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By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
1313 Lansdowne, TALLAHASSEE, FL Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Click Here to Get Directions $2750003bed - 2bath - 0.47 sqft lotA beautiful east-side home located in the desirable neighborhood of Sedgefield! this picturesque and well maintained three bedroom, two bathroom home features a spacious living room with a wood-burning fireplace, formal dining room, kitchen with an eat-in nook, inside laundry room, fenced backyard, an over-sized large master suite with a walk in closet! Also featuring a 2013 Roof and 2015 HVAC, this home will be maintenance free for years to come. This great home offers privacy but with close proximity to everything and a fabulous school district - do not miss the opportunity to make this dream home yours!Follow This Home Joe Manausa Joe Manausa Real Estate 8...
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By Esperanza Butler® 818 926 5425, Homes For Sale in West Hills, Ca (818) 926-5425
(Century 21 Peak )
If You Don’t Live Close to Shops and RestaurantsNow Is a Great Time to Sell! 
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By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Laura Erwin's Buyer had her eye on this property, set a showing and was sure this was the home she wanted!   It was perfect for what she was looking for.  The home was built in 2000, has three bedrooms and three bathrooms with an attached two-car garage.   It is owned by a "buy-out" company, so she will get possession as soon as she closes in a couple of weeks.    
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By Bob Elliot, 20+ Yrs Industry Experience
(eXp Realty)
5 Tips for Making Your Best Offer In today’s sellers’ market, standing out as a buyer is critical. Multi-offer scenarios and bidding wars are the norm due to the low supply of houses for sale and high buyer demand. If you’re buying this fall, you’ll want every advantage, especially when you’ve found the home of your dreams. Below are five things to keep in mind when it’s time to make an offer. 1. Know Your Budget Knowing your budget and what you can afford is critical to your success as a homebuyer. The best way to understand your numbers is to work with a lender so you can get pre-approved for a loan. As Freddie Mac puts it: “This pre-approval allows you to look for a home with greater confidence and demonstrates to the seller that you are a serious buyer.” Showing sellers you’re seri...
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By Bob Elliot, 20+ Yrs Industry Experience
(eXp Realty)
With more people spending time at home than ever before, many people are wondering how they can go about changing the way the home is laid out. This can be an expensive project, which is why many people are interested in getting a home improvement loan. With many people buying outdated houses, there are numerous projects that many homeowners want to finish; however, this process is not the same as applying for a mortgage. There are home equity lines of credit, cash-out refinance opportunities, and financing through the contracting company. How is the process of applying for a home improvement loan different, and what do homeowners need to know?Gather The Right Information Before Tapping Into Home EquityOne of the most common ways homeowners complete projects is to tap into the equity in...
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By The Brokerage Group - CT Real Estate, Fairfield & Litchfield County + Candlewood Lake
(The Brokerage of New England)
New Listing Alert in Danbury, CTThe Village at RivingtonListed for sale by Lisa Brown, REALTOR® The Brokerage of New England, 203-733-1613, PropertyGalCT@gmail.com, www.BrokerageNE.com32 Moorland Dr, a stunning 3 bedroom townhouse located in the Village at Rivington. A premier resort style community in Danbury, Connecticut. Turn-key with welcoming front entryway, open floor plan, high ceilings, custom lighting, designer hardwood flooring and custom crown molding. Beautiful Chef's kitchen with white cabinetry, title backsplash, granite countertops, center island with wine cooler, 2 breakfast bars and pantry. Open to dining area with custom cabinetry, dining room, living room, powder room and coat closet. 32 Moorland Dr offers a spacious Master Bedroom Suite with vaulted ceilings, walk-in...
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By Bob Elliot, 20+ Yrs Industry Experience
(eXp Realty)
Before an owner can market a property to buyers that want to use a FHA loan, he will want to familiarize himself with the FHA's standards. FHA won't insure loans on just any property. While their standards aren't as stringent as they used to be, a home needs to be in relatively good condition to qualify for FHA financing.Location And LotTo qualify for FHA financing, the property has to be located on a road or easement that lets the owner freely enter and exit.The access also has to be paved with a surface that will work all year a long dirt driveway that washes out in spring won't qualify.The FHA also wants the lot to be safe and free of pollution, radiation and other hazards. For that matter, it also needs to provide adequate drainage to keep water away from the house.Property Exterior...
