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By R. Michael Brown, Communication that increases sales!
(R. Michael Brown LLC Digital Marketing & Public Relations)
At My State MLS, we want to help you supercharge your marketing.In this FREE webinar, we'll show you how to build your brand using Facebook, how to use Groups, and the best way to Boost your brand and listings for success. Join us this Wednesday Sept. 28 at 2pm EDT. See you there!Social media is a great opportunity for businesses to increase brand awareness and generate sales. For real estate agents and brokers, Facebook is still the #1 social platform for the most amount of views, engagement, and links to your website. Join Mike Brown, Vice President of Marketing at My State MLS, live Wednesday, September 28th, 2022 at 2 PM to learn how to accelerate your business using Facebook.Register Here [GoToWebinar]#marketing #business #socialmedia #realestate #facebook #sales #opportunity #succ...
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By Charles Stallions, 850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
Our experts say borrowers stand to save from around $1,500 to $3000 by comparison shopping and gathering multiple quotes from lenders. By Melissa Dittmann Tracey   WASHINGTON – As mortgage rates surge and remain volatile, it’s becoming increasingly necessary for home buyers to shop around for a loan to find savings. According to Freddie Mac, borrowers potentially could save an average of $1,500 over the life of a loan by gathering one additional rate quote from a lender. And borrowers could save even more by gathering five different quotes from lenders—up to $3,000, Freddie Mac research shows. Every dollar may help as housing affordability reaches a critical threshold. The typical U.S. household will no longer be able to afford a median-priced home when mortgage rates reach 5.7%, Nadia...
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(HomeSmart)
What Experts Say Will Happen with Home Prices Next YearExperts are starting to make their 2023 home price forecasts. As they do, most agree homes will continue to gain value, just at a slower pace. Over the past couple of years, home prices have risen at an unsustainable rate, leaving many to wonder how long it would last. If you're asking yourself: what's ahead for the price of my home, know that experts are now answering this question, and its welcome news for homeowners who may have been led by the media to believe their home would lose value.Historically, home prices have appreciated at a rate near 4%. For 2023, the average of six major forecasters noted below is 2.5%. While one, Zelman & Associates, is calling for depreciation, the other five are calling for appreciation. The graph...
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In Mount Laurel and the rest of New Jersey, we know the story: things are tight financially, so you either (1) do not file your income tax return, or (2) you file your income tax return but don't pay the balance due. But do not worry, you tell yourself, next year will be better. Now it is 3-4 years later and the IRS letter arrives , and the threats start, and maybe it has even gotten to the point of actual levy and seizure activity. Now the IRS is wreaking havoc on your financial life and you simply do not know what to do or where to go.OnPoint Resolution know. We have helped many clients through that exact scenario. Fear not, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.As it turns out the IRS is usually only too happy to work with taxpayers, but there are some ground rule you need to be ...
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By Trish Sarfert, Serving military & civilian relocations!
(Gulf Coast Home Experts)
Don't wait too long- this one won't last!  Call me at 850-449-0908 to schedule an appointment to view your new home!8937 Bluebell Milton, FL 
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
After months and months we're in. This was a Million Dollar remodel and worth every penny of it.Yesterday was our "soft opening" , you can imagine how excited we were. It's not quite finished. In this picture you can see that we have not put up the 12' rugged cross we just had received.Prior to the remodel this was a very narrow hall way lined with closets. This will be a fellowship area next to our new kitchen. It will be great for coffee and conversation before and after worship.The kitchen is compact and oped to two areas including the fellowship area pictured above.This was an absolute total remodel taking the building down to the stick walls AND even replacing an exterior wall and adding reinforcing beams that went 6' into the ground on top of cement pads. There are areas that I di...
