Recent Blog Posts

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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)
Living in Denver, our Broncos were not worth spending 3 hours watching the games, but yesterday was a different story.   The Eagles played great, but felt bad for the 49ers having an injured quarterback.    Hard to believe they could go through four this season! Gita Bantwal hasn't been active here for a while, but have stayed in contact, and she attended the playoff game yesterday!    She is so excited!    Super Bowl tickets are near $5,000, and that is JUST the ticket to get into the game.     Who has gone to the Super Bowl in past years?   Who is going this year?
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By Bob Elliot, 20+ Yrs Industry Experience
(eXp Realty)
Last week’s economic reporting included readings on new and pending home sales, inflation, and consumer sentiment. Weekly readings on mortgage rates and jobless claims were also released. New home sales increase in DecemberThe Commerce Department reported new home sales rose to a seasonally-adjusted annual pace of 616,000 sales in December as compared to the expected pace of 615,000  new homes sales and November’s revised reading of 602,000 annual sales. December was the third consecutive month that the pace of new home sales rose, but new home sales remained well below the 1.04 million sales peak reported in August 2020.Pending home sales rose by 2.5 percent in December, which outpaced expectations of a one percent decrease in pending sales and November’s seasonally-adjusted annual dec...
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By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
Congratulations on being under contract on a new home - or Hooray!  you are on the path to homeownership.  If you’re thinking of becoming a homeowner, you’ve likely spent time budgeting for additional expenses – property taxes, lawn care, new furniture to fill up that extra space…you get the idea. But have you factored in protection for your new home?While you’re crunching numbers, remember to include homeowners insurance.  I have never seen a mortgage company that did not require you to have homeowners insurance for your new mortgaged home.  They want to know that if anything happens to your new home, the insurance will kick in and you will be able to pay off the mortgage!  A standard policy will cover exterior and interior damage from incidents like vandalism, fire, wind and lightning...
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
Watertown CT 2022 Year End Real Estate Market AnalysisThe year 2022 was a continuation of the strong seller's market of the previous 2 years.  The rise of interest rates created due to the inflationary trend in the second half of the year put some buyers back into a waiting mode.  Businesses are on the rebound and their biggest obstacles are the rise in raw materials as well as the lack of qualified employees. In spite of this, after a slight pause the market in Watertown began its rise and finished the year strong. For the year 2021, the market sales or absorption rate was 23 sales per month, with an average sales value of $308,435 and average days on market of 47.For the year 2022, the market sales or absorption rate was 23 sales per month, with an average sales value of $329,271 and ...
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
4737 Tory Sound Ln, Tallahassee, FL FOR SALE Description Photos Real Estate Reports for Home Owners, Sellers & Buyers! Maps & Local Schools Print Reviews Follow This Home Tallahassee Homes For Sale Tallahassee Home Search Free Home Values Presented By: Joe Manausa Joe Manausa Real Estate850-888-0888Licensed In: Florida   Schedule a Showing/Request Info $ Click for current price5 BEDROOMS | 3 Full Baths BATHROOMS | 3555 SqFt Lakefront property perfect for entertaining in Killearn Estates! Home features 3 living areas and HUGE bedrooms. Granite counters in kitchen with bar area and SS appliances. Built in office adjacent to breakfast nook, additional flex area upstairs, stone gas fireplace with vaulted ceiling and extensive millwork in main living room. 2nd living space opens...
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By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
On January 27, 2023, National Association of Realtors® (NAR) reported that nationwide pending contract signed home sales increased 2.5% to an index of 76.9 in December of 2022 from an November of 2022, but dropped 33.8% from December of 2021.Pending home sales index in the Northeast declined 6.5% to an index of 64.7 in December of 2022 from November of 2022, and fell 32.5% from December of 2021.Pending home sales index in the Midwest down 0.3.% to an index of 77.6 in December of 2022 from November of 2022, and lower 30.1% from December of 2021.Pending home sales index in the South gained 6.1% to an index of 94.1 in December of 2022 from November of 2022, but decreased 34.5% from December of 2021.Pending home sales index in the West increased 6.4% at an index of 58.6 in December of 2022 ...
