Lisa Thompson's Blog Posts

Best Ever Macaroons Recipe

Recipe from delish.com. Yields: 2 DozenPrep Time: 10 mins Total Time: 35 mins INGREDIENTS FOR PLAIN MACAROONS:Cooking spray3 large egg whites2/3 cup of granulated sugar1/2 tsp pure

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NATIONAL ALL IS OURS DAY April 8th

Observed each year on April 8th, National All Is Ours Day takes us along three views of appreciation. Either celebrate both approaches to the day or pick the one that best suits you. The first

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Cheesecakeadilla Recipe

Recipe from delish.com. Yields: 1Prep Time: 10 mins  Total Time: 20 mins INGREDIENTS:1/2 block cream cheese, softened1 tbsp powdered sugar1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract2 flour tortillas2 tbsp

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NATIONAL NO HOUSEWORK DAY April 7th

National No Housework Day directs us to put down the cleaning solution and toss aside the laundry. For one day each year on April 7th, the housework can wait. Take a break from the sweeping,

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Lemony Asparagus Pasta Recipe

Recipe from delish.com. Yields: 4 ServingsPrep Time: 20 minsTotal Time: 40 mins INGREDIENTS:1 lb penne pasta1 lb thin asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2" pieces3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil,

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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND SHARING DAY April 4th

National Education and Sharing Day is observed annually on the 11th day of the month of Nisan on the Jewish calendar – or 4 days before Passover begins.  In his 2009 proclamation on

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Best Ever Bahama Mamas

Recipe from delish.com. Yields: 1 DrinkPrep Time: 5 mins Total Time: 10 mins INGREDIENTS:Ice2 parts orange juice1 part pineapple juice1 part dark rum1/2 part coconut rum1/2 part

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WORLD PARTY DAY April 3rd

World Party Day on April 3rd encourages a coordinated effort of joyful human celebration around the globe. The world gathers to celebrate for many reasons. Forming a party often includes food,

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Dessert Ravioli Recipe

Recipe from delish.com. Yields: 14 Servings Prep Time: 15 mins Total Time: 35 mins INGREDIENTS:1 (14-oz.) package refrigerated pie dough FOR FILLING:4 oz. cream cheese, softened1/2 cup

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National Burrito Day April 2nd

National Burrito Day on the first Thursday in April celebrates the tasty and versatile Mexican dish wrapped in a tortilla. A burrito is a heavy tortilla wrapped around meat, cheese,,

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Tuscan Butter Gnocchi Recipe

Recipe from delish.com. Yields: 8 Servings Prep Time: 10 mins Total Time: 45 mins INGREDIENTS:4 tbsp butter3 cloves garlic, minced2 cups of halved cherry tomatoes 1 tsp dried&

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NATIONAL ONE CENT DAY April 1st

What does Benjamin Franklin, the phrase “mind your business” and April 1 all have in common? The answer is the penny, which we recognize on National One Cent Day.The United States first issued a

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Best Ever Deviled Eggs Recipe

Recipe from delish.com. Yields: 12Prep Time: 10 mins Total Time: 25 mins INGREDIENTS:6 large eggs1/4 cup of mayonnaise1 tsp hot sauce1 tsp Dijon mustardKosher saltFreshly ground black

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NATIONAL EQUAL PAY DAY March 31st

Each year on a Tuesday in March or April, National Equal Pay Day brings awareness to pay discrepancies between women and men around the world for the same work. Tuesday represents how far into the

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Eggo Smores Recipe

Recipe from delish.com. Yields: 12Prep Time: 5 mins Total Time: 15 mins INGREDIENTS: 24 mini waffles24 squares Hershey's chocolate 12 marshmallows3 tbsp butter, melted3 tbsp cinnamon&

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NATIONAL MOM AND POP BUSINESS OWNERS DAY March 29th

National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day honors all small business owners each year on March 29th.Small businesses are a vital part of the United States economy, and the critical role they play is

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Cookie Pops Recipe

Recipe from delish.com. Yields: 2 DozenPrep Time: 10 minsCook Time: 15 minsTotal Time: 25 mins INGREDIENTS:1 (16.5) oz. tube refrigerated sugar cookie doughRainbow sprinklesDIRECTIONS:

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NATIONAL SCRIBBLE DAY March 27th

National Scribble Day on March 27 inspires children to kindness through art.Each of us starts out as a little colorful, wrinkled up human being with eyes, nose and sometimes a shock of hair. Our

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Creamy Three Cheese Spaghetti Recipe

Recipe from delish.com. Yields: 4 Servings Prep Time: 10 minsTotal Time: 20 mins INGREDIENTS:12 oz spaghetti1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil3 cloves garlic, minced3/4 cup of heavy cream3/4 cup

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NATIONAL SPINACH DAY March 26th

On March 26th each year, National Spinach Day reminds us of the health benefits packed into this leafy green vegetable. Not only are there so many delicious ways that you can enjoy spinach, but it

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Breakfast Jalapeno Poppers Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 2 DozenPrep Time: 10 minsTotal Time: 55 mins INGREDIENTS:8 large eggs3 tbsp milkKosher saltFreshly ground black pepper1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil12 jalapeños,

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MANATEE APPRECIATION DAY March 25th

Manatee Appreciation Day on the Last Wednesday in March focuses the world’s attention on an herbivore with no known natural enemy.Three species of manatees inhabit slow rivers, canals, saltwater

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AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION ALERT DAY March 24th

American Diabetes Association Alert Day is observed annually on the fourth Tuesday in March. This one-day “wake-up call” informs the American public about the seriousness of diabetes and

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Scalloped Potatoes And Ham Recipe

Recipe from delish.com. Yields: 6 ServingsPrep Time: 20 mins Total Time: 1 hour 40 mins INGREDIENTS:1 tbsp butter, softened1 medium shallot, quartered2 cloves garlic1 1/4 cup of heavy cream1 tbsp

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NATIONAL COMMON COURTESY DAY March 21st

National Common Courtesy Day on March 21st serves a reminder of the behavior that keeps society from melting into a sea of madness. The day brings awareness to how important common courtesy is in

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Mini Deep Dish Pizzas Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 12 Prep Time: 13 minsCook Time: 12 minsTotal Time: 25 minsINGREDIENTS:4 (8-inch) flour tortillas1 cup of pizza sauce3/4 cup of shredded mozzarella

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NATIONAL SBDC DAY March 20th

During the third Wednesday in March, National Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) Day recognizes the thousands of SBDCs across the country supporting entrepreneurs in the pursuit of small

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Sangria Slushies Recipe

Recipe from delish.com. Yields: 4 ServingsPrep Time: 10 minsTotal Time: 6 hours 10 mins INGREDIENTS:1 bottle red wine1/3 cup of brandy1/4 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice2 tbsp honeyOrange

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SPRING BEGINS Changes Annually March 19th Through March 21st

Spring begins on the March or vernal equinox, which is when the amount of sunshine is approximately 12 hours long. The amount of sunlight will incrementally increase until the first day of Summer

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Crock Pot Spaghetti Recipe

Recipe from delish.com. Yields: 6 ServingsPrep Time: 5 minsTotal Time: 6 hours 5 mins INGREDIENTS FOR THE MEATBALLS: 1 lb. ground beef1/4 cup of bread crumbs1/4 cup of freshly grated

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NATIONAL AWKWARD MOMENTS DAY March 18th

On March 18th, we recognize National Awkward Moments Day. This is an annual day that every person can relate. We have all had our awkward moments from time to time. They are a part of life; they

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Quesarito Recipe

Recipe from delish.com. Yields: 4Prep Time: 10 mins Total Time: 40 mins INGREDIENTS FOR THE BEEF 1 lb ground beef1 tsp chili powder1/2 tsp ground cumin1/2 tsp smoked paprikakosher

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NATIONAL K9 VETERANS DAY March 13th

March 13th recognizes National K9 Veterans Day and the dedicated K9 units who’ve served since World War II. A lot of things changed after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. We rationed oil,

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Best Ever Tuna Melt Recipe

Recipe from delish.com. Yields: 4Prep Time: 15 mins Total Time: 30 mins INGREDIENTS:1/3 cup of mayonnaiseJuice of 1/2 lemon1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)2 (6-oz.) cans tuna1

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NATIONAL GOOD SAMARITAN DAY March 13th

National Good Samaritan Day on March 13th recognizes the unselfish actions of those who provide help when needed. The day is also known as Good Samaritan Involvement Day and celebrates kindness in

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Easy Crepes Recipe

Recipe from delish.com. Yields: 4 Prep Time: 15 minsTotal Time: 35 mins INGREDIENTS:1 cup of all-purpose flour2 large eggs1 tbsp granulated sugar1/4 tsp kosher salt1 1/2 cup of whole milk1

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NATIONAL PLANT A FLOWER DAY March 12th

Spring is just around the corner, and March 12th is the day to participate in National Plant a Flower Day.  Each year this day is dedicated to the planting of flowers and looking forward

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Chocolate Pudding Pie Recipe

Recipe from delish.com. YIELDS: 8 ServingsPREP TIME: 20 minsTOTAL TIME: 4 hours INGREDIENTS FOR GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST: Cooking spray, for pan 1 1/2 cup of graham cracker crumbs5

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NATIONAL JOHNNY APPLESEED DAY March 11th

March 11th – On National Johnny Appleseed Day, we remember a man who made apple (and pear) trees bloom across the nation. The day celebrates a kindly legend who lived by sage teachings and labored

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Banana Cake Recipe

Recipe from delish.com. INGREDIENTS FOR THE CAKE:Cooking spray3/4 (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened1/2 cup of granulated sugar1/4 cup of packed brown sugar3 eggs3 ripe bananas, mashed3/4 cup of

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DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME Second Sunday In March

Daylight Saving Time is currently put to use on the second Sunday in March in the USA.  The practice is designed to give people an extra hour of sunlight in the evening hours.  This

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Zucchini Bites Recipe

Recipe from delish.com. Yields: 1 DozenPrep Time: 5 mins Total Time: 20 mins INGREDIENTS:1 medium zucchini2 eggs, lightly beaten1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons fine almond flour1 tsp garlic

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NATIONAL SONS DAY March 4th

National Sons Day on March 4th honors the sons of the world and those who raise them.Around the world, slightly more sons are born than daughters. Both bring joy to families. When it comes to our

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Boozy Shamrock Shakes Recipe

Recipe from delish.com. Yields: 2 Prep Time: 5 minsTotal Time: 10 mins INGREDIENTS:3 crushed Mint Oreos, for rimming cups1/4 cup of Fudge sauce, for rimming cups and garnish 9

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NATIONAL I WANT YOU TO BE HAPPY DAY March 3rd

National I Want You to be Happy Day on March 3rd encourages us to do something that makes others happy. It also asks us to see others’ happiness from their point of view.  Putting a smile on

