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By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
On September 7, 2022, Realtor.com reported that in La Canada, California median list price was $2,482,500 in August of 2022 unchanged from $2,482,500 in July of 2022, but rose 20.0% from $1,995,000 in August of 2021. While, median sales price for a home and a condo was $2,200,000 in August of 2022, jumped 12.0% from August of 2021 in La Canada, California.Houses stayed 60.00 days in the market in August of 2022 up from 57.00 days in July of 2022, and gained from 49.00 days in August of 2021 in La Canada, California.The median listing price per square foot of a home and a condo was $902.00 in August of 2022 higher from 889.00 in July of 2022, and increased 14.0% from $774.00 in August of 2021 in La Canada, California.For complete more detailed information about Realtor.com’s latest homes...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
Home repairs seem daunting at first, but there is nothing stopping you from saving up for a rainy day and tackling them on your own. In this article, you will see a list of potential home repairs that laymen can do on their own, along with the mistakes to avoid.   Not having a professional inspect your home before making repairs. A lot of damage can be hidden and unless you know what you're looking for, you could end up making expensive mistakes.  Not properly preparing for a home repair project. This can include failing to properly measure a space, not having the right tools on hand, or not allowing enough time to complete the project. Proper preparation can save you time and money in the long run.  Attempting to do complex repairs without the proper knowledge or tools. This can often ...
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By Michael Wayne Jackson, Broker - Seniors Real Estate Specialist Novato
(Coldwell Banker)
Cash reserves are always good especially as we head into a time of financial uncertainty.  Also known as "liquid assets", these reserves also include any items/funds that can be quickly turned into cash. These can be funds in a checking and savings account, most investments, or retirement accounts.   It is always nice to have some funds in reserve because there are always items that are unexpected when you buy a new home or move.   If you have questions about a mortgage and don't know where to turn, send me a message and I can connect you with one of the expert mortgage professionals I work with!   #thehelpfulagent #home #houseexpert #house #listreports #homeowner #realestate #themoreyouknow #investment #finances #icanhelp #realestateagent #realtor #happyhome #homeowner  Peter A. Mohyl...
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By Brian Petruzzelli, LA and Las Vegas Homes For Sale
(LA and Las Vegas Real Estate)
While one might know Hermosa Beach as a beautiful destination where one can surf all day and play volleyball on its sandy shores, the beach is also home to a variety of fantastic restaurants. Locals and tourists alike can have more than enough options and can choose whatever they are in the mood for, ranging from Mediterranean to Mexican. If you are looking for something more quick or casual, the neighborhood has plenty of bars and coffee shops to offer as well.  As you enjoy the day out, take a stop and visit the exceptional restaurants South Bay has to offer.  EsperanzaOne of South Bay's newest destinations for those looking for an upscale dining experience is Esperanza Cocina de Playa. The restaurant offers its clients a play on traditional Sonoran cuisine made with the freshest of i...
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By Emily Medvec, Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM
(eXp Realty LLC)
Hurricane and huracan are more than words. It is a word with a story and always headline news and a hashtag on twitter. My first experience with a hurricane was growing up in Connecticut in 1954 when I learned storms have names and this one was HurricaneCarol. We lived with my grandparents in an apartment building in New Britain, Connecticut.  I remember watching the rain and listening to the wind from the 2nd floor window of my grandparents flat. I remember listening to the radio until the lights and power went out. No one in my extended family had a camera, or a car for that matter. We walked everywhere or took a bus. What I remember most clearly was going outside with my father after the rain had finally stopped. I remember lots of tree branches, and trees and wires on the ground. I ...
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By Brian Petruzzelli, LA and Las Vegas Homes For Sale
(LA and Las Vegas Real Estate)
It's always a comforting experience when you're enjoying a good cup of coffee wherever you are in your day. It is the aromatic drink that greets you in the morning, the energizer to keep you going in the middle of the day and your go-to for a long night. Its soothing aroma alone is enough reason to get yourself up and enjoy a good cup of coffee. It’s no wonder why people love their coffee and why you can find a coffee shop just about anywhere you go. Have you heard that South Bay is known for being the best place for coffee in Los Angeles? Whether you live in the area, heading down there for a visit, or just happen to find yourself in the neighborhood, remember to check out these local favorites. Two Guns Espresso was established in 2011 by two New Zealand natives that wanted to share t...
