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 Jennifer Boylan
(Springs Homes Inc.)
Solar energy in homes has become very popular. The solar companies have done a great job of bringing solar to the masses. Many homeowners have added solar to their property. In addition to savings on energy, the panels also increase the property value.Many homeowners assume buyers will be attracted to the prospect of owning a home with solar panels. It turns out this isn't the case, not that they don't care about solar, and the environment. Most homebuyers are actually more attracted to the savings, not the panels themselves. It's the perfect example of selling the sizzle, not the steak.The National Association of Realtors conducts a survey of home buyers and sellers. This survey looks at factors influencing the home buying and selling experience. The survey found that 84% of buyers tho...
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By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
One of the many aspects of the architecture that is dominant in Santa Barbara and its environs is the tile work.  Pictured above is a small tile bench situated near a door.Part of it appeal is the contrast of the terra cotta floor tile, which emphasizes the beauty of the tile.  It is part of the Mediterranean architecture and the Spanish influence which is prominent in our area along with the terra cotta tile roofs.   
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By Buzz Mackintosh, “Experience, reliable, leadership”
(Mackintosh REALTORS)
Maryland’s September 2021 Housing Market Witnesses Slight Dip in Sales as Pending Units and New Listings Rise   ANNAPOLIS, MD – September 2021 housing market witnessed a slight dip in units sold, down 4.4% from September 2020 with 9,069 homes sold versus 9,484 the previous year. Despite this dip, the average price rose 6.1% to $428,342 in 2021 from $403,528 last year, while the median sales price rose 8.2% to $370,000, from $341,995 in 2020.   Also, units pending (under contract), were on the rise in September 2021, up to 9,459 in 2021 versus 9,306 in 2020, as were new listings, totaling 10,911 this year, up from 10,758 in 2020.   “While months of inventory is not where it was last year—1.2 today versus 1.8 last year—it’s still an improvement compared to last month, August 2021, when it...
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By Mike Bjork
(Evolve Bank & Trust)
http://MikesDailyMarketReport.com:  The Initial Jobless Claims came in at 293k last week, as this is the first time since Pandemic that we saw this data in the 200k+ range.  This is helping the Markets.  Lastly, the Producer Price Index (PPI) rose 0.5% in September, while it's Core PPI (excluding food and energy) rose only 0.2% (which brings it's YoY from 6.7% in August to 6.8% in September).  The PPI measures inflation for the Wholesale sector and doesn't always carry too much weight, like CPI or PCE.  Stocks are Up today on the Initial Jobless Claims data and good earnings reports from Banks, as we begin the release of Q3 Earnings Reports.  Meanwhile, MBS is Up 11bps (coupled with yesterday's close of 23bps) has Lenders out with better Mortgage Rates today (compared to yesterday morni...
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By Tony Busanich, 1-4 FAMILY HOME LOAN SPECIALIST
(TD Bank)
With as little as 3.5% down first time homebuyers are buying in Edison, NJ?When first-time home buyers are looking for 3.5% low-down payment conventional mortgage without PMI they offer have many options but aren’t sure where to look. A minimum of 20 percent down payment is not the standard anymore. New first-time homebuyer programs are available with as little as 3.5% down.  The cost of the mortgage insurance (MI) maybe paid by the bank depending on the borrower's credit score and location of the property there buying. Borrowers with lower credit scores may be better off with an FHA loan. The disadvantage with FHA loans is that the borrower cannot cancel the MI for an FHA loan. The only way to get out of it is by refinancing into a conventional loan.Aside from the down payment, there a...
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By Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor
(Good Company Real Estate)
Here is the most recent Chandler AZ Real Estate Housing Market Report for September 2021:  The average sales price of homes in Chandler finally saw a decrease for the second straight month, from an all-time high of $569,467 in July, down to $545,351 for September. The average sales price per square foot has increased or remained the same for 15 straight months, and is now at $268/sf for September. This is a $66/sf increase from the $202/sf in September 2020. After decreasing to an all-time low of 20 DOM in August, the days on market increased back up to 24 for September. This is the highest the Chandler DOM has been since February of 2021. It is amazing that the DOM has continued to remain so low, which means that homes in Chandler are selling faster than they ever have, and most home ...
