Recent Blog Posts

The amazing members of ActiveRain produce hundreds of blog posts every single day of the year.  There is a wonderful mix of all things real estate and beyond for your reading pleasure.

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By The Legacy Group, The LegacyGroup of CrossCountry Mortgage
(CrossCountry Mortgage)
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Veteran’s Home Loans for Flagler Beach FloridaIf you are reading this, you or a family member have likely served in our military.  First off, we would like to say a sincere “Thank You” for your service!  We recognize that not only do our Veterans sacrifice by serving, but their families do as well-, and we owe you all a debt of gratitude!One of the best benefits Veterans and their families receive due to their service to our great country is the VA home loan benefits.  We are going to outline just a few of these significant benefits in this article for you. Here are some of the major benefits you may receive by using your VA home loan benefits:*100% financing available- one of the very few loans available with no down payment!*Lower rates available than most loan programs- which saves y...
By Joseph Orabona, Your defense against the IRS
(Vector Tax & Accounting LLC)
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            A lot of our clients that come to us with back tax problems are self-employed. For one reason or another, they fall behind on their taxes. With COVID-19, small businesses have been hit the hardest and despite the government stimulus bills, there are still millions of businesses teetering on the border of failure. It’s understandable that a few of them fell behind on their taxes and we’re here to help.   Our firm specializes in tax problem resolution. We can represent you before the IRS. We serve clients virtually so don’t hesitate to reach out. If you want an expert tax resolution specialist who knows how to navigate the IRS maze, reach out to our firm and we’ll schedule a no-obligation confidential consultation to explain your options to permanently resolve your tax proble...
By Emma Swier, Real Estate Marketing Executive
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All real estate agents know one truth: to make a sale, you need to find clients first. But where do you go? What should you do? Here are some no-nonsense points on how to get real estate clients.   Pick an Area  You must first find a niche neighborhood to latch on to. The area should be a place you are familiar with. This way, you can easily discuss the perks of living in the area. If you have warm memories about the site, the more genuine and expressive your pitch would be.  Choose a neighborhood that you want to be known for. Would you like the challenge of an affluent area? This means that you have to focus on the exclusivity and the premium features offered by the community. Each property would be difficult to sell, especially during economic downturns, but it will also deliver a lo...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
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I'm used to thinking about the cost things on my business and doing the ROI...whether it's the actual return on investment for the spending or the return on my time. Yes, I often think about opportunity costs...like if I saved time by using an online tool, I can reinvest that time.  I could use that time to coach someone at $200/hr.  Or better yet, I can use that time on another project that might net me $300-$500/hr.  You get the idea.  As my business has grown and as I've been earning more money on my blog, it's very easy to see.  (It was more challenging 3 or 4 years ago when I was in the thick of things...even though I got it intellectually.) It's funny, because I was just updating and optimizing an article on which Miele vacuum to use.  (I still have some more work to do it, but I ...
By Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man, The Pumpkin Man
(Berkshire Hathaway)
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Maybe you have heard those words or may someone has said that to you. My thinking is when you know this, that is when you read those words, or someone tells you that, it could help you through life, make things seem a little smoother.Why? Because you can begin to recognize other people have problems, not just you. And it helps you to recognize some, more than likely MOST people have bigger problems, and they may last quite longer than yours.Keep this in mind as you go through life. More than likely your life is moving along quite fine compared to many.A good portion of 1964 to 1966 of my time in the Navy was spent off the coast of Viet Nam. A fair portion of it was in the combat zone. When you are at sea, and at night, it is as black as can be. Onboard ship you cannot see your hand an i...
By The Jeff Rickert Team, Poconos - RSPS - The Jeff Rickert Team
(RE/MAX Property Specialists)
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Click here for price and location Cozy 2 bedroom - 1 bath home with a bonus room on the first floor that could be used as an office or 3rd bedroom! This home has been recently updated on the main floor and has 2 VERY spacious bedrooms upstairs. Great starter home! The park is just a short walk away!Call Brittany Berkheimer at 570-972-2940 Today! Click here for price and location
By The Jeff Rickert Team, Poconos - RSPS - The Jeff Rickert Team
(RE/MAX Property Specialists)
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Click here for price and location Take a tour of this Contemporary home nestled in the woods in the gated, amenity-filled community of Arrowhead Lakes. This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home is in a secluded area where you can enjoy nature from each window. Living room has a wall of windows, cathedral ceiling, and a propane fireplace surrounded by tile. Kitchen area has a full size laundry closet and tile flooring. This level also has one bedroom and a bathroom with tile floors. Walk out to the heated 4 season room from sliders from the living room. 4 season room has skylights! Upstairs has 2 bedrooms and second bathroom. Home has vinyl and cedar wood siding, a heated storage shed outside, a large front deck for entertaining, and a fire pit for cool summer nights. Hot tub is near the fire pit! Wal...
By Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Real Estate
(RE/MAX Suburban)
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Pandemic Projects that don't always turn out for the best!With many homeowners staying in during the pandemic there has been lots of do-it yourself projects going on all the time. Many people are taking the time to rethink how they use their home & for the most part things have turned out well in this survey. If not, there is always the 'do-over'. If you have any questions about which projects will increase your homes value or should you do 'this' or 'that', give me a call for advice & discussion.  
By Kevin Mackessy, Dedicated. Qualified. Local.
(Blue Olive Properties, LLC)
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                 Dedicating yourself to some simple tasks every quarter will always set you up for success in the following months.  The best housekeeping is proactive not reactive.  The less you have to do each quarter the better.  In Aurora property management we have an April 1st ritual of cleaning up all the desktop commuters.  Try these simple steps to get your devices optimized and running much better.                Cleaning the computers should be your first step.  Wipe down all surfaces especially your keyboard, mouse and phone receivers.  This should be done frequently but if it’s just you are using these items then you are okay to space out the cleaning.  You would be surprised how much grime, dirt and germs these devices attract and hold onto.  Clean out any dust on your ele...
By Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR!
(www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
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THE Most Asked Question in May, 2021 - Should I Buy NOW or Wait? Quite frankly, we've been being asked this question for well over 2 years. If you consider only the last year of appreciation that the Charlotte Metro area homeowners gained, an 11.6% increase - yes, in ONLY one year - that will tell the story about our hotter-than-hot market! To show you what that looks like in dollars - if you paid $500,000 for your home one year ago today, your home would now be worth $558,000. Note that this is our entire MLS - some areas have realized less appreciation and others, more.   If you’re thinking that waiting a year or two to purchase a home will mean you’ll save some money, think again. With the market as hot as it is, home buyers will still realize appreciation, even after paying what see...
By David Baker, Small Business and Personal Insurance in 49 States
(Stratum Insurance Agency, LLC)
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Insurance for Home StagingInsurance for home stagers is now available online with real-time quoting at: https://runquotes.com/home-stager-insurance/ Home stagers can obtain a quote for:  General Liability Professional liability (also known as E&O insurance)  Instant certificates of insurance are available for home staging professionals as well as the ability to add additional insureds online.    Options are available for short-term policies too. Click here to quote insurance for home stagers  
By Larry Atkins
(State Wide Realty Co.)
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Commercial Property For Sale: Prince Edward Co.721 E Second St Farmville, VA 23901This property is zoned R3, offers plenty of room for a multi-family complex and has a location that is central to downtown Farmville. There is a single-family rental home that has 3 bedrooms, 1 bath and 872 sqft. that is rented and producing income. Come take a look at this opportunity today. MLS#47144 $350,000 View Photos, Maps & More! Call State Wide Realty Coat 434-392-6163 or visitwww.VaStateWideRealty.com today!311 East Third StFarmville, VA 23901434-392-6163www.VaStateWideRealty.com 
By Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR!
(www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
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Steele Creek (Charlotte) Market Report APR 2021How is the real estate market in Steele Creek? Above is the market snapshot for Steele Creek (data from April 30, 2021). Our real estate market is appropriately hot as we near the summer months in Steele Creek.  A strong sellers' market continues with a ½  month supply of homes - yes, you read that right, a TWO WEEK supply. Inventory remains painfully low and sellers are still commanding a very strong sales price. Year-over-year, sales prices in Steele Creek neighborhoods have risen, on an average, 12.1%. This is the general area (Steele Creek) Market Report for April 2021. For more hyperlocal (your specific neighborhood), let's talk! Call or text (704) 491-3310 today.    BUYERSVisit www.iCharlotteHomes.com for more information and to searc...
By Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR!