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By Scott Godzyk, One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Manchester NH Real Estate Market REPORT Jan. 30, 2023. As January comes to a close, the amount of Single Family home new listings doubled last week. The amount of Pending Sales increased greatly for both single family and condos. The amount of new condo listings though, fell greatly.  THIS WEEKS QUESTION asks "Is there more Pending Sales falling apart or does it just seem that way?" Let me check MY CRYSTAL BALL and see what it says. YES, you are seeing a greater percentage of homes that went "Under Contract" come back on the market. Inspection issues, Appraisal Issues, Buyers not getting approved or Buyers with Cold Feet, are the main reasons.There is a way though to reduce your odds that your sale will also fall through. Pricing your home correctly from the start. As your listing agent...
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Localist Realty)
Temecula Weekly Market Update January 23rd - 29th, 2023 Via Hermosa RECENTLY SOLD Tierra Vista Road | 2 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1183 sq. ft. | $284,850 Aldea RECENTLY SOLD Calle Luz | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1319 sq. ft. | $387,900
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By Linda Blumenthal, NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR
(Hampton Crossing - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - 631-466-4087)
January 30th - National Croissant Day:Enjoy your day!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 Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
I don’t know if you know about Maria Shriver’s Sunday paper but I’ve subscribed for a couple of months now and Sunday January 29th her Essay really struck a chord with me. She talked about the past weeks horrific 2 different CA shootings and the Memphis police savage beating of 29 year old Tyre Nichols. Many of you I'm sure watched the video. His mom didn’t want to see the city burn or for people to be hurt in her son’s honor. She wants justice for her son, but is praying for the police officers and their families. What struck a chord with me in Maria’s essay was her recommendation for us to commit to become cycle breakers and for each of us to take one small step forward to commit, in our own way, to break the cycle of senseless violence in our nation. We need pattern disrupters and th...
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
Think Twice Before Waiting for 3% Mortgage RatesLast year, the Federal Reserve took action to try to bring down inflation. In response to those efforts, mortgage rates jumped up rapidly from the record lows we saw in 2021, peaking at just over 7% last October. Hopeful buyers experienced a hit to their purchasing power as a result, and some decided to press pause on their plans. Today, the rate of inflation is starting to drop. And as a result, mortgage rates have dipped below last years peak. Sam Khater, Chief Economist at Freddie Mac, shares:While mortgage market activity has significantly shrunk over the last year, inflationary pressures are easing and should lead to lower mortgage rates in 2023.Thats potentially great news if you're a buyer aiming to jump back into the housing market...
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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker and Aura Alex and hosting this months ActiveRain Challenge titled "January 2023 Challenge: Sharing your Marketing Tips For Real Estate Business."  No matter how long we have been in sales, we all have marketing tips we can share.  For me my marketing experience has spanned 49 years.  During those 49 years, I have attend several seminars on how to be successful in sales.  Two thing always comes through loud and clear and have been common in every presentation.  The first is to be successful in sales You Have To Market Yourself.  The second is do not make the process of marketing yourself more complicated than it needs to be.An ActiveRain Member whose marketing skills I have a lot of respect for is Barbara Todaro, and her marketing message is simple and...
