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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net
(Arizona Elite Properties )
United we must be.  As I am sure you are all feeling - sad, dismayed, concerned, and angry are a few of my immediate emotions after the assassination attempt on Donald Trump yesterday. Regardless of your political beliefs or leanings, this is a troubling time for everyone in this country. Never, never, never is an attempted killing of any leader or former leader ok.  Sadly, we all know the vitriolic attitude that exists on all sides of the political arena down to the local level. People are split, divided, and on opposite sides on practically every topic. Social media has certainly added fuel to the fire as people take to their keyboards saying anything and everything that comes to mind. The picture I snapped above is my son and an amazing man who served our country as a Colonel in the ...
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By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
The other day I provided a Feng Shui Consultation in downtown Manhattan. Before entering the building, I needed to determine the facing direction of the structure and take note of any significant features around the building that could be influencing its energy. I eventually identified the facing direction and recorded the compass reading. After doing so, I noticed a message on the sidewalk where I stood that said, "Live The Present." It was a lovely reminder for myself and to pass onto my client, to live in the present moment. And now, to pass on to you :)    
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
As I am sure you are all feeling - sad, dismayed, concerned, and angry are a few of my immediate emotions after the assassination attempt on Donald Trump yesterday. Regardless of your political beliefs or leanings, this is a troubling time for everyone in this country. Never, never, never is an attempted killing of any leader or former leader ok. Sadly, we all know the vitriolic attitude that exists on all sides of the political arena down to the local level. People are split, divided, and on opposite sides on practically every topic. Social media has certainly added fuel to the fire as people take to their keyboards saying anything and everything that comes to mind.The picture I snapped above is my son and an amazing man who served our country as a Colonel in the Marines for over 20 ye...
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By Robert J. Russell, IRES, ICREA, REBS, GMA, LAS, LUTCF
(Robert J Russell Companies)
Are you a REALTOR looking for people moving to Georgia ? This group is for anyone looking to relocate or sell anywhere in Georgia. Want to be a Preferred REALTOR for Georgia?   This is the group to join! https://www.facebook.com/groups/georgiarelocation                            
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By Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker, Farm & Commercial Property For Sale 308-627-3700
(Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farm & Commercial Land Broker-Auctioneer Serving Nebraska)
Above photo is of an irrigated Alfalfa field south of Kearney, NE taken on 7-12-24............................................................................I am taking a breather here in this blog from getting to personal or emotional or philosophical or irrational or even rational with what is going on in our country and the world right now. I do want to say thank you to all who have stopped by my blogs over the last 48 days or so.  Many of you have stopped a lot of times and I do appreciate it.This cold I wrote about yesterday has kicked me around a little but I was able to finish the desk/table that I was building for my daughter, Jaime.  I will post photos at a later date. Going to take it out to her rural home tomorrow if I continue to improve in the cold department.  It appears ...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 A recent post reminded me of a situation from long, long ago. I was selling a sizeable custom-built home. We had a buyer who loved the house and made an offer. The seller was adamant about his sales price, and the buyer was just as adamant about what he was willing to pay for the house.  I knew that almost all furniture was custom-made for this property, and the owner was not planning to use any existing furniture in his new property. The buyer wanted to buy, and the seller wanted to sell. When that happens, there is always a way!                                                      We created two separate contracts: one for the sale of the house and another for the sale of the furniture. They both agreed. The buyer received the house with all the furniture, itemized and included, and ...
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By Lauren Williams, CPO, Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes
(Casual Uncluttering LLC)
Axios published a July 2, 2024 summary of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, Aging Committee Majority Staff report “The Consequences of Clutter: How Hoarding Disorder Affects America’s Older Adults, First Responders, and Their Communities,” That article, written by Maya Goldman in the Axios Health section, is extremely accessible. If you don't want to read all 207 pages of the original - go to Axios.
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Posts Just For You- This Week at ActiveRain July 7 to July 13, 2024  Every day there is something to learn here at ActiveRain.  With this series, I highlight posts that gave me that lightbulb moment. It could be something techie, a post about Real Estate or other professions, about a place, or a person. Or, it could be a post that made me sit up and take notice!July 7:  Wanda Kubat-Nerdin   Eating At Your TableAnother beautiful story with a timeless message.   Monica Hill What's In Your Dash?We've all read The Dash! I love how Monica views it.   John Henry The Definition of Insanity and Other Adages That Don't Make Sense...Luck?You can count on John to share his thoughts and educate us at the same time.  July 8: Dorie Dillard "Mastering Diplomacy: Making Your Point Without Creating Enem...
