All Blog Entries by Mark Fitzpatrick

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Welcome and thank you for visiting!  I'm Mark Fitzpatrick, a full-time Realtor here at RE/MAX Town Center in Park Potomac, Maryland. 

I've helped clients buy, sell, rent, and renovate over $50,000,000 in properties over just the last 5 years.

I have deep knowledge of the North Bethesda, Bethesda, Rockville, and local market area. I live and breathe here every day, in and out of properties, grocery shopping at MOM's market, and talking with people about their real estate needs.

I’m looking forward to meeting you and learning more about how I can help you – be it buying a new home, selling your home, finding an investment property, or just getting some information to help you get started in the process. 



A little history…
I was first mentored in real estate back in 1988 by a top realtor named Joe Apichella – originally my high school accounting teacher. While attending Bowie State University full-time and playing college football, I helped him with some open houses during the off-season. I saw all the little details he focused on with each transaction.  Now retired in Florida, we still talk regularly about family, fun, and of course - real estate.



At the end of college, known for my intense, creative workouts, 1988 Olympic gold medalist boxer Andrew Maynard asked me to train him (strength and conditioning). And so I took on this challenge – culminating with a WBC World Cruiserweight title fight in Paris, France.  After this fight, he asked me to manage him.  Knowing the power of a team, I called Ben Wilson my attorney/sports agent (uncle of now NFL star Russell Wilson) and we put together a new management team. 

Having accomplished the goal of getting Andrew Maynard in good hands, I knew the boxing world was not where I wanted to be long term.  I decided, at the urging of a friend, to work with a small, real estate mortgage brokerage in Laurel, MD.  Several years later, I met a custom homebuilder looking to build a new business providing backup power solutions. He wanted me to partner with him, and I took on the challenge.



We grew the business rapidly, and in doing so I went through about 5,000 homes in Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Silver Spring, Rockville, and throughout Montgomery County. From 1,200 square foot homes to 20,000 square foot mansions overlooking the Potomac River to an entire subdivision.

During this time, I worked with buyers and sellers of homes, real estate agents, estate managers, engineers, architects, designers, electricians, plumbers, attorneys, custom homebuilders, country permitting offices, inspectors, and a host of other players in real estate.  I saw homes go from plans to completion.  Also in this time, I personally bought and sold multiple homes, worked with contractors through renovations, and bought undeveloped land.  





I’m married to my beautiful wife and skin specialist Nhan (Little Oasis Spa), and we have two very active children – currently both seven!  I once lived directly across the street from the late Charlie Crown and his lifelong farm (now Downtown Crown). We would talk a few times a week. He’d give me fresh eggs, and the run of the land with my lab. I met my wife just up the road. With my business and my wife's spa located just two blocks from the new Pike & Rose area, this is where we spend most of our days.

Mark Fitzpatrick
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Townhomes Emerge from Old Montrose Christian School 

Brand NEW townhomes in the North Quarter development. These new North Bethesda Townhomes are built on what used to be the Montrose Christian School and church.

If you know your basketball, this was the place where Kevin Durant played his high school basketball. These are modern style Townhomes that with some of the models incorporate the rooftop terraces that have become very popular.

There are four models to choose from: Langston, Boyd, Chase, and the Montrose. Prices start in the low $600,000 range, but you can expect to pay closer to $700,000 and higher for the larger models. And then of course it always depends on the upgrades you go with in your selection. This is something we can

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Watch Stunning Sunsets Every Night

North Bethesda Condos for Sale

Act now and you can enjoy the stunning sunset views from your new 1-bedroom condo at The Sterling. Convenience is everything. 

The new Pike & Rose development is directly across the street. And so is the White Flint METRO. Harris Teeter, My Organic Market, Whole Foods, and Trader Joes are all within blocks walking distance.

Look over from the Pike & Rose restaurants, and you can actually see your condo.

Pike & Rose condos

This 1-bedroom condo at The Sterling has everything you want to live a luxury lifestyle in a secure building with quick access to all the hot spots. The unit has stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, in unit washer and dryer, and it comes with a reserved garage parking space plus a storage

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Kevin Durant once played Basketball on top of these Townhomes

Yes, Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors, played basketball at the site of the North Quarter townhomes. The tiny Montrose Christian School was once a national high school basketball powerhouse.

But the once Montrose Christian School and church site is no more. What's emerging in 2019 is a new townhouse development by Winchester Homes called North Quarter. 

Branded as North Bethesda, these modern townhomes start in the $600,000's and will certainly push into the $700,000's if the builder can help it. After months of site development, the model homes are going up fast. As of May 20, 2019 -- they look to be just about a month out.

