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Recommended White Wine: Bota Box Chardonnay Chef Dolores and I sample different wines on a regular basis. We like to find the selections that provide good quality at a reasonable price. We recommend the Bota Box Chardonnay as a white wine that will please your guests. $14.99 for a 3L box at Total Wine & More. The price may be a few dollars higher at your local store our county operated store has it on sale this week at $17.99, with a regular price of $19.99. Click on the link to reach the Bota Box website for more information and to see their other wines. The 3L box contains the same amount as four regular sized bottles of wine.California- This light-bodied wine is refreshing and crisp with vibrant flavors of lemon, lime, green apple and pineapple, leading to a juicy finish. Pairs well ...
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
If you change the way you look at thinks, the things you look at chance. - Wayne DyerThe first step toward is awareness.  The second step is acceptance. - Nathaniel BrandenWhat you do when you don't have to, determines what you will be when you can no longer help it. - Rudyard KiplingMore powerful than the will to win is the courage to begin. - Orrin WoodwindHomeownship is considered one of the most reliable ways to build wealth. 
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By Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
(Get It Done For Me Virtual Services )
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By Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM, Associate Broker
(Harry Norman, REALTORS® )
Thank you Rono Williams for your original blog.  We all have moments when we feel our kitchens are untidy. It is perfectly normal to have an untidy kitchen at some point. It could be for a weekend after overusing the kitchen, maybe because you had visitors. However, keeping an untidy kitchen every day isn’t something that should be happening. So, do you have an untidy kitchen that you would like to work on? Luckily, we have identified some key areas that you might want to start on if you want to bring order to your untidy kitchen. Deep clean your kitchen  The first thing that you must do is to clean your kitchen thoroughly. This first tip is preliminary because it will help you identify some of the things that you are using and some that you don’t. If you have bright cabinetry like gree...
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By Brandon Jordan
(ERA American Real Estate)
I have written about Res.Net before on AR over the many years of being certified. https://activerain.com/blogsview/5334430/i-have-renewed-my-res-net-certification-profile-this-year-2019The certification assured asset managers at banks that you know how to move around in the system and cover the basics and a little advanced features of pulling docs when allowed, looking at chain of connections servicers etc.https://activerain.com/blogsview/3486027/res-net-now-offers-advertising-for-prelisted-aka-premarket-properties  Many followed this model of coming soon. https://activerain.com/blogsview/5478667/res-net-closed-property-award-january-2020https://activerain.com/blogsview/2172291/i-have-renewed-my-upgraded-res-net-amp-membership-as-i-continue-to-be-res-net-certifiedhttps://activerain.com/...
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By Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor
(HomeSmart)
Here is the most recent Gilbert AZ Real Estate Housing Market Report for June 2022:  The average sales price of Gilbert homes has slightly decreased after increasing for four months in a row, going from $719,659 in May to $718,085 for June. Average sales prices in Gilbert have increased in 21 out of the last 26 months.After decreasing in January, the average sold price per square foot of Gilbert homes has increased for the fifth straight month, going from $305/sf in May to $310/sf in June. This is just another sign that home values continue to increase, as this is the 22nd increase in the last 24 months. After decreasing for 3 straight months, Gilbert days on market has increased from 20 DOM in May to 25 DOM in June. The Gilbert DOM is still low, which means that homes in Gilbert Arizo...
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
Sandpoint Realty 'Thursday Thought' comes from Marcus Aurelius.  A leader and philosopher that many of todays leaders would do well to study a bit closer.I often wonder if I am growing complacent.  Try not to, but I firmly believe someone doing rash, irrational things is a battle against the feeling of not having done enough while younger...whether that be a year ago or decades.   'Experience the Difference' in working with a full time Professional Sandpoint Idaho REALTOR®.  Your wants and needs will always be my priorities.   Mark Don McInnesBroker - REALTOR®208 255-6227SandpointNorthIdaho.com - North Idaho Home & Land Searches Sandpoint Realty LLC1205 Highway 2Sandpoint, Idaho 83864
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By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
🐈What is Trey Plotting?☀️For ALL of Your East Valley AZ Real Estate Needs📞Call or 🙋‍♂Text Brian at 480-773-2370📨Email Brian  ~  Search the MLS for FREEI know that there are many cat lovers in the Rain, so now you can follow the adventures of Tango, Trey, and Tom Boy if you love pictures of cats!  I welcome all to share photos of your cats along with your comment.☀️For ALL of Your East Valley AZ Real Estate Needs📞Call or 🙋‍♂Text Brian at 480-773-2370📨Email Brian  ~  Search the MLS for FREE
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By Dave Jones, Broker/Owner - e-PRO Dave Jones Realty llc Prospec
(Dave Jones Realty, llc.)
