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Recent blogs on ActiveRain Community
By Doug Rogers, Your Real Estate Resource!
(RE/MAX Coastal Properties)
Destin Florida Real Estate--Should I Hire A Buyer's AgentIs a Destin Florida Condo on your 2024 wish list? Ready to enjoy some serious time along the Emerald Coast but don't know where to start? Let's examine why hiring a Destin Florida real estate agent should be the FIRST thing on your list.Reasons to Hire A Destin Florida Buyer's Agent1) We are local-- Most of the folks who invest in vacation or second homes live elsewhere (believe it or not we get a bunch of clients from Minnesota). Throughout the process, I become your eyes and ears on the ground. 2) We represent your interest, not the seller-- Think it will be okay simply to call the sign or click an ad? The person you speak with has a written agreement to get the best possible price and terms for the seller. Would you split a law...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
I read this quote a couple of days ago and loved how it captures the cyclical nature of life, highlighting how it fluctuates between incredible highs and devastating lows, with much of it consisting of everyday, routine moments. It speaks to embracing the wonderful times, enduring the difficult ones, and finding peace in the mundane. To me this quote portrays what I have come to believe is true about life. It's a blend of experiences that, with all their highs and lows, come together to create a stunning and awe-inspiring journey, leaving me feeling so blessed to be a part of this wonderful miracle. Life is AmazingAnd then it’s awful.And then it’s amazing again.And in between the amazing and awful.It’s ordinary and mundane and routine.Breathe in the amazing,Hold on through the awful,And...
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By Ralph Magin, Miami Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Why Working with a Real Estate Professional Is Crucial Right Now in Miami-Dade FloridaNavigating the housing market can be tricky, especially these days. That’s why having an experienced guide when buying or selling a home is so important. The market isn’t exactly straightforward right now, and working with a real estate expert can offer insights and advice that make all the difference.While today’s market conditions might seem confusing or overwhelming, you don’t have to handle them alone. With a trusted expert leading you through every step, you can navigate the process with the clarity and confidence you deserve.Here are just a few of the ways a real estate expert is invaluable:Contracts – Agents help with the disclosures and contracts necessary in today’s heavily regulated environme...
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By Doug Jones, Mortgage Broker - NMLS 286668
(Mortgage Magic)
Across the world today someone is working in a coal mine for 12-14 hours.  Someone is picking beans until the sun comes up until sundown.  Someone is disable and not able to go to work at all.  I give thanks that I can work.__________________________I am so happy that I can work today and earn an income.I appreciate that I can work and play and balance my life.I am blessed with work…My life and work are easy compared to so much of the world…I am thankful.I have the opportunity to study and earn a large income…I have the opportunity to create and earn a larger income…I thank God that I have opportunity and am not doing backbreaking work every day for years.My job is so easy compared to many jobs in the world…Stress? What is that?  Something we make up.  I will keep going and realize how ...
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By Doug Jones, Mortgage Broker - NMLS 286668
(Mortgage Magic)
But wait there’s more…” I get tired pop-ups and slogans and people pushing things at me that I don’t want or need.  That is certainly ironic because I am in sales, and I teach sales.  I think a good salesperson endeavors to become a person with integrity, presents a quality product and allows informed people buy from him or her…______________________I am honest and always work for my client…I love helping people become successful…There is plenty of room for successful people…We are all made to be successful…I am successful…If I know something good, I will shout it from the rooftops…I am a winner, and I am around winners all day long…I communicate well…I listen…I am enthusiastic…I build strong relationships with my customers and clients…My clients become my advocates and confidants…I kno...
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By Doug Jones, Mortgage Broker - NMLS 286668
(Mortgage Magic)
We don’t reach goals because we don’t focus on them daily and we may have conflict about the goal or conflict among goals.  If we don’t focus on the goal every day, then perhaps it is not the goal from our heart and there is not enough desire.  If there is conflict, then we probably don’t feel we deserve the goal and therefore will not reach it.__________________I know what my goals are, and I make plans to reach them all.I write my goals out until they are clear.My goals do not conflict with each other.If there are conflict sometimes, I will put a goal off until the circumstances are better, but every day I work toward making those circumstances better…My actions, thoughts and feelings are in agreement.I deserve to reach my goals…they are my goals and I serve them.I focus on my goals d...
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By Doug Rogers, Your Real Estate Resource!
(RE/MAX Coastal Properties)
Another Destin Florida Home SOLD-4051 Drifting Sand TrailSearching for a single family home in Destin Florida? If so, please note that 4051 Drifting Sand Trail has found a buyer! Let's look at what this Emerald Coast home has to offer.  3 Bedroom Home For Sale In Destin Florida OverviewMapsPhotos $625,000 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 Full Bathrooms1 UnitInterior: 1,968 sqftLot: 0.18 acre(s)Year Built: 1997MLS #: 947596 Location 4051 Drifting Sand TrailDestin, 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 | $1,250,000 | Destin, FL3 Bedroo...
