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By Linda Blumenthal, NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR
(Hampton Crossing - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - 631-466-4087)
August 2nd Puzzle - National Coloring Book Day:Enjoy your day!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 Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold!
(RE/MAX Realty Center )
Address: 3400 15th Ave South Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53172-3548 Taxed by: South Milwaukee   CONGRATS TO MY SWEET SELLERS WHO ACCEPTED A FANTASTIC OFFER AFTER ONLY 1 DAY ON THE MARKET!! MLS #: 1755570         357 W. Wisconsin AvenueOconomowoc, WI 53066  Phone: 414-254-6647  Fax:  Email: kjohnston5@wi.rr.com  http://www.kristinjohnston.com      Provided as a courtesy of: Kristin K Johnston  RE/MAX Realty Center    Directions: Drexel to 15th Ave to home    Property Type: Single-Family  Status: Active W/Offer  County: Milwaukee  List Price: $289,900    Bedrooms: 3  Est. Acreage: 0.18 Rooms:  Est. Total Sq. Ft.: 2,013  Est Fin AboveGr SqFt: 1,686  Est Fin BelowGr SqFt: 327    Total F/H Baths: 2 / 0  F/H Baths Main: 1/ 0  F/H Baths Upper: 1 / 0  F/H Baths Lower: Garage Spaces: 2.5  Garage Type:...
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By Kimo Stowell, REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i
(HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 )
               Latest rates, based on 20 percent down, $200,000 owner-occupant mortgages. The rates and terms may vary; check with lenders for details. Rates may have changed click here to verifyWednesday, July 28, 2021  Lender Term/Type Interest Rate % Points % *APR Acclaim Capital Mortgage383-5931NMLS#304090 15-YR Fixed 2.000 0.000 2.077 30-YR Fixed 2.655 0.000 2.697 5-YR ARM       Aloha Pacific Federal Credit Union531-3711NMLS#377314 15-YR Fixed 2.000 1.375 2.335 30-YR Fixed 2.500 2.000 2.733 5-YR ARM 2.500 0.500 2.615 American Savings Bank, F.S.B593-1226NMLS#423168 15-YR Fixed 1.750 2.125 2.129 30-YR Fixed 2.500 2.125 2.712 5-YR ARM       Bank of Hawaii877-616-2636NMLS# 15-YR Fixed 2.125 0.375 2.178 30-YR Fixed 2.625 1.250 2.722 5-YR ARM 2.125 0.875 2.606 Central Pacific Bank544-050...
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By John G. Johnston, An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO
(John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC)
Westcliffe, CO Weather for August 02, 2021Good Morning Westcliffe, CO50°Our Monday morning starts with pleasant temperatures and cloudy skies.With a high temperature only in the lower to middle 70's, we can expect a 100% chance for showers and thunderstorms later this afternoon with some producing heavy rain.We begin with a calm wind becoming east around 5mph in the afternoon.Sunset:  8:10Enjoy your day!
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(Champion Real Estate Group)
 Some Highlights If you're thinking of buying a home but wondering if waiting a few years will save you in the long run, think again. The longer the wait, the more you'll pay, especially when mortgage rates and home prices rise. Even the slightest change in the mortgage rate can have a big impact on your buying power no matter your price point. Don't assume waiting will save you money. Lets connect to set the ball into motion today while mortgage rates are hovering near historic lows.  
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By Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
Pensacola Florida: Mortgage Rates Hit 10-Week High – Rise Above 3%The average rate for a 30-year, fixed-rate rose from last week’s 2.93% to 3.02%… Read More My Home own search! What Is My Homes Value?   How to get a Mortgage and FREE Credit Report   House Facts and News Pensacola Real Estate Q&A? What are Title Insurance, Escrows, and closings explained in simple terms? GET REAL ANSWERS Adopt-a-Pet.com, We raise awareness through the local and now the national Human Societies bring a pet home! Gulf Breeze, Pace and Pensacola Happenings Lettuce Eat?The funniest Thing Repair This Mr. Handy Man?Sign up for our Monthly Newsletter about what’s happening here on the gulf and homes for sale. Thinking of SELLING,  If I sell your home YOU PAY $2995. Flat Fee. If you want your home sold through M...
