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Free Groceries Distribution, Gaithersburg, MD, Aug. 10, 2022 The next Upcounty Hub distribution of free groceries is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, August 10, 2022 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the South Lake Elementary School in Gaithersburg, Maryland.Please share this information with families that may be food insecure. Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania USA IMG 1462Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Robby Leviton, Knowles Team
(Keller Williams Realty)
Check out this Lake Stickney area home for only $725,000!Surrounded by nature, your new home feels like a sanctuary, but with the convenience of being close to shopping & transportation. Corner lot with a greenbelt behind and park next to you. Updated flooring welcomes you into this move-in ready 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home. Main floor has a light and bright living room, great room with a fireplace and built-ins, ½ bath, and updated kitchen with quartz counters, stainless appliances, eating space and sliders to your very private backyard. Upstairs you’ll find an oversized Primary suite with sitting area and fireplace – yes, a fireplace! – and primary bath with soaking tub, shower & walk in closet. Plus 2 more bedrooms, a full bath and convenient laundry room on the second floor. Roof is 3 ...
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By Fred Sweezer Sr. CMI, LLC., Certified Home Inspector
(Hud Certified 203K Consultant)
 Two common loans to consider in financing your ADU. Cash-out refinance loans usually allows up to 80% of your equity. Funds are released directly to you to build your ADU. When equity is insufficient, renovation loans offer a larger construction budget as the loan amount is based on the future value of the property once construction is completed.   Fred Sweezer Sr1-562-234-2689https://california203kconsultant.com/
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
AUBURN KICKOFF KIDRegister YOUR child for their chance to be the “Kickoff Kid” at an Auburn home football game!At each home game this season, one lucky child between the ages of 5 and 12 will enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of running out to retrieve the kickoff tee at Pat Dye Field and being recognized on the video boardEach winner will receive Four (4) game tickets Four (4) VIP pre-game hospitality passes Pre-game sideline access for Kickoff Kid and a guardian Recognition on the Jordan-Hare Stadium videoboard Auburn T-Shirt 2022 Home Game Schedule: September 3 vs. Mercer September 10 vs. San Jose State September 17 vs. Penn State September 24 vs Missouri October 1 vs. LSU October 29 vs. Arkansas November 12 vs. Texas A&M November 19 vs. Western Kentucky Eligibility: Parents c...
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By Desiree Whalen, The Whalen Team
(Keller Williams Realty)
by The Whalen Team.**UNDER CONTRACT IN 1 DAY!** Charming 3 bedroom, 2 bath all brick home with lush garden patio in Olde Camden, Wilmington NC! Listed, marketed, and UNDER CONTRACT IN JUST 1 DAY! Need help selling your  Wilmington area home? Call The Whalen Team today - WE GET RESULTS! https://www.desireewhalen.com/olde-camden-homes-for-sale/
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net
(Arizona Elite Properties )
Check out this link from our local Realtors + MLS, below for the newest homes to come on the marketGilbert Arizona, see the new homes here YOUR   Latest activity in the VALLEY of the SUNFor ALL your Valley AZ Real Estate NeedsPHONE   Bill   at   602-999-0952Text         Bill   at    602-999-0952Email      Bill    at     billAZElite@cox.net Read other YVP Blogs hereFor more information, Call or Text: 602-999-0952eMail: golfarizona@cox.netBill Salvatore / Arizona Elite PropertiesYour Valley Property TeamResidential Sales, Marketing, and Property ManagementSelling Arizona for more than 19 yearsFounder: AZVHV Arizona Veterans Helping VeteransRecipient: East Valley Tribune’s: Best Gilbert, Arizona Realtor  Bill Salvatore, Arizona Elite Properties, Veterans Agent, Chandler Realtor, Gilbert Re...
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By Jim Patton, Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties
( Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816)
Ceres High School Football Schedule 2022It's that time of year again!  High school football will be starting soon.  The Ceres High Bulldogs will have their first game on the road this year at West High in Tracy.  The Ceres High football field is located at 2320 Central Ave, Ceres Ca 95307.   8/19/22 7:30 PM West Away 9/26/22 7:30 PM Amador Away  9/2/22 7:00 PM Central Valley Home 9/16/22 7:00 PM Lathrop Home 9/23/22 7:30 PM Beyer Away 9/30/22 7:30 PM Johansen Away 10/7/22 7:30 PM Pacheco Home 10/14/22 7:00 PM Los Banos Away 10/21/22 7:00 PM Mountain House Home 10/28/22 7:30 PM Davis Home  Come on out to the Ceres High School football field this fall and root on the Bulldogs!  It should be an exciting season.
