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Do's and Don'ts When Selling a Home!
This article by +Jeff Knox is full of sound advice, both on what NOT to do when selling a house, as well as some super tips about what TO do from some excellent bloggers, including: +Kyle Hiscock +Tina Israelson +Lynn Pineda +Andrew Fortune +Wendy Weir +Teresa Cowart +Bill Gassett and +Xavier De Buck   You'll certainly want to bookmark this article!

#realestate   #homeselling  
 
What Not to Do When Selling a Home!
This is by far the best article I have read today!

A big round of applause goes out to +Jeff Knox who has put together a master piece of not only written word but graphics that get the message across REALLY well!

See some fantastic contributions as well from other top bloggers including: +Kyle Hiscock +Tina Israelson +Lynn Pineda +Andrew Fortune +Wendy Weir +Teresa Cowart +Xavier De Buck and others.

#realestate #realestatetips  
This article is about the "no no's" and "do not's" of listing your home. If you are considering an upcoming listing, I'm going to give you a comprehensive list of things to avoid, correct and change prior to listing your home for sale. Some of the
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+Karen Highland
you too:)
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Real Estate Blog Posts - Helpful Information  - 
 
Here's a roundup of some great real estate blog posts here on Google + for the month of August: 
The Very Best Real Estate Content on Google Plus                      
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Six Must Have Amenities in Luxury Homes

Buyers of luxury homes have come to expect certain amenities and features. Do you know some of the must haves?
+Anita Clark  has put together six great luxury amenities every home should include. 

As I read this, it occurred to me that any homeowner could add some luxe to their home, no matter what the size or style. Adding a wine bar and some pretty glasses to display may not be the same as a full-blown wine cellar, but it would be nice for any buyer to see. 

Anita also has some excellent references to other luxury home articles by many top real estate bloggers including: +Debbie Drummond +Lynn Pineda +Kyle Bostian +Paul Sian +Bill Gassett +Ryan Fitzgerald +Virginia Cook, Realtors myself, and several others. 
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6 Amenities Every Luxury Home Needs
Individual style and preference play a big part in every buyers' home purchase. For luxury home buyers that is especially true as they often know exactly what they want and have the financial means to ensure they get it.

Although not all-inclusive, this article outlines six amenities every luxury home needs. Add to the list based on your experiences.

Also included are links to other luxury home articles by many top real estate bloggers to include: +Debbie Drummond, +Karen Highland, +Lynn Pineda, +Kyle Hiscock, +Bill Gassett, +Paul Sian, +Ryan Fitzgerald, +HGTV, +Decoist, +Virginia Cook, Realtors, and many others.

As always, if you found this information helpful, please share it so others can benefit from the information too.
#realestate   #luxuryhomes   #buyingaluxuryhome  
Amenities Every Luxury Home Needs provided via Anita Clark with Coldwell Banker SSK. Check out her blog at http://sellingwarnerrobins.com
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You're right +Karen Highland! -  you can always add a bit of luxe to your home too, in order to get a taste of luxury when your home really isn't a "true luxury home"!
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Should I get a home inspection? 
In this article, I've shared some stories to illustrate how important a home inspection is, not just for the uncovering of items that need to be fixed, but for the basic understanding of the systems of the home. Additional resources from home inspectors and real estate bloggers to round out the article. I'd love to hear any of your stories, too.
The question of whether to get a home inspection or not pops up regularly in conversations about real estate. Most real estate agents will encourage buyers to get a home inspection. Let me relay a couple of stories to illustrate why:
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Thanks +ProAPOD
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With the real estate market heating up in many areas of the country, when facing multiple offer scenarios, buyers are asking,  
Do I really need to get a home inspection?
Here are a few stories that may convince buyers it's an important part of the home buying process. I've included some great advice from real estate bloggers +Paul Sian +Kyle Hiscock and +Bill Gassett , as well as articles from +realtor.com and an explanation of what to expect from a home inspection from +Mike Chamberlain owner of +MC2 Home Inspections
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Buyer Questions: Should I Get A Home Inspection?

