Words Are Powerful

Words are powerful. One word can have many different meanings. One sentence can be said in a certain tone and have a positive impact, while the same sentence can be said in a different tone and have a very negative impact. Words can encourage, build up and inspire. Words can also tear down and destroy. When the right words are spoken at the right time, perspectives can change, people can be at peace. On the other hand, poorly chosen words can also start war. Our words hold much power. And the heart behind the words matter all the most.

You may wonder what this has to do with real estate. One main reason people do not want to use a real estate agent is because they do not trust their intentions; their heart behind their words. Unfortunately, the sales industry in America may have gotten to the best of us! We tend to think that anyone who is “selling” something doesn’t truly care about the buyer as a person, but is rather just after the buyers money. More so to build a consumer relationship. Fortunately, that is not what we represent. Troyce Gatewood & Partners is a team with moral values and are trustworthy market experts. We are here for our clients best interest, to sell homes fast or find dream homes our clients hope expectantly for.

At TG&P our slogan is, “Real service, Real results, Real estate.” You may smirk because it is a little cheesy, but we mean it (and enjoy the cheese)! We chose “real service” first because that is what we offer. True service is putting someone else’s needs, desires, and wants before oneself. We seek to serve, to know our clients, to understand them, their wants and needs. This helps us ultimately determine what they are looking for, what they may be afraid of, and helping them overcome those fears by providing service and the clarity of what they may not have previously understood. To serve is to put someone else completely before oneself and do everything in your power for their good. That is what we seek for our clients.

The second part of the slogan is “real results.” Real results come naturally from real service. When one puts in the diligent effort, the results will follow. When our clients sign a listing or buyers agreement with one of our agents, we do everything in our power to ensure their success. Our team includes Listing Coordinators, Assistants, a Transaction Coordinator, and other behind-the-scenes experts that help get the client’s home from Active to Under Contract to Sold in a very timely manner. We value our clients and know each home has special uniqueness to offer potential buyers. We focus on serving and the results are guaranteed to follow. We expect to receive results that are better than originally hoped for.

Last but not least is “real estate” and that’s what we are all about! We are honored to represent each buyer and seller that decides to put their trust in us. We value each of them, we value ourselves and we value our words. We mean what we say and we say what we mean. We offer real service to get real results in the wonderful world of real estate. Choose the team that cares about you.

The Key to Selling Your Home Faster

As we all commonly know, home Inspections protect the buyer from moving into a home that might have unforeseen issues. Houses can have that curb appeal, but need repairs beyond the walls. Most of the time it’s even hard for sellers to see some of the issues that may come up during the home inspection and don’t intend to ignore them, but they can hold up the process of closing once your home is under contract. So a great way for the seller to get ahead of the game is by having a home inspection done prior to being on the market, which is referred to as a pre-listing home inspection.

A pre-listing home inspection will help you identify potential problems that could lead to a bad situation once your home goes under contract. A few major items that will be addressed when getting your pre-listing home inspection:

  • Appliances
  • Well and/or septic
  • Plumbing
  • Utilities
  • Roof
  • Windows
  • Handrails
  • Electric Panel(s)
  • HVAC

The inspector will go through every nook and cranny of your home to ensure that everything is in working order. Once he/she is finished, they will send you a report categorizing items by importance. This report is long and may seem overwhelming at first, but remember that they don’t want to leave any stone unturned, so they include as much detail as possible. There will be recommended fixes for items and how to go about having them done.

At Troyce Gatewood & Partners we want our sellers to be prepared so that your home sells quickly. A pre-listing home inspection is just one of the many advantages a seller can have when wanting to put their home on the market. Try to take care of as many recommended items as possible!

Our recommended home inspectors are: Mark Springirth with Springirth Services and Richard Leonard with Fox Mountain Property.

Give them a call to schedule your pre-listing home inspection!

7 of Troyce’s Secrets to Selling Your Home Fast

We pride ourselves on selling homes quickly without sacrificing price. How are we so good at it? Part of the reason is that we have a stellar team of agents who go above and beyond for clients, led by the 2018 Best Real Estate Agent in Frederick, Troyce Gatewood. Here are a few of her tips for selling your home fast.

Want to sell your home fast?

