Sandra LaFlamme's Blog Posts

Repair and Rebuild after Hurricane Ian

Hanging out with your family or hosting friends on your old, dingy deck wasn't very appealing: So use this opportunity for a great referral from me -- and rebuild with you lifestyle in.

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Up and "At-It" after Hurricane Ian

Ever wish you could become one of those rare morning people?The ones that wake with a start, feeling refreshed and energized.The ones that get in that morning workout or wrap up some work beforemany

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Insights for Recovering After Hurricane Ian: Happiness Coach Vernon Brown

Our society is too focused on right and wrong. Who is different and why are they different? People are more than the struggles they deal with. Vernon talks with those who are challenged, and

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The International Isle at a Grocery Store?.....2 Superstars Discuss Happiness

Our society is too focused on right and wrong. Who is different and why are they different? People are more than the struggles they deal with. Vernon talks with those who are challenged, and

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2022 Florida Weather Alert Plans for Your Pups

An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Many homeowners create

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Coffee, Cheese or Wine Storage for Florida

TIPS FOR STORING Coffee, Cheese or WINE AT HOMEIf you are a big Coffee, Cheese or wine connoisseur or just saving a special items or bottles to crack open on special occasions;  it

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June Rains: Practice for Hurricane Season in September

An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Many homeowners create

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Move Your Pets The Easy Way

PREP YOUR PETS FOR THE BIG MOVEYour moving day is set and it’s time to start preparing. As you’re making your lists and checking them twice, don’t forget to factor in your furry

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How To Be A Picky Buyer

Prices are rising and not declining. So as a buyer you need a road map and a plan Step oneis to get preapproved so you know how much you can afford and what the monthly payment will be. –

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Do you want to be a morning person?

Ever wish you could become one of those rare morning people?The ones that wake with a start, feeling refreshed and energized.The ones that get in that morning workout or wrap up some work beforemany

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2022 Inspections, Appraisals, Estoppels and Taxes

Set aside 1 - 1.5% for closing costs because purchasing a home is arguably one of the biggest financial decisions you will make in your lifetime. As you start your hunt, don't forget there will be

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2022 Home Tools To Have On Hand

When you own your home, things are going to break and, unless you want to spend your money on visits from a neighborhood handyman, you’re going to need to fix them yourself. Luckily, you don

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Old Wine In 2022...Don't Let It Go Flat!

TIPS FOR STORING WINE AT HOMEIf you are a big wine connoisseur or just saving afew bottles to crack open on special occasions,it’s important to understand how best to store them safelyuntil&

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Adding Life in Your Home 2022 by Decorating With Plants

Using plants as décor is a great way to add a little color and a natural, bright feel to any room. There are endless types of plants to choose from and various ways to display each one, but

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WHAT TO DO WITH AN UNFINISHED LANAI FLORIDA ROOM

Add a pop of color. Give your lanai whole different look without a big renovation by adding some color to space. Consider painting and sealing the floors, opening up the room by painting the rafters

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HOUSE HUNTING ONLINE in 2022

Hunting for a new home online is a great place to start your search,but it should not be your end all be all. Good listing agents are excellentat highlighting the best features of the home, but keep

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PRIORITY TASKS FOR YOUR MOVE IN 2022

Moving into a new home is an exciting time, and you’re probably daydreamingabout decor and paint schemes and new furniture. But before you get into thefun stuff, there are some basics you

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2022 Moving Your Pets Stressfree

PREP YOUR PETS FOR THE BIG MOVEYour moving day is set and it’s time to start preparing. As you’re making your lists and checking them twice, don’t forget to factor in your furry

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2022 Appraisals

You’ve found your dream home and now it’s time to cross all your T's and dot allyour I's before it’s all your own. And one of the first items on your closing checklistthe home

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2022 Ways To Achieve MORNING PERSON status :-)

Ever wish you could become one of those rare morning people?The ones that wake with a start, feeling refreshed and energized.The ones that get in that morning workout or wrap up some work beforemany

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2022 Serving Those Who Have Served Us

I'm married to a Veteran and we have a VA Loan outselves....Helping Your Active-Service & Veteran Clients Find Their Dream Home Chalk up another milestone for millennial buyers.  

