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Thankful Thursdays - Nothing Like a Great View! - 03/25/10 06:30 PM
I was out with a buyer and one of the houses we looked at was on this street and this was the view. I snuck away for a minute and snapped a picture because it was just so pretty. If you look at the clouds from that day it almost looks like there was a hole in the clouds and directly above the blanket of clouds the sky was a beautiful blue. It was freezing cold that day. I was extremely rushed in taking the picture but it still captures the beauty of the day and the mountains in the distance. (23 comments)
Crazy Busy and I love it! - 03/24/10 06:18 PM
This is the longest I have been out of touch in awhile and I am in withdrawal! However it is a good thing because I have been crazy busy-the phone has been ringing off the hook and I feel so blessed to be so busy. I have been working til 8 pm almost every night for the past several weeks and feel it catching up with me. However I will have some interesting news to share in the very near future. Some intriguing changes possibly ahead. More to follow...!
For those who haven't seen the papers and don't know about the layoffs, the Minisink Valley School District has just laid off 24 full time teacher's aides. They have announced that 31 Teaching and Support positions are to follow. There will be NO ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONS CUT! (WHAT???) What does that mean to our children? Larger classes which means less one on one time for those who need it among so many other changes. The teachers have been working without a contract for over a year on top of everything else. If you feel strongly about this and would like (2 comments)
New Lead Paint Requirement goes into Effect in April 2010 - 03/24/10 05:17 PM
In April 2010, federal law will require that contractors and maintenance workers be trained to protect pregnant women and children from high levels of lead. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Program requires contractors and maintenance personnel to be certified, and their employees trained. They must also follow protective lead-safe work procedures when renovating, repairing or painting activities that would disturb more than six square feet of lead paint in a room or where 20 square feet of lead paint is disrupted on the outside. Workers are required to hang warning signs, to keep occupants out of (3 comments)
Top Ten Best Cities for a Real Estate Bargain - 03/21/10 02:31 PM
The Top Ten Best Cities For a Real Estate Bargain as determined by Zillow: The top ten cities: Naples, FL Cape Cod, MA Charleston, SC Merced, CA Chicago, IL Atlantic City, NJ Cleveland, OH New York City, NY Flagstaff, AZ Pittsburgh, PA They are all terrific cities-I would be happy to live in any of them!
TAKE THE PLEDGE TODAY! It Could Save a Life! - 03/18/10 02:31 PM
Driving while using a cell phone is EQUAL TO DRIVING WHILE DRUNK. Driving while texting is the same as BEING TWO TIMES THE LEGAL LIMIT. Take the Pledge today! Click here to go to Oprah.com to:
Pledge to not drive while texting or talking on a cell phone and to ask others you know to do the same! (12 comments)
This charming 3/5 bedroom ranch is located on Yankee Lake Road in Wurtsboro, New York in Sullivan County. This is the perfect place for a weekend vacation home or a year 'round residence.
There are community events as well as a club house. Make use of the basketball court or head off to one of the nearby ski resorts.
Yankee Lake is a 410 acre lake located on the top of the Shawangunk Ridge in the west Catskill Mountains of Sullivan County. Located (8 comments)
18 People Died Today! - 03/15/10 02:15 PM
Last night I had the tv on to Extreme Home Makeover while I was finishing up some work and at the very end I realized the family they were building the home for had to have been people waiting for organ donations. I happened to hear them say in passing the tv that an average of EIGHTEEN PEOPLE DIE EVERYDAY JUST BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T RECEIVE THE CALL that they have an organ for their transplant. I am not real familiar with organ failure but I do know that the lists are long for those waiting for transplants. I did not realize (11 comments)
Via Kathy Toth Ann Arbor Real Estate (Keller Williams Ann Arbor Market Center): Take the Coke Test. Are clients delighted with your service? Wouln't it be great if they found your delivery to be excellent? Wouldn't it be great that they wanted to share your name with everyone? The Happiness Machine," brings to mind the insanity of Willie Wonka's candy factory: Happiness pumped out in the form of chocolate, bubble-gum, schnozzberries, and golden tickets. Maybe that vision isn't so far off. Coca Cola has launched an online video that's gone viral, dubbed "The Happiness (4 comments)
Should you Move or Improve? - 03/15/10 12:09 PM
