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By Eric Lawrence Frazier MBA, Founder and CEO of The Power Is Now Media, Inc.
(The Power Is Now Media, Inc. )
🎥 Welcome to The Eric Frazier Show hosted by Eric L. Frazier MBA, CEO of The Power Is Now Media, where we dive into topics of faith, family, and finance! today we have a special guest, the incredible  Virgestine Nickerson, minister and leader of Faith Deliverance International Center in Moreno Valley, California. Join us as we discuss important matters and uplift the spirit!🌟 In this episode, Virgestine Nickerson shares her journey and the mission of Faith Deliverance International Center. We discuss the recent challenges the church faced due to a robbery and how you can support their ministry. From their inclusive, non-denominational approach to serving the community, to their upcoming events and services, find out how you can get involved and make a difference!📣 Let's rally together t...
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By John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852
(Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IN, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI)
Opting OutWhen talking with a client about doing a mortgage preapproval one of the first things we do in today's world is help the client "opt out" of spam to avoid getting their phones and inboxes blown up when their credit is run.For those that don't know, a "trigger lead" occurs when a hard credit inquiry (needed for a mortgage preapproval in many cases and always for mortgage underwriting) is made.  Credit bureaus sell a customer's data to any and everyone buying it, and in today's ultra competitive market, there are a lot of buyers.  You can learn more about trigger leads by clicking here.For most customers, we have internal preventative steps to avoid the bombardment of spam that comes from trigger leads, but sometimes, customers come to us late in the game needing an approval imm...
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By Rosie Crow, Exceeding Expectations. Delivering Results
(Serving Sugar Land, Richmond, Rosenberg, Missouri City)
Located near U.S. 59 and the Grand Parkway (99), Veranda is a sprawling 710-acre master-planned community in Richmond, TX, developed by Johnson Development Corporation in 2016. Veranda offers a diverse range of homes built by eight award-winning builders. Home prices in the Veranda community range from $350K to over $750K.Property taxes in Veranda vary from 2.6% to 3.1%, depending on the section in which you reside. If your home is in the section where water and sewer services are provided by a municipal utility district, your property tax rate is 2.8%. Alternatively, if you reside in the section where these services are provided by the City, your annual property tax rate is 2.6%. Annual property taxes are subject to change.What makes Veranda a great place to consider home?Variety of Ho...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Carlsbad Art Wall for February 2024 The 2nd Carlsbad Art Wall mural for 2024 was completed this past weekend. North County artist Steve Burrows transformed the wall beautifully in his whimsical style that reflects his life and business, Burrito Art, at the beach. It’s the perfect wall art for Carlsbad’s laid-back lifestyle by the beach! This is the 40th mural since the founding of the Carlsbad Art Wall in 2015.  The Carlsbad Art Wall was created, and is curated, by Carlsbad artist, Bryan Snyder, in cooperation with the owner of Senor Grubby’s Mexican Restaurant in Carlsbad Village The Carlsbad Art Wall offers residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy temporary public art by local, regional, and sometimes international artists.  Bryan Snyder also founded the Carlsbad Alley Art Wall...
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By Eric L. Green, Your IRS Tax Litigator
(Tax Rep LLC)
The focus of my practice is civil and criminal tax representation, including helping taxpayers seek innocent spouse relief from the IRS.Navigating the complexities of tax law can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to joint tax returns and the potential liabilities they entail. Married taxpayers who file jointly with their spouses often find themselves in situations where they are unfairly held responsible for tax liabilities that they believe should not be their burden to bear. However, relief may be available through the IRS Innocent Spouse Relief provisions outlined in Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 6015.When considering Innocent Spouse Relief, the first crucial step is determining whether a joint tax return was filed. This seemingly simple question can sometimes lead t...
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By Desiree Whalen, The Whalen Team
(Keller Williams Realty)
by The Whalen Team.**Back on the Market! Tenants Gone & Open for Showings!** The Historic Peck House is an Italianate charmer that captures the essence of downtown Wilmington living and truly a rare find in the market. Located right next door to the Murchison House in the Historic District and boasting one of the largest lots in the area (just over .3 acres), the home offers plenty of off-street parking and room for recreational use not often found in other downtown dwellings. Interior features include remodeled kitchen (with 6-burner gas stove, pot filler faucet, and marble countertops), brick fireplaces, transom windows, hardwood floors, and crown molding throughout. Exterior features include wrought-iron gate and fenced front yard, rocking-chair front porch, powered storage/workshop ...
