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 Kelly Willey, Florida Keys Luxury Sales, Marathon, Key Colony
(Coco Plum Real Estate, Kelly Willey, FLORIDA KEYS)
  Seas the Day ~ Spacious Waterfront Pool Home, 50' Dock! OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesDescriptionNeighborhood Contact us for pricing Residential Rental Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 Full BathroomsInterior: 1,056 sqftLot: 4,612 sqftYear Built: 2018 Location 1161 91st Ct Ocean"Seas the Day"Marathon, FL 33050USA     Coco Plum Real Estate & Vacation Rentals (305) 390-2315cocoplumvacation@gmail.comhttp://www.MyMiddleKeys.com    Listed by: Coco Plum Vacation Rentals   Our recent listings Seas the Day ~ Spacious Waterfront Pool Home, 50' Dock! | $ | Marathon, FLAdventures in Paradise at Sombrero Beach ~ New pool home near beach with kayaks and boat dock! | $ | Marathon, FLDolphin Cove ~ Stunning waterfront townhome with pool, 2 Bikes & Paddleboards available! | $ | Marathon, FLMystic Waters ~ Luxury...
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By Roy Kelley
(Retired)
Spotted Lanternflies Are Back Adult insects have polka-dotted forewings and bold red underwings, giving them a distinctive appearance. Although it has the allure of a butterfly, the insect’s looks are deceiving. Voracious eaters, spotted lanternflies feed on about 100 plant and tree species, including economically important crops such as grapevines, apple orchards, hops ornamental landscape plants, along with multiple tree species.The honeydew they secrete when feeding on plants causes sooty mold to grow blocking photosynthesis in leaves, stressing the plant and potentially killing the plant.Click here to learn more.Advice from the University of Maryland:Pause Before You Spray: Important Considerations Spotted lanternfly is mainly a nuisance pest in residential gardens and landscapes an...
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By Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN
(Value Added Service, 602-620-2699)
Providing the most bang for the buck in a skillet was my motivation when I created this simple breakfast dish.  This one pan breakfast packs a big nutrient punch and is filled with great protein and good nutrients.   I don't cook nearly like I used to, but when I do..... one pan is the best.... and the fastest clean up!  This entry is thanks to the June Challenge by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! Thanks for the chance to participate!  FIRST - you'll need  a skillet, chopping knife, small cutting board, small bowl, whisk, and a table knife.  A small plate with a fork helps, too! Ingredients: One slice of bread, I prefer hefty wheat bread Butter (I use the authentic stuff) Half an avocado (sliced) Egg (whisked) Small amount of chopped tomato, onion, bell pepper Any kind of cooked breakfa...
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By Westchester Modular Homes Inc, Serving NY, NJ, PA, CT, NH, RI, MA, VT & ME
(Westchester Modular Homes Inc)
Sign up at www.vt-sign-up.com... sit back at home in your favorite chair & participate in our upcoming, complimentary & no obligation LIVE webinar and factory tour showing how we can help you design & build a custom home in any size & style... you'll explore the following: The Benefits of Modular ConstructionThe Design Software & how you can take a 3D walkthrough of your home before it is actually builtThe Modular Construction ProcessThe Financing Options3D Tours of our Modular Homes Factory3D Tours of Models & Customer HomesQ & A Session at the end of the Webinar
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By Westchester Modular Homes Inc, Serving NY, NJ, PA, CT, NH, RI, MA, VT & ME
(Westchester Modular Homes Inc)
Sign up at www.vt-sign-up.com... sit back at home in your favorite chair & participate in our upcoming, complimentary & no obligation LIVE webinar and factory tour showing how we can help you design & build a custom home in any size & style... you'll explore the following: The Benefits of Modular ConstructionThe Design Software & how you can take a 3D walkthrough of your home before it is actually builtThe Modular Construction ProcessThe Financing Options3D Tours of our Modular Homes Factory3D Tours of Models & Customer HomesQ & A Session at the end of the Webinar
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By Westchester Modular Homes Inc, Serving NY, NJ, PA, CT, NH, RI, MA, VT & ME
(Westchester Modular Homes Inc)
Sign up at www.vt-sign-up.com... sit back at home in your favorite chair & participate in our upcoming, complimentary & no obligation LIVE webinar and factory tour showing how we can help you design & build a custom home in any size & style... you'll explore the following: The Benefits of Modular ConstructionThe Design Software & how you can take a 3D walkthrough of your home before it is actually builtThe Modular Construction ProcessThe Financing Options3D Tours of our Modular Homes Factory3D Tours of Models & Customer HomesQ & A Session at the end of the Webinar
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By Jim Lee, REALTOR, CRS, Buying or Selling? Ann & Jim are the local experts
(RE/MAX Shoreline)
Housing Market Forecast: What’s Ahead For The Second Half Of 2024 access_timeJune 24, 2024personJim LeehomeBlog Home Edit As we move into the second half of 2024, here’s what experts say you should expect for home prices, mortgage rates, and home sales. Home Prices Are Expected To Climb Moderately Home prices are forecasted to rise at a more normal pace. The graph below shows the latest forecasts from seven of the most trusted sources in the industry: The reason for continued appreciation? The supply of homes for sale. Jessica Lautz, Deputy Chief Economist at the National Association of Realtors (NAR), explains: “One thing that seems to be pretty solid is that home prices are going to continue to go up, and the reason is that we don’t have housing inventory.” While inventory is up compa...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
In 2024, June’s full moon rose the day after the summer solstice, which is the longest day of the year and officially started summer!According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac some Native American tribes named the full moon in June as the “Strawberry Moon.” They said it matched the short season for strawberries.Granddaughter Beckett couldn’t wait to see the full Strawberry Moon hanging low in the sky, ripe for the picking! Her parents and she decided Barton Springs Pool (which I talked about in a recent post) would be a fun spot to see if they could view the Strawberry Moon. They stopped to get something to eat so would get there at dusk and what a sight! They swam and saw what they came for and when they left could really see without all the trees!“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sen...
