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This is the most inspiring video I have ever seen. Thanks Angelica!
Via Angelica Blatt -CRS, e-pro, GRI, ABR Monterey Peninsula Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty - Monterey Peninsula Realtor#01248430): Warm Regards, tel.:831-406-1455DRE:firstname.lastname@example.org (13 comments)
Blissful Brownies - 05/31/10 05:51 PM
INGREDIENTS: 4 Squares Baker's Unsweetened Baking Chocolate 1/3 Cup Canola Oil 1/3 Cup unsweetened Applesauce 1 Tsp Vanilla 2 Cups Sugar 8 Large Egg Whites 1 Cup Flour 1/2 Cup Planters Chopped Nuts (Pecans or your preference) DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13x9 pan with foil, grease and have ends extending over sides of pan. Micro chocolate in bowl for 1 minute. Stir until completely melted. Add oil, applesauce and vanilla & mix well. Stir in sugar. Add egg whites & stir until well blended. Add flour & nuts. Spread batter into pan. Bake 25 minutes or until (8 comments)
How Can You Resist This Face? - 05/29/10 04:33 PM
The other day I had to stop by a friend's house and drop something off. When I was at her front door she told me I had to come in because she had picked up "something new." Well after seeing this I had to run back to the car for the camera of course! How adorable is this guy? He is eight weeks old and is a pure bred mini dachshund. Anyone who knows me, knows I can't resist animals especially babies! Love him love him love him!!!
Via Cindy Jones-Northern Virginia Real Estate & Military Relocation Services (RE/MAX Allegiance #1 RE/MAX Company in the World): More than 600 museums across the US will be offering to free admission to active duty military and their families this summer as part of Operation Appreciation.The Blue Star Families and the National Endowment for the Arts partnered to create this opportunity for families to enjoy everything from local children's hands on museums to those that feature art, history and science. “The Blue Star Museums initiative is a tangible expression of appreciation to service members and (6 comments)
10 of America's Coolest Small Towns - 05/27/10 07:43 PM
Ely, Minnesota Cloverdale, California Brevard, North Carolina Saugatuck, Michigan Kennett Square, Pennsylvania Bandon, Oregon Cuero, Texas Nyack, New York Medicine Park, Oklahoma Egg Harbor, Wisconsin These 10 were voted the coolest small towns by Budget Travel. To qualify each town must have a population less than 10,000, be drawing attention because of the quality of life or the entertainment scene etc... Congrats to our own Nyack, New York!
Via Richard Strahm (RE/MAX Realty Group - Harleysville, PA): I just saw a new way to get rid of junk. I'm no Billy Mays (may he rest in peace), and I'm not getting any benefit from this. I just think it's a cool idea. In the real estate business, we always have homes that need cleaning out. Perhaps it's an estate house. Or elderly seller's with decades of junk. Or plain old sloppy people. It you're like me, you have a Dumpster company on speed dial. And that can be expensive for either your clients or (21 comments)
"Ask and You Shall Receive" - 05/26/10 06:46 PM
Content Provided By Anna Gibbs Anna Gibbs is a Business Coach serving clients in the Hudson Valley. She works with individuals to help them achieve their professional & personal goals and to experience success in all that they do. Contact Anna to schedule a FREE consultation and take control of your future today!
Heard that one a lot? I bet you’ve even said it to someone else. But do you believe it? Do you make a habit of asking for what you need?
“Ask and you shall receive”. Period. Believe in the power of that statement.
It doesn’t say, (10 comments)
Cream Puffs - 05/25/10 07:28 PM
INGREDIENTS: 1 Sheet Frozen Puff Pastry, thawed 1 Cup cold milk 1 Package Jell-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding 1/2 Cup Cool Whip Topping, thawed 1 Square Baker's semi sweet baking chocolate, melted DIRECTIONS: Heat oven to 400 degrees. Unfold pastry on floured surface and roll to 10 inch square. Cut into 9 circles with 3 inch cookie cutter or glass rim. Place on un-greased baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes. Put on wire rack and cool completely. Put milk into large bowl and add pudding mix. Beat two minutes with whisk. Gently stir in whipped topping. Cover and refrigerate 15 minutes. Cut (9 comments)
Dead Passenger in the Parking Lot! Too Late for the Doctor! - 05/24/10 02:53 PM
So this morning at 8 am I had a Dr. appointment and when I was leaving the building I noticed something very unusual and a little frightening. Well I don't know about frightening since it was daylight but definitely on the weird side. Lets take a look at the pictures and then let me know what you think. If it was late at night I might have had to run to my car and lock myself in. LOL Someone didn't make it to the Doctor on time!
