Douglas Smith (Broker-Owner)'s Blog Posts

52 Likely To Buy In The Next 5 Years Are You

According to the recently released BMO Harris Bank Home Buying Report, 52% of Americans say they are likely to buy a home in the next five years. Americans surveyed for the report said

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Hey There First Time Home Buyer

You have decided to purchase a home and have no clue where to begin, don’t worry because you are not alone. Purchasing as a first-time home buyer is pretty scary and at the same time very

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Wallpaper Is Making A Huge Comeback

Just like fashion the designs of homes are ever-changing. Those pesky decorations you once were too thrilled to get rid of are coming back and bigger than ever. I hope you’ve brushed up on

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Should I Rent Or Should I Buy

Deciding to rent or buy is a huge dilemma that people face throughout their life. There is a constant struggle between the pros and cons of home ownership versus renting. Many choose to rent

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Major Fannie Mae Program Is No Longer

One of the financing option for all Fannie Mae properties known as HomePath is coming to an end. HomePath Mortgage’s offered low down payments, no mortgage insurance, expanded seller

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How To Fix My Credit

Easy Steps to Improve Credit Score   While many people feel it’s an impossible task to fix their credit themselves, I’ll show you just how simple it is to give your

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Where Are Current Home Sales Headed

Existing home sales data for July are out and according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) for the fourth consecutive month, previously-owned homes (single-family homes, townhomes,

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You Versus Gravity

Gravity is not our friend. The reality is our bodies are slowly collapsing as we get older, and weight training is what keeps us upright, aligned and strong. Raising the arches of our feet,

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Weights Vs Cardio Your Guide To The Perfect Body

You run and you run, and you don't shed a pound. It's one of the leading emotional pain points for people who exercise. All of that effort and so little reward, but why is that? Simple: Cardio is

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Auctions Rise As Bmore City Cracks Down On Code Violations

By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore SunJuly 21 2014, 8:11 PM EDTHundreds more problem properties in Baltimore are finding new buyers as the city steps up the use of decades-old law designed to root

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Thinking Of Selling New Construction Will Soon Be New Competition

For the last several years, home sellers had to compete with huge inventories of distressed properties (foreclosures and short sales). The great news is that the supply of these properties is

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Government Programs For Real Estate Investors Meeting August 5 2014

Good afternoon!  If you're a real estate investor, a Baltimore area REIA will host a meeting next month, in regards to available government programs for real estate investors:What: Maryland

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New Prince Georges County Carbon Monoxide Detector Law For Residences

Good morning.  On July 1, 2014, a new Prince George's County law came into effect.  Residential property owners are now required to have carbon monoxide detectors installed in their homes.

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International Festival At The Boulevard Capital Centre In Largo July 12th And 13th

Good evening!  If you're into festivals that celebrate cultural diversity from around the D.C. region, make note of the International Festival that will take place this upcoming weekend at The

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Newly Established Largo Town Center Development Board Two Reps Needed From The Local Businessreal E

Good morning!  As an FYI, the Prince George's County Council passed a resolution last month, establishing a Largo Town Center (LTC) Development Board to:Implement land use and policy

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BI Says The Best Places In The US To Flip A House Are

Recently, I received an email from Charles Blair, Real Estate Investor, about the best areas to invest in real estate.  The Washington, DC area has 4 areas.==== Email ====Great day to you

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One Real Estate Agents Database Management Struggles And How He Overcame Them

A friend recently asked me the following in response to a recent email campaign.Jonathan, this is very nicely done. Congrats!! A couple (unsolicited) marketing questions for you to chew on:--Who is

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Getting A Mortgage Why SO MUCH Paperwork

We are often asked why there is so much paperwork mandated by the bank for a mortgage loan application when buying a home today. It seems that the bank needs to know everything about us

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4 Demands To Make On Your Real Estate Agent

Are you thinking of buying a home? Are you dreading having to walk through strangers’ houses? Are you concerned about getting the paperwork correct? Hiring a professional real estate agent can

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FSBOs Must Be Ready To Negotiate

In a recovering market, some sellers might be tempted to try and sell their home on their own (FSBO) without using the services of a real estate professional. The real estate agent is a trained and

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Investor Handyman Handiman Renovation Rehab Project This Property 3 Beds Baltimore Baltimore City

$20,000 Baltimore 3 beds, 1.5 baths, 0 sqr feetInvestor, Handyman, Handiman, Renovation, Rehab project. This property is fire damaged and being sold as-is. Serious all cash offers are requested. $1

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Millennials Consider Leaving Washington As The City Becomes More Costly

From a transit-oriented development (TOD) perspective, below is an article that may be of interest:Millennials consider leaving Washington as the city becomes more costlyhttp://www.washingtonpost/

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Delmarva Chicken Festival On Marylands Eastern Shore June 2021 2014

If you enjoy munching on some deep fried chicken (smile), below is a free admission event that will take place on the Maryland Eastern Shore (Queen Anne's County), this Friday and Saturday:65th

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Cyber Security Camp For High School Students PGCC

Please share this amazing opportunity with area high school students. This two week experience provides hands-on activities focused on STEM and the field of Cyber Security. Attendees will learn and

