Kat Royer's Blog Posts

Toot Toot

Have you ever heard the old saying "if you don't toot your own horn, no one else will" ?  I guess there are several ways of putting it - but that is how my mom always said it.  I think

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How To Make An Aggressive Offer In An Aggressive Market

Aggressive is my word of the day!  But, boy do I mean it with today's Summer 2020 market! I submitted an offer on a house on behalf of my dear client looking to buy his first house, and we

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Fourth Of July Safety Tips

We are less than 10 days away from the 4th, and I know I am upset about not having some celebratory fireworks displays this  year!   Celebrate Frederick has indeed cancelled this

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Listing And Buying During The Pandemic

Business as usual is no longer business as usual these days.  While we all hope and want things to go back to normal, it is far more probable that there is going to be a new normal. 

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5 Things I Bet You Did Not Think To Do While Staying At Home

For those of you who don't know me, I need to proclaim:  the use of the  "B" word is one of my biggest pet peeves!    Isn't it funny that we always say we are too

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Time To Learn How To Online Shop

What was already a vicious Spring Market with low inventory, things are about to get interesting!  Now, in the midst of the pandemic and self quarantine - we need to work smarter, not harder!!

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Fall In Love With Your Realtor

Platonically speaking - how many of you can say you love (or loved) your Realtor?   If the answer is "meh" or "no" - you are a victim of a bland or even worse - BAD - real estate

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2020 Focus On The Positives

I don't plan to bore you with 2020 and 20/20 vision metaphors, predictions or resolutions.  The year is ramping up, and we are settling in for the long haul.  If you fell victim

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Holiday House Hunting Tips

We just had our first snow in Frederick, MD!  Yay or not yay, Winter is upon us and so is the holiday season!Everyone is rushing around shopping, decorating, cooking, and prepping for trips and

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The Real Estate Roller Coaster

Some of you may know of my "real estate roller coaster" analogy.   I always tell my clients that you are now boarding the "Real Estate Roller Coaster" so buckle up and hang on tight

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Halloween In Frederick 2019

I heard a funny phrase on the news today - "October is almost Oct-over!"   I turned to my phone, looked at the date and almost shuttered at the thought!   Instead of telling you

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So You Are Just Looking

The average consumer is searching for a home for 2.5 years.  Yes, I said YEARS!   Online consumer sites have made it incredibly easy to start searching for such a big purchase. 

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To HOA Or Not To HOA

HOA's - Homeowner's Associations - can be a fickle topic as I help my buyer clients search for their new home.   There are 2 sides to every coin - and certainly a third if the

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Best Resources For Out Of Town Buyers

I have always been a huge advocate for educating and providing as many resources as possible to my clients!  I thought it may be helpful to give you a little more of my background as well

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Best Resources To Be In The Know

Are you brand new to Frederick??  Or maybe you lived here for a while and you feel out of the loop??!   As a transplant of 9 years to Frederick, I can certainly say I have

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5 Must Dos Around Frederick For The Best Summer Ever

As I write this today, we are finally over the cold (fingers crossed!).   The sun is out, and it's got me thinking of all the fun things to look forward to as the weather heats up!Here are

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Tips For Gardening In Maryland

Oh HELLO Spring!!! New-comers of MD, welcome to the various weather patterns of Maryland!   It's cold, then all of the sudden it is Summer!  Prime planting and gardening season

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To Home Warranty Or Not

What is a home warranty and should you get one?   A home warranty is not the same as homeowners insurance.   Home insurance is for major damages that may be caused by things like

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Getting Your Ducks In A Row NOW

Yes, Spring is (almost) here!!  Let's not talk weather - let's talk about the Spring Real Estate Market!   Everyone gets the jitters to sell and buy and in Spring.  No doubt, it

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When Should I Buy This Year

Hello, hello, hello to all my buyers out there!   New year, new goals and maybe a new kick in the butt you were waiting for to get on the home buying band wagon!   It is

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Christmastime In Frederick

Don't let the rain or cold (or dare I say SNOW!) get in your way this holiday season!    I usually use Facebook to help plan my events, but I also don't hesitate to turn to a few

