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 Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
(HomeSmart)
If you're on the fence about whether or not you want to sell your house this year, there's good news. For nearly two years, real estate professionals have worked tirelessly to ensure the safety of buyers and sellers during the pandemic.Today, they're seasoned experts, not just in the art of buying and selling homes, but also in how to keep you safe throughout the process. Real estate professionals have learned new technologies plus safety and sanitation measures. As new variants emerge, those lessons continue to be key ways agents add value.Real Estate Advisors Stay Current on Guidance for In-Person ShowingsAgents don't leave your health up to chance. They follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Association of Realtors (NAR) to ensure in-person showin...
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By Nina Hollander, Broker, Your Greater Charlotte Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
TOP 25 RANKED PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN GREATER CHARLOTTE 17 Of The Top 25 Ranked Public Elementary Schools In The Charlotte Region Are In The York County, SC And Union County, NC School Systems   Niche.com has ranked the top 25 public elementary schools in the Charlotte region for 2022. Excellent schools are a major determinant of home values in the Charlotte area and demand for homes in certain neighborhoods. As in prior years, York County in South Carolina and Union County in North Carolina had the lion's share of top rated schools. (View the video below for the rankings from 1 to 25 and for each school's grades.)  TOP PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN YORK COUNTY, SCFort Mill and Clover School Districts in York County, South Carolina account for 10 of the top 25 ranked elementary scho...
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Throwback Thursday…My UPS Man Likes ItOne of my favorite staging consultations was with a seller who was every stager’s dream. When I walked in, he told me to tell him what he needed to do.  He was eager to sell and open to suggestions.   Only one thing…he’d just repainted his home and was not eager to paint again. I didn’t often ask sellers to repaint unless necessary. In 2008, money was an issue for many, however, my client had a bright chartreuse family room wall, next to a royal blue dining area, and bright yellow kitchen area.   The two secondary bathrooms were in navy blue and deep red.  When I mentioned painting the walls, his reply was…“But my UPS man loves it!!!” He’s still a favorite client of mine and the house did end up selling in a timely manner!!!   There are no absolutes...
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By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Vacasa)
💥Oceanside Sunset 2021  ☀️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 Back in December I traveled to Oceanside, California, and stayed for a week. It was an enjoyable trip, I got to visit with friends that I haven't seen in a very long time and I was able to enjoy views like this from my room!  I specialize in the East Valley of the Phoenix Metro area - Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler, Tempe, Scottsdale, Apache Junction, and Gold Canyon ☀️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
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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)
Kensington Gardens Co-opSt. James, Long IslandKensington Gardens is  a 55+ Co-op in St. James Long Island, within Suffolk County New York. Each unit has 2 bedroom 2 baths, gas heat and central air conditioning. These are ground level or upper level units, and some upper units have an elevator. Some of the Co-ops here have an attached garage and some have a “shared” storage basement.  This neighborhood is near Olsen Memorial Park which features a play area, tennis courts, basketball court, volley ball, baseball and soccer fields, and a lovely picnic area. There are Town beaches in the close-by Village of Nissequogue, and its near the historic St. James General Store. Kensington Gardens in St. James New York is a short distance to neighborhood shopping, The Smith Haven Mall, Whole Foods, ...
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By Nicholas Crane, Managing & Appraising Forest Land
(Woodland Companies)
Prickly Porkie Pests of the Northwoods on a Winter Day in Wisconsin. Tonight I will share a few pictures and thoughts on  a batch of photos that one of my Foresters sent to me from Eau Claire County Wisconsin. So many animals of the wild are stealthy and elusive leaving as few tracks as they can and try to keep the environment clean in their wake, but not our friend the Porcupine. You can generally spot a Porkie den tree from about a hundred feet away, with it's dirty well used trail and telltale pile of extruded sausage type droppings piled high and flowing out the door. As a forester and general fan of trees, I am not too fond of what the porkies do once they leave their den either, as they enjoy crawling up nearby trees and crewing off the bark and eating the inner cambium which is ...
