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Finding the perfect property is an exciting feeling, but its relative location can leave a lot of room for worry. Buying a home in the city is a venture that comes with an entire assortment of advantages and disadvantages. While the location might be close in proximity to businesses, services, and other people, it’s easy to worry about the other aspects of city living. What are the great and not-so-great facets of living on a busy street?Pro: Access to Businesses and SchoolsThe chances are high that anyone living in a busy area is within walking distance of any store, shop, or service. Likewise, children have a range of options for education in busier areas; there are often multiple schools to choose from in any given busy area.Pro: Access to Many Internet/TV ProvidersIn highly populate...
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By John G. Johnston, An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO
(John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC)
Westcliffe, CO Weather for September 28, 2021Good Morning Westcliffe, CO41°Our Tuesday morning starts with pleasant temperatures and scattered clouds to grace our morning sky.Today will be partly sunny with a high temperature in the middle 60's.We have a 40% chance for showers and thunderstorms this afternoon.We begin with a west southwest wind 5-10mph becoming south in the afternoon.Sunrise:  6:54Sunset:  6:49Enjoy your day!
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By Kimo Stowell, REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i
(HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 )
  Local Market Update  Downtown and Nu'uanu Honolulu, August 2021   Single Family Homes August Year to Date 2021 / 2020 Change% 2021 / 2020 Change% New Listings 9 / 5  80% 88 / 76  16% Closed Sales 7 / 6  17% 90 / 48  88% Median Sales Price $1.182M / $825K 43% $1.15M / $865.5K 33% Percent of Original List Price Received 111.8% / 96.0%  16% 99.5% / 95.9%  4% Median Days on Market Until Sale 10 / 34  -71% 19 / 26  -27% Inventory of Homes for Sale 23 / 33  -30% ---    Condos August Year to Date 2021 / 2020 Change% 2021 / 2020 Change% New Listings 50 / 40  25% 487 / 365  33% Closed Sales 45 / 29  55% 411 / 229  79% Median Sales Price $650K / $550K  18% $580K / $570K  2% Percent of Original List Price Received 98.7% / 97.5%  1% 98.8% / 96.6%  2% Median Days on Market Until Sale 27 / 22  23% ...
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By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
Every year on September 28th, and this year on Tuesday September 28, 2021, neighbors around the nation celebrate unofficial National Good Neighbor Day to acknowledge importance of good neighbors. In 2003, National Good Neighbor Day was changed from the fourth Sunday in September to September 28.Generally, neighbors become friends, watch out for each other, gather together for events, and a neighborhood becomes a large family.National Good Neighbor Day was created in the 1970's by Becky Mattson of Lakeside, Montana.In 1978 United States President Jimmy Carter issued Proclamation 4601: “As our Nation struggles to build friendship among the peoples of this world, we are mindful that the noblest human concern is concern for others. Understanding, love, and respect build cohesive families an...
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
          Most of us have experienced grief as a result of a troubled, broken, or ended relationship in our lives. This experience can cause tremendous pain - not just emotionally, but physically as well. Ongoing emotional pain can even cause toxicity in the body - leading to chronic ailments and even disease. In this episode, Dr. Paula explains that "healing" from relational pain or loss doesn't have to involve the other person; nor does it rely on his or her response to the situation. You have everything within reach needed to take steps toward a healthier you and to let go of situations you cannot control. Delving deeper, she shares her acronym for the traits of true F.R.I.E.N.D.S - what true friends do and what you must also do to be one. Don't miss the "Ask Dr. Paula!" segment at t...
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By Scott Godzyk, One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
After seeing a sharp increase in new listings the first half of September, we saw the amount of new listings drop by half last week. Looking at that number, many sellers who wanted to sell this fall have listed already. On the flip side, the amount of buyers is still strong as we see a steady inquiry from buyers still looking to buy. What it means is that now is the tie to list your home before the "Fall Market" comes to an end. Lets take a look at the Monday Morning Market update for the Manchester NH Real Estate Market.  Many sellers are asking about selling now or waiting until next year. The best advice is to "call me to list now".  Whether you are Buying a home or Selling a home, the one FACT is... to do well in this market you need an advantage. Who you hire to list and sell your ...
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By Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM, Associate Broker
(Harry Norman, REALTORS® )
Thank you Eric Bouler for your original blog.  Condo Association Knowledge Important!   Value of the Common Areas   Recent Updates and Assessments   The Budget and Condo Fees   The Management Company        Buyers like to value the common areas and know what the condo fees cover. Best to let them see the budget and let them know about past assessments and reserves are. Often great to put the budgets in the unit so they can see all what the condo fees cover.               The Condo Association Budget       Common Areas Places to Enjoy Inside and Outside   Eric Bouler, Gardner Realtors NOLA Photo Blog  
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By Eric Bouler, Listening to your Needs
( Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La.)
