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.

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By Realtyna Inc, Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services
(Realtyna)
One truth about real estate marketing is that it is constantly changing. And as a real estate professional, you have to keep up with these changes. If not, you’ll be left behind. While some of the marketing strategies you used last year might still work this year, you should learn to blend old marketing ideas with new marketing ideas to build a successful brand. Today’s article will discuss a few marketing strategies real estate agents/brokers should consider using this year. Read on!Video MessagesUnlike other marketing techniques, video marketing outperforms all others in terms of effective communication and speed. As a result, incorporating videos in your email marketing strategy makes a lot of difference if you are trying to enhance conversions, raise brand awareness, or educate your...
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By Zee Mahan, Get your own piece of Maui paradise...
(Berkshire Hathaway Maui Properties)
Once you’ve found your dream home and applied for a mortgage, there are some key things to keep in mind before you close. It’s exciting to start thinking about moving in and decorating your new place, but before you make any large purchases, move your money around, or make any major life changes, be sure to consult your lender – someone who’s qualified to explain how your financial decisions may impact your home loan.Here’s a list of things you shouldn’t do after applying for a mortgage. They’re all important to know – or simply just good reminders – for the process.1. Don’t Deposit Cash into Your Bank Accounts Before Speaking with Your Bank or Lender.Lenders need to source your money, and cash isn’t easily traceable. Before you deposit any amount of cash into your accounts, discuss the...
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By Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
Why Waiting To Sell Your House Could Cost You a Small Fortune   Many homeowners who plan to sell in 2022 may think the wise thing to do is to wait for the spring buying market since historically about 40 percent of home sales occur between April and July. However, this year’s expected to be much different than the norm. Here are five reasons to list your house now rather than waiting until the spring. 1. Buyers Are Looking Right Now, and They’re Ready To Purchase The ShowingTime Showing Index reports data from more than six million property showings scheduled across the country each month. In other words, it’s a gauge of how many buyers are out looking at homes at the current time. The latest index, which covers November showings, reveals that buyers are still very active in the market....
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By Dave Jones, Broker/Owner - e-PRO Dave Jones Realty llc Prospec
(Dave Jones Realty, llc.)
Why Waiting To Sell Your House Could Cost You a Small Fortune In Connecticut Many homeowners who plan to sell in 2022 may think the wise thing to do is to wait for the spring buying market since historically about 40 percent of home sales occur between April and July. However, this year’s expected to be much different than the norm. Here are five reasons to list your house now rather than waiting until the spring. 1. Buyers Are Looking Right Now, and They’re Ready To Purchase The ShowingTime Showing Index reports data from more than six million property showings scheduled across the country each month. In other words, it’s a gauge of how many buyers are out looking at homes at the current time. The latest index, which covers November showings, reveals that buyers are still very active i...
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By Lilas "Lela" Ashkarian, Ashkarian PA, ABR, CRS, E-PRO, GRI,SFR
(Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate)
215 West Seaview Drive, Duck Key Fl 33050 Ashkarian/Ardis Team 305-395-0814/305-481-3317 Welcome home to Duck Key, The indies Island in the Florida Keys, with this stunning open water view home! a double lot overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. An updated and tastefully decorated interior, chef's kitchen, granite countertops, clean, well-lighted area to entertain indoor and outdoor. The 150 ft concrete dock, will accommodate two-three boats, a direct oceanfront, with a garage, a screened-in porch, serene views of the shimmering Atlantic waters.  215 W Seaview Drive, Duck Key Florida 33050305-395-0814   Metal roof (4 years) Easy to relax and have fun under the tiki hut while embracing the tranquil garden. five bedrooms, 5.5 bath pool home has a boat lift, jet ski lift. lush tropical landscapi...
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By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Can the luxury homes market be our canary in a coal mine for the real estate market? I believe so. As mortgage interest rates rise, declining demand will first be seen in at the very top of the housing market, where the majority of buyers are borrowing money due to historically low rates. So keep an eye on these key trends in luxury home sales and you will get a fair warning for the slowdown in the rest of the housing market.How We Will Get An Early Warning By Monitoring Luxury Home Sales Luxury Homes - Our Canary In A Coal Mine?   Please remember to "like" the post and the video on YouTube too! Thank you. 🏡  Link to all homes for sale in Tallahassee📺 Subscribe To The Joe Manausa Real Estate Channel and Get More Housing Market Reports, Listings, and Real Estate Marketing Tips, and answe...
