Real Estate Industry

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Recent blogs on Real Estate Industry
By Hank Miller, SRA, Associate Broker & Certified Appraiser
(Ansley Real Estate/Christie's International)
For the fourth year in a row, the number of agents in the US reached record levels. NAR estimates 1.6M realtors in the ranks and estimates are another 700K non member agents. The industry lives on the fees associated with this bloated pool.Professional agents know this isn't good. Hobby agents, opportunity agents, hacks...call them what you want but they are not good for the reputation of the industry. This was on clear display over the last few years as over 70% of homebuyers have buyer's remorse, many trying to sue their agents for getting them into homes they now regret buying.As the changed 2023 market opens, these agents will be in the mix. In a dynamic and changing environment, many buyers and sellers will wonder, can you fire a real estate agent? In Georgia, the answer is YES. As...
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By Ralph Williams, "The very best in sales & leadership training."
(Bottom Line University)
https://os5.mycloud.com/action/share/5c926399-0db7-4fad-9e31-e78828152a2d   Hey Everybody, We have a great program for you this week. It is built around one simple question…“What Do You Want?”Join us and learn how a few simple adjustments can make the things you want possible.Our special guest this week is Alex Winiarski with Win Team Realty, The Sutton Group Quantum Realty, Inc. in Oakville, Ontario, CANADA. Alex is a man of many talents and when it comes to making things happen in the real estate business, no challenge is too big for Alex. If this is your year to break out and be the most productive you've ever been, then reach out and enroll today. You won't find a better value anywhere! Reach out to either of us and enroll today!Ralph Williams Ralph@BottomLineUniversity.comDoug Tho...
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By Alex Gandel, Simi Valley CA Agent, Simi Valley Real Estate
(Top Producing Agent, Pinnacle Estate Properties)
Market Update for January 13th, 2023 - Simi Valley, Ventura County.Alex Gandel's business is built on Trust, Integrity, and Communication. His mindset and calm demeanor come from a "glass half full" approach producing a win-win scenario for all parties involved. Serving all facets of the Real Estate business, Alex Gandel's specialties include Listing Agent, Selling Agent, Relocation, Contingent Buyers and Sellers, Luxury Estate Homes, Trust Sales, 1031 Exchanges, Divorce Sales, Moving-up and Downsizing Sellers, and distress sales. Serving Simi Valley and surrounding communities in all prices 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 nav...
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By Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Most of the time I don't read "junk" emails.  Today, I was sitting and waiting for an agent to stop back in the office when one popped in my email box and I opened it about 5 seconds after it arrived..  The content of the email was :Hi, My Company is exclusively brokering the domain name VacationhomesGeorgia.com for our client. we found your company and think this domain name is perfect to grow your brand. VacationhomesGeorgia.com already gets over 60,000 direct match searches every year and ranks easy for SEO. This domain will keep increasing in value as more and more great domains like this are being taken off the market. So basically if you sat on it for a few years, you could definitely make money of it if you decide to sell it. It is premium internet real estate. Furthermore, the d...
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By Dawn Castell, Freelance home stager
(Freelancer)
There are two main types of student loans: federal and private. Federal loans are funded and managed by the government, while banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions offer private loans. Federal loans typically offer more borrowing power than private ones, with lower interest rates and more flexible repayment terms. Interest ratesThe type of loan determines interest rates for the loans. Federal loans have fixed rates set by Congress, and private loans have variable rates that fluctuate with the market. Federal loan interest rates are lower than those offered on private loans. Repayment termsThe repayment terms for the loans vary depending on the type of loan. Federal loan repayment plans are typically more flexible than private ones, offering a range of options such as in...
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By Ralph Williams, "The very best in sales & leadership training."
(Bottom Line University)
Hey Everybody, We have a great program for you this week. It is built around one simple question…“What Do You Want?” Join us and learn how a few simple adjustments can make the things you want possible. Our special guest this week is Alex Winiarski with Win Team Realty, The Sutton Group Quantum Realty, Inc. in Oakville, Ontario, CANADA. Alex is a man of many talents and when it comes to making things happen in the real estate business, no challenge is too big for Alex.If this is your year to break out and be the most productive you've ever been, then reach out and enroll today. You won't find a better value anywhere! Take less than 4 minutes and listen to a soundbite from Ralph and a soundbite from Doug. Your time will be well spent. Ralph Williams on the difference between amateurs and...