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By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
On September 21, 2022, National Association of Realtors® (NAR) reported that regional existing home sales in the Northeast up 1.6% to an annual rate 630,000 homes in August of 2022 from of July 2022, but lower 13.7% from August of 2021. The median price in the Northeast was $413,200 in August 2022, higher 1.85% from August of 2021.Home sales in the Midwest declined 3.3% to an annual rate 1.160,000 homes in August of 2022 from of July 2022, and fell 15.9% from August of 2021. The median price in the Midwest was $287,900 in August of 2022, rose 6.6% from August of 2021.Home sales in the South unchanged 0.0% to an annual rate 2.130,000 homes in August of 2022 from July of 2022, but dropped 19.3% from August of 2021. The median price in the South was $356,000 in August of 2022, jumped 12.4%...
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
We are in for some bumpy, unusual times ahead.  I don't think any of us would argue the point.  To end not only September, but also the 3rd quarter 2022 thought I would maybe address that with this weeks Sandpoint Realty 'Monday Motivation' as well as Sandpoint Realty 'Thursday Thought'.  Hope these help, even if a little.We hear it expressed in many different ways but I found this particular one rather inspiring.   'Experience the Difference' in working with a full time Professional Sandpoint Realty REALTOR®.  Your wants and needs will always be my priorities.   Mark Don McInnesBroker - REALTOR®208 255-6227SandpointNorthIdaho.com - North Idaho Home & Land Searches Sandpoint Realty LLC1205 Highway 2Sandpoint, Idaho 83864 
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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 new listing is located in Pier Point in Aurora CO!   4068 S. Atchison Way #303, Aurora CO  80013Priced at $300,000 Top-floor condo in Pier Point! 2 bedrooms, 1 bath 948 square feet Wood-burning stone fireplace Covered patio Newer stainless steel appliances and washer/dryer included Newer vinyl flooring in the living room, entry, and primary bedroom Newer carpet upstairs Very close to Cherry Creek State Park, light rail station and I-225   For more information, please call Laura Erwin at 303-353-8251.
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By Nina Hollander, Broker, Your Greater Charlotte Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
FALL IS THE SEASON OF CHANGE...ARE YOU THINKING OF MAKING A CHANGE OF ADDRESS THIS FALL? Are you thinking of making a change of address this Fall in the Charlotte region? If you are, Nina Hollander and the Carolinas Realty Partners with Coldwell Banker Realty are ready to assist you... whether you're buying or selling a home or doing both. Experts agree that the housing market this Fall will giving both buyers and sellers unique opportunities. Let's connect if you’re ready to make a move  during the Fall 2022 season. "New Home, New Adventures, New Memories..."... The Wilders If you're hoping for a new home, new adventures, new memories in Fall 2022, we have access to the most up-to-date marketing and technology tools, social media platforms, local, national and international listing opp...
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By E. Steve Banis, Jr., https://www.SouthCarolinaHomesInc.com
(South Carolina Homes Inc.)
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By Scott Godzyk, One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
The average days on market for Single Family homes currently listed rose from 9 to 38 days here in the Manchester NH area where. The average days on market for Condominium's currently listed rose from 12 to 29 days. The good news, is the amount of both Single Families and condos going under contract last week, remained steady and strong.   The amount of new Single Family home listings that are coming on the market remained steady. The amount of new Condominium listings coming on the market rose once again.   Interest rates rose sharply, however there are several options for buyers to get lower rates. Let us explain "rate buy downs", FHA, VA, NH Housing and Adjustable rates and how they could benefit you. We can assist you to get pre qualified at no charge with a local and trusted loan ...
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By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
“Hi Joe,I have been ready emails for a number of months, they have truly been informative. The last one really got my attention. You did the mortgage on our 2 family home a number of years ago. After reading all the emails about income properties, we are going to keep our current home. We have a little under $40,000 left on our mortgage, receiving $1,250 rent on the second floor, which pays the mortgage with about $100 per month left over. We contacted a real estate friend and discussed finding a piece of land, so we will start that search. We want to build a 3 bedroom—2 bath house. Our son has two friends that build houses, so we will start that discussion. If I recall, we need 3.5% down, which we have. Will look forward to our working together again, let us know what you need from us...
