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By Nancy Frimann
(Eagle Ridge Realty/Signature Homes & Estates)
Another Probate Home listed by Kathleen Daniels, Broker/Owner of KD Realty! 10121 Torrance Ave San Jose, CA 95127   Charming 3 bedroom, 2 full bathroom probate home for sale in the Alum Rock area of San Jose, listed by Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist, Kathleen Daniels, Broker-Owner of NeedProbateHelp.   An extended driveway provides additional parking space. Gates on both sides of the home offer access to the side yards leading to the backyard. The single-car attached garage conveniently leads directly into the kitchen. The washer and dryer in the garage are included.     Tile Flooring in the Dining area. Two large dual pane windows provide plenty of natural light.   Updated kitchen with tile flooring, granite countertop, tile backsplash, stainless steel dishwasher, microwave, ...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor
(Ward County Notary Services)
I know I do this all to often but if you could be in my mind you would understand why I am so amazed that these are actually MY kids. How could this happen? First my son Timmothy got this letter. And then Tina received this one yesterday.So how could these two possibly be MY kids???
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By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
On June 16, 2021, California Association of Realtors (C.A.R) reported that homes values increased 0.3% to an average price of $752,250 in May of 2021 from an average price of $750.000 in April of 2021, and rose 33.1% from $565,000 in May of 2020. While, homes sales fell 4.8% in May of 2021 from April of 2021, but jumped 80.0% from May of 2020 in Southern California.There were 1.8 months supplies of available inventory of homes in May of 2021 up from 1.6 months in April of 2021, and gained from 4.5 months in May of 2020. An average it took 7.0 days to sell a home in May 2021, unchanged from 7.0 days in April of 2021, but declined from 18.0 days in May of 2020 in Southern California.For complete more detailed information about the California Association of Realtors’ May of 2021 Southern  ...
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By Michael Wayne Jackson, Broker - Seniors Real Estate Specialist Novato
(Coldwell Banker)
Are you looking for a home in Brighton, Ontario? Are you a home buyer looking in Northumberland?  Look no further! LOVE THE HOME YOU BUY IN BRIGHTON, OR WE'LL BUY IT BACK GUARANTEED.    TwoMoveYou Realtors, Victoria Carter and Kirk Rickman, Century 21 Percy Fulton Ltd., Brokerage in Northumberland have lists of homes  available .  They also protect their buyers by offering a guarantee that if you don't love your home within 24 months of owning it, they will buy it back from you!   1099 Whites Road is Smithfield's former school house built in 1882, which has since been completely transformed into a 5+ bedroom masterpiece on just over an acre in Brighton Township. This home offers something for everyone! Graduate to this stunning, open concept, bright and light filled home with updated w...
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Red Rock Real Estate)
Nerdin Gardens: Stretching the Prospecting Muscle Venturing out to the gardens in search of Praying Mantis hatchlings can become an adventure. Extremely elusive at a glance, knowing where to look, with an experienced eye, helps. They are diligent, self-motivated hunters, often traveling to great lengths to forage. Well-honed instincts guide them to food sources, their stealthiness provides cover against predators. After looking for quite some time under/over leaves and high atop stately Hollyhock towers, I spied with my side eye...a tiny mantis stretching itself an effort to satisfy his appetite.  Remaining alive depends on consistent methods implemented every day. I was so excited, took a picture to remember and celebrate his most welcome presence in Nerdin Gardens. We can all learn go...
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By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
  You will find Beacon Point East of E-470 and North of Smoky Hill in Southeast Aurora,  Arapahoe County.   Beacon Point has been a highly sought-after neighborhood due to the executive homes and the location close to Aurora Reservoir and all within Cherry Creek School District.   Beacon Point is located in zip code 80016.  There are approximately 875 homes in Beacon Point.  And, although this is a larger neighborhood, we don't see much activity.  Homeowners enjoy living in Beacon Point with the amenities and surrounding beauty!   Homes in Beacon Point range from 1,874 square feet to 6,718 finished square feet and range in price from $450,000 to just under $1 million.    Homes were built from 2005 to 2017.   You will find a few homes with a 2-car garage, most have 3-car garages and a f...
