Maryland Home Buyer Discount Program: How We Support Nonprofit Employees

Maryland home buyer discount program

While those in residential real estate give back to their communities in many ways, Troyce Gatewood — a realtor with RE/MAX Plus — decided to do something specifically designed to help those who give back on a daily basis take enjoy home buyer discounts that could help them save thousands of dollars.

By creating Thanks4Giving, a partnership program with local vendors in the real estate industry designed to alleviate some of the financial burden of buying a home for community servants, Troyce is making it easy and more affordable to buy a home. This Maryland home buyer discount program provides major discounts and special resources from all those involved in the home buying process, and she’s been able to help local families save thousands of dollars on the home of their dreams.

If you are an active service employee interested in home ownership, here are some things you need to know about Thanks4Giving, our Maryland home buyer discount program.

8 Thing to Know About Thanks4Giving the Maryland Home Buyer Discount Program for Nonprofit Employees

It takes a village.

Thanks4Giving is a network of Realtors, lenders, attorneys, and home inspection agents that provide deep discounts, pro bono services, and more to buyers who work in service professions and nonprofit organizations.

All nonprofit employees are welcome to apply.

Teachers, firefighters, police officers, counselors, veterans, members of the military, and more. All are welcome to apply for our benefits.

Maryland home buyer discount program

You will get a commission discount.

If accepted into the Thanks4Giving program, Troyce will refund 25 percent of the realtor commission to you at the time of closing.

We cover your appraisal.

You will be given you a $500 lender credit for the cost of appraisal for the home that you intend to buy.

You get a discount on your home inspection.

We think a home inspection is extremely important to ensuring your investment is safe, we will provide a 10% home inspection discount to help you get this accomplished.

We help protect your investment long term.

By providing you with a one-year home warranty as well.

We’ve helped countless people save thousands of dollars.

We could go on and on about how great this program is, but our clients tell it best…

Maryland home buyer discount program

“Using Troyce as a realtor is a no-brainer. She is knowledgeable, responsive, attentive, organized, efficient, and gets it done. Within days of having our offer accepted on the house we wished to buy, we had our house on the market, staged, and ready to show. Within a week, we were under contract and had moved up closing dates. Troyce was amazing in connecting us with great people to get tasks done well and quickly. I am hoping to stay in our next home for many years, but if ever we need to buy or sell, there is no question who we would use again!” – Emily L., Non-Profit Employee

“We highly recommend Troyce Gatewood, if you are planning on buying or selling a home.  Her professionalism and expertise has made this daunting task easy with her guidance and support through each step of the process.  We couldn’t be more pleased with her service or attention to detail!” – Madeline T., Schoolteacher

“We loved Troyce! She did a great job helping us to sort through homes in an area we were unfamiliar with. She trudged up muddy, grassy hills, around barns, and through farm animals to help find us our perfect home in the country! She also did all this in the heat of summer, while wearing high heels, and helping us hold our baby! She was organized and a pleasure to deal with. Thanks Troyce!” – Josie and John O, Police Officer

It’s easy to apply.

You can start the process by simply reaching out!

Call Troyce Gatewood at 301-379-9441, or send an email by clicking here: Contact Us

You can also plan to attend one of our upcoming free happy hour home buyers and sellers events.

 

Learn How We Sell Homes in Under 15 Days at Our Home Buyers & Sellers Event

how to sell a homeWe help you buy and sell homes!

Troyce Gatewood, named one of the top selling RE/Max Realtors in the state of Maryland, invites you to a free home buyers and sellers informational event at Jojo’s Taphouse.
Come out for a fun, informative night of learning about how we are able to sell homes fast-in under 15 days-increase bottom lines, and even help buyers with specific challenges locate and close on the homes of their dreams.
We will share how the Troyce Gatewood & Partners difference translates into happier clients, short times on market, higher profits for sellers, and better deals for buyers.
We will share expert tips and insider info about the current market including how you can prepare yourself to buy or sell a home successfully in or around Frederick County.
Special information about Thanks4Giving, the program that we partner with to help teachers and other nonprofit employees save thousands on the purchase of a home.
Each participant will enjoy two free adult beverages on us and everyone will leave with a $20 gift card for JoJo’s Taphouse.
Make sure you put September 25th on your calendars and text JOJO to 31996 to RSVP.

