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By Fernando Herboso - Associate Broker MD, & VA, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA
(Maxus Realty Group of Samson Properties )
Maxus Realty Group Agents are local specialists with knowledge to help you buy and sell the right home, at the right price.We are passionate about you as a client, we will always protect your best interests just because it's the only way we do business day in and day out.Today, we'll talk about 4 Things You Must Have to Buy a House in 2022  If you’ve been thinking about buying a home in 2022, You must know that the market still very active and homes are selling fast in our area. Some of them are selling for well over asking price. If you are ready to start the process of buying a home, These are the steps you MUST HAVE to make it possible. 1:You Must Have a Stable IncomeIt’s a critical test you must pass before deciding to buy a home. You must be  financially secure before you buy a hou...
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By Heather Stevenson (360) 441-7120, I put the "stat" in Real Estate!
Here is a 1-minute video from December 8, 2021, for the Birchwood, Bellingham neighborhood residential real estate for the past year. Birchwood has very different types of homes and values depending on the location, size, condition, and age of the home. These are median stats for all Birchwood residential. The purpose isn't to find the value of your home (you can get an estimate here: but to show the changes in the market for the past year.  If you would like to know more about your home/investment property valuation, contact me for a complete report. Heather Stevenson John L Scott Real Estate
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By Karen Briscoe
(Huckaby Briscoe Conroy Group - Keller Williams)
Located just one stop light from downtown Vienna and less than 2 miles from the Vienna Orange Line Metro stop, Oakden is a beautiful enclave of 26 classic colonials built in the 1990s by the Milton Company.  Homes feature brick exteriors, 3-finished levels, 2-car garages and charming enclosed patios.  Interior detailing features trimwork, hardwood floors,  such as floor-to-ceiling windows, spiral staircases, and decorative columns.Oakden is less than half a mile from downtown Vienna, which offers unique restaurants, antique stores, and ample shopping. Visit the farmer’s market and plenty of breweries, such as local favorite Caboose Tavern. Vienna’s many historical sites allow residents to step back in time and experience the history that Virginia is known for! As a small town with lots ...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Kentlands Tree Lighting, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021  The Christmas Tree and Menorah lighting will take place in Kentlands on Thursday, December 9, 2021 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. This is a Kentlands Market Square announcement. Dahlia, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 0084Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By DALIA KIBBY, Selling Broward County Homes with Passion!
(Sellstate Partners Realty)
Since the pandemic began, Americans have reevaluated the meaning of the word home. That’s led some renters to realize the many benefits of homeownership, including the feelings of security and stability and the financial benefits that come with rising home equity. At the same time, many current homeowners have decided their house no longer meets their needs, so they moved into homes with more space inside and out, including a home office for remote work. However, not every purchaser has been able to fulfill their desire for a new home. Here are two obstacles some homebuyers are facing: The ability to save for a down payment The ability to qualify for a mortgage at the current lending standards This past week, both of those challenges have been mitigated to some degree for many purchaser...
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By Robin Gauthier, I have the Key to your NextHome
(NextHome Tidewater Realty)
The home at 808 Saint Kitts Way just sold.  We received multiple offers within the first two days of it being listed.  It sold for over the asking price at $600,000.This home is over 3,500 with 6 bedrooms and 4 full bathrooms.  Newer luxury vinyl plank flooring all of downstairs.  Custom bookshelves in huge family room open to the kitchen and breakfast area.  Bedroom downstairs with a full bathroom.  Five additional bedrooms upstairs with two full guest bathrooms.  The primary suite has a trey ceiling, 2 separate vanities and a huge walk in tiled shower.   Located in the back of the neighborhood in a double cul-de-sac backing up to the woods. Large front yard and porch.  Extra large driveway. Spacious back deck for entertaining overlooking in ground pool.This home is located Etheridge P...
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By James Potenza New Home REALTOR®, New Construction Buyer's Agents Saving You $1000s
THERE’S NO THANKSGIVING BREAK FOR HOUSTON HOUSING The $500K to $1M segment leads the way in another strong month of home sales HOUSTON — (December 8, 2021) — Despite the Thanksgiving holiday, Houston housing never skipped a beat in November as buyers steered the market through positive territory even as inventory hovered at historically low levels. Renters also brought much-needed business back to the lease market following slight declines in October. According to the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR) November 2021 Market Update, single-family homes sales rose 3.9 percent compared to last November, with 8,320 units sold. That is up from 8,010 sales in 2020. On a year-to-date basis, local home sales are 12.0 percent ahead of 2020’s record pace and up 22.2 percent versus 2019, the pr...