SPEECHLESS SUNDAY - A Touch of Color - 05/23/10 02:00 PM
Last week when I did my open house and we were driving around the neighborhood putting out signs we kept passing this one house with a big rhododendron bush that was just beautiful. After the 3rd time we went by I said that before the end of the day I wanted to take a picture of the bush (tree really) because the color just caught your eye every time you went by. So when we were picking the signs back up I snapped some photos. I don't know that the pictures really do the tree justice but hopefully you can see (31 comments)
Via Integrity Mortgage Funding: Keeping a clean house is vital, but it doesn't have to be expensive or harmful to our health or the environment. And while recipes for homemade cleaners abound, the simplest ones seem to work the best and save the most money. The following household cleaners may require a little more elbow grease to get the job done, but you, your wallet, and Mother Nature will be glad that you made the extra effort.Baking soda – We all know that baking soda absorbs odors, especially in refrigerators, but did you know it's also a simple and effective cleaner? Just mix (9 comments)
Open House Tips - 05/22/10 01:44 PM
When it is time to have that open house are your sellers prepared? You want that house to look its best no matter what size, shape or condition. DO A WALK THROUGH Using an unbiased third party take a tour through the home. Starting from the curb, check the appeal, anything that may appear unattractive or need fixing and especially be aware of any odors that may be offensive. MAKE THE FRONT WELCOMING Add an attractive wreath or other decoration to the front door. Make sure the front door is free of dirt and fingerprints. Make sure the door opens smoothly (13 comments)
Pro-Active Inspections Real Estate Agent listing a home? Having the home inspected before it’s listed is recommended. With the current inventory, sellers need an edge. Potential buyers will conduct an inspection. A Pre-listing Inspection will allow you & the seller to pro-actively identify what an inspector may find. This will give you and the seller time to correct many items, thereby minimizing an inspector’s findings, which will make the house more appealing. Pro-active inspections performed prior to listing will help in many ways: Potential Safety issues may be identified and corrective action can (9 comments)
Local Designer's Jewelry Shines in J LO Film - 05/19/10 06:30 PM
I had wanted to post this article when I first saw it and just have not had the chance to track it down and get it posted. There is a jewelry maker in our midst who is now on the map! Congrats to Rachel Bertoni of the Bertoni Gallery in Sugar Loaf! You go girl!!
'The Back-up Plan' showcases Rachel Bertoni's collection. Rachel Bertoni of Bertoni Designs in Sugar Loaf. Pieces from her handcrafted designer line, "Nature's Elements" will be worn by actress Jennifer Lopez in the upcoming feature film, "The Back-up Plan." Times Herald Record/CHET GORDON (10 comments)
Church Sale and Luncheon Slate Hill New York - 05/18/10 03:56 PM
Ridgebury Methodist Parish Hall 690 Ridgebury Road Slate Hill NY 10973 845-355-2805 845-355-1202 SATURDAY 5-22-10 9:30-2 PM BAKE SALE & LUNCHEON Please join us for a large selection of: Clothing Gift items Furniture Toys Books Glassware Shoes Purses And more! There will be a 1/2 price sale and books at $1 a bag. Please also visit us during the week on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10-1 pm. (5 comments)
How To Disconnect From Your Home When Selling - 05/17/10 07:55 PM
What makes a house a home? The people that live in the house and everything they place in it are reflections of their lifestyle. When it's for sale, your home becomes a product. To capture potential buyers' attention, it is important to allow them to visualize living there, in "your" space. Real estate staging allows that to happen. The secret is to turn the home back into a house. You, the seller, will be moving, so it helps to begin packing up personal belongings and collections. This alone opens up each room by decluttering and depersonalizing. Model homes sell lifestyles. Everything (12 comments)
The real estate agent is only the messenger Sellers please take several deep breaths before shutting down on any offer in today's real estate market. The agent YOU selected to represent you is doing the job you hired (8 comments)
ARE YOUR ANIMALS A SHIELD? - 05/15/10 03:10 PM
In reading a post today from Randy Ostrander it got me to thinking about people and their pets. In all the years I have been in Real Estate pets have really never presented a major problem. However in the past year my clients and I have been chased, jumped on and frightened by more dogs than in the last 7 years. Do more people have more pets? Are they more careless? Are the dogs more ferocious? Or are people less respectful and dogs less disciplined? Today is the perfect example. I had to go out to a seller's residence because (18 comments)
Something as important as this, we should all be familiar with!
Via Kathy Clulow ASP® SRES® (RE/MAX Scugog Realty Ltd Brokerage): BEB ... What Is It? Benign Essential Blepharospasm "The term blepharospasm ['blef-a-ro-spaz-m] can be applied to a forced, sustained, and involuntary closure of the eyelids. It stems from a number of causes, beginning with dry eyes, and, may progress to a state where the person is "legally blind". The blepharospasm referred to here is officially calledBenign Essential Blepharospasm(BEB). "Benign" indicates the condition is not life threatening, and "essential" is a medical term meaning "of unknown cause"." www.blepharospasm.ca Injecting a (2 comments)
$325,000 This beautiful 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath Dutch Colonial sits on a corner lot in Monroe, New York. Within walking distance to Lake Walton, minutes from the Woodbury Common Outlet Center and all major highways you don't want to miss this! Hope to see you there! (5 comments)
The following are a few suggestions that will make a home inspection go smoother: 1. Make sure the inspector has access – not only to the house but also furnaces, water heaters and air conditioning units. (especially in closets, attics and crawl spaces)
2. Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electric service, panels, water heaters, etc...