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A Quick Guide To The Letters Behind The Name

LOL! We live in a world of time-saving slang and acronyms...and the Real Estate Industry is no newcomer to such trends!  Realtors and lenders alike are great about shortening a

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How To Build Your Real Estate Squad

I often find my buyers and sellers at odds with where to start in their process of buying or selling their biggest, most valuable asset.  It can be very easy for buyers to be caught up in

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How To Prepare For An Open House

I should start this post out with a "Yay!" So you decided it is time to sell and you have officially listed your house!  I know that just the process of getting your house on the

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To Build Or Not To Build

The term "Low Inventory Market" has been overused, hasn't it?  Okay - I promise not to use this term again (at least for the rest of this post)! Let's get real though.  You are a

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12 Cheap Summer Projects That Make Your Home Feel New

Home maintenance is like housework, flossing and exercise: Work it into your routine, because the penalty for not doing it is worse than the job itself.For example, cleaning the gutters costs

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Spring Cleaning And Ridding Your Unwanted Stuff

The SPRING weather is here to stay it seems!  YES!  Probably one of my favorite times of the year is watching all of the pretty flowers and greenery come back into focus after a blustery

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Wasting Your Time With Online House Hunting

So you have definitely decided to buy a house this Spring?!   Oh happy day!! Where to start...where to start...ONLINE!  Good ol' Google is going to come through for you!

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Sellers Market Vs Buyers Market And What You Need To Know

Buyer’s Market DefinitionA buyer’s market occurs when the supply (available properties for sale) exceeds demand (the number of buyers seeking to purchase properties). If you’re buying a new

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Spring Is Right Around The Corner

Buyers and Sellers, GET READY!!Inventory is has been very low for the past few months in Frederick County!  So...what does this mean for you?! Buyers: Have you been looking online,

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11th Annual Fire And Ice Downtown Frederick

Join us and many, many other local Frederick businesses the first Saturday of February!  ~February 3, 2018~ 3pm - 9pmDowntown Frederick’s favorite event—First Saturday! The first Saturday

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Listing Your Home During The Holidays

The reality is, the home buying season is now year-round.With the holidays approaching, sellers often wonder if they should keep their properties on the market or take them off. Or if they haven’t

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Time To Winterize

Need to winterize your home quickly? While you can hire home improvement professionals for the big tasks, there are a few you can do easily and effectively. Here are some winterization tasks you

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Why You Should Choose A Local Lender

Whether this is your first time buying a home, or you are pro at this process - you are going to need a lender!  Not just any lender!  The RIGHT lender!   You may be asking

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Preparing Your Home For Hurricanes And Major Storms In MD

The Mid-Atlantic Hurricane season actually already began back in June and goes through November and peaks around the end of August through September. As Hurricane Irma starts to bear down on FL,

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Ways Home Flipping Shows Mislead Viewers

We all know the premise of home-flipping shows: An investor buys a veritable dump and then, with the help of a team of ready-and-willing contractors and landscapers, transforms it into the best

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National Mortgage Rates Average Above 4 Percent

Average mortgage rates are moving up, posting increases for the second consecutive week.“After fully absorbing the sharp increases in Treasury yields over the past couple of weeks, the 30-year

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Summer Things To Do In Frederick

Looking for some fun this summer?  There is always so much to do and discover in Frederick!6/24/17 - Dead Rise Crab Feast - Flying Dog Brewery6/10/17 - 7/29/17 - Ghost Tours of Historic

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How To Impress Your Lender Once You Are Under Contract

Oh goodness - now you are under contract?!  It's official!  Wow! This is really happening?!!!!! Wooooah there horsey - Slow your roll!  We still have a lot to get through yet!

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Check Yourself Home Maintenance Tasks You Need To Tackle In April

Ah spring! It took you long enough to get here, but we’re happy to see you. In fact, we’re so grateful for the slightest hint of warmer weather that we’re ready to rush outside, full of

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Guess Which Generation Is Making The Biggest Comeback In Real Estate

20th Century Fox; realtor.comDoc Martens are back in fashion, this time on the shelves at Nordstrom. Hollywood starlets sport ’90s choker necklaces and Nirvana T-shirts. And guess what?

