Matthew T. Smoot's Blog: Saint Clair

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Loan Modifications

Many homeowners seeking a loan modification to lower their monthly mortgage payments and avoid foreclosure continue to find the application process a complex web, often causing them to give up before their application is ever reviewed by their mortgage co... Read more

Summer Remodeling Tips

Other than vacations, summer is the time of the year most popular for home improvement. The long days and warm, sunny weather make a great time to work on repairs and renovations without much of the hassles and delays that rain and other elements bring. F... Read more

A Light at the End of the Tunnel: Fannie Mae' Defaults Sink

The percentage of mortgages in default more than 60 days in Fannie Mae’s portfolio have fallen to the lowest level in two years, another sign that defaults are slowly but steadily declining as more homeowners pay their mortgages on time. Serious d... Read more

Credit Scoring is Getting a Little More Personal

Many consumers applying for a mortgage are going to start sharing more personal information with lenders next year, like it or not.FICO scores, the industry standard for determining credit risk in mortgages backed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federa... 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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