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By Dustin Pitts, Realtor serving Dallas, Texas
(Dustin Pitts, REALTOR® | Dallas Real Estate Agent)
Discover the latest trends and insights into the Dallas housing market for 2024, including projected trends, factors influencing the real estate market, expected changes in property prices and demand, as well as opportunities and challenges for investors and homebuyers.Dallas Housing Market Overview for 2024The Dallas housing market in 2024 is forecasted to exhibit a trend of stabilization or slower growth in property prices compared to previous years, reflecting the broader moderation in Texas home prices. Despite this moderation, the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) area continues to be recognized as one of the hot real estate markets in Texas alongside cities like Austin and Houston, primarily fueled by ongoing job growth and an influx of new residents. This trend underscores the continued at...
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By Kelly Willey, Florida Keys Luxury Sales, Marathon, Key Colony
(Coco Plum Real Estate, Kelly Willey, FLORIDA KEYS)
  Adventures in Paradise at Sombrero Beach ~ New pool home near beach with kayaks and boat dock! OverviewMapsPhotosFeaturesDescriptionNeighborhood Contact us for pricing Residential Rental Main Features 4 Bedrooms3 Full BathroomsInterior: 1,888 sqftLot: 5,536 sqftYear Built: 2016 Location 241-2 Sombrero Beach Rd"Adventures in Paradise"Marathon, FL 33050USA     Coco Plum Real Estate & Vacation Rentals (305) 390-2315cocoplumvacation@gmail.comhttp://www.MyMiddleKeys.com    Listed by: Coco Plum Vacation Rentals   Our recent listings Adventures in Paradise at Sombrero Beach ~ New pool home near beach with kayaks and boat dock! | $ | Marathon, FLDolphin Cove ~ Stunning waterfront townhome with pool, 2 Bikes & Paddleboards available! | $ | Marathon, FLMystic Waters ~ Luxury Open Ocean Views, P...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This blog clearly outlines the benefits of hiring a professional for junk removal! From saving time to ensuring safe disposal, it's a smart choice for efficient and hassle-free cleanups. Thanks for highlighting these advantages!Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Junk Removal can be hard work. Although it sounds like a good DIY project, there are several benefits to hiring a professional junk removal service to get the job done. 1. Training That's right, knowing how to handle large, heavy items, take them apart and remove them safely without causing damage to your home and property is important. Professional training ensures that your junk or waste is handled properly and disposed of correctly. 2. Safety Most unwanted items like appliances and old monitors, paint cans,...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This blog provides great insights into how home improvement loans can transform your living space! Access to financing can make it easier to tackle renovations and increase your home's value. Thanks for outlining the benefits and options available!Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Home improvement projects can significantly enhance the look, feel, and functionality of a home. However, the costs associated with renovations can be substantial, making it essential for homeowners to consider financing options like home improvement loans. This article explores how these loans can help homeowners transform their living spaces, the history and evolution of home improvement financing, and practical tips for successfully using these loans. The Evolution of Home Improvement Lo...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This blog highlights the significant impact new insulation can have on reducing utility costs! Improved insulation not only boosts energy efficiency but also enhances comfort throughout the home. Thanks for sharing these practical and cost-saving benefits!Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP We all have energy bills to pay, but the amount you owe each month can fluctuate greatly depending on factors like your HVAC, the temperature outside, and your insulation levels. Insulation regulates your home's temperature by preventing drafts and protecting your walls from absorbing too much heat. It also provides noise cancellation from the street and the outside world, so you can have peace and quiet indoors. When considering eco-friendly home energy upgrades, you may want to lo...