Condo Association Knowledge Important!  Value of the Common Areas Recent Updates and Assessments The Budget and Condo Fees The Management Company      Buyers like to value the common areas and know what the condo fees cover. Best to let them see the budget and let them know about past assessments and reserves are. Often great to put the budgets in the unit so they can see all what the condo fees cover.       The Condo Association Budget   Common AreasPlaces to Enjoy Inside and Outside
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By Linda Blumenthal, NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR
(Hampton Crossing - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - 631-466-4087)
September 28th Puzzle - National Strawberry Cream Pie Day:Enjoy your day!Directions:  Click on the link below.  Your puzzle will open in a new window. To locate a word, please hold down the left side of your mouse while dragging your cursor over the letters of that word.  Release your hold when all of the letters of the word have been selected.  If your response is correct, the word will change color on the word list. Please check back for future daily puzzles.Enjoy and have a great day!Click Here To Play If you are looking to purchase a property or home on Long Island, New York, I hope you think of me, Linda Blumenthal. 
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By Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
Pensacola Florida: How to Select the Best New Homes for the Best PriceBuying a home is all about getting the best deal. However, … Read More My Home own search! What Is My Homes Value?   How to get a Mortgage and FREE Credit Report   House Facts and News Pensacola Real Estate Q&A? What are Title Insurance, Escrows, and closings explained in simple terms? GET REAL ANSWERS, We raise awareness through the local and now the national Human Societies bring a pet home! Gulf Breeze, Pace and Pensacola Happenings Lettuce Eat?The funniest Thing Repair This Mr. Handy Man?Sign up for our Monthly Newsletter about what’s happening here on the gulf and homes for sale. Thinking of SELLING,  If I sell your home YOU PAY $2995. Flat Fee. If you want your home sold through MLS add 2.5%. Our...
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By Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired
(Wayne M Martin)
Trivia question answers for Monday September 27, 20211. What was US President Wilson's first name? Thomas (Woodrow was his middle name)2. What do you eat when you accept that you're wrong about something? Crow3. How many US dollars are a pound of dimes and a pound of quarters each worth? $20.00 each 4. Who was America's first billionaire?  John D RockefellerTrivia questions for Tuesday September 28, 20211. What word describes the habit of some bears for sleeping through the winter?2. What faddish word comes from the Japanese for "single number"?3. What US state was "Steak 'n Shake" founded in?4. What snack gave Mickey Mouse his first words?Enjoy your day.
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By Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
I started a few weeks ago exchanging emails with a buyer from Chicagoland who is considering calling The Villages, Florida home in the near future.  We met on his first full day of them being here on a short Lifestyle Visit.  We met for coffee first thing in the morning with a list of Open Houses they could visit themselves, they assured me if asked they already had a REALTOR®, me!They arrive the day before in the afternoon and had already experienced Brownwood Paddock Square, for those that don’t know currently The Villages has three town squares with live music from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm, 365 days a year weather permitting, FREE.  From Do Whop, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s rock to country western you name it one of the squares has the entertainment you are looking to enjoy!  They did a golf cart ...
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By Buzz Mackintosh, “Experience, reliable, leadership”
(Mackintosh REALTORS)
 ~ 20032 Alva Court, Keedysville, Md  ~ Truly an extraordinary custom brick two story nestled on a 6+ acre private lot bordering the Big Cork vineyard. This home has the ideal floor plan for those who like to entertain.   The main level has Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors, designer kitchen with granite island , formal dining room with tray ceiling , large breakfast room opens to a brick patio with retractable screen. Family room has two story ceiling flooded with natural light & a, masonry wood burning fireplace.   Formal living room with fireplace, Library with coffered ceiling, built-ins and bay window seat. Large sun / Florida room with tiled floor, Main level laundry / mud room , central vac, 3 car garage. Upper level includes large owner's suite with sky lights, gas fireplace vaul...
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By E. Steve Banis, Jr.,
(South Carolina Homes Inc.)
