Fun Facts and Inspiration for May 25

Fun Facts and Inspiration for May 25

 Inspiration…

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”   Lao Tzu

 

Did you know that…

In Greek Mythology, the goddess of victory was often depicted as a small winged figure.  The name of that goddess was Nike.

If you plant an apple seed, it is almost guaranteed to grow a tree of a different type of apple.

Sharks have a bad rap for being dangerous.  On average, there is only one death from sharks  per year in the United States; whereas bee stings result in an average of 53 deaths per year.

“John has a long mustache” may not mean much to you, but during WWII, it was the signal to the French Resistance to mobilize their forces that the allies had landed on Normandy Beaches.

Although we often say ‘gullible’ there actually is no such word and will not be found in any dictionary.

In real estate, it is important to understand what you can and cannot do.  For example:  if you are selling your property and have a contract and waiting for closing, you cannot simply do something that would result in reducing the property value or changing the property from its’ condition when the contract was signed. Once the contract is ratified (agreed upon) the buyer now has ‘equitable title’ to the property and can sue the seller for diminishing the property value.

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 1

Fun Facts and Inspiration for May 1

 Inspiration…

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”             Mahatma Gandhi

 

Did you know that…

Monopoly is the best-selling board game in the world; however, it is forbidden to be played by Great Britain’s Royal Family.

 

The dye used to stamp the grade on meat is edible.  It is made from grape skins.

A “walla-walla” scene in a movie production is where extras in the movie pretend to be talking in the background.  When they say “walla-walla” it appears as though they are actually talking.

In 1998, Sony accidentally sold 700,000 camcorders that had the technology to see through people’s close. The lens had the technology to read infrared.

Three men who originally manufactured men’s garments were Bradley, Voorhies, and Day.  The names may not be familiar, but their products we know as BVD’s.

In real estate, one of the most important functions of a REALTOR® is to ensure compliance with fair housing laws and regulations.  The Fair Housing Act is 50 years old this year.

 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 April 30

Fun Facts and Inspiration for April 30

 

Inspiration…

“I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.”             Abraham Lincoln

Did you know that…

In 1764 a musician played for the Royal Family at Versailles, France.  The Royal Family was so impressed with the musician’s performance that he was invited to stand behind the Queen during dinner – a high honor. The musician was only eight years old at the time. His name was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

A well-renowned Italian chef, Hector Boidardi, was born in Italy in 1898.  He was so well-known that we know him today as Chef Borardee!

During the Middle Ages, English pubs had a whistle baked into the ceramic cups. When a customer wanted a refill of their beverage, they simply blew into the whistle – hence the term, “wet your whistle.”

Bee stings have been shown to dramatically reduce pain and joint inflammation for those with arthritis. Including rheumatoid arthritis.

Reginald Kenneth Dwight is an English singer, pianist and composer.  Probably his most famous piece is the song “Candle in the Wind 1997” written after the death of Princess Dianna.  We know Reginald Kenneth Dwight as Sir Elton John.

In real estate, whether you are a buyer or seller, it is important to understand the significance of ‘months of inventory’.  Months of inventory  indicates whether it is buyers’ market, a sellers’ market or a neutral market.  See my blog at  www.rolandlow.wordpress.com  for more detail about months of inventory.

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 April 27

Fun Facts and Inspiration for April 27

 Inspiration…

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

                                                                                                  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Did you know that…

In ancient Babylon, 4,000 years ago, for a month after the wedding, the bride’s father would supply his new son-in-law with all the mead he could drink.  Mean is a beer made with honey, and as such that month was called “the honey month.”  The month lasted for one lunar month and today we know is as the “honeymoon!”

Norway, Australia, New Zealand, France, Great Britain, Chile and Argentina all have claims on sections of Antarctica.  The United States does not recognize any of those claims.

In 1977 nearly 87% of those polled failed to identify an unlabeled copy of the Declaration of Independence.

Before electricity was invented, blocks of lime were heated until they glowed which provided light on the stage for performers.  Hence the term “limelight”.

The term ‘Mayday’ used for signaling for help, comes from the French term “M’aidez” which is pronounced as ‘mayday’ and translates into “help me”.

In real estate, it is important to understand that as a buyer if you include frivolous contingencies, you weaken your offer and run the risk of the seller rejecting your offer or adjusting the price.  For example: Often times an existing home may have carpet that needs to be replaced. Rather than ask the seller to replace the carpeting, a carpet allowance may be much easier and more palatable to all involved.