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By Team Sapphire Mahesh and Rakhee Khatri, Your friends in real estate
( Sapphire Real Estate, Brokerage )
Many homeowners enjoy changing, updating, and renovating their homes—and many enjoy tackling those changes, updates, and renovations themselves.But if you’re planning on selling in the future, it’s important to recognize that potential buyers might not be as impressed with your DIY handiwork as you are.So, what are some of the DIY home improvements that might make a negative impression on buyers, and potentially make it harder to sell your home?A recent article from realtor.com outlined some of the DIY projects that can come back to haunt you if and when you decide to sell, including: Converting your garage into additional living space. While it might make sense for you and your family to convert your garage into additional living space (like a home office or game room), a lot of buyers...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Five Ways to Discourage BurglarsThere’s more you can do to discourage burglars than an alarm system when you’re away. Burglars look for easy targets, where they can get in and out quickly. They pick a house and watch it to learn your comings and goings and for signs that you’re gone. So what can you do? Make it harder for burglars.Smart Phone Security. Make cameras visible and install them in more places than the front door. You can access your security cameras anytime, anywhere and get alerts when visitors are detected. You can store video clips and recorded audio to the cloud.Neighbors. Meet your neighbors and exchange numbers. Watch their homes when they’re gone and ask them to watch yours for any suspicious activity. Have your neighbor pick up mail, flyers on your door or packages l...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
3932 McDonogh RdRandallstown, Md 21133MLS MDBC2050032Friday 9.30.20223-4Click to see photos   Here's a chance to own a single-family three-level split home in McDonogh Park. Convenient to shopping and transportation. Minutes to Pikesville, Randallstown, McDonogh School,  and Northwest Hospital. Move right in with the new roof and gas heat and air conditioning— shows pride of ownership by the original owner—eat-in kitchen with tile floors, window over the sink, and a large pantry.Entertain big or small in the spacious, bright living room dining room with a built-in lighted buffet.Three bedrooms and the primary has a dressing room, walk-in closet, and shower. And the lower level has sliders to the large patio and level backyard: a long driveway and easy access to the kitchen side door.For...
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
A person's a person, no matter how small.  - Dr. SeuseThe young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions. - Oliver Wendel Holmes, Sr.The past always looks better than it was.  It's only pleasant because it isn't here. - Finley Peter DunneLet your mind alone, and see what happens. - Virgil Thomson
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By Jim Lee, REALTOR Emeritus, Buying or Selling? Ann & Jim are the local experts
(RE/MAX Shoreline)
Here's our August 2022 real estate market update for Portsmouth, NH. We'll have the September update in early October after all the September closings settle and get processed. Would you like a market update for your town? Just drop us a line or comment here and we'll get it for you right away. #annandjim #lifeontheseacoast
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By Christopher Barrow, Is this the year your rental makes PASSIVE income?
(Foundation Homes Property Management & Sales)
The Leasing Team at Foundation Rentals and Relocation just LEASED another property in Kentfield for $9,400.00. Thanks to everyone for a great transaction. For any questions about Kentfield property management or buying or selling investment properties in Kentfield, call Broker Christopher Barrow at (415) 637-8934!
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
244 Lake Mc Kissack Ln, Carrabelle, FL Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Click Here to Get Directions $3150003bed - 2bath - 0.22 acres lotAffordable new construction on a fresh water lake with coastal access minutes away. Boating opportunities in Carrabelle and the Marina are less that 2 miles away. The beaches of St. George and the State Park are nearby as well. This home features LVP floors, stainless steal appliances, trey ceilings and large windows create abundant natural light and great views over looking the the large fresh water lake to the rear of this home. This quaint community also features a community pool, and a security gate for privacy. Be close to and enjoy all the amentias that the Forgotten Coast has to offer.Follow This Home Joe Manausa Joe Manausa Real Estate 850-888...
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By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
On September 16, 2022, California Association of Realtors (C.A.R) reported the homes values up 1.0% to the price of $854,960 in August of 2022 from price of $846,320 in July of 2022, and higher 3.0% from price of $830,070 in August of 2021 in Los Angeles County, California. While, homes sales increased 1.2% in August of 2022 from July of 2022, but fell 29.1% from August of 2022 in Los Angeles County, California.There were 3.1 months supplies of available inventory of homes in August of 2022, down from 3.3 months in July of 2022, but rose from 2.0 months in August of 2021 in Los Angeles County, California. An average it took 16.0 days to sell a home in August 2022, gained from 13.0 days in July of 2022, and jumped from 9.0 days in August of 2021 in Los Angeles County, California.For comp...
