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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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net
(Arizona Elite Properties )
I write a lot about The Villages, Florida and all it has to offer within The Villages.  There is so much more to enjoy just outside the bubble most folks don’t think about.  Yes, Disney is 50 miles away along with Sea World, Universal Studios and LEGOLAND but there is so much more than the major attractions. Less than 50 miles to the west of The Villages is the Gulf of Mexico and the opportunity for airboat rides to see some amazing sites.  There is endless wildlife including manatees, dolphins, sharks, stingrays, wild pigs, deer, all kinds of birds including Bald Eagle, and of course alligators.  Indian burial grounds, past presidents fish camps, all types of building from years gone by.  The day I went we went out into the Gulf and the captain shut down the motor and we just rocked b...
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By Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor®
(Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA)
It was a perfect early December early evening on 4 December 2022 when two (2) annual events took place in our Town of Georgetown, Massachusetts. The first is the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Drive and Santa Tour hosted by the Georgetown, MA Fire Department.   Here's a little background. In the mid-1990s the Department brought back the tradition where Santa Claus, drives around town spreading cheer and joy while seated on one of the firetrucks. In 2000 they added the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. During these 22 years over 70,000 new unwrapped toys have been donated by the citizens of Georgetown. Over 3,800 toys were donated this year.   This year the Town Holiday Committee coordinated the annual Christmas Tree and Star of David lighting so Santa could stop by that event.The event ta...
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By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
Come to see this three bedroom two and a half bath home at 6752 Kenwood Forest Lane in Chevy Chase MD.  Set on a quiet street with a parking space right in front of the home, this property will be popular with anyone who wants to be close to downtown Bethesda, the metro and all the restaurants that Bethesda has to offer.                        Buyers love the beautifully finished kitchen with warm chocolate cabinets and granite countertops.The convenience of a parking space right outside your front door, with very few steps, makes bringing in grocery stores SO easy! Imagine having parties in this wonderful home! and dinner parties in the dining room which opens to the rear patio and common area!  When the parties are over, you will fall asleep happily in your large bedroom with updated ...
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By Anna Chroscicki, Realtor - St. Lucie County affordable Real Estate
(Re/Max Masterpiece Realty)
Anna Chroscicki with RE/MAX Masterpiece Realty🏡For answers to your Real Estate questions: visit www.annasellsrealestate.com or call/text  772-485-4188
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By John Moran, For Your Place At The Beach
(Keller Williams Realty's At The Beach Team)
#158 Listed This Year So Far!  Listing Details: 4756 Bonaire Cay Destin FL 32541MLS number: 912476Price: $1,250,000Beds: 4Baths: 4Sq feet: 2,060 Call Martin Luus 850-296-7011 to see if this property is still available.Beautifully renovated home located in the coveted gated community of Destiny East sits just moments from the crystal waters of the Gulf of Mexico! With close beach access this home is designed for a great a rental, primary or second home. This fully furnished 4 bedroom home offers three full bedrooms, a fourth which has been converted into a bunkroom, three-and-a-half baths with recent renovations and a relaxing influence throughout. Home has also been upgraded with all new PVC piping throughout. Outdoor patio with screened in pool and outdoor shower offers an ideal layout...
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By The Jeff Rickert Team, Poconos - RSPS - The Jeff Rickert Team
(RE/MAX Property Specialists)
Click here for price and locationCorner lot of 0.39 acres in the gated, amenity filled community of Pocono Spring Estates! Seller will pay for any studies needed for perc testing & survey. Pocono Springs Estates has a 133 acre lake (Crystal Lake), a recreation island, Lakeside Clubhouse, great fishing, year round community activities, heated swimming pool, bocce courts, tennis, handball, and 24 hour security.Call Heather Rickert today at 570-972-2940 for more information!Click here for price and location 
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
5409 Defoors Ferry Road, Tallahassee, Fl Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Click Here to Get Directions $4500003bed - 2bath - 0.33 acres lotQuiet cul-de-sac home in desirable Lenox Mill! Find yourself charmed by this spacious and peaceful home, set back from the bustle but convenient to everything, including the highly rated school district. Featuring two generous secondary bedrooms, a full hall bath, and a spacious master suite with walk-in closet and double vanities, shower and a soaking tub. The breakfast nook in the kitchen provides plenty of meal space, and the large family room with abundant natural light thanks to numerous windows and vaulted ceilings will no doubt become a favorite gathering spot. The separate family room is perfect for an office or playroom, enhancing the funct...
