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How can I sell My House Fast in Hagerstown MD ?

Gray’s Home Solutions has been serving homeowners in Washington County for many years.  When you are ready to sell my house fast Hagerstown MD  You can reach us @  240.347.3141  or simply  Get My Offer Now

Did you know that Gray’s Home Solutions is the only home buyer in the area that has licensed real estate agents working in the office full time ?    We have so many more options for sellers and that is why we are so successful in getting fast results.  The company is headed by founders Darren Gray and son Jerred Gray.   They were really tired of seeing so many friends and family members lose their homes to foreclosure that it became their goal to develop solutions to stop that process.  Sell My House Fast Hagerstown MD is more than just a catch phrase.   you can visit our website and see and listen to the hundreds of families we have helped over the years.

How can you help me ?

The process begins with a phone call   240.347.3141 and a FREE CONSULTATION   We will gather some information regarding your home and schedule a time that is good for you to meet at the property.  There is never one simple solutions for all so that is why we have so many options for sellers.  We will cater a deal that will work best for you !

ad take 100How long does this take ?

Gray’s Home Solutions gets fast results.   Many of our homes have sold within a week or two.    No one is this area has that sort of track record.   We are proven real estate professionals that has seen and dealt with just about every type of issue.   We are no cookie cutter company and we realize what works for one sellers may not work for the next.  Sell my house fast Hagerstown MD   Call 240.347.3141 today !














Sell My Home Fast Maryland

Sell my home fast Maryland | 240-347-3141      


Selling a home can be time consuming and stressful.  Selling under additional stress (repairs, settling an estate, needing cash for life’s unexpected turns etc.) can therefore be downright overwhelming.  Gray’s Home Solutions removes the intimidation and out-of-pocket costs from the equation resulting in an easier experience for the seller.  In addition, we sell your home fast!

Why Gray’s Home Solutions?

You have probably seen our signs and commercials.  We are reaching out to those who don’t know their options therefore ultimately feel frustrated. Traditionally, you would have to list your home with an agent or call an auction company unless you wanted the daunting challenge of selling privately. As a result, sellers often felt trapped since those options were not always best for them.  Admittedly, there are times when a listing agent is a great asset.  We have one on staff for when a traditional listing is the appropriate option for a seller.

Most importantly, as experienced home buyers, we recognize the many unique real estate needs of our sellers. As a result, over the past seven years, we have developed options and solutions for those people.  We pride ourselves in being the area’s leading company for assisting sellers with navigating the challenges they face.

There are never any fees or obligations when we review your situation.  Consequently, the seller has no added stress when contacting us to run numbers.  Especially important is the support and peace of mind we offer by helping sellers see what  decision can best benefit them.  for a no obligation analysis of your property

Gray’s Responds to sellers

We have asked people who faced foreclosure or left their house on the market for a year or more; “Why didn’t you call Gray’s Home Solutions?” Here are the most common answers we receive followed by our responses:

  • “Due to the fact I owed more than my home was worth, I assumed no one could help”
  • “My home was in terrible shape and I knew I didn’t have the means to fix it”
  • “I had no idea that there were options beyond my agent or selling privately”
    • The truth is; even agents don’t always know there are other options. They are offering their service in a professional, traditional manner but unfortunately not always yielding results. 


We really do understand the issues faced by sellers. That is exactly why we (Darren & Jerred Gray) formed Gray’s Home Solutions.    Gray’s has changed the way real estate is done.  In conclusion, we accept there will always be competitors offering real estate services. Therefore, we encourage you to compare their experience and services to ours.   We stand by our reputation and proudly boast an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

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-IF you would like more information on Sell my home fast Maryland, just give Gray’s Home Solutions a call at 240.347.3141 or visit the website and Listen to what others are saying

Gray’s Home Solutions Providing Answers For Washington County Homeowners

Local Real Estate Experts Create Amazing System To Help Homeowners Sell Quickly,

 Regardless of Situation.

Today’s real estate market can be stressful and unpredictable. Traditional advice says fix up the house, hire a realtor, pay for advertising, schedule open houses, wait for an offer, negotiate the offer, have a home inspection, repair those items, give concessions at closing, pay the realtor’s commission…

Anyone who is trying to sell a house knows what a slow, expensive process it can be.

