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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The newest blog posts on ActiveRain

By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Long Beach Weekly Market Update November 19th - 25th, 2023 1140 Pacific Ave RECENTLY SOLD Pacific Avenue | 1 bedrooms | 2 baths | 731 sq. ft. | $388,000 Casa De Oro NEWLY LISTED Obispo Avenue | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 775 sq. ft. | $435,000 Marina Pacifica RECENTLY SOLD Marina Pacifica Drive | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 873 sq. ft. | $699,000 Meridian Condos RECENTLY SOLD Orizaba Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 1 baths | 1009 sq. ft. | $475,000
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
When it comes to decorating your kitchen, it’s easy to overlook some creative and unique additions that can really elevate the space. From small details to statement pieces, there are countless ways to add personality and style to your kitchen. In this article, we’ll explore some amazing decor additions that you may not have thought of to enhance the ambiance of your kitchen.Stylish Photo PrintsOne unexpected way to add visual interest to your kitchen is by incorporating stylish photo prints. Whether you choose to display images of food, nature, or abstract art, photo prints can be a great way to inject color and personality into your kitchen space. Consider creating a gallery wall of framed photo prints to add a custom touch to your kitchen decor. Alternatively, you could opt for a sin...
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By Delynda Middleton
Marie Kondo's KonMari method has revolutionized decluttering, inspiring millions to find joy in tidying up. Yet, there are some lesser-known secrets that could elevate your decluttering journey. Let's uncover these hidden gems for a more personalized and effective approach.Balancing Joy and Functionality: Consider both joy and functionality when decluttering. Some items may not spark joy but serve a vital purpose in your daily life. Striking a balance ensures your space is not only joyful but also practical.Honoring Sentimental Items: Sentimental items deserve a place in your life. Instead of discarding them, create designated spaces or memory boxes. This allows you to cherish these possessions without overwhelming your living areas.Customizing Organizing Methods: While Kondo's methods ...
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By Lew Corcoran, Real Estate Agent, Home Stager, & Photographer
(Better Living Real Estate, LLC)
Are you looking for a fun and festive way to celebrate the holiday season with your family and friends? Do you love the charm and beauty of the countryside, especially when it’s covered in snow? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should definitely check out the Christmas in the Country event at Wojcik’s Farm in Blackstone, MA!Wojcik’s Farm is a family-owned and operated fruit farm that has been serving the community since 19531. They offer a variety of activities and attractions for all ages, such as apple and pumpkin picking, corn maze, wagon rides, farm store, bakery, snack shack, and more. They also host various events throughout the year, such as car shows, vendor fairs, concerts, and of course, Christmas in the Country!Christmas in the Country is a special even...
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
Castle Rock, COFri Dec 01 2023This week the median list price for Castle Rock, CO is $741,950.  Inventory has decreased to 254.  Median List Price $741,950 Median Price of New Listings $676,000 Per Square Foot $216 Average Days on Market 77 Median Days on Market 56 Price Decreased 59% Price Increased 4% Relisted 2% Inventory 254 Median Rent $2,975   
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By Walter DiLoreto, Real Estate Short Sale Specialist
(PHP Houses)
Some Highlights Here are a few reasons you may not want to hold off until the new year to sell your house.  Buyers looking right now are highly motivated, the supply of homes for sale is still low, and you may find buyers are more flexible with showings this time of year. Let’s connect to determine if selling your house now is the right move for you.  Contact us:PHP Houses142 W Lakeview AveUnit 1030Lake Mary, FL 32746Ph: (407) 641-1531Fax: (407) 205-1951email: info@phphouses.comLet’s Connect:FacebookLinkedinTwitterInstagramThe information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. The author does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained herein. Nothing herein should b...
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By Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
Friday Flags Visible from the Highway in Waterbury CTThe center of Waterbury CT is traversed by 2 highways and caution is necessary as there are always distractions.As one rounds a curve in the highway there sits the oldest hospital in Waterbury, St Marrys hospital. At the farthest end of the building is an island and center to that island is our flag.It stands tall with the adjacent flags of the State of CT and the company that operates the hospital.The bridge behind it is the roadway that traverses the highway at that section of roadway.I am happy that I found a few extra minutes to circle back and take the photo as the day was perfect for it.Friday Flags Visible from the Highway in Waterbury CT
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By Heidi Herda 612-807-4858, MN Real Estate Advisor, 17 Years
(EXP Realty)
Market Report:  Champlin MN Real Estate December 2023Courtesy of Heidi Herda ~ 612.807.4858 -eXp RealtyIf you love these monthly market updates and local events and news, subscribe! We'll get you on our email list!Champlin Market update We're wrapping up those Thanksgiving leftovers and switching decor over to Christmas... are you like me, and you're already exhausted? This is a fun time of year with lots of hustle and bustle. I always want to do so many festive things, but with long lists of "to-do's" I usually end up missing all the fun! Not this year! I have a handful of local Holiday events for you to enjoy! Starting with FREE Santa photos!     Hit the subscribe button above and join our email list! I share tons of local events, get-togethers, market updates, maintenance tips, and l...
