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November 16, 2020

As American As Apple Pie
We've all heard the saying, but what does it really mean? After all, the pastry dates back to medieval
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The 2020 Homebuyer Wish List [INFOGRAPHIC] | MyKCM

Some Highlights

  • The word “home” is taking on a whole new meaning this year, and buyers are starting to look for new features as they re-think their needs and what’s truly possible.
  • From more outdoor space to virtual classrooms for their children, buyers have a growing list of what they’d like to see in their homes.
  • Let’s connect today if your needs have changed and your wish list is expanding too.
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dog on couch

Why Pet-Friendly Homes Are In High Demand

 One of the many benefits of owning your own home is the freedom to find your ‘furever’ friend. By pointing out the aspects of your home that make it ‘pet-friendly’ in your listing, you’ll attract these buyers, rather than alienating the 68% of American households that have a pet!

If you are one of the many homeowners looking to list your home for sale, how do you stand out to the millions of pet parents searching for their dream home?

Whether a dog person, a cat person, or someone who prefers the company of another pet species, 99% of pet owners say that they consider their animal to be family. When finding a home, 95% of animal owners believe it is important that a housing community allows animals.

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Three of the Latest Reports Show Housing Market Is Strong

Three of the Latest Reports Show Housing Market Is Strong | MyKCM

The residential real estate market is remaining resilient as the country still struggles to beat the COVID-19 pandemic. Three separate reports recently revealed how the housing market is still showing growth. Here’s a look at each one.

1. Ivy Zelman’s Real Estate Broker Survey

The survey explains that purchaser demand remains strong:

“This month’s overall homebuyer demand rating…was easily the strongest sequential gain in our survey history…Strength continues to be led by the entry-level…While high-end demand is less robust in an absolute sense, there has also been relative improvement, with contacts attributing incremental improvement to the stock market’s rebound, record low

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Best Time to Sell? When Competition Is at an All-Time Low.

Best Time to Sell? When Competition Is at an All-Time Low | MyKCM

In a recent survey of home sellers by Qualtrics, 87% of respondents said they were concerned their home won’t sell because of the pandemic and resulting economic recession. Of the respondents, 51% said they are “seriously worried.” That concern seems reasonable considering the current condition of the economy. The data, however, is showing that home purchasers are still very active despite the disruptions American families have experienced this year.

The latest Existing Home Sales Report published by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed that 340,000 single-family homes sold in this country last month. NAR’s most recent Pending Sales Report (homes going into contract)

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cinco de mayo

Exactly how many holidays have we celebrated during quarantine? We lost count. But that won't stop us from enjoying them all the same. 

Today is Cinco de Mayo! With tacos and margaritas on everyone's mind, we thought we'd share a great recipe for easy and healthy fish tacos for you and your family to enjoy. Let us know what you think!


4J Fish Tacos

serves 4




4 pieces of a firm white fish, skinless (cod, snapper, mahi-mahi) about 4 oz each

½ tsp cumin

½ tsp kosher salt

¾ tsp chili powder


¼ cup Greek yogurt, any fat percentage

3 tbsp mayo

¾ tsp chili powder

Juice from 1 lime


1 package of your favorite slaw-mix vegetable

1 tbsp olive oil

Juice from 2 limes


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As the adage suggests, a single image conveys many complex ideas and thoughts, more so than a mere verbal description ever could. What does this mean for a home buyer or seller? What do you want the images of your current or potential home to convey? 

4J Real Estate recently acquired a listing after a homeowner was unsuccessful selling their home through another agent. The property sat on the market for 100+ days without movement. Part of the problem was that the pictures attached to the listing did not display the great features of the house. In fact, they detracted from them. While home photography sounds like a great way to save money, it can actually be a hindrance. We came in with our professional photographers (at no additional cost to the

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Which side do you fall on, dressing or stuffing? There's plenty of debate over the correct terminology of the popular Thanksgiving side dish. If you grew up south of the Mason-Dixon line, chances are that you may be firmly planted in camp dressing, while the rest of America cries stuffing. While both are delicious there are a few distinct characteristics of each.

Dressing - typically made with cornbread and cooked outside of the bird, most likely in a dish of its own. You can find it in the South, parts of the Midwest, and in certain pockets of New England. It's rumored that the term dressing originated in the 1850s when old Victorians deemed stuffing too crude a word for a dish to be named. Honey, I do declare!

Stuffing - typically made with sandwich

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4J Real Estate is proud to honor all veterans today. Your undeniable valor is a testament to why we are able to stand proudly as Americans. Because we cannot live in the land of free, without it also being the home of the brave. 

Veterans Day is celebrated every year on November 11, commemorating the end of World War I and the armistice reached between the Allied Forces and Germany on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month. What was originally called Armistice Day was later changed by Congress to Veterans Day in 1954, to honor American veterans of all wars. 

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While this day provides images of patriotism and Americana, the outlook for many veterans is not so warm. The harsh reality of war and conflict brings cases of PTSD,

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Did anyone else get sick the second we turned our clocks back one hour? It’s as if my body knew I was already complaining about that and decided to throw in a host of other ailments. Tis the season I guess. But then it got me thinking, is this just my body not adjusting to the time difference, or is it something more? Am I experiencing seasonal allergies or a cold? What’s the difference? I did some research and found that, like mucus, the differences aren’t always clear. 

Colds and allergies are similar in that they both affect your respiratory system, making it harder to breathe and easier to feel miserable. But while colds are caused by a virus that will provide days of coughing/sneezing/wheezing/sore throating and generally work itself

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