Our team understands the changing needs of military families and considers it our duty to improve the quality of life for those who live in our communities. Our rebate program is available to civilian and military employees of the federal defense agencies relocating to Maryland. The program can be used along with other state assistance programs currently available to home buyers and sellers.
As you may already know, among the moves are:
- The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), which provides complete information technology services to the Department of Defense, is moving its headquarters from Northern Virginia to Fort Meade.
- The Army’s Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance operation (Team C4ISR) – which services the Army’s maneuver control, fire support, air defense, intelligence, combat service support, tactical radios, satellite communications and the Warfighter Information Network – is moving from Fort Monmouth, N.J., to Aberdeen Proving Ground.
- The United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM). The command was officially activated May 21, 2010, at Fort Meade, MD and reached full operational capability on October 31, 2010. The command is led by the National Security Agency/Central Security Service Director, General Keith B. Alexander.The command assumes responsibility for several existing organizations. The Joint Task Force for Global Network Operations and the Joint Functional Component Command for Network Warfare are replaced by this new command. DISA, where JTF-GNO now operates, provides technical assistance for network and information assurance to CYBERCOM, and is moving its headquarters to Ft. Meade.
As these BRAC decisions are implemented, Maryland will gain upwards of 28,000 households.
The Creig Northrop Team of Long & Foster has worked closely with all levels of the armed services. Our Government and Military Sales Division is conducting seminars and participating in expos and programs within Fort Meade, NSA, and other top government agencies to better support military family’s relocating to Maryland.
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CNN predicts that 2009 will be “The Year of the Thaw” anticipating a slow but steady recovery. According to Forbes.com there will be a “Real Estate Resurrection” in 2009. Unlike the stock market, the real estate market is really thousands of mini-markets spread out across the country. While making long-term predictions about prices and sales in specific areas is difficult, there are rays of hope emerging for real estate.
Prices adjusted over the last year and 2009 is set to be a much better year than 2008 with home prices balancing out at more normal levels. The government is helping by getting rates to the lowest levels in 37 years, making homes more affordable. Consumer confidence is coming back.
I anticipate the first time homebuyer market will become more active in 2009 as the new generation of buyers recognize this market as an opportunity to build wealth in real estate. This will in turn help more “Move Up” buyers make their next purchase.
Homes will continue to sell in 2009 with the increased help of lower interest rates. The Baltimore Washington/DC market fared well in 2008 and will continue to do so. There’s an unprecedented sense of “starting over” with the new administration which should also boost confidence among buyers and sellers.
With BRAC right around the corner (Base Realignment And Closure), and the influx of buyers moving into this area, demand will be high, and the appreciation for the future looks bright.
For many sellers who’ve experienced lots of showings but no offers, you may see the buyers who toured your property returning for a second look ready to purchase in 2009. Ask your agent to begin quizzing the buyers or their agents to find out what their objection was to the home, if you find a common theme — fix it, and sell it.
In general home buyers are driven by key motivators that remain unchanged such as jobs, schools, affordability, lifestyle, and health care. The Baltimore Washington Metropolitan area offers home buyers incredible opportunities and amenities in these areas and we are set to outperform the general market in 2009.