Maryland Homes For Sale: Current Listings, September

Urbana Home for Sale

Maryland Homes for Sale by Troyce Gatewood: September, 2018

3674 Byron Ct., Frederick, Maryland

Urbana Home for SaleThis beautiful, brick-front colonial home is located within walking distance to Urbana High and all the stores, dining, and other conveniences Urbana has to offer. You’ll love that it backs to trees and sits quietly on a cul-de-sac location with mature landscaping and a 2-car garage. Outback, a beautiful deck looks over the wooded lot with plenty of outdoor yard space to enjoy as well.

The spacious 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home boasts newly finished hardwood floors, fresh paint, new carpet, and new granite. It’s roomy and bright with plenty of natural light. The home received a new dishwasher in 2016, and an upstairs AC unit in 2015!

Basement with walkout, as well as a bar and projection/media space that is perfect for entertaining!

Interested in seeing it for yourself? Take a peek at the property photos and info here: Byron Ct. Home Listing

 

OPEN HOUSE: SUNDAY 9/23, 2PM-4PM

124 Copper Oaks Ct, Woodsboro, Maryland

Woodsboro Home for Sale

When you first drive up to this house be prepared to fall in love with the wrap around front porch and the cul-de-sac location. Once inside, you’ll notice the light and bright foyer sharing space with the formal living and dining room. There’s plenty of room for meal prep in this large kitchen with breakfast bar. The kitchen shares space with the family room featuring patio doors leading to the rear yard. There is plenty of space to play in the back yard but if you want a little more, you’ll have easy access to Woodsboro Park baseball diamond, tennis and basketball courts steps from your back fence. This 4 bedroom, 2 bath colonial features new paint, new carpet, new fence and new roof. AC replaced 2014, windows and garage doors replaced in 2015. Basement has dry walls and electric installed but needs your decision for paint and flooring! Perfect place to call home.

4302 Rolling Acres Ct., Mt. Airy, Maryland: UNDER CONTRACT!

Mt. Airy Home for SalePrepare to fall in love with this move in ready brick split level home located on 1.03 acres in Urbana High School district.

With 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths, this light & bright home features newly finished handscraped hardwood floors in the kitchen, dining room, main living area and bedrooms. You’ll also find updated light fixtures, updated bathrooms and new paint throughout.

The finished and roomy lower level features a woodstove in a second family room where you can enjoy relaxing.

Outside you’ll encounter a spacious yard with a fire pit for warming up your fall evenings and entertaining friends and family.

Huge carport & plenty of storage.

10417 Sweepstakes Rd., Damascus, Maryland: UNDER CONTRACT

Damascus Home for SaleThis lovely Colonial is located in the highly sought after Damascus High School district. It is also within walking distance to 2 parks where you can enjoy tons of greenspace and recreational activities!

Prepare to be impressed by this well cared for, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home backing to a fully fenced, private backyard.

Once inside you’ll notice the hardwood floors and property updates which include an open concept kitchen with granite counters, updated bathrooms, a 2016 heat/ac pump replacement, a 2010 water heater installation, and a 2018 dishwasher addition.

Click here to get more info and see all of the amazing property photos.

OPEN HOUSE: SUNDAY, 9/9, 2PM-4PM

4001 Bowling Green Ln., Frederick, Maryland

Villages of Urbana Home for Sale

This expansive, western facing, luxury home is a Tolstoy Model with over 6,000 sq.ft. of finished living space with additional 957 unfinished in the walkout basement.

It features 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, including a gorgeous master suite with a sitting room and tray ceiling. The master bath provides a luxury soaking tub.

The 2-story great room has a floor to ceiling stone fireplace, that shares views of the secluded deck and patio. You’ll love the beautiful hardwood floors in the living room, dining room, music room, and great room.

Enjoy the amenities of the Villages as well as the top-rated Urbana schools.

Learn more and take a peek at the property photos by clicking here.

 

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You’re Invited to a Free Happy Hour!

Join Troyce Gatewood & Partners on July 17th, from 6:15 to 8pm at Jojo’s Taphouse in Frederick.

This event, geared at buyers, sellers, and investors is your chance to enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of one of Frederick’s favorite dining locations while also learning how one of Frederick’s top selling Realtors sells homes in just 13 days. With Troyce’s expert tips, you can finally understand the Frederick real estate market and how to win when it comes to buying and selling homes.

No gimmicks, no short cuts, just the real deal on how to enjoy a financially profitable, honest, and safe buy or sale of a home.

No matter what stage of the buying or selling process you’re in, this event is for you!

