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Letter From the Heart!

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Home Seller Seminar - Montgomery County, PA

by Diane Cardano & Team

SEMINAR DETAILS

Thinking of selling your home in 2015  or 2016 because it’s either too big, too expensive or too difficult to maintain with climbing property taxes?

Or is your home too small and you need a larger home for your family?

Come learn how to keep your equity in your pocket and make up to 18%  more than using the methods of a Traditional-Realtor.  Also, learn how to sell your home 4 TIMES Faster and get a “26 Day Home Sold GUARANTEE”*,  in addition to these topics:

  • Eliminate All Unnecessary Expenses! Avoid unnecessary costs when preparing your home for sale and defend yourself against unwarranted inspection repair demands from Buyers.
  • Avoid Lifestyle Disruptions! Sell your home quickly for top dollar and keep showing hassles to a minimum.
  • Reduce Stress! Learn how easy selling your home can be with the right tools, real estate agent and preparation.
  • Have peace of mind! Know that you hired an EXPERT real estate team to market and sell your home.

This seminar specifically caters to home sellers who understand they need to start preparing up to a year in advance so they can get top dollar when selling their home.

Thousands of people have attended our seminars. Whether you need tips on Staging, Pricing, Marketing, Negotiating or Overseeing Transactional Details, you will leave our seminar much more savvy than when you walked in!

Today’s real estate market requires home sellers to employ countless marketing strategies to help protect their asset from the Home Selling Sharks.  Learn why it is so important that your real estate consultant spends $$$$$, has an extensive marketing background and has creative marketing systems already in place.

All attendees will receive a 40 page Home Seller Handbook, a Seminar Graduate Certificate and a tee shirt that says “You Have Survived The Home Selling Shark Seminar. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions pertaining to your specific needs.

We are looking forward to sharing everything that we know about the home selling process in this New World of Real Estate.

Monday Morning Mojo: Happiness is a Choice

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Here are three tips you can use to enjoy more happiness in your life:

 

  1. Practice Gratitude

 

Being mindful of thankfulness and gratitude is actually a scientific means of increasing happiness and it’s completely in your control.

 

People who operate from a position of gratitude tend to appreciate simple pleasures, defined as "those pleasures in life that are available to most people," according to a report in the journal of Social Behavior and Personality.

 

  1. Let Yourself Be Happy

 

Bronnie Ware is a nurse who spent years working with elderly people on their deathbeds. From her experience, she determined that there was a common thread among her patients at the end of their lives: They regretted not "letting" themselves be happy.

 

Ware is the author of The Top Five Regrets Of The Dying, a Huffington Post blog. In it she wrote:

 

“Many did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called 'comfort' of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again ... Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happiness.”

 

  1. Show Some Compassion

 

If you want to get your brain to focus on happiness, try meditating on compassion. Brain-scanning studies on French monk Matthieu Ricard found that when he was practicing loving-kindness meditation, his brain produced gamma waves "never reported before in the neuroscience literature." Not surprisingly, Ricard has the most capacity for happiness ever recorded.

 

“Meditation is not just blissing out under a mango tree but it completely changes your brain and therefore changes what you are,” Ricard told the New York Daily News.

 

Choose, today, to be happy. It’s all in your control.

Monday Morning Mojo: The carrot, egg and the coffee bean

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her.

 

She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling.  It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

 

Her mother took her to the kitchen.  She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. 

 

Soon the pots came to boil.  In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans.  She let them sit and boil, without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes, she turned off the burners. She fished out the carrots and placed them in a bowl.   She pulled out the eggs and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled out the coffee and placed it in a bowl.  Turning to her daughter, she asked,

 

“Tell me what you see.”

 

“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied.

 

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft.  The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it.  After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. 

 

Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee.  The daughter smiled as she tasted its richness and savored its aroma.  The daughter then asked, “What does it mean, mother?”

 

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity — boiling water.  Each reacted differently.

 

The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting.  However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile.  Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.

 

The ground coffee beans were unique, however.  After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

 

“Which are you?” she asked her daughter.  “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond?  Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?”

 

Think of this: Which am I? 

 

Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

 

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? 

Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff?  Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

 

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain.  When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor.  If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst; you become even better and change the situation around you.

 

When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level?

 

How do you handle adversity?  Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?

 

The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of things that come their way.

Monday Morning Mojo: Sometimes it’s the little things in life that make us happy.

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Here’s a big list of the little things in life we can enjoy:

 

  1. You wake up before your morning alarm goes off and you can still get more sleep.
  2. You give Mother Nature the slip and get inside or in your car just before it starts raining.
  3. Someone holds the door open for you for what appears to be an awkwardly long time, just so you don’t have to open it.
  4. The person in front of you in the drive thru pays for your order.
  5. You fast-forward through your recording to miss the commercials and you stop just as the next part of your show starts.
  6. You get an unexpected compliment from someone – even a stranger.
  7. Someone re-Tweets or forwards what you post on Facebook unexpectedly.
  8. You’re just sitting there in your chair and you realize that things are great just the way they are.
  9. Finding money that you forgot you had in a coat you haven’t worn for a while.

