Real Estate Industry

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Recent blogs on Real Estate Industry
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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By Greg Tresler, We Buy Houses For Cash As Is! House Buyers Florida
(House Buyers Florida)
Selling your house can be complicated, and it's essential to know about the potential scams that could take advantage of you. Fake buyer companies are one such scam; they have been popping up all over the country in recent years as more people put their houses on the market. An honest house buyers company should provide you with resources, advice, and assistance selling your home. Unfortunately, fake buyer companies often offer a too-good-to-be-true deal that could cost thousands of dollars.  Here are eight common fake house buyers company scams to be aware of before signing any contracts:  Lowball Offers: Fake buyers companies often offer meager prices for your home, far below the market value. A low offer is a major red flag, and you should walk away or get professional help if they r...
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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 in Florida and with minimal hassle? Cash Home Buyers are a great option for those who need to offload their property as soon as possible. These cash buyers can make an offer on the spot and close within days. But before you go ahead and accept an offer from a cash home buyer in Florida, you must take the time to prepare appropriately. Seven steps should be taken before selling your house to get the best deal possible. It is only optional since house buyers buy a home without significant repairs and go through many processes; however, if you want to maximize your sale price, these steps can help.   Research Potential Cash Buyers in Florida and Compare Offers: Before you commit to a cash sale, you must research the various cash house buyers in the a...
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By Steve Penner, REALTOR / Pro Ledger Online (owner)
(Royal LePage / Pro Ledger Online Software)
Managing client expectations is always important, but it becomes especially crucial when the market is changing. Here are a few strategies for managing client expectations: Be upfront and honest: Do not be afraid to tell them about the difficulties they may encounter during the purchasing or selling process. This can aid in establishing reasonable expectations and preventing confusion down the road. Former real estate coach Kelle Sparta says that "...while you don’t want to scare people by listing everything that could go wrong, you do want to acknowledge the more probable bumps in the road. That means sometimes telling a client things they don’t want to hear but need to know." Communicate regularly: Provide clients with regular updates on the status of the buying or selling process. Th...
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By Peter Mohylsky
(PMI. Destin)
There has been a lot of misinformation flying around the housing market, often comparing today’s market to that of 2008-2009 – which can be scary.In reality, the market is not heading for a crash; as mortgage rates slowly drop, the market is stabilizing.If you’re unsure or worried about what’s going on and have questions, I’m here to help! Just send me a message. #thehelpfulagent #home #houseexpert #house #listreports #homeowner #realestate #realestatemarket #marketexpert #realestateagent #realtor #housingmarket
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By Peter Mohylsky
(PMI. Destin)
Here are the latest housing market statistics for Miramar Beach, FL!If you'd like more detail on the market, what's available or how much your home might be worth, let's set up a meeting to discuss!#houseexpert #housingmarketexpert #house #home #listreports #localhousingdata #areaexpert #realestate #realestateagent #househunting #homeowner #hometrends #housingtrends
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By Ron Cedillo, Helping People and Enjoying Life
(Home Buyers Realty)
Last year, the housing market slowed down in response to higher mortgage rates, and that had an impact on home prices. If you’re thinking of selling your house soon, that means you’ll want to adjust your expectations accordingly. As realtor.com explains: “. . . some of the more prominent pandemic trends have changed, so sellers might wish to adjust accordingly to get the best deal possible.” In a more moderate market, how you price your house will make a big difference to not only your bottom line, but to how quickly your house could sell. And the reality is, homes priced right are still selling in today’s market. Why Pricing Your House Appropriately Matters Especially today, your asking price sends a message to potential buyers. If it’s priced too low, you may leave money on the table...
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By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
On January 19, 2023, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau reported nationwide housing building permits declined 1.6% to 1,330,000 units in December of 2022 from 1,351,000 units in November of 2022, and fell 29.9% from 1,896,000 in December of 2021. Single family building permits lower 6.5% to a rate of 730,000 units in December of 2022, from 781,000 units in November of 2022, and there were 555,000 multifamily building permits issued in December of 2022.Nationwide housing starts decreased 1.4% to 1,382,000 units in December of 2022, from 1,401,000 units in November of 2022 and dropped 21.8% from 1,768,000 units in December of 2021. Single family starts were increased 11.3% to a rate of 909,000 units in December of 2022 from 817,000 in November ...
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By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
On January 20, 2023, National Association of Realtors® (NAR) reported that nationwide existing home sales declined 1.5% to annual rate of 4,02 million homes in December of 2022 from November of 2022, and fell 34.0% from 6.09 million homes from December of 2021.There were 970,000 homes supplies of available inventory in December of 2022 dropped 13.4% from November of 2022, but jumped 10.2% from 880,00 million homes in December of 2021; while, there were 2.9 months available inventory in December of 2022 declined from to 3.3 months in November 2022, but higher from 1.7 months in December of 2021.On average it took 26 days to sell a home in December of 2022, gained from 24 days in November of 2022, and rose from 24 days in December 2021.First time buyers acquired 31.0% of homes in December...
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By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Building the Right Inventory Today I want to talk about Governor Inslee’s State of the State. I was really pleased to see such a strong focus on the on-going housing supply shortage. I’ve been talking about the lack of housing inventory since 2008 and the Great Recession. There are a lot of factors, since then, that have contributed to our current housing crisis. The obvious solution is to build more houses, right? But there’s a lot more that goes into it. We need to be building the right kind of houses. It’s all about the right size, the right price, and the right place. Watch the video for more information! Follow Denise on Facebook Follow Denise on Twitter  By Denise Lones CSP, M.I.R.M., CDEI - The founding partner of The Lones Group, Denise Lones, brings nearly three decades of exp...
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By Ron Cedillo, Helping People and Enjoying Life
(Home Buyers Realty)
Some Highlights If you’re thinking about selling your house, recent headlines about home prices falling month-over-month may have you second guessing your decision—but perspective matters. While home prices are down slightly month-over-month in some markets, home values are still up almost 10% nationally on a year-over-year basis. A nearly 10% gain is still dramatic compared to the more normal level of appreciation, which is 3-4%. Let’s connect to find out how much equity you have in your current home and how you can use it to fuel your next purchase.
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