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Kicking off the weekend! Happy Memorial Day Amigos!
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Homebuyer Questions: How Much Should I Offer on A Home?
+Kyle Hiscock with +Rochester's Real Estate Blog has put together a great article with solid tips for any homebuyer in today's tight real estate market. He includes resources from some excellent real estate bloggers: +Andrew Fortune +Anita Clark +Lynn Pineda +Debbie Drummond and +Bill Gassett and myself. Worth a read and a bookmark. 
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Top Tips To Help Determine How Much To Offer For A Home
The decision on how much to offer for a home is the sole decision of the potential buyer.

There are several things that buyers should avoid though and also some tips they should follow when determining the number they'd like to offer!

In this article by +Kyle Hiscock you will find several things to avoid and more importantly, several top tips to help buyers figure out what that number should be when making an offer!

The article can be found at http://www.rochesterrealestateblog.com/tips-to-help-determine-how-much-to-offer-for-a-home/

In addition to the article, you will find some excellent links to other home buying resources from other top bloggers including +Bill Gassett, +Anita Clark, +Lynn Pineda, +Karen Highland, +Debbie Drummond, and +Andrew Fortune!

If this article is helpful, consider giving it a share or five.

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One of the biggest decisions that is made when buying a home is deciding how much to offer for a home. Check out these tips to help pinpoint that number!
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The Secret Sauce to Get Your Home Sold  ... or as +Andrew Fortune spells out in this excellent article, it's not really such a secret. It's Marketing! Great marketing from an experienced, hard-working, thinking agent. From hi-def photography and walk-through presentations, selling a home in the 21st Century is a highly visual endeavor. This one is worth your read and share:
 
Do Your Real Estate Marketing Right!
Here is an awesome article from +Andrew Fortune that speaks to hiring a top real estate professional and not as +Lynn Pineda would put it your cousin Jimmy who really should be mopping floors at the local Burger King.

So many sellers just hire any real estate agent. Why not they all do the same things - WRONG!

Check out Andrew's great article and share if you find helpful.

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Learn the #1 thing that will make you the most amount of money when you sell your house in Colorado Springs.
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"selling a home in the 21st Century is a highly visual endeavor"

Excellent quote +Karen Highland! So true! Thanks for sharing. :) 
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Accuracy Still Matters! A fun new ad campaign from Realtor.com 
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I bet It's good data to add to their mix, whether it's nonsense or not, +Bocazo.com - Elias Nathaniel. 
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We have some awesome new features on our Multiple List System! Learning how to make the most of them for our clients. Mozaic from MRIS is a universal favorites for both buyers and their agents. I love it when tools help us serve people better!
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It's a Seller's Market and Here's How A Buyer Can Win
In most real estate markets across the country right now it's a seller's market, and that means competition. In this excellent article, +Kyle Hiscock explains exactly how a home buyer can navigate to get the house they want. Included are several great resources from great real estate bloggers: +Debbie Drummond +Bill Gassett +Lynn Pineda +Anita Clark and myself. 
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How To Buy A Home In A Sellers Market
Many real estate markets are experiencing a sellers market right now.  This is certainly great for sellers but not so great for buyers.

Does this mean now is a bad time to buy a home?  It depends on many factors such as interest rates and whether a buyer is ready to take on the competition!

Once a buyer determines whether buying a home in a sellers market makes sense to them or not, they must be prepared!  There are many tips that buyers should take note of in order to make buying a home in a sellers market a successful experience.

In this article you will find some tips for buyers to help them be ready and successfully purchase a home during a sellers market.  Check it out at http://www.rochesterrealestateblog.com/how-to-buy-a-home-in-a-sellers-market/

In addition to the tips, you will find some additional resources from some of the best real estate bloggers including +Bill Gassett, +Lynn Pineda, +Anita Clark, +Debbie Drummond, and +Karen Highland!

If you find this article helpful, please consider giving it a share or three :).

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Buying a home during a sellers market can be challenging. Before deciding whether you should buy during a sellers market or not, make sure you read this.
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+Kyle Hiscock You bet! Super article.
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I think may be passive-aggressive humor, my favorite kind these days, but also very true. With 1,025,109.8 words in the English language (just googled it:) it would seem like we could be more eloquent. #justsaying  
These days, workplace conversations can sound like they're taking place on another planet.
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+Janis Borgueta haha! Good point.
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23 Must Read Real Estate Blogs
If you are looking for quality real estate content, whether buying a home or selling a home, or an agent looking for information and great examples, apparently, these 23 bloggers have it going on! some of my faves from the real estate community here on G+, including  +Bill Gassett +Debbie Drummond +Andrew Fortune +Lynn Pineda  +Anita Clark and +Kyle Hiscock and more. What a great resource from +Tyler Zey from +Real Estate Marketing by Easy Agent Pro 
 
Rock Star Real Estate Blogs
Are you looking to see how some of the best in the business craft their real estate articles? Take a look as +Tyler Zey shares of the best of the best.

