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We at YWGC Realty hear people talk about technology like it's a problem - and it can be if you let it get out of hand. but in the real estate business, technology is the solution, because it saves you time - and that's the one thing that nobody has enough of.

YWGC mobile is a perfect example. Its a real estate app that allows you to view all MLS listings - anytime, anywhere - right from your cellphone. Works great for real estate in Maryland by mapping the closest homes from any location - with photos. If a property looks interesting, ywgc mobile displays detailed property information, price, and even taxes. you can even connect directly with a real estate agent to schedule an appointment. Best of all, ywgc mobile is free - easy to download, easy to use, and it works on any cell phone. Just go to www.ywgcmobile.com and start searching on the go today.

YWGC mobile - it's just one of the ways that we're using technology to save you time in your house search and actually simplify your life!


Home Sales

Home sales up 2nd half of 2011

We just came across this article from the National Association of Realtors, which indicates that the national trend is much like what we are discovering in the Baltimore Metropolitan area Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County and Howard County). Namely, the pending real estate sales in 2011 were higher than in 2010 for the second half of the year, but the increase in contracts is not showing up at the settlement table. The article goes on to explain that the "fall-throughs" are due to short sales taking longer to close (or not closing at all) and we also find that sometimes financing is declined due to the property not appraising or the borrowers not qualifying. We still take this increase in pending contracts as a positive sign that more people want to buy and believe this increase in buying interest will soon be reflected by an increase in settled sales.

Click here to view the article

All of the associates at YWGC Realty are prepared to counsel buyers and sellers on the best ways to navigate the home purchase/sale transaction successfully. Feel free to contact us if you are in the market to buy or sell a home.


Remodeling a home to stay green

We recently came across this article and found that the rehabbing of old houses can end up "greener" than the "greenest" of new houses. No new impervious surfaces, no new infrastructure, etc. This certainly is a different look at what is really "green". We thought you would enjoy the perspective. Check out the link below.

This old house: Why fixing up old homes is greener than building new ones

YWGC Realty and all of our associates are always looking to bring you the most up to date information on all aspects of housing. YWGC Realty has 8 real estate offices and 200 real estate agents serving the Baltimore Metropolitan area.


House vs Home

The real estate business is about more than houses - it's about homes.

We at YWGC Realty think the best part of our business is helping people find the home of their dreams, whether it's a young couple starting a family, empty nesters looking for a home that meets their changing needs, or anyone in between.

It may sound corny, but owning your own home really is the American dream. Sometimes people focus too much on home ownership as a hedge against inflation, and houses as investments or assets, like so many stocks or bonds.

We live and work in a world of numbers: prices, interest rates, appraisals, comparables - the list is endless. In the short term, that's what our jobs are about. but in the long term, our careers are about people - their hopes, their dreams, their families, and their homes. If we keep that in mind, we will continue to do well no matter where we are in the real estate cycle, because home ownership is the great constant in the American dream.

Remember that the real estate business is about more than houses - it's about homes. At Yerman Witman Gaines & Conklin Realty we have the real estate agents with the expertise to get you into the home of your dreams.

Search Baltimore homes for sale or other Maryland real estate with ywgcrealty.com


Buying or selling a home in today's market can be complicated.

You need a good real estate agent. You need a mortgage. You need a title company. Sometimes, you may even need legal advice. Wouldn't it be great if you could find everything you need in one place?

Well you can. that's the concept behind the Strata Group - six companies under one roof that can handle whatever you need for a successful real estate transaction in a complex world:

Yerman Witman Gaines & Conklin Realty - the fastest growing residential real estate company in the greater Baltimore real estate region.

Mortgage Master Inc - for the funds you need to purchase a new home, refinance your current home, or even build your dream home.

Real Estate Title & Escrow - for a smooth transaction with peace of mind.

Strata Law - with experienced real estate lawyers on-site whenever they're needed.

Strata Financial Services and strata new home sales and consulting.

At the Strata Group, we make the home buying process something you never expected it to be: Simple. See for yourself on the web at mystratagroup.com.

Contact a YWGC real estate agent for help Buying or selling a home in today's real estate market.


On Thursday January 19th from 6-8 our baltimore real estate office in Federal Hill will be hosting an opening reception for Rebecca Swanston, FAIA. Rebecca specializes in Architecture & Interiors with Swanston & Associates in Baltimore, Maryland. Check out the flyer below for more details.

Federal Hill office event


Choosing the right neighborhood

If you care as much about your neighborhood as you do your home (and many people do these days), there's only one way to be sure that your prospective community is a good fit for your circumstances and lifestyle: get away from your computer and get out of your car - and take a leisurely walk around the block. The fact of the matter is that many buyers don't spend enough time actually observing their (possibly) new surroundings from street level. Here are some tips from the article on what to look for as you walk around.

  • If you're moving because your circumstances are changing (divorce, starting a family, downsizing, etc.), make sure you don't choose a neighborhood based on your old circumstances. That sounds obvious, but very often our mindset doesn't change as quickly as our lives.
  • Don't go strictly by someone else's advice or commonly held assumptions. In the words of President Reagan, "Trust, but verify." If an area's crime rate is assumed to be low, confirm it by checking official records. If the area school is commonly held to be excellent, check it out on the record and visit the school to see for yourself.
  • Be realistic about any sacrifices you may have to make - how long a commute can you really handle every day, how far are you really willing to walk your dog to get to a park, how much social interaction do you really need to be happy? Don't overestimate your tolerance for inconvenience because you're in love with the house.
  • Observe and meet your prospective neighbors and analyze how the character of the neighborhood meets your priorities. Do you want a lot of children in the neighborhood? Do you want a wide range of restaurants and entertainment venues in the immediate area? Think about it while you walk and compare what you want with what you see.

Takeaway: Hopefully, you'll be living in your new neighborhood for a long time. Make sure the community fits your circumstances and lifestyle now and in the future.

Take a look on the right side of the blog site for a list of counties in Maryland that we have a a large library of information for each neighborhood with that county. Or try our real estate search engine and use the search by neighborhoods feature.


YWGC Mobile

YWGC Mobile can now be downloaded from Apple, Android and Blackberry app stores.

From time to time, we want to remind you about our cutting edge technology. YWGC Mobile is one of our most popular tools - the latest innovation in real estate search that works on any phone. YWGC Mobile is a mobile real estate application that allows you to view all MLS listings "anytime, anywhere" from the convenienceof any standard cell phone or Smartphone.

  • Displays detailed property information - including price, bedrooms, baths, taxes and features.
  • Maps closest homes, and even provides photos.
  • "Call to See" feature connects you directly to an agent.

YWGC Mobile is a free application "easy to download" easy to use. It's part of the YWGC commitment to providing the best customer service to home buyers and sellers in central Maryland. In combination with our new state-of-the-art website (www.ywgcrealty.com) you'll have everything you need to find the perfect house as soon as it comes on the market. Download your copy and start searching on the go today.

*Simply text "YWGC" to 87778


*Go to YWGCmobile.com

Contact a YWGC real estate agent with your questions about buying or selling a home in Maryland or use our state-of-the-art real estate website to search baltimore real estate, and homes throughout Maryland.

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