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By Jeff Jensen
(The Federal Savings Bank/Lending in 50 states)
Mortgage backed securities closed up 25 basis points today at 99.97 having closed 111 points below the 200 day moving average. The conforming rate is at 2.75% today. My jumbo pricing is now sizzling! The 30 year jumbo for $1 million was at 3.00%. Whether in New England, the Mid Atlantic or the Midwest or anywhere else in the U.S., history tells us it is time to refinance!! Please call me at 203-981-8282.
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By Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
(Get It Done For Me Virtual Services )
Holding your team accountable isn't an exercise in control. It's an exercise in empowerment. Work with a team you can trust! Let us take over your repeated tasks that you know you are supposed to be delegating. Text Katerina Gasset at 561-502-1577 today! #GIDFMTeam #GIDFM #DelegateMyTasks
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By Stephanie Arnett, SRS, IMSD, Broker Associate, REALTOR
(ERA Town & Campus Realty)
🏡 11.2 Acres, Highway 15 S, Ackerman, MS 39735 🏡 📞ERA Town & Campus Realty: 662.615.6077 💲 Price: $40,000 MLS  #21-2243 🏡🏡🏡🏡🏡🏡🏡🏡 Raw Land in Choctaw County | Mature Trees | Utilities Available | 11.2 Acres | Tree Buffer from Highway | Choctaw Schools | Minutes from Ackerman or Louisville  Stephanie Arnett w/Mississippi Magnolia @ ERA Town & Campus Realty 📞ERA Town & Campus Realty | 662.165.6077📲 Stephanie Arnett | 662.769.0721💻 MississippiMagnolia.com
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By David Jackson, MBA, Financial lending analyst
(Olympus Labs)
Governments and financial institutions around the world are already taking big steps to improve their green financial planning, and individuals are following suit. There are plenty of ways to incorporate a green attitude or philosophy into how you manage your finances. Below are three ways you can start today. Allocate a Portion of Your Portfolio to Green InvestmentsGreen investments are becoming increasingly popular as more and more investors realize that climate change is something impacting their lives (and those of their loved ones) and requires non-governmental intervention as well. From sustainable power generation to solar power manufacturers, there are opportunities to invest in companies trying to move local and international economies away from fossil fuels and towards more wi...
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By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
1172 Landings Loop, Tallahassee, FLClick Here to Get Directions $2650003bed - 2bath - 0.11 sqft lot Photos | Maps & Local | Schools | Print MOVE IN READY Piney Z Townhome! This charming three bedroom, two bathroom home has so much curb appeal. The flowing and open floorplan features 10+ foot ceilings throughout most of the home, well appointed kitchen with updated appliances, custom built-ins, master suite featuring a jacuzzi tub, shower and walk-in closet, as well as a 2021 HVAC! An abundance of windows allow for much desired natural light throughout the home and french doors in the master suite and living area lead out to the screened back porch and patio. All within walking distance to Lafayette Heritage Trail Park, this home is what every Tallahassee home buyer is looking for!Follow...
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By David Krichmar, DaveYourMortgageGuy.com
(www.DaveYourMortgageGuy.com - Legend Lending)
Conventional 30 year Mortgage: 3%Credit score:740LTV:75%Loan Amount:$300kAPR: 3.313%FHA 30 year: 2.875% Credit Score:740LTV:96.5%loan amount:$300kAPR: 3.75%Conventional 15 year: 2.25%Credit score:740LTV:75%Loan Amount:$300kAPR: 2.468%Rates are Subject to ChangeCall me today if you are thinking of refinancing or buying a home, for the best mortgage rate possible.   
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By Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services
(Home Jane Realty)
Let’s look at the cost to buy a home in Santa Monica over the past year. We will look at the median price of a single family home and condo and compare it to the same period last year. We will break it down by zip code and take a look at the price per square foot. The median of 318 single family homes sold in Santa Monica as a whole over the past year is $3.323M with an average price per square foot of $1,379. The median price of 598 condos sold is $1,125M with an average price per square foot of $948. Since each area of Santa Monica is unique, let’s break down the sales by zip code: 90401 7 SF homes sold for a median price of $5.1M with an average price per sq. ft. of $1,750. 28 condos sold for a median price of $1.104M with an average price per sq. ft. of $981. 90402   144 SF homes so...