  1. Get a Pre-Listing Home Inspection: This magical report is done before your home goes on the market. A home inspector will come in and go through every inch of your property. Then they will provide you with a full report of what needs to be fixed.
  2. Let in the Natural Light: Sunlight is a mood booster and frankly, any home looks better with natural light coming through the windows. If there’s a bush or tree blocking the view, trim it or consider taking it down. Be sure to clean those windows and doors, too.
  3. Declutter: Rooms look so much better with fewer things in them. Moyer & Sons offers De-Clutter Discounts that can help you during the process. Be sure to ask them for the Troyce Gatewood & Partners discount package!
  4. Make a Great First Impression: Curb appeal is a real thing. We all want to be proud of our homes! Pull those weeds, plant flowers, sweep that porch. You have one shot to make a great first impression.
  5. Remove all Personal Items: We know you love your kids and are proud of their achievements. But please put away the family photos, trophies, and ribbons. You want prospects to feel like this is their home.
  6. Deep Clean Your Home: Prospective buyers are going to be looking everywhere; even kitchen cupboards. Clean up the rice that fell out of the bag a few years ago and dust your floorboards. A clean home is a home that sells quickly!
  7. Call Troyce at 301-379-9441: Selling your home quickly doesn’t happen by “quick tips” alone. There are a lot of other factors that cannot be explained by anyone but a real estate agent with 17+ years of experience and a track record for selling homes 6x’s faster. Give us a call to get started!

Troyce provided even more tips at our Happy Hour for Home Buyers, Sellers, and Owners back in September. Would you like to be invited to the next one? Send us an email at [email protected] to get on the list.

A Moving Professional Shares His 9 Secrets to a Smooth Move

Packing is often the least favorite part of moving. It’s boring and time-consuming, you go through boxes really quickly, and you always seem to pack something you need. Moving expert Jason Moyer, Vice President of Moyer & Sons, is here to help. Here are some tips from a moving professional on how to make your move a smooth one.

Moving and Packing Tips

  1. Start with decluttering. This sounds a little crazy since you might not even have your home on the market yet but getting rid of unnecessary things makes your property more appealing to potential buyers. Pack up those unnecessary photos, candles, and clutter and put it in storage for a little while. Moyer & Sons offers a decluttering package – details listed at the bottom of this post.
  2. Do a little each day. Once you have a closing date, start packing. It’s never too early to start. Jason recommends starting about 2 months in advance so that you can do a little each day. He says, “Start with two boxes each day, then after a few weeks start doing 3-4 boxes a day. You might have to do one ‘jam day’ at the end but you should have everything pretty well sorted out by then.”
  3. Pack the stuff you never use first. When was the last time you pulled a book off that bookshelf? Do you need that punch bowl anytime soon? Take a minute to look through each room of your house and identify what isn’t used frequently, then pack those items first. As you get closer to your moving date, you can start packing the things you use more often.
  4. Write the room on each box. It might be helpful to you if you write the contents on the front of each box, but it’s even better if you can write what room you want it in. “Books” could be children’s books that belong in the nursery or novels for the living room display. Identifying the room mean the movers can do the bulk of the work so that you don’t need to shift boxes around after they leave. 
  5. Pack similar items together. Try not to mix rooms in one box. It will make it easier when you unpack and simpler to mark the box for the right location. Keep kitchen items in boxes marked for the kitchen.
  6. Keep clothing in dresser drawers. For a local move, certain dressers are okay to use for clothing storage. Save a few boxes and some time! If you have any other items in your dresser, make sure you remove them. (Like that gift you’ve been hiding.)
  7. Mark the boxes you’ll need to open first. As you start packing the daily items, make sure you mark the boxes to indicate that these containers are a priority. Let your movers know where they should be stacked so that you can easily find them after the move.
  8. Identify areas for furniture vs. stacking boxes. When you’re at your new home, tell the moving crew where furniture should be placed and where they can start stacking boxes.
  9. Pack a necessities box. You might find it helpful to pack (and label) a box that includes bathroom necessities like toilet paper, towels, and shampoo. The same carton could contain paper plates, cups, trash bags, coffee, and coffee pot. You might even want to make it a “parts” box by adding remotes, hardware (bed & table screws). This will come in handy after your tired from a long day of moving but still need to eat and get ready the next morning.

Bonus Tip for Finding a Moving Company

Don’t be fooled by a low quote. Be careful with online pricing for moving companies. Sometimes companies will provide a lower quote, only to add on fees and other unexpected costs. Do your homework and ask your network for recommendations. Cheaper is not always better.

Moving isn’t easy but with the help of a local company like Moyer & Sons, it can be a smooth transition to your new home. They have over 50 years of experience moving people and their belongings. They also offer special discounts for our clients.

