Recent Blog Posts

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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
If you don't make mistakes you're not working on hard enough problems.  And that's a big mistake. - Frank WilczekIf you have not felt the joy of doing a kind act, you have neglected much, and most of all yourself. - A. NeilenI encourage you to reject rejection.  If someone says NO, just say NEXT! - Jack CanfieldThe secret of staying young  is to live honestly, eat slowly , and lie about your age. - Lucille BallEveryday we all must work on what are goals are and how we are going to meet them. - Will Hamm 
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By Laura Sellers,
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.;
Avoid these 3 Big Mistakes During The New Home BoomNew construction homes are in high demand, but for those looking to snap up a pristine property, there are 3 major mistakes you should be aware of before making any decisions. ⚠Discover what these mistakes are in the latest #GTK post.As housing affordability improves and the shortage in existing homes continues, homebuyers are turning to new construction. As a homebuyer, you may be tempted to jump on the first available new home that suits your family, but before you do, there are three major mistakes you should be aware of.Don’t visit builders alone. If you visit builders on your own, they have no obligation to deal with your real estate agent, and you will have lost the opportunity to have an advocate. Make sure you sign the builder’s...
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By Elaine VonCannon
(Coldwell Banker Traditions)
The Almanac You May Not Know!  Part TwoDog Days of Summer: The “Dog Days” of summer are from July 3 to August 11 each year. They’re usually the hottest and most unbearable days of the season. We often hear about the “Dog Days” of summer, but few know where the expression originated. Some think it’s a reference to the hot, sultry days that are “not fit for a dog.” Others suggest it’s the time of year when the extreme heat drives dogs mad. But where does the term come from? And what does it have to do with dogs? You may be surprised to see is has to do with the stars! Read on.The phrase is a reference to Sirius, the Dog Star. During the “Dog Days” period, the Sun occupies the same region of the sky as Sirius, the brightest star visible from any part of Earth. Sirius is a part of the const...
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By Abby Stiller, SW Florida (239) 284-8637
Welcome to beautiful Naples Florida and start living the dream! This condo is the stuff dreams are made of. No expense was spared in this completely remodeled 2nd floor unit with an Elevator.Listing price: $430,000As you walk in you'll notice the gorgeous kitchen with quartz countertops, custom cabinets, high end stainless steel appliances and elegant golden light fixtures. The condo has luxury vinyl flooring throughout with a huge living room overlooking a serene pond. The master ensuite has exquisite tile, fixtures and a quartz vanity with a spacious walk in shower. The guest bathroom is equally impressive with a side entry into the guest bedroom and main living area. Not only is this condo gorgeous, you can't beat the location. Within minutes you're at fine dining restaurants, superm...
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By Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer
(Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing)
When you realize your current home is no longer meeting your needs, your wide array of choices basically boils down to two routes you can take: remodel or move. If you are currently weighing the pros and cons of the two options, this article is for you. You may be surprised at all the reasons it may be a better fit for you to move to an entirely new home than renovate your current home to become what you are looking for.Keep reading for 5 reasons that moving may be better than remodeling.1. Changing Needs and LifestyleOver time, your needs and lifestyle can evolve. A growing family, an empty nest, or changing work arrangements may prompt a shift in your living requirements. Moving allows you to find a home that better suits your current lifestyle and future aspirations, ensuring that yo...
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By Ron Cedillo, Helping People and Enjoying Life
(Home Buyers Realty)
If your listing expired and your house didn’t sell, you’re likely feeling a little frustrated. Not to mention, you're also probably wondering what went wrong. Here are three questions to think about as you figure out what to do next.Did You Limit Access to Your House?One of the biggest mistakes you can make when selling your house is restricting the days and times when potential buyers can tour it. Being flexible with your schedule is important when you're selling your house, even though it might feel a bit stressful to drop everything and leave when buyers want to see it. After all, minimal access means minimal exposure to buyers. ShowingTime advises:“. . . do your best to be as flexible as possible when granting access to your house for showings.”Sometimes, the most determined buyers ...
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By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes
(Waves Realty)
I get asked this question quite often. I always have the same depends.It seems like a straight forward idea. Have an inspector come out, have the home inspected, and use this inspection as a punch list to take care of repairs before the home even goes on the market. Here is the issue: You will be required (in most states) to disclose everything on the report. This includes those things you repaired, as well as those you did not repair. Maybe the report said the A/C unit is 10 years old and working well, but nearing the end of its useful life. This type of language is often used as a CYA phrase by the inspector in case a repair is needed shortly after the report. That A/C unit might have 3-5 more years of life, but the potential buyer could see it as a potential problem that ...
