Cinco de Mayo is coming!

The month of May is just around the corner.   We have all the information you need to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style.  Read on!

Cinco de Mayo?

No, it is NOT Mexican Independence Day!  It actually marks the date of a not-so-famous battle fought in 1862.  The battle was between Mexico and oddly enough, the French.  The battle of Puebla was an unexpected win for Mexico, and is what Cinco de Mayo (fifth of May) is really all about.   Mexico’s independence day is September 16.  Independence for Mexico came in 1810, fifty years earlier.  What it represents is resistance by Mexico, at that time a new nation, against foreign interference.

Here in the US, we celebrate with parties which feature Mexican food and consuming of adult beverages.  However, if you are looking for something to fill the afternoon before the party, try the Cinco de Mayo fiesta package from the Coeur d’Alene resort.

How about a golf date?

Our own Coeur d’Alene Resort is offering a great way to celebrate the not Mexican new year with a  very special golf package.  Of course, you’d need to like golf, but if you do, this might just be for you.  What they are offering is a golf package that includes golf, of course.  In addition, you have the opportunity to sample tequila at selected holes around the course.  There will also be delicious Mexican food and cervesa (beer) available.  Sound like fun?

If golf isn’t your thing, most restaurants, especially Mexican restaurants will be serving up the party platters of tacos, enchiladas, nachos, and of course Mexican Beer, so you can join in the festivities somewhere!  Who doesn’t love to eat Mexican food?

Cinco de Mayo has become an excellent excuse for a fun Mexican-themed party, and now you can amaze all of your friends with your knowledge of the real reason for the celebration.




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Your grass, how is it looking?

Spring is here, time to think about outside projects.  Could your grass use some love?  Here is the hot ticket to get your lawn looking lovely again!

Get-ready checklist

When was the last time that you sharpened your lawnmower blades?  Many lawn care maintenance companies sharpen their blades daily, but you probably don’t need to.  However, especially if you can’t remember the last time you did it, perhaps you should before cutting your lawn.  Did you change the  oil before you put it away for Winter?  If you did not Winterize it, you really should change it’s oil, too.  Make sure your mower is happy before you tackle your lawn!

Mow low!

For the first cutting at least, you should set your mowing height lower so that you remove excess thatch that builds up in your lawn over the cold weather.  Some thatch is good for your grass, helping it to hold in moisture during the Summer.  However, too much keeps moisture from reaching the roots of your lawn, and that will make it die in Summer heat.  After you have mowed it once or twice, you will want to raise the blade height up again to allow your grass to grow.

Do you plant grass or kill weeds?

You can either apply pre-emergent weed killer or you can plant grass seed to fill in gaps and bare spots in your lawn.  You cannot do both at the same time.   The whole reason that pre-emergent works is that it keeps the seeds from germinating.  Therefore, if you use it to kill weeds, you don’t want to plant grass seeds.  Do one or the other!  And, in our climate, it is better to plant larger areas of grass seeds in Autumn than now.

How about fertilizer?

If you must fertilize now, please give your lawn a light dose.  If you fertilize too much or too early, your grass will grow rapidly, however it will not be hardy enough to withstand the hot Summer weather.


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Easter, the vernal equinox and the solstices, oh my!

What is the vernal equinox?

What is the vernal equinox and what does it have to do with Easter you ask?  Well, the equinox is the two days that the Sun points directly at the Earth’s equator.  Still what does that mean?  That means that for two days each year, usually around March 20 and September 23, the sun hits the northern and southern hemisphere equally.  On those dates, day and night are roughly the same length of time.  Because the solar terminator (edge of day and night) is perpendicular to the equator.  Confused?  No need!  On we plunge!  Easter is always on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox.  Does that clear it up for you?  No?  Well, it gets worse!

What are the solstices?

There are two solstices, too.  One in Winter and one in Summer.  They are the longest daylight and shortest daylight days of the year.  This is because the planet is tilted either towards or away from the Sun which creates the longest day or night of the year, depending on the season.  On December 22, the sun is farthest South so the daylight hours are the shortest of the year.  Therefore, on the Summer solstice, June 22, the Sun is farthest North.  Hence, the longest day.  In the northern hemisphere, of course.   The solstices also mark the beginning of Winter and the Summer.

So what about Easter?

As we told you before, the date of Easter is determined by the vernal or Spring equinox and the phase of the moon.  The date  roughly coincides with the Jewish celebration of Passover.  That holiday commemorates the freedom of the Jewish people from captivity in Egypt.  The dates for both of these religious holidays varies each year, but both are important, and come in early Spring.

We sincerely hope the we have helped clear all this confusion up for you!

Happy Easter!


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Anyone Can Become Knowledgeable!

Anyone Can Become Knowledgeable!

From full time investors to those who dabble with a few projects on the side, real estate investing is something that can produce significant income to those committed to the process. But, in order to succeed, a bit of education and understanding is required. This article is meant to provide both.

Learn from like-minded colleagues. There are many people interested in real estate investing. That’s why many communities have business groups and clubs that focus on this interest. There are many online groups, as well. Learn everything you can from your peers.

Rising property values are not always a given. This assumption can end up costing you a large sum of money. You want to instead focus on those properties that can provide you with a cash flow. Property value increases will then add to your income and profits.

Avoid purchasing properties in bad neighborhoods. A crucial point to buying property is to know the area very well. Do all of your homework in advance. Try to avoid areas with a lot of crime. If the location is not desirable, you may not be able to rent it or unload it on anyone else.

If you have an investment property, one of the most important things to have is an emergency fund for unexpected repairs or emergencies that might come up on the property. One way you can do this is by putting aside some of the monthly rental money you collect for this purpose.

When thinking about buying up rental properties, you need to consider the advantages of hiring a property management company. Because rental payments are likely to be the source of your mortgage payment, your tenants need to be reliable. You could lose investments if you don’t do this.

Make sure not to stay one dimensional when investing in real estate. Though many rookies do this, most learn the hard way that it isn’t wise. Do plenty of research on the market, and always remember that quality usually trumps quantity. This makes sure your investments are good.

Try not to let the property you invest in control your life. You wouldn’t want to waste your time. Don’t waste your time on bad neighborhoods, vacation rentals, or college rentals. You want to choose investment properties that have a solid history of tenancy.

Know a little about the neighborhood you are buying in. If you are just looking to buy cheap properties, you may in fact lose money if you purchase a building in a rundown area. Find out as much as you can about the neighborhood before you put any money into a building there, and you may avoid losses.

Don’t expect to get rich overnight in real estate investment. On the contrary, it may take up to a decade for your investments to really pay off and many new to the business fail to realize this. With some exceptions, you need to be in the position to hold your properties before seeing any major profits.

You should look at real estate as a long-term investment. When you sell, there are selling costs that you are responsible for, such as the commission to your real estate broker. If your investment property did not increase in value much because you did not hold on to it long enough, you may end up with a net loss after you factor in paying the commission.

The world of real estate investing is one in which just about anyone has the power to succeed. The key is to apply sound advice while also hoping for a bit of luck along the way. The information in this piece should serve as a wonderful staring point for any burgeoning investor.

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