Recent Blog Posts

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The newest blog posts on ActiveRain

By Jessica Hood, REALTOR®, The Roskelly Team - Fort Meade Area Real Estate
(The Roskelly Team)
This blog is the first in our series of cities near Fort Meade, MD and the National Security Agency where we will explore some of the best places to live within a 30 minute commute to Fort Meade.  We've chosen this commuting range as it is the most frequently requested by our clients.We're starting out with Odenton Maryland population 43,000 which is located in Anne Arundel county and borders Fort Meade to the Southeast.Odenton, MD is a top destination request for Fort Meade homebuyers and renters due to the convenient 5 - 20 minute commute time to the base, the wide variety of housing options (including condominiums, townhomes and single family homes priced from around $250,000 - over $1,000,000), nearby shopping, top rated schools, quick access to the Odenton MARC station & BWI, fanta...
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By Bradford Simmons, CPA providing tax debt resolution services
(Ocean Consulting Services LLC)
I filed my tax return - it showed that I owed money - I didn’t send in payment. Now the dreaded envelope arrives - it’s from the IRS. I finally open it…. Help what does it mean, what does this notice number mean?The IRS is notorious for sending out cryptic mail. In this post I’ll attempt to provide a bit of clarity to help decipher the various types of notices.Let’s start with the basics - the IRS uses antiquated technology. Notices generated by the IRS appear to be from the ’70’s - because that’s probably when the notices were designed. The IRS has recently received a commitment for increased funding - a portion of which is designed for technology upgrades.So I file my return - it shows a balance due - I don’t send in money - clearly I owe the government money - why do they need to sen...
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By Chris Goulart, California Hard Money Loans & Solutions
(All California Lending)
A private hard money second loan can be a valuable source of funding for businesses and investors in today's high interest rate environment. This type of loan is typically secured by real estate and is provided by private lenders, rather than traditional banks or financial institutions.  For investors looking to access cash in today's higher rate market, a California private hard money second may be the answer.One of the biggest advantages of a private hard money second loan is that it allows borrowers to keep their existing low rate loan in place. This is because the private lender providing the hard money second loan is only placing a lien on the property, rather than refinancing the entire loan. As a result, the borrower is able to retain their low rate loan and access the additional...
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By Jackye Mumphrey, The Real Estate Maven® Atlanta Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty Cityside)
What is old is new once again!The maven was able to help the seller create something. Cute and special in downtown Mableton, revitalizing this 1939 bungalow-style home with tons of charm. This 2 bedroom and a 1 bath home in the middle of Mableton is sure to be the new homeowner's delight for decades to come. Be a part of the fabric of the new Mableton. Start your journey with Jackye Mumphrey, The Real Estate Maven®️
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By Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Open House! 2035 Whippet Way, Sedona, AZ 86336I am pleased and excited to invite the neighbors, the general public, and all potential buyers to visit this home and look at all the amenities offered.  This home is in the heart of West Sedona and is close by for all to see. Learn More About 2035 Whippet Way  Easy AccessTrails and the Forest are Highlighted in tan.  Shopping Centers are highlighted in yellow.  You are just 2 minutes by car to the Safeway Shopping Center.  It is less than ½ mile to the north. Go straight up, Shelby! Besides many small businesses in this shopping center, you will find a McDonald's, Staples, UPS Store, and a Mexican Restaurant. Directions:From SR 89A, go south on Shelby Dr.   Take the first right onto Whippet Way, and head west.  2035 Whippet Way is the third...
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By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified)
 JAN 2023 WISCONSIN FORESTLAND SOLD REPORT Chippewa County; Hunting, Timber, Investments! Market Snapshot for 20+ Acre Properties   Sold Properties Report Price Total Acres $/Acre Original MLS # Status Municipality County $50,000 22 $2,273 1564642 Sold Ruby Chippewa $68,000 40 $1,700 1560512 Sold Eagle Point Chippewa $80,000 22 $3,636 1559933 Sold Lake Holcombe Chippewa $80,000 29.4 $2,721 1563947 Sold Sigel Chippewa $80,000 30 $2,667 1547233 Sold Lake Holcombe Chippewa $83,000 25.3 $3,281 1566977 Sold Cleveland Chippewa $92,000 20 $4,600 1566603 Sold Sampson Chippewa $105,000 66 $1,591 22104354 Sold Colburn Chippewa $110,000 80 $1,375 1556761 Sold Ruby Chippewa $115,000 40 $2,875 6266421 Sold Sigel Chippewa $115,000 40 $2,875 1569051 Sold Sigel Chippewa $115,000 37.52 $3,065 1568729 S...
