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By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
On March 16, 2023, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau reported nationwide housing building permits higher 13.8% to 1,524,000 units in February of 2023 from 1,339,000 units in January of 2023, but dropped 17.9% from 1,726,000 in February of 2022. Single family building permits gained 7.6% to a rate of 777,000 units in February of 2023 from 722,000 units in January of 2023, and there were 700,000 multifamily building permits issued in February of 2023.Nationwide housing starts increased 9.8% to 1,450,000 units in February of 2023 from 1,321,000 units in January of 2023 but fell 18.4% from 1,777,000 units in February of 2022. Single family starts higher 1.1% to a rate of 830,000 units in February of 2023 from 821,000 in January of 2023, and ther...
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By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs
(RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305
Last week I had our Tuesday Ask An Ambassador post ready to go.  Fully written, picture attached, tags and groups assigned, everything but clicking SUBMIT.But I never clicked SUBMIT.  Instead, I wrote an entirely different post to publish.Why?Because when all was said and done, I wasn't satisfied with the outcome.  I think the topic was valid.  We'd had a less than positive experience at a local restaurant and the theme Bait & Switch seemed worth exploring.  Easy enough to relate it to real estate blogging and our overall business.But..Any post can be your FIRST impression, be it a consumer or another Rainer, and what impression would that post leave?As someone worth referring business?As the right agent to help with buying or selling a home?It's the acid test of posting or not posting....
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By Laura Sellers,
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.;
THE MAGIC OF MUMBAIExploring India's largest city.Prestige Magazine – Spring 2023 Introducing the Spring 2023 issue of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Prestige magazine, your premier guide to luxury lifestyle topics that matter most. This issue highlights Las Vegas’ exciting evolution, the strong demand for country living, and the rise of high-end plant-based dining—while also showcasing breathtaking properties from around the world.VideoBerkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Best Auburn Realtors, Best Opelika Realtors, Relocate to Auburn, Move to Auburn, Homes for sale in Auburn, Homes for Sale near me, Houses for Sale Opelika, Luxury Homes for Sale Auburnwww.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate
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By Laura Sellers,
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.;
Welcome First Day of Spring!Wishing you lots of warmth and happiness in your home. Happy Spring!Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Best Auburn Realtors, Best Opelika Realtors, Relocate to Auburn, Move to Auburn, Homes for sale in Auburn, Homes for Sale near me, Houses for Sale Opelika, Luxury Homes for Sale Auburnwww.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate
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By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
This month's challenge asks us to relay some transactions or situations where it took some measures to get a transaction to closing, or maybe they didn't close? Back about 10-15 years ago I got a call from a past client telling me she had a friend that needed a REALTOR to sell their home.    This couple was in a nasty divorce situation, and didn't know if I wanted to get involved.    After finding out where it was - within 1.5 miles of my house, and it was a very nice house, I said of course would want to assist them. I gave the wife a call, and set up a meeting the following day.    What a lovely woman, and they had three beautiful children aged 9-14 at the time.   All of the kids were top students, played instruments, and could speak at least 3 languages.    This couple seriously need...
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By Jon Sigler, Sigler Sold Another! 860-306-8029
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Welcome, pizza aficionados! If you're on the hunt for the most outstanding pizza places in New Haven, CT, you're in luck. In this article, we reveal five must-visit pizzerias that have secured spots among the best pizzas in America. Believe us, these heavenly slices are not to be missed! Having experienced all these pizzerias personally, we can attest to their exceptional quality, with Pepe's topping our list of favorites.1. Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana: The Undisputed ChampionFrank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana holds the crown for the best pizza in the United States. Established in 1925, this legendary pizzeria has delighted taste buds with its mouth-watering pies for nearly a century. Their most renowned creation is the white clam pizza, an unconventional yet delectable treat that's a mu...
