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Fair Housing PSA

This video is a little dated, but it gets the point across. Commentary isn't really needed by me here.


Have you ever experienced anything that bothered you or you felt was in some way discriminatory? Leave a comment about your experience (consider your language or your comment will be deleted for being vulgar!) or send me a message at therealestatepastor@gmail.com 

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My Deal With Drains

Last year my wife and I noticed that the drain in our kitchen was starting to get very slow. Over time, despite cleaning it out and running extra hot water, it reached the point of being completely clogged. Eventually, we had to call not one, but two plumbers to get the issue totally fixed, because it turned out we had a level 5.

The stuff coming out of our drain pipe literally looked just like the stuff in this picture:



Makes you want mashed potatoes, right?

And I won't even tell you how vile it smelled. Thank the Good Lord for my wife's stash of essential oils and multiple diffusers!

Now, our problem was pretty serious, and one that had been building up (literally) for decades. Long before we moved into the house this issue existed down the drain (HA!). And the first plumber who used his auger really was a big help in giving us an understanding of what was happening and getting us on the path to clear pipes.

Unfortunately, he couldn't do all the work in one day, so we h…

Creating More Flow...From Your Showerhead

Recently I stepped into the shower, as I try to do every day (hey, I have three kids and two jobs, so if I get a day off no promises) and I noticed something was off. My usually comforting rainfall shower head was acting more like I'd walked into a slight drizzle than an actual rainfall.

My first reaction, honestly, was panic. "SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH THE WATER PRESSURE!"

Of course, I imagined everything from we didn't pay the water bill and it was being shut off to a waterline leak to my hot water heater had exploded and my basement was flooding...all in a span of about 10 seconds. Thankfully, none of those were the cause of my pitiful shower. The culprit was a buildup of deposits inside the shower head itself.

Even more thankfully, this common problem can be easily fixed.

Now, I am NOT what one would call a very handily person overall. I know how to hammer and measure, but I do those only when my wife instructs me to. But this fix is so simple, you can be even les…

Property Basics: Easements

When you go to sell your home, or when you are looking to buy, you might find certain situations in which a property has an easement. But what does that mean, and how can it have an affect on you and the use of the property?

Well, the short answer is that it depends on the type and purpose of the easement. A utility company, for example, might claim an easement on the edge of your property to run new sewage lines or power lines. This could result in the loss of space, or just temporary loss of space and use while the new utilities are installed and usually aren't a problem.

But there are other types of easements that could have a greater impact on you. While these situations are not common in most situations, understanding what an easement is and how it can affect you is an important consideration as you look to list or look to buy.

So, take a look at this video, which is produced by US Law Essentials. My sharing of this video is for informational purposes only, and is not an end…

6 Apps You Should Be Using

For better or worse, smart phones and technology are here to stay. 
Of course, it’s not all bad. In fact, there are several great apps out there that can keep us informed, connected, protected, and make us more productive. 
Here are 6 of my favorite and most used apps. (None of these are paid endorsements, they’re really just great apps that I love!)

Weather Bug. So much better and more detailed than the basic weather app on my phone. I love Weather Bug!
Marco Polo- A teenage told me this was an ‘old person’s Snapchat’. Whatever. I turn 35 this year, I'm not old. Maro Polo lets you send video messages to friends, even groups, and it saves the video so you can go back later for reminders. I literally use this app every day now.

Tiny Scanner- Go ahead and buy the pro version (I got it for .99) if you plan to use it regularly, but the free version lets you send a few scans. It’s great if you need to send docs quickly, keep receipts for taxes, or just want a PDF copy of things. And it save…

Baggage

August was traditionally a time for me as a Children's Pastor to prepare for kids going back to school. I carried that tradition into being a Lead Pastor as well for several years, and we would hold special Back-2-School Bash events with free food, free backpacks, and a few times even free laptop computers!
The purpose and goal was always to be a blessing in our community, have some fun, and point to Jesus.
My purpose today is the same! I want to be a blessing to my community, both as a real estate professional and minister. I want to have some fun, because life is too short not to. And I want to point to Jesus, because one thing I know is that when life ends, you can't take your cars or houses or bank accounts with you!
So, as we get close to the back to school season, let me take a moment and share this short, fun, and impactful message that I shared at a back to school event a few years ago to several hundred students and their families.
Enjoy!


Reconsider Doing These Updates If You Plan To Sell

When you are starting to think about selling your home, if you're like most people, you're going to walk around and look at things that might need some attention. You may even decide that you want to invest a little money into improvements to make your home worth more and more enticing to propective home buyers.

That's a perfectly reasonable thought, really.

Personally, before I was in the real estate business and my wife and I were looking to buy our first home, she went in looking at things like space for the kids and to entertain and how functional the kitchen was. I went in asking what I was going to have to pump into the house to fix or update things after we bought it!

The reality is, if you want to put your house on the market, you're most likely going to have to update your hot water heater if it was installed when Ronald Reagan was President! But what about the things that provide 'glitz' and 'glamor' that might seem like they'd bring a great …

Understanding Hard and Soft Credit Inquiries

This information was adapted for your use from this original article and includes my thoughts: Credit Karma Blog

So many people do not understand how credit works, or what can harm their credit. I've talked to people who were afraid to find out their own credit score or check their credit report because they didn't want to hurt their credit.

Thankfully, their ignorance about the differences between a 'hard inquiry' and a 'soft inquiry' of their credit are easy to fix. Sadly, that same ignorance can lead to problems if people don't learn and understand the differences and get the right information!

Let me be clear: You checking your credit report or score will NOT hurt your credit. There are many ways you can conduct such a 'soft' inquiry and get information. That is something I will talk about more in a different post.

There are also ways you can hurt your credit score, without meaning to in some cases. Conducting a 'hard' inquiry is always goin…