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Recent blogs on Real Estate Industry
By Eric Lawrence Frazier MBA, Founder and CEO of The Power Is Now Media, Inc.
(The Power Is Now Media, Inc. )
📌 Welcome back to The Power Is Now Real Estate TV! Join Eric L. Frazier, MBA President and CEO of The Power Is Now Media and Bryce Fendall President of NADP.  Watch as Bruce Vandal shares valuable insights About NADP, REO and asset management industry expertise. Don't miss out—watch on demand on The Power Is Now website or catch us live on social media platforms!📣 Don't miss this exclusive interview! Drop your comments below and share your thoughts on the power of networking in real estate. Follow us for more engaging content and subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates!🌐 Website: https://www.statebridgecompany.com/📞 Contact Bryce Fendall: bfendall@statebridgecompany.com | 503-538-5186🌐 The Power Is Now Media: https://www.thepowerisnow.com/📞 Contact Eric L. Frazier, MBA CEO Th...
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By Eric Lawrence Frazier MBA, Founder and CEO of The Power Is Now Media, Inc.
(The Power Is Now Media, Inc. )
 📌 Join Eric L. Frazier, MBA President and CEO of The Power Is Now Media and Bryce Fendall at The Power Is Now Real Estate Roundtable as they dive into the world of real estate, live from Palm Springs, California! Bryce Fendall, the Executive Vice President at State Bridge Company, shares insights into managing mortgage defaults and collaborating with agents. Learn about the power of education and networking in the industry! 📣 Don't miss this exclusive interview! Drop your comments below and share your thoughts on the power of networking in real estate. Follow us for more engaging content and subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates! 🌐 The Power Is Now Media: https://www.thepowerisnow.com/📞 Contact Eric L. Frazier, MBA CEO The Power Is Now Media: 714-475-8629 | eric.frazier@th...
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By Sam Thomas, When it's important; hire a professional.
(Providence Group Realty)
Embarking on the journey of finding a new home is an exhilarating adventure, ripe with possibilities and opportunities. However, amidst the excitement, it's crucial to anchor your search in the right community. Your chosen neighborhood will shape your daily experiences, from your morning commute to the after-school activities your children enjoy. To guide you towards the perfect locale for you and your family, here are some indispensable questions to consider:CommuteTime is the currency of modern life, and understanding your prospective commute is paramount. How long will it take to reach your workplace or your child's school? Dive deeper into transportation options, exploring not just the availability of public transit but also the reliability and convenience it offers. Recent studies ...
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By Christopher Nelson, Montgomery County, PA - Realtor
(GenStone Realty)
 Signs You’re Hiring the Wrong Agent Key Highlights Lack of communication or delayed responses from the agent can be a warning sign that you're hiring the wrong agent. A limited knowledge of the local real estate market can indicate that the agent may not be the best fit for your needs. The importance of experience and specialization in a real estate agent should not be overlooked when hiring. Inadequate online presence and digital marketing efforts can be a red flag that the agent may not be able to effectively market your property. Vague or unfavorable commission structures and restrictions for ending the contract early are signs that you may be hiring the wrong agent. Lack of a proven track record in closing deals and failure to advocate for client interests are warning signs that th...
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By Christopher Nelson, Montgomery County, PA - Realtor
(GenStone Realty)
Demystifying How Does an Appraisal Work Key Highlights A home appraisal is an unbiased assessment the fair market value a property. Appals are important in real estate transactions as they help determine the loan amount and secure the lender's investment. There are different types of appraisals, including residential, commercial, and specialized appraisals. Factors influencing appraisal values include location, market trends, and the condition of the property. Appraisals and inspections are different processes, with appraisals focusing on value and inspections on the physical condition of the property. Appraisal outcomes can have an impact on loan approval and can be challenged if necessary. When it comes to buying or selling a home, understanding the appraisal process is crucial. A hom...
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By Kukun's VP of Analytics Franklin Carroll, Elite client engagement tools and proptech
(Kukun, Inc.)
  Only some renovation work is permitted– -so the above graph underrepresents the number of bathroom and kitchen renovations. Bathroom and kitchen projects are likely to require a permit if and only if electrical or plumbing changes are needed. That said, some interesting patterns emerge: Solar The popularity of solar depends more on energy costs than anything else while other construction activity is affected by popular optimism about housing, material costs, and interest rates[FC1]. The graph below shows how the 2021 increase in energy prices produced a boom in solar installations, a pattern seen in most metropolitan areas according to our data. Given that energy rates continue to rise, why have solar installations slowed down recently though? This is likely because, while they are co...
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By Eric Lawrence Frazier MBA, Founder and CEO of The Power Is Now Media, Inc.