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Fire In Ice Downtown Frederick THIS Weekend

February First Saturday | Fire in Ice Saturday, February 4, 2017• 3:00 PM– 9:00 PM Downtown FrederickFrederick, MD 21701 Don't miss Downtown Frederick's renowned Fire in Ice

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Five Questions To Ask A Loan Officer When Buying A Home

Before you begin house hunting hear are some questions you want to be sure to ask. Potential Homeowners looking to finance a home purchase will want to be sure to ask the following questions

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Whats The Difference Between Short Sale PreForeclosure And Foreclosure

Answer one:In a short sale—the owner is selling and doesn’t have funds/equity to close the transaction and needs short sale approval from lenders. The owner typically owes more than market

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Did You Know You Could 3D Print A Building

The future is upon us!  2017 - Here we come..Most visitors to this week's Design Miami (the decade-old companion to Art Basel Miami Beach, that juggernaut art fair that floods

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Purge Your Home Of These 9 Things Before You Move

A new home means a fresh start: new paint, a new bedroom, even a fresh take on arranging your old furniture.But your new space won’t feel so wonderful if it’s weighed down with junk you

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What Happens To Your Credit Score When You Buy A House

If you’ve just bought a new home, chances are you spent quite some time worrying about your credit score. After all, your credit score affects your ability to get a mortgage, and the interest rate

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7 Fun Facts About Maryland I Bet You Didnt Know

1. The Baltimore Ravens are named after Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem, The Raven. Yep. The state’s claim to football fame is named after a piece of fine literature.2. Maryland is commonly

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You Think Youll Love These Luxury FeaturesBut Almost No One Ever Uses Them

If you’re anything like us, you spend your days endlessly clicking through photos of luxury homes, dreaming of the day when you can upgrade to a villa with a wine-tasting room, free

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6 Reasons Your Agent Wants You PreApproved Before Showing You Homes

Ever had an agent deny to show you a home because you weren’t pre-approved for a mortgage? It’s not because they’re mean, or they don’t value your business… it’s actually because they

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Tiny Houses Friend Or Foe

By now most people have at least heard of the trend of tiny houses. What exactly are tiny houses? Most often they are teeny little abodes big enough to be hauled around on a trailer or put up on

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Make Your Home More Marketable

Staging And Small Projects Can Go A Long Way! Tip 1: Spend an Hour With a proInvite an interior designer over to check out your home. Many realtors will do this as a courtesy, but you will

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Spring Time Travel Itch

I don't know about you - but I am getting "the itch" - the itch to TRAVEL, that is!Some people call it stir crazy or maybe as extreme as winter house arrest - but I call it the itch.  We

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What The Super Bowl Can Teach You About Money

From the first ever financial literacy ad during primetime to frugal habits of some star players, the game holds solid money lessons.The money-football connection will break new ground in this year

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6 Stellar Reasons To Buy A Home In 2016

For those of you who happen to be planning on buying a home in the new year—or even just trying to—there’s a whole lot to celebrate. Why? A variety of financial vectors have dovetailed to make

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10 Ways To Save Money And Fulfill Your New Year Resolutions

2016!  What a year it will be!  This is a time for raising standards, considering goals and having very high hopes for new beginnings.  AKA - time to consider implementing your

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Restaurants Open On Christmas Eve In Frederick

For the past 3 years, I have hosted Christmas dinner.  It's pretty neat to have both my husband's family from PA and my mom come up from VA to celebrate with us in Frederick.  We even have

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Cinderella Carriage Holiday Weekend Rides In My Favorite Town

I hate to brag, but I absolutely love where I live: Frederick, MD!  It's such a beautiful and charming town with all sorts of fun things going on.  This weekend for example, you can

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Middletown Open House

Tomorrow is supposed to be such a beautiful day for December!  Almost 70 degrees?!  Can you believe it!?!  I think it's going to be the perfect sunny day to be out and about

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