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Carrot Cake Bread Recipe

Recipe from delish.com. Yields: 8 Servings Prep Time: 20 minsTotal Time: 2 hours 30 mins INGREDIENTS FOR THE BREAD:Cooking spray1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking

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NATIONAL TIME REFUND DAY February 29th

National Time Refund Day celebrates that one day every four years, February 29th, when we get back something notoriously hard to reclaim: time.While the observance may have come to be as a way of

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Lemon Blueberry Cake Recipe

Recipe from delish.com. Yields: 8 - 10 Prep Time: 25 mins Total Time: 55 mins INGREDIENTS:1 (15.25oz). box vanilla cake, plus ingredients called for on boxJuice and zest of 1 1

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NATIONAL PUBLIC SLEEPING DAY February 28th

If you’re tired on February 28th, it might be because National Public Sleeping Day encourages a mid-day nap right where you are.  It is a day for anyone and everyone to take a nap on a

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Pretzel Ring Beer Cheese Dip Recipe

Recipe from delish.com. Yields: 8 ServingsPrep Time: 15 minsTotal TIme: 45 mins INGREDIENTS:1 3/4 cup of shredded cheddar, divided1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella1 (8-oz.) block cream

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NATIONAL STRAWBERRY DAY FEBRUARY 27TH

We continue with February’s heart-shaped and red theme by observing National Strawberry Day on February 27th. These juicy, sweet berries can brighten up any dish and are delicious all on their own

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Beef And Broccoli Stir Fry Recipe

Recipe from delish.com. Yields: 4 ServingsPrep Time: 20 mins Total Time: 1 hour INGREDIENTS FOR THE MARINADE:1/3 cup of low-sodium soy sauceJuice of 1/2 limeZest of 1/2 lime2 tsp

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FEBRUARY 26TH ASH WEDNESDAY

Ash Wednesday signals the beginning of Lenten season for Christians. It takes place 46 days before Easter and the day after Shrove Tuesday.Ash Wednesday services focus on the death and repentance

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Samoa Dessert Lasagna Recipe

Recipe from delish.com. Yields: 10 - 12 Servings Prep Time: 25 minsTotal Time: 2 hours 25 mins INGREDIENTS FOR THE CRUST:1 1/2 cup of  crushed Nilla wafers1/2 cup of toasted shredded

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FEBRUARY 25TH NATIONAL PANCAKE DAY IHOP Changes Annually

IHOP restaurants began National Pancake Day in 2006.  Since that day, they have raised close to $30 million for charities.  On February 25, 2020, people from around the country will once

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NATIONAL BANANA BREAD DAY February 23

February 23rd annually recognizes a well-known food holiday, National Banana Bread Day.A moist, sweet, cake-like quick bread, banana bread is made with fully ripe, mashed bananas.  Some

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Kung Pao Spaghetti Recipe

Recipe from delish.com. Yields: 4 Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 10 mins Total Time: 20 mins INGREDIENTS:1 lb. spaghetti2 tbsp.vegetable oil1 lb.boneless, skinless

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NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY February 22nd

National Margarita Day on February 22nd rims a glass with salt and serves up a beverage that tastes like the summer sun.Known to be the most common tequila-based cocktail served in the United,

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Baileys Brownies Recipe

Recipe from delish.com. Yields: 12 Prep Time: 30 mins Total Time: 4 hours 30 mins INGREDIENTS:Cooking spray1 box brownie mix, plus ingredients called for on box1/2 cup of sweetened

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NATIONAL CAREGIVERS DAY THIRD FRIDAY IN FEBRUARY 21ST

National Caregivers Day on the third Friday in February honors the health care professionals across the country providing long-term and hospice care. Around the nation dedicated health care

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Cheesy Croissant Casserole Recipe

Recipe from delish.com. Yields: 6-8 ServingsPrep Time: 10 minsTotal Time: 1 hour 30 mins INGREDIENTS:6 large croissants, quartered6 slices bacon8 eggs3 cups of milk (preferably whole)1 cup of

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NATIONAL LOVE YOUR PET DAY February 20th

On February 20th, pet lovers everywhere observe National Love Your Pet Day.  This holiday focuses on giving extra attention to our pets.  The day encourages pampering our pets and focusing

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Red Velvet Skillet Cookie Recipe

Recipe from delish.com. Yields: 8 ServingsPrep Time: 10 minsTotal Time: 30 mins INGREDIENTS: 6 tbsp. butter, softened1/2 cup of sugar1/4 cup of brown sugar1 large egg1 tsp. pure

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FEBRUARY 15TH NATIONAL GUMDROP DAY

Observed on February 15th, National Gumdrop Day recognizes a favorite candy of many; the gumdrop! There’s no question as to what to do.  Eat gumdrops and eat as many as you want!Gumdrops are

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Waffles Recipe

Recipe from delish.com. Yields: 4 Servings Prep TIme: 10 mins Total Time: 20 mins INGREDIENTS1/2 cup of (1 stick) melted butter1/2 cup of packed brown sugar3 large eggs1 tsp. pure vanilla

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FEBRUARY 14th NATIONAL NO ONE EATS ALONE DAY

On an early Friday in February, lunchrooms across America have accepted the mission started by National No One Eats Alone Day.No One Eats Alone is a positive prevention initiative from nonprofit;

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FEBRUARY 13th NATIONAL CHEDDAR DAY

National Cheddar Day adds some cheesy goodness on February 13th!Grilled cheese would be buttered bread without melt-able slices piled high; burgers would be lackluster without a perfect ooze; mac &

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Almond Crust Pizza Recipe

Recipe from delish.com. Yield: 6 ServingsPrep Time: 5 minsTotal Time: 20 mins INGREDIENTS  DRY: 1 1/2 cup of almond flour 3/4 cup of grated Parmesan 1 tsp. onion

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Raspberry Moscato Milkshakes

Recipe from delish.com. Yields: 6 Servings Prep Time: 5 mins Total Time: 10 mins INGREDIENTS: 2 qt. vanilla ice cream1 cup of sparkling moscato4 oz.vodka1 1/2 cup of

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NATIONAL SEND A CARD TO A FRIEND DAY

National Send A Card To A Friend Day on February 7th reminds us to send friendly cheer through the mail. We do that by sending a note or message on a card to the friends we hold dear. Throughout the

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Bang Bang Cauliflower Recipe

Recipe from delish.com. Yields: 4 Servings Prep Time: 10 mins Total Time: 45 mins INGREDIENTS:3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil2 tbsp. sweet chili sauce1 tbsp. srirachaJuice of 1

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NATIONAL GIRLS AND WOMEN SPORTS DAY First Thursday Of February

Around the country, National Girls and Women in Sports Day is recognized by schools, organizations, and teams during the first week in February.Athletics play an important role in girls lives.

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No Bake Oreo Cheesecake Recipe

Recipe from delish.com. Yields: 8 Prep Time: 10 minsTotal Time: 4 hours 10 mins INGREDIENTS:1 1/2 cup of Heavy cream, whipped12 oz. cream cheese, softened1/2 cup of sugar1 package

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NATIONAL WEATHER PERSONS DAY

Always celebrated on February 5th, National Weatherperson’s Day, which is also known as National Weatherman’s Day, honors all individuals in the fields of meteorology, weather forecasting, and

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Maple Dijon Salmon Recipe

Recipe from delish.com. Yields: 4 Prep Time: 5 mins Total Time: 35 mins INGREDIENTS:1/2 lb. baby potatoes, halved1/2 lb. Brussels sprouts, halved1 tbsp. olive oilKosher saltFreshly

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NATIONAL THANK A MAIL CARRIER DAY

National Thank A Mail Carrier Day (also known as Thank a Mailman Day) on February 4th reminds us that someone makes sure the mail gets through 6 days a week 52 weeks a year. The day is a timely note

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4 Way Dip Recipe For Super Bowl Sunday

Recipe from delish.com. Yields: 10 ServingsPrep Time: 45 mins Total TIme: 45 mins INGREDIENTS FOR BUFFALO CHICKEN: 6 oz cream cheese, softened 1 1/2 cup of shredded cooked

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NATIONAL HOT CHOCOLATE DAY

Each year on January 31, National Hot Chocolate Day warms up people across the country by celebrating the timeless cold-weather beverage.Hot chocolate is a warm beverage made with ground chocolate,

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NATIONAL CROISSANT DAY

In the United States, National Croissant Day recognizes a flaky pastry enjoyed at every meal.  Croissants are a buttery, crescent-shaped rolls that are crispy on the outside and soft on the

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Mac Cheese Pizza Bites Recipe

Recipe from delish.com. Yields: 18 Prep Time: 15 mins Total Time: 1 hour INGREDIENTS:22 slices large pepperoni, divided4 tbsp. butter4 tbsp. all-purpose flour1 1/4 cup of milk1/2

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Best Ever Nachos Supreme Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 6 - 8Prep Time: 15 minsTotal Time: 50 mins INGREDIENTS: FOR THE NACHOS 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil1 large onion, chopped1 lb. ground beef2

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NATIONAL PUZZLE DAY

Each year on January 29th, National Puzzle Day recognizes how exercising our brains with puzzles is just one of its many benefits.Whether it’s a crossword, jigsaw, trivia, word searches,

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Churro Cookies Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 9Prep Time: 10 minsTotal Time: 45 mins INGREDIENTS:1 (17.3-oz.) box frozen puff pastry, thawed9 soft caramel squares4 tbsp. melted butter3 tbsp. granulated

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NATIONAL PLAN FOR VACATION DAY

National Plan for Vacation Day, on the last Tuesday in January, reminds us to plan our vacation at the start of the year for the rest of the year. The early bird gets to pack their bags and fly away

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NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CAKE DAY

we celebrate our special occasions like anniversaries, birthdays and weddings with cake. Why not enjoy chocolate cake on January 27th every year?In America, chocolate was consumed primarily as a

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Waffle Iron Brownies Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 4 ServingsPrep Time: 5 minsTotal Time: 15 mins INGREDIENTS:1 box (18.3-oz.) brownie mix1/2 cup of water1/4 cup of vegetable oil4 large eggsCooking

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NATIONAL COMPLIMENT DAY

National Compliment Day on January 24th offers a wonderful way to brighten someone’s day or to give credit for a job well done!  Give an extra compliment annually on January 24th and any time

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Reeses Stuffed Rice Krispies Treats Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields:12 ServingsPrep Time: 10 minsTotal Time: 40 mins INGREDIENTS:Cooking spray, for pan5 tbsp. butter1 (10-oz.) bag marshmallows1/2 cup of smooth peanut

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NATIONAL PIE DAY

National Pie Day on January 23rd celebrates one of the Nations’ favorite desserts. No matter how you slice it, pie in just about any form makes a crowd happy. Fruit pies, berry pies, cream–

