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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
San Diego County Real Estate Fraud Alert Service Homeowners in San Diego County have a real estate fraud notification service they can subscribe to protect their home and property title from fraudulent theft. The service is provided by the San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk’s office and is free. Homeowners can sign up with up to 10 names (e.g., personal, business, trust) or 10 APNs (Assessor’s Parcel Numbers) per email address. Once registered you will receive an email alert once a document is recorded that matches your name/s or APNs. Documents could include a lien placed on the property or a fraudulent title, among others. Monitoring is 24/7 and I was told the email should arrive within 24 to 48 hours after a recording occurs. The email will contain the document number an...
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Selling a House As Is: Pros and Cons of Selling a House As IsSelling a house is a significant decision that involves various considerations. One of the options to consider is selling a house "as is." This term refers to selling the property in its current condition, without making any repairs or improvements. In this article, we'll explore the pros and cons of selling a house as is to help you make an informed decision when considering this approach.Pros of Selling a House As Is1. Time and ConvenienceSelling a house as is can save a significant amount of time and effort. Making repairs and improvements takes time, and it can be inconvenient to coordinate with contractors and manage the renovation process. By selling the house as is, you can bypass these steps and proceed with the sale m...
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By John Krol, Naples,Luxury Homes,International Buyers / Sellers
(Top Producers Realty, Inc. Krol Group International)
Krol Group International Multi Year Award Winning For Customer Service  Winners for 2024 , Please let us know if you need any help in South West Florida.Broker John 800-214-4945 , text 239-289-2336 , or visit 
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By Jeff&Grace Safrin, SpousesSellingHousesTM
(F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate)
It is still a competitive market for well priced homes, in move in ready condition, in our home town of Valpo!Recently, we represented a relocating buyer in the purchase of this beautiful home on 2 Acres in Valparaiso, IN 46385.Here is what he had to say about using our professional services to help him find a home that suited his families needs and budget, plus navigate a competitive, low inventory, multi-offer real estate market to get their offer accepted and closed!I had the pleasure of working with Jeff Safrin and his wife Grace Safrin as my real estate agents, and I couldn't be happier with the experience. From the moment we started our search, they exhibited professionalism, expertise, and genuine care. Jeff's in-depth knowledge of the market and Grace's attention to detail ensur...
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By Candice A. Donofrio, 928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text
(Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker)
On The Mesa! Light Industrial Income-Producing OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesDescription $799,900 Commercial Main Features 1 UnitLot: 2.00 acre(s)Year Built: 1989MLS #: 002470 Location 5038 & 5056 S Lakewood RdFort Mohave, AZ 86426USA Candice A Donofrio NEXT WAVE Real Estate Investments LLC(928) 704-5181Candice@RealEstateBHC.com       Listed by: Candice A Donofrio Our recent listings On The Mesa! Light Industrial Income-Producing | $799,900 | Fort Mohave, AZDeveloper Parcel Kingman AZ | $315,000 | Kingman, AZ8.50 Acres At Foot Of Black Mountains Off Oatman Highway | $59,900 | Golden Valley, AZBuild To Suit Next To Aaron's | $6,664 | Bullhead City, AZHIGH VISIBILITY FORT MOHAVE COMMERCIAL 1.26 AC LOT | $299,900 | Fort Mohave, AZ Subscribe to our listing feed Nearby p...
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By Michael Sikorski MBA CRB GRI CRS, Experience And Professionalism You Can Count On
(RealtyOne Southwest Florida)
Florida's real estate market has long been a beacon for international investors seeking lucrative opportunities in the United States. Among the various segments shaping the state's property landscape, Florida's foreign buyer market has emerged as a dynamic force, exerting a significant impact on the industry. In this article, we delve into the multifaceted realm of international buyers and their contributions to Florida's real estate sector, while also exploring the essential legal considerations that non-U.S. residents must be aware of when investing in the Sunshine State.Over the past decade, Florida has witnessed a notable surge in interest from overseas investors, drawn by the state's diverse offerings ranging from vibrant urban properties to idyllic coastal retreats. This heightene...
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By Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
Phoenix metro home prices are on the decline from a median $435K in August to $430K in September. Why? Freddie Mac in their weekly national mortgage survey reported on September 28 that for those with good credit the national mortgage rate has risen and is now 7.31%. (Photo: Dobbins Point Lookout over Phoenix, from Parks and Recreation website)Further, Freddie Mac reported that "the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has hit the highest level since the year 2000. However, unlike the turn of the millennium, house prices today are rising alongside mortgage rates, primarily due to low inventory. These headwinds are causing both buyers and sellers to hold out for better circumstances."The lowering of prices and mortgage rate increases expected may mean this is a good time for home buyers to buy no...
