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By Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired
(Wayne M Martin)
Below is my post on January 30, 2011.We are all amazed at how fast the month of January has gone by. Many of the AR blogs have posted positive quotes, stories or affirmations as I have done this month. As we now take the time to reflect on what we have accomplished so far and where we have fallen short of our goals, it is time to ask where we were going with all of this, so it it's time for today's affirmation: "The objective is to become an island of excellence in a sea of mediocrity." Enjoy the day!It is still true for me today. My island may have grown but it is still not big enough and likely never will be. No matter how good I get, true excellence is always a few steps away! What about you?Enjoy your day.
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By Craig Lebrau, Property Geek in Upper East Side NYC
(Lebrau Property)
If you’re looking for new houses for sale in Ottawa, right now is a good time. The real estate market is finally stabilising. It’s the perfect time to invest in your new home in this beautiful city.Market report An Ottawa Market report by WOWA states that July 2022’s average sale price decreased by 6.5% month-over-month compared to June 2022’s average sale price of $690,940. This decrease contrasts with the 11% and 10% monthly increases seen in February and January 2022.Despite a 22% increase in average prices over the past two years, home prices in Ottawa remain significantly lower than those in Vancouver’s real estate market, Toronto’s real estate market, or even Hamilton’s real estate market. Most homes in Ottawa are still below the $1 million mark. Average home sale prices in Ottawa...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Beautiful Beckett and Handsome Hudson are athletes and trying out different sports to see where their passion lies. This January Hudson is playing basketball and flag football and Beckett is playing basketball. Saturdays are a medley of games!              Saturday I made Hudson’s basketball at 9 am and Beckett’s 3:00 basketball game. I couldn’t make Hudson’s 3:30 flag football game as I can’t be in two places at the same time! It was all worth it! I’m so fortunate to be able to make their games….plus I made it to this office between games and caught up on a project I’ve been working on. I value time being able to be there for the grands...definitely time well spent!“When you have a grandchild, it fills the space in your heart that you never realized was empty.”  ….Unknown 
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By Marcus Anderson, Mortgage Broker & Agent | Westside Los Angeles, CA
(MortgageBrokerSantaMonica.com)
Single Story Homes for Sale in Yorba Linda CASearching for Single Story Homes for Sale in Yorba Linda CA? If you’re looking for a single story home for sale in Yorba Linda CA, you’ve come to the right place. Boasting an idyllic climate and plenty of recreational activities, it's no wonder why so many people are looking to call this Orange County city home. Whether you're a first-time buyer or an experienced homeowner, there are plenty of single story homes available that fit any budget or lifestyle. From charming bungalows to luxury estates, these homes offer plenty of space and modern amenities at prices that won't break the bank.What makes Yorba Linda unique is its close proximity to Los Angeles, without the traffic and congestion that comes with living in a larger city.To view Single...
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By Marcus Anderson, Mortgage Broker & Agent | Westside Los Angeles, CA
(MortgageBrokerSantaMonica.com)
Luxury Homes for Sale in Yorba LindaSearching for Luxury Homes for Sale in Yorba Linda? Yorba Linda, California is a high-end residential community and the ideal spot for luxury home buyers. With its beautifully designed neighborhoods and wide variety of upscale amenities, it’s no wonder why so many people are looking to purchase a luxury home in Yorba Linda. From breathtaking views of the mountains and hillsides to some of the most luxurious homes on the market, there’s something for everyone in this picturesque city. Whether you’re looking for a sprawling estate or an intimate bungalow, you can find it all right here in Yorba Linda.The abundance of luxury homes currently on sale in Yorba Linda is remarkable. Everything from modern mansions with state-of-the-art features to stunning Me...
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By Marcus Anderson, Mortgage Broker & Agent | Westside Los Angeles, CA
(MortgageBrokerSantaMonica.com)
Yorba Linda Homes for Sale with PoolSearching for Yorba Linda Homes for Sale with Pool? Yorba Linda is an affluent city in Orange County California with access to some of the finest homes available on the market. Purchasing a home with a pool in Yorba Linda provides homeowners with luxurious amenities and convenience to all that the city has to offer.These homes have easy access to top-notch schools, shopping centers, and beautiful parks. Homeowners can also enjoy local events such as the Annual Candlelight Walk, held at Nixon Library each December, or take advantage of nearby attractions including Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm. For those looking for a more tranquil lifestyle, there are nature trails at Carbon Canyon Regional Park as well as golf courses for avid players.With Yorba ...