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Warranty and Insurance in 2022

When purchasing a new home, it’s important to do in-depth research on all facets of the home buying process. One thing you’ll need to understand is how to best protect yourself and your

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Home Buying Strategies in 2022

You’ve most likely heard the rule: Save for a 20-percent down payment before you buy a home. The logic behind saving 20 percent is solid, as it shows that you have the financial discipline and

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Buying Costs in 2022

Set aside 1 - 1.5% for closing costs because purchasing a home is arguably one of the biggest financial decisions you will make in your lifetime. As you start your hunt, don't forget there will be

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Appraisals in 2022

You’ve found your dream home and now it’s time to cross all your T's and dot allyour I's before it’s all your own. And one of the first items on your closing checklistthe home

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New Home Sales Continue to Decline as Builders Play Catch up with Back-log

The National Association of Home Builders reported this week that the number of contracts written for new homes dropped 6.6% to 676,000 in June from 724,000 in May.  There has been a downward

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Vacation Homes Simplified for 2021

The pandemic created a tremendous interest in vacation homes across the country. Throughout the last year, many people purchased second homes as a safe getaway from the challenges of the

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Appraisals : Simplifying The Market - Summer 2021

In today’s real estate market, low inventory and high demand are driving up home prices. As many as 54% of homes are getting offers over the listing price, based on the latest Realtors

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Mortgage Rates Flat Despite Inflation Mid June 2021

NEW LOAN PROGRAMS! 1.  RefiNow ~ Debt-to-income ratio (DTI) up to 65% / $500 appraisal credit if appraisal obtained / Financed closing costs and prepaid items up to $5,000.2.  CP:&

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Active-Service & Veteran Clients Find Their Dream Home

Helping Your Active-Service & Veteran Clients Find Their Dream Home Chalk up another milestone for millennial buyers.  Already the collective majority of home buyers in general,

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CHANGE THE LOCKS...The minute you have possession

Moving into a new home is an exciting time, and you’re probably daydreaming about decor and paint schemes and new furniture. But before you get into the fun stuff, there are some basics you

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WHICH LOAN STRATEGY IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

You’ve most likely heard the rule: Save for a 20-percent down payment before you buy a home. The logic behind saving 20 percent is solid, as it shows that you have the financial discipline and

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White Hat Sales: Integrity

White Hat Sales is all about waking up American culture to the value of integrity and truth in commercial interactions- and to realize that if consumers, marketers and salespersons would smart up,

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SINGLE FAMILY VS TOWNHOUSE VS. CONDO: WHICH SHOULD YOU BUY?

How close do you want to be to your neighbors?What is your budget?Whether it’s your first time buying or you just want to purchase something smaller, single family, townhouses and condos are

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Functional Designing for Zoom and Remote Learning

EYE-CATCHING WAYS TO DECORATE WITH PLANTSUsing plants as décor is a great way to add a little color and a natural, bright feel to any room. There are endless types of plants to choose from

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Moving Pets and Having It Go Smoothly

PREP YOUR PETS FOR THE BIG MOVEYour moving day is set and it’s time to start preparing. As you’re making your lists and checking them twice, don’t forget to factor in your furry

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Working From Home

CREATE THE HOME OFFICE OF YOUR DREAMSWhether you work full-time at home or occasionally need to conduct business in the evenings or on the weekends, a home office a great way to utilize an extra.

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Home Staging Sells

Staging your home is all about putting the best foot forward for potential buyers.By highlighting its most desirable features, you can draw more interest for your homeand leave a lasting impression

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Home Inspection, Title Search, Appraisal, HOA Estoppel, and Taxes.

Set aside 1 - 1.5% for closing costs because purchasing a home is arguably one of the biggest financial decisions you will make in your lifetime. As you start your hunt, don't forget there will be

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GOAL SETTING AND SUCCESS from Author, Speaker, Realtor Sandra LaFlamme's Book White Hat Sales

Goal setting and success are part of the journey.  Blending of self-transformation and commercial interactions between a Buyer and a Seller that brings long lasting joy to you and your family

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HOME BUYING DETAILS

Purchasing a home is arguably one of the biggest financial decisions you will make in your lifetime. As you start your hunt, don't forget there will be other costs associated with your purchase then

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WARRANTY FOR HOMES & HOME INSURANCE DIFFERENCES

When purchasing a new home, it’s important to do in-depth research on all facets of the homebuying process. One thing you’ll need to understand is how to best protect yourself and your

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HOW TO GET READY FOR A JOB CHANGE

For most people, a job change feels like a long way off. But, if you don’t start preparing as early as possible, you may find yourself in a place of financial insecurity when

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White Hat Sales: Realtor, Author, Speaker and Sales Training. In bookstores and Amazon June 2021

This is a blog about Selling, what I call White Hat Sales, which is my first public preview of products from the LaFlamme Advanced Communication Training. The White Hat Sales platform is all about

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WHAT TO DO WITH AN UNFINISHED LANAI

Although Your unfinished lanai still has a lot of potentials. With just a little love and the help of the following ideas, you can spice it up in no time and get some great use out of the space.Add

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TIPS FOR STORING CANNING AT HOME

If you are a big canning connoisseur or just saving a few bottles to crack open on special occasions, it’s important to understand how best to store them safely until you’re ready to

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Using The Equity You’ve Built In Your Home