We’re providing drinks and light fare for anyone who attends the event and all attendees will also receive a $20 giftcard to Jojo’s!

To get a ticket, RSVP to our event on Facebook and we will direct message it to you.

Don’t have Facebook? Shoot us an email at [email protected], and we will send it right over to you.

We can’t wait to see you next week!

Frederick County Real Estate Market Update March, 2018

The spring selling season is well underway and homes in Frederick County are selling faster this spring than they did in spring, 2017.

Since the start of 2018, Troyce Gatewood & Partners have seen several homes go under contract. We are eager to help you buy or sell a home this season too.

Learn about the current market trends in Frederick County and then contact us to find out how you can buy or sell a home with us.

Frederick County Real Estate Market: March, 2018

The median sell price for March 2018 is $310,000, compared to $271,000 in March, 2017.

Frederick County Real Estte Median Home Sale Price

The average days on market for March, 2018 was 69, compared to 81 in March, 2017.

Frederick County real estate days on market

Frederick County saw 348 homes go to closing in March, 2018, compared to 327 closings in March, 2017.

Frederick County real estate number of homes sold 2018

Call today to learn more about how we can help you buy or sell a home in Maryland: 301-379-9441

Free Homebuyers & Sellers Beer & Wine Tasting Event

Everyone is invited!

Come join us for this fun, informative, and complete free event to help you learn how we sell homes 5x faster than the competition in Frederick.

You will be treated to a gourmet lunch with a beer and wine tasting brought to you buy Orion Liquors.

Get time to mingle with friends. Acquaint yourself with the Urbana community. Meet some of the top real estate professionals in the area.

Buyers will get information about the buying process, learn about the current market, and find great ways to save money on buying a home.

Sellers, learn how the Troyce Gatewood Difference helps our sellers sell their homes quickly and for top dollar.

 

 

3 Reasons You Need a Realtor When You Buy New Construction

With the boom in new construction in Frederick County and the surrounding areas in Maryland, many buyers are choosing to buy new construction over buying a preexisting home right now.

The process of building your home can be as daunting and costly as it is exciting, and one question we often get from potential clients is, can they have a Realtor when they buy new construction.

Our answer: Yes! You can and you should!

Having a seasoned Realtor on your side throughout the building process can save you time, money, and heartache.

If you think you may buy new construction, here are some reasons why you should do so with a Realtor of your own to guide you.

3 Reasons You Need a Realtor When You Buy New Construction

They can help you find the perfect builder.

Realtors are likely to be more familiar with each builder and their product and can help you locate one that best meets your needs for price and quality. They can save you time and headache by directing you to the locations and builders that are most likely to help you build a home you are happy with in an area you want to live in.

Troyce Gatewood has negotiated several new construction contracts in the Frederick area and has helped her buyers enjoy upgrades and savings they likely wouldn’t have received otherwise.

They can help ensure things stay on track.

There are countless things that need to be done between the day you select your home site and move in day. Your Realtor can help ensure that things go according to plan. Your seasoned Realtor will have a unique understanding of the building process. They will stay involved in the process and act as both an advocate for you and a liaison between you and the builder so that things don’t get lost in the shuffle or swept by the wayside.

They will help with your contract and negotiations.

If this is your first time building a home, it’s important to understand that the new home building contract is uniquely different from that utilized when purchasing a preexisting structure. You need to understand the deadlines, requirements, and various nuances involved in the contracting process. Your seasoned Realtor can do that for you. They can also manage negotiations in price and deliverables. As someone who is not familiar with market values and areas where builders are likely to give, you won’t be able to advocate as well for yourself in this area as a seasoned Realtor would.

Troyce Gatewood & Partners has worked with several new home sites in Frederick County and the surrounding areas and have intimate knowledge in what they offer. If you want to buy new construction, reach out to us so that we can assist you and ensure you get the most for your money.

Home Buyers Education Series

Troyce Gatewood & Partners is passionate about helping people achieve their dreams of owning homes.

We want to help support as many individuals and families as possible on this journey.

That is why we created Thanks4Giving, an organization that provides major home buying discounts and services for community service members. As part of this mission and to reach even more members of the Frederick community interested in home buying, we will also be providing a free series of home buyer workshops in partnership with the United Way.

Come join us Saturday, March 10, from 11:00am to 12:30pm at the Prosperity Center (629 N Market St., Frederick) for our first event. Lunch will be provided.