Local Move Discounts

  • 10% Discount on Regular Hourly Rates
  • 10% Discount on Boxes/Packing Supplies
  • No Charge for the First 15 Days at our Warehouse Facility
  • Free Used Boxes (subject to availability)

Declutter Discounts

  • Two professional Moyer & Sons movers for up to 3 hours with 1-hour travel for $480.00
    (additional charges may apply if over 3-hours)
  • Two secure storage vaults
  • 30 days of the vault storage are complimentary

Contact Moyer & Sons today for a free estimate at 800-726-1817 or visit their website at moyerandsons.com.

Need help finding your dream home first? Give us a call!

You Don’t Know It Yet, but This Ballenger Creek Condo Could Be Your Dream Home

alan linton condo frederick

Ever wonder if a condo could be your dream home? Perhaps you’ve had your mind set on owning a townhouse or single-family home and need some convincing. Well, we have a gorgeous condo in the Ballenger Creek area that could be perfect for you! Here’s why.

5 Reasons to Schedule a Tour at Alan Linton Blvd:

  1. Amenities that you won’t find anywhere else. Own this condo and you’ll have access to a large community pool, clubhouse, fitness center, tot lots, and walking trails. The best part is you don’t have to spend your time maintaining any of it! Just enjoy!
  2. Easy access to commuter routes and tons of shopping. Whether you work in DC, Baltimore, or downtown Frederick, you’ll love how easy it is to hop in your car and jump on the right route. And for after-work or weekend time, enjoy the shopping and dining options around the Francis Scott Key Mall and Westview Promenade which are also right down the road.
  3. As big as a townhome, with fewer responsibilities. With 3 bedrooms and 2 ½ baths, you could get a roommate and your own office space. Oh, and don’t worry about mowing the lawn on a hot summer day, planting, or pruning the garden. The condo association handles all of those outside chores for you.
  4. Move-in ready for you. Built in 2014 and meticulously maintained, this condo shouldn’t give you any headaches. You’ll be proud to have your friends over to enjoy the open living room/kitchen area and you’ll love the owner’s suite with the walk-in closet and spa-like bathroom.
  5. Extra bonuses abound. Rainy or snowy day? No worries. Your vehicle is conveniently stored in the garage. Want to go for a walk with the dog? Enjoy the sidewalks, minimal traffic, and friendly neighborhood. Need to do a load of laundry? The washer/dryer is conveniently located on the bedroom level of this condo, making it easy to toss in a load of whites while you sleep.

As you can see, there are many reasons to take a look at this Ballenger Creek condo. On top of it all, there was a recent price improvement!

For more information on Alan Linton Blvd, click here. Give us a call to schedule a tour!

July Homes for Sale in Maryland

Looking for a new home? We’ve got you covered. These places are looking for new owners. Give us a call to schedule a tour!

Beautiful End-Unit Town Home

11328 Bent Creek Terrace, Germantown MD 20876

This beautifully upgraded and professionally landscaped brick face end unit townhome is a must-see!
Check out this listing!

Turnkey Town Home w/Great Location

6820 Yellow Sheave Ct, Frederick, MD 21703

Located in desirable Farmbrook neighborhood, this home has a large master suite with a walk-in closet. Enjoy the open main level, finished basement, and fenced back yard. Easy access to major commuter routes, shopping, and restaurants. No city taxes!
Check out this listing!

Elegant Home in West Winds

11057 Sanandrew Dr, New Market, MD 21774

Fantastic opportunity for the most elegant home in West Winds. Take advantage of the community amenities as well as the ones shared with the Lake Linganore community.

Check out this listing!

Condo with Plenty of Amenities

6436 Alan Linton Blvd. East, Frederick, MD 21703

This amazing bottom-level condo features three bedrooms and two and a half baths at Linton in Ballenger Creek with a beautiful brick face. If you want a gorgeous condo in a charming part of Frederick, this is the place for you!

Check out this listing!

Introducing Platinum Club: An Exclusive Group of Familiar Faces We’d Love for You to Join

Platinum Club Cards Troyce

We started our Platinum Club earlier this year in order to nurture relationships and thank those who have helped us grow our business. Member events such as private happy hours and “theme months” that offer complimentary items are small ways that we’re able to return the favor. Here are the details about this exclusive group.

Platinum Club FAQs

How do you become a member?

In order to qualify for membership, you must be either a strategic partner or someone who has recommended at least two friends or family members who became clients.

How do you know if you’ve been accepted?

We’ll announce new members at our semi-annual Platinum Club Happy Hours. Prior to the event, inductees will be informed and invited to attend. If you are unable to attend, we’ll mail your membership letter and your Platinum Club key tag to indicate your membership.

What happens when you become a member?

