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Trending blogs on ActiveRain Community
By Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker
(Fred Griffin Real Estate)
     On Friday, June 12th, ActiveRain owner Ben Kinney will give away $10,000, spread out to 6 lucky individuals     5 recipients will win $1000 and one lucky person will win $5000.     What do you have to do to win?     Sign up for the free Win Make Give Wealth Series, do the homework, then join us for a webinar on June 12th at 11AM Pacific time.     What is the Win Make Give Wealth Series?     Learn how to take control of your finances, increase your assets while reducing liabilities, and use financial instruments and strategies to increase your wealth exponentially with this free two week course from Ben Kinney Training.__________________________ On Friday, June 12th, ActiveRain owner Ben Kinney will give away $10,000, spread out to 6 lucky individuals. 5 recipients will win $1000 an...
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By Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
(Keller Williams Realty)
If you ever felt a little out of place with others around you welcome to the club. There is a funny expression, "You are unique, just like everyone else." When you grew up in your teenage years, your Mom would admonish you to "Behave YOURSELF!" Well other than learning right from wrong when you are fully grown you have to figure out finally what behave means to you. Maybe you thought despite your devious ways as a teenager, you WERE behaving yourself. Being eccentric or WEIRD in good ways helps us overcome the hum drum of normal. In real estate it lets us get paid in our desired specialty niches for "being ourself", creating an unfair advantage with our strengths, having FUN in our work. I love the weird. I love the eccentric in any of us I find, including myself. I think different is g...
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By Ester Kozaczuk, Real Estate Professional serving the Bay Area
(Compass)
Posted onMay 20, 2019 by Compass Jobs Report: California sees largest monthly gain in two years According to the latest report from the state Employment Development Department, California added 46,000 jobs in April – the largest monthly gain since March 2017. While monthly job additions have varied a lot since the beginning of the year, California led all states in the monthly increase. The state has added 271,600 jobs over the last year, which is a 1.6 percent year-over-year increase – slightly behind the 1.8 percent overall national growth rate.  The state’s unemployment rate remained steady at 4.3 percent in April. Labor force declined, however, by 52,200 in April, after some solid increases in first three months of the year. Compared to a year ago, the labor force has increased by ...
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By George W. Jordan, Owner/Broker, Red Soil Real Estate Inc.
(Red Soil Real Estate Inc.)
 "LonelyPlanet" has rated the Maritime Provinces of Canada (Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, & New Brunswick) number 7 on the "TOP 10 List"for the best regions of the world to visit in 2012. http://www.lonelyplanet.com/europe/travel-tips-and-articles/76854The 3 Maritime Provinces of Canada are very proud of the rating by Lonely Planet, and are all too ready to welcome world visitors to their region.Prince Edward Island, one of the Maritime Provinces, has had visitations lately from Sir Elton John, Regis Philbin, Kelly Ripa, and is looking forward to Jerry Seinfeld visiting the growing city of Summerside, PEI in the near future. Also Will & Kate, the Royal Couple were in Prince Edward Island, and proclaimed it their favorite part of Canada.That's it for now...George W. Jordan, Owner/Br...
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By Mark Taylor Mortgages, 602-361-0707 #MarkTaylor #Awesomerates NMLS#207897
(and for 1st Time Buyers, Move Up Buyers & Investors )
This is my monthly blog section to keep you the community of Grayhawk and potential buyers interested in Grayhawk up to date as to how well our comuunity is doing: For an up to the minute accurate synopsis of what the market is doing and an accurate comparative market analysis of this community please fee free to reach out out me.  MLS information provided as a courtesy by April Tammarine of Home Smart   Other Articles on Grayhawk by Mark Taylor: |  HOMES FOR SALE  |  HOMES JUST SOLD  |  EVENTS  |  MONTHLY UPDATE  |  ANOTHER SALE  |  ANOTHER LISTING |  THE GOLF COURSES  |  GRAYHAWK TRAILS  |  RAPTOR MAP  |  TALON MAP  | THE PARKS MAP  |   THE SUBDIVISIONS  |  SCHOOLS  |  LOANS  |  Mark Taylor is a licensed Mortgage originator who has financed many homes in Grayhawk and is using his blo...
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By George W. Jordan, Owner/Broker, Red Soil Real Estate Inc.
(Red Soil Real Estate Inc.)
Governments of late have taken credit for injecting billions of dollars into large economies to add more jobs and less the risk of a recession or depression. Well, in a smaller but significent scale, Realtors are doing the same important task here in Prince Edward Island, Canada.One Example may help to backup the claim that Realtors STIMULATE the economy. Recently this Realtor sold two side-by-side oceanfront lots in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Before they were sold, the lots were just "sitting there". Since the lots sold much action and many jobs resulted. A Construction company was given a lot of work in building access roads, hauling fill, etc. Then power lines were installed by a Utility Company in PEI which gave work to many of it employees, and also supplied revenue to the compa...
