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City of Gaithersburg Committee Vacancies Get involved! Play an important role in advising the Mayor & City Council on vital issues by joining one of the volunteer committees.Visit https://gburg.md/vacancies to learn more!This is a City of Gaithersburg, Maryland announcement. Chrysanthemum, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania USAIMG 7706Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy Kelley Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Khash Saghafi NMLS, Mortgage Loan Officer, Cleveland OH NMLS 1114762
(Liberty Home Mortgage Corporation)
Click on the link below to find out the answer.Also, do not forget to subscribe to my YouTube page to see my other videos on similar topics.I am a loan officer who lends in 45 states and I handle the loan from start-to-finish. My cell phone is 1-216-780-1103 and I can be reached at anytime for questions, Pre-Approvals or anything else needed.
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
1921 Greenwood Dr, Tallahassee, FL Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Click Here to Get Directions $8750005bed - 5bath - 0.54 acres lotCUSTOM LUXURY in the heart of Tallahassee! Enjoy every moment at this spectacular home, equipped with not one but TWO move-in ready guest cottages for maximum space or additional income potential. Take in the natural light in the bright and open main house featuring a massive great room encompassing the living and dining areas with 15 foot ceilings and open to the drop dead gorgeous kitchen with a 10 foot island, all granite countertops, custom cabinets and high-end appliances. The main home also offers a massive 46x26 wooden deck spanning the back of the main house overlooking the brand new pavered patio area and professionally landscaped backyard, perfe...
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By Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; Antonelli Realty
(Antonelli Realty)
Here are the top 5 side hustles that can help you make some extra cash: Freelance work: If you have a particular skill set, such as writing, graphic design, or programming, you can offer your services as a freelancer and earn money by working on projects for clients. Freelance platforms like Upwork and Fiverr make it easy to find clients and start earning money quickly. Online tutoring: If you have expertise in a particular subject, you can offer online tutoring services and earn money by teaching students from around the world. Platforms like Tutor.com and Chegg offer opportunities to become a tutor and earn money from the comfort of your own home. E-commerce: You can start an e-commerce business and sell products online through platforms like Amazon and Etsy. You can sell physical pro...
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By Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; Antonelli Realty
(Antonelli Realty)
Curb appeal refers to the overall visual appeal of a home when viewed from the street. It's the first impression that potential buyers or guests have of your home, and it can greatly impact the value of your property. Improving your home's curb appeal can be a simple and cost-effective way to make your home more attractive and welcoming. Here are 7 ways to improve the curb appeal of your home: Landscape Your Yard A well-manicured lawn and garden can make a big difference in the appearance of your home. Plant colorful flowers and shrubs, mow the lawn regularly, and add some garden decorations like birdhouses and bird baths to create a visually appealing space. Paint Your Front Door A fresh coat of paint on your front door can do wonders for your home's curb appeal. Choose a color that co...
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This post is an entry into the February 2023 Challenge: "What's Love Got to Do With it?" The challenge is being sponsored by Brian England and Debe Maxwell, CRS , and their instructions are to write 500 words about what makes your city/town/area so special. 500 Words? How in the world could I possible summarize the best parts of Kalispell Montana in such a short blog...  Well, here I go, attempting to provide as much information as possible in just a few words.   Kalispell Montana is beautiful.   It's so difficult to describe, but Kalispell Montana is surrounded by miles and miles of multiple mountain ranges. On a clear day, you could stand in one spot, and slowly swivel approximately 200º and still have mountains in front of you. But in addition to the mountain ranges, we've got the g...
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By Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!
(Fathom Realty Washington LLC)
Paul Henderson, REALTOR®, Fathom Realty WA LLC, Kitsap & Mason County, Washington's preferred real estate Agent & Broker You cannot create experience. You must undergo it!Attributed to Albert CamusThank you for reading and commenting on my blog post! This post was researched, authored, and photo by Paul Henderson, REALTOR®, © 2008-2023, all rights reserved. All information is deemed reliable; however it should be independently verified by the reader. Any reproduction of this blog post is prohibited without the prior written permission of the author...
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By Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!
