Recent Blog Posts

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By Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
See what $1 million gets for you for a home in Scottsdale Arizona in June 2021 and all year? Here are the latest and always up to date Million Dollar Plus luxury homes for sale in Scottsdale, Arizona, one of the best places to live in the US! Scottsdale Estate Near Pinnacle PeakHave a Million Dollars? Scottsdale Arizona with many "Lap of Luxury" custom homes selling in excess of $1 million is consistently selected as one of the best cities to live in America by outside rating services. Why? Well, it has been selected as one as the best places to raise a family, "foodie cities", golf resort destinations and is home to beautiful views, sunsets, sunny skies, near Phoenix, hiking and more.  Is Scottsdale living for you? Then it is time to think about considering the latest and always up to ...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 Friends who are looking for a home under 400k are having a heck of a time. When they see a property listed in their price range, it is usually a starting bid at an auction. These special buyers said to me, " we can fix ugly," but we cannot deal with a higher price point. So I am here to tell you I have perfect buyers for your imperfect home.  Maybe you have been thinking of moving but find the task too stressful! Getting your house " in move-in condition, and updated is undaunting.  All of this work can be overwhelming and very stressful. Instead of spending so much time with the various contractors, instead of putting in thousands of dollars, think about selling your home with its imperfections to my perfect buyers! We are looking for homes that need updating; new countertops, floorin...
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By Nancy Braun, Professional Service, Personally Delivered
(Showcase Realty LLC)
Buying a house is a significant financial investment, but once you've found the home of your dreams, you'll need to figure out how much of a down payment you want to make. Most homebuyers believe that buying a house requires a 20% down payment. However, you may only need a down payment of as little as 3.5 percent to buy a home in Charlotte, NC. In fact, you may need no down payment at all. The times have changed, and a smaller down payment is now possible. Smaller down payments are even encouraged in certain situations.  At the same time, a larger down payment will help in various cases. There are many variables to consider when deciding how much money you'll need to buy a home. When it comes to the down payment, there are several factors to consider before settling on the amount.  What...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Let Freedom Ring – Making Future Plans On the day the state that was essentially the first to shut down in early 2020 re-opens its economy, an amazing 453 days later, it seems fitting to share my post for the June Post-Pandemic Let Freedom Ring Challenge.  I didn’t intentionally plan it that way, but given we just made some plans for the future why not celebrate those as well as the changes taking place in our state today. A new freedom is upon us all. And who wants to let life pass us by!? Family time continues to be important whenever possible, for us visiting the kids and grandkids in LA or them visiting here. Oh, we were pretty cautious in 2020 and went for long periods without visiting in person, relying on Facetime for visits. When we did visit it was in a nearby park where we cou...
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By Carol Culkin, Overland Park Residential Real Estate
(Diamond Partners Inc)
Starting over again as an experienced agent in a new market isn't easy and sometimes it requires explanation. I know experience matters and people have choices. So, I've put together this timeline that outlines my background as a Realtor. As you can see, it's been almost 20 years since I first began my real estate career and aspired to make it a success. I did just that, and actually exceeded my own wildest expectations. I am proud of my past achievements. Fast forward to today, while starting over, I'm not driven by achieving the highest sales volume, but instead I'm just focussed right now on doing the best job I can for the clients who provide me opportunities to assist them and entrust me with their lifestyle transition. I'm not the most "established" Realtor in town, but I probably...
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By Stephen Fells, Marketing, Technology, Fun and News!
(AgencyLogic)
We are excited to present this PowerSite Pro single property Website: 340weststreet.com  The Website, from Michele Flood of Coldwell Banker, highlights a $1.6MM, 5 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom colonial. 340 West Street, Harrison, NY 10528 Whether you are buying or selling homes in the sound shore area, the task can be challenging in today’s market environment. It is a great advantage to have an experienced, knowledgeable professional at your side giving you the best advice you can get. That is what Michele brings to you with her 35 plus years of experience. No one knows the sound shore area real estate better than Michele. No one has better credentials. And no one has better testimonials. Using our new PowerSite Pro platform, the single property Website includes:  lots of high definition photo...
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By Stephen Fells, Marketing, Technology, Fun and News!
