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 Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
(Get It Done For Me Virtual Services )
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By Kathy Hyatt ~Plantation, Davie, Sunrise REALTOR, Broward Realtor Selling Plantation,Davie & Sunrise
(Remax Services)
Welcome December 2022!!!No Freezing Snowman Pictures here, South Florida Beautiful Day in… Day Out.South Florida Loves our Sandman, Sandgirls & Starfish!!!Ready to change your address, give Kathy a call.  Kathy Hyatt is a Full Time Realtor specializing in Western Broward County, more particularly in the cities of Plantation, Davie, Sunrise, Cooper City and Southwest Ranches.  Give Kathy a call at 954-347-0244 and visit: #RealEstateKat #RockStarKat #RockStarRealtor #KathyHyatt #KathyHyattSellsPlantation #KathyHyattRealtor #PlantationFlorida #SunriseFlorida #DavieFlorida #HyattRealtors #CooperCityFlorida #KathyHyattSellsSouthFlorida #PlantationAcres #JacarandaPlantation #KathyHyattSellsPlantation
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By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Moving with Our Fur BabiesMoving is on the top 10 list of most stressful events in a human's life, can you imagine how traumatic that must be for our fur babies?I adopted a rescue beagle mix in March and introduced her to our family.  When we decided to adopt we went through a rigorous interview process that included a zoom introduction followed by an in-person meeting then we brought her home,  A few things I recommend when you are moving to a new home with your pet.  Before you close on your new home and start moving take your pet on a visit, visit the new home, show them to their new door and walk the neighborhood with them and walk them around the back yard.  On moving day or the day before board your pet so they aren't exposed to all the hustle and bustle of the movers and everythi...
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By Nick Marr, Promoting real estate internationally
If you're like most people, your home is your haven. It's the place where you relax after a long day, entertain friends and family, and just feel comfortable in your own skin. But over time, even the best homes start to show their age. If yours is in need of a refresh but you don't have a lot of money to spend, never fear! With a little bit of elbow grease and some creativity, you can give your living space a whole new look without breaking the bank. Here are 7 great ideas to get you started.#1: Hang some pictures and artworkIf you have some favorite prints or posters lying around, why not put them on display? Hanging artwork and photographs is a great way to showcase your personal style and make your home feel more inviting. It can also make you feel more connected to the people and pl...
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By Tina Parker, Managing Associate Broker
(EXP Realty Canada Inc.)
Moving can be an expensive ordeal. Costs can add up fast and cause stress when money gets tight. Start preparing early. Before you begin, make a moving checklist that you can follow and adjust as needed while planning your move. Learn to move more affordably with some of these budget-conscious guidelines, even if you are going a distance.DeclutterMake it a family project, or get friends to help you sort through small and big items. Decide what to discard, donate, or sell. Garage sales, online apps, and social media are some avenues to merchandise your unwanted wares. Otherwise, you can arrange for pick up or take items to your township’s disposal system. You may also contact a charitable organization that can use your items.Use Household Items as Packing MaterialsWhy buy expensive bubbl...
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By Team Brokered by eXp Realty, Canton, Alpharetta, Roswell, Woodstock, Atlanta
(eXp Realty)
Wonderful and cozy ranch home in popular Rose Creek subdivision! Only steps away from the awesome amenities, this 3 bedroom and 2 bath home is perfect for easy living! Completely step-free, this home has an open floor plan concept, vaulted ceiling and bright and cheerful rooms. Relax in the enclosed patio and enjoy the large, flat and shaded back yard! Completely fenced around, it's perfect for children and pets to be safe! Master bedroom has high ceilings and large window. Master bath has lovely granite countertop and vanity and soaking tub and shower. Two secondary bedrooms are also spacious. Welcoming kitchen with sitting area is great for gatherings and enjoying meals. Living and dining combo area has gorgeous wood burning fireplace and mantle. This home is in awarding-winning schoo...
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
Sandpoint Realty 'Thursday Thought' seems quite fitting for December 1st.While very true words as they stand they also evoke many deeper thoughts than just the obvious stated. '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 - North Idaho Home & Land Searches Sandpoint Realty LLC1205 Highway 2Sandpoint, Idaho 83864
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By Rob Spinosa, SVP of Mortgage Lending, Marin County
(Guaranteed Rate, Marin County, CA)
How to Rock the 2023 Conforming Loan Limits!!!  I ain't foolin'! Even though there's been a whole lotta interest rate hikes in 2022.  And even though there's been a whole lotta rumbling about home values declining in some areas, the FHFA will again be increasing the conforming loan limits into 2023. This means that where the one-unit conforming limit was $647,200 in 2022, it will become $726,200 in 2023. And in high-cost (aka high balance) metropolitan statistical areas like much of CA, NY and other housing-expensive counties, you may see the conforming limit go from $970,800 all the way up to $1,089,300. Note that FHA and VA loan limits fall outside of this change, so if you need to know the specific loan maximums for any program, in any area, just get in touch!  Been a long time!  Rob...
