Happy Thanksgiving!

With gratitude at Thanksgiving, we thank you all for your business! We are grateful for our friends, clients and family that refer their loved ones to us and think about us when they have any real estate needs! 

Thank you for your continued support and allowing us to do what we love to do every day. We are proud to be in the real estate industry and look forward to many years of helping you with all of your real estate needs!

May the good things in life be yours in abundance, not only at Thanksgiving, but throughout the coming year. 
Hopefully your November was stuffed full of fun, with turkey, traditions, and thankfulness! We wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings!

With Love,

The RED Team

Decorating Your Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is only six days away! We cannot believe how quickly this wonderful holiday has come this year! Do you have your menu planned out? How about the decoration for the most important place in the house — the dining room table? If you’re in need of some inspiration, we have some ideas below to help get you started!

1. Get your table done early so you’re not rushing around right before your guests arrive.  We recommend getting the majority of it done the night before so all you’re left with are those last minute tweaks the day of.

2. Start with your table cloth or table runner — choose something that matches the mood you’re trying to achieve and/or the time of day you’re planning to host.

3. If you’re bringing in additional chairs that don’t match your traditional dining room set, not to worry! Just be sure to arrange thoughtfully so there’s a nice balance between folding chairs, your neighbors chairs, and any other chair you found in your house!

4. Just as the chairs do not have to match, neither do the plates, silverware, and glasses. Mix and match these items, and again, be thoughtful about the placement so there’s an adequate balance.

5. The photo above is of a traditional place setting. This can be done in a variety of ways, but pre-setting the table will give you an idea of how much room you have to work with for your centerpiece.

6. For every six guests, it’s recommended that you provide condiments such as salt & pepper, bowls of cranberry sauce, butter dishes, and gravy boats spread throughout the table.  It makes it much easier for your guests as they are preparing their food for consumption.

7. Now for the fun part — decorating the center of your table! The possibilities are endless! Small gourds, pumpkins, low flowers, candles, and greenery are some of our favorites.

8. Lastly, so your guests aren’t forced to plan a seating arrangement, take care of it for them! Place cards are a simple way to make your guests feel special and add another decorative touch to your table.

Happy decorating!! We hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving next week!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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As we think back over the past year, we realize there are more blessings we’ve received and more things to be thankful for than we can even begin to count. This year we are especially thankful for our current clients, past clients, referrals and companies we work with. As each of you know, many hours of our week are put towards serving those with real estate needs, and it makes it all the more enjoyable that we get to spend our time working with wonderful people like you. So, thank you for your trust and confidence in our team. We couldn’t do it without you.

We also give our thanks and honor to the Mighty God we serve. “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32) He gave us the best gift we could have ever received — Jesus Christ. And for this we will be forever grateful.

We challenge you today and each day after to live your life with thanksgiving. Below are some ways to cultivate a heart of gratitude.

1. Start a thankful journal

Studies show that having a daily mental attitude of thanksgiving fends off depression, anxiety and stress. Buy yourself a journal and take a few minutes each day to jot down what you’re thankful for.

2. Discuss what you’re thankful for over dinner with your family

Start at the head of the table and slowly work your way around as each family member states one thing they’re thankful for. This not only creates a heart of gratitude, but gives your family a meaningful bonding activity to do each night at dinner.

3. Be content with what you’ve been given

There will always be ads, marketing campaigns, and commercials that will draw your attention away from what you have and onto things you don’t have. This is a great way to turn a grateful heart into and ungrateful and wanting heart. As much as you can, avoid social media, television, magazines, etc. that cause you to become discontent with what God’s given you.

4. Give to others

Since “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above..” (James 1:17a), keep the gift giving flowing by blessing those who around you who are in need. Brainstorm with your family what organizations or people you know who might be in need this holiday season, and bless them with money, items, or your service.

We hope you truly have a heart of gratitude this Thanksgiving and keep the trend going on into 2017!

 

WE ARE THANKFUL FOR YOU!!!!

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As The RED Team prepares for Thanksgiving lunch we want you to know we are truly grateful for YOU, your loyalty and your support! We are thankful for our assistants, lenders, mortgage brokers, inspectors, title companies, buyer, and sellers! We are also thankful for our friends that refer us to your friends and family when they are looking to buy or sell a home! We are honored when you send your friends and family our way! Our business would not be what it is today without clients like you! We wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Thanksgiving! Eat lots of turkey, dressing, and pie for us! Gobble Gobble!

The RED TEAM Thankfuls When We’re Out and About

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On crazy days when we’re running around from showings to closings and back to the office, The RED Team has some essentials that we are very thankful for…

1. Vehicles

Without a car, we can’t drive anywhere! Our schedules are hectic and can change at any second, with a car, it’s easy to go from place to place for our appointments and make last minute stops.

2. Gasoline

Obviously without gasoline we can’t drive anywhere, but sometimes we gripe and complain about having to take the time to stop and get gas. In reality, it is such a blessing to be able to buy affordable gas.

3. Car Phone Charger

With the amount of phone calls we make on a daily basis, a charged phone is a necessity! And on days where our schedules are booked up, we don’t even make it to the office and we have charge our phones in our cars. Without it, we’d have to stop by the office or by our houses and sit and wait for our phones to charge. That would be such a hassle and would cut out from time we need to take care of our clients!

