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Recent blogs on ActiveRain Community
By Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(Value Added Service, 602-620-2699)
Today is the birthday of a former business acquaintance who has always been a friend.  But lately, this friend became MIA.   So when I saw her birthday on Facebook, I posted Happy Birthday to her.  Thankfully another good friend saw this with an update.  After posting Happy Birthday to my friend Carole, another friend of hers posted that she'd be "visiting her."  Bringing a hint of curiosity, I asked her where Carole is for this birthday.  She informed me that sadly, Carole is now in a memory care facility.   This friend has cared for her for a very few years and she has recently begun a stay at a facility.   "Carole is too young!" I replied!  Goodness she isn't old enough to be in a memory facility.  I'm so sad about this.  It's a fact of life, none of us is getting older.  None of us ...
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By Blair Ballin
(Hunt Real Estate ERA)
Our Facebook Community Group is awesome..and we now have a feature for Community members to share their experiences directly to your blog.Recently one of our Members, AC wrote about her experience to The Little Play Avenue in North Phoenix, an awesome spot to take kids indoors in North Phoenix in the summer.Here is the article. For anything North Phoenix, I'm your guy Blair Ballinwww.livingnorthphoenix.com4802336433
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By Greg Tresler, We Buy Houses For Cash As Is! House Buyers Florida
(House Buyers Florida)
To lower your HVAC energy bills this summer, optimizing your thermostat settings and utilizing energy-saving features is crucial. However, there are additional practical steps you can take to further reduce your energy consumption and costs. By implementing a few key strategies and making some minor adjustments, you can make a significant impact on your monthly bills and overall energy efficiency. Curious to discover more about these effective methods? Thermostat Optimization To lower your HVAC energy bills this summer, start by optimizing your thermostat settings. Set your thermostat to 78°F when you're at home and increase the temperature when you're away to reduce cooling costs.Utilize programmable settings to automatically adjust the temperature based on your schedule. Take advantag...
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By Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker, Farm & Commercial Property For Sale 308-627-3700
(Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farm & Commercial Land Broker-Auctioneer Serving Nebraska)
I need both for work...I use both to conduct business both professionally and for personal communication. I dislike using them but I love the results.Is it worth the hassles?  Aside from the scams and junk...Usually...But for someone who used to type 40+ words a minute...now 20 of them are probably spelled incorrectly...it can be a time eating chore sometimes.I know how to spell 99% of the words I use...it is getting the fingers...keyboard...and everything else in sync.  For instance: while typing the previous sentence...I spelled how as hoe (w & e are next to each other)... the word keyboard came out wrong..."everything" was spelled wrong...(the word I mean).Probably the word I have the most problem with is the word: initial.   A word we use a lot in our business. Not sure why but I sp...
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By Greg Tresler, We Buy Houses For Cash As Is! House Buyers Florida
(House Buyers Florida)
When it comes to energy conservation, your HVAC system stands as a key player. By optimizing its efficiency and embracing newer technologies, you can significantly reduce your environmental footprint and cut down on utility expenses. But, how exactly do these systems achieve such feats, and what are the latest advancements shaping the future of HVAC technology? Let's uncover the intricate dance between HVAC systems and energy conservation to unveil the untapped potential within your own four walls. Importance of Efficient HVAC Systems Efficient HVAC systems play a crucial role in reducing energy consumption and lowering utility costs in buildings. By ensuring that your HVAC system operates at optimal efficiency, you can save money on electricity bills and decrease your environmental imp...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
Let's talk about the market this week in the Northern Virginia and the DC Metro area!Price adjustments, rising inventory, lack of power pool, open house, quieting down - these are the signs that we are seeing a little bit of a shift or slowdown in the DMV housing market, especially in Northern Virginia.In areas like Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William, the changes have been most noticeable over the past couple of weeks since Mother's Day. However, is the market going to shift significantly? Not really.For price points such as first-time home buyers under $650,000 and single-family homes between $900,000 to $1.2 million, we are not seeing a slowdown. Multiple offers are still common in these ranges. However, interest rates are improving.If you are a home seller, this is still your oppor...
