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.

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The newest blog posts on ActiveRain

By Kathy Streib, Home Stager/Redesign
Friday Fun…Where Do You Begin Your Reading? Most of us have routines for many of the things we do. We have a daily routine when we get up in the morning, what we do when we arrive at work, and what we do when we return home.  So…what’s your ActiveRain routine?  Where do you go first to start reading?Is it the Q&A?   The Featured (or front) page? A particular group such as Bananatude or Bartender Make It a Double? Or perhaps you begin with the Blogroll? And since we’re on the topic… When do you begin your ActiveRain Day?  Some begin early before they begin work, some at the end of the day, and others pop in during the day.   Me? I begin my day reading a handful of members who I know post early in the day.  I do the bulk of my reading in the evening but also try to pop in during the day. ...
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By Matthew Klinowski, PA, Naples Golf Guy | Find Your Dream Lifestyle
(Downing Frye Realty)
Bonita Bay Single Family Home Pending SaleThis spectacular Bonita Bay single family home is now under contract! Located in the Hidden Harbor neighborhood, this custom built home features a large pool and spa on an extended lanai.27411 Hidden River Ct. Bonita Springs, FL – List Price $2,900,000 More About Bonita Bay Single Family Home:The home features a wide open living kitchen and living area with soaring ceilings. With four bedrooms and a den, there is plenty of space for the entire family or entertaining friends.The outside lanai space includes a large outdoor kitchen under cover, with gas grill and beverage cooler. A large pool and spa with spectacular views of the tranquil lake behind the home. Four Bedrooms Plus Den Four and a Half Bathrooms 4,670 Square feet under air Three Car G...
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By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Besides providing Feng Shui Consultations, Reiki Healing sessions and more, I've been playing for local bands based out of Long Island, Brooklyn and New York City. I had the pleasure of joining forces with Dan Strauss and Zigline to perform at Shrine World Music Venue in Harlem, NY on Wednesday night (April 17th, 2024). The evening was filled with soothing eclectic experimental sounds featuring Dan Strauss as the lead vocalist on guitar, Todd Rogers on violin, Raymond Russel on bass and myself, Laura Cerrano on percussion. To watch a live recording of our performance you can click on this link, Dan Strauss and Zigline at Shrine World Music Venue in Harlem, NY. Enjoy!P.s. this is an example of living the Feng Shui lifestyle.  In this case, it was planting a seed of an idea that brought j...
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By Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired
(Wayne M Martin)
Trivia question answers for Thursday April 18, 20231. Who wrote the children's classic "Green Eggs and Ham"? Dr. Seuss2. Where is the oldest continuously operating zoo? Vienna, Austria3. Until 1792, Kentucky was part of which state? Virginia4. What is the largest living bird on earth? The OstrichTrivia questions for Friday April 19, 20231. What organ is inflamed by hepatitis?2. There are 293 ways to make change for a what?3. Who is Bugs Bunny's archenemy?4. In which country did the Mamba dance originate?Enjoy your day.. 
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By Rocky Dickerson, Superior Service!
(Realty One Group)
It seems that people need a laugh – especially on Friday. So, we dig back in to classic comedy scenes from a much better age of television. Some clips I found from past TV comedy when TV comedy meant something far different from today. A more innocent time and a time of real quality. Hope you enjoy the clips. Due to the length, there is just 1 clip per week. Enjoy!
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By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Ambrose Realty Management LLC)
🏛85234 Housing Headlines 4-19-24 ☀️For ALL of Your East Valley AZ Real Estate Needs📞Call or 🙋‍♂Text Brian at 480-773-2370📨Email Brian  ~  Search the MLS for FREE ️Not only is Gilbert a thriving business community, but its access to a nationally ranked public school system, an abundance of family-friendly activities, and over 300 days of sunshine per year make Gilbert a sought-after place to call home in Arizona and the Southwest United States. 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 or 🙋‍♂Text Brian at 480-773-2370📨Email Brian  ~  Search the MLS for FREE
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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)
SOLD TOWNHOUSE AT BLUE RIDGE CONDOMNUMOur investor buyer was looking for a home to fix and flip and we asked if he would be interested in a condo instead. He wasn't sure he wanted to get involved with all the rules and regulations, plus the extra cost of HOA fees. We showed it to him anyway, and he made a fair offer. However, there were many other offers. After lots of back and forth with negotiations, we were able to secure the most favorable deal for him, and he came out on top!Look forward to showing it off once he's completed renovations.If you're all set with your real estate goals, let's chat! Lawrence and Sheila Agranoff, REALTORS® Cell: 631-805-4400
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:
(Arizona Elite Properties )
A man went to the doctor’s office 👨‍⚕️💼 A man went to the doctor’s office to get a double dose of Viagra. The doctor told him that he couldn’t allow him a double dose. “Why not?” asked the man. “Because it’s not safe,” replied the doctor. “But I need it really bad,” said the man. “Well, why do you need it so badly?” asked the doctor. The man said, “My girlfriend is coming into town on Friday; my ex-wife will be here on Saturday; and my wife is coming home on Sunday. Can’t you see? I must have a double dose.” The doctor finally relented saying, “Okay, I’ll give it to you, but you have to come in on Monday morning so that I can check you to see if there are any side effects.” On Monday, the man dragged himself in; his arm in a sling. The doctor asked, “What happened to you?” The man said,...
