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“All the news that's fit to print,” or to click, as the case may be, can be found right here at your favorite real estate social networking site, ActiveRain. And here you thought it was merely a great place to chat with colleagues and slap up a blog post or two.


We know you're busy – whether it's trying to fill your pipeline or following up on what's already popped out of the bottom of it. Who has time to read? And, while real estate market news geared toward consumers is easy to round up on the Internet, news for brokers and Realtors is a bit harder to come by.


Your friends at ActiveRain understand how important each of those 168 hours in every week is so we've made it easy for you by consolidating everything you need to know to keep up-to-date with the real estate industry right here, in one place.


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Recent blogs on Real Estate Industry
By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
In today’s real estate market, particularly in areas like Lexington, where home prices have seen a significant rise—over 15% in March 2024 compared to the previous year—making your property stand out to potential buyers is more crucial than ever. Selling a home is not just about putting a "For Sale" sign on your front lawn; it's about strategically showcasing your home in a way that maximizes its appeal and market value. Smart, simple upgrades can transform your property into an attractive and compelling option for buyers. By investing in key improvements that enhance both the aesthetic and functional aspects of your home, you can not only attract more potential buyers but also potentially increase your home’s selling price. This article explores ten effective upgrades that are both eas...
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By Robert Havana, Alberta Real Estate License Parking
(Park and Protect- Alberta Real Estate License Parking)
Before jumping in, you may wish to check out my last post about "what is real estate license parking" if it is a term you are unfamiliar with.There are may reasons that a REALTOR, Agent or Broker who holds a valid license in Alberta would choose to become inactive and park their alberta real estate license.  Here is a list of common reasons why a Licensee parks their real estate license: they are retiring but wish to continue to earn referral commissions from their established client list they are taking a break from actively selling due to any number of reasons (such as health, travel, change of life plans, etc) they are transitioning their career and wish to maintain their real estate license in good  standing they have spent thousands of dollars and countless hours in earning their c...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Understanding the difference between a holding deposit and a security deposit is crucial for both tenants and landlords. This blog likely clarifies the purposes and legalities of each type of deposit.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP When it comes to renting, understanding the differences between holding and security deposits is essential for both landlords and tenants. However, these terms are frequently used interchangeably when, in reality, they serve distinct purposes and have unique features and implications.  A holding deposit refers to the amount of money a renter will pay to have a rental held temporarily as the rental lease is being concluded. It essentially holds the property off the market for the applicant. On the other hand, a security deposit comes in t...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Investing in real estate offers numerous benefits, from potential for long-term appreciation to generating rental income. This blog likely explores the advantages of real estate investment and why it's a compelling option for many. Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Real estate investment has enchanted many people who want to add another asset class to their portfolio and be financially stable. The question, however, persists: why to invest in real estate? Apart from tangible asset attraction, real estate offers an exclusive type of benefits which includes passive income, possible appreciation, and tax influences. This blog explores all the factors which make real estate a premium investment while also showing how this asset class opens the doors of prosperity. The Pe...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
When it comes to renting, understanding the differences between holding and security deposits is essential for both landlords and tenants. However, these terms are frequently used interchangeably when, in reality, they serve distinct purposes and have unique features and implications. A holding deposit refers to the amount of money a renter will pay to have a rental held temporarily as the rental lease is being concluded. It essentially holds the property off the market for the applicant. On the other hand, a security deposit comes in the form of financial protection for homeowners intended to cover any damages or unpaid rent incurred at some stage in the tenancy period. While each deposit contains financial transactions and is regularly required before taking possession of a rental pro...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
Real estate investment has enchanted many people who want to add another asset class to their portfolio and be financially stable. The question, however, persists: why to invest in real estate? Apart from tangible asset attraction, real estate offers an exclusive type of benefits which includes passive income, possible appreciation, and tax influences. This blog explores all the factors which make real estate a premium investment while also showing how this asset class opens the doors of prosperity.The Persistent Attraction of Real Estate InvestmentReal estate is one of the oldest ways to invest, creating a tangible asset which you can benefit from both in short and long term. Different from stocks and bonds, real estate investments include the buying of land or property with the intrin...
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net
(Arizona Elite Properties )
Hey Earth, you rock! I am sure we have all notices changes from our youth regarding the climate around the world, in our neighborhood.  It is there if you just look.  AND It all makes sense in the big picture there are things we do as humans that affect the word we live in.  I am not a radical by any stroke of imagination, but I can't ignore the fact that there are things that we do that in the long run are not good for me or the place I am vey fortunate to live.   Pick up my trash and dispose of it in the proper place.  Turn off the lights when I leave a room, close the frig door when I grab something from inside.  It is the small things that really do matter over time.   This is why it’s important to clean up our act - and the planet. Whether it’s reading a book instead of binge watc...