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By Mark Taylor Mortgages, 602-361-0707 #MarkTaylor #Awesomerates NMLS#207897
(and for 1st Time Buyers, Move Up Buyers & Investors )
As most are aware there are 3 amazing subdivisions within Grayhawk as a whole each with their own character and style of home and amenities to be offered. Broken down as follows The Park at Grayhawk and The Retreat at Grayhawk which is all gated and has 2 sections The Raptor Retreat on the Raptor Golf Course, and the Talon Retreat on the Talon golf course. What a lot of people don't know are the subtleties of this community and as such there are rules and regulations, I would like to call "Tips and Tricks" to selling or buying in this community. Realtor Registration in Grayhawk A Realtor must be registered with the Association and must have the registration form, drivers license and business card at the gated community entrances the first time you access the properties.  At which time ...
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By Tom Pulsifer, Associate Broker
(GARDNER, REALTORS)
No. A tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in what the taxpayer owes. That means that a taxpayer who owes $8,000 in income taxes and who receives an $8,000 tax credit would owe nothing to the IRS.A tax deduction is subtracted from the amount of income that is taxed. Using the same example, assume the taxpayer is in the 15 percent tax bracket and owes $8,000 in income taxes. If the taxpayer receives an $8,000 deduction, the taxpayer's tax liability would be reduced by $1,200 (15 percent of $8,000), or lowered from $8,000 to $6,800.
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By Carolyn Mantia, Excellence is our goal
(Clarity Street Realty)
In my search for the perfect place to blog I find myself overwhelmed with the endless options.  It is my hope that each of you who arrives at this blog today will stop and take a moment to comment and share some tips on blogging. #1  Where is your blog?  Blog Press, Active Rain etc etc #2 Why do you use that place for your blog?  Features and benefits #3 How often do you blog Yeah this is my shortest blog entry yet, I look forward to seeing what you are doing.  I need your help!  So tell me watcha got'!!!!!
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By Carol Culkin, Overland Park Residential Real Estate
(Diamond Partners Inc)
Hello?  Mr. Listing Agent?  I'm here at your listing and I have a few questions.  I know it's a foreclosure, but do you have any history at all about the property?  Oh, and can you at least tell me if there are any offers?   Oh, you DO have offers?   Mutiple offers?  Nothing accepted?  Okay.  I will let the buyer know.  Thanks.That was the conversation I had today while I was showing a property.  So, I informed the buyer of what I had been told, and then I locked the place up as we headed to the driveway.  In preparing to part ways, we stood outside of our cars and talked a little more until another car pulled up.  Another showing?The car stopped in the street, the driver got out of his car and approached us.  I thought he was another agent until he explained that the listing agent had ...
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By Carolyn Mantia, Excellence is our goal
(Clarity Street Realty)
I have been driving this point home to the agents who work for me and the people I do business with daily.  The twitter bus is leaving the station and those who get on the bus now are going to get the "best" seats.Twitter is the fastest and easiest way to dig into the social networking scene.  The mere simplicity of this application positions it for success.  Here is the principle, make an account, find people who interest you to follow, tweet things of interest.  The twitter format asks the question we all ask in our daily non-virtual lives, "What are you doing".  You only have 140 characters to answer this question.    That in a nutshell is twitter 101.Now you have figured that part out probably without having read this blog.  Some little known facts to consider.  Twitter is doubling ...
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By Carol Culkin, Overland Park Residential Real Estate
(Diamond Partners Inc)
It wasn't soon after I moved into my current home twelve years ago when I began thinking about downsizing.  I was still in my 40's then. During my adult life up until that time, I kept wanting more and more and MORE. When you're in your 20's and 30's it's easy to believe that the only way to really measure success is by the size of a person's house or the type of car they drive. I purchased my first home at the age of 23. By the time I purchased my 5th home in my late 40's, I still imagined one more house one day that would be BIGGER and better. Then the heating bills arrived. And the tax bill followed. We purchased our home that year after our firstborn had entered her first year of college. Still, there was one child left at home and due to my husband's business travel he was only hom...
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By Carol Culkin, Overland Park Residential Real Estate
(Diamond Partners Inc)
Is there good news on the horizon for Dutchess County homeowners?  Two mortgage representatives told me this week in separate conversations that the Dutchess County area is no longer deemed a declining market by the lenders they work for.  One rep was specific to state that the term being used now to describe the local market is "soft." I don't think we'll see any robust changes in the near future.  Up until now Dutchess County had been considered a declining market for the last 18-24 months.  It may remain soft for some time., but this is a little better than declining.  Have we hit bottom?  Will the market turn around?  Nobody has a crystal ball to really know for sure. All I can say is that I have the statistics to back up what I was told.  Something is changing and I think it's for ...
