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Buying A Home Involves Analytical and Emotional Intelligence
Using both sides of the brain in the right way at the right time can make for the best outcome...
When the right brain and left brain buy a home together, they usually choose the right one. buying a home is an investment, both financially and emotionally
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Thanks +Sun Realty - Deborah Lamb, I was hoping to present a different spin on the topic.
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I'm thinking it will take more than coffee...
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Pring Your Home Correctly for the Market
The first and most important aspect of selling your home, +Bill Gassett has put together a rich resource with lots of explanations and links to even more articles from expert real estate agents.
 
5 Factors to Consider When Pricing a Home
Pricing a home is not always easy but it is essential for getting right as it is the #1 factor in a home selling!

Not only is it the #1 factor in selling, the correct price leads to the most money you will get for your home. Many people are under the impression that if they price their home higher this will lead to a higher sale price - WRONG!

In the article I discuss the 5 factors that all sellers and real estate agents should be looking at when coming up with a homes market value.

In the article you will see references to other excellent articles written on pricing a home for sale including +Joe Manausa +Kyle Hiscock +Lynn Pineda and +Anita Clark.

You will also see some ways sellers get their price wrong including using Zillow estimates.

If you enjoy the article and think it is helpful please consider sharing it socially.

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What are the most important factors to consider when pricing a home for sale? See how to price a home and learn why overpricing is a sale killer!
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Thanks for sharing +Karen Highland much appreciated!
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How to Get Your Genius Noticed in a Crowded Internet
I wrote this article for RISMedia, specifically for real estate bloggers, but a friend pointed out that it really is applicable for any business blogger trying to be found in the crowd. 
Contributed by Karen Highland It seems like everyone has a real estate blog these days, as many real estate agents have joined the blogosphere over the last few years. ActiveRain has grown to over 250...
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Yeah, the tips help for every business not only for real estate business. Thanks
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Would you like to be a trusted adviser to your clients, or a useful idiot? 
I know, it's obvious which one we would choose, but sometimes you have to watch a client make bad decisions because they won't listen to your advice. Sometimes you have to clean up the mess from another agent who just doesn't get what it means to be a trusted adviser. 
 
Is your real estate agent a trusted adviser? Or a useful idiot?
Yep, you read that correctly. Buying or selling a home is one of the largest financial transactions that most people will make in their lifetime. Having a real estate agent who is your trusted adviser is the most important aspect, and can often make or break a successful transaction.
I've added some great stories from some seasoned, accomplished real estate agents: +Lynn Pineda talks about an unfortunate short sale, +Andrew Fortune shares a story about the possibility of an unethical agent, and +Rich Cederberg shares a vlog post about...it's hard to even imagine...an agent who doesn't use email or text! 
Also embedded is my listly list of articles that help buyers and sellers with tips about interviewing a real estate agent, from +Bill Gassett +Kyle Hiscock +Ruth Lerner Realtor.com and U.S. News.
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Is Your Real Estate Agent A Trusted Adviser? or a Useful Idiot? Buying and Selling real estate is likely the most complicated and expensive financial step in most people's lives. You'll want a trusted adviser, not a useful idiot...here's why, and how to tell the difference.
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+Blair Warner Chris actually says that to clients sometimes, :)
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Is your agent a trusted adviser, or a useful idiot?
We all deal with incompetent agents from time to time. And we deal with clients who don't want to take our advice. I may have opened a can of worms, but...it always works better when agents are trusted advisers and clients can really trust them. What do you think?
Added are some great resources from +Lynn Pineda +Kyle Hiscock +Andrew Fortune +Rich Cederberg +Ruth Lerner  and +Bill Gassett 
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Is your real estate agent a trusted adviser? Or a useful idiot?
Yep, you read that correctly. Buying or selling a home is one of the largest financial transactions that most people will make in their lifetime. Having a real estate agent who is your trusted adviser is the most important aspect, and can often make or break a successful transaction.
I've added some great stories from some seasoned, accomplished real estate agents: +Lynn Pineda talks about an unfortunate short sale, +Andrew Fortune shares a story about the possibility of an unethical agent, and +Rich Cederberg shares a vlog post about...it's hard to even imagine...an agent who doesn't use email or text! 
Also embedded is my listly list of articles that help buyers and sellers with tips about interviewing a real estate agent, from +Bill Gassett +Kyle Hiscock +Ruth Lerner Realtor.com and U.S. News.
please consider sharing socially if you found this useful
Is Your Real Estate Agent A Trusted Adviser? or a Useful Idiot? Buying and Selling real estate is likely the most complicated and expensive financial step in most people's lives. You'll want a trusted adviser, not a useful idiot...here's why, and how to tell the difference.
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Thanks +Karen Highland will start promoting when I get back to the office!
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Selling Your Home Doesn't have to be so stressful
Yes, life gets interrupted when your house is on the market, but this advice can save you from a lot of unnecessary stress and angst:
Selling Your Home means your life is interrupted. Let's talk about the stuff no one wants to: stress, mindset, attitudes, emotional intelligence, breathing.
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"The Great Recession caused waves of foreclosures and layoffs that pushed more Americans into renting. More than 36 percent of people now rent, compared with 31 percent before the recession began in late 2007. The increased demand has yet to be matched by construction and renovations."  