10.  Hitting the timing perfectly on a bag of popcorn

11.  Popping bubble wrap.

12.  The elevator arrives just as you push the button.

13.  Ordering coffee and hot chocolate at the right temperature.

14.  Your cell phone staying charged long enough for you to finish your conversation.

15.  Getting in your car and seeing that you had more gas than you remembered.

16.  Your favorite song coming on the radio just as you’re thinking about it.

17.  Seeing trees turn green as the weather gets warmer.

18.  Peeling the perfect hardboiled egg.

19.  Bed linens that just came out of the dryer.

20.  Taking a long shower or bath without being interrupted.

 

There are lots of little things in life that can make us happy. We just have to look for them.

 

Enjoy your day.

Monday Morning Mojo: Valentine's Day

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

For men:

 

Guys, it turns out that it really is the thought that counts after all. Yes, flowers, candy and expensive stuff does show that you are thinking about your lady. But the real secret has more to do with how much thought you put into the gift. The more creative you are and the more you give a gift that show how much you’ve been paying attention is what’s key.

 

Here are a few tips from Bankrate.com (believe it or not) on how to make your girl feel special this year:

 

Show a special feature: Invite her to your place for a special movie night, complete with popcorn and hot cocoa. Show that you've been thinking of her by buying her favorite romantic movie online (again, it's OK to ask her for movie suggestions without revealing your entire plan).

 

Say it in your own words: Who needs Shakespeare? Many women, including Fawn Fitter of San Francisco, say a heartfelt card is worth its weight in gold. "Not some verse from Hallmark, just something sweet in his own handwriting. That's all it takes," she says.

Eat in: Consider making a romantic dinner at home for your sweetie instead of going to a pricey restaurant on Valentine's Day. If you've got even a shred of culinary talent, get up early and prepare her favorite -- pancakes with strawberries and whipped cream, perhaps, with hot coffee, a carafe of mimosa and two champagne glasses.

 

Check here for more cool ideas: http://bit.ly/168dTCY

 

For women:

 

Ladies, men DO have other things on their mind when it comes to the gifts they want from you on Valentine’s Day. Author Nancy Eshelman from PennLive did a little research on Facebook and got some surprising – and completely amazing – answers.

 

From the men who gave her feedback, it seems that many of them “seem to have what they already want” said Eshelman.

 

Here are some of the responses she received:

 

  • "If we need told on this day you need to be reminded you love each other, then you don't really know or understand what 'True Love' is. Love isn't a one-day wonder.

 

  • "True Love means you'll go the extra mile every day if that's what it takes. So we don't celebrate our relationship, we celebrate what it's produced together ... two kids and lots of happiness. So we do something together as a family."

 

  • "My favorite Valentine's Day gift," he wrote, "is when my dear wife wakes me with a kiss and a happy Valentine's breakfast."

 

  • "A staycation."

 

  • "Time ... nothing fancy ... time."

 

  • "Real men know this is a ladies holiday. Our reward is in knowing we made our 'special lady' less angry with us for a few hours."

 

Hopefully that clears it up for you. If you’d like to see the full article, go to: http://bit.ly/1Dts0OG

 

Enjoy and have a Happy (and meaningful) Valentine’s Day.

Monday Morning Mojo: Today is Groundhog Day!

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

The groundhog, sometimes called a woodchuck or marmot, is believed to make weather predictions relating to winter and spring, which is rooted strongly in superstition. Thousands of years ago when animalism and nature worship were all the rage in Europe, citizens in the area currently known as Germany believed that the badger possessed the ability to predict the coming of spring. In fact, they believed in this power so strongly that they watched the badger to determine when to plant their crops.

 

In 1886, settlers brought this tradition over to North America, predominantly in Pennsylvania (Punxsutawney to be exact), where it was the groundhog, not the badger, who became the famous “prognosticator”.  It is now the home of Punxsutawney Phil, likely the most famous Groundhog in the entire world.

 

The Groundhog Day concept became popular in Canada in 1956 when Wiarton Willie became well known for these same February “weather predictions”. There’s even a Wiarton’s Groundhog Day festival that grew as Willie’s celebrity increased; in fact, Wiarton Willie became a big enough celerity that he has his own statue in Wiarton. It became one of the largest winter festivals in Bruce County, Canada.

 

Not to be outdone, there are also other groundhogs in different parts of Canada. For example, Schubenacadie Sam in Nova Scotia is reportedly the first groundhog in Canada to stick its head out on Groundhog Day. Other groundhogs include: Gary the Groundhog in Ontario, Brandon Bob in Manitoba and Balzac Billy in Alberta.

