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.

This board rolls all day long with the newest blog posts to our site. You’ll find some diamonds in the rough on this page, so check back often to peruse the blog roll and learn from our committed community of real estate professionals.

The newest blog posts on ActiveRain

By Ben Kinney, We do real estate:Tech, Training, Sales, Brokerage
(Ben Kinney Team)
1810 Ashburn Dr, Temple, TX 76502 This beautiful, almost new three bedroom home is walking distance from schools and parks! The lovely exterior invites you into this open concept layout, with modern laminate flooring throughout living area and a formal dining/flex room in front. The kitchen features an extra large island with granite counters, stainless appliances, and modern farmhouse pendant lights. The owners suite in the back wing of the home includes an inviting accent wall and luxury en suite bathroom with a double vanity, plus a separate bathtub and walk in shower! Two additional bedrooms in the front wing of the home include modern accent walls as well. An extended patio leads you outdoors with plenty of room for a patio set and grill. Welcome home! *Ask about special financing ...
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By Ron Cedillo, Helping People and Enjoying Life
(Home Buyers Realty)
Summer is always one of the most popular seasons for real estate. But if you’re planning on buying a home this summer, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind.A recent video from outlined tips buyers need to know if they’re planning to buy a home this summer—one of the most competitive real estate seasons in recent history—including: There are fewer choices—and higher competition. Inventory is at an all-time low in markets across the country. That means there will be fewer homes to choose from—and higher competition for the choices that are available. Flexibility is a must. With low inventory and high demand, you may have to be flexible with the conditions of your home purchase—for example, by allowing sellers to stay in the home for a month or two after closing i...
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By Victoria Carter Guaranteed Services, TwoMoveYou
(TwoMoveYou Guaranteed Real Estate Brokered by Century 21 Percy Fulton Ltd., Brokerage)
If you are interested in working with Realtors who go above and beyond in the selling and purchasing of your next home, then consider working with us! TwoMoveYou, Kirk Rickman and Victoria Carter of Century 21 Percy Fulton Ltd are two realtors who move you in Durham Region and Northumberland.  Thank you for giving us reasons to be the best that we can be to help you with your real estate needs. Making our clients happy gives us the  motivation to make our services more client oriented aiming for customer satisfaction and excellent service.For more reviews, please visit us at Rickman and Victoria CarterTwoMoveYou Real Estate Century 21 Brighton6 Ironwood Cres, Brighton, ON K0K 1H0Phone: (647) 697-7413 
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By Ben Kinney, We do real estate:Tech, Training, Sales, Brokerage
(Ben Kinney Team)
925 Silver Screen Dr, Austin, TX 78747This is the perfect home in the Zachary Scott neighborhood, where you'll enjoy mature trees, well-kept homes, and a great amenity center which includes a pool! This is a lovely one level home with a stone front, open concept floor plan featuring 3 BR, 2 BA, with a 1 car over-sized garage, level and fenced backyard, and the best part is that it's only been lightly lived in. No waiting 6-12 months for a new build that you may or may not get. Instead, you can move right in -- and with it's cool extra features and custom finishes, it will feel like HOME! The kitchen layout is a real winner, and the kitchen appliances including refrigerator convey. Recent updates include: new wood-like tile throughout the house (no carpet!), new extended covered patio (w...
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By Jennifer Kropf, Home and Lifestyle blogger
Summer is officially here, and most of us are mingling with family and friends a lot more than before. But when it comes to getting social, sometimes it can be hard to "get back out there" and let our guard down. I have a solution for you!Today we have four types of questions that will get ANYONE out of their shell. They'll help you get to know others in a new way, connect at a deeper level with those close to you, and say goodbye to social anxiety.Now, let's get to them!1. Try the "how well do you know me" gameThis game is a favorite in our house, and it's pretty simple. Quiz your family and friends and see how well they really know you. You might be surprised!See the link for a set of fun and unique how well do you know me questions to try today!Example: "What's my favorite time of da...
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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)
 I know I can ALWAYS use at least a smile, a chuckle, or a full-on belly laugh.   It took a bit, but this funny gave me a belly laugh.  Can you imagine the instant horror in the plane?  Only in China would you need this instruction?  Real estate humor --- gotta love it!  Hope you got a chuckle! 
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By NextDay Inspect, Residential Home Inspections & Radon Testing
(NextDay Inspect)
Is your fireplace safe?A fireplace is a comfortable place for the family to gather around during a cold winter. Statistics show that fireplaces and chimneys cause over 23,000 serious domestic fires every year in the United States, resulting in over $110 Million in property damages and tens of fatalities.  These statistics show the importance of the annual chimney inspection.The Chimney Saftey Institute of America(CSIA)  states that even homeowners who do not use their fireplace should invest in an annual chimney inspection. This is because the home's other heating appliances release toxic fumes through the chimney and when it is clogged with debris, the toxic gases will backdraft into the home.The main culprit for a chimney fire is the accumulation of creosote which...