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(National Real Estate Network, LLC)
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Motivational Monday…Use What You Know, Learn What You Don’t Know The other night, a friend was over until 11 pm while I helped him with a word document.  He is 75 and is someone who many would say shouldn’t own a computer.  Unfortunately, he has Alzheimer's. I have to hand it to him though because he is not letting that stop him.    Working with him, I showed him how to change the font size and font and reminded him to save the document. (I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he can remember this until tomorrow when he has asked for more help.) I think tasks involving the computer are harder for him because in his work he always had an assistant who took care of this, while topics such as sports and business are easier for him to remember because they have always been in his life.  Use it...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
I had just graduated from Nursing School and had my dream job working in the Pediatric Clinic at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. It was time for my first car, my graduation gift from my mom. When I went car shopping, I found the perfect vehicle. Sitting on the dealer's lot was a white (less than a year old) convertible Chevelle Malibu with a red leather interior. Yep, I was in love! The price was $2995.00My budget was only $2000, and I decided to try something.   I had a check made out to the dealership for two grand. What did I have to lose? I told the dealer I wanted to take the car to my mechanic, and if it checked out, I wanted to purchase it. Without any discussion, I handed him a check one-third less than the asking sticker price. He reached for the check, saw the amount, and shook h...
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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 SouthPark Market Report - SEP 2022    SouthPark is a prestigious address that offers wonderful proximity to everything Charlotte. We have something for everyone here in this wonderful community. Read more about SouthPark neighborhoods here.   Three zip codes make up the SouthPark area including 28210, 28211 and 28226. There is a small area of SouthPark (in which Barclay Downs is located) that is located in zip code 28209 (not included in this data due to skewing with the inclusion of Myers Park in the 28209 zip code). Here is the link to the Barclay Downs housing report for this month.     To pinpoint the SouthPark area by map, click the map below:      SouthPark...
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By Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
(TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE)
Fourteen years ago, when I moved to Florida I started briefly in Saint Augustine and made a group of Florida natives my friends.  When you have grown up with hurricanes you might have a different outlook on hurricanes than somebody like me moving to Florida from PA/MD.  They shared with me about Hurricane Parties, what?  Yes, they agree to meet at somebody’s home, bring a lawn chair and sit in the garage with the garage door open and watch the hurricane, really?  I also learned there is an official Hurricane Party Drink, here is the Florida version of a Hurricane Drink.Ingredients:2 ounces light rum2 ounces dark rum3 ounces passion fruit juice (or juice blend)3 ounces orange juiceJuice of half a lime2 tablespoons grenadine syrupOrange slices and maraschino cherries for garnish, if desir...
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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 Everyone understands the significance of good patio ideas in transforming a functional space into a stylish oasis. However, once you've decided on your stunning outdoor furniture, fire pits, and trendy paving, plants are the perfect finishing touch. Don't be put off by the lack of flowerbeds; there are plenty of ways to fill a paved space with tons of foliage and flowers. Our patio gardening ideas have something for everyone. Continue scrolling to take a look.   Train Climbing Foliage over Walls Introduce the best climbing plants to your patio gardening ideas to add a sense of artfully-overgrown, old-world charm. Whether you choose foliage (try Virginia creeper 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 Online Tool Will Help Older Adults Find Transportation Providers Montgomery County recently launched a new online tool to help older adults find volunteer ride providers to help them get where they need to go, when they need to get there.The online tool uses GIS mapping to connect an address with organizations, such as nonprofit groups and senior villages, who provide volunteer rides for such things as medical appointments and grocery shopping. In addition to free bus rides and a discounted taxi program for eligible residents, the County supports nonprofit organizations that offer volunteer rides.Keeping older adults mobile and able to get what they need done und...
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