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At first, my eternal optimism and wishful thinking had me fooled when I saw this amazing deal on Zillow. Heck, who wouldn’t want to sprint for their checkbook after seeing this gorgeous four-bedroom, three-bath renovated midcentury modern for sale at the bargain basement price of $300K.

*record scratches*

Wait, that house looks familiar … wasn’t it on the market last year for more than twice that?

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I love looking at the pet projects of real estate professionals, and this pretty little flip in Midway Hollow from architect Gianna Glaesmann does not disappoint. The before/after shots tell an interesting story. The two-bedroom, two-bath post-war cottage at 3762 Park Lane is was a total gut job for Glaesmann and her husband, Brad. It went from dirty, dark and with an odd-shaped layout to bright and airy with some gorgeous designer fixtures.

“I was in commercial architecture for 24 years, and did some residential work on the side as a hobby,” Glaesmann said. “I have recently ventured out on my own doing mostly residential remodels.  My passion is showing a home some love and bringing it back to life!”

While Glaesmann works with clients to transform homes as a full-time job now, this flip in Midway Hollow is her first-ever solo project. “I have always wanted to get my hands on a cottage to renovate and my husband Brad let me try this one out,” she said.

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I came across a terrific post this morning by the wise and vigilant Lydia Player and thought I would share in the hopes that it may save someone, anyone from being a victim of crime.

Though I am super cheap and an attorney, even I used a Realtor to sell our condo because I knew there was a lot I do not know and needed an expert to handle. Having an open house and inviting a criminal into my home did not even occur to me.

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