Recent Blog Posts

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By Joyce Tawes, ABR, CRS, CLHMS, CNE
(Live Better in Scottsdale)
- February 2023 Scottsdale Housing Market Video - Here is a one-minute video overview of the Scottsdale, Arizona real estate market that covers the month of February. February 2023 - Video Scottsdale Active Listings Active listings were up significantly when compared with February 2022. This 157% increase shows you how few homes were on the market at this time last year. And even though the number of homes for sale is up, we are still running at a lower level than normal. Plus, when you look at the end of February 2023 compared to the end of January 2023, the number of homes for sale actually decreased by 5%. Median List Price for Scottsdale Homes If you are not familiar with the median listing price, it is the price where 50% of the homes for sale have higher prices and 50% of the home...
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By Joseph Domino 480-390-6011, Real Estate Made Easy
(HomeSmart)
Last week I pulled my old Faux Leather Portfolio out of the drawer and put it back in action. It has been a while.Whenever I meet with a new client or show homes, or anything related to the real estate business, this trusty portfolio is always in my hand.I use it to carry paper and pens to make notes. Inside, a copy of the most required forms and documents keeps me prepared for any need. It also houses business cards, paper clips, pens, and other office supplies. When I take a business card from another agent or home inspector there is a pocket to safely store them for the future.Over the years I have had several folders like this one. I received this version as a gift at a conference more than 10 years ago.I love my leather portfolio; it has been at my side for a long time. I wonder if...
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By Robin Gauthier, I have the Key to your NextHome
(NextHome Tidewater Realty)
Upton Farms is located in the Hickory area of Chesapeake off of Etheridge Manor Boulevard.  There are just over 300 single family homes in this neighborhoods.  Most of the homes were built in the 1990's.  The homes sizes range from 1,712 square feet to 2,864 square feet.  The median size is 2,040 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.  The children in this neighborhood attend Southeastern Elementary, Hickory Middle and Hickory High.There are currently no homes for sale in Upton Farms.  There is one home pending closing at 625 Valor Court.  This home is 2,138 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.  The asking price is $479,000 and it was on the market for 14 days.In the past 6 months 3 homes have sold in Upton Farms.  1214 Colonial View is 1,941 square feet with 4 bedroom...
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By The Jeff Rickert Team, Poconos - RSPS - The Jeff Rickert Team
(RE/MAX Property Specialists)
Click here for price and locationHuge Price Reduction! Fully renovated home optimized for Pocono Rentals.  The best rentals are the ones with Character and this house has tons of it. Unique features and layout, 4 full bedrooms and 3 full baths so there's enough space for large parties. Upgraded electrical, plumbing, lighting, paint inside and outside, landscaping, and even new baths. Just imagine showing your friends this house as your newest investment. Come see it! The community its in is Short Term Rental Friendly and is the only one in the area with a ski lift for the downhill ski area. Check out the Locust Lake Village website to see photos of their aqua gym and beautiful beaches. Low Taxes! Call Jeremiah Noll today at (570) 971-2509 for more information! Click here for price and l...
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By Mike Frazier, Northwest Tennessee Realtor
(Carousel Realty of Dyer County)
Almost 3 years ago my 24 year old daughter experienced shortness of breath so we took her to the doctor who sent us to a heart doctor. The doctor said her heart was not functioning properly and was probable ATTACKED BY A VIRUS (COVID ?) but he would monitor it. Six months later we were sent to have a heart cath at Baptist East in Memphis. That doctor told us were were not leaving that hospital without a heart transplant. The doctor said because her heart was so bad she would be placed near the top of the candidates for a transplant. About two months later we got that new heart.Now 3 years later we are back in the hospital for the 4th time. Because they have to give Lauren anti rejection drugs it makes her immune system almost nil.She cause RSV from me one time and had to spend 3 months ...