(Fathom Realty Washington LLC)
Real Estate 101  2/8/2023  (Quotes to help & motivate you!)Employ every economy consistent with thoroughness, accuracy and reliability!Attributed to Arthur C. NielsenThank you for reading and commenting on my blog post! This post was researched, authored, and photo by Paul Henderson, REALTOR®, ©2008-2023, all rights reserved. All information is deemed reliable; however it should be however it should be independently verified by the reader. Any reproduction of this blog post is prohibited without the prior written permission of the author…
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
Baltimore roofing company McHenry Roofing is urging the city’s residents, who want their homes to be more energy efficient, to opt for a simple roof modification that has proven to decrease a home’s energy usage.In an article published in The Atlantic magazine on 31st August 2022, writer Eric Scigliano makes a case for using roofing materials in lighter pale colors to decrease the amount of energy spent on cooling the home. The science behind the claim is sound and backed up by verifiable research.Lighter colors reflect most of the sun’s light on warmer days and don’t get as hot. This keeps the temperature of the home cooler compared to using darker roofing shingles. This also means that homeowners can save some money on their power bill in the summer months which in Baltimore are hot a...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
MD based McHenry Roofing has, by offering excellent roofing services, managed to become one of the top commercial roofing contractors in Baltimore. It currently holds a very high rating on the Google platform alone, indicating that the vast majority of customers are satisfied with the company’s services. While there is no shortage of roofers in Baltimore City, few can match the quality service offered by McHenry Roofing, and the many 5-Star reviews the company has received serve to show just how happy people are with the work its team is capable of.One review states that the company was able to deliver, “Excellent customer service! I worked with Jeff, who was helpful, kind, patient and extraordinarily professional from start to finish. I compared the quotes for three different companies...
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By Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
You GOTTA LIKE homes with a circular driveway. They just look GOOD! Here are Homes for Sale with Circle Driveway in the Phoenix metro in Arizona for sale ALWAYS UP TO DATE on the MLS on the day you read this article.  As a Buyer's Realtor, I love to track the circle driveway homes for sale in the Phoenix Arizona metro area because I think they are great and I love them. Do you have a lot of cars but no where to park them? I have a solution for you. I believe that homes with a circular driveway are special with plenty of parking and these homes look way COOL! Let me show one of these homes to YOU! (Photo Circle Driveway and RV Garage by Jeff Masich) Nice!UPDATED DAILY Circle Driveway Homes For Sale in the Phoenix Arizona Metro on the MLSALWAYS UP TO DATE Homes for Sale with Circle Drivew...
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By June Piper-Brandon, Creating Generational Wealth Through Homeownership
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
I am often asked for a referral for a roofing contractor.  This is one area I don't "have a guy" for and am often calling around for referrals and it's always an emergency.Here is a great testimonial from one of my fellow agents in Baltimore.  McHenry Roofing a local business!! McHenry Roofing of Baltimore, MD is a contractor that’s known for putting the needs of its customers first whenever the company is called upon to do big or small repairs. This is never more evident than in the prompt and responsible way that the company responds to requests for emergency roof repairs. It’s something that this reputable Baltimore and vicinity roofer has come to specialize in. The company owner, Joseph Conley, says, “Although many roofing companies offer emergency roofing help, few dedicate themsel...
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By June Piper-Brandon, Creating Generational Wealth Through Homeownership
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
National Pizza Day - February 9, 2023I don't know many people who don't like pizza.  Some are pizza snobs, who think pineapple doesn't belong on pizza?  When my youngest son was very small he was a very picky eater and would only eat pizza and broccoli, now he eats everything including pizza and broccoli!!So, what is your favorite pizza?  What are some of your favorite pizza hangouts?For me, it depends on where the pizza is from as to which is my favorite.  I like Greek Pizza from Pizza Bolis and also their chicken alfredo pizza.  I used to love olive pizza from Pizza Pizza in Canada.  Some of my favorite pizza haunts are:Rocco's Pizzeria - 7432 Ritchie Hwy, Glen Burnie - The Godfather Pizza is amazing1978 New York Pizzeria - 4315 Mountain Rd, Pasadena, MD - I love their lasagna, chicke...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
McHenry Roofing of Baltimore, Maryland is a contractor that’s business continues to grow in volume every year. Much of which is due to the company’s experienced and talented roof repair crews and this contractor's emphasis on exceptional customer service at all times.McHenry Roofing is also proud to be thought of as an affordable roofer in Baltimore MD. It believes in delivering its customers the highest quality roofing work for the money those customers spend on their roof repair projects. Something which the company owner, Joseph Conley, says does not always have to do with the bottom line numbers on a roof repair quote. Conley stated, “One thing that people must be careful of when they get a quote for a roof repair, is to make sure they are comparing apples with apples. For example, ...
