The PCS Home Team is excited to welcome our newest team member Brittani Thomas.
Brittani prides herself in consistently providing the highest quality, most tech-savvy, innovative and exceptional real estate service available. Her clients' needs are her top priority and her goal is to exceed your expectations at every turn.
When working with buyer clients she goes above and beyond to find them their perfect home at the best deal! All her clients will benefit from her enthusiasm for providing client obsessed, full access services.
Her background and formal education is in communication and negotiation, which is key to making any real estate transaction stress free and a key feature of her success, that she would love to put to work for you!
Brittani, a lifelong Marylander, attended Washington College in Chestertown and then graduated from Salisbury University.
After a long career in government, Brittani started her real estate career as a full-time REALTOR with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in the Annapolis Church Circle, before joining the renowned PCS Home Team.
Brittani specializes in areas surrounding both sides of the Chesapeake Bay including the Broadneck Peninsula, Edgewater, and the Eastern Shore. Her hobbies include reading, watching her kids sports games, and is an avid Baltimore Orioles and Ravens fan!
“What to do if you are in the path of a Hurricane”
It is always a good idea to plan ahead for any type of weather emergency. Whether it be a hurricane, tornado, or earthquake being prepared is always necessary.
As Hurricane Florence aims herself at the East Coast, it is not too late to prepare yourself and your family in case of emergency.
A hurricane watch means hurricane conditions are possible in the watch area and is issued 48 hours before the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.
WHAT TO DO FIRST
-- #1 Listen to your state and local officials. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
- Download an application to your smartphone that can notify people where you are, and if you need help or are safe. The Red Cross has a Hurricane App available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store as well as a shelter finder app. A first aid app is also available.
-- Use hurricane shutters or board up windows and doors with 5/8-inch plywood.
-- Bring outside items in if they could be picked up by the wind.
-- Clear gutters of debris.
-- Reinforce the garage door.
-- Turn the refrigerator to its coldest setting in case power goes off. Use a cooler to keep from opening the doors on the freezer or refrigerator.
-- Fill a bathtub with water.
-- Get a full tank of gas in one car.
-- Go over the evacuation plan with the family, and learn alternate routes to safety.
-- Learn the location of the nearest shelter or nearest pet-friendly shelter.
-- Put an ax in your attic in case of severe flooding.
-- Evacuate if ordered and stick to marked evacuation routes if possible.
-- Store important documents -- passports, Social Security cards, birth certificates, deeds -- in a watertight container.
-- Have a current inventory of household property.
-- Leave a note to say where you are going.
-- Unplug small appliances and electronics before you leave.
-- If possible, turn off the electricity, gas, and water for the residence.
-- If you have outer door animals, for example, horses, provide them with some type of identification. For example, braid a tag into the horse's mane.
LIST OF SUPPLIES
-- A three-day supply of water, one gallon per person per day, one gallon per pet.
-- Three days of food, with suggested items including: canned meats, canned or dried fruits, canned vegetables, canned juice, peanut butter, jelly, salt-free crackers, energy/protein bars, trail mix/nuts, dry cereal, cookies or other comfort food.
-- A can opener.
-- A battery-powered radio, preferably a weather radio.
-- Extra batteries.
-- A first aid kit, including latex gloves; sterile dressings; soap/cleaning agent; antibiotic ointment; burn ointment; adhesive bandages in small, medium and large sizes; eye wash; a thermometer; aspirin/pain reliever; anti-diarrhea tablets; antacids; laxatives; small scissors; tweezers; petroleum jelly.
-- A small fire extinguisher.
-- Whistles for each person.
-- A seven-day supply of medications.
-- A multipurpose tool, with pliers and a screwdriver.
-- Cell phones and chargers.
-- Contact information for the family.
-- A sleeping bag for each person.
-- Extra cash.
-- A silver foil emergency blanket.
-- A map of the area.
-- Baby supplies.
-- Pet supplies.
-- Wet wipes.
-- A camera (to document storm damage).
-- Insect repellent.
-- Rain gear.
-- Tools and supplies for securing your home.
-- Plastic Sheeting.
-- Duct tape.
-- Dust masks.
-- An extra set of house keys.
-- An extra set of car keys.
-- An emergency ladder to evacuate the second floor.
-- Household bleach.
-- Paper cups, plates, and paper towels.
-- Activities for children.
-- Charcoal and matches, if you have a portable grill. But only use it outside.
WHAT TO DO AFTER THE STORM HITS
-- Continue listening to an NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates.
-- Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
-- Use the Facebook Safety Check to let family and friends know you're safe.
-- If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
-- Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
-- Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
-- Stay out of any building that has water around it.
-- Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of the damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes.
-- Use flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles.
-- Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it's not contaminated.
-- Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out.
-- Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.
-- Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control.
-- Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
Sources: American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Hurricane Center
Did you know the MD Smartbuy program when applied to first-time buyers will pay off up to $30,000 of student loans? YES, it is true!
The Smartbuy 2.0 program offers up to two subordinate liens. The first is up to $30,000 (or 15% of the purchase price) to be used to pay off student loans at closing and is forgiven after five years. The other is the standard DSELP $5,000 that is not forgiven. The MMP site says that it can go up to 120% CLTV.
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