3. Check to see the garage is open and that any water heaters, utility panels or shutoffs and resets for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) within are accessible.
4. Unlock areas the inspector must access (11 comments)
I saw this video and just knew my readers would love it. Such an amazing video of a hummingbird being fed by its mother-well I won't spoil it. You will want to pass this along too! Thanks Toni!
Via Toni Weidman, CRS, GRI, Broker-associate (Century 21 Palm Realty): This came to me as an email from a fellow hummingbird lover and I know there are many of us out there. Video by Gary Breitbard taken at his friend's home. The baby was nursed by Peter Tommerup and Lee Anne Welch. This is Peter's story. :This is actually an amazing story about (16 comments)
Cornerstone Dental, Middletown NY - The Place For All Your Dental Needs! - 05/11/10 12:30 PM
Yesterday I had to go to the dentist (EEEEECK!) because I had an abscess and had to have a tooth pulled. I hadn't been happy with my regular dentist and anyone who knows me, knows I am a big baby when it comes to the dentist. I chose to go to someone new and that is a biggie for me, especially when you need to have something like this done. I picked Cornerstone Dental on Academy Avenue in Middletown because I have been driving by the place for ages and I was always impressed by the various signage they had posted (6 comments)
This is an interesting post from Cindy Jones. Are you familiar with your HOA rules? If not it could be COSTLY!
Via Cindy Jones-Northern Virginia Real Estate & Military Relocation Services (RE/MAX Allegiance #1 RE/MAX Company in the World): Recently a friend called in a panic. She couldn't find her car. At first she thought she had lost her mind. Then she thought her car had been stolen. She called the police. They said they would send someone but wanted to know if she had checked with her homeowners association.She called the towing company for the neighbhorhood and sure enough they (10 comments)
Home Staging Works - SOLD In 18 Days! - 05/09/10 05:11 PM
This is a great article by Sharon Tara stating that a staging worked in New Hampshire. As we all know by now, staging works anywhere and everywhere. In todays market where you need to stay ahead of the crowd so to speak, any little effort on the seller's part to make their home stand out pays off in a BIG WAY. Check out these before and after photos that got a staged home sold in 18 days!
Via Sharon Tara New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations): Home staging works in New Hampshire. Whether it's a full staging with new furniture (10 comments)
THE HUDSON VALLEY - THE PLACE TO BE FOR FESTIVALS AND FUN! - 05/08/10 07:27 PM
The Hudson Valley has become THE hot spot for music festivals, artsy shopping and casino fun. Each summer there are more and more shows and festivals to be enjoyed, as the proximity to the city is a promoter's dream. Make time this summer to visit the Monticello Casino, see a show at the Lycian Centre or to check out one of the fairs or festivals below! May 18 visit Warwick New York for St. Stephen's annual Taste of the Town event which is one of the Hudson Valley's premiere tasting events. Patrons taste food and wine from the area's best establishments. (11 comments)
Simple Decorating Ideas - 05/07/10 12:51 PM
If you want to change the look of your home and think you have to spend a lot of money, think again. Here are some decorating ideas that will help you fall back in love with your home without emptying out your wallet.
Paint: A fresh coat of paint can revitalize a space. Whether you go bold or play it safe with neutrals, color can evoke a mood, create a warm, cozy environment or just update the look of your home.
Color without commitment: Let's say you live for constant change and don't want to be stuck with one (15 comments)
Thankful Thursday - Glorious Rainbows & Active Rain is Back! - 05/06/10 03:30 PM
I went to walk my dog the other day and this beautiful rainbow was right outside my door and I almost missed it! I ran for my camera and by the time I returned (10 seconds later) I could see it was already fading. I think this is the first time I have ever seen a rainbow fade away as I watched it. Usually they (the ones I have seen) outlast the watcher. I snapped off a few shots and thought this would be perfect for today. So much to be thankful for. I am thankful for beautiful rainbows (17 comments)
ACTIVE RAIN IS BACK! - 05/05/10 03:57 PM
For those who have missed my blogs these past few months, I have missed you too! Active Rain has had a few blips on the radar and hopefully they are on the path to getting that fixed. With any luck we will be back on track this week or in the very near future. In the meantime I have been extremely busy with Real Estate what with the tax credit coming to a close. As of right now I haven't heard anything about any type of renewal or extension of that but one can always hope. For those on the fence (13 comments)
Appliance Buying Guide - 05/05/10 03:46 PM
Appliance Buying Guide: Clothes Dryers When deciding on a new clothes dryer, here’s what you’ll need to know about features, style, price, and performance. Read Appliance Buying Guide: Ranges When deciding on a new range, here’s what you’ll need to know about features, style, price, and performance. Read Appliance Buying Guide: Dishwashers When you buy a dishwasher, hone in on the model that’s right for you by considering your needs: size, fit, features, and performance. Read Appliance Buying Guide: Refrigerators When you buy a new refrigerator, arm yourself with the facts, so you’ll be sure to make the right decision for (2 comments)
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