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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
Happy 4th of July 2022 to all my ActiveRain friends.  Tomorrow is the 4th of July and my wife and I will be spending a quiet and relaxing.  No partying, no picnicking, just relaxing.  Normally we go to RI for a cookout with family, but this year our annual cookout will be next week, and we will also use our annual cookout to celebrate my granddaughter Elizabeth's birthday.  My son Matthew and family, is  flying today from Seattle today, so it was the perfect opportunity to also celebrate Elizabeth's birthday with the whole family.  It has been several years since Matthew and family have been back in CT, so my wife and I are really looking forward to spending this time with them.Hopefully all of you will have a happy 4th of July, and get to spend quality time with your family and friends...
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
The Summerlin neighborhood of Las Vegas has a culinary scene that lives up to the city's reputation for excellent dining. This article will review 20 of Summerlin's finest dining establishments. We've got you covered whether you're in the mood for Mexican or Italian. Read on to learn more about these eateries, as they truly have something for everyone.Pyramid CafeIf you're looking for an American cafe that caters to vegetarians and vegans, look no further than Pyramid Cafe. The cafe's American fare can be adapted to suit vegetarian or vegan diets. Pyramid Cafe provides gluten-free options to ensure everyone can enjoy their meal.Elia Authentic Greek TavernaThe menu at Elia Authentic Greek Taverna features traditional dishes from across Greece. Dishes are expertly cooked and made with onl...
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By Monica Hill, the REALTOR to help you discover Delaware
(RE/Max Associates)
When I was little, we used to make kites out of newspaper stretched over a frame of balsa wood and string. We’d tape the paper or glue it into place and then we’d use scraps of fabric from the rag bag, torn into thin strips and tied into a long tail. The tail would be secured on the kite and we’d then attach a long length of heavy cord like the cotton used to tie a package for the mail back in the day. Then, when the wind was right, we’d head out into the field and run our kites till the wind lifted them high into the sky. Once afloat, you could stay in one place and guide them into the drafts and watch them dance. I got to thinking about those kites of childhood and how they reflect what we do with our business. You might think it’s just the big parts of the business that craft our fli...
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
Neighborhood InformationThe municipality of Los Cabos, located in a region of Mexico where the desert meets the sea breezes, has grown into a popular choice for people looking for paradise and those looking to relocate permanently. The municipality of Los Cabos is known for its scenic blue-water setting, which attracts residents and tourists who want to return again and again. It is made up of two communities that both offer their own charm. San Jose del Cabo is known for being more family-friendly and rich in the old colonial town with traditional Mexican charm. In contrast, Cabo San Lucas has a lively downtown and nightlife scene for its residents to enjoy. Many of the residential buildings in the area have pools, game rooms, gyms, and clubhouses where locals can host events that fost...
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
Neighborhood InformationThe magnificent and stunning Los Cabos attracts people to reside here with its excellent lifestyle, unending natural beauty, modern infrastructure, and safety. In Los Cabos, the sand, the sun, and the gentle sea breeze entice you to call this place home. The Corridor, the highway that connects Cabo San Lucas to the artistic community of San José del Cabo, is filled with hotels and construction sites where more are being built.In the last few decades, there has been a significant increase in the number of real estate purchases in the area. Los Cabos offers neighborhoods with various home styles depending on your preference, whether you want to purchase a personal residence or are interested in investment. From ranch-style homes with one story, residences with two ...
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
Located in Ventura County, Moorpark is a city in California. Moorpark's gated communities offer the best of both worlds for those searching for a posh and private place to call home. These areas are ideal for those who want luxury living, thanks to their stunning scenery and high-end services.Country Club Estates,The Moorpark, California neighborhood of Country Club Estates is a fantastic option for anyone settling down in a community with convenient access to a wide range of services. Since the setting is gated and patrolled by guards, residents need not worry about safety. Additionally, there are plenty of restaurants and retail options in the surrounding area.Meridian HillsIf you're looking for a neighborhood with a strong sense of community in Moorpark, California, consider Meridian...
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
The mountain ranges around Santa Cruz, Arizona, are too stunning to be hidden behind fences. For this reason, many county restaurants have installed large picture windows and even patios so diners can take in the breathtaking scenery while they eat.Vivace RestaurantThis restaurant in the Catalina Foothills has a breathtaking panorama of the city of Tucson below. The indoor and outdoor seating areas are decorated in a Tuscan style, giving diners a taste of the rustic elegance of northern Italy. Spinach and Cheese Soufflé, Four Cheese Manicotti, Veal Marsala, Crab Stuffed Breaded Chicken Breast, and Seared Beef Tenderloin are just some of the delicious options available.Flying V Bar & GrillThe restaurant's guacamole is legendary because it is prepared at each table by a skilled guacamolie...
