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By Walter DiLoreto, Real Estate Short Sale Specialist
(PHP Houses)
Everyone has their own idea of the American Dream, and it's different for each person. But, in a recent survey by Bankrate, people were asked about the achievements they believe represent the American Dream the most. The answers show that owning a home still claims the #1 spot for many Americans today (see graph below):In fact, according to the graph, owning a home is more important to people than retiring, having a successful career, or even getting a college degree. But is the dream of homeownership still alive for younger generations?A recent survey by 1000watt dives into how the two generations many people believed would be the renter generations (Gen Z and millennials) feel about homeownership. Specifically, it asks if they want to buy a home in the future. The resounding answer is...
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By MichelleCherie Carr Crowe .Just Call. 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty)
What do Dr. Pepper, Rosa Parks and Abraham Lincoln have in common? All share an important newsworthy anniversary on December 1.Curious to know more about Dr. Pepper, Rosa Parks and Abraham Lincoln? Read on.          1824 – Since no U.S. presidential candidate received a majority of the total electoral college votes in the election, the United States House of Representatives is given the task of deciding the winner in accordance with the Twelfth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.          1862 – In his State of the Union Address President Abraham Lincoln reaffirms the necessity of ending slavery as ordered ten weeks earlier in the Emancipation Proclamation.         1865 – Shaw University, the first historically black university in the southern United States, is founded in Raleigh, North...
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By Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
Low cost home in Maine.Looking for affordable cheap priced Maine housing? Quick occupancy, 3 bedrooms, vinyl sided, metal roof Maine home for sale.More moose, white tail deer, wildlife than people in small town rural Maine. Everyone gets along better when space happens. And crowded, heavy bumper to bumper traffic ends.Lot of affordable Maine housing for only $63,900! Dead end street quiet and perk of ball field, playground too for your little ones.Watch 16 School ST Sherman Maine real estate video!Why rent any longer?Make the call to a local mortgage home loan lender in Maine.Spend the holiday in your own Maine home. And tired of those big expensive motel bills during all your trips back and forth to Maine?Isn't it time to invest in a 2nd vacation home in Maine?To rent out for profit wh...
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By Toby Lorenc, Make your next move your BEST move
(Rocky Mountain Realtors®)
  1117 Willow Bend Circle Colorado Springs CO 80918   Price recently reduce to $208,000! For more info, call (719) 332-4816. Recorded property information available by calling (855) 736-4647 and use property code 248886 PROPERTY DETAILS   MLS ID 3515125   $208,000   Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2   Square Feet: 1377   Toby LorencBerkshire Hathaway Rocky Mtn   Virtual Tour Property Website Brochure      
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Excitement is building for the upcoming Canyon Creek Elementary PTA Holiday Fair, set to take place on Friday, December 1st! This marks the third consecutive year of this festive event, and the hard work of the Canyon Creek Elementary PTA is sure to make it a memorable evening. Join us from 4:30 to 7:00 pm for a delightful experience.              Discover an array of fantastic booths offering Christmas stocking stuffers, delectable baked goods, and much more.                        This year the Third Grade CCE Girl Stouts troop is sponsoring a winter coat drive for RRISD Families in need. Please donate gently used or new coats for sizes 3T - Adult XL. There will be a donation bin at the Holiday Fair! This event is designed for the entire Canyon Creek community, providing a wonderful o...
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By June Piper-Brandon, Creating Generational Wealth Through Homeownership
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Just Rented - 2 bedroom Catonsville ApartmentI just helped a Catonsville Landlord find a great tenant for their 2-bedroom apartment.  Do you own an investment property that you rent to tenants? Do you own a property that is split into apartments? Are you tired of running ads to find suitable tenants? I can help you with that. I will place ads, show the property, screen tenants including a credit check and background check and check references, do the walk-through, and get your investment rented.   If you are thinking about purchasing more investment properties, let's talk about your real estate needs!
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By Larry Atkins, Veteran Owned & Operated
(State Wide Realty Co.)
Home For Sale:Appomattox Co 172 Cow Way Lane Concord, VA 245384 Bedrooms~2 Baths~2,608 Sqft.~1.17 AcresAbsolutely adorable home with 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2,608 square feet that sets on 1.17 acres. Inside you will find a bright living room with a cozy fireplace that flows into the dining area which is open to the kitchen. There are 3 spacious bedrooms on this level and the primary bedroom has a private bath. Downstairs is the full walk-out basement that has a den, study, bedroom, a whole lot of storage and has been roughed in for a bathroom. The front porch has plenty of room to sit and relax and so does the large rear deck. A new heat pump was installed 2 years ago. Come check this home off of your list of things to buy today! MLS#52092$349,900View More Information!Call State Wide Realt...
