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By The Legacy Group, TheLegacyTeam
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The benefits of a preapproval (not prequalification) for Everman Texas Home Loans. Many consumers are not informed on the proper way for buying a home. No question, this is a big decision, and one that can be either immensely stressful- or immensely enjoyable- depending on how you go about the ho...

By Rob Spinosa, Vice President of Mortgage Lending, Marin County
(Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA)
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How to Get Rid of PMI on Your Mortgage Nearly every home buyer initially hates the "P" word --- PMI, or private mortgage insurance.  Years and years of conditioning have taught generations upon generations of first-time buyers that PMI is something to be avoided at all costs, and even though I da...

By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
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Over the past few months I have been receiving many calls for Feng Shui consultations in Queens New York; Jackson Heights, Astoria, and Long Island City. This is pretty exciting because Queens is a bustling part of the NY Tri-State area and has taken center stage these days! In fact, there are se...

By Graziella Bruner, Associate Broker - Serving Wayne & Oakland County
(NCS Premier Real Estate)
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What are you really doing for others?  Are you sharing the love that was given to you?  Are you sharing the mercies and grace that you receive everyday? Sometimes, you just have to stop and ask yourself, What am I doing for others?  All it takes is a nice smile, a hug, a warm handshake, and just ...

By Lisa Church, IRS tax representation in Anne Arundel County, MD
(Lisa D Church CPA, EA, MBA, NTPI Fellow)
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If you have not filed tax returns in previous years or if you owe the IRS money it is helpful to know some of the key terms and how they are used in the language of the IRS tax collection industry. The focus of my practice in Severn, MD is to help taxpayers get in compliance with their IRS and st...

By Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133
(Referral Group Incorporated)
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On Monday while waiting on others I put together a lot of stuff I no longer use or wear. I went to Goodwill and dropped it off and felt so much better once it was done. Yesterday I was looking for something and found that I still needed to route through things and cloths unworn and not needed. An...

By Carlos Samaniego EA, We help people with tax problems!
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When you get busy with your business, it’s easy to forget about your retirement accounts and medical coverages and plans. But year-end is approaching, and now’s the time to take action.  I’ve included below six action steps for 2018 that can help you reduce your taxes and pocket extra money. Put ...

By Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
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Let me start by saying this is my PERSONAL observation.  Once upon a time I read a comment on Active Rain where a blogger was asking for prayers for a sick family member and one of those drive by cut and past serial commenter said "Thank you for this information, I appreciate that you have shared...

By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
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On December 06, 2018, Molly Boesel of CoreLogic reported that nationwide homeowners negative equity dropped to 4.1% for mortgaged homes, and 81,000 borrowers gained equity enough move to positive equity in the 3rd quarter of 2018, from the 3rd quarter of 2017. The value of homeowners' equity rose...

By Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA
(ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors)
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My father has always been a wonderful role model. He was a strong man who lived life true to himself and his values. Never wavering, he made decisions based on what was right, not on what might be popular at the moment. He moved our family to Alaska to become a Territorial Police Officer - yes, b...

By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce
(EXP Realty 414-525-0563)
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Thanksgiving dinner just would not be the same without this traditional recipe that has been a part of the menu  every year. Nothing hard about it and as with lots of wonder why you don't have it more than is soooo good !   When my grandmother made it, she had a grinder...

By Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ
(Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.)
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I’M SURE THAT OVER THE YEARS you have run into many TIDBITS OF WISDOM...!!! SOME YOU SAVE...others you may have forgotten, and some just knock you off your feet...WELL... AT LAST SUNDAY’S HOMILY (read: Catholic Sermon), these words clearly jumped out at me: “LITTLE IS MUCH WHEN LOVE IS PRESENT”.....

By Ashish Singla, A professional guy with advanced tech skills.
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There is certainly a lot of information out there about how to make a return on investment (ROI) on your property, but the one market that seems to be regularly overlooked is one that has flourished over the last 5 years. Holiday home rentals have soared since the introduction of several websites...

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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As most of you know, it can take time before google and the other search engines prioritize your article.  So, when you have an article that is time specific, and you want it to rank well, you are better off posting it early...well before the time when most people search for it. This will allow t...

By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
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My water heater is over 13 years old.  How much longer will it last?  If I was my own home inspection client I would say to myself, "This water heater will last another month or another 10 years.  It is truly unpredictable."  I say that to clients all the time.  It is a very accurate statement! W...

By Dave Martin (703) 585-4687, Making Realty Dreams a Reality
(Fairfax Realty)
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Listen, Just Listen. Anyone who has been in real estate for even a short time knows that there are some recurring themes. Sometimes people are in need of a real estate professional for happy reasons — buying a first home, a couple bringing their lives together, an expanding family needing more sp...

By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists
(The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
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  Located in Plainview  Long Island there is a community called The Hamlet At Olde Oyster Bay.  You can reach The Plainview Hamlet at Olde Oyster Bay by The Long Island Expressway Exit 48 and stay on the West Service Road.  The Hamlet at Olde Oyster Bay is a 24 hour guard gated community within t...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Upgrading to WordPress 4.7 with W3 Total Cache InstalledYesterday was one of those days. You know, the kind of day when something routine that should take a couple of minutes, (or less), ends up taking hours out of your day. What did I do? I hit the button to upgrade my WordPress Website to WordP...

By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists
(The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
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 Nestled away in Amityville NY there is a waterview 55 and over community called Snug Harbor.Snug Harbor is a senior 55+ retirement community. It consists of 176 residences that overlook South Shore waters.  It was built in 1970 and this established community is located South of Merrick Road. Eac...

By Kathy Stoltman, Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793
(Rockwood Realty)
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When folks think of Ventura County, they may only think of homes near the ocean and may not realize just how horse friendly Ventura County is.There are many horse properties and supporting businesses in the Ventura County area.Horse trails are abundant in the hills and valleys around Ventura Coun...