Betty is by far the best real estate agent I’ve ever worked with. She is extremely knowledgeable, positive, and always available for questions and concerns. She sold our house in a week for the full asking price. She’s passionate about helping you through the process and really listens to your concerns. You cannot go wrong with this rare and amazing agent. – The Waranch’s
A great way to start a new year. Create an “Important Documents Folder” and be prepared! We did this about a year ago and it’s a great feeling.
I recommend dividing your documents up into categories
Identification (I made copies of these items and the originals are in a safer place)
- Birth Certificates
- Marriage License
- Social Security Cards
- Voter Registration
- Copy of recent credit report. You can get a free report every year and this includes all your open accounts so I don’t necessary think you need a list of each credit card account.
- Most Recent Tax Return
- Bank Account(s) Information
- Financial Portfolio Account(s) Information
- College Savings Plan Account Information
- Student Loans
- Contact information for accountant
- Mortgage or rental agreement
- Lender contact information
- Settlement company contact information
- Utility companies and account information
- Home Warranty
- Homeowners Insurance
- Utility information
- Vital health information for each family member, including: particularly blood type, allergies, conditions and shot records
- Contact information for physicians and dentist
- Health Insurance
- Short- and Long-Term Disability Insurance
- Vehicle loan information
- Insurance policy number and contact
- Contact information and policy number
- Pet Insurance
- Vet contact information
- Misc. Information like breeder and if they have a Homeagain chip
- Health Care Power of Attorney (for all family members including one for the kids for their caretakers when you travel without them)
- Last Will & Testament
- Living Trust
- Advanced Directive
- If you own a business you should prepare something similar.
- If you are an employee at the very least have the contact information for the HR Director and Supervisor.
Our lives can be disrupted with little or no warning by natural disasters, fires or other catastrophic events. Don’t wait for an emergency to think about being prepared! Just do it!
It’s always nice to start the year off on a positive note. The Batty’s just wrapped up their fourth year of “The 25 Days of Giving”. We truly enjoy this time of year and it’s been great to have so many others join us and start their own tradition.
Day 1: Ordered Grammy’s favorite sugar cookies from Otterbein’s Bakery for the staff at Long View Nursing Home. The staff was so kind and caring during her last few days with us.
Day 2: Betty donated her jury expenses from today to “Montgomery County Generous Juror Program.” The program provides prom dresses, uniforms, camp memberships etc. local kids.
Day 3: Mailed a beautiful bracelet to a dear friend. This gift was handmade by a survivor of Human Trafficking and the organization works to rehabilitate girls and young women rescued from human trafficking.
Day 4: Donated a book from our book fair purchases tonight to Naomi’s class.
Day 5 : Little gift to our favorite mailman.
Day 6: Treated a stranger to a cup of coffee.
Day 7: Donation to Toys for Tots.
Day 8: Donation to St. Jude’s.
Day 9: John and I made blueberry muffins for the teachers and staff on a wet and snowy morning.
Day 10: Cleared off neighbors sidewalks, brought in their trash cans and dropped some soup off to another neighbor.
Day 11: Dropped off a little gift bag and handmade burp cloths to client who just had a baby #2. No I did not make them. My mom will tell you that I can barely sew a button on a shirt.
Day 12: New toys and bed linens for A Wider Circle’s Holiday Giving Project.
Day 13: Donation to Providence Volunteer Fire Dept. in honor of my grandfather, dad and brother. Three dedicated men who have truly made a difference in so many lives.
Day 14: We paid for the baby formula and infant tylenol for the mom who was in line behind us.
Day 15: Hand warmers for the homeless.
Day 16: A burrito for Coach T from his little basketball/soccer player.
Day 17: Dunkin Donuts gift card for school bus driver.
Day 18: Naomi and I volunteered at the DC Diaper Bank tonight. What a great organization and we will be sure to volunteer throughout the year.
Day 19: Donation to Polar Bear Plunge and the Special Olympics.
Day 20: A nice tip to three great delivery guys today who were so kind and helpful.
Day 21: Before the Terps game we had lunch at Ledo’s and then Todd dropped off a pizza at Theta Chi as they wrapped up a week of finals.
Day 22: Dinner and desert for one of our neighbors before they drive to Michigan in the morning.
Day 23: John made chocolate m&m pretzels and delivered them to the home of his favorite babysitter, Molly.
Day 24: Donation to support my cousins, Maddie and Ashley’s mission trip to Haiti this summer.
Day 25: Donation to the Grand Lake Yacht Club Sailing Foundation in memory of Dr. John L. Batty.
Here’s wishing everyone a great 2014!
We had to sell our home quickly, as we were relocating out of the D.C. area, and she made us feel like we were her only clients. It was a very stressful time for our family, and Betty was so patient with us, explaining how the process worked (it was our first home sale) and answering all of our questions. Our home sold quickly and for list price, so we can’t help but be pleased. Moreover, she kept an eye on our house between our move and the closing date, which greatly helped ease our mind. We give her the highest recommendation and are a little sad that she’s not in Boston to help us find our new home! - The Fromms
Betty guided us through the process of buying our first home with sound advice and great respect for our needs and decisions. We felt comfortable with her from our very first meeting and continued to be impressed by her prompt and professional response to our questions. We experienced a few minor issues after settlement and Betty continued to serve as an engaged and supportive advocate on our behalf. She went above and beyond to make sure that everything was resolved to our satisfaction. We have now been happily settled in our home for several months and are so grateful for Betty’s hard work and support. We would highly recommend her to anyone seeking a real estate professional in this area. – The Cannon and Reynolds Family
We totally put our trust in Betty with EVERYTHING – and she did not disappoint! Needless to say, we’d highly recommend Betty!!
Betty was a dream come true! This was our first time selling a house, and I’m not afraid to say we were pretty clueless. We totally put our trust in Betty with EVERYTHING – from which weekend to do the open house, to the list price, all the way through to the acceptance of our contract – and she did not disappoint! Our house went on the market on a Thursday, Sunday was the open house, and we reviewed multiple offers on Monday, all at list price. We ended up with closing at $16k over list! She even negotiated free rent back for two months so that we could finish the school year out before our move. Needless to say, we’d highly recommend Betty!! The Severino’s
SOLD FOR $549,000 – Multiple Offers!
Main Level: Three season front porch invites you into this fabulous home. This level features living room with wood burning fireplace, home office/den, mudroom with two built-in desks and cubbies, powder room and hardwood floors. You don’t want to miss this incredible chef’s kitchen with 8 ft. butcher block center island, granite countertops, Blue Star range and hood, large stainless steel farmhouse sink, French door refrigerator and so much more. Kitchen is open to spacious dining room and family room leading you out to the backyard.
Upper Level: Four generous size bedrooms with spacious closets and two full baths. Sunlit master suite features walk-in closet, full bath, separate makeup area and gorgeous tile.
Lower Level: Recreation room with new carpet, wet bar, laundry and lots of storage space.
Exterior: Detached garage, long driveway and partially fenced yard. Side entrance into mudroom as well.
Built: 1948 (renovation in 2012) Lot Size: 5,500SF
Taxes: Estimated property tax and non-tax charges in the first full fiscal year of ownership is $4,191.43