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Primavera Stuffed Chicken Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 4 ServingsPrep Time:15 minsCook Time: 25 minsTotal Time: 40 mins INGREDIENTS:4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds)1 zucchini,

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NATIONAL HUGGING DAY

National Hug Day or National Hugging Day occurs on January 21st and is officially recognized by the United States Copyright Office, but is not a public holiday.The purpose of the day is to help

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Shirley Temple Mimosas Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 4 ServingsPrep Time: 5 minsTotal Time: 5 mins INGREDIENTS:1 (12-oz.) can lemon-lime sodaJuice of 1 lime  4 tsp. grenadine1 bottle

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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DAY

Martin Luther King Jr Day, on the third Monday in January, honors the American clergyman, activist, Civil Rights Movement leader. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.(January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) is

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NATIONAL HOT BUTTERED RUM DAY

On January 17th, National Hot Buttered Rum Day warms us up during mid-January. Depending on where you are on this January day, it may be warm, chilly, cold or frigid. Enjoying a hot buttered

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Cookie Dough Cheesecake Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 12 ServingsPrep Time: 25 minsTotal Time: 7 hours 55 mins INGREDIENTS: FOR THE CHEESECAKE Cooking spray1 (16.5-oz.) log refrigerated chocolate chip

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Apple Chips Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 2 ServingsPrep Time: 5 minsTotal Time: 3 hours INGREDIENTS:2 apples, thinly sliced2 tsp. sugar1/2 tsp. cinnamonDIRECTIONS: FOR

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January 16th 2020 National Nothing Day

NATIONAL NOTHING DAYEach year on January 16th, people across the nation recognize National Nothing Day.The observance was created as a day to provide Americans with one National Day when they can

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Turkey Noodle Soup Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 6 ServingsPrep Time: 15 minsTotal Time: 35 mins INGREDIENTS:2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped2 stalks celery,

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NATIONAL STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM DAY

Each year, National Strawberry Ice Cream Day on January 15th celebrates one of the choicest flavors of ice cream.  All flavors of ice cream are recognized on July 1st. Strawberry ice cream

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Ginger Pork Pot Stickers Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 5 DozenPrep Time:10 minsTotal Time: 1 Hour 35 mins INGREDIENTS: FOR DUMPLINGS1 lb. ground pork1/4 cup of low-sodium chicken broth2 green onions,

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NATIONAL CLEAN OFF YOUR DESK DAY Second Monday In January

The second Monday of January each year recognizes National Clean Off Your Desk Day.This day is an opportunity to begin your new year with a clean and organized workspace.  Whether your desk is

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Homemade Cannoli Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 20Prep Time:10 minsTotal Time: 10 mins INGREDIENTS: FOR THE FILLING: 1 (16-oz.) container ricotta 1/2 cup of mascarpone cheese1/2 cup of powdered

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NATIONAL CUT YOUR ENERGY COSTS JANUARY 8th

National Cut Your Energy Costs Day encourages consumers to explore their options and keep up with scheduled maintenance. Each year, on January 10th, the observance provides information designed to

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National Cut Your Energy Costs Day

Some Highlights: On January 10th of each year, “National Cut Your Energy Costs Day” encourages consumers to reduce their overall energy costs by improving home efficiency. According&

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NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT APPRECIATION DAY

NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT APPRECIATION DAYAcross the country on January 9th each year, citizens take the lead to show support on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Law Enforcement

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Theres A Long Line Of Buyers Waiting For Your House

If you’re following what’s happening in the housing market right now, you know that many people believe the winter months aren’t a good time to sell a home. As realtor.com 

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2020 Housing Market Insights

Here’s a look at what some of the top experts are saying about the 2020 housing market. Let’s connect to talk about your homeownership goals for this year. Call/Text Lisa Thompson at 540-

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Bacon Avocado Fries Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Calories Per Servings: 120Yields: 24 Prep Time: 5 minsTotal Time: 5 mins INGREDIENTS:3 avocados24 thin strips of bacon1/4 cup of ranch dressing, for

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NATIONAL BUBBLE BATH DAY

NATIONAL BUBBLE BATH DAYOn a cold winters day, relaxing in a nice warm/hot bubble bath sounds like the perfect way to commemorate National Bubble Bath Day, which is celebrated annually on January.

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The New Spring Real Estate Market Is Here Are You Ready

Which month do you think most people who are considering buying a home actually start their search? If you’re like most of us, you probably think the surge happens in the spring, likely in April.

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Cheesy Scalloped Zucchini Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 6 ServingsPrep TIme: 20 minsTotal TIme: 45 mins INGREDIENTS:2 tbsp. butter (plus more for buttering pan)2 cloves garlic, minced2 tbsp. all-purpose

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NATIONAL BOBBLEHEAD DAY

NATIONAL BOBBLEHEAD DAYEach year on January 7th, National Bobblehead Day recognizes a day of celebration for all spring-connected head bobbing figurines.For over 100 years, bobbleheads have been

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Big Demand For Small Homes

Movies, tv shows, and celebrities often have us dreaming of owning large homes, but the reality for most people is quite different.Since 2015, the square footage of newly built houses has been

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Chicken Alfredo Pizza Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 8 - 12 ServingsPrep Time: 20 minsTotal Time: 1 hour 5 mins INGREDIENTS:1 tbsp. butter2 cloves garlic, minced1 1/2 cup of heavy cream1/2

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NATIONAL TECHNOLOGY DAY

NATIONAL TECHNOLOGY DAYNational Technology Day on January 6th recognizes the way technology changes the world and looks to the future of technology. From the wheel to smartphones, each year the day

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3 Benefits To Buying Your Dream Home This Year

Outside of a strong economy, low unemployment, and higher wages, there are three more great reasons why you may want to consider buying your dream home this year instead of waiting.1. Buying a Home

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Chicken And Dumplings Crock Pot Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 4Prep Time: 10 minsTotal Time: 4 hours 10 mins INGREDIENTS:1 onion, chopped1 1/4 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts1 tsp. dried oreganoKosher

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NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRY DAY

National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day on January 3rd spotlights a favored treat during many holidays. The National Confectioners Association has even been noted to recognize the annual event. 

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Top Renovations For Maximum ROI

Some Highlights: If you’re planning on selling your house in 2020, these are the top renovations that will give you the highest Return on your Investment. Regardless of how long you’re

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NATIONAL SCIENCE FICTION DAY

National Science Fiction Day promotes the celebration of science fiction as a genre, its creators, history, and various media, too. Recognized on January 2nd annually, millions of science fiction

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Why You Should Buy A Home In 2020

Thinking of buying a home this year? Let’s connect and so that you have the information you need to make the best decision for you and your family. Call Lisa Thompson at 540-834-6665. Visit her

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The 2020 Real Estate Projections That May Surprise You

This will be an interesting year for residential real estate. With a presidential election taking place this fall and talk of a possible recession occurring before the end of the year, predicting

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Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 12 ServingsPrep Time:10 minsTotal Time: 4 hours 30 mins INGREDIENTS: FOR THE SPONGE1 cup of all-purpose flour1 (0.25-oz.) packet or 2 1/4 tsp.

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 Every year on December 31st, people around the world celebrate New Year’s Eve, the last day of the year. It’s a day to say “goodbye” to the old and “hello” to the new.Also known as

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When closing out another year, it’s normal to wonder what’s ahead for the housing market. Though there will be future inventory issues, we expect interest rates to stay low and appreciation

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Falling Needles Family Fest Day on December 30th serves as a reminder to clean up and recycle the live Christmas tree. Every state offers recycling options, many with pick up. Mulch the tree for

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If you’re thinking of selling a home on your own, think again! Let’s connect to make sure you know all the reasons why you need a real estate professional securely in your corner. Call Lisa

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Rising home prices coupled with the current inventory in today’s market may cause some homeowners to consider selling their homes on their own (known in the industry as a For Sale By Owner).

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Rumchata Hot Cocoa Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 2 ServingsPrep Time: 5 minsTotal Time: 15 mins INGREDIENTS:2 1/2 cup of whole milk1/4 cup of granulated sugar2 tbsp. cocoa powder1 tsp. pure vanilla

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Get the flapjacks ready for National Maple Syrup Day. December 17th calls for orders of pancakes, french toast or biscuits topped off with butter and delicious maple syrup.It is usually from the

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It’s exciting to put a house on the market and to think about making new memories in new spaces, but we can have deep sentimental attachments to the homes we’re leaving behind, too. Growing

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Instant Pot Honey Garlic Chicken Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 4 ServingsPrep Time: 15 minsTotal Time: 1 hour 15 mins INGREDIENTS:4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, trimmedKosher saltFreshly ground black

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NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED ANYTHING DAY

Chocolate lovers rejoice on National Chocolate Covered Anything Day! December 16th offers the chocolate day you’ve been waiting for. On this day, dip and drizzle your favorite foods in every kind

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The Buyer Stakes Are High Because Inventory Is Low

The reality of what we’re seeing this month is that homes are selling fast. In today’s strong seller’s market, bidding wars are common and expected with starter or entry-level homes

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NATIONAL VIOLIN DAY

Honoring an instrument also known as the fiddle, National Violin Day on December 13th celebrates the bow stringed instrument loved around the world. By drawing the bow across the strings, the

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Thinking Of Buying Or Selling The Winter Buyer And Seller Guides Are Here

Excerpt for today's video: The Winter Buyer & Seller eGuides are a great way to learn more about what's most important in the market today - and they're available now! Let's connect to get them in

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Get Your House Ready To Sell This Winter

Some Highlights Winter is a great time to list a house, since inventory is traditionally low, and most sellers are holding off until spring to put their homes on the market. Waiting for

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Brookies Cookies Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 2 DozenPrep Time:15 minsTotal Time: 1 hour 15 mins INGREDIENTS: FOR THE BROWNIE1/2 cup of (1 stick) melted butter3/4 cup of granulated sugar

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Gingerbread House Day on December 12th recognizes a family tradition for many around the country. A favorite food of an Armenian monk, Gregory of Nicopolis, brought gingerbread to Europe around

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Holiday Gifts Are Not The Only Hot Things Right Now

Black Friday is behind us and holiday gifts are flying off the shelves in stores and online. Unlike last year, however, there’s another type of buyer that is very active this winter – the

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Baked Mostaccioli Recipe

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NATIONAL APP DAY

National App Day on December 11th encourages us to explore all the possibilities apps afford us. The word “App” was listed as the word of the year in 2010 by the American Dialect Society.

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Have You Outgrown Your Home

It may seem hard to imagine that the home you’re in today – whether it’s your starter home or just one you’ve fallen in love with along the way – might not be your forever home.The good

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Human Rights Day on December 10th annually seeks to honor the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).Representatives from different cultural backgrounds from all over the world

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Over the past year, mortgage rates have fallen more than a full percentage point. This is a great driver for homeownership, as today’s low rates provide consumers with some significant benefits.

