• Moving to Baltimore: Popular Suburbs

    by Patrick Redmond | Apr 24, 2014

    Moving to Ellicott City, MarylandMany people move to Baltimore for the low cost of living, to gain access to the Johns Hopkins medical facilities and training centers, and because it’s a great and centralized location to enjoy the nation’s capital. Like most large, urban spaces, there’s quite a bit of variability in Baltimore real estate and housing options. You can enjoy everything from upscale neighborhoods with scenic views to a hipper, more fast-paced lifestyle closer to the action. Photo via Scott Saghirian - Wikipedia.

    The most popular suburbs tend to lie within easy access of both Baltimore and Washington, DC. These neighborhoods and towns offer more space for families to grow, but are centrally located for those who commute to work.

    • Ellicott City: With a population of over 60,000 residents, Ellicott City is more than just a suburb. Located about 20 minutes from the Baltimore city center and 45 minutes from Washington, DC, it’s an ideal community for those who work in the urban centers. Homes here tend to be large and historic (with a price tag to match), but access to a downtown historic district complete with antique stores, restaurants, boutiques, coffee shops, and more make it well worth the investment.

    • Severna Park: Located about 17 miles south of Baltimore, Severna Park offers a historic district and architecturally unique homes. It’s also a favored spot for families, thanks to the presence of Severn School, a prestigious preparatory school.

    • Arnold: Arnold is near Severna Park and is noted for many of the same great features. Good schools, upscale homes, a tight-knit community, and a focus on sports that keep kids healthy and active appeal to those with families or planning to start one someday.

    • Catonsville: Found just outside Baltimore on the west side, Catonsville is most noted as the home of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Proximity to Patasco State Park makes this area nice for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits, while its location close to the city means you’re never far from an urban lifestyle.

    • Towson: Towson is a college-centric area, with Towson University and Goucher College both located here. Although you will find homes and family residences, one of the appeals to life here is the younger demographic, which means affordable apartments, shops and restaurants you can access on foot, and local theaters.

    • Loch Raven: This neighborhood in the northeastern area of Baltimore is one of the best for enjoying city life and the great outdoors at the same time. The Loch Raven Reservoir provides a haven for local wildlife as well as a scenic setting for residents. Hiking trails around the reservoir provide a popular activity for area residents.

    Most of the neighborhoods and suburbs listed here are separate communities from Baltimore, offering detached homes that tend to be larger and more expensive than the city average. With hundreds of neighborhoods within the city proper, you’ll find countless opportunities to live closer to the city in everything from row houses and gated communities to downtown condos.

    It’s always a good idea to work with a Baltimore real estate agent or to visit the communities yourself before you make a home purchase. Because there is so much variability within this city, you can find entirely different ways of life separated by just a few blocks.            
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  • Moving Tip: Photograph your Electronics Setup

    by Patrick Redmond | Apr 22, 2014
    Moving Tips for Electronics Setup

    Not looking forward to re-setting up all those computers, televisions and other electronics after your move? Take photos of the current wiring and connections to help with setup in your new home.
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  • Annual Agent Sales Award Winners Announced

    by Patrick Redmond | Apr 18, 2014

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    Last month the North American Van Lines’ agents from across the country came together for the annual PRO (Professional Relocation Organization) Conference. As part of the event, our corporate offices give special recognition to different agents and employees who excelled in the past year. Below are some of the 2013 PRO Conference Winners.

    2013 Big Booker Award – Jason Vargas of Beltmann Group, Inc.

    Corporate Salesperson of the Year – Kim Meagher of Ward North American

    Corporate Rookie of the Year – Michael Shell of Lile northAmerican

    Consumer Rookie of the Year – Gordon Steward of Beltmann Group, Inc.

    Government Salesperson of the Year – David Delane of Ward North American

    Consumer Salesperson of the Year – Ian Robbins of Beltmann Group, Inc.

    International Consumer Salesperson of the Year – Heino Preissler of Air Van Lines, Inc.

    Individual Sales % Growth – Ryan Seabright of Beltmann Group, Inc.

    Most Express Shipments – Marc Peterson of Montana Transfer Company

    Top Valuation Salesperson – Carlton Hunley of Lambert Transfer & Storage, Inc.

    Top Affinity Salesperson – Tim Mento of Air Van Lines, Inc.

    Thank you and congratulations to all. We look forward to seeing all of you again next year!

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  • Moving to Baltimore: Online Resources

    by Patrick Redmond | Apr 17, 2014

    moving to BaltimoreMoving to Baltimore is a great way to start a new career and enjoy a diverse setting unlike any other city in the world. But before you hit the streets in search of a new favorite restaurant or start looking for that perfect shopping district near your home, it’s a good idea to get the scoop on what’s going on in Baltimore.

    This list should jumpstart your exploration of Baltimore—and allow you to do it without setting foot outside!

    • Baltimore Magazine: If you want an overarching view of the city’s culture, Baltimore Magazine is a good place to start. You’ll find articles on local events, cuisine, music, and more in one easy-to-access format online (there’s also a physical magazine if you’d rather subscribe that way).
    • The Baltimore Chop: For a more personalized overview of the city, the Baltimore Chop is a great “urban lifestyle” blog to check out. Covering mostly music and nightlife options, you’ll also find commentaries on life in the city as a whole.
    • Baltimore Fishbowl: On this comprehensive Baltimore website, you’ll find information on everything from real estate and health to local shopping and gardening. It’s great for those who want to get to know the whole city in one easy location.
    • Live Baltimore: If you’re moving to Baltimore and want to get to know the neighborhoods ahead of time, Live Baltimore should be at the top of your list. Offering pictures and information on almost every distinct community in the city, there’s no faster way to learn what’s hot in local real estate.
    • Adventures in Baltimore: Cuisine might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of this harbor town, but there’s actually a nice foodie atmosphere here waiting to be explored. With an emphasis on seafood as well as a mix of dining types and price ranges, Adventures in Baltimore can guide you as you eat your way through the city.
    • Baltimore Sports Report: Interested in local sports teams? Including coverage of upcoming games and ongoing sports commentary, Baltimore Sports Report keeps area residents apprised of everything from the Orioles and the Ravens to lesser-known teams.
    • Charmed and Dangerous: If you are young, single and moving to Baltimore this is a great site to visit for opportunities to connect with other young locals. This blog is all about dating in Baltimore and provides events, advice for new residents and neighborhood information.
    • Only in Baltimore: The Tumblr account for the Baltimore Sun newspaper provides “quirky and funny” highlights and current events of the city and all things Baltimore. A light-hearted site to get connected with Baltimore culture and current events.

    Of course, you could always skip the online adventure and set out on foot. Many locals suggest starting downtown or along the Inner Harbor and working your way out from there.


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  • Moving Tip: Moving Day Essentials

    by Patrick Redmond | Apr 15, 2014
    Moving day essentials

    As you pack up your house, or when you arrive at your new empty house, you may not be thinking about these every day essentials. Don't forget to have trash bags, paper towel, toilet paper and hand soap available for loading and unloading day.
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