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:
(Arizona Elite Properties )
We all have those special "Mom" meals, what where yours? Bill   YOUR   Latest activity in the VALLEY of the SUNFor ALL your Valley AZ Real Estate NeedsPHONE   Bill   at   602-999-0952Text         Bill   at    602-999-0952Email      Bill    at Read other YVP Blogs hereFor more information, Call or Text: 602-999-0952eMail: golfarizona@cox.netBill Salvatore / Arizona Elite PropertiesYour Valley Property TeamResidential Sales, Marketing, and Property ManagementSelling Arizona for more than 20 yearsFounder: AZVHV Arizona Veterans Helping VeteransRecipient: East Valley Tribune’s: Best Gilbert, Arizona Realtor   Bill Salvatore, Arizona Elite Properties, Veterans Agent, Chandler Realtor, Gilbert Realtor, Tempe Realtor, Ahwatukee Foothills Realtor, Mesa Realtor, East Vall...
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager/Redesign
 Tuesdays Treasures…Sportsmanship My oldest great-nephew had a major Taekwondo tournament this past weekend that included participants from all over. It lasted all day, with different levels and age groups. Luke helped with some of the judgings and competed as well.   We are so proud of his efforts! Luke took the Silver medal!   At the end of the day, they all showed their respect by shaking hands, hugging, and congratulating each other.  Team activities are so important in helping our young people learn about competition, winning, and more importantly, sportsmanship.  When you go out onto that field it's going to be war. Sportsmanship is playing to the best of your abilities and then, afterwards, shaking your opponent's hand. Bruce Grobbelaar Victory is in the quality of competition an...
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By Nina Hollander, Broker, Your Greater Charlotte Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Spring 2023 Will Be A Perfect Time To Find A New Home Spring 2023 will be a great time to find a new home in the Greater Charlotte area and lock in your housing costs for years to come.  Waiting to buy can only cost you more the longer you wait, especially in terms of lost opportunity for equity growth. And there are other reasons to buy a home sooner rather than later: You escape the cycle of rising rents when you buy a home. Over the past several decades, the median price of rent has risen consistently and shows no sign of stopping. Owning a home is a hedge against inflation.  When you buy a home with a fixed-rate mortgage, you secure your housing payment, so it won’t go up like it would if you rent. (And don't forget, if rates drop you can always refinance.) Homeownership is a powerf...
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By Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308, Broker/Owner, GRI,SFR, REALTOR®
(Stake Your Land Realty, Inc.)
Asking the right questions when considering a home can help you avoid nasty surprises later. Make a list of non-negotiables and ensure you’re asking about them before you get too attached!
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Thursday March 23rd, Coldwell Banker in Austin will be holding an agent panel discussing agent best practices in the Austin Board Of Realtors Meeting Room. It's a good way to share and discuss the array of Coldwell Banker tools at our disposal and share what specifically works for us.       I’m excited to be included in the group of panelists and know we will learn from each other and through audience participation. Covering an array of topics will be beneficial: How do we prepare for a listing? Do you do a one or two step listing appointment and why? What are your most successful branding techniques? How do you prospect? What tool is the most effective? It's going to be a fun and eventful learning experience! Knowledge is power!
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Click on the link below to find out how. Also, do not forget to subscribe to my YouTube page to see my other videos on similar topics. I am a loan officer who lends in 45 states and I handle the loan from start-to-finish. My cell phone is 1-216-780-1103 and I can be reached at anytime for questions, Pre-Approvals or anything else needed.
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Setting up a multigenerational home in Salina, KS, requires careful planning and consideration to ensure the comfort and privacy of all family members. Here are some steps to help you get started Determine the Needs of Each Family Member: Start by having a conversation with each family member to determine their needs and preferences. Consider factors like the number of bedrooms and bathrooms needed, accessibility requirements, and privacy concerns. Choose the Right Property: Look for a property that can accommodate the needs of all family members. Ideally, the home should have separate living areas or a separate entrance for the elderly or disabled family members...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Is It Really Better To Rent Than To Own a Home Right Now?   You may have seen reports in the news recently saying it’s better to rent right now than it is to own your home. But before you let that impact your decisions, you should understand what these claims are based on. Click Here to Continue Reading & Share   What Is My Homes Value Thinking of SELLING, YOU PAY US $2995. Flat Fee and 2.5% for the agent or agents selling your home, not the average 6 or 7% charged by others, saving the average homeowner $12077.00. We use a 106 Step Selling System with 28 that are specific to the marketing of your home. If you’re ready to sell your home, you need a marketing expe...