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By Andrea Bedard, Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS
(Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860)
After leaving an appointment at a home with a fabulous view of the Baltimore oasis that is Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park, I had to explore the neighborhood a bit.Welcome to Hunting Ridge, a designated historic community in Baltimore City that was named after the high ridge that extended all the way through Catonsville. At one point there was a mansion called Hunting Ridge where now stands the Edmondson Shopping Center. All the roads in this community carry the names of 18th and 19th century property owners, like Thomas Winan, a railroad industrialist. Entering this charming community off Edmondson, you'll be greeted by a Tudor home built in 1928. I snapped the picture below out of my car window.. the power lines don't add any nostalgia (sorry!), but the 1920s architecture definitely does. It...
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By Kat Palmiotti, Helping your Montana dreams take root
(406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty)
Whether you are interested in a small parcel of land in a subdivision with room for a home with attached garage, or a huge parcel of land with room for horses, multiple buildings and exploration, you can find it in Kalispell Montana. While inventory changes all the time, here is an overview of the largest and smallest parcels (by size) currently on the market. Smallest Land Parcel for Sale On the low end is a parcel of land that is slightly less than a fifth of an acre. It can be found in the Northland subdivision of Kalispell. The subdivision is located south of Four Mile Drive. This community includes sixty acres with parks and panoramic views and both established homes and newly constructed homes. Northland is convenient to the Kidsports complex, Logan Health Center, and all the shop...
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By Joyce Reid, Unique Gifts for Marketing and Closings Since 1992
(Creative Gifts To Go LLC)
There is no definitive origin of Valentine’s Day. As with many of today’s holidays, Valentine’s Day history has its roots in pagan celebrations. February has been the month of “love” dating back to ancient Athens. It’s possible that it was a Roman fertility festival. Another legend assigns the holiday to commemorate St. Valentine, a Roman clergyman. St. Valentine was executed on February 14, about 270 AD, for marrying couples against the mandate of the emperor.Valentine’s Day is usually marketed towards people who are in relationships but that doesn’t and shouldn’t exclude everyone from celebrating it as a day of caring and love. So what is your situation?  All of us are different.  Some are in those romantic early relationships while others are married with young kids.  And then there ...
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
You can reproduce your past successes again and again. Look at last year's transactions. Where did the clients come from, referrals or marketing? How did you convince them of your value? Replicate these approaches going forward.Without Marketing there is no BUSINESS!Turn key tasks into habits.  Set aside a regularly scheduled time for each of your tasks; this is what creates habitual actionsProjects can take longer than necessary when people focus on small details.  Get the bulk of the work done and then revise.
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By Jackye Mumphrey, The Real Estate Maven® Atlanta Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty Cityside)
It's time to file your 2022 Homestead Tax Exemption and reap your tax-savings benefit by not missing the deadline.#HomesteadTaxExemption #2022HomeSteadTaxes #HomeTipsAndAdvice #HomeOwnerSavingTips #atlantarealestate #CobbCountyRealEstate #TheRealEstateMaven #JackyeMumphreyTheMaven
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By Alexander- Slocum, Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
Unit-Sales End the Year Strong; with Sales Prices Powering to another New High Level for Battle Ground WA Real Estate in December 2021 Battle Ground has closed out the year with a continued hot real estate market with prices rising at a 21%+ pace. The number of Unit's Sold was 13%+ higher (75 units) than last year; and ended the year with the Super Low 0.3 Month's worth of Inventory. Here are the highlights for this month's report: The 3-Month Moving Average Sales Price increased by approximately $22k and is now $625,650 which is 21.52% higher than last year; with the 12-Month Moving Average now at $584,763 or, 23.01% compared to last year.  The Inventory level for Resale Homes at any one time is now at a record low, 0.3 Month's of Supply.  Approximately 66 Pre-owned Homes closed this ...
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By Russell Barbour, Loving life!
