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GAAR Recognizes Good Neighbor Mick Burke

Mick Burke is one of five GAAR Good Neighbors to be featured this year. For the last six years, Mick has volunteered for LifeROOTS, a non-profit organization that supports individuals with disabilities from birth to adulthood through education, therapy, work programs, and community. They provide clients with inclusive opportunities and employment to help foster their independence.

Good Neighbors are REALTORS® and Affiliates that dedicate themselves to volunteer service. They donate gifts, money, and – most importantly –  a lot of time to their charity. 

The Good Neighbor Awards program not only recognizes individuals and their charities for their good works but also helps the public understand the…
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GAAR is pleased to recognize Affiliate Steve Cecco as a Good Neighbor recipient in 2019 for his work with Feed NM Kids. Good Neighbors are REALTORS® or Affiliates that dedicate themselves to volunteer service. They donate gifts, money, and – most importantly –  a lot of time to their charity. 

The Good Neighbor program not only recognizes individuals and their charities for their good works but also helps the public understand the positive impact that REALTORS® have on our community. 

   
One Snack Pack at a Time

Feed NM Kids is a non-profit local charity on a mission to eradicate childhood hunger in New Mexico. One granola bar is the difference between something to eat and nothing to eat, but it’s not enough food to take away hunger for a

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GAAR is pleased to recognize REALTOR® Lovie McGee as a Good Neighbor recipient for 2019. Good Neighbors are REALTORS® and Affiliates that dedicate themselves to volunteer service. They donate gifts, money, and – most importantly –  a lot of time to their charity. 

The Good Neighbor Award program not only recognizes individuals and their charities for their good works but also helps the public understand the positive impact that REALTORS® have on their community. GAAR applauds Lovie McGee for her dedication to our community!

2006 NAR Good Neighbor 

Lovie's first recognition as a Good Neighbor was in 2006 before GAAR began it's local Good Neighbor Awards. Lovie received national recognition from NAR as a National Good Neighbor Honorable Mention

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GAAR is pleased to recognize REALTOR® Rosemary Freelin as a Good Neighbor recipient for the second time for her 13 years of continuous volunteer service with the Rio Grande Valley Chapter of Blue Star Mothers

Blue Star Mothers membership is open to mothers who have sons or daughters serving in the military whether deployed or not, and to dads, other family members, and friends. They are a support and service group joining together to share concerns, worries, pride, and devotion for loved ones serving in all branches of the Armed Forces of the United States.

They support each other and their children while promoting patriotism. The non-partisan organization focuses on their mission every single day and will never, ever, forsake our troops, our

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Three young entrepreneurs give tips on staying organized and calm while living hectic lives.

Life is crazy. Cah-ray-zee. And while you wouldn't have it any other way from 9 to 5 (OK, more like 8 to 7), the insanity should stop at your front door.

That's why you bought your home, right? To have a place to rest, recharge, and come up with your next trailblazing idea. A few inspirational ideas for your home may be all you need to put it on the path to tranquility.

Three super-busy entrepreneurs — a brewery owner, website founder, and organic farmer — know exactly how important a tranquil home is to achieving personal success. Here, they share how they created Zen-like havens in their homes to foster stress-relieving routines.

A Nook to Bliss Out

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Quick-and-easy tasks that’ll brighten up your interior.

December.

The year’s coming to an end. Time to do four small tasks for a bright (and money-saving) new year.

#1 Clean Light Bulbs and Fixtures   

Two great reasons to clean your light bulbs: You want as much light in your house as you can get as the days grow shorter, and, you’ll save money.

Dirty bulbs apparently shed 30% less light than clean ones, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Wipe bulbs with a cloth dampened by a mix of 1 oz. dish soap, ¼ cup white vinegar, and 3 cups of water. Get to it December 1 so you’re ready for the curtain fall on the shortest day of this year: Thursday, December 21.

#2 Evaluate Homeowner's Insurance

The holidays. You love

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Start saving those egg cartons!

Give or take a Scrooge or two, everybody loves the holidays: Decorating the tree, hanging lights, hanging holly ... all those things! But you know what nobody loves? Taking all those things down.

Because, wow, what an unorganized mess.

Before you go all Scrooge, get your jolly back with these simple holiday decorating hacks.

#1 Protect Ornaments With Holiday Recyclables

Trimming the tree should feel like the happy ending of a Lifetime holiday movie, not a game show guessing which box will contain broken memories.

Keep ornaments safe for next year by stowing them in leftover party cups, hot-glued onto a piece of foam board cut to fit inside a storage bin, recommends Lisa Woodruff, a Cincinnati-based

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Even if you think they’ve already started to freeze.

New homeowners may have heard that winterization is important, but in the hubbub of your first year living in a home you own (finally!), it can be easy to overlook the need to prepare for the cold weather ahead. After all, it's just not something renters deal with; prepping pipes for winter is often the landlord's job.

Ideally, you should winterize your pipes in the fall, before winter seriously sets in. But if you've forgotten and all of a sudden you're in the middle of a deep freeze, there's still time to prevent disaster.

Here are some easy techniques to save your pipes from bursting:

#1 Turn On Your Faucets

If the temperatures have dropped into freezing and intend to stay there, turning

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Keep the vintage wallpaper, but upgrade that time- and money-draining retro thermostat to programmable.

What may seem like a good idea, often isn't. 

Here are 17 common mistakes new homeowners often make.

#1 Get Rid of Your Only Tub

If resale value is important to you, don't get rid of your only bathtub no matter how dreamy that walk-in shower looks.

It will make it harder to sell when the time comes. You'll flat-out lose buyers who love a good soak or need a tub to bathe little ones (both human and four-legged).

#2 Leave Cabinet Doors on While Painting

Painting your kitchen cabinets pays off big at resale — it's a small investment for a big "wow." But the job's time-consuming, so it's tempting leave the doors on.

RESIST. At all

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It’s the spring cleaning of fall, so to speak.

With THE HOLIDAYS coming at you fast and furious, you want to be sure your home is cozy, but with that fresh-as-spring feel — as opposed to that musty-damp-winter feel.

Here's how to make that happen (along with a few other timely tips):

#1 Wash Bed Pillows

You love your trusty, old, perfectly-snugged-to-your-head pillow. But guess what's also snug against your head? Fungus — 4 to 16 species to be precise. Gross!

With fall being the height of guest season, you'll want your pillows fresh, too. Pop them in the washing machine and dryer for an all-over clean feeling. (But check manufacturer advice, too. Some pillows shouldn't be washed, but replaced instead.)

#2 Clean the Mattress, Too

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