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By Ed Silva, 203-206-0754, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
Tips For Getting Your Wolcott CT Home Ready to Sell in 2024  For Wolcott CT Home owners that are looking to sell their home in 2024, it is essential to make the home as attractive as possible and to ensure that it gets its best exposure.  While it is still too cold to do anything outside, the inside of the home can be addressed so as to make it ready for a spring market. Homeowners must be mindful to start a list of repairs that need to be addressed as the hot sales market is still there and buyers want a move-in ready home and are prepared to buy a well maintained house.Pre-Listing InspectionIf you have been in the use for a while, it might be a good idea to bring in a professional inspector to evaluate the house. A trained eye is objective and will see things that a homeowner may not....
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By Karina Gafford, Military PCS/ VA Home Buying & Selling Specialist
(Homefront United Realty Group)
Hello ActiveRain!We are thrilled to announce a brand new listing in the heart of Valley Ranch! This beautiful two-story brick home on the far west side of San Antonio is a true gem, boasting 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and 2241 sq ft of living space.Here's a quick overview of 14009 Shivers Cove in Valley Ranch:Key Features: Open floor plan with tile floors throughout the first floor U-shaped kitchen with ample cabinetry, granite countertops, and a tiled backsplash Gas stovetop and refrigerator included in the sale All bedrooms upstairs with a large gameroom/loft and laundry room Primary bedroom with walk-in closet and spa-like bathroom Covered back patio perfect for entertaining or relaxing by the firepit Fabulous community amenities including a splash pad, swimming pools, tennis courts,...
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By The Jeff Rickert Team, Poconos - RSPS - The Jeff Rickert Team
(RE/MAX Property Specialists)
PENDINGClick here for price and locationA-Frame Chalet in the gated, amenity-filled community of Arrowhead Lake. This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home is the perfect getaway home or year-round home. The main floor has 2 bedrooms, living room with laminate hardwood floors, cathedral ceiling and a skylight, full kitchen, and a laundry room. Upstairs is a large loft bedroom with a full bath. Home has central A/C, a large front deck, an encapsulated crawlspace with a vapor barrier, and a fire pit in the yard. Dual fuel heating system, electric heat pump with propane backup. Home is on a community sewer and close to amenities.Call Heather Rickert today at (570) 972-2940 for more information!Click here for price and location
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By Eric Lawrence Frazier MBA, Founder and CEO of The Power Is Now Media, Inc.
(The Power Is Now Media, Inc. )
In today's ever-changing world, especially in real estate, staying ahead means being online, creating quality content, and ensuring accessibility. Join Eric L. Frazier, MBA President and CEO of The Power Is Now Media, on this journey to unlock the secrets of online success! Discover why E-magazines are the next big thing in real estate marketing! In this video, we'll share the top 10 reasons why E-magazines should be a part of your 2024 marketing strategy. From maximum accessibility and cost-effectiveness to analytics and market leadership, E-magazines offer unparalleled benefits for real estate professionals.📣 Ready to elevate your marketing game with E-magazines? Click the link below to schedule a 15-minute discovery meeting with Eric L. Frazier, MBA, and let's discuss how we can supp...
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By Andrea Bedard, Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS
(Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860)
Another 5-star review is making my week! I am always so appreciative when my clients take the time to pen a review. Since Google's AI bot is a review thief, I have resorted to screenshotting and sharing it on my blog, too. This was a memorable transaction for so many reasons. The sellers and I bonded throughout the weeks we prepared their home for sale. It was an extraordinary property in Brookeville, MD that showed like a model home. It was a large home with a many special features. So many, in fact, that I had to show the house myself to any prospective buyer and their agent to make sure none of it was overlooked. I am still thrilled about the outcome we achieved, and the timing that turned out to be just perfect for my clients. Thank you, Stephanie and Fred, for your confidence in me...
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
Make It Real |The Art of Genuine Interaction Embracing Authentic Comments in a World of Canned Responses Well here we are, in an age that is pretty much dominated by social media and digital communication. The value of authentic human interaction cannot be overstated In the midst of a flood of automated replies and generic comments, I wonder about the art of real communication.   Real and authentic comments not only foster meaningful connections, but they also enrich our online experiences, and remind us of the power of the genuine human connection that is currently lacking in our predominately digital world.   Here in ActiveRain, there are some people who comment for points, not necessarily connection.  Way too often we see the same comment made on the twenty blogs per day, regardless ...
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By Highland Homes, Building Dream Homes in Florida Since 1996
(Highland Homes)
Congratulations to Christian Rosa of the ContuRosa Group at Preferred Real Estate Brokers, Highland Homes' top-selling Realtor® partner of 2023! On February 8, 2024, he was awarded a $10,000 grand prize in recognition of his sales excellence."I am so happy to be the realtor partner of Highland Homes for 2023," said Christian. "Thank you so much, I am humbled to be here. I love working with the company. I love what you guys bring to the clients... that's what makes you guys different."In 2023, 641 individual Florida Realtors® made sales with Highland Homes, with 51 different realtors making multiple sales during the calendar year. We'd like to thank every Florida Realtor® who sold with us – We value the relationships we have built with you and your homebuyers, and look forward to selling...
