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Apartment Living

 

 

ApartmentList.com
Free apartment search site. Enter community or zipcode for listings.

 

 

Low-Rent Apartment Finder - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Find subsidized or section 8 apartments in Baltimore County. Search by community

 

 

MyCheapApartments.com
Shopping online for cheap apartments just became easier. The site represents an aggregation of cheap apartment listings from leading providers like Rent, ForRent, Apartment Guide, Move, RentWiki, Apartment Finder, Apartment Search & Rent Bits. Next all the apartments are rated with Cheap Scale(R), indicating the affordability of each property relative to similar nearby properties. This calculation accounts for rental rates and unit sizes but not quality or location considerations.

 

 

MyApartmentMap plots all U.S. cities and neighborhoods on an interactive map. Renters can find grocery stores, eateries, public transportation and other amenities near their apartment location.

 

 

Rentometer
Compare rental rates with those in the surrounding area. Google Map shows locations of these rentals. 

 

        

 

Finding A Home

 

 

 

Area Newspaper Real Estate Information
Local classified housing ads. Features the ability to search by listing, map view, and a combination of the two. Open houses, new construction, builders are all accessible.

 

CraigsList Maryland 
A centralized network of online urban communities, featuring free classified advertisements for housing, including apartments and rentals.

 

Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors 
Serving County, City and surrounding counties of Maryland

    

MDHousingSearch.org -- Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
List and search for rental properties throughout the state. Free listings by property owners.

 

Buying a Home

 

Finding Financing / Rental Subsidies

 

 

Baltimore County Homeownership and Home Improvement Assistance [PDF]  Opens in new window
Information on programs such as the Settlement Expense Loan program (SELP), Rehabilitation Loans, and Emergency Repair Program.

 

Baltimore County Housing Opportunities Program 
Provides home ownership and home improvement aid for Baltimore County residents. In order to qualify, income requirements may have to be met and homes may have to be in designated areas.

 

HUD in Maryland
Localized information on HUD assistance

 

Local Mortgage Rates
These rates are updated daily by the Baltimore Sun. Average interest rates for the area are given.

 

Maryland Mortgage Program
How to obtain Community Development Administration (CDA) mortgage products; locate grant assistance for down payment and closing costs.

 

Rental Subsidies - Baltimore County Department of Social Services
Explanation of  the voucher program. Application forms available. Information for landlords. 

  

 

Foreclosure

 

 

Homelessness Prevention Program
The Maryland Department of Human Resources provides limited grants or loans to households with a pending eviction, and in some jurisdictions, support counselors who work with tenants and landlords to prevent evictions.

 

HOPE - Homeowners Preserving Equity
A Maryland initiative for preventing foreclosures due to subprime and "exotic" mortgage problems.  Site contains a downloadable consumer information kit which includes foreclosure prevention measures and steps to take before meeting with a housing advisor or lending officer.

 

Maryland State Bar Association-Foreclosure Proceedings 
A new foreclosure law went into effect in Maryland on April 4, 2008 and any foreclosure action filed after that date must comply with the new law.  The foreclosure process and your rights in that process under the new law are outlined on this site.

 

Mortgage Foreclosure Assistance
In April 2008 Maryland enacted emergency legislation in response to the current housing crisis. The Peoples Law Library has created a powerful portal of information to help those threatened with the loss of their homes.

 

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
This site contains a helpful checklist: “Tips For Avoiding Foreclosure” in both English and Spanish. A section on Maryland resources is included as well.

 

  

Housing For Seniors

 

Baltimore County-Senior Housing
A County government site providing information on assisted living, nursing homes and other housing options for seniors in the County.

 

Consumer Guide to Long Term Care
Extensive information about Maryland's nursing homes including facility characteristics such as bed size and services available, quality measures obtained from the federal CMS Nursing Home Compare (opens in new window), results of family satisfaction surveys, and results of on-site surveys performed by the State Office of Health Care Quality. 

 

 MySenior Care.com
Contains information, resources and access to providers of senior care by zipcode. Includes assisted living, home care and hospice care among other options. Message boards, user and expert authored blogs, and a question and answer section called 'Ask the Experts'. All home care, senior housing and hospice providers in your local area are pre-screened.

 

Nursing Home Compare (Opens in new window)
Contains quality of care information on every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country.

 

Gilbert Guide to Senior Housing

 

Other Resources

 

Baltimore County and Maryland Real Estate Taxes
Information on Property liens, Tax sales, Tax credits, Tax Rates.

 

Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT)
Look up the ownership and value information on any parcel of real estate in Maryland.

 

State Department of Assessments and Taxation: Homeowner’s Guide to Property Taxes and Assessments
Official guide for understanding the property tax and assessment process in Maryland. Includes an explanation of the assessment process, how to appeal an assessment, the Property Owner's Bill of Rights, and a useful glossary of terms.