Recent Blog Posts

The amazing members of ActiveRain produce hundreds of blog posts every single day of the year.  There is a wonderful mix of all things real estate and beyond for your reading pleasure.

This board rolls all day long with the newest blog posts to our site. You’ll find some diamonds in the rough on this page, so check back often to peruse the blog roll and learn from our committed community of real estate professionals.

The newest blog posts on ActiveRain

By Nina Hollander, Broker, Your Greater Charlotte Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Latest news on Charlotte Region's luxury housing market as of November 2021 and what it means for you...   Charlotte Region's single family luxury homes real estate market remained solid with year-over-year closed sales increasing 32.8% in November, despite a 36.6% year-over-year decline in inventory. This low level of inventory has not been seen in well over a decade. Days on market, both average and median, also were down significantly year-over-year, as was the months supply of inventory.  Luxury home sellers continued to see a higher sale price as a percent of listing price. Median home sale prices were down slightly at 0.7%, while average sales prices increased 1.7% year-over-year.  Earlier this year there was concern that luxury home buyers might "give in" to buyer fatigue and tak...
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By Melanie Cameron, The Cameron Team
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
 It's December and we are fully into the holiday season. How is the real estate market doing? Listen to Realtor Melanie Cameron as she shares how many homes have come on the market, gone under contract, and sold in New Hanover County, Pender County, and Brunswick County in the past 7 days. Want to fully understand the extent of your financial real estate wealth? Sign up for our home valuation service and monitor the value of your home. We don't contact you when you sign up, unless you request us to. Sign up on our website. Stay up-to-date on the Wilmington real estate market. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel or follow our Facebook page to see all of our new videos as soon as they are posted. We also have a blog on our website filled with useful tips, so make sure you check that out too.
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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)
Do you have kiddos that believe in Santa?   The kids will sure enjoy getting a letter back from Santa and the North Pole!   This will ensure there IS a Santa!  BUT, time is of the essence, and the envelopes need to be postmarked by 12/10/21!    I sure would love to see their faces! And the Postal Service™ can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child’s letter — complete with the North Pole Postmark! The Greetings from the North Pole Post Office program adds to the excitement of Christmas and is ideal for getting kids interested in letter writing, stamps, and penmanship. How to get a letter postmarked from the North Pole: Have the child write a letter to Santa and place it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole. Write a personalized response to the child's letter a...
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By Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Good morning!!I wanted to introduce you to my son Auggie…Born August Stephen Tracy on April 30th, 2021…He is just over 7 months old…He is beautiful.He is warm. Chubby. A great cuddler…And most importantly, he is happy…His smile lights up the room…Lights up the world…And most importantly, lights up my heart…I don’t see Auggie as much as I would like, unfortunately…You see, his mom and I are going through some challenges. We are giving each other space to breathe…To heal. To figure out what our next step should be…And I love his mom. I am sure I always will…But we still are taking time to better understand who we are as individuals, and what is the best way for us to move forward as parents for our beautiful little son…And that is good. This is what we needed to do…And although I miss my ...
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By Gary Thomas, Realtor to the Dreamers
(Preferred Properties Key West)
      Key West has been a tourist town for decades dating back to the time Henry Flagler brought his railroad to town. While the population remained fairly static during the same time frame, tourists and later second home owners put a strain on available housing. The town expanded south toward the Atlantic Ocean and east toward the point US 1 enters the island. Both areas had previously been barren coral rock mixed in with salt ponds. There were two principle sources of lumber and hardware - Lindsey's Lumber located at the corner of Simonton at Truman. Stunk Hardware was located at the opposite end of Simonton Street near the Gulf of Mexico. Consider this - Key West is an island located 120 or so miles from firm US soil. Lumber and most building supplies are delivered to Key West by tru...
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By Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired
(Wayne M Martin)
Trivia question answers for Monday December 6, 20211. What city did Frank Sinatra help immortalize as "That Toddling Town"? Chicago2. Who was the first union president to occupy the White House? Ronald Reagan3. Kleenex was invented to serve what purpose during World War I? Gas Mask4. What's another name for a footrest? OttomanTrivia questions for Tuesday December 7, 20211. In "The Wizard of Oz", what was the lion looking for?2. What movie does the line "Nobody puts Baby in the corner" hail from?3. What are the "unacceptable corda", sostenuto", and "damper"?4. What is the common name for sternum?Enjoy your day.
