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 Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
9675 S Salt, LAMONT, FL Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Click Here to Get Directions $1650003bed - 2bath - 6.65 sqft lotLooking for a home in the heart of the country? Check out this quaint 3BR, 2bath house on almost 7 acres less than a mile from the post office in the rural community of Lamont. Cozy fireplace and plenty of room to add a barn or other structure. About half the property is cypress forest with a vacated railroad track behind that, helping to insure privacy. This solid home is currently undergoing MAJOR updates and renovations. Tile, paint inside and out, room expansion and more. Owner would welcome input from prospective buyers. Lamont is 20 minutes from Tallahassee and close to great fishing at the coast or Aucilla river a mile away.Follow This Home Joe Manausa Joe Man...
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
Shayne Stone came up with a great blog to share with all of us here in the Rain.  If your goal is to purchase a home this year, you might be looking for any advantage you can get in todays sellers market. While competition is still fierce for homebuyers, there are ways you can win and secure the home of your dreams, even in a hot market. Act Early and Save The earlier you act this year, the more affordable your purchase will be. Thats because experts project mortgage rates will rise as we move deeper into 2022. According to Freddie Mac, the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is expected to be 3.5% by years end. Experts forecast home prices will rise as well. That means the longer you wait, the more it will cost you to buy a home. Instead, act early and purchase your home before rates a...
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By John H. Mason, Associate Broker - Realtor; Atlanta Georgia
(Harry Norman, Realtors)
I recommend each and every one of these; jhm Alpharetta Restaurant Week February 20-26, 2022 Alpharetta boasts an unbeatable lineup of top-notch culinary hot spots and Alpharetta Restaurant Week is the perfect time for patrons to try a new restaurant or revisit a favorite. Participating restaurants will offer a special dinner menu with multiple courses for $25-$50 and many also offer similar lunch menus for $20-$35 (beverage, tax and gratuity not included). Alpharetta Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to visit restaurants you’ve always wanted to try and to rediscover old favorites. It’s a celebration of the cuisine that makes our area a culinary hot spot. This event is produced by Flavors Magazine, call 770-698-9292 for more information. 2022 Participating Restaurants – Check back...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Free Groceries, Montgomery Village, MD, Fri., Jan. 28, 2022The next distribution of free groceries will be TOMORROW from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Apple Ridge Recreation Area in Montgomery Village. The Upcounty Hub posted this announcement. Please share this information with families that may be food insecure.  Orchid, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA USA IMG 6830Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
One of our favorite guest artists at the Titus & Philemon Art Gallery is Len Haabak. Len's painting are often mistaken for photographs. He is also our Best Selling Guest Artist.These are prints we have currently in our gallery. Len aso does custom work. His contact information is: 
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By John Dunham, N Central Austin
(Juice RE Group at Compass)
Impeccably maintained single story home in the coveted Northwest Hills neighborhood. This wooded retreat offers maximum privacy and secluded feel without having to leave the city. Minutes from all that both the Domain and downtown have to offer, and situated in the picturesque rolling hills of Austin, this home blends Hill Country feel with modern urban convenience. Tray ceilings in the foyer and vaulted living room ceilings with direct views into the greenspace behind make for a grand entrance. Two living and two dining spaces provide flexibility in a WFH world with a middle flex space to serve as an ideal home office. Open kitchen plan boasts built-in double ovens and a view into the backyard oasis. Owners will escape to a newly updated suite full of bright natural light on the interi...
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By Mike Bjork
(Evolve Bank & Trust)
http://MikesDailyMarketReport.com:  We have several important economic data being reported today, which we'll start with the initial Q4 GDP, which came in pretty hot, at 6.9%.  However, Durable Goods dropped 0.9% in December; but, if you exclude Transportation (which have large numbers and can skew the overall data), then it rose by 0.4%.  The weekly Initial Jobless Claims dropped by 30k from last week's numbers to 260k; however, we did see Continuing Claims rise from last week too.  Pending Home Sales dropped 3.8%, which was larger than forecasts, and that led to a 117.7 seasonally adjusted annualized units for the month  of December.  After the Fed's announcement yesterday, then both Stock and MBS Markets had a big selloff.  MBS dropped 63bps.  It was more of what Chair Powell didn't ...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
If you’re thinking about selling your house in 2022, you truly have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at your fingertips. When selling anything, you always hope for strong demand for the item coupled with a limited supply. That maximizes your leverage when you’re negotiating the sale. Home sellers are in that exact situation right now. Here’s why.Demand Is Very StrongAccording to the latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), 6.18 million homes were sold in 2021. This was the largest number of home sales in 15 years. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for NAR, explains:“Sales for the entire year finished strong, reaching the highest annual level since 2006. . . . With mortgage rates expected to rise in 2022, it’s likely that a portion of December buyers...
