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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Trader Joe's Chicken Burrito Bowl Chef Dolores picked up Trader Joe's Chicken Burrito Bowls for our lunch at home and we enjoyed them. 370 calories per serving. Click on the link to reach the website for more information. Orchids, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania USA IMG 1357Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Buzz Mackintosh, “Experience, reliable, leadership”
(Mackintosh REALTORS)
Prospect Hall is a well-known landmark property that was originally known as "Red Hill" when owned by Daniel Dulaney, a colonial civic leader and member of the Maryland General Assembly in the mid to late 1700s representing Frederick County. The historic mansion sits on one of the highest elevations outside of Frederick City. Construction began around 1787 however the current mansion known as Prospect Hall was probably not completed until 1810. The white, three-story structure, designed in a Greek revival style with additional Federal elements, has a storied past.   The Dulaney family was very involved with the American Revolution as patriots and an acquaintance of General George Washington.  Washington’s horse named Blueskin was raised at Prospect Hall and was also retired here until h...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
Communication is so vital in our business. I have read several posts today, where it mentions listening. I discovered a while back, that when I listened, what I was really doing was waiting for a break to say my witty comments, or story and was not really focused on what the other person was saying.It was hard for me to face the fact, that I viewed conversation as a competition which I wanted to consider I had won at the end. I read many books about self improvement and none really tackled listening.Then some time back I came across a book, I have forgotten who wrote it that talked about actively listening. It opened my eyes to everything I was doing wrong. I realized, I was not truly listening, but as I mentioned above just waiting to respond and tell my story.Then, I learnt, and I hav...
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By Dave Jones, Broker/Owner - e-PRO Dave Jones Realty llc Prospec
(Dave Jones Realty, llc.)
What Does the Rest of the Year Hold for the Housing Market In Connecticut If you’re thinking of buying or selling a house, you’re at an exciting decision point. And anytime you make a big decision like that, one thing you should always consider is timing. So, what does the rest of the year hold for the housing market? Here’s what experts have to say. The Number of Homes Available for Sale Is Likely To Grow There are early signs housing inventory is starting to grow and experts say that should continue in the months ahead. According to Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at “The gap between this year’s homes for sale and last year’s is one-fifth the size that it was at the beginning of the year. The catch up is likely to continue, . . . This growth will mean more options for shop...
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By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
❇️Kyler in the News ☀️For ALL of Your East Valley AZ Real Estate Needs📞Call or 🙋‍♂Text Brian at 480-773-2370📨Email Brian  ~  Search the MLS for FREE As part of the summer program that my nephews are in, they are learning Tae Kwon Do. I was surprised to see the local paper with my nephew Kyler on the front page. It sure looks as if he is having fun and doing a great job. Seeing my nephews do well in life brings a huge smile to my face and heart.   I specialize in the East Valley of the Phoenix Metro area - Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler, Tempe, Scottsdale, Apache Junction, and Gold Canyon☀️For ALL of Your East Valley AZ Real Estate Needs📞Call or 🙋‍♂Text Brian at 480-773-2370📨Email Brian  ~  Search the MLS for FREE
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By Theresa Hus, The Official Real Estate Agent Directory
As a real estate agent, there are a lot of different tools that you can use to achieve your goals and improve your sales numbers. Since the beginning of the digital age, the number of ways to market your services has multiplied exponentially. From pay-per-click ads to SEO analysis, the number of marketing options at your disposal is so vast that it can at times seem overwhelming. How are you to choose when there’s so much to choose from?  Regardless which marketing tools you choose to incorporate into your marketing strategy, there’s one thing that will remain the same: your end goal is to convince clients that you are their best option when it comes to buying or selling real estate. Whether you’re contracting the services of a professional marketing agency or going it alone, you’re goi...
