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Get a jump on the spring selling season

This couple did last year and are living large at Riderwood

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January 29th, 2015
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February and March can often feel very much like the dead of winter. But those two months are actually the start of the spring real estate selling season and, according to Riderwood Personal Moving Consultant Diane Thometz, they are prime time for successfully selling your house.

“Many young buyers like to purchase a home in early spring so they can move their families over the summer months when the kids are out of school,” Thometz says. “By selling your house in February and March, you’ll be able to get ahead of the inventory that’s coming in April and May, which means there’s less competition for your home on the market.”

Prime time

As a personal moving consultant, Thometz works with many area retirees who have decided to sell their houses and enjoy maintenance-free living at

“Spring and summer are great months to move to Riderwood since you don’t have the lawn maintenance to deal with,” Thometz says. “Riderwood has beautiful walking paths, bocce courts, a putting green, tennis courts, a dog park, and other outside amenities for residents to enjoy during the mild months of the year.”

While February and March have always been prime months to put a house on the market, Thometz says this year should be a particularly good time for selling properties in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., area.

“Today’s real estate market shows incredibly low interest rates, and it’s predicted that they’ll stay low this spring,” Thometz says. “The buyer likes to wait until the spring market since they know that is when most sellers put their homes on the market.”

Carl and Sara Bostrom worked with Thometz last year when they decided to sell their Silver Spring house and move to Riderwood. The Bostroms moved to Riderwood at the beginning of last February and then brought in people to their old house to refinish the floors and paint for a few weeks before they listed the house for sale.

“Near the end of February, we put the house on the market, and it sold in six days,” Carl says.

‘We see our house…and all I see is work’

Sara and Carl had lived in their house for almost 50 years. They built it in 1964 and raised their three children there. Carl says the house was in great shape, but caring for it was becoming a burden.

“Living on half an acre of woods, it got to the point where things we used to do ourselves, we couldn’t do anymore,” Carl says. “Plus, we had a much bigger house than the two of us needed.”

At Riderwood, the Bostroms selected a Lancaster-style apartment home. Their spacious two-bedroom, two-bath corner unit features a bright sunroom. Their home is the right amount of space for this stage in their lives. 

Carl says the best part is that their Riderwood home doesn’t come with any maintenance. Tasks like lawn mowing, snow removal, electrical and plumbing repairs, and even routine maintenance like changing lightbulbs are all handled by Riderwood’s professional staff. 

“We go back to our old neighborhood almost every week, so we see our house. Every time I look at it, all I see is work,” Carl says.

Now that they live at Riderwood, Carl and Sara can enjoy their free time instead of spending it maintaining a large house. One of the things they particularly enjoy are opportunities to explore Washington, D.C., with their new friends and neighbors. 

“We like to go on the trips to Washington and go to the museums because we’d never go down there if we had to drive,” Carl says. “When you take the bus from Riderwood, it picks you up at the door and drops you at the door.”