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Localist Realty)
San Marcos Weekly Market Update March 13th - 19th, 2023 Vallecitos Townhomes RECENTLY SOLD Cerco Rosado | 4 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1713 sq. ft. | $500,000
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By Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired
(Wayne M Martin)
Trivia question answers for Monday March 20, 20231. What age followed the Bronze Age? The Iron Age2. What is the thin layer of foam appearing on top of an expresso called? Crema3. What do Scandinavian country flags have in common? Crosses4. When Did the United States Post Office Department release its first Christmas stamp? 1962Trivia questions for Tuesday March 21, 20231. In bowling what is the term for knocking down all pins with 2 consecutive balls?2. Who led the covert mission known as the Boston Tea Party?3. What element's Latin name is "ferrus"?4. What ocean is the island-nation of Madagascar located in?Enjoy your day.
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By Rocky Dickerson, Superior Service!
(Realty One Group)
Las Vegas Vantage speaks with Debe Maxwell, CRS's assistant, Christina Kellman. Christina has a unique view of real estate as she is a successful agent that became an assistant for a highly successful real estate team. Christina gives us a wonderful insight into the role of a real estate assistant and how it benefits the customer. This episode will give you a great behind the scenes perspective at what real estate agents and assistants do to serve their clients. For more information, contact Christina at: Phone: (704) 540-7500 Web: Email:
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By Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
It is great to live in a community with so many different cultures, beliefs, backgrounds from all over the world.  Many times, I meet people and love to hear their stories, careers and where they are from.  Maybe how they decided to move to The Villages, Florida and for what reasons.  From a Hollywood music producer to a big named artist to a First Responder from New England, from a retired doctor to a mother of six children, they are all here.  One of the common themes of the social clubs in The Villages is giving back and here are the words of the African American Club: “The African American Club of The Villages (TAAC) is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization that sponsors social and cultural activities to promote goodwill and friendship among our members and members of other organizat...
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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)
LARRY AND SHEILA SOLD ANOTHER LONG ISLAND TOWNHOUSE! Another Townhouse at Bretton Woods in Coram Long Island has been SOLD courtesy of REALTORS® Lawrence & Sheila Agranoff.We had Multiple Offers on this property and we got it SOLD FAST!We know the Bretton Woods community and we List and Sell there. If you're ready to Sell your townhouse or condo, call our Cell: 631-805-4400 and let's get started with the listing process.  If you're ready to buy in this community, Let's Chat! Lawrence & Sheila Agranoff WE SELL LONG ISLAND CONDOS AND TOWNHOUSES!
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By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
🚣‍Val Vista Lakes, Gilbert, AZ ~ 3-21-23☀️For ALL of Your East Valley AZ Real Estate Needs📞Call or 🙋‍♂Text Brian at 480-773-2370📨Email Brian  ~  Search the MLS for FREE🏠Activity within Val Vista Lakes🏠Val Vista Lakes is more than just a great master-planned community.  Our nine hundred acres "water-wonderland" consists of four spacious sports parks, meandering bicycle paths, and a luxurious clubhouse.  The clubhouse features an eight-court championship tennis complex, indoor racquetball courts, cardio, and weight training facilities, a junior Olympic swimming pool and spa, banquet and meeting rooms, waterfalls, and a tropical lagoon swimming pool with a sandy beach.VVL offers twenty-four Residential Subdivisions, several of which are custom-gated communities, offering both lakefront and...
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