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 REAL ESTATE & RELOCATION
      Fast Fact
In 2016, Money magazine named Columbia the best place to live in America, citing its diversity and economic opportunity.
Housing
The Chamber of Commerce will help you identify local realtors who can find you existing properties or guide you to new homebuilders.
The median purchase price of a home in Anne Arundel County in May 2018 was $342,250, according to Long & Foster’s Market Minute. Homes for sale are on the market an average of 39 days, down considerably from 50 days in 2017.
In Howard County, homes sell within 28 days, on average, according to the Market Minute. In May 2018, the median sale price in Howard was $425,000. In Prince George’s County, the median price was $289,900, with the average time on the market 32 days.
Inventories throughout the area are smaller than the year before, down by as much as 19 percent in Howard County.
Several new town centers are being developed around the area.
The first phase of the long-awaited Merriweather District in downtown Columbia is due to be completed in late 2019. More than 2,000 residences will be included in this mixed-use development that aims to attract people who want to live, work and play in the same neighborhood, reducing commutes and traffic.
The same concept is the attraction at Arundel Preserve, at I-295 and Arundel Mills Boulevard in Hanover, where new homes and apartments are near the town center with its restaurants, hotels and more.
In northern Prince George’s County, Konterra Town Center East, which straddles I-95, between Route 198 and the Intercounty Connector, will have 4,500 housing units — apartments and condominiums.
Housing in the Laurel area, less expensive than in other parts of the area, is robust.
RENTALS
Realtors have complete listings of
rental properties, including single- family homes, condominiums and townhomes in every price range. Apartments can be found through major online sites such as apartments.com, zillow.com or trulia.com.
TEMPORARY LODGING, SHORT OR LONG TERM
For those planning an extended stay, the Hotels section of the Chamber Business Directory offers some options.
MOVING AND STORAGE
If you’re ready to move and need a place to store your personal possessions, be sure to check out the Moving & Storage and Storage Facilities’ section of the Chamber Business Directory.
Utilities
GAS AND ELECTRIC
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. (BGE), Maryland’s largest gas and electric utility, is the primary supplier of energy for Anne Arundel County, Howard County and northern Prince George’s County. For service, call 800-685-0123. You do, however, have the opportunity to explore competitive rates with other energy suppliers, including green energy options and renewable energy
sources. BGE, as the local utility, will continue to provide your service. Call BGE’s toll-free number 877-746-6243, or contact the Maryland Public Service Commission online at psc.state.md.us/ electricity or at 800-800-4491.
Some areas of Prince George’s County are served by Pepco. To request service, call 202-833-7500.
The Central Maryland Chamber of Commerce offers a residential energy- savings program to Chamber members through its energy-management consulting partner, CQI Associates. Additional information can be found at cqiassociates.com.
WATER AND SEWER
While many areas offer public water and sewer systems, some places in Central Maryland are still served by septic systems and wells. It is crucial to know which system you have before you buy a home, as strict regulations govern well and septic systems in this watershed region.
For public water and sewer service, contact Anne Arundel County’s Department of Public Works online at aacounty.org/departments/public-works or at 410-222-1144. Contact Howard County’s Department of Public Works
at howardcountymd.gov/departments/ public-works or 410-313-3440. Prince George’s County’s Department of Public Works & Transportation can be reached at princegeorgescountymd.gov/1002/ public-works-transportation or 301-883-5642.
TRASH SERVICE/RECYCLING
All three counties offer weekly trash and recyclables pickup.
◆ Anne Arundel: To find out what day trash is collected, call 410-222-6100 or find the information on the county’s website, aacounty.org/departments/ public-works/waste-management.
The county requests that you help the environment by recycling all the paper, plastic, metal and glass that comes into your home.
         Central Maryland housing market offers a variety of communities and housing types.
The Village at Odenton Station, top left, features new apartments near the MARC commuter train, local shops and restaurants. The waterfront Tanyard Cove community of townhouses and single-family homes in Glen Burnie offers other options.
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