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  My Cow Pie Is Bigger Than Your Cow Pie! Is Not! Is Too! Nope-nah! Uuh-huh... Yeah, it is. No it aint. Bite me...  Today's Cow Pie Talking Point is ANTITHESIS. Antithesis is simply an opposing argument. Had I titled it that you wouldn't be curious to see where this is going (LOL). We are going somewhere a few of you may not want to step so get real comfy because Wordy C is in the house and Cow Pie is about to be served... ;-) Ever watch a social media spat across cyberspace? It can be mad fun watching your sociology class come to life. If you are really careful you can map a time line of theories by collecting and rearranging the comments to reflect who is pro and con on the subject being debated. Can't collect this stuff willy-nilly. You really have to pay attention to who is talking...
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Club Chaos SEO Bootcamp Writing 101: The Water Writer versus The Glass Writer What is an objective comment? The concept seems pretty subjective to me... Fact: the glass is half empty. Fact: the glass is half full. Fact: the glass is full of air and water... Hmm... Are we all right based upon our view of what we observe and how we describe it? Is one more right than another? Facts are always relative to what we are presenting or comparing them to. Facts change as more information is known... Whether a fact is objective or subjective remains to be seen. The facts of the matter have to be discovered and facts change with each new piece of information revealed. If the glass is the subject, it is full of air and water. If the liquid is the subject, it can either be half full or half empty. ...
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By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
A Feng Shui Home in Queens New York---A Forest Hills NY House in Need of Feng Shui As a New York Feng Shui Consultant I travel to so many different places of New York City, Long Island, Brooklyn and, of course, the borough of Queens NY, just on the border of Nassau County. I love to provide Feng Shui Consultations in Queens because of its neighborhoods and diversity.  I have been in different parts of Jamaica, Flushing, and Ozone Park and quite often get called for Feng Shui Help in the beautiful section know as Forest Hills NY. Forest Hills in Queens have a mixture of Apartments, Condos and beautiful houses.  In fact, it's where my cousins grew up and I've spent a lot of time there in my younger days! A Welcoming Front Door known in Feng Shui as "The Mouth of Chi" where all the good, f...
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By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Taken by Feng Shui New York Consultant Carole Provenzale of Feng Shui Long Island & New York in Queens NY.
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By C Tann-Starr
(Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.)
http://rebarcamp.com/philadelphia/2009/04/pre-barcamp-beer-with-bloggers/ I don't drink but I'm thinking I should be the designated driver and drag a couple of peeps to go hang out over here (LOL). You have to admit this is going to be fun. I could use some fun. How about you? ;-) http://www.flickr.com/photos/realtorkimwood/3452570046/ Here's a picture of the Quiet Man's Club where the bloggers will be hanging out. Very cool bit of old world graphics. I think I want to go just for the eye candy and giggles. How can there not be giggles? Mangiggly the I-talian is in PA with a host of other stellar bloggers. I'm thinking of high-jacking Sheldon Neal for the ride down. Gotta call Josef Katz and see what he's doing. Maybe I can high-jack him as well. Can only fit four. Bummer. I may have to...
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http://agentgenius.com/real-estate-law-marketing/nar-code-of-ethics-rules-for-social-media-realtors-and-associations/ Be careful of the Internet Speech Police. Sometimes you have to call a spade a spade without stubbing your toe on one. I love the reminder that we should be telling the truth on our blog posts. We should. What I'm curious about is how far is NAR willing to go when people say something that is true but some other competitor doesn't like. We already have libel, slander and defamation laws. Be careful when you want to impose too much of your association free speech rules on individual people. They may stake out Constitutional challenges because they view it as anti-competitive... If it sucks it sucks. I should be able to say that and not get kicked out of a dues paying orga...
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The fun thing about the Internet is that it crosses every time zone. On a good day, if you pace yourself just right, it may appear that you seem to be everywhere at once. Did I mention I work in 20 minute intervals? I do you know. That works for me. I have very self directed little people, so I have to stay on my toes and trade places with the hubby chasing the wee ones around a very small apartment. They can do a lot of damage in a small space (LOL). Can't take your eyes off of them for any significant length of time. Things get hammered, tossed, toasted or may be found floating in the toilet in the blink of an eye the if you do (LOL). Latest Little Minion Update: They've taken to climbing the furniture. I used to yell at them all the time about it. Now I casually mention they should g...
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By C Tann-Starr
(Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.)