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By Ken Semler, Nationwide Custom Home Builder
(ImpresaModular.com)
First, What Makes a Modular Home Modular?A modular home is basically a stick-built home that is built offsite and then transported to the site in modules. When designing a modular home the architect, engineer, or designer takes a standard home design and then based on that design, determines the best way to modularize or break it up into pieces that can be transported. These pieces, or modules, are then individually built in a factory. Because of state highway limitations and the need to gain access to building sites, typical module sizes can vary by region.In the northeast and mid-Atlantic where modular home construction is popular, highways are much older than in the rest of the country. Underpasses are lower and roads and bridges are narrower. This has placed more restrictive size li...
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By Nina Hollander, Broker, Your Greater Charlotte Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
 3140 Highgate Drive In Fort Mill Under Contract It took just one day, 30 showings, and 10 offers over asking price to put 3140 Highgate Drive in Regent Park in Fort Mill under contract. And if we had not cut off showings on Saturday and called for final offers, there well could have been more offers. Why this excitement about and interest in 3140 Highgate Drive? Not only is this home in picture perfect and move-in ready condition, it's located in one of Charlotte metro area’s most desired areas and neighborhoods. Listed by Nina Hollander with Coldwell Banker the home's asking price was $425,000. 3140 Highgate Drive, a transitional-style home with 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a plethora of recent upgrades, offers an easy lifestyle at its best. The bright and airy home has all the rooms a...
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By Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired
(Wayne M Martin)
Trivia question answers for Sunday August 1, 20211. Which flower is also known as the "Lent Lily"? The daffodil2. What is banned in public places in Florida after 6 pm on a Thursday? Flatulence3. In Greek mythology, for who did the Cyclops forge thunderbolts? Zeus4. What did the letters in the name of the cable network HBO originally stand for? Home Box OfficeTrivia questions for Monday August 2, 20211. What distant planet circles the sun every 84 years?2. What do golfers call a putt that is short enough to be conceded?3. Which US state is closest to Africa?4. What is a fruit machine?Enjoy your day. 
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By Victoria Carter Guaranteed Services, TwoMoveYou
(TwoMoveYou Guaranteed Real Estate Brokered by Century 21 Percy Fulton Ltd., Brokerage)
3 +2 Bedroom Home at 199 Beauchamp Rd, Grafton, ON K0K 1G0 is for sale with Century 21 Realtors, Victoria Carter and Kirk Rickman, also known as Two Move You (Two Realtors MOVE You) in Grafton, Ontario.  Are you looking for a great home with lots of space for everyone?  This home is located on one private acre, at 199 Beauchamp Rd, which is very private, and peaceful. Check out the great deck, pool and cabana!  This home has a finished basement, stainless steel appliances, big and bright rooms, a newer roof (2021), and is one of the cleanest homes that you have ever seen! For your own private viewing, and to secure the GUARANTEE that if you don't LOVE This Home... even up to 2 years after buying it, that Kirk and Victoria, www.TwoMoveYou.com will BUY IT BACK or SELL IT COMMISSION FREE! ...
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Motivational Monday...Add a Touch of Thoughtfulness We’re all busy when we’re out running our errands. Our thoughts are on “getting it done.”  The other morning when I was in the produce section, I was struggling with that little plastic bag they have for fruit and veggies. BC (Before Covid) those of us who are in the crass group used to lick our fingers to get the darn bag open.  So as I was trying to get the bag open for my lemons, the lady next to me said “Here take this one!”  She handed me her open plastic bag with a nice smile.  She said I open these all day long so it’s easy for me!! Turns out she works for a company that shops for others so she had this procedure down pat!!!  She didn’t have to give me her bag...goodness knows she was super busy herself shopping for several clie...
