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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Cleaning House: Secrets of a Truly Deep Clean

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

PRESS RELEASE!

I hope you are having a fantastic Tuesday!  Just released is information that is exciting and informative for anyone looking to buy or sell a home in today's real estate market. You want to know you are in good hands when putting your home on the market or when you are in the buyer's seat! 



http://www.remax.com/documents/insider/pr/2011/Sales%20Data%20Identifies%20Top%20Real%20Estate%20Producers_3-24-11_Final.pdf

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Fill My Cup Lord

Good Thursday morning to all of you! The weekend is fast upon us and I hope you have plenty of time this weekend to enjoy your friends and family.

This year has been a tough one for many of us in every way. From our own health issues as well as health issues in our families to financial struggles, burdens and worries of all kinds we can find ourselves exhausted and trying to seek solace and peace by withdrawing from life leaving us feeling depressed and empty inside.  

I was thinking about all the things in our lives that hinder us from true joy and happiness. We spend much of our time fretting and worrying over things we have no control over and allow things into our lives that seep the very strength, energy and joy right out of us instead of concentrating on adding things into our lives that bring true joy, peace and happiness. Whether it be our jobs, friends, family or some sort of addiction that is keeping us from enjoying our lives and having true peace we must take control of whatever it is and start replacing those negative things in our lives leaving room for the positive before it destroys our health and our relationships.

Help us God to allow you to fill our cups with the positive fruits of the Spirit helping us to make a difference in the lives of others. Help us take our eyes off the negative and keep focusing on the positive. Help us to refuse to allow our cups to be filled with the toxicities of life such as bitterness, hatred, worry, apprehension, and negativity but rather fill our lives with Your love.

Gal 5:22-23
22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
 23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Let Go - Sheila Walsh

10 Ways To Prevent Costly Mold Damage To Your Home

Happy Tuesday to everyone!  I hope you all have a fantastic day!

Below is a great article about mold damage. Homes that have had water damage or moisture damage of any kind where the problems are ignored, let go or just not resolved in a timely manner can have serious affects on not only your health but also your pocketbook.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

How To Use Comparable Sales to Price Your Home

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I hope you all are enjoying this beautiful sunny day and have something fun and enjoyable planned for this evening!

The article below gives some very good tips for sellers when trying to reach a list price for their home. In today's market especially it is of utmost importance a seller correctly price their home to sell and not sit stagnant on the market!
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Sunday, March 13, 2011

How To Assess The Real Cost Of A Fixer Upper House

I hope you have had a wonderful weekend! It is a bit hard to get used to the time change but I love having extra daylight hours in the evening and Spring is my favorite time of year!


Below is an article about buyers in the market for a "fixer upper" home.  Over the years I have worked with folks who thought they would be the perfect candidate for a challenged home! You better think long and hard before you embark on a fixer upper and complete your due diligence before you ever make an offer. Almost always things cost way more than you ever anticipated and your idea that you would save thousands can quickly vanish into thin air.