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Create Wealth Move Up Now

Many experts are currently discussing a variety of topics such as real estate as an investment, the movement on mortgage interest rates and reasons to buy now instead of waiting. It is important

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Moving Up Do It Now

A recent study revealed that the number of existing home owners planning to buy a home this year is about to increase dramatically. Some are moving up, some are downsizing and others are

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June Is National Homeownership Month

June is National Homeownership Month!! | The KCM CrewNational Homeownership Month actually started as a week-long celebration of homeownership during the Clinton administration in 1995. In 2002,

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MD 223 WOODYARD PISCATAWAY CORRIDOR PLANNING STUDY FROM MD 4 TO STEED ROAD JUNE 11

Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Surrattsville High School - Cafeteria,6101 Garden Dr., Clinton, MD  20735 The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) invites

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SOUTHERN MARYLAND RAPID TRANSIT SMRT STUDY PUBLIC MEETINGS JUNE 10 18 19

The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is advancing the Southern Maryland Rapid Transit (SMRT) Study by hosting a series of upcoming public meetings in Prince George's and Charles counties in.

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Investment Seminar For Realtor Parnters Of Cardinal Bank George Mason Mortgage July 17th 2014

Good Afternoon, Please join me on July 17th at 10:45am (flyer attached) to learn more about renovation loans.  These loans only require 3.5% down payment.  Flippers and investors are

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Selling A House FannieMae Suggests You Use An Agent

We have often talked of the advantages a homeowner has when they use a real estate professional to help sell their home. It’s good to know that FannieMae agrees. Here is a quote directly

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With Rates Prices On The Rise Do You Know The True Cost Of Waiting

We, at KCM, have often broken down the opportunity that exists now for Millennials who are willing and able to purchase a home NOW... Here are a couple other ways to look at the cost of waiting’

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What Is Your Prince Georges County Home Worth Video

In this video, I take the time to show you my website and how you can get the value of your home quickly and painlessly. You can also search for more properties at your leisure.;

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41Percent Of Americans Would Prefer To Build Their Home

A recent study  by Harris Poll revealed that, for the same price, forty one percent of Americans would prefer to buy a newly built home instead of an existing home. Twenty

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The Importance Of The Latino Community To Todays Real Estate Market

The Hispanic community was hit hardest by the housing crash. Now that the market is recovering, many of these families have the opportunity to either buy a home again, or those that lost home value

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Real Estate Matters Hot Sellers Market Brings Solicitations To Homeowners

So, I got this email from my friend "This is good for DC, but what about in PG (County)? I’m guessing Prince George’s County doesn’t have a hot seller’s market at this time?”He then

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Homeownership This Time The Wall Street Journal Got It Wrong

Our founder, Steve Harney, occasionally asks to do a personal post on what he sees as important to our industry. Today is one of those days. Enjoy! – The KCM CrewI have been a subscriber to the

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Difference Between A White Lie And Lying

Growing up it seemed ‘white lies’ were okay while lying was a sin. As children, we sometimes had difficulty understanding where the line was. As we matured, we realized there most definitely was

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A Great Reason To Sell Now

The price of any item (including residential real estate) is determined by ‘supply and demand’. If many people are looking to buy an item and the supply of that item is limited, the price of

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Maryland Launches New Tax Credit Program

By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore SunMay 8 2014, 5:00 PM EDTThe state has started a new tax credit program designed to help make home ownership more affordable for working families, Housing and

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American Security Jobs OPEN HOUSE

OPEN HOUSE OPEN HOUSE OPEN HOUSE Where: 22900 Shaw Road Suite 101-4 Dulles,Virginia When: Thursday, May 15th Dulles, Virginia 9:00am-1:00pmPositions Available:FPS Certified

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Perfect Monday Cinco De Mayo SONG

So, you are feeling "some kinda way" about Monday?  Ok, you need to put this song on blast and repeat for this Monday.Call up your friends for partying tonight?  Time to PALANCE!Happy

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US News Best Diets Of 2014

U.S. New ranked the best diets of 2014. If you want to know more log on www.usnews.com , click health and scroll down to best diets. Best Diet Overall - #1 Dash, #2 TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle

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US Census Bureau Is Hiring Temp Positions

U.S. CENSUS BUREAU IS HIRINGThe Department of Commerce's, U.S. Census Bureau, is hiring locally for temporary positions in selected areas of Washington, DC and Montgomery County, Maryland, for the

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Real Estate We Are NOT The Only Ones Saying You Should Buy

We have never hid our belief in homeownership. That does not mean we think EVERYONE should run out and buy a house. However, if a person or family is ready, willing and able to purchase a home, we

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Jump Starting Transit Oriented Development In Prince Georges County

Prince George’s County’s 15 Metrorail Stations represent economic opportunity – for the County and private sector. The Washington, DC region’s real estate market is one of the strongest in

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Spring Cleaning And Your Closets

Ok, it is Spring and ... if you are in DC, almost Summer. LOL!  Have you taken the time to tame your clutter?  If you have not used your Spring Break to do some cleaning, then take this as

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3 Reasons To Sell Your Home This Spring AGAIN