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By Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
I am proud to announce a new addition to The Betts Team, David Anderson who has been a Realtor for 20 years in Canada and currently manages a Real Estate Brokerage with 200 agents in two separate provinces, Ontario and Nova Scotia.This from David:I’m absolutely thrilled to share the exciting news that I’m embarking on my Florida Real Estate journey with the incredible “Betts Team” in The Villages. It was a top priority for me to join forces with a dynamic team of real estate agents who truly get the ins and outs of Buying and Selling in The Villages.Bringing almost two decades of real estate experience in sales and investing to the table, I’m eager to contribute my knowledge and skills to the success of the team. If you’re on the lookout for an agent who understands the nuances of Inves...
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By Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate Services
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Dr. Paul McDonald and Kathleen Daniels are co-hosts for the ActionRain December challenge Acts of Kindness | Sharing Love & Joy This Holiday Season.  The theme for this holiday season challenge is “Acts of Kindness”.  There are three categories to choose from.  Share an Act of Kindness of Someone You Know.  Share One of Your Acts of Kindness.   Share an Act of Kindness that You Witnessed.  In each post:(1) Identify the Act of Kindness.  Tell us what it was. This could be anything. A donation was made. An unexpected gift you received. Volunteering at a hospital. Volunteering at an animal shelter. You get the idea. (2) Tell us how it touched your heart.  How did it impact you? Did it inspire you to do something similar? It is a story you keep sharing over and over because it impacted you ...
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Santa Monica Weekly Market Update November 19th - 25th, 2023 Ocean Towers NEWLY LISTED Ocean Avenue | 0 bedrooms | 1 baths | 713 sq. ft. | $799,000 2621 Centinela RECENTLY SOLD Centinela Avenue | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 681 sq. ft. | $498,000 Douglas Park Townhomes RECENTLY SOLD 24Th Street | 2 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1462 sq. ft. | $1,399,000
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By Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold!
(RE/MAX Platinum)
Waukesha County Home Sales Market Report October 2023Waukesha County Homes For Sale, Waukesha County Real Estate, Kristin Johnston, RE/MAX Real Estate Market Report for Waukesha County, WI for October 2023.  Waukesha County Real Estate, Waukesha County Homes For Sale My name is Kristin Johnston with RE/MAX Platinum.  My market report gives you the real estate activity for Waukesha County, WI for the last 30 days. Are you looking to buy a house in Waukesha County?  Wondering what your Waukesha County Home is worth? Call/text me at 414 254 6647 or email me at I specialize in Waukesha County Real Estate, and have a lot of experience with Waukesha Real Estate and Pewaukee Real Estate.  In fact, I have lived in Waukesha, WI since 1997. Review my many happy client testimo...
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By Nicholas Crane, Managing & Appraising Forest Land
(Woodland Companies)
The Wisconsin Woodland Report Nov 2023 Sheboygan County Land; Hunting, Timber, Investments!  Market Snapshot for 20+ Acre Properties         Available Properties Report Price Total Acres $/Acre Original MLS # Status Municipality County $2,000,000 79.82 $25,056 1826526 Active Sheboygan Sheboygan      $  25,056 Median Price / Acre       $2,000,000               80  $  25,056 Average Price / Acre        For more information on any of these properties call us, or send an email with the mls number and your contact info to or   🌲🌲🌳🌳🌲🌲🌲🌳🌳🌲🌲🦌🌲🌳🌳🌲🌲🌲🌳🌳🌲🌲 Current Listings for Sheboygan County Wisconsin 🌲🌲🌳🌳🌲🌲🌲🌳🌳🌲🌲🦌🌲🌳🌳🌲🌲🌲🌳🌳🌲🌲     🌲🌲🌳🌳🌲🌲🌲🌳🌳🌲🌲🌲🌳🌳🌲🌲🌲🌳🌳🌲🌲   Sheboygan County, Homes, Forests, and Amazing Lake Michigan Sunrises! Sheboygan County Wisconsin is...
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By Leanne Smith, Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
Today, December 1, 2023, January 1, 2024 is just 31 days away. I have been working on my executive strategic thinking and planning for the last couple of months. Now is the time to formalize the actual plan by committing this plan to writing.I do not employ the words “business planning” because a business plan is what is submitted to a bank. Its construction is not as detailed as an executive strategic thinking plan.  The key word in this planning approach is “thinking.” And I have been doing a lot of thinking.The first thought thinking process was predicated on being a Rainmaker here on Active Rain. That 2023 goal was achieved as far as points in early November.Then it was time to craft an updated bio.  To undertake that goal I hired an Active Rain Member, Marte Cliff  to bring a diffe...
