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Refresh, Renovate or Relocate?

Do you love your home and neighborhood but feel like you’ve run out of space? Do you renovate and build an addition, or move to a home that “has it all”?  Many times homeowners aren’t sure what options are realistic. Then comes the nitty gritty, how do you best finance your dream home or renovation?

Join Go Brent Team’s Cari Jordan for a Home Expo on Tuesday, March 3 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Pinecrest Community Center.

Cari lives in Silver Spring’s Woodmoor neighborhood and undertook a home renovation and addition about five years ago. As a local Realtor, she also regularly counsels homeowners in area neighborhoods (think Woodmoor, Highland View, Indian Spring, and Four Corners) who are considering major renovation projects. Cari has gathered several experts who will be on hand to answer your specific questions and help you weigh your options:

  • Paul Dickie, Owner – Winfield Builders
  • Amy Stacy, Architect/Owner – Stacy Studio
  • Chad Loube, SVP/Regional Manager – Talmer Bank & Trust (NMLS #675038)

It’s an open house format so drop by anytime.

Questions? Contact Cari@GoBrentTeam.com

A Slice of Life with Cari Jordan

I love to read the interview questions at the back of Vanity Fair magazine and watch Inside the Actor’s Studio, listening to James Lipton ask his series of, predictable, questions to the actor being interviewed. Though I really wanted to learn her favorite curse word, I am convinced my first interviewee does not have one.

While you all were scrambling to gather your tax documents and get to the post office, I sat in a tiny chair across a tiny table from my friend and co-owner of The Little Gym of Silver Spring (TLGSS), Jasmine Kuzner. Jasmine was in a little chair, too (if you visit TLGSS, you will see that much of the furniture is kid-sized to accommodate their clientele). With a gaggle of kids bouncing, flipping, and having a fantastic time in the glass-enclosed room behind us, (and Katy Perry’s “Roar” on the sound system) I took my first crack at: “Slice of Life – Top 10 Interview Questions.”

#1 – How did you land in this area?

“My sister lived here, in Silver Spring, with her husband. We were tired of driving (commuting). We knew we did not know, exactly, what we wanted in our first home but we knew we didn’t want to be in our cars all the time.”

#2 – What inspires you, locally?

“I hate to give a predictable answer to this one, but I am inspired by the diversity of Silver Spring. I love how we can have a neighborhood BBQ and there are all different kinds of people who come. “

#3 – What is the restaurant that makes you feel most “at home”?

“It’s a tie. The Parkway Deli is a favorite because it has a great pickle bar and eggplant fries. It has great people watching and the consistency of the food and staff is great. We have, also, been hanging out at Pacci’s a lot lately. Great food.”

#4 – What are you listening to “these days”?

Jasmine Selfie

“At home, we are listening to a lot of the “Frozen” soundtrack. If I can turn off “Frozen” at home, I am a pop music fan. Much to my husband’s dismay.“

 #5 – What is your favorite type/genre of book to read?

“It’s a boring answer. I will read everything and anything but my favorite is literary fiction. It is what I went to school to study. There are a lot of great writers around here.”

#6 – Aside from food, water, and shelter, what is the one thing you would not be able to live without?

“I’ve got three things I can’t live without- my husband and kids.”

#7 – What is your secret to having a successful business?

“It’s really is the staff. We (my sisters and co-owners, Amanda Abeya & Lani Abeya-Barnabas) have hand picked every member of the staff at TLGSS. We take our time interviewing because we are going to trust these staff members with our TLGSS families.”

#8 – What is the best-kept local area secret that you want people to know about?

“The little places you can go and get great dishes. One example is Santucci’s Deli in the Woodmoor Shopping Center. They have amazing frozen pastas and, of course, a fantastic Italian sub. The Woodmoor bakery has great pastries. Tropical Ice Cream on Georgia Ave has Guinness Ice Cream that is to die for. To work out, I’ve found some awesome local trainers: Lenore Baker, Amy Langevin and Shannon Stoughton.”

 #9 – Situation, it’s a gorgeous day and you have the day off. Tell me about the ideal schedule for the day.

“I would go get my nails done. I like Kebana. Then I would work in my yard for a bit. To end my day, I would take a bike ride in Sligo Park along the path.”

#10 – What’s your favorite type of pie?

“Key Lime!”

Jasmine Kuzner, co-owner of The Little Gym of Silver Spring (TLGSS); co-owners with Amanda Abeya and Lani Abeya-Barnabas
Date of Interview: 4/15/2014
Location of Interview: TLGSS

Protecting Your Basement

It’s a special time of year! Azaleas are out, the heat and A/C are off, and windows are open. That’s means…It’s dehumidifier time!

Yes, we need to talk dehumidifiers people. Not as exciting as the azaleas in bloom or the savings in your utility bills, but a very important topic nonetheless. We’ve had a lot of rain, and even if you’ve been lucky and haven’t had any water seepage, you can bet you’ve got a higher level of moisture in the lower level than most times of year. Unless you’ve got a basement that is mostly above ground and there is no moisture intrusion at all (meaning you keep your gutters clean, the downspouts are extended and there is good positive grade around the foundation), you’ve got a breeding ground for moisture and mold. Some dehumidifiers fill up every day until the air dries out some.

So first step – get a dehumidifier! Next step, address any moisture concerns. Need help or advice?  Contact us: info@GoBrentTeam.com or 301.565.2523.

Calling Silver Spring’s Incoming Kindergarteners!

So right now at this very minute, it’s snowing. And the last thing you’re likely thinking about is your incoming Kindergartener starting school next fall. Really, we are all just desperately trying to hold it together until Spring Break. Our thoughts are drifting to the end of this school year, summer camps, the pool, the beach. But wait! Montgomery County Public Schools have Kindergarten Orientation Programs scheduled for this April and May (and yes despite the snowy day, April is just a week away).

Children who will turn 5 years old on or before September 1, 2014 are eligible for Kindergarten during the 2014-2015 school year. Don’t miss your chance to attend orientation with your kindergartner; the orientation program is designed to help parents enroll children and assist students in becoming acquainted with future friends and the school environment. You can call your home school to make an appointment for orientation. You can also obtain more information by visiting Montgomery County Public Schools website.

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