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Recent blogs on ActiveRain Community
By Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
Zoom Call 11.28.23 Margaret Rome Scams in Real EstateThe Zoom call this week, for those in attendance, was a walk down a horrible memory lane for anyone that has been in the business for a while. Margaret Rome started her call noting that many of us would understand the nature of the scams, but as it is inevitable that a scam form will reappear at some point, new agents need to be given the defenses to protect themselves and their clients.People will always be anxious to get into their real estate adventures. This anxiousness is the fodder for some to steal from them.With the presence of the Internet, it gets easier for them to be scammed. Craigslist is fertile territory for scammers and especially with rentals.  People using agents to help them will get frustrated when their agents don...
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By Ralph Magin, Miami Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Miami Beach Holiday Festival of LightsExperience the magic of the holiday season at the Miami Beach Holiday Festival of Lights, a spectacular sequence of live musical performances curated by the Miami Beach Classical Music Festival (MMF) and overseen by Artistic Director Michael Rossi. Taking place on specific evenings from December 1 to December 23, this enchanting occasion showcases a fusion of music, dazzling lights, and captivating project mapping displays that honor the diverse tapestry of international holiday traditions. Attendees who appreciate music can indulge in a live program spanning various genres. The performances are further elevated by the lively presence of beloved holiday characters, including Santa Claus, The Grinch, and Elsa, enhancing the overall festive atmosphere...
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By Valerie Almanzar, MBA
(Your Casa Team - Keller Williams Realty)
2768 Kings Canyon Loop Northeast Welcome to this elegantly designed open floor plan home in the desired community of Mariposa. This stunning property boasts a split bedroom floor plan with 3 bedrooms, plus an office. The Gorgeous chef's kitchen has custom cabinetry, backsplash, built-in oven, gas range, and an Island with seating. Enjoy the spacious primary bedroom, and a dual sink bathroom with a large shower and walk-in closet. This open floor plan creates an inviting atmosphere full of natural light, perfect for gatherings and daily living. Step outside to the meticulously landscaped backyard where a soothing hot tub and fire pit awaits. While you are outside enjoy views from the comfort of your own slice of paradise. Don't forget the 3 tandem car garage. This home is a harmonious bl...
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By Myers Jackson, America's Auctioneer
(Auctioneer, Texas Flip N Move )
Land Auction in Hill CountryBID ONLINE NOW!Land Auction, Hill Country, Edwards County Texas, PRIME Hunting Land, 75 ares to be SOLD only at AUCTION. This hunting property is AG Exempt, and has a shared water well, hunting cabin, 2 Refurbished-RV's, 3-Generators, solar panels & lights, Skinning Area with Game Hoist, Concrete Water Tank & troughs, Transfer Pump, Water Storage Tanks, Same fence line to a very large ranch on 3-sides.Special terms and conditions, and Buyer's Premium apply for all sales.Information About Brokerage ServicesInformation About Brokerage ServicesTexas Real Estate Commission Consumer Protection NoticeTo Contact the Texas Department of Licensing and RegulationMyers Jackson License DisclosuresMyers Jackson TX Broker 0698695Myers Jackson TX Auctioneer TDLR 17057 
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By Frank Worrell, Turning BPOs Into Six-Figure Incomes
In the rollercoaster world of real estate, there's one thing you can always count on: Broker Price Opinions (BPOs). It doesn't matter if the market's on a high, buzzing with people buying, selling, and refinancing homes, or if it's hit a low with short sales and foreclosures everywhere – BPOs are always there, steady as a rock. Let's dive into why BPOs are such a reliable part of the real estate world, no matter what's happening in the market.**1. When the Market's Booming**Think about those times when the real estate market is like a hot cake – properties are selling like crazy, and everyone seems to be refinancing. In these busy times, BPOs are super handy. They're a quick, affordable way to figure out how much a property is worth, which is perfect when deals are being made left, righ...
