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By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
On October 11, 2021, Realtor.com reported that in La Canada, California median list price was $2,080,000 in September of 2021 gained from $1,995,000 in August of 2021, but lower 1.0% from $2,099,000 in September of 2020. While, median sales price for a home and a condo was $1,800,000 in September of 2021, down 7.0% from September of 2020 in La Canada, California.Houses stayed 45.00 days in the market in September of 2021 decreased from 49.00 days in August of 2021, and declined from 49.00 days in September of 2020 in La Canada, California.The median listing price per square foot of a home and a condo was $781.00 in September of 2021 up from $768.00 in August of 2021, and increased 11.0% from $696.00 in September of 2010 in La Canada, California.For complete more detailed information abo...
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By Bob Elliot, 20+ Yrs Industry Experience
(eXp Realty)
Does Your House Have What Buyers Want? The rise in remote work is changing what many Americans want in their homes. Many companies are choosing to delay reopening or go remote full-time, and today’s buyers are looking for homes with more space to support their work needs. As a seller, if you no longer need the extra room you have in your home, rest assured there are buyers who do. Remote Work Is Here To Stay Remote work remains a reality for many Americans. A recent poll from Garter, Inc. shows many organizations have not yet returned their offices: “. . . 66% of organizations are delaying reopening their offices due to new COVID-19 variants.” And it’s not just companies that are choosing to remain remote for the time being – workers are seeking more flexibility. According to research f...
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By Beth and Richard Witt, Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940
(Long Island Cash Home Buyer)
 If you have not consciously made the decision to be rich, excellent, and healthy, then you have unconsciously made the decision to be poor, mediocre, and unhealthy.The superior man blames himself. The inferior man blames othersTo find fault is easy; to do better may be difficult."Nothing is impossible; there are ways that lead to everything, and if we have sufficient will we should always have sufficient means. It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible." Francois La RochefoucauldIt is wise to direct your anger towards problems - not people; to focus your energies on answers - not excuses.When things get difficult, some look for a place to rest while others search out the opportunities created.Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get....
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By Bob Elliot, 20+ Yrs Industry Experience
(eXp Realty)
The biggest challenge in real estate today is the lack of available homes for sale. The low housing supply has caused homes throughout the country to appreciate at a much faster rate than what we’ve experienced historically. There are many reasons for the limited number of homes on the market, but as you can see in the graph below, we’re well below where we’ve been for most of the past 10 years. Today, across the country, there is only a 2.4-month supply of homes available for sale. The Opportunity  This lack of homes for sale is creating a challenge for many buyers who are growing frustrated in their search. On the other hand, this is a huge opportunity for sellers as low supply is driving up home values. According to CoreLogic, the average home has appreciated by more than $50,000 ov...
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By Bob Elliot, 20+ Yrs Industry Experience
(eXp Realty)
There’s a lot of talk lately about how challenging it can be to find a home to buy. While housing inventory is still low, there are a few important things to understand about the supply of homes for sale as we move into the end of the year. The Number of Homes for Sale Usually Peaks in the Fall In the residential real estate market, trends generally follow a predictable and seasonal pattern. Typically, the number of homes available for sale (or active monthly listings) peaks in the fall. But in a chapter where so little feels normal, the question becomes: should we expect a fall peak this year? If we look at the active monthly listings for 2021 (shown in the chart below), we’ll see that the number of homes on the market has increased fairly steadily since spring this year. The realtor....
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By Frank Procopio, Procopio Real Estate Buy or Sell in CNY
(Procopio Real Estate )
Meet NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Mark MacBainMark spent 17 years as a managing partner in a local firm and almost 11 years in sales and customer relations in corporate America before obtaining his real estate license. Mark has learned from the finest how to maximize strengths while minimizing dangers. He learned the craft of marketing and the art of selling, which was equally crucial. He is most proud of his ability to effectively engage and connect with each of his customers on a personal level. Mark has personally owned several properties and is all too familiar with the spectrum of emotions that each transaction entails. Mark listens to you and guides you through the selling and purchasing process with care, compassion, and empathy as a Realtor.He's proud to call Syracuse ho...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Main Street Farmers Market Fall Fest in KentlandsCome and celebrate the bounty of the season this Saturday, October 30, 2021 at the Main Street Farmers Market Fall Fest in Kentlands! All of your favorite market vendors will be there along with a few seasonal surprises! We hope to see you there! The hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.This is a City of Gaithersburg, Maryland announcement. Dahlia, 20th Ave Ingrid, National Capital Dahlia Show,Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, Maryland USA IMG 0031Canon PowerShot G11 Camera, 1/40 Sec. f3.5, ISO 800, No FlashPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Heather Tawes Nelson, Associate Broker, ABR, CLHMS, CRS - Scottsdale, AZ
(Live Better in Arizona )
- Scottsdale Luxury Home Market Performance for September 2021 - September was another month where we saw some great sales activity in some price points and slower activity in others. This report covers the luxury home market in Scottsdale. All of these homes were on the market for one million dollars or more. We then broke the sales activity into four price points to show further detail. We track these four sales metrics on a monthly basis:Active - How many homes were for sale at the end of the month.UCB (Under Contract Accepting Backup Offers) - How many homes were under contract, but still accepting backup offers at the end of the month.Pending - How many pending sales there were. Sold - The number of homes that sold. - September 2021 - Scottsdale Homes Priced Between $1,000,000 - $1...
