How Much Stuffing Would It Take to Stuff Your House Like A Turkey?

November 26, 2014 at 2:29 pm
November 26, 2014 |

From motovoblog.com

Tomorrow families and friends will gather around the country to enjoy the classic American tradition of Thanksgiving. The conversations will be merry, the atmosphere enjoyable and of course there will be copious amounts of food. Stuffing is a time honored Thanksgiving staple that most everyone loves. Find out how much stuffing it would take to fill your home for some holiday laughs and an interesting fact you can share at the dinner table.

Comey & Shepherd City Office: 1,884,477 boxes of stuffing or 697, 114.8 pounds to fill

Other Fun Stuffing Locations:

Empire State Building
Boxes of stuffing: 1,476,300,000
Pounds of stuffing: 546,231,000
Cooking time: 123,025,000 hours

Taj Majal
Boxes of Stuffing: 7,980,000
Pounds of stuffing: 2,952,600
Cooking time: 665,000 hours

White House
Boxes of Stuffing: 39,884,040
Pounds of stuffing: 14,757,095
Cooking time: 3,323,670 hours

Sidney Opera House
Boxes of Stuffing: 35,112,000
Grams of stuffing: 12,991,440
Cooking time: 2,926,000 hours

Follow this link for more stuffing facts and to find out how much stuffing your home would hold:

http://www.movoto.com/blog/novelty-real-estate/stuff-your-house-with-stuffing/

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Top 10 Reasons You Should Date a Real Estate Agent

November 19, 2014 at 1:10 pm
November 19, 2014 |

From: lightersideofrealestate.com

Having a real estate agent as your significant other definitely comes with perks. So if one asks you out on a date, or for your hand in marriage, you should definitely say yes!

    1. You can ditch your shrink and save money! There’s no better therapist than a real estate agent.

    2. Tax deductible dinners. No need to feel guilty about ordering that bottle (or 3) of Screaming Eagle Cab. Write-offs are an agent’s best friend.

    3. Real estate agents are tough. They don’t give up easily. When the “Honeymoon” stage fades, they’re not likely to scram.’

    4. Since there’s no “sure thing” in real estate, an agent’s hopes are tempered in realism. They tak enothing for granted and are   practically immune to let downs.

    5. Real estate agents are great negotiators. If you want to vacation at the beach and he or she wants to go to the mountains, guess what…yep, go pack your flannels. Which is better anyway–you’ve been to the beach too many times already.

    6. Real estate agents work with multiple vendors, so they’re great coordinators. Think: parties, weddings, reunions, etc. This will lighten your load down the road. You’ll thank me later.

    7. Real estate agents know beauty is more than skin deep. On that note, if one ever tells you that you have “good bones”, it doesn’t mean what you think.

    8. Real estate agents are easy to reach at a moment’s notice. They keep their phones on them at all times. Their livelihood depends on it.

    9. Never worry about awkward social situations. They are dripping with charm and can relate to all walks of people.

    10. They’re skilled at breaking things down into simple terms (ever read a sales contract?!). So when it comes to talking about feelings and emotions, you’ll know exactly where they stand.

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      Why Removing Those Personal Touches Can Help You Sell

      November 14, 2014 at 12:06 pm
      November 14, 2014 |

      From: zillow.com

      Red and orange room

      Many sellers love their homes. They’ve made some of their most important memories there, and their home is literally where their heart is. When these homeowners took on improvements, from painting rooms to kitchen and bath renovations, they likely did it with the idea of adding “personality.” And then, when it’s time to sell, those same homeowners sit across the dining room table from their real estate agent and wonder why, after three months, their home hasn’t sold.

      What went wrong? Usually, it’s because the home has too much personality. The problem with personality is that buyers see you, and not themselves, in the home you’re hoping to sell. If you’re serious about selling your home and you want to achieve the highest value, you need to make the home as neutral as possible. Here’s how.

      Remove family photos, heirlooms, diplomas and personal items

      Buyers don’t want to feel like they’re walking through someone else’s house. They want to feel that they’re walking through a home that could potentially be theirs. The more neutral the home, the easier it will be for them to imagine themselves there. As proud as you may be of your college degree or of little Susie’s first footprints, they don’t need to be on display when your home is for sale. The process of putting these items away may bring up emotions, but that’s part of the process. Cost to do this: $0.