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Sherman Oaks Weekly Market Update September 17th - 23rd, 2023 Kester Villas RECENTLY SOLD Kester Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 0 baths | 1164 sq. ft. | $599,000 Oak Pointe BACK ON THE MARKET Magnolia Boulevard | 3 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1674 sq. ft. | $799,000 RECENTLY SOLD Magnolia Boulevard | 3 bedrooms | 3 baths | 1562 sq. ft. | $799,000 Riverside Arms RECENTLY SOLD Riverside Drive | 3 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1520 sq. ft. | $599,900
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By Jackye Mumphrey, The Real Estate Maven® Atlanta Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty Cityside)
#Number1Realtor#TopRealtor #TopBlackAgents#AtlantaTopAgents#MabletonGeorgiaRealEstate#CobbCountyRealEstate#JackyeMumphrey#TheRealEstateMaven
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
Know a Quiet Quitter? Quiet quitting is defined as the act of putting in the minimum amount of effort to get a job done but declining to go the extra mile for a client in a business transaction or any sort of work environment. This typically means:- showing up unprepared to work- forgoing giving any helpful advice - refusing to work beyond a set of hours Due to a lack of motivation, low productivity results on the part of the quiet quitter. Quite often, they are more focused about getting a check in-hand, less concerned about nurturing people relationships. I can't relate to lazy people. We don't speak the same language. - John Spencer Ellis Most likely, parents enabled their every move so they lack emotional maturity or any form of internal drive. Going above and beyond is wasted think...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
As the leaves start to turn and the air becomes crisp, it's apple-picking season in the DC Metro area! If you're looking for a fun and family-friendly fall activity, apple picking is a fantastic choice. Whether you're in search of the perfect apple for pie-making or simply want to enjoy the beauty of an orchard, you're in luck. We've compiled a list of the top 5 apple-picking destinations around the DC Metro area that promise an unforgettable experience. 1. Baugher’s Orchard Location: 1015 Baugher Rd, Westminster, MD 21158 Hours: 9 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and Sunday in September, 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and Sunday in October Baugher’s Orchard is a family-owned gem located just a short drive from DC. With a wide variety of apple varieties, including classics like Gala and Granny Smith, ...
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By Walter DiLoreto, Real Estate Short Sale Specialist
(PHP Houses)
If your listing expired and your house didn’t sell, you’re likely feeling a little frustrated. Not to mention, you're also probably wondering what went wrong. Here are three questions to think about as you figure out what to do next. Did You Limit Access to Your House? One of the biggest mistakes you can make when selling your house is restricting the days and times when potential buyers can tour it. Being flexible with your schedule is important when you're selling your house, even though it might feel a bit stressful to drop everything and leave when buyers want to see it. After all, minimal access means minimal exposure to buyers. ShowingTime advises: “. . . do your best to be as flexible as possible when granting access to your house for showings.” Sometimes, the most determined bu...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
In many residences, the kitchen is the heart of the home. This is the space where we prepare the meals that sustain and nurture us. It is often the place where we gather. It should be comfortable, harmonious, and clean. Many upscale homes have elegant kitchens that are also highly functional. Let’s explore some of the aspects of a luxury kitchen that you can incorporate into your design.Customized DesignIt is important that your kitchen reflects your personal style while also being an efficient space to prepare meals in. The best luxury kitchens showcase the highest quality of design. By hiring a kitchen designer, you can work as a team to customize the space through a functional layout and individually sourced materials, such as countertops and statement lighting, that speak to your le...
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By Nicholas Crane, Managing & Appraising Forest Land
(Woodland Companies)
The Wisconsin Woodland Report Sept 2023 Florence County Land; Hunting, Timber, Investments!  Market Snapshot for 20+ Acre Properties         Available Properties Report Price Total Acres $/Acre Original MLS # Status Municipality County $255,900 60.85 $4,205 50278965 Active Aurora Florence $599,900 160 $3,749 1836312 Active Florence Florence      $    3,977 Median Price / Acre   $855,800            221  $    3,875 Average Price / Acre    For more information on any of these properties call us, or send an email with the mls number and your contact info to or   🌲🌲🌳🌳🌲🌲🌲🌳🌳🌲🌲🦌🌲🌳🌳🌲🌲🌲🌳🌳🌲🌲 Current Listings for Florence County 🌲🌲🌳🌳🌲🌲🌲🌳🌳🌲🌲🦌🌲🌳🌳🌲🌲🌲🌳🌳🌲🌲     Florence County Wisconsin, Wildlife Wilderness & Timber  Florence County is a sometimes forgotten...