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NATIONAL PASTRY DAY

National Pastry Day celebrates one of the world’s most favored baked goods. On December 9th, visit your local bakery and pick up one or two of your favorite kinds.The pastry is a name given to a

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Have You Budgeted For Closing Costs

Saving for a down payment is a key step in the homebuying process, and it’s not the only piece you need to include in your budget. Another factor that’s important to plan for is the closing

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NATIONAL BARTENDER DAY First Friday In December

National Bartender Day recognizes the servers who not only know every cocktail in the book, but they also tend to be some of the best listeners around. Also known as National Bartender Appreciation

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Millennials Are On The Move As FirstTime Homebuyers

Some Highlights: According to NAR’s latest Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the median age of all first-time homebuyers is 32. With more millennials entering a home-buying phase

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INTERNATIONAL NINJA DAY

International Ninja Day recognizes the fascination associated with the history and pop culture of the ninja. Ninjas first appeared around the year 600. Historically, they served samurai.

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What Is The Best Investment For Americans

Some are reporting that there is trepidation regarding the real estate market in the United States. Apparently, the American people are quite comfortable.Porch.com, a major network helping

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December By The Numbers

Knowing what's happening in the real estate market is key to making your home search a successful one. Let's connect to determine how low mortgage rates and more can drive your process forward. Call

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NATIONAL SOCK DAY

National Sock Day on December 4 recognizes the rarest of all lasting unities, the marriage of matched socks. When they manage to find each other, wash after wash, dry after to dry, it’s time to

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Is A Bigger House Within Your Budget

At this time of year, many families come together to celebrate the season. It’s also the time when many realize their homes are just not quite big enough to host all of their guests and loved.

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Its National Roof Over Your Head Day

Did you know that each year in the United States, we celebrate “National Roof Over Your Head Day” on December 3rd?As noted on the National Calendar, it was “created as a day to be

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Cyber Monday is the Internet’s answer to Black Friday deals. The official observance takes place the Monday after Thanksgiving.While Internet-based companies traditionally offered their best

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5 Reasons To Sell This Winter

Below are five compelling reasons to list your house this winter.1. Demand Is StrongThe latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that

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Buyers Are Looking For Your Home

Some Highlights: Existing Home Sales are currently at an annual pace of 5.46 million. The inventory of existing homes for sale remains below the 6 months needed for a normal market and is now

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NATIONAL TIE ONE ON DAY Day Before Thanksgiving

National Tie One on Day might confuse people with its name. However, it is not at all about going out, getting crazy and drinking too much while others are at home, working hard preparing for

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Rent Or Buy Either Way Youre Paying A Mortgage

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Tips To Sell Your Home Faster

When selling your house, there are a few key things you can prioritize to have the greatest impact for a faster sale:1. Make Buyers Feel at HomeDeclutter your home! Pack away all personal items

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No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

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NATIONAL CAKE DAY

On November 26th, National Cake Day delivers a scrumptious treat for everyone to enjoy! Slide over pie, this day cake takes center stage as the dessert of choice. On most birthdays, the cake is

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The True Cost Of Not Owning Your Home

There are great advantages to owning a home, yet many people continue to rent. The financial benefits are just some of the reasons why homeownership has been a part of the long-standing

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NATIONAL PLAY DAY WITH DAD

On November 25th, National Play Day With Dad encourages fathers to spend the day focused on fun with their kids. It’s a day designed for bonding and memories.A dad play day allows the children of

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7 Reasons To List Your House This Holiday Season

Around this time each year, many homeowners decide to wait until after the holidays to list their houses. Similarly, others who already have their homes on the market remove their listings until the

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Some Highlights: With interest rates around 3.66%, now is a great time to look back at where they’ve been over the past few decades. Comparatively, they’re pretty low! According to 

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Thank you for your support and your lifelong partnership on the real estate journey. Let's connect again, continuing to make your homeownership dreams come true. Lisa Thompson, Your Realtor. 540-834

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Pumpkin Pie Cookies Recipe

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National Gingerbread Cookie Day on November 21st encourages us to grab the rolling pin and cookie cutters. The baking will warm the home and decorating will inspire us to design tasty cookies while

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The economy is currently experiencing the longest recovery in our nation’s history. The stock market has hit record highs, while unemployment rates are at record lows. Home price appreciation is

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NATIONAL EDUCATION SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS DAY Wednesday Of American Education Week

Annually observed on the Wednesday during American Education Week, National Education Support Professionals Day honors the contributions of school support employees. These support professionals

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Buyers Are Looking Now Are You Ready To List Your Home

Inventory on the market today is low, especially among existing homes in the entry and middle-level tiers of the market. It is hovering well below the 6-month supply typically found

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Expert Advice 3 Benefits To Owning A Home

Success is something often worth repeating, and Brent Sutherland, a Certified Financial Planner and Real Estate Investor, has certainly made his way in a momentum-driving direction.

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NATIONAL PRINCESS DAY

Celebrate the Princess in every girl by taking part in National Princess Day on November 18!Perhaps you know a Princess who shines because of her gift of laughter, making everyone around them smile.

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2 Myths Holding Back Home Buyers In 2019

In a recent article, First American shared how millennials are not really any different from previous generations when it comes to the goal of homeownership; it is still a huge part of

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AMERICA RECYCLES DAY

Each year on November 15, millions of people across the United States take part in America Recycles Day. The day raises awareness about recycling and the purchasing of recycled products.How we

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The Cost Of Renting Vs Buying A Home In 2019

Some Highlights: Historically, the choice between renting and buying a home has been a tough decision. Looking at the percentage of income needed to rent a median-priced home today

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November By The Numbers

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Eggnog JellO Shots Recipe

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NATIONAL FAMILY PJ DAY

Comfort comes in the form of National Family PJ Day. Celebrated each year on November 14th, the day invites everyone of all ages to wear their favorite pajamas for a party.Whether we snuggle in for

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This Is Not 2008 All Over Again The Mortgage Lending Factor

Some are afraid the real estate market may be looking a lot like it did prior to the housing crash in 2008. One of the factors they’re pointing at is the availability of mortgage money. Recent

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Easy Chicken Dumplings Recipe

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On November 13 as part of World Kindness Day, we are encouraged to spread kindness like an infectious cold. We want to share it more than usual because studies show when others observe kindness in

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Buyer Demand Growing In Every Region

Buyers are out in full force this fall, increasing the demand for home-buying in all four regions of the country.According to the latest ShowingTime Showing Index, “Home showing activity

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NATIONAL CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL DAY

National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day celebrates who you are and how you get there. Take time to nurture your soul on November 12th. A little chicken soup does a lot of good. It’s warm and

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Homeownership Rate Remains On The Rise

In the third quarter of 2019, the U.S. homeownership rate rose again, signaling another strong indicator of the current housing market.The U.S. Census Bureau announced, “The

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75 Years Of VA Home Loan Benefits

Today, on Veterans Day, we salute those who have served our country in war or peace, and we thank them for their sacrifice.This year marks the 75th anniversary of VA Home Loan Benefit offerings

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Caprese Chicken Pasta Recipe

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NATIONAL STEMSTEAM DAY

National S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. Day on November 8th calls for full S.T.E.A.M. ahead!  The day inspires kids to explore and pursue their interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and

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VA Home Loans By Numbers 2018

Some Highlights: The Veterans Administration (VA) Home Loan is a benefit that is available to more than 22 million veterans and 2 million active duty service members to help them

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NATIONAL MEN MAKE DINNER DAY First Thursday In November

National Men Make Dinner Day on the first Thursday in November places the man of the house in charge of the kitchen and the evening’s meal. Some men like to cook and do so on a regular basis.

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3 Keys To Selling Your House Quickly

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Forget The Price Of The Home The Cost Is What Matters

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NATIONAL STRESS AWARENESS DAY First Wednesday In November

National Stress Awareness Day on the first Wednesday in November aims to identify and reduce the stress factors in your life.Everyone has stress. Some stress is good for us. It helps us to respond

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Millennials Heres Why The Process Is Well Worth It

Millennials have waited longer than any other generation to become homeowners, but the wait for this cohort is just about over.According to National Mortgage News,  “Millennials,

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Planning On Buying A Home Be Sure You Know Your Options

When you’re ready to buy, you’ll need to determine if you prefer the charm of an existing home or the look and feel of a newer build. With limited existing home inventory available

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Creamy Chicken Fajita Pasta Recipe

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COLOR THE WORLD ORANGE DAY First Monday In November

The first Monday in November is dedicated to bringing awareness to Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy with Color the World Orange Day.Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and

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The 1 Reason To List Your House In The Winter

Many sellers believe spring is the best time to put their homes on the market because buyer demand traditionally increases at that time of year. What they don’t realize is if every homeowner

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NATIONAL AUTHORS DAY

Every year on November 1, millions of people celebrate authors and the books that they write on National Author’s Day.Books have a mind of their own. They take time to develop, research, draft,

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The Difference An Hour Will Make This Fall 2019

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Blackberry Cobbler Recipe

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NATIONAL MAGIC DAY

National Magic Day each year on October 31st recognizes the thrill of seeing the performance art. It takes place during National Magic Week.  Magic is a performance art entertaining

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Taking The Fear Out Of The Mortgage Process

A considerable number of potential buyers shy away from the real estate market because they’re uncertain about the buying process – particularly when it comes to qualifying for a mortgage.For

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Buyers Or Sellers Market

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SPEAK UP FOR SERVICE DAY

Speak Up For Service Day on October 30th recognizes the importance of young people to be actively involved in community service. Too often, the good deeds of young people go unnoticed by their

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How To Determine If You Can Afford To Buy A Home

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Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin Recipe

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NATIONAL CAT DAY MEOW

National Cat Day on October 29th is the purrfect day to give extra attention to your feline friends. Cats make excellent companions. They rarely miss you, but when they do, you sure know it.

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Thinking Of Selling Your Home The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

Tom Petty famously penned the words, “the waiting is the hardest part” in his early 80’s hit song The Waiting, and his thought process can surprisingly also be applied to

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NATIONAL MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY Fourth Saturday In October

National Make A Difference Day brings community service to a whole new level each year. Organizations join forces on the fourth Saturday in October to make a difference, big or small.Millions of

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4 Reasons To Buy A Home This Fall

Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today, instead of waiting.1. Prices Will Continue to RiseCoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insights Report shows that home

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Slow Cooker Pot Roast Recipe

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NATIONAL FRANKENSTEIN FRIDAY Last Friday In October

National Frankenstein Friday, on the last Friday in October, recognizes author Mary Shelly, the novel Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, her characters, Dr. Frankenstein and the monster.