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By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
1504 Hokolin Nene, TALLAHASSEE, FL Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Click Here to Get Directions $1750003bed - 1bath - 0.26 sqft lotLocated in one of the most highly sought after areas in Tallahassee, this picturesque and well maintained Indian Head Acres home features a spacious living room with a wood-burning fireplace, partially fenced back yard, a fully functional workshop out back and a 2016 roof! This great home is everything Tallahassee home buyers are looking for and with close proximity to everything - do not miss the opportunity to make this one-of-a-kind home yours!Follow This Home Joe Manausa Joe Manausa Real Estate 850-888-0888 Licensed In: FloridaContact MeUseful Links Tallahassee Homes For Sale Tallahassee Home Search Free Home Values Manausa.com
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By Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO, Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes
(Casual Uncluttering LLC)
I used to be a poet. Attended workshops, co-edited some student-run creative magazines, participated in readings. Here's the T. Rex in the room: "I used to..." Imaginative instincts never leave you. They just go fallow. I set myself a challenge, June 1, 2021, to start writing a poem a day. Haven't come close!!! I have written a handful again. Quantity isn't important, effort is. More important, much more, the challenge has gotten me looking around again, noticing colors, textures and all the rest even more than I'd tried for pre-"contest." And I've recently gotten a real camera - 42 buttons, hugely intimidating - to allow myself an outlet I've been curious about for years, and, bonus, to further some professional efforts. Calling that purchase a reach is well beyond understatement. I've...
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By Karen Briscoe
(Huckaby Briscoe Conroy Group - Keller Williams)
Giving Thanks… Huckaby Briscoe Conroy (HBC) Group Donates $1,000 to SHARE Community Charity Champions (CCC) gives back to local charity in McLean​​​​​​​McLean, VA. – In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Huckaby Briscoe Conroy (HBC) Group at Keller Williams McLean donated $1,000 as part of their Community Charity Champions program to give back to local charity groups. The donation is made by the support of Lizzy Conroy, Karen Briscoe and Jenny McClintock through the HBC Group Community Charity Champions. Receiving the donation for SHARE was Nicki Watts, office manager and board member of SHARE. The check presentation took place at SHARE of McLean on Wednesday, October 27, 2021.  The donation goes towards a food pantry annex at Lewinsville Retirement Residence, where clients can receive groceri...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
With these lovely and easy decorating ideas, you can bring the warm hues of fall into your house. A few common motifs that might inspire are pumpkins, gourds, fall foliage, and pinecones. You may combine all of these items on your mantle or stagger them down your front stairs in an artistic manner. Choose all cream or a brilliantly colored orange for additional Halloween-themed curb appeal for a more contemporary design. One of our favorites is a garland constructed of large pinecones with fresh magnolia or foliage tied with florist wire. Remove the new components from the pinecone garland before storing them in a plastic tub during the off-season.Fall Decorating Ideas for a Beautiful Fall SeasonSimple 10-minute Rustic MantelThis easy-to-make arrangement is simple and rustic, and it off...
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By Heather Stevenson (360) 441-7120, I put the "stat" in Real Estate!
Here's a recap of the Whatcom County residential and condominium markets for last week:Residential - 78 new listings (compared to 74 last week)12 contingent listings (compared to 17 last week)78 pended (compared to 87 last week)64 sold (compared to 56 last week)279 active as of 10/27/21 at 12:00 pm (compared to 274 last week)$625,000 is the median active list price (compared to $650,000 last week)6 Median Days on Market for Sold Listings (compared to 6 last week)$304 Median Price Per Square Foot (compared to $303 last week)Condominium - 7 new listings (compared to 11 last week) 1 contingent listings (compared to 2 last week)11 pended (compared to 11 last week)8 sold (compared to 9 last week)38 active as of 10/27/21 at 12:00 pm (compared to 45 last week)$292,000 is the median active list...
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By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
Pictured above is the Hudson & Grace Store, at the Montecito Mart.  They carry all kinds of interesting cook ware as well as decorative items.  The black pumpkins with the orange watering cans caught my eye!We are experiencing a cat food shortage in town.  This has led us to visiting several markets including the Von's in the mart.  We were able to pick up a few cans, so Quincy will not go hungry! 
