Recent Blog Posts

The amazing members of ActiveRain produce hundreds of blog posts every single day of the year.  There is a wonderful mix of all things real estate and beyond for your reading pleasure.

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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas in Prospect CTAs I was driving home from an appointment earlier today, I passed a couple of streets where residents were decorating the street sign posts. Last year, the town had a challenge to residents to see which street came up with the best decorated signpost.It's still a little early and some of the work done last year will be hard to surpass but at least one street did themselves proud.It will be interesting to see, over the next week how many their streets work up for the Challenge this year.It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas in Prospect CT
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By Paul F. Stillwaggon Warren NJ, NJ Estates Real Estate Group, Weichert Realtors
(Weichert Realtors)
NJ Estates Real Estate Group of Weichert Realtors, a group of realtors specifically chosen based on their expertise in a variety of areas to accommodate any client's needs. Call Paul F Stillwaggon 908-310-1358 or Jane Nicastro-Disch 908-313-7180 or Bill Gazi 908-507-1954 For Complete Residential & Commercial Information.Interiors on Pinterest.Com Attic Designs. Basement Designs. Bathroom Designs. Bedroom Designs. Ceiling Designs. Closet Designs. Dining Room Designs  http://pinterest....
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Free Online Workshops for Job Seekers  Montgomery County Public Libraries is offering online workshops and one-on-one sessions geared toward assisting job seekers and entrepreneurs throughout December. All workshops are free and offered virtually.An internet connection and a device (such as a smartphone, tablet or computer) are required for participation.The schedule of opportunities includes: Throughout December – Every Monday 9:30-11:30 a.m. H.I.R.E. (Helping Individuals Reach Employment) Sessions. Sign up to meet virtually/confidentially one-on-one with a career counselor for advice and assistance with your job search. Register for sessions at: Monday, Dec. 6: Monday, Dec. 13: Monday, Dec. 20: https://mcpl....
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By Andrea Bedard, Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS
(Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860)
Hills conquered. Finish line crossed. Another challenge completed. Yesterday my friend and partner-in-Real-Estate Cherie and I ran the Big Foot Endurance 5 & 10 Mile Trail Race at Rockburn Branch Park in Elkridge, MD to support Parkinson's Research and to honor our parents. We are both daughters of Parkinson's patients and #realtorswhocare. We are grateful to RipIt Events and Big Foot Endurance for organizing such events, for raising awareness and funds to support Parkinson's Research and to find a cure someday (soon). This was the first-of-its-kind event for us, but it won't be the last. We are so glad to have found you Big Foot Endurance and will gladly join you in running #milesfordad and #milesformom, "wearing Big Foot Endurance apparel, raising money for Parkinson's research and ce...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
What’s the Value of My Carlsbad Home? Carlsbad Market Report for November 2021 The Carlsbad real estate market continues to shift, with some changes from last month and 1 year ago. These data do not include private sales, mobile homes or multi-family housing (the numbers are derived from the MLS and are believed to be accurate at the time they are reported but are not guaranteed). Media reports typically speak in general terms, and therefore do not reflect the local Carlsbad housing market conditions. Current data, and analysis, about the local market conditions benefit you so you can make well-informed purchase and/or sale decisions about Carlsbad homes for sale. READ MORE ABOUT CARLSBADCarlsbad Village by the Sea 132 homes sold in Carlsbad in November (92008, 92009, 92010 and 92011), ...
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Kitchen remodeling can be overwhelming. Without a plan, you will be thrown off balance and you might end up with an unwanted look in your kitchen. When remodeling, the primary target is always the cabinetry. Installing modern kitchen cabinets is a good way to enhance the look of your kitchen.7 things to get you started the right wayHere are seven important things that you need to do to ensure you have a successful kitchen remodeling project.Create a planPlanning ahead is a crucial element to the success of your remodeling project. A well-detailed plan will always yield great results. Think about finding the right contractors, the best designs, and materials for your project.Identify what needs an update Not everything in your kitchen needs an update. You should focus on the areas that y...
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Kitchen renovation is a project that you need to handle with utmost care to get the best out of it. Kitchen remolding can be as simple as adding new off-white kitchen cabinets or creating a new kitchen. Defining the scope of your renovation is the first thing that you need to do. It will help a lot in reducing budgetary surprises during the actual renovation.Tips on how to plan for a kitchen remodelingHere is a range of things that you need to consider when planning for your next kitchen remodeling.Set a list of prioritiesYou need to define your priorities and expectations early before you start the project. What is the big picture behind the renovation quest? Are you intending to create more space, new design, add appliances, or just change the color? You should be able to know the big...