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Localist Realty)
Rancho Bernardo Weekly Market Update March 13th - 19th, 2023 Palo Alto RECENTLY SOLD Sabre Hill Drive | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1021 sq. ft. | $589,999 Stony Brook RECENTLY SOLD Wimberly Square | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 907 sq. ft. | $490,000 Oaks North RECENTLY SOLD Plaza Otonal | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1305 sq. ft. | $595,000 Eastview RECENTLY SOLD Devereux Road | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1737 sq. ft. | $929,000
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By Jane & Jeff Daley, PhD, Scottsdale Real Estate Arizona
(Luxury Valley Homes Scottsdale)
What’s Ahead for Home Prices in 2023Over the past year, home prices have been a widely debated topic. Some have said we’ll see a massive drop in prices and that this could be a repeat of 2008 – which hasn’t happened. Others have forecasted a real estate market that could see slight appreciation or depreciation depending on the area of the country. And as we get closer to the spring real estate market, experts are continuing to forecast what they believe will happen with home prices this year and beyond.Selma Hepp, Chief Economist at CoreLogic, says:“While 2023 kicked off on a more optimistic note for the U.S. housing market, recent mortgage rate volatility highlights how much uncertainty remains. Nevertheless, the continued shortage of for-sale homes is likely to keep price declines mod...
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By DALIA KIBBY, Selling Broward County Homes with Passion!
(One Sothebys International Realty)
Over the past year, home prices have been a widely debated topic. Some have said we’ll see a massive drop in prices and that this could be a repeat of 2008 – which hasn’t happened. Others have forecasted a real estate market that could see slight appreciation or depreciation depending on the area of the country. And as we get closer to the spring real estate market, experts are continuing to forecast what they believe will happen with home prices this year and beyond.Selma Hepp, Chief Economist at CoreLogic, says:“While 2023 kicked off on a more optimistic note for the U.S. housing market, recent mortgage rate volatility highlights how much uncertainty remains. Nevertheless, the continued shortage of for-sale homes is likely to keep price declines modest, which are projected to top out ...
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By Bob Elliot, 20+ Yrs Industry Experience
(eXp Realty)
One of the challenges you will face when deciding how much money to put down on your new home is whether to put down a larger down payment or to take a bit of money from your down payment and use it to buy "discount points" to lower your interest rate.There are pros and cons to doing both and each borrowers situation will be different so it's important to understand which option is best for your individual situation. Some factors you should consider include: Cost of borrowing - generally speaking, to lower your interest rate will mean you pay a premium. Most lenders will charge as much as one percent (one point) on the face amount of your loan to decrease your rate. Before you agree to pay points, you need to calculate the amount of money you are going to save monthly and then determine...
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By Walter DiLoreto, Real Estate Short Sale Specialist
(PHP Houses)
Over the past year, home prices have been a widely debated topic. Some have said we’ll see a massive drop in prices and that this could be a repeat of 2008 – which hasn’t happened. Others have forecasted a real estate market that could see slight appreciation or depreciation depending on the area of the country. And as we get closer to the spring real estate market, experts are continuing to forecast what they believe will happen with home prices this year and beyond.Selma Hepp, Chief Economist at CoreLogic, says:“While 2023 kicked off on a more optimistic note for the U.S. housing market, recent mortgage rate volatility highlights how much uncertainty remains. Nevertheless, the continued shortage of for-sale homes is likely to keep price declines modest, which are projected to top out ...
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By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
 The Elkins Home Selling Team with Elite Realty Group provides services with Morristown TN Real Estate For Sale and Morristown TN Homes For Sale to home buyers and home sellers in Morristown Tennessee, Whitesburg, Talbott, Russellville, Sevierville, Bean Station, Dandridge, Pigeon Forge and surrounding communities.We specialize in working with Home Sellers in getting their homes listed and sold. We utilize the latest and most up to date marketing materials in assuring the job gets done quickly and with the least amount of hassle. Our homes are listed on over 32 different Real Estate web sites including realtor.com, yahoo.com, trulia.com and many others. Each office independently owned and operated.Elite Realty Group is a full service real estate company serving Morristown TN Real Estate...
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By Bob Elliot, 20+ Yrs Industry Experience
(eXp Realty)
If you plan on buying a house in the near future, there are a few mortgage options available. One potential option is called a VA loan. This is a loan that has been backed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and it could provide you with some added flexibility that you can use to purchase a house. Is a VA loan right for you? There are a few points to keep in mind.  Who Qualifies For a VA Loan?First, not everyone is able to access a VA loan. This is a loan that is generally only available to active members of the US military, veterans of the US military, and surviving spouses of service members. There are different service requirements that you need to meet before you can qualify for a VA loan, so if you have questions about your service record, consider reaching out to an expert who ...