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By Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold!
(RE/MAX Platinum)
Genesee WI Homes for Sale | Market Report for August 2023 Live in the peaceful town of Genesee WI!Genesee is a historic town in Waukesha County. It is located near the center of Waukesha County and in the beautiful Kettle Moraine area of southeast Wisconsin.According to the United States Bureau, it has an area of 32.0 square miles, of which, 31.9 square miles is land and 0.1 square mile is water.The community was founded by German, Welsh, Irish, and English immigrants in the early 1840’s. On March 21, 1843, the Wisconsin State Legislature approved the present town boundaries of Genesee. The entire area was formed 10,000 years ago by the glaciers. At present, it has a hilly terrain, shallow soil landscape, and beds of gravel and limestone underlie the land surface.Genesee is unique becau...
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By Bob Elliot, 20+ Yrs Industry Experience
(eXp Realty)
Buying a home is one of the largest investments you will make in your life, and that's why so many people have longer mortgage amortization periods to pay down the principal. While it may seem appealing to have a longer amortization period, here's why an extended loan term can end up costing you more and may be less financially beneficial when it comes right down to it.About Mortgage AmortizationGenerally speaking, a 25-year mortgage amortization period can be typical, but there are many loan periods that a homebuyer can choose for amortization. While a longer-loan period may seem enticing because it will mean a smaller monthly payment, a shorter amortization will enable you to own your investment sooner, which can be a great boon for many people. It's worth being aware of what works be...
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By Delynda Middleton
Is your garage overrun with clutter, leaving no room for your car or making it difficult to find what you need? This step-by-step guide will help you reclaim your garage. You can read my detailed post on How to Clear Out Your Garage in 7 Easy Steps here. Set Clear Goals: Define your objectives for the cleanout, such as creating an organized workspace or decluttering. Gather Your Supplies: Assemble essential items like bins, trash bags, cleaning supplies, labels, and safety gear. Sort and Categorize: Remove everything from the garage and categorize items into groups: keep, donate, sell, dispose, and recycle. Clean and Repair: Give your garage a thorough cleaning and address any needed repairs. Organize and Store: Invest in storage solutions like shelves and bins to keep your items organi...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
The North Dakota State Fairgrounds is being overrun with Norwegians, Swedes, Danes, Finlanders, & Icelanders. Once again it is North Americas LARGEST Scandinavian festival, the Norsk Hostfest.It's a four day party of ethnic food, entertainment, and shopping. The food is fantastic with top Chefs from Scandinavia and other worldwide locations. Entertainment also includes international artists on multiple stages through out the party grounds every day of the festival. There is more then an acre of shopping featuring mostly hand made items.There is so much to see at the Hostfest you must visit at least two days and of course if you want to see the main entertainment attractions you need to be their all four days.If you can't make it this year I hope to see you next year for the 48th annual ...
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By Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives
It was a hot 98 degrees when the sun set as I left the Robson Ranch Clubhouse in Denton last night. Beyond the field with the setting sun were roadways before getting on I-35W that were lined with sunflowers. As a student at Olli University of North Texas, I attended "Witnesses to History: A Panel" discussion. The planned event was scheduled to feature three individuals who experienced JFK's assassination and its aftermath, firsthand. As it turned out, only one showed up; the other two were sick and very old. I was able to listen to Norman Grant, Jr., MD, who was a senior medical student at Methodist Hospital in Dallas at the time of the assassination. He participated in the retrieval of a bullet from the body of Officer J.D. Tippit while other doctors he knew treated both President Ken...
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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)
Left Albufiera this morning, and drove through several small towns, and then through Faro.    Still very difficult to find parking in these cities, so just drove through.    Went to Tavira, and THOUGHT my hotel was near the water, but NOPE.   Not sure what I was doing, but this one is clear up in the hills in rural Portugal!  In the far distance you can see the ocean.The Quinta Do Marco is located at 18 acres, where they have fruit and olive trees and gardens to grow some of the food they cook.   They have a pool, baby pool and hot tub along with the pool bar.   There is a small spa (with sauna and Turkish bath).    You can make an appointment for a massage also.     They also have some farm animals (donkeys, sheep, chickens, geese, peacocks) for the kids to get a kick out of.   I found...
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