(Unconventional Prosperity)
John Carter Simpler Trading ReviewHave you heard of John Carter? He is one of the most successful traders that teaches others how to trade stocks and options.He is a trading veteran that made $20MM in 2020! He has even had a $5MM trading day. Crazy.John started Simpler Trading to teach other traders the skills that have helped him make a fortune in the markets over the years.I wrote a full review of Simpler Trading here.This is John Carter.He is the author of several successful trading books. He even invented his own 'indicator' called The Squeeze.The memberships that John offers in Simpler Trading are very varied. I like how most of them offer a low cost trial of just $7 for 7 days. This seems fair.The chat rooms offer real-time alerts and education in the fields of day trading to futu...
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By Christopher Pataki, Hockessin Delaware Real Estate
(RE/MAX Associates)
  Get a Pre-Approval Letter Financing matters, especially when a seller is dealing with multiple offers. A pre-approval letter is simply a notice from your bank that they would approve you for a mortgage, and it tells the seller that you actually have the funds to back up your offer. This takes a little more work on the front end, because these letters can take a little time to get, but it’s well worth it. Simply hand that letter over to the seller’s agent, and they’ll have immediate confidence in you as a buyer. For sellers, you’ll know that an offer isn’t going to fall through. Don’t Go At It Alone We highly recommend using a real estate agent, whether you’re buying or selling. In a seller’s market, it’s really easy to get wrapped up in the moment and cave in to a bad deal. A good re...
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By Robert Siciliano, Realty Security and Identity Theft Expert Speaker
(IDTheftSecurity.com Inc)
If you are like many, you are more technically inclined than your parents. So, they might want to rely on you when they have computer issues. But you can alleviate many of these issues by keeping their device running smoothly, and you can do this all remotely. Here’re some tips: Teach Them to FishDigital literacy might be one of the single most underappreciated aspects of technology. And the more digital literate you and your parents are, the easier your digital life and even your physical life will be. As they say, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”.So whether you are working on their computer remotely or on site, require them to watch. But be patient, because you can’t expect him to embrace tech the way you do. Nobody is...
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
SOLD - 1786 Kenai Pass in Auburn, AL - Solamere SubdivisionThinking of selling your home soon? Contact me today to see how I can get your home SOLD quickly and at a great price.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 Auburn, Solamere subdivisionwww.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
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By Ron Cedillo, Helping People and Enjoying Life
(Home Buyers Realty)
If you’re thinking about purchasing a home, you have two options—buy an existing home or build a new one from the ground up.And while there are many factors to consider in the buy vs. build debate, for most buyers, one of the most important is affordability.So, which is more affordable—building or buying?A recent video from realtor.com explored whether it’s cheaper to buy or build a home. According to the video: The average cost to build a home is $332,000… The median construction price of a single-family home is $296,000. But thanks to COVID-19, buyers can expect to pay a “pandemic premium” of $35,000—bringing the cost to $332,000. …but you’ll incur additional costs during the build process. That $332,000 covers basic construction costs like materials, interior finishes, plumbing, and ...
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By Linda Blumenthal, NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR
(Hampton Crossing - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - 631-466-4087)
January 25th - National Opposite Day:I have created a new word search puzzle for you to enjoy. 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 Tommy Wyher, I am an freelance writer and professional marketer
(Husky Marketing)
The property management industry can be immensely profitable for certain individuals. Working as a property manager for a number of properties can be stressful. A great way to reduce this stress is by staying as organized as possible. Putting important dates like times when there will be repairs or showings for potential tenants is imperative. The last thing you want is a property to fall into disrepair due to a lack of planning/organization. The following are things that you should know as the property manager for multiple properties. Rental Background Checks Are ImperativeThe last thing you want is to rent out a property to an individual that has been evicted multiple times. Regular criminal background checks can also be important. Dealing with HOAs can be a nightmare in some cases as...
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Having your home on a slope offers beautiful views and more open space. Rolling hills can be a lovely landscaping feature, after all. However, there are also unique construction challenges when building on a slope. Building your home on a slope can be a great choice if you know what to expect. It’s vital to consider some advantages and disadvantages before starting your building project. The Pros of Building On a SlopeHouses on a hill often are aesthetically appealing. Here are some of the main reasons you may want to have your home on a slope. 1. You Get Beautiful ViewsYou can see more than just the ground level when your home is on a slope. If you live in a more rural area, you have views of treetops or mountains. Those in the city can watch the sunset behind a backdrop of skyscrapers...
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