Once you’re a member, you’re officially a TG&P insider! You’ll receive invites to member-only events, discounts, vouchers, tickets to Frederick-area experiences, or other surprises. All members will be notified in advance for upcoming events or specials via a mailed invitation or email. Please bring your key tag to any venue where you’ll be using a Platinum Club benefit.

What else can I do after becoming a member?

Help us promote our local restaurants and businesses by taking photos while you’re out and about especially during themed events; sharing them to your social networks. This is an excellent opportunity to support our local economy and help those businesses gain marketing exposure as well as more customers. Tag us and use the hashtag #TGPplatinum so that we can also share on our social media channels! Also, continue to keep us top of mind for your real estate services and tell your friends and family about the great service we provide.

We look forward to gaining new members and sharing exclusive perks with you!

Platinum Club Members Enjoyed Complimentary Burgers from These Restaurants in June

The Dude Burger from Surf House
The Irish Burger from Bushwallers
JoJo’s Blue Steak Burger

How Jeff and Joanna Button Built the Best Restaurant & Tap House in the Heart of Downtown Frederick

Jojo's Tap House Downtown Frederick

Joanna Button, a.k.a. “Jojo” has been in the restaurant industry for the majority of her working career. She said that in the back of her mind, she’s always wanted to own a restaurant. Then, in 2012, her dream came true when there was an opportunity to purchase a restaurant and the couple decided to go for it!

It was a smart decision. Jojo’s Restaurant & Tap House now has over 600 Google Reviews and is rated 4.5/5 stars. They’re known for being “liked by vegans” on Yelp and Joanna says they like those vegans right back!

When asked what contributes to their ongoing success, Joanna said, “We offer a little something for everyone here, from a laid-back tap house atmosphere to a more upscale dining room experience. Having options is important to bring people in, but we think that our awesome staff combined with great food and drinks is what really keeps guests coming back.”

Jojo's Restaurant and Tap House Downtown FrederickWe agree. Jojo’s is one of those rare, versatile establishments where you could enjoy a drink and relax, bring clients for a delicious meal, or go all-in with a big group celebration in the semi-private back dining room. The atmosphere is perfect regardless of your scenario because they have the option of the tap house (right side), the semi-casual dining room (left side), or that private event space in the back. The food is always tasty and the drink options are endless.

“If we were ever going to open a restaurant, it was definitely going to be in Frederick.” – Joanna Button

Frederick was an Easy Choice

For Joanna, choosing to open a restaurant in Frederick was an easy choice. She’s a Frederick native and is taken back when she thinks about how much the area has grown since she was a kid. She remembers a lot of fields and cow pastures that are now neighborhoods and commercial buildings.

Joanna worked at several other restaurants in the area, too. She said, “We love all that Frederick has to offer, and when it comes to the Historic downtown area, there is always something happening. It’s a great draw for locals and tourists alike.”

When asked about the best part of Frederick, she eagerly states, “The community!”

“Downtown Frederick is a very community-oriented place where people from all backgrounds can come together to shop, eat, drink, and play. It’s great to own a business in a place where other businesses and people are so supportive of each other.”

Besides the obvious recommendation of eating at Jojo’s, Joanna suggests that out-of-towners walk around the historic district and take a stroll down the creek. “There is so much history in the area. When you add in the scenery, shops, and restaurants, you could really make a nice day out of exploring downtown.”

MD Tap Takeover at Jojo’s Restaurant & Taphouse

Want to check out Jojo’s for yourself? Come on in Thursday, May 9th, they are planning a Maryland Tap Takeover to kick off the Maryland Craft Beer Festival (May 11th on Carroll Creek). All 26 taps will have a Maryland craft beer of some sort. In the tap house, guests will receive $1 off all drafts after 7 pm, and possibly a chance to win a little something extra!

5 Steps to Finding the Right Real Estate Agent for You

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Whether you are buying a new house or selling your sentimental family home, it is always helpful to have a skilled and experienced real estate agent by your side. But how can you find the perfect agent for you?

Step #1: Ask your inner circle

Your first instinct to finding a real estate agent is probably to ask your inner circle.

If you know a family member or a friend who has bought or sold a home in your area recently, ask them about the people that they worked with. If they had a positive experience with their agent, it may be worth looking into whether they would be a good fit for your situation as well. A word of mouth recommendation can quickly lead you to a trusted real estate agent. (Especially if you heard their name more than once!)

Step #2: Read their testimonials

After you’ve narrowed down a list of recommended real estate agents, look each of them up and read their testimonials.