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By Ed Silva, 203-206-0754, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
Friday Flags in Cheshire CTThe flag today comes from a plot of ground in front of a colonial structure that was once a thriving business.  Now called the Ball & Socket arts building, it offers attractions and areas to exhibit for local artists. In its heyday, it was a stamping plant that made all manner of buttons, some of which adorned the military uniforms during the Civil War.Back in the late 1980's the company was bought by Waterbury Companies and their museum was merged with that plants.A factory with a proud heritage and once the source of work for so many now has a different audience, but the flag still waves proudly.Friday Flags in Cheshire CT
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By Manfred Lewis Leslie Horne & Associates, Realtor Spartanburg and Greenville SC
(Leslie Horne &Associates )
There's no place like home, especially after a rejuvenating vacation! 🌟🏡 If you're dreaming of a welcoming space to come back to, let's find that perfect home where every return feels like a joyous occasion. Reach out, and let's start the search together! #thehelpfulagent #home #houseexpert #house #listreports #homeowner #happyhome #cominghome #cavay #cavation #realestate #realtor #realestateagent #happyhomeowners #dreamhome
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By Michael Elliott, Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales
(Fathom Realty)
The process of buying a home can be stressful.The pre approval.  Home shopping.  Choosing the right home and location.  Bidding wars and negotiations.   The home inspection process.   Getting your mortgage commitment. Unforeseen problems.  Closing day.  And finally, moving in !   I agree, it can be stressful.  But everything in life that "matters" can be stressful, also.  Everything.  When you are in the care of a seasoned real estate professional, and a seasoned real estate attorney, things tend to be a lot less stressful.  Contact me, and we will arrange a no obligation buyer consultation, where I explain every single step of the way, and answer your specific questions and concerns.  (609) 864-8164.I love what I do, and what I do is help home buyers and home sellers!https://michaelell...
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By E. Steve Banis, Jr.,
(South Carolina Homes Inc.)
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
As a parent, when your child asks you for a pet, be sure you learn as much as you can about that pet before you say yes. Chances are, you the parent, are going to be taking care of the pet and not your child. Not knowing the needs of your new pet is why our animal shelters are overflowing and good animals are being euthanized.Dogs, cats, birds, fish, and even reptiles have unique needs... just like YOU! Take responsibility and know those needs.We have had many pets in the Timm household but not a one was adopted before each member of the household read two books on each pet. For us that included guinea pigs, hamster, and parakeets.The subjects of Timmothy's cartoon are guinea pigs. Knowing the proper diet of your pet is essential.The preferred basic diet for guinea pigs is unlimited amo...
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By Roy Kelley
Driveway-Paving Scams Warning As the warm weather approaches, the Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) is warning homeowners about driveway-paving scammers who typically look to exploit them in spring. These scammers are a common problem not only in Montgomery County, but also across Maryland. Homeowners should be aware and take appropriate measures to avoid falling victim to it.In the last year, OCP has been taking measures against individuals who performed unlicensed home improvement work, particularly those who conducted driveway paving. As a result, civil and criminal charges have been issued against them, and several have been issued arrest warrants. OCP also has managed to suspend all websites associated with these criminals, either permanently or temporarily, thr...