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By Esperanza Butler® 818 926 5425, Homes For Sale in West Hills, Ca (818) 926-5425
(Century 21 Peak )
Other Factors Sellers Should Consider When Evaluating an Offer
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By Heather Stevenson (360) 441-7120, I put the "stat" in Real Estate!
White-Hot Winter MarketIn contrast to the chilly temperatures outside, Whatcom County’s real estate market is white-hot. There are substantially more homes going under contract than there are new listings, and the market is virtually sold out up to the $1 million price point.  There is predominantly extreme frenzy Sales Activity Intensity™ for Whatcom County homes priced up to $750,000; this range comprises 83 percent of local sales activity. Sales Activity Intensity™ is surge / frenzy from $750,000 to $1.5 million and strong from $1.5 to $3 million. BE BUYER READY, DAY ONE!™To secure your home of choice, it’s highly recommended to begin the process early by connecting with a trusted broker for a market consultation. Being Buyer Ready, Day One™ is essential to get a home in today’s real...
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By Matt Harber
(Keller Williams-The Harber Home Group)
Welcome Home! Fabulous Move-in Ready Gem Heights 2-Story situated on a huge 0.27+ acre lot. Spacious and open floor plan, light and bright living and dining room, wonderful kitchen with nice eating area that is open to the fantastic family room with fireplace and slider to the rear patio. 3 total bedrooms, lovely primary bedroom suite w/its own bathroom & walk-in closet. Fully fenced, 2 car attached garage, RV parking, sprinkler system in the front & more! Conveniently located to all amenities. This is a remarkable value!17409 96th Ave Ct E - Puyallup/South Hill in Gem HeightsOffered at $480,000 
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By Jane & Jeff Daley, PhD, Scottsdale Real Estate Arizona
(Luxury Valley Homes Scottsdale)
Struggling To Find a Home To Buy? New Construction May Be an Option. There’s no question that the financial benefits of selling a house are outstanding today. Now is truly a great time to list if you’re ready to make a change. But if you do sell your house right now, you may be wondering where you’ll go when you move. With so few homes available to buy right now, you might be considering building a new home as one of your options. But you may be unsure if that’s the way to go. Let’s compare the benefits of a newly built home versus moving into an existing one, and why working with a real estate agent throughout the process is mission-critical to your success no matter what you decide. The Pros of Newly Built Homes First, let’s look at the benefits of purchasing a newly constructed home....
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By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
👩‍Photo from Trish - Water Truck  ☀️For ALL of Your East Valley AZ Real Estate Needs📞Call Brian at 480-773-2370🙋‍♂Text Brian at 480-773-2370📨Email Brian at brian@bke12.comI miss Trish's photos of the Arizona landscape, but she is still photographing wonderful things from her home in Ohio.  I hope that you will enjoy them too!  For those of you that haven't followed my blog over the years, Trish used to be my photographer for listings but has been retired for quite a while.  Her prowess with photography will never be retired though!!! ☀️For ALL of Your East Valley AZ Real Estate Needs📞Call Brian at 480-773-2370🙋‍♂Text Brian at 480-773-2370📨Email Brian at 
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By Realtyna Inc, Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services
There is no doubt that the real estate market is one of the most profitable ways to increase your earnings. And over the past years, the industry has drastically changed through disruptive technology, and it only gets better. The new big thing in real estate technology is the metaverse. Real estate is getting tokenized, and we’re here for it!Ever since Mark Zuckerberg officially announced that Facebook would be rebranding as Meta, the public’s curiosity in what a metaverse is and how people can use it to make money began to soar tremendously. Buying metaverse land is the newest real estate craze. Per recent reports, this metaverse real estate fad is on the upswing, and leading technological corporations prove that there is no price too high to invest in the world’s next big thing, as th...
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By Dave Jones, Broker/Owner - e-PRO Dave Jones Realty llc Prospec
(Dave Jones Realty, llc.)