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By Peter Testa, PETER TESTA
(Nationwide Homes)
JUST SOLD! 32 Willow Springs, New Milford, CT. Southern New Milford, Spacious 2 Bedroom Townhome in Willow Springs. Sold at $21,000 above-asking price for $260,000. Enjoy the best of town and country in this fabulous 2 Bedroom, 1 ½ Bath Townhome in popular Willow Springs. Set in a prime location on a culdesac, facing no other units, this special property has a stunning 2 story Living Room with Vaulted Ceilings, a Fireplace insert and Sliders leading to a large, private Trex Deck that gets full sun! Huge, open Kitchen and Dining Area with lots of Cabinet and Counterspace, a Breakfast Bar and Pantry. Updated half bath. Upstairs are 2 generously sized Bedrooms and a Full Bath. The Master Bedroom has a Walk In Closet and connecting Full Bath. From the balcony outside your bedroom you can s...
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By Ron Cedillo, Helping People and Enjoying Life
(Home Buyers Realty)
Having a good credit score plays an integral role in helping buyers secure a competitive interest rate on your mortgage. And with the average rate for a 30 year fixed-rate mortgage hovering at 6.85 percent (up from 3.22 percent at the beginning of the year), getting a competitive rate on your mortgage is more important than ever.Which means, as a first-time buyer, one of your main focuses should be boosting your credit.But how, exactly, do you do that?A recent article from outlined tips to help first-time buyers boost their credit score—and score a better mortgage rate as a result—including: Pull your credit report and dispute any errors. Errors on your credit report can cause your score to plummet. But you can’t fix what you’re not aware of—so, if you’re planning to buy a h...
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By Sam Thomas, When it's important; hire a professional.
(Providence Group Realty)
You don't have to break the bank to celebrate the holidays in style—even in this season of inflation. Prices may be higher on everything from food to gifts to decorations, but there are still plenty of opportunities to eke out extra savings. For example, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), you can save a couple of hundred dollars a year just by sealing your home and boosting its insulation.1 Other small fixes—such as swapping old light bulbs for LEDs and plugging electronics into a powerstrip—can boost your yearly savings enough to pay off some of your holiday budget.And thanks to a pandemic-era boom in online shopping, it is easier than ever to find deals on new and pre-owned furniture, thrifted gifts, DIY decor, and more. Even secondhand stalwarts like Goodwil...
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By Joel Friday, Make sure your home is "SOLD by Friday!"
(Keller Williams Classic Realty)
Joel Friday your Ramsey Trusted Realtor in MinnesotaReal estate market data in Andover MN by Joel Friday of Keller Williams Classic RealtyThe SOLD By Friday Team has been a part of the Ramsey Trusted Network for over 7 years. We've served countless clients in the Anoka County area and beyond. It'sa privilege to work with those rooted in the values of financial peace and we do not take this responsibility lightly. We strive to provide excellent customer service and ensure you are taken care of every step of the way in one of the biggest financial decisions of your life. Our mission is to help create a legacy for you and your family by building wealth through real estate.Your Ramsey Trusted agent in Andover MNUtilize our 4 free mobile apps to improve your home search in the Twin City area...
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By Roy Kelley
Today is Rosa Parks Day On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks took a seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, and changed the course of American history. TODAY we celebrate equal rights with #RosaParksDayThis is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement. Chrysanthemum, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 6916Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671
(Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified)
 NOV 2022 WISCONSIN FORESTLAND SOLD REPORT Burnett County; Hunting, Timber, Investments! Market Snapshot for 20+ Acre Properties   Sold Properties Report Price Total Acres $/Acre Original MLS # Status Municipality County $25,000 29.1 $859 1556523 Sold Jackson Burnett $38,500 39.56 $973 1562093 Sold Meenon Burnett $52,500 20 $2,625 1559103 Sold Meenon Burnett $58,000 40 $1,450 1561889 Sold Wood River Burnett $58,000 40 $1,450 6159220 Sold Wood River Burnett $70,000 40 $1,750 1563564 Sold Meenon Burnett $70,000 40 $1,750 6186737 Sold Webster Burnett $75,000 20 $3,750 1566288 Sold Daniels Burnett $75,000 20 $3,750 6229228 Sold Webster Burnett $75,000 20 $3,750 6241614 Sold Siren Burnett $75,000 20 $3,750 1567205 Sold Siren Burnett $85,000 20.2 $4,208 6213985 Sold Grantsburg Burnett $85,00...