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By Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives
(DFW FINE PROPERTIES)
"Innovation Distinguishes Between ALeader and a Follower" ---Steve Jobs GROUP THINKERS OR OUT-OF-THE-BOX THINKERHave you ever noticed that when people follow crowds, they become group thinkers, and if you think outside the box and others don't agree, you could be perceived as being difficult or exiled from the group? Yet, some of the most out-of-the box thinkers have been the most successful innovators in history! Why is following the crowd so easy for some and not for others? Steve Jobs was an innovative thinker who was not able to adjust to formal education and went on to become co-founder of Apple Computers revolutionizing high technology.   HUMAN BEHAVIORCrowd behavior is very interesting. You have to be odd to be number one and that's what makes you unique. Being your authentic sel...
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By Victoria Carter Guaranteed Services, TwoMoveYou
(TwoMoveYou Guaranteed Real Estate Brokered by Century 21 Percy Fulton Ltd., Brokerage)
Attention Brighton, Ontario Home Owners Looking to Sell!Hire Local!Two Brighton, Local Realtors, TwoMoveYou (Two Realtors Move You) Guaranteed Real Estate with Century 21, Victoria Carter and Kirk Rickman not only give you great advice on how to get the most money for your home sale... but they GUARANTEE IT IN WRITING.Hire Local in Brighton, Ontario.  Tips for Sellers!  Check out our video to get some of our top tips for selling your Brighton home.  Give Kirk and Victoria a call at 647-697-7413 to schedule your FREE, NO OBLIGATION home evaluation to see what your home is worth!
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By Gary Thomas, Realtor to the Dreamers
(Preferred Properties Key West)
 from: October 1, 2018Latch Key Dogs in Key WestUnlike many places across the United States, most houses and condos in Key West are shown by the listing agent instead of by accessing a lock box. This is both a tradition and a necessity as Key West many if not most listings here are viewed as both special and may also be tenant occupied. Special listings can be either very expensive homes that require strict control as to who goes inside or making sure that a potential buyer does not get injured while viewing a house in need of repair. But all rules have exceptions including the house on Watson Street I showed several years ago. I remember the day and circumstance quite well. The listing agent told me she could not be present. The house was on lock box. She gave me the combination and sa...
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Book Recommendation: The German Girl by Armando Lucas CorreaThe German Girl (2016) by Armando Lucas Correa is an interesting historical novel that you may wish to add to your reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and this book. Armando Lucas Correa is a Cuban writer, journalist and editor who resides in New York. His first novel, The German Girl  (Atria Books, Simon & Schuster), is an international bestseller that has been translated to fourteen languages and published in more than twenty countries. His second novel,  The Daughter's Tale (Atria Books, Simon & Schuster) was published on May 7, 2019.His first book  In Search of Emma: Two Fathers, One Daughter and the Dream of a Family (Rayo, Harper Collins) was published in 2009. A revised and updated edition wit...
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By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
Pictured above is one of the the new water elements at the Paseo Nuevo, which has replaced the big fountain that was in middle of the main outdoor shopping area in Santa Barbara.  In this instance, the water recycles itself, and the rate of evaporation is minimal.Pictured above is the gif version of it for the full effect. We are fond of this area, because it feels like a street with shopping on both sides.  Parking is plentiful. There are movie theaters some eateries and a few national brands left.Happy Thursday!
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By Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired
(Wayne M Martin)
Trivia question answers for Wednesday January 19, 20221. What was the first American company to manufacture TV sets in the US? RCA2. What is a male camel known as? Bull3. What is the most common birthday? September 94. How many US states begin with the letter “N”? 4Trivia questions for Thursday January 20, 20221. What is a group of bananas called?2. A nilometer measures the level of what?3. What event led to the creation of the Superfund?4. What geometric shape is found on the Bass Ale bottle?Enjoy your day.