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
Do you have any interest in making Bend, Oregon, your new home? I hope so, because you're in for a real treat! This picturesque city in the center of Oregon provides easy access to the region's many attractions.What to Expect When Moving to Bend, OregonThe area offers an abundance of restaurants and bars for those searching for a lively nightlife. In a nutshell, Bend is an ideal location for all aspects of life.The Cost of Living in Bend, OregonWhile Oregon as a whole has a high cost of living, Bend, specifically, is more expensive than the rest of the state. Healthcare and grocery prices are also above average. There are mitigating circumstances that can mitigate the increased expenditures.Housing in Bend, OregonYou can choose from a wide range of apartments and houses in the area, dep...
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If you've found your dream home in the beautiful city of Mountain View and are wondering how much it will cost to close, consider the following. Closing costs are not uniform and can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars, depending on the property's purchase price.What are Closing CostsClosing costs are those incurred during the purchase or sale of real estate. They cover everything from the cost of the loan to the cost of title insurance and an appraisal. Closing costs can easily reach five figures. These fees are usually included in the purchase price and paid by the buyer at closing. In most sales, the seller's share of closing costs is subtracted from the final sale amount.Standard Fees Associated With Closing CostsOrigination FeeThe lender's fee for originati...
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
Nightlife & EntertainmentIf the day's amusement parks, sports centers, and marine supply stores have impressed you, just wait until nightfall to see what Okoboji has in store. There are plenty of places to get your party on in Okoboji, so you and your friends can have a memorable night out.Arnolds Park Preservation Plaza37 Lake St Arnolds Park, Iowa, 51331It's a fantastic spot to enjoy free concerts and a fireworks show. This outdoor space features a large tent with enough room for 300 guests, tables and chairs, a fully stocked bar, and catering options.Arnolds Park Roof GardenLake Street, Arnolds Park, Iowa, 51331Arnolds Park's Preservation Plaza hosts a free concert series every week. This is a fantastic spot for any large-scale event. Attend all the important events at Arnolds Park P...
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
Sports & RecreationIf you are a sports fan, amateur, or professional athlete, Okoboji is a fantastic place to live. Despite Okoboji's reputation as a tourist mecca, the town also boasts several excellent sports centers perfect for athletes of any level. In Okoboji, you'll find anything you could need.Bedell Family Ymca1900 41st St Spirit Lake, Iowa, 51360Swimming, working out, pickleball, group classes, and other activities are just some things that people of all ages can take advantage of at the Bedell Family YMCA. People who work out at this facility can count on receiving top-notch care from friendly staff members and have the option to work with a professional trainer if they so desire.Boji Splash Waterpark at Bridges Bay630 Linden Dr., Arnolds Park, Iowa, 51331Are you looking for a...
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
Amusement & Mini GolfFun and relaxation at one of the area's amusement parks or miniature golf courses are a must on any vacation. Although it is better known for its historical and cultural significance, Okoboji has a lot of attractions that are fun for people of all ages.Arnolds Park Amusement Park37 Lake Drive Arnolds Park, Iowa, 51331One of the oldest amusement parks in Iowa, Arnolds Park Amusement Park has been welcoming guests since 1889. The wooden "Legend" roller coaster is the 13th oldest wooden roller coaster in the United States and one of many games and rides available on the park's 20-acre property. In 2012, Midwest Living ranked the theme park among the top fifteen in the region.Arnolds Park Funhouse Museum37 Lake St Arnolds Park, Iowa, 51331Arnolds Park Amusement Park, wh...
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
MarinasAs one would expect from a city situated on an island, Okoboji is home to a plethora of marinas and other marine-related establishments. From watercraft and sports equipment rentals to tackle shops and fish-scaling services, the Iowa Great Lakes region has everything a vacationer could want. It is easy to find a top-notch marina in this city.Oak Hill Marina176 US-71 Arnolds Park, Iowa, 51331A marina in Iowa’s Great Lakes region provides a wide selection of marine equipment, services, rentals, and warehousing. A variety of peripherals and water-related items are also available at the facility. Apart from a setting that is assured to be welcoming and comfortable, you will have all you need for an unforgettable and exciting day on the lake.Mau Marine1400 Gordon Dr Okoboji, Iowa, 513...
