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By Steve Depoe, Taking the stress out of Buying and Selling
(The Rose Realty Team)
Your Agent is the Key!
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By The Chris Fritch Team ~ eXp Realty, chrisfritchteam.com 763-746-3997
(Chris Fritch Team eXp Realty)
All on one level living townhome located within the Garden Villas of Edinburgh neighborhood! As you step inside, you’re embraced by an inviting vaulted open layout that maximizes space and natural light! The kitchen is nice and open with ample cabinet & counter space, making meal prep a breeze! You’ll love the spacious owner’s suite with a private full bath, and a walk-in closet! Enjoy another nice sized bedroom and a full bath - great for your guests! New flooring in 2023! New furnace and AC in 2023! Pets allowed! Conveniently located close to shopping, dining, and just 1.2 miles from Edinburgh Golf Course! Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the ease of one-level living! Presented by Emily Blake, REALTOR, Chris Fritch Team, eXp Realty 763-234-7316  
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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. )
🌟 Ever wondered what it takes to thrive in real estate? Join Loryn Ferdelman of NextHome Metro Real Estate Services as she shares her inspiring journey into the world of real estate. Tune in now on YouTube!📌 In this episode part 3, Selling your home can be a challenging process, but it doesn't have to be. Our professional agents at Next Home utilize cutting-edge technology and set high standards to make your real estate journey seamless. From accurate pricing to convenient showings and inspections, we handle everything to make selling your home effortless.📣Don't forget to like, comment, and share this video with friends and family! Subscribe to our channel for more real estate insights and updates.🌐 NextHome Metro Real Estate Services: https://francinemarsolek.nhmres.com/📞 Contact Franc...
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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. )
🌟 Ever wondered what it takes to thrive in real estate? Join Loryn Ferdelman of NextHome Metro Real Estate Services as she shares her inspiring journey into the world of real estate. Tune in now on YouTube!📌 In this episode part 2, Join us as we dive into the intricate details of various architectural styles and experience the joy of connecting with new people in the real estate market. Discover how Next Home is revolutionizing the selling process with expert guidance and cutting-edge technology, making selling your next home a breeze.📣Don't forget to like, comment, and share this video with friends and family! Subscribe to our channel for more real estate insights and updates.🌐 NextHome Metro Real Estate Services: https://francinemarsolek.nhmres.com/📞 Contact Francine Marsolek: 612-868...
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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. )
🌟 Ever wondered what it takes to thrive in real estate? Join Loryn Ferdelman of NextHome Metro Real Estate Services as she shares her inspiring journey into the world of real estate. Tune in now on YouTube!📌 In this video part 1, Loryn Ferdelman takes us through her path to becoming a successful realtor, rooted in her family's history of building and construction. Learn how her grandfather's bricklaying company and her parents' involvement in home building influenced her career choice. Lauren also discusses the challenges of selling a home, such as finding a reputable agent, accurate pricing, and managing showings and offers. Discover how NextHome is transforming the home selling experience with top-notch professionals, cutting-edge technology, and high standards for a seamless and stre...
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By Sam Thomas, When it's important; hire a professional.
(Providence Group Realty)
Are your floors in need of a refresh? The latest trends in flooring, showcased at the 2024 International Surface Event trade show, highlight exciting innovations and styles that can transform any space. According to Houzz, these are the key flooring trends for 2024 that are making waves in the industry.Lighter Wood TonesThis year, lighter wood tones are taking center stage. Shades of blonde are particularly popular, offering a bright and airy feel that works well in various design styles, from Scandinavian to contemporary. Manufacturers of hardwood, vinyl plank, and porcelain tile are all embracing these lighter hues, making it easier than ever to find the perfect shade for your home. The appeal of lighter wood tones lies in their ability to make spaces feel larger and more open, a desi...
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By Kukun--240-483-3649 Franklin Carroll, Elite client engagement tools and proptech
(Kukun, Inc.)
It is getting harder to find stuff to post. Hopefully, you don't mind the following article, which I admit is a little technical. The adoption of machine learning (ML) in the realm of economic analysis, particularly in the specialized field of real estate economics, offers advantages over the use of traditional econometric methods. (Econometrics is a branch of statistics specializing in the unusual problems that economists face.) While ML offers powerful tools for handling large, complex datasets, its results are often difficult to interpret. Traditional econometric methods continue to hold value for their interpretability and theoretical underpinnings but are often reliant on assumptions taken from economic theory and fail predictively.  This essay evaluates how economists, especially ...