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Local Events:Charlotte Co 10th Annual Bluegrass, BBQ & Brew Festival Brookneal VA*photo from http://bluegrassbarbecuebrew.comDate: Nov 6, 2021Location: Redd Hill1250 Red Hill RdBrookneal, VA 24528Time: 11 AM to 5 PMThis annual Festival is back this year after having to cancel in 2020 due to the pandemic. This is the 10th Bluegrass, BBQ and Brew Festival that according to their website http://bluegrassbarbecuebrew.com/ :"The Bluegrass, Barbecue & Brew Festival is an incredible festival that connects music, food, and beer with history. The festival takes place in the fall to usher in the Thanksgiving season. It’s a wonderful event to enjoy with your friends and experience some of the customs and culture of southern Virginia." Please visit their site to get directions, ticket info and more...
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By Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
When Will The Fall Color Peak In Sedona Arizona?(Above) - December 7th, 2019 - Peak ColorWatching the Japanese Maple helps give us some understanding of previous peak color seasons and why the peak may vary each year.  The last two years,  our peak color on the Japanese Maple has gone into December.  It really makes for a wonderful Thanksgiving because the color is pretty vivid.  In A Nutshell...What causes the leaves to change color?As the sun gets lower in the sky during fall, photosynthesis ceases and the chlorophyll in the leaves dwindles.  This brings out the underlying color layered in the leaves.   Many people (including myself) often think that the first freeze gets the process moving to change the color.  However, the process starts when the sunlight starts to wane in the fall....
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By Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA
(Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001)
Maxus Realty Group Agents are local specialists with knowledge to help you buy and sell the right home, at the right price.We are passionate about you as a client, we will always protect your best interests just because it's the only way we do business day in and day out.Today, we'll talk about 4 "House Hacks" To Buy The Best House With the Highest Future Value. The main factor when buying a home is always going to be location, location, location A great location will always increase the future value of your house. These are my 4 House Hacks you need to consider when looking for the perfect home.   #1 Buy Near Transportation On  terms of accessibility to the major areas of your city, you should look for a neighborhood that is situated near the major transit routes. Commuting to and from...
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By Kimo Stowell, REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i
(HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 )
Virtual 44th Annual Prince Lot Hula FestivalE Huli Alo I Ka Ulu Lā. Ua Ao Ē. With the rising of the sun, a new day dawns.  Moanalua Gardens Foundation presents the virtual 44th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival on Thursday, October 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. on KHON2.  Producing the event is David Kalama of Kalama Productions, veteran producer and senior media producer of the Merrie Monarch Festival for 27 years. The two-hour program, presented in part by Kamehameha Schools and Central Pacific Bank, will also be live streamed on https://www.khon2.com/prince-lot-hula-festival/ and KHON’s YouTube channel www.youtube.com/KHONNewsHawaii. The Festival will be rebroadcast at the following times:Sunday, October 31 from 8 to 10 p.m. on KHII; on Thursday, November 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. on KHON2; and Sunday,...
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By Zee Mahan, Get your own piece of Maui paradise...
(Berkshire Hathaway Maui Properties)
Count down to Halloween! How about Nightmare on Elm Street? Would you live there? You are at luck! It's on the market at $3.25 Mil! What ever you do, enjoy just DON'T FALL ASLEEP! Full article compliments to realtors.com below👇https://www.realtor.com/news/unique-homes/nightmare-on-elm-street-house-los-angeles-for-sale/?identityID=61578d0d283970011d458028&MID=2021_1026_NL_Multi_Article&RID=25314647002&cid=eml_promo_Marketing_NonPRSL__cons.13637602_2021_1026_NL_Multi_Article-article2-UniqueHomes 
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By Robin Gauthier, I have the Key to your NextHome
(NextHome Tidewater Realty)
I represented the buyer in the purchase of the townhouse at 712 South Lake Circle.  This home has been completely remodeled.  It is 1,420 square feet with a bedroom and bathroom upstairs and downstairs.  It sold for $265,400. This townhouse is located in Cedar Lakes  in the Great Bridge area of Chesapeake off of Cedar Road near the Battlefield Blvd intersection.  This neighborhood consists of approximately 400 townhouses and condos.  The homes were built from 1986 until 1999.  The median size of a home in this neighborhood is 1,488 square feet.  Las Gaviotas and Middle Oaks are nearby neighborhoods with townhouses.  The children in this neighborhood attend all of the Great Bridge schools.There are currently 3 homes for sale in Cedar Lakes.  Don't hesitate to contact me with any question...
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