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By Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold!
(RE/MAX Realty Center 262-567-2455)
Nashotah WI Homes for Sale | Market Report for December 2021Live in the heart of Wisconsin’s stunning Lake Country landscape!Nashotah is a quaint village in Waukesha County, in the Lake Country area of Wisconsin. It is bordered by Delafield to the south, east, and west.The village got its name from the nearby Nashotah Lakes, a pair of lakes consisting of Upper Nashotah Lake and Lower Nashotah Lake. Nashotah is a name derived from the Native American language meaning “twins”.The village has a total area of 1.70 square miles, of which 1.67 square miles is land and 0.03 is water. Residents enjoy a rural and peaceful atmosphere. It is no surprise then that many buyers prefer homes for sale in Nashotah.Railroads have been instrumental in the development of the village. Before, Nashotah was a...
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By Christopher Barrow, Is this the year your rental makes PASSIVE income?
(Foundation Homes Property Management & Sales)
The Leasing Team at Foundation Rentals and Relocation just LEASED another property in Mill Valley for $3,250. Thanks to everyone for a great transaction. For any questions about Mill Valley property management or buying or selling investment properties in Mill Valley, call Broker Christopher Barrow at (415) 637-8934!
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By Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets, & Host of Postcards From Success Podcast
(Big Block Realty 858.232.8722)
"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt."~ Abraham Lincoln I've found myself following this advicefrom Honest Abe, both as a newer agent backin the 1990's and around most sports conversations.But, I jump in the ring with music, gardening and of course real estate. Your action for today is to refrain from either giving advice or expressing an opinion unless specifically asked to do so. 👇Design An Extraordinary Day!   💡 OOPS! If you missed a previous “Get After It" post  (formerly the Take Action Series) click here 👇 👉 Get After It / Take Action Archives 👈     We work 100% By Referral!Our experienced team is coached by the #1 businesscoaching company in North America:Buffini & Company for over 20 years!All our properties come with3D Virtual Toursa...
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
Energy efficiency is a growing concern among homeowners, and solar panels are a well-known resource in improving efficiency and helping the environment. The amount of money a homeowner can save by using solar power is attractive enough, but how do solar panels affect property value? Solar Adoption is GrowingTwo years ago, the U.S. had hit 2 million solar installations and the researchers at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables expected " installations to double by 2023." In fact, Pew Research found that 46% of U.S. homeowners are considering residential solar panels.High demand can lead to a faster sale and/or a higher sales price, but there are still a few other factors that will impact the value of your home on paper.Location ConsiderationsAccording to a 2019 Zillow Economic Res...
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By Linda Blumenthal, NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR
(Hampton Crossing - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - 631-466-4087)
January 20th - National Cheese Lover's Day:I have created a new word search puzzle for you to enjoy. Directions:  Click on the link below.  Your puzzle will open in a new window. To locate a word, please hold down the left side of your mouse while dragging your cursor over the letters of that word.  Release your hold when all of the letters of the word have been selected.  If your response is correct, the word will change color on the word list. Please check back for future daily puzzles.Enjoy and have a great day!Click Here To PlayIf you are looking to purchase a property or home on Long Island, New York, I hope you think of me, Linda Blumenthal. 
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By John G. Johnston, An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO
(John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC)
Westcliffe, CO Weather for January 20, 2022Good Morning Westcliffe, CO9°Our Thursday morning starts with very cold temperatures and overcast skies.Today promises to be sunny with a high temperature in the upper 30's.We begin with a north northeast wind 5-10mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.Sunrise:  7:14Sunset:  5:11Enjoy your day!
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By Scott Godzyk, One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
What are the Granite Hill Condominiums worth in 2022? The Granite Hill  CONDOMINIUMS are located in Hooksett NH. One of the most desired complexes in NH. Located in a wooded setting with lots of space. They are set up as townhouse style units with cape style end units.  The community boasts a beautiful setting convenient to town and highways. The Godzyk Real Estate Services is proud to be a Leading Real Estate Agent servicing our community. Scott Godzyk, Owner/Broker of the Godzyk Real Estate Services is proud to List and Sell homes in this area. The Godzyk Real Estate Services is proud to be a Leading Real Estate Agent servicing our community. Currently Available: as of 1/20/20221. There are no condos currently for sale (now is the time to sell)-----------------------------------------...
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By Rosemarie Rivicci, First time homebuyers, luxury homes, commercial!