Then, don’t miss our second event, Saturday, April 14th, from 11:00am to 12:30pm at the Villages of Urbana Community Center (9023 Harris St., Frederick). Again, lunch will be provided as we help potential home buyers learn about the process and how you can take advantage of thousands of dollars earmarked to help you buy a home.

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3 Things to Know About the Frederick County Real Estate Market

Real estate around the nation has experienced a positive trend in the last year. Homes are selling more quickly and for more money than they were in the past.

What does that mean for Frederick County?

It means now is the time to sell!

3 Things to Know About the Frederick County Real Estate Market

Frederick County homes are selling more quickly.

In 2016, the average days on market was 72 days. That number experienced quite the drop in 2017 with the average days on market decreasing 23.6% to 55. That means buyers are shopping and ready to buy. Homes that are priced right and move-in ready are going to benefit from this.

Thanks to the Troyce Gatewood Difference, homes staged, marketed, and listed by Trocye Gatewood & Partners sell in an average of 13 days. That is 42 days less than the area average! At the start of 2018, we have even blown our own average out of the water. Homes we’ve listed this year have, on average, only been on the market for 5 days before going under contract.

frederick county homes market report median sale price

Frederick County homes are selling at higher prices.

The home market is not only moving more quickly, but selling at higher prices. In 2016, the median home sale price in Frederick County was $282,100. In 2017, that number increased over six percent to, $301,402. With the influx of new construction and eager buyers, we anticipate that 2018 will see even higher median sale prices across the county and surrounding areas.

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Frederick County sellers need to make their homes stand out.

With the positive market trends, people are eager to take advantage and sell their homes while the market is hot. And buyers have gotten more informed and more discerning. Not as many people are looking for fixer uppers –they want ready to live in homes they can begin to enjoy immediately. If you want your home to stand out among the new builds and the other sellers, it’s important that you make an effort to present a superior product to your potential buyers.

You want to catch your buyer the moment they pull into your driveway and you want them to leave knowing they have found the home for themselves. Troyce Gatewood specializes in creating that stellar product for her sellers. With our knowledge and support staff of trained experts, we can help your home be the diamond in the rough.

Click here to learn how much your home is worth: Home Valuation Report

Advice for Homebuyers: 8 Things You Must Do Before Buying a Home

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Is 2018 the year you plan to buy a home?

Finally, ready to buckle down and make the moves needed to get your finances in order to become a homeowner?

If only it were that simple!

The home buying process, though not insurmountable, requires a lot of planning and expert navigation to ensure that you get the most for your money without losing in the process.

We can help you make the journey painless and even enjoyable.

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Advice for Homebuyers: 8 Things You Must Do Before Buying a Home

Know What You Can Afford

Not what you’re pre-qualified for, what you can and want to afford. Think about your lifestyle and what you’re willing to change or sacrifice in order to comfortably afford the house you want.

Understand the Process

We are here to help educate you; being open to learning and understanding the home buying process is important.  The more you know, the more comfortable you will feel throughout the process.

Hire an Expert

Everyone starts somewhere, but there are things to be said about hiring a seasoned Realtor to oversee your transaction.

Make a List

Of things that are super important to you. Things you must have and won’t accept should be on it. And don’t feel pressured to compromise. It may come to that, but if your timeline and/or location is flexible and you’re willing to stay the course, you may find precisely what you want at the exact price you can afford.

Be Realistic

If you want everything brand new and shiny, looking at 25-year-old homes isn’t likely to get you what you want. Ask your Realtor to help you set realistic expectations about what you can afford so that you are ready and willing to make a good choice on a home.

Be Open Minded

Maybe the layout isn’t exactly what you had in mind, but how beautiful is that backyard space, and the kitchen remodel is to die for. Of course you have your must haves and won’t accept list (we even told you to make one), but try to keep everything else open in your mind. You could stumble upon a gem that maybe didn’t fit into your initial dream but could make for a beautiful reality.

Don’t Rush Your Decisions

It can be hard when you feel like your back is against the wall when you’re stuck in a bidding war with another buyer, but don’t be hasty in your decision-making process. Remember, owning a home is meant to be a long-term investment and you may not be able to easily get out of something you don’t want in a few months or a year.

Go with Your Gut

If it feels right, chances are it is! Don’t be afraid to go for it if you’re feeling comfortable with it.

Need help getting started with the process? Troyce Gatewood & Partners are here to help! Call today for a free consultation: 301-379-9441