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By Nina Hollander, Broker, Your Greater Charlotte Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Birkdale Neighborhood in Huntersville, NCReal Estate Report & Neighborhood Spotlight Birkdale neighborhood in Huntersville enjoyed a strong year in 2022 with average home sale prices up 27% and median home sale prices up 36%. The list to sale price ratio remained steady at 102.48%. And while average days on market increased, at 13 days they were still quite low. Birkdale's Fourth Quarter 2022 was more of a mixed message. Average home sale prices increased 37%; median home sale prices increased 27%. And while home prices were increasing to record highs, the list to sale price ratio declined by 4% to 97.35%. By December, the average list to sale price ratios were both over 100% again.  Average days on market increased, but were still low at 19 days. Birkdale Home Sales Snapshot: 2022 Birk...
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Panorama City Weekly Market Update January 23rd - 29th, 2023 Plummer Gardens BACK ON THE MARKET Plummer Street | 3 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1245 sq. ft. | $525,000
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By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
Some homes just reach out and embrace you with all the warmth and love in their four walls. This is one of those homes! You will start to smile when you walk up the front steps to the big porch and imagine sitting there in a big swing, sipping lemonade and listening to the birds chirping in the trees. Maybe you aren't a front porch swing type of person. Maybe you like sitting on your rear deck overlooking the flat back yard where your friends are throwing a frisbee to one another while they are waiting for the steaks to finish grilling! Watch out that they don't trample your tomato plants and herbs in your new garden! Enough with the outside - step instide to the sunny first floor with the open design and chef's kitchen! Completely updated in 2019 from top to bottom, this house is fille...
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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)
We started showings on 1/7 and told the Sellers, don't count on a January closing if it comes with financing.    Well, it closed with Rocket Mortgage and a VA loan!Congratulations to my Sellers on preparing their home properly, and being on top of everything throughout the transaction.    Glad another Vet first-time buyer bought your home!    The buyer said at closing - never thought I would ever be able to buy a home!   Brings tears to your eyes!    Thank you to the cooping agent, you did a great job! This new listing, you don't want to miss!   Much of the remodeling has already been done for a buyer!   19292 E. Nassau DriveAurora, CO  80013Priced at $465,000 ~ Built in 1982, two-story home~ 3 bedrooms (all on upper floor), 3 bathrooms (H, F, 3/4)~ 1,188 finished square feet above grou...
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By Chuck Carstensen, Minnesota/Wisconsin Real Estate Expert
(RE/MAX Results)
TBD Highway 77, Trego, WI 54888 -- $29,500Check out this amazing land that is for sale in Chicog Township, Wisconsin, which is located near Pear Lake and about 30 minutes north of Spooner. 6.55 acres with beautiful views of nature.An excellent location for your dream home or cabin, as well as for recreational activities like camping, hunting, riding ATVs and using snowmobiles. Heartwood Journey’s is nearby and offers both short and long trips for tube, canoe and kayak rentals on the Namekagon River.Click here for additional photos or contact Chuck Carstensen with Re/Max Results at 612-290-3809 to set up your showing today!
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
A long cold snap however no ice like the south east and Plain states have received . Let's hope February will be a mild month. We have a few mild forecast days in the 10 day forecast! Let's hope the ground hog comes through with an early spring report!What is the weather like in your neighborhood?
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By Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
(TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE)
Why does a 55+ need a school system?  Simple it’s estimated over 20,000 people work in The Villages, Florida in all types of services, trades, legal and medical.  So, let’s do the math, according to the U.S. Census Bureau the average family in The U.S. is 3.13 times 20,000 equals 62,600 people with almost 19% of those being under 15-year-old.  The developer saw the need for an “A” rated school for those working for the The Villages and also to attract the workforce needed to support the community.The Villages Charter School boasts a 99% graduation rate with 93% going on to higher education.  Current enrollment is 3,400 students from K thru 12 and currently building a new high school and changing the current high school and expect enrollment to reach 6,500 in the fall of 2023.The lifesty...
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager/Redesign
Wordless Wednesday…An Unexpected Delight Larry and I love our walks. Besides being a great way to get some exercise in and to have daily social interaction, it’s also fun exploring the animal life around us. We’ve seen snakes, birds, armadillos, rabbits, raccoons, and coyotes but never a bear! Coming upon these unexpected treasures, always brightens our day.  Be open to the unexpected.  Keep your eyes and ears alert to what may pop up next. Make sure that your heart is prepared to always enjoy the moment.  Be patient. The best things happen unexpectedly. Unknown The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street. Robert Doisneau
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By Charles Ross - (785)-819-6944, Love To Help People
(eXp Realty LLC Salina Group)
There’s no denying mortgage rates are higher now than last year. And if you’re considering buying a home, this may be top of mind. That’s because those higher rates impact how much it costs to borrow money for your home loan. As you set out to make a purchase this winter, you’ll need to be strategic to find a home that meets your needs and budget. Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at realtor.com, explains: “The key to making a good decision in this challenging housing market is to be laser focused on what you need now and in the years ahead, . . . Another key point is to avoid stretching your budget, as tempting as it may be given the diminished purchasing power.” In other words, it’s essential to be mindful of what’s necessary and a nice-to-have when searching for a home. And the best way...