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By Michael Elliott, Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales
(Fathom Realty)
The title of this post was inspired by one of my favorite songs by my favorite band, REM.  The song was "Don't Go Back to Rockville".  I just realized that this song is 40 years old.  Wow. But that is not the point here...This post is a suggestion for dealing with, and feeling compelled to be snarky here in the 'Rain, and everyday life.1.  If you are compelled to leave an arrogant, snarky comment on someone's post, MAKE SURE to read the entire article.  100%.  No less.  Some snarky / arrogant comments I have seen CLEARLY demonstrated they missed the point, or important content.  Then you are simply snarky and ignorant.  Bad combo.2.  Ignore the snark.  Not easy for me, ever.  I have had a history of "playing down to my competition".  I am not proud of it, but I admit this flaw.  Hopeful...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties)
Monday Motivations: Message from Coach John Wooden... I can never find anything that is not motivational from Coach Wooden's Book: "A lifetime of Observations and Reflections on and off the court".I keep his book hand's reach to me and if the moment arises, I can just reach and read a sentence or a paragraph from his book and I am instantly motivated.Now here is a quote I have to share: The Glory Is in Getting There   When people ask me now if I miss coaching UCLA basketball games, the national championships, the attention, the trophies, and everything that goes with them, I tell them this: I miss the practices.I don't miss the games or the tournaments or all the other folderols. As Robert Louis Stevenson wrote," It is better to travel hopefully than arrive" I tried to do that. It's the...
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By Liz and Bill Spear, Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs
(Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
TL/DR version:   be careful with your blog post topics and comments.Strap yourself in, the development for this one takes a bit.Sometimes I push my luck a little further than I should.This year has been a strange one for weather in our corner of Ohio, cold, warm, cold, rain, more rain, more rain, a roller coaster of weather and scheduling issues that kept us from getting into our beehives for our Spring cleanup and rotation of frames in our hives.  And while our schedule might have been whacked, our honeybees kept on doing what honeybees do in Spring, grow the hive population, gather as much nectar and pollen as they can, and start filling all the cells in the combs with baby bees, honey and pollen.Get too crowded and the Queen Bee can issue orders that it's time to pack up and leave, a...
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By Greg Tresler, We Buy Houses For Cash As Is! House Buyers Florida
(House Buyers Florida)
When it comes to maintaining the health and appearance of your trees, professional tree trimming and pruning services offer a range of advantages worth considering. From ensuring proper growth patterns to enhancing the overall aesthetics of your landscape, the benefits go beyond just appearances. By entrusting experts to handle your tree care needs, you not only promote tree health but also safeguard against potential risks and liabilities. Let's explore how these services can elevate your outdoor space and provide long-lasting benefits for your property. Promotes Healthy Tree Growth Regular professional tree trimming and pruning services help ensure that your trees grow healthily and maintain their optimal shape and structure. By removing dead or diseased branches, you prevent the spre...
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By Kevin Rego, IRS Collections Representation
(Rego Tax Law)
San Mateo, CA: You haven't filed a tax return in years and nothing has happened---yet!The IRS continues to ramp up efforts to improve tax compliance and ensure fairness within the tax system. As part of that effort, the IRS announced in early March that they have begun focusing on high-income taxpayers who have failed to file federal income tax returns since 2017.The new initiative, due in part by funding from the Inflation Reduction Act, began with the IS sending letters to more than 125,000 taxpayers who have not been heard from.  The IRS develops this lead information from third party reporters---such as employers filing W-2's or brokerages filing 1099B's---indicting that the taxpayers had received income in the "required to file a tax return" range, but a tax return is lacking.The i...
