Recent Blog Posts

The amazing members of ActiveRain produce hundreds of blog posts every single day of the year.  There is a wonderful mix of all things real estate and beyond for your reading pleasure.

This board rolls all day long with the newest blog posts to our site. You’ll find some diamonds in the rough on this page, so check back often to peruse the blog roll and learn from our committed community of real estate professionals.

The newest blog posts on ActiveRain

By Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393
As Far As I Am Concerned. . . I recently ran across the following quote that I shared a number of years ago on a different platform. There is something that seems “just right” about it.  Then. Right now too.  And right in so many other aspects.   As far as I am concerned, “whom” is a word invented to make everyone sound like a butler.Attributed to Calvin TrillinYes, I know there will be other reasons (many which will be quite valid I am sure) shared that can prove me wrong but I am keeping this quote in mind because I can remember it and it is smile-worthy to me.  And that’s worth a lot in my opinion.The image in this post is from canstockphoto.com.  
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In Oakland, you'll find something for everyone's interest. There are numerous advantages to coming to this thriving metropolis, which has a population of more than 400,000 people. Summers are warm, and the cost of living is significantly less than in other regions of the Bay Area. The city of Oakland in California indeed has a wide range of neighborhoods. Most importantly, in 2021, it will be one of the most sought-after places to live and work because of its diverse culture and booming economic landscape. You'll meet people from all walks of life and enjoy some of the best food in the city.Despite the fact that it is an exciting area to live and work in, it can be daunting if you aren't prepared. If you are used to living in a big metropolis, you'll feel perfectly at home in the city's...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Feel the awesome power of your own best possibilities and step forward to take responsibility for them. Do what you must to live at your best because in your best is the truth of who you are.    - Ralph Marston   You are worthy of the best, so act like it. You can do great, positive, and valuable things, so do them. Live up to your outstanding potential. Think and act and live the successful person you know you truly are. Don't cheat yourself or your world out of the best of yourself. Give everything you have to this moment, and the next, and the next. It may be difficult and inconvenient and even painful to do what you know is best. Yet the regret of turning your back on your outstanding possibilities would be even more painful. You know you can bring great richness to life, so do it. ...
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By Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager
(Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.)
"Sometimes you deserve a second chance, not because you weren't fabulous the first time but because the timing and circumstances weren't quite right. You just got overlooked."-Carol Williams      Our Decisions  By: Lou Ludwig "As I see it..."  How To Generate Leads For Real Estate By: Emma Swier "Before venturing into real estate, you must learn how to source for clients and not only that but also how to turn leads into paying clients."  Quote of the Day  By: Katerina Gasset "Once you realize..."  Protect Your Real Estate Business From False Insurance Claims By: David Jackson, MBA "What is a false insurance claim?"    6 Ways To Increase Your Real Estate Website SEO  By: Realtyna Inc  "Once you get your clients to check out your website, your next goal is to make them stay."  There's Ton...
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By Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!
(Fathom Realty Washington LLC)
Paul Henderson, REALTOR®, Fathom Realty WA LLC, Mason County, Washington's preferred real estate Agent & BrokerAll life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better!Attributed to  Ralph Waldo Emerson  Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog post! This post was researched, authored, and photo by Paul Henderson, REALTOR®, ©2008-2021, all rights reserved. All information is deemed reliable; however it should be independently verified by the reader. Any reproduction of this blog post is prohibited without the prior written permission of the author...
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By Kate Steven, Best Real Estate agent
(5homestyle)
Homebuyers and sellers in Canada need a good understanding of the real estate market. This article can help you learn how to get a better understanding of the market, from looking at the regional differences to the impact of mortgage rates. Find out how you can make your home search easier with these insights! Canada is a vast country spanning 3.8 million square miles, making it the 2nd largest country in the world by area. With this big territory comes a wide variety of real estate markets. Whether you are looking for affordability or luxury property, there are many factors to consider when researching markets in Canada online. undefinedHow to Analyze the Real Estate MarketCurrent market condition is not good for buyers. The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) predicts the average ...
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By Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
McCormick Ranch and McCormick Stillman Railroad Park are busy this December 2021. A great place to live and also to visit.McCormick Ranch Beckons! Here are the December 2021 and always current Marvelous McCormick Ranch homes for sale in Scottsdale Arizona on the MLS. What is there not to like about living in Scottsdale Arizona and McCormick Ranch? How about this photo (The McCormick Ranch Stillman Railroad Park)...Nice!McCormick Ranch was the first multi builder planned community built in the United States with amenities such as parks, golf courses, bike trails, underground power lines, lakes, resort hotels, excellent schools and more.McCormick Ranch was one of the first multi builder Property Owner Association (POA) communities built in the US with lakes, bike paths, parks, retail and ...
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By Jackie A. Graves, President
(ChangeMyRate.com® A Mortgage Corporation)
Mortgage rates held steady this week as the world awaits more information about the severity of the omicron variant of COVID-19 and ongoing supply chain issues. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.11%, Freddie Mac reports.“Mortgage rates continue to remain stable notwithstanding volatility in the financial markets,” says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “The consistency of rates in the face of changes in the economy is primarily due to the evolution of the pandemic, which lingers and continues to pose uncertainty. This low mortgage rate environment offers favorable conditions for refinancing.”Omicron Variant Threatens More Disruption in Real Estate  Higher Mortgage Loan Limits Set for 2022Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the we...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
