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Fourth of July Fireworks in Southern Maryland

by Don DeHanas, Broker

Calvert County:

 

 

Chesapeake Beach Fireworks - Wednesday, July 3 @ Dusk, Chesapeake Beach Waterfront

Fireworks Cruise Aboard the Wm. B. Tennison - Thursday, July 4 @ 8 p.m. until... Calvert Marine Museum 14200 Solomons Island Road South, Solomons

Solomons - Riverwalk, Solomons, Maryland. The waterfront community hosts an afternoon street fair and fireworks. Street Fair begins at 3 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
 

Solomons Fireworks - Thursday, July 4 @ 9 p.m. Solomons Island-wide

The Solomons Business Associations proudly sponsors the annual Solomons Independence Day fireworks display, to be held on Thursday, July 4th at approximately 9:15 - 9:30 pm (after dusk). Fireworks will be shot from a barge in the Patuxent River and can be viewed from the Riverwalk. Celebrate our nation's birth, and show your colors all day long! The Fireworks will be preceded by activities throughout Solomons, sponsored by individuals and businesses.

- Stop by the tent at the Chesapeake Biological Lab campus for an afternoon of family activities - hands-on science, fishing games, nature crafts and more!

Rain date: Friday, July 5th. All efforts are made for the display to be held July 4th. If weather factors force a last-minute delay or postponement in order to maintain the safety of the crew and spectators, the fireworks will take place on Friday, July 5th.

Traffic: Vehicular traffic on the island will be restricted. Please park in designated areas only. Parking is available at Glascock Field across from the Calvert Marine Museum, at the museum, in the public lots behind Our Lady Star of the Sea and the Solomons Medical Center. Parking at Glascock Field is $10; proceeds support the fireworks fund and SYB Optomists. The public is asked to respect private property.

 

 

St. Mary’s County:

 

 

Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department - Saturday, June 29
24801 Three Notch Road, Hollywood
On Route 235 just north of the Leonardtown-Hollywood Rd (Rt 245) intersection

Independence Day celebration featuring entertainment provided by R&R Train.  Carnival rides and games starting at 5pm, food available for purchase. Fireworks begin at dusk. Parking is $5, no coolers or pets allowed.  301-373-2900. Hollywood VFD Web site: www.hvfd7.com.

St. Mary’s College River Concert Series - Friday, July 5
Near the Townhouse Green Residences
College Drive, St. Mary's City

A Star Spangled Night with a Musical Tribute to the Sea featuring vocalist Jennifer Page.  Enjoy fireworks to the patriotic music of John Phillip Sousa. River Concert Series Web site: riverconcertseries.org

Dennis Point Marina - Saturday, July 6
46555 Dennis Point Way, Drayden, MD

The return of Fireworks to Dennis Point has been a great success and we look forward to doing it again for the 2013 season. This year the fireworks will be held at Dennis Point Saturday, July 6th. Make your reservations early, we expect large crowds this year. There will be events all day starting with the annual golf cart parade. Rick's Riverside Restaurant will be open all day. Rick has special plans which include restaurant specials, outside deck specials, vendors serving a variety of dishes along the waterfront and activities all day. Come early and enjoy Independence Day at Dennis Point. Thank you for being a part of the new Dennis Point Marina & Campground.

 

 

Charles County:

 

 

Town of Indian Head 4th of July Celebration & Fireworks - Thursday, July 4
The Village Green and Pavilion
100 Walter Thomas Road, Indian Head

The Day kicks off with a Patriotic Opening Ceremony at 3:30pm; there will be amusements, live entertainment--with Rockin Roger DJ, and food available for sale. No pets of any kind or alcoholic beverages permitted. No flea market on Sat., July 6th.
Free admission.  For more information call 240-375-4061 Visit the Town of Indian Head Web site: www.townofindianhead.org

Celebrate Charles - A Fun Filled Fourth - Thursday, July 4 @ 4:30 - 9:30 pm
Regency Furniture Stadium
11765 St. Linus Dr., Waldorf

The general public is invited to attend this family-friendly event.  Local businesses, artisans and food establishments will be showcased in the "Best of Charles County" and kids of all ages can enjoy amusements in the Celebrate Charles Family Fun Zone. Guests will enjoy live music performed by John Luskey and Three Sixty. A fireworks display will top off the evening at 9:30 p.m. Admission is free. There are fees for food and product purchases. Family Fun Zone wristbands are $5.

Guests will also be able to enjoy the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs baseball game against the Camden Riversharks. Game time is 6:35 p.m. and tickets can be purchased by calling 301-638-9788 or visiting http://www.somdbluecrabs.com . Guests who purchase a ticket to the game will receive a complimentary wristband for the Celebrate Charles Family Fun Zone.

For more information, go to http://www.CharlesCountyMD.gov or contact Ms. Rachel Reynolds, Promotions Specialist, at 301-645-0601 or ReynoldsR@CharlesCounty.org. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Town of La Plata Independence Day Watermelon Bash - Thursday, July 4 @ 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Grounds of the La Plata Town Hall
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata

Join us for hot dogs, games, wet fun, and plenty of watermelon! Event is wheelchair accessible.Town of La Plata web site: www.townoflaplata.org

How to Improve Your Credit Rating

by Don DeHanas, Broker

A persons credit rating has never been more important than it is today!  As mortgage companies maintain a very tight leash on home borrowers, what their credit looks like will mean the difference between getting approved for a home loan or not.  And that is not all.  Credit ratings affect the outcome of rental applications, job applications, and even basic necessities like electric and gas are based on a persons ability to manage credit. Furthermore, if a person who has poor credit is approved for a loan, it is generally at a higher interest rate, meaning they pay more for the same loan that someone who has good credit.