Should I Get A Home Inspection? The question of whether to get a home inspection or not pops up regularly in conversations about real estate. Most Realtors will agree, it's an important step in a home purchase.

In this article I've told a couple of real stories where the home buyer was very glad to have had a home inpection. I've also added some great advice from other informative articles, from real estate agents +Paul Sian, +Bill Gassett and +Kyle Hiscock, as well as +Mike Chamberlain  of +MC2 Home Inspections LLC  and +realtor.com Feel free to share socially if you found this article helpful.
#homeinspection   #firsttimebuyer  
The question of whether to get a home inspection or not pops up regularly in conversations about real estate. Most real estate agents will encourage buyers to get a home inspection. Let me relay a couple of stories to illustrate why:
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+Bill Gassett Fixed it, but couldn't find the original article I quoted...dumb mistake. However, this reminds me...I think having a search box on a blog is a good feature. It would make it easier to find that article.
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» Tips for Sellers  - 
 
A roundup of some of the best real estate articles on Google + for the month of August...great job real estate bloggers! This is a compilation of articles with tips for Sellers.
articles from: +Bill Gassett +Ryan Fitzgerald +Nc HomeBuyers +Chelle and Melle Wiggins Dayton Realtors +Kyle Hiscock +Anita Clark +Dan Miller +Lynn Pineda and myself. All of these are great reads! 
The Very Best Real Estate Content on Google Plus                      
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How to drive traffic to your blog from archived material on Facebook: 
(this is excllent, can't wait to do this with a video!) 
This is a guest contribution from Jonathan Goodman. I love discovering systems that work in the background so you can focus on your blog. What I’m going to detail is like the concept of compound interest. At the beginning, the effects will be small  – but over time, as the system continues to work and [...]
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+Paul Sian I will let you know. I did an explainer video a while ago that I haven't done much with. 
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A nice write-up in the Washingtonian. Carroll Creek is stunning this time of year.
It's Larger Than Monet's Famous Garden—and in Bloom Now
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New Buyers Ask: Why should I get a home inspection?
When the real estate market gets hot, sometimes new buyers find the competition forces them to re-think how many and what kinds of contingencies they add to their offer...one that they shouldn't have to forego is the home inspection. Here are some compelling reasons why a home buyer should get a home inspection, with extra resources from home inspectors, realty bloggers and more. http://frederickrealestateonline.com/buyer-questions-should-i-get-home-inspection/
The question of whether to get a home inspection or not pops up regularly in conversations about real estate. Most real estate agents will encourage buyers to get a home inspection. Let me relay a couple of stories to illustrate why:
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This slide presentation is worth a marketers time: #socialmediamarketing   
 
Why you need to get your social media marketing cart behind your marketing horses
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Tonight's music is some awesome Blues by Hard Swimming Fish at Carroll Creek Park in #FrederickMd. 
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Director of Communications at FCAR, Real Estate Blogger, Agent, Content Strategist
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Frederick Real Estate 

The Highland Group - with eXp Realty 
Chris & Karen Highland
301 401-5119
Frederick Maryland 21704
Broker: 301-831-9947

I am co-owner of The Highland Group, along with my husband Chris Highland.  We've been helping families buy and sell real estate in Frederick County and the surrounding counties in Central Maryland for more than 20 years.  I manage our websites, Frederick Real Estate Online, our blogs, our home office and database.

Chris Highland is currently the residential manager at Turning Point Real Estate in Urbana Md. He gives oversight to agents, trains and mentors new agents, and works with clients, both buyers and sellers. Chris is a CDPE, Certified Distressed Property Expert, and is trained and experienced in helping people avoid foreclosure through a short sale process.

Blogging

I blog about homes for sale in Frederick, but also about life and events in Frederick County. My favorite endeavor has become my blog, 365Frederick. I post about events and happenings in Frederick, with an emphasis on small businesses and non-profit organizations.  Frederick Maryland is a great place to live, filled with caring and industrious people.

