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June
23

Being happy at home is not just about your house and yard, it's about your neighbors, too. And when someone new moves in next door, it stands to change your well being...for better or worse. That's why taking a few proactive steps with new neighbors can be so important for setting the stage for a long and pleasant relationship. You don't have to become best friends, but coexisting peacefully is a priority, so try these steps to start things off on the right foot: Introduce yourself right away...without being invasive. It may seem obvious, but in today's isolated age where we value our privacy, we often tend to keep our distance for too long. So don't delay in making a simple introduction to your new neighbors—but don't be invasive. No need to invite them over, just a simple hello and welcome to the neighborhood will do. Let them know to feel free to knock on your door or call should they need anything. Take care of any border mess. If you've been neglectful about leaves or overgrowth between your two houses, now's the time to take care of it. Perhaps your former neighbors didn't mind, but tidy things up to prevent any issues with the new neighbors. Be respectful about events. If you've got a party or event approaching that will involve music, noise or extra cars on the street, let your new neighbor know in advance. They will appreciate the heads-up, and perhaps this is an opportunity to invite them over if the occasion warrants. Be an information source. If they're brand-new to your town, provide some helpful information, such as which day recycling is picked up, where the school bus stop is, how late the convenience store down the road stays open, the best local dog park, etc. The inside track on the ins and outs of a new neighborhood are always appreciated. Answer any questions they may have about their house. If you were friendly with your former neighbor, you may be able to answer questions they have about the home they just bought, so be as forthcoming and helpful as possible. If you've resided in the neighborhood for some time, you may be able to offer insights on renovations they're considering, as well. Published with permission from RISMedia.
June
14

If you've bought or sold a home before, you already know that not all real estate agents are created equal. In fact, the differences can be great, with skills, professionalism and knowledge varying greatly from one individual to another. Here are just some of the ways you can discern whether or not you've found yourself a top-quality agent:



1. They clearly communicate what to expect.
The real estate process can be confusing and overwhelming. A great agent will clearly explain what you can expect to happen at each stage of the process so that you're not caught off guard. This is particularly important if you're a first-time homebuyer or seller. You should feel informed, secure and confident with your agent as you embark on the real estate journey.

2. They are transparent and honest.
You never want to feel as if you're being given selective information, or, worse, flat-out lied to. You know you're working with a great agent if they're uncompromising about telling you the truth—even when the news is bad. If your agent is providing information that negatively affects their pocketbook—or risks blowing the deal altogether—that's an even better sign that this is a professional who values their reputation and honesty above everything else. This is the type of agent you want to work with again and again.

3. They treat you like a celebrity...even though you're not.
A great agent gives all their clients the same amount of care and attention regardless of the size of the deal, so whether you're buying or selling a sprawling mansion or a tiny condo, your agent should be advising you with the exact same level of intent and enthusiasm, and be just as available for your questions and needs. Remember, all real estate agents have a fiduciary duty to put their client's interest before their own.

4. They're active on social media.
Top-notch agents are using social media to not just promote themselves and their listings, but to truly engage with their friends and followers by sharing useful information about real estate trends, market statistics, community events, and more. They also participate in social media in order to stay engaged in their clients' lives. Social media is a way for them to get to know you—and for you to get to know them beyond business.

5. They're a part of the community.
The best real estate agents are in the business because they genuinely care about the communities they serve. So, if you see your agent out and about volunteering at school, participating in local fundraisers, or sharing good times with others at community concerts and festivals, that's a good sign that they're in this business for the right reasons.

If you're fortunate enough to be working with a real estate professional who embodies the above traits, be sure to give them a great review online and pass their information along to friends and family members. The best agents live by referrals, so be sure to share the love!

 Source: Real Estate Express

June
1

dog playing fetchWarm weather is a great time to get your pet active outside. And while the park, lake or trail may be calling your name, you should also take safety measures to ensure everyone has a great time - your furry friend included. "Summertime is the perfect time to head outside and have fun with your pets," says  Jennifer Freeman, DVM, PetSmart's resident veterinarian and pet care expert. "But when it comes to things like hot temperatures and water activities, it's worth keeping a few things in mind to keep pets protected." Consider the following tips from PetSmart. Understand overheating behavior. "Dog owners should call their veterinarian immediately if during or after outdoor activities they notice excessive panting, sluggish or unresponsive behavior, vomiting or bloody diarrhea, or bright red or pale, dry gums as these are all signs of overheating and possible heatstroke," says Freeman. Stay indoors when temperatures soar. Staying indoors during particularly hot days is often the best option. If your dog must be outdoors, ensure they have plenty of shade, ample fresh water and a kiddie pool filled with fresh water for cooling dips. Protect those paws from pavement. High temperatures means hot pavement. To protect sensitive paws from burning pavement, take dogs for walks on grassy areas and during the early morning or late night hours. Watch the water. Summertime pet fun also means trips to the beach, pool, lake or favorite swimming spot. Pet parents should pay careful attention to ensure pets are safe during water playtime, especially around yards and pools that aren't gated. "Dogs may seem like natural born swimmers, but the truth is they need training just like people," Freeman says. "I also always recommend having a gated pool when there are new puppies or geriatric or blind dogs in the home as they can fall in the pool and not be able to get out." Never leave home without ID. A leash is always a good idea out of the water, along with a collar and proper identification. "It's important to make sure your pet is microchipped and that it is registered with up-to-date contact information," says Freeman. "Dogs are especially prone to escaping during the summer months due to fireworks and storm anxiety." Source: Petsmart Published with permission from RISMedia.

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