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It is that Time of Year: The 2010 Cherry Blossom Festival - 03/28/10 08:27 AM
One of the most beautiful times of the year in Washington D.C. is the emergence of the Cherry Blossoms around the Tidal Basin. So beautiful, in fact, that the city hosts an entire festival around the event. Tourists come from all over the world to see these gorgeous trees and to enjoy the parade of events that take place in and around the Lincoln Memorial. The Washington Post Weekend section has created a wonderful map of clusters of Cherry Trees in and around the metro area. This map and the companion audio can be found at htttp://www.washingtonpost.com/cherryblossoms. This year the blooms (9 comments)
Junk Fee or Legitimate Charge? What Do You Think? - 03/22/10 05:16 PM
I own my own small brokerage. That provides me with a lot of flexibility, but also a lot of responsibility. I read a posting earlier today (and sorry, I can't find it now) about how the lower overhead can provide more flexibility with commission pricing. Given the widespread anti-trust fear mongering that goes on, I am not going to discuss that, but I read an article on Saturday about something related that I would like to discuss: the Admin Fee or Transaction Fee. Let me start out by saying that after years of being out of the business, when I came (4 comments)
Bringing Awareness to the Issue of Water: Today is World Water Day, 3/22/10 - 03/22/10 01:11 PM
I have often said that in the future our wars will be about the shortage of water. Everyone needs water to survive and our ability to continue to have enough food will depend on distribution of this resource. Today is World Water Day organized by the UN Water Group. This event came out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. There are a number of world-wide events scheduled to bring awareness to this global issue. One event that is mentioned on the website is the World's Longest Toilet Queue to focus the world (3 comments)
Don't Let Your Listing Go To The Dogs! - 03/19/10 09:13 AM
I regularly deal with listings that have pets. One of our early conversations is always how to handle the pets during showings. Many folks have already thought about this, but for others, it is surprising to recognize that not everyone is going to be happy to see Rover as he jumps up to greet them. For crate-trained animals, the solution is usually pretty straight forward. If they are not accostomed to being crated during the day, it is still a relatively easy adjustment. Find an out-of-the-way place and the problem is solved. During temperate weather, putting a dog in the garage (5 comments)
What is the 'Service' in Your Full-Service Real Estate Career? - 03/18/10 02:38 PM
I am sitting here texting back and forth with the Realtor on the other side of my transaction. Home Inspection items? Contingencies? You would never guess...pricing for furniture that my sellers want to sell and his buyers want to buy. For this moment in time, I have become a used furniture sales-rep! Earlier today I was doing some on-line research for another client about painting ceramic tile. Two days ago, I met a prospective Piano purchaser at one of my clients homes when they were unavailable to be there. All of these activities are a day in the life of a (9 comments)
Put Away the Valuables--and the Panties--We're Having an Open House! - 03/15/10 04:24 PM
This is a very serious subject, thefts which occur at Open Houses, but this story struck me because it is just so funny--and sad! Recently a man was arrested after stealing panties from an Open House. He was caught by the Realtor, rummaging through the homeowner's drawers. Later when detained by the police, they found 8 pairs of women's underwear in a plastic bag. Upon further investigation, they found over 50 more at the home that he shares with his parents. He moved in with them following his divorce. He said that he stole the panties because he missed his ex-wife. (15 comments)
Have You Heard of CHATROULETTE!? Your Teenager Has! - 03/12/10 07:43 AM
I have 3 teenagers (ooops, one is now 20) and I have watched for years how easily they move from one technical 'toy' to the next. There seems to be no learning curve...they find out about it, try it and it either sticks or it doesn't. Often, I don't even hear about these things until they are either rejected or so integrated in to their lives as to have become an everyday thing (think Facebook and Skype). I thought I would share what I learned about last night so that we 'older folks' can at least understand some of what they (10 comments)
These are great tips by Eilean Foster for taking care of your gardening tools use earth-friendly techniques. Thanks, Eilean!