Amanda Marie makes running the streets lots of fun. I'm wondering if I should go pop in on Ann Tann today as well. Haven't seen my Auntie in a while. Need to get back in touch with the brood. My relatives are very talented and interesting quirky people, so I'm sitting here with a cool aid grin just thinking about the havoc a reunion would cause. We have a unique sense of humor and I could use a good laugh so I've got Kings County on my mind because Brooklyn is full of 'em and visiting family and friends is now a hot ticket on my agenda for the week. I my even drag a client or two to the party. I like sharing a meal with my buyers. Some of them make real estate fun. :-) Since I'm still working on a goodbye post to my Mom-In-Law to share with my peeps I've been collecting a lot of shots o...
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By Vicente A. Martinez, Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes
(Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson)
      To find the value of your home with a FREE, over-the-net home HIGHEST Price Analysis, please visit: http://www.newyorkmarketvalue.com/   SEARCH over 50,000 homes online for FREE and be the first to know about HOT NEW LISTINGS before other buyers do, please visit http://www.allnylistings.com/ Disclaimer: The above Real Estate information was provided by Vincent Martinez, Realtor for the #1 Real Estate offices in New York and the #4 office in the USA. Vincent Martinez is a Certified Realtor Short Sale Professional by the Long Island Board of Realtors (L.I.B.O.R.) and a member of Prudential Douglas Elliman - Licensed Real Estate Broker. Vincent Martinez does not guarantee or is any way responsible for the accuracy of the information in this blog post and information provided is witho...
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By Kin Tsui
(EMC Long Island Realty)
Inventory as at 02/25/09: 6 units of 2 family - median asking price $894,000 43 units of 1 family - median asking price $795,000 40 units of condo - median asking price $465,500 293 units of co-op - median asking price $269,000 Units closed in the last 3 months period from 11/1/08 to 01/31/09: 0 units of 2 family 8 units of 1 family - median selling price $649,000 18 units of condo - median asking price $402,500 92 units of co-op - median selling price $245,250 Units closed in the same 3 months period last year from 11/1/07 to 1/31/08: 2 units of 2 Family - median selling price $766,500 15 units of 1 Family - median selling price $665,000 3 units of condo - median asking price $415,000 117 units of co-op - median selling price $230,000 Source: MLS of Long Island
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By C Tann-Starr
(Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.)
Searching for a home can be the cause of a lot of stress for buyers who are unprepared for the realities of the process. I spend a lot of time on-line researching housing trends, building records and permits, certificates of occupancy, market value history, liens, taxes, school districts, crime rates and recreational activities based upon targeted areas my clients express an interest in. I own and maintain multiple websites to make the selection process interesting and help the public start their buying and selling research. I also spend a lot of time jogging and blogging, hanging out in social media and being pretty transparent about a lot of issues. I do this because I am a Buyer's Agent. My business model is 70% Buyer Agency, 15% Listing Agent, 15% Rental Agent. A buyer’s agent is an...
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By Jacques Ambron, Helping buyers and sellers accomplish all of their
(Madeleine Realty Ltd)
Well, as most of you no doubt have heard we have been hit with tough economic times.  The good news is that for the most part our area Including Forest Hills, Kew Gardens and Rego Park have been holding on.  Other areas like Fresh Meadows and Jamaica estates have a lowered expected pricing. We have seen a decline in the volume of poeple purchasing, but there seems to be a leveling off, and interest in the market has gained a slight momentum. Asking prices for Coops have dropped a bit, while House prices are still quite high.  For this reason the houses are taking a bit longer to sell. In a down market, I am reccomending to all of my sellers to be a bit more aggressive in their approach to selling.  Setting a slightly more realistic price could mean not only a faster sale, but surprising...
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By Vicente A. Martinez, Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes
(Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson)
Some of the most common questions home owners have are: When should I sell?  How do I get the best price? What kinds of renovations should be made prior to the sale?  These home selling reports will assist you in answering the many questions that arise during the home selling process.  When you're armed with the right information, and an experienced real estate professional, you'll be closer to reaching your goal - selling your home fast, and for the best price. Click Here for your Complimentary Reports.     Friend me on Facebook  Follow me on Twitter To find the value of your home with a FREE, over-the-net home HIGHEST Price Analysis, please visit: http://www.newyorkmarketvalue.com/ To find the value of your home with a FREE, over-the-net home HIGHEST Price Analysis, please visit: http...