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By Robin Gauthier, I have the Key to your NextHome
(NextHome Tidewater Realty)
 Warrington Hall is located in the Greenbrier area of Chesapeake.  This neighborhood has approximately 200 single family homes, 60 townhomes, and 60 condos that also includes a 55 and up section.  Construction began in this neighborhood in 2002 and completed in 2018. This neighborhood is located between Butts Station Road and Kempsville Road.  It has walking trails, clubhouse, tennis courts, playgrounds and a pool. Kemp Crossing and Kemp Woods are nearby neighborhoods.  The children in this neigborhood attend Greenbrier Primary and Intermediate Elementary, Greenbrier Middle and Indian River High Schools.  Above are the homes for sale in Warrington Hall. In the past 6 months the below 8 homes have sold in Warrington Hall.  The average market time was 15 days.  The average home sold 1% ov...
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By Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs
(John Roberts Realty)
WAYS TO INSPIRE HOPE DURING THE HOLIDAYSThe holidays are a great time to spend with family, friends, and giving. Here are some tips to make the holidays special:Help out a neighbor. If you have a neighbor who needs help shoveling, decorating, holiday shopping, or writing holiday cards, offer to lend a hand. This is also a great opportunity to get the whole family involved. Even young kids can pitch in to decorate—and help take the decorations down once the holidays are over.Give gifts to teachers. Teachers work tirelessly all year long, and the holidays are the perfect time to show your thanks. Give a Starbucks gift card in a coffee mug, custom stationery, or even a classroom sign. Don’t forget to include a handwritten note from your child expressing why they appreciate their teacher.In...
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By Ron Cedillo, Helping People and Enjoying Life
(Home Buyers Realty)
There are many people thinking about buying a home, but with everything affecting the economy, some are wondering if it’s a smart decision to buy now or if it makes more sense to wait it out. As Bob Broeksmit, President and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), explains: “The desire for homeownership is strong. Many prospective buyers are waiting for the volatility in mortgage rates to subside, as well as for a clearer picture of the economic outlook.” If you’re in that position, remember that it’s important to consider not just what’s happening today but also what benefits you may gain in the long run. There’s a lot of information out there about how homeownership helps build a homeowner’s net worth over time. But even today, many people think first about things like 401(k)s ...
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By Deborah Bly, Realtor
(eXp Realty, LLC)
2158 Little Cedar Drive, Houston, Texas 77339🛌3   🛀2   🏠2,042sqft   💲285,000Welcome to 2158 Little Cedar, a quaint 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1-story home.You are greeted the minute you approach the long walkway to the front door, surrounded by luscious landscaping and gorgeous trees at the front entrance. As you enter the home, you are welcomed in by the spacious living room with an accent fireplace, with views of the backyard and distant walking trails.The kitchen is tastefully done with UPGRADES to include GRANITE COUNTERTOPS, SUBWAY TILE, white cabinets, a NEW FAUCET, STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES, and TILE-LIKE WOOD FLOORING throughout.Your large primary bedroom and private bath are also updated with GRANITE COUNTERTOPS, a walk-in shower, NEW COMMODES, and a LARGE CLOSET!A long driveway and s...
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By Walter DiLoreto, Real Estate Short Sale Specialist
(PHP Houses)
There are many people thinking about buying a home, but with everything affecting the economy, some are wondering if it’s a smart decision to buy now or if it makes more sense to wait it out. As Bob Broeksmit, President and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), explains:“The desire for homeownership is strong. Many prospective buyers are waiting for the volatility in mortgage rates to subside, as well as for a clearer picture of the economic outlook.”If you’re in that position, remember that it’s important to consider not just what’s happening today but also what benefits you may gain in the long run.There’s a lot of information out there about how homeownership helps build a homeowner’s net worth over time. But even today, many people think first about things like 401(k)s befo...
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By John Moran, For Your Place At The Beach
(Keller Williams Realty's At The Beach Team)
 Listing Details:909 Santa Rosa Boulevard 126 Fort Walton Beach FL 32548MLS number: 908684Price: $449,900Beds: 2Baths: 1Sq feet: 1,035 Call Gil Erikson 850-714-2122 to see if this property is still available. This lovely condo is your escape to the fabulous beach lifestyle. Remodeled with beautiful granite kitchen counters and new cabinets. Tile throughout. New double sink vanity in the bathroom. Heavy duty trek high top table and chairs on the balcony where you can take in the water view. Well maintained and stylish decor. Great amenities including pools, fitness room, beach access, and tennis. Many fun restaurants and attractions in the area. Cash $$$$ in on rentals and make family vacation memories. Buyer to verify all information.  Click here to see additional photos and details of ...
