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FALL 2010 EDITION 
 

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Howie B Properties
8316 Burning Wood Road
Baltimore, MD 21208-1709
C:        410.375.4200
H/O:     410.602.0809
F:       410.602.0746
 
 
 
 
Other Contacts:
 
Emergency................................911
 
 
 
 
City Services...........................311
        Non- Emergency 
 
 
 
General.................410.685.0123
Outages................877.778.2222
 
Wireless..............800.922.0204
FIOS....................888.881.8161
                  General..............800.VERIZON
 
 
General.........800.COMCAST
 
 
Wireless.........800.331.0500 
Local/L.D.......800.222.0300 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Congratulations to The Greene Turtle, celebrating its 24th year in Fells Point! 
Great for lunch!
Great for dinner!
Great for your next party!
  
722 South Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21231
410.342.4222

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Fall has come very quickly; it seems that the seasons do not roll in anymore - they just show up very strong.  So let's prepare ourselves for the upcoming holidays and winter season.
 
October is Fire Safety Month - As a reminder, change the batteries in your smoke and CO detectors.  Be sure to keep extra batteries on hand at all times. These detectors are designed to protect your family, your neighbors and everyone's property.  So NEVER remove a smoke or CO detector; also it is against all State and local Fire Regulations to remove these detectors and you are subject to a fine for doing so.
 
Let's talk about energy and energy costs.  We are doing many things on several fronts to reduce energy usage and costs.  We are replacing lighting in common areas with new fixtures and CFL (compact flouresent) bulbs, silver coating roofs to reduce heat absorption, replacing overhead bedroom and living room lighting lights with ceiling fans with CFL lighting, to date replaced 93% of our carpeted units with mostly hardwood floors, installing programable digital BGE Peak Rewards® thermostats and recycling some of our construction debris to name just a few.
 
For your everyday and holiday shopping, visit your walkable merchants and try the FREE Baltimore Circulator buses that travel various routes through downtown and connect many neighborhoods.  I am told that the new buses are clean, quiet and staffed by very polite personnel; they are scheduled to run approximately every 10 minutes at all stops. Save time, save gas and visit a new neighborhood, too.  Learn more by clicking here.
 
As a reminder, if an issue arises, please let me know immediately. It is best to address any issues early, before they become larger and more costly problems.  Early on many problems can be resolved via telephone or a quick same-day visit.  So contact me, preferably earlier in the day, so that the problem can be resolved.  That's why it's great to "Live with Howie B"!
 
Below are Howie B's top 10 things you can do to save money and live better. So read them, learn and save money!
  
Special Offers
* Through November 30, 2010 Howie B is DOUBLING all rental referral credits.  So what a great way to reduce your expenses and have your friends in the Howie B family. It’s like cash to you from Howie B! Tell your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church members -- TELL EVERYONE! See the  Referral Program box to the left. Call or have your friends call Howie B with any questions.
 
* We continue to offer one month free on most available units for new tenants.
  
Additional details at howiebproperties.com.
 

Ten Ideas to Get The Entire Family Engaged Around The House

1)    Change all of your old incandescent light bulbs to CFL bulbs.  They were about six dollars each just a few years ago and now they are readily available at Home Depot for about 45 cents.  I can verify that they do reduce your utility costs.

2)    Get everyone onto the recycle bandwagon.  With single stream recycling, nothing has to be sorted.  Place a cardboard box inside and after it is filled, tape it closed at put it at the curb on recycle day.  Nothing to retrieve and get rid of unneeded boxes and clutter.  Be sure to place an “X” on it to indicate recycling materials.

3)    Be sure yards and all outside areas are free of unwanted growth and debris.  Remove weeds and grass from sidewalks, remove growth from fences, trim low limbs and clear areas near downspouts.  This can be an assigned chore or a family contest.  This will also avoid the City Citations.

4)    Clean out closets and basements and donate items to charities.  Prior to the holidays is a much appreciated and needed time for these donations.  Make a list for a possible tax deduction.

5)    Clean your curb to the corner, you might meet a new neighbor and you will encourage the same from other neighbors. Maybe join or start a neighborhood clean up committee.

6)    Discuss and look for ways to save energy around the house.  For example, let everyone know, laundry after 7 PM or on weekends saves money, emptying the dryer lint after every load saves energy, shorter showers saves money and precious water, and the list goes on.  Have a family brainstorming dinner on the topic.

7)    Contact BGE Peak Rewards® at 888.309.7325 or click here to set your level of participation at 100% to get the maximum annual credits from BGE just for having the programmable digital thermostat that Howie B had installed.  With the credits, do a family dinner, a special activity, bowl, donate it or just save it!

8)    Review your family habits and adjust your programmable digital thermostats to reflect your schedules to maximize your comfort and reduce your energy needs.  Tell everyone, just one or two degrees is all that is needed to get the units to kick on or off.

9)    Use your ceiling fans at slow speeds all year around to reduce your needs for heat and a/c.  Remember to adjust the fan blade direction switch as needed.  This can significantly reduce with your energy usage.

10)  Think about who to refer to Howie B to earn rental credits.  You can hand pick your neighbors if we have a vacancy near you.  How fun!

 
Other Reminders
 1) Keep a few basic items in your home – a screwdriver with multiple heads, a toilet plunger, liquid drain cleaner, extra batteries for smoke and CO detectors (My wife and I have found that they usually chirp in the wee hours of the morning.)

