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10 Easy Ways to Safeguard Your Home and Prepare for an Emergency

10 Easy Ways to Safeguard Your Home and Prepare for an Emergency When disasters strike, they come without warning. This is why you need to prepare for emergencies ahead of time. These 10 tips will help safeguard your home and family, and save you time, m... Read more

Cost vs. Value: Which Home Improvements Offer the Highest ROI in 2017?

Cost vs. Value: Which Home Improvements Offer the Highest ROI in 2017? With the many different projects reported annually in Remodeling Magazine's Cost vs. Value Report, not much has changed from last year...and that's not a bad thing. The... Read more

Housing Made More Affordable with FHA's Reduction in Mortgage Insurance

Housing Made More Affordable with FHA's Reduction in Mortgage Insurance Annual mortgage insurance premiums for Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-backed mortgages are lowering toward their pre-bust level, with FHA announcing on Monday another reduc... Read more

New Year Predictions: What to Expect with Real Estate in 2017

New Year Predictions: What to Expect with Real Estate in 2017 The new year is here and with it comes new factors which can and will affect real estate throughout the year. Below you will find what the experts are expecting in 2017. Keep an eye on the ... Read more

6 Things to Avoid Wasting Money on in Your New Home

6 Things to Avoid Wasting Money on in Your New Home OK, we've said it time and again, but it bears repeating: Buying a home is a very big expense-and once you've kicked off all that spending, it's easy to find yourself caught up in rampant li... Read more

How to Shave 4 Years off Your Mortgage

How to Shave 4 Years off Your Mortgage As we enter into the peak of the home buying season, it is now a good idea to think about ways to reduce the term of your mortgage. According to most lending professionals, the best way to do this is by switchin... Read more

Top Reasons to Buy NOW Instead of Renting or Waiting Until Next Year

Top Reasons to Buy NOW Instead of Renting or Waiting Until Next Year Based on prices, mortgage rates and soaring rents, there may have never been a better time in real estate history to purchase a home than right now. Here are five major reasons purch... Read more

$10,000 Available for Down Payment & Closing Costs

$10,000 Available for Down Payment & Closing Costs The "You've Earned" It program is offered through the Maryland Mortgage Program (MMP) and is available to buyers who have at least $25,000 in student loan debt and are purchasing a home... Read more

5 Housing Market Predictions for 2016

5 Housing Market Predictions for 2016 It's that time of year again, when the Home Buying Institute rounds up a collection of insightful - and sometimes controversial - predictions for the U.S. residential real estate market. We begin with home pri... Read more

10 Reasons Real Estate will Rock in 2015

10 Reasons Real Estate will "Rock" in 2015 After a slowdown in the market this year, housing analysts and economists have high hopes for 2015. The real estate market is expected to build momentum across the board nest year, mostly because of a ... Read more

The Road to the Housing Market Recovery

The Road to the Housing Market Recovery This past year demonstrated a steady build-up of housing momentum -fueled by significant improvements in economic fundamentals, low mortgage rates, and compressed inventory - and is expected to carry the market int... Read more

Changing Demographics Impact the Market

Changing Demographics Impact the Market Realtors from across the country discussed changing home buyer demographics that impact the housing market during the recently concluded 2014 Realtors Conference & Expo. Among primary residence home buyers, t... Read more

15% Increase in Foreclosures: MD is one of the Highest

15% Increase in Foreclosures: MD is one of the Highest RealtyTrac, the nation's leading source for comprehensive housing data, today released its U.S. Foreclosure Market Report for November 2014, which shows foreclosure filings - default notices, sc... Read more

How to Keep Energy Costs Down within the Home!