4 Ways Homeowners Can Use Their Equity In Connecticut Your equity is a powerful tool that can help you achieve your goals as a homeowner. And chances are, your equity grew substantially over the past year. According to the latest Equity Insights Report from CoreLogic, homeowners gained an average of $51,500 in equity over the past year. If you’re looking for the best ways to use your growing equity, here are four options: 1. Use Your Equity To Buy a Home That Fits Your Needs If you’re finding you no longer have the space you need, it might be time to move into a larger home. Or, it’s possible you have too much space and would like something smaller. No matter the situation, consider using your equity to power a move into a home that fits your changing lifestyle. Moving into a larger hom...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
What's the Value of My Oceanside Home? Oceanside Real Estate Market Report for November 2021 The Oceanside real estate market has continued to shift. This market report does not include private sales or manufactured, mobile, or multifamily housing (the data are taken from the MLS and are believed to be accurate at the time this report was written, but are not guaranteed). Having current information from a knowledgeable REALTOR about local market conditions benefits you as a buyer or seller and will help you make informed decisions about buying or selling Oceanside homes for sale. READ MORE: Oceanside California – A Growing and Changing Coastal San Diego Community In November 2021 there were 201 homes sold in Oceanside’s 4 zip codes (92054, 92056, 92057, 92058), 8% fewer sales than in Oc...
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By Diana Dahlberg, Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563
(1 Month Realty)
Look no further! Great home at good price! Features 4 spacious bedrooms; main floor bedroom is currently being used as a Formal Dining Room located off the Sitting + Living Room with Brick Natural Fireplace. 2 full bathrooms (main floor + upstairs). Ceramic Tiled Eat-in kitchen was updated (appliances included). Full unfinished basement has newer Glass Block Windows. Fenced yard + 2 car detached garage. Newer roof (complete tear off), Gas Furnace, Central Air + Hot Water Heater. New 2nd Floor windows (2017), 1st floor windows driveway-side (2019), Glass Block (2011). Walking distance to schools + Lake Michigan. Immediate occupancy. House needs tender loving care so seller is offering a $4,000 concession at closing (can be used for prepaids and/or closing costs or for paint and carpeting)
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By Tim Tanz, St Louis Real Estate
(Platinum Realty)
Congratulations to my Seller Clients, Tim & Bill, on the successful sale and closing on this great home in the Compton Heights Neighborhood (63104)!  What a great home!  I was grateful for the opportunity to assist the Sellers on this successful transaction!Do you know someone looking to buy or sell real estate?  I really appreciate your referrals, and I promise to take great care of them!I have been representing home buyers and home sellers in the St Louis Metropolitan Area since 1997 - 22 years!  I am a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR), and GRI (Graduate, Realtor Institute). Affiliations: Member St Louis Association of Realtors (SLAR), Member Missouri Association of Realtors (MAR), Member National Association of Realtors (NAR), Member Rea...
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By Susan Sechrist, New West Realty, LLC
(New West Realty, LLC)
Every year, it seems the holidays sneak up on us—and every year, that brings with it the dreaded-last minute gift panic. Finding a present that hits all the right notes can be surprisingly stressful, even when it comes to people you’ve known for years.But have no fear! We’ve lined up a list of unique gifts for every “type” on your list. And since we work in real estate, they’re all centered around home life. From the coffee snob to the sports enthusiast, these presents are the perfect way to bring beauty, function or a touch of whimsy to your loved one’s home this holiday season. FOR THOSE WHO ARE ALWAYS IN THE KITCHENWe all know someone whose kitchen is their happy place—but once all the basics are covered, it can be hard to find the perfect present. These gifts will be a treat for the...
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By Victoria Carter Guaranteed Services, TwoMoveYou
(TwoMoveYou Guaranteed Real Estate Brokered by Century 21 Percy Fulton Ltd., Brokerage)
A beautiful, bright and spacious home is available in the centre of it all in Port Hope! Walking distance to the Historical centre of the town, steps from shopping, and in the centre of convenience! This 4 bedroom home feels light and airy with it's soaring cathedral ceilings, 2nd floor galley with open concept windows looking down into the living room, massive windows, and walkout to the two massive 8 foot by 35 foot decks on two levels. This home is spacious, yet cozy and welcoming! A beautiful kitchen with maple cabinetry, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and gas stove; 4 welcoming bedrooms, with one on the main floor that is completely accessible for wheelchair use; an oversized 1.5 car garage with a rubber stone driveway; an entertainers lower level with a built in ...
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Red Rock Real Estate)
Nerdin Gardens: Real Estate Social Media Plant Being in the industry for many seasons allows me to observe tried and true methods. Others offer bright & shiny schemes, designed to gain immediate attention, relieving agents of money. Here are some things that have worked for me:An effective on-line presence is at the top. Web sites such as ActiveRain, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn can enhance business when used properly. Avoid ranting and angrily raging on-line. And old saying, “Do not say anything that you wouldn’t want your mother, grandmother or children(if applies) to read.” Create a realistic budget on how much you can afford to spend. Stay with that and gage what is working/not working, quarterly. Move forward accordingly. Share positive testimonials from happy past clients. They ...
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