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By Fernando Herboso - Associate Broker MD, & VA, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA
(Maxus Realty Group of Samson Properties )
Maxus Realty Group Agents are local specialists with knowledge to help you buy and sell the right home, at the right price.We are passionate about you as a client, we will always protect your best interests just because it's the only way we do business day in and day out.Today, we'll talk about How To Buy Your First Home - The "5 Necessary Steps" If you are a first time home buyer, you'll need to follow these 5 steps that will determine if your purchase is successful or not. Since this will probably be the most significant monetary transaction in your life so far, you must be careful and choose your actions well. How To Buy Your First Home - The "5 Necessary Steps" you must take when you are ready to become a homeowner.  STEP #1 Assembling Your Team The main reason you require  a good  ...
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By Melanie Cameron, The Cameron Team
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
The Wilmington real estate market was impacted by Martin Luther King Day and an ice storm last week. Hear how many homes went under contract and sold as Melanie Cameron shares all the real estate sales stats for New Hanover County, Pender County, and Brunswick County.Wondering how much your home is worth? Sign up for the home valuation service on our website to monitor the value of your home throughout the year. It's automated and we won't contact you when you sign up, unless you request us to take a personal look at your home's value. Stay up-to-date on the Wilmington real estate market. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel or follow our Facebook page to see all of our new videos as soon as they are posted. We also have a blog on our website filled with useful tips, so make sure you check...
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By Peter Mohylsky. Broker -BRIX REALTY, BRIX REALTY -DESTIN
(Miramar Beach, Florida )
Each year Pantone announces their color of the year and this year they made a completely new color!If you’re looking to refresh your space or are preparing to sell, try this new color on for size.  I am not sure who picks this color and I am not sure I would use this color if I were trying to sell a house.  but What Are Your Thoughts?   #thehelpfulagent #home #houseexpert #house #listreports #color #homestyle #homedecor #realestate #realestateagent #homestyle #hometips #pantone #coloroftheyear
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By Carla Freund, Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489
(Keller Williams Preferred Realty)
Rental prices are at an all time high nationally and in the Triangle areaAs a Realtor® I'm hearing a lot about rental prices increasing all across the Triangle and the nation. I hate to see the financial challenges it is causing so many. Every where I turn, I see people posting about the rent prices going up in the area. Renters are as mad as a disturbed hornets nest! Who wouldn't be mad if they found out their rent is increasing by 10%-50% and another 10%-20% or more of their income has to be contributed to their housing expense? The national median rent price has increased by approximately 12% and expected to rise another 7.1% nationally in 2022. It is even higher in top areas like Raleigh, Austin, San Jose, Dallas and others. Typically, your housing expenses shouldn't be more than 28...
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By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
If you have followed our posts, you are aware that we structure our "lives à la carte".  This simply means, we like to  adhere to what suits us best, when it comes to housing, shopping, eating, traveling, etc.  We select what fits our needs and requirements.  This is all based on our core values.  It may not be to everyone's liking, but as we see it life is a buffet, a banquet of possibilities!  Just because it is one of the choices, we do not have to choose it!  We choose what we like, and do not focus nor campaign on what we do not like!!And the same goes for the Internet!One of my first exposures to the Internet was through my parents.  My mother was a food research librarian throughout her career at several large publicly traded firms.  She worked with the various scientists who nee...