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By Victor Amadi, Greenville SC Realtor
The dream of homeownership is deeply ingrained in the American psyche, representing a significant milestone for many. While renting provides a temporary solution for housing, owning your own home offers a multitude of advantages that go beyond just having a place to live. Here are some compelling reasons why becoming a homeowner might be the right choice for you.1. Freedom from Restrictive Rules and LandlordsThe freedom that comes with homeownership is one of the biggest benefits. Renters frequently have to abide by the guidelines established by landlords or property management firms. These regulations may be onerous and restrict your freedom of choice in different facets of your living circumstances. For instance, you can be subject to limitations about parking, interior design prefere...
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By Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate
(RE/MAX Executive Realty)
What square footage is considered a mansion? A mansion is generally defined as a spacious, ultra-luxurious home with at least 7,000-8,000 square feet in the United States. Previously, a mansion's minimum size was around 5,000 square feet.Mansions are known for their luxurious materials, elegant architecture, and multiple rooms and amenities. They often feature modern appliances, large pools, tennis courts, and home theaters.Additionally, variations like McMansions, different from traditional mansions, and smaller luxury homes known as jewel-box houses, measuring less than 3,000 square feet. From experience as a Realtor, only a tiny percentage of the population can afford these properties. They are typically well beyond the financial means of the average consumer.Let's dive deeply into e...
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By Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,)
If you want to make the most of the money you’re putting into real estate, you need the right approach. So, check out our five tips for investing in real estate in a competitive market!Conduct comprehensive market researchConducting comprehensive market research is a pivotal step for investing in real estate. That will improve your approach to real estate by providing you with valuable insights and a competitive edge.Firstly, delve into local market trends. Knowing what's hot and not in your area can help you make informed decisions. Understanding market dynamics can also steer you toward lucrative opportunities.Identifying emerging neighborhoods is another key aspect. Keeping an eye on up-and-coming areas can lead to smart investments. Such foresight can significantly boost your return...
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By Walter DiLoreto, Real Estate Short Sale Specialist
(PHP Houses)
Some Highlights Wondering why the supply of homes for sale is limited today? There are a few factors at play. Lack of building over time, the mortgage rate lock-in effect, and people staying in their houses longer are three of the main reasons why supply is low. But real estate agents know exactly where to look and what to do to make your dream a reality. Let’s connect so you have an expert on your side to help you successfully navigate the market and find your next home.   Contact us:PHP Houses142 W Lakeview AveUnit 1030Lake Mary, FL 32746Ph: (407) 641-1531Fax: (407) 205-1951email: info@phphouses.comLet’s Connect:FacebookLinkedinTwitterInstagramThe information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. The author does n...
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By Joseph Lorenzo, Your Law And Order Realtor
(Frank Rubi Real Estate LLC)
Welcome to another installment of our series, "The ABC's of Real Estate." Today, we're unraveling the intricacies of the real estate transaction process, with a particular focus on the often-misunderstood concept of "escrow." Whether you're a seasoned property seller or a first-time homebuyer, understanding how escrow works is crucial for a seamless and secure transaction.What is Escrow, and Why Does It Matter?Escrow is a vital component of a real estate transaction that acts as a safeguard for both buyers and sellers. It involves a neutral third party, often an escrow company, holding funds and important documents related to the transaction until all conditions are met. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you grasp the essence of escrow:1. Offer Acceptance:The journey through escrow be...
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By Joseph Lorenzo, Your Law And Order Realtor
(Frank Rubi Real Estate LLC)
 Welcome back to our blog series, "The ABC's of Real Estate," where we aim to provide valuable insights for both buyers and sellers. Today, we're focusing on a critical aspect of homebuying: "Down Payments." We'll explore strategies for saving and achieving success in your real estate journey.The Significance of a Down PaymentA down payment is a substantial upfront payment made when purchasing a home. It's a percentage of the home's purchase price, and the amount you put down has a significant impact on your mortgage terms, monthly payments, and overall financial well-being.Why Down Payments Matter: Lower Monthly Payments: A larger down payment can lead to lower monthly mortgage payments, making homeownership more affordable. Better Loan Terms: A substantial down payment often results i...
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By Diana Dahlberg, Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563
(1 Month Realty)
Is Cash "Always KING" When Buying Real Estate?A few weeks ago I listed a house for sale in Kenosha, Wisconsin.On Day 1 we had a huge onslaught of showings.  My cell phone was dinging throughout the day alerting me of the fact that another agent had been confirmed through our FlexMLS ShowingTime system. Agents were texting, calling and emailing me throughout the day asking questions about best terms, etc. and advised their buyer was considering putting in an offer but wanted a quick answer/response from the seller today, if that was even possible.My seller was on the road and unable to have offers presented until later that evening and so we set a time to review all offers for 8 pm that night. Lucky for me I was able to walk 3 different buyers through the house.     * One was an investor...