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By Frank Worrell, Turning BPOs Into Six-Figure Incomes
In the world of real estate, Broker Price Opinions (BPOs) have emerged as a lucrative side hustle, offering a blend of flexibility and financial reward. However, what many don't realize is that BPOs can be more than just a sporadic gig; they can be a steady source of passive income. This is where BPOS For Life LLC steps in, transforming the BPO hustle into a sustainable, long-term business opportunity. The Misconception of BPOs as Short-Term GigsTraditionally, BPOs are seen as a quick, one-off task for real estate professionals. The reality, however, is quite different. BPO companies value consistency and reliability. They are on the lookout for go-to experts who can deliver quality work consistently. This is where the opportunity lies for those looking to make BPOs a more significant p...
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By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
Isn't it interesting how some people here in the Rain are identifiable by a single name? Is there any other Nina?  Is there any other Roy? (There probably is somewhere but not like Nina  Hollander and Roy Kelley, whom we all know and keep dear to our hearts!) So - why am I waxing rhapsodic over Nina and Roy?  Because..... This past winter I was driving home from an appointment in Bowie and my phone rang.  Since I am old school, I answered it (hands free of course) and got to talk to Nina.  She had some clients moving to the Charlotte area and they had to sell their home in Bowie/Laurel area.  She asked if I worked in that area - and I was able to say -Yes!  In fact I was just there.   What a perfect match!  Nina introduced me to her wonderful clients.  I sold their home before it even w...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
6 Clarendon Ave 21208MLS MDBC 2083002 White brick home located in the heart of  Pikesville! With five/six bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, and a two-car garage, this property is ready for your home, Residential Assisted Living, or professional business office. Take a look and see how you would use this property. The main level features three spacious bedrooms, two primary suites, and two and a half bathrooms. There's a fully equipped kitchen and a second kitchen/prep room. The living and dining room, with a cozy fireplace and elegant wood floors, is the perfect setting for entertaining family or business guests.Upstairs, you'll find two more bedrooms, a full bathroom, and an expandable attic that can be used for storage or additional bedrooms. The lower level features two more rooms...
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By Liz and Bill Spear, Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs
(Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305
For blogging to work for you,  you have to succeed in gaining attention (be it bots or humans) and there are multiple factors involved, and a big part of it comes down to various eye tests.If you're in a community such as this one, the rules of gaining engagement may be different than when writing for the consumer, but the fundamentals remain much the same.1.  Have a title that catches the eye  My Tuesday posts have strictly been of the Ask An Ambassador series for years.  I would hope by this point that the AAA lead-in is sufficient for some to check out what's inside, but if not, what comes after has to do the job.  Be it wordplay, clickbait style words/phrases (Ultimate, Complete, Shocking), a keyword that you know your audience reacts to (e.g. Zillow anyone??).If you're after consum...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
 Your future begins here! We've got something special in store. Keep an eye out for our upcoming listing. A three-bedroom, two-bath home in a DESIRABLE CLINTONVILLE neighborhood near the Walhalla Ravine.  For more information or to schedule a private showing, please contact us at☎ 614 - 431 - 1220 | 📧  
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By Wayne L. Brown
(Franklin Advantage Inc.)
 Each year the Federal Housing Finance Agency reviews and adjust the Conforming Limits for loan amounts affecting Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loan purchases.As announced today by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the standard and high-cost area loan limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are increasing. The base loan limit for 2024 in most of the country will be $766,550, as compared to the 2023 limit of $726,200.Below is a Link to the online PDF for all states.  Please Click the Link Below:NEW 2024 CONFORMING LIMITSPhoto Courtesy of Master Isolated Images / 
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By Michael Wayne Jackson, Broker - Seniors Real Estate Specialist Novato
(Coldwell Banker)
  I'm giving away a Christmas Tree that I cut down in the Forest Hill area of Lake Tahoe. To qualify for the entry you will get one entry for a Google Review of me and 5 entries for a Referral from now until December 5th, 2023. The Google review link is below this picture.  I also have a QR CODE attached to this email if you prefer using that. Ho Ho Ho!!  ----->Click Here for The Google Review 
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Please take a minute to view the standout ad of the season! I was so moved I had to share. Occasionally, an advertisement rises above mere marketing and transforms into something truly special. Chevrolet delivers a five-minute ad that resonates with my generation and the one to come.Prepare yourself for an exceptional storytelling experience. Grab a tissue. You might just be experiencing this in your own family. 