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By Victoria Carter Guaranteed Services, TwoMoveYou
(TwoMoveYou Guaranteed Real Estate Brokered by Century 21 Percy Fulton Ltd., Brokerage)
Are you looking for a home in Brighton, Ontario? Are you a home buyer looking in Northumberland?  Look no further! LOVE THE HOME YOU BUY IN BRIGHTON, OR WE'LL BUY IT BACK GUARANTEED.    TwoMoveYou Realtors, Victoria Carter and Kirk Rickman, Century 21 Percy Fulton Ltd., Brokerage in Northumberland have lists of homes  available .  They also protect their buyers by offering a guarantee that if you don't love your home within 24 months of owning it, they will buy it back from you!  1099 Whites Road is Smithfield's former school house built in 1882, which has since been completely transformed into a 5+ bedroom masterpiece on just over an acre in Brighton Township. This home offers something for everyone! Graduate to this stunning, open concept, bright and light filled home with updated win...
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By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
 How to Give Your Home Old World AppealIt can be difficult to escape technology in our fast-paced, modern lives. Perhaps that’s why so many luxury homeowners appreciate a residence that turns back the clock with a distinctly Old World feel. If you want a home that exudes the inimitable craftsmanship of yesteryear, here are several tips to help capture the ambiance.Utilize Natural MaterialsAn abundance of natural materials, such as wood and stone, can certainly contribute to this aesthetic. For example, a living room that boasts a grand stone fireplace and wood-beamed ceilings will instantly recall the splendor of a bygone era as soon as one enters the room. These details can continue throughout, with stone floors, wood-paneled walls and much more.Work With ArtisansOf course, to truly re...
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By John G. Johnston, An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO
(John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC)
Westcliffe, CO Weather for June 22, 2021Good Morning Westcliffe, CO45°Our Tuesday morning starts with pleasant temperatures and beautiful clear blue skies.Today promises to be sunny with a high temperature in the middle 80's.We have a 10% chance for showers and thunderstorms in the middle of the afternoon.We begin with a south wind 5-15mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.Sunset:  8:28Enjoy your day! 
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By Joseph Domino 480-390-6011, Real Estate Made Easy
(HomeSmart)
 Today we are going to try something a little different. We are going change over to the Country genre and at the same time give you two versions of the same song. Back in the 1970s a lot of Country stars were crossing over to the Rock charts. These days, it seems a lot of former Rockers are crossing over to the Country charts. I guess what goes around comes around.Todays’ song is Try a Little Kindness first recorded by Glen Campbell. Campbell took the song to number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also topped the charts on the Hot Adult Contemporary category as well as the country charts.Campbell famous for songs such as Gentle on My Mind and Wichita Lineman amongst others was a renown guitarist and a member of The Wrecking Crew a collective of session musicians that backed up bi...
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By Linda Blumenthal, NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR
(Hampton Crossing - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - 631-466-4087)
June 22nd -  National Onion Rings Day:I have created a new word search puzzle for you to enjoy.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 PlayIf 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 Chuck Carstensen, Minnesota/Wisconsin Real Estate Expert
(RE/MAX Results)
1 Corinthians 13:4-5“Love is patient, love is kind, It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” What ever you do lead with love.  Do it with love, respond with love as much and as often as possible.  What most people need is more love!  What most challenging situations have is a lack of love.  Most sickness’ come from a lack of love.  Most evil and darkness is a lack of love and light.  As you move forward on your journey by living a KINDGOM lifestyle you are truly doing this out of love for those around you, love for future generations and love for yourself.  You care enough about yourself to improve, and often our growth is because of the love we have for those around us and our...
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By Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold!
(RE/MAX Realty Center )
Address: W174N8581 Schneider Dr Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin 53051-2606 Taxed by: Menomonee Falls MLS #: 1747856         357 W. Wisconsin AvenueOconomowoc, WI 53066  Phone: 414-254-6647  Fax:  Email: kjohnston5@wi.rr.com  http://www.kristinjohnston.com      Provided as a courtesy of: Kristin K Johnston  RE/MAX Realty Center    Directions:    Property Type: Single-Family  Status: Active  County: Waukesha  List Price: $224,900    Bedrooms: 2  Est. Acreage: 0.2 Rooms:  Est. Total Sq. Ft.: 1,022        Total F/H Baths: 1 / 0  F/H Baths Main: 1/ 0  F/H Baths Upper:  F/H Baths Lower: Garage Spaces: 1.5  Garage Type: Detached  Est. Year Built: 1956  Lot Description:  Taxes: $2,914  Tax Year: 2020  Zoning: RES  Tax Key: MNFV0033066           Flood Plain: No      Days On Market: 1 School District...