2) Always look to notice slow drains or small water leaks in faucets and at other water sources like toilets and washing machines.  Notify Howie B if you see any, ASAP.

3) Call the City at 311 to report any problems in your neighborhood such as faded road signs, potholes, broken curbs, abandoned vehicles, unsightly neighboring yards with overgrowth or debris.  You can also go online at baltimorecity.gov.

Properties Available for Rent
 
FELLS POINT - 632 South Broadway - 2 B/R Apartments - $1,395/mo. Map it.
 *ONE MONTH FREE OFFER*ALL NEW UNIT - This was just renovated with all new hardwood floors, all new granite kitchen, all new ceramic bathroom with glass shower door, washer and dryer in closet, high ceilings with overhead lighting and ceiling fans throughout, great natural light from the over-sized windows with mini-blinds, central air, decorative wood ceiling and lots of other amenities. No sec. 8, available immediately. A similar two bedroom unit is available at $1295.

Click here for details or call Howie B @ 410.375.4200 or 410.602.0809

RESERVOIR HILL - 2445 Lakeview Avenue. 2 & 3 b/r apartments starting at $950/mo. Map it.
*ONE MONTH FREE OFFER* Be the first to live in these units! A just-completed magnificent Historic Reservoir Hill renovation, is now available for leasing.  Pictures and special leasing information is available on our website.  The building has two and three bedroom units with all new granite kitchens, ceramic bathrooms, hardwood floors, central air conditioning, a restored grand entry and hallway along with many energy efficient components.  Recessed lighting, ceiling fans in all bedrooms, tank-less hot water heaters, Energy-Star® appliances including a washer and dryer, microwave and window treatments are just some of these amenities in each unit.  Click here for details or call Howie B @ 410.375.4200 or 410.602.0809.  

NEW TO THE HOWIE B FAMILY OF PROPERTIES -  WAVERLY near CHARLES VILLAGE – 738 East 30th Street –  2 B/R home, updated kitchen and flooring, large rooms, washer and dryer, all new bathroom,  great private yard, unfinished basement, pet friendly, decorative wood ceilings, $950/mo.  Available immediately, pictures are available on our website. Call Howie B @ 410.375.4200 or 410.602.0809. 
  
HAMPDEN - 1529 Union Avenue – TWO UNITS AVAILABLE -  2 b/r 2 full bath unit @ $1150 or 1 b/r @ $950/mo. Map it.
*ONE MONTH FREE OFFER*
These one and two bedroom units are fully renovated with granite kitchens, new energy-star appliances including a built-it microwave, central air, washer and dryer, high ceilings, overhead lights and ceiling fans throughout, NO sec. 8, no pets, available immediately, near light rail, MICA, UB, JHH, Charles Village, public transportation, all major schools and highways. 
Click here for details  or call Howie B @ 410.375.4200 or 410.602.0809>
 
 
 
PENN-NORTH - 1730 West North Avenue. Large, 1 b/r apt- $650/mo. Map it.
*ONE MONTH FREE OFFER* Located on the west side of the City, this large 1-bedroom was renovated with all new gas Energy Star® appliances, new kitchen, fully tiled bathroom with glass shower door, all hard surface flooring (no carpet), walk-in storage closet, overhead lights and mini-blinds throughout the unit. Located on bus lines about 3 blocks to Metro/Subway.
 
Click here for details or call Howie B @ 410.375.4200 or 410.602.0809
 
 
 
 
HAMPDEN - COMMERCIAL SPACE – 3687 Ash Street @ Union Ave.  up to 3300 SF –  $1,600 p/mo (<$6 p/SF)   Map it. 
*ONE MONTH FREE OFFER*  This corner location has three garage doors for easy access and loading, great access to I83 and I95 and located 2 blocks from light rail, centrally located within the City.  Ideal for a contractor, a locally based small business or an existing business needing storage and space to grow.  Flexible lease terms. This property is available immediately.

Click here for details or call Howie B @ 410.375.4200 or 410.602.0809 


 
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HOWIE B Properties does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic testing or age (provided the applicant has capacity to enter into a binding contract). HOWIE B Properties is a registered trade name of HBM Corporation. HBM Corporation is a private Maryland Mortgage lender and solely owned by a Maryland Licensed Real Estate Agent. HOWIE B Properties/HBM Corporation is the exclusive leasing agent for JSP Partners, LLC; HBN Realty, LLC & HBK Realty,LLC, all of which are fully or majority owned by Maryland Licensed Real Estate Agents or a Broker. Information contained in this web site is deemed for basic information value only, not to be construed as legal advice, or any modification of any lease in force nor an authoritative voice for any governmental agency or other entity.

 

 
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HOWIE B Properties does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic testing or age (provided the applicant has capacity to enter into a binding contract).

HOWIE B Properties is a registered trade name of HBM Corporation. HBM Corporation is a Maryland private Mortgage lender and solely owned by a Maryland Licensed Real Estate Agent. HOWIE B Properties/HBM Corporation is the exclusive leasing agent for JSP Partners, LLC HBN Realty, LLC & HBK Realty,LLC, all of which are fully or majority owned by Maryland Licensed Real Estate Agents or a Broker. Information contained in this web site is deemed for basic information value only, not to be construed as legal advice, nor any modification of any lease in force nor an authoritative voice for any governmental agency or other entity.

 
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