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Buying A Home Can Be SCARYUntil You Know The FACTS

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NATIONAL FOOD DAY

National Food Day focuses on healthy and nutritious food. The observance takes place annually on October 24th.One of the themes of the day aims to help people to “Eat Real.” This theme is

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Dont Get Spooked By The Real Estate Market

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Think Prices Have Skyrocketed Look At Rents

Much has been written about how residential real estate values have increased since the housing market started its recovery in 2012. However, little has been shared about what has taken place with

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5 Reasons To Consider Living In A Multigenerational Home

Did you know that 1 in 6 Americans currently live in a multigenerational household?According to Generations United, the number of multigenerational households rose from 42.4 million in

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Cheesy Green Bean Chicken Casserole Recipe

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NATIONAL COLOR DAY

National Color Day focuses on the affect color has on each of us. The observance takes place each year on October 22. Color is powerful. It can affect a mood, draw attention, even cause alarm. 

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Depending On The Price Youre Going To Need Advice

To understand today’s complex real estate market, it is critical to have a local, trusted advisor on your side – for more reasons than you may think.In real estate today, there are essentially

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NATIONAL CLEAN YOUR VIRTUAL DESKTOP DAY Third Monday In October

National Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day encourages everyone to take time to organize their virtual desktop. The observance takes place on the third Monday in October.Remember when your computer was

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Five Tips For Starting Your Home Search

In today’s market, low inventory dominates the conversation in many areas of the country. It can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren’t prepared. Here are five tips from

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Homes Are Selling Quickly

Some Highlights: The National Association of REALTORS® surveyed their members for the release of their Confidence Index. The REALTORS® Confidence Index is a key

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NATIONAL GET SMART ABOUT CREDIT DAY Third Thursday In October

National Get Smart About Credit Day on the third Thursday in October annually promotes learning about good credit. It is a national campaign where volunteer bankers help counsel young people on

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October By The Numbers

Homes are selling quickly, in an average of 31 days, and interest rates are still historically low. If you're thinking of buying or selling a home, let's connect and make these numbers work for you

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3 Reasons This Is NOT The 2008 Real Estate Market

No one knows for sure when the next recession will occur. What is known, however, is that the upcoming economic slowdown will not be caused by a housing market crash, as was the case in 2008. There

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Buffalo Crusted Brussels Sprouts Recipe

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MEDICAL ASSISTANTS RECOGNITION DAY Wednesday Of Third Full Week In October

Medical Assistants Recognition Day is observed on Wednesday of the third business week in October. One of the fastest-growing careers in the nation, medical assistants make medical offices

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3 Reasons To Use A Real Estate Pro In A Complex Digital World

If you’re searching for a home online, you’re not alone; lots of people are doing it. The question is, are you using all of your available resources, and are you using them wisely? Here’s why

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Quick Pumpkin Pie Dip Recipe

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NATIONAL PREGNANCY AND INFANT LOSS REMEMBRANCE DAY

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Be On The Lookout For Gen Z The Next Generation Of Homebuyers

You’ve likely heard a ton about Millennials, but what about Gen Z? In the next 5 years, this generation will be between the ages of 23 and 28, and they’re eager to become homeowners faster than

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Meat Lovers Pizza Dip Recipe

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COLUMBUS DAY Second Monday In October

Columbus Day on the second Monday in October is observed in the United States each year.  The day signifies Christopher Columbus’ arrival to America on October 12, 1492.Christopher Columbus

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ExistingHome Sales Report Indicates Now Is A Great Time To Sell

The best time to sell anything is when demand for that item is high and the supply of that item is limited. The latest Existing-Home Sales Report released by the National Association

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Pasta Pomodoro Recipe

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NATIONAL SAUSAGE PIZZA DAY

Food lovers across the country enjoy National Sausage Pizza Day on October 11th each year. Whether served on a thin or thick crust, sausage pizza goes well with other toppings, too. Don’t hesitate

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What You Need To Know About The Mortgage Process

Some Highlights: Many buyers are purchasing homes with down payments as little as 3%. You may already qualify for a loan, even if you don’t have perfect credit. Your local professionals

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WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY

Annually, World Mental Health Day on October 10th raises awareness and mobilizes efforts to support mental health.Mental health is a hot topic. This is good news. It means the stigma for mental

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Want To Be In A New Home By The End Of The Year

Homes are selling quickly, and inventory is typically low during this time of year. If you're considering listing your house, let's connect so you can settle into your dream home before the holidays

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You Need More Than A Guide You Need A Sherpa

In a normal housing market, whether you’re buying or selling a home, you need an experienced guide to help you navigate the process. You need someone you can turn to who will tell you how to price

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Cheesy Chicken Spinach Artichoke Lasagna Recipe

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NATIONAL STOP BULLYING DAY Second Wednesday In October

National Stop Bullying Day on the second Wednesday in October brings together students, faculty, and parents to end bullying. This annual designation brings awareness to the need to stand up

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Homeownership Is The Top Contributor To Your Net Worth

Many people plan to build their net worth by buying CDs or stocks, or just having a savings account. Recently, however, Economist Jonathan Eggleston and Survey Statistician 

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites Recipe

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AMERICAN TOUCH TAG DAY

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What FICO Score Do You Need To Qualify For A Mortgage

While a recent announcement from CNBC shares that the average national FICO® score has reached an all-time high of 706, the good news for potential buyers is that you don’t need a

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National Inner Beauty Day on October 7th focuses on raising awareness and supporting victims of human trafficking. Everyone has a story, a passion that expresses who we are as individuals. ;

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According to the ‘2019 Home Buyer Report’ conducted by Nerdwallet, many first-time buyers still believe they need a 20% down payment to buy a home in today’s market:“More than

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Get one, two or three on National Taco Day. On October 4th, the day recognizes the savory tortilla stuffed with fillings. It doesn’t have to be Tuesday, so get out an enjoy your favorite.The

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Some Highlights: Learning the lingo of homebuying is an important part of feeling successful when buying a home. From APR to P&I, you need to know the acronyms that will come up along the way,

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NATIONAL TECHIES DAY

National Techies Day on October 3rd encourages students to consider a career in technology.  With so many opportunities in the growing technology field, students seeking a career in technology

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Current market trends make this a great time to use your equity to move-up to the home of your dreams. Let's connect to determine how much equity you have to put toward your next home. Call Lisa

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The residential real estate market has been plodding along for most of the year. However, three recent reports show the market may be on the verge of a rebound:1. Existing Home Sales (closed

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The first Wednesday in October offers up the seasonal delight, National Pumpkin Seed Day! As the temperatures cool and the leaves turn, snack on these delicious tidbits.Many of us have fond memories

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As a homeowner, it’s important to keep your home running efficiently, not only to save money, but also to help the environment thrive. October 2nd is Energy Efficiency Day, a

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NATIONAL BLACK DOG DAY

National Black Dog Day on October 1st encourages the adoption of a dog in the darker shades. Black dogs are less likely to be adopted for no other reason than their coloring. Regardless of behavior,

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You made an offer and it was accepted. Your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. Agents often recommend you make your offer contingent upon a clean home inspection.This

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On September 30, National Love People Day asks us to lift others up through the profound power of unconditional love.The human condition is a limiting and varying thing. How and when and where we

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The price of any item is determined by supply, as well as the market’s demand for the item. The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) surveys “over 50,000 real estate

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On the fourth Friday in September, National BRAVE Day honors women who lift each other up, rescue each other and make each other BRAVE.Sometimes just a flutter of encouragement comes in the form of

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Some Highlights: The “cost of waiting to buy” is defined as the additional funds necessary to buy a home if prices and interest rates were to increase over a period of time. Freddie Mac

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Houses are selling quickly, and sometimes competition is driving multiple offers. If you're looking for your dream home, let's get together to discuss how pre-approval gives you a competitive edge

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On National Johnny Appleseed Day, we honor the man who made apple (and pear) trees grow heavy with the bounty of their fruit across most of this country.  On September 26, we commemorate the

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When people talk about homeownership and the American Dream, much of the conversation revolves around the financial benefits of owning a home. However, two recent studies show that the non-financial

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On the last Wednesday in September, National Women’s Health & Fitness Day promotes the largest event for women’s health of all ages.   Across the country, an estimated 80,000 to 100

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Every year, ‘Black Friday’ is a highly anticipated event for eager shoppers. Some people prepare for weeks, crafting and refining a strategic shopping agenda, determining exactly when to arrive

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Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 8 - 10 ServingsPrep Time:30 MINSTotal Time: 1 hour INGREDIENTS: FOR THE CAKE Cooking spray1 cup of granulated sugar3/4 cup of all-purpose

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National Voter Registration Day on the Fourth Tuesday in September urges citizens to register to vote. Make your vote count!More than 300,000 Americans registered to vote in the inaugural day the

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With the fall season upon us, change is in the air. For many families, children are growing up and moving out of the house, maybe leaving for college or taking a jump into the working world. Parents

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The Autumnal Equinox in September ushers in a change of season. It is observed annually when the sun can be seen directly overhead along the equator. The day marks the end of summer and beginning of

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Home prices will continue to rise throughout 2023. This means that now is a great time to sell! If you're thinking of listing your home, let's get together to determine your best move.Call Lisa

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In today’s real estate market, more houses are coming to market every day. Eager buyers are searching for their dream homes, so setting the right price for your house is one of the most important

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On September 20th, Pepperoni Pizza Day recognizes the most popular pizza ever created. The day celebrates the pizza enjoyed by young and old alike.While pizza comes with many different toppings,

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4 Reasons To Sell This Fall

Some Highlights: Buyers are active in the market and often competing with one another for available listings. Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply found in a normal housing

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One of the benefits of homeownership is that it is a “forced savings plan.” Here’s how it works: You make a mortgage payment each month. Part of that payment is applied to the

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The Air Force Birthday on September 18th commemorates the establishment of The United States Air Force.Almost from the moment the Wright brothers found a way to soar with the birds, the military

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When searching for a home, you may end up selecting a property in a community with a Homeowners Association (HOA). Before you buy, it’s important to know how an HOA works and what they mean for.

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CoreLogic’s Home Price Index (HPI) Report revealed, “National home prices increased 3.6% year over year in July 2019 and are forecast to increase 5.4% from July 2019 to July.”

