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Recent blogs on ActiveRain Community
By Beth and Richard Witt, Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940
(Long Island Cash Home Buyer)
True friends, won't be jealous of your gifts. They won't try to talk you out of your dreams. It will be just the opposite. They'll help you polish your pearls, develop them, enhance them, and grow them. If you stay around people who are jealous of you, who don't value your gifts nor appreciate what you have to offer, you will be casting your pearls among swine. Your inner circle, those who are closest to you, should be people who celebrate who you are; people who are happy when you succeed. They should be people who believe the very best in you. Remember, it's not the quantity of those in your inner circle that's important, it's the quality. Choose your inner circle wisely so you can be all God has called you to be.    "Do not throw your pearls before swine" (Matthew 7:6)Your pearls are...
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
Now is the time to develop your strategy and plan for 2023. Then put that plan in motion immediately. Having a plan and executing it early in the year will give you the momentum that will carry you through the next 12 months.Business networking is a valuable way to expand your knowledge, learn from the success of others, attain new clients, and tell others about your business.  What local groups can you join?Eliminate the non-essential.  When you identify the excess and remove it, you're free to focus on that which brings JOY! 
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By Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(Value Added Service, 602-620-2699)
The inspiration for this post is derived from attending today's Women's Council of REALTORS® presentation by Rose Lounsbury, Elevate Virtual Conference.  Rose is a former teacher and became a lifestyle coach, public speaker, and best selling author after giving birth to triplets!  She's an inspiring speaker and her information is share-worthy!  Below are some great tips that Rose provided that can benefit ANYONE!  Her comment, "Your value is way more than you can produce" is a great reminder of when to set boundaries for productivity.    Another quote by Theodore Roosevelt, "Comparison is the thief of joy" reminds us never to compare yourself to others, but to limit social media for that reason alone.    Sometimes we don't feel as if we might be more successful if......   And we start c...
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By Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO, Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes
(Casual Uncluttering LLC)
I don't like real-life mysteries. I'll read fiction all day every day, cut my teeth on Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys, graduated to Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, Lord Peter and Nero Wolfe. I avoid the real-life stuff at all cost.I'm reviewing some of my bookkeeping, which prompts this self-reflection. Worry about the client who cancelled because her child got sick and I haven't heard a word since, months. Silence from the client who wants to move out-of-state and there's a lot of work to do. Fear for the client who got kicked out of home by family. That client got an apartment, but I'll never know what happened next. Guilt over the client I left at the end of the earliest, tiniest baby steps of a project because she wasn't ready for the effort and I was just going to take her money witho...
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By Valerie Almanzar, MBA
(Your Casa Team - Keller Williams Realty)
5609 Drake Avenue Northwest What a great opportunity in NW Albuquerque! This home features .23 of an acre lot, a front courtyard, two car garage, side yard access, an upper backyard patio area, and a lower area with a basketball court! Inside features 2 living areas, hardwood tile and carpet floors, wood burning fireplace, and refrigerated air conditioning! Call today to find out how to make this home yours today! ​Contact Information:Valerie AlmanzarKeller Williams RealtyYour Casa Team 505-923-4670 / 505-897-1100​​
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
Sandpoint Realty 'Friday Flag' comes with a congratulations as well as a thank you.  It is always good to see growth and entrepreneurship.  The thriving 5th Avenue Detail Shop has always had empty unused space at the front of the building.  It is now good to see the space being used with a new business.  Best in the venture 'Mavericks Men's Hair and thank you for proudly flying Ole Glory for all to see when passing.  '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 - REALTOR®208 255-6227SandpointNorthIdaho.com - North Idaho Home & Land Searches Sandpoint Realty LLC1205 Highway 2Sandpoint, Idaho 83864
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By Hank Miller, SRA, Associate Broker & Certified Appraiser
(Ansley Real Estate/Christie's International)
The issue of buyer remorse felt by home buyers during 2021 and 2022 continues to soar. "I deeply regret buying my home", "We felt pressure to buy", "We tried to catch the low rates"...and tens of thousands of other testaments of regret.Home Buyer RegretThis problem has never been higher, well into the upper 70% of home buyers now regret their purchase. Many clearly went in without inspections as maintenance and repairs are the most quoted issue behind overpaying.Another common theme is the process - specifically agents and lenders. Many buyer said they felt their agent failed to properly educate them or temper their enthusiasm. Several mentioned using friends and family agents, now understanding that might not have been wise. There was broad aggravation with the loan process, many stati...
