Fun Facts and Inspiration for December 5

Fun Facts and Inspiration for December 5

Inspiration…

“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles.”               Buddha

Did you know that…

The botanical name of a plant, Theobramba Cacao, is known as ‘food of the gods’.  We know it as chocolate.

Albert Einstein could not speak fluently until he was nine years old. His parents were concerned that “he might be retarded.”

It costs more money today to buy a new car in the United States than it cost Christopher Columbus to equip and undertake three voyages to and from the New World.

According to the National Safety Council, an average of sixty-nine people are shot to death with handguns every day in the United States.

In Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift descried the two moons of Mars, giving their exact size and speed of rotation.  He did this more than a hundred years before either moon was discovered.

In real estate, no one buys a house.  Technically, they are buying the land associated with the house.  The house is considered an improvement to the land.

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 November 27

Fun Facts and Inspiration for November 27

 Inspiration…

 “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”

Gandhi

 

Did you know that…

 In 1953 Swanson Foods colossally miscalculated the amount of turkeys to prepare by 260 tons  for Thanksgiving that year.  A quick-thinking salesman for Swanson’s, Gerry Thomas, suggested that they order 5,000 aluminum trays and provide a pre-cooked meal of turkey, corn bread dressing with gravy, peas and sweet potatoes – and TV dinners were born.

The Hindu holy day begins at sunrise, the Jewish holy day begins at sunset, and the Christian holy day begins at midnight.

Albert Einstein never learned to drive a car.

The name of the Russian space station, Mir, means ‘peace’.

On July 4th, 1776, King George III of England, noted in his diary: “Nothing of importance happened today.”

In real estate, an agent can be identified as a “premier agent”, “Top Real Estate Agent” or “One of Top 10 Real Estate Agents in (any state) simply by paying the advertising fee.  The best way to select a real estate agent is simply to talk to one to determine if you are comfortable with the agent and they can express a high level of knowledge of real estate.

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 November 8

Fun Facts and Inspiration for November 8

Inspiration…

“Fall down seven times, get up eight.”

Japanese Proverb

Did you know that…

In the United States, we drive in a parkway and park in a driveway!

In the world of numbers, a ‘googol’ is a number one with a hundred zeros after it.  That is where the word “Google” came from.

Three gentlemen, Bradley, Voorhies, and Day started a company to manufacture underwear.  Today we know it as BVD’s.

In ancient Rome, the only rule during a wrestling match was that there was no eye gouging.  Today we know that rule as “It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye.”

The motto for the Olympic Games is ‘Citius Altius Fortius.  Translated into English it is ‘Faster Higher Stronger.’

In real estate, a person who owns the property has legal title to the property.  If the property owner is selling the property, and the seller and buyer have entered into a contract but have not yet closed on the property, the buyer is said to have ‘equitable title’ to the property.  Equitable tile refers to a buyers’ right to obtain full ownership – legal title.

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 November 3

Fun Facts and Inspiration for November 3

 Inspiration…

 “The time is always right to do what is right.”         

                                                                        Martin Luther King, Jr.

Did you know that…

 In Babylon, 4,000 years ago, it was an accepted practice that for a month after a wedding, the bride’s father would supply his new son-in-law with all the honey beer, known as mead, he could drink.  It was referred to as the honey month.  Today, we refer to it as the honeymoon.

In 1764 Wolfgang Mozart played for the Royal Family at Versailles, France.  At the time, Mozart was only eight years old.

When people want to try a new pen, 97% will try the pen by writing their own name.

The first non-human to win an Oscar was Mickey Mouse.

The word pound is abbreviated as ‘lb’ because the Latin word for pound is libra.

In real estate, anyone who needs a mortgage to finance a home will hear the terms pre-qualified and pre-approved.  Often times people use these terms interchangeably, but that is not correct.  These two terms are very different.

A pre-qualification is simply taking information provided by the buyer to determine the approximate amount of a mortgage they would be able to apply for.  It basically takes the self-reported income and self-reported debt to determine the amount of a monthly payment the borrower could afford.  If does not take into consideration their creditworthiness.  A REALTOR® can provide you with a pre-qualification.

A pre-approval, on the other hand, is done by a lender who looks at documents supporting the reported income and debt, takes a look at the credit reports etc. to determine the credit worthiness of the applicant.  It is very important to have a pre-approval letter in hand when submitting an offer on a property.

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 October 25

Fun Facts and Inspiration for October 25

 Inspiration…

 “Logic will get you from A to B.  Imagination will take you everywhere.” 

                                                                                                                        Albert Einstein

Did you know that…

 Panama hats actually originated in Ecuador, not Panama.

The novel ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” was the first book ever written with a typewriter.

The state of Maryland has no natural lakes.

The original name for a well-known breakfast cereal was Cheerioats, today we know it as Cheerios.

A glue invented by 3M corporation was so weak it was considered a failure until someone thought of a use for it.  Today that glue is used to create Postit Notes!

Very, very few people have ever visited the Sea of Tranquility.  The Sea of Tranquility is on the Moon.

In real estate it is important to understand who represents who.  Most buyers will at some point visit an open house.  If you, as a buyer, have already contracted with an agent to represent you, it is important to identify that to the agent at an open house.  Agents that are holding an open house represent the seller – period.  Although they are required to be fair and honest with all parties, their primary responsibility is to look out for the best interests of the seller, not the buyer.  One of the most important bits of advice I can give a potential buyer is to find a REALTOR® whom you are comfortable and confident in and sign a contract with them.  Only then will you have someone looking out for your best interest during the process.

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 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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