Recent Blog Posts

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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)
BAYBERRY CLUB CONDO IN MANORVILLE LONG ISLAND SOLD! Another Long Island Condo in Suffolk County Long Island, New York Has Been SOLD by REALTORS® Lawrence & Sheila Agranoff! This is the first condo we showed our out-of-state buyers and they liked it immediately. We made a quick offer in this Long Island competitive market, and after some tough negotiations, we won the bid and they are now the lucky new owners at The Bayberry Club.  Are you ready to sell your Long Island Condo? Are you looking for a Long Island Condo too?  Our goal is to provide you with first-class service, market knowledge, integrity and the personal attention that you deserve when you are selling your Condo. We have earned our reputation through commitment to our clients and our proven track record of repeat clients an...
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By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Vacasa)
🧳Vacasa Vacation of the Week - Time to Unwind  ☀️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.com Snowbird-Friendly Condo with Central AC, Washer/Dryer & Shared Pool - Near Golf Offering fun for all ages, this modern condo is the ideal getaway for your next family vacation. The chef in your group will appreciate the well-equipped kitchen, outfitted with stainless steel appliances. Enjoy home-cooked meals at the dining table for six, followed by board games nights. Stretch out in the living room and stream a movie, or cozy up on your private balcony and swap stories.After a morning of golf, hiking, or visiting other nearby attractions, return home and take advantage of the condo's shared amenities. Fee...
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By Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker
Here is the north Texas real estate market update as of  January 24, 2022.New properties for sale 88Back on the market listing 27Price decrease listings 40Price increase 16Active kick out 3Active option contract 195Active contingent 36Pending listings 228Sold listings 62Expired listings 9Cancelled listings 5Withdrawn listings 1Temporary off market listings 16Coming soon listings 30
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By Victoria Carter Guaranteed Services, TwoMoveYou
(TwoMoveYou Guaranteed Real Estate Brokered by Century 21 Percy Fulton Ltd., Brokerage)
Mistakes to Avoid and Decisions to Make When Moving Up to Your Next HomeIf you already own a home and are considering a move up, there are issues to consider. You will want to sell your existing home at just the right time in order to avoid owning two homes, or just as bad, owning none at all and have no place to live. If you want to get the best price for your existing home, there are certain things you can do to enhance it in the perspective buyer's eyes. These fix ups don't necessarily have to be expensive and can give you up to 10 times the return in the price once you sell your home. Kirk Rickman and Victoria Carter, Century 21 Realtors in Brighton Ontario, can make suggestions as to what should be done to your home. Plan to sell before you buy, this way you won't feel pressured at...
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By Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker
Houston Texas area real estate market update as of January 24, 2022.New properties for sale 92Back on market listings 36Price decrease listings 39Price increase listings 20Option pending listings 113Pending continue to show 15Listings that are now pending 240Listings that have sold 51Listings that will be coming Soon 24Listings That Have Been Withdrawn 17Listing That Have Expired 11Listings That Have Terminated 17
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By Aaron Mears, Real Estate Analyst and Writer
(House Stories)
Buying a new construction home can be a great way to get into a house that is move-in ready with all the upgrades and amenities you want. It can also be a difficult process if there are any problems or delays in completing your beautiful new home. Here are some mistakes people often make when buying a new construction home:1. Not interviewing multiple builders.One of the biggest mistakes people make when buying a new home is not interviewing multiple builders and selecting one based on price alone. Once you've narrowed down your selection to a few final contenders, it's important to sit down with representatives from each company and find out how they will work together, their construction time-line, and their customer service after the sale.2. Not getting pre-approval from the bank for...
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By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
Pictured above is a new small tree planted near a building we often park by.  We were fascinated the creamy yellowish flowers!   We really like the creativity of the landscaper choice!  We stopped to admire it and take a picture.  It reminded us of Alan Watts's wisdom. "When you look out of your eyes at nature happening out there...You're looking at you." ~Alan Watts"To go out of your mind once a day is tremendously important, because by going out of your mind you come to your senses."~ Alan Watts Happy Monday, Wishing Everyone a Great Week! 
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Book Recommendation: Under Occupation by Alan FurstUnder Occupation (2019) by Alan Furst is a fast reading espionage thriller for your reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and this book. Alan Furst, widely recognized as the master of the historical spy novel, is the author of A Hero of France, Midnight in Europe, Mission to Paris, and many other bestsellers. Born in New York, he lived for many years in Paris, and now lives on Long Island.Goodreads Review of Under OccupationFrom the master of espionage and intrigue, this novel about heroic resistance fighters in 1942 occupied Paris is based on true events of Polish prisoners in Nazi Germany, who smuggled valuable intelligence to Paris and the resistance.Occupied Paris in 1942, a dark, treacherous city now ruled...
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By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
“Eliminating Mortgage Insurance” Hi Joe, I think it is time. We purchased the home 15 months ago and as we discussed back then the goal was to refinance as soon as possible. I have made all the improvements, many of which will add value and with the appreciation that has been going on, we should be able to eliminate mortgage insurance which is just over $200 monthly. What do you think? Appreciation has certainly been a friend to homeowners. Over the last couple of years I have coach clients to consider refinancing their mortgage that had mortgage insurance at the time of the purchase. Don’t wait for interest rates to go up, take advantage of the opportunity!
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Coldwell Banker Real Estate)
Stonemark Oceanside Weekly Market Update January 16th - 23rd, 2022 NEWLY LISTED Los Morros Way | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 900.00 sq. ft. | $435,000 RECENTLY SOLD Los Morros Way | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 900.00 sq. ft. | $430,000
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Coldwell Banker Real Estate)
La Paz University City Weekly Market Update January 16th - 23rd, 2022 RECENTLY SOLD Rosenda Court | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 966.00 sq. ft. | $640,000 Porte La Paz | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 806.00 sq. ft. | $499,000
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Coldwell Banker Real Estate)
Trellis Downtown San Diego Weekly Market Update January 16th - 23rd, 2022 BACK ON THE MARKET K Street | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1002.00 sq. ft. | $799,000 K Street | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1002.00 sq. ft. | $675,000 RECENTLY SOLD K Street | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 678.00 sq. ft. | $490,000
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Coldwell Banker Real Estate)
Mission Plaza Mission Valley Weekly Market Update January 16th - 23rd, 2022 NEWLY LISTED Rancho Mission Road | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 931.00 sq. ft. | $499,000 BACK ON THE MARKET Rancho Mission Road | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 931.00 sq. ft. | $499,000 RECENTLY SOLD San Diego Mission Road | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 616.00 sq. ft. | $355,000 Rancho Mission Road | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 648.00 sq. ft. | $385,000
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