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By Doug Rogers, Your Real Estate Resource!
(RE/MAX Coastal Properties)
Destin Florida Real Estate Advice- The BEST Time Of Year To SellIs 2024 the year your real estate plans in Destin Florida shift to another market? Do you need every dollar possible from your Emerald Coast home to fund life's next adventure? If so let's examine the different seasons and Look at the pros and cons of listing in each. 1) Winter/Early Spring-- During this season Destin gets a bunch of visitors from our neighbors to the North. After all, why shovel snow when you can snorkel for seashells? Pros-- Easy access to view condos and investment properties. Less traffic means easier movement while scouting the area. Cons-- Not the traditional "selling season" for folks in other parts of the country. Fewer eyeballs on properties. 2) Late Spring/Summer-- This is the traditional "selling...
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By Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author
(people first...then business Ran Right Realty )
Objectivity is priceless. Rising above circumstances or learning to navigate through them develops our character, adds meaning & rewards satisfaction. Perspective is another gem. Realize this when the next time, your thinking, thoughts, beliefs & emotions all try to blow things WAY-OUT of proportion against logic, reasoning & faithSEE IT FOR WHAT IT IS (not what you think it is)We were created to solve problems, not be overcome by them. TEST THIS: If we were put here so that problems prevail, we would all be gone a long time ago. The fact is we were NOT put here to be defeated, but to overcome obstacles, as many as they may surface, roadblocks of all kinds & plus negativity & error using our faith, choice, all powered by hope, love & capability instilled in us at our creation.BTW...Inse...
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By Eric Evans, RE/MAX Circle Of Legends
(RE/MAX EXECUTIVE)
14229 Ballantyne Country Club Drive - Charlotte NC 28277Gorgeous 2-story w/basement home located on golf course w/tranquil water views. Beautifully updated and modernized throughout. Sellers have spent upwards of $630k+ in upgrades/renovations on the home & exterior entertaining areas. Stunning main level kitchen w/large center isle, quality Wolf appliances, steam oven, subzero, & double ovens. Kitchen overlooks light & bright family room/sunroom w/FP and vaulted ceilings. Generous great room w/stone fireplace. Awesome floorplan offering much natural lighting and striking details. Fantastic basement with full kitchen, multiple rec areas, great room w/fireplace & storage areas. Truly one of the most spectacular & serene rear yard settings in BCC with water view, upper & lower terraces, g...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties)
As most of you know, I have been a reader, then became a book collector and now I have reached the next level I am now a book seller.Hence, I wanted to give the opportunity to all my friends and readers who would like to have first opportunity to buy the books I am selling. Please reach out to me privately if you would like to buy any of these books at  homes@endrebarath.com.The first three I chose to sell are from my Stephen King collection: Misery, Dolores Claiborne, and the Stand.Please reach out to me privately what you are willing to offer before I put it out to the public. Keep in mind $7 is just to send a book at book rate in the post office. So, with that said anything above is appreciated.As you can see from the photos the books are in excellent condition, these are not autogra...
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By Liz and Bill Spear, Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs
(Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Need blogging ideas?There is plenty of low hanging fruit (topics) all around you, even when it may not be obvious.  Just going about normal life and real estate activities are going to provide you ample blogging opportunities.In the last couple of months we've had a tree fall on our house (okay, not so much fall as a mishap by a professional tree company).That incident could be spun into the following topics if I chose: Lessons learned from the insurance companies and the process Customer service of the tree company What is the state's law regarding matching shingles during a repair? Does having two different ages of roof impact property value when selling? We have a pet dedicated washer and dryer set in the basement.  When you have as many furries as we do, washers and dryers get a lot...
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By Anna "Banana" Kruchten, 602-380-4886
(HomeSmart Real Estate )
The minute I wrote out this post title, I thought of you know who, right?  Michael Jacobs of course!   I so enjoyed reading his POST today.  It's jam packed with goodies.  Buzz over and check it out!Many of you know I've had a very unusual health year so far, to say the least.  Without going into the boring details, the good news is that I've gotten through the worst of it and am headed in a good direction. And I'm happy and joking around as usual! You know... that good ole BananaTude style of fun! Thinking about my past 6 months is why Michael's post inspired me today!!!  I thought about all the amazing people I've met on my AR journey. It's kind of unbelievable really.  I mean, who thought, all those years ago when I first signed up in 2006 that a community like this would come about....
