Real Estate Industry

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Recent blogs on Real Estate Industry
By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
Setting up a new home's garage can be challenging, but an organizational plan can make the process easier. There are numerous organizational ideas that you can apply to get the most useful storage out of such a limited space. From overhead storage to racks and shelves, there are many ways to turn a messy garage into a functional area just waiting for whatever neatness magic you cast upon it. With seven simple organizational ideas as your guide, you will soon have a well-organized garage and plenty of extra space for your belongings.1. Sort by CategoryThe first step is to sort everything by category. Put all the tools in one area, all the holiday decorations in another, car accessories in their own area, and so on. This will make it easier to find what you're looking for when you need it...
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By RPDFW @ Salas Home Team, #1 Team in Real Estate Specialty Services
(Realty Preferred DFW)
Reason No. 1: Buyers and Sellers Are More MotivatedThe Advantage for Buyers: Homeowners who are selling during the winter season are often motivated to sell their homes quickly. That means they may be willing to negotiate on price, closing costs, closing date, and/or other terms of the deal.The Advantage for Sellers: Buyers who are willing to house hunt in the winter months, when there are fewer options, are typically more serious about buying. Reason No. 2: Less CompetitionThe Advantage for Buyers: There are usually fewer buyers in the market, which can help you avoid competition.The Advantage for Sellers: With fewer houses on the market, your house will have more attention. Reason No. 3: The Winter WeatherThe Advantage for Buyers: Seeing a house in cold, rainy, or snowy weather can gi...
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By Karen Schimpf, When Your Bank Says No, I CAN Get Your Deal CLOSE
(Commercial Capital Ltd.)
https://flic.kr/p/5PM21C One week is gone in this new year, and if you are like most people, you have already failed on 80% of your new year’s resolutions. BUT I WANT TO CHALLENGE YOU TO KEEP GOING, GET BACK ON THE HORSE. Start again this week, just taking one small step toward each goal. For GA fans, who will be up late tonight watching the Championship game, get started tomorrow-LOL.  The key is to remember it is just week 1 of a 50 week year. The battle is not won in week 1. The battle is won in week 39 when you have been nailing whatever goal it was and you are having victory out on the field of your life. So don’t get down, look at why you had a misstep last week and do better. Maybe you tried to do too much, scale it back, just do a little… I tell my staff all the time, “How do yo...
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By Ron Cedillo, Helping People and Enjoying Life
(Home Buyers Realty)
The cost of owning a home is rising, in large part due to rising energy costs. For example, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the cost of heating oil could increase up to 45 percent year-over-year, alongside projected 25 percent rises in the price of natural gas, and an 11 percent increase for electricity.With costs on the rise, it’s more important than ever for buyers to purchase energy-efficient homes.But how, exactly, do you do that?A recent article from realtor.com outlined the key features potential buyers should be looking for if they want their home purchase to be as energy efficient as possible, including: Close to work. A long commute will use a significant amount of gas, which is not only bad for your budget, but bad for the environment. If you work in a...
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By Leslie Don Wilson, REALTOR ABR ALHS CIPS CRS GREEN GRI MCNE SFR SRES
(281-804-2291)
People might choose to live in Kingwood, Texas for many different reasons. Some of the most important ones are: Kingwood is just north of Houston, which makes it easy for people to get to everything the city has to offer while still having a more suburban feel. Kingwood has a lot of parks, greenbelts, and golf courses, like the Kingwood Cove Golf Club and the El Dorado Golf Course, which give residents a lot of chances to enjoy nature. Good schools: The Humble Independent School District, which serves Kingwood, is known for its high-quality schools and a strong commitment to education. Kingwood is close to a number of big employers, like the Johnson Space Center and the Port of Houston, which makes it a good place to live for people who work in these fields. Strong sense of community: K...
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By Ralph Williams, "The very best in sales & leadership training."
(Bottom Line University)
If you'd like to work with and learn from two of the world's most productive salespeople and leaders in history, The IMPACT Initiative might be for you. You don't reach the top by doing what everyone else is doing, or what everyone else is teaching. You get there by cutting a new path and defying the status quo. If that's what you'd really like to do... join The IMPACT Initiative and conquer a brave and bountiful new world.Ralph Williams and Doug Thompson know their business and they know how to help you break free of whatever's been holding you back. How does 271 listings in one year sound?  Or, how about ten consecutive years of closing more than 100 transactions per year?  Or, how about leading and directing companies to number one positions in listings taken, transactions closed and...
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By William Culler, Where there's a Will there's a way.
