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6 Household Chores to Tackle Now


Don't Forget about these 6 household chores before the cold weather makes these household chores more difficult to accomplish. 

1. Windows and screens: Dust and grime that accumulates daily can get below the surface of the glass and make windows appear cloudy. The problem can be accented if home owners often leave the windows open during the summer. “The quality of your glass will deteriorate over time with age and exposure to the sun,” Trevor Cook, owner of Shine Bright San Diego, a window cleaning service, told®. Try some dish soap or white vinegar and water with a squeegee to get the windows shining again.

2. Grill: Try rubbing the top rack of your barbecue with an onion – a method the experts recommend. Make sure the grill is off and disconnect it to the propane before you clean. You’ll also want to use cleaner specially designed for cleaning a grill’s surface. Be sure to remove the grates and metal plates beneath. Soak them in hot soapy water for up to 10 minutes. 

3. Houseplants: Yes, your plants need cleaning too. Grime can pile up on leaves and even reduce a plant’s ability to photosynthesize light (remember, they need that to thrive!). Use a dry or damp cloth and clean each leaf, carefully.

4. Blinds: Wipe each slat of a metal or vinyl blind with a soft cloth moistened with warm water and dish soap. For wooden blinds, use a damp cloth instead. “Metal and plastic blinds are some of the most important household items people should take time to deep-clean, but they tend to be neglected because it’s a timely chore and is frankly a pain,” says Antonio Shellman, owner of Kelan Freaks, a residential and commercial cleaning service in New York City. “You’ll find if you don’t maintain dusting them on a regular basis, dust will start packing on, dulling the surface and blocking the light, which makes everything so much harder to clean.”

5. Kitchen cabinets: Use dish soap and water to give your exterior cabinets a good clean. Commercial-grade cleaners may be needed if the buildup is heavy (test first and look for ones made with orange oil). Don’t forget about the inside of the cabinets either. Use a cloth soaked in soap and water to clean, and then a damp cloth to collect any extra moisture. Leave cabinets open for two hours afterwards.

6. Refrigerator and freezer: Trash any expired items. Remove and soak drawers in warm, soapy water. Vacuum the refrigerator coil and grill. Be sure to clean the outside door too, with two tablespoons of baking soda mixed with hot water or for stainless steel use a stainless-steel cleaner and wipe in the direction of the grain.


The Art of Negotiations Phil’s-osophies

Check out this GET REALTOR® video, Phil Dunphy from Modern Family tells of the secret weapon in Realtor negotiations....Silence

Condo Legislation Offers Relief for Homebuyers



Due to the overwhelming response from REALTORS across the country contacting their Senators, we are excited to report that H.R.

3700 passed the U.S. Senate on July 14, 2016! Thank you for your support on this important legislative issue!    

The voices of REALTORS were heard loud and clear on Capitol Hill we scored a big win! 

Thanks to you, and more than 139,000 REALTORS across the nation, the Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act

of 2016 passed the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent. 

This legislation includes reforms to current Federal Housing Administration restrictions on condominium financing, among

other provisions, and is long supported by the National Association of REALTORS.


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NAR Call to Action:Tell the Senate to Get to Work for Future Homebuyers


Key Talking Points

H.R. 3700 was passed by the U.S. House 427-0. Despite passing with NO OBJECTIONS, the U.S. Senate has not acted on H.R. 3700.  

This legislation provides significant benefits to taxpayers, homebuyers and the real estate market by:

  • Removing a burdensome and expensive FHA Condo approval process
  • Reducing FHA restrictions on the number of condos available to homebuyers
  • Permanently streamlining Rural Housing Service loan processing

More Information on NAR's efforts to pass H.R. 3700:


The Ultimate Real Estate Playlist


The Ultimate Real Estate Playlist

These classic Duran Duran songs will teach you something about being a real estate professional.


Duran Duran is my favorite band because they’ll rock anyone’s socks off, but also because if you listen closely, you’ll hear a lot of wisdom in their songs that can be applied to real estate. Elizabeth Mendenhall knows what I’m talking about. She’ll be the president of the National Association of REALTORS® in 2018—I think it’s rad and bodacious to see a young woman rising to the top of our ranks—and she shares my love for Duran Duran. So in Mendenhall’s honor, I present to you a look at the real estate life through the lens of one amazing Duran Duran playlist (available here).

The only way you’re going to survive in this business is if you are “Hungry Like the Wolf.” It might sound like a great idea to start as a part-time agent to get your feet wet, and real estate coaches and technology companies always promise the silver bullet to your success. But the ones who shine in their careers are those who have a fire in their belly to work. They are crazy responsive to any request, whether it comes from consumers or their colleagues. Their hunger comes across in their sheer desire to learn, implement, and do real estate better.

We are all entrepreneurs, and every practitioner wants to do this “My Own Way.” There are more than 1 million REALTORS® in the country, and every single one is a renegade. Some don’t know it yet, but they’re learning! One of the beauties of this business is that it’s one of the last bastions of true entrepreneurism left in the world. You build the business you want to build around the clients you want to serve in your community, and your purpose is different than any other real estate professional’s.

When a transaction starts to fall apart, you feel like you’re going to “Come Undone.” But you know how to hold it together. Just “Save a Prayer” for the closing that everyone will show up and play nice. Too many practitioners forget that they are the messengers — they absorb all of the emotion that’s going on and lose their ability to be the objective voice when things get tense. Take a step back, call a friend, remember the last time you bought or sold a house, and keep it together for the benefit of your client.

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