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By Roy Kelley
(Retired)
Working independently has allowed me to take pride in personalized service.   Working independently has allowed me to take pride in personalized service.   As a solo Realtor®-Broker-Owner, I can work with a network of trusted professionals. Whether engaging with a reliable mortgage broker, contractor, appraiser, photographer, locksmith, electrician,  home inspector, stager, or real estate attorney, I can handpick experts who deliver the same excellence I provide. Here is one example: In this week of extreme summer heat, I had a situation with a nonfunctioning AC system and was told that it would be a real challenge to get it up and running anytime soon. The AC owner was a senior who was not feeling well. At 1:15 p.m., I texted my "team" member, a long-time loyal HVAC contractor, explain...
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By Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker, Farm & Commercial Property For Sale 308-627-3700
(Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farm & Commercial Land Broker-Auctioneer Serving Nebraska)
Made it through all of the closings this week and have checks in the bank!That is the good.   But right now my head/throat feel like the clouds in the above photo taken today South of Kearney, NE.  A lot of good in the photo and a few dark cloudy floaties in the sky...kind of like my head right now... a couple of dark floaties it feels like.Because the bad is somewhere along my hectic week and the dozens and dozens of people I talked with I came across someone who had a cold...and Voila!Lucky me, I now have it and my weekend plans have all been canceled. I will admit I am not 100% upset that we will not be going to our hometown for the day of reminiscing during their annual celebration. I like going but hate the drive home at night. We have a family reunion next weekend that I will want...
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By Doug Jones, Mortgage Broker - NMLS 286668
(Mortgage Magic)
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By Doug Rogers, Your Real Estate Resource!
(RE/MAX Coastal Properties)
Destin Condos On The Harbor-602 Harbor BlvdSearching for the perfect Destin Florida Condo? Need all the luxury features AND room for your boat? If so, 602 Harbor Blvd unit 302 should be on your must tour list. Let's take a minute and discover what makes this Destin condo so special.  3 Bedroom Condo For Sale in Destin Fl OverviewMapsPhotos $1,650,000 Condominium Main Features 3 Bedrooms3 Full Bathrooms1 Half BathroomInterior: 2,571 sqftYear Built: 2000MLS #: 945094 Location 602 Harbor Boulevard302Destin, FL 32541USA Doug Rogers RE/MAX Coastal Properties(318) 613-1994dougsoldit@gmail.comhttp://www.FloridaCondoHunter.com   Listed by: RE/MAX Coastal Properties Our recent listings 3 Bedroom Home For Sale Near Alexandria LA | $155,000 | Boyce, LA3 Bedroom Condo For Sale In Destin Florida | $...
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
Sandpoint Realty 'Friday Flag' was found on the way to do drone footage for a new listing in Clark Fork Idaho.While driving to a new Sandpoint Realty listing, 90 acres with year round creek and 3 bedroom home, we had to stop to take this photo. The chaparral had USA Flags lining both sides and made quite a visual impression with the lush meadow, blue skies dotted with clouds and the mountainous background.  Thank you Clark Fork Idaho resident for proudly flying our Stars and Stripes for all to enjoy as driving by.  New listing we were traveling to when spotting the flags. 'Experience the Difference' in working with a full time Professional Sandpoint Realty REALTOR®.  Your wants and needs will always be my priorities. Mark Don McInnesBroker - Owner208 255-6227SandpointNorthIdaho.com - No...
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, The best agent in Southern Utah!