What Does an Economic Slowdown Mean for the Housing Market In Connecticut According to a recent survey, more and more Americans are concerned about a possible recession. Those concerns were validated when the Federal Reserve met and confirmed they were strongly committed to bringing down inflation. And, in order to do so, they’d use their tools and influence to slow down the economy. All of this brings up many fears and questions around how it might affect our lives, our jobs, and business overall. And one concern many Americans have is: how will this affect the housing market? We know how economic slowdowns have impacted home prices in the past, but how could this next slowdown affect real estate and the cost of financing a home? According to Mortgage Specialists:  “Throughout history,...
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By Robert Rauf
(HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ))
Rates, Inflation, etc… Interest rates settled down a little in the past week or so, if you were to put it on a graph it would look flat for August with a “good” client seeing rates in the mid 5s. Just this week CPI was reported as Flat – effectively inflation at the consumer level did not increase last month but it you take out food an energy the core rate was still up slightly. This news has the markets pricing in a 50 basis point move by the Fed for September’s meeting. Rents have continued to climb, up .7% last month alone showing we still have a shortage in housing. Rates will continue to be hard to predict as economic data is released and there will be times where it is impossible to get a zero point interest rate especially on GNMA securities (FHA/VA/USDA) since the secondary mark...
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By Jerry Pinkas 843-839-9870 HOMEGUIDEMYRTLEBEACH.COM, Myrtle Beach Condos, Homes and Properties for Sale
(Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts)
Grissett Landing is a new home community off Highway 905 in Conway SC that offers 7 different home designs ranging from 1,250 to 2,750 heated square footage. Grissett Landing is made up of only 99 homesites and features a community kayak launch for residents located directly on the Waccamaw River. Grissett Landing provides homeowners with 3 and 4-bedroom floor plans to choose from, both 1 & 2-story layouts. Grissett Landing homes for sale in Conway SC are some of the newest on the market and provide buyers with a unique opportunity to own a brand-new home in a beautiful and natural setting. Grissett Landing Conway SC is close to all the shopping, dining, and entertainment that Conway has to offer but still provides a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere for its residents. If you are looking ...
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By Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor
(HomeSmart)
Here is the most recent Chandler AZ Real Estate Housing Market Report for June 2022:  The average sales price of Chandler homes decreased for the first time since January of this year. After increasing to an all-time high of $704,532 in May, the average sales price of Chandler homes decreased to $654,961 in June. This is only the second decrease in the last nine months, since September of 2021.After increasing or remaining the same for 24 consecutive months, the average sales price per square foot of Chandler homes suffered the first decrease in June. The average sales price dropped from $315/sf in May to $311/sf in June. This is still a $55/sf increase from the $256/sf in June of 2021. The days on market for June increased from 20 DOM in May to 25 DOM. This is the first increase since...
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By Beth and Richard Witt, Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940
(Long Island Cash Home Buyer)
As I have grown older, I've learned that pleasing everyone is impossible, but pissing everyone off is a piece of cake.When I see rich, snooty-looking women at the grocery store, I pretend I need something and say "excuse me, do you work here?"If someone throws a stone at you, throw a flower at them. But remember to throw the flower pot with it.Please don't hold me responsible for what my face does when you talk.Just because you have one doesn't mean you have to act like one.I'm having people over to stare at their phones later if you want to come by...I get most of my exercise these days by shaking my head in disbelief.The best thing about being over 40 is that we did all our stupid stuff before the invention of the Internet, so there's no proof!Some of us are so old, that we can rememb...