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By Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker
Here is the north Texas real estate market update as of  January 20, 2022.New properties for sale 333Back on the market listings 89Price decrease listings 92Price increase 101Active kick out 6Active option contract 274Active contingent 52Pending listings 353Sold listings 362Expired listings 11Cancelled listings 20Withdrawn listings 3Temporary off market listings 38Coming soon listings 78
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By Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker
Houston Texas area real estate market update as of January 20, 2022.New properties for sale 435Back on market listings 94Price decrease listings 135Price increase listings 126Option pending listings 299Pending continue to show 42Listings that are now pending 341Listings that have sold 227Listings that will be coming Soon 74Listings That Have Been Withdrawn 23Listing That Have Expired 14Listings That Have Terminated 75
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Past clients and your sphere of influence are your personal gold mine – but only if you take the time to stay in front of them, reminding them that you’ll be there when they need you. You know the cost of things you do, but the cost of what you don’t do is harder to define. You know what your marketing costs in terms of dollars and cents for things you purchase. When you contemplate adding a new marketing method or purchasing new equipment, it’s there in black and white. You can look at your income and your budget and know whether you can pay those prices. What you don’t know is the cost of NOT doing the things that would attract new clients, put commission dollars in your pockets, and build your business. The cost of missed opportunities is ???  If you send a monthly newsletter, you kn...
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By Mark Maupin See Blog Free Investors Training, National Real Estate Investors Network Host
(National Real Estate Network, LLC)
Commercial Real Estate Investors Inspiring Story on How He Started - Watch and Learn 2 of 3The Commercial Real Estate Investing Mastermind with Grant Warrington.Grant Warrington joined us for a Mastermind call, that was just out of this world. Grant Warrington is a full-time Real Estate Investor, Property Manager & Realtor in Southeast Michigan.  He started with very little money, limited knowledge, and 1 single-family rental.   He quit his 20-year career job to take a pay cut to get into full-time property management and oversaw around 800 units.   He then quit the property management job and gave up the W2 safety net to take his second pay cut and he followed his dream of working full time in Real Estate and not having a boss.  He accomplished this in 4 ½ years. He now owns and manage...
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By Mark Maupin See Blog Free Investors Training, National Real Estate Investors Network Host
(National Real Estate Network, LLC)
Commercial Real Estate Investors Inspiring Story on How He Started - Watch and Learn 1 of 3The Commercial Real Estate Investing Mastermind with Grant Warrington.Grant Warrington joined us for a Mastermind call, that was just out of this world. Grant Warrington is a full-time Real Estate Investor, Property Manager & Realtor in Southeast Michigan.  He started with very little money, limited knowledge, and 1 single-family rental.   He quit his 20-year career job to take a pay cut to get into full-time property management and oversaw around 800 units.   He then quit the property management job and gave up the W2 safety net to take his second pay cut and he followed his dream of working full time in Real Estate and not having a boss.  He accomplished this in 4 ½ years. He now owns and manage...
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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 & BrokerWe can't plan life. All we can do is be available for it!Attributed to Lauryn Hill  Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog post! This post was researched, authored, and photo by Paul Henderson, REALTOR®, ©2008-2022, 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 Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)
714 Museum Drive, LOs Angeles, CA 90065: Just Sold!!Build your dream home on this fantastic parcel of land just a short distance from the metro Gold Line, surrounded by nature and minutes to all the hotspots on and near Figueroa. Walking distance to Moon Canyon Park. This great opportunity seldom comes available. Here is your opportunity to build this ultra chic home in the hidden oasis of Mount Washington community in the heart of Los Angeles. This is truly one of the last hidden treasures of Los Angeles. Neighboring lots are also available for sale, buy one or buy four. Builders and developers take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to build four homes next to each other. Seller has all the reports and designs wand will give it to the lucky buyer. Please reach out to listing agen...
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By Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside)
Dear Readers,Beth Atalay , who started Blogging on AR in August 2010, continually provides us with great Blog posts. Her analysis about changes here is thorough and gives a lot of food for thought. Other posts from Beth that you will enjoy include: Essential Oils Nice or Kind Renting in a Crisis All the best - Lynn What We Lost Will Never Come Back..Is that Good?We start the first month of the year with a great challenge Things we Have Lost to Internet hosted by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist and Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES. I obtained my license in 2002 when everything was a lot different from home shopping to contract to close. I get asked by newer agents if it was more difficult to learn the business back then, I can’t say that it was as we didn’t have many of the syst...
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