      Repaint rooms with personality

      You may have taken some time to choose the deep red color for your dining room, the heavy oak paneling in the family room or Johnnie’s jungle wallpaper. While these were personal choices for you and may have served your time there well, they may be off-putting to a potential buyer for any number of reasons. Before you sell, paint these rooms a neutral color and take down the heavy paneling. These are not big or expensive projects, but the return can be huge. Cost to do this: less than $1,000 depending on the size and number of rooms.

      Show the rooms as they should be used

      The room off the kitchen is unmistakably the dining room. But if you use it as a home office, it throws a buyer off. Likewise, if you’ve used a small bedroom as your child’s toy room/your closet spillover, the same thing will happen. In the visual age of the Internet, Instagram and Facebook, people need to visualize what each room is. Some people simply don’t have the imagination. No matter how obvious it is that the dining room is the dining room or the third room upstairs is the third bedroom, the buyer needs to see it used that way, not the way you use it. Cost to do this: $0.

      Detach yourself emotionally

      Ultimately, when you go to sell, it’s time to stop thinking of your property as your home. Instead, think of it as an investment, and you need to get the best return on your investment possible.

      To do this, you must turn your home into a product on the market. This means you must emotionally detach from the home you love. If you’re not ready to do that, you may not be ready to sell yet. You may not want to take out the personality you added, and that you love. That’s OK, but be aware it will probably result in a smaller pool of interested buyers and a lower sales price. And the more neutral you can make the home, the wider the base of potential buyers you’ll have.

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      Top 5 Reasons You Should Hire a Real Estate Professional

      November 12, 2014 at 4:35 pm
      November 12, 2014 |

      From: keepingcurrentmatters.com

      Whether you are buying or selling a home, it can be quite an adventurous journey. You need an experienced Real Estate Professional to lead you to your ultimate goal. In this world of instant gratification and internet searches, many sellers think that they can For Sale by Owner or FSBO.

      The 5 Reasons You NEED a Real Estate Professional in your corner haven’t changed, but have rather been strengthened due to the projections of higher mortgage rates & higher prices  as the market continues to recover.

      1. What do you do with all this paperwork?

      Each state has different regulations regarding the contracts required for a successful sale, and these regulations are constantly changing. A true Real Estate Professional is an expert in their market and can guide you through the stacks of paperwork necessary to make your dream a reality.

      2. Ok, so you found your dream house, now what?

      According to the Orlando Regional REALTOR Association, there are over 230 possible actions that need to take place during every successful real estate transaction. Don’t you want someone who has been there before, who knows what these actions are to make sure that you acquire your dream?

      3. Are you a good negotiator?

      So maybe you’re not convinced that you need an agent to sell your home. However, after looking at the list of parties that you need to be prepared to negotiate with, you’ll realize the value in selecting a Real Estate Professional. From the buyer (who wants the best deal possible), to the home inspection companies, to the appraiser, there are at least 11 different people that you will have to be knowledgeable with and answer to, during the process.

      4. What is the home you’re buying/selling really worth?

      It is important for your home to be priced correctly from the start to attract the right buyers and shorten the time that it’s on the market. You need someone who is not emotionally connected to your home to give you the truth as to your home’s value. According to the National Association of REALTORS“the typical FSBO home sold for $184,000 compared to $230,000 among agent-assisted home sales.” Get the most out of your transaction by hiring a professional.

      5. Do you know what’s really going on in the market?

      There is so much information out there on the news and the internet about home sales, prices, mortgage rates; how do you know what’s going on specifically in your area? Who do you turn to in order to competitively price your home correctly at the beginning of the selling process? How do you know what to offer on your dream home without paying too much, or offending the seller with a low-ball offer?

      Dave Ramsey, the financial guru advises:

      “When getting help with money, whether it’s insurance, real estate or investments, you should always look for someone with the heart of a teacher, not the heart of a salesman.”

      Hiring an agent who has their finger on the pulse of the market will make your buying/selling experience an educated one. You need someone who is going to tell you the truth, not just what they think you want to hear.

      Bottom Line:

      You wouldn’t replace the engine in your car without a trusted mechanic. Why would you make one of your most important financial decisions of your life without hiring a Real Estate Professional?