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
Peanut the Frenchie PrincessPeanut, our first Grandbaby girl, who grabbed our hearts and squeezed tight from the start, crossed the rainbow bridge on July 11th, 2024. Though her time here on Earth was limited, the love she shared was boundless and will last forever. Peanut leaves behind a heartbroken family. We are so grateful for all the affectionate wet kisses, the endless enthusiasm for car rides, running and exploring, chewing on sticks and rocks, plus the unwavering loyalty to all her loved ones. She had a knack for making every day brighter, her Frenchie charm and upbeat spirit was a constant source of joy. Peanut may be gone, but the unbreakable bond she forged will forever hold a cherished place in our hearts. We love you Peanut. 🐾🖤🐾 
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
One-Hour Open House  Sunday, July 14, 20242:00-3:00Take a look at 3500 Fallstaff Rd  Take a look at 3500 Fallstaff by clicking the links below. 3500 fallstaff 21215: Double the Flair - Furnished and Bare!" -   3500 fallstaff 21215: "Your Dream Home in Fallstaff - All-Brick Colonial Charm!  3500 fallstaff 21215: 3500 Fallstaff Rd Has A Vestibule Entry -   3500 fallstaff 21215: Once Upon A Haus: the 1940s custom colonial with a vestibule -    Impromptu Open HouseSunday2-3:00For more information on this homeCall Margaret Rome
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By Doug Jones, Mortgage Broker - NMLS 286668
(Mortgage Magic)
How do I make today a good day?  Sometimes I get frustrated at myself and others around me because I see such a waste of potential and lack of effort.  What do I do?  The answer is; just continue.  Everything has a cycle and sometimes it is best just to get through the day and just continue.  My conscious mind has cycles, but my subconscious mind and the Super conscious Mind do not.  So just continue. _________________I consider myself a success.I make excellent decisions…I like myself and I like others.I see the possibility in all situations.I regard everything as good…I complete what I start…I live abundantly and I am prosperous.I am patient, gentle and kind.I am on time and dependable in every way.I am considerate and truthful.I take care of the details in every project that I undert...
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By Ed Silva, 203-206-0754, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
Zoom Call with Jan Green NAR's Sustainability Summit Jan Green made her presentation as a follow up to her presentation made at the recent conference. She offered that there were 3 field trips each highlighting the efforts to build in cold climates with energy saving features. They toured the US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis Hilton, and the Convention center. She liked the tour of the stadium for the size of the facility which can hold over 73,000 attendees depending on the event.One of the features were the roof panels that were made of a special translucent material and the construction that allowed the water to flow off the roof and be diverted to the nearby Mississippi River. The roof itself is the largest of its kind in the US spanning over 240,000 Square feet.Sustainability Sustainabi...
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By Rodney Mason, VP of Mtg Lending, AL,AR,AZ,CA,CO,FL,GA,IN,MI,MS,NC,NV,SC,TN,TX,VA,WA
(Guaranteed Rate NMLS# 2611)
The key to living a mindful life is rooted in maintaining a state of open awareness and receptivity to new ideas, perspectives and experiences. It is important to be fully present in the moment, free from judgment or preconceived notions.​​When you embrace mindfulness and approach life with an open mind, you invite continuous learning and growth into your life. By remaining receptive to new ideas, whether they challenge your existing beliefs or enhance your understanding, you stimulate intellectual curiosity and foster personal development.​​Approach life with a mindset of curiosity! For more tips on mindfulness, download the RATE APP and start living your best life today!  #RateWednesdayMindfulness #WednesdayWellness #WellnessWednesday #DailyPositivity #DailyPositivity2024 #PositivityQ...
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net
(Arizona Elite Properties )
“It’s just another day…”  Those are words from a Beetle’s song and sometimes I approach life that way.  Yesterday I did a magic show for a large group.  I have done hundreds of shows.  It was a good show but was it my best or was it just another show?  It is never just another day (or show, or event, or picnic).  It is always another fresh opportunity. ____________________ I am resolved to be my best and do my best.My next business transaction will be the best for me and my client.My next talk will be the best.The next class I teach or take will be the best.I will put all my effort and focus onto everything that I do.When I practice music..I will practice my best.My next vacation will be the best…My next TV show will be the best.This Daily affirmation is the best that I can do.I will f...
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By Doug Rogers, Your Real Estate Resource!
(RE/MAX Coastal Properties)
In Real Estate Practice Experience Is The Best Teacher16 years in this business have gone by in a flash. The journey has been a whirlwind of ups /downs, houses, people and markets. How did I survive in an industry that boasts an 87% fail rate in the first three years? Some great brokers/mentors and coaches  helped but success often came from learning from mistakes. Let's see how real estate experience can be such a great teacher.Real Estate Lessons You CAN'T Learn From A Book1) Real Estate is a sales gig- The pre-license course teaches many useful things. Chain of title, water/air rights, and a whole bunch of stuff the agent will rarely encounter. Near the end the real estate student feels like a junior attorney. Imagine my surprise the first day I was shown an office (shared) and given...
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