“Around 2008, we were seeing lots of people devastated by the housing market crash, upside down on equity and facing foreclosure,” says Darren Gray, co-founder of Gray’s Home Solutions. “And the traditional methods of selling a home weren’t working anymore.”

In addition to market changes, homeowner finances can be strained by any number of events, including divorce, a change of jobs, relocation demands or medical bills. Even an inherited home can be a burden if the new owner doesn’t decide to live in it. Insurance, upkeep and property taxes still need to be made while the house sits on the market.

“I got tired of seeing good people get stuck in bad situations, with no one helping them out.”

That’s why Darren and his son, Jerred, started the company in 2009.


By embracing new, innovative and proven methods, these real estate experts are able to help homeowners sell quickly and fairly.

Area residents are probably familiar with the friendly, smiling house seen on Gray’s Home Solutions signs. The Middletown, MD based company offers various options, since no one approach is right for everyone. This multi-solution approach is what makes the company so unique, and so successful.

“I can’t tell you how many homeowners we’ve helped that others said were doomed. We’ve helped folks avoid credit killers like foreclosure and sell houses in so-called bad neighborhoods. We’ve even helped fatigued landlords get out of their rental properties,” says Jerred.

“In many cases, we are able to help these sellers in under a month. One of our colleagues says we’re like real estate pros on steroids,” Darren jokes.

The process starts with a phone call and a free consultation. Call 240-347-3141 or visit for more information.

Grays Home Solutions Recognized for Helping Local Homeowners

This father and son team means business

Grays Home Solutions helps with problem properties

Father and son Darren and Jerred Gray have launched Grays Home Solutions LLC to help in the sale of problem properties.* What led you to launch this business?

Seeing so many foreclosures in the newspaper and having had friends and family members lose their homes due to uncontrolled circumstances.

* What is unique about it?

It is free and it offers solutions to problems that others have failed to help with.

* What do you do that nobody else does?

(1) We offer a free service.

(2) We purchase homes in as little as seven days.

(3) We have options for sellers that others do not.

* Why do you believe you’ll be successful?

(1) There will always be a demand for our service.

(2) It serves the community well.

(3) It serves the well-being of ones in an unfortunate situation.

* Tell us something specific about your business field, who your customers are or how you see a new business doing in a challenging economy.

We are a local company based in Middletown and have developed a unique system to purchase “problem property” in the area — a home that is an eyesore to others and in need of repairs or the home is in a negative equity situation. Either of which the sellers want to move on with life and are having difficulty finding a buyer for the home. We offer quick and free options and can in most cases purchase these homes in seven days or less.

The challenging economy is exactly why we have developed this system where conventional thinking has failed.


More and More People Getting Into The Flipping Industry

Flipping Industry Heating Up

It looks so easy on TV. Buy a bargain-basement house, pull up some nasty carpet, re-tile the bathroom, paint away the wall stains and sell it for a hefty profit.

It’s not, however, all those popular shows that are driving the flipping market today. It’s pure and simple prices — and profit. There is a severe lack of good quality, turn-key homes for sale, and that has created a seller’s market across the nation, even for those reselling homes.

After cooling off in 2014, home flipping is on the rise again — its share of all home sales is up 20 percent in the first three months of this year from the previous quarter and up 3 percent from the same period a year ago, according to a new report from RealtyTrac, which defines a flip as a property bought and resold within a 12-month period.

While flipping today is nothing like it was during the housing boom a decade ago, when investors used risky mortgages, it is reaching new peaks in 7 percent of the nation’s metro markets, including Baltimore, Buffalo, New Orleans, San Diego and even pricey Seattle.

Dana Rice, real estate agent and home flipper, at her latest project in Bethesda, Maryland, a very small colonial, within walking distance to shops and Metro.

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Dana Rice, real estate agent and home flipper, at her latest project in Bethesda, Maryland, a very small colonial, within walking distance to shops and Metro.

