Grateful HeartsI wake up each morning and give thanks for the bed I slept in, my home, my family, my friends, and a new day.  This is the time of year when being thankful is brought to everyone’s attention. Thanksgiving is that reminder that we need more than once a year that we have abundant blessings. Let’s all have that grateful heart and let it last the year long.  

I want to take a moment to say thanks to all the people I encountered this year.  To those buyers I helped with the purchase of their first home, thank you for reminding me of the joy of beginning and the excitement of planning projects. To those buyers who were transferred here from places far, thank you for reminding me of the resilience of each us when we have to adapt to changes in our lives.…

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Like all industries, the world of real estate has its own language and terminology. Knowing some of the industry jargon will help you prepare for the home-buying process, and better equip you to communicate with your Realtor™.

Here are a few common terms to add to your vocabulary:

Fixed Rate vs. Adjustable Rate Mortgage
Two types of mortgages available to homebuyers. A fixed-rate mortgage has the same interest rate through the entire term of the loan, while an Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) is a loan in which the interest rate periodically adjusts based on a specified index.

Earnest Money
A deposit, given by the buyer to the seller and held by a third party, secures the contract until closing and lets the seller know you are serious about the…

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Holiday ReadyYour kitchen is hands-down the busiest room in your home during the holiday season. It’s warm, there are yummy dishes baking in the oven, and delicious pots bubbling on the stove. And no matter how inviting the other living spaces in your home, your holiday kitchen seems to create a gravitational pull for all your family and visiting friends.

This is the place where memories are made.

Before you get swept up in the holly, jolly bustle of the season, there are some easy and inexpensive ways to give your kitchen a little holiday sparkle, and create a functional, welcoming space. Swapping out regularly-used kitchen linens for seasonal favorites, clearing out unnecessary clutter, cleaning appliances, and adding a few festive accents can go a long way in…

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Key Team 4 Keys to SuccessAt Brinkoetter Realtors, we not only have access to a full-time marketing team, the latest technology and best website, we have access to a wealth of experience through the great teamwork of everyone in the office. That has been very helpful for our buyers and sellers, whether that is talking about our listings in weekly meetings, touring our listings together as a group, or just in the friendly conversations we have in passing at the office. The Key Team decided to take this teamwork to the next level by creating a smaller, more focused team which will allow very intentional collaboration about each and every one of our listings. Pooling our marketing dollars to increase the impact for our sellers, and the flexibility of all of our schedules, will…

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Writing has been a stress outlet for me for many years.  I have written and am writing journals for my four grandchildren. I write in them every three to four months, and tell them about the funny things that they did or said. I also include the price of gas (which is a family joke) and write about what is happening in the world or our family.  I just gave the first one to my grandson Will for his 18th birthday.

I just finished my Ethical Will to give to my children. I have worked on this for over ten years and it includes my thoughts on love, death, family, God and many other topics.   I have written many notes, some of which were delivered and others that were thrown in the trash. The reason I write was brought to my attention when I read a short book…

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