Recent Blog Posts

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By Kevin Vitali, Helping Massachusetts Home Buyers and Home Sellers
(EXIT Realty Beatrice Associates)
Nestled in the picturesque Merrimack Valley, Haverhill, Massachusetts, represents a hidden gem in the real estate world. With its rich history, vibrant community, and promising Haverhill property market, this city offers an ideal blend of suburban tranquility and urban convenience.Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned investor, buying a house in Haverhill presents a unique opportunity as one of the more affordable communities in Essex County.Home Buying in Haverhill: A Smart InvestmentThe Growing Demand in Haverhill's Housing MarketThe Haverhill MA housing trends have shown a consistent upward trajectory, making it a smart choice for both personal and real estate investment in Haverhill.The city's real estate market is diverse, offering everything from charming historic ho...
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
This Real Estate Agent Works with only THE BEST! Success means placing customer service and client commitment at a higher level. I do that! With many years of home sales experience, closing transactions and exceeding the client's goals is tops. “When the customer comes first, the customer will last.” ~ Robert Half   Hard-work, focus and self motivation got me that. In the past, I have been ranked as a top agent in southern Utah. A hearty thank you to past and present clients for continued business success!  “Our greatest asset is the customer! Treat each customeras if they are the only one!”  ~ Laurice Leitao Am blessed to be part of forward thinking, positive individuals who practice mutual respect and trust in the process. Always putting clients first is a reflex and I fully understan...
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A few weeks ago, I delved into why Montgomery County might be the perfect place to settle down in Pennsylvania. However, today, I want to pivot and explore the dynamic allure of living in Philadelphia. As a resident of Montgomery County, I can't help but recognize the distinctive charm that Philadelphia offers and why it might be the ultimate choice for some.First and foremost, when discussing Philadelphia, one can't overlook its rich history. As the birthplace of the nation, this city boasts a tapestry woven with historical significance. From the iconic Liberty Bell to the hallowed halls of Independence Hall, history buffs will find themselves immersed in a treasure trove of landmarks and preserved architectural gems.Beyond history, Philadelphia thrives as a cultural hub. The Philadelp...
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By Roy Kelley
Rockville Town Square Ice SkatingMonday-Thursday from Noon-10 p.m.Friday from Noon-11 p.m.Saturday from 10 a.m.-11 p.m.Sunday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.Rockville Town Square Celebrate the holiday season with a skating session at Rockville Town Square's outdoor ice skating rink. Reservations are required. Visit the link below for ticket prices, skate rental information and more.Click here to learn more.This is a City of Rockville, Maryland announcement. Water Lilies, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania USA IMG 3275Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By John Moran, For Your Place At The Beach
(Keller Williams Realty's At The Beach Team)
Listing Details: 320 Scenic Gulf Drive UNIT 222, Miramar Beach, FL 32550MLS #: 931549Price: $399,000Beds: 2Baths: 2Sq feet: 1,028 Call Courtney Ledezma (850) 608-0677 to see if this property is still available. Step inside this quaint condo with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths located just steps to the white sands and the Gulf of Mexico. Unit 222 is located in a prime spot- very close to the beach and right above the pool. No waiting for elevators, just go up one flight of stairs to enter your front door. Enjoy the beautiful beaches of Destin from this condo featuring a well maintained interior that is rental ready. Poinciana Place is perfectly located near the best shopping, restaurants, and entertainment the Emerald Coast is famous for.  Click here to see additional photos and details of this ...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
Drywall, that unsung hero of the construction world, is in high demand more than ever before. And not just because our populations are growing, but also because no one wants to do it. Whether it's new construction or renovations, the need for quality drywall services is soaring. This has led to a remarkable surge in drywall franchise companies across both Canada and the United States. In this article, we'll dive into what's behind this surge, explore the perks of jumping into the drywall franchise game, and showcase the impressive success of PatchBoyz Drywall Franchise as an example of what's possible in this thriving industry.Riding the Wave of Demand (For years to come)The construction and renovation scene in North America has been experiencing a major growth spurt lately. Factors lik...