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By Joyce Tawes, ABR, CRS, CLHMS, CNE
(Live Better in Scottsdale)
- September 2021 Scottsdale Housing Market Video - Sales were up slightly in September, but we are seeing pending contracts drop. Here is a one-minute video overview of the Scottsdale, Arizona real estate market that covers the month of September. September 2021 - Video Scottsdale Active Listings As I have mentioned many times, our Scottsdale and Greater Phoenix markets are facing low inventory levels. We do not expect them to rebound any time soon. At the end of the month, there were 597 active listings. This is 47% lower than where inventory was in September 2021. And inventory fell by 9% between the end of August and September. Median List Price for Scottsdale Homes Now we will take a look at prices for Scottsdale homes on the market. The median list price represents the price where ...
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By Matt Lee, Real Estate Marketing
(Rise Up Local & Lead Generation Experts)
If you are like many people, the safer-at-home protocols established across the country as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have caused your interest in home improvement to increase.  Whether it be simple, DIY projects or more extensive renovations that you had been putting off due to a lack of time, the country seems to be in a bit of a home improvement renaissance amid the lack of certainty in other aspects of life. As you search for new projects, one worthwhile undertaking would be to install new windows in your home. Like renovations in other areas of your house, new windows should provide a number of benefits to the homeowner, such as:  Enhanced curb appeal through a cleaner, more modern look Increased functionality through a more logical and contemporary design Improved energy ef...
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By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Round about this time of year, some of us are gathering around the old fire pit, roasting marshmallows and telling a few tall tales.  Lucy might well be one subject spoken about in these parts.Back in 1993, the local Crossroads paper published a story about a certain little girl and an historic home, the Penny House, at 235 Philadelphia Pike in Wilmington, Delaware. Well, the family who lived in the house for 20 years has put the home on the market, and this could be an appropriate time to mention this tale. The original Penny Farm stretched for many acres and reached Brandywine Blvd. in Bellefonte. Mr. Penny farmed most of the land until his death in 1797, when he left it to his sons, both cabinetmakers who could make you a coffin for $8. The brothers died in 1832 and 1843. For years l...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
On September 12, Nature4Climate.org launched the "Forgotten Solution Campaign." The hashtag #TheForgottenSolution quickly became a trending topic on Twitter. Eleven partner groups and 18 foundations came together to show their support for the Nature4Climate project. Their message was picked up by news organizations all around the world, including the BBC. The "3030 Forests, Food, and Land Challenge," as it is sometimes called, highlights the significant contribution natural ecosystems can make to climate change mitigation. The message is clear: by 2030, protecting and recovering forests, generating more sustainably produced food, and optimizing land use may provide 30% of the climate solution required. Natural climate solutions account for less than 1% of the discussion and garner less ...
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By Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector, The Home Inspector With a Heart!
(SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno)
     The annual Bourbonnais Township Scarecrow festival is always a huge success.      Starting the first week of October, local businesses, charities or individuals can enter the contest for a chance to win prizes and promote their businesses or group.      The contest winners are determined by the appointed judges and also by the coveted peoples choice voters. The transformation from a simple plastic fence on Kennedy Drive into a 2 block display of Halloween fall displays and scarecrows is almost overnight. Lots of hard work and creative designs are displayed that must have taken weeks to work on just to be ready for the big set up. Take a nice walk with your family past all the entries and cast your votes for your favorite. You can even pose in some of the displays for pictures. It's...
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By Wendy Rulnick, "It's Wendy... It's Sold!"
(Rulnick Realty, Inc.)
The phone call caught me off guard. I was about to grab lunch, was in a rush, and my cell phone rang. Not concentrating, and not recognizing the number, I picked up. I was in a good mood, but my inner sarcasm was already creeping in. I expected it to be a spoof call telemarketer.“Hello. Rulnick Realty…” I answered.“Is this Wendy?” They always start with that. Friend or foe, client or Google ads, Press “1” to unsubscribe or an agent with an out-of-town number. (If you say “Yes”, they have their first “yes”).“Yes, it is” I slid out. Waiting for them to go for the jugular.“My name is….  I wonder (stammering) if you could help me with a research project?”  Oh, great, here we go.  This was not a good sign.I resisted the urge to hang up. I let him speak. He continued and asked me questions ab...