Many sellers are still hesitant about putting their house up for sale. Where are prices headed? Where are interest rates headed? These are all valid questions. However, there are several reasons to

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Homeownerships Impact On Net Worth

Over the last six years, homeownership has lost some of its allure as a financial investment. As homeowners suffered through the housing bust, more and more began to question whether owning a home

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Vacation Home Property Sales Surge

The American desire to own a second home as a vacation home is alive and well!The National Association of Realtors analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data shows there are approximately 8 million

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WMATA RFP Issued For Capitol Heights Metro Station

METRO ISSUES RFP TO DEVELOP CAPITOL HEIGHTS METRO STATION... See a new Joint Development Solicitation for three station sites, including the Capitol Heights Metro Station site at www.wmata

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So God Made A Realtor Video

To all of the men and women who toil and serve the public to find their next home, this video is dedicated to!

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County Council Education Town Hall

Topic: Our Pre-K-20 Strategy for College and Career Readiness in Prince George's CountyFeaturing:Dr. Kevin Maxwell, PGCPS CEODr. Mickey Burnim, President, Bowie State Univ.Dr. Charlene Dukes,

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Reminder Summer Youth Employment Opportunities Still Available

From the County's Summer Youth Jobs Program:The Youth@Work/SYEP is currently accepting applications.  Youth can visit the County's website at www.PrinceGeorgesCountymd.gov and click

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How A Former NBA Player Turned 350K Into 400 Million

Good morning!   Below is an inspiring read about a former pro basketball player, who took what he had, to build a multimillion dollar enterprise:Article: How a Former NBA Player Turned

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Ground Broken For New Maryland Housing Headquarters In Prince Georges County

By Luz LazoThe developers of the new headquarters for the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development held a groundbreaking ceremony with Maryland and Prince George’s County officials

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Podcast Interview Purchasing Multifamily Real Estate Without Using Your Own Money

This was a great experience interviewing a good friend, Michael Blank of http://www.themichaelblank.com. He has made the leap from Residential (fix and flip) to Commercial Real Estate

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Casket Vendors Dying To Get Into Malls

Casket sellers and cemetery operators are turning up as tenants in shopping centers. “Our marketing is very much trying to go to where customers are at,” said Ben Sussman, vice president of

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HOW TO HACK YOUR TODO LIST VIDEO

This video was made by Epipheo, an amazing company. Epipheo talked with David Allen about how to hack through your to-do list and free up your mind to focus on what’s actually most

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Freddie Mac Doubtful Rates Will Return To Recent Lows

"One thing seems certain: we aren't likely to see average 30-year fixed mortgage rates return to the historic lows experienced in 2012."- Freddie Mac,  March 24, 2014There are those that hope

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Money Magazine Buy Now Not Later

We have often suggested that potential home buyers consider rising interest rates when thinking about the true cost of a home. Remember, cost is not determined by price alone but by price and

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The Truth About NARs Home Sales Numbers

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their latest Existing Homes Sales Report last Friday. The year-over-year comparison of overall sales did not paint a pretty picture. NAR itself

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3 Reasons The Housing Market Should Thrive In 2014

Recently, HousingWire asked David Berson, chief economist at Nationwide, for his opinion on the near-term future of housing. Below are what Mr. Berson believes to be the three things you need to

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Food Labels May Get A Makeover

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing several changes to the standard nutrition labels for packaged foods and beverages. If approved, the new labels will place a greater emphasis on:

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State Of Maryland Offers Special Program For Veterans Through May 30th

In the event you have any military veterans on the fence with moving forward with one of your homes, this may be of great interest to them in their decision. Last week, Maryland announced they

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5 REASONS TO BUY A HOME NOW

Based on prices, mortgage rates and soaring rents, there may have never been a better time in real estate history to purchase a home than right now. Here are five major reasons purchasers should

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5 REASONS TO SELL NOW

Many sellers are still hesitant about putting their house up for sale. Where are prices headed? Where are interest rates headed? Can buyers qualify for a mortgage?  These are all valid.

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MGM In Springfield Mass Has Community Hearing

Dear Friend, Over the past two years, the MGM Springfield team has worked hard to get to know the community here in Western Massachusetts. Countless forums, events and hard won stories later,

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5 REASONS TO SELL YOUR HOUSE NOW

Many sellers are still hesitant about putting their house up for sale. Where are prices headed? Where are interest rates headed? Can buyers qualify for a mortgage?  These are all valid

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Fitness Director At Clinton MD Gym

Call (301) 868-4560Job DescriptionFitness Director and certified personal trainers wanted. Must have current CPR and personal training certification. This position requires the person to have

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Sales Club Manager For Gym In Clinton MD

Anytime Fitness: Hired to inspire!About the JobShare our passion. Help fuel our amazing growth!Anytime Fitness is seeking a highly motivated individual with a passion for helping others improve

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Hoarding Homeowners Present Challenges For Agents

Congratulations! You received a“come list me” call from one of your mailings and have just scheduled a new listing appointment!The home is located in a highly sought after part of town

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Where Prices Are Headed Over The Next 5 Years

Today, many real estate conversations center on housing prices and where they may be headed. That is why we like theHome Price Expectation Survey. Every quarter, Pulsenomics surveys a

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More Americans Confident About Buying

Last week, Fannie Mae released their January 2014 National Housing Survey results.  Two categories reported all-time survey highs.52% of respondents thought it would be easy

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5 Reasons To Hire A Real Estate Professional

Whether you are buying or selling a home, you need an experienced Real Estate Professional to lead you toward your ultimate goal. In this world of instant gratification and Internet searches, many

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Buying A Home How The Serenity Prayer May Help

You may be frustrated while attempting to buy a home in today’s market. You may feel powerless to the process. How could YOU possibly know whether the current good news about housing will?