Communications Director at Frederick County Association of REALTORS

I am the Director of Communications at our local real estate association, FCAR, Frederick County Association of REALTORS.

Who I Am

I am a wife of 30 years, mother of 4 grown-ups, dog-lover, teacher turned real estate agent, Blogger, Trainer & Coach, and I love entertaining. We have 2 rescued Boxers that keep us laughing.

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  • Frederick, Md
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Real Estate Blogger
  • Trainer & Coach
  • University of Florida Grad

Interests [in no particular order]:

  • Frederick Maryland
  • Blogging
  • Wordpress
  • Technology
  • Social Media
  • Small Business
  • Real Estate
  • Food
  • Photography
  • Non-profits
  • Travel!
  • Family
  • Reading
  • Sewing, Knitting, Crochet and all things Crafty
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Married 30 years. (to the same man:) 4 adult children with critical thinking skills.
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Realtor, Blogger, Content Strategist, Coach & Trainer, Lover of Frederick Md
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Blogging and Social Media, Coaching and Training, Spinning Plates
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  • The Highland Group, Frederick Md Realtors
    Realtor, Blogger, Social Media, present
    I do the blogging, social media and internet lead generation for the Highland Group. I also coach in blogging/internet lead generation, RE Tech Therapy.
  • High School and Jr. High Teacher
    Teacher, Guidance Counselor
    Turning young skulls full of mush into critically thinking young adults. I always hoped that was what I was doing anyway.
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Blair Warner, Sr. Credit Counselor with Upgrade My Credit, is a great resource for potential home buyers who want to have the kind of credit score that gets them the best possible interest rates. We had the opportunity to see Blair's company in action when we referred a buyer to them. While they were under contract on a home, 3 weeks before settlement, our buyers had the most unfortunate circumstance take place... an old collection popped up on their credit report and their score went down 20 or 25 points, I don't remember exactly, but enough to disqualify them for their loan program. We told them about Blair's services, and they contacted him at Upgrade my Credit. He went to work for them and did what we didn't think was possible...during the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, when people are often on Vacation or taking it easy...Blair got our buyer's credit score up, even higher than the minimum score they needed, and that kept them in the home purchase. They were thrilled! And so were we. We have recommended Blair and Upgrade My Credit over and over again, and will continue to be big fans! Thanks Blair for your stellar work!
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Good hearty breakfast! The four of us all found something to love. Not the best coffee, but that's ok. I wanted something healthy so I got the fruit I wanted, hubs wanted something full and satisfying, so he had a full-on breakfast with some great fatty sausage. The kids had their traditional eggs, toast and bacon and we all drove 7 hours home to Maryland with only a stop for coffee.
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I love that Crabby Mac! I get it every time. I'm sure the other food is good too, because my lunch bff's keep coming back with me. But that crabby mac is delicious... cheesy, gooey, and comforting, and loaded with crab meat, something that you don't get often because most places will skimp on the crab. This is downright decadent, and if you are a true Marylander, you love crabs and anything that celebrates crabs. This is definitely a celebration. (The only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is because sometimes, the service is a wee bit slow.)
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Public - a year ago
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It only gets 2 stars because of the great food at happy hour. This place seriously needs either an overhaul, or a bulldozer. It was just fine for a conference, but not so much to stay.
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The do a fantastic job roasting coffee. I particularly love the Highlander's Grog, and the Volt Blend, and I like many others. I like the facility, with the comfy couches or the outdoor seating on a nice day. The ladies who own it and so far, everyone who works there is friendly and give great service.
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This is one of my top fav Mexican restaurants. I always get the spinach burrito. I think it's fantastic... gooey, cheesy, lots of spinach. My family says the other food is good too, but what can I say, I stick with what I love! The food is delicious, everyone is always pleased with their non-spinach burrito food, too. I just can't give my personal opinion about anything else, except the chips... they are fresh and crunchy.
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Not my favorite airport. The layout doesn't make a lot of sense. The signs don't really help much either. Oh well. I do love to fly Delta, though, and if you fly Delta, you usually have to encounter the Atlanta airport.
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