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By Laura Sellers,
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.;
The Collegiate Hotel in Auburn, AL: Elevate Your Experience with Rooftop and Lobby Bars!Welcome to The  Collegiate Hotel, where sophistication meets Southern hospitality in the heart of Auburn, Alabama. Immerse yourself in the rich Auburn spirit and enjoy a stay that seamlessly blends tradition with contemporary luxury.1. Auburn-Infused Atmosphere: As you step into the lobby, you'll be greeted by a warm and inviting atmosphere that pays homage to Auburn's storied history. The decor reflects the university's iconic colors and symbols, creating a sense of pride and connection to the Auburn family.2. Stylish Accommodations: The hotel offers comfortable and stylish accommodations that cater to both relaxation and modern convenience. Elegant furnishings, cozy bedding, and a touch of Auburn f...
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By Robert Siciliano, Realty Security and Identity Theft Expert Speaker
( Inc)
Our philosophy has always been “all security is personal”. So, whether you are a front line administrator, a CISO, or a CEO, the security of your organization begins with you and your person. If you don’t have your own personal security in order, how do you expect your business data to be secured? It starts with you.People are often anxious about the security of their personal information and online accounts. Cybercriminals are finding new ways to invade your privacy which is why you need comprehensive protection to keep you safe online.Here are some protection and privacy best practices that you can use to keep your identity and sensitive information away from prying eyes and restore your faith in technology.Device ProtectionDevice protection refers to the measures you take to protect ...
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By Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives
PHOTO JOURNALISM by PATRICIA FEAGER, 12/1/2023The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is where I found Paradise. The date was November 29, 2023. This is part two written on December 1, 2023 of "Where to Find Paradise in Dallas." Inspiration was waiting. Our greatest glory is not in never fallingbut in rising everytime we fall...annonymous Is there anyone not attracted to the sound and source of water? No. It wasn't raining on the day I visited the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. What you see in the photo above in falling water is just a water feature to see and hear the sound of water. In my feature photo I walked between the vibrant Red Maples to get there. Still waters can silence the heart. Falling water can draw me inward towards inspiration.  The face of this sculpture c...
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By Candice A. Donofrio, 928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text
(Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker)
PENDING SALE, backups through 12-21-23 Adjacent land at 5056 S Lakewood still available, $199,900On The Mesa! Light Industrial Income-Producing OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesDescription $408,000 Commercial Main Features 1 UnitLot: 1.00 acre(s)Year Built: 1989MLS #: 002470 Location 5038 S Lakewood RdFort Mohave, AZ 86426USA Candice A Donofrio NEXT WAVE Real Estate Investments LLC(928) 704-5181Candice@RealEstateBHC.com       Listed by: Candice A Donofrio Our recent listings Build To Suit Next To Aaron's | $6,664 | Bullhead City, AZHIGH VISIBILITY FORT MOHAVE COMMERCIAL 1.26 AC LOT | $299,900 | Fort Mohave, AZDeveloper Parcel Kingman AZ | $315,000 | Kingman, AZ8.50 Acres At Foot Of Black Mountains Off Oatman Highway | $59,900 | Golden Valley, AZ Subscribe to our listin...
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By Nina Hollander, Broker, Your Greater Charlotte Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
SOLD & CLOSED! 4695 SELHURST DRIVE IN INDIAN LAND'S PRESTWICK NEIGHBORHOOD LISTED BY NINA HOLLANDER, COLDWELL BANKER REALTY   THREE YEARS "YOUNG" & MOVE-IN READY!   Built in 2020 by True Homes, 4695 Selhurst Drive  a move-in ready two-story home, listed by Nina Hollander with Coldwell Banker, is now sold at $484,000. The turn-key home with rocking chair front porch and outstanding curb appeal featured an airy, open-concept main floor providing comfortable everyday living and entertaining.     Nicely appointed kitchen with island, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, gas range, recessed lighting, pendant lighting, subway tile backsplash, pantry.     The spacious owner's suite conveniently located on the main on the main floor and featured room for a king-size bed, large dresser...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
El Arroyo is an iconic local spot in Austin. They make the best hand-squeezed margaritas and serve Black Angus beef tacos (along with many other Tex- Mex offerings) and have since 1975!A quirky marquee is out front on the corner of West 5th and Campbell. Every day they change their bill board with a new pun (everything imaginable).  They encourage you to submit your pun on their website and of course have permission to post them. It’s one of those “Keep Austin Weird” things that we all in Austin love!They post them on Instagram because everyone loves them. Our own Myrl Jeffcoat follows them as well as Kathy Streib and chef Endre Barath, Jr.! I also see Debe Maxwell, CRS has been following them. We all need some laughter or a chuckle each day! It's fun checking out the new pun each day. ...
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