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By Chuck Carstensen, Minnesota/Wisconsin Real Estate Expert
(RE/MAX Results)
8607 Deerwood Rd, Princeton, MN 55371 -- $319,900Check out this lovely newer build home on a 2.7 acre lot that is for sale about ten minutes north of Princeton! Located within the Princeton School District (ISD 477) not far from the Brookview Winery and close to the Rum River. This serene acreage location offers a wonderful front porch to unwind on. You are greeted in the foyer and led to the main level's open layout and vaulted ceilings.The spacious living space is filled with natural light. Sliding patio doors off the adjacent dining room are ideal for a future patio or deck. The kitchen includes stainless steel appliances, a pantry, granite countertops, and a tile backsplash. The center island is perfect for additional sitting or prep space.Two decent-sized bedrooms are located on th...
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By Peter Mohylsky
(PMI. Destin)
Closing is an important part of finalizing every real estate transaction.  That is the term when a buyer and seller change places.  The buyer becomes the owner.  The fun part is that I get to help both sides achieve their goals and take one step closer to the path they are headed down.  If you have questions about what to expect just leave me a comment. I'm here to help.      #thehelpfulagent #home #houseexpert #house #listreports #themoreyouknow #realestate #realestateagent #realtor #closingtime #icanhelp #househunting #mortgage #investment
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By Derek and Mariana Wagner, The Artisan Group - Colorado Springs REALTORS®
(The Artisan Group- Keller Williams Premier Realty )
Make coming home the highlight of your day with this 5 bedroom and 3 bathroom beauty tucked away in a quiet neighborhood. All the amenities you could want are only a short distance from home. Pride of ownership is evident from the moment you lay eyes on this charming estate. A freshly painted exterior is the first indication of the love and care that has gone into the maintenance and updating of this home. With a comfortable layout and fresh, neutral color palette throughout - you’ll enjoy years of merry gatherings here. Your kitchen is an attractive and recently remodeled epicenter to include new lighting. The new island is a dashing place to lay out a tasty charcuterie and drinks. Exposed beams add an element of visual interest to the intelligent design while plentiful counter space, ...
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By Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives
"If a thing is Humanly possible,CONSIDER it within your reach"---Marcus Aurelius"Something nearly every Buyer considers when moving to a new location are the types of schools. In Flower Mound, there are two High Schools. The focus on this blog post is to share what is unique about Marcus High School. Another thing buyers consider is Location. Directions to Marcus High School are simple and easy for Owners who need to travel for a living. The Campus is located at 5707 Morriss Road. From DFW International Airport, travel North on FM 2499 eight miles to Dixon Road. Turn right on Dixon Road. Go 1.4 miles to arrive. On the right is Marcus 9th Grade Campus. For Campus ratings click here.  Electives for students include: World Language Teen Leadership Family Consumer Science Health/P.E/Outdoor...
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By Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417, Real Service. Real Results. Real Estate
(United Real Estate)
Real Estate Market Trends for Addison, TX:  November 2022 Residential Real Estate For Sale in Addison TexasThe total number of currently available residential properties for sale in Addison, Texas is 27, compared to the 23 last month.  Twenty are pre-owned and 7 are new construction at Addison Grove. Currently for sale, there are: 9 single family homes (ranging in price from $449,900 - $1,090,000) No half-duplexes 8 condos ($185,000 - $625,000) 10 townhomes ($444,000 - $810,000) Nineteen of the 27 available homes have been on the market for longer than 30 days.  The average number of days on the market for the “active” status, pre-owned homes is 58 days, as compared to 59 last month. The median number of days on the market is 42 days, compared to last month’s 54 days.   New listings in ...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
 The ActiveRain Members Guide to Blogging Success~ Do's and Don'ts ~ Brian England  and I are co-hosting the December 2022, and we want to know - are you ready to share your opinions and knowledge? Of course you are. That’s never been a problem in our community as long as I’ve been a member. And it’s even better when you can earn bonus points for sharing what you think and know, help others, plus gain some recognition! We had a wonderful Challenge in October where AR members were asked to share their blogging success stories. What a terrific collection of successes from blogging! Thank you Carol Williams , Aura Alex and Leanne Smith  for co-hosting and for the inspiration, and to everyone who shared their blogging success stories. But some of you may wonder, especially if you are new to...
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