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 Sandra Nickel, The Hat Team
(Sandra Nickel REALTORS)
If going green is important to you, you have probably considered installing a solar panel system to your home. While solar is certainly a smart long-term investment that can reduce your environmental footprint, it is important to understand the pros and cons of solar power so you can make the right decision for your home. Making your home more energy efficient is always a good thing, but there are a lot of solar power myths that are communicated via the media. Take time to do your research and educate yourself before purchasing a solar panel system!PROS OF SOLAR ENERGY Lowers electric bills. This is the top benefit of using solar panels.  With solar power, you are generating your own electricity, thus becoming less reliant on your electric utility company. This, in turn, reduces your el...
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By Nina Hollander, Broker, Your Greater Charlotte Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
 THE FALL 2021 HOME BUYING & SELLING SEASON HAS ARRIVED!AND... THERE'S GOOD NEWS FOR BOTH HOME BUYERS AND HOME SELLERS THIS FALL! "Don't wait to buy real estate. Buy real estate and wait."... Will Rogers Welcome to Fall 2021... the season of change. Is this the season you're thinking about making a change in your housing? Are you looking to buy a Charlotte region home this Fall? Are you looking to sell a Charlotte region home this Fall? If you are... there's good news for both home buyers and home sellers. For home buyers, Fall 2021 will continue to enjoy low interest rates, which will keep your mortgage payments low for years to come. For home sellers, Fall 2021 will see continued demand for homes reducing days on market, generating both more offers and higher home prices.     LOOKING ...
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By Linda Blumenthal, NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR
(Hampton Crossing - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - 631-466-4087)
September 22nd Puzzle - National Elephant Appreciation Day:Enjoy your day!Directions:  Click on the link below.  Your puzzle will open in a new window. To locate a word, please hold down the left side of your mouse while dragging your cursor over the letters of that word.  Release your hold when all of the letters of the word have been selected.  If your response is correct, the word will change color on the word list. Please check back for future daily puzzles.Enjoy and have a great day!Click Here To PlayIf you are looking to purchase a property or home on Long Island, New York, I hope you think of me, Linda Blumenthal. 
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By Stephen Marshal, Stephen Marshall is a Director of Be Basic CEO
(Be Basic CEO)
While we are talking about being professional, we want you to know that many options available for you might not be the ones that have a direct impact on your professional life, but they will have an indirect impact that needs to be considered. For example, when we talk about improving your daily routine, you might assume that it is not going to impact your professional life until and unless it collides in any possible manner. However, you might not realize the impact of it in the short run, but in the long run, the impact will be unavoidable. So, let's closely look at some of the ways in which you can improve your professional life and create a positive impact for yourself in the professional world. 1. Your clothing mattersWe are sure that you are paying attention to your cloth thing f...
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By Norma J. Elkins, Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team
( Elite Realty Group)
 See The BeautyWatch our Facebook Live Show every Wednesday at 12p.m. est. Elite Realty Group 423-307-8566 Licensed in TN Equal Housing Opportunity The Elkins Home Selling Team with Elite Realty Group provides services with Morristown TN Real Estate For Sale and Morristown TN Homes For Sale to home buyers and home sellers in Morristown Tennessee, Whitesburg, Talbott, Russellville, Sevierville, Bean Station, Dandridge, Pigeon Forge and surrounding communities.We specialize in working with Home Sellers in getting their homes listed and sold. We utilize the latest and most up to date marketing materials in assuring the job gets done quickly and with the least amount of hassle. Our homes are listed on over 32 different Real Estate web sites including realtor.com, yahoo.com, trulia.com and m...
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By Dee Toohey, Broker, ABR, AHWD, CIPS, FMS, ePro
(Innovative Realty Solutions Group)
This is very helpful info regarding successful blogging.  It really takes time and effort to create the blog and buzz that follows.  Read on.. So you want your blogging to build your business? There are a 1000 different ways to make it happen, but some ways are going to be more effective than others. IMO the best method is to produce relevant original content.  Neither relevant nor original by itself is enough. It's easy enough to write original content, although it might not be as original as you think (who'd think Google would have 389 matches for "three legged giraffes"??). And it's easy enough to write relevant content (there are even companies willing to produce LOTS of relevant content for you).  General topic content can be relevant and great material for an FAQ type section for ...