(www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310)
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Dilworth Market Report - APR 2021Charlotte NC - Dilworth envelopes residents and visitors with tree-lined streets, fronting homes of architectural delight, many with wrap-around front porches and most of them, craftsman-style homes. Part of the enthusiastic enjoyment of living in the Dilworth community is the walkability to the boutique shops and fabulous local restaurants. Local merchants offer personal attention as well as an ambiance that is simply Dilworth’s trademark. Who would believe that Dilworth was ever considered a 'suburb' as it was in the late 1800's.    Take a tour and see why Dilworth is the choice among many Uptown young professionals, retirees and families who simply adore the 'neighborhood' feel of Dilworth.      *Dilworth residents enjoy Dilworth being home to Freedom...
By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
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I am thrilled to have partnered with my seller on the sale of this adorable single-story home in prestigious Canyon Creek. With solid planning and preparation, we addressed the most important items to present their home to the throngs of buyers out looking. Our impressive presentation resulted in multiple offers and resulted in multiple offers and sold significantly over asking price.Couldn’t be a more perfect cu-de-sac setting right near one of the many hop on entrances to the hiking trails of Trail Head Park. This single, story gem lives larger with the bonus of high ceilings, straight clean lines, sprawling wood floors, and freshly painted interior! Thinking of selling? Let’s collaborate and you can be assured to receive my unstoppable work ethic and honest, reliable and result prove...
By The Legacy Group, The LegacyGroup of CrossCountry Mortgage
(CrossCountry Mortgage)
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Veteran’s Home Loans for Grand Lake ColoradoIf you are reading this, you or a family member have likely served in our military.  First off, we would like to say a sincere “Thank You” for your service!  We recognize that not only do our Veterans sacrifice by serving, but their families do as well-, and we owe you all a debt of gratitude!One of the best benefits Veterans and their families receive due to their service to our great country is the VA home loan benefits.  We are going to outline just a few of these significant benefits in this article for you. Here are some of the major benefits you may receive by using your VA home loan benefits:*100% financing available- one of the very few loans available with no down payment!*Lower rates available than most loan programs- which saves you...
By The Legacy Group, The LegacyGroup of CrossCountry Mortgage
(CrossCountry Mortgage)
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Veteran’s Home Loans for Keystone ColoradoIf you are reading this, you or a family member have likely served in our military.  First off, we would like to say a sincere “Thank You” for your service!  We recognize that not only do our Veterans sacrifice by serving, but their families do as well-, and we owe you all a debt of gratitude!One of the best benefits Veterans and their families receive due to their service to our great country is the VA home loan benefits.  We are going to outline just a few of these significant benefits in this article for you. Here are some of the major benefits you may receive by using your VA home loan benefits:*100% financing available- one of the very few loans available with no down payment!*Lower rates available than most loan programs- which saves you m...
By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
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It can be not easy to find films that are suitable for and enjoyed by all family members. Family movie night is a great tradition! Pull out the blankets, pop some popcorn, and settle in for an evening of entertainment and fun! With so many movie options out there, it can be hard to know which films are appropriate for families — especially those with small children. Sometimes after a long week, your family needs something lighthearted! These funny family movies are tried and true when it comes to getting your laugh on! Many giggles on this list of good family comedies, from classic films to more modern films! BEDTIME STORIES A hotel handyman's life changes when the lavish bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew start to come true magically. THE SANDLOT Set in the summer of 1962, a...
By Susan Jacobs CDRE, Gainesville,VA Certified Divorce RealEstate Expert
(Samson Properties)
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A Certified Divorce Real Estate Expert (CDRE™) is a REALTOR who has passed The Ilumni Institute’s rigorous certification program. This program is application-only, and is taught by a faculty of family law attorneys, mediators, certified mortgage professionals, and real estate experts, with judicial officers as guest speakers.REQUIREMENTS Licensed Realtor for 3+ Years | Minimum 45 Closings |License in Good Standing | No Disciplinary ActionsAPPLICATION Resume | Written Essay | Two Letters of Recommendation |Proof of Production | Screening Interview | Attorney InterviewLIVE 4O-HOUR COURSE Anatomy of Divorce | The Landscape of Divorce Finance | Divorce Court 101 |The Ethics of CDREs | Communication, Bias & Neutrality | The Divorce Listings Process |Observe Live Proceedings in Family Court |...