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So What Are You Doing Tomorrow? - 08/30/10 08:35 PM
I have been blogging lately about school related issues and tonight---well I am at it again....!!! The summer has left me with awesome memories of fun with my husband and children--But there was no schedule REALLY...I thought there was at times but FUN almost always out weighed working.... So tomorrow, I am on my NEW "school routine" schedule-- At the office, making my prospecting calls!! YES, So if you are reading this AND you need to be on a NEW "routine"...Here's your chance!!! I am excited to start a new chapter in my life and business....the entire "school day" is mine (4 comments)
Brookfield Elementary School Gets NEW PLAYGROUND!!!! - 08/29/10 09:16 PM
As the children of the Brookfield Elementary School gear up to head back to school this week....There will be something NEW for them to play on.....You Guessed it a NEW Playground!!! According to the school newsletter- Thank you to: The Brookfield Board of Selectman The Brookfield School Committee The Brookfield Highway Department The Brookfield Parent Teacher Organization The Brookfield Cultural Council The SHMILY Fund, via Fidelity Brookfield Families, Through their fundraising donations Private Donors There were many volunteers that helped make this possible with their labor to get the NEW Playground installed!!! Mark O'Neil Mark Wilson Lydia Lucas Matt Way (3 comments)
Summer Vacation Coming to an END! - 08/28/10 10:09 PM
What a wonderful summer vacation I had with my family!!! The weather was fantastic almost everyday!!! There were many trips to the beach AND riding on the boat... A part of me is excited for the new school year and the other part of me really likes WARM weather!!! The kids are definitely ready to go back, school clothes-CHECK, school supplies-CHECK, Going to bed early and getting up early----WORKING ON IT!!! Back to a routine for all of US!! I will be spending more time making those prospecting calls, listing more homes and working with buyers....Timeblocking has begun and let (2 comments)
Flipper Fix! - 08/28/10 09:23 PM
Jay this is another great post regarding foreclosures that have been purchased and rehabbed....you really need to look at EVERYTHING....because there could be hidden defects!....Thanks for sharing.... Via Jay Markanich (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC): Sometimes I smile and sometimes I cringe when someone calls to schedule an inspection and they say that the house was a foreclosure but an investor bought it and fixed it up and it is "beautiful now." Well, to each his own. This is what greeted me as I approached this three year old house! The sidewalk has settled about 2". This presents a couple of problems (2 comments)
"Why Is There Mold On My Basement Wall?" - 08/27/10 10:47 PM
More great information from Jay the Home Inspector...... Via Jay Markanich (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC): That was the question I heard over the phone when someone needing a thermal image inspection, among other things, called to find out about possible foundation leaks. They had this problem once before and were upset at having to deal with it again. As to foundations, it is not a question of whether it will leak. The real question is when? Then you figure out why. Mold, as you know, is not the original problem. It is a symptom of the real problem. When you discover (2 comments)
Yep...OUTSIDE...Projected onto a house and it was just perfect because there is a slight hill, which made for fantastic seating arrangements.... The Idea Originated from the Family Fun Magazine!!!
The kids all enjoyed the fun....blankets, pillows, snacks and a MOVIE.....EQUALS HAPPY KIDS!!! After the movie, there were some sugared up kids running around the yard....BUT all worth it... INVITE YOUR FRIENDS OVER...AND HAVE A WONDERFUL (3 comments)
Get To Know Your Air Flow - 08/26/10 10:11 PM
Jay the Home Inspector on air flow..... Via Jay Markanich (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC): It is probably true that on half the home inspections I do the filter is installed backwards. It is important that the filter be installed the right way! Why? Because one side is stronger and meant to handle the air flow's pressure. There is an arrow drawn on every filter to tell you the air flow direction. Put in backwards, and as it gets loaded with dust, the filter can literally get sucked into the system and even cause damage to the fan.
