Recent Blog Posts

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By Lisa Perry - NMLS # 276329, Northern VA - VHDA, 100% Loans - Jumbo Loans
(FHA, VA, Jumbo, Downpayment Assistance, Conv.)
If you're a first-time home buyer looking to get into your dream home, an FHA Loan may be the right option for you. Backed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), FHA loans can help potential homebuyers with low to moderate-income achieve homeownership.  It's important to note that with an FHA loan, the FHA doesn't actually lend you money for a mortgage. Instead, you get a loan from an FHA-approved lender—a bank or another financial institution.  
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By Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire
(Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group)
For all Calistoga properties for sale click hereMedian prices, average days on marketcurrent for sale                 21,  medium price $3,450,000, average days on market  190current sale pendings       4,  medium price $862,000, average days on market   59sold in last 6 months      32,  medium price $1,400,000, average days on market  92Facts, numbers, square footage from BAREIS and/or Napa CountyRealist tax records, accuracy is not guaranteed nor has been verifiedStats for last 7 daysnew listings 0, price reductions 0, sale pendings 2, solds 2New Listings nonePrice Reductions noneSale Pendings 4050 Lake County Highway, Calistoga, CA 94515 (MLS # 321102124)(all data current as of 12/1/2021) Price $895,000 Beds 3 Baths 4 Baths Home size 2,000 sqft Lot Size 1.72 ac   Imagine yourself arr...
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By Joanne Gillet EdgeOfTheBeach.com, Experience is not expensive. It's Priceless!
(Edge Of The Beach Realty)
931 Hagley Drive ~ Hagley EstatesSOLD$345,000In case you were wondering, NOW is the time to SELL! Our team of personalized, professional team members is here to help with any of your real estate needs.No hassles. No obligations.Just answers to your real estate questions.Experience is not expensive. It is Priceless! Curious about the value of your home? Please enjoy our FREE home value tool customized just for YOU! Click here. Join our email list here to receive real-time emails that show the listings as soon as they are added to the MLS. Be sure to provide your desired areas, wants, and needs. Click here to check out our current listings.We pride ourselves on personable service and build long-term relationships with our clients. Please reach out to us with anything that can make your re...
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By Matt Brady, One of San Diego's Best Lenders
(Finance Of America)
I wrote a blog yesterday announcing the New 2022 Loan limits. We are seeing a historical increase of over 18% compared to last year.I wanted to follow up with a link to the new limits.https://www.fhfa.gov/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/FHFA-Announces-Conforming-Loan-Limits-for-2022.aspx?fbclid=IwAR1gA8Rdeka5UuaHsljnRTcn438jmnrF_vyVjXYF0OhPkS2HFSACU_bQGQAThis will provide more solutions for borrowers across the country.  
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By Sandra Nickel, The Hat Team
(Sandra Nickel REALTORS)
Trust me when I say that lenders WANT to help you get a loan for your mortgage, but sometimes clients make impulsive decisions that can derail their chances of getting a mortgage loan approval.​Here are ten things you SHOULD NOT DO if your goal is to get approved for a mortgage loan: DO NOT buy a car (or boat, RV, four-wheeler etc.) If you are trying to buy a home, now is NOT the time to buy a new vehicle of any kind. DO NOT be late on credit card payments. In fact, now is a good time to limit your credit card use as much as possible. You definitely don’t want to hurt your credit report by being late on payments. DO NOT quit or change jobs or become self-employed. Lenders want to see steady employment and income consistency. Once you get into your new address, then you can change jobs. ...