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By Vicente A. Martinez, Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes
(Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson)
The Forest Hills Gardens were the first and are the oldest of the designed communities. The neighborhood was planned on the reproduction of the garden communities of England. Forest Hills is situated in the borough of Queens, in NYC, and can be reached from Manhattan by subway on the E, F, G or R lines. The area was formerly known as Whitepot (the land was bought from Native Americans for three white clay pots). Forest Hills was once 600 acres of farm land owned by Frederick Backus, George Backus and Horatio N. Squires. The land was acquired in 1906 by the Cord Meyer Development Company and re-named Forest Hills after its closeness to Forest Park. Streets were named in alphabetical order... starting with Atom Avenue all the way thru Zuni Avenue (the alphabetical designations live on). T...
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By C Tann-Starr
(Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.)
This series of residential tours is inspired by my girlfriends Elizabeth Weintraub (of Sacramento) and Poppy Dinsey (of London, UK). The Weintraub Gallery features her favorite Land Park Homes in Sacramento (About.com), while Poppy D (Zoomf) takes us on an eclectic tour of her neck of the woods in "A Walk Around London England." If you are into eye candy like me, then I encourage you to bookmark both of their blogs. I promise you, you will not be disappointed...  Who knew turtle runs could become such international fun? May all the readers enjoy my second selection of favorite homes in the neighborhood. Queens County is a great place to live! I love New York City.  
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By Vicente A. Martinez, Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes
(Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson)
Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED). The future is NOW!!! The coolest thing about OLED is that it can be printed on ultra-thin materials like clothing and roll-up displays.  Oh yeah, OLED has a one million to one (1,000,000:1) contrast ratio making it virtually better than how the human eye perceives reality.  OLED has a response time of 0.01ms compared to the 8-12ms of LCD.  As of now it is expensive to produce and the lifespan of the technology needs to be extended to that of LCD and plasma which is 60,000 hours.  Other than that, there are no cons.  This display technology is thinner than plasma or lcd could ever hope to be.To find the value of your home with a FREE, over-the-net home HIGHEST Price Analysis, please visit: http://www.newyorkmarketvalue.com/   SEARCH over 50,000 homes ...
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By Vicente A. Martinez, Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes
(Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson)
The way we search for homes for sale has changed significantly in the past few years. Long gone are the days of driving around town, looking at house after house after house.  The Platinum Buyer Program will only alert you to houses that correspond to your specific criteria. Delivered straight to your inbox, you will receive a list of homes that only contain properties in the neighborhoods or communities you're interested in. The last thing I want to do is waste your time. The requirements for this program are: A desire to invest in the next 30-90 days (owning a home and having to sell first does NOT disqualify a participant, however, may extend the time frame to assure the Buyer does not have to support 2 mortgages) Must have a clear vision (I will help with this) of their idyllic home...
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By Vicente A. Martinez, Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes
(Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson)
The first units are expected to sell between $5,000 and $10,000. As with other technology it will eventually get more and more afforable and within the next 20 years one out of four Americans will have one in their homes. It's what our children and grandchildren will be using on a daily basis in their homes.   Coming soon to a bar, restaurant, casino and retail store near you. To find the value of your home with a FREE, over-the-net home HIGHEST Price Analysis, please visit: http://www.newyorkmarketvalue.com/   SEARCH over 50,000 homes online for FREE and be the first to know about HOT NEW LISTINGS before other buyers do, please visit http://www.allnylistings.com/
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By Vicente A. Martinez, Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes
(Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson)
 The new Alvin and the Chipmunks is a movie for adults and children. I fondly remember growing up watching "Alvin and the Chipmunks" on Saturday morning cartoons and listening to a cassette tape my dad had bought featuring the singing chipmunks (I can't recall a single song that was included on that cassette tape). The actual plot more or less follows the romantic comedy pattern...a bit weird if you think about it, but that's precisely what it is. When their home becomes a Christmas tree for a record company foyer, the Chipmunks re-home themselves with the unwitting Dave, a struggling songwriter whose career is on the skids. Dave meets The Chipmunks and they hate each other at first. Being not house trained the boys make a shambles of David's condo. But soon David discovers the boys can...
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By Vicente A. Martinez, Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes
(Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson)
"Dangerous combination... chess and cons," ponders Jake Green (Jason Statham) in Revolver. This flick was a thinker. I like it when a movie throws out a challenging, confusing plot that introduces you to a group of seemingly unrelated puzzle pieces then, by the end, surprises you by revealing how they are all interrelated. The acting, the mind games, and the way it all fit together in the end was brilliant. Jason Statham is playing a different character this time and he has HAIR! Andre Benjamin was also a very pleasant surprise. He did a great job. At first glance, "Revolver" has the makings of a typical gangster film, teeming with well-dressed tough guys having reputations as swindlers, crime lords, hitmen, and loan sharks. But then the movie takes a sudden left turn and begins to evol...
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