Real Estate Industry

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Recent blogs on Real Estate Industry
By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Your Voice is NeededAdvocating for Housing in Your Community I don't know about you, but I walked away from the 2023 Real Estate Success Summit charged up and ready to really ramp up my voice when it comes to creating more housing and especially affordable housing in my community and throughout Washington State! Since housing starts began to decline after the Great Recession, and then plummeted, I have been warning everyone who would listen about the challenges our housing market would be facing if more homes could not be built. In fact, I predicted that the spring of 2021 would be the beginning of one of the most challenged housing markets anyone had ever seen. But little did I know that at the time of my prediction that COVID was around the corner about to make the situation worse. A...
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By Pierre Raymond, Quant investing and risk management
How To Choose Where To Invest In Real EstateInvesting is trending among millennials, and one of their favorite types of investment is real estate. In fact, a recent survey from Bankrate shows that 33% of millennials prefer to invest money in real estate, rather than in stocks or bonds.If you are one of those investors, here are a few things that could help you make wise decisions when picking your investment locations.Pay attention to property prices. Rising property prices are a good indicator of a hot real estate market. If an investor can catch the movement early enough, and make smart decisions about which properties to purchase, it presents opportunities for great returns on the investment. The state of Arkansas is a great place to witness this firsthand, according to an article fr...
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By Jean Richer, Straight Talk on Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty Inc.)
Considering buying a newly built home? In today's episode of the Jean Richer Show, we are diving into the pros and cons you should be informed about before making your final decision. Let's get into it! 
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By Ron Cedillo, Helping People and Enjoying Life
(Home Buyers Realty)
Some Highlights If you’re thinking of buying a home this year, be sure to factor in the long-term benefits of homeownership. On average, nationwide, home prices appreciated by 288.7% over the last 32 years. That means homeowners grow their net worth significantly in the long term. Homeownership wins over time. Let’s connect so you can start your homebuying journey today.
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By Peter Mohylsky
(PMI. Destin)
Last year featured a changing real estate environment across the nation. This New Year looks to hold some similar characteristics to 2022, but with several key differences.With that in mind, I decided to send an overview of what prospective buyers and sellers should know in 2023.If You’re Looking to Buy Overall, normalcy could return, with moderating pricing and fewer transactions. Here are some specifics: Pricing may rise from current levels but at a slower pace than in previous years. According to Realtor.com, expectations are for overall price increases of 5.4% year-over-year. In addition, the National Association of Realtors predicts that inventories may rise from 2022 levels, potentially making buyer selection more favorable than last year. Existing home sales are projected to decl...
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By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
On January 26, 2023, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau reported nationwide new single family home sales gained 2.3% to an annual rate of 616,000 homes in December of 2022 from 620,000 homes in November of 2022, but fell 26.6% from in December of 2021 an annual rate of 839,000 homes.The median new home sold value was $442,100, while the average sales price was $528,400 in December of 2022.There were estimated 461,000 new houses for sale, and 9.0 months supplies of available inventory at the end of December of 2022.For complete more detailed information about HUD and U.S. Census Bureau report of new home sales December of 2022, please click HERE
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By Ron Cedillo, Helping People and Enjoying Life
(Home Buyers Realty)
Every industry has jargon an outsider wouldn’t understand, and probably doesn’t need to know. But real estate is a field where almost every “outsider” needs a bit of insider knowledge in order to successfully buy, sell, or rent a place to live a few times in their lives.For instance, you could go your entire life without hearing the term “comp” once, but the minute you decide to buy or sell a house you’ll hear agents say it like it’s a word you probably already know. It’s not nuclear physics, so you can probably figure out what they’re talking about, especially in the context they’re bringing it up. But just in case you’ve never heard the term before, “comp” is short for “comparable.”Okay, but what exactly is a comparable?Comparables are houses that are currently on the market, under co...
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By Greg Tresler, We Buy Houses For Cash As Is! House Buyers Florida
(House Buyers Florida)
Are you looking to sell your house fast and cash in on the proceeds? If so, there are a variety of cash house buyers who can help. But how do you know if a house-buying company is legitimate or a scam?It's essential to understand the differences between fraud and legitimate cash house buyers so that you don't become a victim of fraud or get taken advantage of by scammers. In this article, we'll discuss what makes cash house buying companies legit versus those that need to be more trustworthy. We'll also provide tips for spotting scammers and avoiding them when selling your home. By understanding the difference between these two, you can ensure that you make an informed decision about selling your house for cash to cash house buyers. Legitimate cash house buyers typically have a valid bu...