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Free Groceries Distribution in Gaithersburg, Today, Sept. 22ndTODAY! An Upcounty food distribution event begins at 1 p.m. at South Lake Elementary School. For more food resources https://buff.ly/3lITo9b This is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement. Please share this information with families that might be food insecure.  Rose, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, Virginia USA IMG 1091Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
Pensacola Florida: Sellers: Make Today’s Home Price Appreciation Work for YouHome prices continue to rise as we move through the summer, and that’s good news… Read More My Home own search! What Is My Homes Value?   How to get a Mortgage and FREE Credit Report   House Facts and News Pensacola Real Estate Q&A? What are Title Insurance, Escrows, and closings explained in simple terms? GET REAL ANSWERS Adopt-a-Pet.com, We raise awareness through the local and now the national Human Societies bring a pet home! Gulf Breeze, Pace and Pensacola Happenings Lettuce Eat?The funniest Thing Repair This Mr. Handy Man?Sign up for our Monthly Newsletter about what’s happening here on the gulf and homes for sale. Thinking of SELLING,  If I sell your home YOU PAY $2995. Flat Fee. If you want your home so...
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By Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM, Associate Broker
(Harry Norman, REALTORS® )
Thank you Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 for your original blog.  Fall is upon us. It will arrive officially at 12:21 pm on September 22. Fall is a season of transition. It is a time when the days grow shorter, and the weather begins to change. The long hot days of summer will soon be behind us. Here in Phoenix the change will be subtle. The average high temperature will drop to below 100 degrees for the first time in months. With cooler days ahead. Up north you will wake up to cool mornings where you can see your breath on your early morning walk. In many parts of the country the trees will begin to change, creating a colorful palette. Soon the leaves will fall signaling the onset of winter. We are not blessed with the changing of color here in Phoenix. We have to go up into the mountains ...
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By Victoria Carter Guaranteed Services, TwoMoveYou
(TwoMoveYou Guaranteed Real Estate Brokered by Century 21 Percy Fulton Ltd., Brokerage)
Your Referrals make a difference to help fight kids' cancer. TwoMoveYou Guaranteed Real Estate. We are on a mission to raise $2,500 this year! This August, TwoMoveYou Guaranteed Real Estate Team is taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge to fight kids' cancer! Why?Because right now, over 1,400 children are diagnosed with cancer every year, and it's the biggest killer of children from disease in Canada. Kids should be living life, not fighting for it. So we are raising funds through this challenge to help these kids and support Sick Kids Foundation to allow them to continue their work in developing treatments and finding a cure for childhood cancer. Please support TwoMoveYou in one or more of the following ways... 1. Refer TwoMoveYou Real Estate, and a donation will be made toward Sick...
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Wordless Wednesday...Yoga For All On a recent walk, we came upon this dragonfly...lounging on the sidewalk near the garden.   Upon closer inspection, it looked as if it were practicing a morning of yoga. I suppose that yoga is not just for humans, is it??Yoga is a way to freedom. By its constant practice, we can free ourselves from fear, anguish and loneliness. Indra Devi Yoga begins with listening. When we listen, we are giving space to what is. Richard Freeman
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By Joseph Domino 480-390-6011, Real Estate Made Easy
(HomeSmart)
Fall is upon us. It will arrive officially at 12:21 pm on September 22.Fall is a season of transition. It is a time when the days grow shorter, and the weather begins to change. The long hot days of summer will soon be behind us. Here in Phoenix the change will be subtle. The average high temperature will drop to below 100 degrees for the first time in months. With cooler days ahead. Up north you will wake up to cool mornings where you can see your breath on your early morning walk.In many parts of the country the trees will begin to change, creating a colorful palette. Soon the leaves will fall signaling the onset of winter.We are not blessed with the changing of color here in Phoenix. We have to go up into the mountains to witness that phenomenon. Instead, we are graced with the retur...