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By Jerry Pinkas 843-839-9870 HOMEGUIDEMYRTLEBEACH.COM, Myrtle Beach Condos, Homes and Properties for Sale
(Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts)
The well-established community of Grier Crossing in Conway SC is located just off the Long Avenue Extension and close to highway 22 for quick access to the Myrtle Beach oceanfront and attractions. Also, just a short drive to the historic river town of Conway with restaurants and shops or walk along the Riverwalk. This small community features just 84 home sites that are back up to the community lake or private wooded lots. The homes are 3 and 4-bedroom floorplans and range between 1200 to 1706 heated square feet. Low HOA fees of just $25/quarter.Jerry Pinkas Real Estate Experts604 N. 27th Ave Myrtle Beach, SC 29577843-839-9870
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Give Blood in Carlsbad Village September 24, 2022 Residents have another opportunity for Carlsbad to help our community, in particular the San Diego Blood Bank, with their need for blood. The 2nd Heart of the Village Blood Drive for 2022 takes place in Carlsbad Village Saturday, September 24th. Donations will be taken from 10 am until 3 pm. The blood drive is at Carlsbad Village Music at 505 Carlsbad Village Drive in the heart of downtown. Blood donations will be taken at the San Diego Blood Bank Bloodmobile. Over 225 pints have been donated through previous Heart of the Village Blood Drive events over the last 5 years! What a success story, and thank you to all the donors! The Carlsbad Village Association is the sponsor, with a special thank you to the host business, Carlsbad Village M...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
 As adult HUMAN beings we are seldom as vocal as the dog in this three strip cartoon (this is strip 2 of 3). If you wish to see 1 of three it is the post Go Home.The Real Estate application I'm going with is: Are you to busy sleeping to jump when your client says jump!Most experienced agents no longer jump every time we hear Jump as we have established our business and our clients know that we have boundaries that we will not cross unless we truly see the urgency to jump. Some clients are like puppies needing a lot of attention. Those clients are ones the experienced agents usually pass on to an associate who needs to cut their teeth on the bone of experience.If you are a new agent I suggest you do jump until you have trained your clients that you too have a life and you are developing ...
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By Nick Marr, Promoting real estate internationally
(TRINIDIGITAL )
A clean home is important. It can help you feel more organised and productive, and also do something good for your health and well-being!We have gathered 10 tips for deep cleaning that will help you get your home in order. Let's get started!What Are the Differences Between Regular Cleaning and Deep Cleaning?The main difference between regular cleaning and deep cleaning is the level of detail. Deep cleaning pays attention to all the nooks and crannies that might be missed during a surface clean. This includes things like: washing walls cleaning baseboards cleaning light fixtures shampooing carpets wiping down doors and door frames cleaning ovens and refrigerators While some of these tasks can be done during a regular cleaning, deep cleaning gives them the attention they deserve.Another d...
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By Jane & Jeff Daley, PhD, Scottsdale Real Estate Arizona
(Luxury Valley Homes Scottsdale)
What Does the Rest of the Year Hold for Home Prices? Whether you’re a potential homebuyer, seller, or both, you probably want to know: will home prices fall this year? Let’s break down what’s happening with home prices, where experts say they’re headed, and why this matters for your homeownership goals. Last Year’s Rapid Home Price Growth Wasn’t the Norm In 2021, home prices appreciated quickly. One reason why is that record-low mortgage rates motivated more buyers to enter the market. As a result, there were more people looking to make a purchase than there were homes available for sale. That led to competitive bidding wars which drove prices up. CoreLogic helps explain how unusual last year’s appreciation was: “Price appreciation averaged 15% for the full year of 2021, up from the 202...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
I won't treat you like a Past Client so you won't treat me as a Past Agent. Your loyalty is greatly appreciated!Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Best Auburn Realtors, Best Opelika Realtors, Relocate to Auburn, Move to Auburn, Homes for sale in Auburn, Homes for Sale near me, Houses for Sale Opelika, Luxury Homes for Sale Auburnwww.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
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