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By Anna Chroscicki, Realtor - St. Lucie County affordable Real Estate
(Re/Max Masterpiece Realty)
🏡For answers to your Real Estate questions call 772-485-4188 Anna ChroscickiREMAX MasterpieceVisit
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
If you didn't find your dream home this spring, that's OK! There are some nice advantages to home shopping in the summer. Here are three of them:1️⃣Homes look their best during the summer! You get to see your potential new home in all of its glory - garden blooming, trees full and lush, deck or backyard staged and styled. Home shopping during the summer can be more fun and exciting when you get to see the backyard pool and dream about lounging on a hot day with a cold lemonade vs. thinking about all the snow you'll have to shovel.2️⃣Usually summer means fewer buyers on the market - between the kids being home from school, busy summer vacations, and "rosé all day" luring you away from house hunting in favor of celebrating patio season. All of that means less competition - a much welcomed...
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By Ron Cedillo, Helping People and Enjoying Life
(Home Buyers Realty)
You may be reading headlines and hearing talk about a potential housing bubble or a crash, but it’s important to understand that the data and expert opinions tell a different story. A recent survey from Pulsenomics asked over one hundred housing market experts and real estate economists if they believe the housing market is in a bubble. The results indicate most experts don’t think that’s the case (see graph below): As the graph shows, a strong majority (60%) said the real estate market is not currently in a bubble. In the same survey, experts give the following reasons why this isn’t like 2008: The recent growth in home prices is because of demographics and low inventory Credit risks are low because underwriting and lending standards are sound If you’re concerned a crash may be coming...
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By John Dunham, N Central Austin
(Juice RE Group at Compass)
Charming Highland bungalow with extensive remodeling for the perfect move-in ready home. The house blends vintage charm with contemporary upgrades like vertical shiplap pine walls, a hidden utility closet, cork bathroom flooring, recessed lighting and more! Bright and sunny galley kitchen feels open and spacious with intentionally designed large panel soft-close cabinets with a second drawer behind. Built in open shelving and cabinets throughout the house maximize livable space in style. Large lot with stock tank pool and workshop in generous low-maintenance backyard. Long list of upgrades including new Pella double pane and double hung sash windows, recent roof, galvanized half-round gutters, all new foundation piers and more. Located close to the ACC Highland campus and developing ent...
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By Chuck Carstensen, Minnesota/Wisconsin Real Estate Expert
(RE/MAX Results)
TBD 225th Ave NW, Elk River, MN 55330 -- $39,900Searching for the perfect location to build your dream home? Check out this 0.64 acre lot for sale in Big Lake Township! Located within the Elk River School District (ISD 728) in a great neighborhood close to Birch Lake--not far from the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge and Woodland Trails Park! You won’t want to miss out on the chance to own this land for sale! Contact Chuck Carstensen with Re/Max Results at 612-290-3809 to set up your showing today!
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By Lilas "Lela" Ashkarian, Ashkarian PA, ABR, CRS, E-PRO, GRI,SFR
(Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate)
This is a Great Time to Buy and Sell in the Florida Keys Marry the house; Date the rateWhat does this mean?   Marry the house; date the rate.What does this mean? It means, buy the house you want. But committing to the house doesn't mean you have to commit to the financing available now, forever.  Smart homeowners always look for a better financing opportunity and make the move when the time is right. You can always change your financing to more favorable terms later, should better rates and products become available And if rate only get worse, then you'll be glad you married the house when you did. Check out our gorgeous listings today! In search of more listings? Please visit our website at Simply sign up at the top of the page and you will be able to S...