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By Anna Chroscicki, Realtor - St. Lucie County affordable Real Estate
(Re/Max Masterpiece Realty)
AS OF DECEMBER 1ST 2021 THERE ARE: Port Saint Lucie Residential Units- 460   (On DEC 2ND of 2020 there were - 738) Port Saint Lucie Vacant Lots- 565    (On  DEC 2ND of 2020 there were- 331) Port Saint Lucie Rental Units- 58    (On DEC 2ND of 2020 there were- 99) Fort Pierce Residential Units- 217   (On DEC 2ND of 2020 there were- 404)That is how the market compares with last year . To compare it with last month, visit NOVEMBER 2021 REAL ESTATE MARKET UPDATE .  Inventory of Residential Units and of Vacant Land in Port St Lucie kind of leveled off in the last few months. Still a record low . Availability of rentals- is still very low.  If you are interested in finding out the value of YOUR home,  call 772-485-4188 or visit my site at Determine Your Home's Value.🏡For answers to your Real E...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Real Estate News! How Much Paint Should You Buy?  Ways Your Monthly Payments Can Change  Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Best Auburn Realtors, Best Opelika Realtors, Relocate to Auburn, Move to Auburn, Homes for sale in Auburn, Homes for Sale near me, Houses for Sale Opelika, Luxury Homes for Sale Auburnwww.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com 
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Red Rock Real Estate)
Avoid Loco When You Hire Local. In the Q & A section of ActiveRain, a member asked if this is the right platform to network with real estate professionals. She explained that she is helping build her husband's home inspection business.  I responded with "This is a fantastic real estate related forum to promote business and form relationships. Marketing and advertising in your local area will further help to build his clientele."   Everything real estate related is local, up-to-date and readily available at our finger tips. National web sites get a small portion of data that trickles to them from Realtor Boards that subscribe.  When looking to plant a garden, you'd talk to a local nursery professional, right? Otherwise, wasted time and resources can result. The same concept applies when ...
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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)
This week is so busy, and haven't even shown a home.   Have had several conversations with buyers and sellers, but after Thanksgiving, some of my past clients wanted to get together.    It has been FUN! Extra stuff on the calendar, like an HOA meeting at 8 am.   This is better, last month they had it scheduled for 7 am, NOPE, not happening! The Board of Directors made a decision to raise the HOA fee $30 and KNEW this one homeowner would blow a gasket.    Not only does he HATE 7 or 8 am, actually said ---"We need to schedule these meetings so the MEN of the house can show up --- just look, 3/4 of the attendees today are the "housewives", and men make the decision." Yes, this A.... is still standing, but had to stand up and remind him some of us don't HAVE TO have a man in the house, and ...
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By Scott May, CRS., REALTOR Coldwell Banker Bullard Newnan GA
(Coldwell Banker Bullard Newnan, Peachtree City, Atlanta Metro)
Welcome to Summergrove Fall 2021 on the East side of the City of Homes, Newnan Georgia.  The Fall foliage this year has been exceptional.  This is Lake Summergrove, one of the central features in this large planned community surrounding a beautiful golf course, trails, hills, obviously lots of gorgeous trees and water as well.    Summergrove Market Data, November 2021Current data from the Georgia MLS show a three week housing supply, with 9 active properties, 15 Pending sales and 12 Sold properties.  The below market data is for the month ending November 2021, verses November 2020                         Average         Medium       Average Days on Market: 15  -50%List Price:      383,302            397,500        Medium Days on Market: 6    -50%                         357,620         ...
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By Ron Cedillo, Helping People and Enjoying Life
(Home Buyers Realty)
The game of chess can provide incredible lessons to apply to all aspects of life, including the homebuying process. Chess requires you to plan and think about your strategy from the very beginning of the game. The homebuying process, like chess, requires strategy and planning. Here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure your plan is as strong as possible when you begin your home search. Pre-Approval: the Best Opening Play To Make as a Homebuyer It’s important to have a great opening play when you’re buying a home. And the best move you can make when you begin your home search is getting pre-approved by a lender. You’ve probably already heard this is an important step, but what exactly is pre-approval and what benefits does it provide you? As Freddie Mac puts it: “The pre-approval l...
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By Victoria Carter Guaranteed Services, TwoMoveYou
(TwoMoveYou Guaranteed Real Estate Brokered by Century 21 Percy Fulton Ltd., Brokerage)
This  enchanting 2+2 bedroom, custom built, fully finished home, situated on over 19 Acres!  Perfect Place for Relaxing, for Exploring, and for Building Memories… In EVERY Season is SOLD SOLD SOLDThank you for your trust. We truly appreciate it and looking forward to serving you again.Kirk Rickman and Victoria CarterTwoMoveYou Real Estate Century 21 Brighton6 Ironwood Cres, Brighton, ON K0K 1H0Phone: (647) 697-7413
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By Philip A. Raices, 1 of the Most Knowledgeable Brokers on the Net!
(Turn Key Real Estate)
 The obviously insane increases observed in real estate prices and values lately from 17.4 percent on average across the U.S. in 2021 led the Case-Shiller Report to calculate a year-over-year rise of 19.7% in July, while CoreLogic showed 18 percent and FHFA 19.2 percent. The major reason has been a total lack of sufficient inventory. This is basic high school education of supply vs. demand economics. Low supply, higher than normal demand and historically low interest rates are allowing so many more buyers to enter the market, causing these major increases in home prices. Most important is the lack of sufficient construction of new homes from 2008-2015 due to the fear by builders of having excess inventory in case of another downturn, leaving them holding costly inventory. However, over ...
