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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)
Have you had a contract go south due to an FHA appraisal?  Here are 10 simple steps to follow if you are expecting an FHA appraisal, compliments of Don Taylor, Certified Residential Appraiser.1. Peeling paint on homes built prior to 1978.2. Roofing with less than 2 years of remaining life.   a. Curling shingles.   b. Water stains on the ceiling.   c. Mismatched or missing shingles.3. Windows either cracked or painted shut.   a. Window wells without covers.   b. Windows with burglar bars.4. Utilities must be on and in working order.   a. Water must be on and working at all faucets and toilets not just on at the main.   b. Gas must be on to the furnace.5. Plumbing should not leak and drains should be running.6. Stairs:   a. Missing or uneven stairs.   b. Missing handrails for stairs with ...
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By Seesan Ed, The Best Mobile Notary & Apostille Agent In DE
(206 715 1642)
Seesan and Associates LLC, dba:Mobile Notary & Apostille Services, located in Delaware:You need to sign estate planning documents in front of a notary public of your state.I'm a commissioned notary public located ofcourse in Delaware.Estate planning is the process of organizing everything in place and document how your assets will be distributed after your death. Please obtain assistance in this matter from a licensed attorney to help you make a Will and Trust, name your beneficiaries, etc. I'm not an attorney, my function in the process is to meet with you in person, in the state of Delaware for notarizing your documents.I can be contacted,
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By E. Steve Banis, Jr.,
(South Carolina Homes Inc.)
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By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
On June 1, 2023, reported that nationwide median list price of a home was $441,000 in May of 2023, higher 0.9% from $430,000 in May of 2022.There were 582,032 listed inventory of homes in May of 2023, rose 21.5% from 479,032, or 103,000 more homes listed in the market from May of 2022. New listed homes declined 22.7% in May of 2023 from May of 2022.Houses stayed 43 days in the market in May of 2023, increased 16.0%  or 14 days from 29 days in May of 2022 according to on June 1, 2023.For complete more detailed information about’s real estate trends for May of 2023, please click HERE
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By Nancy Braun, Professional Service, Personally Delivered
(Showcase Realty LLC)
High-end gated communities have been around for decades. Still, they’re becoming more popular in Charlotte, NC, and other U.S. cities. A growing number of households are seeking exclusive, gated communities. So why are these communities appealing to homebuyers? Why are more people interested in living in them?This is likely due to a combination of factors, like increased safety and security. Likewise, this may be due to these communities' perception of increased value. I will explain the different reasons for this unique trend in this article. Gated Communities in Charlotte, North CarolinaThere are plenty of homes with gated communities. Most of them are affordable and within reasonable driving distance from major cities. Here are 34 homes listed from $230,000 to $5.3M. There are many g...
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By Jigar Shah, Product Manager (Prop-Tech) at Houzeo Corp.
(Houzeo Corp.)
When it comes to purchasing a home, many aspiring homeowners find themselves navigating through a complex world of mortgage terminologies. One such term is PMI or Private Mortgage Insurance. Understanding PMI and its importance is crucial for homeowners, as it can significantly impact the overall cost and accessibility of owning a home. In this blog, we will delve into the What is PMI? its purpose, and the benefits it offers to homeowners.What is PMI?Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) is an insurance policy designed to protect lenders in case borrowers default on their mortgage payments. Typically, PMI is required when a homebuyer makes a down payment of less than 20% of the purchase price or appraised value of the property. This insurance policy safeguards lenders by mitigating the risk ...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
  Latest news on the Canyon Creek Real Estate market in May 2023….What you need to know now…..What it means for you…..♦ Canyon Creek real estate in May 2023 saw an increase in Home Sales of 350% from May 2022! ♦ Days on market in May were up 33% compared to the year before but down slightly from April. ♦ Home prices increased slightly month-over month, and decreased year-over-year by 23%. ♦ The list to sell ratio was 99% in May.♦ Inventory continues to be a challenge.  Canyon Creek HOUSING MARKET HIGHLIGHTS: May 2023My takeaway for May is we are seeing stabilization in home values. Canyon Creek sales is giving us solid data on what the market is supporting, which is giving buyers confidence.However, many home buyers remain frustrated by higher interest rates, rising home prices, and eco...
