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Recent blogs on Real Estate Industry
By Greg Tresler, We Buy Houses For Cash As Is! House Buyers Florida
(House Buyers Florida)
Buying a house is a big decision, and it’s even more important to make sure you are investing your money in the right place. As one of the most vibrant cities in the United States, Miami has become an attractive location for potential homeowners. Whether you're a first-time buyer or an experienced home mover, House Buyers Miami can be your trusted guide to the local housing market. With their valuable insights and knowledge of the area, they make sure you get the best deal when searching for your next property.With rising prices and increasing demand for housing, it’s a great option for long-term investments, not only for real estate investors but also for regular home buyers who are looking to make their money work for them. With so many options available from luxury waterfront condos ...
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By Greg Tresler, We Buy Houses For Cash As Is! House Buyers Florida
(House Buyers Florida)
Florida is one of the most popular states in the US for relocating. Not only does it have beautiful weather and a large number of attractions, but its cost of living is relatively low compared to other states. In this blog post, we’ll explore why living in Florida is so affordable and what you can expect when you move there.For house buyers searching for an affordable option, Florida presents an intriguing opportunity due to its low housing costs. In many areas of the state, you can purchase a house for far below national averages, making it a great investment for those looking to stretch their dollar. With mild winters and vibrantly warm summers, house buyers can enjoy almost year-round sunshine while keeping their financial bottom line in check. Relatively-low house prices also make i...
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By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
On December 19, 2022, National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for newly built single family homes down two points to 31 points in December of 2022 from 33 points in November of 2022.The HMI component charting present sales conditions declined three point to 36 points, the HMI buyer traffic unchanged zero point to 20 points, and the HMI sales expectations index gained four points to 35 points in December of 2022.The three-month moving averages for regional HMI scores, South dropped six points at 36 points, the West decreased three points at 26 points, Northeast lower five points at 37 points, Midwest fell four points to 34 points in December of 2022.NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz, stated “Mortgage rates are down from above 7% in recent weeks to abo...
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By Mayra Espinosa Realtor San Mateo Pacifica Homes, San Mateo County Real Estate | Buy | Sell | Invest
(Mayra Espinosa Broker- Realtor | Call 650-996-8961)
Pacifica is a beautiful coastal city located in San Mateo County, California. The city is situated on the Pacific Ocean, about 15 miles south of San Francisco.Pacifica has a rich history dating back to the 1700s when the Ohlone Native American tribe inhabited it. A developer who hoped to create a resort community on the coast named Pacifica "Pacifica" in the 1850s. It officially incorporated Pacifica in 1957.One of the main attractions of Pacifica is its beautiful coastline. Pacifica is well known for its rocky coastline, beautiful beaches, and scenic views. The climate in Pacifica is typically cool and foggy, with temperatures ranging from the mid-40s to the mid-60s throughout the year.Traffic in Pacifica can be heavy, particularly during rush hour and on weekends when tourists flock t...
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By Hank Miller, SRA, Associate Broker & Certified Appraiser
(Ansley Real Estate/Christie's International)
He loves me, he loves me not. Really, he doesn't care, he's just doing his job. Agents love the appraiser when they get the results they want. When they don't, appraisers are the source of agent temper tantrums. The love hate appraiser relationship.Home sellers have similar reactions to appraisers. When they hear a number they like, "the appraiser said this house is great, look". When that number isn't what they want, "yeah. I had a some dumb appraiser say that...". Nevermind that so much depends on the type of appraisal completed. One completed for mortgage purposes is drastically different than a simple opinion of value.The agent - appraiser relationship seems chronically strained. As I wear both hats and do both full time for over 30 years, I can speak to this. Appraisers are data dr...
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By Michael Mahoney, Boston Realtor with Century 21 American Properties
(Century 21)
Happy New Year! Hope this finds you well. I have just lined up the Century 21 Career night schedule for the 1st Quarter of the new year.Our first one of the quarter, will be on:  January 19th, 2023 @ 5:45 PM  @ our regional Century 21 office at 246 Main Street in Walpole, MA I have a few questions to ask you. Have you been looking for a change in your life? Do you think you have what it takes to be in business for yourself and you’re tired of making other people rich?Have you ever considered a career in real estate?I will look forward to seeing you on January 19th @ 5:45 at our regional office.   👀 See the FULL Video Here 🎯🎯🎯  Special video for You with the Special Invite and Offer  Sign up for Career Night Here 
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By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
On December 28, 2022, National Association of Realtors® (NAR) reported that nationwide pending contract signed home sales down 4.0% to an index of 73.9 in November of 2022 from October of 2022, and declined 37.8% from November of 2021.Pending home sales index in the Northeast lower 7.9% to an index of 63.3 in November of 2022 from October 2022, and fell 34.9% from November of 2021.Pending home sales index in the Midwest down 6.6% to an index of 77.8 in November of 2022 from October 2022, and declined 31.6% from November of 2021.Pending home sales index in the South retreat 2.3% to an index of 88.5 in November of 2022 from October 2022, and dropped 38.5% from November of 2021.Pending home sales index in the West lost 0.9% to an index of 105.5 in November of 2022 from October 2022, and de...
