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Recent blogs on Real Estate Industry
By Lori Mode, Real Estate Made Simple
(The Mode Real Estate Group)
First time home buyer? Confused about all the misinformation?Here are 4️⃣ home down payment myths…💸 Myth ① – You need 20% down.Reality: Many lenders accept as little as 3-5% down.💵 2. Myth ② – Downpayment is the only upfront cost.Reality: Don’t forget closing costs, inspections, and other fees!🏦 3. Myth ③ – Larger downpayments are always better.Reality: While it can lower monthly payments, it’s essential to keep some savings for emergencies.🚨 4. Myth ④ – Only first-time home buyers get help.Reality: Various programs are available for different buyers. 🏡There is a lot of misinformation out there!If you’re interested in buying a home, 💬 comment “GUIDE” and I’ll send you my free home buyers guide 👇#homebuyingmyths #buyersagent #realestateagent #buyingahome #elkgroverealestate #sacramentore...
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By Steve Depoe, Taking the stress out of Buying and Selling
(The Rose Realty Team)
    If you’re thinking about selling your house, you should know there are buyers who are ready and able to pay today’s high prices. But they want a home that’s move-in ready. A recent press release from Redfin explains: “Buyers are still out there and they’re willing to pay today’s high prices, but only if the house is in really good shape. They don’t want to spend extra money on paint or new appliances.” It makes sense when you think about it. They’re having to pay a lot of money for a house in today’s market. That means they may not be able to easily afford upgrades after they move in. So, if your home is outdated or needs some work, buyers might pass it by or offer a lower price than you were hoping for. And there are a lot of homes that need upgrades right now. Millions are enteri...
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By Charles Ross - eXp Realty LLC, Love To Help People
(eXp Realty LLC Salina Group)
Buying a home is one of the most significant financial decisions you'll ever make. Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned investor, navigating the real estate market can be complex and overwhelming. This is where a realtor comes in. A professional realtor can be an invaluable asset throughout the home-buying process. Here are several reasons why you should consider using a realtor when purchasing a home. Expertise and Knowledge Realtors possess extensive knowledge about the real estate market. They understand current market trends, property values, and neighborhood specifics. This expertise enables them to guide you toward properties that meet your criteria and budget. Additionally, realtors can provide insights into future developments or changes in the area that could aff...
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By Eric Lawrence Frazier MBA, Founder and CEO of The Power Is Now Media, Inc.
(The Power Is Now Media, Inc. )
 🎥 Unleash the Power of Virtual Support with Vibe Connections! 🚀Join us for an insightful presentation where we introduce our dynamic virtual team and the incredible resources we offer to boost your productivity. Meet Keegan, our phenomenal virtual assistant, and explore the comprehensive support provided by Vibe Connections.Key Highlights:🔹 Introduction to Vibe Connections and its dual services: Virtual Employees and Online Agent Support.🔹 Detailed overview of the Online Agent Support services, including live Zoom support, database management, contract writing, MLS loading, and more.🔹 Step-by-step guide on how to access our services via our website.🔹 Tips on how to maximize the resources available to agents for seamless operations.🔸 Our Goal:To effectively and efficiently assist agents...
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Listing videos for real estate offer a dynamic way to showcase properties, providing potential buyers with immersive experiences. They allow for better visualization of spaces, highlight key features, and create emotional connections, ultimately increasing engagement and interest in the listing.   Enhance Engagement with Listing Videos for Real Estate   Key Highlights Including video content can boost the number of people asking about real estate listings by a significant percentage. With videos, potential buyers get a better look at what's on offer. This makes them more interested and helps them picture themselves in that space. Since search engines really like video content, it means those real estate ads are seen by more people. By adding a video tour, your property stands out from o...
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By Sam Thomas, When it's important; hire a professional.
(Providence Group Realty)
According to Zillow, for every $1 you spend on minor cosmetic bathroom upgrades, you can expect a $1.71 return on your investment! 🤯 These minor changes not only enhance your daily living experience but also boost your home's value. Here are a few quick and easy ideas to refresh your space: 1. Swap Outdated Hardware for Contemporary AlternativesChanging your bathroom hardware is one of the simplest yet most impactful upgrades you can make. Swapping out old drawer pulls, cabinet handles, and towel bars for modern, sleek designs can instantly transform the look of your bathroom. According to HGTV, replacing hardware is a cost-effective way to give your bathroom a fresh, updated look without breaking the bank. Opt for finishes like brushed nickel, matte black, or polished chrome to give yo...