(Coldwell Banker Salute)
When it comes to real estate brokerage, there are two main options for how a company can operate: a traditional brick-and-mortar brokerage or a total cloud-based brokerage. While both options have their own pros and cons, there is a third option available: a hybrid cloud brokerage, which combines elements of both traditional and cloud-based models.A traditional brick-and-mortar brokerage operates with a physical office location and relies on in-person interactions with clients and colleagues. One of the main pros of this model is the ability to create a professional and welcoming atmosphere for clients, as well as the opportunity for face-to-face communication and collaboration with colleagues. Additionally, a physical office location can be a sign of stability and credibility for clien...
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By Hank Miller, SRA, Associate Broker & Certified Appraiser
(Ansley Real Estate/Christie's International)
Well who didn't know this was going to happen? Since no one is  is personally responsible for their actions, it's only right to find blame. Even better, sue for damages - including the emotional duress. Over 70% of home buyers have regrets about their purchases, but were they forced? Were they coerced? Or were they keeping up with their social media nonsense, FOMO to the point of stupidity.That said, the real estate sales industry will never be accused of impossibly high standards; if the check doesn't bounce the license is valid. But the buyer is the single decision maker and trying to sue anyone involved in their decision, is frivolous.Hopefully the courts see through this nonsense and tell these whiners where to go.   CLICK TO READ 
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By Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor®
(Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA)
It's a new year, so, we've been seeing a new set of predictions or expectations for 2023. My expectations for 2023 are simple and accurate. Expectation #1 - People will sell their homes and other real estate.Expectation #2 - People will purchase real estate.Expectation #3 = People will still need the services of Real Estate professionals.Now, others with far more data than I, have provided their thoughts for the housing market in 2023. I such organization's thoughts are below.What To Expect from the Housing Market in 2023   The 2022 housing market has been defined by two key things: inflation and rapidly rising mortgage rates. And in many ways, it’s put the market into a reset position. As the Federal Reserve (the Fed) made moves this year to try to lower inflation, mortgage rates more ...
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By Ron Cedillo, Helping People and Enjoying Life
(Home Buyers Realty)
Some Highlights If you’re planning to buy a home in 2023, here are a few things to focus on. Work on your credit and save for a down payment. If saving feels like a challenge, there’s help available. Then, get pre-approved, create a list of desired features, and prioritize them. Let’s connect so you have expert advice on how to reach your homebuying goals this year.
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By Rhonda Gustitus, Real Estate's A Dream With Rhonda Gustitus Team!
(The Rhonda Gustitus Team)
Punta Gorda Isles furnished, waterfront pool home with over 2200 sqft of living! Opportunity awaits on this incredibly spacious, move in ready, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage home! Perfectly situated on a PGI saltwater canal with quick access to Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico. Fish right from your backyard dock! This charming home is located near the end of a quiet peaceful cul-de-sac. The living room, family room & master bedroom have sliding doors leading to the pool patio; the living room has full width sliding doors to the patio for entertaining. Eye-catching waterfront views from most rooms in the home! The bright sunny kitchen has plenty of counter space & cabinetry including a built-in desk, pass thru window to the pool area, large breakfast bar overlooking the family r...
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By Rhonda Gustitus, Real Estate's A Dream With Rhonda Gustitus Team!
(The Rhonda Gustitus Team)
 Lovely 2 bedroom, 2 bath home, located in the beautiful community of Gardens of Gulf Cove. New roof (Dec. 2022), newer A/C (2020) and newer water heater (2021)!. Enter this home and arrive in the nice open living room and dining room offering modern fans and light fixtures. The eat-in kitchen offers granite countertops, raised cabinets with crown molding on top, and stainless steel appliances. This home has been customized with an additional bonus room (under air) that could be used as a Family room or 3rd bedroom as well as an enclosed Florida room (with an AC and heater window unit) and sliding vinyl windows. There is an additional 16x13 deck, great space for grilling! The master bedroom features a large walk-in closet with the master bathroom having a walk-in closet with river rock ...
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By John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852
(Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI)
As in year's past, we took a look at recent data, historical data, and expected news and economic metrics to come up with a forecast for 2023.We discuss housing, rates, inflation, and recession to come up with some overall forecasts for the housing market.  It's good news for buyers, sellers, and the overall market in many instances, with some recessionary concerns posing challenges for the overall economy - BUT, things look good for housing in most markets due to continued inventory challenges and a high likelihood we'll see mortgage rates take a dip.You can find the full forecast and see the slides with data by clicking here Hope you find our 2023 mortgage forecast and housing outlook helpful, and if you'd like to see local data or forecasting for your area, don't hesitate to reach out!