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Woodland Hills Weekly Market Update January 23rd - 29th, 2023 Ascent At Warner Center NEWLY LISTED Erwin Street | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1050 sq. ft. | $650,000
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By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
💥Negotiating Power is Strong ☀️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 ️Despite rising mortgage rates, not all buyers need to wait and wonder why they didn't buy when rates were low. Instead, it's a perfect time to take advantage of their negotiating power with potential sellers.  To read the full article...  Click HERE. 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 Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired
(Wayne M Martin)
Trivia question answers for Tuesday January 31, 20231. What song did the cartoon character Huckleberry Hound sing? My Darling Clementine2. What kind of cheese is most commonly sold in the U.S. as processed "string cheese"? Mozzarella3. What are scientists hoping to cause when they seed a cloud? Rain4. How many annual federal holidays are there in the U.S.? 10Trivia questions for Wednesday February 1, 20231. Which artist's garden attracts tourists to Giverny France? 2. What clergyman won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1964?3. What two countries have square flags?4. Which country is connected to the most countries by land?Enjoy your day
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By Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker
Here is the north Texas real estate market update as of  February 1, 2023New properties for sale 226Back on the market listings 94Price decrease listings 196Price increase 30Active kick out 16Active option contract 336Active contingent 54Pending listings 359Sold listings 281Expired listings 512Cancelled listings 62Withdrawn listings 3Temporary off market listings 37Coming soon listings 49
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
Neighborhood InformationLocated in the southeastern part of California's Ventura County, the city of Simi Valley is known for its vibrant community and beautiful scenery. In 1975, a Spanish Rancho was established in the region that had previously been home to a Chumash Native American town. In the years that followed, it became an important distribution center for those in the nearby agricultural region. So, it is a place where people from many different cultures live. It now has the attractiveness of a picturesque hamlet adjacent to the top tourist destinations in Southern California. It is also a bustling neighborhood home to numerous historical attractions and tranquil rolling hills. Get in contact with our team of professionals right away if you wish to live a peaceful life in one o...
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
Neighborhood InformationIn the southwestern corner of Simi Valley, California, there is a charming residential development called Bridle Path. The neighborhood, one of many housing developments in this area of the city, is a terrific choice for purchasers looking for a move-in-ready home nearby. Please feel free to contact me immediately to get started if you have any inquiries about the neighborhood or would like to arrange a home tour.Traditional ranch-style floor plans, prevalent in the 1970s, are featured in Bridle Path's selection of single-family homes. These homes often have one-story plans, making them perfect for purchasers who wish to avoid using the stairs daily. Even though single-story homes are more common, they provide vast living spaces, with typical structures having mo...
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Beverly Hills Weekly Market Update January 23rd - 29th, 2023 Burtonhill Townhomes BACK ON THE MARKET Burton Way | 3 bedrooms | 3 baths | 2125 sq. ft. | $2,249,000 Durant Towers NEWLY LISTED Durant Drive | 1 bedrooms | 2 baths | 995 sq. ft. | $796,000
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By E. Steve Banis, Jr., https://www.SouthCarolinaHomesInc.com
(South Carolina Homes Inc.)
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By Charles Stallions, 850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
 (Especially if You Need a Pro) Finalize plans for any landscaping, decks, patios, or other outdoor projects that need warm weather. Two good reasons: Image: Photo by ADZA       1. If you're DIYing, you'll be ready to roll at the first hint of nice weather. That way, you'll be less affected by any supply chain shortages and have your improved yard ready to enjoy by summer. 2. If you're hiring a contractor or other professional, getting your bids and contracts in place now will save you from competing with the spring rush (wait too long, and you may not be able to book anyone!). "Bottom Line "There Is A Realtor For That" If you’re ready to buy or sell a home Charles Stallions with over 27 years of experience will give you expert advice on your situation. Buying or Selling while living o...
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net
(Arizona Elite Properties )
Every Wednesday we plan to share our most recent visit to the  PHOENIX ZOO. We have been members for seven years,  it is the best $129.00 a year we have ever spent. We hope you enjoy some wonderful photos and stories.  Bill and PamEvery week we post a featured animal from our visit to the Phoenix Zoo. Subscribe to our page to follow. Bill Youtube Channel for our Zoo visits  Today we stopped by the Trail to see these beauties: The Jaguars Many people are surprised to learn that jaguars are native to Arizona. In fact, their range once spanned from Argentina to the southern United States, including portions of California, New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana. In Arizona, they could be found as far north as the Grand Canyon. In recent decades, however, there’s been an uptick. Seven male jaguars,...
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Montgomery County’s ‘Fareshare’ Program  The Montgomery County Department of Transportation “FareShare” Program will provide employees with additional incentives to use public transportation to get to work. The Internal Revenue Service has increased the pre-tax limit for employer-provided commuting benefits to $300 per month, from $280 last year, including transit passes and vanpool fares for 2023.With the recent increase in the Internal Revenue Service’s tax-free limit, commuters working in Montgomery County can receive the reimbursement by asking their employers to set up a commuting benefits program.MCDOT’s “FareShare” program will reimburse employers for all but $25 per month of their employees’ costs for commuting, up to $300 per month. The money is tax-free to both the employee an...
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