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 Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
How To Create An Inspired Color Palette From Nature As a designer, I often find inspiration in the world around me, and what better place to draw from, than the breathtaking colors of nature?There is an abundance of inspiration constantly around us if we just stop and take a look!  Take your eyes off of your phone for a moment, and see the beauty that surrounds us.From the vibrant hues in a sunrise, gazing out on the ocean, or the earth tones of a forest.  Nature offers an endless array of colors waiting to be discovered and translated into our homes, wardrobes, and actually every facet of our lifestyle. The first step in creating a color palette from nature is to immerse yourself in your surroundings. Take a walk in the park, sit by the ocean, go on a hike, or simply spend time in your...
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By Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker
Here is the north Texas real estate market update for  February 22 2024.New properties for sale 494Back On Market 98Price Decrease 565Price increase 65Active kick out 8Active option contract 312Active contingent 49Pending listings 338Sold listings 298Expired listings 22Cancelled listings 97Withdrawn listings 8Temporary off market listings 41Coming soon listings 106
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
The Power of PositivityCultivating Optimism in Challenging TimesThe power of positivity extends beyond mere optimism; it is a mindset, a way of life that can transform how we perceive and navigate daily challenges. Understanding the Power of PositivityPositivity is more than just a fleeting feeling of happiness; it is a mindset rooted in resilience, hope, and gratitude.Research in the field of positive psychology has shown that maintaining a positive outlook can lead to numerous benefits, including improved mental and physical health, enhanced relationships, and greater overall well-being. Embracing Optimism in Challenging TimesDuring challenging times, such as the global pandemic or personal setbacks, maintaining a positive outlook may seem daunting. However, it is precisely during the...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
New build construction works for many as the home buyers can have the house constructed to their desires including all upgrades. However, caution is essential before signing that new build construction contract.First, and foremost cautionary step, builders do not represent you as the buyer. This lack of representation is in the fine print and often "glossed" over. Not being represented can create serious problems.Second, undertake your own research regarding the builder. Drive through the areas where the builder is working. If possible talk to neighbors who appear to have purchased a home built by the builder under consideration.Third, extend your research to costs for new build construction as well as local codes.  Is the builder doing the minimum as required by code or more than the m...
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Luxury Homes & Interior Designer
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
Here is a refresher for all of our new members, as well as a guide for all of our members of ActiveRain.Some helpful ideas and guidelines about blogging from ActiveRain University.So start blogging!  We look forward to hearing what you have to say!! ActiveRain Gives You the Blueprint for Successful Blogs No two bloggers are going to have the exact same style. In this regard, bloggers are like snow flakes (lame! Be over already winter!) custom hot rods! Each one with their own unique style and approach. But there are cetain kinds of posts that we believe every blogger should have in their blog. Our Blogging Blueprint Series is designed to give you a map by which to create some of the most valuable posts for your real estate blog. The idea is, the first time you create a post of this natu...
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By Tom Gilliam- RE/MAX Classic, Exceeding Your Expectations
(Re/Max Classic)
When you hear the term “squatters” you probably picture them in an abandoned, run down place with no heat, electricity, or furnishings, and most likely in a high crime or depressed area. As for the actual squatters, you probably envision homeless people or drug addicts who broke in through a backdoor or broken window, crashing on an old mattress and surrounded by trash. Those are certainly accurate assumptions in some cases, and most likely what you’d see depicted on TV or movies. But squatters — and the houses they choose to squat in — don’t always resemble that description. On the contrary, your house could become a squatter’s home without you (or your neighbors) even noticing it… until it’s too late. Squatters are Real For example, a recent realtor.com article gave an account of a G...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
In sales and especially in real estate, the goal is to have the potential clients aka as sales leads to pull you to them. Using the often-witnessed push sales behaviors does not really work very well. Hence, the often heard comment "He was a pushy salesman" or "She was a pushy salesperson."Yesterday, I scheduled a tour of five vacant land parcels here in Golden Valley, AZ with a potential cash buyer client. Until I actually invest some time with a potential client, I do not know if I want the individual as a client.  Not all individuals who want to list or buy real estate properties are a good fit for me. In our travels to the third property, I stopped my vehicle on something less than a cow trail. I walked back to my client’s car and asked “Do you really wish to continue to this proper...