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By Christopher Barrow, Foundation Rentals and Relocation, Inc.
(Foundation Rentals and Relocation, Inc. )
The Leasing Team at Foundation Rentals and Relocation just LEASED another property in San Rafael for $4,200. Thanks to everyone for a great transaction. For any questions about San Rafael property management or buying or selling investment properties in San Rafael, call Broker Christopher Barrow at (415) 637-8934!
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By Sharon Sigman, Sharon Sigman
(RE/MAX )
It's never too late to secure your financial future. At BuildingWealth.org, a public service offered by the Dallas Federal Reserve, you can learn how to reach your life goals by budgeting, saving and investing, building credit and controlling debt.When you understand the difference between assets and liabilities, you know that owning a home, contributing to a retirement plan, and creating savings are all assets in the making because they increase in value or provide a return. Automobiles, clothing, smartphones and furniture are not assets because they depreciate in value. Liabilities are debts that you owe to credit card companies, mortgage lenders, hospitals, etc.It doesn't make sense to go into debt to buy possessions that aren't assets, unless it serves a necessity like a car that ge...
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(Champion Real Estate Group)
The major challenge in todays housing market is that there are more buyers looking to purchase than there are homes available to buy. Simply put, supply cant keep up with demand. A normal market has a 6-month supply of homes for sale. Anything over that indicates its a buyers market, but an inventory level below that threshold means were in a sellers market. Todays inventory level sits far below the norm.According to the Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR):Total housing inventory at the end of April amounted to 1.16 million units, up 10.5% from March’s inventory and down 20.5% from one year ago (1.46 million). Unsold inventory sits at a 2.4-month supply at the current sales pace, slightly up from March’s 2.1-month supply and down from the 4.0-month...
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Choosing the right cabinetry for your kitchen is an important consideration that all homeowners must make when renovating their kitchens. There are tons of options presented to homeowners who want to install new cabinets. Modern farmhouse cabinets are among the top options that you might get.So, is it worth choosing this cabinetry option when presented to you? Well, this is a question that can only be answered after a careful examination of the pros and cons of modern farmhouse cabinets. Since they are characterized by the white color, we will look at the pros and cons of white cabinets that have a modern farmhouse appeal.Pros of white cabinets with modern farmhouse appealStunning lookThe first reason why homeowners renovate their kitchens is to give them a new and stunning look. If you...
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Homeowners enjoy the cost benefits of ready-to-assemble (RTA) cabinets. It is possible to save some money when opting for RTA kitchen cabinets rather than the already-assembled ones. It is a trend that most homeowners are buying into because of the many benefits. However, just before you buy your RTA cabinets, you should know a little bit more about this cabinetry type.What Are RTA Cabinets?RTA cabinets are an option of cabinets that have been made ready for assembling. Therefore, the manufacturing process ends at the point of providing the homeowner with cut wood and the tools needed to assemble them. They are cut and drilled perfectly to make it easy for the person assembling them.The instructions are included in the shipped package and the owner only has to follow the simple instruct...
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By Peter Mohylsky. Broker Associate, THE BEACH IS OPEN AND WAITING FOR YOU
(Miramar Beach)
Ready to obtain the key to your future dream home? If so, just send me a message. It is a very interesting market right now.  Historically low interest rates are doing wonders to the affordability index.  Lack of inventory and increased demand are running prices thru the roof. People look at me strangely when I mention that it is still a good time to buy a home.   Contact me and we can discuss your options  #thehelpfulagent #home #houseexpert #house #listreports #househunting #keytohappiness #happiness #realtor #realestate #realestateagent #homeowner
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By Gary Thomas, Realtor to the Dreamers
(Preferred Properties Key West)
As always this is a true story. The names have been changed to protect me from lawyers. It was perhaps 12 years ago that I got a phone call from a gay man I will call Herb who wanted to buy a place in Key West. He found me on my blog and learned that I was also gay. He thought, I think, it would be a good fit. He was wrong on many points.  We began a telephone and email dialogue to find the best place for him. I can share a bit without sharing too much. He was older. He was a hair dresser. (That's what he called it.) He wanted to be near Duval Street so that he could meet people. His brother was a surgeon and would be the actual buyer. We began our search.As I write this I remember countless phone calls from Herb who rambled on and on. I sensed, no knew, Herb had a drinking problem. I l...
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