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By Stephanie Huber, Real Estate Brokerage serving Port St. Lucie, FL
(www.thehubergroup.com | Huber Real Estate Group of Florida)
Take a tour of a brand new move-in ready home by GHO Homes in Port St. Lucie, Florida. This pre-speculated home features 4 bedrooms, 3 fulls bathrooms, 2 car garage with 2,120 living square feet. It is located in the quiet Torino area just north of St Lucie West, close to shopping, restaurants, local businesses, and healthcare.Offered at $526,000, GHO Homes has incentives when using their preferred lender and you may be able to negotiate on the purchase price!GHO Homes is a tailor made custom builder, typically selling the lot separately and will allow you to build on your own lot. But with this home, everything is ready to go! It sits on an oversized lot, full sodded with St. Augustine grass, exceptional landscaping, irrigation system with private well and rainbird timer.This immediate...
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By Deborah Bly, Realtor
(eXp Realty, LLC)
Welcome to the sough after waterfront neighborhood of Bayou Vista, this one has been completely updated with a GORGEOUS KITCHEN, GRANITE COUNTER-TOPS throughout the entire house, UPDATED PRIMARY SHOWER, NEW PAINT, WATER PURIFYING SYSTEM and an ELEVATOR SHAFT to name a few. The 3 bedroom / 2 bath home welcomes you in with vaulted high ceilings and a gorgeous VIEW OF THE CANAL. A large extended patio with a BRAND NEW ELEVATOR SHAFT for convenience is also included! Don't forget the added-on BRAND NEW GENERATOR! Enjoy fishing from your backyard or the short drive to Galveston Beach, Kemah Boardwalk, Tangler Outlets, and local restaurants. S/S FRIDGE, WASHER AND DRYER INCLUDED! This one is TURN KEY READY!
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net
(Arizona Elite Properties )
Check out this link from our local Realtors + MLS, below for the newest homes to come on the marketMesa Arizona, homes for sale YOUR   Latest activity in the VALLEY of the SUNFor ALL your Valley AZ Real Estate NeedsPHONE   Bill   at   602-999-0952Text         Bill   at    602-999-0952Email      Bill    at     billAZElite@cox.net Read other YVP Blogs hereFor more information, Call or Text: 602-999-0952eMail: golfarizona@cox.netBill Salvatore / Arizona Elite PropertiesYour Valley Property TeamResidential Sales, Marketing, and Property ManagementSelling Arizona for more than 20 yearsFounder: AZVHV Arizona Veterans Helping VeteransRecipient: East Valley Tribune’s: Best Gilbert, Arizona Realtor  Bill Salvatore, Arizona Elite Properties, Veterans Agent, Chandler Realtor, Gilbert Realtor, Temp...
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
The world we all live in has become more and more divisive, difficult, and dark. I see social media posts that constantly tear other people down. And of course, there are those posts that lift you up and give you a lot of encouragement.As I pondered on our human behavior, the words edify and eradicate came to mind. When we edify another, it means to "build up". On the other hand, to eradicate means to completely "destroy" something. Why others spend so much precious time and energy trying to destroy others is beyond me. I just cannot wrap my brain around people who desire to annihilate others. What is the end game? Our time on this earth is fleeting, precious, and unknown. As we lost a precious member of our Active Rain family, Grant Schneider, yesterday, his death reminds us of this fa...
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By Hank Miller, SRA, Associate Broker & Certified Appraiser
(Ansley Real Estate/Christie's International)
As homebuyers enter the spring 2023, many are empowered and some are hell bent on regaining control. That's not going to happen around the Greater Atlanta area, there is no impending onslaught of listings. Contingencies are back and agents better refresh themselves about solving home inspection issues. This is going to be one of the biggest challenges as markets return to balance.Home Inspection IssuesStart at the beginning, are there legitimate home inspection issues? Every home, especially older existing ones, suffer from deferred maintenance. Buyers and agents can see obvious issues, account for that in price. Consider what's normal and to be expected. Best advice might be:Code issues should be corrected. The caveat here should be obvious, consider codes appropriate for when the home...
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By Stephanie Arnett, Best REALTOR in Starkville | Crypto + Seller Rep
(Mississippi Magnolia)
🏡🏡801 University Drive, Unit #16 , MS 39759🏡🏡 📞Mississippi Magnolia | 662.546.1769💲 Price: $ 549,900 Total Bedrooms: 4Total Bathrooms: 3Total SqFt.: 1,647 MLS #23-135 🏡🏡🏡🏡🏡🏡🏡🏡One Owner Cotton District Condo in Gated Community | Furnished Four Bedroom | Reserved Parking for Four | Top-Floor w/Elevator Access | Two Private Balconies | Foyer | Kitchen | Dining Area | Open Living Room w/Balcony | Two Guest Bedrooms w/Hallway Bath Access | Two Primary enSuites | Interior Common Area for Condo Access | Restrictive Covenants and Association Dues Apply  Mississippi Magnolia | 662.546.1769 Kay Regimbal MississippiMagnolia.com#MississippiMagnolia #MissMagHomes #ColumbusMS #WestPoint #StarkvilleMS #NatchezMS
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By Greg Tresler, We Buy Houses For Cash As Is! House Buyers Florida
(House Buyers Florida)
In today's digital world, eye-catching website design is essential for any business looking to succeed online. A great website can help you attract more customers and make your brand stand out. But how do you create a website that captures people's attention? This article provides ten ideas for creating a practical and attractive website design that will attract more customers. From SEO strategies to partnering with a digital marketing company, these tips will help ensure your site stands out from the crowd and draws in potential customers. So read on to learn how to optimize your website design and prepare for success! Understand Your Digital Marketing Goals: Before creating a website, it is essential to understand your digital marketing goals. By understanding what you want to achieve...