Before hiring an agent, you should always take a look at the reviews that have been left by former clients. If you notice a large number of negative comments or a few comments that mention the same issues repeatedly, it may be wise to think twice about making the hire.

Troyce Gatewood was awarded “Best Real Estate Agent in Frederick” by the readers of the Frederick News-Post in 2018. She is also Premier Agent on Zillow! Check out our reviews.

Step #3: Ask about their local knowledge

Reading the reviews will probably cross some agents off your initial list. The next step is to inquire about their local knowledge.

When buying a house, you want to be able to work with an agent who can guide you toward neighborhoods that suit your lifestyle. When selling your home, you want to work with an agent who knows how to sell homes that are similar in style, size, and location to yours. With this info in mind, you should always ask agents about their knowledge of the local market before deciding if you are going to hire them. Do they live in the area? If so, for how long? How long have they been a real estate agent serving this market?

Step #4: Check the depth of their network

When you sit down with one of your potential real estate agents, you should inquire about their network. When buying, you will want to specifically ask about their connections with mortgage brokers and home inspectors. If you are selling, you should ask about their network of handymen, painters, and plumbers. Put simply, you want to do business with the kind of agent who has the connections necessary to help you.

Step #5: Dive into their Metrics

Anyone can open a door to a home and show you around. But to get the most value out of hiring an agent, you want someone who knows the market, has excellent negotiating skills and has the experience to overcome any obstacles that surface. You don’t get that kind of high-quality agent with someone who treats the job as a hobby.

Here are a few good questions to ask your potential agents:

  • What are your stats?
  • What are your average days on market?
  • What is the average list price to close price percentage?
  • How long have you been selling real estate?
  • Are you a full-time or part-time agent?
  • What was your previous job?

Now that you’ve collected all of the important information, it’s time to make a decision. Choosing the right real estate agent is an important part of any buying or selling process. By following these steps, you can be confident that you are choosing the right person for you!

Ready to get started? Contact us today!

10 Questions with Our Newest Buyer’s Agent, Marty Hobbs!

Marty Hobbs Family Photo

At the end of February, we welcomed Marty Hobbs to the Troyce Gatewood & Partners team. His jokes may have gotten him in trouble at his first job, but here they energize our team and put buyers at ease. Marty’s sense of humor and dedication will make you feel right at home. He listens to your ideas, goals and dreams, then identifies the perfect property and process for you to turn those dreams into a reality.

Meet Marty

  1. Why did you become a real estate agent?
    Great question.  I did three transactions with TG & P before becoming an agent myself.  My experiences with Troyce and Joe were the main reason that I decided to get into the business myself.
  2. What have you enjoyed about it so far?
    So far, there hasn’t been anything about it that I don’t enjoy! Meeting people, getting to know them and understand their needs, taking what can be a big, scary process and turning it into a simple, positive experience for them. It’s a really great feeling!
  3. What do you like to do in your free time?
    Between my fiancé and I, we have six daughters. My family is very important to me, so I spend as much of my free time with them as possible. I love to learn and have a huge collection of books. I really enjoy getting outside as well.  There are so many great places to go around Maryland, DC, and Virginia.
  4. Where do you live? Why did you choose that city/town?
    I live in Braddock Heights, MD.  I love the “back in time” feel of the 100-year-old homes, and the view from the top of Braddock Mountain. I’m close to everything when I want to be and far enough away from everything when I want to be.
  5. What’s your favorite thing about living in Maryland?
    Wow – that’s a hard one! Maryland has everything America has, but so much closer together. The ocean, the bay, the mountains to the west, hiking, skiing, art, culture, history, great food. It’s the best of the entire country all packed in a single state!
  6. If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
    Honest, caring, committed.
  7. What is your drink of choice?
    I’d have to say coffee. 
  8. What was your first job?
    I was a cook in a fast food restaurant.  I got fired for cracking too many jokes.  I was working, but I was trying to have a good time too.  That didn’t go over well. 
  9. Who is a mentor to you? Who do you admire or aspire to be?
    Everyone on my team is a mentor to me because I’m so new to the business and because we’re a real team and we all succeed together.
    I admire anyone who finds their passion and then commits to living being who they really are and doing what they really love.  It sounds simple, but very few people ever make the decision to do that. 
  10. What do you like most about working with Troyce Gatewood & Partners?
    I get to work with great people all day long – my teammates, the buyers and sellers that put their trust in us.  It’s long hours, and it’s not easy, but it’s the most enjoyable work that I’ve ever done.

Want Marty to help you find your next home? Give him a call at 240-626-8780!