Fire forces evacuations at Gladstone apartment complex

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Fire forces evacuations at Gladstone apartment complex
Firefighters evacuated 12 apartment units as a fire tore through a complex in Gladstone early Tuesday morning. Gladstone Fire Battalion Chief Bret Atkins said the fire began in a first-floor apartment. Flames spread to the second and third floors before coming out of the complex’s roof. The American Red Cross is assisting the evacuated residents.
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Top 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t FSBO

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In today’s market, with home prices rising and a lack of inventory, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons why this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers.

Here are the top five reasons:

1. Exposure to Prospective Buyers

Recent studies have shown that 95% of buyers search online for a home. That is in comparison to only 17% looking at print newspaper ads. Most real estate agents have an internet strategy to promote the sale of your home. Do you?

2. Results Come from the Internet

Where did buyers find the home they actually purchased?

  • 49% on the internet
  • 31% from a Real Estate Agent
  • 7% from a yard sign
  • 1% from newspapers

The days of selling your house by just putting up a sign and putting it in the paper are long gone. Having a strong internet strategy is crucial.

3. There Are Too Many People to Negotiate With

Here is a list of some of the people with whom you must be prepared to negotiate if you decide to For Sale By Owner:

  • The buyer who wants the best deal possible
  • The buyer’s agent who solely represents the best interest of the buyer
  • The buyer’s attorney (in some parts of the country)
  • The home inspection companies, which work for the buyer and will almost always find some problems with the house
  • The appraiser if there is a question of value

4. FSBOing Has Become More And More Difficult

The paperwork involved in selling and buying a home has increased dramatically as industry disclosures and regulations have become mandatory. This is one of the reasons that the percentage of people FSBOing has dropped from 19% to 8% over the last 20+ years.

The 8% share represents the lowest recorded figure since NAR began collecting data in 1981.

5. You Net More Money When Using an Agent

Many homeowners believe that they will save the real estate commission by selling on their own. Realize that the main reason buyers look at FSBOs is because they also believe they can save the real estate agent’s commission. The seller and buyer can’t both save the commission.

A study by Collateral Analytics revealed that FSBOs don’t actually save anything, and in some cases, may be costing themselves more, by not listing with an agent. One of the main reasons for the price difference at the time of sale is: 

“Properties listed with a broker that is a member of the local MLS will be listed online with all other participating broker websites, marketing the home to a much larger buyer population. And those MLS properties generally offer compensation to agents who represent buyers, incentivizing them to show and sell the property and again potentially enlarging the buyer pool.”

If more buyers see a home, the greater the chances are that there could be a bidding war for the property. The study showed that the difference in price between comparable homes of size and location is currently at an average of 6% this year.

Why would you choose to list on your own and manage the entire transaction when you can hire an agent and not have to pay anything more?

Bottom Line

Before you decide to take on the challenges of selling your house on your own, sit with a real estate professional in your marketplace and see what they have to offer.

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Whole30 Coconut-Crusted Shrimp | Food Network

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Whole30 Coconut-Crusted Shrimp | Food Network
Whole food dieters will love this shrimp and sweet-and-sour dipping sauce.

Get the recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/whole30-coconut-crusted-shrimp-with-pineapple-chili-sauce-3881812

Whole30 Coconut-Crusted Shrimp with Pineapple-Chili Sauce
Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen
Total: 25 min
Active: 25 min
Yield: 6 to 7 servings
Level: Easy

Ingredients

1 pound peeled and deveined large shrimp, tails removed
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
Zest and juice of 1 lime
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 large egg whites
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 small clove garlic
1/2 small fresh pineapple, peeled, cored and roughly chopped

Directions

Special equipment: seven 6-inch skewers, soaked for 30 minutes if wood or bamboo

Preheat the broiler and line a baking sheet with a wire rack. Thread 3 shrimp onto each of seven 6-inch skewers and set aside.

Combine the coconut, lime zest, 1 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of black pepper in a shallow bowl. Brush the shrimp with the egg whites, then press into the coconut mixture until completely coated. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and broil, flipping halfway through, until the coconut is crispy and golden brown and the shrimp are pink and no longer opaque in the middle, 3 to 4 minutes.

Meanwhile, blend the cilantro, red pepper flakes, garlic, pineapple and lime juice in a blender until smooth and vibrant green. Serve alongside the shrimp.

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