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On September 16th, National Working Parents Day honors the working parent. The day pays tribute to those parents who work to provide for their family.According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor,

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Congratulations! You’ve found a home to buy and have applied for a mortgage! You’re undoubtedly excited about the opportunity to decorate your new home, but before you make any large purchases,

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NATIONAL KIDS TAKE OVER THE KITCHEN DAY

National Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day is observed annually on September 13th.Kids and teens across the country are called to take over their kitchens! This observance encourages using their

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Some Highlights: Keeping an eye on the current status of the housing market is one of the best ways to make powerful and confident decisions when buying or selling a home. Mortgage rates

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Whether you're interested in buying a home or selling your house, the current market is full of opportunity. Let's get together to explore your options! Call Lisa Thompson at 540-834-6665. Visit her

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With the current uncertainty about the economy triggered by a potential trade war, some people are waiting to purchase their first home or move-up to their dream house because they think or hope

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Patriot Day on September 11th honors the memory of the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Each year, in the United States the day is dedicated to

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In a recent article by Realtor Magazine, Mark Fleming, Chief Economist of First American Financial Corporation, notes, “The largest group of millennials by birth year will

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National Swap Ideas Day, which is observed annually on September 10th, encourages us to share a creative or helpful idea with someone and trade them for their thoughts in return.Swapping

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So, you’ve decided to sell your house. You’ve hired a real estate professional to help you with the entire process and you’ve been asked what level of access you want to provide to

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NATIONAL TEDDY BEAR DAY

NATIONAL TEDDY BEAR DAYOn September 9th, National Teddy Bear Day honors the history of one of childhood’s favorite toys. We have all had a special cuddly teddy as a child. Some of us still have

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Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and the Mortgage Bankers Association are all projecting home sales will increase nicely in 2020.Below is a chart depicting the projections of each

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NATIONAL FOOD BANK DAY

National Food Bank Day on the first Friday in September encourages you to commit to contributing to the cause that believes no one should go to bed hungry. Hunger may be as close as your

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Some Highlights: Hiring a real estate professional to help you buy your dream home or sell your current house is one of the most powerful decisions you can make. A real estate professional has

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NATIONAL CHEESE PIZZA DAY

On September 5th, National Cheese Pizza Day says, “Hold the toppings!” That’s right, cheese is all you need when celebrating this pizza holiday. Whether the pie is homemade or ordered in, make

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These guides are designed to help you confidently make the best decision for you and your family. If you’re considering buying or selling this season, let’s connect to provide you with the

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Last week realtor.com released the results of a survey that produced three major revelations: 53% of home purchasers (first-time and repeat buyers) currently in the market

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NATIONAL WILDLIFE DAY

National Wildlife Day on September 4th encourages improved awareness of the species around us and in the broader world. This National Day aims to focus on endangered species, preservation, and

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When buying a home, taxes are one of the expenses that can make a significant difference in your monthly payment. Do you know how much you might pay for property taxes in your state or local area

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Each year league bowlers across the United States recognize U.S. Bowling League Day on September 3rd.Primarily an outdoor sport until around 1840, bowling was called the game of ninepins and popular

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Below are 5 compelling reasons listing your home for sale this fall makes sense.1. Demand Is StrongThe latest Buyer Traffic Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR)

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NATIONAL GRIEF AWARENESS DAY

On August 30, National Grief Awareness Day recognizes the time it takes to heal from loss doesn’t have a prescribed course and is a reminder closure comes in many forms. When a loved one dies, the

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62% of renters indicate they believe they are losing money by renting- and rents only continue to increase. Don't fall into the rental trap! If you're currently renting, let's get together to

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Some Highlights: There is plenty of talk in the media about a pending economic slowdown. The good news is, home values actually increased in 3 of the last 5 U.S. recessions, and decreased by

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Get your chopsticks ready!  National Chop Suey Day recognizes this American Chinese culinary cuisine each year on August 29. Chop suey, which means assorted pieces, is a dish in American

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When thinking about selling their house, homeowners have many options. A relatively new option is using an “iBuyer.” What is an iBuyer?According to Jovio, the definition is: “A company

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Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day on August 28th sets aside a day to remember the pet companions we’ve lost.The death of a pet, whether furry, feathered, or an uncommon variety, is felt deeply. They

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According to the Pew Research Center, around 37% of U.S students will be going back to school soon and the rest have already started the new academic year. With school-aged

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NATIONAL JUST BECAUSE DAY

On August 27th National Just Because Day offers up an opportunity to do stuff…just because.  Feel free to celebrate this day any way you choose.  Just because!Every day we all do things

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Mortgage rates have fallen by over a full percentage point since Q4 of 2018, settling at near-historic lows. This is big news for buyers looking to get more for their money in the current housing

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NATIONAL DOG DAY

National Dog Day on August 26th encourages dog ownership of all breeds. While seeking a new companion, be sure to consider the mutts, mixes, purebreds, and everything in between. Whether mixed

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Experts Predict A Strong Housing Market For The Rest Of 2019

We’re in the back half of the year, and with a decline in interest rates as well as home price and wage appreciation, many are wondering what the predictions are for the remainder of 2019.Here’s

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NATIONAL RIDE THE WIND DAY

Enjoy the last days of summer and the warm summer breezes on August 23 as you celebrate the annual National Ride the Wind Day.The observance commemorates the anniversary of the first human-powered

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A Recession Does Not Equal A Housing Crisis

Recently, there's been a lot of news surrounding an impending recession. However, the same experts predicting an economic slowdown also believe it will not be caused by the housing market. If you're

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A Latte A Day Keeps Homeownership Away

Some Highlights: The pumpkin spice latte is launching soon, so you may be tempted to spend your extra cash on a daily caffeine fix, but that small expense can add up to a big number – fast!

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NATIONAL BE AN ANGEL DAY

On August 22nd, National Be An Angel Day encourages good deeds and kindness to others. By supporting those in need and inspiring others to kindness, we display an act of an angel here on earth.The

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5 Easy Steps To Avoid Overwhelm From Media Overload

When someone is thinking about buying or selling a home, they want to be well-informed. They want to make the right decision for themselves and their family. They scour the internet for any

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Apple Cider Mimosas Recipe

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NATIONAL RADIO DAY

Each year on August 20th, National Radio Day recognizes the great invention of the radio. Celebrate the news, information, music, and stories carried across the airwaves.Several inventors had a part

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Many buyers are wondering where to find houses for sale in today’s market. It’s a true dilemma. We see an increase in buyer demand, but the supply available for purchase isn’t keeping up.The

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NATIONAL SOFT ICE CREAM DAY

National Soft Ice Cream Day on August 19th gives us a tasty way to cool off on a hot summer day. Whether you enjoy it in a bowl or on a cone, grab some soft serve and enjoy!Melting Ice CreamIn 1934

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Sellers Now Is The Time To Buy

Falling interest rates coupled with increasing inventory create the ideal market to find the home of your dreams. There's no time like the present to move up! Let's get together to discuss your

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A Great Way To Increase Your Familys Net Worth

Every three years, the Federal Reserve conducts its Survey of Consumer Finances. Data is collected across all economic and social groups. The latest survey data covers 2013-2016.The

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NATIONAL TELL A JOKE DAY

What happened to the comedian do on August 16th during National Tell A Joke Day? Everyone stole his punchlines! All joking aside, get out there an laugh a little and tell some funny ones.This day

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Some Highlights: Buying a home can be intimidating if you’re not familiar with the terms used throughout the process. To point you in the right direction, here’s a list of some of the most

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NATIONAL CREAMSICLE DAY

National Creamsicle Day on August 14th celebrates the creamy citrus dessert on a stick. During the height of summer, what better way to enjoy refreshment than with a creamsicle!“Creamsicle” is

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5 Real Estate Reality TV Myths Explained

Have you ever been flipping through the channels, only to find yourself glued to the couch in an HGTV binge session? We’ve all been there, watching entire seasons of shows like “Property

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The Benefits Of Growing Equity In Your Home

Over the last couple of years, we’ve heard quite a bit about rising home prices. Today, expert projections still forecast continued growth, just at a slower pace. One of the often-overlooked

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NATIONAL MIDDLE CHILD DAY

Each year on August 12th, National Middle Child Day honors that in-between child in the family. Depending on the size of the family, sometimes more than one falls between the firstborn and baby of

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American Confidence In Housing At An All Time High

Fannie Mae just released the July edition of their Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI). The HPSI takes information regarding consumers’ confidence in the real estate market from

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Zucchini Enchiladas Recipe

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NATIONAL BOOK LOVERS DAY

National Book Lovers Day on August 9th harnesses all the excitement bibliophiles feel about books into one celebration. A day for all those who love to read, National Book Lovers Day encourages

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August By The Numbers

Staying current is a must when it comes to understanding the housing market. Here's a look at how the numbers stack up today. If you'd like to learn more about homeownership or your next move, let's

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Some Highlights: Owning your own home vs. renting may lead to some great options, such as locking in your monthly payments and having the freedom to customize your living space. Whether you

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NATIONAL CBD DAY

On August 8, National CBD Day recognizes the natural hemp product everyone’s clamoring for! Learn about CBD and updated laws impacting its use.Over the years, hemp-derived CBD (cannabidiol) has

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Why All The Chicken Littles Should Calm Down

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released their 2019 Q2 Homeownership Report. Some began to see the sky falling, believing the report showed Americans may be stepping back from their belief in

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Grilled Chicken Cajun Pasta Salad Recipe

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PURPLE HEART DAY

Purple Heart Day on August 7 commemorates the creation of the oldest American military decoration for military merit. The Purple Heart honors the men and women who are of the Military Order of the

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Appreciation Is Strong It Might Be Time To Sell

There’s no doubt that today’s housing market is changing, and everything we see right now indicates it is time to sell. Here’s a look at why selling now is likely to drive the greatest return

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NATIONAL NIGHT OUT DAY First Tuesday In August

National Night Out Day on the first Tuesday in August promotes police-community partnerships in neighborhoods across the country. The event focuses on the community and raising awareness through;

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How Much Do You Know About Down Payments

Whether you’ve owned a home before, or you’re ready to jump into homeownership for the first time, there are always a lot of questions swirling around about what is truly required for a down

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Banana Pudding Dip Recipe

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NATIONAL OYSTER DAY

Get slurping on August 5th with National Oyster Day! Oysters are enjoyed as a seafood in many parts of the world.Did you know there are over 100 different species of oysters?  Interestingly,

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Millionaire To Millennials The Costly Mistake Of Not Buying Now

On his personal website, self-made millionaire David Bach makes a striking statement:  “Not prioritizing homeownership is the single biggest mistake millennials are making.”

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Firecracker Chicken Meatballs Recipe

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International Beer Day First Friday In August

The first Friday in August brings a toast to ales, lagers, and pilsners that put the international in Internationa Beer Day. Perhaps there’s a porter or a Belgian in your glass. Whether yours

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Do You Know Your Credit Score

Many people assume their credit score is too low to qualify to purchase a home. In reality, 84% of Americans have a credit score that would allow them to become homeowners.! If you'd like to find

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Existing Home Sales Point Toward A Good Time To Sell

Some Highlights: Existing Home Sales dropped 1.7% from May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.27 million in June. Low inventory levels are still a factor in the market. The current

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No Bake Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

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NATIONAL GIRLFRIENDS DAY

On August 1, National Girlfriends Day encourages women across the U.S. to get together and celebrate their special bond of friendship. Girlfriends fall into many categories. While many grew up

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How To Judge The Impact Of The Next Economic Slowdown On Housing

We’ve experienced economic growth for almost a decade, which is the longest recovery in the nation’s history. Experts know a recession can’t be too far off, but when will this economic

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Buffalo Dip Stuffed Chicken Recipe

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NATIONAL AVOCADO DAY

Ripe for the picking, add this delicious superfruit to your menu on National Avocado Day on July 31st!While guacamole is grand, don’t settle for just the chips and dip on this food holiday. Since

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Why Now Is The Perfect Time To Sell Your House

As a homeowner, it’s always tempting to dream about the next big project you’re going to tackle. The possibilities are endless. Should I renovate? Should I refinance? Should I stay? Should I?