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By Brian Sharkey, SharkeyRE
(SharkeyRE LLC)
To help you learn how to effectively uncover and address objections in the sales process. Too often, salespeople fail to address objections and this can lead to lost sales opportunities. With this blog post, we’ll explore strategies on how to identify and address objections in order to increase sales. We’ll discuss how to identify objections and the importance of actively listening to buyers. Additionally, we’ll review techniques on how to effectively address objections in order to close more sales. By the end of this post, you should have the knowledge and tools needed to effectively uncover and address any objections that buyers may have. So let’s get started asking questions.Situation questions1. where are you moving to?2. When do you have to be there?3. what type of home are you loo...
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By Bob Elliot, 20+ Yrs Industry Experience
(eXp Realty)
Last week’s economic reporting included readings on housing starts and building permits issued, the National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index, and Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s Senate testimony. The Commerce Department reported on housing starts and building permits issued published, and a monthly reading on consumer sentiment was published. Weekly reports on mortgage rates and jobless claims were also released. Two bank failures instill fear in depositorsIn the aftermath of two bank failures last week, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said that “the banking system is sound” during testimony to the US Senate last Thursday. When asked if federal protection could be extended to deposit accounts exceeding $250,000, Secretary Yellen replied that such action would “require appr...
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Localist Realty)
Downtown San Diego Weekly Market Update March 13th - 19th, 2023 Cityfront Terrace NEWLY LISTED W Harbor Drive | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1240 sq. ft. | $999,000 Electra RECENTLY SOLD W E Street | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1370 sq. ft. | $1,099,900
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By Brian Sharkey, SharkeyRE
(SharkeyRE LLC)
The VALID BUYER CRITERIA CHECKLIST is a tool used to objectively evaluate potential buyers based on a set of criteria. It is designed to ensure that only qualified and motivated buyers who are in a position to purchase are given the time and attention they need to make a successful purchase. The 10 categories included in the checklist are: CITO (willingness to come into the office for a first interview with the right attitude), motivation, urgency, ability, loyalty, non-contingent, time, decision makers, disclosure, and affinity. By rating each of these categories with either a YES or a NO answer, it is easier to identify whether a potential buyer is a good fit or not. This helps to ensure that only those buyers who meet the criteria are given the attention they need to make a successfu...
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By Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold!
(RE/MAX Platinum)
Waukesha County 4 Bedroom Home Sales Market Report February 2023Waukesha County Homes For Sale, Waukesha County Real Estate, Kristin Johnston,RE/MAX   Real Estate Market Report for Waukesha County, WI for February 20223.  Waukesha County Real Estate, Waukesha County Homes For Sale My name is Kristin Johnston.  My market report gives you the real estate activity for Waukesha County, WI 3 bedroom homes for the last 30 days. Are you looking to buy a house in Waukesha County? Wondering what your Waukesha County Home 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 Waukesha Real Estate and Pewaukee Real Estate.  In fact, I have lived in Waukesha, WI since 1997.   Review my many happy clie...
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By Peter Mohylsky
(PMI. Destin)
Is 2023 the year of the kitchen renovation for you?  Every home needs some TLC, I.E renovation periodically. Kitchens and Baths are always a good place to start.  They are not the cheapest places to start but they do have a decent return on your investment.  If so, here are some style changes to consider. Want a list of homes with upgraded kitchens?Which of these items appeal to you?Send me a message, and let's talk!#realestate #realestateagent #listreports #buying #selling #realestateexpert #homeowner #dreamhome #homeownership #homebuying #homesearch #buyingahome #financehub
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By Kim N. Bregman, Exclusive Buyer Agent in South Florida
(Optima Properties)
Home automation is increasingly popular as technology improves and devices become more affordable. Smart home automation works by connecting various devices in your home to a central hub or directly to a network. These devices can then be controlled remotely through a smartphone app, voice assistant or web interface. Smart home components like security or climate control can be integrated with other smart devices, like your home entertainment system. This allows you to create a comprehensive and integrated smart home system that can automate many different tasks. There are tons of reasons you may want to invest in home automation, but they generally fall into four categories.Read full article on Optima Properties' Blog
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By Peter Mohylsky
(PMI. Destin)
Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and Spring is springin'!  I can still help if you don't understand the wording of my title.  It does date me but it does bring back very fun memories of my youth.  It's a wonderful season to kick off your house hunt, and I'm ready to help! #thehelpfulagent #home #houseexpert #house #listreports #homeowner #realestate #realtor #realestateagent #spring #psringtime #icanhelp #househunting #happyhomeowner
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