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By Roy Kelley
(Retired)
Use and Occupancy Certificates  Visit the Deptment of Permitting Services website for information about use and occupancy certificates, including frequently asked questions and answers. https://ow.ly/QhTp50QG8Yl.This is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement.  Winterberry, ilex verticillata, Longwood Gardens,Kennett Square, Pennsylvania USA IMG 5452Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Joanne Gillet EdgeOfTheBeach.com, Experience is not expensive. It is Priceless!
(Edge Of The Beach Realty)
Exciting News! We are thrilled to share the exciting news of a significant price reduction for the stunning property at 149 Wickham Ct. in the prestigious Allston Plantation, Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Join us for an exclusive Open House to explore this exceptional home and discover the incredible value awaiting you in this sought-after community. Open House Details:  Feb 24, 2024 11 am to 2 pm 149 Wickham Ct. in Allston Plantation Light refreshments will be served. Explore the charm of this remarkable residence featuring 4 generously sized bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, perfectly designed to meet all of your family's needs. Don't miss out on this opportunity. Come and experience the beauty of your potential new home, hosted by Edge Of The Beach Realty.
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By Katerina Gasset, Amplify Your Real Estate & Life Dreams!
(The Gasset Group & Get It Done For Me Virtual Services )
In Highland, Utah, there is a diverse range of homes available for sale. The real estate market offers a variety of options to suit different budgets and preferences. With a population of just under 16,000 people, Highland is a growing city located approximately 30 miles south of Salt Lake City and 15 miles north of Provo. The median list price for homes in Highland is $930,000, with a median price per square foot of $261. The housing market in Highland has seen a 2% decrease in list prices since August. There are currently 52 homes for sale in Highland, with a range of bedroom counts and styles to choose from. Highland offers a serene and picturesque setting, with majestic mountains, rolling hills, and sprawling meadows. It is a great place to live with access to various amenities, in...
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By Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,)
Buying your first “nest” is a thrilling milestone. It's a journey filled with hopes and, admittedly, a few nerves. A key challenge? Setting the right budget. It's not just about how much you can borrow; it’s about balancing your dreams with a realistic financial plan. Here's where strategic budgeting comes into play, ensuring you're financially comfortable not just at the point of purchase but for years to come. In this guide, we’ll walk through practical steps to set a budget for buying your first home, helping you unlock the door to your dream abode without stretching your wallet too thin. Let's embark on this exciting path with confidence and clarity!Understanding Your Financial HealthBefore you tackle the budget for buying your first home, take a hard look at your finances. How much...
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By Robert Siciliano, Realty Security and Identity Theft Expert Speaker
(IDTheftSecurity.com Inc)
1. Phishing Scams: Cybercriminals send fake emails or create fake websites pretending to be from the IRS or tax preparation companies. They often request personal information, such as Social Security numbers or financial details, which they then use for identity theft or fraudulent tax filings.2. Identity Theft: This scam involves stealing someone's personal information, such as their Social Security number, to file a tax return and claim a fraudulent refund. Scammers may also use stolen identities to apply for jobs, credit cards, or other benefits.3. Fake Charities: Scammers set up fake charities or impersonate legitimate organizations to solicit donations from unsuspecting taxpayers. They often use emotional appeals or fake testimonials to trick people into giving money, which they th...
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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Get ready to mark your calendars because something exciting is coming to Marana – the annual Founders' Day Parade & Festivities,  March 16, 2024!It's a little bit of History & a whole lot of fun!Imagine this: 47 years ago, a group of farmers set the stage for history, and Marana officially became a town on March 21, 1977. Fast forward to today, and Marana is not just a town; it's the fastest-growing community in Southern Arizona! Now, that's something worth celebrating, don't you think?So, what's the plan? Join Marana for the "Biggest Little Parade in Arizona" with  the 2024 theme "Growing Together." It's not just a parade; it's a whole day of festivities that kick off at 10:00 a.m. and wrap up at 3:00 p.m.Grab your lawn chairs, blankets, and maybe a sun hat because you won't want to mi...
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By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Ambrose Realty Management LLC)
🐈Tango, Trey, and Tom Boy 2-22-24☀️For ALL of Your East Valley AZ Real Estate Needs📞Call or 🙋‍♂Text Brian at 480-773-2370📨Email Brian  ~  Search the MLS for FREEI know that there are many cat lovers in the Rain, so now you can follow the adventures of Tango, Trey, and Tom Boy if you love pictures of cats!  I welcome all to share photos of your cats along with your comments.☀️For ALL of Your East Valley AZ Real Estate Needs📞Call or 🙋‍♂Text Brian at 480-773-2370📨Email Brian  ~  Search the MLS for FREE
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