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I would love the opportunity to be the KEY to your success in any real estate transaction, any questions or inquiries about properties, your neighborhood, what a particular home sold for….there is no end to the topic of real estate and everyone seems to enjoy talking about it!  I ask for the opportunity! I appreciate all...

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Happy Autumn!

Perhaps you are enjoying the beauty unfolding OR perhaps you are dreading the gathering of all those beautiful leaves once they drift downward?  Trees are amazing for all reasons, their beauty and uniqueness in variety, shape, their movement in a breeze or in a storm!. In the heat of the summer, notice the change when you walk...

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Noteworthy: Sharing a few family highlights with all of you

My 18 year old nephew Spencer just completed and graduated with honors from the Air Force Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas! I am so proud of him! He is following in his Father’s footsteps. My brother James went to the Marines after high school. After his service, he graduated college and has recently...

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How is the Market???!!

In the last year, I have had real estate experiences that have never happened to me before in my business!!!  SOLD homes before they are listed!! Represented buyers to purchase homes that have not been listed yet and when they are listed, they become PENDED at time of listing!!!! Yes, the inventory is low, very low,...

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The Veteran in Your Life!

I made the request in October for a reader to call in with a story to share of a Veteran in their life, in honor of all Veterans for the November Veterans Day Celebration that was arriving soon. I am amazed at how this segment unfolded, as you will see from the story by Dan Riordan of his Father, Robert Riordan! Dan called...

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Fall Happenings in the Neighborhood

I encourage you to check out a few events this next couple of months. My office, RE/MAX Legends Group, is helping to host a fun family activity at IU North, 116th and Meridian on October 10th from 11:00am – 3:00pm. Come and join the fun, find a pumpkin, listen to a little live  music, and follow the smell of the freshly...

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Common Pests and Your Home

The list of new responsibilities can seem overwhelming when you buy a home or become a first-time homeowner. One responsibility that tends to get overlooked until it becomes a larger issue is that of household pests. A household pest is “a destructive insect or other animal that attacks” your home. Pests range...

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February is Heart Healthy Month

Download Full Newsletter Newsletter Excerpt Everything turns to hearts in the month of February, but having a healthy heart is a year-round mission! Heart disease is the number one cause of death for Americans. We need to be educated about how lifestyle is the number one contributor to poor heart health AND something we can...

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A Bit of Change

Download Full Newsletter Newsletter Excerpt Since I last sat down to write, many things have changed in my real estate business. The Premier viewing of the HGTV House Hunters episode on April 3rd and the Premier Party were great successes and lots of fun. I really enjoyed all the wonderful clients, family and friends who made...

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Price & Condition

Download Full Newsletter Newsletter Excerpt If you have seen any real estate news lately, it speaks about the increase in pended properties. Good news! I have been so pleased with the amount of traffic that is coming to my listings, along with offers and negotiations, pendings, sales closed. But not everyone is feeling so...

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Fall Traditions

Download Full Newsletter Newsletter Excerpt Autumn, Fall…changing of seasons, falling leaves, beautiful colors, huge pumpkins, decorative squash and bales of hay, first frost, apples and caramel dip…Halloween and Thanksgiving. Many other traditions happen in the fall, like election day. I love working the polls,...

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Heed the Heat!

Download Full Newsletter Newsletter Excerpt Talking about the weather is so boring!  But the weather is so oppressively, record-setting HOT, that I cannot ignore it!  After that is said, we all need to go on with our lives and follow the safety precautions of plenty of fluids, not doing outdoors strenuous activities during...

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Out and About in Indianapolis

Download Full Newsletter Newsletter Excerpt Out and about in Indianapolis is a fun adventure of discovery and recollection and delight in both.  I love finding new places or going to an area after reading about it. Not huge destinations but fun and easy ways to get to know our city better, encourage local merchants and learn...

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The North Winds Will Blow…!!!

Download Full Newsletter Newsletter Excerpt “The North Winds Will Blow…!!!”  This is a good summary statement of our winter weather and to some extent the real estate market.  If you read the paper, listen to the news, research on-line, how does one make sense of a 9.3% increase in pended properties, a 2.7% decrease in...

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Where Does Money Come From?

Download Full Newsletter Newsletter Excerpt Where does money come from? No, this isn’t a ridiculous question. And yes, I am talking about real estate transactions. “Who pays what?” and “How can I save money?” are both common questions. The questions are the same for buyers and sellers, but the answers are different....

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Financial Winter

Download Full Newsletter Newsletter Excerpt Winter…short days with little sunlight, going and coming from work with headlights on, caution on ‘black’ road surfaces that disguise ice…and where is the appreciation of the seasons now? The excitement of the first hint of snow, the beauty of a snow fall, a cold,...