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By Larry Atkins, Veteran Owned & Operated
(State Wide Realty Co.)
State Wide Realty Debate: Location Versus House? VS. An age old real estate question, which matters more the house or the location? The House: There is no doubt you have a must have list for your new home such as number of bedrooms, square feet, etc. when you hit the market for that home you realize your budget does not allow for everything and a compromise has to be made. Is a renovation possible down the road to make it more like the home of your dreams? How about a different area of town? These are the questions buyers ask themselves constantly.The Location: Do your homework, if the home you like is in an area that is known as troublesome you may have problems on the resale. The one thing you cannot change about the home once you have bought it is the location. The proximity to shop...
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By Robert Siciliano, Realty Security and Identity Theft Expert Speaker
(IDTheftSecurity.com Inc)
This is Data Privacy Week, when everyone who uses the Web is encouraged to think about, and limit, the amount of personal data they share online. We often think of data privacy and data breaches in terms of someone stealing information we have shared. During this week, that thinking should be reversed: Ask what you share, where you share it and whether sharing is even necessary.Data Privacy Begins with YouThieves cannot steal what you do not share. If you never give your credit card number, name, address or phone number to any website, you have zero data privacy risk. This is impractical if you want to shop online or use services such as email and social media. Most people get so used to sharing personal information to do things online that they share freely in all spaces online, making...
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By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
(Re/Max Classic)
Oh no, the real estate market’s shifting! Is it a “bubble” about to pop? Will prices come crashing down? How much higher will mortgage rates go? Will they come down again? Is it a buyers’ market, or are sellers still in the driver seat?All of that may sound custom tailored to the current market, but those are concerns homeowners, buyers, and agents alike all ponder on a recurring basis. The real estate market is constantly changing, and every few years it goes through a fairly significant shift.Successful agents who stand the test of time don’t rely on a “hot” market or favorable headlines about real estate. They know times can get tough, and the market is never absolutely ideal for every potential buyer, seller, or homeowner. But it’s always a good market for some people to buy or sell...
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By Bob Elliot, 20+ Yrs Industry Experience
(eXp Realty)
There is a common misconception that someone who is self-employed will not have the tax records or income necessary to qualify for a mortgage; however, that is not necessarily the case. In reality, if you are self-employed, there are a lot of home loan options available to you. It is true that it might require some additional paperwork and planning, but as long as you have the necessary information, you should be able to qualify for a mortgage. What Is Necessary To Qualify For A Self-Employed Mortgage Loan?If you are interested in taking out a mortgage when you are self-employed, you will be held to the same standards as everyone else. This means that the lender is going to require a solid credit score, a long credit history, a favorable debt-to-income ratio, and enough money to cover t...
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By Kimo Stowell, REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i
(HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 )
  Local Market Update  Downtown and Nu'uanu Honolulu, December 2022   Single Family Homes December Year to Date 2022 / 2021 Change% 2022 / 2021 Change% Closed Sales 4 / 14  -71% 78 / 135  -42% Median Sales Price $1.026944M / $1.262M  -19%  $1.3M / $1.1515M  13% Percent of Original List Price Received 94.8% / 100.0%  -5%   100.0% / 100.0%  0% Median Days on Market Until Sale 37 / 13  185% 10 / 16 -38% New Listings 2 / 3  -33% 91 / 132  -31%   Pending Sales 6 / 3  100% 70 / 128  -45% Active Inventory 17 / 13  31% ---    Condos December Year to Date 2022 / 2021 Change% 2022 / 2021 Change% Closed Sales 27 / 55 -51% 497 / 610  -19% Median Sales Price $630,000 / $510,500  23%   $542,000 / $590,000  -8% Percent of Original List Price Received 96.8% / 100.0%  -3% 100.0% / 98.9%  1% Median Days ...
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By Philip A. Raices, 1 of the Most Knowledgeable Brokers on the Net!
(Turn Key Real Estate)
All Things Real Estate By Philip A Raices - January 22, 2023    Part 2 We reached our debt spending limit last week and hopefully have enough money to pay our current debts (not new ones). Congress has approximately until June to be able to raise our debt limit; otherwise, the U.S. will be in default on our obligations to pay our bills — an event that has never occurred. In 2011, when similar issues arose, the credit-rating agency, Standard & Poor’s downgraded the credit rating of the U.S. government for the first time in its history, although Moody’s and Fitch kept the higher AAA ratings because they felt we were headed in the right direction but were very concerned about our future debt. Unfortunately, at this point in time, the Republicans are refusing to increase our debt limit unle...
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