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By Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man, The Pumpkin Man
(HomeSmart)
Oh me oh my aren't habits an exciting topic? Especially when it is good habits. Maybe you don't think about your good habits. You just do them and do them daily or weekly and go on with your life not realizing the good habits you have. But it is those bad ones we really need to focus on, giving ourselves thanks for our accomplishments. As a real estate agent of over 40 years, I had far more good habits than bad because I had a strong passion to work at beating my own record each year. Hand-written personal notes weekly for years I mailed them out. Every 30 days knock on 500 doors. The same 250, and either they got to like me or pretended they liked me so I would go away. But over time I listed and sold 178 of those 250 homes, and had a few hundred other sales outside of that neighborhoo...
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By Ray Henson, Realtor
(eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277))
     We saw average prices fall 4.4% from May to June in  July's report.  It is good to see that our market has leveled off as average and median prices are just about the same from July to August as they were at the end of June.  Elk Grove, CA is still up 8% over the past year.   One statistic that jumps off the table is the number of sales last month, 116.  It is way down.  Continuous Days on Market is up quite a bit, but 21 days is still pretty quick to sell a home.  Interest rates have started moving back down so I think those looking to make a new purchase are feeling a little more comfortable again. Home Buyers     There are currently almost 250 active listings right now so buyers do have choices once again with just over two months of supply.  I have noticed that local new home b...
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By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs
(RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Yesterday evening a gasket failed in a toilet tank, preventing the tank from refilling.While it wasn't apparent to me how to disassemble the column above the gasket, a quick Google search and I had the solution.  An online search confirmed the big box hardware store had the gasket in stock and they were open until 10.  In less than 30 minutes I had the part in hand and installed.I didn't have to reinvent the wheel because the information was readily available.  How to make the repair, the store's exact aisle and bay for the part, and if I had time to get there before closing.Speaking of not needing to reinvent the wheel, can you leverage information from others to improve your real estate business?  Of course!Much of what I've done with real estate blogging is just executing fundamental...
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real)
Preparing for a Deluge Always check the weather before going on vacation near a river or stream or a hike through a slot canyon, to camp, or fish.  Turn on your local weather channel or check on phone to avoid heading into a storm. Severe conditions are better weathered through on higher ground, in a safe, controlled environment where there is constant communication with regular updates. I cannot emphasize this enough!  Thunderstorms with heavy rain can cause severe flooding in canyons. These storms can be powerful and sudden. Water can rise quickly downstream from heavy rain, even when the parent thunderstorm is miles away! If you are visiting an area during monsoon season: Know the weather forecast for your area as well as areas upstream. Finish hiking in the morning and be out of can...
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By Matt Lee, Real Estate Marketing
(Rise Up Local & Lead Generation Experts)
Suburban homes are some of the most overlooked properties in today's market.  The modern shopper doesn't want a cookie-cutter home that looks the same as every other property; they want a house with a personality that can reflect well on themselves as the owner. These are five tips to make your suburban home really stand out: and why it matters.Why Cookie Cutter Doesn’t Cut ItMany modern buyers are turned off by cookie-cutter homes and immediately slide to the next option available without considering the bones of the home and what they could do with it.  A large reason for this stigma against neighborhoods that all look the same is that having so many near-duplicates of a home makes each property feel a little less valuable. Instead of a unique building being constructed, it’s easy to ...
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By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Catonsville, MD Market Report - 07/31/2022Life is great in 21228!! The town of Catonsville has a lot to offer new and repeat homeowners.  There are older homes, historic homes as well as new construction, townhomes, condos, and single-family homes, and prices range from under $200,000 up to over a million.  Something for everyone!  My family and I have called Catonsville home since 2016 and we just bought a home last October in the Paradise neighborhood and we love it!!  The town of Catonsville has lots of bars and restaurants and shops, most major supermarket chains are represented as well.  Catonsville is also known as Music City with music shops and no shortage of live performances in local establishments.  In addition, we are close to St Agnes hospital and have excellent representat...
