Recent Blog Posts

The amazing members of ActiveRain produce hundreds of blog posts every single day of the year.  There is a wonderful mix of all things real estate and beyond for your reading pleasure.

This board rolls all day long with the newest blog posts to our site. You’ll find some diamonds in the rough on this page, so check back often to peruse the blog roll and learn from our committed community of real estate professionals.

The newest blog posts on ActiveRain

By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo and Home Specialists
(The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
Long Island NY 55+ In Fairfield At St. James St James Long Island 55+ Condos In Fairfield At St. James   Welcome To The Condos In Fairfield At St James, a 55+ active adult community.   Lawrence "Larry" and Sheila Agranoff List and Sell Condos in Fairfield At St. James Zip Code 11780.   Fairfield At St. James can be reached by taking Route 347 to Moriches Road. Fairfield will be after 2 traffic lights on your right.   This 55+ Suffolk County Condo Subdivision opened its doors in the late 1970's and later additional Condos were constructed in the 1980's. When available, there are 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom Condos, and 3 bedroom Townhouses.   Not all, but some of the Condos have a 1 car garage. You will find central air conditioning and electric heat in Fairfield at St James. If you want a Ra...
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By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Vacasa)
🎅Stay in the Grinch's Cave?  ☀️For ALL of Your East Valley AZ Real Estate Needs📞Call Brian at 480-773-2370🙋‍♂Text Brian at 480-773-2370📨Email Brian at brian@bke12.comHigh above Who-ville lies a cave, the Grinch’s cave to be exact. And while he’s busy getting ready to steal gifts this holiday season, he’s allowed Vacasa to host a few lucky and adventurous groups at his rocky residence (we’re a bit better at caring for guests than he is, to say the least).Bookings open up December 3 for limited stays December 13–23. Mark your calendar for a chance to book—the homeowner likes his privacy, and this will probably, definitely never happen again. The Grinch told us so.   Want to stay in the Grinch’s lair?, click HERE. I specialize in the East Valley of the Phoenix Metro area - Gilbert, Mesa, C...
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Thankful Thursdays...Thankful Leftovers One of my favorite ActiveRain challenges has always been the November challenge where we share what we are thankful for. This year my biggest problem was keeping my gratitude list to ten. And isn’t that the kind of problem we should all have?! One thing for which I am grateful is the ActiveRain community.  When I began my journey as a home stager, I had no idea what blogging and SEO were. And as a home stager, you are working alone. There were stagers around the country but not that many. So it was hard to bounce ideas around with others.When I discovered ActiveRain, everything I needed to learn about blogging, how to write a blog, and SEO was right here.  My only other sources for advertising/marketing were as an affiliate with my local Board of ...
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By Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired
(Wayne M Martin)
Trivia question answers for Wednesday December 1, 20211. In which US state was Clark Kent brought up? Kansas2. What is the body of the DMC DeLorean car. made out of? Stainless Steel3. Who was pictured on the first US adhesive stamp? Benjamin Franklin4. What is the Latin word. for "seasickness", now commonly used to describe any feeling of sickness? NauseaTrivia questions for Thursday December 2, 20211. What collectively-named languages evolved from Vulgar Latin?3. Where is the world's longest train tunnel?3. Kissing under the mistletoe comes from whose customs?4. What is the Japanese alcoholic drink sake made from?Enjoy your day.
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Tour Eiffel Caramel Color Glazed Pork Pate with Black PeppercornChef Dolores selected the Tour Eiffel Caramel Color Glazed Pork Pate with Black Peppercorn for our happy hour at home. All you need is some toasted baguettes or crackers and a nice glass of wine. The pate was found at our local Giant food store in Kentlands. Click on the link for more information.  Chrysanthemum, Chrysanthemum Festival, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA USA IMG 0274 Canon PowerShot G11 Camera Photograph by Roy Kelley Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
Last Sunday, as we were walking out of our favorite restaurant, we noticed this red Mercedes roadster for sale.  If you wanted to know the price and who to contact, you had to read the QR code.We found it amusing!  It is a sign of the times, and we are not in the market for a classic.  Will we see these on real estate signs soon?  What do you think? 