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Fall Financing

Download Full Newsletter Newsletter Excerpt I was ‘singing’ about Summertime and the living is easy in my last newsletter and already we have turned the corner toward fall. Folks are debating whether it will be a colorless fall due to the lack of rain. There isn’t enough scientist in me to debate that subject. So, it has...

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Daniel Scalf

Hello! My name is Daniel Scalf.  Currently I am a senior attending Indiana University, majoring in Finance. I will be graduating in May 2009 and entering the work force hopefully with a full time job. One of my graduation requirements beyond finishing school is to complete an internship. During my junior year I struggled to...

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Crime Prevention

Last night, Mon. 15th, I was walking my dog north on the 56th block of Pennsylvania . I saw a couple of men up at the doors of two homes. They look as if they were selling something, however they were more than just knocking on doors. It appeared to me as if they were looking in the windows. I think they even said “Hello,...

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Summer Time…

Download Full Newsletter Newsletter Excerpt ♫♫ “Summer Time and the Living is Easy” ♫♫ sings Porgy in the famous American opera, Porgy and Bess, by Leonard Bernstein. I’m not so sure we would all agree about the easy part—Midwestern storms, floods, damage to trees, homes, vehicles…and then the economy and...

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7 Deadly Sins of Real Estate #5

Download Full Newsletter Newsletter Excerpt *Impatience* Earlier I have used this column to talk about our human foibles in this process of real estate transactions. Not listening, not preparing your property or yourself, lack of fiscal knowledge are a few examples of the 7 Deadly Sins of Real Estate. The most important aspect...

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Volunteering

Download Full Newsletter Newsletter Excerpt I am taking a break from my feature on the 7 Deadly Sins of Real Estate to talk about an important topic.  Volunteering, service, sharing your expertise…what ever you call it, everyday individuals give their time for nothing.  Volunteering makes us a better community and a...

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Spring is Here

Download Full Newsletter Newsletter Excerpt It is Spring!  Daffodils and crocus have passed and we welcome each new revelation of what nature has to show us.  We are moving toward summer holidays and easier living than ourIndianawinters.  I really appreciate your phone calls and emails letting me know what you think as you...

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Real Estate #4

Download Full Newsletter Newsletter Excerpt Heeding Advice…NOT!  One of the spiritual works of mercy is teaching the ignorant.  I do not call people names nor do I assume that I am exempt from the behaviors I write about in this column.  The metaphor of sin is merely metaphor and a enumeration of  issues that come up in...

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Transition

Download Full Newsletter Newsletter Excerpt Spring brings that particular color of green into our world that only nature can provide! It is one of my favorite parts of our transition from winter. The smell of the earth awakening and the glory of the sunshine are more than welcome as the winter fades. The challenging part is...

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BRRRRRRR!!!!!

Download Full Newsletter Newsletter Excerpt But we cannot be surprised because it is winter and we are inIndiana! I think about all the things that have occupied our minds in the past year.  Flu, H1N1, the economy, housing market, economy, price of oil/gasoline at the pump, economy…(of course, the inauguration of a new...

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Real Estate #3

Download Full Newsletter Newsletter Excerpt In an ongoing series about the challenges of real estate, I have used the Seven Deadly Sins to name these challenges and offer suggestions about how to help yourself in the process of buying and selling of a property or your home.  In this column, we visit deadly sin #3,...

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Real Estate #2

Last newsletter I wrote about what we need to learn about real estate whether buying or selling.  I used the analogy of the 7 Deadly Sins to talk about the mistakes that are often made.  This issue we will talk about “The Honest Truth…Listening”.  Perhaps you have heard the line, “We need to listen more and talk...

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Real Estate

You probably have heard of the 7 deadly sins.  They are the ones thatHollywoodhas capitalized on a couple of times with stars like Brad Pitt, etc…  You can name some of them…Gluttony, Sloth, Avarice, Wrath, Envy, Pride, and Lust, to name them all.  So what does this have to do with real estate?  I thought about the...

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Living a Simpler Life

Living a Simpler Life… My friend, Lu, forwarded these suggestions that she really liked and thought they would be helpful to others and a good way to recycle.  She learned these through the columnist Heloise.  Beautiful greeting cards…Recycle by mailing the fronts only (without writing on them) to St. Jude’s Ranch for...

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Inaugural Blog

Thank you for being part of this first newsletter.  I decided it would be great fun.  I hope that it will bring you information, an occasional chuckle, some fun and just a good way to stay in touch.  My life has always been about relationships.  I grew up with parents who schooled us (there were seven children) in the value...

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