(AgencyLogic)
We are excited to present this PowerSite Pro single property Website: 957MackallFarms.com Marketed by Long and Foster | Christie's REALTOR, Fouad Talout, the Website highlights a $4.5MM, 7 bedroom, 7 bathroom, elegant custom brick home .  Using our new PowerSite Pro platform, Fouad has added:  lots of high definition photos a detailed description a list of amenities office info a property map  From his hometown of Casablanca to 5th Avenue New York City to Washington, D.C., through a lifetime of experience in understanding people, Fouad has developed visionary sales strategies and masterful negotiating skills. Now a top producer in the Capital Region, he combines his International Banking and Finance education and Christie’s Luxury Specialist certification to expertly sell elegant estate...
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By Stephen Fells, Marketing, Technology, Fun and News!
(AgencyLogic)
If you enjoyed this post, then you'll definitely enjoy these other 'Just for Fun' posts!
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By Stephen Fells, Marketing, Technology, Fun and News!
(AgencyLogic)
In today's Real Estate Podcast, from Tom Ferry, Tom discusses how we all want things to be easier in life. But 90 percent of success is simply doing the work. So... are you constantly looking for hacks, or are you willing to do the work? Check out this Mindset Monday to find out why this topic makes Tom instantly think of Kobe Bryant – and why we should all “be like Kobe.” 
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By Stephen Fells, Marketing, Technology, Fun and News!
(AgencyLogic)
The actor quietly shopped around his 320-acre Telluride estate last year for $59 million, but now is testing the market at $39.5 million. Tom Cruise is on a mission: The A-lister wants to sell his massive Telluride ranch. The Colorado spread is back on the market for $39.5 million. The star of “Mission Impossible” had quietly shopped the property in 2014, at the much higher price point of $59 million. Now it’s officially on the market for the first time. Cruise, 58, spent years amassing the land. He then had a 10,000-square-foot, seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom home built on the property back in 1994. It’s reported that he no longer uses the ranch and has decided to pass this premium parcel along to its next steward. The 320-acre mountain retreat was the location for a Vanity Fair magazine...
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By Stephen Fells, Marketing, Technology, Fun and News!
(AgencyLogic)
Everyday AgencyLogic publishes real estate news and press releases from around the country.  Here are the most recent press releases: NAR Mourns the Passing of 1990 President Norman D. FlynnConsumer Perception of Homebuying Conditions Worsens as Affordability and Supply Issues PersistEarly Indicators of Relief From A Red-Hot Market May Be On The WayOut of Town Movers Reshuffling to Larger, More Affordable HomesNAR Report Finds LGBTQ Buyers Purchasing Older, Smaller Homes Than Other AmericansHomes With High Flood Risk Are Selling for Nearly $50,000 More Than Low-Risk Homes as Pandemic Buyers Chase Waterfront PropertiesExperts Say Zoning Changes Are Most Effective Path to Boost Housing Supply for a More-Balanced MarketRealtor.com® and LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance Survey Shows Housing Discr...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
I could add this to what I wrote last week.  I mentioned that we would be taking a family vacation of the eastern shore of Connecticut.We arrived today in a great beach house with lots of room.  This best part of this is just spending time together.As you can see grandson Max is enjoying it already. We have some beach time planned.  And next we will be boating on the Long Island Sound.  George Souto gave me some names of restaurants although we also brought plenty of food. 
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By MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty)
Just 455 days ago, Silicon Valley and much of the world went dark with the first mandatory "shelter in place" order, designed to slow the spread of COVID-19. With curfews, restrictions on gatherings, business closings and requirements for masks, gloves and sanitizers, the world resembled (and sometimes felt like) an apocolyptic horror movie. Now that the Nine-County Bay Area is re-opening on June 15, inquiring minds want answers.Here are links to Frequently Asked Questions and resources to help people make good choices moving forward as of June 15, 2021. While it's reported that more than half of all Californians age 12 and up are reportedly vaccinated, caution is still advised. Employees should be aware that California's Occupational Safety & Health Association will be releasing new wo...
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By Shanna Day Team Leader AZ & UT - Call 480-415-7616, Top 0.33 percent of 39,000 Realtors in our MLS
(Keller Williams Realty EV (AZ) & Keller Williams SLC (UT))
061521 Home Tour Tuesday: Call The Shanna Day Team To Tour This Beautiful Home! 480-415-7616We bring you another fabulous listing in our latest Home Tour Tuesday! Outdoor kitchen, basketball half-court, firepit, playground area, pool, spa and more- if the backyard of this gorgeous home for sale in the Valley is this loaded, just imagine the tons of delightful features and amenities you'll discover inside it! Call 480-415-7616 for more information or a private tour of our featured home! Get Your Home Sold With The Shanna Day Team Beautify/Ready To Sell Program!  CallOFFICIAL LISTING AGENT, SHANNA DAYfor any questions or more information:480-415-7616      Click here to view all of the Shanna Day Team Featured Listings FUTURE QUESTIONS If you have any topics or questions you would like ans...