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Van Nuys Weekly Market Update February 12th - 18th, 2024 7422 Hazeltine Ave NEWLY LISTED Hazeltine Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1114 sq. ft. | $499,999 Valley Oaks III BACK ON THE MARKET Firmament Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 961 sq. ft. | $460,000
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager/Redesign
Thankful Thursdays…A Joyful Meeting When Larry and I returned to Houston, we learned about the Fallen Warrior Memorial and the adjoining park. We are there at least once a week to walk and to pay respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. We’ve found small painted stones with inspirational messages placed along the walk. Some are tucked in the crook of a tree…others on a tree stump.  There were crosses made of stones and pine cones…often with a small fresh flower on them. At Christmas there were small ornaments hung along the path. On each one was a special word painted…JOY or BLESSED.  For years we wanted to know who placed these in the park. When did they place these??? Well, yesterday guess who we ran into?!  We looked through the trees and there she was.  Meet Karen!  We mad...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Exploring the annals of history is always a fascinating journey, offering glimpses into the significance of various dates. Here are a few intriguing historical tidbits to dive into this week.   THIS WEEK IN HISTORY   u 2008: Fidel Castro resigns the presidency of Cuba on Feb. 19. u 2001: Stock car legend Dale Earnhardt dies Feb. 18, after crashing at the Daytona 500. u 1997: NBC airs “Schindler’s List” completely uncensored Feb.23. u 1997: Scottish scientists announce they have successfully cloned a sheep on Feb. 22. u 1968: Civil rights leader Malcolm X is assassinated Feb 21 in New York City. u 1962: On Feb. 20, John Glenn is the first American to orbit Earth aboard Friendship 7. u 1954: Mass polio inoculations for children begin Feb. 23 in Pittsburgh, PA. u 1953: The first 3-D movie,...
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By Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
(TOUCHSTONE REAL ESTATE)
The other day Michelle and I took a tour of the Genesis Health Club in Spanish Springs, we want to tour the one in Brownwood sometime soon.  The interest came from a friend who said your health insurance would cover your membership so why not check it out.  The staff that greeted was great, but the big news was they are moving from their current location on the square to the old theatre on the corner of the square.  They showed us the layout of the new gym which is being completely remodeled and plans to open this summer.  From their website:A recently acquired location and our first venture out of the Midwest and Mountain states, Genesis Health Clubs at The Villages in Florida is more than a gym. There’s a reason we became the largest privately-owned health club in the United States – ...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Exciting news! Your offer has been accepted—congratulations! Now, let's walk through what comes next as we move towards finalizing your dream home. Here's what you can expect in the upcoming closing process: u Understanding Closing Costs: We'll delve into the details of closing costs, ensuring transparency and clarity regarding the financial aspects of your purchase.u Home Inspection: This crucial step allows for a thorough examination of the property's condition, ensuring everything aligns with your expectations and any necessary negotiations can be made.  u Title Search: The Title Company will conduct a comprehensive review of the property's title to verify ownership and uncover any potential issues that need to be addressed before closing.u Appraisal: An appraisal will be carried out...
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By Craig Daniels, Technology Instructor/Project Consultant
(Tech Training for You!)
Have you been following along in this rebooted YouTube Thursdays series? You can use that link if you want to catch up on the previous posts.We are going to take a break this week from teaching new editing skills. Have you started your homework assignments yet? You can use this week to catch up.Meanwhile, this week, let's take a look at the group of ActiveRain members that have been trail blazing a path in the video world. I may have missed some, and I'd like you to chime in by making a comment if I have!I also wanted to highlight the "Honorable Mentions" because that means there is at least some beginning important steps taken to promote yourself via video creation. Sometimes a YouTube channel is just a collection of listings videos that you get from the photographer that you pay for t...