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By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Vacasa)
🚣‍Val Vista Lakes, Gilbert, AZ - 12-7-21  ☀️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.com🏠Homes Currently for Sale in Val Vista Lakes🏠💲Homes Recently Sold in Val Vista Lakes💲Val Vista Lakes is more than just a great master-planned community.  Our nine hundred acres "water-wonderland" consists of four spacious sports parks, meandering bicycle paths, and a luxurious clubhouse.  The clubhouse features an eight-court championship tennis complex, indoor racquetball courts, cardio, and weight training facilities, a junior Olympic swimming pool and spa, banquet and meeting rooms, waterfalls, and a tropical lagoon swimming pool with a sandy beach.VVL offers twenty-four Residential Subdivisions, several of ...
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By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo and Home Specialists
(The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
    Bretton Woods in Coram New York 11727 couldn't be more active for your lifestyle. If you're looking for an All-Age Condominium Community in Coram Long Island, check out our Community Profile on Bretton Woods.    Built in the 1970′s, Bretton Woods Condominium can be reached by The Long Island Expressway Exit 63N, make a right turn onto Mooney Pond Road and up to the gatehouse at Bretton Woods Drive. Bretton Woods Condominiums Have A Variety Of Units Bretton Woods in Coram NY is an established Condominium neighborhood with a variety of Floor Plans. All are attached units in groupings. There are ground level and upper level garden units, plus ranch and 2 story townhouse designs. At Bretton Woods Condos you will find 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units. The community is divided into two School Dis...
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By Mark Maupin See Blog Free Investors Training, National Real Estate Investors Network Host
(National Real Estate Network, LLC)
 Why this Commercial Real Estate Investors Mastermind is for you / Your Meetup AssociationWhy this Commercial Real Estate Mastermind is for you. In this video Pat Gage covers the highlights that makes this Mastermind a must join for anybody in the Commerical Real Estate Investing world. Pat covers the great benefits of joining with bi-weekly event and the awesome line-up of guests that he has on. This is a meetup full of doers, make it happen type of people. Attendees have found their partners on through this event, some have found passisve investors, others have landed a sponsor for their deal. Come join us and see what all the talk it about.To join the next Mastermind call, visit: http://www.opportunitycreator.com/zoom-mastermind-calls/  and register.Our company, The Block G Group, LL...
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Santa Brings Two Christmas Miracles… Do you believe in miracles?  What about Santa Claus?  Well, I believe in them both. Put them together and they can be powerful tools to help us through tough times. They made need a little assistance though… Miracle #1 December 2001We all needed our spirits lifted after what happened to our country on September 11. Since the patriarch of my extended family was traveling to his middle son’s home in PA, I was put in charge of the annual Christmas Eve dinner for the family.No one felt like going out so we planned dinner at our home. Just before he left, Tom (the patriarch) reminded me that Santa ALWAYS makes an appearance at the Christmas Eve dinner.  I wanted to make the evening special. For the children (Erin & Megan who were 5 & 3) I had a small tabl...
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By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
Choosing the right name for your personal or company brand can help you achieve a strong competitive advantage. One name brand strategy can help you to reach top-of-mind status in your marketplace, as a luxury or other real estate marketing professional.  Many celebrities have been successful at doing this, including Oprah, Cher, Madonna, Beyoncé, Rihanna, and of course, there is Adèle.  We are not suggesting that you must change your name or the name of your company to a single word.  The one-name brand reveals three important branding principles that are definitely worth understanding and applying.   SHORT NAMES ARE EASIER TO REMEMBER:  A one-name brand makes it very easy for your target market to remember you. Therefore, when you chose or change your brand name keep this principle in...
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By Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393
  Gross But Not That Kind Of Gross. . .  There are words that may prompt a certain reaction for some people but quite a different response from others if randomly asked for a retort.    Recently, I was thinking of “gross” which might lead some to think of something unacceptable or disgusting.  Varying degrees of obviousness in these traits can also occur.  And worse.  Your mind might instead go to the profit side of things before coming to a net conclusion if your head is in that place.  Maybe gross makes you think of a dozen twelves if making sense of numbers is more to your liking.   One can go in many directions when gross becomes the subject but today my thinking is about conversation.  And the power of it when it comes to effective communication.  Gross-Wise. Well, in some way.   A...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Celebrating Wildlife Art Exhibit in Gaithersburg, MarylandCelebrating Wildlife, a free art exhibit featuring beautiful fauna ranging from tiny insects to some of the largest creatures on earth, will be on display through Jan. 30 at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg. The exhibit, which features the work of 20 artists, was juried by painter and Gaithersburg Police Officer John Duke and photographer George Smith.Bohrer Park is located at 506 South Frederick Ave. in Gaithersburg. Viewing hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday Visitors of all ages are welcome. Masks are required and social distancing and limited capacity protocols are in place.The exhibit's artwork includes photography, oil, acrylic, and watercolor painting, colored pencil, graphite drawing,...
