Betty was a tremendous advisor to us as we have never sold a home before and lived in this one for 31 years. She helped us sell our home in 9 days. Made the negotiations and settlement process smooth an easy, was responsive to every question and made us feel like the only client she was working with. The icing on the cake was when Betty helped us out of a jam by recommending a mover whom we hired, after the one we had cancelled. I would recommend Betty to anyone wishing to sell a home or needing advice on the purchase and sale of a home. – The Custer’s
Betty sold our home in Silver Spring. Betty is a delightful person to be around. She is so nice and so pleasant you might wonder if she can be pushed around by people trying to get a better deal. She can’t! Betty was our advocate from beginning to end – an excellent negotiator. Betty made the process of selling our home a smooth and mostly painless experience. Betty has contacts for every possible need that arises. Her enthusiasm, balanced with a realistic view, calms a lot of stress. She is willing to listen to her client and to give her best advice. If we were to ever buy or sell a home in the area again, Betty is the FIRST and ONLY person we would go to. - Renee Stone
Just a few photos from one of my favorite events of the year. My daughter asked three years ago if we could have a tea party and at that time I was also looking to have a small client party. I combined the two and we just hosted our third annual Client Mother and Daughter Tea Party. It’s an event my daughter and I look forward to each year. The hardest part is not having the opportunity to invite my clients with sons. Let’s just say my husband and son get out of the house as quickly as possible the morning of the tea. They want little to do with a ton of little girls and their moms invading our home.
A big thank you to all my wonderful clients and friends who joined me at the DC Diaper Bank last week. The Batty’s hosted the event and had over 35 volunteers join us. We bundled 7,575 diapers while catching up with friends and meeting new friends. My clients are great and it’s so nice when they get to know each other. We look forward to other events and helping those families in need. THANK YOU!
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!