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By Marcus Anderson, Mortgage Broker & Agent | Westside Los Angeles, CA
(MortgageBrokerSantaMonica.com)
New Homes for Sale in Yorba Linda CASearching for New Homes for Sale in Yorba Linda CA? Yorba Linda, CA is a fantastic place to buy a new home right now! With its beautiful, sunny climate, excellent schools and growing job market, Yorba Linda has something to offer everyone. Whether you're looking for a family friendly suburban lifestyle or an active outdoor lifestyle close to nature, there's something in this city that's perfect for you.There are plenty of great new homes on the market right now in Yorba Linda. You can find many options ranging from cozy townhomes and condos to spacious single-family houses with all the modern amenities. The area also offers some of the finest luxury properties in Orange County; if you're looking for an exclusive estate home with upscale features and b...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
During the winter season, people tend to overlook their gardens. That type of behavior is dangerous as plants become inactive during the season. Without enough sunlight, the plants will essentially use the stocked food in their system. Of course, that usually doesn’t last that long, which means the plants will die without assistance from gardeners. We are still in the winter season, and harsh snowfall and wind are still expected in various areas. So, to keep your plants healthy and alive during this season, you should review these suggestions we have for today! What’s the gardener’s role during the winter season? Gardeners should always be prepared to take precautionary measures for the benefit of their plants. During the winter season, growing plants will be difficult as there are cond...
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By Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR!
(www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
Real Estate Market Snapshot The Gates at Quail Hollow |  JAN 2023 A popular South Charlotte condo complex, located just off of Park Road, The Gates at Quail Hollow offers convenience in so many forms of the word! Residents enjoy nearby restaurants, SouthPark Mall, boutique shopping and close proximity to the freeways and Uptown.  When you're home at The Gates at Quail Hollow, the complex is ever so peaceful and quaint - enjoy quiet, sound buildings that boast private patios and even grassy areas around the complex for your fur-babies! Amenities include Clubhouse, Fitness Center, Hot Tub, Pool and Tennis Courts.   Enjoy a solid HOA with very reasonable HOA dues that include water & sewer as well.  End units also feature garages. Considering a condo purchase in SouthPark?   Give us a cal...
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By Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR!
(www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
Summerlake (28226) Market Update JAN 2023    One of SouthPark's premier communities, Summerlake features 135 custom-built, elegant, traditional style homes. The homes in Summerlake range from 2,500 to 6,000+ square feet.  Some of Summerlake's lots overlook the community pond, some are situated on the walking trails and others have 'back door' access to Olde Providence Swim & Racquet Club*. This lovely neighborhood is situated in the heart of SouthPark, approximately 3 miles from Quail Hollow Country Club, nearby Carmel Country Club and Cedarwood Golf Club is within close proximity as well.   Of course, if you're into shopping and dining at fine restaurants, you will love this location, near SouthPark Mall and the mall's surrounding fabulous restaurants.  Summerlake residents also enjoy...
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By MichelleCherie Carr Crowe .Just Call. 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty)
January 30th is Croissant Day and what a great excuse to savor the aroma and flavor of buttery deliciousness by biting into a freshly-baked croissant!Have you ever made croissants? Unless one counts Pillsbury ready-to-bake crescent rolls, I have not. However, I do enjoy eating bakery-fresh croissants. Happy Croissant Day!Thanks for reading "Enjoy Buttery Deliciousness Croissant Day Jan. 30".
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By Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
Can one Snow Ski while living in Sunny Phoenix or Scottsdale Arizona? Discover Snow Bowl skiing in mile high Flagstaff, Arizona, only a couple of hours from Scottsdale and Phoenix by freeway on I-17. Keep your eye on the weather with these Snow Bowl Web Cams of the ski runs.Snow Bowl in Flagstaff Arizona features many specials, bus rides from Phoenix, ski lessons, stay packages and more.             Snow Bowl Flagstaff Arizona, now has six passenger ski liftsSnow Bowl say, "Flagstaff is much different from the Arizona you’re picturing. Here in northern Arizona, cacti and desert heat give way to cool pines and scenic, snowy peaks. Located on the majestic San Francisco Peaks at 9,500 feet above sea level, Arizona Snowbowl is your year-round high elevation destination, whether you’re skiin...
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net
(Arizona Elite Properties )
A great football game dip. bill  LOUISIANA HOT CRAB DIP Ingredients: 1/2 pound jumbo lump crabmeat, free of shells 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup grated Parmesan 3 tablespoons minced green onions (white and green parts) 2 large garlic cloves, minced 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon hot sauce 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning Salt and pepper to taste Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Combine all of the ingredients in a casserole dish and gently stir until thoroughly mixed. Adjust seasoning to taste. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until lightly golden on top. Serve hot. Serve hot, with hot sauce on the side for those who like it spicy.       All reactions: 825825       Will Hamm, Hamm Homes LLC.Aurora, Colorado HammH...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
Lovely Happy Anniversary Card.I am calling it a card but it is really about 20" x 28".  The photographs date back to around  1945 when he was fresh out of service and they were married.  In 1995 they had their 50th anniversary and that is probably when this gift card was made.  It is very attractive with the photos surrounded with the black lines that make them really stand out and then glued to the poster board.There is no date on the card and no formal signatures so we will not call names.  The card was left in a house and given to my daughter and me, both REALTORS.  The handsome couple has passed on and we think we know who the folks who gave it were.  But we are not sure.One thing we can't deny.  It is absolutely beautiful and a wonderful gift.
