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Jul
26
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It can be an overwhelming decision to purchase a home, regardless if it is your first home or your last one (you hope). Over the years, buyers have kindly shared with me some of their greatest fears when buying and I thought it might be a good idea to share with you and see if any match your concerns. 1. The "Stalker" Home Seller. Without question, having a seller present during a showing can create a huge sense of unease for a buyer. There is the type of home owner who will take the realtor and buyer through the empty home and point out each of the non-furnished bedrooms and tell you that the mold on the windows is "nothing". There is also the type of home owner whose initial greeting is to tell you that they have priced the home at market value and won't take a penny less. For many buyers, dealing face-to face with a seller can be a huge fear, especially if they don't really like the home! 2. Photos of a Home Taken Years Ago. Have you ever seen a home online that looks absolutely beautiful and you convince yourself that "this is the ONE" only to actually go through the home and realize that the photos look NOTHING like the present condition of the property? Agents sometimes would just recycle photos of a property before it had been tenanted or when it was originally purchased by the current owner, and this can be very distressing for a buyer.
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Jul
16
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It's funny how sometimes you can be driving in your car and suddenly notice a lemonade stand that seems to catch us a little off-guard. Maybe it is the homemade sign advertising the selection of drinks, or perhaps it is the plastic table with resin chairs complete with an umbrella that grabs our attention. Early Sunday morning, I was driving through town and came across the time-honored tradition of the child's lemonade stand. I felt compelled to stop and pulled over to the curb for a reason I could not explain. There were no children sitting in the chairs guiding customers to their stand when I parked, and it seemed that the lemonade stand had set business hours. Suddenly, two young children came bounding out of their front door excited to greet what was likely their very first customer of the day. Did I mention that it was 10am when I stopped to check out the lemonade stand? The young girl who was likely 7 or so years old took charge of the business matters while her younger brother (who was approximately 5 years old) quickly transformed himself into a very competent Chief Financial Officer requesting the fifty cents before he would pick up a plastic cup from the stack. They offered 3 different drink solutions and I decided it was best to defer to the young business owners as to what their most popular beverage was. I paid for the drink and gave the CFO a tip to split with his sister evenly.
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Jul
11
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Forget landscaping for the modern man. Today's male is moving in the direction of "manscaping" - yes, it is actually a word. Recent studies show that men between 40-54 years of age are the fastest growing segment of the male population to embrace plastic surgery - accounting for 48% of the total procedures in the entire year. In the US, surgeons are seeing men having plastic surgery to appear youthful and compete with younger men also vying for the shortened supply of jobs. What are the top 4 procedures men are having these days? The most popular surgery for men was nose reshaping, or rhinoplasty, with 63,585 such operations performed in 2010. Next was eyelid surgery (31,476), followed by liposuction (23,899). Breast reduction (18,280) and hair transplants (13,217) ranked fourth and fifth. Men are still overshadowed by women who account for 91% of plastic surgery procedures. Geographically, the most prominent regions in the US for men to have a procedure are California, Texas, and Florida.
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