(The Power Is Now Media, Inc. )
As the dawn breaks on a new day, the journey of our military veterans doesn't end when they return home. Transitioning to civilian life, they face many challenges, one of which is finding a place to call their own. Homeownership holds profound significance for veterans, offering stability, security, and a sense of belonging. In this first installment of our series, we'll explore the pivotal role of homeownership in the lives of veterans and their families. 🌅Overview of the Importance of Homeownership for Veterans 🏡Homeownership is not just about having a roof over one's head; it symbolizes stability, independence, and realizing the American dream. For veterans who have dedicated their lives to serving their country, owning a home represents a tangible reward for their sacrifices. Beyond...
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By Michael Elliott, Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales
(Fathom Realty)
My first broker taught me a several things very well.   The messages were clear and direct regarding anti-trust violations.The first was regarding discussing specific commissions that Realtors charge publicly.  There is no "standard" or "going rate".   WE DO NOT  discuss our fee with competitors, nor do we discuss their fee.  We don't say things like "Most Realtors Charge".The new NAR anti- trust lawsuits have unleased a bevy of reckless posts and comments from agents regarding "normal" commissions.  They need to get back to class, or insist that their broker train them properly.  This is a serious profession and I suggest that all treat it as such.  Every company has the right to set their own fee.  End of story.   What others charge is none of my business.  https://michaelelliott.fath...
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By Eric Lawrence Frazier MBA, Founder and CEO of The Power Is Now Media, Inc.
(The Power Is Now Media, Inc. )
In the complex and often challenging world of real estate, navigating the landscape of fair housing can feel like threading a needle in the dark. It’s an area that demands our attention and understanding, not just for compliance but to foster a community that welcomes everyone, regardless of their background 🤝. As Fair Housing Month 🏠🌸, April serves as a timely reminder of our collective responsibility toward ensuring equal housing opportunities for all. This segment, the fifth in our series, aims to shed light on the vital resources and support systems in place for individuals who encounter discrimination in their housing journey. Whether you're a renter, a buyer, or a real estate professional, understanding these supports can make a significant difference 🛡️.Understanding Fair Housing...
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By Eric Lawrence Frazier MBA, Founder and CEO of The Power Is Now Media, Inc.
(The Power Is Now Media, Inc. )
In today's world, where equality and fairness are championed at every turn, it's disheartening to uncover the reality that housing discrimination remains a persistent challenge. This blog aims to shed light on the pressing issues and current trends in housing discrimination, offering insights into recent cases, statistics, and the ongoing hurdles that many face in their quest for a place to call home. By understanding the contours of this problem, we can better navigate the solutions and strive towards a more equitable future for all. 🌍✨Understanding Housing Discrimination: A Persistent Problem 🏡❌Housing discrimination, in its most basic form, involves unfair treatment of individuals or groups in the housing market based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, or nat...
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By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Over the past two days, I have been in Florida, specifically between Delray Beach and West Palm Beach, to initiate a Feng Shui analysis. The site has an intriguing history as a family owned and operated hotel (est. in 1925) that is currently functioning as a hostel. During the analysis, we observed which part of the current building's facade would be preserved and integrated into the newly designed hotel. Inventory of the hotel’s 1925 original furnishings was also taken into consideration, which will be incorporated into the new hotel once it is constructed. Here are a few photos of the current interior of the hotel.     One of the photos showcases an antique mirror that is an original piece and we hope to repurpose it in the new design. In Feng Shui we are very mindful of mirrors, howe...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
You and your partner won’t be renting for long if you know you’ve reached a very important milestone. Once you have begun to settle down and raise kids, upgrading to a larger and cozier home is inevitableThe market isn’t working well for buyers as the cost of goods keeps rising. Added to that is the high demand for residential properties partly fueled by an influx of buyers wanting to settle down before prices reach historic highs. Don’t let these challenges keep you from finding the perfect home for your family. Here are a few tips you might want to keep in mind before entering today’s real estate market. Consider all your goals Before you even start saving money, you should have a clear idea of where you and your family will want to end up. For this, consider any short-term and long-t...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
Putting your house on the market marks a period brimming with potential. It's a step towards a new chapter, whether that involves upgrading to a bigger space or relocating. You look forward to the prospect of boosting your bank balance with the proceeds from a lucrative sale. However, many overlook the fact that selling property can be a drawn-out, complex, and sometimes emotional endeavor. While it's impossible to promise a completely hassle-free transaction, avoiding frequent pitfalls can help conserve finances throughout an efficient selling procedure. Before you list your home, be sure to sidestep these expensive errors.Failing to Stage Your PropertyMany believe staging is either redundant due to their home's perceived perfection or associate it solely with importing excessive furni...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
How often you should service your air conditioner varies on several things. It can differ according to manufacturer's suggestions, usage frequency and the weather. As a rule of thumb, you should get the AC serviced at least once a year. Servicing them before the summer season starts is the best way to make it work well. In some homes, the need for servicing may be higher. Like homes with pets and dusty places. In this case, hiring a professional HVAC expert is a good idea. They can observe your needs and give you personalized advice.The Importance of Regular Air Conditioner Servicing Increases efficiency: Your air conditioner's filters and coils can accumulate dirt, dust, and other particles with time. These dirts block the airflow and hampers efficiency. Professional servicing provides...
