Maryland Blogger: Take a walk before your home purchase

Take a walk before your home purchase

Take a walk before your home purchase


We like to advise home buyer clients to take walks through the neighborhoods they are considering for their home purchase.  It is a good way to see what is offered in the area. We live in an ideal community in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC.  Gaithersburg is an unusual city in that it is in sound financial condition and the city provides high quality services to the residents.

Our Kentlands neighborhood has a neo-traditional design that is ideal for walking.  Lighted sidewalks line both sides of the streets and the homes and gardens are lovely.  Shopping and great restaurants are within easy walking distances.  You can understand why I enjoy walks through Kentlands and the adjacent community of Lakelands. 

Always have your camera in hand to capture the special moments that you will wish to share. Enjoy the holiday season!



Holiday Wreath in Kentlands IMG_2815


Autumn Colors in Kentlands IMG_2813


Holiday Wreath in Kentlands IMG_2805


Autumn Colors in Kentlands IMG_2811


Kentlands Mansion Holiday Wreaths IMG_2800


Autumn Colors in Kentlands IMG_2787


Holiday Wreath in Kentlands IMG_2783


Holiday Decorations in Kentlands IMG_2763


Santa Claus Decoration in Kentlands IMG_2764


Holiday Wreath in Kentlands IMG_2766


Kentlands Home IMG_2762


Holiday Wreath in Kentlands IMG_2758

Canon PowerShot G11 Camera

Photographs by Roy Kelley

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Roy Kelley and Associates


Roy Kelley, Associate Broker

Realty Group Referrals (Retired from RE/MAX Realty Group)

6 Montgomery Village Ave., Suite 200

Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Main Office:  301-258-7757 (You will not reach me at this number)

Send an email message if you need my phone numbers. I will be happy to recommend a real estate professional if you are moving to the area.

Comment balloon 19 commentsRoy Kelley • December 13 2018 05:58PM


Good morning, Roy Kelley you certainly selected a beautiful community to call home.... and I love # 2766...beautiful....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 5 months ago

Those are beautiful photos!

And yes, homebuyers should walk/visit neighborhoods before they buy. Good suggestion!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, 5 months ago

Loved all the pictures you posted of wreaths, Roy. I love wreaths and change them seasonally on my own door. And no doubt, Kentlands is a lovely community... one I'd look at very closely if I were to live in the area.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 5 months ago

That's what I always advise the buyers to do every home they bring to my attention to make sure they are sold on the neighborhood

Posted by Sham Reddy, CRS (H E R Realty, Dayton, OH) 5 months ago

By the look of those wreaths, I would say that it is likely a very nice neighborhood to live within.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 5 months ago

Good morning Roy. Can't immagine the Kentlands without you and Delores! You are the unofficial community ambassador! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 5 months ago

Roy, your neighborhood IS beautiful, and I did walk my neighborhood prior to writing on it.  It is a good idea to get a better feel for the area.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 5 months ago

This is excellent advice, Roy.  Something I always tell my clients who are not familiar with the area.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 5 months ago

You are offering such good advice. You really can get a good feel for a neighborhood with a walk.  Love the photos - you sure live in a festive neighborhood..what fun. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 5 months ago


This is wonderful advice, and we have always done that.  In our case we had a home in the county of Napa, (no sidewalks), so we took a drive.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 5 months ago

Taking a walk is excellent advice, Roy!  When I grew up, I was in a neighborhood, that had a small thriving business district with cafes, stores, a library, banks, and my school, all within a two block radius of home.  I'd love to live that way once again.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 5 months ago

CONGRATULATIONS Roy, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 5 months ago

Myrl Jeffcoat 

Thank you very much for the feature recognition. It is very much appreciated.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 5 months ago


Great suggestion to take a walk through the neighborhood you are considering. You walk produced some gorgeous photos. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 5 months ago

We always tell our Buyers to both walk and drive...the route to work, to school...get to know the long it takes to get from here to there...

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 5 months ago

Roy Kelley - I wasn't on AR for the holiday but wanted to wish you and Dolores the everlasting spirit of Christmas with good health, peace, happiness, and prosperity. 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 5 months ago

Great advice at any time of year.   Week-ends and late afternoons are good times as you will likely find neighbors to chat up.

Posted by Linda Metallo DiBenardo (RE/MAX Impact, Lockport, Illinois) 4 months ago

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 4 months ago

Make it a habit to post a reblog every day. It is an easy way to pay it forward.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 3 months ago