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      Infographic: Waiting to Buy? There’s a Price To Pay.

      November 7, 2014 at 4:20 pm
      November 7, 2014 |

      From: keepingcurrentmatters.com

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      4 Financial Myths That Prevent You From Buying a Home

      November 5, 2014 at 3:37 pm
      November 5, 2014 |

      From: keepingcurrentmatters.com

      A recent study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University revealed when renters were asked why they do no plan to own in the future, financial constraints were a more common response than the perceived lifestyle benefits they may receive from renting. Today, we want to go over those financial challenges and see if we can put some fears to rest and also clear up some misconceptions. Here are the top four financial hurdles that cause renters not to buy:

      You Cannot Afford a Home

      Well over 50% of renters consider this as a financial barrier to homeownership. However, study after study has shown us that there are major misunderstandings about what is required to purchase a home.

      The biggest misconception is the amount of a down payment required. A recent survey revealed that 44% of respondents believed that a 20% down payment was required. In actuality, mortgages are available with as little as 5% down (and even 3% in certain situations).

      The same survey showed that 30% of respondents believe that only individuals with ‘high incomes’ can obtain a mortgage. In actuality, there are several programs intentionally created to help moderate income families buy a home of their own (look at the FHA program for example).

      You Do Not Have Good Enough Credit to Get a Mortgage

      The survey mentioned above showed that 64% of respondents believe they must have a “very good” credit score to buy a home. Most people don’t realize that the average credit score for closed loans has actually dropped 24 points in the last two years.

      It’s Not a Good Time to Buy a Home

      Determining when is the right time to buy a home from a pure financial calculation can be difficult. There are two elements of the cost of a home: the price of the house and the mortgage interest rate. When considering a purchase, you want to have at least an indication where prices and mortgage rates are headed. According to over 100 experts, house values are expected to increase by almost 20% between now and 2018. And Freddie Mac recently projected that mortgage rates would be as much as one full point higher by this time next year.

      With both prices and interest rates projected to increase, now is the perfect time to buy a home.

      It’s Cheaper to Rent than Buy

      This is a myth that doesn’t want to die. However, Trulia recently reported that, in fact, buying is actually dramatically cheaper than renting. Here is what they said:

      “Homeownership remains cheaper than renting nationally and in all of the 100 largest metro areas. In fact, buying is 38% cheaper than renting now, compared with 35% cheaper than renting one year ago.”

      Bottom Line

      If you are even thinking about buying, get the facts from a trained professional. You may be pleasantly surprised by what you find out.

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      Infographic: Make Your Mortgage a Bit Less SPOOOKY

      October 31, 2014 at 2:40 pm
      October 31, 2014 |

      From: Keepingcurrentmatters.com

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      11 Amazing Real Estate Facts

      October 29, 2014 at 12:49 pm
      October 29, 2014 |

      From: Inman.com

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      Infographic: Easy Ways To Prepare Your Home To Sell

      October 24, 2014 at 2:41 pm
      October 24, 2014 |

      From: Inman.com/blog

      When it comes to selling your home, there are several steps you must take to make sure it is prepared for showing. Here are a few easily overlooked ways to make your home look its best without having to do serious renovations.

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      Renting vs. Buying, How Much Could You Save?

      October 22, 2014 at 3:14 pm
      October 22, 2014 |

      From: Keepingcurrentmatters.com

      In Trulia’s 2014 Rent vs. Buy Report, they explained that homeownership remains cheaper than renting throughout the 100 largest metro areas in the United States; ranging from an average of 5% in Honolulu, all the way to 66% in Detroit, and 38% Nationwide!

      The other interesting findings in the report include:

      “Even though prices increased sharply in many markets over the past year, low mortgage rates have kept homeownership from becoming more expensive than renting.”

      “Some markets might tip in favor of renting later this year as prices continue to rise faster than rents and if–as most economists expect — mortgage rates rise, due both to the strengthening economy and Fed tapering.”

      “Nationally, rates would have to rise to 10.6% for renting to be cheaper than buying – and rates haven’t been that high since 1989.”

      Bottom Line

      Buying a home makes sense. Rental costs have historically increased at a higher rate of inflation. Lock in a mortgage payment now before home prices and mortgage rates rise as experts expect they will.

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