Home Buyer resources

MONTGOMERY COUNTY
- school locator
- is CONDO FHA APPROVED
- expected list of all estimated closing costs
- closing costs Calculator for your scenario
- property Tax bill  -- estimated tax bill
- Map -- Plat/Survey -- Land Records
- Zoning questions
- sign up for ALERTS! (schools, traffic, police... to your phone)
- local Police
- search local sex offenders, felons, crime reports

INVESTMENT PROPERTY
- Rental comparables
- Montgomery County Landlord Tenant handbook
- Rental property licensing application
- Lead requirements if built before 1950.  Starting Jan. 1, 2015, Maryland law will require all residential rental properties
built before 1978 to register with the MD Dept. of the Environment.
- Investment Property help--> Property Management

BUYER'S PUNCHLIST
- Brief overview of what to expect from initial meeting to closing
- Useful Phone Numbers
- Home Warranty, compare Plans

 

**We receive absolutely NO compensation in any way from any of the below service providers.  We have come to trust them with our clients because of many years of hard work that has earned our complete trust and high recommendation.  The Choice Real Estate reputation is on the line.** -- BJ Matson

LOCAL LENDERS
Cody Kessler
Home Bridge Financial
240-403-7233
Ask Cody about strengthening your Offer with a commitment to lend in 12 days.  I've seen it happen.  All contingencies cleared in 12 days is a huge advantage for your Offer. Premium benefits like these play a vital role.  Expert "Advice" IS their product, and is what separates Cody & his team.  They have a commitment and passion to bringing you the 'Truth' in Lending.  NMLS #182716

Brent Mendelson
, 1st Mariner Bank, 240-235-5314
NMLS #111407

LOCAL TITLE COMPANY, SETTLEMENT ATTORNEY
Colleen Smyth, Counselor's Title, 301-670-0100
Colleen is an excellent attorney and will do your closing at her office.  They will provide a preliminary HUD-1 settlement statement early in the process for a clear understanding of closing costs & money needed (or getting back) at closing.


LOCAL HOME INSPECTOR
Terry Ewald, Advanced Pro Inspections, 301-787-0644
Terry Ewald, tewald (Advanced Pro Inspections)Terry is a thorough & very skilled inspector.  He also automatically signs you up for Recall notifications on your appliances


LOCAL HOMEOWNER'S INSURANCE AGENT

,  240-
xxx  will order a CLUE report & flood certification for any home that we make an Offer.

 
TERMITE INSPECTIION

Superior Pest-- 877-284-2466
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LOCAL UTILITY COMPANIES - CALL PRIOR TO CLOSING
- PEPCO, (202) 833-7500
- Washington Gas, (703) 750-1000
- WSSC, (301) 206-8000

 

QUESTIONS
What is the difference between an Eagle policy and a Standard Title policy?
What is the difference between a Foreclosure and a Short Sale?

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