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
Sandpoint Realty 'Monday Motivation'.  What a healthy way to live!To truly live in this fashion would be special.  A goal worth working towards and keeping close at hand.  '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 - North Idaho Home & Land Searches Sandpoint Realty LLC1205 Highway 2Sandpoint, Idaho 83864
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By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County
(CinaJones Real Estate)
The title of this post reminds me of a Little Feat song from the "Let it Roll" album. That song is called "Hangin on to the Good Times".Where does the time go? I know it's a trite old saying, but it's often very true. My grandmother was correct when she told me...the older you get, the faster time goes. I think it's been six years since my last post. I won't bore you with the password difficulties I've had, but those issues were finally resolved this morning. Let's see what's happened in six years: Lucky the Wonder Dog is still around, but not for long. His cancer came back, and he isn't going to be so lucky this time.  I'm still single. I love it that way.  After over 14 years I left my former office. I even have a partner. I will introduce Tari in another post. She owns CinaJones Real...
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How to Insert Photos On ActiveRain When You Have No Internet Service Last week we were without internet and cable service for almost 4 days. I wanted to read and comment on the posts here as well as write my daily post.  I knew that you would understand if I went MIA for a few days but it was a personal challenge. Writing the posts was easy…I used Google Drive just as I always do write a post on my iPad.  However since I couldn’t use my iPhone as a Hotspot, that rendered my laptop and the photos on it almost useless.  If you run into this situation (which I hope you don’t) here’s what you can try. -Use a smart-phone or tablet friendly Flash Drive to upload photos from your laptop to your Smart device. From there you can add them to your ActiveRain editor as you normally do. -Use one of ...
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By Jeffrey Richman, Creative Real Estate Specialist
(Immediate Home Solutions)
"Change is the heartbeat of growth. Embrace it and thrive."1. **Change is the heartbeat of growth**:   - **Essential for Development**: This part of the phrase emphasizes that change is a fundamental component of growth. Just as a heartbeat is essential for life, change is necessary for any kind of progress or improvement.   - **Driving Force**: It suggests that change drives growth, pushing individuals and organizations to adapt, learn, and evolve. Without change, there is stagnation, and growth becomes impossible.2. **Embrace it**:   - **Acceptance and Adaptation**: This encourages individuals to accept and welcome change rather than resist it. Embracing change means being open to new experiences, ideas, and opportunities.   - **Positive Attitude**: It promotes maintaining a positive ...
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By Jeffrey Richman, Creative Real Estate Specialist
(Immediate Home Solutions)
"Action is the foundational key to all success. Don't just dream it, do it."1. **Action is the foundational key to all success**:   - **Importance of Action**: This part of the phrase highlights that taking action is essential for achieving any form of success. Without action, dreams and plans remain unfulfilled.   - **Foundation of Success**: It suggests that action is the base upon which all achievements are built. Whether in personal or professional life, consistent effort and proactive steps are necessary to turn aspirations into reality.2. **Don't just dream it, do it**:   - **Moving Beyond Dreams**: This part encourages individuals to go beyond merely dreaming or planning. While having dreams and goals is important, they need to be followed by concrete actions to make them happen....
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By Jeffrey Richman, Creative Real Estate Specialist
(Immediate Home Solutions)
"Dream big, work hard, and never give up. Your dreams are within reach."1. **Dream big**:   - **Ambition and Vision**: This part of the phrase encourages setting high goals and having grand visions for what you want to achieve in life. It suggests that one should not limit their aspirations based on fear or self-doubt.   - **Bold Goals**: Dreaming big means thinking beyond the ordinary and aiming for significant achievements that can have a substantial impact on your life and others'.2. **Work hard**:   - **Effort and Dedication**: This emphasizes the importance of putting in the necessary effort and dedication to achieve your dreams. Success doesn't come easily, and hard work is a crucial component of turning dreams into reality.   - **Persistence**: It also highlights the need for con...
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By Jeffrey Richman, Creative Real Estate Specialist
(Immediate Home Solutions)
"A positive attitude brings positive outcomes. Keep your head up and your heart strong."1. **A positive attitude brings positive outcomes**:   - **Mindset Influence**: This part of the phrase suggests that having a positive outlook on life can significantly influence the results we achieve. A positive attitude can lead to better problem-solving, increased motivation, and improved relationships.   - **Attracting Positivity**: When we maintain a positive attitude, we are more likely to attract positive experiences and opportunities. Optimism can create a self-fulfilling prophecy where our expectations lead to favorable outcomes.   - **Enhanced Well-being**: A positive attitude can also improve mental and emotional well-being, reducing stress and increasing happiness.2. **Keep your head up...
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