“While responsible home flipping is helpful for a housing market, excessive and irresponsible flipping activity can contribute to a home price pressure cooker that overheats a housing market, and we are starting to see evidence of that pressure cooker environment in a handful of markets,” said Daren Blomquist, senior vice president at RealtyTrac.

That’s because flippers today largely use cash — 71 percent did in the first quarter of this year. Compare that to just 27 percent who used cash at the height of the housing boom. That helps keep most flippers conservative, but it also exacerbates the problems for entry-level homebuyers, who are facing one of the tightest housing markets in history. They simply can’t compete against all-cash buyers.

Usually flippers look for distressed properties either in the foreclosure process or already bank-owned. These are not always listed on public sale sites. There are fewer of those today, so flippers are moving to the mainstream market, creating that new pressure.

“A telltale sign is when flippers are acquiring properties at or close to full market value. Those markets are so competitive that even the off-market properties flippers are looking to buy are not selling at much of a discount — and there may be very few distressed properties available,” said Blomquist.

Examples of these markets include San Antonio, where Blomquist says flippers are actually purchasing at a 7.8 percent premium above estimated full market value, as well as Austin, Texas; Salt Lake City; Naples, Florida; Dallas and San Jose, California.

Despite the premium to buy, flippers are still seeing growing gains in profit. Home flippers realized an average gross profit of more than $58,000 in the first quarter of this year, the highest since the third quarter of 2005, according to RealtyTrac.

Real estate agent Dana Rice and her husband flip houses in the tony D.C. suburb of Bethesda, Maryland. Prices there are well above the national median, and there are few distressed properties. Instead, they target old, small fixer-uppers. Even those command a hefty purchase price up front, but they can also offer big rewards.

“I didn’t want a teardown. There is so much character in this part of Bethesda,” said Rice. “I don’t think that everybody wants a brand new build. There is a hole in the market because not everyone wants to do a renovation. If you put a little bit of effort in, these numbers can be huge.”

Rice purchased her latest project, a very small colonial, within walking distance to shops and Metro, for $680,000. She expects to put half a million dollars into the renovation, adding both square footage and high-end finishings; she is confident that in this competitive market she will see an 18-25 percent return on investment.

“It’s like birthing a baby. … If you’re overpriced, you’re dead in the water.”-Dana Rice, real estate agent and home flipper

“It’s like birthing a baby,” she said, noting that she will wait to list it until she feels the market is just right. “If you’re overpriced, you’re dead in the water.”

The lack of inventory is certainly a double-edged sword for flippers. Their initial investment price can be high, and flippers are often competing against local builders, who may want to tear the house down and put something up that is twice the size. On the other hand, not everyone wants or can afford a huge, new, expensive home, and that gives flippers the edge.

“The key here is that there is particularly a dearth of listed inventory in good condition,” said Blomquist. “That is the inventory flippers are competing against when they sell.”

Having Difficulty Choosing Paint Colors ?

How Do I Choose a Wall Color?


Making design decisions for your home doesn’t have to be a hand-wringing experience. But there’s something about choosing paint colors for your walls that can seem impossible. With so many options out there, it can make you want to turn to someone else to make the final choice. Today’s Frequently Asked Home question: Which color should I paint my walls?

Consider neutrals: One easy way to go with is a with a neutral color like white, beige or gray to give your room a clean canvas.

If you want color, narrow to cool or warm colors; you’ll cut your color choices in half. If you’re going to go with a bold color, I suggest going all the way. (In other words, if you want bold, go for that bold shade that’s dark and dramatic; don’t wimp out and pick a paint chip a few shades lighter.)

Remember that the sheen of a wall can have a huge effect on how a color is perceived in a room, so know the finishes available and how they might transform your room.

Finally, don’t paint an entire room before stepping back to see if you like a color: Use paint swatches to test small areas of the color in all different types of light. And be sure to seek out color suggestions by finding out the colors used in your favorite house tours.

Some great paint color choices to start with:

Location Is Key


Close More Deals – Qualify homebuyer leads fast and free

A few years back, “the Starbucks effect” became a legitimate term to explain the higher real estate values associated with living close to the coffee house. But being within easy striking distance of a Grande Skinny Vanilla Latte isn’t the only thing that can help boost your home value. Then again, not every location can help build equity. Chose wrong, and you could see your value drop – even if the house is great.