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By Nick Marr, Promoting real estate internationally
(HOMESGOFAST)
There are dozens of reasons why someone might choose to buy a home in another state. Maybe they are investing in a rental property to gain passive income, or they are considering moving. The explanations may be complicated, but the process of buying out-of-state has become easier than ever. If you have managed to score an out-of-state client, we recommend utilizing these tips to secure a successful transaction. Tips for Realtors Working with Out-of-State Home BuyersSchedule an In-Depth ConsultationThe first step in securing any client is an in-depth consultation. Since your home buyers are out-of-state, you will want to work out a time for a phone or video chat that considers both your schedules and time zones. During your consultation, we recommend asking the following: Why are they ch...
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By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified)
The Wisconsin Woodland Report December 2022 Marquette County; Hunting, Timber, Investments!  Market Snapshot for 20+ Acre Properties    Available Properties Report Price Total Acres $/Acre Original MLS # Status Municipality County $154,800 36 $4,300 1946969 Active-W/Offer Newton Marquette $344,400 57.4 $6,000 1942022 Active Packwaukee Marquette $380,000 47.56 $7,990 1811433 Active Montello Marquette $499,900 146.7 $3,408 50265714 Active-W/Offer Crystal Lake Marquette $679,000 162 $4,191 1946841 Active Newton Marquette $895,000 88 $10,170 1942009 Active Buffalo Marquette $1,342,500 179 $7,500 1941608 Active Packwaukee Marquette      $    6,000 Median Price / Acre       $4,295,600            717  $    5,994 Average Price / Acre        For more information on any of these properties call u...
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By John Moran, For Your Place At The Beach
(Keller Williams Realty's At The Beach Team)
 Listing Details: 14825 FRONT BEACH RD 2201 Panama City Beach, FL 32413MLS number: 727728Price: $799,900Beds: 3Baths: 3Sq feet: 1,557 Call John B Skinner Jr. (850) 543-5763 to see if this property is still available.Absolutely fantastic, premier condo in the coveted Sunrise Beach development. Eastern facing corner unit! This exceptional, 1,577s.ft. condo lives like a house but comes with all the benefits of owning a condo. Conveys with luxurious beach inspired furnishings and artwork that welcome you to lie back and relax with views of the beach and ocean. The renovated kitchen features upgrades such as raised panel cabinets, solid granite countertops, custom backsplash, and custom tile work around the kitchen island. Upgraded with ceramic tile throughout and custom cabinets and counter...
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By Rob Spinosa, SVP of Mortgage Lending, Marin County
(Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA)
How (NOT) to Destroy Your Mortgage Approval!!!  Ever wondered about the most common (as well as lesser known) ways mortgage borrowers sabotage their own loan process?  Do they dispute credit items and try to fix their FICO scores? Do they change jobs without telling their lender or broker? Do they mistakenly wire their down payment to a cyber criminal in Russia?  All of the above can be mortgage destroyers --- and not like the KISS kind of Destroyer --- the one that captivated me as a child. So, let's take the mask off the Top 10 ways unsuspecting homebuyers and those looking to refinance encounter the God of Mortgage Thunder.  Don't be next!  Get up, everybody's gonna move their feet!  Rob SpinosaSVP of Mortgage LendingGuaranteed RateNMLS: 22343 Cell/Text: 415-367-5959 rob.spinosa@rate...
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By Linda Blumenthal, NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR
(Hampton Crossing - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - 631-466-4087)
December 8th - National Brownie 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 Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
Here are ALWAYS UP TO DATE and always desirable  Phoenix Arizona Metro Single Level Detached Homes for sale on the MLS for the day that you are reading this but written this day in December 2022.  As your Buyer's Realtor, I love to track the single story single family detached homes for sale in the Phoenix Arizona metro area for my clients because I think they are great for those that do not like to go up and down the stairs. If you like to wander around he house and think or talk on the phone and not going up and down each time you need to get something out of the refrigerator, check on the kids or do the laundry, single level homes are for you!ALWAYS UP TO DATE Single Level Homes For Sale in the Phoenix Arizona Metro on the MLSClick "Sort" and view in price order lowest to highest and...
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
Sandpoint Realty 'Thursday Thought' is true in all that we do in any facet of our life, IMO.This quote puts me in mind of something said by Oprah Winfrey, to the affect that your true character is shown best by what you do when no one is there to witness it.   'Experience the Difference' in working with a full time Professional Sandpoint Realty REALTOR®.  Your wants and needs will always be my priorities.   Mark Don McInnesBroker - REALTOR®208 255-6227SandpointNorthIdaho.com - North Idaho Home & Land Searches Sandpoint Realty LLC1205 Highway 2Sandpoint, Idaho 83864
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