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net
(Arizona Elite Properties )
Delightful 2-story home boasts a welcoming interior featuring tile and wood-look flooring, leading into a spacious living room. Kitchen is a chef's delight, equipped with SS appliances, granite counters, a subway tile backsplash, a pantry, and a center island with a breakfast bar.  A versatile loft space serves as an ideal media center. The main bedroom is a serene retreat, offering direct backyard access, an ensuite with dual sinks, and a large walk-in closet. Experience relaxation on the balcony, savoring your favorite beverages while admiring the breathtaking mountain views.  The backyard is an oasis of enjoyment, featuring a covered patio, paver seating areas, and a dedicated play area. This charming home awaits you! Seize the opportunity to make it yours today!  YOUR   Latest activ...
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By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Ambrose Realty Management LLC)
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By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo and Home Specialists
(The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
Does This Interest You? A 24 Hour Guard Gated Community•1 or 2 Attached Garage•Central Air Conditioning And Gas Heat•Amenities like Clubhouse, Indoor and Outdoor Pool, Tennis, Billiards and Social Activities•Landscaping and Snow Removal Maintained For You•Near Beaches•Pet Friendly  That’s just what you will find at Westhampton PinesOpened in 2005, Westhampton Pines is a 24-hour guard-gated active 55 and Over community. It offers a Clubhouse with a Library, Fitness Center, Spa, Billiard Room, Indoor/Outdoor Pools, Tennis, Bocce Courts, and Walking Trail. The intimacy of a private 55+ community, and the easy access to beaches, shopping, and wineries create carefree living in this active adult neighborhood in Suffolk County Long Island. You can reach this Resale community of Westhampton Pi...
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Burbank Weekly Market Update February 12th - 18th, 2024 Bethany Woods South RECENTLY SOLD Bethany Road | 2 bedrooms | 1.5 baths | 1307 sq. ft. | $489,000 McCambridge Townhomes RECENTLY SOLD Peyton Avenue | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1263 sq. ft. | $659,000
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Wilshire Corridor Weekly Market Update February 12th - 18th, 2024 Crown Towers BACK ON THE MARKET Wilshire Boulevard | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1356 sq. ft. | $1,059,000 Marie Antoinette BACK ON THE MARKET Wilshire Boulevard | 3 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1459 sq. ft. | $875,000 Regency Wilshire RECENTLY SOLD Wilshire Boulevard | 2 bedrooms | 3 baths | 2532 sq. ft. | $1,799,999 The Churchill RECENTLY SOLD Wilshire Boulevard | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 2064 sq. ft. | $1,400,000 The Remington RECENTLY SOLD Wilshire | 2 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1723 sq. ft. | $1,299,000 The Wilshire Manning NEWLY LISTED Wilshire Boulevard | 3 bedrooms | 4 baths | 2608 sq. ft. | $1,850,000
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By Michael Jacobs, Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393
 Thursday Food for Thought. . .  It was about fifteen years ago (before joining ActiveRain) when I became a Facebook member.  I wasn’t sure how I would fit in.  After all, telling tales and talking about myself was not exactly in my wheelhouse. I chose a different path.  Not by sharing my deepest thoughts or lots of photos but quotes from others.  Although I haven’t done so in a number of years, I am reminded of those days as FB memories show up daily on the site.   Here are some words of wisdom from February over the years.  The quotes made me think then and they still do, today.  While I'm no longer as active as before, looking back can offer some memorable feelings. Plus, FB continues to offer value as a birthday reminder when my memory bank defaults: If I were two-faced, would I be ...
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By Joseph Lorenzo, Your Law And Order Realtor
(Frank Rubi Real Estate LLC)
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 wit...
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