Via Eilean Foster (Keller Williams Realty Atlantic Shore): Fingers itching to get into your garden, but Mother Nature is telling you it isn't time to plant yet? Here are tasks that will make the time fly while you wait! Even better will be the years you add to those costly tools and the ease with which you can use them! Want to try non-chemical techniques? Here are some GREEN suggestions! When gardening tools get rusty, there is a super easy method (9 comments)
Create a Custom 'Skin' for Your Twitter Account - 03/10/10 05:02 PM
If you are like me, you don't have time to do all the things you HAVE to do--much less the things you SHOULD do. I read an article today that said I should have custom 'skin' as the background on my Twitter Account. Well, I had a few free minutes and decided to go to the application, FreeTwitterDesign.com. It took me a couple of minutes, but I was able to give myself a custom background, upload my company logo and put in some basic contact information. I read that it was important to put my contact info on the left side (4 comments)
Relocating? Give the Virginia Suburbs a Look - 03/08/10 05:04 PM
Forbes Magazine has come out with its list of the 25 Richest Counties. Loudoun County in Virginia tops the list. Fairfax County is 2nd. You are probably wondering why this would be a good thing--after all, don't higher incomes result in higher housing prices? Yes, undoubtedly they do, but they also result in a more stable economy, more services and better public schools. Our real estate bubble was later than many other areas and our recovery is reported to have begun sooner. Our unemployment rate has consistently been lower than that of many other major metropolitan areas. The Bureau of Labor (4 comments)
Open House TODAY, 3/7/10 at Loudoun Country Day School (LCDS) - 03/07/10 08:32 AM
If you have been considering private school placement for your Pre-Kindergarten through 8th Grade student, plan to attend the Loudoun Country Day School in Leesburg, Virginia, open house today, March 7, 2010, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Loudoun Country Day School (fondly called LCDS) has been educating young Virginians for over 50 years. As its Mission Statement states, 'The purpose of Loudoun Country Day School is to educate and develop each student academically, physically, artistically, socially, and emotionally.' The school has moved to a beautiful new campus off of Evergreen Mill Road in Leesburg. The facilities are amazing and we have (0 comments)
Digging Out and Digging Spring! - 03/06/10 08:01 AM
What is left a month after Snowmaggedon? The sun is shinning, the temperature is creeping up and slowly but surely, I am finally able to believe that this winter will end. It has been nearly a month since our back-to-back Washington D.C. metro area blizzards. I still have huge banks of snow in my front yard where we moved snow from the driveway and sidewalks. It has thawed and frozen so many times since that I expect these snow banks will be with us until May! Each day, a little bit more snow melts away. We can now see traffic on (5 comments)
Loudoun Country Day School Open House this Sunday, March 7, 2010 - 03/04/10 06:58 AM
If you have been considering private school placement for your Pre-Kindergarten through 8th Grade student, plan to attend the Loudoun Country Day School in Leesburg, Virginia, open house this Sunday, March 7, 2010, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Loudoun Country Day School (fondly called LCDS) has been educating young Virginians for over 50 years. As its Mission Statement states, 'The purpose of Loudoun Country Day School is to educate and develop each student academically, physically, artistically, socially, and emotionally.' The school has moved to a beautiful new campus off of Evergreen Mill Road in Leesburg. The facilities are amazing and we (3 comments)
Newly Published: Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount White - 03/01/10 03:32 PM
A special pre-order book came in the mail today...I was very excited to be one of the first to receive my friend Amy's newly published novel, Forget-Her-Nots, Every Flower Has a Secret. Tomorrow is the official publication day and I am very exited to be attending her publication party. What a huge accomplishment it is to have your novel published! I am so exited for Amy. Published as a Young Adult novel, the book follows a young girl, Laurel as she navigates the complex world of boarding school. She begins to suspect she may posses an unusual power and that (3 comments)
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