The apartment complexes being built here in Frederick are high-end apartments. A lot of people are complaining about the lack of affordable housing, yet, the county keeps adding impact fees to pay for increased spending.... where do they think it's going to come from?
WASHINGTON — More than one in four U.S. renters have to use at least half their family income to pay for housing and utilities.
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Facts about the USDA Mortgage
The USDA is about much more than assuring your beef is good quality. The United States Department of Agriculture also offers mortgage loans for home purchase. We have several areas in #Frederick County where USDA loans are usable. Read more in this informative article by +Inlanta Mortgage - Madison and find out if it might be the right choice for you. #realestate  
Although some of these things may sound too good to be true, or even insane, all of the following facts about the USDA mortgage program are true.
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The best #realestate  articles on G+ in April...hot off the presses!
 
Best Google+ Real Estate Articles April 2015
Every month some of the best real estate content found within Google+ is featured from top bloggers.

This month +Kyle Hiscock reviews some of the best real estate content worth a second look. If you missed these articles you now have a chance to see them all in one place!

+Tyler Zey checks in with an article on tips for new real estate agents.
+Paul Sian is featured for his article on some of the top home selling tips.

+Karen Highland checks in with two articles! One on home improvements that can make a real difference in your home sale and how a real estate agent can get noticed online. Usually we only feature one post per person but Karen's second post this month featured at +RISMedia was too good to pass up!

+Jacob Grant Property Management shares money saving tips for first time home buyers.

+Kyle Hiscock discusses the ever popular topic on the pro's and con's of an open house.

+Luke Skar does a bang up job on sharing what makes the USDA mortgage loan program worth a look.

Have a look and if you think these guys did a great job please consider sharing socially!

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In most areas of the country, the spring real estate market is in “full swing!” April, May, and June in my local, Webster NY Real Estate Market, are the bus
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+Bill Gassett :))
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How to Get Your Blog Posts Noticed 
in a very crowded internet. The secret is to move from generic to stand-out content. And what will make your content stand out? You will, by adding what is uniquely YOU.
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Thanks to +RISMedia and +Nick Caruso for publishing! 
Contributed by Karen Highland It seems like everyone has a real estate blog these days, as many real estate agents have joined the blogosphere over the last few years. ActiveRain has grown to over 250...
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+Curtis Van Carter thanks! It's making the rounds;)
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Love it +Karen Highland​
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Turning Point Real Estate8923 Fingerboard RoadFrederick, MD 21704
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Real Estate Blogger, Blogging & Social Media Trainer/Coach, Content Strategist
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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. 

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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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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.
Public - 9 months ago
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.
Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
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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.
Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 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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reviewed 11 months ago