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 April 26

Fun Facts and Inspiration for April 26

 Inspiration…

“Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.”         Kahil Gibran

Did you know that…

In 1632 Galileo proclaimed that the Earth rotated around the sun.  In 1633 the Catholic Church and Galileo had a serious falling out because it contradicted the church’s view. It wasn’t until 1992 that the Catholic Church officially recognized that Galileo was right!

Tea is said to have been discovered in 2737 BC by a Chinese emperor when some tea leaves accidently blew into a pot of boiling water.

In 1992 Canada declared beauty contests degrading to women and as such banned the contests.

The Mars family, of candy fame, had a horse that they were very fond of, so they named a candy bar after the horse.  The horse’s name was Snickers!

During WWI the British Royal Air Force developed a new type of radar technology that helped pilots shoot down German planes at night.  In order to protect the technology, the British government promoted a campaign that said eye sight is improved when eating carrots.

In real estate, buyers and sellers often barter on the price of the home, but in fact there are many issues that need to be negotiated.  If buyers and sellers cannot come to terms on a deal it is often a good idea for the REALTOR® to get the parties to agree to a smaller item, such as a closing date. Once the parties agree to a few smaller items, it seems easier to get the parties to agree on a price rather than lose the deal in which they have put effort already.

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 April 24

Fun Facts and Inspiration for April 24

Inspiration…
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Did you know that…
On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 lunar module landed on the moon with the first human to ever walk on the moon. The lunar module was expected to land on the moon with two minutes of fuel left; however, when the lunar module landed, it had only 20 seconds of fuel left.

In ancient Rome it was a common practice to take a bit of spiced, burned bread and drop it into a glass of wine to improve the wine’s flavor. The wine was then drunk to wish someone good health. Today we refer to that practice as “a toast”.

One of the most memorable actresses in the world is Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg. We know her by Jane Seymour.

Many of the first houses built in the American Colonies were actually bricks that were brought over in the holds of ships. The bricks were placed in the holds to provide ballast for the ships. When they arrived at the colonies, they would sell the bricks for building, and load the ship with export goods in their place.

David McConnell sold sets of Shakespeare’s works door-to-door. Because sales were very weak, he offered free perfume to his customers. He soon realized that the perfume was more popular than the books so he started selling cosmetics door -to-door. That is how Avon came into being!

In real estate it is critically important that you understand the cost of buying a foreclosure or bank owned property. In most instances, a foreclosure or bank owned property requires the buyer to pick up the cost of most taxes and transfer fees. For example: In Frederick, Maryland a property sold for $500,000 would have a state transfer tax of $1,250 and a Document Stamp of $3,000. That cost is normally split 50%/50% between the buyer and seller. In bank owned and foreclosure properties the sellers’ will not pay their portion of the transfer tax and Recordation Tax. That will add $2,125 to the closing cost of the buyers’.

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 April 23

Fun Facts and Inspiration for April 23

Inspiration…

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”

 

Did you know that…

While in college, he was known as “P-willy.”  Today he is formally known as Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, heir to the British throne.

Royal Gold Crown

An Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court makes an annual salary of $255,000, while Judge Judy, of TV fame, makes an annual salary of $25 million!

The first portable calculator for sale by Texas Instruments weighed 2 ½ pounds and cost $150.

During World War II, Great Britain and Norway worked together for their common cause.  In 1947 Norway presented Great Britain with a Christmas tree that Londoners placed in Trafalgar Square in London. That tradition, of Norway presenting a Christmas tree to Great Britain has continued to this day.

Ernest Vincent Wright, author of ‘Gadsby’ tied down the keystroke for the letter ‘e’ to make sure that letter was never used in the novel.  ‘Gadsby’ has over 50,000 words in the novel, but not a single letter ‘e’.

During his lifetime, some authors considered his writing to be so deplorable, that he was referred to as “..that drunken fool.’  The author these writers were referring too was William Shakespeare.

In real estate, the vast majority of home buyers obtain a mortgage to buy their home.  Several years ago, the price of homes were increasing so fast that mortgage companies gladly gave out mortgages – if the home buyer could not afford the property, in a few years, they would simply sell their home at a handsome profit.  Because the market was so “hot”, mortgage companies created the “no-doc” loan. Basically home buyers filled out an application and stated their income.  No verification of the income or net worth was obtained.  Believe it or not, “no doc” loans are not new.  Several years ago, mortgage companies had the same program in place, however, they had to change the name of the program.  Back then they were known as “liars loans”.

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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