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By Pablo Gonzalez
(Choice 1 Realty )
Traditionally, spring is one of the busiest times of the year for real estate. However, the coronavirus outbreak—and subsequent stay-at-home orders—led many buyers and sellers to put their moving plans on hold. In April, new listings fell nearly 45%, and sales volume fell 15% compared to last year.1 Fortunately, as restrictions have eased, we’ve seen an uptick in market activity. And economists at expect a rebound in July, August, and September, as fears about the pandemic subside, and buyers return to the market with pent-up demand from a lost spring season.2 But given safety concerns and the current economic climate, is it prudent to jump back into the real estate market? Before you decide, it’s important to consider where the housing market is headed, how it could impact ...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Beautiful Beckett is going to Montessori School for a few weeks before leaving on vacation to Colorado. They have very small classes and Beckett has gone there for years and loves the teachers. Friday was crazy hair day and of course Beckett was game to be creative and show off double buns with cupcake holders and our American flag! "Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun!"...... Mary Lou Cook
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By Beth and Richard Witt, Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940
(Long Island Cash Home Buyer)
  Don't play the victim to circumstances you created. Stop planting flowers in people's yards who aren't going to water them. In one school year, a child spends 7800 hours at home and 900 hours at school, which teacher should be the most accountable? If people talk about you behind your back fart.  Words are free. It's how you use them that may cost you. Open your mouth only if what you are about to say is more beautiful than silence. - Arabic Proverb If at first, you don't succeed, try drinking a glass of wine. You will be amazed at how much less you care.  
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By Jeffrey Richman, Creative Real Estate Specialist
(Immediate Home Solutions)
Hi Everybody!I am asked often about the different tasks that can be outsourced to a Virtaul Assistant (VA) for Real Estate.  So that's what we're going to go over today. ISA's (Inside Sales Agents) can be extremely helpful in making the real estate agent successful and to help propel their business to another level.  They prospect for new business, otherwise kwown as telemarking.  This is for some and not others.  For those that are looking, not only can they make outbound calls, but they can take inbound calls too from many sources of your advertising like signs, Internet or other prospecting ways.  Using a VA (Virtual Assistant) can help you to progress to another level. Many times VA's from the Phillipines (who I prefer) can actually have no accent and make calls for you so that you ...
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By Sharlene Mulchandani, Property Management Software
With Amazon continuing to grow, making nearly everything deliverable to your door, proximity to retail might become less and less of a draw for potential renters. Take into account that many malls and once-unshakable franchises across the country are closing, and the role of brick-and-mortar stores in relation to property management certainly deserves another look. Here are some things to keep in mind when gauging how this growing phenomenon might affect your property moving forward. Attractiveness of nearby retail depends on the area and the stores themselves.In urban areas that offer a multitude of delivery services ranging from GoPuff to UberEATS, it’s hard to think of anything that can’t be delivered to your door in a timely fashion. Amazon now even offers a service that delivers go...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
  315 Northlands CtHavre De Grace, Md 21078$369,944MLS #HR237758  This Bulle Rock villa home in Harford County could be a forever home with three bedrooms, three and a half baths and finished lower level with kitchen and full bathroom.   First-floor master with a deck off the sun-room and a living room, dining room, laundry, two-car garage, and a family room with fireplace, are all on the main level.Upstairs are two bedrooms, a bath, and a loft overlooking the spacious living room.And you still have a huge finished lower level perfect for entertaining or a guest suite. There is a kitchen, wet bar, open space, full bath, and level walkout.This one has it all. Low HOA fees $130/mo covers lawn and snow. For more information on any home Call Margaret Rome410 530 2400   
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By Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker
Cheese Enchiladas Amount of cheese, onions, and tortillas depend how how many enchiladas you intend to make this amount of sauce will easily make 9 - 12 enchiladas Grated cheddar cheeseCorn tortillas (or flour)Diced onions Sauce3 tablespoons butter or canola oil3 tablespoons flour1 eight ounce can tomato sauce2 cups warm water1/4 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon black pepper1/4 teaspoon dried oregano1/4 teaspoon cumin4 table spoons chili powder DirectionsPreheat oven to 350In a sauce pan heat oil or butter.  Add flour and stir for about 2 -3 minutes to insure flour is not raw.Add warm water and tomato sauce, seasoning and stir, cook until sauce thickensAdd some sauce to the bottom of a baking dish just enough to cover Add about 1 tablespoons oil to a 10 inch frying pan and gently heat tortilla...