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By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Vacasa)
🧳Vacasa Vacation of the Week - Grand Historic District Bungalow  ☀️For ALL of Your East Valley AZ Real Estate Needs📞Call Brian at 480-773-2370🙋‍♂Text Brian at 480-773-2370📨Email Brian at brian@bke12.com Dog-Friendly Downtown Home w/Enclosed Patio, Gas Grill, Shared W/D, Central AC Explore Phoenix and make the most of your visit to the charming Grand Historic District at this dog and family-friendly home! The enclosed patio is a great place to let your dogs run around and play freely while the family is enjoying a delicious barbecue thanks to the gas grill available.  Upon entering, you and your loved ones will first reach the living room, which is complete with a comfortable sofa right in front of a wall-mounted flatscreen Smart TV. Get ready to stream your favorite shows or movies and ...
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By Gary Thomas, Realtor to the Dreamers
(Preferred Properties Key West)
As I look back on the eight decades of my life I have memories of some events that never go away. There are some I cannot forgive, some I wish I could relive, and a few that changed the way we all live - forever. On August 1, 1966 I attended a Viet Nam teach-in at the University of Colorado at Boulder . That same afternoon one of those life altering events occurred 900 miles away in Austin Texas at the University of Texas. Later that evening the nation sat transfixed watching newsreel footage of the random cold blooded murder of 14 students by a lone sniper. Nothing like that ever happened in America like that.  TOWER (2016 directed and produced by Keith Maitland) on Amazon Prime) is a documentary about the unidentified gunman who climbed to the top of the University of Texas tower wher...
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By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
Pictured above is an image that in our opinion illustrates perspective"The Blue Marble is an image of Earth taken on December 7, 1972, by the Apollo 17 crew Harrison Schmitt and Ron Evans from a distance of about 29,000 kilometers from the planet's surface, on its way to the Moon". Wikipedia This week we focused on the huge subject of perspective.  The broader one's perspective is, the easier it is to solve a problem.  By broader, we are referring to inclusive of all perspectives.  People see and interpret things differently. Your ability to shift your point of view and see things their way may just be one of the most important skills to develop when dealing with clients in real estate or any service business.    "The difference between a mountain and a molehill is your perspective." ~ ...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Pooch Pool Parties, Upper County Outdoor Pool Join us for our Pooch Pool Parties. Dogs will be allowed to swim and frolic at the pool before it is closed and cleaned for the winter. Each dog MUST be accompanied by a responsible adult. Join us August 21 (http://bit.ly/3i5jhzl) + August 22 (http://bit.ly/3x9DjNk) This is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement.  Flame Lily, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USACanon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
“Yes, You Can Build Your Home” After weeks of figuring out next steps for us, we have decided to build and stop searching for home that either don’t work for our needs or folks are bidding crazy money over the asking price. As I shared previously, we own a parcel of land and will build there. I am going to start putting the sub-contractors together and will GC the job myself. I still can’t get over that you have a construction lender that will allow me to build my own home, which is just what I need. Once I have my budget together, will let you know. Make it a great weekend. Julian  These clients will save about 20% of the construction costs, by being their own general contractor. That is a lot of dollars when the plan is the build a 2,500 square foot home. They are fortunate to have fa...
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By E. Steve Banis, Jr., https://www.SouthCarolinaHomesInc.com
(South Carolina Homes Inc.)
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By E. Steve Banis, Jr., https://www.SouthCarolinaHomesInc.com
(South Carolina Homes Inc.)
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By Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker
Here is the north Texas real estate market update as of  August 2, 2021.New properties for sale 156Back on the market listings 48Price decrease listings 93Price increase 22Active kick out 11Active option contract 231Active contingent 63Pending listings 289Sold listings 130Expired listings 35Cancelled listings 10Withdrawn listings 4Temporary off market listings 27Coming soon listings 52
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By Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker
Here is the Houston Association of REALTORS® real estate market update as of  August 2, 2021.New properties for sale 163Back on market listings 52Price decrease listings 83Price increase listings 23Option pending listing 170Pending continue to show 33Pending listings 267Listings that have sold 123Coming Soon Listings 29Withdrawn Listings 24Expired Listings 28Terminated Listings 29
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