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Jan. 5, 2021

2021 Market Outlook


Effects of 2020 Corona on 2021 Real Estate Market

Bright MLS did a survey asking people to share their thoughts on how the real estate industry was affected by events in 2020, and where it can be improved in 2021

1,250+ people took the survey offering their predictions for the 2021 housing market. People talked about how COVID-19, consumer behavior, and building/design trends will affect this years market.

What did they say?

The demand for home office space is good but is only going to get better given the pandemic that is keeping people from going out to the office. A home learning space for children will also be in high demand since most schools will be remote. Virtual tours & being able to access any information mobile will increase in 2021. Record low inventory, economic changes, the desire for suburban homes, and record low-interest rates will drastically affect the housing market for 2021.

What does this mean for you?

The world is starting to change and adapt to COVID-19 by allowing clients to do anything they would need to do at home. This means the more that you can accomplish your client's goals and provide them with the information they need online the better. It's a great time to build your digital footprint! An open house may not be as effective comparing to marketing your client's home with a virtual tour, taking more pictures at every angle, and a thorough description of the property. When showing clients homes make sure you wear a mask, wipe down doors, and anything that may be touched for the safest experience. 

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Have any questions, concerns, or need a real estate agent? Give us a call with the information provided below! 

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Dec. 3, 2020

Staging Your Home? Here Are 5 Things To Keep In Mind

5 things to keep in mind when staging your home

First impressions are everything when selling a house. Buyer agents say staging a home makes it easier for their clients to picture themselves in the property as a future home for their families, which will result in a higher chance of them making an offer on your property. So staging a home if you have the budget is important to consider doing. 

1.) Judging A book by its cover

Buyers almost always judge your house before ever entering inside. Cutting the lawn, planting flowers, and fixing up any damages to the exterior will help give a brand new feel to your home. Having chipped paint, loose or dried shingles, or outdated window shutters can make your home look worn out. And don't forget to clean your gutters! Everything helps improve that first impression and what your home will look like in pictures!

2.) Depersonalize

Buyers will try to imagine themselves living in your home. Wall art, religious items, and family pictures should be removed so the buyer can picture what they want in that blank space.

3.) It's in the way

Oversized furniture can tend to block living space, which can result in buyers feeling like the room is to small for their liking. Removing big furniture and replacing it with smaller items can free up living space to give buyers the full picture.

4.) Not every room needs to be staged

You want to stage where it counts. The top 3 rooms most important to buyers is the kitchen, living room, and master bedroom. Focus on these rooms over all when staging your house!

5.) The paint job

Having the right colors on the walls can increase your chances of getting that good offer. Bright colors tend to be a turn-off to most buyers. Using neutral colors such as white, gray, and taupe is a good way to attract potential buyers to come see your home in person.

Need to stage your property? 

We have the best of the best when it comes to staging properties in-door and out! Contact us if you need help staging your property.

Office| 443.602.9900

Direct| 410.227.0321

6700 Alexander Bell Dr. Ste 200

Columbia, MD 21046

Nov. 24, 2020

Weatherproof Outdoor Furniture

What's The Best Material? 

If you want to buy a home with ample outdoor space for entertaining, there are additional considerations. Not only do you want shelter from the weather, but you need to make sure the furniture you have outside can withstand the elements. What are some weatherproof outdoor furniture options that are both comfortable and practical? Let's take a closer look.


Metal chairs and tables for outdoor entertaining have some advantages. They don't retain moisture, so they are easy to dry and use in all weather conditions. However, depending on the finish, they can be susceptible to rust. You can maintain their quality by sealing them.


Many people like the look and functionality of wood. However, the wrong kind of wood can rot or weather. Seal your wood furniture and use woods that are intended for outdoor use, such as treated wood or composite lumber.


Another popular choice is wicker furniture. It is usually paired with outdoor cushions to increase comfort; we'll discuss upholstery options below. Wicker is durable, sustainable and easy to use outside.


Plastic is another choice because of its durability. It can be cleaned easily and kept dry. However, if your concern is sustainability, other materials are more environmentally friendly than plastic.


If you choose to use cushions to make your outdoor space more comfortable, make sure they are covered in a waterproof or weatherproof material. However, if your cushions are exposed to heavy rain, they may still become wet or waterlogged, which can lead to mold. You may wish to store cushions indoors or in a weatherproof bin.

Need To Stage Your Property?

We have the best of the best when it comes to staging properties in-door and out! Contact us if you need help staging your property.

