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.

This board rolls all day long with the newest blog posts to our site. You’ll find some diamonds in the rough on this page, so check back often to peruse the blog roll and learn from our committed community of real estate professionals.

The newest blog posts on ActiveRain

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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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net
(Arizona Elite Properties )
In our series "Real Estate Terms You Should Know," today we are going to talk about what is meant by zoning. This concept is a cornerstone of urban planning and real estate development, significantly impacting how land can be used. Zoning refers to the process by which local governments regulate the use of land and buildings to direct the development of communities. It involves dividing land into zones, each with specific regulations on the types of buildings that can be constructed, their usage, and other aspects such as the size and height of buildings, the density of development, and the allocation of space for residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural purposes. The primary purpose of zoning is to protect property values, ensure public safety, and promote orderly growth ...
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By The Jeff Rickert Team, Poconos - RSPS - The Jeff Rickert Team
(RE/MAX Property Specialists)
Click here for price and locationLooking for a cute, well maintained, modern kitchen with granite and SS appliances, open space, room for everyone all on one level, close to the lake? Than look no further. Home features central kitchen with living and family room connected space. Oversized bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Hardwood floors, living room fireplace. Plenty of new windows and doors to flood space with natural light. Nice size deck to enjoy outside life. Storage shed and plenty of parking. Short walk to beach and pool. Home is in amenity filled Arrowhead Lake, 3 pools, 2 lakes, 4 beaches, golf carts, tennis, pickleball, playgrounds, gym, gated & 24 Hr security. Near Pocono attractions, hiking, fishing, outlet shopping, waterparks. Make your appt today, time to get in to enjoy your first...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Choosing the right roofing material is crucial for Ottawa's weather conditions, and this article provides a comprehensive overview of the options available. Whether it's the durability of metal roofing, the classic appeal of cedar shakes, or the affordability of asphalt shingles, there's a solution for every homeowner's needs. It's great to see a focus on both functionality and aesthetics in roofing choices.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP When it comes to ensuring your home in Ottawa withstands the harsh Canadian weather, choosing the right roofing material is paramount. Ottawa, known for its cold winters and occasional extreme weather conditions, requires sturdy and durable roofing solutions to protect homes and businesses effectively. Let's explore the five most ...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Great tips for tackling weekend projects and getting organized! Breaking down tasks into manageable steps can make a big difference. And for those looking to buy a home, the resources for understanding mortgages are invaluable. Thanks for sharing!Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Weekend Warrior Projects is a weekly Thursday post to help you get started on the Honey Do List for the upcoming week. There is always something happening for the weekend, RIGHT?  Did you ever notice that your self-improvement pacts with yourself are action-oriented? Walk 10,000 steps a day. Fix that leaky faucet. Register for VolunteerMatch. But "get organized"? It's a goal so broad that just trying to figure out what action to take makes you wonder what you were thinking in the first place...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Owning a home offers so many advantages, from building equity to stability and pride of ownership. It's a decision that can truly impact your financial future and provide a sense of security for you and your family. The benefits of homeownership are indeed compelling!Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP In the perennial debate of renting versus buying, the allure of homeownership often stands out as a long-term investment with numerous advantages. While renting offers flexibility and minimal responsibility, purchasing a home presents unique financial, emotional, and practical benefits that can significantly impact one's life and future. Let's explore why buying a home is often more rewarding than renting. Building Equity: One of the most compelling arguments for homeown...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Great article! It's so important for buyers to be aware of the potential discrepancies between listing photos and reality. Doing thorough research, looking for red flags, and requesting more photos are all excellent tips to avoid disappointment and make a well-informed decision when buying a home. Seeing the property in person is truly the best way to ensure it meets your expectations. Thanks for sharing these valuable insights!Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Expectation vs Reality: When the Listing Photos Lie We’ve all been there. You’re browsing through online listings, looking for your dream home, and you come across one that seems too good to be true. The photos are stunning, the description is enticing, and the price is reasonable. You can already imagine your...