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
Sandpoint Realty 'Monday Motivation' should help in getting us started before the 1st of the New Year.  A well worth while 'head start'.While January 1, 2024 is nearing quickly, along with the bucket of New Year's Resolutions, would it not be nice to have already started on a couple of big changes that we know will impact our lives to the positive side?  '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 - North Idaho Home & Land Searches Sandpoint Realty LLC1205 Highway 2Sandpoint, Idaho 83864
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By Rhonda Gustitus, Real Estate's A Dream With Rhonda Gustitus Team!
(The Rhonda Gustitus Team)
Nestled in the heart of sunny Florida, this captivating home is a paradise waiting to be explored. Boasting 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a 2-car garage, and a host of luxurious features, this property redefines modern comfort.Step into almost 2100 sq. ft. of exquisite living space, where every detail has been meticulously crafted for your pleasure. The allure begins with a brand-new roof and A/C system, ensuring both style and efficiency in this stunning abode. With public water access and no need for flood insurance, peace of mind comes standard.The kitchen is a culinary dream, adorned with solid surface countertops, stainless steel appliances, recessed lighting, and a charming breakfast bar that overlooks the family room.The dining room, measuring 11x18’, offers a picturesque view and direct ...
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By Lisa Perry - NMLS # 276329, Northern VA - VHDA, 100% Loans - Jumbo Loans
(FHA, VA, Jumbo, Downpayment Assistance, Conv.)
As we approach Thanksgiving, it's a moment to pause and reflect on what truly matters. At First Heritage Mortgage, we're reminded of the immense gratitude we have for our community. This Thanksgiving, let's embrace the warmth of family, the joy of friends, and the comfort of home.In the spirit of giving, we extend our heartfelt thanks to you, our valued clients and partners. Your trust and support are the cornerstones of our success. As a Senior Loan Officer, I, Lisa Perry, am especially thankful for the opportunity to help you achieve your homeownership dreams.This season, let's cherish these moments of togetherness and give back in our own ways. Whether it's sharing a meal, lending a helping hand, or simply expressing gratitude, every act of kindness makes a difference.Happy Thanksgiv...
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By Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO, Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes
(Casual Uncluttering LLC)
Another professional first - helping a client find a baby snake who escaped her enclosure. Who, fortunately, turned out to just be sleeping in a very hidden spot and not escaped at all. YAY!!!
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By Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
This was one smart lady. And from everything I've read, she did practice what she preached!  "When you give joy to other people, you get more joy in return.  You should give a good thought to happiness that you can give out."Eleanor Roosevelt Who do you know who needs a shot of joy today? Give it to them!   
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By Ralph Magin, Miami Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Is Wall Street Buying Up All the Homes in America? If you’re thinking about buying a home, you may find yourself interested in the latest real estate headlines so you can have a pulse on all the things that could impact your decision. If that’s the case, you’ve probably heard mention of investors, and wondered how they’re impacting the housing market right now. That could leave you asking yourself questions like: How many homes do investors own? Are institutional investors, like large Wall Street Firms, really buying up so many homes that the average person can’t find one? To answer those questions, here’s the real story of what’s happening based on the data.  Let’s start with establishing how many single-family homes (SFHs) there are and what portion of those are rentals owned by inves...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
Ever wondered which U.S. cities boast the most million-dollar homes? We've got the top picks for you, all easy to digest!An analysis has been conducted by Point2, and these are what the million-dollar home city rankings look like - from large to small cities:Large Cities:1. Los Angeles, CA - 64%2. San Francisco, CA - 62%3. San Jose, CA - 61%4. San Diego, CA - 59%5. Boston, MA - 53%6. New York, NY - 41%7. Seattle, WA - 34%8. Denver, CO - 27%9. Washington, DC - 26%10. Austin, TX - 25%Mid-Sized Cities:1. Glendale, CA - 65.8%2. Huntington Beach, CA - 62.8%3. Oxnard, CA - 42.6%4. Salt Lake City, UT - 23.6%5. Hialeah, FL - 15.0%6. Spring Valley, NV - 14.3%7. Enterprise, NV - 14.2%8. Grand Rapids, MI - 13.4%9. Tacoma, WA - 11.7%10. Little Rock, AR - 7.0%Small Cities:1. East Honolulu, HI - 70.5...
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