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Pricing Your Home

Today we are excited to welcome back Ashley Garner as our guest writer today. Ashley has been a broker for over 20 years in the Wilmington, NC area. - The KCM CrewLocation may have the most effect

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Daily Motivational Call For Business Owners

About a month or so ago, I was talking with a friend about encouragement for entrepreneurs. She and I shared resources.  We began to talk about Napoleon Hill’s book “Think and Grow”. &

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Need For Warehouse Temps

I need for an Alexandria,VA client 2-3 warehouse temps to start asap. Must have a car and some experience in a warehouse or store lifting things up to 50 pounds-equipment it is, packing and

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Pet Care Specialist Parttime

ANNOUNCEMENTTitle:   Pet Care Specialist (part-time)Offer: $12.00 to $20.00 per hourPet Care Specialist Job Description:As a Pet Care Specialist ("PCS") you would be responsible for

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On Tap Major Development Opportunity In College Park

Good morning!  The article below mentions land owners (P.G. County, WMATA, and a private company), offering an opportunity to build transit-oriented development (TOD), adjacent to the College

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EMBC Scholarship Job Opportunity Round Up

PG County Summer Youth EmploymentCLOSING DATE IS MARCH 21, 2014PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY GOVERNMENT Office of Human Resources Management 1400 McCormick Drive, Suite 159 Largo, MD

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Should You Buy Or Rent A Home

Here is one simple chart that explains why we think buying a home makes more sense than renting.

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How To Start A Business With Just 100

What if I told you there was a way to start your business with just $100?You could dump the expensive plans that prohibit you from moving forward and focus on the positive things.  The

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MovingUp Do It NOW Not Later

By the KCM CrewA recent study revealed that the number of existing home ownersplanning to buy a home this year is about to increase dramatically. Some are moving up, some are

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Storm Total Snow Forecast For Approaching Winter Storm For Washington DC Area

Good morning!  The calendar says March, but "Old Man Winter" is certainly not done with us yet!   In case you don't already know, the prospect for a significant winter storm in the D.

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New Tools Spring Up To Help Consumers Manage Credit Score

Good morning!  One of the financial building blocks that lead to improved personal cashflow, rests in a number, called a credit score.  To that end, below is an article that lists tools

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Black History Moment Gerald A Lawson Engineer Video Game Industry Pioneer

Good evening!  If you ever played the Cashflow game, you may have picked the inventive occupation of "engineer" to get out of the rat race, and win the game altogether.  Just like with any

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Black History Moment Andrew Brimmer First African American Appointed To The Federal Reserve Board

Good evening!  Tonight's black history moment, focuses on an economist by the name of Andrew Brimmer.  With a rich academic and business background, Andrew Brimmer became the first

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Black History Moment Bessie Coleman Aviation Industry Pioneer

Good evening!  If you ever played the Cashflow game, you may have picked the exciting occupation of "airline pilot" to get out of the rat race, and win the game altogether.  Just like with

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Summer Internships With President Obama

Nationwide -- The White House Initiative’s Year-round Internship Program offers an exciting experience for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in improving education

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Fitness Barrier Buster 2

2) Learning to enjoy the feeling of exercise:You can learn to take satisfaction from the work your muscles are doing-just as you do when playing any sport-by being aware of the effort you’re

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Black History Moment Mabel Keaton Staupers Advocate For Racial Equality In The Nursing Profession

Good evening!  If you ever played the Cashflow game, you may have picked the noble occupation of "nurse" to get out of the rat race, and win the game altogether.  However, the nursing

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Black History Moment Mary McLeod Bethune Acclaimed Educator Civil Rights Advocate Founder Of Bethun

If you ever traveled to central Florida, or grew up there, you're probably familiar with the name Mary McLeod Bethune.  Mary Bethune's most well known accomplishment, includes the founding of

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What A Compliment

In a former life. I was a Software Developer.  I created a rate shipping system like used at FedEx, USPS, and UPS.  I did not know that the owner of the trucking company is still using the

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Black History Moment Maynard Jackson Former Mayor Of Atlanta GA

Good evening!  If you have ever visited or lived in the city of Atlanta, GA, you can thank former mayor Maynard Jackson for his efforts to make that city to be a hot spot for African

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Maryland Black Mayors Scholarship Gala MBM Honors

Support a good cause and get valuable exposure for your business at the same time.  The MBM Honors Red Carpet Gala will include a silent auction, dinner, live entertainment, Keynote Speaker Dr.