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
Makes 9 muffins1 cup cornmeal1 cup all-purpose flour1 tablespoon sugar1 teaspoon salt3 teaspoons baking powder1 cup milk1/4 cup oil1 egg, beaten1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs (I used parsley, thyme, and rosemary)Directions Preheat the oven to 400° F. In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Add the milk, oil, and beaten egg and stir to combine. Don't overmix! Let the batter rest for about 5 minutes. This will help the muffins dome better. Add the cheese and herbs and stir lightly to combine. Pour the batter into a greased muffin tin (or a tin lined with papers). Fill each one about halfway. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until lightly golden brown on the tops. Let cool for a few minutes in the pan, then transfer to a wi...
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By Carla Freund, Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489
(Keller Williams Preferred Realty)
As you look at your finances, you may find you need to make additional charitable donations for tax purposes. There are so many charities we all know and love and it is honestly easier to write one big check and get it over with. But, have you considered giving to your local charities? There are many local groups where your hard earned money will go into making a huge difference in the lives of others right there in your own community.Here are some local (Metro Raleigh area) and National places to consider.Food BanksThere is always a need for food at the food banks. There is usually a shortage around the holidays. You can usually donate money or food. Some make it so easy. You can even order online and have food shipped to them.Some of my favorite ones to donate to locally are:Wake Coun...
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
This is the recipe for the Oyster Pies that my mom made at the church for the oyster supper before she past away.  The last supper was 400 pies she made and they sold out.  The only problem I have now is finding Oyster crackers, they are big and round the size of a quarter.18  oysters20 oyster crackers4 hard boil eggs2 tbsp buttersat and pepper to taste1 cup milk.Line 9 inch baking dish with pie dough.  Put layer crushed crackers in bottom.  Add a layer of oysters. then a layer of hard boil sliced eggs Repeat until dish is filled.  Add butter, salt and pepper.  Add milk until mixture is about 3/4 covered.  Cover with pastry top and bake until brown at 375 degree.  Serve with hot milk.This is Pennsylvania Dutch recipe that goes way back to the 1950's 
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By Raymond Henson, eXp Realty, Realtor
(eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277))
"Work Hard at your job, and you can make a living.  Work hard on yourself, and you can make a fortune."  Jim Rhone About ten years ago, I was at a note investing seminar in Seattle.  I was fortunate to meet my good friend, Chris Odegard.  I felt like we were close friends ten minutes after I met Chris.  He is that kind of guy.  I did not know it at the time, but he was going through a difficult time in his investment life.  We were both intrigued by the note investing space and we both purchased some notes.  Over the next few years, we would call each other and discuss our challenges, successes and offer each other advice.  Yes, I was mostly on the receiving side of the advice.  Our regular calls morphed into discussion about all kinds of investments.  Chris is creative, smart and willi...
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By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Do you ever find yourself avoiding tasks? Whether it is fear, anxiety, and/or dread keeping us from getting the job done, we are all guilty of procrastination. I learned a long time ago that ACTION is far more beneficial and rewarding than AVOIDANCE.My first ActiveRain post was on this subject. Michael Jacobs recently commented on that post and brought it to my attention when he commented on it. Thank you, Michael for that!I think it is worth sharing again... January 6, 2008Is Anxiety Stealing Your Valuable Time?This is my first attempt at blogging.  I have no background in writing and the process is very intimidating to me.   I have been procrastinating at getting started. As a professional stager and lifelong "do it when it needs to get done" person, it is unlike me to put off complet...
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By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
When I bought my previous home, it was a basic home throughout, nothing was upgraded.   So, I remodeled all three bathrooms with the flooring, countertops, lighting, and faucets, and the master bathroom I added heated floors and new cabinetry.     The kitchen was remodeled completely as well. This newer home had granite in the master bathroom, but the color/design would not have been my choice and knew when I bought it, I could change it out eventually.   The home was built in 2006, so the sinks were starting to show scratches, and it was time. I ordered some beautiful quartz, under-mount sinks, new faucets, and they were installed a couple of weeks ago.    I had a drywaller come in and remove the full mirror that the builders put in, and bought some custom ones.    I also ordered a new...