What’s the Value of My Cardiff-by-the-Sea Home?  Cardiff Home Sales for November 2021 It’s essential for buyers and sellers in the Cardiff real estate market to have accurate, up-to-date information about local market conditions in order to make educated buying and selling decisions about Cardiff homes for sale. Local market conditions impact buying and selling in several ways, including inventory, pricing, competition, and time on market. You should understand how these market conditions can affect your buying and/or selling decisions. Let’s talk! Read More About Cardiff-by-the-Sea: Cardiff by the Sea – Quintessential Beach Community Like to Walk? Live in the Walking District in Cardiff CAWant to Live in a Musical Community? Try the Composer District in Cardiff, CA Here’s a summary of ...
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By Sandy Sills, Associate Broker
(Preferred Real Estate Brokers)
A Checklist for Selling Your House This Winter Some Highlights If you’re planning to sell your house this winter, you’ll want it to look its best inside and out. Take the time and focus on tasks that make it inviting, show it’s cared for, and boost your curb appeal. Let’s connect so you have an expert opinion on what to focus on, so it shows well and catches a buyer’s eye.
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By Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Carol Williams and Andrea Bedard challenged the ActiveRain community in the December Challenge: 'Tis the Season for Miracles & Scares to “spread some joy and share a Christmas season miracle.”It can be a personal miracle or a professional one, it just must be tied to the holidays in any way we are celebrating in December.The “holidays” mean different things to different people. People celebrate holidays in different “untraditional” ways as well as traditional Christian and/or “religious” ways.For the context of this post, “miracle” defined by Oxford Languages is a highly improbable or extraordinary event, development, or accomplishment that brings very welcome consequences. I celebrate, not only in December but every day of the year, all the miracles that occur in my life and all around...
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While picking whether diversifying is the best plan of action for you, it is fundamental to do broad exploration. Doing this will assist you with knowing the specific classifications or areas that will give you the best returns and those that match your abilities. It will likewise assist you with distinguishing a reasonable brand. After you have done your examination, you want to think about your wellspring of capital since you should make some venture to finish the arrangement. This progression is essential to decide your total assets.Franchisors need insights regarding your in general monetary status of total assets since it enables them to decide if you will be a danger to the business. This progression likewise permits them to comprehend you more as a potential franchiser. Realizing...
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By Craig Daniels, Technology Instructor/Project Consultant
(Tech Training for You!)
If you've blogged on ActiveRain for any length of time, you'll notice something very different than a blog that you have on your regular website. The comments you get on your regular website blog is probably 99.9% spam and put right into the trash. And the 0.1% of REAL comments are probably few and far between. AR comments come in nearly instantly after you publish, and they are REAL comments from people who have read your post. Astonishing if you have experienced the alternate mentioned above!The ActiveRain points system has a lot to do with incentivizing interaction on the site. When you leave a comment on someone's blog post, you get 25 points added to your AR points total (points are added up to 20 comments per day). Members of the site are looking for interesting posts each day in ...
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By Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES, REALTOR and Broker
(Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates)
 New Year’s Eve Party Friday, December 31st at 7:30 PM Eagle Ridge Clubhouse -2951 Club Drive  Details* Cocktail attire* DJ & Dancing* Photo Booth* Sparklers* Food includes appetizers, buffet dinner & dessert  •Beverages include non-alcoholic drinks, wine w/ meal service & champagne to toast(Guests may bring their own wine; however, they are responsible for corkage fees) Limited tickets are available to purchase for $125.00 each. Checks can be made out to Eagle Ridge HOA and dropped off with along with the form at the gate house. Questions: community@eagleridgehoa.us
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By Jason E. Gordon, Sr Loan Officer, CMA, CMPS, CDLP, CDRE, RCSD, CDPE
(AmeriFirst Financial Inc, San Diego, CA)
Divorce is an unfortunate occurrence, yet it has become common in our culture.  Among the most prominent demographics to experience divorce are senior citizens.  There are even nicknames such as "Gray Divorce" and "Silver Splitters" to describe the dissolution of marriages amongst this population.  Did you know that a Reverse Mortgage may be a perfect solution to help Divorcing Seniors who are seeking an Equity Buyout?  Below is a sample case study of a divorcing couple we recently assisted: Husband (70 years old) & Wife (67 years old) decided to get divorced.  The marital home ("Property A") was owned free & clear (there was no mortgage balance left against this property) and had a present market value of $400,000.  The goal was for the wife to retain ownership & occupancy of "Property...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
Open House 12.4.21Saturday 12-1 pmNew Listing First Open HouseTake a look at this  3000’  all brick rancher, a contemporary gem with one entire floor of gracious living…one level with no steps.Click To See The Slideshow Photos8205 Tama CtStevenson 21208MLS #MDBC2011878Check out this  Stevenson move-in-ready rancher with five bedrooms, two and a half luxury baths, an in-ground fenced pool, and a quiet cul-de-sac location.   The focal point is the beautiful curved stone wood-burning fireplace in the living room. And gleaming wood floors shows the quality of this recent renovation. The 27’ kitchen is a gathering place for living and entertaining.Custom design includes clean lines with lots of granite, ceramic tile,  an abundant amount of custom wood cabinets and is ideal for the gourmet co...
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By The Legacy Group, The LegacyGroup of CrossCountry Mortgage
(CrossCountry Mortgage)
Veteran’s Home Loans for Spearman 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 Darco 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 e...
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By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
778 Brooke Manor, TALLAHASSEE, FL Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Click Here to Get Directions $2250003bed - 2bath - 0.11 sqft lotVery well maintained 3 bed 2 bath home in Pebble Brook with Several upgrades. This Oakley model features an open floor plan and lives large. Beautiful granite countertops and a newer gas range make cooking in this kitchen a delight. The floors have been updated, so this one is carpet free throughout! This home also includes granite in the bathrooms, vaulted ceilings, a split floor plan, fenced back yard, and large storage shed.Follow 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 & Re...
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By The Legacy Group, The LegacyGroup of CrossCountry Mortgage
(CrossCountry Mortgage)
Veteran’s Home Loans for Olney 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 e...
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