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Recent blogs on ActiveRain Community
By Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR!
( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
Thank Goodness for My ActiveRain Family I want to say a BIG thank you to everyone who participated in this month's challenge. I read each and every one of your AMAZING entries and am so very thankful for each and every one of you. Some of you shared a 'silly' side of you, others were more serious and others, so deeply grateful that your posts brought tears to my eyes. I am thankful to each and every one of you for sharing you, your lives, your loves, your hearts with us this month. November is THE perfect month to publicly share how very grateful you are.I am thankful for so very much in my life - my family (including our fur babies), friends, clients, nature, home...and SO much more. As we are in our last few hours to post tonight for the challenge, I thought I would share my gratitud...
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By Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
A Sedona Breakfast With Santa!Santa Claus is Coming to Town!  Saturday, December 3, 2022 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. The Hub at Posse Grounds Park 525-B Posse Ground Road Sedona, AZ 86336  The city of Sedona Parks & Recreation Department is partnering with the Sedona Elks Lodge to bring you our 13th annual Breakfast with Santa. Join us for a free pancake breakfast, carols sung by the Red Rock Appella chorus, Santa's Stable of famous reindeer, and a visit with jolly St. Nick as he stops in Sedona from the North Pole.You can visit Santa from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., and breakfast will be served until 9:45 a.m. Breakfast and other activities will take place at The Hub at Posse Grounds Park, 525-B Posse Ground Rd., both inside and on the outdoor patios; please dress accordingly.  NOTE: All information...
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
Thankful for the Phone Call That Put Me onto ActiveRainMy ride on Active Rain has been a journey of 15 years and may well go for some time yet. It was a phone call from a loan officer that had just found the platform and was impressed with the response he got when he did a blog and ping.I signed on and spent time appreciating how active some members were with their daily blog posts. I did not know how to blog and did not want to post something that would demonstrate my ineptness for posterity.It did change, however, as there were blog challenges, those mega events called RainCamps, tutorials on ActiveRain U, and the reality that blogging will get better with time.There were technology posts that came on with some frequency that offered insights to trends that were coming as well as chan...
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By MichelleCherie Carr Crowe .Just Call. 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty)
THANK GOD! How many of us say that without even thinking about it? Yet during November and the Thanksgiving season, it's wise (and humbling) to review all the reasons to be grateful. I'm most grateful for God the Father and Creator of the World, His Son the Risen Savior and Lord Jesus Christ whose Birthday we Celebrate every Christmas on December 25, and the Holy Spirit, our Comforter and Counselor who Leads, Teaches and Guides us daily. Without God, none of us would even be here in this world. Without God, there would be no hope. Without God, there wouldn't even be life. While I know some folks share different beliefs about God-even as to whether He or She exists, in  my soul, I've known since a young age there is a God, His Son is Jesus, and He created and loves me and you! The Holy ...
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By Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
(Get It Done For Me Virtual Services )
“There is always light. If only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.” -- Amanda Gorman . . Quit going solo and TEAM UP with a group of task mavericks who are in the know on how to help you and your business grow. 👨🏼‍🤝‍👨🏼   DELEGATE TO ELEVATE...   You’ll never have to ask why you have to do everything yourself again! Text “Start Now” to 561-502-1577 today!
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By Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker, 602-380-4886
(HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000)
 35+ years ago, while taking a leadership seminar, I was asked to share my thoughts on life, what is it I want to accomplish, lead with or give to others? That was a very simple question for me. "Tiny Little Lights".  This is what I've been all about for years.  Nothing earth shattering,  but rather, tiny little lights along my journey with others.  I could share a thousand stories of how that's come to fruition and continues to be, to this day.  I'll share one in particular so as to keep you reading, and not snoring!! LOL  Years ago when Gary and I bought our current home, my immediate thought as I walked into the front door and saw the wall of windows towards the back of the home leading to a huge patio area  was  "Tiny Little Lights". For 4 years I had been hiking the mountain straig...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
A lot of great news today in the DC Metro Area housing market! In case you missed, here's a quick rundown: Jumbo loan limit increased to $1,089,000 A bit of jump on pending home sales (according to Bright MLS) Interest rate expected to stay between low to mid sixes These info and more on this week's Housing Market Report.Let me know what you think in the comments!#housing #sales #housingmarket #realestateupdate #realestatenumbers #statistics #loan #mortgage #interestrate #northernvirginia #dcmetro
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
We have about 10 days of storms coming through North Idaho Panhandle.  Today being the forecasted largest of daily snow fall.  The above picture shows Highway 95 as one exits Sandpoint Idaho and heads north towards Bonners Ferry and Canada.  This photo from Monday as I was heading home and only a teaser storm about 1/5 of the projected snow of storms coming in starting today.   With this in mind I asked our agents and staff to please stay home for safety,  and to take care of much needed work around the house with this type of snowfall.  Of course there is always a 2nd side to the sword.  Driving to Sandpoint Realty Office this morning I could not help but stop and get a photo of how wonderful the Sandpoint Town Center Christmas Tree looks with just the early accumulation of the storms ...