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Crock Pot Apple Butter Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 6 CupsPrep Time: 15 minsTotal Time:10 hours 20 mins INGREDIENTS:6 lb. mixed apples, peeled, cored, and sliced (about 12 apples)1/4 cup of packed

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NATIONAL CHEESECAKE DAY

National Cheesecake Day on July 30th offers a slice of one of America’s favorite desserts. Order up a slice of cheesecake with your favorite topping. Get it delivered or make it at home.This

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How To Increase Your Equity Over The Next 5 Years

Many of the questions currently surrounding the real estate industry focus on home prices and where they are heading. The most recent Home Price Expectation Survey (HPES) helps target

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Cheesy Bacon Ranch Chicken

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 4 ServingsPrep Time:10 minsTotal Time:35 mins INGREDIENTS:4 slices thick-cut bacon4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 3/4 lbs.)Kosher saltFreshly

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NATIONAL CHICKEN WING DAY

On July 29th, National Chicken Wing Day encourages a frenzy of dipping and sauce tasting. With so many choices, be sure to pace yourself! The day celebrates the little appetizer that could.

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5 Things To Know About This Housing Market

Wages are increasing, mortgage rates are low, and inventory is building each month. Let's get together to talk about how to use the strength of the current economy to your advantage if you're

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3 Expert Insights On Inventory In The Current Market

The current housing landscape presents greater home values, low interest rates, and high buyer demand. All of these factors point to the strong market forecasted to continue throughout the

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Grilled Shrimp Tacos With Sriracha Slaw Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 4 ServingsPrep Time: 10 minsTotal Time: 40 mins INGREDIENTS: 1/4 cup of extra-virgin olive oil 3 tbsp. freshly chopped cilantro Juice

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NATIONAL AUNT AND UNCLES DAY

National Aunt and Uncle’s Day on July 26th honors a special set of relatives we look up to throughout our lives. During holidays, family events and sometimes sleepovers, aunts and uncles often

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Home Prices Up 505 Across The Country

Some Highlights: The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently released their latest Quarterly Home Price Index report. In the report, home prices are compared

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NATIONAL HIRE A VETERAN DAY

Every day, hundreds of our military personnel leave the service in search of civilian employment. On July 25, National Hire A Veteran Day reminds employers to consider veterans to fill their open

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Pigs In A Blanket Pull Apart Bread Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 6 ServingsPrep Time: 5 minsTotal Time: 55 mins INGREDIENTS:Cooking sprayAll-purpose flour, for surface1 (13.8-oz.) tube refrigerated pizza dough3

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3 Powerful Reasons To Buy A Home Now

Whether you are a first-time buyer or looking to move up to the home of your dreams, now is a great time to purchase a home. Here are three major reasons to buy today.1. AffordabilityMany people

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NATIONAL TEQUILA DAY

On July 24th, commemorate National Tequila Day with a little lime and salt. Mix up a Margarita, Paloma or a Mamasita to celebrate the day!Tequila has been made for centuries. It once was

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MidYear Housing Market Update Three Things To Know Today

Shifting trends and industry-leading research are pointing toward some valuable projections about the status of the housing market for the rest of the year.If you’re thinking of buying or selling,

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Tuscan Butter Mushrooms Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 4 ServingsPrep Time: 15 minsTotal Time: 35 mins INGREDIENTS:4 tbsp. butter2 cloves garlic, minced1 tbsp. tomato paste1 lb. baby bella mushrooms,

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GORGEOUS GRANDMA DAY

On July 23rd Gorgeous Grandma Day recognizes all women of a certain age whether they are grandmothers or not.Not all women become grandmothers. Those who do, don’t necessarily fit the traditional

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What Experts Are Saying About The Current Housing Market

We’re halfway through the year, and with a decline in interest rates as well as home price and wage appreciation, many are wondering what the experts predict for the second half of 2019.Here’s

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NATIONAL HAMMOCK DAY

On July 22nd, relax in the shade and enjoy National Hammock Day. These portable, comfortable slings create excellent napping spaces no matter where you are!A hammock, used for swinging, sleeping or

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Is Renting Right For Me

If you’re currently renting and have dreams of owning your own home, it may be a good time to think about your next move. With rent costs rising annually and many helpful down payment

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Should I Put My Home Up For Sale This Summer

The number of homes for sale has been increasing since February 2019. If you're thinking of selling, let's get together to chat about how you can take advantage of the market this summer! Call Lisa

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Taco Tomatoes Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 4 ServingsPrep Time: 5 minsCook Time: 20 minsTotal Time: 25 mins INGREDIENTS:1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil3/4 lb. ground beef1 medium onion,

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NATIONAL DAIQUIRI DAY

Each year on July 19, people across the United States fill their glasses with a rum-based cocktail and toast to National Daiquiri Day. So, raise your glass and join all of the others in this

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The Cost Of Waiting Interest Rates Edition

Some Highlights: Interest rates are projected to increase steadily heading into 2020. The higher your interest rate, the more money you will end up paying for your home and

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Huli Huli Chicken Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 3 - 6 ServingsPrep Time: 15 minsTotal Time: 1 hour 50 mins INGREDIENTS:3 lb. bone-in skin-on chicken thighs (about 6 thighs)Kosher

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GET TO KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS DAY

Get to Know Your Customers Day reminds businesses to reach out to patrons and get to know them better. The day is observed annually on the third Thursday of each quarter (January, April, July,

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The Surprising Profile Of The Real Estate Investor

Over 10% of all residential homes are purchased by investors, and that number continues to rise. Who are these investors?Many have speculated that the large institutional conglomerates such as

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Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields :4 ServingsPrep Time:10 minsTotal Time: 50 mins INGREDIENTS:1 cup of water1 medium spaghetti squash, halved and seeds removedKosher saltFreshly ground

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NATIONAL TATTOO DAY

National Tattoo Day on July 17th recognizes the history, culture and artists dedicated to etching ink permanently on the skin. The day might just be the date to get that ink you’ve been

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What A Difference A Year Makes For Sellers

Over the last few years, many sellers have been hesitant to put their houses on the market because they feared not being able to find another home to buy.We’ve reported on inventory

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Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 4 ServingsPrep Time: 5 minsTotal Time: 30 mins INGREDIENTS: FOR THE SHRIMP 1/2 cup of all-purpose flourKosher saltFreshly ground black

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NATIONAL CORN FRITTERS DAY

National Corn Fritters Day on July 16th encourages us to fry up a batch of these crispy, flavorful bites of corn and batter! Make them with fresh corn and the celebration will be even better!These

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Should I Refinance My Home

With the recent lower interest rates, many homeowners are wondering if they should refinance.To decide if refinancing is the best option for your family, start by asking yourself these questions:Why

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Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 8 - 10 ServingsPrep Time: 25 minsCook Time: 1 hour 15 minsTotal Time: 1 hour 40 mins INGREDIENTS:6 slices bacon, chopped into 1" pieces3.

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NATIONAL GIVE SOMETHING AWAY DAY

Most of us have the benefit of having more than we need to live. National Give Something Away Day on July 15 gives us an opportunity to share some of our bounties.  In the United States, giving

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Home Price Appreciation Forecast

Questions continue to come up about where home prices will head throughout the rest of this year, as well as where they may be going over the few years beyond.We’ve gathered current data from the

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Cilantro Lime Chicken Rice Bowl Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 4 ServingsPrep Time: 15 minsTotal Time: 35 mins INGREDIENTS: FOR THE RICE 1 1/2 cups of basmati riceKosher salt1/2 cup roughly chopped

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NATIONAL SIMPLICITY DAY

National Simplicity Day honors transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau. The day advocates a life of simplicity and recognizes the life of Thoreau.Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862)

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Is Your First Home Now Within Your Grasp

Some Highlights: According to the US Census Bureau, “millennials” are defined as 18-36-year-olds. According to NAR’s latest Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the

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NATIONAL 7ELEVEN DAY

On July 11 one convenience chain celebrates with specials on National 7-Eleven Day! Conveniently scheduled on 7-11 of each year, the day often features one of their signature items, the Slurpee.;

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Americans Powerful Belief In Homeownership As An Investment

The Federal Reserve Bank (The Fed) recently released their 2019  Survey of Consumer Expectations Housing Survey. The survey reported that 65% of Americans believe homeownership is a

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How To Present An Offer That Stands Out

Present an offer to land your dream home by following these three key tips. Let’s work together to make sure your offer stands out from the crowd. Lisa Thompson, Your Realtor. 540-834-6665. Visit

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NATIONAL PINA COLADA DAY

July 10th recognizes a sweet, rum-based cocktail on National Pina Colada Day. Along with rum, a Pina Colada includes cream of coconut and pineapple juice and is usually served blended or shaken with

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4 Tips To Sell Your Home Faster

Since June of last year, we have seen an increase in the inventory of homes for sale month per month. Every spring and summer, the inventory increases because people want to sell their home. For

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5 Powerful Reasons To Own Instead Of Rent

Owning a home has great financial benefits.In a recent research paper, Homeownership and the American Dream, Laurie S. Goodman and Christopher Mayer of the Urban Land Institute explained:

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Zucchini Enchiladas Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 4 ServingsPrep Time: 20 minsCook Time: 20 minsTotal Time: 40 mins INGREDIENTS:1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil1 large onion, chopped2 cloves

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NATIONAL CHOCOLATE WITH ALMONDS DAY

National Chocolate with Almonds Day is observed annually on July 8th. What a great way to wrap up chocolate and almonds in one package. Celebrate it by giving some to a friend or neighbor. When

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Nows The Time To MoveUp And Upgrade Your Current Home

Homes priced at the top 25% of the price range for a particular area of the country are considered “premium homes.” In today’s real estate market, there are deals to be had at the higher end!

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NATIONAL HAWAII DAY

On July 5, National Hawaii Day recognizes the 50th state to be granted statehood.Eight islands make up The Aloha State, the largest of which is named Hawaii. The islands of Maui, Oahu, and Kauai are

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10 Steps To Buying A Home This Summer

Some Highlights: If you are thinking of buying a home, you may not know where to start. Here is a simple list of 10 steps that you will go through to purchase a home. Make sure to ask your

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Brown Sugar BBQ Chicken Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 6 ServingsPrep Time: 10 minsTotal Time: 4 hrs 15 mins INGREDIENTS:2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts1 cup barbecue sauce, plus more for

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Rocket Jello Shots Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 20 ServingsPrep Time: 20 minsTotal Time:2 hours 45 mins INGREDIENTS: FOR THE BLUE LAYER 1/2 cup water, boiled1 box instant blueberry Jell-O1/2 cup

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NATIONAL BARBECUED SPARERIBS DAY

Get the charcoals ready as we observe National Barbecued Spareribs Day across the nation annually on July 4th.One of the most popular days to barbecue and grill, July 4th will have the back yards,

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Happy Independence Day

Wishing you & yours a safe & Happy 4th of July!Lisa Thompson, Your Realtor. 540-834-6665. Visit my website at http://wesellvarealestate.