Someone took the (2 comments)
Yep, It's Doing Its Job! - 08/26/10 10:10 PM
More great information from Jay the Home Inspector..... Via Jay Markanich (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC): That was my answer when a client asked me if a retaining wall was actually doing anything. Retain - verb 1 continue to have; keep possession of. 2 absorb and continue to hold (a substance). 3 keep in place; hold fixed. ORIGIN Latin retinere - 'hold back'. Retaining wall - noun a wall that holds back earth or water on one side of it. Those are my Oxford Dictionary definitions of the two words above. The retaining wall on the right is 10' high. It begins (1 comments)
Family Fun Day Brookfield MA 01506 at Lewis Field Saturday August 28, 2010 10am-4pm! - 08/26/10 09:50 PM
Family Fun Day Brookfield MA 01506 Lewis Field Saturday August 28th 10-4 Sponsored by the Brookfield Recreation Committee....Brookfield Family Fun Day....Enjoy a fun filled day.... OFFERING: FOOD ,GAMES, CONTESTS, CRAFTS AND A FIREMANS MUSTER. ADULT SOFTBALL GAME AT 4:00P.M. FOR ALL THAT WOULD LIKE TO PLAY. LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO HELP US. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HELPING, PLEASE CONTACT EITHER LESLEY MURRAY @ 774-200-8209 OR CAROLINE PHILLIPS @ 774-200-0506. (1 comments)
Debate: Should you Drive Your Kids to SCHOOL OR Send them on THE BUS? - 08/25/10 09:05 PM
BUS OR NOT TO BUS???? School starts next week and I am feeling like I have this big issue: To send my kids on the school bus OR NOT!!! I know it might sound crazy to some people..."I rode the school bus and I turned out okay!!" Right!? Well that may very well be true, but kids are growing up "faster" than I remember!! There are so many pros and cons for both....Is the bottom line..."I feel 'safer' to drive my kids to school".....not just for there physical safety, which has been pointed out, BUT for their emotional safety...there is less (13 comments)
The Donna Plouffe Team - Your Reliable and Honest Real Estate Team This information is created to give YOU an insight into the Real Estate Market in YOUR area!! In June 2010, there were 19 HOMES that SOLD in Holden , Massachusetts. This is an increase in sales from the 12 HOMES that SOLD in July 2009.Average List Price for homes SOLD in Holden for July 2009: $300,250Average List Price for homes SOLD in Holden for July 2010: $311,805Average Sale Price for homes SOLD in Holden for July 2009: $284,158Average (3 comments)
"Must-Watch" Video I Found - 08/15/10 06:04 PM
WOW....Powerful... Via Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC): This is one of the most touching videos I've seen this year. It's a montage of various members of our troops returning home and surprising their loved ones. Quick warning: I would highly suggest having Kleenex nearby. I watched most of it with tears in my eyes. Interestingly, they used the exact same music as one of my all-time favorite videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlfKdbWwruY Enjoy!
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If you're looking for a home in the (2 comments)
Mortgage Principal Reductions – What’s the Government got up its Sleeve? - 08/15/10 05:26 PM
Worth reading.... Via Drew Sygit (The Lending Edge) Real Estate Financing Expert (Purchases, First Time Buyers, Pre-Approvals, Refinance): HUD announced adjustments to its Making Home Affordable initiative to encourage more principal reductions on August 6th. Soon after, rumors ran rampant on Wall Street and in the press that the Obama administration would be soon announcing that FNMA & FHLMC would be forgiving a portion of the principal owed on the trillions in mortgages they control. What's going on?
Sometimes the best way to find out how a radical idea will be accepted, is to start your own rumor about it and (2 comments)
Mortgage Rate Forecast for August 13, 2010 - Improving, or...? - 08/15/10 05:23 PM
Here's some great information about mortgage rates...... Via Lew Corcoran - Offering Reverse Mortgages, and FHA, VA, and USDA Loans (Star Mortgage® - Serving Massachusetts and Florida): Mortgage Rate Forecast for August 13, 2010 - Improving, or...? Here are some of the events affecting mortgage rates today: What Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS) Are Doing Today: The price of the FNMA 30-Year 4.0% MBS coupon opened at 102.38 this morning - the same as yesterday's close. At 9:30 AM, the 4.0% MBS coupon was trading at 102.72 - up 5/32 from its opening. Remember, on mortgage backed securities (MBSs), as the price goes up, the (0 comments)
Asbestos In Your Home - 08/15/10 05:11 PM
Great Info.... Via David Valley (Massachusetts Home Inspections):
Although some asbestos has been removed from our homes over the past years, there are many thousands of tons of asbestos still present in our homes today. There still remains extensive repair and removal work, which will definitely continue for the foreseeable future. The main source of asbestos in our indoor air is located in our insulation products throughout our homes. Buildings that were built in the last 50 years were built with a variety of materials composed of asbestos mixed with other fibers like paper, fiberglass, or synthetic fibers and a binder, (1 comments)