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It’s not an uncommon real estate scenario for homeowners to buy a new property and then, as a way to generate income, keep their old property as a rental.But how do you determine if that scenario is the right one for you?A recent article from realtor.com outlined questions to ask yourself when deciding whether to sell or rent out your home, including: Can I afford two properties? The biggest thing to consider when determining if you should sell your own property or keep it and rent it out is whether you can afford to rent out your home. Look into average rents in your area; then, compare that to the expense of your mortgage and home maintenance costs. If the amount you’ll make in rent won’t cover your expenses, it probably makes sense to sell. (You may be able to write off some of the e...
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By Hank Miller, SRA, Associate Broker & Certified Appraiser
(Ansley Real Estate/Christie's International)
Like the swallows coming back to Capistrano, every year about this time... Price per square foot is not reliable, do not use it to estimate market value of a home. There are limited instances where it might be a contributory asset but those are very limited. For resale homes, do not use price per square foot in any value calculation. That video sums up the key points but best to let the visual below sink in. How reliable and consistent are these things and data sources?tax recordsliving area calculationsdesignquality and workmanshiplot pricelot featuresexternal factorslocational appealhome conditionbuyer circumstancesseller circumstanceseconomic conditionsincentivesmaterials and labor costsadded upgradesdistressed salesinfluence of new home constructionzoning changesand 100+ other varia...
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By Ralph Williams, "The very best in sales & leadership training."
(Bottom Line University)
https://os5.mycloud.com/action/share/ffea50c6-7742-4b7c-b038-4dd49010a494 Hey Everybody,This Thursday, January 26th, we have a great program for you.Our special guest this week is Joe Feola.Joe is living proof that after more than twenty years in one industry you can change careers and become a success quickly. In his first year as a real estate salesperson, he was the Rookie of the Year with Keller Williams in Trumbull, CT. One year later he was on the Keller Williams Agent Leadership Council and an instructor with the Greater Bridgeport Board of Realtors.Today, Joe is the Director of Learning with CENTURY 21 Scala Group in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA. This office is currently the #2 CENTURY 21 office in the state of Connecticut, and the #4 CENTURY 21 office in all New England.Joe’s f...
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By Ralph Williams, "The very best in sales & leadership training."
(Bottom Line University)
Hey Everybody,This Thursday, January 26th, we have a great program for you. Our special guest this week is Joe Feola. Joe is living proof that after more than twenty years in one industry you can change careers and become a success quickly. In his first year as a real estate salesperson, he was the Rookie of the Year with Keller Williams in Trumbull, CT. One year later he was on the Keller Williams Agent Leadership Council and an instructor with the Greater Bridgeport Board of Realtors. Joe is the Director of Learning with CENTURY 21 Scala Group in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA. This office is currently the #2 CENTURY 21 office in the state of Connecticut, and the #4 CENTURY 21 office in all New England.Today, Joe’s focus is on training and coaching new and experienced agents to move qui...
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By Alex Gandel, Simi Valley CA Agent, Simi Valley Real Estate
(Top Producing Agent, Pinnacle Estate Properties)
People often have questions about the beautiful city of Simi Valley, CA. It is considered a bedroom community just north of the Los Angeles basin and has a comfortable, hometown feel. Watch this short video to hear more about Simi Valley, CA. Why Simi Valley from Alex Gandel on Vimeo.Serving Simi Valley and surrounding communities in all price ranges. If you are thinking about buying or selling a property in Simi Valley, give yourself the edge you deserve by partnering with Alex Gandel, an experienced and seasoned voice, who will help navigate you through the buying or selling journey with expertise and success. 
