It was all a dream: I used to read Gazette Magazine

As the market changed from the early 2000’s, I was sometimes asked “Are you still doing real estate?”.  I don’t blame them for asking. Many agents came in at the height and were gone within a couple years. Becoming a Real Estate Agent was the best ‘accident’ I’ve ever made.

The day before I started at RE/MAX in 2002, I accepted a job at a plastic surgeon’s office. I knew that wasn’t for me-so I frantically skimmed through the Gazette Newspaper that day sitting at my parent’s kitchen table in Rockville. There was an ad for an administrative assistant position so I called right away to set up a meeting. The guy answered and said he’d check with his partner and get back to me. I said okay and we hung up. A few minutes went by and I called him again. Can I please come in for an interview TODAY?? Sure, he said, and asked if I could be there in 20 min.  I put on my new biz suit, hopped in my car, and headed down the road! 

The two agents I interviewed with, Todd Wood and Jeremy Lichtenstein hired me later that day. They helped me to learn the Real Estate business from meeting with first time home buyers to reading and writing contracts. I’m so thankful for those few years with them that allowed me to gain the confidence to go out on my own as a full time licensed Realtor. Now the questions I am asked have shifted from “Are you still in real estate?” to 

I’m thinking of selling/buying, will you help us?

2016 marked my best year yet, making the Top Sales list at RE/MAX Realty Services!! Thank you to my wonderful clients, friends, my family, and my work family! Thank you for seeking my advice and real estate knowledge to have smooth and successful moves for you and your families. I’m here to stay!

Until next time…xoxo

Melinda 

last minute LOVE (or not)

If you’re anything like me, you wait until a few days before or the day of to decide where to eat or what to do for Valentine’s ❤ Day.  Hence this impromptu post!  Here is a list of 5 great Valentine’s Day ideas in Rockville depending on your mood and relationship status.

  1. Rockville Town Center Outdoor Ice Skating

Forecast for Tuesday in Rockville is 52 degrees and sunny! $9 Adults, $8 Kids and $4 skate rental.  This will be FUN! They are open until 10PM.  What says LOVE more than falling on your butt together?!

2. Kidville’s My Big Messy Valentine’s Day Party


[EVENT no longer available] Get your tickets now ($25) because this one starts Saturday at 10:45AM!  Sounds like a blast for the kids and kids are LOVE! There will be painting and creating, a rock climbing wall and glitter tattoos (yep!). EVERY child leaves with a balloon too!

3. Romantic Dinner at Il Pizzico


Get out early if you can. #NoReservations for this insanely delicious Italian Restaurant. I recommend the Ravioli Di Funghi Al Pistacchio.  Fellas, there’s not mushroom to go wrong. I guarantee you’ll be a fun guy if you treat your date to this meal!  Appetizers range from $7.99 to $12.95 and main courses from $16.95 to $28.95. Bon Apetito!

4.  New Orchestra of Washington @ AMP by Strathmore 


We just ordered our tickets. Awwwwww ❤  I’ve never seen an orchestra and I haven’t been to AMP yet either.  Trying something different at Pike & Rose.  The theater is a sit down venue that serves food and drinks while you enjoy the show.  Tickets are $30. A cheese plate is $14 plus a bottle of wine for about $35.

5. Anti-Valentine’s Day @ Gringos & Mariachis


Head down the Pike to Cordell Avenue in Bethesda for the Cupido Es Estupido night-filled with specials and laughs.  Specials include 2 dates for $2 “chorizo stuffed”, $3 “luv sux” shots, $3 “stay single” shots.  And to top it all off, you’ll get a FREE MARGARITA if you bring in a pic of your ex and tear it up! (is there a limit?) LOVE LOVE LOVE!

What are you doing on the 14th? I’d love to hear from you 🙂

HAPPY ❤ VALENTINE’S ❤ DAY EVERYONE!

Until next time…xoxo

Melinda

 

20855 Der-what?

In talking with one of my colleagues about this week’s Post, I told him it was going to be about Derwood, MD.  Silence…then he replied:

Ohhh, the other Rockville. The forgotten town.

And that’s exactly why I wanted to discuss this unincorporated area that lies just North of Rockville, East of Gaithersburg and West of Olney.  Derwood was originally put on the map as a train stop on the B&O Railroad in the 1800’s according to the Wiki info. Let’s get it back on track today!

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A recent home search for my clients led me to find a number of listings labeled ‘Rockville’ with a 20855 zip code (a zip code exclusive to Derwood, MD).  Local Realtors are changing the automated information in a new listing when they enter it in our MLS (Multiple Listing Service). It has become commonplace to override the city input box of Derwood and replace it with Rockville. Why??

While we have many residents originally from the area, we also have a huge number of transplants that are unfamiliar with the smaller parts of Montgomery County.  Because of that, larger cities like Rockville will get more exposure & traffic on Real Estate websites as well as with searches set up by Realtors.  I don’t blame other Agents for taking on this strategy when marketing a house for sale in Derwood.  You want the most Buyers to see your client’s house for sale! Makes sense.

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My suggestion to Buyers currently looking in the Rockville area; ask your Realtor to include Derwood/20855 in your search.  For Sellers; see if your home is listed as Rockville or Derwood and discuss what you feel is best for your specific property.

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LOCATION! Derwood offers easy access to Rockville Pike, Shady Grove Road, Rio Washingtonian Center and the new Downtown Crown development.  There are condos, townhomes, and single family homes for fantastic prices-more bang$ for your buck$!   Right now, there are 29 Active Listings for sale in 20855.  Don’t sleep on these houses.

North Rockville? Should we call it Rockwood? Or maybe Derville? Whatever you name it, or however you label it, Derwood is a wonderful town to call HOME!  Plus, you have the infamous bar and restaurant Outta The Way Cafe named a “hidden treasure” by The Washington Post.  And that’s exactly how I feel about Derwood.  Find your hidden treasure right Up the Pike!

What are your thoughts on 20855? I’d love to hear from you!

Until next time…xoxo

Melinda