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By Joe and Sherrie Toth, The #1 Apple Valley Lake Team
(RE/MAX Consultant Group | Apple Valley Lake)
Looking to elevate your outdoor spaces? It's all about crafting areas perfect for relaxing with family and friends. Outdoor living spaces have become a key focus for homeowners, especially since 2020. Many have invested in turning their yards into personal oases, enhancing their use of these areas. Envision cozy seating on your patio and design elements that seamlessly merge indoor comfort with the natural outdoor ambiance. The trend is moving towards creating comfortable outdoor living areas. Here in Ohio, especially at Apple Valley Lake, adapting these trends can transform your home into a delightful year-round retreat. Let's explore how you can bring these inviting ideas to life right in your outdoor haven!How Can You Assess and Utilize Your Outdoor Space Effectively?Most homeowners,...
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net
(Arizona Elite Properties )
As homeownership continues to evolve, it's essential to explore how these changes impact different demographics, including military veterans. In this fourth installment of our series on Military Veterans and homeownership, we explore the emerging trends, policy opportunities, and forecasts that shape the future of veteran homeownership. From innovative programs to evolving demographics, we'll uncover the key factors influencing this vital aspect of veterans' post-service lives and explore how stakeholders can work together to pave the way for a brighter, more accessible future in homeownership for those who've served our nation. 🌟 Emerging Trends in Veteran Homeownership: 📈 Transition Assistance Programs: Recognizing the unique challenges veterans face when transitioning to civilian li...
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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. )
April marks a significant period in the real estate industry: Fair Housing Month 🏡. It's a time when we reflect on the strides made toward ensuring equal access to housing for all, and yet, it's also a reminder of the journey ahead 🌈. In this installment of our Fair Housing Month series, we turn our focus to a critical aspect of the American Dream - homeownership 🏠. Understanding how fair housing laws influence both buying and selling homes is crucial for consumers and professionals alike. This piece aims to shed light on these impacts and the ongoing battle against mortgage lending discrimination and redlining, ensuring every individual has the opportunity to achieve homeownership without bias.Fair Housing and the Home Buying ProcessWhen it comes to buying a home, fair housing laws pla...
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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 homeownership continues to evolve, it's essential to explore how these changes impact different demographics, including military veterans. In this fourth installment of our series on Military Veterans and homeownership, we explore the emerging trends, policy opportunities, and forecasts that shape the future of veteran homeownership. From innovative programs to evolving demographics, we'll uncover the key factors influencing this vital aspect of veterans' post-service lives and explore how stakeholders can work together to pave the way for a brighter, more accessible future in homeownership for those who've served our nation. 🌟Emerging Trends in Veteran Homeownership: 📈 Transition Assistance Programs: Recognizing the unique challenges veterans face when transitioning to civilian life...
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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. )
In the heart of the bustling real estate market lies an essential pillar that ensures equality and fairness for all: fair housing 🏡. This concept is more than just a set of laws; it’s a commitment to creating communities where everyone, regardless of their background, has an equal opportunity to find a home 🌍. As we celebrate Fair Housing Month, it’s crucial to spotlight the vital role of advocacy in this arena and how individuals can contribute to this cause 💪. Whether you’re a seasoned real estate professional or someone simply passionate about equal rights, understanding the landscape of fair housing advocacy can empower you to make a difference 🌟.The Driving Forces Behind Fair HousingAdvocacy groups play a pivotal role in the fair housing landscape 🛡️. These organizations work tirel...
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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 military veterans transition to civilian life, one of the significant milestones they often pursue is homeownership. 🏡 In this installment of our series on Military Veterans and homeownership, we explore the critical support systems and resources available to assist veterans in their journey toward owning a home. From specialized loan programs to government initiatives and nonprofit organizations, there’s a wealth of support waiting to help veterans achieve their homeownership dreams. 🌟 VA Loan Programs and Other Assistance Available to Veterans:One of the most valuable resources for veterans seeking to purchase a home is the array of VA loan programs. These loans, backed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, offer numerous advantages, including competitive interest rates, no down p...