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By Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Good morning!! Today I woke thinking about “the high road”… The high road is a bumpy road… It is a road full of rocks, craggy places, and a road illed with plenty of pitfalls… The high road is a lonely road… It is keeping your chin up.  Doing the right thing.  Having a positive attitude even when you are hurting… It is a road less traveled… For it is far easier to take a different road.  A different path… A path that makes one want to scream “Why me?” A path that blames others… A path that is very crowded with others doing the same thing… Wallowing in each others issues.  Gossiping… But on that different path, or different road, there is no healing… There is no acknowledgment of one’s role in their own issues… It is a road that leads to nowhere… Just more of the same.  Blame.  Bitternes...
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By Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker
Here is the north Texas real estate market update as of  December 2, 2021.New properties for sale 386Back on the market listings 113Price decrease listings 130Price increase 106Active kick out 5Active option contract 257Active contingent 41Pending listings 371Sold listings 708Expired listings 42Cancelled listings 49Withdrawn listings 7Temporary off market listings 23Coming soon listings 89
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By Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker
Houston Texas area real estate market update as of December 2, 2021.New properties for sale 344Back on market listings 133Price decrease listings 221Price increase listings 329Option pending listings 236Pending continue to show 37Listings that are now pending 346Listings that have sold 606Listings that will be coming Soon 47Listings That Have Been Withdrawn 45Listing That Have Expired 33Listings That Have Terminated 77
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By Joseph D. Federico, Eastern Massachusetts Real Estate
(Donahue Real Estate Co.)
How To Think Strategically as a Buyer in Today’s Market The game of chess can provide incredible lessons to apply to all aspects of life, including the homebuying process. Chess requires you to plan and think about your strategy from the very beginning of the game. The homebuying process, like chess, requires strategy and planning. Here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure your plan is as strong as possible when you begin your home search. Pre-Approval: the Best Opening Play To Make as a Homebuyer It’s important to have a great opening play when you’re buying a home. And the best move you can make when you begin your home search is getting pre-approved by a lender. You’ve probably already heard this is an important step, but what exactly is pre-approval and what benefits does it p...
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By Victoria Carter Guaranteed Services, TwoMoveYou
(TwoMoveYou Guaranteed Real Estate Brokered by Century 21 Percy Fulton Ltd., Brokerage)
 TwoMoveYou Guaranteed Real Estate in Brighton, Ontario wonders if you have a chimney for Santa on Christmas Eve?Give Victoria Carter and the TwoMoveYou Guaranteed Real Estate Team a call at 647-697-7413, or visit www.TwoMoveYou.com Love the home you buy with TwoMoveYou, or we'll buy it back!  Guaranteed!
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By Joseph D. Federico, Eastern Massachusetts Real Estate
(Donahue Real Estate Co.)
Home Is Where the Heart Is More than Ever This Year There’s no denying the financial benefits of homeownership, but what’s often overlooked are the feelings of gratitude, security, pride, and comfort we get from owning a home. This year, those emotions are stronger than ever. We’ve lived through a time that has truly changed our needs and who we are, and as a result, homeownership has a whole new meaning for many of us. According to the 2021 State of the American Homeowner report by Unison: “Last year, staying home became a necessity and that caused many homeowners to have renewed gratitude for the roof over their head.” As a nation, we continue to work through the challenges of a pandemic that’s pushed us all to new limits. Over the past year and a half, we’ve spent more time than ever...
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By Gary Thomas, Realtor to the Dreamers
(Preferred Properties Key West)
From June 19, 2011Ï Hope You Are Not French!" Outside my kitchen window last year - hoping I'm not French  Many of my readers and customers who send me emails know that I have a terrible sleeping problem which stems from a fall I took a couple of years back while showing a bank owned property in Key West. I ended up in the Lower Keys Hospital with a concussion. I'm okay, now, but I did take a big spill. Damned cheap banks that don't take care of their bank owned homes! Anyway, if you have ever suffered a concussion you know that one of many symptoms can be a sleeping disorder. That is my long term and seemingly ever-lasting legacy of the tumble. For a while a would go to sleep around 6:00 to 7:00 PM and then wake up at midnight or shortly thereafter. Now my sleep is finally getting back...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
You will do well to have a well-executed hiring process that balances skills and behaviors. The result will be qualified people who fit your culture. Here are some suggested steps in developing and executing your plan. Nandina domestica 'firepower', Autumn Leaves, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 6005Canon PowerShot G11 Camera, f/4.5, 1/200 sec., ISO-80, 30 mm, No FlashPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs Given the great resignation and difficulty finding people to join your team it might be very easy to overreact. Don’t do it. The wrong people will do more damage than no people. Please remember that culture combined with team engagement has proven to improve outcomes including financial performance. Culture influences every area of the organizat...