How to Keep Energy Costs Down within the Home! Q: As a homeowner, how can I keep my energy costs low while keeping my house in great condition? A: August is typically one of the hottest months of the year. It seems like the only logical way to stay c... Read more

How to Improve the Performance of Your Home

How to Improve the Performance of Your Home According to a new National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers survey, high-performing, Low-emissive (Low-E) windows are the most common green building products used by residential remodelers. To ki... Read more

How to Improve the Performance of Your Home

How to Improve the Performance of Your Home According to a new National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers survey, high-performing, Low-emissive (Low-E) windows are the most common green building products used by residential remodelers. To... Read more

UPLIFTING & NEW: Short Sale Policies

UPLIFTING & NEW: Short Sale Policies The recent policy changes by two of the biggest mortgage market players could open doors to home buys this fall by thousands hard-hit by the housing bust and who thought they'd have to wait for years before... Read more

Interest Rates...What to Expect

Interest Rates...What to Expect With the economic recovery in full swing, there has been a lot of talk lately about interest rates and the possibility that an increase could be coming in the near future. This is a classic good news/bad news scenario: ... Read more

School Districts Dictate Value

School Districts Dictate Value Today officials at Realtor.com announced the results of its Back to School survey that ran on realtor.com® from July 18-22 and analyzed how much impact school boundaries have on buyers looking to purchase a home within ... Read more

Rapid Home Price Gains Will Slow Down

Rapid Home Price Gains Will Slow Down While double digit gains have been common, home appreciation is projected to drop to 6.5% during the 12 months ending March 31, 2014, according to a report released Thursday. That will follow a 10.2% jump for the ... Read more

Just Listed in Abingdon: 3213 Fieldcrest Way

Just Listed in Abingdon: 3213 Fieldcrest Way Absolutely Immaculate 4 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath home with an Open Floor Plan and Gorgeous Landscaped Lot! Spacious Eat-In Kitchen with large Morning Room, Vaulted Ceilings and Lots of Natural Light streaming in! L... Read more

Baltimore County Luxury Home Portfolio

Luxury Home Portfolio If you are in the market for a custom-built luxury home, an equestrian estate, or a private retreat I have the experience and knowledge to assist you with finding the perfect dream home with all of the amenities you have been longin... Read more

How to Cut 4 Years off Your Mortgage

How to Cut 4 Years off Your Mortgage As we enter into the peak of the home buying season, it is now a good idea to think about ways to reduce the term of your mortgage. According to most lending professionals, the best way to do this is by switchi... Read more

Bidding Wars are Back...

Bidding Wars are Back... A recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive this week reveals a dramatic reversal in previous years' buyers' market status. A current lack of inventory is producing a surplus of offers in many markets, giving brokers ... Read more

Interest Rates on the Rise as the Market Improves

Interest Rates on the Rise as the Market Improves Fixed mortgage interest rates are at their highest point in more than a year, and aren't showing any signs of changing course. Interest rates have slowly been creeping up over the past few weeks,... Read more

The Importance of Quality Landscaping

The Importance of Quality Landscaping The Appraisal Institute recently advised homeowners to properly maintain their landscaping, which can significantly affect property values. "If a landscaping change is positive, it can often enhance price and ... Read more

Housing Tax Incentives Can "Make" or "Break" the Middle Class

Housing Tax Incentives Can "Make" or "Break" the Middle Class To meet the nation's growing need for affordable rental housing and homeownership opportunities, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently called on Co... Read more

Lenders Make Payouts to Foreclosed Borrowers

Lenders Make Payouts to Foreclosed Borrowers As part of a settlement with federal regulators, 13 lenders this week are starting to pay out $3.6 billion to more than 4 million troubled borrowers whose homes were in foreclosure proceedings in 2009 and 2010... Read more

All Brick Cape Cod Just Listed in Overlea!

Just Listed in Overlea! Lovely Brick Cape Cod located on a Large Level Lot! Open Floor Plan on Main Level w/ 2 Spacious Bedrooms & HARDWOOD FLOORS under the carpet! Full Walk-Up Attic w/ walk-in Cedar Closet is already dry-walled & Ready to ... Read more

Luxurious Homes in Baltimore & Harford County

Luxury Home Portfolio If you are in the market for a custom-built luxury home, an equestrian estate, or a private retreat I have the experience and knowledge to assist you with finding the perfect dream home with all of the amenities you have been longi... Read more

All Abour FHA

All Abour FHA Lately we have heard a lot about the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), and much of it is simply wrong. “The FHA is the next subprime.” Untrue. “The FHA caused the housing crisis.” Also untrue. There is a lot of ... Read more

Top 10 Real Estate Tax Deductions for Homeowners

Top 10 Real Estate Tax Deductions for Homeowners Since the deadline to file income taxes approaches, we need to take a new look at the changing tax landscape for homeowners. The dynamic atmosphere in Washington, D.C. has a different effect each year on ... Read more

Spring Home Buying Starts Early this Year

Spring Home Buying Starts Early this Year According to Realtor.com®, a leader in online real estate, recently released its February data on the U.S. housing market, offering valuable insight into the latest real estate trends. Realtor.com®&#... Read more

Just Listed in Bel Air's Brentwood Park Area!