(Barbara Corregano Real Estate)
This large 5 Bedroom 3 Bath colonial sits at the end of culdesac surrounded by woodland with plenty of privacy and parking. Over 7,000 sq ft of property and 2300 sq ft of living space makes this home a must see! Convenient 1st floor layout consists of laundry room, living room, dining room and eat in kitchen with sliders to deck and yard.Stone fireplace in family room, half bath and laundry with entrance to garage with plenty of room for storage. Level 2 features Master bedroom with gorgeous new private bath, dramatic vaulted ceilings and walk in closet. 4 more nice size bedrooms and beautiful new full bath with skylight and touch light medicine cabinet. Beautifully stained new wood flooring in all bedrooms. Front bedroom has walk out bay with Palladian windows. Full finished basement s...
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By Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA
(ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors)
YouTube Thursdays - January 20, 2022  We've been preparing for an appointment to preview a riverfront property today.  Therefore video marketing for our rural homes and lifestyles niche takes a back burner this week. In the meantime, we thought it might be fun to show a bit of our "everyday"  rural lifestyle. Believe me, it's not always work around here.  Forget Forrest Gump, Meet Forrest JumpForrest has a favorite move. We think he's always jumping for joy. He also does anything he can to lure Finnegan into play-time. Finnegan, who thinks he's the mature one at almost two,  tries to ignore him, but eventually Forrest Jump wins.    What to do when it snows? Knit? Read? Puzzles? Speaking of maturity, here's how we enjoyed a snow day last month. We may be baby boomers (Don't call us senio...
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By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
On January 19, 2022, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau reported nationwide housing building permits jumped 9.1% to 1,873,000 units in December of 2021 from 1,717,000 units in November of 2021, and rose 6.5% from 1,7580,000 in December of 2020. Single family building permits up 2.0% to a rate of 1,128,000 units in December of 2021, from 1,106,000 units in November of 2021, and there were 675,000 multifamily building permits issued in December of 2021.Nationwide housing starts increased 1.4% to 1,702,000 units in December of 2021, from 1,678,000 units in November of 2021 and higher 2.5% from 1,661,000 units in December of 2020. Single family starts were lower 2.3% to a rate of 1,172,000 units in December of 2021 from 1,199,000 in November of 2...
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By Victoria Carter Guaranteed Services, TwoMoveYou
(TwoMoveYou Guaranteed Real Estate Brokered by Century 21 Percy Fulton Ltd., Brokerage)
Organized chaos isn't necessarily a bad thingThis article is shared with you, compliments of Victoria Carter, Broker, Century 21 Percy Fulton Ltd., Brokerage in Brighton, Ontario Victoria Carter, GUARANTEES the you will LOVE your home, or she will buy it back! Call 647-697-7709, or visit her website at www.TwoMoveYou.comWritten By Marisa Donnelly From the ‘organized chaos’ of a work desk to the intentionally labeled ‘junk drawer’, there’s something to be said for the unorderly's unique systems. And if this resonates with you, you’re not alone.Here are five things that only people who identify as chronically, and unapologetically, messy can understand. 1. There’s a Method to the MadnessIf you’re someone who self-identifies as messy, you know firsthand that there’s still a system being ap...
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
If you're on the fence about whether or not you want to sell your house this year, there's good news. For nearly two years, real estate professionals have worked tirelessly to ensure the safety of buyers and sellers during the pandemic.Today, they're seasoned experts, not just in the art of buying and selling homes, but also in how to keep you safe throughout the process. Real estate professionals have learned new technologies plus safety and sanitation measures. As new variants emerge, those lessons continue to be key ways agents add value.Real Estate Advisors Stay Current on Guidance for In-Person ShowingsAgents don't leave your health up to chance. They follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Association of Realtors (NAR) to ensure in-person showin...
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By Nina Hollander, Broker, Your Greater Charlotte Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
TOP 25 RANKED PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN GREATER CHARLOTTE 17 Of The Top 25 Ranked Public Elementary Schools In The Charlotte Region Are In The York County, SC And Union County, NC School Systems has ranked the top 25 public elementary schools in the Charlotte region for 2022. Excellent schools are a major determinant of home values in the Charlotte area and demand for homes in certain neighborhoods. As in prior years, York County in South Carolina and Union County in North Carolina had the lion's share of top rated schools. (View the video below for the rankings from 1 to 25 and for each school's grades.)  TOP PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN YORK COUNTY, SCFort Mill and Clover School Districts in York County, South Carolina account for 10 of the top 25 ranked elementary scho...
