Fun Facts and Inspiration for June 22

Inspiration…

 “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”                                                                                   Albert Einstein

Did you know that…

In 1789, Morocco became the first country to recognize the United States as a country.

The Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company started out producing sandpaper. Today we know the company as 3M.

Prince William’s nickname in college was “P-Willy”.  (sorry, Your Majesty)

In 1971, the first portable calculator went on sale by Texas Instruments. It weighed ONLY 2 ½ pounds and cost $150!

In today’s world, your cell phone has more computing power than NASA had in 1969!

The Christmas Tree displayed in Trafalgar Square in London is an annual gift to the United Kingdom from Norway since 1947 as a token of appreciation of British friendship during World War II.

In real estate, there is a concept known as the ‘right of first refusal’.  In that concept, a seller who has entered into an agreement with a buyer must offer the buyer the option to amend his offer if a second buyer comes along without a contingency held by the first buyer.  The seller must inform the first buyer who then has the right to amend their contingency to match the second buyer’s offer.  If the first buyer does not agree, the sale then goes to the second buyer and the first buyer is refunded his earnest money. As always, in situations such as this, it is a good idea to consult with a real estate attorney.

If you are thinking of buying or selling, talk to a real estate professional – talk to a REALTOR® who can give you the information you need to make an informed decision.

As always, if I can help with any of your real estate needs, please feel free to text or call me at 301-712-8808 or email me at RolandLow1@gmail.com.

Roland

 

 

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Fun Facts and Inspiration for June 12

Fun Facts and Inspiration for June 12

 

Inspiration…

 “Everybody is a genius.  But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”                                                           Albert Einstein

Did you know that…

 Airbags are deployed at a rate of 200 miles per hour.

Damascus, Syria is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. Its history can be traced as far back as 2,000 B.C.

The volume of water in the Amazon River is greater than the next eight largest rivers in the world combined.

In 1941 two gentlemen named Murrie and Mars developed a candy – today we know this candy as M&Ms.

The most common disease in the world is tooth decay.

The official name of India is Bharat.

No matter how hard you squeeze the skin on your elbow, it will not hurt.

The floating of Ivory soap was a mistake when it was developed.  The makers overmixed the formula causing excess air bubbles. Customers were so pleased that the soap floated and easy to find when taking a bath that the company decided to continue making the soap so it would float.

In real estate, a person who owns a property and has legal title can sell that property.  Once a contract is agreed upon and there is a binding contract, the buyer of that property now has “equitable title” to the property.  Equitable title confers financial interest in the property.  For example: If the property increases in value from the time the binding contract occurred to the closing date, the buyer receives the value of that increase, even though title to the property had not yet changed hands.

If you are thinking of buying or selling, talk to a real estate professional – talk to a REALTOR® who can give you the information you need to make an informed decision.

As always, if I can help with any of your real estate needs, please feel free to text or call me at 301-712-8808 or email me at RolandLow1@gmail.com.

Roland

 

 

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Fun Facts and Inspiration for June 6

Fun Facts and Inspiration for June 6

 Inspiration…

“Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.”

                                                                                                            Robert Louis Stevenson

Did you know that…

 Neanderthal brains were actually larger than our brains today – sad, but true.

Did you know that $30 of uncooked popcorn translates into $3,000 in sales in movie theatres?

A single drop of water contains one hundred billion billion atoms? (Do you suppose someone actually counted them?)

Coffee beans aren’t actually beans – they’re fruit pits? (doesn’t have the same feeling – fresh roasted pits!)

On average, 33,853 Americans die each year from guns in the U.S.  On average the number of Americans who die each year from terrorist is 262 after factoring in those that died in the World Trade Center attack of 2001.  The number of Americans who die each year from pollution in this country is over 200,000 – that’s 547 Americans a day.

In 1900 the average life span in the United States was 47 years old.

In real estate, home buyers are often confused with title insurance.  If you take out a mortgage to purchase a home, the lender will require you to provide title insurance. That policy will only protect the lender in the event there is a claim on the property.  Buyers should also take out the buyer’s insurance to protect themselves against any defaults on the title.  Just because the sellers of the property have owned the land for a long time is no guarantee that the property does not have claim against it.  My advice to buyers is to take out the buyers’ title insurance.

If you are thinking of buying or selling, talk to a real estate professional – talk to a REALTOR® who can give you the information you need to make an informed decision.

As always, if I can help with any of your real estate needs, please feel free to text or call me at 301-712-8808 or email me at RolandLow1@gmail.com.

Roland

 

 

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Fun Facts and Inspiration for May 30

Fun Facts and Inspiration for May 30

Inspiration…

“The significance of a man is not in what he attains but in what he longs to attain.”

                                                                                                Kahil Gibran

Did you know that…

After the “Popeye” comic strip was launched in 1931, spinach consumption went up by 33% in the United States.

Elephants communicate in sound waves below the frequency that humans can hear.

The bands on hats traces back to the custom when knights wore their lady-loves scarves around their helmets.

To ensure continuity of government, Prince Charles and Prince William never travel on the same airplane as a precaution.

During World War II sugar was in in short supply making it difficult for theaters to obtain candy.  As a result, they turned to popcorn which is not the best-selling snack at movie theaters.

Men can read smaller print than women can; however, women can hear better.

The Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal is farther East than the Atlantic entrance.

In real estate, signing with a real estate agent as a buyers’ agent is the only way a buyer has true representation.  Until that contract is signed, the agent is most likely working for the seller, even if they are not the listing agent.  I have said this many, many times, if you are in the market to buy a home, always, always, always sign a contract with an agent so you have representation.

If you are thinking of buying or selling, talk to a real estate professional – talk to a REALTOR® who can give you the information you need to make an informed decision.

As always, if I can help with any of your real estate needs, please feel free to text or call me at 301-712-8808 or email me at RolandLow1@gmail.com.

Roland

 

 

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Fun Facts and Inspiration for May 19

Fun Facts and Inspiration for May 19

 Inspiration…

“If you think you can or you think you can’t, either way you are right.”                                    

                                                                                                                   Henry Ford 

Did you know that…

During World War II metal was scarce so the Oscars were made of plaster and/or wood.

When Kentucky Fried Chicken first opened restaurants in China, the business did not start off very well.  It took a while to realize that the advertisement of “finger-lickin’ good” came out as “eat your fingers off” in Chinese.

In radio code, ‘roger wilco’ has a distinct meaning.  The ‘roger’ means the transmission is over and ‘wilco’ means ‘will comply’.

Of all the bacteria known in the world, only about 1% causes disease in humans.

The captain of the H.M.S. Blazer required his crew to look sharp.  To do so he required his crew to wear blue jackets with metal buttons.  Today we refer to men’s casual jackets with metal buttons as a blazer (although now we refer to many casual jackets that way).  Sailors are still referred to as “bluejackets” and the manual that every U.S. sailor receives in boot camp is titled, “The Bluejacket’s Manual.”

In real estate, home-buyers would be wise to have the home inspected by a certified home inspector.  It is important to understand that the seller is under no obligation to repair any of the items on the list provided by the inspector.  Items are often negotiated as to what will and not be repaired. Buyers would be wise to be very precise as to who can repair the items. For example: an electrical item should be repaired by a licensed electrician.

If you are thinking of buying or selling, talk to a real estate professional – talk to a REALTOR® who can give you the information you need to make an informed decision.

As always, if I can help with any of your real estate needs, please feel free to text or call me at 301-712-8808 or email me at RolandLow1@gmail.com.

Roland

 

 

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Fun Facts and Inspiration for May 17

Fun Facts and Inspiration for May 17

 

Inspiration…

 “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”                                               Albert Einstein

 Did you know that…

 In 1989, the IRS created a procedure for collecting taxes in the event of a nuclear war.  The guidelines instruct employees to focus on taxes with the highest revenue.

The saying is that “You can have any color Model T you want as long as it is black.”  The production of the model T was limited to black because black paint dried quicker.

There is a city in the United States by the name of El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula.  We know it as Los Angeles.

A reporter for the San Francisco Examiner was terminated from his job.  The reason given was “…you just don’t know how to use the English language.  This isn’t kindergarten for amateur writers.”    That reporter was Rudyard Kipling who is renown for his writings of poetry, novels and was regarded as an innovator of short stories. Kipling received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907.

The word “McJob” is an actual word in the dictionary that refers to low paying jobs with little to no chance of advancement.

There was a well-known actor in the United States by the name of Marion Michael Morrison.  We know him as John Wayne.

In real estate there is often confusion between the difference of a CMA (Comparative Market Analysis) and an appraisal.  Although more often than not, the two numbers will be compatible, it is important to understand that one of the differences is that the CMA looks at the current value of the home, while the appraisal will take into effect the life expectancy of the property.  For example; if a single family home has a life expectancy of 50 years and the house is 60 years old that will factor into the appraisal.

If you are thinking of buying or selling, talk to a real estate professional – talk to a REALTOR® who can give you the information you need to make an informed decision.

As always, if I can help with any of your real estate needs, please feel free to text or call me at 301-712-8808 or email me at RolandLow1@gmail.com.

Roland

 

 

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Fun Facts and Inspiration for May 15

Fun Facts and Inspiration for May 15

Inspiration…

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used in creating them.” 

                                                                                                                      Albert Einstein

Did you know that…

There was a young man who was told by his music teacher that he had no talent.  In fact, he was told “As a composer he is hopeless.”  That student was Beethoven.

Our galaxy, the Milky Way, has approximately 250 billion stars.  There are billions of galaxies (such as the Milky Way) in the universe.  Each star has the potential of untold planets.

One gallon of used motor oil can ruin approximately one million gallons of fresh water.

The average woman speaks about 7,000 words a day; while the average man speaks about 2,000.

The Earth’s atmosphere is proportionally thinner than the skin of an apple.

The highest toll pain by a ship to cross the Panama Canal was by the Crown Princess on May 2, 1993 in the amount of $141,349.97 in U.S. dollars.

In real estate, buyers’ who use the listing agent as their agent for the transaction are using an agent whose primary purpose is to look out for the interest of the seller.  Buyers’ should always always, always, contract with their own agent for the transaction.

If you are thinking of buying or selling, talk to a real estate professional – talk to a REALTOR® who can give you the information you need to make an informed decision.

As always, if I can help with any of your real estate needs, please feel free to text or call me at 301-712-8808 or email me at RolandLow1@gmail.com.

Roland

 

 

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