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By Hank Miller, SRA, Associate Broker & Certified Appraiser
(Ansley Real Estate/Christie's International)
Yeah, I know, touchy subject. No one put a gun to a home buyer's head, but did anyone slow them down, have them take a minute to think? Did realtors get home buyers into trouble? Many, including the industry as a whole, certainly acted as enablers.Why so Many Agents?This is not a new question. Over three decades I've asked this countless times. Why are there 2M+ agents? There is absolutely no need for that many. The answer is one word "fees". Desk fees, license fees, membership fees, training and classes, equipment...brokerages could care less if sales are made, just pay those fees. So at every level, real estate is pitched as the ideal part time hustle, beat your "spear" of influence to death and make a cool couple hundred grand a year. The idiotic idea that a real estate transaction i...
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By Karen Schimpf, When Your Bank Says No, I CAN Get Your Deal CLOSE
(Commercial Capital Ltd.)
Commercial Property Exchange   NETWORKING EVENT Making Transactions Happen   Come to the Williamson County and Northeast Travis County  Commercial Property Exchange Networking Event!   Meeting every 1st Thursday of the Month    Williamson County Association of Realtors  123 E.Old Settlers Blvd. Round Rock TX 78664    Meeting begins at 8:30 am and ends @ 10:00 am   Text Link COMMERCIAL PROPERTY EXCHANGE NETWORK for Commercial Realtors Date: Thursday, January 5, 2023   Time: 8:30 am - 10:00 am    Address: 123 E. Old Settlers Blvd., Round Rock, TX   Zoom:   Register in advance to attend meeting via Zoom:    https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtdOCqqjkoHN3cucayv7HeW7hSDkIWMn8_ ****Please check your email to receive the meeting id number and the passcode for the event.     For Proper...
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By Karen Schimpf, When Your Bank Says No, I CAN Get Your Deal CLOSE
(Commercial Capital Ltd.)
Karen SchimpfCommercial Capital, Ltd.O: 512-358-1511E: karen@ApplyCommercialLoans.comL: www.linkedin.com/in/karenschimpf/B: http://bizloansconnections.com/W: http://applycommercialloans.com   SBA Express Bolt! – Up to $150K Working Capital Loans in 2 weeks; ask for details P.S. REFINANCE YOUR SBA 7A LOAN INTO A FIXED RATE 504 LOAN AND SAVE THOUSANDS! The SBA 7A loan is generally an adjustable loan that is tied to Prime. As the Prime has shot up this year due to the Fed raising rates, the SBA 7A loan is shooting up as well. Most borrowers will start paying an interest rate in the 8’s on their SBA 7A loan starting next month. But EVEN NOW, We can refinance that loan into a blended FIXED rate in the 6’s…that is huge on a Million dollar loan. This is only available for Real Estate-backed de...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP On December 27, 2022, The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that the U.S. house price unchanged 0.0% in October of 2022 from September of 2022, but gained 9.8% from October of 2021 based on home sales values obtained from mortgages sold to or guaranteed by FNMA and Freddie Mac. Nationwide, among nine census New England Division was highest with a rose of 1.4%, and Pacific Division had lowest with a loss of 0.9% in October of 2022 from September of 2022; while South Atlantic Division was the highest with jump of 14.1%, and West Pacific Division was lowest with an increase of 4.5% in October of 2022, from October of 2021. For complete more detailed in...
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By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
On December 27, 2022, The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that the U.S. house price unchanged 0.0% in October of 2022 from September of 2022, but gained 9.8% from October of 2021 based on home sales values obtained from mortgages sold to or guaranteed by FNMA and Freddie Mac.Nationwide, among nine census New England Division was highest with a rose of 1.4%, and Pacific Division had lowest with a loss of 0.9% in October of 2022 from September of 2022; while South Atlantic Division was the highest with jump of 14.1%, and West Pacific Division was lowest with an increase of 4.5% in October of 2022, from October of 2021.For complete more detailed information about the FHFA’s home price index for October of 2022, please click HERE
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By Matthew Klinowski, PA, Naples Golf Guy | Find Your Dream Lifestyle
(Downing Frye Realty)
Lee County November Housing Market ReportThe November housing market report for Lee County showed 1,276 properties sold for just over $617 Million during the month. The luxury market picked up again with 73 properties sold at or above $1 Million, up from 62 luxury sales during October. Lee County covers Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Captiva, Estero, Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Miromar Lakes, Sanibel and surrounding areas.The highest price sale was on Sanibel for $11,700,000. Once again, golf community properties dominated the highest priced homes sold in Lee County with 7 of the top 10 golf homes sold between $2,900,000 to $5,995,000. On average, homebuyers paid 97% of list price for the top 10 most expensive homes sold in Lee County. Lee County November Housing Market Report – Single F...