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Friday, March 11, 2011

Hurting Others In His Name

Happy Friday to all of you! The article I wrote below was written because I am concerned and my heart goes out to the ones who are treated in this manner and it helps me to vent a bit I guess.  I love everyone including those I am speaking about today so please take it as a concern and not as I am attacking anyone. I have seen so many things happen to good people over the years and I just felt this should be said. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Do you think it is helpful to advertise your problems or others problems on FB or any other public forum, even the pulpit, asking folks to pray for your wayward family and friends naming who they are with all the nasty details or do you think that is something that should be done privately so as not to further alienate them from you and cause them to run even further away from God?  Wouldn't it be better to ask for prayer for a "family or friend" but not specifically call them out with all the details on FB or in church  embarrassing and hurting them further? I know how I would feel if my family or friend did this to me and it would drive me farther away from the very folks who "claim" to have my best interest at heart and love me because when a person does this whether it be your parents , friends or a “concerned” Christian it is to be seen and heard of other men and not out of concern for this person.  If they asked you for help and said it is ok to discuss their personal issues then that is different.
Humiliation, fear, control, belittling, anger, frustration, intimidation, condemnation.....these are the words that come to mind when I see this happening....this is the opposite of what Jesus tells us to do. It is our own insecurities and pride causing us to be this way and it is not in the best interest of our loved ones. Until our loved ones and friends see true Christianity in action which is unconditional love ,restoration  and prayers without fear tactics being used we will never see them come to know the true peace, joy and happiness that a relationship with Jesus can bring.
 I have seen time and time again over the years folks who have been treated like this, rarely if ever, darken the door of a church again. You want to know why we have so many churches popping up specifically for folks who have been hurt in the church these days?  It is exactly because of the way we "bible believing Baptists" have treated others for so long expecting them to be what we will never be....PERFECT. Hypocrisy is rampant and if you are abusing your children and your wife or husband behind closed doors and then showing up for church on Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night, visitation and all others times the church doors are open and criticizing every single person in your path for what they are doing wrong.....please do not bother to speak any words of advice or preach to anyone about how they should live their lives. If you are constantly naming names and using words of public outcry against others and gossiping about them in a forum on FB or any other place do not even think I have any respect or consideration for anything you have to say. We all have our beliefs and we all should share the good news about Jesus but He says we are not to offend another brother and we are not to be gossiping and sowing discord among the brethren and every time you get on a rampage about something you do not like that someone else has done speaking about it openly  for all to see you are hurting the cause of Christ. What about those who have never accepted Christ who are reading your comments or listening to this? If a man who is truly God called feels the Holy Spirit talking to him about a certain individual he should talk to that individual in private and start praying for them NOT making them a public spectacle for all the world to see.
There is nothing the other person could have done that would be worse than what this well meaning Christian is doing.  Also if that well meaning Christian is not that persons Pastor and does not even go to the same church what business do you have at all to even be saying anything in a public forum about them and truthfully even if they are from your church public humiliation is not the way a Spirit filled Christian should treat another. Did that person ask for your input or opinion?  Just because a fellow Christian does not dress, speak or do exactly as you do does not mean they are going to hell. Just because you are a leader in the church or even if you are not a leader and think it is your God given right to speak your mind it does not give you the right to offend your brother and sister and openly embarrass and ridicule them. This is a control issue and problem you have with your position or arrogant spirit and is not coming from a place of concern and love for that person. If this person did not ask for your help or opinion STOP trying to badger them into your way of thinking.  
What a person does or does not do and whether you agree with them or not is not between you and them. It is between them and God. Our actions and the way we handle these situations with love or arrogance may cause a soul to be lost forever. How sad to be the cause for someone completely rejecting the church and our Lord.  Until we understand this our words are as sounding brass or tinkling cymbal and carry little if any weight.  It is much more important that our words and deeds be effective and be respected than to open our mouth and remove all doubt.
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become [as] sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 1 Cor 13:1

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Do Others Fear You OR Respect You?

Good Thursday morning to all of you! Rainy morning! I hope all of you have a wonderful day and weekend coming!

I was on Facebook this morning and was just reading over posts and was appalled to see a post by someone who said he actually defriended a fellow Christian but then plastered his name and started talking about him for everyone to see. It upset me so much it prompted me to write this as I have seen it happen time and time again and it just brought me back in time and remembering past churches I have been in and how well meaning folks do not think before they speak in their fervor to speak what they believe to be the truth. When will we get it through our thick heads that God has to do the work in a persons heart and what you consider to be a sin may not be to the other person yet and may never be and the way you handle your own self and life may greatly affect this fellow believer forever.

True Christians must love each other unconditionally....that is hard. You may not agree with something they may be doing but when you dig into your own life I am positive you are not either. Christ did not ask us to love IF they act, dress or speak the way we would like them to...we each must die daily and there is no perfect person and God loves each of us exactly the same regardless of what we think and regardless of how good we think we are. He said to get our own act together and get our own selves right with Him before we even think of judging someone else and guess what? We will be working on ourselves every single day because it is not possible to be "perfect" and this leaves no room for pointing fingers. He is telling us that we have too many of our own problems to work on and it would be much more beneficial to correct our own lives than work on someone elses. What one does you do not like, another does something else you do not like, and you also, and a sin is a sin regardless of what kind or how severe in your eyes.