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By Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker
Here is the north Texas real estate market update as of  December 7, 2021.New properties for sale 267Back on the market listings 111Price decrease listings 121Price increase 74Active kick out 7Active option contract 402Active contingent 62Pending listings 562Sold listings 461Expired listings 10Cancelled listings 38Withdrawn listings 3Temporary off market listings 32Coming soon listings 74
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By Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker
Houston Texas area real estate market update as of December 7, 2021.New properties for sale 255Back on market listings 89Price decrease listings 160Price increase listings 69Option pending listings 299Pending continue to show 58Listings that are now pending 356Listings that have sold 421Listings that will be coming Soon 51Listings That Have Been Withdrawn 65Listing That Have Expired 14Listings That Have Terminated 83
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By Joseph D. Federico, Eastern Massachusetts Real Estate
(Donahue Real Estate Co.)
Win When You Sell (And When You Move) If you’re trying to decide when to sell your house, there may not be a better time than this winter. Selling this season means you can take advantage of today’s strong sellers’ market when you make a move. Win When You Sell Right now, conditions are very favorable for current homeowners looking for a change. If you sell now, here’s what you can expect: Your House Will Stand Out – While recent data shows there are more sellers getting ready to list their homes this winter, there are still more buyers in the market than there are homes for sale. If you sell your house now before more houses are listed, it will get more attention from serious buyers who are eager to find a home. Your House Will Likely Get Multiple Offers – When supply is low and demand...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Paul Henderson, REALTOR®, Fathom Realty WA LLC, Mason County, Washington's preferred real estate Agent & Broker You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way! Attributed to  Walter Hagen     Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog post! This post was researched, authored, and photo by Paul Henderson, REALTOR®, ©2008-2021, all rights reserved. All information is deemed reliable; however it should be independently verified by the reader. Any reproduction of this blog post is prohibited without the prior written permission of the author...  and courtesy of  Paul S. Henderson, Residential Real Estate Broker  Tacoma Washington  Realtor ® BPOR, CRS, GRI, CDPE Fathom Realty WA LLC Serving South Puget Sound in Washington St...
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By Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!
(Fathom Realty Washington LLC)
Paul Henderson, REALTOR®, Fathom Realty WA LLC, Mason County, Washington's preferred real estate Agent & Broker Be helpful. When you see a person without a smile, give them yours!Attributed to Zig Ziglar  Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog post! This post was researched, authored, and photo by Paul Henderson, REALTOR®, ©2008-2021, all rights reserved. All information is deemed reliable; however it should be independently verified by the reader. Any reproduction of this blog post is prohibited without the prior written permission of the author...
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By Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
Bad Snowman Bad Snowman! Keep your eyes open out there when looking at Christmas light displays and pay attention to that Snowman! (Photo: Pixabay) Watch out for a Bad SNOWMAN on the loose. He may look like this:                                          Christmas Humor... Crooked snowman- source unknown Most of the snowman you see will be cheerful. Look out for the suspicious one in the shadows. All may not be as it seems! Are you looking for a cheerful and honest Snowman and/or Real Estate Broker? If you are looking to buy a home in Arizona, give me Jeff Masich a call. I will most pleased to find you the right home at the right price! Meet Jeff Masich, REALTOR® Jeff Masich, Associate Broker and REALTOR® discusses buying a home in ArizonaIf you are looking to move to Phoenix including S...
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By Sandy Sills, Associate Broker
(Preferred Real Estate Brokers)
Win When You Sell (And When You Move) If you’re trying to decide when to sell your house, there may not be a better time than this winter. Selling this season means you can take advantage of today’s strong sellers’ market when you make a move. Win When You Sell Right now, conditions are very favorable for current homeowners looking for a change. If you sell now, here’s what you can expect: Your House Will Stand Out – While recent data shows there are more sellers getting ready to list their homes this winter, there are still more buyers in the market than there are homes for sale. If you sell your house now before more houses are listed, it will get more attention from serious buyers who are eager to find a home. Your House Will Likely Get Multiple Offers – When supply is low and demand...
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