Office| 443.602.9900

Direct| 410.227.0321

6700 Alexander Bell Dr. Ste 200

Columbia, MD 21046


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Nov. 3, 2020

New Gorgeous $375k Property In Columbia, MD

5523 Suffield Ct, Columbia, MD 21044 is a MUST SEE!

This gorgeous townhome property built in the year 1982 is going to fly off the market fast! 3 bedrooms, 2/1 baths, and many upgrades including a master suite with walk-in closets you will not just feel like you are living in paradise you actually will be! Listing price at $375,000 in the heart of Columbia allows you to virtually be near everything you could want. With ponds, trails, shopping centers close by, and a beautiful private tennis court. Home warranty paid through 2024 with no CPRA fees. 3 story 1,547 square feet with off street parking in Howard County School district. The perfect home for you and your family!


Are You Interested Or Selling Your Home?

If you are interested in this property or selling your home for the highest market value please use the contact information below to get started!

Ryan Shilow - Broker


Danny Bowling - Top Agent



Oct. 13, 2020

Why Now Is The Best Time To Sell Your House

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The Perfect Storm

Now may just be one of the best times to sell your home we have ever seen in the last decade.

The current real estate market has done very well in the mist of COVID-19. Mortgage rates for 30-Year fixed homes are down 3.08%, with 15-Year fixed down at 2.63%. The median listing price had a increase 5.1% in the last year, bring the average price to $256,663 and is looking to increase another 4.8% within the next year according to Now is a great time to sell your home to get the best price out of it given that there are less home sellers than home buyers, and the interest rates are at the lowest levels in years. That means it's a good time to buy as well, just there are a low inventory of houses on the market so buyers are finding themselves putting good offers on houses but losing to a higher offer that may seem "overpriced" when really the competition/demand for houses is high. 

Rolling In Offers

Home sellers the market has the perfect storm ready for you to sell your home at top value. The nation average for time a house sits on the market before it's sold is 64-93 days. R.E. Shilow Realty Investors Inc. has a large inventory of active buyers itching to put out solid offers. We can sell houses 30 days faster than the nation average. The only problem with selling your house is there will be too many offers to choose from.

Are You Selling Your Home?

If you are interested in selling your home for the highest market value please use the contact information below to get started!

Ryan Shilow - Broker


Danny Bowling - Top Agent


April 27, 2020

It's Over

(Disclosure: This video does not portray the political views of R.E. Shilow Realty or any of it's 
associates. This video clip wasd used because it is one of the best descriptions of the affects
of the Corona Virus on the current real estate economy.)

Real Estate Overview

It is finally about to be over! COVID-19 (Corona Virus) has been a real thorn in our side mentally and economically. As the saying goes "nothing can hold us down." That saying can not be captured more in America than the real estate economy.

The one aspect of the Corona Virus on real estate that we noticed here in the Mid-Atlantic is about 20% of all properties for sale were taken off the market. Never the less, real estate sales have remained consistent with properties still selling within 30 days, and buyers outbidding each other. It is a phenomenon that no one could have predicted.

A Beautiful Phenomenon

Real Estate buyers have stayed in the market and real estate sellers are still selling. Interest rates are at the lowest ever in history and job losses are amongst industries (restaurant, retail, and hospitality) which statistically are not a large part of the pre-approved home buyers market. What this means is, there is no slack in the market. Only the most committed people are participating. Real estate sellers that have the most confidence in the presentation and price of their properties and real estate buyers that still have good-paying jobs and enough confidence to shake off the virus scare and view properties to purchase.  In the Mid-Atlantic, the real estate sales have remained consistent with properties still selling within 30 days, and buyers outbidding each other. In states with total real estate shut down real estate sellers are still placing their properties for sale and the norm has been for real estate buyers to contract properties sight unseen with inspection contingencies for after the lockdown gets lifted. This mixture equals consistent real estate sales! This is also a large sign of the underlying strength of America's Economy!

It's Over

For the 20% or so of sellers that have taken their properties off the market there are more than 25% of pre-approved buyers that are still in the market but are waiting for the first signs of the economy to open before they pull the trigger. Best of all, those buyers have had eight weeks to research the market and now have a good idea of what they are going to shoot (buy) as soon as the economy starts to open. And it is going to start showing the first signs of major openings next week. What does that mean for real estate? It's Over! There is going to be a rush of buyers and not enough sellers within the next 12 months. The full force of pinned up demand is going to be released. We are going to see a spike in sales, and sale prices!

Contact Me 

If you would like to find out details of your property's real estate market or would like to talk more in-depth about real estate, finance, and the economy. Please give me a call, email, or text.

