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By Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold!
(RE/MAX Platinum)
Oconomowoc WI Condo Sales Market Report August 2022   Oconomowoc Condos For Sale, Oconomowoc Realtor Kristin Johnston RE/MAX My name is Kristin Johnston with RE/MAX Platinum.  My market report gives you the real estate activity for Condos in  Oconomowoc WI. Are you looking to buy a condo in Oconomowoc?  Wondering what your Oconomowoc condo is worth? Call/text me at 414 254 6647 or email me at kjohnston@remax.net. I specialize in Waukesha County Real Estate, and have a lot of experience with Oconomowoc Real Estate. Check out my website www.waukeshahousesforsale.com! Review my many happy client testimonials too! In the Oconomowoc, Wisconsin Real Estate market 14 condos sold; 0 were listed and sold by the same company, and 14 were sold by a co-broke. In Oconomowoc, Wisconsin Real Estate ma...
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By Jane & Jeff Daley, PhD, Scottsdale Real Estate Arizona
(Luxury Valley Homes Scottsdale)
Top Reasons Homeowners Are Selling Their Houses Right Now Some people believe there’s a group of homeowners who may be reluctant to sell their houses because they don’t want to lose the historically low mortgage rate they have on their current homes. You may even have the same hesitation if you’re thinking about selling your house. Data shows that 51% of homeowners have a mortgage rate under 4% as of April this year. And while it’s true mortgage rates are higher than that right now, there are other non-financial factors to consider when it comes to making a move. In other words, your mortgage rate is important, but you may have other things going on in your life that make a move essential, regardless of where rates are today. As Jessica Lautz, Vice President of Demographics and Behavior...
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By Jean Richer, Straight Talk on Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty Inc.)
We are back with part 4 of our 5 part series! Today we are discussing how to choose a real estate agent when looking for a home! It's important to do your research. Word of mouth and great recommendations from friends and family can go a long way! It's vital to make sure your communication styles and your personalities aline when making this new partnership. You will be communicating with this individual often so it's important that you are comfortable with them and have a great rapport. To learn more about how to choose the right realtor, watch the video above! 
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
The SportsPlex at Auburn University "This project includes the construction of additional softball, and multi-use lacrosse/rugby/soccer fields to provide more capacity for outdoor intramural and club sports. The completion of the SportsPlex in spring 2020 is the culmination of Campus Recreation’s long-term goal to expand the Intramural Field complex. The existing facility was constructed in 1979 when Auburn University student enrollment was approximately 18,000. The complex consists of 15 acres on Biggio Drive. Since that time, student enrollment at Auburn has increased to over 25,000 students without any increase in recreational field space on campus. Fields are heavily utilized by over 10,000 participants and more than 1,000 intramural and club sports teams annually. The lack of adequ...
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By Peter Mohylsky
(PMI. Destin)
A Real Estate business in not a sprint, its a marathon.   "If you ain't first, you're last!"  Ricky Bobby, American philosopher "I wanna go fast!!"  What Ricky Bobby and every new blogger wants. But real estate and racing to the finish line are a wee bit different.  When you're behind the wheel of a racing car, you know the distance to the end.  If you're a real estate agent, you just keep driving, and if you're just starting out you don't know when the results are going to appear.  You can't see a finish line and you've got some people with "blogging is dead!", "blogging doesn't work", and other "supportive" commentary. And in some cases, they ARE right.  Depending on your target market, blogging may be totally pointless.  Your audience hooked on 15 second Tik Toks?  They might not be ...
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By Peter Mohylsky
(PMI. Destin)
Two homes with the same reported square footage may be very different in actual size.  This is a very difficult measurement to make and even a builders plans may differ from those numbers that are manually taken.  It is hard to tell who is the correct number but then does it really matter one way of the other.  It is hard to think that this number may differ but it does quite often.  Errors are made then they are copied and exaggerated as time moves on.  You need to keep this in mind when comparing homes on a price per square foot basis.What other questions do you have about home listings?Leave them here and I'll get back to you!#thehelpfulagent #home #houseexpert #house #listreports #homeowner #realestate #househunting #realestateagent #realtor #icanhelp #themoreyouknow
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By Sandra Nickel, The Hat Team
(Sandra Nickel REALTORS)
Inheriting a house may provide financial gain, but it also comes with legal and financial responsibilities. In addition, it will likely include an emotional element, especially if you share the inheritance with siblings or other heirs. Navigating the process of either taking ownership of the house or selling it can be challenging and it’s important you that you do your homework and educate yourself about how the process works.The first thing that has to be done when a house is inherited is to make a short-term plan for home maintenance for the duration of the time it takes to settle the estate. This is the time when discussions need to happen with other heirs to determine what the long-term goal is for the property.Here are some issues that may come up when you inherit a house: Expenses...