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By Columbus Realtors Association®, Top Real Estate Agent in Columbus Ohio
(Columbus Realtors Association®)
To help you understand the topic of homes for sale Dublin Ohio, let's dive into an overview of Dublin itself and why finding the right home there is important. Exploring the beauty and charm of Dublin, Ohio, alongside the significance of available homes for sale in this area, will provide you with valuable insights for your home search.Overview of Dublin, OhioDublin, Ohio is a vibrant and diverse city. It sits in Franklin County, offering many chances for residents and visitors. From its lovely neighborhoods to the lively downtown district, Dublin has it all!You'll be amazed by its natural beauty and gorgeous landscapes. It's by the Scioto River, presenting stunning sights and many outdoor activities. There are lots of parks and green spaces too, so you can connect with nature and take ...
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By Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308, Broker/Owner, SFR®, e-PRO®, GRI, AHWD, REALTOR®
(Stake Your Land Realty, Inc.)
JUST SOLD: beautiful Home situated on 2-ACRES in the Royal Trails subdivision, offering a tranquil setting. The beautiful kitchen provides ample space for culinary creations and featuring modern appliances, abundant cabinetry. Adjacent to the kitchen is a formal dining area, and a breakfast nook. The master suite features a spacious walk-in closet with custom shelving and a linen closet, ensuring ample storage space. The master bath is a luxurious retreat, complete with double vanities, a rejuvenating jetted tub, and a walk-in shower. The home also has a bonus room that can be used as an office, perfect for those who work from home or desire a quiet retreat for study and productivity. The split bedroom layout ensures tranquility. The living room has French doors that open to the enclose...
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By Lilas "Lela" Ashkarian, Ashkarian PA, ABR, CRS, E-PRO, GRI,SFR
(Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate)
Government Shutdown Alert & Impact on National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Given the current status and developments surrounding the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), we wanted to bring to your attention some potential effects due to the growing concerns about a possible government shutdown.Here's what you need to know: No New NFIP Policies:During the lapse of authority, no new NFIP flood insurance policies will be issued. This includes those for loan closings on federally backed mortgages. Eligibility for issuance will depend on the policy's application date and payment receipt in relation to the lapse in authority date. No Increase in NFIP Coverages: Modifications to your current policies, such as coverage increases, will not be processed during this period.Renewal Notices: ...
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By Manfred Lewis Leslie Horne & Associates, Realtor Spartanburg and Greenville SC
(Leslie Horne &Associates )
Today is National Good Neighbor Day and a great day to meet your neighbors or check in on them. You can take a walk, spend time outdoors, and say hi to the people you live by. What's the weirdest thing you've borrowed from your neighbor? #thehelpfulagent #home #houseexpert #house #listreports #homeowner #realestate #realestateagent #realtor #neighbors #goodneighbor #happyhome #happyhomeowners
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By Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
SNOOZE YOU LOSE! Have you been dreaming of a new home and missing opportunities? Would you know it if there was a MOTIVATED SELLER and miss out on the home of your dreams when another buyer beats you to the table with a great offer that is accepted? Well, WHAT are you waiting for when there are MOTIVATED Sellers? It may be a long wait similar to a RIP VAN WINKLE snooze/nap. SNOOZE YOU LOSE in Real Estate! Rip was the man author Washington Irving wrote about that had napped for 20 years in the Catskill Mountains and the world had changed so much after his long snooze. (Photo: Nap in Hammock, by Jeff Masich)Rip Van Winkle snoozing in yard, by Justinthewind, Pixabay. WAKE UP RIP...Make an OFFER to the MOTIVATED SELLER!You may be snoozing also, just dreaming of that special home and the MOT...
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By Charles Stallions, 850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
Tips and Tricks To Buying An REO Or Bank Foreclosure. In the world of bank-owned real estate (REO), property listings in Pensacola can be a daunting task for both seasoned investors and first-time buyers. With an abundance of homes available, it’s important to have a solid understanding of how to effectively navigate this market. We want to provide you with valuable tips and tricks to help you make the most out of your bank REO property search.  Understanding Bank REO Property Listings Researching Available Listings Conducting Due Diligence Making an Informed Offer Conclusion Continue to Read and Share    Looking to buy Click Here to see our inventory as as the latest homes to come on the market, or do your search as often as you like.    Mortgage 101, it all starts here, we do the res...
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