Real Estate Industry

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Recent blogs on Real Estate Industry
By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
On January 19, 2023, The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodeling Market Index (RMI) dropped 17 points to 66 points in the 4th quarter of 2022 from 83 points in the 4th quarter of 2021.The current market conditions index declined 14 points to 75 point in the 4th quarter of 2022 from 89 points 4th quarter of 2021.The major additions and alterations decreased 14 points to 71 points in the 4th quarter of 2022 from 85 points 4th quarter of 2021.The moderately sized remodeling projects lower 13 points to 77 points in the 4th quarter of 2022 from 90 points 4th quarter of 2021.The demand for smaller additions and alterations down 14 points to 77 points in the 4th quarter of 2022 from 91 points 4th quarter of 2022.NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz, stated “NAHB expects remodeling...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
You must complete several essential steps when preparing your room to be professionally painted. Preparation makes it easier for the painters to paint your room and prevents any extra hassle on your hand when they come. Keep reading to learn about the five steps to prep your room for paint. Step 1: Remove All Possible Furniture When preparing your room for painting, you first must remove every piece of furniture you possibly can. Whatever you can not remove from the space should be pushed into the room’s center, then cover it with clear plastic, a tarp, or anything else that can protect it from paint splatters. Step 2: Tape Around Unremovable FixturesAfter you have removed all the furniture you can from the room, the next step you need to do is take painting tape or masking tape and pla...
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By Ron Cedillo, Helping People and Enjoying Life
(Home Buyers Realty)
Some Highlights Many people believe you need to put down 20% of the purchase price when you buy a home. But recent homebuyers actually put down far less on their purchase. And with programs like FHA loans, VA loans, and USDA loans, some qualified buyers are able to put down as little as 0-3.5%. Let’s connect to make sure you have a trusted lender and can find out if you’re ready to buy a home sooner rather than later.
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By Jean Richer, Straight Talk on Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty Inc.)
Are you thinking about buying a home? You may have wondered, when is a good time to buy? I strongly believe that there is always a good time to buy a home if you are prepared for it. No matter what is happening in the market, if the numbers make sense for your personal finances, it is a great decision to invest in real estate. To learn more, watch the above video. 
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Buying and selling properties is a multi-step process involving several people like buyers, sellers, lawyers, and, sometimes, realtors. With so many people involved in this complex legal process, it’s only natural for you to need several important documents for a seamless and straightforward sales process. If you’re entering a sale for the first time, it’s only natural to be unsure about what you’ll need to complete the deal. Often, real estate transactions require some of the following documents.  A Bill of Sale A bill of sale after selling your house is vital to have. It’s a legal document outlining the transfer of property ownership from a seller to a buyer fo...
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By Melissa Thompson, I'm a real estate agent helping buyers and sellers
(Thompson Real Estate)
Buying and selling properties is a multi-step process involving several people like buyers, sellers, lawyers, and, sometimes, realtors. With so many people involved in this complex legal process, it’s only natural for you to need several important documents for a seamless and straightforward sales process. If you’re entering a sale for the first time, it’s only natural to be unsure about what you’ll need to complete the deal. Often, real estate transactions require some of the following documents. A Bill of SaleA bill of sale after selling your house is vital to have. It’s a legal document outlining the transfer of property ownership from a seller to a buyer for payment or consideration. Most often, they include important information like what was sold, the date of the sale, and how muc...
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By Ron Cedillo, Helping People and Enjoying Life
(Home Buyers Realty)
The housing market has gone through a lot of change recently, and much of that was a result of how quickly mortgage rates rose last year. Now, as we move through 2023, there are signs things are finally going to turn around. Home price appreciation is slowing from the recent frenzy, mortgage rates are coming down, inflation is easing, and overall market activity is starting to pick up. All of that’s great news for the housing market this year. Here’s what experts are saying. Cristian deRitis, Deputy Chief Economist, Moody’s Analytics: “The current state of the housing market is that it is certainly in transition.” Susan Wachter, Professor of Real Estate and Finance, University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School: “Housing is going to ease up. I think 2023 will be a turnaround year.” Lawre...
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
If you have made the decision to purchase a newly constructed home, in most areas, there is a choice of determining if you will buy a custom home or a spec home. There is a difference. Let's identify these two types of new construction:CUSTOM HOMES - These projects consist of one-of-a-type homes. These are not mass-produced homes. Custom home builders work individually with an owner and usually are working with a floor plan that is unique to that owner. The owner will work with the builder in choosing every detail, every product, and every aspect of the home. Building a custom home will usually take longer. The owner has their own land or lot and will choose their own builder. It is important to meet and interview many builders prior to choosing the right one for you. Several factors sh...