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By Karen Schimpf, When Your Bank Says No, I CAN Get Your Deal CLOSED
(Commercial Capital Ltd.)
 Picture We have long been known as the place to go when the banks say 'no'. WE ARE THE PLACE TO GO FOR SBA 7(a) LOANS - PERIOD! Real estate-based 7(a) loan rates start as low as Prime +1% to 2.75% with a 25-year amortization. You get a much better deal than ANY local or major bank on the SBA 7(a) product.  SBA 7(a) rates starting at Prime+1.0% PLUS, we guide you through the process, helping you navigate the 7(a) waters  It's simple. You can do this yourself: take the time to get your loan documents together, go to your local bank, hopefully get approved. Navigate the SBA paperwork, navigate the bank approval process, and if denied, start all over somewhere else. You will likely end up with a rate of Prime +2.75% or more IF you get approved and don't go crazy first.Or, have us do the he...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
These home staging secrets for year-round sales success are fantastic! Adapting your staging to each season can make your home more appealing to buyers no matter the time of year. Thanks for sharing these creative and effective tips!Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Welcome to the world of home staging, where every season is an opportunity to showcase your home’s best features and make a lasting impression on potential buyers. Whether it’s the bloom of spring or the cozy charm of winter, home staging is your secret weapon for a swift and successful sale. Why Stage Your Home? Staging isn’t just about making your home look pretty; it’s a strategic marketing tool. It allows buyers to envision themselves living in the space, which is crucial because emotions play a signi...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This blog does a great job outlining why buying a foreclosure can be an attractive option! It highlights potential cost savings and investment opportunities while also emphasizing the importance of thorough research and due diligence. Thanks for sharing these insightful points!Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP  Buying a foreclosure can be an attractive option for several reasons: Lower Purchase Price: Foreclosed properties are often sold at a discount compared to similar properties on the market. Banks and lenders are eager to sell these properties quickly to recover the outstanding loan balance. Investment Opportunities: Foreclosed homes can offer great potential for real estate investors. With the right repairs and renovations, these properties can be flipped for a...
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
Laura came up with a great blog and if you missed it here it is again. What Not to Do When Buying a House: Tips from a Realtor Buying a house is one of the most significant investments you’ll ever make. As a seasoned realtor, I’ve seen it all—both the successes and the pitfalls. Here are some critical mistakes to avoid to ensure your home-buying process is as smooth and rewarding as possible. Never Skip Inspections Skipping inspections, especially for the sewer line and septic tank, is a common mistake that can lead to costly repairs down the road. These issues might not be immediately visible but can be very expensive to fix if they become problems later on. Always ensure these inspections are conducted thoroughly. Factor in Childcare and Healthcare Costs When calculating your debt-to-...
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By Charles Stallions, 850-476-4494 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.
(Charles Stallions Real Estate Services )
Charles Stallions, a local real estate broker and investor in Pensacola, Florida, says buying a home in this city renowned for its stunning beaches and vibrant culture requires careful consideration. Key elements to ensure a smooth transaction and future peace of mind include a property disclosure, a home inspection, and a home warranty.A property disclosure is crucial as it mandates the seller to reveal known defects and past issues with the property. This transparency helps buyers make informed decisions and prevents unpleasant surprises after the purchase. Disclosures about flood risks, hurricane damage, or previous repairs are essential in a coastal city like Pensacola.Equally important is a thorough property inspection. An independent inspector examines the home’s structure, system...
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By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Ambrose Realty Management LLC)
💥Navigating Mortgage Rates ☀️For ALL of Your East Valley AZ Real Estate Needs📞Call or 🙋‍♂Text Brian at 480-773-2370📨Email Brian  ~  Search the MLS for FREE ️Learn how rates impact your monthly payments and why professional guidance is key. Get ready to navigate the market with confidence!✅  To read the full article...  Click HERE. I specialize in the East Valley of the Phoenix Metro area - Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler, Tempe, Scottsdale, Apache Junction, and Gold Canyon☀️For ALL of Your East Valley AZ Real Estate Needs📞Call or 🙋‍♂Text Brian at 480-773-2370📨Email Brian  ~  Search the MLS for FREE
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Tustin Weekly Market Update June 17th - 23rd, 2024 Corte Villa BACK ON THE MARKET Aquasanta | 4 bedrooms | 3 baths | 2554 sq. ft. | $1,650,000
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