To Sell Your Property you should start here with an in-depth value report:

Ryan E. Shilow, President

A Johns Hopkins Master of Real Estate

Office| 443.602.9900

Mobile| 443.602.9117




April 16, 2020

The Sky Is Falling, Or Not!

Doom and Gloom, Or Not

From record-breaking numbers to a total meltdown in just a few short months, and we owe this all to the COVID-19! There was an article written by Kathy Orton from The Washington Post earlier this year talking about the lack of inventory and the increased demand, 50-year low unemployment, etc… Did I mention that was one among many and I did tell you that was January 2020 right? And here we are April 4, 2020, and nothing but doom and gloom?! 

The Facts

According to the National Association of Realtors and the MLS (Multiple Listing Services) from January 2019 to March 2019, in the following Counties in Maryland; Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard, Frederick, Carroll, and Montgomery the industry posted the following;

              Units listed          Units sold           Average sales price

2019         12,309                   7,249                     $359,450

2020         12,259                   8,022                     $424,898

Now before you say, “yeah but it’s going to take some time to catch up”, “those were deals in the pipeline let’s see what the next three months bring.” And that is probably going to be the case because of what I said earlier people stop using these basic principals when purchasing homes.

Financial Basics Weather Any Storm

Mortgage Rule of Thumb or the 28/36 rule

For those that have never heard of this, it’s been around for EVER! Let me explain, 28% of your gross (i.e., before tax) monthly income to go toward your housing expenses, including your mortgage payment, property taxes, and insurance.

However when you go to a mortgage lender to get a pre-approval using a standard FHA loan. The metrics used to calculate how much home you can afford are as follows. When it comes to FHA debt to income ratio (DTI), there is a lot of flexibility for borrowers. Actually FHA DTI limits could exceed 55% and even approach 50% for FHA manually underwritten loans.

Scary huh? If it’s not then please GOOGLE what I’ve told you and really look into it. Listen, we could have a slow down in the market. Things could get super tight for people and cause spending to slow dramatically. On the other hand, things could resume sooner than later and the pent up demand causes the market to really explode. Either way, if you the consumer, take into consideration what we already know based on history. Real estate is a long-term play, not a get rich quick scheme. Real estate if purchased correctly and maintained properly, can provide true wealth and security for you and your family no matter when you purchase. More than 25% of all current homeowners bought their homes in the height of the last boom and they purchased their home financially responsible, maintained their property well, and now have large amounts of equity! Stick to your budget and prudent financial principals and no matter what is going on in the economy you will always weather any economic storm.

Your Personal Financial Team

One thing is for sure at R.E. Shilow Realty we care about the real estate we help our clients buy and sell adds value to their families! We have a team of agents, lawyers, and financial advisors from Morgan Stanley that will always make sure you are following the financial basics that are keeping you financially strong no matter what is going on in the world.

Call us today to receive a Johns Hopkins Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure consultation and gain a chance to increase your net worth through prudent real estate decisions! 


Ryan Shilow, President

Danny Bowling, SVP

R.E. Shilow Relaty Investors, Inc.

Office| 443.602.9900


Oct. 25, 2019

Mortgage Interest Rates

Todays Mortgage Interest Rates

When Should You Buy or Sell?

Seems that social media, friends at work, and even family members all are experts in real estate and well the country’s economy. Interest rates are low it’s time to buy or sell! Interest rates are high now’s not a good time to buy or sell! 

Look at the Facts

Starting in 1971 the low-interest rate was 7.26% and the hight was 7.54%.  In 1980 the interest rates reach as high as 16.35%.  This is when Ronald Regan was the president and the United States in those years the best EPI (economic performance index) our country has ever seen. As a matter of fact, Barack Obama 

Posted the second-highest (EPI) and Bill Clinton was third-highest. After 2009 our countries interest rates dropped to below 6% but during the best times in our history… They were averaging between 7% and 10%!

Macro Real Estate Economics Conclusion

The point I wanted to make is the reason to purchase or not purchase should not be based on interest rates but on the overall goals you are trying to reach. The economy is always changing and the news media’s job to sensationalize every story so people will watch. We can show our clients how to maximize the purchase or sale of their real estate assets to ensure they make sound decisions. 

Real Estate Questions

If you have any questions about this article, your real estate market, or selling/buying a property/s.

Let us show you why choosing the right real estate agent is so important! 

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Danny Bowling



April 8, 2019

Top 5 Ways You Can Prepare Your Home For Sale

How to Prepare Your Home For Sale

Every seller wants their house to sell quickly and for as much money as they can sell it for, but it takes more than hoping your house sells to make it happen. Sprucing up your home and careful planning are important things to get buyers attention and to make high offers on your home.