What Your Remodeling Contract Should Say Review your remodeling contract carefully and adjust it to make sure it protects you in terms of payments, work schedules, and project specifications. Read 5 Essential Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Contractor You’re ready to remodel but you want to make sure you get the best contractor for the job. Here’s what to ask the candidates before you decide. Read When It Pays to Do It Yourself Doing home-improvement jobs yourself can be a smart way to save money, but choose the right DIY projects or you’ll end up paying dearly. Read Budget for (4 comments)
An interesting shopping site from: Doug Durren and Gloria Todor, Serving Delaware County Pennsylvania and Surrounding AreasTake advantage of the Tax Credit before April 30, 2010- First Time Home Buyers and Current Homeowners - 610-909-0687 Doug 610-328-4300 x131 Office
Via Doug Durren and Gloria Todor - South Eastern Pennsylvania (Century 21 Absolute Realty ): Another Way To Bargain Shop On Line - Police DepartmentsSo you like to bargain shop on line and enjoy getting something that's a steal, well check out this website and you may very well get something that was literally a "steal"."PropertyRoom.com, founded in 1999 by former police officers, combines expertise (7 comments)
The Rain Keeps Falling - 03/14/10 01:02 PM
Right now we are getting pounded with heavy rains and have been since Thursday of this past week. I had to go on a showing appointment a little while ago and took these photos on my out and back. I was astounded by the flooding that is taking place right up the street from my house. I saw the flooding on the news last night in New Jersey and certain areas have been just devastated by rising waters. Two weeks ago to the date almost we were pounded with almost 3 1/2 feet of snow and now we have gotten over (13 comments)
Dr. Ronald Israelski In Haiti - On His Own - 03/13/10 05:45 PM
Today my husband was glancing through the newspaper and came across an article (worth the read) about a Doctor with whom we are both familiar. This Doctor took care of my broken ankle which was my first broken bone ever when I was in my 30's. He then took care of my broken foot (same foot) several years later. In the interim he did several knee surgeries on my husband on alternating knees. We thought he was terrific then and terrific now to go to Haiti on his own and donate his time and effort to help those that needed it (12 comments)
NOMINATE THE HEROES OF THE WINTER 2010 STORM - 03/12/10 11:51 AM
Here is a great way to reward the people who helped us during that terrible snowstorm just two weeks ago from Senator Bonacic. Click on the link and nominate those usually nameless, faceless people who help us everyday.
The recent snow storms created hazardous conditions throughout the Hudson Valley and Catskills. I know many people were impacted by this. My son lost power on Thursday and did not regain it until the following Monday night, and I know that story was repeated throughout our region. Anytime disaster strikes, many people, both volunteer and paid, play a key role in keeping (13 comments)
On March 17 from 4 to 7 PM all thePike/Wayne Association Leprechauns are asked to gather at the Chop House in Hawley for a St. Patrick’s Day Card Exchange. Hor’Dourves, Munchies, prizes, music, and other surprises will be at the end of the Chop House rainbow. Special prize for the best dressed Leprechaun. This will not be your typical card exchange. Happy St. Patrick's Day Pike/Wayne Association of Realtors! Don’t forget the Scavenger Hunt. Watch your e-mails for more information. Plenty of great refreshments and surprises for a small cover charge of $6 per person. (13 comments)
Via John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com): With many homeowners unwilling to accept the prices being offered by today’s buyers, some have taken the remodeling approach. If the reason you wish to move is to have a new kitchen or bath, or to have additional space, remodeling may be just the answer.
Today is a great time to remodel, and the changes just might make you fall in love with your home all over again. Materials and labor are at extremely competitive prices, and the government may even help foot the bill by providing (6 comments)
This is such a simple thing to do. Please keep this terrific young man in your prayers!
Via Mary Pope-Handy, ABR, CRS, ePRO, SRES, ASP (Sereno Group Real Estate): Sam Callahan, the son of a Realtor (and my friend & Active Rain member) in Silicon Valley, is 14 years old and has cancer which is not responding to two different types of chemotherapy. His cancer, Ewing's Sarcoma, had metasticized before it was discovered on September 22nd. Sam writes about his battle with Ewing's Sarcoma on the Sam's Team website: http://www.samsteam.org/About_Sam.html He is an amazing 8th grader with a good attitude who wants (4 comments)
Kindles for the Troops - 03/10/10 02:51 PM
If you love the Kindle and you'd also love to find a way to help give support to the men and women who are deployed in Afghanistan with the U.S. military, Len Edgerly has an idea for you.