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By Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
(Get It Done For Me Virtual Services )
It's about the quality of your output.   Work with a team you can trust! Let us take over your repeated tasks that you know you are supposed to be delegating. Text Katerina Gasset at 561-502-1577 today! #GIDFMTeam #GIDFM #DelegateMyTasks
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
  The most critical things to do to increase your home’s value before putting it on the market. As a smart seller, you'll want your home in tip-top shape — but you don't want to eat into your profits by overspending on home improvements. You won't be around to enjoy them anyway. The key is to focus on the most important repairs to make before selling a house to ensure every dollar you spend supports a higher asking price. "Smaller and less expensive updates in combination with good staging will have a great return," says Colorado Springs agent Susanna Haynie. But how do you know what things to do before putting your house on the market? Prioritize these updates — and consider letting the rest go. #1 The Most Important Repair to Make Before Selling: Fix Damaged Flooring   Scratched-up w...
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By Philip A. Raices, 1 of the Most Knowledgeable Brokers on the Net!
(Turn Key Real Estate)
     0 I usually convey this information to all of my client sellers when they are considering putting their home on the market. There are a multitude of reasons for understanding the concerns and attitudes of their current and future purchasers. Many times sellers don’t realize or aren’t aware of how a buyer(s) may view their home and how particular they may be when analyzing all there is to know when making their purchase in the current market where home prices have excelled to the highest level in history. In Great Neck alone, as of my most current analysis last week, over 95.4 percent of all listed homes were at more than $1 million. Ten years ago it was 84.2 percent, so I can’t blame any buyer(s) for not trying to figure out and ascertain how they can be able to afford a home at so...
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By Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
This December 2021 ActiveRain Holiday Challenge is about phone calls!We offer three (3) ways to play.Option 1:   Call an AR member who has not been active in the Rain for a year or longer. Many of us are connected to AR members who are no longer active in the Rain. This should not be someone you have talked to in 2021.Option 2:   Call an AR member you have spoken with before but have not talked with them in 2021.Option 3:   Call an AR member you have never spoken with. Who Are You Going To Call?  Photo Collage Courtesy of Kathy Streib How to get Points for Participation: *     Make your call and write a post with a minimum of 300 words.  You are free to talk about whatever your heart desires but keep in mind, whatever is shared on the call might be shared in the blog post. Be sure to le...
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By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
Homes for Sale in Clermont FL and Market Update for November 2021If you are a current Clermont FL homebuyer or a seller, you should already know how hot the real estate market is for the area. Inventory continues to be very low with high demand from home buyers. Many listings receive multiple offers within a few days of listing and selling over list price. There are many families relocating to Central FL from other states. Here are some reasons to move to Florida;                                                                                -No State Income Tax-Low Property Taxes-Plenty of sun all year long-Homestead deduction So what is selling? Homes that are priced well and show ready may receive multiple offers and get under contract within days of listing. Clermont FL home sales c...
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
Wordless Wednesday  Setting Sun In The Gulf Of AlaskaOver the weekend I was looking at the photos we took on our Alaska cruise a few summers ago.  Some wonderful memories. A couple did stand out especially as we were heading back to the San Francisco are and the end of the cruise.As we sailed away from the sunset it was with a heavy heart and a memory of great things we saw.Wordless Wednesday  Setting Sun In The Gulf Of Alaska
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By Philip A. Raices, 1 of the Most Knowledgeable Brokers on the Net!
(Turn Key Real Estate)
  By Philip A Raices - November 29, 2021  Are you still renting? If so ask yourself why. Is it because you want to be as flexible as possible and not beholden to a mortgage? Is it because you want to be able to move in a short period of time without having to sell anything? Have you invested the difference between your current rent and a mortgage and all the expenses inherent in ownership into another asset to increase your wealth or is it in cash (which is truly “trash” as per Ray Dalio founder/CEO hedge fund of Bridgewater Associates, decreasing your wealth daily)? The actual value of cash or what is called our “ fiat currency“ has been reduced with the radical increase in our current inflation and the unfortunate and absolute necessity and non-transparency of the Fed. When one adds t...
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