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By Chuck Carstensen, Minnesota/Wisconsin Real Estate Expert
(RE/MAX Results)
18861 Flora Street NW, Oak Grove, MN 55011 -- $1195 per monthThree bedrooms, two bathrooms, and roughly 1,687 finished square feet of livable space are included in this well-maintained property in Oak Grove, which is available for rent from October 1 through June 30. Located only a short distance from top-notch schools in a convenient, welcoming community near restaurants, major roadways, and Lake George!You are welcomed into this split entry home by the inviting entrance. On the upper floor, there is a living/dining/kitchen area with an open concept. The living room flows into the adjacent dining room, which has walkout access to a wide deck, and is lit naturally by a large picture window. The kitchen has a breakfast bar, which is perfect for adding extra seating, and plenty of storage...
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By Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(DFW FINE PROPERTIES)
Today is the last day of summer. Tomorrow starts Fall. These are the last of summer colors in Flower Mound Texas. I noticed the colors of Autumn began to emerge before the official date of Autumn on September 22, 2022, while fewer of the summer colors hung on and did not let go.I also noticed a change in the real estate market but not much. I continue to plan for the future and serve now. I know exactly what to do because I learned long ago, I need a platform that continues to grow my business that attracts buyers and sellers needing to buy and sell, no matter what season we are in.  The color pink hangs on and continues to bloom while hot dry weather shrivels and fades similar plants. Many have ceased and will not return until next summer. Fall comes quickly in Texas landscaping.Summer...
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By Linda Blumenthal, NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR
(Hampton Crossing - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - 631-466-4087)
September 21st Puzzle - International Day of Peace:Enjoy your day!Directions: Click on the link below.  Your puzzle will open in a new window.To locate a word, please hold down the left side of your mouse while dragging your cursor over the letters of that word. Release your hold when all of the letters of the word have been selected. If your response is correct, the word will change color on the word list.Please check back for future daily puzzles.Enjoy and have a great day!Click Here To PlayIf you are looking to purchase a property or home on Long Island, New York, I hope you think of me, Linda Blumenthal.
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
Do you have credit card debt? Many Americans do—to the tune of more than $1 trillion collectively, according to the Federal Reserve. And more than 40% of balances are not paid off each month. That can be a financial challenge, but it’s not a life sentence. Take these steps toward paying off credit cards: 1. Set a goal Most people don’t like thinking about debt, but a little planning can make it less uncomfortable. Accounting for your budget and card balance, decide when you want to have everything paid off and track your progress. A sense of accomplishment each month helps motivate you toward paying off credit cards. 2. Create a strategy Once you have your goal, set your strategy. One place to start is with a “snow” strategy for your credit cards: Avalanche: Make minimum payments and u...
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(HomeSmart)
Summer Is the Season for Fireplace AdditionsIf there’s one thing that you think about during the summer, it’s… probably not getting a fireplace installed. In fact, there are probably very few home updates or additions that are further from your mind when heat indexes top 100 degrees and the sun is beating down. Just because you’re not thinking about a fireplace doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be, though.Fireplaces add a mix of beauty and function that few things can top. And as weird as it sounds, the summer might just be the perfect time to install a new fireplace or update an old fireplace that’s already in your home. There are several reasons why this might be true, so here are a few things to think about if you’re considering a fireplace addition this year. Benefits of a Fireplace There ...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Your home’s HVAC system works hard throughout the year. Unfortunately, this can cause it to experience problems over time, often at a time when you’d really rather it not fail on you. This is why yearly maintenance and inspections are recommended since a little bit of attention now can save you many problems (and money) later on. There’s more that you can do to help your HVAC system stay in good working order than just having it inspected and maintained, though. One of the big things that you can do to help keeps your ductwork clean. This helps to prevent blocked airflow, keeps dust and other particles from being recirculated into the air, and overall reduces the...