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By Valerie Almanzar, MBA
(Your Casa Team - Keller Williams Realty)
506 Santa Fe Avenue Southeast Investor Alert! This property presents a lucrative opportunity for savvy investors seeking a prime real estate asset. This versatile property boasts a 3 bedroom , 1 bathroom . But wait there is more, this property offers a unique advantage with an attached 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom studio, providing additional living space or rental income potential. The Property convenient location to schools and shops further enhance its desirability and investment appeal. Contact Information:Valerie AlmanzarKeller Williams RealtyYour Casa Team 505-923-467​0 / 505-897-1100
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By Valerie Almanzar, MBA
(Your Casa Team - Keller Williams Realty)
800 Edith Street Southeast Welcome to a great investment opportunity in the heart of Albuquerque’s historic downtown district. This 4 bedroom 1 bathroom property is positioned on a corner lot. The property spans a generous layout, ensuring ample space for tenants to live comfortably. This downtown location and proximity to essential amenities, including schools and restaurants including public transportation. This property is more than just a property, it’s a chance to own a piece of Albuquerque’s history while securing a reliable income stream. Contact Information:Valerie AlmanzarKeller Williams RealtyYour Casa Team 505-923-4670 / 505-897-1​100
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By Greg Tresler, We Buy Houses For Cash As Is! House Buyers Florida
(House Buyers Florida)
When it comes to caring for your trees, understanding the nuances between trimming and pruning is crucial. Each method serves a distinct purpose, but do you know which one is best suited for your tree's specific needs? By gaining insight into the differences and benefits of tree trimming versus pruning, you can make informed decisions that will impact the health and longevity of your beloved trees. So, let's explore the intricacies of these practices and how they can benefit your outdoor oasis.Key Differences Between Trimming and PruningWhen it comes to tree maintenance, understanding the key differences between trimming and pruning is essential for promoting healthy growth and aesthetics. Trimming is typically done to control the size and shape of a tree. It focuses on cutting back ove...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
Sandpoint Realty 'Monday Motivation' helps us look forward to this coming Memorial Day Weekend.  This is true whether defending our country, personal life, or business.  But hopefully the importance of this quote not lost on the weekend ahead.  A moment to bow our heads in honor of all those who have served, are serving, and will continue doing so in the future.  Make it a productive week ahead North Idaho.  Be safe, stay healthy.    'Experience the Difference' in working with a full time Professional Sandpoint Realty REALTOR®.  Your wants and needs will always be my priorities.  Mark Don McInnesBroker - Owner208 255-6227SandpointNorthIdaho.com - North Idaho Home & Land Searches Sandpoint Realty LLC1205 Highway 2Sandpoint, Idaho 83864
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By Tim L. Ramey
(RG Realty Group)
Good morning.  Hope this email finds you doing well and had a great weekend and a happy Monday to all. Smile...get excited it is Monday morning.  Embrace this day and take it by the horns!  Have the attitude and the enthusiasm that we "LOVE" Mondays and you can do anything you put your mind to.  Wanted to share Tim's Time Outs:If you live just one day at a time, you won't so quickly entertain fears of what "might" happen tomorrow.  As long as your concentrating on today's activities, there won't be room in your mind for worrying.  Try to fill every minute of this day with something good, seen, heard, and accomplished.  Then, when the day is ended, you'll be able to look back on it with satisfaction, serenity, AND gratitude. May you make today a good one, may you know that it is up to yo...
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By Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor®
(Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA)
Memorial Day is one week away. It's a busy week for Georgetown's Rene J. Gagnon American Legion Post #211 as we make preparations for Memorial Day. This is my letter to the Georgetown Board of Selectmen announcing Memorial Day --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Board of SelectmenMemorial Town Hall1 Library StreetGeorgetown, MA 01833 May 9, 2024Re: Memorial Day Observance Board of Selectmen/Women,The Georgetown Rene J. Gagnon American Legion Post #211 invites the Board of Selectmen and all the residents of Georgetown to participate with us in the observance of Memorial Day 2024 to be held on Monday, 27 May 2024. The schedule of events leading up to the Commemorative March is as follows: Thursday 23 May @ 5:45 pm – Place...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
This morning as I was driving out of the Canyon Creek Community I saw a deer running widely back and forth across Boulder Lane. Everyone who was walking their dogs stopped in amazement and all drivers slowed down to make sure they didn’t collide with this frighten creature. As I left the community I was so glad that that everyone stopped to make sure this poor deer wasn’t hurt and we can only hope that wherever it lands it finds peace and solitude. “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”John Muir  
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By Dan Rochon, Top Realtor in Northern Virginia
(Greetings Virginia with eXp Realty)
Are you a Veteran who wants to buy a home with O down? The Veteran Affairs loan program uniquely offers favorable loan terms for eligible veterans, military members, and their families.The main advantage of this loan program is the opportunity to buy a house without any down payment. This makes buying your new home much easier without making a sizable down payment.  BOOK A CALL 🧡SEARCH FOR HOMES VA loans also have lower interest rates than conventional loans, which can help you save a significant amount over the term of your mortgage. Unlike many traditional loans, which demand PMI for mortgages with less than 20% of a down payment, VA loans do not require PMI.Through a VA loan, you can buy a house anywhere, for instance, near a military base or a civilian neighborhood. Another VA loan ...
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