The score used by most lenders and others considering a loan is called a FICO.  This is a score that is computed from a variety of different areas in a persons financial activities.

There are no overnight remedies for increasing your score, but there are some things that a person can do to "massage" their credit:

-Know what is on your credit.  Sometimes there are items on a persons credit report that do not belong to them.  There are methods for disputing erroneous information.  Contact each of the credit reporting agencies (there are three of them) and ask how you dispute information on your report.

-Pay your bills on time.  A late payment, even a few days late, can impact your credit rating.

-Make more than the minimum payment on your credit cards.

-Make payments early on credit cards.

-Make multiple payments in the same billing cycle.

-Never use all of the credit you have available.  Keep your balances low.

-Keep older accounts open to establish a "history".

-Open new credit accounts as you need them, and keep up with the payments.

If you are one of those people who have difficulty managing their money, you need to have a written budget for yourself.  There are plenty of on-line tools to help, like Quicken. Also, many banks have online budgeting tools you can utilize to never miss a payment.

If you are already in way over your head, do not get discouraged.  Take baby steps and begin getting things paid off. There are also credit experts that can help if needed. Having poor credit can be a temporary situation if you take the positive steps towards resolving it.

 

 

New Wave of Foreclosures Coming Soon

by Don DeHanas, Broker




Government Housing giants Freddie and Fannie are under-prepared for new wave of foreclosures

When Americans default on federally backed mortgages, the Government steps in and “buys” them from mortgage companies, and then incurs the cost to keep them maintained as they attempt to sell them on the market. The problem is, there is a staggering 1.7 million mortgages near default, and some economists are questioning whether HUD is ready for a new wave of foreclosures to hit.

Currently, the government is stretched thin in managing the more than 195,000 foreclosed homes it now owns and is not well prepared to handle a new wave of foreclosures that is about to hit, according to some economists who paint a less rosy picture of the housing market than politicians.

In fact, as of June 1, 2013, the inspectors general at the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) warn that a staggering 1.7 million mortgages are 90 days or more delinquent, putting them in danger of Foreclosure.

The inspector general's report warns the housing market remains in a delicate state, with 1.7 million potential foreclosures  swelling on the horizon. Additionally, it is noted, the serious delinquency rate has hovered at 9.4 percent, or about 1.4 percent higher than a year ago.

Executives at Fannie Mae told the FHFA inspector general that "due to the high numbers of delinquent borrowers, among other challenges in the housing sector," it does not expect its inventory of repossessed houses to "return to pre-financial crisis levels for years."

Help For Investors is Here!

by Don DeHanas, Broker

Real Estate Investment Opportunities in Maryland and Virginia just got better!

To better serve the needs of real estate investors in Maryland and Virginia, Stephen Nichols, a Realtor with DeHanas Real Estate Services in Waldorf, MD, recently earned the Certified Investor Agent Specialist (CIAS) Designation. With the CIAS, Stephen has the training, tools and calculations to effectively serve the five investor types: First-Time Investor, Move-UP Investor, Portfolio Investor, Performance Investor, and Rehab and Resell Investor.

"Real estate presents a consistent and stable way to build wealth, brings liquidity to our housing market, and stimulates our local economy. In fact, in the past year, investment and second-home properties represented approximately 27% of all residential sales. It’s also worth nothing that nationwide, 43% of real estate investors earned less than $75,000 per year." says Nichols.

Today, real estate is quite literally on sale! There is an unprecedented opportunity to build wealth through real estate, and I specialize in helping all investors achieve their goals. Contact Stephen today at 301-870-1717 x 115 to learn more about investing in real estate.   

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Servicing all Anne Arundel County, Calvert County, Charles County, and Prince George's County as well as Annapolis, Bowie, Chesapeake Beach, Crofton, Dunkirk, Edgewater, Ft. Meade, Huntingtown, La Plata, North Beach, Odenton, Owings, Pasadena, Severn, Waldorf, and the Upper Marlboro areas of Maryland, all of Washington DC, and Northern Virginia, including Alexandria, Arlington, and King George County real estate advertised in this website are subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968 which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap and familial status, or national origin, or any intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination. DeHanas Real Estate Services will not knowingly accept any listing agreement for real estate sales in Anne Arundel County, Calvert County, Charles County, and Prince George's County as well as Annapolis, Bowie, Chesapeake Beach, Crofton, Dunkirk, Edgewater MD, Ft. Meade, Huntingtown, La Plata, North Beach, Odenton, Owings, Pasadena, Severn, Waldorf, and the Upper Marlboro, all of Washington DC, and Northern Virginia, including Alexandria, Arlington, and King George County areas which are in violation of the law. Our clients and customers are informed that all dwellings advertised on our website in Anne Arundel County, Calvert County, Charles County, and Prince George's County as well as Annapolis, Bowie, Chesapeake Beach, Crofton, Dunkirk, Edgewater MD, Ft. Meade, Huntingtown, La Plata, North Beach, Odenton, Owings, Pasadena, Severn, Waldorf, and the Upper Marlboro, all of Washington DC, and Northern Virginia, including Alexandria, Arlington, and King George County areas are available on an equal opportunity basis. All prices and finance claims appearing in this site are subject to change without notice.