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By Otis Duffy, Otis Duffy Centum Broker of Record NY, NJ & FL
(Centum Real Estate Group)
"Understanding Local Law 97: How NYC is Reducing its Carbon Footprint" If you're a resident or business owner in New York City, you may have heard about Local Law 97, also known as the Climate Mobilization Act. Passed in 2019, this legislation aims to reduce carbon emissions from large buildings in the city, with the goal of combating climate change and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. So, what exactly does Local Law 97 involve, and how does it aim to reduce carbon emissions in NYC? Here's what you need to know: The legislation applies to buildings over 25,000 square feet. This includes both commercial and residential buildings, as well as mixed-use buildings with at least 50% of their floor space being used for commercial purposes. Local Law 97 sets emissions caps for each buildin...
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By Ron Cedillo, Helping People and Enjoying Life
(Home Buyers Realty)
A new year brings with it the opportunity for new experiences. If that resonates with you because you’re considering making a move, you’re likely juggling a mix of excitement over your next home and a sense of attachment to your current one. A great way to ease some of those emotions and ensure you’re feeling confident in your decision is to keep these three best practices in mind. 1. Price Your Home Right The housing market shifted in 2022 as mortgage rates rose, buyer demand eased, and the number of homes for sale grew. As a seller, you’ll want to recognize things are different now and price your house appropriately based on where the market is today. Greg McBride, Chief Financial Analyst at Bankrate, explains: “Price your home realistically. This isn’t the housing market of April or...
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By Peter Mohylsky
(PMI. Destin)
Anti-fog mirrors, heated floors, bidets, steam showers, and more are all having a moment right now.  It does not have to be that difficult.   White makes sense for towels that we use on a regular basis but color is good for those towels that we leave out for guests.  and admit it.  We do have those items that are not for regular use and are used only with guests coming in for a visit.  But upgrading your bathroom to make it a bliss-room is always a good idea.  It is the smallest room in the house but it makes a big impact on the home livability factor.   Not to mention, all of these features have appeal when selling your home. If you could have any one dream feature in your bathroom what would you pick? #thehelpfulagent #home #houseexpert #house #listreports #homeowner #househunting #ho...
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By Craig Lebrau, Property Geek in Upper East Side NYC
(Lebrau Property)
Did you go on a Cebu city tour and think of how much you would love to have a house there? Well, you are not alone. If you’re looking for a great place to invest in real estate, then the Philippines should definitely be on your list. Real estate investments in the Philippines have been steadily increasing over the last decade, making it one of the most attractive options for foreign investors. In this blog post, you will learn five reasons why you should consider investing in Philippine real estate and how you can make the most out of your investment. So read on to find out why the Philippines is the ideal place to invest in real estate.5 Reasons Why You Should Invest in Philippine Real Estate1) The Philippines is One of the Fastest-Growing Economies in AsiaThe Philippines is one of the...
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By Pete Beeda
(Keller Williams)
Utah’s Spectacular Geography - With its majestic mountains, vast deserts and spectacular canyons, Utah offers some of the most breathtaking geography in the country. The famous red-rock cliffs of Arches National Park are just one example of the stunning landscapes that await visitors here, while other attractions such as Zion National Park, Canyonlands National Park and Monument Valley provide even more opportunities to take in the beauty of the region. Outline Item 2: Exploring Utah's Cultural Attractions - Beyond its stunning scenery, Utah also offers a wealth of cultural attractions for visitors to explore.From interactive museums and art galleries to historic sites and traditional music performances, there is no shortage of activities here that can help you gain a deeper understandi...
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By Ralph Williams, "The very best in sales & leadership training."
(Bottom Line University)
It always starts with me! Not you, not us, not we. I have to choose! You can't choose for me. It's a new day, it's a new dawn, it's a new year. I'm making it mine. Join me. It's going to be a monster year for those who choose to make it one!
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By Greg Tresler, We Buy Houses For Cash As Is! House Buyers Florida
(House Buyers Florida)
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the cost of homeownership? If so, it might be time to consider selling your house to house buyers and downgrading to renting. Although it can be difficult to let go of a home that has become part of your life, in some cases downsizing is the most financially sensible option. It’s important to recognize when you should transition from homeowner to renter. Here are 6 signs that indicate it may be time for you to sell your house fast to house buyers and take up a more affordable rental property instead.  You’re Struggling to Make Mortgage PaymentsIf you’ve already missed a couple of payments and can’t seem to catch up, it may be time to consider selling your home to house buyers and renting something that fits into your budget.  Maintenance Costs Continue to ...
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