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By Peter Mohylsky
(PMI. Destin)
Whether you’re planning to tackle one project or 100, tackling one project at a time is the way to do it.You don’t want to be unsettled in every part of your house.Pick one project and see it all the way through before you jump to the next thing on the list.  Focus on the easy to do things and then move towards the more difficult projects.  Is 2023 the year you tackle your home projects? #thehelpfulagent #home #houseexpert #house #listreports #homeowner #hometips #homereno #renovations #homestyle #homediy #realestate #realestateagent #realtor
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Thinking of buying your first home? It can be overwhelming if you don't know where to begin. Let us help you along the way with this simple checklist: 1. Start saving early. While you don't need 20% down to buy a home, you do need some kind of down payment (usually a 3% or 5% minimum) and closing costs. Saving just a small portion of your regular paycheck can add up quickly, as long as you do it consistently. It might be a good idea to evaluate your regular spending as well. Small things like buying daily coffee, or going out for lunch at work every day, can really add up. Check your bank and credit card statements to find recurring charges that could be cut (lik...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP During the winter season, people tend to overlook their gardens. That type of behavior is dangerous as plants become inactive during the season. Without enough sunlight, the plants will essentially use the stocked food in their system. Of course, that usually doesn’t last that long, which means the plants will die without assistance from gardeners.   We are still in the winter season, and harsh snowfall and wind are still expected in various areas. So, to keep your plants healthy and alive during this season, you should review these suggestions we have for today!   What’s the gardener’s role during the winter season?   Gardeners should always be prepared to take ...
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By John Martino
(lookSmart Home Inspections, LLC)
The typical lifespan of a natural draft water heater is about 10 years. There are factors that should be considered that pertain to its lifespan that can provide the New Jersey home inspector and also the buyer with information about potential expenses that would be needed when replacing the water heater. Some of these factors include construction quality, maintenance, usage, and Installation.Proper installation is vital in maximizing a natural draft water heater life expectancy. When we’re talking about a natural draft water heater were talking about atmospheric drafting of the water heater and not a water heater that vents with a draft fan. Natural draft water heaters will typically vent their products of combustion into a chimney. A natural draft water heater should be installed stra...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Click on the link below to find out the answer. Also, do not forget to subscribe to my YouTube page to see my other videos on similar topics. I am a loan officer who lends in 45 states and I handle the loan from start-to-finish. My cell phone is 1-216-780-1103 and I can be reached at anytime for questions, Pre-Approvals or anything else needed.
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager/Redesign
Motivational Monday...The T-Towel How many times has a friend asked you to go to lunch and you said “I’ll pass, I have too much work at home to do.”  Or a spur-of-the-moment suggestion from your significant other to go out of town or dinner and you beg off because you have too many chores to do at home.   A few weeks ago I read a short tale of the T-Towel.  A woman shared that just before she married, her grandmother took her over to her sink, grabbed a T-Towel, and covered the dirty dishes in her sink with it.  She told her granddaughter “Never say no to a chance to go out with your husband or friends just because you have housework to do. Just cover your dishes with a towel. They’ll be waiting for you when you return.” Her point to her granddaughter and the rest of us was not to miss ...
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By Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Central Maryland
(Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate)
What are the Pro's and Con's of purchasing a New Construction home?15 reasons why new construction is better than buying resale  1. Customizable options: When building a new home, you can choose the layout, finishes, and features that suit your needs and preferences. 2. . Energy efficiency: New homes are built to current energy codes, which means they are more energy efficient than older homes. 3. Low maintenance: New homes often require less maintenance and upkeep than older homes for at least a few years. 4. Warranty: New homes often come with a warranty from the builder, which can provide peace of mind depending on the quality of the builder. 5. Modern amenities: New homes often include modern amenities such as open floor plans, walk-in closets, and spa-like bathrooms. 6. Smart-home ...
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By Nina Hollander, Broker, Your Greater Charlotte Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Latest news on the Greater Charlotte Region's real estate market in December 2022...What you need to know... What it means for you...  December 2022 home sales were down year-over-year for a 12th consecutive month in the 16-County Charlotte Region. Pending sales were also down year-over-year for a 12th consecutive month. Sales are happening, but not at the volume or pace of the prior year or even earlier in 2022. Despite, lower closed and pending sales, average list and sale prices increased in December 2022, year-over-year. Home prices are still increasing, but at a slower pace.  Median sale price also increased year-over-year. The median sale price is the best measure of price over time, as it factors out extreme highs and lows in home prices. Month-over-month, both average and median...
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