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By Eric Lawrence Frazier MBA, Founder and CEO of The Power Is Now Media, Inc.
(The Power Is Now Media, Inc. )
Redlining, a discriminatory practice in the United States, systematically denied Black individuals and communities access to mortgage financing and homeownership. This phenomenon, which emerged in the 1930s, had a profound and lasting impact on Black neighborhoods and property values. In this article, we will explore the definition and historical context of redlining, as well as its lasting effects on Black communities.Definition and Impact of Redlining 📜🏡Redlining was a real estate practice where certain neighborhoods were designated as high-risk, largely due to racial demographics, and loans on properties there were denied. This practice was institutionalized by the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation (HOLC), which assigned A (minimal risk) to D (hazardous) grades to neighborhoods based on ...
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By Eric Lawrence Frazier MBA, Founder and CEO of The Power Is Now Media, Inc.
(The Power Is Now Media, Inc. )
When dreaming of homeownership, understanding the complexities of finance can turn your dreams into reality. Good credit isn’t just a number; it’s your ticket to favorable loan terms and a smooth home-buying journey. In today’s discussion, we dive deep into the critical role of credit scores and how to navigate common financial challenges, especially those that disproportionately affect Black homebuyers.The Significance of Credit Scores in Home Buying📊Credit Scores: Your Financial PassportA credit score isn’t just a number—it’s your financial passport when it comes to buying a home. Lenders use this score to assess your creditworthiness, which influences not only whether you qualify for a mortgage but also the terms and rates you are offered. A higher credit score can lead to more favor...
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By Nancy Moore, Assoc.Broker/Realtor In my hometown of Needham,MA
(Gibson Sotheby's International Realty)
1.The notion that you need a perfect credit score to buy a home is a common myth. While a good credit score is beneficial, there are various loan programs available for buyers with less-than-perfect credit. It's essential to consult with a mortgage professional to explore the options tailored to your specific situation. 2.The myth that a 20% down payment is mandatory is far from the truth. Many buyers believe they need a hefty down payment, but there are numerous programs requiring much less. With FHA loans and other options, it's possible to buy a home with a down payment as low as 3.5%. It's crucial to research and understand the diverse financing options available. 3. The belief that you must find the 'perfect' home on your first attempt is another common misconception. The reality i...
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By Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold!
(RE/MAX Platinum)
Waukesha County Home Sales Market Report May 2024Waukesha County Homes For Sale, Waukesha County Real Estate, Kristin Johnston, RE/MAX Real Estate Market Report for Waukesha County, WI for May 2024.  Waukesha County Real Estate, Waukesha County Homes For Sale My name is Kristin Johnston.  My market report gives you the real estate activity for Waukesha County, WI for the last 30 days. Are you looking to buy a house in Waukesha County?  Wondering what your Waukesha County Home is worth? Call/text me at 414 254 6647 or email me at kjohnston@remax.net. I specialize in Waukesha County Real Estate, and have a lot of experience with Waukesha Real Estate and Pewaukee Real Estate.  In fact, I have lived in Waukesha, WI since 1997. Review my many happy client testimonials too! Average List Price...
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By Eric Lawrence Frazier MBA, Founder and CEO of The Power Is Now Media, Inc.
(The Power Is Now Media, Inc. )
The Great Migration, spanning from 1910 to 1970, was a pivotal period in American history during which millions of Black Americans moved from the rural South to the urban North and West. This mass movement was driven by the search for better opportunities and an escape from the oppressive conditions of the Jim Crow South. This article explores the historical context of the Great Migration, its effects on urban development and housing markets, and the challenges and long-term consequences for Black homeownership and economic mobility. 🚶‍♂️🏙️🏡 Historical Context of the Great MigrationThe Great Migration was influenced by several push and pull factors. The advent of World War I created labor shortages in the North, opening up industrial job opportunities for Black workers. This economic pu...
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By John Watts
(Keller Williams Realty)
It is important to know your legal rights to protect your property when people have no rights to your property.  In today's world you need to be aware of red flags such as fake documentation, false property listings and counterfeit deeds.  If your gut tells you a client is too easy to work with or their actions are out of the ordinary, such as demanding or needing immediate money from a sale.  This is the time you need to trust your gut and take appropriate action.  Scammers tend to seek out properties that have no mortgage, have an ID that does not match the state of the listing, and/or use a notary in a remote state or country.  When this is happening register, this is a red flag.  Ways to combat fake real estate schemes: Rely on tax records that are generated by the government to ver...
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By Eric Lawrence Frazier MBA, Founder and CEO of The Power Is Now Media, Inc.
