Gardening With Children: Gardening Tips and What to Plant

Cultivating a home garden is a great way to teach your children where their food comes from while fostering a sense of independence and a healthy respect for the environment. Most of all, it’s a fun activity the whole family can enjoy. Keeping their dexterity and attention span in mind, here are some tips on gardening with children that will get you growing in no time.

Location, Location, Location. The most important consideration when deciding what you want to grow is where you want to grow it. Are you planting indoors or out? In summer or fall? How much sun exposure will you have each day, and how extreme are the temperatures?  Checking a hardiness map for your area will help you decide what, when, and where to grow, and involving your child in the research makes for a fun geography lesson.

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Evaluating your Readiness to Buy a Home

Is it time to purchase your first home?  Owning your own home may offer many advantages including building equity, qualifying for tax deductions, and having a place to call your own. It also requires a level of financial and emotional readiness.  Evaluating your position in each of the following categories can help guide you as you make this important decision.

Monthly Finances

Purchasing a home is a big financial decision. In addition to making mortgage payments you also have to factor in additional costs such as taxes, homeowner’s insurance, homeowner’s association fees, city assessments, and household repairs. Mortgage companies use a debt to income ratio (DTI) to determine loan eligibility.

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Realty Executives International Recognizes the “Best of the Best” for 2017 Production

Leaders across our global network have earned recognition in Realty Executives International’s 2017 Executive Awards program. These awards honor the sales achievements of the most productive Executives, teams, offices, and brokerages throughout the Realty Executives system, celebrating their hard work and commitment to excellence over the past year.

“We are proud to have one of the highest performing franchises in the industry. There is no doubt the core of high-performers who have earned these awards are paramount to our success. We celebrate these incredible professionals, and congratulate them on their annual sales achievements and steadfast commitment to helping buyers and sellers reach their real estate goals,” said Vice President of Franchise Services, Alysia Heun.

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Patrick van den Bossche Leads Realty Executives International as President

Patrick van den Bossche is Realty Executives International’s new president. With 30 years of experience leading fast growth, start-up, and next-growth companies across multiple industries, van den Bossche brings a passion for people and a depth of expertise to his new role that matches Realty Executives International’s focus on aggressive network growth and expansion while nurturing a community-centric culture. Read more about van den Bossche’s appointment in the company’s official announcement.

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