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By Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM, Associate Broker
(Harry Norman, REALTORS® )
Thank you Matt Lee for your original blog.  Interior design renovation for commercial spaces usually gets limited to just a handful of quirks. It's either funky furniture color, fun paintings, or interesting layout choices: but there's more to the interior of a building than that! 1. Custom Tables To Show Off Unique Personality Nothing can show off an eye for detail in a company better than to have the detail put into every surface. One of the best directions is to ensure that every table is well made, sturdy, and has whatever specifications you need for your brand. If it's a specific type of wood that needs specific cleaners, it's a good idea to study up on that and buy whatever cleaners are required so that the surfaces will stay beautiful and unique. 2. Fun and Unique Storage Options...
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By Matt Lee, Real Estate Marketing
(Rise Up Local & Lead Generation Experts)
Interior design renovation for commercial spaces usually gets limited to just a handful of quirks. It's either funky furniture color, fun paintings, or interesting layout choices: but there's more to the interior of a building than that!1. Custom Tables To Show Off Unique PersonalityNothing can show off an eye for detail in a company better than to have the detail put into every surface. One of the best directions is to ensure that every table is well made, sturdy, and has whatever specifications you need for your brand. If it's a specific type of wood that needs specific cleaners, it's a good idea to study up on that and buy whatever cleaners are required so that the surfaces will stay beautiful and unique.2. Fun and Unique Storage OptionsStorage is key in every business. If you don't ...
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By Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector, The Home Inspector With a Heart!
(SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno)
     We have two Frank Lloyd Wright homes in our town. Kankakee, Il.      Frank Lloyd Wright (FLW) is famous the world over and his homes are known for some of the coolest, most innovative and striking design ideas ever built. Kankakee, IL is proud to have two Wright homes. Next door to each other too. One of them is privately owned and there are not a whole lot of people that have visited that home as long as I can remember. But the B. Harley Bradley home is a very different story. It's long history has several inspiring chapters, several chapters of struggles and near demise, and one single chapter of extreme sadness. The Bradley house is the very first home that FLW designed with his new Prairie Style design concept. Located on the banks of the Kankakee River (the cleanest river in t...
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By Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic
(www.mrbrownsellsgr.com)
  Just a quick note. How is everyone doing in this post-pandemic environment? Trying to navigate thru all things real estate has been a small challenge but deals are being made and closings are happening. People need to be reminded that we are not out of the woods yet and we need to be as cautious as humanly possible. I may not want to follow ALL of the protocols out there but it is not just about me.   It's really about  my clients, customers, my family and friends and the like. The more I think of them the less I think of myself. Yes there are times to think of oneself but this is definitely not one of them. We need to look past ourselves and see what we can do that would benefit someone else. I had a couple people very close to be stricken with this virus and thankfully they BOTH mad...
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By Joanne Gillet EdgeOfTheBeach.com, Experience is not expensive. It's Priceless!
(Edge Of The Beach Realty)
24 Massick Lane ~ Hagley EstatesMLS# 2123415 Properties are SELLING FAST!If you are thinking of selling your primary residence or vacation home, our team of personalized professionals is here to help you get things started. No hassles. No obligations.Just answers to your real estate questions. Experience is not expensive. It is Priceless! Curious about the value of your home? Click here for FREE Home Value Tool customized for YOU. Join our email list here to receive real-time emails that show the listings as soon as they are added to the MLS. Be sure to provide your desired areas, wants, and needs. Click here to check out our current listings.We pride ourselves on personable service and build long-term relationships with our clients. Please reach out to us with anything that can make yo...
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By Mike Bjork
(Evolve Bank & Trust)
http://MikesDailyMarketReport.com:  Jobless Claims continued to drop for the 3rd week in a row, which this week's report came in at 281k.  We're also seeing a decline in the Continued Claims report.  However, keep in mind that people whom are unvaxed and being fired for such won't be included with these numbers, so we may need to view the Labor Participation Rate to determine how much of an impact this may be.  So, stay tuned!  GDP dropped from Q2's 6.7% to an initial reading for Q3 at 2.0%.  Investors shrugged it off because there were some concerns that it could have been even worse (like, near 0.0%).  Lastly, Pending Home Sales dropped by 2.3% to 116.7k seasonally adjusted units.  Stocks are still rising due to Q3 Earnings Reports.  The Spending Bill in Congress seems to be shrinking...
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