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By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
1142 Sandler Ridge Road, Tallahassee, FL Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Click Here to Get Directions $4750004bed - 3bath - 0.24 sqft lotPlenty of space in this Buck Lake home! With four bedrooms and three bathrooms and an open and inviting floor plan, this one is move in ready. This home has multiple living spaces including a formal living room, family room, sunroom and an open kitchen with an island and granite countertops & stainless steel appliances. The master bedroom suite includes a garden tub, walk-in shower and two walk-in closets and the three guest rooms are spacious and private. An abundance of windows allow for much desired natural light throughout the home and french doors lead out to the back deck overlooking the fenced back yard. All within walking distance to parks, s...
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
To my wonderful Active Rain family. My book, LIV2DAY has been nominated for the Christian Literary Awards. I am humbled and honored and simply ask for your vote. Many of you have been following my posts here in the Rain for many years and have subsequently read many excerpts from this book.It only takes a few moments of your time. Simply click HERE and scroll down to #5 and you will see my LIV2DAY book listed. I appreciate those of you who have been on this journey with me. My writing adventure actually began right here in the Rain and it was through this site that provided me with the courage to become a two-time published author.Thank you from the bottom of my heart. MAY YOU FULLY LIV2DAY 
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By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
5283 Quail Valley, TALLAHASSEE, FL Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Click Here to Get Directions $5450005bed - 3.5bath - 2 sqft lotThis grand house sits high over a lovely pond, providing great views of nature in a very peaceful setting. Eat in kitchen looks out over the pond and opens to the family room. Kitchen includes an island, perfectly designed for the cook to participate in the activities in the family room. Roomy master bedroom is on the first floor with French doors that open onto a large screened porch. Four additional bedrooms upstairs with two full baths. Three car garage with plenty of room for storage and deck off the garage is perfect for grilling. This house has something for any age to love. Conveniently located in a popular school district and just 5-10 minutes from ...
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By Patty Clark, Helping Families Move with Care
(Morningside Homes, LLC 720-231-5200)
  A well-known professional home stager, recently, decided to sell the 4,000+ square foot home which she lived in with her husband.  It was certainly well maintained and by most standards, could have gone on the market immediately.  However, she still went through a full staging effort before she listed the home. The work included painting inside and out especially, changing the kitchen cabinets from gray to white.  The carpet was replaced along with a few dated light fixtures.  They stained the fence and added minor landscaping to make it look fresh and inviting.  They removed personal items from the home that might be distracting and replaced some furniture that was too large and might have limited a buyer's imagination. The home looked, smelled, and was clean.  It had great drive-up...
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By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
8931 Winged Foot Drive, Tallahassee, fl Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Click Here to Get Directions $6500004bed - 3bath - 0.52 acres lotSeparate Family Room, Kitchen with Bar, Kitchen - Eat In, Open Floor Plan, 9 + Foot Ceilings, Cathedral/Vault/Tray, Tub - Garden, Gated Community, Patio, Fence - Privacy, Shower Stall, Survey, Outdoor Kitchen, Public Sewer, Foyer, Pantry, Porch - Covered, Porch - Screened, Utility Room - Inside, Walk-in ClosetFollow This Home Joe Manausa Joe Manausa Real Estate 850-888-0888 Licensed In: FloridaContact MeUseful Links Free List of Foreclosed Homes For Sale Avoid Foreclosure Free Home Values Manausa.com Short Sale Homes For Sale Mortgage & Refinance Homes Close to Where You Work FREE HUD Report: How to Buy
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By Kelly Broaddus, 100+ Northern AZ Homes Sold in 2020!
(eXp Realty)
See the original blog Beautiful 5 Acre Lot with Mountain Views in Williams, AZ   5.06 Acres | $198,980 Beautiful buildable lot! Views of the mountains and electricity. Doesn't get better than this!! Buy alone or in conjunction with the ranch next to it also for sale. Call today for information.More photos and information here: https://www.northernarizonafinehomes.com/property/187402/See all homes for sale in Williams Rural NorthLocation/About Rural North NeighborhoodWilliams Rural North offers a range of housing options including single-family homes on acreage, new construction, and vacant land ( some parcels border State Land). There are some horse properties and new manufactured homes courtesy of Blue Ribbon Industries. Enjoy endless wildlife, star-filled night skies, and peaceful tra...
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By Matt Harber
(Keller Williams-The Harber Home Group)
Welcome Home! Impeccably Maintained & Move-in Ready 2-Story in the Gated Community of Grayhawk at Silvercreek. Spacious great rm concept floor plan, amazing living space w/gas fireplace. You will love the quality craftsmanship, designer touches, gleaming hardwoods, built-ins & alcoves throughout this wonderful home. Fabulous gourmet kitchen w/nice eating area & separate dining rm. Lovely master suite on the main w/brand new remodeled bath featuring a luxurious soaking tub, separate shower & walk-in closet. Fantastic bonus rm up, 2,530 sq of living space, 3 bdrms & 2.5 baths. Extra lrg fully fenced backyard w/hot tub & patio perfect for entertaining & 2 car attached garage. Furnace, wtr heater & kitc appliances all new within the last 3 yrs.17924 92nd Ave E in PuyallupOffered at $585,000...