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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 )
November Challenge, I'm Thankful for so Much 4As November is the month of appreciation and gratitude, like the Pilgrims with their first fest of thanks, we are offered a chance to reflect on what makes us smile and share with fellow members here, on ActiveRain.I have offered my appreciate and love for the people in my life as well as the friends and people that make the character of ActiveRain s special.As real estate is the focus of my presence here on ActiveRain, it would only be appropriate to give a post for the appreciation and trust given to me by the clients that I have helped over the years.Real estate is a people business. We dolt survive without them. It is our obligation to learn as much as we can to make us better agents.We have incentives with the various designations to no...
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By The Jeff Rickert Team, Poconos - RSPS - The Jeff Rickert Team
(RE/MAX Property Specialists)
Click here for price and locationCome check out this 4-5 bedroom house with a pool! The deck has also been completely recovered with trex decking. Large grassy yard and located right in Mount Pocono so its just minutes to most stores and restaurants. Completely renovated and the seller is open to a credit for kitchen appliances. Pocono Mountain East Schools. Large primary suite and also a fireplace in the downstairs bedroom. Attached garage can keep you out of the snow. Office could be considered the 5th bedroom. Some photos digitally staged. Furniture not included. Call Jeremiah Noll today at (570) 971-2509 for more information!Click here for price and location
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:
(Arizona Elite Properties )
Check out this link from our local Realtors + MLS, below for the newest homes to come on the market. Chandler Arizona homes for sale today      YOUR   Latest activity in the VALLEY of the SUN For ALL your Valley AZ Real Estate Needs PHONE   Bill   at   602-999-0952 Text         Bill   at    602-999-0952 Email      Bill    at  Read other YVP Blogs here For more information, Call or Text: 602-999-0952eMail: golfarizona@cox.netBill Salvatore / Arizona Elite PropertiesYour Valley Property TeamResidential Sales, Marketing, and Property Management Selling Arizona for more than 20 years Founder: AZVHV Arizona Veterans Helping VeteransRecipient: East Valley Tribune’s: Best Gilbert, Arizona Realtor      Bill Salvatore, Arizona Elite Properties, Veterans Agent, Chandler R...
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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. )
New Real Estate Magazine 📖 Check out our latest publication featuring valuable insights, industry trends, and expert tips for real estate professionals. Get ahead in the world of real estate with our informative articles.
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By Jason E. Gordon, Sr Loan Officer, CMA, CMPS, CDLP, CDRE, RCSD, CDPE
(CMG Mortgage, San Diego, CA)
Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac have recently announced their new Conforming and High Balance Conforming Loan Limits for 2024.  If you are a Realtor, Financial Planner and/or Attorney, do you know how to articulate this great news to your Clients?  Here are a few talking points: In most counties across the country, there are 3 categories of loan types (based on the LOAN AMOUNT) Conforming High Balance Conforming  Non-Conforming (Jumbo) The loan amounts have increased on each category as follows: Conforming was $726,200, increasing to $766,550 in 2024 High Balance Conforming limits vary significantly depending on county (see below for a few examples) Non-Conforming (Jumbo) limits vary depending on county as well (as shown below) Examples of New High Balance Conforming Loan Limits by County San ...
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By John Moran, For Your Place At The Beach
(Keller Williams Realty's At The Beach Team)
 Listing Details: 14825 Front Beach Road 1701, Panama City Beach, FL 32413     MLS #: 748416Price: $899,000Beds: 3Baths: 3Sq feet: 1,577 Call John Skinner 850-543-5763 to see if this property is still available Absolutely fantastic, premier condo in the coveted Sunrise Beach development. Eastern facing corner unit! This exceptional, 1,577s.ft. condo lives like a house but comes with all the benefits of owning a condo. Open and bright with fresh paint, raised ceilings, two large sliding glass doors in living area, and plenty of windows in the kitchen and bedrooms. Conveys with new luxurious beach inspired furnishings and artwork that welcome you to lie back and relax with views of the beach and emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico.    Click here to see additional photos and details of th...
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
Nominate an outstanding Aurora business for recognition by Dec. 15 The city of Aurora is accepting nominations from the community through Dec. 15 for its annual Aurora Business Recognition Awards Program, which began in 2005 to celebrate successful businesses that are leaders in the workplace and community. Award winners will be honored in mid-2024 at a ceremony that is still in the planning stages. Nominees, which must be licensed in the city of Aurora and registered with the state of Colorado, will be evaluated by one or more of the following criteria: resiliency, innovation and creativity; service industry and hospitality; “small, small” businesses with great customer service; and diversity, equity and inclusion. Honorable mentions will also be given to community organizations, indiv...