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By Linda Blumenthal, NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR
(Hampton Crossing - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - 631-466-4087)
December 5th - National Sacher Torte Day: I have created a new word search puzzle for you to enjoy. Directions:  Click on the link below.  Your puzzle will open in a new window. To locate a word, please hold down the left side of your mouse while dragging your cursor over the letters of that word.  Release your hold when all of the letters of the word have been selected.  If your response is correct, the word will change color on the word list. Please check back for future daily puzzles.Enjoy and have a great day!Click Here To PlayIf you are looking to purchase a property or home on Long Island, New York, I hope you think of me, Linda Blumenthal. 
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By Ann Nguyen, Lake Tahoe Truckee Homes For Sale
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
As the most hospitable time of the year approaches, having the essentials on hand for small gatherings and larger soirees will help your holiday entertaining flow seamlessly. Don’t be the stressed, frazzled host who is frantically trying to set out the food and drinks as your guests arrive. Instead, follow these tips to throw a flawless holiday celebration, no matter the size. Find the FocusWhether you’re hosting a casual get-together with close friends, or a larger-scale soiree, the most essential aspect of being a gracious host is to help your guests feel welcome. Forget about impressing your guests, and shift your focus to ensuring your guests are comfortable, can relax, and enjoy good company, food, and drinks. Create a TimelineTo avoid last-minute rushing, create a timeline of how ...
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By Kelly Green-Krist, CPA
(Green Krist CPA PLLC)
The clock continues to tick. Your retirement is one year closer.You have time before December 31 to take steps that will help you fund the retirement you desire. Here are four things to consider. Establish Your 2021 Retirement PlanFirst, a question: As you read this, do you have your (or your corporation’s) retirement plan in place?  If not, and if you have some cash you can put into a retirement plan, get busy and put that retirement plan in place so you can obtain a tax deduction for 2021.For most defined contribution plans, such as 401(k) plans, you (the owner-employee) are both an employee and the employer, whether you operate as a corporation or as a proprietorship. And that’s good because you can make both the employer and the employee contributions, allowing you to put a good chu...
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By Barbara Michaluk, Leisure World Specialist / Full Service REALTOR
(Weichert Realtors | Silver Spring, MD Phone Direct 240-506-2434)
Leisure World home Contract Pending3612 Edelmar Ter., Silver Spring, MD 209062 Bedrooms / 1 Bathroom / Semi-Detached Homein 55+ Leisure World CommunityBright and sunny 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom rambler style, semi-detached patio home with 850 sf in 55+ Leisure World of Maryland. Includes 2-car attached garage. Spacious living room with fireplace and cathedral ceiling. Slider to enclosed patio with garden area. Primary bedroom with large closet. Updated bathroom with step-in shower. Full size washer and dryer. Enjoy all the 55+ Leisure World community amenities including 2 Clubhouses, restaurants, 18-hole golf course, theater, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, post office, medical center, walking paths, 24-hour security and much more!Click here for More Info and Homes For Sale in Lei...
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(South Carolina Homes Inc.)
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By Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold!
(RE/MAX Realty Center 262-567-2455)
Waukesha County Home Sales Market Report November 2021Waukesha County Homes For Sale, Waukesha County Real Estate, Kristin Johnston,RE/MAX Real Estate Market Report for Waukesha County, WI for November 2021.  Waukesha County Real Estate, Waukesha County Homes For Sale My name is Kristin Johnston with RE/MAX Realty Center.  My market report gives you the real estate activity for Waukesha County, WI for the last 30 days. Are you looking to buy a house in Waukesha County?  Wondering what your Waukesha County Home is worth? Call/text me at 414 254 6647 or email me at I specialize in Waukesha County Real Estate, and have a lot of experience with Waukesha Real Estate and Pewaukee Real Estate.  In fact, I have lived in Waukesha, WI since 1997. Review my many happy client t...
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By Kokou Michael Logossou
(Tax Resolution Society LLC)
The IRS had issued IRS Notice 2014-21, as guidance for individuals and businesses on the tax treatment of transactions using virtual currencies. According to the notice, the following transactions like the sale or other exchange of virtual currencies, or the use of virtual currencies to pay for goods or services, or holding virtual currencies as an investment, generally has tax consequences that could result in tax liability.Indeed, some virtual currency owners who did not file their virtual currency transactions, might receive IRS educational letters 6173, 6174, or 6174-A advising them to amend their tax returns. So how to file each of the virtual currency transactions?     When you sell virtual currency, you must recognize any capital gain or loss on the sale, subject to any limitatio...
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