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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
Wondering what's trending in the housing market right now? Grays are OUT, and a neutral palette with a pop of color is IN! With summer in full swing, homebuyers are loving that fresh, indoor-outdoor vibe. Natural light and a welcoming atmosphere are key to creating a space that feels inviting and vibrant.A neutral color scheme provides a versatile canvas, allowing homeowners to add personality with bold accent pieces. Think soft beiges, warm whites, and taupes as your base, complemented by pops of color like vibrant blues, rich greens, or even sunny yellows. This approach not only enhances the natural light but also creates a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces.Whether you’re preparing your home for sale or just looking to refresh your living space, embracing this tren...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
When it comes to selling your home, having an experienced agent by your side is crucial. Navigating potential offers can be complex, and it's essential to thoroughly vet potential buyers by addressing these critical questions:1. Do They Have a Pre-Approval?A pre-approval letter from a lender shows that the buyer is serious and financially capable of purchasing your home. This can provide peace of mind and streamline the closing process.2. Is Their Down Payment/Closing Fund Liquid and Easily Available?Ensuring that the buyer's funds are readily accessible can prevent delays. This question helps verify their financial readiness and commitment to the purchase.3. Is the Offer Contingent?Understanding if the offer is contingent on the sale of another property, financing, or inspections is vi...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties)
Speechless Sundays: which meal would you like me to make for you? Well just to be clear I made both of them in the past few days.On a side note, can you make out all the ingredients? Inquiring minds want to know. Yes, I know it is not a market report and it is not real estate related. Nevertheless, this Beverly Hills Realtor has time to sell and make good food at home:))I am looking forward to your choices as well as ingredients. Wishing you a safe and healthy life and I look forward to your comments. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, focused and goal-oriented Realtor in the Beverly Hills area who will help you achieve your Real Estate goals, please reach out to me directly! If you are looking for a pet friendly Beverly Hills Realtor who can handle and sell the most difficult prop...
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By David Saks, Broker / Industry Analyst
Hi !It's been a long time.I should give up stamp collecting and come back to dear old ActiveRain.Miss you !Be well and happy everyday, my dear friends !Davidhttp://DavidSaks.comCelebrating 25 Years Online1999-2024Me and the Steinwayhttps://activerain.com/blogsview/4479797/jimi-jamison--1951--2014
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By Lauren Williams, CPO, Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes
(Casual Uncluttering LLC)
Clutter and fire are a horrific combination, meeting in a heartbeat,  ferocious and deadly. That's common knowledge in my profession, and I have two clients in mind when I speak of it. But facts published in the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, Aging Committee Majority Staff report “The Consequences of Clutter: How Hoarding Disorder Affects America’s Older Adults, First Responders, and Their Communities” make the terrifying possibilities even more real. This is part of the testimony of Firefighter Adam Woods, San Francisco Fire Department (California)Relevant Incident:We responded to a fire in 2022 in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. The frontentrance of the two-story house was completely blocked by accumulated furniture and debris.Rescue crews were forced to ent...
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By Jeffrey Richman, Creative Real Estate Specialist
(Immediate Home Solutions)
There's no other way to say it. My wife and I are both in agreement on this point. The entire process is nothing short of exhausting, both physically and mentally. From the endless packing and purging before you pack, to the countless trips to and from the moving truck (that’s why you hire movers!), it's a marathon that tests your patience and stamina. And let's not forget the chaos that inevitably ensues when you're trying to find that one crucial item buried somewhere in a sea of boxes that you hope that you did not get rid of. The stress doesn't just impact us; it affects our belongings too. Though, I will say that we have found that moving much of the furniture costs almost as much as buying new.  Hey, new house, new furnishings.  The constant handling, the jostling during transport...