1. Being close to schools

The good:


Families seek out neighborhoods with good schools for obvious reasons. Living close to a quality elementary school is especially desirable for parents who envision walking with their young children in the morning.

From a value standpoint, a location close to well-performing schools can be a smart decision for buyers regardless of their family status. “Living near a high-scoring school can increase your home’s value by over $200,000, according to the Brookings Institution,” said AOL.

The Columbia County News-Times
The not so good:

But, being too close to a school – no matter how good it might be – may be a deterrent for some buyers, which could end up hurting your bottom line. If you’re in the path of the school pickup and drop-off, which creates considerable traffic, or directly across the street from a playground, which means there is noise throughout the day, you could have trouble when it comes time to sell. A location that is close enough to be easily accessible but out of range of the daily inconveniences is often the best option.

2. Being close to area conveniences

The good:

“The Starbucks effect” is tangible: Data has shown that, “Between 1997 and 2013, homes closer to the coffee shop increased in value by 96%, compared to 65% for all U.S. homes,” said CNN Money.

Now Starbucks has company, with a new report that shows that proximity to a high-end grocery store – namely Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods – can also raise home values considerably.

“Between 1997 and 2014, homes near the two grocery chains were consistently worth more than the median U.S. home,” said Business Insider. “By the end of 2014, homes within a mile of either store were worth more than twice as much as the median home in the rest of the country. The analysis found that 2 years after a new Trader Joe’s opened, home values within one mile went up by 10 percentage points more than homes in the rest of the city.

The not so good:

But, that doesn’t mean all area amenities boost home value. Adult entertainment spots, industrial businesses, a nearby airport that puts the home in the path of flights, and small businesses like tattoo parlors, check cashing, cash advance, or pawn shops that can be indicators of a lower-income or high-crime area can drive people away.

3. Being convenient to freeways

The good:

A location close to major thoroughfares can be a selling point since it helps homeowners cut down on the dreaded daily commute. Many suburbs require an additional 10 to 20 minutes in the car after exiting the highway. Promoting the convenience of a home closer in can help it stand apart.

The not so good:

Having a car fly off the freeway onto your roof is not ideal. Neither is having to endure the daily noise, congestion, and pollution of living right next to the freeway. If it bothers you, it’s going to bother buyers when you sell. Being close – but not TOO close – is key.

4. Quiet location

The good:

A home that’s in a peaceful area surrounded by nature may be a benefit to buyers seeking a serene setting. A house that backs up to nature or is close to hiking trails can sell for more than a house in the same neighborhood that’s only surrounded by other houses.

Design rulz
The not so good

There is such a thing as too quiet…

Here’s some great ways to create some space

Make It Work: Ideas for Squeezing a Little Extra Storage Out of Your Entryway

Your entryway is a tiny room (or maybe not even a room, maybe just a little spot next to the door) that does a lot of work. And now that it’s wintertime your entryway may be feeling the strain — all those coats and hats and gloves and bags and clunky winter boots and nowhere to put them. Here are a few storage ideas that will help you fit it all in — and make your entryway a little more welcoming and a little less chaotic.

Above: As this picture from Bolig proves, it’s possible to stash stuff even in a very narrow hallway. These folks used IKEA Trones shoe storage boxes, which are only seven inches deep, with oversized coat hooks above.

This hallway/entryway also makes use of wall mounted shoe storage boxes, but with a shelf mounted above to add even more storage. (The top shelf can be a little deeper because it’s above head height.) From IKEA via It’s a House.

Here’s an idea from the New York home of Ashlina Kaposta of The Decorista — mount a shelf above your doorway for extra storage.

A shelf mounted just above the floor means plenty of extra space for bags and shoes (and for a coat rack or oversized mirror above, too). Image from Char and the City.

If your home has a convenient nook like this one close to the door, you can turn it into an impromptu closet with a hanging rod. Decouvrir L’endroit du Decor

Place a second set of hooks a little lower on the wall for things belonging to the smaller members of the household, as seen on A Cup of Jo.

