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By Jaime Westman
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Crowdfunding is a new way for anyone to gain money online from friends as well as anonymous people who want to help fund their ideas or necessities in life. GoFundMe has taken Americans’ interest in free money and helping those in need to another level. The site allows individuals to sign up, sha...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
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This post will be an attempt to clarify the title of the post. While this simple fact may seem obvious, we constantly hear stories about what the inspector should have been able to see, superman style, when the remodeling starts.In the best of scenarios the inspector will note the warning signs t...
By Jackie Hillen, Tulare County ~ (559) 999-8088
(Melson Realty)
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 The Springville Rodeo is fast approaching.  It's a wonderful weekend of family fun and entertainment.  If you've never been to a rodeo, you're in for a treat.  There are lots of events including barrel racing, bull riding, muttin bustin, and many others.   The weekend fun begins on Friday night ...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
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I read a headline this morning that reminded me of how important it is to always check out the contractors who do work for you. The headline read,  "Maine Exam Board Issues Warning About Former Master Electrician, Offers Free Inspections."  It just reminded me once again that everyone who profess...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
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Tips For Improving Your Agent To Agent Marketing EmailsWe get it, it makes your sellers feel good when you tell them that you're going to email EVERY agent in the MLS about their home being for sale.  Personally, I'm not a big fan of getting those unsolicited emails and prefer using the MLS to fi...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Feng Shui Pop Quiz Answer: Why Is The Number 3 So Important? Feng Shui (environmental psychology) taps into various realms of teachings and combines them to create a cohesive blend of various insights. Part of those teachings pull from numerology and in particular the number 3 carries great signi...
By Sarah Cole, Sarah Cole
(VA on Demand Social Media Consultant -
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Excuse this direct marketing plug, but I promise not to do this often. I figure it is along the same lines as when a listing is advertised.  It's about my real estate tutorial courses I'm offering.   They were month to month, but I have changed that to a one time fee AND I lowered the fee to $19 ...
By Inna Ivchenko, Los Angeles / Valley Homes
(Mannis Real Estate Group)
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 It finally have happened!  After writing 367 blog posts and reading thousands, leaving 10,000+ comments, answers, likes and reviews, taking part of many contests, hours and hours in front of my Mac, 231 followers,etc. etc. a reached one of my goals for 2015: 500,000 AR blogging points.  This mil...
By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
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Patches... even our old friend Clarence Carter would have to agree that there is a right way and a wrong way to patch a roof. My Inspection in Rio Rancho the other day led me to an Investors finding and purchase of a distressed home. The usual things were apparent when I arrived, like overgrown l...
By Steve Reed, Steve Reed Branch Manager | Benchmark Home Loans
(Benchmark Home Loans)
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New York Federal Reserve Bank President William Dudley spoke in New York today saying that he feels that economic growth will rebound, which would warrant raising short term interest rates in 2015. The first quarter of 2015 saw growth slow in the first three months of the year, with the harsh wea...
By Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
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Foto Friday:  Just FishingOne of the pleasures of living near water is the opportunity to go fishing whenever you feel like it. And in Florida, fishing opportunities are everywhere with 1197 miles of coastline, 663 miles of beaches, and more than 11,000 miles of rivers, streams, and waterways plu...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Where did you grow up? I grew up in Cradock, a planned community near the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, which is located in Portsmouth, Virginia. I attended public schools in Cradock and they went to the University of Virginia for my degrees in finance and law. I opened my first real estate office just...
By Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today!
(Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092)
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What can you expect after 12 days in the hospital and 4 days in rehab? You can pretty much expect a very tired Mickey that could probably teach the physical therapists and occupational therapists a thing or two. We spent quite a bit of time together yesterday and she truly appreciates all of the ...
By Sarah Cole, Sarah Cole
(VA on Demand Social Media Consultant -
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I used to work for the Patrick Lilly Team as their social media manager.  This is a real estate team in New York City led by none other than Patrick Lilly. Patrick is one of the kindest, most giving people I've ever met.   Patrick Lilly  A couple of years ago he created a group called REV (Real E...
By Anna Banana Kruchten - Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!, Broker/Owner
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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 Some Online CE Courses Stink My tight schedule dictated I take on online course this afternoon so I could renew my license and get back to work.  For Pete's sake I've never seen such a mess of a class - ever!  I typically attend CE classes in person and I teach a lot of  CE classes as well. I kn...
By April Miller
(Metro Brokers of OK)
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2 TIMOTHY 4:22 The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you all.MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY It is the best prayer we can offer for our friends, that the Lord Jesus Christ may be with their spirits, to sanctify and save them, and at last to receive them to himself.GILL'S EXPOSITION The Lord Jesu...
By Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133
(Referral Group Incorporated)
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It hadn't occurred to me until a friend pointed it out. I was working in the yard and was anxious and tired. I have been collecting and placing rocks to secure the bottom of my fence for dog safety. It is hard work and it is tiring. So I said it: I'll be so glad when this is done. My friend smile...
By Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133
(Referral Group Incorporated)
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I like Monday's. It is the start of something and the end is unknown. Today it is raining heavily so no rocks for me. I have other work to do and I am looking forward to getting to it. My garage room is now done and I am enjoying finishing it up and getting ready to sell my antiques there. It was...
By Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133
(Referral Group Incorporated)
Comments 34
I was busy yesterday with rocks and gardening. Earlier in the week, my landscaper had people clear the leaves. Since then I have been collecting rocks and placing them every day. It is a lot of work and backbreaking but it is necessary. Once my run was complete, I worked for several hours trimmin...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
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WHO'S BEHIND THE CURTAIN??Mike Cooper has written an important post.  It made me think far beyond the matter of hiring a contractor.Training.  In my opinion, this begins in the American High School system, where the focus is getting graduating students ready for college.   College is wonderful an...