Washington County Real Estate and Community News

Feb. 22, 2017

Washington County Civil War Heritage Area

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It would appear that Funkstown, Clear Spring and Keedysville would like to be added to the Washington County Marylands Civil War Heritage area.

Doing so would provide them the opportunity for grants for the towns and non profits. Once added all of Washington County municipalities will be included in the Civil War Heritage Area.

There currently is a proposed expansion area that includes Fort Frederick State Park and more of the South Mountain State Battlefield.

Although a date hasn't yet been set, a public hearing on the proposal is expected to be held in mid to late March. First review goes to the Maryland Heritage Area Authority then to the Maryland Historical Trust for approval. Officials should know by the end of June if the proposal will be approved or not.

This will be the first proposed change to the area since the boundaries were set in 2006.

For more information or to see the article provided by the Herald Mail please click on any of the links.

 

Sandy Curtis

Your Real Estate Resource

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Posted in Community News
Feb. 7, 2017

Rental Scams

Yes, Rental Scams/Fraud are still a thing. 

Unfortunately.

 

What is a Rental Scam?

A rental scam is when someone advertises a home or apartment for rent when they don't actually own the property.

How do you know if it is a scam?

The biggest trigger to tell whether an ad is a scam is if you are asked to provide rent or deposit money upfront. ESPECIALLY if they ask for a wire transfer through Western Union.

Another is if they tell you that they can't meet you at the property because they live out of town or out of the country.

As a real estate agent, I have seen quite a few things. The most recent is that the person advertising a home for rent went and REMOVED a for sale sign AND Rekeyed the home! Yes, they actually keyed the home so that they would have a key to "show" potential renters the property.

If this happens to you, how would you know?
 

My best recommendation is to ask for identity or proof of ownership. If they balk at your request... then maybe they aren't the owners... Better safe than sorry.

Another way to protect yourself is to go directly to a property management company or a real estate agent in order to rent a property. That way you know they are legit.

Do NOT fill out an application until you have seen the property. DO research the email address that they contact you with on Google. Is the email they contacted you with filled with a sob story and/or grammatical errors? Red flag...

Is there protection for you if you get "taken" by a rental scam?

Yes. First report it at your local law enforcement then report to IC3 and the FTC

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