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
Vacant commercial properties can be at increased risk of theft and damage. Without proper security measures in place, they are vulnerable to undesired intruders who may wander onto the premises in their search for valuable assets. This is especially true when these properties are left unattended for extended periods, which may give potential thieves the idea that they have the chance of stealing from them without being caught. Vandalization is another risk these commercial properties are exposed to, with costly damages ranging from graffiti to broken doors or windows.As an owner or property manager, you should take proactive steps to secure these real estate assets. This article will provide five valuable tips you can use to secure your vacant commercial property.#1 Choose the Right Doo...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
There are around 1.9 million rental vacation properties nationwide in the US. If you’re one of the lucky few visiting a rental property for vacation this year, you need to know how to find a property with adequate security.You don’t want your things stolen while you enjoy your long-needed trip, so how do you find a secure property for your vacation?Keep reading as we discuss the top security upgrades for your short-term vacation rental property and the best technologies to look for.Touchless Access Control With Remote ManagementTouchless access control is a top-tier security solution and an excellent choice for those vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus. With touchless access control, you don’t need a keycard or fob, so you don’t need to worry about losing it on your travels and day trips. ...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
With the arrival of 2023 and what hopes to be the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, all commercial sectors are abuzz with what to expect in the new year. The COVID reality brought various technological advancements, often out of necessity, still, there’s no going back, as many advances have proved to be not only exciting but commercially sound investments.The real estate sector is no exception and there are some exciting trends to watch for as 2023 takes off. Considering that Covid prioritized remote work for health reasons, we should expect to see a return to the office gaining momentum and this factor alone will boost commercial real estate needs. If we add in the U.S. government’s Inflation Reduction Act with tax credits that emphasize environmentally friendly building development and th...
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By Greg Tresler, We Buy Houses For Cash As Is! House Buyers Florida
(House Buyers Florida)
Moving house can be stressful and time-consuming if you're downsizing from a larger home to something smaller. But if you plan and research, it doesn't have to be so difficult. Here are some top tips for making a move easier when downsizing your home. From cash house buyers to decluttering techniques, these innovative strategies will help you organize and simplify the whole process so that it goes as smoothly as possible. Whether you're moving into an apartment or a smaller house, these ten tips will facilitate your transition!  Declutter as much as possible before you move. One of the best things you can do to make downsizing easier is to eliminate anything you won't take with you. Donate, recycle, or even sell items you don't need anymore – this will help significantly reduce the amou...
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By Ron Cedillo, Helping People and Enjoying Life
(Home Buyers Realty)
Buying a home in today’s market can be a challenging process. And if you want to succeed, there are certain habits you’ll want to cultivate—habits that will increase your chances of finding your dream home and having your offer accepted.But what, exactly, are those habits?A recent article from realtor.com outlined some of the key habits potential buyers need in order to successfully find and purchase a home in today’s market, including: They’re persistent. While the market overall has cooled in recent months, there are definitely still areas where inventory is low and competition for properties is high. And in those markets, persistence is key. They’re not afraid to ask questions. For most people, buying a home is the biggest investment they’ll ever make. And in today’s market (or reall...
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By Stephen Fells, Marketing, Technology, Fun and News!
(AgencyLogic)
Everyday AgencyLogic publishes real estate news and press releases from around the country.  Here are this weeks press releases:Florida Realtors® 2023 Real Estate Trends: What's Ahead for Florida Real Estate?More Million-dollar Homes Sold in Texas in 2022Redfin Reports Sales Are Slow to Kick Off New Year, But More Buyers Start SearchingAnnual Home Price Growth Decelerates in Q4 to 9.2 PercentCensus Data Show Individuals Continue to Own Largest Share of Single-Family Rental HomesRealtor.com® Forecasts the 10 Best Markets for First-Time Homebuyers in 2023RE/MAX® National Housing Report for December 2022Senior Home Equity Exceeds Record $11.81 TrillionInterest Rate Reprieve Bolsters December Home Sales, C.A.R. ReportsRenting More Affordable Than Homeownership Across Most Of The Nation In 2...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
At first glance, the increase in housing supply may not sound like good news for sellers, but it does gives you two distinct opportunities in today’s housing market. An article from Calculated Risk helps put the inventory gains the market saw in 2022 into perspective by comparing it to recent years (see graph below). It shows supply has surpassed 2021 levels by over 50%. But the further back you look, the more you’ll understand the bigger picture. And if you go all the way back to 2019, the last normal year in real estate, we’re roughly 30% below the housing supply we had at that time.Opportunity #1: Take Advantage of More Options for Your Move If your current house no longer meets your needs or lacks the space and features you want, this inventory growth gives you even more opportunity...
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