There are some familiar names who are consistently mentioned as being at the top of their game including +Bill Gassett +Kyle Hiscock +Andrew Fortune +Anita Clark +Lynn Pineda +Karen Highland +Debbie Drummond and a few others.

Take a look at this great resource!

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Looking to get better in real estate? These real estate blogs will teach you everything from social media marketing to advanced business building tactics.
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Thank you +vincent mackenzie!
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Four ways to sell a home
Of course, I would encourage any home seller to do their due diligence and research the process, as well as the agents they are considering. +Lynn Pineda has written some great advice in how to do so in this article. She includes some excellent resources from experienced agents +Andrew Fortune +Bill Gassett and myself, as well as +RISMedia's Housecall Blog
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4 Methods to Selling a Home - Which works best?

You don’t have to experience the less than favorable experiences that you hear from friends and family nor those stories you’ve read across the internet.  However, like anything it’s important to choose wisely. Do your homework.  Know what the home selling process entails and who is best equipped to get the job done.

Do you know the various methods?  

How about cousin Jimmy?  He just got his Real Estate license, maybe he can get top dollar for a home sale.

Keep reading below to find out more about the methods. You’ll also hear from some highly skilled Real Estate Agents on their Real Estate Blogs and Real Estate news source Blogs who know a thing or two about what it takes to sell homes and report on homes selling, so you’ll want to read their articles too from +Karen Highland +Bill Gassett +Andrew Fortune and +RISMedia whose Real Estate articles are a perfect compliment to the 4 Methods to Selling a Home.

http://www.imagineyourhouse.com/2015/05/15/4-methods-to-selling-a-home-which-works-best/

Also, don't forget to share the article if you found the methods beneficial for homeowners trying to make a decision about how to sell their home.

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+Lynn Pineda you're very welcome!
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Advocates for Homeless Families is a non-profit in Frederick Md doing fantastic work. They recently received honor in a presentation from Mayor Randy McClement: 
Advocates has been doing meaningful work in our county, helping families move out of the cycle of poverty. Their intensive approach to counseling, job training and education has made a huge difference in the lives of Frederick families...
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Selling Your Home and Buying A Home...at the Same Time
That is the way it happens most of the time, unless you are fortunate enough to carry two mortgages for a time. In this article +Bill Gassett explains how to manage the buying and selling simultaneously, and why having the right agent is so  crucial for a seamless process.

Bill also shares other helpful articles from +Lynn Pineda and +Anita Clark .

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Selling And Buying a Home Simultaneously
As +Bill Gassett mentions in this outstanding article, unless you are one of the fortunate few who can purchase a home without selling your existing property, you will have to deal with selling your house while looking to buy.

That is why having the right agent in your corner to lead the way will make all the difference in helping with the sale of your existing home and the purchase of your next property!

Bill also shares other helpful articles from +Lynn Pineda and myself.

If you found this article useful, please socially share it so others can also benefit from it.
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How does buying and selling at the same time work? Will I need a home sale contingency? Can I make my home sale contingent on finding another property?
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Thanks +Michael Mann !
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Turning Point Real Estate8923 Fingerboard RoadFrederick, MD 21704
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Frederick Real Estate 

The Highland Group - with Turning Point Real Estate 
Chris & Karen Highland
301 401-5119
8923 Fingerboard Road
Frederick Maryland 21704
Broker: 301-831-8232

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.

Our team is experienced in Residential Real Estate as well as Commercial Real Estate.

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.

Coaching And Training

I am coaching real estate agents in Blogging, Internet Lead Generation, and Social Media at Turning Point Real Estate and on webinars with RE Tech Therapy. We are building a brokerage model based on technology and collaboration. 

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 Maryland
  • Blogging
  • Wordpress
  • Technology
  • Social Media
  • Small Business
  • Real Estate
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  • Photography
  • Non-profits
  • Travel!
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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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    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.
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    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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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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reviewed 9 months ago
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 - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
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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reviewed 11 months ago
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.
Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
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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