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Black History Moment Herman Petty First African American McDonalds Franchisee

Good evening!  Today's black history moment focuses on an opportunity that happened, right after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  In response to Dr. King's assassination,

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Black History Moment Harry Pace Owner Of The First Blackowned Record Company

Good evening!  Today's black history moment highlights Harry Pace, who formed the Pace Phonograph Company in 1921; issuing records on the Black Swan record label, known as Black Swan Records.

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Fitness Barrier Busters No 1

1) Decide on your goals:Do you want to bring out your six-pack, lose body fat, gain muscle, look better, be healthier, live longer, be stronger competitor in sports(I like this one) or any

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The Alfred Street Baptist Church 2014 HBCU College Festival

Scholarship and Acceptance will be given out on-sightOver 70 Schools on-sight The Alfred Street Baptist Church2014 HBCU College Festival Empowering Youth,Maximizing Potential! ,

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PC Countywide Meeting About New Regional Medical Center In Largo

Folks,On March 1st (Saturday), Park and Planning will host a county-wide community meeting, that will include discussion about the new regional medical center at the Largo Town Center Metro

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Reaction To Botched Michael Dunn Conviction

I thought long and hard about writing this post.  My recent posts have been about celebrating African Americans who have made a difference in America and the world. Today, I celebrate

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Black History Moment Travers Bell Jr Owner Of The First Blackowned Company Listed On The New York S

Good evening!  Tonight's moment in black history focuses on Travers Bell, Jr, founder of the Daniels & Bell brokerage firm on Wall Street in the early 1970s.  In 1971, Travers'

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Good Advice For Workaholics

This article comes from one of my favorite bloggers, Tim Ferriss - Preventing Burnout: A Cautionary TaleYou can read the full article here - http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2014/02/13

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Black History Moment David L Steward Author And CEO Of World Wide Technology Inc

Good evening!  In the Cashflow game, you draw an opportunity card that grants you the opportunity to start a technology business.  A black man from St Louis, Missouri by the name of David.

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Black History Moment Joseph Jacob JJ Simmons Jr Prominent Oilman And Civil Rights Advocate

Good evening!  Today's black history moment continues in the same vein of the Cashflow game's economic empowerment theme by highlighting the achievements of native Oklahoman, Joseph Jacob (J.)

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Black History Moment Roy Donahue Peebles Owner Of The First Blackowned Major Resort Hotel

Good evening!  Today's black history moment involves the world of commercial real estate.  As such, history was made in 2002, when real estate developer Roy Donahue Peebles

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Black History Moment Reginald Lewis First African American To Build A Billion Dollar Company

Good evening!   This profile in black history for tonight focuses on Reginald Lewis.   He was a native of Baltimore, Maryland who was one of the most successful business leaders

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Prince Georges County SNOW EMERGENCY INFORMATION

County Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPWT)Accu-Weather has issued a Steady Storm Warning for snow to begin in our area Wednesday, February 12th after 7 PM.  An accumulation of

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Black History Moment Madam CJ Walker Hair Care Pioneer First Female Millionaire In America

Good evening!  As some of you may know, Madam C.J. Walker (born as Sarah Breedlove), is a famous example of a person who got out of the rat race (as a laundress) by building

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Black History Moment A Philip Randolph Founder Of Americas First Black Labor Union

Good evening!  The road to economic empowerment for any individual might begin with steady employment, good working conditions, and a decent salary.   However, during the early 20th

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Black History Moment Maggie L Walker First Woman To Found And Charter A Bank In The USA

Good evening!  Long before there ever was a Robert Kiyosaki or a Cashflow board game; Richmond, VA native Maggie Lena Walker (1867-1934), understood and demonstrated the importance of economic

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3 Questions To Ask Before Buying A Home

By KCM CrewIf you are thinking about purchasing a home right now, you are surely getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family have your best interests at heart, they may not be fully

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Black History Moment James Weeks Founder Of Weeksville Village Of Brooklyn NY

Good evening!  From playing the Cashflow game, you know the importance and potential that exists with a purchase of raw (undeveloped) land.  A historical example of this happened in 1838,

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Black History Moment Janet Bashen Software Inventor And Company Founder For Equal Employment Opportu

Good evening! Tonight's black history moment, reveals an excellent example of a Cashflow game concept, used to advance the cause for civil rights in America. Did you know that Janet Emerson,

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Black History Moment Charles And Willa Bruce Founders Of Bruces Beach

Good evening!   Tonight, we begin shifting our focus from the theme overview, to individual black men and women who used their wealth or business savvy, to advance the cause of civil

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Black History Moment The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 Part 3

Good evening!   Tonight, we'll conclude on the introduction of this year's black history month theme, by focusing "WHAT'S THE SIGNIFICANCE?" aspect of the Act.The most obvious

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Are We About To Enter Anotehr Housing Bubble

How to Tell If We're Really Entering Another Housing BubbleEarlier this month, Peter Wallison, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, wrote a piece in The New York Times 

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Black History Moment The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 Part 2

Good evening!   Tonight, we'll continue to expound on this year's black history theme, which highlights the upcoming 50th anniversary of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Now

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Sales Climb As US Housing Market Adjusts To Rates Economy

Sales of previously owned homes climbed in December for the first time in five months, capping the best year since 2006 and indicating the real-estate market is starting to adjust to

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Snow Removal Issues

If you have any issues with snow removal on county roads, please contact snowcomcenter@co.pg.md.us or go here and click 'Snow Removal.'