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By David Jackson, MBA, Financial lending analyst
(Olympus Labs)
If you've recently purchased a new home, then it's likely that you're looking for the perfect way to celebrate. Purchasing necessities or decor for your new home is a fun and practical way to personalize the purchase of your home. There are many different and unique options when it comes to this celebration.1- A Unique DoormatIf you enjoy having visitors to your new home, doormats are often the first thing your guests will see when they come to your door. Doormats help visitors feel welcome and give them a taste of your decorative style. Choosing the right doormat to match with your new home and your own personal taste is a great way to celebrate.2- A Picture Sketch or Professional PhotographHaving a professional photograph or make a sketch of your new home is another great way to comme...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
It is without a doubt that the DMV area has a lot of its own share of recreational parks and history within the United States. For the past weeks, we've been exploring around the DC area, a place that is full of history. This week, we'll visit the Northern Virginia area and take a look at one of the place's historic landmarks that stood the test of time -- the Morven Park.About the Morven ParkLocated in Leesburg, VA, the Morven Park is known as the home of Westmoreland "Morley" Davis, the Governor of Virginia from 1918 to 1922. Acquiring the property in 1903, he made his home the mansion and farm we all know today. In 1955, thirteen years after his death, his widow, Marguerite Inman, established the Westmoreland Davis foundation and opened the Morven Park to the public as a museum, cult...
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By Jennifer Carstensen, I specialize in selling houses (License: 317824)
(REMAX Real Estate Experts)
  As you follow the news, you’re likely seeing headlines discussing what’s going on in today’s housing market. Chances are high that some of the more recent storylines you’ve come across mention terms like cooling or slowing when talking about where the market is headed. But what do these terms mean? The housing market today is anything but normal, and it’s still an incredibly strong sellers’ market, especially when compared to the few years leading up to the pandemic. With that in mind, what can previous years tell us about today’s real estate market and if it’s truly slowing? We’re Still Seeing an Above Average Number of Sales   You may see headlines about a drop in home sales. But are those headlines telling the full story? The most recent Existing Home Sales Report from the National...
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By Anna Chroscicki, Realtor - St. Lucie County affordable Real Estate
(Re/Max Masterpiece Realty)
Thinking of building a home? Or maybe just READY TO MOVE IN new construction? Follow link below to search for homes that are being built right now, ready to move in or check out list of builders.SEARCH FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION🏡For answers to your Real Estate questions call 772-485-4188 Anna ChroscickiREMAX MasterpieceVisit www.annasellsrealestate.com
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By Realtyna Inc, Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services
(Realtyna)
Today, we are going to speak about how to develop an online real estate business in Canada and how real estate professionals can benefit from online presence. We will outline some of the most important steps for developing online businesses and suggest some ideas on how to become part of this industry via online presence. Is being a real estate agent still profitable and a good profession in 2021? Yes, it definitely is, but without online presence and the development of an online real estate business, it will be very hard for you to achieve success. Let us analyze the best ways to develop a real estate business in Canada for real estate professionals.Let’s jump into it!Top 5 Steps To Develop Online Real Estate BusinessA Good Plan for Real Estate BusinessA good business plan is definitel...
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By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Vacasa)
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By Dave Jones, Broker/Owner - e-PRO Dave Jones Realty llc Prospec
(Dave Jones Realty, llc.)
Thinking about Refinancing In ConnecticutTune in to the radio or watch TV in the evening and you’ll be bombarded withcommercials offering incredibly low interest rates to refinance your home. Theserates may sound enticing, and you may be wondering if it’s time to refinance yourhome loan. While refinancing can make financial sense in some situations, noteveryone will benefit.Most people consider refinancing to lower their interest rate. Even a slight changein the interest rate may add up to significant dollars over the life of the loan.When evaluating the new loan, remember to add in any additional costs. Ask ifyou will be responsible for closing costs or appraisal costs before jumping at alower rate. The length of the loan is also important to review. Are you restartingthe clock on a 30...