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Throwback Thursday…My UPS Man Likes ItOne of my favorite staging consultations was with a seller who was every stager’s dream. When I walked in, he told me to tell him what he needed to do.  He was eager to sell and open to suggestions.   Only one thing…he’d just repainted his home and was not eager to paint again. I didn’t often ask sellers to repaint unless necessary. In 2008, money was an issue for many, however, my client had a bright chartreuse family room wall, next to a royal blue dining area, and bright yellow kitchen area.   The two secondary bathrooms were in navy blue and deep red.  When I mentioned painting the walls, his reply was…“But my UPS man loves it!!!” He’s still a favorite client of mine and the house did end up selling in a timely manner!!!   There are no absolutes...
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By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
💥Oceanside Sunset 2021  ☀️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 Back in December I traveled to Oceanside, California, and stayed for a week. It was an enjoyable trip, I got to visit with friends that I haven't seen in a very long time and I was able to enjoy views like this from my room!  I specialize in the East Valley of the Phoenix Metro area - Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler, Tempe, Scottsdale, Apache Junction, and Gold Canyon ☀️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
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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)
Kensington Gardens Co-opSt. James, Long IslandKensington Gardens is  a 55+ Co-op in St. James Long Island, within Suffolk County New York. Each unit has 2 bedroom 2 baths, gas heat and central air conditioning. These are ground level or upper level units, and some upper units have an elevator. Some of the Co-ops here have an attached garage and some have a “shared” storage basement.  This neighborhood is near Olsen Memorial Park which features a play area, tennis courts, basketball court, volley ball, baseball and soccer fields, and a lovely picnic area. There are Town beaches in the close-by Village of Nissequogue, and its near the historic St. James General Store. Kensington Gardens in St. James New York is a short distance to neighborhood shopping, The Smith Haven Mall, Whole Foods, ...
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By Nicholas Crane, Managing & Appraising Forest Land
(Woodland Companies)
Prickly Porkie Pests of the Northwoods on a Winter Day in Wisconsin. Tonight I will share a few pictures and thoughts on  a batch of photos that one of my Foresters sent to me from Eau Claire County Wisconsin. So many animals of the wild are stealthy and elusive leaving as few tracks as they can and try to keep the environment clean in their wake, but not our friend the Porcupine. You can generally spot a Porkie den tree from about a hundred feet away, with it's dirty well used trail and telltale pile of extruded sausage type droppings piled high and flowing out the door. As a forester and general fan of trees, I am not too fond of what the porkies do once they leave their den either, as they enjoy crawling up nearby trees and crewing off the bark and eating the inner cambium which is ...
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By Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives
"Innovation Distinguishes Between ALeader and a Follower" ---Steve Jobs GROUP THINKERS OR OUT-OF-THE-BOX THINKERHave you ever noticed that when people follow crowds, they become group thinkers, and if you think outside the box and others don't agree, you could be perceived as being difficult or exiled from the group? Yet, some of the most out-of-the box thinkers have been the most successful innovators in history! Why is following the crowd so easy for some and not for others? Steve Jobs was an innovative thinker who was not able to adjust to formal education and went on to become co-founder of Apple Computers revolutionizing high technology.   HUMAN BEHAVIORCrowd behavior is very interesting. You have to be odd to be number one and that's what makes you unique. Being your authentic sel...
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By Victoria Carter Guaranteed Services, TwoMoveYou
(TwoMoveYou Guaranteed Real Estate Brokered by Century 21 Percy Fulton Ltd., Brokerage)
Attention Brighton, Ontario Home Owners Looking to Sell!Hire Local!Two Brighton, Local Realtors, TwoMoveYou (Two Realtors Move You) Guaranteed Real Estate with Century 21, Victoria Carter and Kirk Rickman not only give you great advice on how to get the most money for your home sale... but they GUARANTEE IT IN WRITING.Hire Local in Brighton, Ontario.  Tips for Sellers!  Check out our video to get some of our top tips for selling your Brighton home.  Give Kirk and Victoria a call at 647-697-7413 to schedule your FREE, NO OBLIGATION home evaluation to see what your home is worth!
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By Gary Thomas, Realtor to the Dreamers
(Preferred Properties Key West)
 from: October 1, 2018Latch Key Dogs in Key WestUnlike many places across the United States, most houses and condos in Key West are shown by the listing agent instead of by accessing a lock box. This is both a tradition and a necessity as Key West many if not most listings here are viewed as both special and may also be tenant occupied. Special listings can be either very expensive homes that require strict control as to who goes inside or making sure that a potential buyer does not get injured while viewing a house in need of repair. But all rules have exceptions including the house on Watson Street I showed several years ago. I remember the day and circumstance quite well. The listing agent told me she could not be present. The house was on lock box. She gave me the combination and sa...
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