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By Bob Marsh, Broker,480-529-2936, Warm Weather Real Estate
(Warm Weather Real Estate)
My former neighbor, who purchased his home in 2016, kept hinting that he was preparing to sell his home.  He had done some major improvements to the inside, and a little on the outside.  He was an experienced homeowner and usually made money in his real estate buying and selling.   He kept asking me what the best time of year to sell would be, in our 55+ neighborhood.  My advice to him was that the best sale time for his home would be right after the Christmas Holiday, when the snowbirds were here in Arizona in full force.  Lots of them would be wanting to purchase homes for their next year visit, before they went back “up north” for the summer. So we put his home on the market right after New Year’s and right away had multiple offers.  He sold for cash, $10,000 over asking price.  His ...
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By Sandra Nickel, The Hat Team
(Sandra Nickel REALTORS)
24 N Lewis Street, Montgomery, AL  36107MLS# 5233542 Bedrooms | 1 Bath | 956 square feet | Capitol Heights This precious gem in Capitol Heights is pristine and ready to move into! With its close proximity to downtown, this is the perfect spot for anyone that works in or loves the dining and entertainment in downtown Montgomery. Living room boasts decorative fireplace and glass front cabinets for books or displaying collectibles. Like-new roof, fresh paint, and beautiful hardwood floors, plus a cozy covered front porch and rear deck for your outdoor pleasure. Small easy to manage front and back yards means you won’t be spending all afternoon doing yardwork. Pull-down stairs lead to loads of extra storage in the attic, and there is a detached storage building out back that would make a gr...
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By Torri Brown
(SmartZip)
Building a Real Estate Referral NetworkThe referral network model is an effective way to build your business and reach more potential clients, while also ensuring that the people you work with get the best possible service.Read Story
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
 Exceptional opportunity to live in Clintonville/Northridge in a wonderful Cape Cod with a backyard oasis!  Lovely wood flrs, Efficient kitchen w/quartz counters & sunny eating area.  Double closet in primary BR plus built-in storage in 2nd flr & bsmt w/glass block & recessed lighting adds over 500 square feet for a total of 1662sf of compfortable living space + ANOTHER full BA!  Yard is fully fenced by reinstalling gate @ driveway.  Beautiful low maintenance pollinator garden, raised beds, stone path.  Brick patio to enjoy your peaceful backyard BBQing or visiting.  Close to Weiland's Grocery, area restaurants and a mile's walk to Whetstone Park and the library!  Listed by Deb McGuireThe Jackson Team-Keller Williams Capital Partners100 E Wilson Bridge RdWorthington, OH 43085 
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Bota Box Nighthawk Black Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon If you are looking for a red wine, at a bargain price, that will please your guests, you may with to try the Bota Box Nightnawk Black Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon. I think you will be happy with this selection. $14.99 for a 3 L box at Total Wine & More. The price may be higher at your local store. Click on the link to reach the Bota Box website for more information.California - Rich-Toasty-Smooth. Delivers flavors of black cherry and blackberry. Oak barrels that have been charred to help impart deep toasty flavors and hints of vanilla and brown sugar. Tulips, Longwood Gardens Conservatory, Kennett Square,Pennsylvania USA IMG 1456Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Toby Barnett, Toby Barnett
(KW North Sound)
Looking for a home with property and a huge shop? If so, take a look at Mickie Barnett 's new property out in Snohomish (more like east Lake Stevens) and see if it is the right fit for you. Below, you can watch the drone video, sort of short in comparison to other videos made, and view the 360 VR video of the interior and exterior of the home. If you'd like to schedule a private tour, Mickie can be reached at 425-750-9090 or by email mickie@barnettassociates.net.DRONE VIDEO OF SNOHOMISH HOME360 VR VIDEO OF SNOHOMISH HOME
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By Larry Atkins, Veteran Owned & Operated
(State Wide Realty Co.)
State Wide Realty Co:Market SnapshotPrince Edward Co VAJuly 2022 Here is how the month of July 2022 played out for residential and land sales in South Central Association of Realtors for Prince Edward Co versus July of 2021.   Residential 2022 2021 Average Days on Market 20 29 Average List Price $260,973 $240,290 Median List Price $254,900 $209,500 # of Solds 15 21 Average Selling Price $264,100 $236,045 Median Selling Price $260,000 $209,500 *Information provided by South Central Association of Realtors-Navica MLS System*  Land 2022 2021 Average Days on Market 224 140 Average List Price $27,050 $67,575 Median List Price $17,900 $32,700 # of Solds 4 8 Average Selling Price $25,125 $60,488 Median Selling Price $15,250 $32,500 *Information provided by South Central Association of Realtors...
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