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By Bo Zivak, Nashville Real Estate Broker
(Zivak Realty Group)
Selecting the perfect home builder stands out as a pivotal decision you'll face on your path to owning a home in Nashville, Tennessee. Given the vibrant real estate market and diverse neighborhoods in the city, it becomes imperative to find a trustworthy and dependable builder who can turn your dream home into reality. Delving into this guide will shed light on the essential aspects to ponder while picking a home builder in Nashville, accompanied by insightful tips to aid you in making an educated choice.Pin down Your Requirements and PreferencesBefore delving into the quest for a home builder, take a moment to outline your needs, desires, and financial boundaries. Reflect on aspects like the style of residence you crave (e.g., Luxury Single Family Homes in Nashville TN), favored locati...
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By Charles Stallions, 850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
When embarking on your journey into new construction development, having Charles Stallions, your trusted real estate broker, is paramount. An adept buyer’s agent possesses a vast network of home builders, lenders, and home inspectors, ensuring you gain access to crucial insights for your search. Teaming up with a seasoned agent specialized in new construction empowers you to pinpoint the proper development, scrutinize builder credentials, and decipher the intricacies of builder contracts with finesse.Although home builders typically have their representatives, their allegiance lies solely with the builder's interests. As highlighted by top real estate agent Saud Rai, who boasts an impressive 22% higher sales rate than the average agent in Homestead, Florida, the allure of new constructi...
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By Roy Kelley
When you are considering the purchase of a new home, one of the first things to think about is if you will be able to get a mortgage loan.    When you are considering the purchase of a new home, one of the first things to think about is if you will be able to get a mortgage loan. At the start of the home buying process, you will hear terms like “pre-qualification”, “pre-approval”, and “conditional approval”. If you are not familiar with these terms and their meanings, it can add to the already stressful process of entering the housing market as a buyer. While all these terms may sound similar, they are not the same. Pre-qualification, pre-approval, and the conditional approval letter share common characteristics, but they occur at different times during your journey to home ownership. H...
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By Ralph Magin, Miami Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
NORTH MIAMI KEYSTONE SANS SOUCI MIAMI-DADE FLORIDA REAL ESTATE BIGGEST SALES *as of April 19, 2024 WE HAVE THE KEY TO YOUR DREAM HOME. CHECK OUT REAL ESTATE PROPERTIES FOR SALE IN NORTH MIAMI KEYSTONE. #RealEstateMiami #SouthFloridaRealEstate #RealEstateNorthMiamiKeystoneMiami #NorthMiamiKeystoneRealEstate #MiamiRealEstate #RealEstate #Realtor #houseexpert #househunting #home #RealEstateAgent #RealEstateBroker #RealEstateExpert #RealEstateForSale #Realty #Broker #HomeForSale #HouseForSale #PropertyForSale #HomeForSaleMiami #HomeForSaleSouthFlorida #HomeForSaleSouthFlorida  Miami-Dade Florida: Should I Wait for Mortgage Rates To Come Down Before I Move?If you’ve got a move on your mind, you may be wondering whether you should wait to sell until mortgage rates come down before you spring ...
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By Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
You are buying a new home. It is exciting. New stores, new commute, new church, new neighbors, new post office, new everthing! Did you review the new home and location this with ALL of the right people you know? Some COULD have an issue that you have not thought of. (Photo: Child- Petra, Pixabay)Checked new home out with:X Significant OtherX Brother and Sister and In LawsX MotherX FatherX Best FriendsOops! KidsRemember, KIDS ARE PEOPE TOO!Always bring the Kid's in when choosing new homeHey, as your Buyer's Realtor I will help you with contacting all the right people your kids (I have a kid's moving checklist as well as one for the grown ups). I want the kids to be happy with their new home, school, parks and things to do, as well as Mom and Dad.As your Buyer's Realtor, I tr...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties)
0 Vac/Vic Avenue T12/180 Ste Ave Black Butte CA 93591: Accepting Backup Offers... I am super proud of this transaction. First my niche market being a Land Listing and Selling Agent in California and second niche being International Realtor who speaks German & Hungarian got me the listing.Just to be clear in 29+ years this is my smallest list priced vacant lot. I hear my father in the back of my head: Every Dollar is a Dollar! So, with that said what is even more exciting that I told the sellers we need to plan on a year or so to sell it. Well, go figure 13 Days after I listed it we are in Escrow!Directions: Head 138St East to 170th E head North to Ave T head East to 180th St ERemarks: This is the least expensive vacant lot on the market in the 93591-zip code. Truly a fantastic investmen...
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