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TKG Celebrates 3rd Annual Summer Party!!!

On June 9th the TKG team celebrated our 3rd annual client appreciation party! This year we switched up the venue and relaxed with drinks and music along the Canton Waterfront Promenade at The Boathouse. Our guests enjoyed the perfect weather, dock views and great food while we enjoyed catching up with old and new friends! The Tim Kenney Group would like to wholeheartedly thank all of our clients, friends and family for your continuous support throughout the years. It has been so gratifying to help with all of your real estate needs. See you all next summer!                            … Read more »

Five Things To Look For In A Home

As a buyers’ agent, I am in different homes almost every day of the week. My clients, on the other hand, are not … they see what I show them. And it’s very difficult from pictures to really understand the home. So once you actually tour the home, here are some guidelines of what you should really be looking for: Location, Location, Location … I know its cliché, but the saying is true. Buying in the best possible location is the way to truly protect your investment. Look for schools, property history and turnover rates. Quality of the Property … once you have found the best location for you, take… Read more »

Baltimore City CHAP Tax Credit – What You Need to Know

It is no secret that Baltimore City has the highest property taxes within the state of Maryland. At a combined 2.36% of assessed property value, the tax bill for a home in Canton, Federal Hill, Fells Point or any of the city’s other historic districts can be eye opening. To help offset the tax burden, the city offers various credits to property owners. Of them, the CHAP credit is arguably the biggest and most beneficial but occasionally misunderstood. In short, CHAP stands for “Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation” and was established in 1964 by the City of Baltimore. The commission’s mission is “The CHAP Mission is to enhance and… Read more »

The Five UNCOMFORTABLE Things You Can Do to Sell Your Home

With the fall market quickly approaching, it is very important to keep a couple of things in mind as you are preparing to sell your home. There are the typical items that you will hear from the agent that is trying to get your listing like paint, de-clutter, and stage. But there are some additional things that sellers can do to increase their chances of making their home #1 on a buyers list. Here are the more uncomfortable items: Price correctly FROM THE BEGINNING – the agents you are interviewing are the professionals. Remember that. They analyzed your home in an objective way compared to the other houses in your… Read more »

The Maryland Grand Slam Program

The Maryland Grand Slam Program Governor Hogan announced yesterday the Maryland “Grand Slam” home buyers incentives through the Maryland Mortgage Program (MMP). This is a fantastic opportunity for those who want to buy a home in the city but are still sitting on the sidelines because they just don’t have the funds to close on a home quite yet. Synopsis: $5000 MMP grant $2500 additional City grant .25% lower interest rate from published MMP rates Tax credit fee waived Buyer qualifications follow standard MMP guidelines YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A FIRST-TIME HOME BUYER TO QUALIFY! http://governor.maryland.gov/2015/08/12/governor-larry-hogan-announces-maryland-grand-slam/ If you would like to find out more information, please contact us… Read more »

TKG Does Drinks on the Dock, A Client Appreciation Party

On June 26th our team along with held our annual client appreciation party! For the second year in a row it was held on the dock at The Harborview Marina overlooking the beautiful Baltimore Inner harbor. Our guests enjoyed the music of Brian Comotto and we enjoyed seeing everyone! The Tim Kenney Group would like to sincerely thank all of our clients for your business and your continued support throughout the years. It has truly been our pleasure to help you with your real estate needs and we cannot thank you enough for your referrals. See you all next year!                    … Read more »

Moving to a House With Acreage? Six People You Should Get To Know

When Tim and I moved to our current home, we were living in a townhome that was part of a condo association. The association took care of the exterior maintenance, landscaping, and snow removal for us. The problem was that it was on a loud street, and we wanted some peace and quiet. So for that reason (and many others), we decided to make the move to a single family on a pretty large home site. What an amazing change it was: quiet, better area, a bigger house, and grass. A LOT OF GRASS. What we quickly realized is that with a baby and a business, there is only so… Read more »

What Is My Canton Home Worth?

It’s almost daily that I am asked this question by a prospective seller.  In a neighborhood like Canton, where you can see a home that sold for $600,000 directly next door to a home that sold the month before for $150,000, this is a great question.  What I will attempt to do on this blog post is to answer this question based on the top factors that determine price in Southeast Baltimore’s sought after waterfront neighborhood of Canton. Got Width? — This is possibly the most significant factor is determining the pre-renovated or post renovated value in a Canton home.  You can always make the home deeper by placing a… Read more »

Making Your Home “Meticulous”

I walk through a lot of houses. A LOT. And as a buyer’s agent, one thing that always sticks out to me (and my clients) are homes that are maintained in a “meticulous” manner.  I put that word in quotes because it is a step above everything else. If you can stick that word on your house when you are selling it, you will command MORE MONEY in a SHORTER AMOUNT OF TIME than if your house was just up kept. There is definitely a difference and a good buyer’s agent will always point that out to their clients. In addition to putting more money in your pocket at closing,… Read more »

Katie Ainsley Joins The Tim Kenney Group as a Realtor

The Tim Kenney Group announced today that Katie Ainsley has joined their team as a Realtor. Katie will work with both buyers and sellers on real estate transactions in the greater Baltimore area. “I’m very excited to work with the Tim Kenney Group and Cummings & Co. Realtors,” said Katie. “I think my unique value I can offer our clients is the ability to really see a home’s potential, and to give buyers a different perspective. For the sellers I represent, I think my background in marketing absolutely helps them find ways to get their home looking its best, and in front of as many potential buyers as possible. Working… Read more »