million dollar homes: BEYOND THE PALE - where does it originate? - 01/30/11 05:09 AM
I just used the expression "beyond the pale" in an Actve Rain Comment and suddenly wondered where or how it originated, so I checked.
http:// tells me that is comes from the Latin word palus, a stake.  "Pale is an old name for a pointed piece of wood driven into the ground and — by extension — to a barrier made of such stakes. Pole is from the same source, as are impale and palisade. This meaning has been around in English since the fourteenth century and by the end of that century pale had taken on various figurative senses … (4 comments)

million dollar homes: The NAR American Attitudes About Homeownership Survey - 01/30/11 03:36 AM
The National Association of REALTORS® recently published the results of its on-line poll, conducted by Harris, which put questions about homeowership to  owners and renters.      The results showed that 95 % of owners and 72% of renters believe that over a period of several years, it makes more sense to own a home, and  93% of owners surveyed would buy again.“Home owners and renters agree that home ownership benefits individuals and families, strengthens our communities, and is integral to our nation’s economy,” said National Association of Realtors® President Ron Phipps, broker-president of Phipps Realty in Warwick, R.I. “The results of this … (1 comments)

million dollar homes: Take all three GRI Course in ONE year in SW Florida! - 01/28/11 01:27 AM
                              This year, the Naples Area Board of REALTORS®  (NABOR) and the Bonita Estero Area REALTORS® (BEAR) are joining together to offer the opportunity to complete the GRI (Graduate of REALTOR® Institute) designation course in one year. 
These courses are traditionally only offered once a year and to have the opportunity to take all three courses in one year is truly special. Beginning with GRI 1 at NABOR on February 15th and continuing with GRI 2 (August at NABOR) and GRI 3 (May at BEAR) split between the two associations within this calendar year you will be able to complete your … (0 comments)

million dollar homes: Remodeling Magazine reports that expensive pre-sale Kitchen and Bathroom renovations are not worth the money spent - 01/25/11 02:44 PM
Remodeling Magazine, in partnership with NAR, have published their 2010 Remodeling Cost vs. Value survey, and are warning not to go overboard with pre-selling renovations.The survey reported that remodels done in 2010 will only recoup around 60% of their price when the property sells.  The kitchen and the bathroom are usually the two rooms that people remodel before selling.  Dan Stewart of Pillar to Post Home Inspections suggest that sellers should update the basics,  declutter nad hire a professional cleaning company to make tiles etc. sparkle. Here are a few points of what to avoid and what to do:Kitchen•    Don’t buy … (1 comments)

million dollar homes: Are formal Dining Rooms a thing of the past? - 01/25/11 01:29 PM

It was very obvious at the International Builder Show in Orlando that the general trend was  moving towards smaller homes and looking for imaginative storage spaces and living areas.  One of the victims of ridding a home of unnecessary living space in some parts of the country will be the dining room.
ining rooms seem to be reducing in appeal as people wish more “casual” eating spaces. “Dining rooms are definitely on the way out,” said Joe Digrado, Danielian Associates’ design coordinator, at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando Friday. “Ask your buyer if they really need one. In … (4 comments)

million dollar homes: Are formal Dining Rooms a thing of the past? - 01/24/11 04:19 PM
It was very obvious at the International Builder Show in Orlando that the general trend was  moving towards smaller homes and looking for imaginative storage spaces and living areas, and the formal dining room may fall victim to this trend.  Dining rooms seem to be reducing in appeal as people wish more “casual” eating spaces. 
“Dining rooms are definitely on the way out,” said Joe Digrado, Danielian Associates’ design coordinator, at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando Friday. “Ask your buyer if they really need one. In some markets they do. But many prefer an open, flexible space that will serve … (9 comments)

million dollar homes: My Saturday foodie post. Fish n chips (with an Oregon twist) - 01/22/11 02:18 PM
I love cooking and do intend to post a few recipes as well. 
Here are some really imaginative ideas for Fish and Chips, the great British traditional meal, by Karen Burket from Oregon. 
Having lived in Britain for 17 years before coming to the USA I do appreciate the "twists" on an old classic!  Thank you, Karen.
If you wish to see more recipes by real state agents please visit the new group COOKING WITH CHRISTINE & FRIENDS So last week I mentioned that I love to cook and posted a salmon dish I recently made.
The other night I … (3 comments)