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By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Houwzer Inc)
Open House - 190 Hidden Forest Ct, Gaithersburg, MDSaturday, June 19 and Sunday, June 20, 2021 - 11 am - 3 pmCome discover this stunning and stately brick colonial home with 5 beds and 3.5 baths across 3,744 sq ft. Located in Montgomery County, this home has tons of great features you don’t want to miss! The home begins with a welcoming foyer that has a half bath and a striking staircase leading to the main level. The main floor offers an open layout that wraps together the living and dining room. The architectural columns, palladium windows, and coffered ceiling in the living room are a luxurious showstopper. Notice the charming fireplace with a mantle in the center of the room. Off this area is the dining room that leads to the kitchen. The chef’s corner is a delight! It features gran...
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By Salas Home Team, #1 Team in Real Estate Specialty Services
(Sage Street Realty LLC)
Selling a house  Sell your property with confidence  Making a big decision is never easy, especially when you’re aware it will affect your entire life. How should you know if it’s the right time for you to sell your property, the place where you most likely spent many years and is filled with memories? This is always a serious step and it’s best to have someone you can trust guiding you throughout the process. Our team of professionals is eager to support you during your journey - from the beginning to closing the deal.
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In today's world, real estate industry are fueled with a volatile market and uncertainty. Many investor and homeowner are seeking ways to secure their investment unit and to not lose valuation. However, there is one aspect in the industry that can help them through any difficult times and make sure they are in the right pathway, to keep improving with Innovation Consulting. Unlike other business consulting, the real estate consulting are built to capture the opportunity and innovate within the current trends and market. In addition, any investor, real estate business owner, property management would be miles ahead of their competitors and have the ability to address their value to their target consumers.How Innovation Consulting Can Help? Innovation consulting in terms of real estate ar...
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By Michael O'Leary EA, NTPI Fellow, CPA Quality without CPA Prices!
(By The Book Taxes)
The IRS is back in the collection enforcement business. Since the middle of March 2020, when everything closed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS paused aggressive collection actions against taxpayers who owed back taxes.THAT PAUSE IS OVER! Beginning on June 15th 2021, the IRS is back in the collection business, sending out millions of letters threatening liens and levies for unpaid taxes.Millions of taxpayers will be receiving shortly a letter known as the “Final IRS Notice” (before the IRS start cleaning out your bank account).The “Final IRS Notice” comes in two (2) different numbers, Letter 11 from the “Automated Collection Services” division, or Letter 1058 from “IRS Field Collections”.The first thing you should do after receiving one of these letters is to contact a tax pro...
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By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
What’s My Naugatuck CT Home Worth in May 2021  Currently in Naugatuck CT there are 22 active residential listings for sale, with 22 new listings being added in May. The homes for sale in Naugatuck CT range from a 924 square ft, 2-bedroom mobile home, listed at $54,900 to a 2,460 square ft, 4-bedroom ranch listed at $589,900.  Search for Homes in Naugatuck CT The average list price of the homes currently available for sale in Naugatuck CT is $252,729. The average days on market for these homes are 119 days. In addition, there are currently 104 homes under contract in Naugatuck CT, with 40 having gone under contract in May.  In May of 2021, 37 homes closed in Naugatuck CT. They ranged from a 1,244 square ft, 3-bedroom mobile home, which sold for $38,000 to a 3,254 square ft, 4-bedroom col...
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By Lisa Perry - NMLS # 276329, Northern VA - VHDA, 100% Loans - Jumbo Loans
(FHA, VA, Jumbo, Downpayment Assistance, Conv.)
Before beginning the home search, talking with a lender is a crucial move. Not only will you know the exact amount of home you can afford, but you’ll also have all your necessary documents in order which gives you an advantage in a competitive real estate market.  1. Match Your Budget to Your Home. You should have realistic expectations before beginning your home search. Talking with a lender first can ensure that you’re looking in the right price range. Blindly shopping around without knowing your budget can be a big waste of time and set you up for heartbreak if you’ve found a home you love but can’t actually afford.  2. You’ll Receive a Referral to a Trusted Realtor Partner. A lender you trust is important when it comes to finding a trustworthy realtor. Lenders who are local to the m...