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
Golf CoursesGolf is a great way to unwind and have fun while sharpening your strategic mind. You're lucky if you're looking for a golf course in Okoboji. Golfers of all skill levels and financial means can choose from various courses.Brooks Golf1201 Brooks Park Dr Okoboji, Iowa, 51355Golfers of all skill levels love Okoboji's most scenic course, which has been open since 1939 and features three unique golf layouts and plays through parkland, grassland, and wetlands. Course members and visitors can take advantage of various amenities, including a golf shop and a open pub daily.Emerald Hills Golf Club808 US-71 Arnolds Park, Iowa, 51331The Emerald Hills Golf Club has a variety of services available to its members, including a first-rate clubhouse for hosting weddings and other special even...
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
Fishing & Water ActivitiesBig Spirit Lake, West Okoboji Lake, East Okoboji Lake, Upper & Lower Gar, and Minnewashta make up the Iowa Great Lakes and are widely recognized as a significant tourist attractions in the Hawkeye State. It is commonly agreed that the Iowa Great Lakes are the best tourist spots in the state. Beautiful lakes stretch miles from the southwest corner of Wisconsin to the Minnesota border.Boat Okoboji RentalsAlley Street Arnolds Park, Iowa, 51331Boat Okoboji Rentals is the best boat rental service in Okoboji, Iowa, with a wide variety of boats and personal watercraft available for rent, including Sea Ray and Sea-Doo models. In addition to providing boat captains, this company rents out Lily Pads for use as floating platforms at customers' docks for the day or weekend...
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
Parks, Beaches, & TrailsOkoboji, Iowa, is undeniably a wonderful place to visit, especially for those who enjoy the outdoors. It's not just the abundance of museums and galleries that make this area great for families; there are also countless parks, beaches, and trails across the state that are perfect for outdoor recreation and educational outings.Abbie Gardner Park and Shelter House379 Okoboji Grove Rd S Arnolds Park, Iowa, 51331 The Abbie Gardner Cabin and the nearby shelter it serves are two of Arnolds Park's historic attractions. Those planning a family picnic will appreciate the shelter house's great seating options.Ainsworth-Orleans Beach25040 140th St Orleans, Iowa, 51360In addition to being a great place to relax and enjoy the scenery, Ainsworth-Orleans Beach is also a great p...
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
Arts & CultureNumerous arts and cultural facilities spread across Okoboji, Iowa, continue to preserve and showcase the city's long and exciting history. The areas surrounding the Great Lakes in Iowa include several interactive museums that are open all year that reflect various historical eras in the area.Abbie Gardner's Cabin and Museum74 Monument Drive, Arnolds Park, Iowa, 51331In 1857, when a 13-year-old girl named Abbie Gardner was kidnapped and members of the Dakota-Indian nation slaughtered her family, a cabin built in the 19th century witnessed the escalating hostilities between Native Americans and the new immigrants. The Spirit Lake Massacre is the name given to this horrific incident. Many years after the tragedy, Abbie visited Arnolds Park and bought the cabin, one of Iowa's ...
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By Sylvia "Elsie" Foster, REALTOR, CRB, CRS, GRI
(Foster Realty, Inc.)
It is Monday morning and that means I am checking my vacant properties to make sure they are clean and ready to show. As I approach the front door to an 11th floor condo on the beach, I hear strange sounds coming from inside.  They sound similar to rustling papers and grunting.   I hear police sirens in the distance.  I turn around and look down toward the highway from the exterior walkway.  I can see the flashing lights of the police cars racing in this direction.  Maybe the neighbors already called the police?  Somebody must be in the condo.  The police cars get closer and closer. Although it would not be the first time I have found uninvited guests in a property, I start to think I am just being paranoid and jumping to conclusions.  I half laugh to myself and decide I must be hearing...
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
An interest-only mortgage or IO mortgage allows borrowers to make interest payments only for an initial period. After that period, the borrower can pay the balance in full or start the monthly payments.An interest-only mortgage is appealing because the initial payment is lower. You can keep making only interest payments for up to ten years before you must start paying down the principal. But you'll pay more overall interest, and since interest-only loans aren't qualified mortgages, you may have to meet stricter requirements to qualify.How Interest-only Mortgage WorkFor an interest-only mortgage loan, the term comprises two different periods. First, you will make payments on the mortgage interest alone for a certain period, typically three to ten years. Your payments won't reduce the pri...
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