million dollar homes: Florida 2011 Legislative Session begins March 8 - 01/21/11 11:16 AM
Have you ever attended the Opening of YOUR state's Session in the Senate or the House? 
Here in Florida it is a very festive occasion.  Friends and relatives send flowers to their legislator, which they place at their desks in the House and the Senate Chambers.  Friends and guest in the Gallery are presented with a sea of flowers as they look down.  Some family members are permitted to sit with the legislators on the House and Senate floors. 
After the ceremonies in the Senate and in the House, other family members are permitted to visit the Senate or … (1 comments)

million dollar homes: 2011 GREAT AMERICAN REALTOR® DAYS in Florida's capital Tallahassee - 01/21/11 09:58 AM

Florida REALTORS® will hold the 2011 GREAT AMERICAN REALTORS® DAYS on April 12 & 13.  Well over 2,000 real estate agents will descend on Tallahassee to visit their Senators and Representatives. 
This two-day event kicks includes legislative briefings at the Challenger Learning Center near the Capitol, the annual "Taste of Florida" block party on Tuesday night, the agents' visits to their legislators, the Wednesday luncheon for all the attendees in the Plaza Courtyard between the old Capitol and the new Capitol buildings.  Usually the Governor and the Chief Financial Officer of the great state of Florida address the REALTORS® during … (0 comments)

million dollar homes: Addicted to ActiveRain? I suppose I am! (Members Only) (edit/delete) - 01/21/11 09:11 AM
I joined Active Rain in December 2009 – a friend had recommended it  - but I did not blog.
The months passed, I was a member, I entered a few bits and pieces into my profile, but I did not blog.More time passed, at least I read a few blogs!
Then another friend suggested I should join RainMakers, so I did, but I did not blog.
Weeks passed, I was still a member, but I did not blog - I suppose I never "got round to it"!Another friend convinced me to sign up for RainCamp in Orlando, which I did, but … (3 comments)

million dollar homes: Mardi Gras - Karnival - Carnivale - 01/20/11 02:29 PM
Esperanza Butler wrote about Mardi Gras. In Europe, the practice dates back to the Middle Ages where they were celebratory periods before Lent began.  Today, most Catholic areas in Europe still celebrate during the week before lent.  The celebration in the Catholic parts of Germany, for example, are called "Karnival"  with the exeption of Bavaria – in Munich it’s called  “Fasching” and it’s very big.The main day is “Rose Monday” when there are parades everywhere, beautiful floats, carnival princesses and people dance and drink in the streets until they drop, like Mardi Gras in New Orleans.  Tuesday (called Shrove Tuesday), is  … (1 comments)

million dollar homes: Some news from the International Builders Show in Orlando - 01/18/11 04:20 PM
The International Builders’ Show in Orlando this week showcases the latest in home design trends.  A separate laundry rooms and smart storage in unexpected places ranked high in a survey of 2,000 consumers carried out by Better Homes and Gardens Magazine.Other favorites were:•    home office or work space•    outdoor entertaining area•    outdoor living area•    bathroom with a freestanding tub and separate shower stall•    informal easting area close to, or in, the kitchen•    additional storage space with walk-in closet and/or shelvesThe latest décor was international, particularly Asian influenced.  Affordability and energy efficiency ranked highest with 68% of the consumers polled.  The latest … (4 comments)

million dollar homes: FREE Webinars by REALTOR®University - 01/18/11 03:15 PM
Did you know that NAR's REALTOR®University provides FREE webinars on all kind of subjects?
February, for example, offers amongst others a webinar on Facebook for agents and how to prepare an effective pre-listing package. 
The webinars are usually held on a Tuesday morning. 
Please check out this calendar website for further information on what's coming up!