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By Ron Cedillo, Helping People and Enjoying Life
(Home Buyers Realty)
2023 is officially upon us, and with the new year comes a new housing market.So, the question is, how do you navigate this new housing market? Or, in other words, if you want to successfully buy or sell a home in 2023, what do you need to know?A recent video from realtor.com outlined must-know tips for buying or selling a home in 2023, including: Connect with a real estate agent. The right real estate agent can be a huge asset to your home search or sale of your house. If you’re thinking about buying or selling, do your research and get in touch with an experienced agent in your area. They can help you understand the market and put together a game plan to successfully sell your home and/or find the property of your dreams. Get your finances prepared. If you’re applying for a mortgage, y...
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By Peter Mohylsky
(PMI. Destin)
Understanding all of your financials options and picking the ones that are right for your situation can be a stressful road to walk alone. So, don't walk alone.  The market is quiet right now but we are expecting a boom once the dust settles from the holiday season.  There will be no meltdown.  interest rates are at the median level when compared to the historical average.  There are all types of options that can help you get to where you want to go.  Let me help answer your questions and I can refer you to a great loan officer along the way!#thehelpfulagent #home #houseexpert #house #listreports #homeowner #themoreyouknow #finances #realestate #realestateagent #realtor
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By Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate
(Crown Key Realty, Inc; Tracy & Mountain House Sales and Property Management)
According to Forbes, linked here   you really need to buy a home in Tracy.Why, Tracy is 60 miles south of Sacramento (#1) and 60 miles East San Francisco (#3) 60 miles North East of San Jose (#5), 70 miles from Vallejo (#6) and 30 miles from Modesto (#8).Why wouldn't you want to purchase a house in Tracy/Mountain House/River Islands.If you want more information regarding buying a primary residence call ME!Or if you want to know about investment opportunities, and property management then we can certainly help you.  Crown Key Realty Inc is one of the leading property managment companies in the Tracy Area.Call us today - let's talk.
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By Greg Tresler, We Buy Houses For Cash As Is! House Buyers Florida
(House Buyers Florida)
Tax liens are a legal mechanism used by governments to collect unpaid taxes from individuals and businesses. When you owe taxes, the government may place a lien on your property, which gives them the right to seize it if you do not pay your debt. This means that if you want to sell your property to house buyers, any potential buyer will have to take on the responsibility of paying off any existing tax liens against it. It is important for homeowners facing this situation to understand how tax liens work and what their options are when selling their homes with an outstanding lien. When you owe taxes, your local government will typically send you a notice informing you that they are placing a lien on your property. The lien is essentially an insurance policy for the government to make sur...
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By Rhonda Gustitus, Real Estate's A Dream With Rhonda Gustitus Team!
(The Rhonda Gustitus Team)
 Magnificent, beautifully updated 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage home in SECTION 15 (Most desired area of Port Charlotte)! Almost 2000 sq. ft. of luxury living with new roof (5yrs), soaring high ceilings, built in custom lighted shelving, granite countertop breakfast bar, Hickory wood slow close cabinetry with accent crown molding, built-in TV area, stainless pot rack, counter level built-in microwave suitable for anyone wheelchair bound. Stainless appliances in the kitchen stay including the full size built-in ice-maker! There is tile flooring throughout with the wider doorways (all handicapped accessible). The master bath includes a wonderful tiled walk-in shower with a seat! There is a deep "Bear claw" cast iron tub for those who love to relax and take a bubble bath, dual sinks & gr...
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By Rhonda Gustitus, Real Estate's A Dream With Rhonda Gustitus Team!
(The Rhonda Gustitus Team)
 Looking for a furnished home at a discounted price in Maple Leaf? I have one for you! This incredibly spacious 2 bedroom, 2 bath home is priced to sell! Needs a little TLC on the outside. Some siding needs replacing (seller has materials), carport is currently being replaced, and a small portion of the shed needs covering. The interior is lovely and very nicely furnished. The home is almost 1400 sq.ft. under air with a spacious kitchen and breakfast room area, formal dining room with built-in hutch, huge great room area, and best of all a large family room. Perfect floorplan to entertain guests! Location is ideal and is walking distance to the clubhouse, golf course, heated pool and all the fun activities that are ongoing in Maple Leaf association! This is a fun filled community with a...
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By Rhonda Gustitus, Real Estate's A Dream With Rhonda Gustitus Team!
(The Rhonda Gustitus Team)
 Incredible opportunity on this 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1 car garage home with metal roof, new impact windows & doors ($29,000+ value), large storage shed with a/c, and fenced yard overlooking the private dock with built in sitting bench. This canal front home is located on the CocoPlum waterway where you can fish, kayak or just enjoy the serene peaceful setting. After hurricane Ian, the sellers stripped the inside of the home and took it down to the studs. The ceilings are all intact, as well as the ceiling fans. The refrigerator, microwave, washer & dryer are all included. Now is the time to make your design and finish the inside just the way you want it! Over 1,300 sq. ft. of living, offering a large eat-in kitchen, formal living & dining room, and a wonderful bonus room that is being use...