Step 1 - Disassociate, Declutter, Depersonalize

Living at a home then having to sell it can be hard, all the memories and time you have spent there can be a difficult thing to let go of, but you have to disassociate yourself from your home. You have to tell yourself "This is not my home, it is a product I am selling now". The quicker you can disassociate from your home, the easier it will be to hand over the keys and say goodbye when it is time to leave, which after building a life there can be an emotional thing to do.

Pack up family photos, family heirlooms, and any junk you haven't used in the last few months. You want buyers to walk into the house and imagine themselves living there, with their photos on the walls. Most buyers won't be able to look past personal touches and may be distracted by them. This goes as far as taking all books/knickknacks off shelves and clearing everything off kitchen counters. In the end, it's giving you a head start on packing. Make sure cabinets and closest are as empty as they can be and the things that need to stay, are organized. Buyers love to look around in every door and cabinet, so make sure dishes and boxes are as neat as possible.

Step 2 - Make It Shine

Your home needs to be cleaned better than it's ever been cleaned before, make it shine! It needs to be a deep clean, better than the normal daily cleaning jobs. Scrub the walls, mop the floors, make windows sparkle inside and out. This could take all day so hiring professional cleaners could be a huge help, and will get your house looking fresh. Make sure you focus heavily on the bathroom and kitchen. The kitchen is a huge selling point for buyers. Remember buyers love to open things, so make sure ovens and fridges are not only clean on the outside but on the inside as well. Odors are bad, make sure you do not cook anything that will leave a lingering smell even if you think it smells good others may not. Any other bad odors in the house you want to make sure are gone. Pleasantly scented candles could be a good thing but try not to have any exotic smelling candles, keep it simple. Make sure the exterior is clean also, hiring a landscaper to perfect your yard would be a great investment. If the outside of your house is a mess people may not even look at the inside and move to the next house on their list.

Step 3 - Stage Your Home

You don't need to go buy new furniture to do this, but if you can it will be a good investment. All you need to do is go into every room and try to create space and try not to make things feel cramped. Move furniture around to different spots to have the best visual appeal you can get. If you are investing in furniture have the colors match and make a theme. You don't want to invest in a bunch of furniture just for it to not go together and be meaningless. Don't overbuy, sometimes sellers will buy too much, remember you aren't living there anymore, so keep it simple but elegant. Don't spend a lot of money on unnecessary things.

Step 4 Pictures, Video, Virtual Tour

Talk to your agent about getting a virtual tour of your home. A virtual tour is like having an open house on your property 24/7 days a week. Having high-quality pictures and video to present your house in the best light is critical to receiving a high offer. It is really important that the pictures show how much space is in the room you are taking the picture in, that the pictures are clear, and that there are a lot of pictures. The more pictures the better, but they need to be clear. 

Step 5 - Most Important, Price

Above all else, make sure that your home is priced correctly, you don't want to go through all of these steps and your house be overpriced. The price of your house is the first thing buyers look at to consider if they want to find out any more information if the price within the market then they will come to see your house. With information at everyone's fingertips, consumers are more informed than ever. Some consumers are more informed about the real estate market in the area they are interested than the top agents in that area. If you are overpriced they will glance at your listing and nothing more. Being priced correctly is the first form of catching the attention of the consumer.



April 5, 2019

US Economic Report and Soaring Home Prices

US Economic Report

Median Home Prices

Median list prices are at a high for the first time in March at $300,000 according to a report. According to Realtor, there are 1,349,597 active listings currently on the market with a 4% increase year over year.  Some parts of the country annual price growth have been down, nationally list prices have raised 7.2% year after year in March.

Jobless Claims

Wall Street economist expected to add 175,000 non-farm payrolls in March but exceeded that expectation with 196,000 jobs in March. Jobless claims have been at an all-time low since 1969. The last week of March Jobless claims reached 202,000, which was 10,000 lower than the expected 216,000 analysts were expecting.  

What this Means for You

So what does this mean for you? If you are a real estate purchaser this is not the best information. Why? The US economy is doing great and looking better every day and this economic information coupled with currently lower interest rates are pushing the prices of homes higher. These factors will likely create a tornado effect in the market that will quickly drop property inventories, which will, in turn, further push home prices higher.

On the other hand, sellers, your property values are moving higher and are poised to sell faster than we have seen in the past 20 years. As always, no one knows how long a market will be pushing higher, but we expect the conditions to continue for the next 12 to 24 months. If you have a property that you have been holding through the great recession, this might finally be the time to cash out your equity and find that next home in your life.