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Are brokerage fees worth it?

Team Mike, Ask The RealtorsHello again Record-Eagle readers,

Are real estate brokerage fees really worth it?  What kind of data exists to help us answer this question with confidence? More »

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The tea party — closet Socialists?

By Robert GilbertThe recent political brouhaha over the issue of raising the minimum wage and the unrelenting campaign against Obamacare have left me thinking: Are the tea party adherents and other conservatives fully aware of the fact that their adamant opposition to both can be construed as a perverse form of Socialism? Here’s why. More »

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Cornwall and Bodmin Moor, Dramatic Settings — Part II

By Evelyn WeliverPelting rain greeted us this morning as we leave our B&B in Lostwithiel for our drive south to the town of Fowey (Foy) on the coast. The Fowey River begins on Bodmin Moor and comes into this cove. The roads down into town are steep and narrow with only designated bus traffic permitted. We catch the small bus at a “park and display” lot above town. There are only two inches of clearance in places between the bus and buildings. More »

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Cornwall and Bodmin Moor, Dramatic Settings — Part I

By Evelyn WeliverCornwall and Bodmin Moor in the middle of February this year was an adventure, not what we had planned when we booked our trip in the fall.  Who knew then that the United States would have wave after wave of snow and wind and that those storms would go directly over Cornwall with gale force winds swinging and dumping buckets of rain! More »

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Oscar Romero: Martyr or Villain?

Bust of Archbishop Romero

Cathy Stripe LesterMarch 24 was the anniversary of the 1980 assassination of Monsignor Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador. I was a little surprised when I looked for more info on him. There’s a move to make him a Saint, but others consider him a villain. About the kindest thing I could find on one particular website was that he was a simple-minded dupe of the Communists. More »

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Bobdisqus questions whether brokerage fees are worth it

Team Mike, Ask The RealtorsHello again Record-Eagle readers,

Bobdisqus commented on last week’s blog about real estate agency, and the questions he poses, along with the online papers/studies he listed for reference, are keen enough that we need to explore them and carefully consider what they propose. More »

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El Salvador: The Runoff

Cathy Stripe LesterIn the runoff to the presidential election, the leftist candidate won by a sliver of a margin worthy of an Olympic ski race — 50.11% to 49.89%. Should the USA be worried?

Yes, but not for the first reason people might think. Because the margin was so narrow, the losing rightist party has claimed their “victory” was “stolen.” Furthermore, they’ve been ratcheting up the rhetoric, holding rallies, and so on. There is the ugly prospect of violence, and if they manage to unseat the president-elect, there may well be another civil war. In which case, the USA could be drawn in on the wrong side, again. More »

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No Snow?

By Evelyn WeliverNo snow? No potholes in the snow, or icy roads, or frozen fingertips, or shoveling? We found a place — England. Admittedly February this year wasn’t the best month to go, but our plans were made to visit our daughter and family. We did find flowers; rain; flooded rivers; green, green grass; and sheep.  No snow. More »

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Don’t be a Dolt – Part 2

Team Mike, Ask The RealtorsHello again Record-Eagle readers,

Last time I talked about avoiding the biggest mistake with your biggest asset, how to avoid being known as a “dolt,” the nature of Agency in Michigan and how it operates on the seller’s side of a real estate transaction. More »

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El Salvador: The Magic of Witnessing

Cathy Stripe LesterAmericans take our right to have elections somewhat for granted. This was brought home to me by the enthusiasm of the Salvadoreños. They were not only glad simply that they were allowed to have elections, they were extra-glad that, as I said in my previous blog, the electoral process has been reformed into something they could believe in. More »

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