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By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Vacasa)
📢Investment Property Maximized with Vacasa 9-22-21  ☀️For ALL of Your East Valley AZ Real Estate Needs📞Call Brian at 480-773-2370🙋‍♂Text Brian at 480-773-2370📨Email Brian at brian@bke12.comThe picture above shows a home in Scottsdale, AZ that has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, can generate around $100K annually as a short-term rental, and be purchased for under $700K.  The beauty of investing in a short-term rental is that you can use it yourself and allow it to pay for itself when you aren't using it.  If this is something that might interest you, please contact me to find out more and we can start shopping for a great investment property for you! ☀️For ALL of Your East Valley AZ Real Estate Needs📞Call Brian at 480-773-2370🙋‍♂Text Brian at 480-773-2370📨Email Brian at brian@bke12.com
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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)
EXPERIENCE CONDO LIVING!   The Glen is Fifty Five and Over community at Ridge Long Island, in Suffolk County New York.   Opened in the late 1980’s with semi-attached units, and again in 2000 with free-standing (detached) homes, The Glen is a 24 hour Guard-Gated Active 55+ community.  This neighborhood can be reached by The Long Island Expressway Exit #68N William Floyd Parkway to Whiskey Road and a right on Randall. There are many amenities at The Glen in Ridge NY. There’s the beautiful 15,000 sq ft clubhouse, the Olympic size outdoor pool with hot tub, tennis courts, bocci, shuffleboard, horseshoes, and the mile long Paseo Path. Inside the clubhouse there are social events, the large auditorium, greenery room, many clubs, gym, library, music room, card room, sewing room, billiard room...
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By Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired
(Wayne M Martin)
Trivia question answers for Tuesday September 21, 20211. What animal's head appears on the handle of May Poppins' umbrella? A Parrot2. When the first Burger King Restaurant opened in 1954, how much did a hamburger cost? 18 cents3. Which country's flag becomes the flag of Poland when turned upside down? Indonesia4. What are poults? Baby turkeysTrivia questions for Wednesday September 22, 20211. What famous retailer started out as a mail-order watch business?2. At what temperatures do Fahrenheit and Celsius match?3. Who scored the first counted three-point basket in NBA history?4. What 1960's invention was originally called the "Pleasure Pit"?Enjoy your day.
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By Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker
Here is the north Texas real estate market update as of  September 22, 2021.New properties for sale 319Back on the market listing 106Price decrease listings 190Price increase 66Active kick out 4Active option contract 388Active contingent 62Pending listings 534Sold listings 476Expired listings 11Cancelled listings 36Withdrawn listings 3Temporary off market listings 41Coming soon listings 94
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By Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker
Houston Texas area real estate market update as of September 22, 2021.New properties for sale 361Back on market listings 120Price decrease listings 225Price increase listings 60Option pending listings 307Pending continue to show 33Listings that are now pending 390Listings that have sold 354Listings that will be coming Soon 66Listings That Have Been Withdrawn 46Listing That Have Expired 11Listings That Have Terminated 107 
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By Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393
   Sense of Purpose PonderingWords Of Wisdom On A Wednesday. . .   Your journey is not the same as mine.And my journey is not the same as yours but if you meet me on a certain path may we encourage each other.Author UnknownThe image in this post is from canstockphoto.com.     Posted: September 22, 2021
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
National Voter Registration Day, September 28, 2021The Montgomery County Board of Elections (BOE) will provide information tables at select branches of Montgomery County Public Libraries on Tuesday, Sept. 28, in celebration of National Voter Registration Day.The BOE seeks to create broad awareness of voter registration opportunities to reach voters who may not register otherwise and to ensure everyone can vote during next year’s primary gubernatorial elections on June 28, 2022. BOE information tables will be located at the following branches on Sept. 28:  From noon –2 p.m. Marilyn J. Praisner Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville Olney Library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Road, Olney Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville From 5–7 p.m. Connie Morella Library (Bethe...
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By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
Pictured above is a common sight whether you are taking the Padaro North exit of the 101 freeway, or heading South.   Around 9AM, there is a group of equestrians who cross the bridge heading for the beach. There is something really special about seeing horses running in the surf.  They look so happy as do their riders.  Sometimes, the polo horses join them.  They live very close by at the Santa Barbara Polo grounds.   Happy Wednesday to Everyone
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