million dollar homes: Top Designer David Easton at Miromar Design Center in Estero, SW Florida. - 01/18/11 02:45 PM
Distinguished Speakers Series
Please click on the date below to register on line or phone (239) 390-5111.
              David Easton, David Easton, Inc.   http://  , New York“Timeless Elegance”Thursday, February 3 at 2 p.m. RSVP by Monday, January 31        A look back at some of his favorite projects…. and a brief glimpse into the future. Named to Architectural Digest’s “Top 100 List” and inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame in 1992, David Easton is considered to be one the world's most sought-after interior designers. Following his presentation David … (0 comments)

million dollar homes: Melissa Galt, Frank Lloyd Wright's Great-Granddaughter, at the Miromar Design Center January 22, 2011 - 01/18/11 02:26 PM
Distinguished Speakers Series
Melissa Galt, Galt Interiors, Atlanta    “Designing a Signature Life”           Saturday, January 22 at 2:00 p.m.  It’s not just about designing home interiors, Melissa explains that a life well-lived includes relationships, cooking, travel, entertaining and passions. Melissa takes her inspiration from her great-grandfather, America’s most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. She will share simple steps to find your dreams and live by design. A book signing will follow Melissa’s presentation.
Please call (239) 390-5111 for the last remaining seats or sign up on line.  At the time of writing there were a few … (0 comments)

million dollar homes: New Partnership between and AOL Real Estate - 01/18/11 01:46 PM
The National Association of REALTORS® announced a new partnership between MOVE® (the company that operates the property search site for NAR) and AOL Real Estate, the “fastest growing real estate portal in the United States”. “By exclusively powering AOL Real Estate, MOVE® will be able to offer brokers and agents the opportunity to market their company, services and listings to AOL Real Estate's wide and exceptionally qualified audience of real estate consumers.” NAR states that is the #1 real estate website in the USA, with 38 million monthly visits.  The site is also visited by many people all over … (3 comments)

million dollar homes: Green Builders Vision House and ReVision House in Orlando at the International Builders Show - 01/12/11 02:49 PM
The International Builders Show in Orlando,  January 12 - 15, 2011, will showcase two demonstration homes:•    Green Builders Vision House 2011      and•    Green Builders ReVision House 2011These homes will use products to conserve energy and water, and offer good air quality. 
The initial costs of installing new technology are usually more expensive, but the lower maintenance costs will soon save the homeowners money, as well as providing health benefits.The Vision House has interesting, low maintenance landscaping and vegetables growing in patio containers, perfectly suited to busy professional who do not choose to spend hours looking after their backyard. 
The ReVision House … (1 comments)

million dollar homes: Florida Community Association Network (CAN) has announced its 2011 Legislative "Wish List" - 01/12/11 12:48 AM
The Community Advocacy Network (CAN,, Florida's leading advocate for residents of  community associations, has announced its “Legislative Wish List”.
Millions of people live in common interest communities in Florida, including condominium, co-op and homeowners associations (HOA).  CAN’s wish list contains a “glitch bill” to settle inconsistencies in existing legislation.In the next few weeks, CAN will be working with legislators to sponsor new bills in the State House and State Senate or include provisions in other bills.  "Following on the Community Advocacy Network's successful 2010 legislative campaign, resulting in the passage of monumental pro-community association legislation last year, our organization will … (0 comments)

million dollar homes: New Thoughts on Swimming Pools Part II - Alternatives to Chlorine - 01/10/11 04:09 PM
Swimming is a great exercise and having a pool in your backyard can be a lot of fun!  However, since chlorine used in pools can have side effects on your helath, as well as corroding the pool equipment, alternatives have been developed and are now being used.  A company called TechnoPure offers alternative pool systems by pumping water through a chamber containing coated titanium plates and copper and zinc ions. DEL Ozone  produces ozone injectors that can reduce the need for chlorine up to 90%.  Did you know that one of these systems was installed at the White House years ago??  … (0 comments)

million dollar homes: New Thoughts on Swimming Pools Part I - "Natural Pools" - 01/10/11 03:20 PM
Cannot handle chemicals???  Try a natural pool!There are roughly 4.5 million inground pools in the USA,  which use $1.1 to $1.6 billion in energy costs per year, and result in CO2 emissions of approximately 10 million tons — or the equivalent of 1.3 million cars and light trucks on the road per year.
The majority of these pools are located in California, Florida, Texas, Arizona, and New York, and the pool industry in these states is projected to grow 6% per year.
"Natural Pools", installed in European homes for over 20 years, are now so safe and hygenic that the … (3 comments)

Christine R. Sutherland, REALTOR - RSPS, e-Pro, TRC (Sun Realty USA, Inc.)

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