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By Nina Hollander, Broker, Your Greater Charlotte Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
EAT BLK CHARLOTTE RESTAURANT WEEKJUNE 2 - 11, 2023 Eat BLK Charlotte Week is the Queen City's food and culture festival celebrating and showcasing Black-owned food businesses in the Charlotte region. Come out and discover Greater Charlotte area's Black-owned restaurants during Charlotte's Eat Black CLT Restaurant Week. The 3rd annual restaurant week runs through Sunday June 11th. Take advantage of prix-fixe menus at Black-owned restaurants throughout the Charlotte region. For a complete list of participating restaurants and their menus, click here. On Saturday, June 10th enjoy food trucks and music at the 3rd Annual Eat Black Charlotte Food & Culture Festival from 2:00 PM till 7:00 PM. This Festival will feature delicious foods and desserts from some of the best black-owned food trucks ...
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By Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
I am not about to get in the debate about High Tension Power Lines and whether there is a risk or health issue this is about real estate.  The Villages, Florida has a few places with the 120’ high towers but The Villages has tried its best to build and landscape according, but there are still homes that back up to these power lines.  Just this week I had a client I have been working with for a few months prior to their visit later this month send me an adorable home they were interested in.  I checked and told them the power lines were directly off the rear property line, next!  In real estate, it is all about location, I’m sure you have heard that before and power lines, a major road or highway, a prison, a stone quarry even a pond or lake can be a turn off for some people.  When consi...
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By Linda Blumenthal, NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR
(Hampton Crossing - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - 631-466-4087)
June 3rd - National Repeat Day:I have created a new word search puzzle for you to enjoy.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 Joseph Lorenzo, Your Law And Order Realtor
(Frank Rubi Real Estate LLC)
 Today in our blog series titled "The ABC's Of Real Estate," we dive into the debate between condominiums and single-family homes. Both types of housing have unique advantages and suit different lifestyles, needs, and financial situations. Understanding these differences is vital to making the best decision for you and your family.Condominiums, often referred to as condos, are individual units within a larger building or community. Condo owners typically hold title to their unit and a shared interest in the common areas. One of the key advantages of condo living is the low maintenance lifestyle. Condominium associations usually take care of exterior maintenance, landscaping, and common area upkeep. This convenience can be especially attractive for first-time homeowners, busy professiona...
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager/Redesign
This Week…Love, Hope, Faith, JoyThese are 4 words I have on a charm that I wear every day. They’re not random but the words I chose because they are my daily reminders of what is important in my life.   Let us always meet each other with smile,for the smile is the beginning of love. Mother TeresaThis week we were with friends and the subjects of hope and faith came up. As you can imagine, when friends reach a certain age, talk always turns to health and medical issues.Hope is being able to see that there is lightdespite all of the darkness. Desmond Tutu  Our friends are going through some health issues, but their faith is strong. You can hear it in their voices. Oddly enough, as we talked, it was this and their hope that helped to lift our own spirits. Every tomorrow has two handles. We...
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By Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired
(Wayne M Martin)
Trivia question answers for Friday June 2, 20231. What is a traditional Karate uniform called? Gi2. What is the capital of Poland? Warsaw3. How many zeros are in a quadrillion? 154. What is a group of snipe called? A wispTrivia questions for Saturday June 3, 20231. How many breaths does an average human take each day?2. Carrots are a good source of which vitamin?3. What fruit is packed with the most calories?4. What do you call a group of giraffes?Enjoy your day.