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By Matthew Klinowski, PA, Naples Golf Guy | Find Your Dream Lifestyle
(Downing Frye Realty)
Sarasota Florida Housing Market UpdateThe latest Sarasota Florida housing market statistics showed 638 properties sold for just over $395 Million during November for the North Port, Sarasota, and Bradenton areas. The highest priced sale was for a single family home on Longboat Key for $10,000,000.Once again, inventory rose significantly compared to the same time last year. However, it is important to keep in mind inventory was extremely low last year. Like previous months, even though supply has increased, the greater Sarasota area ended the month with just over a 2 months’ supply of properties for sale. Most notable was the minimal increase in inventory from October to November which was only 7 percent.Overall, inventory ended the month at 2,410 properties for sale which is just over h...
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By Matthew Klinowski, PA, Naples Golf Guy | Find Your Dream Lifestyle
(Downing Frye Realty)
2022 Naples November Real Estate RecapThe Naples November real estate recap showed 552 properties sold for just over $1 Billion. The largest sale was for $27,900,000 in Port Royal. Additionally, the luxury market remained strong, with 160 properties sold at or above $1 Million compared to 142 sales during October.The Naples market remains strong despite the recent hurricane, the economy and interest rate increases. If you have been watching national headlines you are likely concerned about a recession in 2023 and you have been told home building and home prices are dropping. What you may not be seeing in the national headlines is there are exceptions.Yes, the market has changed over the past several months. As Ali Wolf, chief economist for Zonda, the largest home building prop tech comp...
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By Greg Tresler, We Buy Houses For Cash As Is! House Buyers Florida
(House Buyers Florida)
Are you considering selling your rental property to a house buyers company? If so, you're probably trying to decide if the timing is right. While there's no one-size-fits-all answer, there are certain signs that can help you determine when it might be time to sell.From economic changes in your area to increasing maintenance costs and tenant turnover, here are 3 signs it’s time for you to consider selling your rental property.  Economic Changes in Your Area: Rising taxes, increasing insurance premiums, and other economic shifts can significantly impact your bottom line as a rental property owner. If the cost of owning and maintaining your rental property is no longer financially viable, then selling might be the best option.   Maintenance Costs: Owning a rental property comes with its fa...
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By Greg Tresler, We Buy Houses For Cash As Is! House Buyers Florida
(House Buyers Florida)
Are you struggling to keep up with your mortgage payments? Are you facing the threat of foreclosure? If so, the House Cash Buyers can help. They specialize in helping homeowners sell their homes quickly and avoid foreclosure. With their fast and reliable service, they can get you cash for your house in as little as seven days. They are experienced real estate professionals who will work hard to ensure that you get the best possible price for your home and can move on with life free from worry. Whether you’re looking for a quick sale or just want some extra time before having to move out, House Cash Buyers Company has the solutions that fit your needs. They will understand the stress of trying to keep up with mortgage payments and work hard to get you out of debt fast. They have helped c...
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By RPDFW @ Salas Home Team, #1 Team in Real Estate Specialty Services
(Realty Preferred DFW)
As we near the end of 2022, we would like to thank all of our clients, business partners, family, and friends who have supported us this year.   It is a great privilege and honor to serve in an industry that truly makes a difference and improves the lives of people in our community.   As we move forward in 2023, our intention is to continue to give the same level of service and grow our family of Realtors who seek to serve our community with mindfulness and professionalism.   Cheers to the new year, and may our good deeds be the light that governs our leadership compass. 
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By Jean Richer, Straight Talk on Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty Inc.)
Closing issues come in two sizes, large and small. Unfortunately, it is common for them to show up on a home you are having inspected to purchase. These issues will be solved during your negotiations between yourself the buyer, and the seller. You will determine together who will take care of these issues and an arrangement will be in place through changes made to your terms of purchase. We ensure all of our clients that these matters will be fixed simply and efficiently in everyone's favour and that it is part of the process in each real estate transaction. 
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By Rhonda Gustitus, Real Estate's A Dream With Rhonda Gustitus Team!
(The Rhonda Gustitus Team)
OVER 2200 SQ. FT. OF LUXURY LIVING in this 3/4 bedroom split plan home with large screened lanai, spacious screened front porch, fenced yard and a 10x20 air-conditioned storage shed! Currently used as an office and would make a perfect workshop or hobby room! Home has been completely re-pipped! This wonderful home is situated on a large corner lot with city water utility! Home is powered by Solar! Low monthly electric bills! Seller currently pays $140. per month and $10. service fee! Once panels are paid, you only have $10. service fee! Affordable and economical! This lovely home has been beautifully updated! Enjoy farm style white wood cabinets, glass tile backsplash, new kitchen sink, stainless appliances and plank tile flooring! The kitchen also includes a separate service station in...
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