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By Fernando Herboso - Associate Broker MD, & VA, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA
(Maxus Realty Group of Samson Properties )
The dream of homeownership is within reach for many individuals and families. However, one crucial aspect that often gets overlooked is the impact of your tax filing on your ability to buy a house. Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or looking to upgrade to a new home, filing your taxes on time can significantly affect your financial readiness. Here's why:1. Proof of IncomeWhen you apply for a mortgage, lenders typically require documentation of your income. This includes W-2 forms, tax returns, and other financial records. Filing your taxes on time ensures that you have up-to-date income documentation when you're ready to buy a house. This proof of income is essential for mortgage pre-approval and final loan approval.2. Creditworthiness  READ MORE:
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By Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308, Broker/Owner, SFR®, e-PRO®, GRI, AHWD, REALTOR®
(Stake Your Land Realty, Inc.)
Just SOLD one acre in Royal Trails, no time limit to build, the minimum square footage is 1,200, once you build, you may park your RV and boat, the zoning allows two horses per acre. The community has deeded access to Lake Norris, a community park and playground with many activities through the year.. No module, mobile or manufacture homes allowed per HOA. The HOA is $65 per year. The Buyer acquired a survey to make sure the dimensions and location was correct. If you are looking to buy or sell, do not hesitate to call me at 352-551-0308 or email me at katina@stakeyourland.com 
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By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(RLAH / @properties)
 [ This is the neighborhood in Washington, DC.  Everyone wants live here, or to come here to eat and enjoy the city.Logan Circle is the quintessential NW DC neighborhood.  It simply looks and feels right, without the attitude one finds with the usually older & more established NW neighborhoods.Penn Quarter, closer to downtown/ Penn. Ave., has the nightlife, clubs and Capital One Arena.Shaw is the place to be and the neighborhood has a great feel of new & old woven together. Interest rates continue to remain high in October.  This month, we gained a few homes  vs. the previous month for a total of 35 homes sold. Up and down, up and down, but once again we are below the 5 year average of 53.  Buyers will continue to buy and sellers will continue to sell, so we will watch to see if this tr...
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By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(RLAH / @properties)
Capitol Hill is also a neighborhood in Washington, a big village, split halfway across, half in the NE and half in the SE quadrant of Washington, DC.  Politicians work here, but people live here also.On the north side, an iconic landmark is Union Station, with some 40 million people annually, shown here to represent the local perspective. This is a true transportation hub, with Amtrak, suburban rail, intercity  bus and the Metro(subway) stations to converge. As of 2019, 2nd busiest station in the country.As of February 2016, the H Street Trolley now gets people from (almost) Union Station to past the 15th St Starburst. Extension to Minn. Ave Metro, paused due to budget concerns at the moment, stay tuned.This view shows the station as you drive up in a cab, or Bikeshare or walk from Capi...
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By Andrea Bedard, Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS
(Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860)
Happy Closing Day in Marble Hill in Elkridge, MDThis darling 2-bedroom condo has found a very happy new owner, my client! It's a very special closing for so many reasons. My client is the son of friends I've known for more than 18 years. He's a VA buyer - we ratified just before Veteran's Day - and a first time buyer. In a fast-paced market with limited inventory buying with a VA loan can be quite the challenge. You are competing with cash buyers and conventional loan buyers who put down a large chunk of money, and possibly adding appraisal waivers to their offers. There's still a stigma attached to the VA loan process, unfortunately, because of its appraisal being often - and wrongly - viewed as too strict. My buyer wrote two prior offers before he got the one - neither presented any r...
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By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(RLAH / @properties)
Capitol Hill is not only a political idea, it is also a big village, a neighborhood split halfway across, half in the NE and half in the SE quadrant of Washington, DC.  Politicians work here, but people live here also.On the south side of this neighborhood is Barracks Row, and the ever growing and popular Navy Yard with the Nationals Park neighborhood.  Let's consider that we will return to some level of foot traffic here in the summer of 2024, even if not 2019 levels yet.The Navy Yard has very good Metro access, and is also home to baseball's Nationals Park. This neighborhood has also become the 'it' neighborhood, growing faster than any other in the past year.  All the residential growth has fueled demand for lots of new neighborhood amenities, which brings more people.  It certainly ...
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