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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 condo and town-homes values lower 3.1% to the price of $625,000 in August of 2022 from price of $645,000 in July of 2022, but higher 4.2% from price of $600,000 in August of 2021 in California. While, the condo and town-homes sales increased 4.2% in August of 2022 from July of 2022, but fell 28.6% from August of 2021.There were 2.4 months supplies of available inventory of condo and town-homes in July of 2022, down from 2.7 months in July of 2022, but jumped from 1.7 months in August of 2021 in California.An average it took 17.0 days to sell a condo and town-home in August 2022, up from 13.0 days in July of 2022, and gained from 10.0 days in August of 2021 in California.For complete more detailed information ...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP How to do a Assignment of Your Wholesale Property so End Buyer Can Not See What You Paid / REIA Todd Chunn Speaker -- Text him at 248-497-9195   Please Like Our Video and Subscribe to Our Channel   Educational Video on Real Estate Investing plus copies of all our meetings Enjoy Like and Join: https://www.youtube.com/c/RalphMaupin/   The best funding source for all your investor's deals: http://nationalfundingagency.com/     Six Thousand Members - Our Meetup, Real Estate Investing, Wholesaling, Find-Fix-Sell, land-lording, lease options, Networking, Seminars, Workshops: Nation Real Estate Network  https://www.meetup.com/27monthlymeetup-com/     Michigan REIA FaceB...
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By Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
(TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE)
Two great members of my team are hosting an open house today, Jill Kyle, REALTOR® and Erin Pearce the team admin and Transaction Coordinator.  The address is 2051 Palo Alto Ave, The Villages, Florida 32159.  I work with this flipper and the style and features he adds to each of his homes make this a must see!  What he does with the showers is unbelievable, 6 body jets, rainforest shower head from the ceiling and a hand wane.  The colors he picks and the patterns he uses make the shower such a focal point.I have had buyer stop and take pictures of the shower to share with friends who are considering redo their shower.  So have a few minutes and want to see how a remodel is done to the max?  Stop and see Jill and Erin!Dick Betts, REALTOR®The Betts TeamTouchstone Real EstateThe Villages, F...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP   FALL 2022 HOME BUYER & SELLER GUIDES ARE NOW AVAILABLE... ... GET YOUR FREE GUIDES TO BUYING OR SELLING A GREATER CHARLOTTE HOME THIS FALL   Although Fall 2022 has not yet quite officially arrived, our Fall 2022 Home Buyer and Seller Guides have arrived and you can get your copies now! Have you been wondering: About home prices, mortgage rates, or inflation in today’s housing market?  How it impacts you when you buy or sell? If Fall 2022 will be a good time to buy or sell a Charlotte area home? How the recession might impact your buying or selling goals? What the increasing housing supply means for home buyers and sellers?   If you've been thinking about buying...
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By Eric Bouler, Listening to your Needs
( Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La.)
Walking the Streets of the French Quarter       As a real estate agent and avid photographer the French Quarter is always alive with things to do and see.  Many times it can be quiet however and that is when the buildings just pop out at you. So lets take a quick waalk around the French Quarter and see the streets.         These are streets with few people, want to focus on the buildings and the streets. No car or no people. It's like history is stopped.          Colorful Cottages in New Orleans French Quarter Royal Street and St. Ann, Rounded Corners Corner of Chartres and St. Phillip, A Hotel Barracks Balcony looking down the Street Townhome in the French Quarter Chartres Street Corner, so may colorful corners The wives and girl friends are just steps from shopping....Delightful Bric...
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By John Martino
(lookSmart Home Inspections, LLC)
One issue that I often come across while inspecting older homes is asbestos pipe wrap. Asbestos pipe wrap was used from the early 1900's to the 1970's. The pipe wrap was used to insulate hot water and heating pipes. It gives the appearance of a white cloth like covering or wrap. Its purpose was to keep heat in the pipes to avoid heat loss. It was very good at its intended purpose however it had a very big drawback. As we all know asbestos fibers are harmful to the human body. Asbestos fibers cause damage to the lungs and can cause cancer. Asbestos fibers are small and durable, and they can stay in the lungs for many years causing damage. Usually, people who are exposed to asbestos will not develop any health effects until years after exposure. Home buyers and home inspectors should keep...
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By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
“Mr. Petrowsky, You did my loan about 11 years ago. I don’t know why I didn’t reach out to you before this, in any case I need to refinance. Jerry and I are getting a divorce and I will be retaining the home, so need your help. I went to our bank, they gave me a run around for the last 3 months, they just didn’t seem interested.” I’m not sure why a bank client would not be given good service, but the bank employee collects a paycheck every week, whether they do the mortgage or not. That is not the case for us.If we don’t complete the mortgage, we don’t get paid!Reach out for any reason, I’m always here to help!Call (800) 822-7482 or joe@righttracfg.com Originally posted on RightTracFG.com
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