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By Carol Culkin, Overland Park Residential Real Estate
(Diamond Partners Inc)
Buying your first home?  And, you think you found a great Realtor.  Good.  So, what would cause you to question the home buying process?  Is it because your friends told you THIS, your parents told you THAT, and your cousin who just bought her first house three states away is telling you SOMETHING ELSE.  And, now it's causing you to question how your Realtor is helping you go about about the home buying process, the very agent who you thought was so reputable.  You started out confident in yourself and your agent.  What happened?  I'll tell you. First....stop listening to all of THEM.  It's great to have so many advocates, but who is the overall real authority when it comes to buying and selling real estate locally?  Who's been doing it day in and day out - and, for a number of years? S...
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By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs
(RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
There's a joke about the pessimist and optimist arguing about whether a glass is half empty or half full and the pragmatist walking up, grabbing the glass and knocking it back and proclaiming that was good!  And of course the rest of us realize the glass was always refillable with whatever we prefer.Well right now some people are upset about the current state of ActiveRain.  Will it be what it was?  Will it be something different?  Will it even BE, period?But how much energy and mindspace should we give to a situation that we can't truly influence or control?No amount of writing about how awful it is that "management" hasn't communicated adequately is going to make your phone ring with buyer and seller calls.  The words are nonproductive and there's not a consumer out there that will gi...
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By Craig Daniels, Technology Instructor/Project Consultant
(Tech Training for You!)
Well 2020 is a very tough year and you might add ActiveRain problems to the list of things that we aren't happy about. I'm not sure if anyone has figured out what went wrong, but all the June posts went POOF and perhaps never to return. Though AR staff has commented that they found the lost data, it would appear that restoring the data has proven to be more of a technical challenge than would superficially seem.One of the problems that I am aware of is that as people started creating new posts, the system started reassigning the same post IDs as the posts that went missing. Uh oh, Houston we have a problem! In order to restore the original posts, we now have two posts sharing a common post ID (that's not a good thing). I have no insider information, but I highly suspect that is a real p...
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By Andy Brown-Climer School of Real Estate, The Best Real Estate School in Florida
(The Climer School of Real Estate)
Upcoming Real Estate Classes at The Climer School of Real Estate - End of July and August and September 2020  Upcoming Real Estate Classes at The Climer School of Real Estate - End of July and August and September 2020 Everyone seems to be getting their Real Estate license and almost everyone is getting it with the best Real Estate school in Florida   The Best Real Estate School in Florida www.climerrealestateschool.com   The Climer School of Real Estate has many Real Estate Class options for you. The Climer School of Real Estate has a full schedule of Pre-License and Post License Real Estate Classes planned for End of July and August and September 2020.Now is the best time to get your Florida Real Estate License. With so many on COVID furlough, you have time. Let’s do it now, get it do...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 8978 Furrow AveEllicott City 21042MLS MDHW272130Patapsco Park Estates Saturday, July 25  OPEN HOUSE3-4        This is a bright light-filled home waiting for a buyer who wants and demands perfection. Unique in many ways this home needs to be seen. It’s a Rancher with high ceilings wood floors, a kitchen for the most discriminating gourmet cook, a double en-suite...two luxury baths both in the master suite!       But there is so much more. The lower level is another rancher with high coffered ceilings 3 bedrooms, a third Luxury bath plus a double family room with stacked stone wall divider, and a gas fireplace.         This space is above ground with walkout level access and large bright windows in all rooms. This is not what I consider a basement.   Sitting on a private wooded lot, with...
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
 This Week...So Much Change Change is a part of life and we’ve all had major doses of change this year.  If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. Lao TzuWith the school year approaching, parents and teachers are trying to figure out what will be best for not just the children but parents as well.  My niece is busy preparing her classroom and how she will work with whatever is decided.   They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom. ConfuciusBut, she’s also a mom of 3...all in different schools. Needless to say, she has her hands full.   Tropical Storm Hanna is off the coast of Texas so yes...we will have weather changes this weekend.  When we are no longer able to change a situation- we are challenged to change ourselves. Viktor E Fran...
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By Beth and Richard Witt, Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940
(Long Island Cash Home Buyer)
  Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.     Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. - Marie CurieThe only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for enough good men to do nothing. - Edmund Burke All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. - Thomas Jefferson The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little. - Thomas Merton What is the proper balance between individual responsibility and blindly following the orders of an authority? When has the time come to say, enough is enough? 
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