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Prince Georges County Opens 24 Hour Warming Center To Provide People Refuge From The Cold Landover H

The Prince George's County Office of Emergency Management, in collaboration with the Prince George's County Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, have opened up a 24 hour warming

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WSSC Offers Tips To Protect Pipes From Freezing

As our region experiences temperatures below freezing through Friday, WSSC reminds its customers of a few tips that may prevent frozen or broken pipes inside the home.-Tightly close all doors

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More And More DC Buyers Transitioning To Prince Georges County

January 21, 2014With DC housing prices rising quickly and consistently, more and more buyers are asking us daily to help them find ‘value’ in downtown real estate.“We’re getting more and

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DC Metro Area Housing Market Posts Strong Year End Close With Best Sales Since 2006

http://urbanlandcompany.com/site/dc-metro-area-housing-market-posts-strong-year-close-sales-2006/ January 21, 2014After a brief slowdown off of historical levels in November due to inventory

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Baltimores Crowded Industrial Market Is Pushing Developers To Prince Georges County

Published: January 15, 2014The Baltimore region is so tight on industrial real estate, developers have started eyeing sites in Prince George’s County for new warehouses.http://www.bizjournals.com

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My January Happy Hour Video

In this video, I explain why I have a Happy Hour and who is coming 1/16/14 from 6:00 - 8:00.

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WashPost Metro Floats Development Concepts For Five Stations

Metro floats development concepts for five stations By Jonathan O'ConnellMetro is aiming to take advantage of some of the boom in development near public transit by finding development partners

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VLOG Taproot Foundation Pro Bono Services For Non Profits

This video web log (blog) is about my recent orientation with the Taproot Foundation. I am highly excited about the work that they are doing and how I can be part of it.Yes, I sell real estate, but

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Rent Vs Buy

Recently, a Mortgage Loan Officer sent me an email.  Here is the content.====Hi Jonathan, I hope your holidays are going well! I had a couple situations recently that caused me to do

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Why The Nations Housing Market Needs Mel Watt

Good evening!  Below is an article that sheds some insight into the housing policy goals that has a solid chance of becoming a reality, under the new director of the Federal Housing Finance

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New Maryland Bill Could Shorten Debt Collection After Foreclosure

By Kimbriell Kelly and Steven Rich, Published: December 30 E-mail the writersMaryland legislators will consider a bill that would reduce the time from years to days that

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Tapering The Result Of Economic Good News

UPDATE: The Fed announced on Wednesday, December 18th that they would be pulling back some of their stimulus package which has helped the housing market by keeping long term mortgage rates at

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From a national perspective, the US will face a housing shortage if we do not increase housing starts.  In the next 3 years, there will be approximately 4.5M new.

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The Town of Capitol Heights seeks a comprehensive, transit oriented development (TOD), master plan, for two contiguous development sites located within the Capitol Heights Metro, transit

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FHLB Grant For 2014 And A NEW Grant

The FHLB grant for 2014 will begin taking applications for the grant on January 13th 2014!!!  That means if you have a client that is ready to make an offer, they can do so now with an end

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Can An Agent Get You More Money For Your Home

The statistics are pretty clear. Agents can get you more money than selling your home on your own.  If you are interested in selling, let me.

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Serious Housing Conversations Happen Over The Holidays By Nikki Buckelew

As the holidays approach, families will be gathering all across the country to share meals, exchange gifts, and take part in activities and traditions passed down through the generations.And while

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Did You Know That FHA Loan Limits Are Decreasing

Hello Everyone! I hope this email finds you all are doing GREAT! You may already be aware of this but I wanted to put it out there anyway. FHA has DECREASED their loan limits for 2014. I

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What You Need To Know About The New Qualified Mortgages QM

Highlights: •        Effective with loan applications taken on or after January 10th, 2014, The Dodd-Frank Act will require lenders to carefully review

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This weekend was quite full of the extremes that exist in America - poverty and wealth. I was able to participate in bothPOVERTYA group of friends and associates gathered together to put together

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REMEMBER: MOST INVESTORS BUY DURING THE WINTER MONTHS TO RENOVATE FOR THE SPRING A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Frank Sharp of Watershed Renovation Capital of

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Guess What New High End Real Estate Project At Branch Ave Metro Near Clinton MD

Here is the scoop. There is a new high end real estate development planned for the Branch Avenue Metro Station near Clinton, MD.Do you know of a contractor of sorts?  If so, you should be at

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MARC Weekend Service Starts December 7 2013

Starting this Saturday, you'll now be able to take the MARC train on weekends, to Baltimore city or to the BWI Airport.  Similarly, Baltimore area residents will now be able to use the

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Design Sketches For New Prince Georges Regional Medical Center In Largo MD

Provided below is a website to view the initial design sketches of the new hospital, soon to be built at the Largo Town Center Metro/Boulevard at Capital Center site location:Dimensions Healthcare

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Top 7 Mistakes With Real Estate In Divorce