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By Manfred Lewis Leslie Horne & Associates, Realtor Spartanburg and Greenville SC
(Leslie Horne &Associates )
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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)
Northwoood Estates At Huntington Long Island is a townhouse community nestled off Dix Hills Road near Jericho Turnpike. Here is our Community Profile, brought to you as a courtesy by Lawrence "Larry" and Sheila Agranoff, Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker and Licensed RE Salesperson. Opened in 1996, Northwood is a pleasant community on Long Island's North Shore in Huntington New York. Northwood Townhouses have 2 or 3 bedroom with 2.5 baths, full basement, an attached garage, backyard patio, central air conditioning and gas heat. The units range in size from approximately 1,700 sq ft to about 2,100 sq ft.  There are no amenities here, but the community is positioned around Northridge Circle, with a relaxing gazebo in the center. It is positioned within the S. Huntington School Distric...
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By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
👣Val Vista Baseline Area in Mesa, AZ for 6-3-23☀️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💲REAL ESTATE Activity in the Val Vista Baseline Area💲The Val Vista Baseline Area in Mesa, AZ is very well located.  Shopping, Schools, and Fine Dining are within Walking Distance and there is quick access to the US 60 Freeway.  Arizona is known for having an abundance of golf courses since the weather allows for year-round play. There are definitely a lot of great courses to play near the Val Vista Baseline Area so residents have plenty to choose from!  There is always something fun going on in the area and if you have any questions about the area, please pick up your phone and call or text message me at 480-773-23...
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:
(Arizona Elite Properties )
Right off the bat I want to set your mind at ease. READ FULL BLOG HERE ...... The Real Estate market does not appear to be in crash mode, at least not of the 2008 variety with which we are all painfully familiar. This is an adjustment, admittedly an unusual one. I know… I too roll my eyes at the overused phrase ‘market adjustment’ but I really can’t think of a better term.Real Estate market adjustments happen far more often than you might think. Indeed, adjustments are happening almost constantly in this industry, but not usually on the dramatic scale that we’ve seen in recent years. An influx of Real Estate investors after 2008 caused a steady rise in home prices and eventually the market appeared to be normalizing. There was a brief period when you could declare neither a Buyer’s nor ...
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By Bill Cobb Appraiser, Greater Baton Rouge's Home Appraiser
(Accurate Valuations Group, LLC)
Baton Rouge Housing Market Analysis April 2023 Home Sales The East Baton Rouge Louisiana real estate housing market between April 2022 and April 2023 experienced a decrease in new listings of 29% and a decrease in under contract properties by 26%. Closed sales or sold homes decreased by 27% during this period. It is important to note that the data for closed sales may have changed due to the rise in interest rates and the increase in the price of goods from April 2022 through today. The median sales price increased by 1.9%, from $264,888 to $270,000. The percent of original list price received decreased by 1.4%, and the average market time increased by 82%. The inventory of homes for sale at month-end increased by 55%. In April 2023, the Listing-to-Sales Price Ratio decreased to 97.6%. ...
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By Charles Stallions, 850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
    Wondering if you should continue renting or if you should buy a home this year? If so, consider this. Rental affordability is still a challenge and has been for years. That’s because, historically, rents trend up over time. Data from the Census shows rents have been climbing pretty steadily since 1988.  And, data from the latest rental report from shows rents continue to grow today, even though it’s at a slower pace than we saw at the height of the pandemic:    Bottom Line "There Is A Realtor For That" Buying or Selling while living on the Gulf Coast  Sign up for our Monthly Real Estate Newsletter We are Ambassadors for all things Pensacola, Pace, or Gulf Breeze, Florida whether a first-time guest or a frequent visitor when you need to know something, an excellent place...
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Juneteenth Celebration in Germantown, June 17 Montgomery County’s 26th Juneteenth Celebration will be held from noon-10 p.m. at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown on Saturday, June 17. This year’s theme, “Journey to Freedom: Acknowledge, Educate, and Celebrate” will showcase tracing the African American struggle for freedom through education, art, dance, music and honoring elders.The celebration weekend will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 16, at BlackRock when County Executive Marc Elrich leads ceremonies to honor the 2023 winners of the County’s African American Living Legends Awards. The awards honor individuals who are 75 or older and have dedicated their lives to service, advocacy and selfless acts of kindness to their community.BlackRock Center for the Arts is located...
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