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By Robert J. Russell, IRES, ICREA, REBS, GMA, LAS, LUTCF
(Robert J Russell Companies)
Are you looking for buyers moving to Texas ? This group is for anyone looking to relocate or sell anywhere in Texas. Want info about Texas ? This is the group to join! https://www.facebook.com/groups/texasrelocation   
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By Nancy Braun, Professional Service, Personally Delivered
(Showcase Realty LLC)
Charlotte NC is desirable due to its robust job market and high quality of life. This guide will analyze the current trends in Charlotte's housing market. Knowing these trends is important if you want to buy or sell a home in this area. Let’s explore Charlotte’s evolving real estate market and its impact on buyers and sellers! What is the Average Price of Housing in Charlotte NC?In February 2024, the median listing home price in Charlotte, NC, cost around $425,000. That’s about 5% more than the previous year. There’s a high demand for housing in Charlotte right now, so it’s a tough market for buyers. Sellers have fewer houses to sell compared to the number of people looking to buy.  If you’re looking to rent in Charlotte, you have many options. Rent starts at $451 monthly for simple hom...
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By Nancy Braun, Professional Service, Personally Delivered
(Showcase Realty LLC)
I’ve been leading Showcase Realty, LLC for a long time, so I’ve seen how luxury houses in Charlotte have changed. In this article, we’re talking about why the choice of a skilled real estate agent is paramount when dealing with upscale properties.  My experience in Charlotte’s upscale real estate market has shown me how important it is to work with agents who possess market knowledge and have a passion for delivering exceptional client experiences.  Find out what makes the best luxury real estate agents in Charlotte stand out! What Qualifications Should I Look For in a Luxury Real Estate Agent in Charlotte NC? When choosing a luxury real estate agent in Charlotte NC, several qualifications help guarantee you’re selecting the right professionals. Here are some qualifications to consider:...
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By Joe and Sherrie Toth, The #1 Apple Valley Lake Team
(RE/MAX Consultant Group | Apple Valley Lake)
At Apple Valley Lake, you'll find a mix of homes to suit different tastes and needs. You can find everything here, from luxurious lakefront homes and spacious new constructions to cozy cottages. 1. Lakefront Properties If lakefront living is your dream, properties like the one on Highland Hills Drive are perfect, offering direct lake access and personal boat docks. These homes provide extensive outdoor spaces, ideal for enjoying serene water views and a tranquil environment.2. New Builds and RanchesIn Apple Valley, you can discover new construction homes, such as those on Apple Valley Drive, featuring modern amenities like granite countertops, open floor plans, and large living areas. These properties often have four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and finished lower levels to give you even ...
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By Kukun--240-483-3649 Franklin Carroll, Elite client engagement tools and proptech
(Kukun, Inc.)
The latest Federal Reserve report to Congress in July 2024 offers critical insights into the immediate future of the housing market. Despite some stabilization in mortgage rates, which remain around 7%, the high rates continue to affect home affordability and overall market activity. Interest rates will likely remain elevated, but a small reduction is possible by the end of the year: With a larger reduction likely by the end of 2025 or early in 2026. Key Highlights from the Fed Report Inflation and Monetary Policy: The Fed remains committed to bringing inflation down to its 2% target. Although inflation has moderated somewhat, it still exceeds the target, prompting the Fed to maintain higher interest rates. The federal funds rate is expected to stay elevated with a small and far from ce...
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By Christopher Nelson, Montgomery County, PA - Realtor
(GenStone Realty)
Essential Guide to Property Tax Benefits for HomeownersKey Highlights For homeowners, property taxes can be taken off your income taxes, giving you a nice tax break. With mortgage interest being another expense that homeowners can deduct, it lowers the amount of money they need to pay taxes on. By making their homes more energy-efficient, homeowners not only save cash but also get tax credits which help in reducing their impact on the environment. When selling your main home, you might not have to pay taxes on the profit made from the sale. This is a big plus for those who own their homes. If you work out of your house, there are deductions available for home office expenses too. This makes running a business from home a bit easier financially.  Having your own house brings a bunch of p...
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By Christopher Nelson, Montgomery County, PA - Realtor
(GenStone Realty)
Renovate or Move-In Ready: Tips for First-Time Buyers Key Highlights Deciding to buy a home that needs work or one you can move into right away really comes down to what you like, how much money you have, and if you want to make it your own. Fixing up a place lets you add your personal touch but might bring surprises in cost and challenges. Homes ready for immediate living are convenient but often come with a bigger price tag. Looking at your finances and thinking about the costs of fixing up a place plus the closing fees is smart before making up your mind. It's also important to think about timing and how the housing market is doing when choosing between a project house or one that’s all set for living. In the end, whether you go for a fixer-upper or ready home should match how you li...
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By Jared Hill, ERA Brokers have locations all over the west.
