A Boring Settlement is a Good Settlement
Seriously. It sounds goofy, but think about it. Do you want excitement at your settlement? Typically, this means something is not going to plan and now it’s time to scramble. A boring settlement, on the other hand, starts with a review of the HUD-1 to make sure all “the numbers” make sense and the total […]
Jake Thiewes Racing: Championship Race Results
Well, we said there would be updates and results posted after Jake returned from the National Auto Sport Association’s Eastern States Championships. And now that Jake, my wife Paula and I are all back home, it’s time for those updates. The Eastern States Championships is an annual race, held at a different racetrack on the […]
Are These Visiting Your Garden?
Seeing these little fellas in the garden or around the planters is one of the highlights of my summer. I can still remember my first encounter with one. It was one of those “what the heck was that” type of moment. Are you getting visits from the hummingbird moths?
Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose
In the spirit of recycling, reusing and repurposing we found this old pot and gave it a new life. Any idea what it was in its former life? Think about it.
Who Doesn’t Like Seeing Their Name Flash By at 130 MPH?
Who doesn’t like seeing their name flash by at 130 miles per hour? OK, maybe not actually see it, but recognize the blur that is your name. Just recently I became the first of what will probably be many sponsors of Jake Thiewes Racing. Being a sponsor is more then just having your logo on […]
Is There More to Disposing of Sensitive Documents Than Just Shredded Paper?
Is there more to disposing of sensitive documents then just shredded paper? Yes, shredded paper gets recycled and saves us from having to go through the paper making process to make more paper. It also saves in several really interesting ways. The three community shredding events that we have hosted so far have generated 12.89 […]
A Skink, I Think?
A skink, I think? The lightly rustling leaves gave a feeling that it had to be caused by something small. It certainly wasn’t a chipmunk. Could it be a skink? I quickly scanned the moving leaf debris as it moved away from me. There it was. The red head that meant it was an adult. […]
When You’re Given The Keys After Settlement, It’s For Real
When you are given the keys after settlement, it’s for real. Buying a house sounds so simple; get pre-qualified, review listings on line, look at the promising ones, select one, write a contract, give requested information to the lender, do the walk through and then show up for settlement. One item missing is “time.” I […]
How To Negotiate On A Really Nice House
So how do you negotiate on a really nice house that has just come on the market? That’s right, pay full price before someone else beats you to it. I just went to settlement on a listing that was head and shoulders above the competition, even though it was smaller and lacked an additional bedroom/bathroom. […]
Let Sleeping Snakes Lie…
Let sleeping snakes lie – isn’t that what they say? So on Saturday, I’m showing a pretty interesting older property that’s out in the country. Next to the house is a two-story shed that’s dusty with a few cobwebs around the edges. When it came time to climb up the narrow staircase to see what […]