(The Power Is Now Media, Inc. )
Embarking on the journey to homeownership is a thrilling and crucial life milestone. Among the many factors that influence this decision, “location, location, location” continues to be a dominant mantra. However, selecting the perfect spot is about more than just proximity to work or aesthetic appeal—it’s about the community, the potential for educational growth, and the likelihood of an increase in property value. Let’s delve into why these elements make such a difference and how you can choose a location that enriches both your lifestyle and investment portfolio.Understanding the Significance of Location 🌍   1. Community Support and Lifestyle CompatibilityA welcoming and supportive community can turn an ordinary location into a cherished home. When exploring potential areas, consider ...
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By Eric Lawrence Frazier MBA, Founder and CEO of The Power Is Now Media, Inc.
(The Power Is Now Media, Inc. )
Juneteenth may mark the end of slavery, but for Black folks in America, the fight for true freedom extended far beyond that joyous day in 1865. The dream of land ownership, whispered among newly freed slaves, became a central goal in their pursuit of independence. Land represented not just economic stability, but also self-determination and the chance to build a lasting legacy. Yet, this promise of land ownership was often dangled tantalizingly close, only to be snatched away, creating a legacy of dispossession that reverberates through Black America today. 🌍🏡The Promise and Betrayal of 40 Acres and a MuleThe embers of the land ownership dream were ignited by General William Tecumseh Sherman’s Special Field Order No. 15, issued in January 1865. This order aimed to redistribute roughly 4...
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By Michael Elliott, Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales
(Fathom Realty)
I love recommending great experiences and businesses to my friends and clients.Last year, I hired Stanley Steemer to clean my ceramic tile and grout, which had become badly discolored over the years.  They did a spectacular job at a true fraction of the cost that a tile expert / installer had quoted.  They saved me over $1,000 and brought the tile back to new-looking.The other contractor had taken a deposit from me, then kept delaying the job, refusing to commit to a start date.  I cancelled and got my deposit back, and so glad I did, and I have since had SS back to do all the carpets in my house.They were also professional, on time and friendly. And they didn't let my cats out!https://michaelelliott.fathomrealty.com/ 
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By Sam Thomas, When it's important; hire a professional.
(Providence Group Realty)
After years of record-low housing inventory, active listings are on the rise—which is great news if you’re hoping to buy a home. Here’s what you should know:Rising Home InventoryHome inventory is now the highest it’s been since 2020. According to the latest data from Realtor.com, the number of active listings has surged by nearly 30% year-over-year. This increase means more options for prospective homebuyers who have been grappling with limited choices and fierce competition.Affordable Homes on the MarketOne of the most significant trends accompanying this rise in inventory is the increase in the share of smaller, more-affordable homes on the market. With more listings in the entry-level segment, first-time buyers and those looking for a modestly priced property have more opportunities ...
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By Eric Lawrence Frazier MBA, Founder and CEO of The Power Is Now Media, Inc.
(The Power Is Now Media, Inc. )
Owning a home isn’t just about having a roof over your head. It’s a substantial commitment that offers profound emotional, financial, and social benefits. For many, the dream of homeownership is intertwined with the pursuit of stability and personal freedom. In this second installment of our “Celebrating Homeownership in June” series, we explore the multifaceted advantages of owning your home.Emotional Benefits: The Comfort of Being at Home 🌟💖 Sense of Stability: Homeownership brings an unparalleled sense of stability. Unlike renting, where one is subject to the whims of a landlord and frequent moves, owning a home means having a permanent place in the world. This stability can significantly reduce stress and anxiety, providing a secure environment where individuals and families can pla...
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By Christopher Nelson, Montgomery County, PA - Realtor
(GenStone Realty)
 Quick Tips: How to Stage Your Home to Sell FastKey Highlights Home staging is an important marketing strategy that can help sell your home faster and for a higher price. Decluttering every room and creating a spacious feel is crucial for effective home staging. Deep cleaning your home from top to bottom, including appliances and countertops, is essential for a fresh and inviting look. Depersonalizing spaces by removing personal photos and decor allows potential to imagine themselves living in the home. Repairing and refreshing walls, floors, and fixtures helps create a well-maintained and updated appearance. Arranging furniture to maximize space, enhancing curb appeal, staging with neutral decor, and using lighting to create a warm ambiance are all important aspects of home staging.  W...
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By Eric Lawrence Frazier MBA, Founder and CEO of The Power Is Now Media, Inc.
(The Power Is Now Media, Inc. )
As a Black man in America, two things run deep in my blood: a love for building a future, like the one that drives me in real estate, and a reverence for the history that got us here. Juneteenth, for me, sits right at that intersection. It’s a celebration not just of the end of slavery but of the enduring spirit and strength of Black America. Let’s explore the fascinating history of Juneteenth, a tale that has enormous relevance for our community both historically and contemporarily. 🇺🇸The Historical Context of Juneteenth 📜Our journey begins in Galveston, Texas, on June 19th, 1865. Imagine this: over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation declared slavery illegal, enslaved people in the furthest corners of the Confederacy were still unaware of their freedom. It wasn’t until Major...