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By Terri Buseman, Downtown Chicago
(RE/MAX Premier Properties)
The holidays are here again. If you are planning to celebrate this season, appetizers and finger foods are a must. Appetizers can be served before the meal, or you can make your party a finger food and cocktails affair. The question is, what foods should you be serving? Which appetizers and finger foods are trending this year? Continue reading for inspiration on menu items that will make your holiday party a memorable one.  Charcuterie Boards (and Non-Charcuterie Boards)Charcuterie boards are a classic appetizer. They typically feature a variety of cured meats, cheeses, crackers, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and dipping sauces. But if you want to get trendy, you can try out some non-charcuterie board options. These include: A Cheese Fondue Charcuterie Board which may include cheese fondue,...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Everyone is under stress right before closing. So many details to take care of in addition to emptying the house and  having it "broom clean."  Take time to compliment the seller for the way they leave the house for the final walk-through. Many sellers vacate their homes and hire a cleaning service for this last phase.   Sellers are exhausted, and a simple thank you or at least acknowledging the effort put forth to get the house in condition to turn it over to the new buyers is the least you can do. If the buyers don't express their gratitude, please agents on both sides should complement the seller. I do feel that the way the house is left shows the character of the seller. Also, the way the buyer receives the home shows their personality.Thinking about selling your home Call Margaret ...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
GOD GAVE US PASSION!As we have shared or gratitude's and thanks over the last month I wanted to end mine with my gratitude for the God given gift of passion. Most of us were born out of passion and hopefully we were raised in homes where Mom and Dad's passion remained for each other but overall became second fiddle to love.All of us have found our passions in life and they are as varied as we are ourselves. Our passions change throughout life. Roughly my passions ran from nuclear family, to girls, to music, and to money. Today my passion is my faith in God and for my family. BTW God is number one.Obviously our passions can be out of order as my earlier passions were. Misplaced passion can take us away from what God had originally intended. At one time, when I lived in a small town (pop ...
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By Khash Saghafi NMLS, Mortgage Loan Officer, Cleveland OH NMLS 1114762
(Liberty Home Mortgage Corporation)
My next seminar is Thursday, December 1st from 8am - 10am EST.It is on Zoom and it is FREE. The topic is, "What are the differences between an FHA, VA and Conventional Appraisal" and every real estate agent in this country should be on the call.Register by going to my site at and you will immediately be emailed the link to log in on Thursday morning.I have done these seminars for 18 years and Covid introduced me to Zoom, I took it online and now people all across the Universe can join in and watch. Watch for 10 minutes or the entire 2 hours.I am a loan officer who lends in 45 states and I handle the loan from start-to-finish. My cell phone is 1-216-780-1103 and I can be reached at anytime for questions, Pre-Approvals or anything else needed.
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By Myers Jackson, America's Auctioneer
(Auctioneer, Texas Flip N Move )
Land for sale in Texas just west of Fort Worth. Almost 10 Acres of land with a barndominium for sale with shell for your barndominium floor plan near sought after Village Inn area. Stubbed and plumbed for an open concept, 1600 sqft, 3 bed, 2 bath home located just footsteps away from Hubbard Creek Lake. Enjoy a relaxing evening on the 10x40 covered front or back porch perfect for entertaining friends and family.Modern design with farmhouse colors, custom wood doors, 20x20 attached metal carport, stylish black metal roof, retaining wall as landscape boxes. Heavily wooded with great topography changes offer country living at its BEST yet 5 short miles from the amenities of town. Enjoy as a full-time residence or use to escape reality as a weekend getaway. Water meter on site from SRSUD. A...