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By Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC
(Keller Williams Capital Properties)
Everyone knows that the real estate market is soaring today. Residential home values are rising, and that’s a big win for homeowners who were lucky enough to already have purchased. In 2020, there was a double-digit increase in home values – a trend that’s expected to head toward similar levels this year.  Pity the poor buyers though who are still trying to find their dream homes!  They are faced with the question of whether they should keep trying to buy - or just renew their leases for another year and wait it out.  Will prices go down next year? Will interest rates go lower? There is no definite answer for any of those questions although trends (and Fed prognostications) do give a hint. Skyrocketing prices are causing not just current buyers to start questioning affordability in the ...
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Red Rock Real Estate)
Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? Last year, Utah shut down for a couple of weeks. While other states were ulta-restrictive, Utah was open to visitors. State and national parks became the preferred playground for the masses.   Many out-of-area buyers cancelled due to the Wuhan flu. I continued to market and advertise, staying the course, as usual. Business increased due to a large influx of buyers. Come spring, we went about getting the back yard garden tilled and planted, anticipating another successful growing season. We were later rewarded with an abundant harvest!    Of course, going to other states was not a viable option, so we decided to take on a project that became a cohesive team effort for all involved. The results were most impressive!  When vacationing, people look for trop...
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By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
On June 4, 2021, reported that in Tujunga, California median list price was $727,000 in May of 2021 declined from $745,000 in April of 2021, and slightly down 0.0% from $729,900 in May of 2020. While, median sales price for a home and a condo was $815,000 in May of 2021, jumped 24.0% from May of 2020 in Tujunga, California.Houses stayed 70.00 days in the market in May of 2021 higher from 51.00 days in April of 2021, but unchanged from 70.00 days in May of 2020 in Tujunga, California.The median listing price per square foot of a home and a condo was $531.00 in May of 2021 lower from $536.00 in April of 2021, but rose 17.0% from $443.00 in May of 2010 in Tujunga, California according to Realtor.For complete more detailed information about’s latest homes and a condo...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Though both have advantages and benefits, owning a home still outweighs the advantages and benefits of renting. Best wishes for a great weekend! Onward! Some Highlights When you rent, you build your landlords wealth, your monthly payment depends on ever-rising rents, and you don't benefit from home price appreciation. On the other hand, when you own your home, you build your own wealth, your monthly payment is locked in, and you benefit directly from home price appreciation. If you're feeling the challenges of a competitive market, remember that homeownership is a long-term game. Persevering today will lead to financial rewards in the future.    
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By Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
10121 Torrance Ave San Jose, CA 95127 Charming 3 bedroom, 2 full bathroom probate home for sale in the Alum Rock area of San Jose, listed by Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist, Kathleen Daniels, Broker-Owner of NeedProbateHelp.  An extended driveway provides additional parking space. Gates on both sides of the home offer access to the side yards leading to the backyard. The single-car attached garage conveniently leads directly into the kitchen. The washer and dryer in the garage are included.   Tile Flooring in the Dining area. Two large dual pane windows provide plenty of natural light. Updated kitchen with tile flooring, granite countertop, tile backsplash, stainless steel dishwasher, microwave, sink, and hood over the stove. Convenient direct access to the kitchen from the att...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
The first tip is the most important. When you have an excellent and dedicated agent, everything will follow smoothly.  Be 100% pre approved by a local ledner!!!Best wishes for a great weekend! Onward! High demand and a housing shortage have home buyers facing stiff competition for what little inventory is available. House hunters everywhere are finding themselves outbid, even when offering well above the seller’s asking price. And while the market may loosen up a bit later this year as mortgage rates continue to rise, experts are predicting 2021 will remain a seller’s market. It might seem like buying a home in a seller’s market is nearly impossible, but don’t lose hope. Here are a few tips for getting to the finish line in a seller’s market. 1. Work with an excellent agent You want an ...
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By Derek and Mariana Wagner, The Artisan Group - Colorado Springs REALTORS®
(The Artisan Group- Keller Williams Premier Realty )
Welcome home to your slice of perfection! 4797 square feet of your very own luxury lifestyle wrapped up in attractive finishes and adorned with features to make living easy. This gorgeous 2-story home is tucked into one of Colorado Springs most desirable SW communities (no HOA!) boasting many amenities nearby and the highly sought Cheyenne Mtn D12 schools! This 6 bed 4 bath home is as impressive as it is comfortable offering well-thought out design elements such as quartz countertops in the kitchen, most bathrooms and in the basement wet bar. It’s made even more attractive by the myriad of upgraded finishes such as crown molding, French doors, skylights, beautiful wood floors and vaulted ceilings.  With no shortage of storage space this light and bright floor plan is exceptional in both...
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