(ERA Brokers)
If you intend to build a home in the future, then you should know the specific steps you'll go through in the process. There are six overall you're about to learn, and moving through them with attention to detail and good intentions can result in a memorable building experience that creates your dream home in physical reality. Before you do any of them, sit down and think about what you want or need in a home.1. Pick Your PropertyThere can be many benefits to building a home instead of buying one, but you still need to pick and purchase land to construct it on. How much land you have determines how big your home can be and where it will be positioned on the lot. Potential setbacks, environmental regulations, and local building ordinances might restrict your construction space to 30% of ...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
If Joe's lawn is only two square feet two guinea pigs might be able to mow it in a day... if they are really hungry.New Real Estate agents may bite off more than they can chew when an opportunity pops up and they may even stand up to the task if they have enough sense to ask their Broker for a little assistance.I always found the key to success (or at least not starving) is to "Go for it" and if you find yourself floundering seek help immediately. A client is going to be more impressed that you brought in an "expert" then if you just fall flat on your face.When you are learning all about Real Estate you can not have to many mentors. I started out with one for residential sales and two successful commercial/business agents as well a agricultural expert for listing farm land.I was never a...
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By Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold!
(RE/MAX Platinum)
Vernon WI Homes for Sale | Market Report for June 2024Enjoy country living in Vernon!Vernon is a town in Waukesha County, Wisconsin. It is bordered by Big Bend to the east, Waukesha to the north, and Mukwonago to the west.The town has a total area of 32.7 square miles, of which 32.2 square miles is land and 0.5 square miles is water. Commuting from Vernon is easy via I-43, Highway 164, National Avenue and Forest Home Avenue.The Town of Vernon was formerly a part of Muskego. It was established on March 8, 1839 by an act of the state legislature.There are speculations as to how the town got its names. Some historians believe that it was named after Mt. Vernon.It is the perfect community for those who are looking for a tranquil and rural setting.Residents and visitors can view the peaceful...
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, The best agent in Southern Utah!
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
Do they smell Bengay and run away? Some pain relieving creams, like Bengay, are associated with older people. Many people find the menthol smell invigorating, while others find it overpowering. Age might not be the biggest factor, especially among die-hard athletes. Of course, if a new real estate agent is looking for any excuse to be somewhere else and skip the training session, then so be it. The desire to learn, most often, is more powerful than any topical salve that tickles the olefactory senses. Unrealistic agents now want some magic bullet that quickly guides them to success. There isn't such a thing and the best way to learn is from those who have been in the trenches, long term and if that means 'older', then so be it! Motivation matters when the focus is on being in a learning...
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By The Chris Fritch Team ~ eXp Realty, chrisfritchteam.com 763-746-3997
(Chris Fritch Team eXp Realty)
For sale in Brooklyn Park is this all on one level living townhome located within the Garden Villas of Edinburgh neighborhood! As you step inside, you’re embraced by an inviting vaulted open layout that maximizes space and natural light! The kitchen is nice and open with ample cabinet & counter space, making meal prep a breeze! You’ll love the spacious owner’s suite with a private full bath, and a walk-in closet! Enjoy another nice sized bedroom and a full bath - great for your guests! New flooring in 2023! New furnace and AC in 2023! Pets allowed! Conveniently located close to shopping, dining, and just 1.2 miles from Edinburgh Golf Course! Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the ease of one-level living. Presented by Emily Blake, The Chris Fritch Team, eXp Realty 763-234-7316 and...
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By Jared Hill, ERA Brokers have locations all over the west.
(ERA Brokers)
Owning real estate is not just an investment in bricks and mortar; it's a stake in your future financial security. As a property owner, you have the power to shape, develop, and benefit from your property. However, this power comes with significant legal responsibilities that are crucial to both protect your asset and maximize its value. This article will guide you through essential legal tips every real estate owner should know, from understanding your basic rights to taking proactive steps to safeguard your property.Understanding Your Legal Rights as a Property OwnerUnderstanding your legal rights as a property owner is crucial for effectively managing and protecting your investment. Key rights include the right to possess, allowing you to occupy and lease your property; the right to ...
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By Eric Lawrence Frazier MBA, Founder and CEO of The Power Is Now Media, Inc.
(The Power Is Now Media, Inc. )
"Your success can only rise to the level of your training. If you don't believe it, just talk to the person who's already at the level that you want to be!"Join Keller Williams Preferred Properties (KWPP) and unlock unparalleled training and mentorship opportunities! 🌟 At KWPP, we believe in investing in your success, because we know that your potential is limitless. 💼 Don't just take our word for it – connect with successful agents who have achieved the level of success you aspire to. Discover firsthand how KWPP's training programs have propelled their careers forward.🚀 Take the next step toward realizing your full potential in real estate. Join KWPP today and let's soar to success together! Contact our team leader Jamal Daniels at 240-226-0909 or jamaldaniels@kw.com. You can also sche...
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