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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
 Grand kid's.Nothing warms the heart and soul like the grand kids.Even a closing with great clients takes a back seat.A hug from a young grand child is not put and andit is given with abandon. I love a great closing with great clients, but nothing beats the grand kids!             
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
Christmas is unfortunately is a very stressful time of the year. So, it is time to try and keep our sanity with a few funnies Stores are full of shoppers and many are not very nice.Glad I am almost done as only a few last minute gifts from a small mom and pop store. Hope you enjoy!     
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
Nature has a natural selection. Sick weak and stupid ends up being...lunch! Now the human animal is different. We protect those that are not so smart.We put lable on mundane things. Knife is sharpe  could cause injury.Do not take if your are allergic. I think you get the idea.     
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
A home has many opinions as to the worth.Depending on who you are depends on how y see the value.You see it one way, and a buyer another.Your lender will see it in a different light.So, who sees the home in the worse light?  Who else do  you think?  
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
Christmas is in the air.The kids are all hyped up trying to be better than they may have been.Letters are being written and Presents are magically appearing.Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is playing on and on from video's.People are being kind and friendly, and that is the magic that is happening.  To bad it won't last only a couple of weeks. 
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
I see many folks that they get to the late 50's and early 60's have decided life is over.They sit in their chair and think about the hang nail that is going to be an issue and it becomes one.Then I see others like myself.I may be aging and not so gracefully all the time.But I don't let that get the best of me.I have a few years left and I am going to enjoy them. As for those who are  giving up I say than you.You leave more room for me and make it easier to get around on senior days!       
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
Well, like most men, I have been accused of not listening,I listen, but I sometimes don't here everything.I may miss a word or 2...No big issue.But when it all washes out, I am not doing what I was told to do.I just thing my wife needs to be more specific!     
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
About a week ago there was a knock on the door.Fred and Mary were standing at our front door.When I opened the door, Mary blurted out..."WE heard Judy had surgery so we can to help."They had brought a hot dish and a cake.WE invited them in.  They had no idea what surgery Judy had, but they wanted to help us. Judy and I, 2 years ago, Helped them out when things were tough. It was meals, wood for the stove and we had gathered other volunteers to help also, and got them through the winter. Including clearing snow from the driveway and side walks.   (Fred had had shoulder surgery) "You helped us so much that we feel we had to do something to re-pay you." "You don't OWE us anything.  WE helped because you needed help and we wanted to help.You don't owe us a thing, but if you are here just to...
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
Well, the weather man sorta got it right.We were expected to get an inch.Well, close to 3 inches fell.While that is just more of a nuisance, it is a welcome sight.I know farmer friends that were trying to  put a few fence posts in and it 4 inches of frozen ground.The small lakes have 6 inches of ice on them.It looks like winter is gaining steam! 
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
Just what you always wanted.A fireplace.  One that burns real wood, not those fancy gas contraptions.But, before you get to excited think about  this...Remember, Wood fireplace uses air from inside the home.That air needs to be replaced, so the home needs to draw air from outside...COLD air.So, when the outside temp gets below ZERO, You are drawing in  more cold than you are heating. To combat that, check and see if the fireplace has a cold air vent to use.  It lowers the amount of cold air from infiltrating the rest of the home. Where will you get the wood to burn.  If  you have wooded area, can you cut your own.  Where will you store it to keep it dry?Then how will you get it to the house. Don't forget the ash removal.   You need a fire proof container unless you have an area outside ...
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
And it has happened again. Hi Bill, We love the house.WE want to make an offer.WE will offer them 10% below what they are asking.   Now I have counseled these buyers for several weeks.I have also told them that their Uncle may be thinking he is helping them but he really is not. "The market is slowing down so now is a good time to low ball." I wrote the contract.   There was 4 other offers.The listing agent is a good friend.He agreed to send a note saying the status of their offer. Thank You for your offer.  Sorry, but it was the only offer below the sellers asking price so they have declined your offer. My clients were devastated.  The home was perfect and would have offered over list also, but... Buying or selling a home...Make sure the advice you listen to knows is coming from a real...
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
Yes it is the start of the weekend.It should be a busy one on many fronts.A good amount of showings all set.Some shopping to get done before the final push.And, some outdoor chores to finish as the weather will be nice. Then maybe some time with the grand kids.Have a great weekend!   The sun is coming up and it is going to be a great day!
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
Yes, it is Christmas time and decorations are getting into full swing.I know a few people who put up a real tree.Some were cut before the Thanksgiving holiday and some after.Makes no difference...it needs to be watered!To start with, unless you just cut it yourself, cut off an inch or two off the bottom of the tree before you put it into the stand.Then, you need to get into the habit of checking it everyday.Doing so will allow your tree to rremain green and hold the  needles through Christmas.It also makes it a less fire hazard.Play it safe! 
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
For those out in the east in all the snow, I do feel for you, but...Right no it is a good place for the snow.I need another 10 days or so to finish some much needed chores.But please be careful and stay safe.  Don't overdo the shoveling.  That is the greatest risk for most people.  I know many of us have caught snowflakes like this.I bet you will look for feathers first!
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
So you are looking to sell during the holiday's.But you also like to decorate.So where do you draw the line?Do you full out decorate?Do you include ethenic decor?How about  a religious motive? These are very important decisions to make.Think long and hard.It could be the difference between a sale and just another showing. 
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
Well, it is the end of the weekend and time to relax for a little while.No, not watching the Vikings and Green Bay.   Personal reasons!But, a friend of mine sent me a funny church sign.It  hit me really funny.I guess I may just be over tired, but I am going to share it anyways. Hope you got a chuckle!  
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
Nope, not a skier.Nope, don't ride snowmobiles.Nope, don't need a snowman or snow fort. So why do I need the snow?Frost!The cold weather is driving the frost down fast.We have 3-6 inches already.Snow insulates the ground and helps to keep water pipes and and sewer pipes and  systemsfrom freezing. Besides that the white ground is nicer to look at than all the dead vegetation. 
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
You need a trail camera, also called a game camera,If  you live int the rural areas of out country.What are they?They are camera's that you fasten to a tree or other solid abject  to photographthe wild life that comes into your area.I have 5.I use them to watch my bird feeders to see what is visiting.    (Raccoon's, possums and others including bear)I set them up in the woods to see what game is there and if it frequents where I may set a hunting stand.When I go away for a few days, all camera's are set up around my house and buildings to see if anyone was there or trying to get into the house. (Although I do have a great alarm system.) These camera's range in price from about $75 for a cheaper one up to over $300.Uses are many but the enjoyment is far surpasses anything else to monitor...
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
This season as we sat around the dinning room table and we each said what we were thankful for,I had a few moments to thing.There is family, and business and my health.But the I searched deeper, and I realizethat my wife is one of the most important people my life.As being she just had knee replacement surgery I am thankful for the great recovery she has had. That is what I am MOST thankful for! My wife is like a new sun coming up every morning.
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By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
Well the day may be over,but the affects of the meal is not.Many hitting the gyms right now.I see more people walking.It is a big reason I did not over eat.I did well, I ate enough but not to being stuffedlike the turkey was. Have a safe weekend 
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