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By Myers Jackson, America's Auctioneer
(Auctioneer, Texas Flip N Move )
By buying a house for sale in Fort Worth, you can save over two hundred thousand dollars off the builder’s sale price only at auction. Primary and Guest suite on the main level. Soaring and vaulted ceilings with an Open Design. The living room can serve as a gathering area or office. Kitchen with island seating, extended counter space, planning area, quartz countertops, double ovens, window seat in the breakfast area. Access your covered back patio for entertaining & Barbeques. Your primary bath is complete with a freestanding soaking tub, a walk-in shower, and quartz countertops. Upstairs offers two bedrooms with adjoining bath, game room and Media room area. Hybrid-heat pump electric tank water heater. 8ft wood front door. Zoned 2 AC units with 16 seers. Enjoy walking and jogging thro...
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By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs
(RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305
Over the years I've seen many a person in the Rain claim "blogging doesn't work".And they're right, every time.For them, blogging DOES NOT WORK, but upon closer examination of their blogs there's usually clearly evident reasons as to WHY blogging isn't working for them and in my opinion every one of those reasons can be corrected IF one wants to do the work.Here's what I often see from the "blogging doesn't work" crowd:1.  Not enough content to get the consumer or Google's attention.  Throwing out a handful of posts with "I sell houses" or "I'm help with loans" is going to get it done.  Numbers of posts alone won't make blogging work, but you need enough out there to actually have a chance of being found.2.  "Wrong" content.  If you're writing about stuff the consumer doesn't seek to fi...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
I’m so Thankful for our Beaches   The November 2022 Gratitude Challenge has all been about being thankful. We’ve had the entire month to share up to 4 posts about what we are grateful for, which no doubt is pretty easy to do.  It’s been fun to participate, but even better to read so many wonderful posts about gratitude and being thankful! For my last post, I wanted to share my gratitude for our Carlsbad beaches. I am thankful in so many ways! I have spent the majority of my life near beaches, or within an hour or so, on both the east and west coasts. For me it would be very difficult to live far away from the beach, and the lifestyle that I enjoy so much.   Carlsbad is essentially one big beach, about 7 miles long. And there are a number of different named beaches (e.g., Tamarack Beach,...
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By Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets, & Host of Postcards From Success Podcast
(Big Block Realty 858.232.8722)
This is a continuation from: Grateful For The Struggle (part 1)(Week 4, Post 3 of the Active Rain Challenge) In part one I discussed some of the challenges in my life and business I was grateful for, because of what they made of me (and revealed about me). Having gone through many challenges successfully also provided perspective and confidence; I did it before, I can do it again. It's allowed me to remain empathetic to how scared people can get for similar obstacles, but remain strong in my own abilities to overcome; here's what I mean:When many of you and I went through a once in a lifetime national market crash, we no longer succumb to worry about rates that go up occasionally. When the (2022) 6% rates that used to be (2020) 3% rates cause panic; empathy towards those this affects is...
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By Tim L. Ramey
(RG Realty Group)
Healthy Email Habits to Improve Your Day   Organize Your Inbox with These 7 Tips Whether you took off one day or five days last week, everyone can relate to this situation: returning to work and finding hundreds of unread emails in your inbox. Chances are you started checking those unread emails before the workweek even started, too. In fact, a recent survey of 1,000 North Americans conducted by Sleep Advisor found that 55% of people check their email before sitting down to work. And 17% said they check their email immediately upon waking up—a staggering number that rises to 33% for workers aged 25-40. Most will simply chalk this up to our culture of connectivity, which dictates that we’re always “on” and checking in, even before the traditional workday starts. Still, studies show that ...
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By Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Rent
(RE/MAX DFW Associates)
I am truly grateful for my office! When I started real estate in 2005 I had sold and bought a home with a RE/MAX agent. I went to real estate school and was solicited by many companies but I knew in my heart I was going to my local RE/MAX.  So I stepped out in faith joined the firm and never looked back.  As a RE/MAX agent I have access to other agents all over the world! I have definitely taken advantage of the technology offered including leads, an amazing website,  training & motivational speakers and recognition offered by the RE/MAX brand.  The RE/MAX balloon is in the top 10 recognized symbols in the world! Sure I could be my own broker and probably save money but I do think being part of a big brokerage has helped me sell homes and obtain a referral base. My husband I purchased t...
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By Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
(Get It Done For Me Virtual Services )
"Thinking will not overcome fear but action will." - W. Clement Stone . . Our team of VAs/ISAs is dynamic and focused, working continuously within specific task requirements & tight task deadlines so that YOU, however independent you might be, are definitely NOT WORKING ALONE!   Remember, there is no “I” in “TEAM.” 👨🏼‍🤝‍👨🏼   Start building your systems and leveraging your time! Text “Start Now” to 561-502-1577 today!
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