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By The Legacy Group, The LegacyGroup of CrossCountry Mortgage
(CrossCountry Mortgage)
Veteran’s Home Loans for Spofford TexasIf you are reading this, you or a family member have likely served in our military.  First off, we would like to say a sincere “Thank You” for your service!  We recognize that not only do our Veterans sacrifice by serving, but their families do as well-, and we owe you all a debt of gratitude!One of the best benefits Veterans and their families receive due to their service to our great country is the VA home loan benefits.  We are going to outline just a few of these significant benefits in this article for you. Here are some of the major benefits you may receive by using your VA home loan benefits:*100% financing available- one of the very few loans available with no down payment!*Lower rates available than most loan programs- which saves you mone...
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By The Legacy Group, The LegacyGroup of CrossCountry Mortgage
(CrossCountry Mortgage)
Veteran’s Home Loans for Cooper TexasIf you are reading this, you or a family member have likely served in our military.  First off, we would like to say a sincere “Thank You” for your service!  We recognize that not only do our Veterans sacrifice by serving, but their families do as well-, and we owe you all a debt of gratitude!One of the best benefits Veterans and their families receive due to their service to our great country is the VA home loan benefits.  We are going to outline just a few of these significant benefits in this article for you. Here are some of the major benefits you may receive by using your VA home loan benefits:*100% financing available- one of the very few loans available with no down payment!*Lower rates available than most loan programs- which saves you money ...
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By The Legacy Group, The LegacyGroup of CrossCountry Mortgage
(CrossCountry Mortgage)
Veteran’s Home Loans for Rowlett TexasIf you are reading this, you or a family member have likely served in our military.  First off, we would like to say a sincere “Thank You” for your service!  We recognize that not only do our Veterans sacrifice by serving, but their families do as well-, and we owe you all a debt of gratitude!One of the best benefits Veterans and their families receive due to their service to our great country is the VA home loan benefits.  We are going to outline just a few of these significant benefits in this article for you. Here are some of the major benefits you may receive by using your VA home loan benefits:*100% financing available- one of the very few loans available with no down payment!*Lower rates available than most loan programs- which saves you money...
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By The Legacy Group, The LegacyGroup of CrossCountry Mortgage
(CrossCountry Mortgage)
Veteran’s Home Loans for Horton TexasIf you are reading this, you or a family member have likely served in our military.  First off, we would like to say a sincere “Thank You” for your service!  We recognize that not only do our Veterans sacrifice by serving, but their families do as well-, and we owe you all a debt of gratitude!One of the best benefits Veterans and their families receive due to their service to our great country is the VA home loan benefits.  We are going to outline just a few of these significant benefits in this article for you. Here are some of the major benefits you may receive by using your VA home loan benefits:*100% financing available- one of the very few loans available with no down payment!*Lower rates available than most loan programs- which saves you money ...
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By Ritu Desai, Virginia Realtor-Fairfax/Loudoun/PW-703-625-4949
(Samson Properties)
Music has always been an important part of human history and is here to stay for a long while. Humans have displayed their appreciation for music in more ways than one, such as dancing with it, making a song cover about it, attending every concert of your favorite artist, collecting musical artifacts and memorabilia, learning how to make music of your own, and so much more. As a long-term resident of the DC metro area, I am still assumed by unique parks and recreations in and around the area. Today, I'll take a look at one of the parks that gave tribute to one of the most iconic artists of the modern music era, and one of the most prominent figures in music history, the Marvin Gaye Park in Washington, DC. About Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye was born on April 2, 1939, in Washington, DC. His lov...
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By Cathy Baumbusch, If you want to stand out put on a red dress!
(RE/MAX Executives)
I have lived in Springfield, Virginia for 23 years. Since I have had my license, I have never featured my little burg in a blog or video. It's high time. This video starts with a brief history of Springfield, talks about transportation, notable landmarks, shopping, office spaces, high schools and fun things to do. Then I cover the real estate market as of September 12, 2021. It's 13 minutes long, and if you want to skip ahead to the real estate market, that starts at timestamp 8:58.Video TranscriptIntroductionI know you’ve probably heard that theres’ a Springfield in every state of the country. While that’s not quite true, there are 34 of them, and today we’re gonna be talking about Springfield, VA. Hi I’m Cathy Baumbusch with RE/MAX Executives and my team is the Red Dress Realty Group....