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By Charles Ross - (785)-819-6944, Love To Help People
(eXp Realty LLC Salina Group)
If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home soon, you probably want to know what you can expect from the housing market this year. In 2022, the market underwent a significant shift as economic uncertainty, and higher mortgage rates reduced buyer demand, slowed the pace of home sales, and moderated home prices. But what about 2023? An article from HousingWire offers this perspective: “The red-hot housing market of the past 2 ½ years was characterized by sub-three percent mortgage rates, fast-paced bidding wars and record-low inventory. But more recently, market conditions have done an about-face. . . . now is the opportunity for everyone to become re-educated about what a ‘typical’ housing market looks like.” This year, experts agree we may see the return of more excellent stabilit...
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By Michael Peron, Michael Peron, Dave Florida Real Estate
(South Florida Home Solutions)
Avoid the Rental Trap in 2023 If you’re a renter, you likely face an important decision every year: renew your current lease, start a new one, or buy a home. This year is no different. But before you dive too deeply into your options, it helps to understand the true costs of renting moving forward. In the past year, both current renters and new renters have seen their rent go up based on information from realtor.com: “Three out of four renters (74.2%) who have moved in the past 12 months reported seeing their rent increase. The strain from recent rent hikes isn’t exclusive to renters who have recently moved. Nearly two-thirds of renters (63.2%) who have lived in their current rental between 12 and 24 months, and likely renewed their lease, have also reported increases in their rent.” An...
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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:Redfin Reports a Record Share of Home Sellers Are Giving Concessions to BuyersCoreLogic’s Major US Housing Market Trends of 2022Realtor.com® Launches Enhanced Listing Intelligence for AgentsEasing Mortgage Rates and Home Prices Provide Slight Boost to Homebuyer SentimentMultiple NAR Leaders Included in 2023 Swanepoel Power 200 ListCalifornia REALTORS® Encouraged by Governor's Funding For Housing in State Budget, Press for Greater Homeownership OpportunitiesRealtor.com® December Housing Report: Inventory Ends the Year Up 55% but Remains Below Historic LevelsZillow Names Charlotte as 2023's Hottest Housing MarketDelta Media Leadership Survey Reveals Real Estate B...
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By Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor®
(Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA)
...as much as you can.There is some basic Real Estate lingo that all buyers and sellers should learn prior to entering the Real Estate & Mortgage marketplace. The Infographic below is intended for buyers but I find sellers need to know the same terminology as a buyer and vice versa. Key Terms To Know When Buying a Home    Some Highlights Buying a home is a major transaction that can seem even more complex when you don’t understand the terms used throughout the process. If you’re looking to become a homeowner this year, it’s important to know these housing terms and how they relate to the current market so you feel confident throughout the homebuying process. Work with a trusted real estate professional who can answer any questions as they come up. Credit to KCM for the infographic
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By Ron Cedillo, Helping People and Enjoying Life
(Home Buyers Realty)
Some Highlights Buying a home is a major transaction that can seem even more complex when you don’t understand the terms used throughout the process. If you’re looking to become a homeowner this year, it’s important to know these housing terms and how they relate to the current market so you feel confident throughout the homebuying process. Let’s connect so you have expert answers for any questions as they come up.
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
Running a successful real estate office requires excellent customer service, staying on top of industry developments, and ensuring that staff remains productive. Increasing productivity in a real estate office may seem daunting, but several simple and effective strategies can be implemented to boost productivity.From streamlining processes to utilizing technology to its fullest potential, there are many ways to make a real estate office more productive. By implementing the following seven savvy ways, a real estate office can become more efficient, improve customer service, and increase its overall success.1. Automate ProcessesAutomating processes can save time and energy in a real estate office. By using software to streamline processes like document management, marketing, customer rela...
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net
(Arizona Elite Properties )
I agree with these picks.  Glad to see Nursing at the top.  Given the last few years is it any surprise that 'nurses retain [the] top ethics rating in U.S.'?   According to a Gallup survey real estate agents rank above lawyers, journalists, politicians and car salespeople, but below accountants, police officers and teachers. Gallup first measured the honesty and ethics of professions in 1976 and has updated it annually since 1990. A small number of professions have been on the list every year, while others are included periodically.     When asked "How you would rate the honesty and ethical standards of people in these different fields -- very high, high, average, low or very low?" real estate agents scored as follows:   Very High: 4%   High: 20%   Average: 55%   Low: 15%   Very Low: 4%...
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