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On May 22, 2024, National Association of Realtors® (NAR) reported that nationwide existing home sales decreased 1.9% to annual rate of 4.14 million homes in April of 2024 from March of 2024, and down 1.9% from 4.22 million homes from April of 2023.There were 1.21 million homes supplies of available inventory in April of 2024, gained 9.0% from March of 2024, and jumped 16.3% from 1.04 million homes in April of 2023; while, there were 3.5 months available inventory in April of 2024 higher from to 3.2 months in March of 2024, and grew from 3.0 months in April of 2023.On average it took 26 days to sell a home in April of 2024, lower from 32 days in March of 2024, but grew from 22 days in April 2023.First time buyers acquired 33.0% of homes in April of 2024, higher from 32.0% in March of 202...
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By Mike Tolj, Commercial Real Estate Without the Stress!
(Tolj Commercial Real Estate )
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of investing, let’s define what we mean by healthcare real estate. This sector includes a variety of properties, such as: Hospitals Medical office buildings Outpatient clinics Senior housing and assisted living facilities Now, you might be wondering, “Mike, what’s driving the demand for these properties?” Well, there are a few key factors at play: Aging population: Americans are living longer, and by 2040, the number of people aged 65 and older will more than double, reaching 80 million. This means a growing need for senior living facilities and medical services. Increasing healthcare spending: As people become more health-conscious, especially in light of the pandemic, there’s a rising demand for preventive care, urgent care centers, and diagnostic f...
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By Christopher Nelson, Montgomery County, PA - Realtor
(GenStone Realty)
 Revealing the Best Delaware County Communities Key Highlights Delaware County Community College offers a wide range of associate degree programs and certificate programs. The college has a emphasis on community and provides open admissions for students. Delaware County is rich in geographic advantages, including its proximity to major cities and natural attractions. The county has a rich historical heritage, with significant sites and landmarks that highlight its past. The community offers a vibrant lifestyle with various amenities, including parks, shopping, and dining experiences. Delaware County is home to top-rated schools and community education programs that provide excellent educational opportunities.  Welcome to Delaware County, a vibrant community located in Pennsylvania. Whet...
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By Michael Elliott, Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales
(Fathom Realty)
While recently observing a new agent here in The Rain,   and if I am keeping it real, judging them too harshly, I was reminded of some of my rookie blunders.  Here are a few that I recall: 1.  Pre email and fax, showing up to my first closing with no commission bill.   The seller attorney, who I later came to respect, embarrassed me.   Never made that mistake again!  Now, the title co. typically asks for this 7-10 days pre closing.  2.  Upon hearing that my under contract listing had "sill plate termite damage", I called my seller to tell her that an inspection revealed her window sills had damage due to termites.  While funny now, I was very embarrassed.  3.  On more than one occasion,  I became miserably lost with buyers in my car.  These were different times, pre-GPS and before buyer...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
Investing in real estate is often considered as a sound investment. As a tangible asset, it offers the potential for appreciation over the long -term and can also provide opportunities for generating income. While these benefits may seem alluring, the initial costs of investing in real estate typically far exceed those of other asset classes such as stocks or bonds. Therefore, investors will often need to explore financing options to fund their investment.In this article, we will outline various ways investors can finance their real estate investments, enabling them to capitalize on opportunities in the market and realize their investment goals.Private Money LoanMany investors may look to their friends or family to loan them the money they need to finance their investment. For those who...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
When it comes to enhancing your living space and increasing your property's long-term value making smart choices in home improvements is key. Among the options hardwood flooring stands out as a timeless and practical investment. In this piece, we will delve into why hardwood flooring is a choice for securing the future of your home considering its enduring charm, resilience, and more.Timeless EleganceHardwood floors radiate a sense of timeless elegance that elevates the aesthetics of any home. Unlike types of flooring that may fall in and out of fashion hardwood floors maintain their allure consistently. They effortlessly complement a range of design themes—from traditional to contemporary—making them versatile in style.With wood varieties and finishes to choose from homeowners have a p...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
Choosing a DSCR mortgage lender is a critical decision for real estate investors, impacting both the viability and profitability of their investments. DSCR, or Debt Service Coverage Ratio mortgages, cater specifically to real estate investments, focusing on the property’s generated income over the personal income of the borrower. This article will guide you through selecting a DSCR lender that aligns with your financial strategy and investment goals.Understanding DSCR LoansA DSCR loan is a tool in real estate to finance properties without the traditional income verification processes required by conventional mortgages. The key metric, the Debt Service Coverage Ratio, measures the cash flow available to pay current debt obligations.The ratio is calculated by dividing the property’s Net O...
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