You can expect the typical modern townhome

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These Herbs Liven up Meals and your Property

The weather is starting to break. We will hit 70 + degrees Friday and Saturday, and the birds are super active. Now is a great time to get some early Spring planting done. Even easier, grow some herbs. They can jazz up your cooking instantly. You can also herbs to make teas.

Plus, they make a home and yard look more valuable. If you plan on selling your home soon, having an herb garden is not going to be THE key factor in selling your home for top dollar, but if you don't think some buyers - especially health conscious buyers who like greens and herbs - aren't influenced by a home that shows well and has a nice herb garden, you're missing out.

Here are my Top 8 that my family grows, and

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How to get above 100% ROI on a Kitchen Renovation

Kitchen Renovations That Pay Off Big

Any major kitchen renovation can cost tens of thousands of dollars. And while you may love the end result, your home's valuation may not.

It's not to say you can't just renovate your kitchen because you want to. It's your house. You can do whatever you want. But if you're about to renovate your kitchen, or even pondering it - and you want to do it in a way that gives you more enjoyment, and returns your investment - how do you go about this?

For the purpose of this article, let's focus on the unusually bold claim of getting a big return on a kitchen renovation. With the average ROI of kitchen renovations (according to a multitude of renovation surveys) ranging from between 60% to 80%, it's

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NEW Rockville Townhomes only Steps to Restaurants and METRO

Chapman Row Townhomes

Chapman Row at Twinbrook METRO are the first new townhomes to emerge in the vibrant and developing North Bethesda area. This enclave of townhomes would be on what I'd label the very outer edge of North Bethesda. They're a modern style you see in most of the new, urban townhome developments. 

Sizes range from 2,106 square feet to 2,315 square feet and feature 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with an optional powder room on the kitchen and living room level. The larger model size difference comes from being 2 feet wider than the smaller models. What you'll have to determine is if the layout of the bedrooms works for your situation. What a mean? Well, the 3rd floor, which is the main sleeping

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Downtown Bethesda condos across from Trader Joes grocery store

 Adagio Condos in Bethesda

Adagio - Lifestyle & Amenities

- Adagio condos for sale
The Adagio is located at 6820 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20815. And it's conveniently located just across the street from Trader Joes and just a few blocks from Bethesda Row.

Adagio is a 92-unit condo building consisting of 1-bedroom to 3-bedroom units. The 1 bedroom units are spacious at 900 sq.', and have regularly sold recently close to $500,000. The largest 2 bedroom and the 3 bedroom units typically sell in the $1.1 - $1.3 million range. One penthouse combined two units and sold for over $3 million. It has an extraordinary private terrace. 

I wouldn't describe the building is high luxury, especially in the

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Bethesda Row luxury condos by Toll Brothers

Hampden Row Condos - Bethesda

Hampden Row - Lifestyle & Amenities

- Hampden Row condos for sale
Hampden Row by Toll Brothers is located at 4915 Hampden Lane in Bethesda, is a new luxury mid-rise condo building just a block from Bethesda Row. Featuring 55 luxury condos priced from $524,990, to over $3,849,990 for the penthouses, Hampden Row is ideally positioned on the corner of Hampden Lane and Old Georgetown Road. The condos use quartz countertops along with Bosch and Thermador appliances.

Rich amenities like a beautifully appointed fitness room, a spacious lower level club room and rooftop lounge with views grills, a unique fireplace, and relaxing views out West for sunsets and all around to Bethesda Row.  Everything is

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Bethesda Luxury condos right next to Harris Teeter

Stonehall Bethesda Condos

Stonehall Bethesda condos - Lifestyle & Amenities

- Stonehall Bethesda condos for sale
Stonehall Condos located at 8302 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814 (at the corner of Woodmont and Battery) is another addition to the growing Bethesda condo scene.

Stonehall is a luxury condo building consisting of 46 units with either 2-bedrooms and 3-bedrooms. There are also penthouse units, with the largest having south and westerly views and 2,528 square feet of living space. Stonehall is sort of on the fringes of downtown Bethesda, but it certainly measures up to the best in luxury. With a well equipped fitness center, private club room, and a rooftop terrace that will be the best spot in the building

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Beautiful, New Downtown Bethesda Condo

Cheval Bethesda Condos

Cheval Bethesda Condos - Lifestyle & Amenities

Cheval Bethesda at 4960 Fairmont Avenue in Bethesda, at 17 floors, is the highest condo building in downtown Bethesda to date. Featuring 71 luxury condos price from the low $700,000’s to over $3,000,000 for the penthouses, Cheval rises up at the corner of Fairmont and Old Georgetown Road. With nearly floor to ceiling windows, tons of natural light for a majority of the units, and very modern feel, Cheval Condos will definitely appeal to people looking to live in downtown Bethesda in a newer condo.

The balconies extend your living space out to the city. And rich amenities like a beautifully appointed fitness room, yoga studio, and rooftop club room and social

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