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By Greg Tresler, We Buy Houses For Cash As Is! House Buyers Florida
(House Buyers Florida)
Are you looking to get more out of your digital presence? If so, optimizing your website is essential to ensuring maximum visitor engagement and conversion rates. From hiring a digital marketing consultant to utilizing SEO services, there are many ways to ensure that your website performs at its best. This article will discuss optimizing your website to maximize visitor engagement and conversion rates.Why Do You Need To Optimize Your Website?Optimizing your website is essential for any digital marketing company to ensure that it ranks well on search engine results pages (SERPs). SEO services can help your website get more visibility, drive more traffic, and ultimately increase conversions. Furthermore, optimizing critical elements of your website, such as content, structure, images, and...
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By Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
(Get It Done For Me Virtual Services )
“Let’s be fair to each other. When you treat everyone justly, that opens the doorway to positive change.”― Amish Darr..We call this working smarter, not harder, and it’s something your colleagues, competitors, & those highly successful in your field are already mastering... why shouldn’t you too? .Find out how we work with you by texting, “Get Started” to 561-502-1577 today! .. #Delegate #VirtualAssistant #SeeYouAtTheTop
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By Graziella Bruner, Associate Broker - Serving Wayne & Oakland County
(NCS Premier Real Estate)
Blessings to you, It has been a very long time since I've been on ActiveRain, but I truly thank God that I'm able now.Everyday is a gift from God, that’s why it’s called the present. Live in the moment and make it count! On 8/11/22, riding home on my Harley from visiting my daughter and her family, I was hit by a car, rushed to ER, the doctors told my family that with all my injuries, I wasn’t going to make it! I truly Thank God for all the doctors that had to perform my 13 surgeries and not giving up on me that night! 😍BUT GOD! 😇My pelvis was shattered, the doctors had to put rods and screws to hold it together, ribs fractured, my left shoulder had to be replaced because when my left arm broke, the bone came out, it caused nerve damaged to my left side. The doctors had to do surgery on...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 Open House Sunday2/5/232:30-3:303221 Birchmede DriveEllicott City 21042mls# MDHW2020410 Stately Ellicott City White Colonial on half acre lot backing to open easement meadow area with a stream in back. Check out the view from the bay window.The spacious patio off the sunken family room is perfect for watching the birds and enjoying the butterfly gardens. Enjoy the warmth of the fireplace and loads of builtins.Gleaming, newly refinished wood floors in the living room, dining room, and second floor, and fresh paint in many areas add to the beauty of this four-bedroom center-hall Colonial: updated roof, new air conditioner, new water heater, new sliding glass doors, and a side-loading two-car garage with many shelves and two work benches.The wide, newly rebuilt driveway has a parking pad ...
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By Greg Tresler, We Buy Houses For Cash As Is! House Buyers Florida
(House Buyers Florida)
There are a lot of factors to consider when hiring a professional pool contractor. You want someone who knows what they're doing, can provide high-quality workmanship, is reputable and trustworthy, has experience with the local climate, and isn't going to charge you an arm and a leg. It's no wonder so many people feel overwhelmed by the process. We'll discuss exactly how to hire a professional pool services Houston so that your job won't be as overwhelming or time consuming.  What to Look For in Pool Contractors When you’re looking to hire a pool contractor, it’s important to consider the type of pool cleaning services they can provide. A good pool contractor should have years of experience in the field and be knowledgeable about the latest products and techniques that can help keep you...
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By Joanne Gillet EdgeOfTheBeach.com, Experience is not expensive. It is Priceless!
(Edge Of The Beach Realty)
We pride ourselves on personable service, specialising in working with seniors or those who may need an extra helping hand. Let’s Chat! We will share with you some tips and tricks about how to get "Top Dollar". Please feel free to reach out anytime and share what might make your real estate experience easier, less stressful, and more enjoyable. Email Joanne@EdgeOfTheBeach.com or text/call 843 655 6343.  Visit EdgeOfTheBeach.com for: Real-time emails of current listings FREE home evaluation tool Latest blog articles 5-star reviews on Google, Realtor.com, Facebook and Zillow  Experience is not expensive. It is Priceless!