1. Not listing the real estate in the Summons and Petition. This might prevent you from getting a divorce, might prevent you from selling the property until you go back

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Jonathans Selling Old Real Estate Investment Courses

So, I missed advertising for Cyber Monday. LOL! I hope that you and your family had a great Thanksgiving and looking forward to a very Merry Holiday Season….. meaning Merry Christmas, Happy,

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WASHINGTON DC LAUNCHES COMMUNITY PLAN FOR SOUTHWEST

If you have not already heard, there are major changes in Southwest, Washington, DC. So, what is being planned?1. ~$1 Billion (yes, with a “B”) redevelopment on the Waterfront Warf area led by P

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Thanksgiving Workout

So, you want to know what kind of exercise you need to work off those Thanksgiving meal pounds.  Here is a list: Mash Potatoes – 100 jump squatsAlcohol – 100 pushupsStuffing – 100

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Shoeboxes For SOME

A couple of friends of mine are doing a holiday party putting together Christmas shoeboxes for So Others Might Eat (S.O.M.E.). Listed below are suggestion from SOME regarding shoebox gifts.;

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Local Business Contractors Reception In Upper Marlboro MD

Dear Local Business Leader, This is one more reminder about my first annual Local Business and Contractors Reception on Tomorrow (Thursday), November 21st at 7-9PM at the home

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Pr Georges Council Approves Deal To Revitalize University Town Center In Hyattsville

By Luz LazoThe Prince George’s County Council on Tuesday approved a $1.1 million tax deal for a development project at University Town Center — the entertainment, office and housing

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The Money Tour Special Baltimore Edition

$3.5 Million Available for Small, Minority, Women, and Veteran Owned Businesses.November 21, 2013Baltimore City Community College2901 Liberty Heights AveBaltimore, MD 212157p-9pMeet One on One with

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Thinking About Divorce VIDEO

Here is a quick clip about something to think about before you consider divorce.   VIDEO CLIPIf you know someone who is going through divorce and needs real estate advice, please feel free to

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Jonathans January Happy Hour Financial Planning

REMEMBER I BUY THE FIRST ROUND (Send me email to get the evite)The group wanted to take a break in December. So, we will begin again in January 2014. Since the real estate bust of 2008,

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The Money Tour Prince Georges County

At a recent meeting in Prince Georges County, I head residents who were interested in getting contracts for many of the projects that are being created within their community. Several of those

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Win 100000 Grants In The InvestMaryland Challenge Compete Now

InvestMaryland ChallengeNational seed and early-stage business competition $100,000 Equity free GrantsIT Hardware/SoftwareLife SciencesCyber securityGeneral IndustryCompete NowPlus more than

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THE PORTRAIT OF A TYPICAL INVESTMENT PROPERTY IT MAY BE DIFFERENT THAN YOU THINK

When it comes to real estate investing, there are a lot of misconceptions, especially where investment properties are concerned. Too often, real estate investments are associated with one of two

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Fully Renovated Home Just Reduced Think Investment

Single Family 4 Beds, 2.5 Baths, 1,125 Sqr Ft, Capitol Heights. Great location.! Except it's gorgeous! 3 level corner house totally renovated inside and out! Home has 1,512 total sq. Ft. With

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Create One Loud Speaker Using Multiple Friends Phones

So, have you ever had a song that you really liked and wanted to play, but your volume is too low… and then you have friends who want to do the same thing at the same time… and like make one big

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Can You Tell Me What Song This Church Mother Is Singing

A friend sent me this video and I could not tell what song she was singing. Can you help me out?Stop laughing!  ;-)  “Some of ya’ll can’t sing.”

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Is Your Net Worth Struggling

Recently, I got a call from a friend who is about to turn 40 in a couple of days. She lamented that she has not bought a house and her financial situation is in shambles.  We all have made

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Want To Take A Picture Of A Home And Get All Of The Information Instantly

Some of my clients are really aggressively looking and driving neighborhoods.  Sometimes it is really hard to search other mobile apps for property addresses, etc.  It would be easier to

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Software Developer Job Websites

At this week’s Tech In Motion Meetup in DC, I ran across two of the most excited job recruiters - Amy Robert (Workbridge Associates) and Claire Savelsbergh (Jobspring Partners). If their companies

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Solution To Possible Webcam Hacking

Remember a couple of years ago the reports of people hacking into student’s webcams to spy on them?  Well, it is real. It could happen to you. So, what can you do?Well, I got a solution or

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Best Cadio Exercises For The Winter

Best Cardio ExercisesBy Paige Waehner Cardio is one of the most important things you can do for your body, whether you want to lose weight, burn fat or improve your health.  The great

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Jonathans November Happy Hour

Here is an update on this month’s Happy Hour - November 7, 2013.NO ONE wants to talk about what happens when our loved ones are gone.  Yet, it is better to talk now than that faithful.

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My Home Mortgage Program In Suitland MD

Hi Jonathan, I wanted to let you know about the exciting new announcement by PG County Dept. of Housing and Community Development.  There has just been over $8,000,000 committed to the PG

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THE MILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR

How People Like You Are Becoming Millionaires Through Cash Flow Real EstateMany Americans are taking their first steps toward a more stable financial future by investing in real estate. And it’s

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Mortgage Rate In 2014 Going Up By 2 Percent

I'm not a mortgage broker or originator, but I keep my ear to the group as it relates to what is happening.  If mortgage rates increase, then your buying power will decrease - meaning less.

