Matthew T. Smoot's Blog

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

$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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

Keeping a Close Tab on Credit Scores

With banks tightening their grip on loans, getting one is requiring more work and vigilance on the borrower's part. Even people with excellent credit are jumping through hoops to verify everything and avoiding nicks that could give the appearance of b... Read more

Rent or Buy?

The Big Question: Should I Rent or Buy A Home? First time home buyers have a lot to consider this summer when making the decision to rent or buy a home: interest rates are at all-time lows, there's still plenty of housing stock and prices are at or n... Read more

First-Time Buyers Losing Interest in Short Sales

Processing delays have taken their toll on first-time home buyer interest in short sales, which now account for more than one of every six house sales, according to the latest Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance HousingPulse Tracking Survey. First-time hom... Read more

Prediction 2012

Home prices this year cease their decline and gain 0.2 percent across all markets as more and more individual markets stabilize in the months to come. However, though national prices will be flat, some 40 percent of the top 50 markets it tracks will s... Read more

A Light at the End of the Tunnel: Local Markets Improving

More Americans are signing contracts to buy existing homes than at any time in nearly two years, boosting the housing industry's slow recovery, according to the National Association of REALTORS®' index of pending home sales. The measure ... 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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