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By Peter Mohylsky, Destin BeachPro, Call me at 850-517-7098
(PMI. Destin)
Hey Earth, you rock!I am sure we have all notices changes from our youth regarding the climate around the world, in our neighborhood.  It is there if you just look.  ANDIt all makes sense in the big picture there are things we do as humans that affect the word we live in. I am not a radical by any stroke of imagination, but I can't ignore the fact that there are things that we do that in the long run are not good for me or the place I am vey fortunate to live.  Pick up my trash and dispose of it in the proper place.  Turn off the lights when I leave a room, close the frig door when I grab something from inside.  It is the small things that really do matter over time.  This is why it’s important to clean up our act - and the planet.Whether it’s reading a book instead of binge watching a ...
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By Kukun's VP of Analytics Franklin Carroll, Elite client engagement tools and proptech
(Kukun, Inc.)
Those of us living in split-level homes know exactly why we love the layout. The separate floors and living spaces allow for large families to live comfortably without unwanted proximity. And unlike a single-story home or even a raised ranch-style home, you have oodles of yard space left once the home is built.It is no wonder, then, that a split-level house is very sought after by young roommates and by multi-generational families that still dwell together. However, there is a stigma, especially in some parts of the country, that makes selling a split-level home harder than it is selling a ground-level family home. If you’re trying to sell a split-level home, we’ll explain why it is harder to sell, and give you some handy tips to help make selling the home easier. Why are split-level ho...
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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. )
Eric L. Frazier, CEO of The Power Is Now Media, attended the NADP 2024 Annual Summit & Expo in Palm Springs, California. This three-day event brings together real estate experts and asset management firms to share insights on REO properties, which took place from March 3rd to 5th at the luxurious Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel in sunny California. This prestigious event brought together servicers and asset management firms, offering deep insights into their operations and the profitable world of REO properties. The summit kicked off on the evening of March 3rd after an introductory session designed to align all attendees. The following days were filled with enriching sessions and networking opportunities, concluding at noon on the 5th. Participants were left equipped with actionable kno...
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By Michael Elliott, Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales
(Fathom Realty)
Great info on how to reduce costs! Smart Ways to Reduce Cost of Living Expenses Key Highlights Are you tired of spending too much every month? Here are 10 clever ways reduce your living expenses and save money. By optimizing your monthly budget, slashing utility bills, minimizing grocery costs, reducing transportation expenses, cutting down on dining out, reevaluating your housing situation, consolidating and negotiating debt, cancelling unused subscriptions, embracing second-hand shopping, and DIYing whenever possible, you can significantly lower your living costs. These strategies are easy to implement and can make a big difference in your financial well-being. Don't wait any longer, start saving money today!   Introduction Are you looking for ways to save money and reduce your living...
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On April 18, 2024, National Association of Realtors® (NAR) reported that nationwide existing home sales decreased 4.3% to annual rate of 4.19 million homes in March of 2024 from February of 2024, and declined 3.7% from 4.35 million homes from March of 2023.There were 1.11 million homes supplies of available inventory in March of 2024, higher 4.7% from February of 2024, jumped 14.4% from 970,000 homes in March of 2023.There were 3.2 months available inventory in March of 2024 gained from to 2.9 months in February of 2024, and grew from 2.7 months in March of 2023.On average it took 33 days to sell a home in March of 2024, lower from 38 days in February of 2024, but higher from 29 days in March 2023.First time buyers acquired 32.0% of homes in March of 2024, grew from 26.0% in February of...
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By Michael Elliott, Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales
(Fathom Realty)
 Here is my weekly market update for residential resale homes in Burlington Township, New Jersey. New Listings                         3Total Active                           17New Pending                       1Total Closed                         0Average Sales Price          N/AWhat do these numbers mean?While listing volume is up in certain parts of Burlington and New Jersey, that certainly is NOT the case here, which makes finding a home here more difficult, and selling your home a lot easier.For info on how this may impact you, please contact me for a no-obligation consultation.   (609) 864-8164.https://michaelelliott.fathomrealty.com/ 
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By Nancy Braun, Professional Service, Personally Delivered
(Showcase Realty LLC)
The Charlotte housing market has changed recently. Before, prices kept increasing constantly, but now, it is a more varied landscape. Some places are experiencing price increases, while others are witnessing price decreases.  This is different from the previous trend because prices just kept increasing.  We want to help you know why this change is happening. This knowledge can help you make decisions when buying or selling a home in Charlotte, NC.  Will Housing Prices Fall in Charlotte, NC?  The prices are changing in different parts of Charlotte. Some areas that used to cost a lot in 2021 and 2022 are now getting cheaper. But in other parts, the prices are going up.  Around June 2023, house prices in Charlotte were expensive, about $425,000 on average. That’s a big jump of 5.1% from ho...