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Retirement Revolution 2013 Virtual Conference Free To Register

If you're the type of investor that seek investment opportunities outside the traditional model of stocks and mutual funds for your retirement, take advantage of a free virtual conference (now

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To The First Church Of Scandle It Is Handled

I will be in my pew tonight and well rested. Last Thursday, I fell asleep during the sermon and I know I missed a lot. LOL!Congress FINALLY got "It Handled" and we have at least an extension of both

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Investing In Real Estate Using Creative Financing

The affordability of American homes has never been greater. Low home prices and low interest rates make buying a home cheaper than renting in many markets. So why do nearly a third of Americans

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Day 12 Of Govt Shutdown Determining Why

It looks like are coming to an end of the government shutdown and possibly avoiding the government default.  However, many people are asking why did we get to this point in the first place.I

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Day 9 Of Govt Shutdown The First Round Is On Me

Some of my clients really like when the second Thursday of the month comes around.  Why? Because I throw a Happy Hour at a local restaurant and buy the first round.  Depending on the,

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Day 9 Of Govt Shutdown Federal Employee Contractor SHUTDOWN SUPPORT MEETING

Federal Employee & Contractor SHUTDOWN SUPPORT MEETINGWednesday, October 9, 201310:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.at theJuanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library, Meeting Room A7420 Georgia

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Day 8 Govt Shutdown Considering Job Change Video

No. Not me. I'm fine with being a REALTOR. Yes, like all careers it has its ups and downs, but I like helping people buy or sell homes.  Ok, back to YOU.  Some people have time to think

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Day 7 Of Govt Shutdown FYOU

I know this is what you are thinking. LOL!  No, we are not going to sing C-LO’s song [Forget] You!   ;-)However, let us change this energy from negative to positive.  I love

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17 Facts About Moving

Want to say thanks to Allied for this great!

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Should I Rent My House If I Cant Sell It

Quick answer: Maybe.  Here are 10 Questions to Ask BEFORE Renting Your HomeHow will you respond if your tenant says they can't afford to pay the rent this month because of more pressing

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Seminar Procurement Day Prince Georges County Public Schools

Procurement Day – Prince George’s County Public Schools – October 9, 2013, 9:00 amYour Opportunity to find out about Procurement opportunities with Prince George’s County Public

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Day 3 Of Govt Shutdown Thinking About Simplicity

Many people in the DC area are having major difficulties with the government shutdown.  One government worker wrote into a talk show this morning and recommended that she and other workers send

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Is Zillow The Best Place To Shop For A Home

Millions Mapped is our new free app from www.GoDouglasRealty.com that is compatible with DROID and APPLE devices. It can be downloaded by visiting the "Resource" page on our web site,

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FaithBased Financial Help During These Tough Economic Times

This should be a great webinar.Larry W. Robinson is a speaker & media personality whose mission; through media interviews, lectures, conferences, webinars, tele-seminars, and online products and

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Take Advantage Of The Affordable Ticket Act

The government has affected many people in the Washington, DC area.  There are some 800,000 people nationwide.  There are some 300,000 in this immediate area. Still want to get out

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Z-Burger Promises Free Hamburgers For Furloughed Workers

Are you one of the furloughed federal employees? Are you hungry? Do you have your badge on you?  If you answer is “Yes” to all of these questions, get over to one of Z-buger’s locations

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Govt Shutdown And A Significant Birthday

Today is September 30 - hours before he beginning of the government's fiscal year.  When October 1 arrives, there may not be a deal to fund the government.  Nonetheless, the healthcare

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More Monday Motivation

A good friend and blogger sent me a link to a blog post that was quite interesting.  The videos in this post are absolutely motivating whether you want to lose weight, be successful at

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Football And Oprah Follow Up

So… I did a little research on this Brene’ Brown… and found another great TedTalk about how she got to the “Vulnerability” talk.  It was because of her research on “Shame.”Ugh…

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Sunday Night Football And Oprahs Lifeclass

Soooo.... I like football, but love Oprah's Lifeclass.  My favorite button on the four remotes that I use to control my "media center" (man cave speak) is the "Last" button. It allows me to

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MGM National Harbor And Minority Businesses

Prince Georges County Maryland - specifically - Fort Washington, MD has been a hot bed of debate about bringing “big time” gaming to the state.  Today, MGM met with hundreds of potential

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Remember Substitutes

Friday Funny: Do you remember Substitute Teachers? Check out this video…Seriously, Prince Georges County Public Schools wants to enhance the learning and development for anyone wanting to

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BE READY TO SHOW SHOW SHOW

Rumor has it that the Washington, DC Area real estate mar­ket will remain strong for a while. With demand high and inven­to­ry low, buy­ers can be a lit­tle anx­ious when they find a­

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The Savageman Triathlon 2013

The Savageman Triathlon held in the Deep Creek Lake area of Maryland is the most amazing sports event that I have ever participated in.  The scenery and views are awesome, and the course is

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