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By Eric Lawrence Frazier MBA, Founder and CEO of The Power Is Now Media, Inc.
(The Power Is Now Media, Inc. )
Join us at the NADP conference in Palm Springs, California, where real estate and industry professionals converge. In this engaging interview, Join Eric L. Frazier, MBA president and CEO of The Power Is Now Media as he interviewed  In this interview Clint Lien from Blue Book discusses their extensive databases for repair, remodeling, and reconstruction. Blue Book offers specialized software platforms tailored to various sectors, including property preservation, real estate-owned (REO) properties, and professional contractors. Lean explains how their system enables fast and accurate estimates, benefiting real estate agents, buyers, sellers, and contractors alike. The interview highlights the efficiency and accuracy of Blue Book's estimating system, applicable in diverse scenarios such as...
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By Eric Lawrence Frazier MBA, Founder and CEO of The Power Is Now Media, Inc.
(The Power Is Now Media, Inc. )
Join us at the NADP Annual Summit in the vibrant setting of Palm Springs, California! In this video, Join Eric L. Frazier, MBA president and CEO of The Power Is Now Media as he interviewed Melanie Gamble, a 24-year veteran in the real estate industry, as she shares insights on leadership, resilience, and the power of community. From overcoming breast cancer to championing minority representation in real estate, Melanie Gamble's journey is an inspiring testament to the transformative power of perseverance and purpose. Tune in as she discusses her book on the impact of the Great Recession on communities of color, her involvement in Black institutions, and her commitment to closing the homeownership gap. With her contagious passion and unwavering dedication, Melanie Gamble embodies the ess...
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By Lilas "Lela" Ashkarian, Ashkarian PA, ABR, CRS, E-PRO, GRI,SFR
(Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate)
Are Home Prices Dropping in the Florida KeysHome prices have shown remarkable resilience in the Florida Keys, maintaining a stable trajectory despite broader market fluctuations. The unique allure of living in the Keys, characterized by its stunning natural beauty and laid-back lifestyle, continues to attract buyers, contributing to the sustained demand for homes in the area. This demand has kept home prices from falling significantly.Currently, the real estate market in the Florida Keys is characterized by a relatively high number of listings, with over 2,000 homes for sale​​. This increase in inventory is a shift from previous years when the number of homes for sale was significantly lower. Despite the higher inventory, overall home prices have remained stable, if not slightly higher ...
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By Kukun's VP of Analytics Franklin Carroll, Elite client engagement tools and proptech
(Kukun, Inc.)
Whether you’re looking to refinance your home mortgage or considering buying a new home, a home appraisal is an integral part of either process. But what exactly is a home appraisal? And, how much does a home appraisal cost? What factors affect the cost? How do you calculate appraisal costs? Who bears that expense? We’ll answer these questions and more in this short read.A licensed expert conducts a home appraisal to establish the value of your residence. There are two main reasons for this procedure. Home sellers arrange for an appraisal before listing their property on the market to arrive at an accurate asking price. More often, mortgage lenders demand an appraisal to verify that the property’s value is equal to or exceeds the loan amount. And, makes an offer based on the loan to val...
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By Kukun's VP of Analytics Franklin Carroll, Elite client engagement tools and proptech
(Kukun, Inc.)
House flipping looks easy — just buy a house, make a few cosmetic changes, and sell the property at a good profit. But, trust us, the process isn’t as fast, fun, and profitable as shown on the various television shows! Flipping houses 101 requires a lot of knowledge, planning, good judgment, and patience. So, before you leap into your first house flip, or go spending thousands of dollars on seminars that promise big bucks, learn the ins and outs of flipping houses 101.Keep in mind that while every fix-and-flip home improvement project is different, and depends on the current real estate market, there are a few house flipping facts that hold true for every deal.   Find out your home's credit score Check your home condition score to find out! Check it out  What is house flipping?House fli...
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By Eric Lawrence Frazier MBA, Founder and CEO of The Power Is Now Media, Inc.
(The Power Is Now Media, Inc. )
In the world of real estate, where dreams of homeownership 🏠 and the quest for the perfect rental intertwine, the Fair Housing Act 📜 emerges as a cornerstone of equality and justice ⚖️. Celebrated in April 🌸, Fair Housing Month offers a poignant reminder of our collective journey towards an inclusive housing market, underpinned by the principles of the Fair Housing Act. This piece endeavors to unfold the layers of this significant legislation, offering insights into its key provisions, historical evolution, and its undeniable impact on eradicating discrimination in housing. Join us on this informative exploration to deepen our understanding of the Fair Housing Act and appreciate its vital role in shaping a fair and equitable housing landscape.Unpacking the Fair Housing ActThe Fair Housi...
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