Len is the founder of The Kindle Chronicles podcast and he has come up with a project called Kindles for Kandahar, or K4K. Kudos to Len and those who are supporting the effort. Here's a link and the essential text:
K4K Launched to Provide Kindles for Troops
Who is Debi Boucher? GOOGLE KNOWS! - 03/09/10 11:59 AM
So today I am at work in the office and have to look something up on Google. Below is what my search showed on the bottom of the first page of Google:
Yuba City Real Estate - Marysville Real Estate Purchasing Yuba City real estate is a great investment whether you are purchasing ... Owners-Brokers. Phone: (530) 671-0450 firstname.lastname@example.org ...www.yubacityrealestate.com/ - Cached - Similar Mailtribune.com - Real Estate Showcase Feb 4, 2010 ... Southern Oregon's Most Widely Distributed Monthly Real Estate Magazine.www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?...SHOWCASE - Cached - Similar Caribbean Real Estate & Caribbean Villa Sales Caribbean real estate villa (27 comments)
Tips for Investing a Tax Refund in Your Home - 03/08/10 07:02 AM
(New!) Tips for Investing a Tax Refund in Your Home HouseLogic talks to financial planner Alan D. Kahn, who offers tips for investing a tax refund in your home based on where you are in life—and with your house. Read Visit houselogic.com for more articles like this. Copyright 2010 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (0 comments)
I got a new cellphone this week and this was a long time coming and I chose a Verizon Droid. Partly because of Kathleen Cooper and several of my other friends who have them. I still have a lot to learn about the phone because it has so many options, but what I know so far I love! For those of you who want an Iphone but the service doesn't work in your area this is just as good if not better. There are over 40,000 apps and any type of app you could possibly want. You can check (15 comments)
Deborah Stone from San Diego, California found a great company and idea for recycling moving boxes. What a great way to go green!
Via DEBORAH STONE (REALTY SOURCE-Bankers Hill- San Diego, CA): Moving to, within or away from San Diego CA seems to be a very popular lifestyle choice these days. Think about all the trash involved with each move, before and after: packing supplies, boxes, tape etc. A company called The Box Lady located close to Mission Valley in San Diego, CA has developed a very unique and GREEN solution to keeping these boxes out of the landfill. (5 comments)
Pictures from the Big Snowstorm of February 2010 - 03/07/10 10:38 AM
Finally here are some pictures from the snow storm that I would have posted last week but I had no internet connection. Today the sun is shining brightly and is melting the snow! YAY! Spring cannot come soon enough. When I took these pictures it had been snowing for 2 1/2 days straight with no let up. There were people in our county that had no power whatsoever for over a week. It was the worst storm we have seen since April of 1997. Since we were snowed in for four days I couldn't get pictures of this but heard from (9 comments)
Keeping Your Cat from Clawing your Furniture - 03/06/10 03:02 PM
This is a follow up post to the keeping cats out of your plants. I saw alot of complaints about scratching furniture, clawing wires and things of that sort. I tried everything for those things too and of course nothing works. Training-nope! Spraying "smell bad sprays"-nope! Moving the furniture around-nope! Piling the couches with stuff to keep the cat off-nope! Re-organizing wires etc...-nope! One day I was running out the door and I found a new problem solver quite by accident. For every one of those problems. You are going to laugh but I promise you, it has been working for (20 comments)
NO DUTY TO DISCLOSE - Why you should choose your Buyer Agents Carefully - 03/04/10 11:30 AM
The following is an excerpt from a court case in which a court ruled that the seller bank HAD NO DUTY TO INFORM THE BUYER that the city had previously purchased a portion of the property. No Duty to Disclose Prior Purchase A Missouri court considers whether a lender had to disclose that the city had purchased a portion of the front yard in order to widen a road. ABN AMRO Mortgage Group, Inc. (“Lender”) obtained a residential property through foreclosure after the prior owner had defaulted. Prior to the default, the city of Kansas City, Missouri (“City”) (19 comments)
Why You Should Look Into Refinancing - 03/04/10 09:14 AM
If you have been thinking about refinancing your home there hasn't been a better time to get started. Rates are at an all time low with shorter term loans available. Homeowners whose equity situation is deteriorating should ask their lender for help. They will be able to find the flexibility (if any) in government programs which are aimed at reducing rates for owners in weak equity positions. FHA efficiency mortgages give consumers an opportunity to refinance into a loan that helps pay for home efficiency improvements. This is a great way to cost effectively lower utility bills through (3 comments)
How to Keep your Cat out of your Plants - 03/03/10 12:11 PM
When I first got my cat she was always sleeping in my one plant no matter what I did. I think it is because she found security there. Now luckily she sleeps in her bed and I have no more problems. I recently came across some things that could help for anyone else that might have that problem. There are several things you can try: Put netting over the dirt so the cat can't get to it. You can still water and feed the plant. Sprinkle lemon juice into the plant. It won't hurt the plant but the cat (12 comments)
Via Kenneth Cole Licensed Real Estate Salesperson (Appleseed Homes Realty): An 89 year old lady with over 540,000 miles on her 1964 Comet. Check out the video below. A job well begun, is half done! (10 comments)
Manic Monday - The Hungry Hawk Keeps Watch - 03/01/10 02:17 PM
I have no internet so I am posting something quick on a friend's computer. The storm has struck again. GRRRRR! This post is for Bruce who recently asked if that Hawk was still haunting my back yard looking for my little 3 pounder. These pictures were taken the day before the big storm. I just happened to look out the window when I ran home for lunch and there he was right outside the window. Whenever I run home for lunch I also walk my little 3 pounder and there he was waiting. Sigh...I guess he is there for good because (7 comments)
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