Real Estate Sales and Marketing

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Recent blogs on Real Estate Sales and Marketing
By Charles Ross - (785)-819-6944, Love To Help People
(eXp Realty LLC Salina Group)
While it’s exciting to start thinking about moving in and decorating after you’ve applied for your mortgage, there are some key things to keep in mind before you close. Here’s a list of things you may not realize you need to avoid after applying for your home loan. Don’t Deposit Large Sums of Cash Lenders need to source your money, and cash isn’t easily traceable. Before depositing cash into your accounts, discuss the proper way to document your transactions with your loan officer. Don’t Make Any Large Purchases It’s not just home-related purchases that could disqualify you from your loan. Any large purchases can be red flags for lenders. People with new debt have higher debt-to-income ratios (how much debt you have compared to your monthly income). Since higher ratios make for riskier ...
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By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages)
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker and Aura Alex and hosting this months ActiveRain Challenge titled "January 2023 Challenge: Sharing your Marketing Tips For Real Estate Business."  No matter how long we have been in sales, we all have marketing tips we can share.  For me my marketing experience has spanned 49 years.  During those 49 years, I have attend several seminars on how to be successful in sales.  Two thing always comes through loud and clear and have been common in every presentation.  The first is to be successful in sales You Have To Market Yourself.  The second is do not make the process of marketing yourself more complicated than it needs to be.An ActiveRain Member whose marketing skills I have a lot of respect for is Barbara Todaro, and her marketing message is simple and...
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By Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker
Here is the north Texas real estate market update as of  January 29, 2023New properties for sale 180Back on the market listings 41Price decrease listings 157Price increase 19Active kick out 4Active option contract 169Active contingent 29Pending listings 177Sold listings 89Expired listings 29Cancelled listings 21Withdrawn listings 2Temporary off market listings 29Coming soon listings 27
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By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo and Home Specialists
(The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
Top Reasons To Sell Your Long Island Condo Now Condo Owners Ask: "Is Now the Right Time to Maximize My Condo's Value by Selling" Listen Up Owners, Here's Why the Answer is Yes ~ Current market conditions are favorable for sellers, with low inventory and high demand. Interest rates are making it an attractive time for buyers to purchase. Can be a good time to take advantage of any equity built up in the condo. It may be the right time to sell before any potential market changes or economic shifts. Prevailing market may be a good opportunity to sell before any repairs or updates are needed to your condo You may be able to take advantage of any changes in the local real estate market Consider this may be the right time for a quick sale You might need more or less space, and you're ready to...
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By Dean Cacioppo, Real Estate Marketing Guru
(One Click SEO)
What are the biggest changes in real estate search engine optimization for 2023?The only thing consistent in the SEO world is change and we have seen some major changes in the last 12 months. Google published ten "named" algorithm updates in 2022 (which are very significant and can take months to roll out fully) and hundreds of smaller updates throughout 2022 -- all of which had an impact on search rankings in some way.Many websites saw their traffic get devastated by the Helpful Content & Link Spam update which just finished rolling out on January 12th of 2023. Even websites under the control of professional digital marketing agencies have gotten hit as it can be tempting to exploit a current weakness in the algorithm to increase rankings, only to get slammed by Google when they "catch...
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By Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets, & Host of Postcards From Success Podcast
(Big Block Realty 858.232.8722)
The question was asked today, and a very good question at that, because it's a focused and purposeful result-seeking question many should consider in their own businesses when deciding to work in a niche-market.Candice A. Donofrio Thank you for allowing me to use your question here. Candice asked: "If you were an agent wanting to go into a different, specialized area of practice, how would you attract seller clients?"     For example, you've been in general real estate for a while and you really want to attract builders and developers. How do you present yourself as the one to go with over the more established agents in that area? Or, from residential to commercial . . . cracking into a market that has coverage, but you want to rise to top of mind of your target demo.OR any shift in 'sp...