4. Sun Glasses

On bright sunny days, even in the winter, sunglasses are crucial for being able to see the road ahead. Kiley can’t function on the road if she doesn’t have her sunglasses on. Like they say, our futures are so bright we need to wear sunglasses. 😉

5. Clean Public Restrooms

This may be a silly one, but when you’re going from house to house for appointments, sometimes you have to stop at an OnCue or other places to use the restroom. No one likes using a dirty restroom, so we are very thankful to those who keep their public restrooms clean!

What are you thankful for when you’re on the road? Please share with us!

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving! What is  the first thing that pops in your mind when you hear this word? Most of us think of fabulous food: turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, pecan and pumpkin pies! Then when we think a little more deeply we think of all the many things we need to give thanks for. When we count our many blessings and name them one by one we come up with some great lists. The Red Team puts God at the top of the list, family, friends, health, and our careers are a few that we all are grateful to have. In our family we always try to go around the table and try to pick one specific thing that we can share that no one else has said yet. We have had contests to see who can come up with the longest list in 15 minutes. In the past year we had nine of us on a group text that each takes a month and texts each daily with a topic of thankful suggestions. This is really interesting and can be really thought provoking and can get pretty silly!
One day one of us said to give thanks for something every single time you get a drink or go to the bathroom! Another example was that once the leader asked us to do a voice recording thanking God for the first 3 things that come to our mind within the next 10 seconds! Not much to ask when we have 64,000 seconds in our day. It only takes three seconds or less to come up with one thankful item so surely you can take less than one minute to thank God for three things each day.. This thankfulness habit begins to change us little by little.

My favorite devotional book,
Jesus Calling,talked about this subject this week. It said if you give thanks for everything regardless of your feelings then He will give you joy regardless of your circumstances.
Shifting our focus will change our attitudes!

One of the best ways to bring joy to us is to serve others. During this time of the year we have more than enough opportunities to reach out with a helping hand. Just this past week my church wrote letters of thanks to the teachers of an elementary school we adopted and filled hundreds of shoe boxes with
Christmas gifts for kids in Croatia. Then last night hundreds of International people came to our church for the annual Thanksgiving dinner. At our table, we had seven OC students, six of which were from Africa and one from  Portugal. They really enjoyed their Thanksgiving feast. Today Keller Williams  gave back to the community through The Hope Center. We walked there  and had a truck full of canned goods for their pantry! Another realtor posted on Facebook the need for Foster Kids and their wish lists.  If you want to be of service, you don’t need to look far!
Remember a grateful heart is a happy heart!

We Are Thankful

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We are thankful! We are thankful for our faith, families, clients, health and good food just to name a few. We challenge you to write down at least 5 things you are thankful for, because there is always always ALWAYS something to be thankful for! We hope you get to spend this beautiful Thanksgiving week with the people that you love. Here are a couple encouraging quotes to remind you to be thankful.

 

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We are thankful!

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We wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving! Don’t forget to sit down and really count your blessing. Thanksgiving is a time to remember, appreciate and give thanks for the many blessings in our life! We are thankful for each and everyone of our clients. Thank you! Enjoy your day!

Thankfulness — not just at Thanksgiving!

Last January, my broker challenged us to start a new habit. I took her up on it!  Thus, I have been in the habit of journaling three gifts a day for which I am thankful and acknowledge that God has given to me. On most of the posts, I have a picture to symbolize my gifts. Thankfully, I have a 1000 Gifts App on my phone for easy recording! I started with a “Joy Dare Calendar”, which comes out monthly on a website called “A  Holy Experience” that listed three specific items for each day of the month for which to look for, recognize, appreciate — be thankful for !! My mother and another friend joined me in this rewarding effort, which really made us aware of blessings that occur many times during a day and reminded us to be on the lookout for things for which to be thankful for all day long! Just like at Thanksgiving, it is so hard to limit my thankful list to only three items, so on some days, I recorded items that may or may not have been on “the list”. In our family, we always try to go around the family circle and name one thing we are really thankful for.  These occasions have been great with many made memorable with laughter and humor.  Example —  When my very own, quite young at the time, beloved niece said to everyone’s surprise, “I’m thankful I don’t have to listen to Aunt Kim’s singing!” Because it is really hard to choose only one thing, this year, we all talked about being thankful and how we all plan to be more thankful!  To do that, we are starting a new tradition. Each family received a Blessing Jar. For a year, we were challenged to write down blessings  each and every week and stuff them in our jar.  At Thanksgiving next year we will read random selections from our collections! We also all got new journals with hopes and motivation for the younger ones that the person with the most entries next Thanksgiving will win a prize! Everyone in the family will help make our own personalized version of the Joy Dare Calendar.  We all are so excited about giving thanks where thanks is due!

Did you know that I read that if you keep track of your blessings you will become 25% happier? I believe that “An Attitude of Gratitude” is not only good for you mentally but is responsible for your physical well being as well!  That is a great reward in itself! 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Be joyful! Pray continually! Give thanks in ALL circumstances!” That is called ThanksLiving!

 Just something to think about. Blessings, The RED Team