home mean to you? What non-financial benefits will you and your family gain from owning a home? The answer to that question should be the biggest reason you decide to purchase or not. 

2. Where are home values headed?

According to the latest Home Price Index from CoreLogic, home values are projected to increase by 5.3% over the next 12 months. 

What does that mean to you?

Simply put, if you are planning on buying a home that costs $250,000 today, that same home will cost you an additional $13,250 if you wait till next year. Your down payment will need to be higher as well to account for the higher home price.

3. Where are mortgage interest rates headed?

A buyer must be concerned about more than just prices. The ‘long term cost’ of a home can be dramatically impacted by even a small increase in mortgage rates. 

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), the National Association of Realtors, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have all projected that mortgage interest rates will increase over the next twelve months as you can see in the chart below:

3 Questions Every Buyer Should Ask Themselves | MyKCM

Bottom Line

Only you and your family will know for certain if now is the right time to purchase a home. Answering these questions will help you make that decision.

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