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By Kevin Meyer, Eastside and Greater Seattle Homes & Real Estate
(Kevin Meyer Group - John L Scott Real Estate)
Stunning Snoqualmie Ridge Home OverviewMapsFeaturesMarket Stats $2,300,000 Single Family Home Main Features 4 Bedrooms4.75 BathroomsInterior: 4,780 sqftLot: 14149.00 sqftYear Built: 2005MLS #: 1821927 Location 35206 SE Palmeter LaneSnoqualmie, WA 98065 Description Elegance & custom millwork sweep thru this stunning Snoqualmie Ridge home. French doors open to an entrance w/soaring ceilings & natural light. Great Rm w/FP & custom built-ins. Open floor plan flows into gourmet Kit & dining area. Glass doors lead out onto the covered patio. Chef’s Kit has double ovens, prep sink, rich hrdwd & walk-in pantry. Main flr suite is perfect for guests or master on the main. Den w/custom built-ins & desk is ideal work from home space. Primary suite w/private FP & picturesque views of the Mountains....
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By Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
Gulf Breeze Florida: Housing Starts Rise but Supply Is SinkingOverall housing starts increased 6.3% in … Read More My Home own search! What Is My Homes Value?   How to get a Mortgage and FREE Credit Report   House Facts and News Pensacola Real Estate Q&A? What are Title Insurance, Escrows, and closings explained in simple terms? GET REAL ANSWERS Adopt-a-Pet.com, We raise awareness through the local and now the national Human Societies bring a pet home! Gulf Breeze, Pace and Pensacola Happenings Lettuce Eat?The funniest Thing Repair This Mr. Handy Man?Sign up for our Monthly Newsletter about what’s happening here on the gulf and homes for sale. Thinking of SELLING,  If I sell your home YOU PAY $2995. Flat Fee. If you want your home sold through MLS add 2.5%. Our average selling time is 1...
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By Lisa Perry - NMLS # 276329, Northern VA - VHDA, 100% Loans - Jumbo Loans
(FHA, VA, Jumbo, Downpayment Assistance, Conv.)
Searching for the right home for your family’s needs and expectations might lead you to consider building your own custom home. Maybe you want a wraparound porch, or an open-space interior design, or a gourmet kitchen. Whatever your dream features are, a custom-built home can turn them into a blissful reality.As you’re considering building your own home, you’re probably first concerned with ensuring a new construction will fit into your budget. Then there’s finding a lot, an architect, and a builder. It can feel overwhelming, but for many homeowners, any difficulties they face in the process are outweighed by the satisfaction they’ll feel when moving into their very own dream house.To help you better understand the process of building your own home and help set you up for success, we wi...
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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)
When I take a break from helping people buy and sell Silicon Valley homes, I enjoy learning new facts. Here are 7 odd but true stories from this date in history, September 16th. 1620 – An estimated 130 Pilgrims set sail from England on the Mayflower. The Mayflower originally set sail in July to rendezvous with the Speedwell and both ships left together in August. However the Speedwell sprang several leaks and had to return and the passengers were rearranged and squished in to the Mayflower.  1863 – Robert College of Istanbul-Turkey, the first American educational institution outside the United States, is founded by Christopher Robert, an American philanthropist. 1880 – The Cornell Daily Sun prints its first issue in Ithaca, New York. The Sun is the nation's oldest, continuously-independ...
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By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055)
SOLD in the Kensington in Warner Robins GA 31088SOLD in Warner Robins GAThis home did not last long! Just a little over a week on the market! My sellers found me online and reached out for my assistance when they were ready to sell. I'm happy to report that we have just SOLD and for over asking price too! I wish my sellers well as they move forward with the next phase in their life.The result is another home just SOLD in the Kensington in Warner Robins GA 31088, courtesy of Anita Clark with Coldwell Banker Access Realty.As always, I am thrilled for my seller and very happy the result is another home SOLD in the Kensington in Warner Robins Georgia 31088. Thank you entrusting me to get your home listed, seen, and SOLD!Your Warner Robins Real Estate ProfessionalWhether you are buying or se...
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By David Jackson, MBA, Financial lending analyst
(Olympus Labs)
Dow Jones Industrial Average is the most famous stock market index in the world. It tracks the performance of 30 large American corporations on a variety of factors. In the past few years, it's been a roller coaster ride for all stocks. But, before you panic and sell your stocks on a day when they're down, you need to know how Dow Jones works and what the overall trends are. You also need to understand how it measures success and if that success is actually sustainable over time. As of January 16th, 2019, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was at 26,737 points. That's an increase of more than 1What is the Dow Jones Industrial Average?The Dow Jones today is the most famous stock market index in the world. It tracks the performance of 30 large American corporations on a variety of factors. ...
