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By Nestor & Katerina Gasset, Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale
(International Properties and Investments LLC)
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The Adventures of Whaa Cow at The Cody Hotel in Cody Wyoming- Customer Service Above and Beyond!!!   After spending the night in Custer South Dakota we made our way on our road trip to Cody Wyoming which is about 45 minutes outside of the east entrance of Yellowstone Park.    The Cody hotel is ou...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004
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ASK AN AMBASSADOR:  Don't Blog Angry! One of my favorite movies is Bill Murray's Groundhog Day.  SPOILER ALERT:  There's a scene where Bill's character groundhognaps Puxatawney Phil and includes one of my favorite quotes from the movie: Don't drive angry, right?  Bad things happen, mmmmkay? Well ...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
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When your client has a home inspector at their beckon call, it is best to dot I’s and cross T’s.  This is even truer if that home inspector happens to be your father or father-in-law. When my eldest son sent me pictures of the completed exhaust fan installation, that was done in conjunction with ...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
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In thinking about writing an entry for this contest, I kind of fell down a rabbit hole and got distracted with the whole idea of going "above and beyond".   It started simply as an exercise in picking the best instance of Mary and I doing something beyond the ordinary for a client. There was a lo...
By Kimo Stowell, Real Estate Merchandiser
(HI Pro Realty LLC)
Comments 21
Build It and They Will Come...but who is THEY? Controversy in Kaka'ako - Ward Village - and the Transformation of Kaka'ako, Honolulu The Howard Hughes Corporation in conjunction with Victoria Ward Ltd. is one of many developers with their hand in reshaping a huge swath of Honolulu into what some ...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
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“You Just Never Know When Someone Special Comes into Your Life”   As many of you know, our daughter Jill has been transitioning out of the mortgage business and into the travel agency business. She is doing amazing and sometime in 2015 will be devoting 100% of her time in that business.   She alr...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
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I found this fascinating and wanted to see what things would show after knee surgery - before and after thermal images. A friend of mine damaged his knee playing soccer.  He ruined his ACL, which is the anterior cruciate ligament.  Not having this opportunity before, I wanted to see what Mighty M...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
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Overall, it is important to be consistent when installing vinyl siding. However, the consistency should be in the GOOD department, not the BAD. On a one-year warranty inspection, which I seem to do a lot of, I look top to bottom, inside and out. Walking around the house I have 20X binoculars that...
By Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
(Keller Williams Realty)
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In doing a little meditation today on the work side and the personal side I thought Risk To Grow Is The Way To Live. Always trying new things that align with who you are, and stretch you beyond who you are. Meeting new people different than yourself, travel, trying new things, attending new type ...
By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
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Monday evening musings: when time & technology interfer with blogging. Just to give you an idea I intended on doing this post on Sunday. It was going to be a Speechless Sunday post. This clearly did not happen and it became a Monday Evening Musings and almost a Tuesday morning musings.... Now wi...
By Nicole Doty, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty
(Zion Realty)
Comments 14
So I know AR is about connecting people and ideas and not about arbitrary point totals and accumulation. I'm a new kid on the block but I logged in this morning and almost 2,000 of my points were gone! Now, someone who has 300,000 points or more might not miss 2,000 points but I only had about 20...
By Kimo Stowell, Real Estate Merchandiser
(HI Pro Realty LLC)
Comments 3
Architectural Giant, Meier Lands in Kaka'ako Honolulu A Taste of what's in store for Kaka'ako, Honolulu Hawai'i   Modernity and a redefined landscape is the medium of Internationally renowned Architect Richard Meier. The overall effect is sure to impress, as the new Kaka'ako luxury market will co...
By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
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   For those of you out there in the Greater Sacramento Region, who have a primal need to have the bejeebers scared out of you, to adequately celebrate Halloween, there is a place for you. Heartstoppers Haunted House is located inside the Old Mine Shaft Building in Rancho Cordova.  The address @...
By Tom White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN--South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 870-8169 or
Comments 18
Above and Beyond...Better Yet, Over the River and Through the Woods Ok, I'm exaggerating a little. There was no river--it would be better described as a gully and the woods were just trees in the backyard--however, it was a long hike. But wait a minute, I'm getting way ahead of myself here! A cou...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
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Yes, I guess since the last update (Monday night), we are no longer getting comment notifications.  I often see that someone liked my post, and that prompts me to go back and respond to comments.   But, it turns out that I've missed a whole bunch of comments.  Even if I can't find time to respond...
By Sybil Campbell, REALTOR ABR, SFR, SRES - Amelia Island
(Century 21 John T. Ferreira and Son Inc. 500 Centre St. Amelia Island, Fl 32034)
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These are the best states for business according to Forbes:   I had just read the blog by Donald Urschalitz   His blog states that Texas is number one and Florida is number two:  Florida ranked number two in business behind Texas.     I decid...
By Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133
(Referral Group Incorporated)
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Often in the midst of confusion, and with limited time, and no resources mistakes are made. In these circumstances people get hurt or worse. We are now aware of what can happen to us if bad people think we are targets, we then are. So now what? The answer is to change the way we work as an indust...
By David Shamansky, Creative, Aggresive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtgs
(US Mortgages - David Shamansky)
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OK for those of you who know the MNF (Monday Night Football) theme my post will not be construed as utter nonsensical ramblings but something that tugs at the heart lol. I am and always will be a fan of football, college more so than pro just because I love the purity in which they play and, whil...
By Gloria Todor and Doug Durren - Delaware County PA Real Estate, Hard Working Professionals (484) 431-3686
(Century 21 Absolute Realty )
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Months ago we scheduled an Autumn get-a-way in the Pocono Mountains, not too far north of us in Northeastern Pennsylvania, to enjoy the fall foliage and recharge amongst the trees in a quiet place.  Little did we know at the time of securing our reservation that there would be a wanted Cop Killer...
By Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133
(Referral Group Incorporated)
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Whether in business or in the larger world, there is always something to do. Life is a continuum, a process that goes forward no matter what, and there is always something to do. Highs and lows are but fleeting moments in a long line of experiences we encounter, but there is always something to d...