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By Lori Mode, Real Estate Made Simple
(The Mode Real Estate Group)
Wondering if it’s time for a larger home? Here are some signs it might be time to upsize: Growing Family: If your family is expanding due to a new baby or the need to accommodate elderly parents or other family members, you may require more bedrooms and living space. Home-Based Work: If you or family members are working or studying from home more frequently, you might need additional rooms or dedicated office spaces to maintain productivity. Storage Challenges: If you find that your current home lacks adequate storage space, and you’re struggling to keep your belongings organized, it may be time for a larger home. Feeling Cramped: When you begin to feel cramped, especially in common areas like the kitchen, living room, or bathroom, it’s a clear sign that you need more space to move comf...
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By Teri Arbogast, Davie, Weston, Plantation Real Estate- Top Realtor, Davie Florida Realtor, Weston, Plantation, Miramar
(TOP 1% of Realtors)
3 Bed/2 Bath Single Family Home on a Lake is For Sale for $675,000!A 3 bed/2 bath single family home on a lake is for sale for $675,000! It's the best friendly little neighborhood in Davie ~ New Providence East. This expanded Milford model has 3 bedrooms, a family room, living room, and a formal dining room (which can be used as an office). The soaring ceilings and natural lighting abound come from the many windows and sliding doors throughout.  The fabulous kitchen has hardwood cabinetry, granite. and a handy kitchen island. Both of the bathrooms have been remodeled with modern features.  There are pretty vinyl wood floors throughout the home and a convenient interior laundry room. This home has an open and airy floor plan with beautiful views of the sparkling lake and HUGE backyard.  ...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
From time-saving strategies to efficient organization hacks, it recognizes the unique challenges moms face and provides solutions that seamlessly integrate into their busy lives. These quick decluttering hacks are a game-changer, offering moms practical ways to maintain a more organized and stress-free living space. Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Hey, busy moms! Tired of the chaos at home? We get it. In this post, we've got quick, effective decluttering hacks designed for multitasking superstars like you. No need for hours of cleaning – just a few clicks, and you're on your way to a clutter-free home. You can read the full post here: 5 Decluttering Hacks for Bust Moms. 1. Virtual Decluttering Solutions: Streamline your life with virtual decluttering apps. From sch...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This timely blog offers insightful tips for those considering listing their homes during the holiday season. From creating a warm and inviting atmosphere to strategic pricing considerations, the advice provided here is practical and relevant.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Selling your home during the Christmas season can seem like a daunting task, but with the right approach, it can also be incredibly rewarding. While many people assume that the real estate market slows down during the holidays, there are still plenty of motivated buyers looking to make a move before the new year. To help you navigate the process, here are some tips for selling your home during this festive time of year. 1. Embrace the Festive Spirit Decorating your home for the holidays can creat...
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By Nina Hollander, Broker, Your Greater Charlotte Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Latest news on the Huntersville, NC real estate market in October 2023... What you need to know... Key take-aways about the Huntersville housing market in October 2023 include: Days on market increased to 27 days from 18 in September. Compared with October 2022, days on market were four days higher. Inventory was flat compared with the previous month of September and just over 15% lower than in October 2022. At 4.46 months supply of inventory, Mint Hill is slowly moving towards being a balanced market between home buyers and home sellers. New listings increased almost 17% over the previous month of September, but were flat compared with October one year ago. Closed sales increased from September, but were down from October 2022. List to sale price ratio of 99.22% (flat month-over-month ...
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:
(Arizona Elite Properties )
Once in a while we totally misunderstand what is going on around us just like Philemon didn't think the garland was edible while Joe on the other hand though Philemon might mistake the garland as a relish. I'm sure something similar has happened to all of us. Some warnings seem totally unnecessary, especially on product labels today. Here are a few real examples. ❖"Do not iron clothes on body." -- On packaging for a Rowenta iron. ❖ "Do not drive car or operate machinery." -- On Boot's children's cough medicine. ❖ "For indoor or outdoor use only." -- On a string of Christmas lights. ❖ "Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly." -- On a child sized Superman costume. Of course not all warnings are silly, but it's always fun to share those that are. I also say "duh" about the ads...