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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
 Happy 4th of July 2020 to all my ActiveRain friends.  Today will be a very different 4th of July than in years past, because of COVID-19.  Middletown, and many of the towns around us have canceled their fireworks display, and many families have also canceled their 4th of July get togethers.  Normally our family would be having a 4th of July cook out at my nephews house in RI, but it has been canceled this year.  However, today is a gorgeous clear day, so my wife and I will grill a couple of steaks on the grill, and spend the day relaxing.Hopefully all of you will have a happy 4th of July, and spend quality time with those who you are able to get together with.  But most of all I hope you stay safe way, and enjoy this day as well.  We want the 4th of July to be a day of celebration, and...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Everything seems to be happening at once this week. First I was just featured on Starter Story about how I created a business/website that earns more than $20,000 a month in net profit.  I originally wrote this in March or April or so (I can't even remember what I wrote, but it was my turn around story and how I've used my blog to eliminate a huge amount of debt. I was honored to be featured here as there are some real superstars featured in this online website. And, thank you so so many of you posting on my facebook update on this. The 2nd cool thing that happend is that I finally made the LAST payment towards by bad debt.  This morning the payment cleared and I got this sweet note from Chase. This was for the remaining $170,000 I had left on a loan.  I was looking forward to getting a...
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By Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager
(Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.)
"Sometimes you deserve a second chance, not because you weren't fabulous the first time but because the timing and circumstances weren't quite right. You just got overlooked."-Carol Williams    Does getting Featured here in The Rain sometimes feel like a roll of the dice? Not anymore. I'm always open to member suggestions on posts that should be Featured but somehow got missed. Giving deserving posts more exposure is what Second Chance Saturday is all about.  As you read blog posts during the week, be sure to TAG ME in the comment section of any post you wish to nominate as Feature-worthy.  Then watch for it in the next edition of Second Chance Saturday.  Join us for the AR Zoom Meeting Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. EasternMeeting link: It's My Decision To Make  By: ...
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By C Tann-Starr
(Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.)
I'm still not sure if it was the broken blue canopy or the big "I'll Be Back" sign (that is soooo Arnold, eh?) which captured my heart and made me realize I really like this place and have every intention of visiting Middletown, CA again. This time, not by myself, but with my immediate family in tow. I made some nice acquaintances here that my kids are really curious about. I am looking forward to catching up with them and making some fun introductions. The plotting and planning has already begun, from New York to Miami, with my kissing cousins getting their shades, sun screen and hiking gear together. A couple of fun blogging buddies will also be meeting us there (next year, either spring or summer), so we are all trying to tweak our schedules and save up for this future event.Tourism ...
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By C Tann-Starr
(Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.)
This may be a premature introduction, but say hello to the only cherry tree that survived my collection of foodie paradise plantings my kids selected, dug holes for, then helped plant. I remember this gem of a beauty when it was just a three foot, dried up twig thinner than the circumference of my pinkie finger. It's a survivor of the flash flood and needs a new cherry tree family to keep it company.Say hello to the last McIntosh apple tree that I own. It also did that curious slow lean I previously talked about, tipping all the way to the ground... I'm trying to figure out a way to save it because my kids and I are really fond of that tree. It was also a twiglet we planted right next to the cherry tree I introduced you to. It is located down field approximately 380 feet off of Bloody B...
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By Mark Cooper, Marin Commercial Leasing Agent
(HL Commercial- Marin County, CA)
Last month while in Los Angeles, Mark Cooper made a quick trip to downtown disney. (the recent addition to disneyland that includes resturants, shops, and street venders, WITHOUT RIDES). A nice feature of downtown disney is the free parking and the lack of admission charge. Mark Cooper's goal was "Build-a-Bear", with the intention of picking up a gift certificate for a kids birthday party. While strolling down the street, Mark was surprised to find many signs that said "coming soon, an exciting new addition to downtown disney". Read between the lines, even DISNEYLAND has vacant retail space right now. Thats right, its not just commercial real estate in San Francisco, KW Commercial sees things are tough all over and retail, even in downtown disney is hurting. this amusement park story su...
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By C Tann-Starr
(Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.)
Beauty For Ashes...The healing of the brokenhearted is complicated... How does one provide for those who grieve? Loss is an emotional and intimate thing, a wound that burns a gaping hole in your emotions, distracting you with the pain of knowing your life will never quite be the same again... Sometimes, grief can be triggered anew by the little, mundane things in life - like walking into the neighborhood laundromat to wash your Salvation Army donated clothes when you used to own a drool worthy wardrobe and just upgraded your appliances. Might seem like a petty thought, but you weren't there when that family of four only had minutes to flee for their lives, watching a major part of it go up in smoke in the rear view mirror of a partially melting car; or right before their eyes because th...
