mattresspillowbearThere's nothing like a good night’s sleep. Sleeping is restorative. Studies prove sleep is vital to our health and well-being. It can improve our disposition and lessen stress. Or, sleep can have the opposite effect. According to Whitney Coy and her recent article on, we spend more than one third of our day in bed.

craftsman landscapeDo-it-yourself projects can be extremely rewarding. Not only might you learn something new, but the finished product satisfies and gives a sense of pride. But spending money on a project may not be the best idea if it doesn’t pay you back in equity or a higher sale price.

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With the housing market booming, it can be easy to lose sight of how confusing the process of becoming a buyer can be, even to those shoppers who are not first time home owners. A simple internet search for mortgage myths reveals how much confusion is out there. Lenders and realtors are both eager to dispel these beliefs that steer potential buyers in the wrong direction.  

August 11, 2020, is National Real Estate Ethics Day. National Real Estate Ethics Day exists “to instill the highest levels of professional integrity, professional expertise, sound judgment, and discretion to all REALTORS around the world.”


Prior to 1900, there was no licensing of real estate professionals. In 1908, the National Association of Realtors was formed, which established a Code of Ethics in 1913 to adopt professional standards of conduct. The code was adopted with the Golden Rule as its theme.

The National Association of Realtors has established integrity and honor in the real estate profession, helped realtors stay informed about real estate issues, and encouraged fairness, competency, integrity, and moral conduct in all business relations.


NAR’s Board of Realtors requires that every Realtor complete a Code of Ethics training every three years. The current cycle deadline is Dec 31, 2020 to December 31, 2021.

You can complete your Code of Ethics triennial requirement for 2019-2021 by registering for the National Real Estate Ethics Day webinar, led by REALTOR, CEO, best-selling author and motivational speaker Leigh Brown.

The webinar will benefit the Real Estate Relief Foundation, a charitable foundation dedicated to providing housing-related assistance to victims of disasters.

Register today!



Recent studies by Zillow and Million Acres (a Motley Fool company) have determined that homes are selling more quickly than they were at this time last year, and that more people are considering leaving big cities to move to smaller towns. 

While both buyers and sellers took a “wait and see” approach when the pandemic hit, the market is now ramping up. People have been reassured to see that real estate agents are taking innovative approaches to keep them safe, and this, in addition to mortgage rates being at a record low and the prices of homes holding steady since May, has contributed to homes flying off the market — homes sold in the second week of June 2020 stayed on the market for only about 22 days, the fastest they’ve sold since June 2018.