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WARMEST WISHES THIS THANKSGIVING

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to take pause and think of everything and everyone we are grateful for. May your holiday and all the days ahead be filled with happiness, peace and prosperity.

Please enjoy the following recipe for using up all of those delicious Thanksgiving leftovers.

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min.    Yield: 8 Servings

Ingredients
•6 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
•1-1/4 cups chopped celery
•3/4 cup chopped onion
•1/2 cup butter, cubed
•6 cups unseasoned stuffing cubes
•1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
•1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
•1 cup chicken broth
•4 cups cubed cooked turkey
•2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
•1 teaspoon garlic powder
•3/4 cup sour cream, divided
•4 ounces cream cheese, softened
•1/2 teaspoon pepper
•1/4 teaspoon salt
•1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

Directions
•Place potatoes in a Dutch oven and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender.
• Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute celery and onion in butter until tender. Remove from the heat.
• In a large bowl, combine the stuffing cubes, poultry seasoning and sage. Stir in broth and celery mixture. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
• In another large bowl, combine the turkey, soup, garlic powder and 1/4 cup sour cream; spoon over stuffing mixture. Drain potatoes; mash in a large bowl. Beat in the cream cheese, pepper, salt and remaining sour cream; spread over turkey mixture. Sprinkle with cheese.
• Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 8 servings.

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME CHANGE

Daylight Saving and Elections

 Since 2006, the Daylight Saving Time period has closed on the last Sunday of October, about a week before Election Day, which is held the Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

 The extension of Daylight Saving Time into November had been proposed as a way to encourage greater voter participation, the theory being that more people would go to the polls if it was still light when they returned home from work.

 The U.S. law that took effect in 2007 pushed the end of Daylight Saving Time to the first Sunday in November.

 In some years (2021, 2027, and 2032), this will fall after Election Day, giving researchers the opportunity to gauge its effect on voter turnout.

So no matter whom you vote for this year, there will be plenty of light for you to get out there and visit the polls!

 On November 4th at 2:00AM remember to fall back an hour!

 And don’t forget Election Day: November 6th, 2012

 

Real Estate’s Top Ten for 2012

From Lennox’s Blog

Image2012 has been an historical year for real estate. We have seen a positive shift in the market; driven by historically low interest rates and lower adjusted prices which have brought out motivated buyers. The shortage of inventory has caused multiple offer situations to become increasingly common. The following are the top stories of 2012:

 

 

1.  THE RESIDENTIAL MARKET FLIPPED FROM A BUYER’S MARKET TO A SELLER’S

2.  MARKET SHORTAGE/LOW INVENTORY OF HOMES FOR SALE

  • There is a shortage of homes for sale in the price ranges where approximately 90% of sales activity   is taking place

3.  MULTIPLE OFFERS INTENSIFY THE MARKET

  • Need to be buyer ready to get a home

4.  PRICES BEGIN TO RISE IN THE MORE AFFORDABLE AND MID PRICE RANGES

5.  HISTORICALLY LOW INTEREST RATES CONTINUE

6.  STRONG SALES ACTIVITY

  • Elevated number of residential investors in the market
  • Local home buyers regain confidence and reenter the market
  • Surge of buyers close to job centers
  • Market conditions activate “on the fence” buyers

7.  RESTRICTION OF NEW LISTINGS COMING ON THE MARKET

  • Underwater sellers waiting for an increase in home prices
  • Few new condominiums have come on the market
  • Sellers with equity have been waiting for prices to increase

8.  SINGLE FAMILY HOME BUILDERS START TO BUILD AGAIN

9. BUYERS USE MOBILE TECHNOLOGY

  • Mobile real estate apps give buyers an extra edge when searching for a home
  • Mobile GPS home search apps instantly pull information on homes for sale from wherever the user is currently located

10.  HEADING INTO 2013 US CONGRESS AND HOUSING REGULATORS ADDRESS HOUSING ISSUES AND MORTGAGE FINANCING

  • Their decisions will impact the foundation for a sustainable housing market

STAGE YOUR HOME RIGHT FOR AUTUMN

The transition from summer to fall means more than the beginning of football season and sending the kids back to school. If you are looking to sell your home, it means staging it right with Fall in mind to make it more appealing to buyers. Use these tips to get your home sale ready or just looking great for the Fall season! 

Start with curb appeal – Keep the lawn free of falling leaves and debris and cut back dead or dying perennials. Replace them with fall blooms, like mums, and/or add a few fall blooms in pots to the front porch.

Add fall décor – Use neutral fall décor outside, such as pumpkins, leafy wreaths or small hay bales that appeal to adult sensibilities. But keep it to a tasteful minimum. The idea is to add a few homey touches but keep the focus on the home itself.

Use seasonal scents – Nothing conjures up warm memories more than the sweet, spicy scents of fall. Bring them to mind with a pot of simmering cider on the stove or the aroma of freshly baked bread or cookies. But try to keep it natural. Scented candles or aerosol sprays can be off putting to some buyers.

Make the kitchen sparkle – Keep it very clean and remove all cleaning supplies from view. Take the notes and photos off the refrigerator and keep the counters clear – stage with an attractive cookbook and a bottle of wine or olive oil, or a handsome arrangement of fall produce in a pretty bowl or basket

Let the light in – Keep drapes and blinds open during the day, and turn on the lights if your home is dark or the weather outside is gray.

Make the fireplace a focal point – You can you make it seem cozier with an armchair or rocking chair facing it, draped with a shawl or afghan. A few small pumpkins or gourds add a homey touch to the mantel. You can also rearrange the furniture to make the fireplace the focus of the room.

Set the dining room table – Using fall foliage and candles as a centerpiece, set the table with your best cloth, glassware and china – or dramatize a polished wood table with a showy bowl or basket full of autumn’s finest fruits and foliage.

 

Now you are ready to usher in those crisp Autumn days.

2012 HOUSING TRENDS

The National real estate market continues to maintain steady growth and appreciation, as evidenced by the latest Case-Shiller Index, which showed steady increases in month over month home prices, across 20 major metropolitan areas. Since the beginning of 2012, the indexes have risen 3.5%, a sign that the bottom of the market may indeed be behind us. What is even more encouraging is the year over year appreciation, as noted by the index, posting the first positive numbers since the end of the home buyer’s tax credit of 2010.

As the housing market gains strength, the inventory of both new and existing homes has dwindled. Motivated buyers are moving off the fence to take advantage of the historically low rates and adjusted prices. Because of this, multiple offer situations have become increasingly common and have intensified the market. The strong sales activity has triggered prices to rise in the more affordable and mid price ranges as well as the higher price ranges near job centers; signaling a flip in the market.

Initiated by the elevated number of residential investors and local home buyers gaining confidence and reentering the market, the Northwest housing market has seen a surge of buyers.

Another market trend we have observed is the increase in the use of mobile technology among both buyers and sellers. The John L. Scott mobile app gives buyers an extra edge when searching for a home and gives sellers targeted exposure to quickly and successfully sell their home.

These indicators show that moving into 2013 we will likely see a continuing of the fundamental strengthening of the local real