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By Gail Miller, M.S., EA, IRS Tax Account Analysis serving East Bronx area
(Miller Tax & Advisory Services)
The primary focus of my firm is tax representation and post-tax filing compliance in Parkchester, New York. Post-tax filing compliance is complying with the IRS after initially filing a tax return in which the return is later assessed by the IRS and the IRS discovers there is a tax debt due. This tax liability would generate a silent lien if payment isn’t made upon demand per IRS written notice.  A taxpayer could incur a tax liability for many reasons, but if it’s not paid promptly, the taxpayer will likely have to pay in addition to the debt interest and penalties.The silent lien is the IRS’ way of alerting the public through a notice filing that it seeks seniority amongst other possible creditors of the taxpayer. The public filing is called a Notice of Federal Tax Lien (NFTL). The IRS...
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By Evan Roberts, We Buy Houses
(Dependable Homebuyers)
McHenry Roofing of Baltimore, MD is a contractor that’s known for putting the needs of its customers first whenever the company is called upon to do big or small repairs. This is never more evident than in the prompt and responsible way that the company responds to requests for emergency roof repairs. It’s something that this reputable Baltimore and vicinity roofer has come to specialize in.The company owner, Joseph Conley, says, “Although many roofing companies offer emergency roofing help, few dedicate themselves to be as prompt and efficient at that type of work as we are. It’s why so many in Baltimore County and the surrounding areas think of us first when they have any type of emergency roofing needs. That’s why when you are searching for good roofers near me in Baltimore after sev...
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By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
The Washington Commanders are said to be on the market - and now Dan Snyder has put his home on the market for $49,000,000 - the highest priced property in the DC Metro area.  The property - on 15 acres along River Road - is the home to Dan Snyder, the current owner of the Washington Commanders. Originally this property was the home of the King of Jordan and his wife, Queen Noor.  This mansion was the formal estate of Jordan’s King Hussein and Queen Noor. The main parcel and structure were acquired from the King & Queen in 2000. Subsequently, the owner has thoughtfully acquired six adjacent parcels furthering to beautify and expand this grand and private 15-acre riverfront parcel. The estate is a collaboration between renowned architect, John Ike, designer, Geoffrey Bradfield, and Horiz...
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By Duane West
(3R's Construction & Remodeling)
Have you outgrown the available living space in your house? Perhaps you'd like an entertainment room or game room, but your home doesn't work for such things. Perhaps you want a guest room, a kid's room, or a home office so you can take care of family concerns and work at the same time. Simply said, this additional area doesn't work with your current floor layout.This is the time when you could convert your garage into more living space. One major benefit of a garage conversion is that you may add extra space to your home in an unobtrusive, quick, and affordable manner.An extensive remodeling project, a garage conversion entails raising the floor, insulating the walls, adding heating, cooling, and ventilation, as well as modernizing the doors and windows. However, this home renovation p...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
While there are numerous factors to consider when selecting siding for a home, durability should always be at the top of your list. Taking a closer look at the top durable siding types may assist you in making the best choice based on the specific needs of your home.  Engineered WoodEngineered wood siding, the most durable siding on the market, combines the aesthetics of real wood with engineered wood strand technology for superior durability. It has withstood the test of time and is an excellent choice for a variety of applications.  Vinyl SidingVinyl is a popular choice due to its low cost and low maintenance requirements. It is not, however, one of the most durable siding types because it has a low impact resistance and is prone to cracking, melting, and buckling.  Fiber CementFiber ...
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By Jason E. Gordon, Sr Loan Officer, CMA, CMPS, CDLP, CDRE, RCSD, CDPE
(AmeriFirst Financial Inc, San Diego, CA)
Real Estate Professionals are no doubt all-too-familiar with the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), but are you aware of some of the not-so-obvious violations?In short, the chart below lists some violations that may seem harmless, but they are indeed putting multiple parties at risk each & every time these acts occur. As a reminder, RESPA is violated if/when "something of value" (kickback) is provided in exchange for a loan referral.In the event one of the above rules are broken, the penalties are stiff! In summary, the rules exist to protect the consumers (as it is assumed that an unscrupulous Loan Officer would recoup the costs of the "thing(s) of value" provided for a referral by increasing the costs/rates to the consumer.
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