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By Eric Lawrence Frazier MBA, Founder and CEO of The Power Is Now Media, Inc.
(The Power Is Now Media, Inc. )
June is not just about sunny days and outdoor fun; it’s a period marked by a celebration close to many hearts—Homeownership Month. This time of the year is dedicated to appreciating the personal achievements of homeowners and understanding the broad, positive impacts of homeownership. Whether you’re already enjoying your cozy corner or are just steps away from acquiring your dream house, this month celebrates the pride and commitment that come with being a homeowner.The Historical Journey of Homeownership Month 📚Homeownership Month, a celebration deeply embedded in the fabric of American culture, has evolved significantly over the decades. Its roots can be traced back to the 1920s when the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) first introduced “National Homeownership We...
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
Long Beach Island (LBI), NJ, is a beloved destination, especially known for its bustling summer season. However, many find the off-season—fall and winter—equally charming. The 18-mile stretch of pristine Jersey shore offers a unique allure during these months, characterized by tranquil beaches, cozy seaside towns, and an abundance of dining, entertainment, and outdoor activities. Whether you're planning a peaceful getaway or an adventurous excursion, this guide covers the best things to do in Long Beach Island during the off-season.Outdoor Adventure on Long Beach IslandWhen the summer crowds dissipate, Long Beach Island transforms into a serene haven for outdoor enthusiasts. The cooler months create an ideal backdrop for various activities that appeal to all ages and interests.Take Your...
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
When considering selling your property in Simi Valley, CA, you may wonder, "What’s the best way I can sell my house in Simi Valley without having to hire a real estate agent?" This question is common among homeowners eager to maximize their profits by avoiding realtor commissions. Selling your home yourself, known as For Sale By Owner (FSBO), offers substantial savings on commissions and gives you direct control over the selling process. You may ask yourself, how do I sell my house in Simi Valley? This guide provides strategies to help you effectively sell your house in this city!Understanding the Basics of FSBO in Simi ValleyFor Sale By Owner (FSBO) is an option for homeowners who decide to sell their property without the involvement of a real estate agent. This approach can be particu...
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
Baldwin County, Alabama, a jewel in the Yellowhammer State, is renowned for its inviting community, affordable housing, and breathtaking Gulf of Mexico views. This makes it a highly desirable place for families and retirees looking to settle down. For those considering selling their homes in Baldwin, understanding the local real estate market is crucial. With the right knowledge and approach, you can significantly speed up the sale process and maximize your property's value. This guide provides an in-depth look into selling your house fast in Baldwin, leveraging current market data and effective strategies.Understanding the Baldwin County Real Estate MarketWhen it comes to selling your house fast in Baldwin, AL, the first step is getting acquainted with the local real estate dynamics. A...
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
Katy, Texas, a vibrant suburb located just 30 miles west of downtown Houston, embodies the perfect blend of urban convenience and suburban tranquility. As part of the larger Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area, Katy offers a unique lifestyle that is both connected and distinct from the hustle of city life. This blog post delves deep into the world of master-planned communities in Katy, TX, showcasing why they are not just residences but gateways to a planned and fulfilling lifestyle.Katy master planned communities are renowned for their meticulous design and comprehensive amenities, which cater to the needs and aspirations of their residents. From lush green parks to state-of-the-art security features, these communities provide an all-in-one living solution that promises ...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
I’ve been in Pittsburgh celebrating my brother and sister-in-law’s 50th wedding Anniversary (will write about it later). It was nice to be there on Father’s Day so we could celebrate our dad and my brother being a dad (he’s been such a good one to his two kids and as Paw to his 4 grandchildren)!  We both agreed our dad believed in each one of us and the path we took in life. We both hated his life was cut short so early at 61. “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: He believed in me.” Jim Valvano
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By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond
(RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
Reynolds Farm N.Kingstown New Ranch Home Sold 139 Ipswich Boulevard OverviewMapsPhotos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qL_JstqsG3A $488,000 Single Family Home Main Features 2 Bedrooms2 Full Bathrooms1 UnitInterior: 1,291 sqftLot: 5,525 sqftYear Built: 2024 Location 139 Ipswich BoulevardNorth Kingstown, RI 02852USA Ginny Gorman RI Real Estate Services .(401) 529-7849ribythebay@gmail.comhttps://www.RIHouseHunt.com         Our recent listings  Subscribe to our listing feed Nearby properties for sale
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