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By Charles Stallions, 850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
While watching the stock market recently may have started to feel pretty challenging, checking the value of your home should come as welcome relief in this volatile time. If you’re a homeowner, your net worth got a big boost over the past few years thanks to rising home prices. And that increase in your wealth came in the form of home equity. Here’s how it works. 1.3KSHARES 1.0K 90 14 166 Watching the Stock Market? Check the Value of Your Home for Good News.   Equity is the current value of your home minus what you owe on the loan. Because there was a significant imbalance between the number of homes available for sale and the number of buyers looking to make a purchase over the past few years, home prices appreciated substantially. And while rising inventory and mortgage rates have co...
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By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified)
 SEPT 2022 WISCONSIN FORESTLAND SOLD REPORT Forest County; Hunting, Timber, Investments! Market Snapshot for 20+ Acre Properties   Sold Properties Report Price Total Acres $/Acre Original MLS # Status Municipality County $25,000 23 $1,087 50241156 Sold Laona Forest $40,000 20 $2,000 1746083 Sold Nashville Forest $50,000 27.5 $1,818 50249707 Sold Ross Forest $64,000 40 $1,600 50249054 Sold Popple River Forest $100,000 40 $2,500 50248012 Sold Nashville Forest $100,000 40 $2,500 50248009 Sold Nashville Forest $150,000 35 $4,286 50246926 Sold Nashville Forest $200,000 80 $2,500 50248003 Sold Nashville Forest      $    2,250 Median Price / Acre       $729,000            306  $    2,386 Average Price / Acre        For more information on any of these properties, or to see how your property c...
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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 )
Buying your first home is exciting, but it can be a little stressful when you do not have a direct plan. If you want to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible, These are the 5 STEPS TO BECOME A HOMEOWNER FOR THE FIRST TIME  Being a first-time homeowner is an exciting adventure, but it also requires planning, communicating, and making plenty of decisions. This 5-Step Guide to Homeownership for newbies will help you navigate the often intimidating world of the first few stages of homeownership. These five steps should help you lay a strong foundation on which to base your home-buying experience. Let's begin!  1. Consider the Pros and ConsAre you prepared to spend the next 30 years (in a way)  married to a mortgage? Have you made the decision that now is the right time to b...
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By Michael Cantwell, Homes For Wealth
(Guild Mortgage - NMLS ID #3274)
As mortgage rates are surging, we are seeing a pause in most markets.  Those of us that have been through many cycles are now looking for ways to offer rate shocked clients solutions instead of feeding into their fears that buying a home may not be their best option today.  Even though home prices have corrected in many markets over the buying frenzy from earlier this year, the media stoking fears of a GFC (Great Financial Crisis) part 2 is keeping clients from thinking clearly.  If rates are 3% higher than earlier this spring but home prices are 20% less than they would have paid with those lower rates, are they better off now?  Especially if they had to bid up to 105% of list price and pay cash just to get that home?  This question is going to be unique and different to each potential...
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By John Martino
(lookSmart Home Inspections, LLC)
 Making sure that an attached garage meets fire rating requirements is something that is crucial when performing home inspections in NJ.  Garages that are attached to a home should meet certain fire rating requirements so a fire that starts in the garage will not quickly breach the garage walls and enter the home. Having proper fire rating materials in place can provide the occupants of the home with more time to escape the dwelling in the event of a fire emergency. Vehicles and other flammable materials are typically stored in garage which makes them vulnerable to fire hazards. Another benefit that having a well-sealed garage is that it keeps carbon monoxide migration to a minimum. Carbon monoxide from a combustion motor can be deadly to the home's occupants. Having a properly sealed g...
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By Robby Leviton, Knowles Team
(Keller Williams Realty)
Kirkland's Upper Holmes Point area has your Dream home. Check all the boxes on your list for $1,199,000.The heat wave is over and its time to purchase your new home! Completely set up for entertaining both inside and out!Custom two-story Upper Holmes Point area home is updated and move-in ready.  With an office on the main floor and a bonus/workout room upstairs you have extra space galore!Covered front porch leads you to a slate entry and gleaming hardwoods.  Main floor has a bright living room with large windows, remodeled ½ bath, solid hemlock doors and a spacious office.  Enjoy the oversized fully remodeled kitchen with stainless appliances, granite, travertine, custom cabinets, wine nook and glass doors to the private backyard.  Upstairs has all new doors, three spacious bedrooms, ...
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