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
Social Medial and sensationalized news reports would have us believe the market is slowing and moving towards a crash.  Clients, perspective Buyers/Sellers seldom go without asking the question.  The immediate answer is yes the market is tapering off.   The long term answer is what needs be focused on.  Yet it is difficult to explain that while the market shows signs of cooling a bit it is still an extremely strong sellers market.  It is like trying to explain that the water temperature in a boiling pot of water is cooling...from 260 degrees to 215 degrees.  Yes it is cooling but you would be sticking your finger in boiling water either way.   The above NAR chart dramatically shows that while 'cooling off' from recent months we are still far above the number of offers per listing than t...
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By Michael Wayne Jackson, Broker - Seniors Real Estate Specialist Novato
(Coldwell Banker)
For all Calistoga properties for sale click here Median prices, average days on market current for sale                 35,  medium price $2,480,000, average days on market  128 current sale pendings       7,  medium price $899,000, average days on market  105 sold in last 6 months      34,  medium price $1,100,000, average days on market  79 Facts, numbers, square footage from BAREIS and/or Napa County Realist tax records, accuracy is not guaranteed nor has been verified Stats for last 7 days new listings 1, price reductions 3, sale pendings 1, solds 0 New Listings 140 Petrified Forest Road, Calistoga, CA 94515 (MLS # 321095245)(all data current as of 10/14/2021) Price $1,390,000 Beds 2 Baths 1 Bath Home size 672 sqft Lot Size 4.56 ac   This is the perfect weekend getaway! Within 5 mi...
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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                 35,  medium price $2,480,000, average days on market  128current sale pendings       7,  medium price $899,000, average days on market  105sold in last 6 months      34,  medium price $1,100,000, average days on market  79Facts, numbers, square footage from BAREIS and/or Napa CountyRealist tax records, accuracy is not guaranteed nor has been verifiedStats for last 7 daysnew listings 1, price reductions 3, sale pendings 1, solds 0New Listings 140 Petrified Forest Road, Calistoga, CA 94515 (MLS # 321095245)(all data current as of 10/14/2021) Price $1,390,000 Beds 2 Baths 1 Bath Home size 672 sqft Lot Size 4.56 ac   This is the perfect weekend getaway! Within 5 minutes to d...
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(South Carolina Homes Inc.)
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By Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
(Get It Done For Me Virtual Services )
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By Danny Papadopoulos, Offering Private & Second Mortgages in Toronto
(Homebase Mortgages)
A husband and wife team who taught Canadian courses for the now defunct Trump University was found to have been involved in a lot of dubious activities via a joint investigation conducted by Haywood Hunt & Associates Toronto Office and The Canadian Press.The couple, Dave Ravindra and Rita Bahadur, used aliases, lost a real estate licence, declared multiple bankruptcies and were involved in a multimillion-dollar swindle. They taught Trump courses in Canadian cities 6 years ago.Shady Speakers and Staff?Prior to this, Trump assured people who were registering for his program that only the best people whom he had handpicked himself will teach the financial success courses at his facility. Still, people with spotty credentials (like the couple in this article) were found to be teaching at Tr...
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State Wide Realty Co:Market SnapshotPrince Edward Co VASeptember 2021Here is how the month of September 2021 played out for residential and land sales in South Central Association of Realtors for Prince Edward Co versus September of 2020.   Residential 2021 2020 Average Days on Market 32 85 Average List Price $226,315 $190,752 Median List Price $215,000 $155,000 # of Solds 13 23 Average Selling Price $229,219 $187,851 Median Selling Price $220,000 $155,000 *Information provided by South Central Association of Realtors-Navica MLS System*  Land 2021 2020 Average Days on Market 376 229 Average List Price $36,160 $54,536 Median List Price $27,900 $25,000 # of Solds 20 11 Average Selling Price $34,690 $49,364 Median Selling Price $25,000 $22,000 *Information provided by South Central Associa...
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