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By Jessica Hood, REALTOR®, The Roskelly Team - Fort Meade Area Real Estate
(The Roskelly Team)
Where are the best places to live near Fort Meade, MD?   As Fort Meade real estate specialists and PCS pros, we get asked that a lot. So we're sharing our customer's top choices with you.  The Roskelly Team has the inside scoop on some of our most requested cities in Anne Arundel County that are within a 30 minute commute to the Fort Meade.  First, we want to tell you a little bit about the area surrounding the base.  Fort Meade is unique in that it is within close proximity to 4 different counties and too many cities to mention.  Those counties include Anne Arundel where the base is housed, Howard County to the west of base, Baltimore county to the North, and Prince George's county to the south.  We're going to break this down by county, covering Anne Arundel county here and list the t...
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By Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert, Call me at 850-517-7098
(PMI. Destin)
Two story beach home w/balcony, covered front porch, rear patio, attached 2-car garage in quaint, private, 10 home cove community! 1 1/2 blks to beach & bike/jogging path. Public beach access at Pompano Joe's, Steps away from the community pool. Outside dining in rear with enclosed shower stall. Steps away from pool. Open floorplan with large kitchen/dining living space down stairs with access to half bath. Master suite is down stairs with large bath. roomy separate shower, oversized garden tub, ample closet, double vanity & lots of windows! Second and third bedrooms are upstair with access to a large second story balcony, shared full bath.
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
When it comes to ensuring your home in Ottawa withstands the harsh Canadian weather, choosing the right roofing material is paramount. Ottawa, known for its cold winters and occasional extreme weather conditions, requires sturdy and durable roofing solutions to protect homes and businesses effectively. Let's explore the five most common roofing materials used in Canada, including their pros, cons, and suitability for the Ottawa climate.1. Asphalt ShinglesAsphalt shingles reign supreme as the go-to roofing material across Canada. Their popularity stems from their affordability, versatility, and ability to withstand varying weather conditions. Asphalt shingles are durable enough to withstand Ottawa's cold winters and occasional heavy snowfall while providing adequate protection against ra...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
In a country like Canada where real estate prices continue to rise, maximizing space in homes has become increasingly important. One effective way to achieve this is through custom closet design. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the process of designing custom closets to optimize space in your Canadian home, along with insights into kitchen remodeling and renovation costs in Calgary.How Much Does a Kitchen Renovation Cost in Calgary?So how much does a kitchen renovation cost of Calgary varies depending on several factors, including the size of the kitchen, the scope of work, and the quality of materials used. On average, homeowners can expect to invest between $10,000 to $30,000 for a basic kitchen remodel. However, luxury renovations can cost upwards of $50,000 or more. T...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
In the realm of interior design, the kitchen has emerged as a focal point, transcending its traditional role as a mere cooking space to become a hub for socialization, creativity, and innovation. As we step into 2024, the design industry is witnessing a profound transformation in kitchen aesthetics and functionality. Let's delve into the latest trends that are reshaping kitchen spaces and setting the tone for the future.1. Sustainable Materials and Eco-Friendly PracticesSustainability continues to be a driving force in kitchen design, with a growing emphasis on eco-friendly materials and practices. From reclaimed wood and recycled glass to energy-efficient appliances and water-saving fixtures, homeowners are prioritizing environmentally conscious choices to reduce their carbon footprint...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
Are you a homeowner facing the daunting task of replacing your hot water tank? Don't worry; you're not alone. Hot water tank replacement is a common necessity for homeowners, and it's essential to understand the process to ensure a smooth transition. In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through everything you need to know about professional hot water tank replacement. From recognizing the signs that your hot water tank needs replacement to choosing the right replacement unit and hiring a qualified technician, we've got you covered.Signs Your Hot Water Tank Needs ReplacementThe first step in the hot water tank replacement journey is recognizing when your current unit is on its last legs. Some common signs that indicate it's time for a replacement include: Age: Most hot water tanks...
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By Larry Atkins, Veteran Owned & Operated
(State Wide Realty Co.)
