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How to Host the Perfect Virtual Gathering

Social distancing doesn’t have to pause your social interaction! You can learn how to host the perfect virtual gathering. The digital world has made it easier than ever to stay connected with friends and family from afar.

In the eReport below, you’ll find everything you need to know to plan the perfect online gathering. Learn what video platforms to use, how to send invites and even ways to play games or watch movies at the same time — but not in the same place. Enjoy!

How to Host the Perfect Virtual Gathering
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Ways to liven up your time at home

Spending a day without leaving the house may have sounded like fun three months ago. Now that it’s our new normal, it’s a different story.

By now, you and your family might be feeling a bit jumpy at home all day. If that’s the case, check out the information below — you’ll find five ways to liven up your time social distancing with games, crafts and cooking. These outside-of-the-box ideas will keep you and your family entertained at home, and even lead to a few positive memories. 

Ways to liven up your time at home
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The real deal with discount and online brokerages

They are popping up all over the internet. However, these discount and online brokerages can’t do the things that a real, in-person realtor can do for you.

Get some advice in my Monthly Item of Value below:

The real deal with discount and online brokerages
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What to do with your tax refund

Getting a refund?

Tax time is upon us! As you gather all your documents and prepare to file by the April deadline, there’s a chance you might receive a little bonus in the form of a refund.

Rather than pocketing the extra dough, why not put that money to work? Check out these financially healthy ways you can use that refund in 2020!

You can:

  • Stock your rainy day fund
  • Invest
  • Chip away at debt
  • Work on the mortgage
  • Contribute to retirement
  • Support a cause
  • Renovate your home
  • Focus on Personal Development

And if you think you may owe, don’t panic — I’ve got a few tips on what to do if that’s the case. If you need a tax professional to help you out, contact me for a great referral. 

Click on this link for the full document.

What are you going to do with your tax refund?
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2020 Real Estate Market Fast Facts

The new year is here and it’s time to take a look at the real estate market stats of last year. In addition, we want to learn what to expect from the market in the new year.

How long homes stay on the market and the mortgage rates matter. Get those and other stats you’ll need if you are buying or sell a home this year.

Are you a first time buyer? Did you know that a third of buyers are first timers?

How long do you expect to search? What is your view on the American Dream? Most people include owning a home in their dream. Furthermore, home ownership is a good financial decision.

In my Monthly Item of Value, get 2020 Real Estate Market stats to start you home buying or selling journey.

The 2020 real estate market fast facts

As always, I am here if you need assistance in buying or selling a home. Contact me t...

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Ten tips for a healthy, stress-free holiday

stress-free holiday

In this issue’s of my Monthly Item of Value, get Ten Tips for a Healthy, Stress-Free Holiday that will make your holidays easier for everyone.

Whether you travel or stay at home for the holiday season, your stress level will rise. Learn how to make some simple changes in your life to ease the tension.

Your budget might be the biggest source of stress this time of year. Try to shop within your means to avoid troubles next year.

Get the full list of tips for a healthy, stress-free holiday in an infographic by visiting this link.

As always, I am here if you need assistance in buying or selling a home. Contact me today!
Oh, by the way, I’m never too busy for any of your referrals!

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Sending holiday cards on a time crunch

Sending holiday cards doesn't have to be a hassle.

If you are sending personalized holiday cards and you don’t have a lot of time, this is the blog for you! Sending cards doesn’t have to be a big hassle, find out how to get through this holiday season.

Sending cards with a family photo?

Your best bet is hiring a pro to take the picture. Printed images need to be higher quality than when you view them online or on a phone. your image might look great on your phone, but when you have it printed, it could be blurry if it’s low resolution. A professional can eliminate the guesswork.

Designing the holiday cards

You can design your card online through several websites that will walk you through the process like Moo, Canva and Shutterfly.

Are you running out of time?

Go digital...

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Keeping your smart home safe

Keep your smart home safe

Keeping your smart home safe is important, especially if you use the home apps when you are away from your secure wifi. How you use your cell phone when you are not home is crucial in keeping your personal information secure.

Make sure you don’t use public wifi when accessing your bank account, home security or other apps that are vulnerable. Set up a VPN for extra security or wait until later to check your bank balance.

Companies like NordVPN and Cloudflare are VPN providers that can help you protect yourself and allow you to use your cellphone whenever or wherever you want without worrying about who might be watching.

When you create passwords for your accounts, this is another area that can make you vulnerable...

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The truth about iBuyers

iBuyers might not be the answer for your real estate needs

As you go through the home selling process, you discover all sorts of methods people use to sell their homes. One option is iBuyers. With this method a company buys the home, lists it and then sells it.

This method might be quick, but it’s not a good way to get the most for your home. These iBuyers are usually online only companies, however some more conventional real estate companies are beginning to jump on the bandwagon.

The trend today is that people want to do everything quickly, but this may not be the way to go for your individual situation. while it would be great to sell you home immediate, there are some downsides to using an iBuyer.

Conversely, when I help you sell your home, I take a hands on approach and stick with you every step of the way...

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Meal Prepping – Tips to Start Doing It Now

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While meal prepping is not difficult, it can be tough to get going. Once you have a system in place, moving forward will be easier.  In my Monthly Item of Value, get some tips on how to begin planning your weekly meals to make your life easier.

Try your best to make foods that are nutritious and then track your food by using an app. You need only to do quick a search on your phone to find food tracking apps.

MyFitnessPal and Delish are handy food blogs that can help you with food prepping. Pinterest can be a big help in finding easy recipes. In fact, you can use Pinterest as your digital recipe file and they will always be handy no matter where you are.

For the full Monthly Item of Value on Meal Prepping click/tap here.

You’ll get all sorts of tips on how to make your mea...

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