 Loving others the way Jesus loves us should be our goal. That means forgiving, restoring, loving and being patient with those you think are not as spiritually mature as you are. Many Christians are just full of pride and arrogant and enjoy hurting others by their pretense and supposed superiority over other Christians even to the point of calling names publicly. Do not tell me you can call someone out publicly and say it was out of concern for them and your  love for them.  If you did something "wrong" how would you feel if a fellow Christian blasted your name and talked terible things about you publicly?  This ought not to be. Treat others the way you would like to be treated with respect, kindness and courtesy and pray for someone you think needs help in a certain area and let God do the rest. It is not between you and them. It is between them and God.  

It is unlikely anyone would be willing to listen to a person who would do this sort of thing as all respect and trust in that person would be gone for fear that "Christian" would broadcast what they consider a sin every time they did something wrong. Many friendships and churches have been destroyed over "issue oriented" preaching and teaching and I personally know folks who would never darken the door of a church again because of being mistreated and embarassed by "mature Christians". 

Help us God to remember we as Christians are all just sinners saved by grace and we are nothing without You. Help us to love others the way You love us and help us not to do anything that would hinder or discourage another fellow Christian.

Have a great day!!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Contractor Agreement: 7 Steps to an Iron-Clad Contract

Good rainy Saturday morning to all of you! We do need the rain so I am not complaining! Blessed to be out showing most of the day today. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend planned enjoying time with your friends and family. It is hard to believe we are into March now. I love the thought of Spring in the air!

Below is an excellent article about tips for hiring a contractor. I have had so many things happen over the years regarding this issue with my customers, friends, family and clients and with a little planning and research we all can save ourselves much trouble and hassle by adhering to at least some of these tips!


Have a great weekend!



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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

When Things Happen You Do Not Understand

Well, it is Wednesday! I cannot believe we are on March 2, 2011! It is going to be a beautiful day!

Over the past couple of years many things have happened in the lives of not only myself but my friends, family and co-workers. Sometimes it is very easy to allow these troubles and trials to bring us down almost to the point of not fully functioning at the capacity we normally do. Burdens, worries, illness, strained relationships, finances, death, divorce etc...all play a huge part in our lives each and every day and if we are not careful we lose our joy and direction.

I find strength in knowing that God is in control of each and every little thing that happens in our lives and if He is in control He also knows the outcome and whatever that outcome is I must yield to His will. If this is so then there is no reason to fret and worry about things I absolutely have no control over. I have had several folks tell me the end of the world is coming and to prepare. They have said to stock pile food, water and ammunition and to start hoarding as much as possible. Truthfully I am not sure whether to believe some of what is being said but I do know that regardless of what we do and how much we prepare our God is bigger than all the world can throw at us and He says to put our faith and trust in Him and He will protect and guide us in the ways that we should go. He is coming back to claim His own someday and I look forward to this. Therefore, I choose to just trust Him and continue on in His service loving others and telling them about what He did for me and how He changed my life and because of that I will never be the same.

 If you are struggling with fear, frustration, doubts, anger, worry and discontentment over the realities of this world please let me introduce you to someone who can wrap His arms of comfort, peace, joy and contentment around you allowing you to take a deep breath and just collapse under His wings. There is safety and protection here that noone and nothing else can give us.

Have a wonderful day knowing He loves you and that He has everything under control!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Tips For Adding Curb Appeal and Value to Your Home

Good Tuesday Morning to all of you! I am so happy to see sunshine today after the thunderstorm with heavy winds, rain and hail came down around us yesterday. I had just finished up showing properties when the rain started and we had a very hard time seeing to even get home. Hope everyone is well this morning and enjoys their day!!!


Below is an article full of great ideas for homeowners to help them sell their home in the least amount of time possible. Those sellers who refuse to listen and overprice as well as do little to prepare their homes for sale with doing much needed improvements around their homes will pay a high price with longer days on the marker and low offers if indeed there are any offers at all. With so many foreclosures on the market and many more to come mid year it is imperative a homeowner take heed to the suggestions we are giving them as many of these banks are taking our advice and putting these foreclosures back on the market in ready to move in condition. They are realizing that preparing a home to sell quickly is much better than being "hopeful" someone will just tackle the issues. Not only does it make sense to try and do everything possible to sell as quickly as possible before a home becomes stale it makes the lending process go much smoother. Most lenders will require that repairs be made so a seller who realizes this up front and just does what is necessary to prepare their homes is a huge step ahead of the game.


Have a wonderful day!

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