If your entryway is small and there isn’t a good spot for a coat rack, a freestanding hall tree could be a good solution. Image from Marie Claire Maison.

In a pinch, you can always hang a coat rack on the back of the door, as seen onFrench by Design.

Here’s a great example of using every inch of your entryway – a tiny space with a tall shelf with hooks for hanging, and a bench with even more storage underneath. From Kjerstis Lykke via Adventurous Design Quest.

No room to park your bike? Why not hang it on the wall? We’ve got a couple of roundups of wall mounted bike storage here and here. (It looks like these folks have also created an innovative system for keeping shoes off the floor, using what looks like bungee cords. Image from My Scandinavian Home.

No room for furniture in your entryway? Try a wall-mounted table like this one from Design Sponge.

This entryway from Julie Ansiau packs maximum storage with a shelf for shoes and not one but two coat racks.


Recent Sales

Pending Home Sales Much Lower Than Expected

How much home can you afford?

And we have a trifecta!  All three of the home sales indicators for December have now come in positive, although the latest, pending sales, did so leaving claw marks on the scales. The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) said its Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) eked out a 0.1 percent advance over November.  The median forecast called for a 0.8 percent increase.  Existing home sales and new home sales, both reported within the last week, had month-over-month increases in the double digits.

The PHSI, a forward looking indicator based on contract signings, registered 06.8 for the month, 4.2 percent higher than a year ago.  The index has increased year-over-year for 16 straight months.  At the same time, NAR revised its original index for November down from 106.9 to 106.7.

The December gain, tiny as it was, was only possible because the Northeast region experienced a bit of a contract signing boomlet, increasing 6.1 percent to 97.8.  The index for the region is now 15.3 percent higher than the previous December.  The region’s gain offset losses in the other three regions.

The Midwest saw a decline of 1.1 percent to 103.6, remaining up 3.6 percent year over year. Pending home sales in the South declined 0.5 percent to an index of 119.3 but are 1.0 percent higher than in December 2014. The index in the West decreased 2.1 percent in December to 97.5, maintaining a 3.4 percent annual edge.

Laurence Yun, NAR chief economist, says contract activity closed out the year on stable footing but lost some momentum, except for in the Northeast. “Warmer than average weather and more favorable inventory conditions compared to other parts of the country encouraged more households in the Northeast to make the decision to buy last month,” he said. “Overall, while sustained job creation is spurring more activity compared to a year ago, the ability to find available homes in affordable price ranges is difficult for buyers in many job creating areas. With homebuilding still grossly inadequate, steady price appreciation and tight supply conditions aren’t going away any time soon.”

According to Yun, although healthy labor market conditions will persuade more households to buy, other factors could serve to curtain overall demand in the next few months.  He cited the large post-New Year losses in the stock market and the slowing of manufacturing activity in some local areas, especially those reliant on energy production.  These could create enough economic uncertainty or even a financial inability for some to buy a home.

“The silver lining from the market turmoil in recent weeks is the fact that mortgage rates have slightly declined,” says Yun. “Buyers looking to close on a home before the spring buying season begins may be rewarded with a mortgage rate at or below 4 percent.”

NAR forecasts that existing-homes sales this year will be around 5.34 million, an increase of 1.5 percent from 2015. The national median existing-home price for all of this year is expected to increase between 4 and 5 percent. In 2015, existing-home sales increased 6.5 percent and prices rose 6.8 percent.

Rents – which have far outpaced wages in recent years – are expected to slightly slow to 3.3 percent growth in 2016 from 3.6 percent a year ago. Multifamily housing starts are expected to reach 420,000 units this year, the highest level since 1987.

Home Buying Tips: How to Price Your Offer

So you’ve reached the stage in the home buying process when it’s time to decide what price you’re going to offer. This is an important step because it sets the stage for the upcoming negotiations. It’s very rare that you’ll actually pay the amount of your initial offer; negotiations and other factors such as the market will dictate where the final price is agreed on. Still, it’s important to know how to arrive at your initial offer. Keep on reading to learn more about how this works.


How should you price your offer on a new home?

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