FIRST TIME HOME BUYER ALERT -- another reason why you BUY and NOT RENT!!!!You have the option of refinancing your mortgage!  This is something most homeowners consider at least once throughout

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Hanging Out With Friends and Family

Hanging out with your family or hosting friends on your old, dingy deck is not very appealing.Lucky for you, refreshing it doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive.Try your hand at the

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Adding Life by Decorating With Living Plants

Using plants as décor is a great way to add a little color and a natural, bright feel to any room. There are endless types of plants to choose from and various ways to display each one, but

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Mornings In Florida

Ever wish you could become one of those rare morning people? The ones that wake with a start, feeling refreshed and energized. The ones that get in that morning workout or wrap up some&

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UPSIZING YOUR HOME IN SARASOTA

Unfortunately, our homes don’t always grow with us. What may have initially worked fine for a single person, a young couple’s starter home, or a family with a newborn can quickly become

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We have found your dream home

Your Guide to the Home AppraisalYou’ve found your dream home and now it’s time to cross all your T's and dot all your I's before it’s all your own. And one of the first items on

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FINANCE YOUR HOME RENOVATION IN 2021

How You Can Finance Your Home RenovationOutdated kitchen. Overrun backyard. Unusable basement space.If you have a home renovation project on the mind, the first thingyou have to consider is how you

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MONEY IN YOUR POCKET -- DOWN PAYMENT STRATEGIES TO CONSIDER

You’ve most likely heard the rule: Save for a 20-percent down payment before you buy a home. The logic behind saving 20 percent is solid, as it shows that you have the financial discipline and

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Tools To Have Handy

When you own your home, things are going to break and, unless you want tospend your money on visits from a neighborhood handyman, you’re going toneed to fix them yourself. Luckily, you don

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Tools You Want To Have On Hand!

When you own your home, things are going to break and, unless you want to spend your money on visits from a neighborhood handyman, you’re going to need to fix them yourself. Luckily, you don

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Tools You Want To Have On Hand!

When you own your home, things are going to break and, unless you want to spend your money on visits from a neighborhood handyman, you’re going to need to fix them yourself. Luckily, you don

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Tools You Want To Have On Hand!

When you own your home, things are going to break and, unless you want to spend your money on visits from a neighborhood handyman, you’re going to need to fix them yourself. Luckily, you don

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Don't Let Your Wine Go Flat

TIPS FOR STORING WINE AT HOMEIf you are a big wine connoisseur or just saving afew bottles to crack open on special occasions,it’s important to understand how best to store them safelyuntil&

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FLORIDA FACELIFT!

Hanging out with your family or hosting friends on your old, dingy deck is not very appealing.Lucky for you, refreshing it doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive.Try your hand at the

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Ways to: ACHIEVE MORNING PERSON STATUS

Ever wish you could become one of those rare morning people?The ones that wake with a start, feeling refreshed and energized.The ones that get in that morning workout or wrap up some work beforemany

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Happiness Coach Vernon Brown Starts a Series with Sandra LaFlamme eXp Realty's Super Star

Our society is too focused on right and wrong. Who is different and why are they different? People are more than the struggles they deal with. Vernon talks with those who are challenged, and

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WHICH STRATEGY IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

You’ve most likely heard the rule: Save for a 20-percent down payment before you buy a home. The logic behind saving 20 percent is solid, as it shows that you have the financial discipline and

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WARRANTY & INSURANCE DIFFERENCES FOR YOUR HOME

When purchasing a new home, it’s important to do in-depth research on all facets of the homebuying process. One thing you’ll need to understand is how to best protect yourself and your

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NOT SO HIDDEN FEES TO BE AWARE OF WHEN PURCHASING A HOME

Purchasing a home is arguably one of the biggest financial decisions you will make in your lifetime. As you start your hunt, don't forget there will be other costs associated with your purchase then

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Local Professionals For Your Reference

When you’re getting ready to list your home, it’s of the upmostimportance to ensure you are showing it in the best light.Local Professionals For Your Reference:Licensed General&

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Appraisals, what are they?

You’ve found your dream home and now it’s time to cross all your T's and dot allyour I's before it’s all your own. And one of the first items on your closing checklistthe home

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Geometric Pots and Plants

Using plants as décor is a great way to add a little color and a natural, bright feelto any room. There are endless types of plants to choose from and various waysto display each one, but

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THREE GOOD IDEAS FOR ACCENT WALLS

An accent wall can totally transform a room, taking it from boring and drab to bold and exciting. Accent walls create a new focal point for your space, add liveliness and contrast, 

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FLORIDA HURRICANE EVACUATION PLAN FOR YOUR PETS

An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Many homeowners create

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Florida Sellers Market: Buyers Be Prepared!

Prices are rising and not declining. So as a buyer you need a road map and a plan Step oneis to get preapproved so you know how much you can afford and what the monthly payment will be. –

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