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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 11-30-23☀️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 Leanne Smith, Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
Often real estate listing agents fail to undertake their due diligence. In real estate, due diligence is often synonymous with sales obstacles. For clarity, a sales obstacle is an external factor (think a dam) that keeps the sale from happening unless addressed. The goal for any salesperson AKA as listing agent is to remove as many sales obstacles or dams as possible.With the removal of as many external factors from preventing the sale,  the listing agent and just as important the buyer’s agent must focus on the internal sales objections by the buyer such as “need to talk to the wife,” “unsure if I like water haul,” etc. The result of this failure to undertake due diligence is that potential offers fail to materialize. Let me explain.Earlier this week I had a potential client interested...
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By Kimberly Chadwick, Residential realtor with team to serve!
(Keller Williams Realty Group)
Bright MLS is saying 2024 should continue to be a strong real estate market in our area. They predict interest rates back down into the 6's and home prices continuing to climb, although at a slower speed than previous years. Today, we are experiencing a typical easing of the market seasonally, but should see that improve in 2024.If you are thinking of buying, I say NOW is a great time...Interest rates have been dropping daily and so have home prices in some areas. If you wait, you may find yourself in greater competition, higher home prices and less appealing terms. Right now, there are less buyers and you can refinance when rates go down. Call me 215-527-5134 if you want to see how your area is trending.  
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By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
On November 17, 2023, California Association of Realtors (C.A.R) reported the homes values declined 2.3% to the price of $893,650 in October of 2023 from price of $914,640 in September of 2023, but decreased 5.8% from price of $854,560 October of 2022 in Los Angeles County, California. While, the homes sales rose 8.3% in October of 2023 from September of 2023, and fell 4.1% from October of 2022 in Los Angeles County, California.There were 2.8 months supplies of available inventory of homes in October of 2023, higher from 2.7 months in September of 2023, but dropped from 3.6 months in October of 2022 in Los Angeles County, California.An average it took 21.0 days to sell a home in October 2023, up from 19.0 days in September of 2023, but down from 26.0 days in October of 2022 in Los Angel...
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By Laura Sellers,
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.;
Homes are new beginnings for buyers and sellers.Now is the season of Homes for the Holidays!Here’s one more reason why:Homes are new beginnings for buyers and sellers. When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, sellers will want to start fresh and buyers will want to be all settled into their new home.Contact me for information about buying or selling a home this holiday season!#AuburnHomeForSale #AuburnRealEstate #HomeForSale #AuburnProperty #HouseHunting #DreamHome #HomeSweetHome #ForSaleByOwner #RealEstateInvesting #HouseForSale #OpelikaHomeForSale #OpelikaRealEstate #HomeListing #OpelikaProperty #HouseForSaleOpelika #OpelikaLiving #NewHomeOpelika #OpelikaHomes #RealEstateListing
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By Sandra Nickel, The Hat Team
(Sandra Nickel REALTORS)
476 Caldwell Place, Montgomery, AL  36109MLS# 5494462 Bedrooms | 2 Baths | 1,648 Square Feet | Wing Wood This immaculate, custom-built, one-owner home in desirable Caldwell Place has so much to offer! Perched on a bluff in a quiet cul-de-sac, this patio home feels private and secluded. Beautiful landscaping (fed by an in-ground sprinkler system) welcomes you not only from the front approach, but also via the rear alley driveway, where you will find plenty of off-street private parking. Inside, the Living room is spacious and boasts volume ceiling. The dining room for formal meals pairs nicely with large sunny breakfast room off kitchen for everyday meals. Although this is a two-bedroom home, there is a study/office/bonus room (no closet) that could be used as a third bedroom. Main bedro...
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By Bob Elliot, 20+ Yrs Industry Experience
(eXp Realty)
Have you finally found your dream home after months of searching, and then you are told that the seller has received other offers? No buyer wants to find themselves in a bidding war against another buyer as it is a stressful situation. Being unprepared and not having your finances in order will make it even more stressful. Here are a few quick ways if you're looking to speed up your mortgage approval process, here's a checklist to help you prepare: Review your credit report: Maintain a good credit score by paying bills on time, reducing existing debt, and avoiding new credit inquiries. Check your credit report for errors and make sure your credit score is in good shape. A good credit score can positively impact the approval and interest rate you receive. Gather financial documents: Gath...
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