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NATIONAL CHOCOLATE WAFER DAY

If you love chocolate, National Chocolate Wafer Day on July 3rd allows you to indulge in a delicately sweet cookie with a history.  Have one for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!Also called sugar

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3 Reasons People Are Selling Their Houses Right Now

There are many reasons to sell a house, and three of them are rising to the top of the list today. Let’s work together to make your dream of home ownership a reality. Lisa Thompson, Your Realtor.

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Is Mortgage Debt Out Of Control

The housing crisis of the last decade was partially caused by unhealthy levels of mortgage debt. Homeowners were using their homes as ATMs by refinancing and swapping their equity for cash.When

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Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 8 ServingsPrep Time: 10 minsTotal Time: 30 mins INGREDIENTS: FOR THE PASTA SALAD 1 lb. penne1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil2 boneless skinless

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NATIONAL ANISETTE DAY

On July 2nd, we observe National Anisette Day. Aniseed from the anis herb gives anisette its licorice or fennel flavor. While usually a dry dry liqueur, distillers sometimes add a sugar syrup for a

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Millennials Are Increasing The Demand For Condominiums

When deciding to buy a home, people are presented with many different options. The type of home you buy depends on your needs, budget, and in many cases, the desired maintenance level. For many

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NATIONAL POSTAL WORKER DAY

National Postal Worker Day on July 1st recognizes postal workers all across the nation. The day encourages us to show our appreciation. Thank the numerous men and women who work consistently and

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Top 5 Reasons You Should NOT FSBO

Rising home prices coupled with a lack of inventory in today’s market may cause some homeowners to consider selling their home on their own (known in the industry as a For Sale By Owner).

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Americans Rank Real Estate Best Investment For 6 Years Running

Some Highlights: Real estate has outranked stocks/mutual funds, gold, savings accounts/CDs, and bonds as the best long-term investment among Americans for the last 6 years. Stock

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Know What To Expect At Your Home Inspection

So you made an offer and it was accepted. Now, your next task is to have the home inspected prior to closing. Agents oftentimes make your offer contingent on a clean home inspection.This

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Homeownership Is The American Dream

A recent survey of renters shows that 50% of Americans are DETERMINED to own a home. Let’s get together to help you achieve your American Dream! Call Lisa Thompson at 540-834-6665. Visit her

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Celebrated each year on June 27th, National Sunglasses Day is becoming more and more popular, especially as organizations like The Vision Council inform people about the dangers of UV

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Blue Hawaiian Coolers Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 4 ServingsPrep Time: 5 minsTotal Time: 10 mins INGREDIENTS:4 oz. light rum4 oz. Blue Curacao2 oz. coconut rum1/4 cup cream of coconut1/4 cup

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NATIONAL COCONUT DAY

Summer starts in earnest on June 26th when National Coconut Day arrives! The coconut offers sweet support for our bodies in several ways.Coconut oil alone falls into the superfood category due to

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Before You Look For Your Dream Home Know What You Want Vs What You Need

In this day and age of being able to shop for anything anywhere, it is really important to know what you’re looking for when you start your home search.If you’ve been thinking about buying a

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Smores Cookie Dough Truffles Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 43 TrufflesPrep Time: 10 minsTotal Time: 55 mins INGREDIENTS:1 1/2 cup (3 sticks) butter, softened1 1/2 cup packed brown sugar1 tbsp. pure vanilla

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NATIONAL CATFISH DAY

National Catfish Day is observed each year on June 25.   In the United States, this national observance celebrates the value of farm-raised catfish.A diverse group of ray-finned fish,

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Having A Professional On Your Side Makes All The Difference

In today’s fast-paced world where answers are a Google search away, there are some who may wonder what the benefits of hiring a real estate professional to help them in their home search

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Parmesan Cauliflower Bites Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 6 ServingsPrep Time:10 minsCook Time: 25 minsTotal Time: 35 mins INGREDIENTS:1 head cauliflower, cut into florets3 large eggs, lightly whisked1 1/2 cup

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NATIONAL PRALINES DAY

National Pralines Day is observed annually on June 24th.  This day honors the praline, a confection made from nuts (whether in whole pieces or ground) and sugar syrup. Pralines may also refer

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Stop Wondering What Your Budget Is Get PreApproved

In many markets across the country, the number of buyers searching for their dream homes outnumbers the number of homes for sale. This has led to a competitive marketplace where buyers

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Japchae Recipe Rainbow Noodles

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 4 ServingsPrep Time: 20 minsTotal Time: 50 mins INGREDIENTS: FOR THE BEEF 2 cloves garlic, minced1 tsp. freshly grated ginger2 tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce1

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SUMMER BEGINS

The longest day of the year marks the Beginning of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere which starts on June 20th, 21st or 22nd. It is also known as the Summer Solstice.Summer Begins on different dates

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4 Reasons To Sell This Summer

Some Highlights: Buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of homes for sale. This means that buyers are often competing with one another for the few listings that are available. Housing

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Grilled Lobster Tail Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 4 ServingsPrep Time; 10 minsTotal Time: 25 mins INGREDIENTS:1/4 cup melted butter 1 tbsp. lemon juice1/2 tsp. lemon zest 2 tbsp. freshly chopped,

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Your 6 Month Mortgage Rate Forecast

Both mortgage interest rates and home prices are projected to rise throughout 2019. If you plan on buying a home this year, the time is now! Let's get together to discuss your plans today! Call Lisa

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Young First Time Buyers Are Saving For Their Dream Homes

Young buyers (Millennials & Gen Z) have waited longer than previous generations to enter the housing market for their first home. However, this hasn’t stopped them from dreaming about the home

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Watermelon Ice Cream Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 6 ServingsPrep Time: 10 minsTotal Time: 4 hours 10 mins INGREDIENTS:2 cups cubed watermelon2 cups whole milk2 tbsp. sugar1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract :

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NATIONAL MARTINI DAY

On June 19, shake up some gin and vermouth with some ice and add a lemon twist. It’s National Martini Day! This adult beverage has grown to become one of the best-known mixed alcoholic.&

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What You Need To Know About Private Mortgage Insurance PMI

Whether it is your first time or your fifth, it is always important to know all the facts when it comes to buying a home. With the large number of mortgage programs available that allow buyers to

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Strawberry Shortcake Pudding Shots Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 18 ServingsPrep Time: 10 minsTotal Time: 1 hour 25 mins INGREDIENTS2 (3.5-oz.) boxes cheesecake-flavored instant pudding1 1/4 cup whole milk3/4 cup vanilla vodka1 cup

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NATIONAL GO FISHING DAY

National Go Fishing Day is observed annually on June 18th.  This is a day to take time from your daily routine to find a stream, pond, lake or river, bait your hook, cast your line and catch a

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Why Is So Much Paperwork Required To Get A Mortgage

When buying a home today, why is there so much paperwork mandated by the lenders for a mortgage loan application? It seems like they need to know everything about you. Furthermore, it

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Fireball Grilled Pineapple Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 15 ServingsPrep Time: 10 minsTotal Time: 1 hour 30 mins INGREDIENTS:1 ripe pineapple, peeled, quartered, and cored1 1/2 cup Fireball Whisky1/4 cup cinnamon sugar1/4

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GLOBAL GARBAGE MAN DAY

On June 17 during Global Garbage Man Day, the nation and the world takes time to recognize the dedicated efforts of the men and women who keep our communities clean.We describe the experts who

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5 Reasons To Sell Your House This Summer

Here are 5 compelling reasons listing your home for sale this summer makes sense.1. Demand Is StrongThe latest Buyer Traffic Index  from the National Association of Realtors;(

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NATIONAL FLIP FLOP DAY

Each year on the second Friday in June, it is National Flip Flop Day!  Find your flip flops and wear them!HOW TO OBSERVEWear your flip flops and use #NationalFlipFlopDay to share on social.

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Top 4 Renovations For The Greatest Return On Investment

Some Highlights: If you are planning on listing your house for sale this year, these four home improvement projects will net you the most Return on Investment (ROI). Minor

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Time For Your Dream Home Gen X

During the housing market crash, Gen X homeowners lost more wealth than other generations. However, things are changing now! A strong economy, increasing home prices, and the recovery of the housing

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Best Ever Pizza Calzone Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 4 ServingsPrep Time: 10 minsTotal Time: 50 mins INGREDIENTS:Cooking spray 1 3/4 lb. pizza doughAll-purpose flour, for surface1 cup pizza sauce1 cup

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3 Reasons You Shouldnt FSBO

Selling your home involves a lot of work and can quickly become a complicated process. Real estate agents are the experts that can help guide you through! Before you decide to FSBO, let's get

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NATIONAL JERKY DAY

National Jerky Day is observed annually on June 12th.  National Jerky Day was created to celebrate the rich history, immense popularity and nutritional benefits of dried meat snacks.“In many

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3 Things To Know In The Housing Market Today

A lot is happening in the world, and it’s having a direct impact on the housing market. The reality is this: some of it is positive and some of it may be negative. Some we just don’t know yet

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Perfect Fruit Salad Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 8-10 ServingsPrep Time; 15 minsTotal Time: 20 mins INGREDIENTS: FOR THE DRESSING  1/4 cup honey 1/4 c. freshly squeezed orange juice Zest of 1

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Banana Split Lasagna Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 12 - 14 ServingsPrep Time: 20 minsTotal Time: 4 hours 35 mins INGREDIENTS: FOR THE CRUST Cooking spray2 cups crushed graham crackers1/2 cup (1 stick) 

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NATIONAL GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE DAY

National German Chocolate Cake Day is observed by chocolate lovers annually on June 11.Although the name may sound like the cake originated in Germany, it did not.   The cake’s roots can

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Renting Or Owning What Is Better For You

In a real estate market where home prices are rising, many have begun to reexamine the idea of buying a home, choosing instead, to rent for a while. But often, there is a dilemma: should you keep

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Greek Shrimp Recipe

Recipe from delish.com.Yields: 4 ServingsPrep Time: 20 minsTotal Time: 35 mins INGREDIENTS:3 tbsp. butter1 red bell pepper, chopped1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved1/2 cup kalamata olives, sliced3

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2 Myths That Are Holding Back Home Buyers

Freddie Mac recently released a report entitled, “Perceptions of Down Payment Consumer Research.” Their research revealed that, “For many prospective,

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