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By Jeff&Grace Safrin, SpousesSellingHousesTM
(F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate)
Coming Soon = This Affordable Ranch Home For Sale Highland, Indiana 46322. Listed For Sale By F. C. Tucker 1st Team Real Estate Serving Northwest Indiana. Showings Start Friday, February 3rd, 2023.Click HERE to read MLS Information and to see some more photos.Perched on a 60 x 125 Lot with mature trees, This Highland, Indiana Ranch Home is worth your careful consideration! 3 BR, 2 Bath, (2236 Total SF), partially finished basement, detached 2 car garage (528 SF), side drive for plenty of off street parking. Nice Size backyard. Spacious Living Room with Picture Window. Country Kitchen- Appliances Stay. 3 bedrooms on main level share Full Bath in Hallway. Basement with Big Rec Room has drop ceiling and paneling. Laundry/Utility/Storage room, and 3/4 Bath in basement. Washer & Dryer Includ...
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By R. Michael Brown, Communication that increases sales!
(R. Michael Brown LLC Digital Marketing & Public Relations)
Not so fast if you're jumping on the ChatGPT bandwagon.#Google may lower your #OrganicRankings AND #ChatGPT may not be emotionally intelligent enough to achieve your goals.Using AI systems for writing about real estate may be faster, but since so much of what an agent and broker writes is persuasive content, there is a good chance a system like ChatGPT may cause you more harm than good.See Our Analysis and More for Our Recommendation#MarketingCommunications#writing#writer#copywriter#persuasion#EmotionalInteligence#ContentMarketing
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By Theresa Harden, PB SFR e-Pro Realtor
(Hawaii Dream Realty LLC)
Waikiki Sunset 1-bedroom Fee Simple Legal Vacation Rental Overview Details Virtual Tours More Info $695,000 FS Condominium Main Features 1 Bedroom 1 Full Bathroom Interior: 546 sqft Year Built: 1979 MLS #: 202301638 Location 229 Paoakalani Ave Honolulu, HI 96815 USA
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By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified)
 JAN 2023 WISCONSIN FORESTLAND SOLD REPORT Adams County; Hunting, Timber, Investments! Market Snapshot for 20+ Acre Properties   Sold Properties Report Price Total Acres $/Acre Original MLS # Status Municipality County $65,000 22.35 $2,908 1907483 Sold Big Flats Adams $67,500 22.35 $3,020 1907485 Sold Big Flats Adams $70,000 20 $3,500 1927576 Sold Richfield Adams $75,000 22.35 $3,356 1932712 Sold Big Flats Adams $78,000 22.35 $3,490 1932713 Sold Big Flats Adams $86,000 21.92 $3,923 1929597 Sold Big Flats Adams $89,000 40 $2,225 21808245 Sold Big Flats Adams $90,000 21.92 $4,106 1932707 Sold Big Flats Adams $95,000 21.92 $4,334 1932710 Sold Big Flats Adams $112,500 24.93 $4,513 1932376 Sold Lincoln Adams $115,000 20 $5,750 1932623 Sold Easton Adams $120,000 23.5 $5,106 1930865 Sold Colb...
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By Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA
(Barcode Properties)
  📣For sale:! #justlisted📣Open House Sunday & Saturday 1-4 pm📍14412 KILLION ST Unit #205 SHERMAN OAKS, CA 91401🎊 You are invited! 🎊Can not make it? DM/Call/Text for your a virtual or private tour!🔹3 bedroom 3 bathroom 1,500 sqft condo 🔹Great location!🔹Ready to move in!💲Listed for $785,000🏡 if you are thinking of making a move, I work across Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley. Call/text/email/DM me at your earliest convenience! Let me help you to buy or sell for the best price - saving you time and money.
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By Monica Hill, the REALTOR to help you discover Delaware
(RE/Max Associates)
The Delaware Association of REALTORS® held our installation of officers luncheon this past week. We were honored to have NAR’s 2023 First Vice President, Kevin Sears in attendance, and to hear his remarks. I was impressed with the love he has for our industry and struck by a few comments he made in particular.He spoke about us being part of the brand. Not like cattle that just wander in a herd, but we belong together and are proud of the R that we wear. There is meaning to that R; it carries responsibility and conveys integrity. I guess you could say, “We R Part of the Brand.” He also reminded us to know our value. It’s great to review that, to write it down, to remind yourself of that, both for the rough days, and for the times you need to convey that to new clients. And he told us tha...
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