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Here is the north Texas real estate market update as of  January 287, 2023New properties for sale 2420Back on the market listings 582Price decrease listings 2363Price increase 336Active kick out 59Active option contract 1836Active contingent 323Pending listings 2353Sold listings 1441Expired listings 178Cancelled listings 451Withdrawn listings 38Temporary off market listings 241Coming soon listings 398
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By Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker
Here is the north Texas real estate market update as of  January 28, 2023 New properties for sale 591Back on the market listings 129Price decrease listings 424Price increase 75Active kick out 6Active option contract 247Active contingent 37Pending listings 345Sold listings 368Expired listings 27Cancelled listings 64Withdrawn listings 8Temporary off market listings 35Coming soon listings 66
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By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo and Home Specialists
(The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
THE OAKS AT STONY BROOK LONG ISLAND The Oaks in Stony Brook Long Island is a 55 and Over Community. This neighborhood is a 55+ hidden treasure. It is a comfortable complex of only approximately 45 residence that is run by a Homeowner's Association. There were 2 Floor Plans built at the community; Model A and Model B.   The Oaks in Stony Brook New York in Zip Code 11790, can be reached by Route 347 North. On Stony Brook Road North, make a Right turn on Oxhead and a Right at The Oaks At Stony Brook entry. It is situated on The North Shore of Long Island in the Town of Brookhaven in Suffolk County New York.   Opened in 2005, all the units at The Oaks in Stony Brook are ranch style floor plans with easy access throughout the unit, with 2 bedrooms and at least 2 full baths. The community is ...
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By Charles Ross - (785)-819-6944, Love To Help People
(eXp Realty LLC Salina Group)
With higher mortgage rates and moderating buyer demand, conditions in the housing market are different today. And if you're considering selling your house, it's essential to understand how the market has changed and what that means. The best way to ensure you're in the know is to work with a trusted housing market expert. Here are five reasons working with a professional can ensure you'll get the most out of your sale. 1. A Real Estate Advisor Is an Expert on Market Trends Leslie Rouda Smith, 2022 President of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), explains: "During challenging and changing market conditions, one thing that's calming and constant is the assurance that comes from a Realtor® being in your corner through every step of the home transaction. Consumers can rely on Realto...
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By Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Open House! 2035 Whippet Way, Sedona, AZ 86336I am pleased and excited to invite the neighbors, the general public, and all potential buyers to visit this home and look at all the amenities offered.  This home is in the heart of West Sedona and is close by for all to see. Learn More About 2035 Whippet Way  Easy AccessTrails and the Forest are Highlighted in tan.  Shopping Centers are highlighted in yellow.  You are just 2 minutes by car to the Safeway Shopping Center.  It is less than ½ mile to the north. Go straight up, Shelby! Besides many small businesses in this shopping center, you will find a McDonald's, Staples, UPS Store, and a Mexican Restaurant. Directions:From SR 89A, go south on Shelby Dr.   Take the first right onto Whippet Way, and head west.  2035 Whippet Way is the third...
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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, February 2, 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 P...
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By Peter Mohylsky
(PMI. Destin)
I’m Fearless when it comes to advocating for my clients, and I’ve got a Reputation for spending all my Midnights thinking up new ways to improve their experience.I do follow the local and national news and have always been upset on how hard it is to get face value tickets for my favorite events. Unfortunately, Taylor is not one of the music stars I follow.  I would not minding going to one of her shows but not at the advertised price.   Send me a message and let me help find a home that is Taylor-made for you. #realestate #realestateagent #taylorswift #listreports #buying #selling #realestateexpert #homeowner #dreamhome #homeownership #homebuying #homesearch #buyingahome #financehub
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By Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker
Here is the north Texas real estate market update as of  January 27, 2023 New properties for sale 567Back on the market listings 90Price decrease listings 504Price increase 58Active kick out 8Active option contract 245Active contingent 63Pending listings 425Sold listings 211Expired listings 15Cancelled listings 96Withdrawn listings 4Temporary off market listings 45Coming soon listings 70
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By Charles Ross - (785)-819-6944, Love To Help People
(eXp Realty LLC Salina Group)
If buying or selling a home is part of your dreams for 2023, you need to understand today’s housing market, define your goals, and work with industry experts to bring your homeownership vision for the new year into focus. In the last year, high inflation greatly impacted the economy, the housing market, and your wallet. That’s why it’s critical to have a clear understanding of the market today and what you want out of it when you buy or sell a home. Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at realtor.com, explains: “The key to making a good decision in this challenging housing market is to be laser focused on what you need now and in the years ahead, so that you can stay in your home long enough that buying is a sound financial decision.” Here are a few questions you can start thinking through as...