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By MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty)
What do the Eadweard Muybridge, the Magna Carta and Christopher Columbus have in common? All three share an important anniversary on June 15th. 763 BC – Assyrians record a solar eclipse that is later used to establish the chronology of Mesopotamian history.1215 – King John of England puts his seal to the Magna Carta.1502 – Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Martinique on his fourth voyage.1520 – Pope Leo X threatens to excommunicate Martin Luther in Exsurge Domine.1648 – Margaret Jones is hanged in Boston for witchcraft in the first such execution for the Massachusetts Bay Colony.1667 – The first human blood transfusion is administered by Dr. Jean-Baptiste Denys.1752 – Benjamin Franklin proves that lightning is electricity (This is the "traditional date" of the event, the exact...
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By Michelle Dumas, Personal Branding & Career Marketing Expert
(Distinctive Career Services, LLC)
So, you have found an advertised opening for a real estate sales agent on a job board, in a real estate group that you would love to be a part of and you want to apply. The only problem...your resume is terribly outdated! You know you can't submit it as it is. Not only is it missing the last five years of your experience -- and all the stellar sales accomplishments you have accumulated in that time -- it is still in the old-fashioned-looking style you learned to write in college. You've seen the resumes of some of your colleagues and you KNOW without a doubt that your resume also needs a modern makeover. TIME FOR A RESUME MAKEOVER It is true. As a professional resume writer who has been working in the industry for more than a quarter-century, I can confirm that resume styles and best pr...
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By Sandy Sills, Associate Broker
(Preferred Real Estate Brokers)
Hope Is on the Horizon for Today’s Housing Shortage The major challenge in today’s housing market is that there are more buyers looking to purchase than there are homes available to buy. Simply put, supply can’t keep up with demand. A normal market has a 6-month supply of homes for sale. Anything over that indicates it’s a buyers’ market, but an inventory level below that threshold means we’re in a sellers’ market. Today’s inventory level sits far below the norm. According to the Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR): “Total housing inventory at the end of April amounted to 1.16 million units, up 10.5% from March's inventory and down 20.5% from one year ago (1.46 million). Unsold inventory sits at a 2.4-month supply at the current sales pace, slightl...
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By Maui Luxury Real Estate Team, Ask for the Best, Ask for MLRET!
(KW Island Living)
Have you been dreaming of living in Hawaii? If so, you can now turn your dreams into reality with a forever home in paradise. Experience the best of the island, from striking scenery to the soothing waves, immaculate beaches, and so much more, when you make your move and buy real estate at the Kaanapali Alii. Introducing Kaanapali Alii 1-303.Full Article Here: Live Luxuriously At Kaanapali Alii 1-303
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By Maui Luxury Real Estate Team, Ask for the Best, Ask for MLRET!
(KW Island Living)
A top-notch luxury condominium property in the Kaanapali area; the Kaanapali Alii boasts 264 individually owned condos fronting the world-renowned Kaanapali Beach. Property owners enjoy the luxury of strolling on these pristine white sands anytime they want as well as easy access to shopping, dining, and entertainment at the nearby Whalers Village. Among the breathtaking experiences, you will enjoy every day is watching the spectacular Maui sunset and the incredible sights of the Pacific Ocean from your lanai or poolside.Full Article Here: Property Spotlight: Kaanapali Alii Luxury Condo for Sale
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By Maui Luxury Real Estate Team, Ask for the Best, Ask for MLRET!
(KW Island Living)
Home to incredible white sand beaches and many other spectacular sights of the island’s natural beauty, West Maui is a place to indulge your senses; particularly, your taste buds, with many fine and casual dining options to satisfy your gastronomic cravings.Here’s a rundown of several of the best West Maui restaurants to enjoy after moving to your new West Maui home! For more great information on Maui and the Maui real estate market, don’t forget to sign up for our monthly newsletter today!Full Article Here: Best West Maui Restaurants to Excite Your Taste buds
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