Just Listed in Bel Air!!! Lovely Penthouse Condo in the highly regarded Brentwood Park area! Large Master Suite with Walk-In closet and En-Suite Bath! Spacious Living Room with Soaring Vaulted Ceilings & Pergo Floors! Formal Dining Area with Perg... Read more

What Buyers Want in their New Home

What Buyers Want in their New Home A lot of investors and sellers alike have been wondering not only what today's home buyers really want, but also what they are ready to leave behind in light of current economic realities. A recent study relea... Read more

12 Steps to QualifyYour Short Sales from the Start

12 Steps to Qualify Your Short Sales from the Start Since the fiscal cliff deal is behind us, it's safe to say that short sales will continue to increase in the year ahead. That said, short sales can still take up to three times longer than a tradit... Read more

Big Changes for FHA Loans: Affecting Buyers & Sellers

Big Changes for FHA Loans: Affecting Buyers & Sellers FHA announced sweeping changes to mortgage insurance yesterday. For all FHA case numbers assigned on or after April 1, 2013, FHA will increase the monthly premium from 1.25% to 1.35%. While thi... Read more

Will the Housing Recovery Continue in 2013?

Will the Housing Recovery Continue? Last year was the year that America's housing market began its long-awaited recovery. Will the recovery continue in 2013, or will we see another setback? And what are the implications for real estate professionals... Read more

$15,000 Grant Available NOW!!!

$15,000 Grant Available NOW!!! The "City Lift" grant just became available this week and you do not need to be a first time purchaser to access these funds. This is a grant that will allow purchaser's to receive up to $15,000 of down paym... Read more

Looking Positively Ahead: Predictions for 2013

Looking Positively Ahead: Predictions for 2013 Consumer confidence. Price appreciation. Multiple offers. Wait…is this real estate we’re talking about?! Like long-forgotten music to our ears, these are just some of the buzz words peppering... Read more

All Short Sales are not the Same: Understanding FHA's Procedures

All Short Sales are not the Same: Understanding FHA's Procedures All short sales are not alike-especially when an FHA-insured mortgage is involved. FHA short sales must advance through a very exact and systemized process. Here's what... Read more

Just Listed in Essex, MD

Proudly Representing: 909 Essex Square 21221 Lovely Brick Rancher w/ an Open Floor Plan & Gorgeous Hardwood Floors throughout! Spacious Eat-In Kitchen w/ Granite Counters & lots of cupboard space! Bright & Large Living Room off of... Read more

Obama's Focus on Housing: Phase II

Obama's Focus on Housing: Phase II Clear Capital, a provider of data and real estate asset valuation, investment, and risk assessment, recently released its Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report with data through October 2012. The HDI Market Re... Read more

Home Prices Continue Upward

Home Prices Continue Upward Home prices in August rose across a broad swath of large American cities, adding further evidence that a housing recovery is taking shape. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price index for the 20 largest met... Read more

Choosing the Right Home Inspector

Choosing the Right Home Inspector There are approximately 30,000 home inspectors nationwide today. Only about half of the states require any kind of certification or licensing for home inspectors. So how do you know you are hiring a qualified home insp... Read more

White House Releases the Scorecard on Housing

White House Releases the Scorecard on Housing The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury today released the September edition of the Obama Administration's Housing Scorecard - a comprehensi... Read more

Values Rebound to 2003 Levels

Values Rebound to 2003 Levels More great market news came through yesterday: According to S&P/Case-Shiller, in July, the average home price rose to the same level as those seen during summer 2003, when the housing boom first started its journey towa... Read more

Home Values Continue to Grow

Home Values Continue to Grow Great news on the housing front: Pending home sales rose in July to the highest level in over two years and remain well above year-ago levels, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. The Pending Hom... Read more

Short Sales: Worth the Wait or a Waste of Time?

