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Looking to improve your curb appeal?

There are multiple ways to start improving your curb appeal!

Mulch your flower gardens and around your trees, bring in dirt for around your home to help keep water from running towards your home, plant flowers, trim bushes, pick up leaves and sticks, and so much more.

I found this great tutorial on how to build a retaining wall around a tree; just click on the following link: http://handyowner.com/building-a-retaining-wall-around-a-tree/

Retaining wall around tree

This is a great way to clean up your front yard and appear fresh, clean, and new.

If there is anything you have questions about or would like more information on, just ask.  My number is 785-230-2958 or my email is cole@coleboling.com.

Have a great day!

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Tax Day!! REFUND? Use for down payment!

Were you someone who was fortunate to receive a tax refund this year?  If so, hang on to it!

Instead of running out and going on a shopping spree for a new wardrobe or hunting/fishing gear, SAVE your refund!  That’s right, I said SAVE your refund… this money can be used towards your down payment of as low as 3%.  If you’re approved to purchase a home for $100,000, all you would need to put down is as low as $3,000!!

Are you a first time home buyer?  Refer back to my previous posts in regards to buying real estate, steps one through five.  I specialize in first time home buyers, new construction, resale, etc… If you have any questions about real estate, I am the agent you want to contact. My number 785-230-2958 or email me at cole@coleboling.com.

If you know someone looking to buy, sell, invest in real estate, I love referrals!  Please send anyone you know my way!  I will take care of them!  Thank you and happy tax day!!

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Triple the Exposure, Maximize Your Results!

As your local tech savvy agent in Real Estate, I have taken the initiative to become a member of three huge Northeast Kansas markets.  Topeka, Lawrence, Kansas City, and everywhere in between. By doing so, I am able to expose your properties to three main MLS’ in Northeast Kansas as well as thousands of Real Estate Agents. Marketing to all three MLS’ exposes your property to other investors, buyers, and sellers.  I am a local expert and have unlimited resources to ensure you’re receiving the best deal whether you’re buying, selling, or investing in real estate. I am your one stop shop whether you’re looking in Manhattan, Lawrence, Topeka, or Kansas City markets.

I am a very honest and open agent who will be up front with you.  I’m a go-getter when it comes to selling your home, and on the flip side of that I’m not a pushy agent who will suggest you jump on the first thing you view.  If I have any hesitation about a property or offer presented, I would bring this up with you personally.  I’d expect the same from you, as my client.

If you have any questions about real estate or any questions about my business, please contact me at 785-230-2958 or cole@coleboling.com.  I’m an open book, so please don’t hesitate to reach out and ask for my professional opinion on real estate or if you just wanted an idea of how I operate my business.

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Easter deviled eggs recipe

Looking for a fun way to make your deviled eggs this year? Look no further!  I found this great recipe that you can try with the family or make with your kids!

http://www.foodjimoto.com/2011/04/easter-eggs.html

Eggs

I hope everyone has a wonderful time with family and loved ones!  Be safe!!  :)

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Looking for some fun weekend festivities?!?!

It’s supposed to be a beautiful weekend in Northeast Kansas this weekend over the Easter holiday weekend.  I hope everyone is able to spend their holiday weekend with family and loved ones.  If you enjoy outdoor festivities as much as I do, you’ll enjoy this web site listed with a few outdoor games you can enjoy with the entire family!

http://www.u-createcrafts.com/best-outdoor-games-life-sized-edition/

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Set up lawn chairs in the back yard and enjoy a nice Easter drink!  http://alchemybaking.blogspot.com/2011/03/strawberry-cheesecake-mousse.html

Strawberry Cheesecake Mousse

“Strawberries are the angels of the earth, innocent and sweet with green leafy wings reaching heavenward.”
~Terri Guillemets

If you are making this for eating after dinner, make sure you make it at least a few hours ahead. It needs to get cold and set up completely.

And if you eat too much, go for a walk, I hear it helps.

Want another great, easy spring time pudding recipe?

Lemon Cream Pudding
Strawberry Cheesecake Mousse

makes 4 servings

Ingredients

8 oz (224 g.)  package cream cheese
10 oz. – 2 cups, ( 283 g.) fresh strawberries, stems removed, washed and sliced
1/2 cup (125 ml) 4 oz. heavy cream
1/2 cup (55g.) powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

more sweetened whipped cream for topping, if desired
more fresh strawberries for topping,  if desired

Directions

Place cream cheese, fresh strawberries, vanilla and powdered sugar in a food processor or blender. Puree them together until smooth. Then place the cream cheese mixture in a large bowl.

Whip the heavy cream just until stiff peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture.

Spoon the mousse into individual bowls, glasses or cups. Refrigerate a few hours before serving. Top the individual servings with sweetened whipped cream and a fresh strawberry.

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5 STEPS TO BUYING REAL ESTATE: Step 5- Closing: Congratulations! You’re a homeowner!

  • This is the day you’ll want to have utilities turned on under your name to ensure you have water, heat, AC, etc…You will just need to call your local gas, electric, water companies prior to your closing date in order to schedule a time for them to switch those utilities to your name.
  • Plan on about 30 minutes to an hour for your closing.
  • What you will need to bring with you to closing: Down payment money (check must be certified) and a valid photo ID for all parties listed on the contract.
  • Both parties must be present to sign papers!
  • Your lender will provide you your concrete/final numbers.

YOU’RE DONE!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS!!  — HERE’S THE KEYS TO YOUR NEW HOME!!

Have Fun MOVING!!!

Buying Real Estate 5 stair steps

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5 STEPS TO BUYING REAL ESTATE: Step 4- Writing an offer and Inspection Periods

  • When considering to write an offer, everyone is looking for a deal, however going in with a low ball offer may end up doing just the opposite. I want you to think about one of your most prize possessions and listing it for sale.  If the very first offer came in 20% below your asking price, how would that make you feel?  More than likely, you would feel irritated, offended, or annoyed with that offer.  (Thinking GET REAL!)  Take this into consideration when you’re writing an offer.  The more realistic you are to the asking price, the more likely you’ll be able to get to where you really want to be at the end of negotiations.  Typically, houses sale for about 3% below asking price in a good market.
  • I always recommend getting a whole house inspection, sewer cam, radon inspection, and the bank requires a termite inspection. Usually you can work some or all of these into the offer.  I typically advise my clients to ask for some closing costs to be paid by the seller as well depending on the overall offer.
  • Once both seller and buyer have agreed upon a deal, the closing typically takes place somewhere between 30 and 45 days. Earnest money is also paid by the buyer in the amount of 1% of the purchase price to the Title Company or Escrow agent.
  • What to expect between the offer being accepted and closing: INSPECTIONS! Inspector will take approximately 3-4 hours to go through the entire house. You are more than welcome to be there during that time but I recommend showing up for the review to get some feedback about the home. (Note: If you see something in the seller’s disclosure, I suggest you ask for it up front. Be sure to read the seller’s disclosure prior to writing your offer.)

Buying Real Estate 5 stair steps

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