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By MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty)
Way back in 1787, the United States Constitution was completed, signed and approved on September 17.Since 1956, the U.S. Congress by joint resolution requested that the President proclaim the week beginning September 17 and ending September 23 of each year as "Constitution Week."They chose September 17-23 to be Constitution Week, in part because since 1952, the U.S. Congress designated September 17 as "Citizenship Day."When President Harry Truman signed the 1952 bill designating September 17 as Citizenship Day, the goal of the event is to recognize people who become American citizens during that year.Constitution Week is a great excuse for all citizens to read and review the U.S. Constitution and look back at the country's history.Thanks for reading "Happy Constitution Week September 17...
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By Robert Rauf
(HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ))
 MORE GOOD NEWS FOR OUR BUYERSOn January 14, 2021, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (i.e., Fannie and Freddie’s regulator) announced several new restrictions on loans that could be purchased by Fannie and Freddie.  These restrictions severely limited the GSE’s purchases of 2nd home and investment property loans causing SIGNIFICANT rate increases especially on 2nd (vacation) homes.  September 15, 2021 FHFA announced that they were removing these restrictions effective immediately. So we are back to pre pandemic guidelines for both vacation and investment properties.  This comes just 2 months after the removal of the Adverse Market charge for refinances in July which leads me to believe that things are getting back to normal in the secondary market.  Effectively a sign that mortgage vol...
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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 Things to Look for When Choosing a House...#1 Consider the Local Economy The condition of a local economy can make or break your move. A poor or declining economy will slow or decrease the value of your house as time passes by. A declining economy  can affect everything from social services to infrastructure to schools.You will most likely move in about 5 years and this could affect the selling of your house, when you are ready to sell your home and move again...  #2 Consider the Neighborhood  ...
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By Kimo Stowell, REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i
(HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 )
  Local Market Update  Waikiki Honolulu, August 2021   Single Family Homes August Year to Date 2021 / 2020 Change% 2021 / 2020 Change% New Listings 0 / 0  0% 4 / 3  33% Closed Sales 1 / 0  0%  3 / 1  200% Median Sales Price $1.88M / $0.00M  0%   $1.1M / $1.29M -15% Percent of Original List Price Received 100.0% / 0.0%  0% 100.0% / 95.6%  5% Median Days on Market Until Sale 13 / 0  0% 13 / 8  63% Inventory of Homes for Sale 0 / 1  -100% ---    Condos August Year to Date 2021 / 2020 Change% 2021 / 2020 Change% New Listings 159 / 169  -6% 1208 / 1107  9% Closed Sales 148 / 55 169% 916 / 432  112% Median Sales Price $452.4K / $398K  14% $395K / $390K  1% Percent of Original List Price Received 98.2% / 95.8%  3% 97.3% / 95.2%  2% Median Days on Market Until Sale 26 / 26  0%  33 / 46  -28% In...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
Having a garden, regardless of its size, can provide you a lot of benefits. Even if you treat it as a hobby or just a pastime, the pleasing effect it gives cannot be a measure; it is not a secret at all how it surprisingly contributes to the goodness of our health. Here is the list of ten surprising health benefits of gardening. Gardening can make you happy. Gardening has been proven to boost mental and physical wellbeing and create a sense of belonging and connection with nature. Seeing your plants grow and taking care of them provides you calmness and removes the negativity that can bring joy to your soul. Gardening provides you peace and harmony. Gardening is also an excellent way to relax, providing opportunities to still the mind and get away from the busyness of everyday life; it ...
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By Sam Thomas, When it's important; hire a professional.
(Providence Group Realty)
Richardson is a growing city in the Dallas metropolitan area. It is a great place to live because of the many amenities it has to offer. The city has a thriving economy and it's proximity to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex makes it attractive for homeowners.   Zillow reported that Richardson is one of the best places to live in the Dallas region. Zillow's data says that Richardson offers low crime rates and good schools, and has a strong housing market with affordable homes. It also has Breckinridge Park which is ranked as one of the world’s most scenic urban parks by Travel + Leisure magazine.     Richardson is in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and has a population of about 120,000. The city also hosts many of the world's largest telecommunications and networking companies, such as AT...
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
When it rains, look for Rainbows, When it dark out, look for stars- Will HammWe all have dreams.  But in order to make dreams comes into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort. - Jesse OwensDream as if you'll live forever.  Live as if you'll die today!. - James DeanExcellence is not a skill, it's an attitude. - Ralph MarstonA positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes.  It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results. - Wade BoggsBad Attitudes will ruin a team. - Terry Bradshaw
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