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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/MexLRS We are Beating the Bank’s Rates….And it is NOT EVEN CLOSE….. A Dentist client got referred to me, he was being given a 6.7% rate on a 5 year fixed with a 25 year amortization to buy a building for his practice. He banked with this bank for years. I got him 5.8% for the same deal and the final rate I got him, after negotiating, was a 5 year fixed, with a 25 year amortization at 5.5%. That was with only 15% down conventional! Let me repeat that, 5.5%, on a 5 year fixed with a 25 year amortization and only 15% down-conventional, not SBA. THAT WAS JUST LAST WEEK.  MOST BANKS ARE QUOTING AROUND 7% and SBA 7A borrowers are around 10% and I am getting my clients 6% or lower. Often, I can get the bank to pay my fee so that the COSTS ARE THE SAME. We are beating all your...
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By Peter Mohylsky
(PMI. Destin)
It's incredibly satisfying to work with your hands to make from scratch or fix something, but can also feel intimidating.Here are a few tips to help you get started, so you can make 2023 your year of DIY.  My dad was incredibly handy and I learned alot from him.  I was fortunate.  If you were not that fortunate, YOU Tube and the internet can be your friend.  What will you DIY first?#thehelpfulagent #home #houseexpert #house #listreports #realestate #investment #happyhome #happyhomeowner #realestateagent #realtor #themoreyouknow #hometips #diy
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By John Moran, For Your Place At The Beach
(Keller Williams Realty's At The Beach Team)
 Listing Details: 1114 Santa Rosa Boulevard UNIT 212, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548MLS number: 915167 Price: $675,000 Bed: 3Bath: 2Square Footage: 1,386 Call Martin Luus 850-296-7011 to see if this property is still available.Beautifully updated 3 bed, 2 bath condo boasting almost 1400 sq ft. This unit not only makes an amazing vacation rental or 2nd home, but could easily be your full time residence. Kitchen offers granite countertops and spacious bar. Comfortably sleeping 7 people this tastefully decorated condo is being sold fully furnished. Everything at Sea Oats is like new! Recent complex renovations include exterior paint, elevators, walkways, balconies, windows & doors. Amenities at Sea Oats include seasonally heated community pool & hot tub for those cooler nights, spacious pools...
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By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo and Home Specialists
(The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
THE KNOLLS RANCH CONDOS STONY BROOK The Knolls in Stony Brook Long Island is a 55 and over condo community in Suffolk County New York, in the Town of Brookhaven.   Opened in 1981, this North Shore 55+ neighborhood consists of all ranch style units, attached in groupings. You can reach The Knolls by Route 347 to Nicolls Road to Oxhead Road.   The Knolls at Stony Brook Long Island is a private neighborhood for adults 55+. This community offers a great opportunity to downsize to a nicely maintained complex where the lawns are maintained, and snow is removed. This North Shore residence offers a cozy clubhouse, pool, bocci, shuffleboard, bingo, bridge club, and social events during the year.   Most of the condos here are 2 bedrooms 2 baths, but there are some 1 bedroom 1 bath and 1.5 bath un...
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