 

Who knew that being a groundhog carried so much authority? Here’s to groundhogs around the world NOT seeing their shadow today. Bring on the sun!

Monday Morning Mojo: Productivity Makes Mistake

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

The one thing that productivity seems to ignore is the emotional side of things. As humans, our feelings influence much of what we do and say each day. Unfortunately, it’s sometimes hard to control our feelings and what’s even worse; sometimes we let our feelings get in the way of taking action.

 

The good news is that there’s 3 ways to channel those feelings into taking action and getting good results:

 

1)    Be positive

 

Often times, we procrastinate most when we’re in a bad mood. Not surprisingly, studies show that we’re more productive (and successful) when we’re in a good mood. To incrementally increase your optimism, measure your successes in bite-sized pieces. See your success as a process and not an event. Even the smallest of movements forward should be celebrated as you getting closer to reaching your goal. Focus on the little steps that make the big steps possible.

 

2)     Reward yourself

 

Rewards make us feel good. In fact, research shows that rewards are responsible for three-fourths of why we do things. So, when you accomplish something or get a task done, give yourself a reward. And, if rewarding yourself isn’t enough, use a “device” or a friend.

 

For example, set a task and delivery date/time for its completion. Then, give a friend $100. Tell them that if the task is done by the set date and time, you get the money back. If you don’t, then it’s theirs. That’s some good motivation right there.

 

3)     Peer Pressure

 

We are all products of our environment. Surrounding ourselves with people who we want to be like is much less work than stressing about not getting things done. Join groups and organizations that embody the skills, traits and mindset that you want for yourself. By spending time with these people, you’ll begin to take on the same behaviors and qualities yourself.

Monday Morning Mojo: Selling in the winter is a great idea.

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Fact: a home listed in the winter months is 9% more likely to sell. As well, it sells one week faster than other times of the year and for 1.2% more.*

 

The reason for that is two-fold. First, people who are out shopping for a home at this time of the year are more serious than other buyers – they likely need to buy a home because of a job relocation, birth of a child, major family change, etc. As such they’re out looking intently to find a home for their families.

 

Secondarily, the rates on mortgages are still insanely good, which gives them a huge incentive to make the move at a time of the year when most people “think” it’s the wrong time to move.

 

As an added advantage for sellers, there’s less competition at this time of the year, which means that your home stands out more in the crowd for interested buyers to consider.

 

If you’re waiting until spring to put your home on the market, you might want to reconsider and put your home up for sale now to capture a higher price and sell your home faster. The good news is that you could find a buyer now and pick a closing date closer to the spring – getting to have your cake and eat it too.

 

If you’re interested in finding out what your home is worth in today’s market and are considering selling, give us a call at 215-576-8666.

 

*http://blog.redfin.com/blog/2013/12/winter-selling.html

Monday Morning Mojo: Who Packs Your Parachute?

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

A true story…

Charles Plumb was a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and a U.S. Navy jet pilot in the Vietnam War.  He flew 75 combat missions and during that time, his plane was struck down by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted to the ground, landing in enemy territory, and was captured.

He spent 6 long years in a communist Vietnamese prison. He survived the ordeal and now speaks to people on what he learned through surviving in a prison camp.

In his lectures, he recounts the story of the time he and his wife were sitting in a restaurant. A man eating there came up and said, "You're Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down!"

Astonished, Plumb asked him:"How on God’s green earth did you know that?"

"I packed your parachute,"the man replied.

Plumb was overcome by what he just heard and gasped in astonishment and gratitude. The man shook his hand and said, "I guess it worked!" Plumb assured him, "It sure did. If your chute hadn't worked, I wouldn't be here today."

Plumb lay awake that night, thinking about that man. Plumb says, "I kept wondering what he might have looked like in his Navy uniform: a white hat, a bib in the back, and bell-bottom trousers. I kept thinking how many times I could have walked right by him and not even said 'Good morning, how are you?' or anything because, you see, I was a fighter pilot and he was simply a sailor."

Plumb considered how much time that sailor must have spent on a long wooden table in the bowels of the ship,carefully weaving the shrouds and folding the silks of each chute, holding in his hands each time the fate of someone he didn't know.

Plumb asks his audience – and asks you – "Who's packing your parachute?"

We all have someone who provides what we need to make it through the day. Plumb also points out that he needed many kinds of parachutes when his plane was shot down over enemy territory: he needed his physical parachute, his mental parachute, his emotional parachute and his spiritual parachute.

He reached out in all these areas before being rescued.

Many times in the daily challenges we face in life, we miss what is really important. We forget to say hello, please,or thank you, give someone a pat on the back on something wonderful that has happened to them, praise them, or just do something nice for no reason.

As you go through this week, these winter months and even this year, acknowledge the people who pack your parachute.

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