Short Sales: Worth the Wait or a Waste of Time? With short sales being common place these days, many people are still unaware of how the process works and whether or not it is an option to them as a distressed seller. A successful short sale ... Read more

How to Maximize Your Profit When You Sell

How to Maximize Your Profit When You Sell For the majority of us our home is our largest asset. It is most likely going to bring the greatest return on investment and it is perhaps the only investment that allows you to enjoy it while it increases in va... Read more

Investing: 101 and Generating Passive Income

Investing: 101 and Generating Passive Income Now more than ever is the perfect time to invest in real estate. We all know that the real estate market has its "highs and lows," but there is always one thing you can be certain about when you in... Read more

Price, Value, & Cost: The 3 Components of a Home's Worth

Price, Value, & Cost: The 3 Components of a Home's Worth Proper research is essential for homebuyers. You should be familiar with the steps in a real estate transaction and additional details that are related to property sales. You should al... Read more

Tips for Navigating the Housing Market

Studies on homeownership prove that it enhances our lives in many ways, and among them is how we plant deeper stakes within the communities we call home. Since navigating the housing market has become more complex than ever, any potential homebuyer, wheth... Read more

COWs-Container on Wheels® Your Innovative Solution for ALL of Your Moving and Storage Needs

Platinum Moving and Storage Services Proudly Introduces... COWs-Container on Wheels® Mobile Storage Containers Delivered to You! 443-463-3726 (Mario Smoot) 410-579-2001 (Chris Smoot) MOOOving & Storage Done the Easy Way! Use C... Read more

MD Homestead Tax Credit Reminder

With property taxes being due in July, I thought now was a good time to remind everyone about the Homestead Tax Credit. What is it: The Maryland Homestead Credit is a property tax credit that helps homeowners who occupy their property cut their pr... Read more

6 Tips for Selling Your Home Fast and For Top Dollar

6 Tips for Selling Your Home Fast and For Top Dollar According to the National Association of Realtors®, more than 4.25 million homes sold in 2011. That's a lot of real estate and such numbers raise the question: How are sellers doing it? &... Read more

Exquisite 3 Bedroom Penthouse Condo in Bowie (Woodland Lake)

15609 Everglaade Lane Unit #F304 Bowie, MD 20716 -3 Bedrooms -2 Full Baths -Gourmet Kitchen -Loft -Jacuzzi Tub -Swimming Pool Gorgeous 3 Bedroom Penthouse w/ Open Floor Plan & Gourmet Kitchen!Large Family Room w/ Gas Fireplace!Ma... Read more

Gorgeous Canton Townhouse--2418 Fleet Street---$475,000

2418 Fleet Street Baltimore, MD 21224 Exquisite Canton Property!!! $475,000 Absolutely Gorgeos Townhouse in Canton built from the ground up in 2007! Over 3,000 square feet with 3 Huge Bedrooms and 3.5 Baths. Roof Top Deck with Gorgeous Views!... Read more

Loan Modifications: HAMP vs. HARP

Loan Modifications: HAMP vs. HARP There has been a lot of celebrating on Wisconsin Ave. in D.C. and Jones Branch Drive in McLean, VA here lately. The respective headquarters of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have reached a milestone - the 2 millionth ho... Read more

Matthew T. Smoot-REALTOR, BROKER, Biography

Your "Whatever it Takes" Realtor® Delivering "Express Service" & "Express Results..." one Client at a Time!!! My name is Matthew T. Smoot and I specialize in assisting buyers, sellers, investors, and re... Read more

A Positive Outlook for the Next Two Years

Housing starts will nearly double and home prices will begin to rise in 2013, with prices increasing significantly in 2014. These rosy predictions come from a new semi-annual survey of 38 of the nation's leading real estate economists and analys... Read more

Home Prices Start to Rise, Sales Trend Higher: Housing Recovery Underway???