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By Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(DFW FINE PROPERTIES)
        It's a simple story. People meet and fall in love. They have children. Children go to school, they learn social skills, participate in fun activities, grow up, and learn to defend for themselves. Lifetime achievements include milestone birthdays, graduations, getting married, becoming a soldier, or assuming leadership positions. Expectations are real. Commitments are made. Tears are shed. Soldiers go off to war when duty calls. Lives are shattered if they don't come home. The compassionate never forgets one single moment they had with their loved ones. Some leaders are more eloquent and influential than others. Some never get married but they have followers. We are all created to help one another. When promises are broken people don't forget. 
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By Ritu Desai, Virginia Realtor-Fairfax/Loudoun/PW-703-625-4949
(Samson Properties)
So you're selling a home and you're wondering how much you want to sell your home. Due to the excitement of having a profit, you think about it everywhere you go -- from the bathroom, before going to bed, even while shopping for groceries. While picking up on the items in the chips section, and you noticed that the prices always end in 9 -- $2.99, $4.99, etc. Then you asked yourself -- should I sell my house the same way?First off -- this pricing thing that end in nines is a part of what is called "strategic pricing," specifically the "left digit effect" -- basically the principle is to make the prices look attractive to the buyers. In a study conducted by MIT and the University of Chicago, they found out that nine-ending prices give the illusion of the price being perceived as somethin...
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By Jeff Jensen
(The Federal Savings Bank/Lending in 50 states)
Home borrowing costs were unchanged in the latest week and remain just above record lows. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reports that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage held steady at 3.03% with 0.32 in points for the week ending September 10, 2021. Within the report it showed that the Market Composite Index rose 0.3%, the Refinance Index declined 3.0% while the Purchase Index jumped 8%. Mike Fratantoni, MBA's Senior Vice President and Chief Economist said, "The very competitive purchase market continues to put upward pressure on sales prices."Oil prices are on the rise which could be a sign of the economy picking up as demand increases. WTI oil is near $73/bbl, up from $61 in early August. Some other effects of high oil prices - it's a tax that weighs on consumer spending and cons...
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By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
On August 9, 2021, Realtor.com reported that in Sun Valley, California median list price was $749,000 in August of 2021 increased from $735,000 in July of 2021, and higher 7.0% from $699,000 in August of 2020. While, median sales price for a home and a condo was $733,000 in August of 2021, rose 17.0% from August of 2020 in Sun Valley, California.Houses stayed 58.00 days in the market in August of 2021 up from 55.00 days in July of 2021, but same as from 58.00 days in August of 2020 in Sun Valley, California.The median listing price per square foot of a home and a condo was $533.00 in August of 2021 gained from $521.00 in July of 2021, and jumped 14.0% from $461.00 in August of 2010 in Sun Valley, California.For complete more detailed information about Realtor.com’s latest homes and a co...
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By Dave Jones, Broker/Owner - e-PRO Dave Jones Realty llc Prospec
(Dave Jones Realty, llc.)
Why It’s Still Safe To Sell Your Home In Connecticut If you’re on the fence about whether or not you want to sell your house this year, there’s good news. Real estate professionals are highly experienced in how to sell houses safely during the pandemic. Over the last year, agents have adopted new technologies and safety measures designed to keep you safe. And experts say these practices are here to stay. As Bob Goldberg, CEO of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), puts it: “The pandemic has confirmed to all of us in the industry that technology will continue to transform real estate.” Below is a closer look at some of the new tools real estate professionals are using to better serve sellers. New and Existing Technology Are Impacting the Process In the 2021 Realtor Technology Surv...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
JUST LISTED:  3944 Encino Hills Place, Encino, CA 91436 Endre Barath JrMobile:310-486-1002 Office Phone:310-777-7800 Email Address: homes@endrebarath.com Lic#: 01238708 Office Name:     Property Information One of the rare large parcels of land in Encino Hills. It is over an acre of view land, truly amazing. The potential is there to build a 10,000 sq. ft. home. Land is located next door to #3946 and a 15 foot wide drive way leads to this fantastic parcel of land. Great Opportunity to build your dream view home. Across on the other side of the Cul-De-Sac they are in the process of building a 9000 sq. ft. home. Seller is open to seller financing, reach out to listing agent for details.       General Information County Los Angeles Zip Code 91436 MLS# 21783794 Property Type Land Zoning LAR...
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By Jeff Jensen
(The Federal Savings Bank/Lending in 50 states)
Mortgage backed securities closed down 9 basis points today at 101.28 having closed 29 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 2.875%. 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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