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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)
The above photo was this Sunday mornings Sausage Casserole cooked on the grill that I mentioned last night.  More about it and the new Desk/Table from the Crooked Furniture Company coming tomorrow!!..............................................................................................................................................Hi All..29 days ago on the day after my Birthday, Kathy Streib sent me a phone text message at about 9:30pm regarding my blogging and said...and I quote: "Hey - wake up!! Where's your post today??"Then on July 1st she chimed in on another blog after I had completed my personal challenge of 30 blogs in 30 days. Thank you Kathy for staying on me as a couple of blogs came in late in the evening and only because you nudged me. Even during a hurricane you st...
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net
(Arizona Elite Properties )
United we must be.  As I am sure you are all feeling - sad, dismayed, concerned, and angry are a few of my immediate emotions after the assassination attempt on Donald Trump yesterday. Regardless of your political beliefs or leanings, this is a troubling time for everyone in this country. Never, never, never is an attempted killing of any leader or former leader ok.  Sadly, we all know the vitriolic attitude that exists on all sides of the political arena down to the local level. People are split, divided, and on opposite sides on practically every topic. Social media has certainly added fuel to the fire as people take to their keyboards saying anything and everything that comes to mind. The picture I snapped above is my son and an amazing man who served our country as a Colonel in the ...
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By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
The other day I provided a Feng Shui Consultation in downtown Manhattan. Before entering the building, I needed to determine the facing direction of the structure and take note of any significant features around the building that could be influencing its energy. I eventually identified the facing direction and recorded the compass reading. After doing so, I noticed a message on the sidewalk where I stood that said, "Live The Present." It was a lovely reminder for myself and to pass onto my client, to live in the present moment. And now, to pass on to you :)    
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
As I am sure you are all feeling - sad, dismayed, concerned, and angry are a few of my immediate emotions after the assassination attempt on Donald Trump yesterday. Regardless of your political beliefs or leanings, this is a troubling time for everyone in this country. Never, never, never is an attempted killing of any leader or former leader ok. Sadly, we all know the vitriolic attitude that exists on all sides of the political arena down to the local level. People are split, divided, and on opposite sides on practically every topic. Social media has certainly added fuel to the fire as people take to their keyboards saying anything and everything that comes to mind.The picture I snapped above is my son and an amazing man who served our country as a Colonel in the Marines for over 20 ye...
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By Robert J. Russell, IRES, ICREA, REBS, GMA, LAS, LUTCF
(Robert J Russell Companies)
Are you a REALTOR looking for people moving to Georgia ? This group is for anyone looking to relocate or sell anywhere in Georgia. Want to be a Preferred REALTOR for Georgia?   This is the group to join! https://www.facebook.com/groups/georgiarelocation                            
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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)
Above photo is of an irrigated Alfalfa field south of Kearney, NE taken on 7-12-24............................................................................I am taking a breather here in this blog from getting to personal or emotional or philosophical or irrational or even rational with what is going on in our country and the world right now. I do want to say thank you to all who have stopped by my blogs over the last 48 days or so.  Many of you have stopped a lot of times and I do appreciate it.This cold I wrote about yesterday has kicked me around a little but I was able to finish the desk/table that I was building for my daughter, Jaime.  I will post photos at a later date. Going to take it out to her rural home tomorrow if I continue to improve in the cold department.  It appears ...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 A recent post reminded me of a situation from long, long ago. I was selling a sizeable custom-built home. We had a buyer who loved the house and made an offer. The seller was adamant about his sales price, and the buyer was just as adamant about what he was willing to pay for the house.  I knew that almost all furniture was custom-made for this property, and the owner was not planning to use any existing furniture in his new property. The buyer wanted to buy, and the seller wanted to sell. When that happens, there is always a way!                                                      We created two separate contracts: one for the sale of the house and another for the sale of the furniture. They both agreed. The buyer received the house with all the furniture, itemized and included, and ...
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By Lauren Williams, CPO, Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes
(Casual Uncluttering LLC)
Axios published a July 2, 2024 summary of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, Aging Committee Majority Staff report “The Consequences of Clutter: How Hoarding Disorder Affects America’s Older Adults, First Responders, and Their Communities,” That article, written by Maya Goldman in the Axios Health section, is extremely accessible. If you don't want to read all 207 pages of the original - go to Axios.