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By Anna Chroscicki, Realtor - St. Lucie County affordable Real Estate
(Re/Max Masterpiece Realty)
FOLLOW LINK BELOW TO FIND OUT MORE:2626 SW CACTUS CIR 🏡For answers to your Real Estate questions call 772-485-4188 Anna ChroscickiREMAX MasterpieceVisit www.annasellsrealestate.com
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By Tina Parker, CNE, REDM, SRES, CSP Home Staging REALTOR, Halifax
(EXP Realty Canada Inc.)
Quite a while ago, I want to say 2006, I quit a job that I allowed to abuse me for three years, if you can believe that. I can't even imagine tolerating such abuse now.Anyway, I was in my early twenties with no safety net or support; it was a huge risk and leap of faith. Since then, I always knew that things would always work out okay if I was determined. I'm a big believer in the effects of visualization and faith.
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By Desiree Whalen, The Whalen Team
(Keller Williams Realty)
by The Whalen Team.**JUST LISTED!** Beautiful 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home in Woodberry Forest, Wilmington NC! Meticulously maintained, this home boasts hardwood floors, a spacious living room, separate family room, and fireplace, plus formal dining room and breakfast nook. Large rear deck overlooking beautiful, mature landscaping in fenced-in backyard. Wait until you see the azaleas in full bloom this spring! Homes in this neighborhood don't come available often and its sure move quickly! Call us TODAY with offers - This is The One! https://www.desireewhalen.com/property/100308313/
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By Jane & Jeff Daley, PhD, Scottsdale Real Estate Arizona
(Luxury Valley Homes Scottsdale)
Why Right Now Is a Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity for Sellers If you’re thinking about selling your house in 2022, you truly have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at your fingertips. When selling anything, you always hope for strong demand for the item coupled with a limited supply. That maximizes your leverage when you’re negotiating the sale. Home sellers are in that exact situation right now. Here’s why. Demand Is Very Strong According to the latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), 6.18 million homes were sold in 2021. This was the largest number of home sales in 15 years. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for NAR, explains: “Sales for the entire year finished strong, reaching the highest annual level since 2006. . . . With mortgage rates expect...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Beer Recommendation: The Truth by Flying Dog BreweryChef Dolores asked if we had a good India Pale Ale to go with the lunch she was serving at home. I selected an old favorite, The Truth Imperial IPA from Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, Maryland. If you like IPAs, this is a good one for your shopping list. Drink responsibly. 8.7% Alc. by Vol. Click on the link to visit the website.Over 3 years in the making, The Truth was scientifically engineered to be the holy grail for IPA lovers. With big pine notes and stone fruit underpinnings, our brewers concocted a hop blend so aromatic, so complex, that you’ll almost forget you’re drinking an 8.7% Imperial. Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 8834Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Chuck Gonzalez, Real Estate Expert in the Metro Denver Area
(www.myCOmove.com | My Colorado Move | 720-507-6683 | RE/MAX Alliance | Westminster, CO)
Year-End Special: Denver Housing Market Report 2021Let's talk about how did the Denver housing market report in the Denver Metro Area went this 2021 and its historically record-breaking statistics.It is important to understand what is happening currently in the Denver Metro housing market and as well as why it is happening especially if you are thinking of buying a home in Colorado or selling a home in Colorado. Understanding the real estate market reports is a great start to observe the changes that happened in 2021 and 2020, unfold challenges, and discover opportunities that both buyers and sellers can benefit from in today's Denver Metro real estate market. My Colorado Move is here to dive deep into these numbers with you.Denver Metro Housing Market ReportHigh demand, low supply. The...
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By Shannon Allen
(mamascaffeinatedcup.com )
Coffee is a morning staple for all Real Estate Professionals! Recently, people have been switching to a milk-based alternative to add to their morning cup of joe. Some for health reasons and others to try something new. No matter what the reason, we are going to give you a few to try. First, what is plant-based milk? It is made to resemble milk but from sources like coconut, almonds, or soy. Here is a list of the Ones we have found so far: Soy- made from soaking soybeans, been around for a while Coconut- adds a light coconut flavor Almond- nutty, great in coffee Cashew- mild taste, similar to regular milk Hazelnut- creamy with a hazelnut flavor Macadamia- creamy and smooth Hemp- creamy, nutty Oat- not much flavor Pea- high in protein but not good for coffee Spelt- sweet but has gluten R...
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