Author Archives: Debbie Gerald

First Time Homebuyer’s Seminar – FREE!

Are you or someone you know thinking about buying a home for the first time? Want to learn more about the process, how to avoid pitfalls, and how to best prepare to buy in the DC Metro Area?

Debbie Gerald (Go Brent Team) and Ramez Fahmy (Branch Manager with Caliber Home Loans) are offering a Free First Time Homebuyer’s Seminar on Wednesday June 17 from 6:30-8:00pm at the Civic Center in downtown Silver Spring. Meet with both a respected local real estate agent and mortgage industry expert to discuss the home buying process so you can finally stop wishing for and purchase your first home.

This is a great opportunity to better understand the process of buying your first home and have your questions answered. Please reserve your seat at this FREE seminar.

Questions, please email Debbie Gerald of Keller Williams Capital Properties/Go Brent Team at

Go Brent Team: First Time Homebuyer’s Seminar (FREE!)

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Everyone homeowner was at one time a Newbie. Change your status from “I want to own a home, to I own a home.” You may have looked at properties online or visited open houses only to ask yourself, now what?

That’s where we come in! Talk with experts Debbie Gerald, Exclusive Buyer’s Agent with Go Brent Team, and Craig Strent, CEO of Apex Home Loans on Tuesday, October 14th in Downtown Silver Spring. Let us help prepare you to buy your dream home!

Get answers to all your questions:

  • Is now a good time to buy?
  • What should I do to prepare to buy my first home?
  • How much can I afford, what type of loan should I get, and how do I choose a lender?
  • What is a buyer’s agent and why do I need one; who pays the commission?
  • How do we write an offer on a home?
  • What are closing costs, mortgage insurance, home inspections and appraisal contingencies? What are escrow and settlement?
  • How much does this all cost?
  • How long will all of this take?

Join us for Go Brent Team and Apex Home Loan’s First Time Homebuyer’s Seminar on Tuesday, October 14th at 6:30pm – 8:00pm at the Silver Spring Civic Center at 1 Veteran’s Plaza, Colesville Room in Downtown Silver Spring. The event is free and there’s no obligation. Register here – see you then!

A Silver Spring Dog’s Life

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I recently heard that Montgomery County Parks and Planning will hold a hearing on April 24  for a proposed DOG PARK in an underutilized section of ELLSWORTH PARK in downtown Silver Spring. The park would be a great addition to the dog-loving Silver Spring community of which I now count Dave and myself to be proud members.

Dave and I had never had a dog during our 20 plus years together, working schedules did not allow it, and frankly, I didn’t really want a dog. My young nephew, Robert, once said “Aunt Debbie, at least you could get a goldfish!” I replied, “too much responsibility.” But when my working schedule changed about 2 years ago, I decided, why not get a dog, and we (meaning me) decided we (me) wanted a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. My thought was go to Craigslist and get a dog….Not So Fast! I quickly learned there are emails, conversations, waiting lists, forms, deposits and questionnaires to prove your worthiness to purchase a puppy. ARGH! We got through it, named our 9-week old puppy “Winston” after my sister’s first boyfriend. (Not really, we named him after Winston Churchill due to his English roots, but my sister’s first boyfriend was named Winston.)

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The Neighborhoods of Silver Spring, MD

Silver Spring has Sprung!  Silver Spring, MD is the perfect balance of urban and suburban lifestyles.  This suburb, considered to be the first of Washington, DC,  has undergone a significant renaissance adding new residential, retail, office, and entertainment venues.  Silver Spring provides an abundance of diverse restaurant choices, arts and cultural activities, Rock Creek and Sligo Creek parks as well as being home to major employers such as the FDA, Discovery Communications, and NOAA.  Downtown Silver Spring is also home to the Fillmore concert venue and the American Film Institute’s Silver Theater. Visit downtown Silver Spring to shop at the open air farmer’s market or practice your “triple toe loop” at the ice skating rink, or enjoy a free concert or attend the Silver Spring Jazz Festival in the summer.

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