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Posts Just For You- This Week at ActiveRain July 7 to July 13, 2024  Every day there is something to learn here at ActiveRain.  With this series, I highlight posts that gave me that lightbulb moment. It could be something techie, a post about Real Estate or other professions, about a place, or a person. Or, it could be a post that made me sit up and take notice!July 7:  Wanda Kubat-Nerdin   Eating At Your TableAnother beautiful story with a timeless message.   Monica Hill What's In Your Dash?We've all read The Dash! I love how Monica views it.   John Henry The Definition of Insanity and Other Adages That Don't Make Sense...Luck?You can count on John to share his thoughts and educate us at the same time.  July 8: Dorie Dillard "Mastering Diplomacy: Making Your Point Without Creating Enem...
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By Roy Kelley
(Retired)
Working independently has allowed me to take pride in personalized service.   Working independently has allowed me to take pride in personalized service.   As a solo Realtor®-Broker-Owner, I can work with a network of trusted professionals. Whether engaging with a reliable mortgage broker, contractor, appraiser, photographer, locksmith, electrician,  home inspector, stager, or real estate attorney, I can handpick experts who deliver the same excellence I provide. Here is one example: In this week of extreme summer heat, I had a situation with a nonfunctioning AC system and was told that it would be a real challenge to get it up and running anytime soon. The AC owner was a senior who was not feeling well. At 1:15 p.m., I texted my "team" member, a long-time loyal HVAC contractor, explain...
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By Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(DFW FINE PROPERTIES)
Photo Journalism by Patricia Feager 7/19/2024  Meditation is a stress-reduction. It takes time and patience to get to a place ofcalmness. Today, I imagine what it would be like to be on a lake paddling acanoe like I did when I lived in Maine during the summers of 1987 through 1992.In my feature photo, I created a self-portrait using NightCafe to include imagesfrom my memory of paddling a canoe. Unlike the A.I. feature photo, my writingis original. It is the story of my life and a legacy I leave to my children. Learning to adapt is essential. I accepted a job as far away from home as possible in Denmark, Maine. While they went to summer camp, I was hired on as a Staff person to work as a bookkeeper. My first cabin was a tiny ski cabin. There was no electricity, lock on thecabin door, or ...
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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)
Made it through all of the closings this week and have checks in the bank!That is the good.   But right now my head/throat feel like the clouds in the above photo taken today South of Kearney, NE.  A lot of good in the photo and a few dark cloudy floaties in the sky...kind of like my head right now... a couple of dark floaties it feels like.Because the bad is somewhere along my hectic week and the dozens and dozens of people I talked with I came across someone who had a cold...and Voila!Lucky me, I now have it and my weekend plans have all been canceled. I will admit I am not 100% upset that we will not be going to our hometown for the day of reminiscing during their annual celebration. I like going but hate the drive home at night. We have a family reunion next weekend that I will want...
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By Doug Jones, Mortgage Broker - NMLS 286668
(Mortgage Magic)
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By Doug Rogers, Your Real Estate Resource!
(RE/MAX Coastal Properties)
Destin Condos On The Harbor-602 Harbor BlvdSearching for the perfect Destin Florida Condo? Need all the luxury features AND room for your boat? If so, 602 Harbor Blvd unit 302 should be on your must tour list. Let's take a minute and discover what makes this Destin condo so special.  3 Bedroom Condo For Sale in Destin Fl OverviewMapsPhotos $1,650,000 Condominium Main Features 3 Bedrooms3 Full Bathrooms1 Half BathroomInterior: 2,571 sqftYear Built: 2000MLS #: 945094 Location 602 Harbor Boulevard302Destin, FL 32541USA Doug Rogers RE/MAX Coastal Properties(318) 613-1994dougsoldit@gmail.comhttp://www.FloridaCondoHunter.com   Listed by: RE/MAX Coastal Properties Our recent listings 3 Bedroom Home For Sale Near Alexandria LA | $155,000 | Boyce, LA3 Bedroom Condo For Sale In Destin Florida | $...
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