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By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
🚣‍Val Vista Lakes, Gilbert, AZ - 9-28-21  ☀️For ALL of Your East Valley AZ Real Estate Needs📞Call Brian at 480-773-2370🙋‍♂Text Brian at 480-773-2370📨Email Brian at🏠Homes Currently for Sale in Val Vista Lakes🏠💲Homes Recently Sold in Val Vista Lakes💲Val Vista Lakes is more than just a great master-planned community.  Our nine hundred acres "water-wonderland" consists of four spacious sports parks, meandering bicycle paths, and a luxurious clubhouse.  The clubhouse features an eight-court championship tennis complex, indoor racquetball courts, cardio, and weight training facilities, a junior Olympic swimming pool and spa, banquet and meeting rooms, waterfalls, and a tropical lagoon swimming pool with a sandy beach.VVL offers twenty-four Residential Subdivisions, several of ...
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By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo and Home Specialists
(The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
Windcrest East is a 55 and over community in Calverton Long Island in Zip Code 11933 You can reach this neighborhood by the Long Island Expressway To Exit 73 (Cr 58). Go East On Cr58 Approx 1.5 Miles To Mill Rd. Proceed To Middle Rd. Turn Left On Middle Rd. The Windcrest East Entrance is on the Right. Opened in 2004, Windcrest East is code-gated in the evenings. These are detached Single Family Homes within a Homeowners Association. It offers a clubhouse, outdoor pool, tennis, gym and social events. Pets are permitted here. A leisure lifestyle awaits you at Windcrest East. The lawns are maintained and the snow is removed. It is surrounded by Golden Spruce Drive, Black Pine, Purple Beech and Green Ash Streets. The Applegate and Bradford are the two Floor Plans. This well-maintained commu...
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Read a Child a Book You Like...What’s Yours?Any holiday that has to do with reading is one where you can count me in. This day, from what I’ve read, is in honor of Kate Douglas Wiggin, a children’s author. One of her books was “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farms.” Reading is so important in our lives, and it all begins before we even make an entrance into the world.  If nothing else, it can create a bond with the child that will last a long time. Children look forward to that time of day or night when you or some other parental figure sits down with them and opens the book to the first page.  Their vocabulary helps their attention span and listening skills. In addition, reading to a young child can open the doors to new worlds and concepts. One of my favorites, besides most anyt...
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By Nina Hollander, Broker, Your Greater Charlotte Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
HAPPY ASK A STUPID QUESTION DAY!  "He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask is a fool forever." Mark Twain There's always something that appeals to me about Ask A Stupid Question Day! Is it stupid to ask how many people don't know today, September 28th is  Ask A Stupid Question Day? Nonetheless, as it is a day that "gives you permission" to ask a stupid question(s) without fear of ridicule, why not take the opportunity today to ask all those burning questions you've been afraid to ask because you didn't want any one to think you're stupid? "Don't be afraid to ask the dumb question. Everyone else will be relieved you had the guts to ask."... Sheryl Sandberg  Are you thinking it might be stupid to ask just how Ask A Stupid Question Day came about? Here's your not-st...
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By Victoria Carter Guaranteed Services, TwoMoveYou
(TwoMoveYou Guaranteed Real Estate Brokered by Century 21 Percy Fulton Ltd., Brokerage)
Isn't it time to venture out on your own and buy a beautiful 1+1 bedroom condo in a TRENDY and FRIENDLY neighbourhood in Cobourg, Ontario?Kirk Rickman and Victoria Carter,  Two Realtors Who GUARANTEE that if you don't LOVE the home that you buy, that they will buy it back.  26 Spencer St. E, in Cobourg available for sale.  It was completely renovated in 2020.  It is pet friendly, Open concept, and literally steps away from shopping, via rail, and schools. Close by is also Cobourg Beach, a Conservation area, transportation and so much more.  This upgraded Condo comes complete with quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, a separate en-suite laundry room, quality light fixtures and more.  Book your exclusive home viewing today!  Call Kirk and Victoria at 647-697-...
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By Bob Force (REALTOR®), The FORCE in Maryland Real Estate
(Weichert Realtors - Aspen Hill)
Today’s View –  September 28, 2021 – Mt. Airy, Md. 21771 – Detached HomesThis is a market report for existing detached homes in Mt. Airy, Md. 21771.  At the time of this report (9/28/21) not including new construction 24 such homes are on the market FOR SALE, another 46 are under contract, and 34 have sold in the last 30 days. The absorption rate (Active/30 day sold) is .73 which is considered a seller’s market.While the minimum lot size is just 0.15 acres and the maximum lot size is 80.1 acres, the median is 1.03 acre. Of those active, 7 came to market in the last week. Of those under contact, 2 went under contract last week, and 7 of the 34 that sold completed the process last week.  There are also 9 homes that realtors have announced as coming soon, Two Bedroom HomesThere is 1 two-be...
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