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By Matt Brady, One of San Diego's Best Lenders
(Finance Of America)
  The Fed has become more hawkish in its public stances. I said in an earlier newsletter that “soft landing” is for 2022 as “transitory” was for 2021. All made up for our entertainment. The expectation for July used to be a 50bp hike. After the latest inflation report and hearing from the Fed members, I believe it will be more of a 75-100bp hike. There is no Fed meeting in August (they have their annual meeting at Jackson Hole) and will reconvene in September. Inflation is the story at hand. Until the CPI numbers (the most important report these days) show a month-over-month decrease, expect the same trend to continue. Rates may continue to increase in the short term, but unlike in the 1980s, it is unsustainable. The amount of US debt the Fed holds (and pays interest on), the record num...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
I have to admit, I pouted all weekend.  Sometimes the World news is just so MUCH.  I think about other countries and their beleaguered people.  I think about the USA and our split ways right now.  I think about inflation. I think about the weather patterns.  It's all out there, and technology brings it home to us.I admire the advocates, the picket sign holders, and folks who stay home and pray.  I admire the stance for belief, even if it's different from my own.  In a funny/bizarre parallel, I've admired extreme athletes.  The bowler that throws long enough to get that 300, the golfer the hole-in-one.  What drive, what motivation, what determination...I think perhaps that's what I really admire about people, most times.  Folks that choose a positive life, find a lane, and keep plugging ...
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By Carla Freund, Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489
(Keller Williams Preferred Realty)
What to expect when building a house in 2022 and beyond?The pandemic has brought unexpected challenges when it comes to building a house. Not only have costs on many materials gone up but labor cost has increased as well. Labor shortages have caused delays. Some of the labor shortages are because of people being out due to the pandemic and people leaving their jobs.In addition to that, there are many people making delayed home purchases, investment purchases, and 2nd home purchases. We've experienced a housing shortage that really hasn't ended although interest rates have gone up.Building a home is the right choice for some people. Planning and having proper expectations will make the process go smoother. Completion date: Have a plan if the builder isn't able to complete your house in t...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP In communication, there is a difference between hearing the words someone says and understanding their meaning. It comes down to being fully present in the conversation rather than thinking about what you are going to say in response.     One thing that I have been thinking about a lot lately is how we communicate (or fail to communicate) with people. My wife and I learned recently that my father-in-law has to get hearing aids, and while we were at the audiologist, the doctor explained how hearing aids work. He also went on to explain how some of the other issues we were facing were related to his hearing loss.     Now, the problem for most people who have troubl...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP It is not time to tell the seller. If you don't want to get, a seller excited and set up for disappointment, wait to tell them about verbal offers.   An offer is only an offer when it's in writing with dates and terms and conditions, EMD and lender letters, proof of funds, exclusions, disclosures and signatures, and a few more points in our 40-plus page Maryland contract.  Some agents will tell you the buyers are interested and try to negotiate a price, date, and terms but do not write a formal offer. Some agents say they don't want to waste their time and want to run it by you verbally. And yes, I appreciate the agents asking questions like when would your selle...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP I see blogs about value here on Active Rain.  How do you and/or your team create value? You should have a powerful customer value proposition. But don’t forget your staff, your team. Do you have a powerful employee value proposition? Successful companies with loyal customers have both. When I consult with business owners in Westchester County New York often I hear comments about getting the staff to do the right things. Sometimes an owner is willing to place all the blame on the staff being lazy, unmotivated, or the like. Fortunately, most will ask how they can improve their ability to get the team behind them. You can change things by being laser focused on the ...
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By Dave Benneton, Fast Cash Offers
(Digital Bullet)
FHA Refinance Cash Out: Guidelines You Need to KnowIf you're a homeowner with an FHA loan, you may be able to take advantage of the FHA refinance cash out program. Under this program, you can refinance your existing loan and take out cash equal to your home's equity. This cash can be used for any purpose, including home improvements, debt consolidation, or even investments. Best of all, you can do this without having to go through a traditional mortgage application process. But before applying for the refinance cash out program, you need to know whether you are eligible for it or not.Eligibility criteria for FHA refinance cash outThere are several eligibility criteria that must be met in order to qualify for the refinance cash out loan.●    The borrower must have a current FHA loan that...
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By Desiree Whalen, The Whalen Team
(Keller Williams Realty)
by The Whalen Team.**UNDER CONTRACT IN 1 DAY!** Beautiful 3br/2bth outdoorsman's dream home near the public boat ramp in Hampstead NC! Listed, marketed, & UNDER CONTRACT IN JUST 1 DAY by our own Karen Lietz! Need help selling your Hampstead area property? Call The Whalen Team today - WE GET RESULTS!
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