Trampo-Floor! - 08/15/10 05:08 PM
Another Great Post from Jay the Home Inspector.... Via Jay Markanich (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC): DATELINE: Northern Virginia – the purchaser of a new home was frantic to find a home inspector to try to evaluate why a floor in his home under construction moves up and down. The dining room floor bounces. And not a little bit! Looking on the Internet, this purchaser was able to find a local home inspector. His popular website offered just the relief this purchaser needed. He determined to get in touch with the website’s principle inspector. Well, it’s only inspector! Forensic Detective, aka Home (0 comments)
Transferring Load - 08/10/10 08:47 PM
More great tips from Jay...the Home Inspector... Via Jay Markanich (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC): I do a lot of pre-drywall construction inspections. These are important! It is the only chance to see a house when it is skeletal. You can see everything from structure to electrical to HVAC distribution to plumbing. One of the most important things to look at is how loads are distributed. Importantly, load points need to rest on a similar point beneath and eventually, at the lowest point, some form of foundation. That's why they call it "foundation!" When loads aren't aligned structure can sag, things (2 comments)
Sitting on the beach, quietly and listening to the waves crash upon the shore....relaxing....feeling the sun heat up your skin....closing your eyes and thinking that you are the only ONE sitting at the Beach... The wind blowing the sand so lightly upon your skin...Just Perfect!! Looking up into the endless blue sky...the horizon-and say "God has made our Earth just perfect" Observing the sand, the shells, the dunes, the water...oh how we need to remember that God has given us precious gifts!!! YES this beach has facilities (6 comments)
Last night, dinner at the Yarmouth House!!! What a beautiful restaurant to sit and enjoy the company and the food! Starting with a nice glass of wine, bread with garlic infused olive oil.... Appetizer consisted of bacon wrapped scallops and a bisque to "dip" - Are you getting hungry yet? Next was a wonderful garden salad with house dressing.....AND THEN....If you LOVE Lobster or Seafood...This is the place to EAT.....I had a baked, stuffed Lobster and baked potato (so by now the baked potato was OUT).... The crab stuffing (2 comments)
The Donna Plouffe Team - Your Reliable and Honest Real Estate Team This information is created to give YOU an insight into the Real Estate Market in YOUR area!! In July 2010, there were 4 HOMES that SOLD in Oxford , Massachusetts. This is an decrease in sales from the 9 HOMES that SOLD in July 2009.Average List Price for homes SOLD in Oxford for July 2009: $211,256Average List Price for homes SOLD in Oxford for July 2010: $167,425Average Sale Price for homes SOLD in Oxford for July 2009: $210,767Average (1 comments)
Leicester, MA 01524, 01611 Real Estate Market Report July 2010 - 08/05/10 06:49 AM
Leicester, Massachusetts Real Estate Market Report July 2010The Donna Plouffe Team - Your Reliable and Honest Real Estate TeamThis information is created to give YOU an insight into the Real Estate Market in YOUR area!! In July 2010, there were 2 HOMES that SOLD in Leicester, MA. This is an decrease in sales from the 9 Homes that SOLD in July 2009.Average List Price for homes SOLD in Leicester for July 2009: $180,367Average List Price for homes SOLD in Leicester for July 2010: $200,000Average Sale Price for homes SOLD in Leicester for July 2009: $170,944Average Sale Price for homes SOLD in (2 comments)
Via Jay Markanich (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC): Sometimes things are found during home inspections that should not be there. And the reason has to be investigated. This can be a regular Hardy Boys mystery sometimes and can be a lot of fun! It has been dry and on a patio not otherwise wet I saw the water you see here and the rotting wood. Whatever this problem was, it had been happening for some time. This part of the house is on a slab. It would be unusual, but not (4 comments)
Spencer MA 01562 Real Estate Market Update Report July 2010 - 08/04/10 09:30 PM
Spencer, Massachusetts Real Estate Market Report July 2010The Donna Plouffe Team - Your Reliable and Honest Real Estate Team This information is created to give YOU an insight into the Real Estate Market in YOUR area!! In July 2010, there were 6 HOMES that SOLD in Spencer, Massachusetts. This is a Decrease in sales from the 10 Homes that SOLD in July 2009.Average List Price for homes SOLD in Spencer for July 2009: $213,033Average List Price for homes SOLD in Spencer for July 2010: $223,100Average Sale Price for homes SOLD in Spencer for July 2009: $201,303Average Sale Price for homes SOLD (3 comments)
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