Sunday, October 16, 2016

At Home: Surround Yourself with Wonderful Aromas Through the Holidays

Make your own scent-sational holiday potpourri for a fragrant welcome home

Ever notice how we associate certain aromas with certain times of the year? There’s the ever-present smell of fresh flowers in spring and sunscreen and salt water in summer, for example. The same is certainly true when the weather turns cooler and various scents abound.

Here are three great ideas for filling your home with fragrant holiday potpourri this season, using all-natural ingredients. You just simply place the ingredients into a pot filled with water, and simmer on the stovetop. Feeling generous? Forgo the water and place the dry ingredients in a mason jar for a sweet-smelling holiday gift!

Autumn Stroll

Fall always entices the senses with its incredibly vivid sights and aromas. Capture the essence of this season in your home by combining 2 sliced apples, 2 cups orange peels, 2 cinnamon sticks, ¼ teaspoon whole cloves, 2 bay leaves, and 2 star anise to make an amazing autumn potpourri.

Home for the Holidays

The holidays are a special time, especially at home on a cold winter night. Enjoy the scent of the season by blending 2 sliced oranges, 1 cup cranberries, 3 teaspoons ground cloves, 2 teaspoons nutmeg, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and 2 sprigs of rosemary as a festive finishing touch.

Crisp Winter Morning

One of the strongest scents associated with the holiday season is pine. Create your own indoor winter-scented wonderland with 3 sprigs evergreens or a handful of pine needles, 2 cups rosemary, 2 cups lavender, 1 cup eucalyptus leaves, ½ cup peppermint or spearmint, and ½ cup bay leaves.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Sales On the Rise in Edgewater, MD 21037 Market

October 10, 2016 -- Edgewater, MD 21037
The 21037 zip code market closed in on its 12-month sales average this week as sales climbed 28.0% to reach 32 homes sold over the last 30 days. In comparison, the nearby 21401 zip code had 45 sales in the same time frame, the most of all neighboring zip codes. Potential buyers should take note that the median sales price in the 21037 zip code rose to $353,700 and that there are four months of inventory still available. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

The real estate market climbed 12.1% in Annapolis, MD 21043

October 7, 2016 -- Annapolis, MD 21403
The number of home sales in the 21403 zip code market climbed 12.1% to 37 homes over the last 30 days, coming close to the 42.6 monthly average for the last 12 months. At the same time, the 21401 zip code reported 45 home sales, the highest number from all the surrounding zip codes. The median sales price of all transactions in the 21403 zip code did not budge this week, remaining at $385,000.