Home For Sale:Prince Edward Co.3153 W Third StFarmville, VA 239013 Bedrooms~2 Baths~1,850 Sqft.~1.83 AcresThis is a unique home that is set up as a duplex but could be used as a single family with an in-law or guest space. There are 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, kitchen and living area on one side and 1 bedroom, 1 bath, kitchen and living area on the other. The home has nice wood floors, spacious rooms, a partial unfinished walkout basement for storage, a screened porch and is located just past Farmville town limits. There is only one electric meter for the home. Make this your new home or investment property. MLS#52338$179,900View More Information!Call State Wide Realty Co at434-392-6163 or visitwww.VaStateWideRealty.com today!311 East Third StFarmville, VA 23901434-392-6163www.VaStateWideRealty...
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
Learn how to prevent mass violence as a community The Aurora Police Department's Targeted Violence Prevention Program is offering a community training series starting tonight, Feb. 22, to raise awareness of targeted violence. The training will educate participants on various topics to better prepare community members to intervene appropriately. Events are free and open to all; registration is not required. The training schedule is happening at the Aurora Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Parkway, on the following dates:  Thursday, Feb. 22, 6 p.m.: The Role of Trauma in Targeted Violence Prevention Thursday, March 14, 6 p.m.: How Schools Help to Prevent Targeted Violence Thursday, March 28, 6 p.m.: Parents in Prevention: A Parent's Role in Violence Prevention  Participants will be able t...
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By Walter DiLoreto, Real Estate Short Sale Specialist
(PHP Houses)
Over the past few months, experts have revised their 2024 home price forecasts based on the latest data and market signals, and they’re even more confident prices will rise, not fall.So, let’s see exactly how experts’ thinking has shifted – and what’s caused the change.2024 Home Price Forecasts: Then and NowThe chart below shows what seven expert organizations think will happen to home prices in 2024. It compares their first 2024 home price forecasts (made at the end of 2023) with their newest projections: The middle column shows that, at first, these experts thought home prices would only go up a little this year. But if you look at the column on the right, you'll see they've all updated their forecasts and now think prices will go up more than they originally thought. And some of the ...
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By Christopher Nelson, Montgomery County, PA - Realtor
(GenStone Realty)
Rent vs Buy: Which is Right for You? Deciding between renting and buying a home is a major financial decision with short-term and long-term implications. Renting offers flexibility and freedom, while buying provides stability and equity-building opportunities. Explore the financial and lifestyle aspects, pros and cons, and key factors to help inform your decision. Whether you value the mobility of renting or the stability of homeownership, let's find out which choice aligns with your unique situation.     Key Differences between Renting and Buying Now that we have explored the financial and lifestyle aspects of renting and buying a home, let's take a closer look at the key differences between the two options. Understanding these differences can help you evaluate which choice aligns mor...
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By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified)
 WISCONSIN FORESTLAND SOLD REPORT February 2024 Calumet County; Hunting, Timber, Investments! Market Snapshot for 20+ Acre Properties   Sold Properties Report Price Total Acres $/Acre Original MLS # Status Municipality County $63,000 21 $3,000 1951056 Sold Kiel Calumet $147,500 29 $5,086 1951054 Sold Kiel Calumet      $     4,043 Median Price / Acre       $210,500                  50  $     4,210 Average Price / Acre        For more information on any of these properties, or to see how your property compares to these, call us or send an email with the mls number and your contact info to Bob@ForestlandWMS.com  or WoodlandTeamWI@gmail.com .🌲🌲🌳🌳🌲🌲🌲🌳🌳🌲🌲🦌🌲🌳🌳🌲🌲🌲🌳🌳🌲🌲Current Listings for Calumet County Wisconsin🌲🌲🌳🌳🌲🌲🌲🌳🌳🌲🌲🦌🌲🌳🌳🌲🌲🌲🌳🌳🌲🌲  Calumet County Wisconsin, Rural Life at the Edge of the Fox ...
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