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The colors that you pick for your kitchen set the mood for the entire home. The importance of the kitchen cannot be downplayed. You must get a good color for your kitchen for it to be a warm place for your family gathering.How about grey kitchen cabinets? Can they work well in your kitchen? It is unfair to give this question a yes or no response. The choice of color in your kitchen depends on various factors. We’ll discuss these factors to give you a better perspective.Tips to consider when choosing kitchen colorsChoose neutral colors Most interior designers will always opt for neutral colors in the kitchen as opposed to bold ones. Using this singular criterion, installing grey kitchen cabinets is a good idea. Grey is a neutral color that can match with other colors in the kitchen.The r...
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By Rono Williams
(Versil)
Are you planning to remodel your kitchen to give it a new look? Do you have the right idea to get started? Most homeowners are always stuck on what to do to improve the appearance of their kitchens. This shouldn’t be a concern if you are open to renovation ideas. We’ve come up with amazing kitchen remodeling ideas for you.Start with your cabinets – white shaker kitchen cabinets Cabinets play a central role in the appearance of a kitchen. They should be the first point of change if you want to improve the look of your kitchen. Try something new like white shaker kitchen cabinets. Such an idea is perfect because it is both classic and affordable. You can get these cabinets online and install them on your own.Buy new appliances Maybe it is that time of the year that you review the kind of ...
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By Jennifer Carstensen, I specialize in selling houses (License: 317824)
(REMAX Real Estate Experts)
  The game of chess can provide incredible lessons to apply to all aspects of life, including the homebuying process. Chess requires you to plan and think about your strategy from the very beginning of the game.   The homebuying process, like chess, requires strategy and planning. Here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure your plan is as strong as possible when you begin your home search. Pre-Approval: the Best Opening Play To Make as a Homebuyer It’s important to have a great opening play when you’re buying a home. And the best move you can make when you begin your home search is getting pre-approved by a lender. You’ve probably already heard this is an important step, but what exactly is pre-approval and what benefits does it provide you? As Freddie Mac puts it: “The pre-approva...
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By Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!
(Fathom Realty Washington LLC)
Paul Henderson, REALTOR®, Fathom Realty WA LLC, Mason County, Washington's preferred real estate Agent & BrokerYou’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way!Attributed to  Walter Hagen  Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog post! This post was researched, authored, and photo by Paul Henderson, REALTOR®, ©2008-2021, all rights reserved. All information is deemed reliable; however it should be independently verified by the reader. Any reproduction of this blog post is prohibited without the prior written permission of the author...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
Not a Wordless Wednesday Post: what do you do with your Thanksgiving decorations? Some people put them on their front steps and let nature take its course and toss them in the trash. Not me, well if you know me here it comes....I decide to repurpose them. How about making bake stuffed Honey Butternut Squash with left over Turkey, Garbanzo Beans, Kale and a little Tomato Sauce with Parmesan chees on top.In case you are wondering the other Squash was Delicata Squash. Same stuffing and let me know which one you liked best?     Wishing you a safe and healthy life and I look forward to your comments. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, focused and goal-oriented Realtor in the Beverly Hills area who will help you achieve your Real Estate goals, please reach out to me directly! If you are ...
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By Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
What is the most important to thing to do to make a home SELL or to make you feel good about the place you live?  SMILE! (Photo Smiling Baby- Pixabay)Make a home "SMILE"!A baby's smile is inviting, your home should be alsoYou heard right! Same as a cute baby, or in an interview. Smile, sparkle, make the interviewer like you. Same thing with your home, to attract a buyer....make it smile! As a REALTOR®, I see the things that others may overlook that will make a home memorable and standout from the hundreds of other similar homes for sale. I remember the homes that smile. Whether I am coaching a seller or helping a buyer see the potential in a home. Some things are so simpleAs a REALTOR®, I look to make a house SMILE and inviting so the Buyer says....."I remember THAT one" You know it wor...
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