For the first time in 18 months, home prices in February rose higher. With a median price of $171,881, prices in the 53 cities surveyed by the National Housing Report rose by 1.1% over February 2011. Home sales were even higher, up 8.7% from one yea... Read more

The First Time Seller

The First-Time SELLER Today’s buyer-take-all bonanza is a boon for fence-sitters and buyers with great credit and deep pockets. But sellers are gearing themselves to new realities that include paying (rather than making) money at the closing tabl... Read more

Home Warranties

The Value of Home Warranties: Protect Your Wallet Even with home sales and prices continuing to fall nationwide, millions of Americans will still navigate the process of buying and selling homes this summer, and for many, the sheer volume of... Read more

5 Things to Do Before You Sell Your Home

ONE Hire a real estate agent. It may be tempting to list your home on your own to avoid paying a sales commission, but selling your own home is a full-time job itself. A real estate professional represents the best opportunity to earn the maximum amount... Read more

10 Deadly Mistakes Buyers Make

Protect yourself from these common pitfalls...When buying a home, emotions get mixed with financial limitations and ultimately move you in the direction of making one of the 10 Deadly Mistakes which are common among home buyers. Following are 10 points to... Read more

Staging Your Home

Selling a home in any market can be competitive. It’s essential that sellers follow some simple, yet important tips to help make their home more salable. A quicker home sale can be reached by keeping in mind the needs of the home’s most lik... Read more

Keeping Homeowners Insurance Down

Saving money has never been so trendy. Long gone are the days of irresponsible spending, so why be irresponsible with your homeowners insurance? Taking a little bit of time to research your options might just help you save a little in the wallet and put m... Read more

Foreclosure Rates

The October Mortgage Monitor report released by Lender Processing Services, Inc. (NYSE: LPS) shows that foreclosure timelines continue to increase, with the average number of days delinquent in five judicial foreclosure states (New York, Florida, New Jers... Read more

Walking Away from the American Dream

Americans have taken a sharp slap in the face from the housing crisis, financial crisis and jobs crisis. Now, some wonder if the residue of those harsh realities is an ethical crisis. For the first time in the nation's history, bankers say, people ... Read more

7 Tips for Selling Your Home

Since the housing boom ended and the market began to shift, the phrase “going back to basics” has been tossed around quite frequently. From the way agents handle their business to the way they communicate with clients, the phrase has gotten qu... Read more

Qualifying for a Loan

Nearly one-third of Americans are unlikely to qualify for a mortgage because their credit scores are too low, making homeownership out of reach for many. This is according to an analysis of more than 25,000 loan quotes and purchase requests on Zillow Mort... Read more

10 Low Cost Ways to Improve Your Home

10 Low-Cost Tips to Improve Your Home's Appeal When selling your home, the goal is to sell it quickly for the highest price while investing as little as possible in renovations. With a limited budget and a little effort, you can greatly increas... Read more

Why do Short Sales Take so Long to Close

Real estate professionals know that a short sale transaction can take months for it to be approved and closed. The reality is that short sales usually take three to four times as much as a regular sale to finally get to the closing. From the time the R... Read more

Shopping for a Mortgage

You wouldn’t buy a house without shopping around first, right? Then why would you commit to the loan you use to buy that house without making sure you’re getting the best deal possible? From the experts at LendingTree, here are six reasons why... Read more

Making Sure its the Right Home

Finding the home that is right for you can be a time-consuming process. The experts at Move.com offer the following tips to help make sure you don’t just settle for a home, but instead find the home that is perfect for you. Once you've settle... Read more
Matthew T. Smoot (ABR, SFR, CDPE, CSP)
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Testimonials

Matt is an awesome agent; he was a pleasure to work with. I listed my home with Matthew in September and he was very informative and reassuring about the entire process. After a terrible experience in 2007 with another agency I was hesitant to begin the process again, especially with the state of the economy. Matthew went above and beyond to keep me informed and comfortable throughout the entire process. He also returned all calls and e-mails the same day. At the end of October I received two contracts on my home and he helpmed me make an educated decision about which to accept. Matthew was also present at all of the inspections during the selling process and kept close contact with the buyer's agent. We closed on the sale right before Thanksgiving. Matthew is an excellent agent and I was extremely happy with my entire selling experience. I will definitely refer him to friends and family and will use his services again when the need arises. Jennifer Burns (Middle River) 2010
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