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Throwback Thursday: the good old days! Diane received an email notification of photos past... This photo was probably taken about ten plus years ago. Douggie & Jack and clearly the pecking order was different then.Jack & Wiley scoping out the back yard.  This photo was probably taken about seven years ago.Wishing you a smooth rest of the week, from your pet friendly Realtor Endre Barath, Jr.  Wishing you a safe and healthy life and I look forward to your comments. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, focused and goal-oriented Realtor in the Beverly Hills area who will help you achieve your Real Estate goals, please reach out to me directly! If you are looking for a pet friendly Beverly Hills Realtor who can handle and sell the most difficult properties that no one else could, please ...
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By Pete Xavier, Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide
(Investments to Luxury)
 Yes, eggs have gone up two to three times then what they were a few years ago, but with its nutrition packed content it's still worth the cost.An eggcellent point regarding the cost and beneficial value of eggs from Marte Cliff! Leave a comment on Marte Cliff's original post.  The price of eggs has all kinds of people in a fuss. Inflation has made everything cost more than we think it should, but eggs have outpaced the rest. Yesterday at our local store, an 18-pack was $5.59. That comes to about 31 cents per egg. A candy bar was $1.39 - about 4 times the cost of an egg. A glazed doughnut was 79 cents, or about 2 1/2 times the cost of an egg. Meanwhile... According to www.webmd.com, one egg has only 75 calories but 7 grams of high-quality protein, 5 grams of fat, and 1.6 grams of satura...
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By Beth and Richard Witt, Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940
(Long Island Cash Home Buyer)
To be glad of life, because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars; to be satisfied with your possessions, but not contented with yourself until you have made the best of them; to despise nothing in the world except falsehood and meanness, and to fear nothing except cowardice; to be governed by your admiration's rather than by your disgusts; to covet nothing that is your neighbor’s except his kindness of heart and gentleness of manners; to think seldom of your enemies, often of your friends, and every day of Christ; and to spend as much time as you can, with body and with spirit, in God’s out of doors… these are little guide posts on the footpath to peace. Henry Van Dyke
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By Eleanor Thorne, Equity Resources 919-649-5058
(Equity Resources)
REBCRDU - REBarcamp coming to Raleigh!  REBarcamp is coming back to the Raleigh area on April 18th.  Tickets will be on Sale February 14th.4/18/23What is REBarCamp and Why Do You Want To Go?  REBarCamp, or Real Estate Bar Camp, began when a few real estate agents got together in a bar (shocking) to discuss how to build/improve/enhance their business Over time, the idea caught on, and REBarCamp events are now held throughout the U.S. and abroad. REBCRDU is one of MANY Camps held throughout the Country. The goal of every REBarCamp is to create a collaborative, welcoming environment where people are encouraged to share their thoughts, concerns, best practices, tips, and knowledge to help everyone be better agents It’s called an “Un-Conference” for a reason…there are limited formal presenta...
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By Greg Tresler, We Buy Houses For Cash As Is! House Buyers Florida
(House Buyers Florida)
In today's digital world, digital marketing is essential for businesses of all sizes. Hiring a digital marketing consultant can be an invaluable asset to any company looking to reach its full potential in the digital space. A digital marketing consultant has the expertise and experience to develop an effective strategy to help you get the most out of your digital presence. Here are seven reasons why hiring a digital marketing consultant is a wise decision for businesses:  Access to Expertise: Experienced digital marketing consultants have a wealth of knowledge and experience in digital marketing strategies. They can help you choose the right tactics for reaching your target audience and advise how to use digital channels best to maximize the return on your digital marketing investments....
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
Buying a new construction home can be an exciting experience, but it can also be overwhelming. To make sure you're getting the most out of your investment, here are some tips for maximizing your options when buying a new construction home.#1: Structural OptionsWhen it comes to structural options, it's important to think long-term. While a backsplash may look nice now, it's likely to become outdated over time. On the other hand, a sunroom, three-car garage, or finished extension will add more value to your home in the long run. So consider these structural options carefully.#2: Design Center CreditMost builders will offer a small credit towards your design center, but you can negotiate for more. Keep in mind that builders have a lot more margins on these options, so don't be afraid to as...
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By Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
(Get It Done For Me Virtual Services )
“Trusting helps you suffer less.”― Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel..Delegate to elevate! .Our team of VAs/ISAs is dynamic and focused, working continuously within specific task requirements & tight task deadlines so that YOU can finally have peace of mind knowing your work will get done and you can even start taking your “vacation-a-day” if you so desire! 👨🏼‍🤝‍👨🏼 .Don't delay! Find out how we work with you by texting, “Get Started” to 561-502-1577! .. #Delegate #VirtualAssistant #SeeYouAtTheTop
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