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By Nancy Braun, Professional Service, Personally Delivered
(Showcase Realty LLC)
Charlotte has many different neighborhoods. Some neighborhoods feel old and historic, while others are modern. These neighborhoods show how Charlotte keeps growing and changing over time.  This guide discusses how these neighborhoods are changing and what makes them unique. We’ll learn about what’s special in each area and why they appeal to residents.  Find the right neighborhood with this guide, whether you like old-style, modern, or a blend of both.  Is Charlotte NC Up and Coming? Charlotte Regional Business Alliance found that many people are moving here in Charlotte.  About 113 people picked Charlotte as their new home every day between 2021 and 2022. That’s a significant number! It shows that many people favor Charlotte’s living environment. Charlotte is getting more new residents...
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By Nancy Braun, Professional Service, Personally Delivered
(Showcase Realty LLC)
Now is a great time to sell your home! With experts like Nancy Braun, you can make the most of this seller’s market.  This guide is your source for selling your home in Charlotte. The real estate market is changing, but right now, there are a lot of people searching for homes to buy.   You need to follow tips to guarantee a fast and profitable sale. These include finding the right agent, enhancing curb appeal, or making prompt repairs. In this article, we'll discuss these tips and more.  How Can I Sell My Home in Charlotte, NC? Selling Your Charlotte Home at the Right Price When you want to sell your home in Charlotte, getting the price right is super important. It makes your sales quick and profitable. But don’t worry. We’ve got tips to help you with this.   Look at Similar Recently So...
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By Christopher Nelson, Montgomery County, PA - Realtor
(GenStone Realty)
Lower Cost of Home Insurance: Features to AvoidKey Highlights Increasing your deductible can help lower your homeowners premium. Making your home more secure with security systems and safety features can lead to discounts on your insurance. Skipping small claims and paying for minor expenses out of pocket can help you avoid rate increases. Asking about lesser-known discounts and bundling your auto and home insurance can save you money. Regularly reviewing and adjusting your coverage, as well as shopping around for the best rates, can help you cut costs on home insurance.  IntroductionHomeowners insurance is an essential part of protecting your investment and ensuring financial security in the event of unforeseen circumstances. However, when buying a home, it's important to consider the ...
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By Christopher Nelson, Montgomery County, PA - Realtor
(GenStone Realty)
Smart Ways to Reduce Cost of Living ExpensesKey Highlights Are you tired of spending too much every month? Here are 10 clever ways reduce your living expenses and save money. By optimizing your monthly budget, slashing utility bills, minimizing grocery costs, reducing transportation expenses, cutting down on dining out, reevaluating your housing situation, consolidating and negotiating debt, cancelling unused subscriptions, embracing second-hand shopping, and DIYing whenever possible, you can significantly lower your living costs. These strategies are easy to implement and can make a big difference in your financial well-being. Don't wait any longer, start saving money today!  IntroductionAre you looking for ways to save money and reduce your living expenses? Living costs can quickly ad...
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By Christopher Nelson, Montgomery County, PA - Realtor
(GenStone Realty)
Insider Tips: Buying a Home in PhiladelphiaAre you ready to make your dream of owning a home in Philadelphia a reality? Buying a house in the City of Brotherly Love can be an exciting and fulfilling experience, but it can also be overwhelming and challenging, especially in today's unpredictable housing market. Whether you're a first-time buyer or a seasoned investor, understanding the ins and outs of the home-buying process in Philly is crucial to ensure a successful purchase. In this blog, we'll provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to buy a house in Philadelphia successfully.In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the process of buying your dream home in Philadelphia. From understanding the Philly housing market and key factors influencing home prices to prepa...
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By Christopher Nelson, Montgomery County, PA - Realtor
(GenStone Realty)
Stay Alert: Red Flags to Look Out for First-Time Homebuyers As a first-time homebuyer, you may be excited and eager to find your dream home. However, it's important to approach the homebuying process with caution and stay alert for any potential red flags. Recognizing these red flags can help you avoid costly repairs and ensure that your new home is safe and structurally sound. In this blog, we will discuss key red flags that every first-time homebuyer should be aware of, as well as provide guidance on how to navigate home inspection findings and consider the legal and financial implications of purchasing a home. By staying alert and informed, you can make a confident and informed decision when buying your first home. Red Flags to Look Out for First Time HomebuyersWhen buying a house, ...
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