Category: Real Estate

Testing Your Home for Radon

When you buy a home or town home in Montgomery County, you are required to perform a radon test. Radon is a form of ionizing radiation. It is an odorless, tasteless and invisible gas produced by the decay of naturally occurring uranium in soil and water, commonly found in soil and released harmlessly into outdoor air. When trapped inside, it can build up and become a health hazard. Radon enters through cracks in the foundation or walls, and openings around floor drains, pipes and sump pumps. The EPA recommends remediations if the radiation levels in the home exceed 4pCi/L...

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Zoning Change Would Allow More Flexibility for Accessory Dwelling Units

Property owners in the county would have greater flexibility to add accessory dwelling units under a proposal introduced last week by Councilmember Hans Riemer (D-At Large). Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) 19-01 – Accessory Residential Units – Accessory Apartments, is intended to remove current barriers preventing homeowners from building these units. An ADU is a separate dwelling unit that is on the same lot as a single dwelling unit with its own entrance, full kitchen, and bathroom. The ADU tenant does not have access to the rest of the home. Examples cited in a fact sheet distributed by Riemer’s office...

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Up on the Roof: Why You Need a Home Inspection

I’ve been working with the nicest couple that is buying their first home. The home has some unique features, such a great room with lots of windows and a spiral staircase that goes to the second floor. They’d been searching for a while, but fell in love with this home, even seeing that it would need some love and attention. When you buy a home, you should include a home inspection contingency by a licensed contractor. Working with our home inspector, we discovered on the roof what looked to be some deteriorated wood and warped shingles. Two licensed roofing...

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Business Stories Dominate Source’s 2018 Most-Read Posts

Stories about local businesses have been the most widely read posts since the Source of the Spring launched in October 2016. Last year was no exception, as all 10 of 2018’s most-read articles were about Silver Spring businesses, though it wasn’t always good news. They are: Medical Marijuana Dispensary Plans Grand Opening This Weekend (May 18) Co-owners (and wife-husband team) Zeina Frayha and Terry Saad open HerbaFi. Classics Co-owner Releases Statement Closing (Feb. 15) Elliott Rattley issued a statement about the news of the steakhouse closing (see Number 4 below), which the Source posted verbatim. Hen Quarter Closes Silver...

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Downtown Silver Spring Office Complex Sold to Atlanta Group

The Station Square office complex in downtown Silver Spring was sold last week to Atlanta-based Bridge Office Fund Manager LLC, according to a company press release. The complex includes three buildings—1100 Wayne Ave., 1010 Wayne Ave. and 8484 Georgia Ave.—with a total of 510,200 square feet of Class A office space close to the Metro and the future Purple Line stations. Bridge Office plans to invest more that $12 million in renovations to the buildings, which were built between 1982 and 1987, the company said. Changes include revamping the courtyard and entrance to 1010 Wayne Ave. and a co-working...

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