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By C Tann-Starr
(Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.)
Being a native New Yorker, I'm somewhat used to traffic jams, but have never experienced a traffic jam up on narrow, twisty mountain lanes. These roads, carved and blasted through stone, are tight little narrow ribbons of freedom, clustered with perpetual curved blind spots that inspire people like me to drive weeeell below the speed limit... Not because I wanted to gawk at the gorgeous views peppered with sheer cliff drop-offs and pretty-pretty lakes, which I enjoyed with wide-eyed wonder, but because my racing heart did not (and still does not) Want. To. Die...Yeah, all those Rock Slide warning signs coupled with lots of missing landscaping will get you wondering about your odds of being knocked off the mountain. Especially after witnessing them clear one away. Not gonna forget that d...
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By C Tann-Starr
(Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.)
Knock Before EnteringAlthough blackened with debris, littered with melted insulation, crumbled dry wall and imploded rooftops, there is evidence everywhere that the residents are doing all they can to seek out and preserve any remnant of what used to be the beauty of simply living their lives..There are wire sifters propped near former entrances and little piles of burnt items carefully collected and arranged. It is a stark, defiant reminder for all stepping foot on these hallowed, grieving grounds that this is still a displaced family's treasured, badly mangled, burned-to-the-ground home.The survivors are returning to salvage what they own, even if all they have left is the quiet dignity of a silent, tearful nod to burnt offerings... Some are up at the crack of dawn feeding distressed ...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
  7121 Park Heights Ave 21215Unit #808Park Towers WestMLS # MDBA462036$89,944 Have you been looking for a Baltimore condo but haven't found one big enough? Are you looking to redo a two bedroom two bath with a price that allows you to include all of your custom designs? Are you looking for a condo that includes all utilities?Are you looking for a condo in a convenient Baltimore location? Here's your opportunity to own a large, over 1500 square foot, a condo in a high rise full-service elevator building. Located in the Upper Park Heights area at the corner of Seven Mile Lane and an easy walk to the Seven Mile Market.This one has 2 large bedrooms 2 full baths, a dressing room, a walk-in closet, a large bright eat-in kitchen with gas cooking. Kitchen access to the balcony, through the slid...
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By C Tann-Starr
(Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.)
  Life With Wee People: And the mischief continues... The thing about embracing the whole "Work Is The New Play" mantra is that you have to absorb an amazing amount of information to keep life fresh and fun. In my case, that means I am back in college full time taking accelerated classes in Healthcare Information Technology with a side of Certified Ethical Hacking (silly grin). Turns out I have been making very good use of my predilection for being anal retentive and computer literate, so my gal pals thought I should upgrade and validate the old knowledge skill set while continually hinting I should eventually become an attorney. I don't wanna, but I do love the mental chess of keeping up with my paralegal continuing education (and playing the pop quiz game with my snarky girlfriends).B...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
THE TOWERS3031 Fallstaff Rd#102-C Rarely available. Only four units in each building that has a gated patio. Not too big and not too small, this two bedroom condo with one full bath and a powder room is a perfect size. Open floor plan allows your furniture to define the space.    The large patio brings the outdoors in...easily accessed through sliding glass doors.   Large bright eat-in kitchen and the spacious living-dining room is convenient for your largest dinners and easy entertaining.  The generously sized master suite (24 x 13) has two walk-in closets, full bath.   The second bedroom has multiple uses … office, den, studio, game room, family room, guest room etc. and has bright oversized windows. Full-size washer dryer in the unit. Tile foyer has two large storage closets. Conveni...
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By Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!
(Janisch & Co.)
After hearing for years that people claim miraculous results in selling homes due to burying a statue of St. Joseph in the yard.  We went and got one last year.We read the instructions that came with th little statue and buried it last year when we put the house on the market.  To prevent damage to the statue, Ralph put it in a plastic bag.This year Ralph decided to dig it up and relocate it.  We will want to take it with us when we move.  There is a slight glitch in the program.  Ralph has now dug up a six by six plot in searching for the statue.  He now has determined that St. Joseph has left...  No sign of the Saint!Further excavation will be needed.  When we locate the treasure you can bet both of us will be involved in the new burying spot...  It feels really weird when it appears ...
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