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By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
On February 1, 2023, the U.S. Census Bureau reported nationwide construction spending declined 0.4% to $1,809.8 billion in December of 2022 from $1,817.3 billion November of 2022, but rose 7.7% from $1,681.0 billion in December of 2021.Nationwide private construction down 0.4% to $1,427.1 billion in December of 2022 from $1,432.9 billion in November of 2022.Residential construction decreased 0.3% of $857.2 billion in December of 2022 from $860.0 billion November of 2022.Non residential construction lower 0.5% to $570.0 billion in December of 2022 from $572.9 billion in November of 2022.The public construction dropped 0.4% to $383.7 billion in December of 2022 from $384.4 billion in November of 2022.The educational construction lost 0.3% to $84.2 billion in December of 2022 from $84.4 bi...
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By Ralph Williams, "The very best in sales & leadership training."
(Bottom Line University)
Here is a link to our commercial for this week's show with special guest, Michelle Sharp. https://os5.mycloud.com/action/share/f42c7aae-8204-4145-844a-ddcc93cd1697 Our program this week (Thursday, February 2nd) is titled, “Be Prepared”. These are two words that will change your life, and it’s easier than you might think. We’ll walk you through a few easy steps, and you’ll be on your way to truly being prepared.Our special guest this week is Michelle Sharpe a literal “Dream Consultant” with RE/MAX 1st Choice Belize in Stann Creek, Belize. She has a way of lighting up every environment she’s in.If this is your year to break out and be the most productive you've ever been, then reach out and enroll today. You won't find a better value anywhere!Reach out to either of us and enroll today!Ral...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP If there’s anyone who knows about home renovation, it’s the home renovation experts on HGTV. So, what do those experts have to say about renovating your home in 2023? A recent video from realtor.com outlined key advice for homeowners that are planning a home renovation in 2023—straight from some of HGTV top stars!—including: Get big items done, then worry about the small stuff. There’s a lot to get done when you’re renovating your home. And while working out the small details can be fun (for example, choosing paint and textile colors or cabinet finishes), it’s important to tackle the big parts of the project—like choosing a contractor and settling on a layout for...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
This is an excellent post with great information. Thanks for sharing it.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Tampa area homeowners are turning to the convenience of selling their homes for cash instead of dealing with all the hassle. With Tampa cash buyers offering cash offers that go above market value, it's no surprise that this has become an increasingly popular option. Here’s why this is becoming a popular option for homeowners in the area.      Speed and Convenience   When you sell your house for cash in Tampa, you don’t have to wait around for months or even years for an interested buyer to come along. Cash offers are usually processed much faster than traditional deals because the sale isn’t dependent on bank financing or other contingencies. This means you can g...
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By Greg Tresler, We Buy Houses For Cash As Is! House Buyers Florida
(House Buyers Florida)
Tampa area homeowners are turning to the convenience of selling their homes for cash instead of dealing with all the hassle. With Tampa cash buyers offering cash offers that go above market value, it's no surprise that this has become an increasingly popular option. Here’s why this is becoming a popular option for homeowners in the area.   Speed and Convenience When you sell your house for cash in Tampa, you don’t have to wait around for months or even years for an interested buyer to come along. Cash offers are usually processed much faster than traditional deals because the sale isn’t dependent on bank financing or other contingencies. This means you can get your money much sooner – sometimes as quickly as 7 days after signing the contract. No Repairs Needed  One of the biggest advant...
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By Ron Cedillo, Helping People and Enjoying Life
(Home Buyers Realty)
If there’s anyone who knows about home renovation, it’s the home renovation experts on HGTV.So, what do those experts have to say about renovating your home in 2023?A recent video from realtor.com outlined key advice for homeowners that are planning a home renovation in 2023—straight from some of HGTV top stars!—including: Get big items done, then worry about the small stuff. There’s a lot to get done when you’re renovating your home. And while working out the small details can be fun (for example, choosing paint and textile colors or cabinet finishes), it’s important to tackle the big parts of the project—like choosing a contractor and settling on a layout for your new room. Working with a budget? Don’t underestimate the power of paint. You don’t need a huge budget to breathe new life ...
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By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
On January 18, 2023, National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for newly built single family homes gained four points to 35 points in January of 2022 from 31 points in December of 2021.The HMI component charting present sales conditions higher four points at 40 points, the HMI buyer traffic up three points to 23 points, and the HMI sales expectations index grew two points at 37 points in January of 2023.The three-month moving averages for regional HMI scores, South unchanged zero point at 36 points, the West up one point at 27 points, Northeast declined four points to 33 points, Midwest down two points to 32 points in January of 2023.NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz, stated “In the coming quarters, single-family home building will rise off of cycle lo...
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By Greg Tresler, We Buy Houses For Cash As Is! House Buyers Florida
(House Buyers Florida)
When it comes to selling your home, there are many options available. One of the most popular is using a cash house buyer. Cash house buyers offer a quick and convenient way to sell your property without dealing with the hassle that traditional real estate agents can bring. Unfortunately, many things still need to be clarified about cash house buyers, which can make people hesitant to use them. In this article, we'll look at five common misconceptions about cash house buyers so you have a better understanding of how they work and why they may be right for you.  Cash house buyers need to be more reliable and trustworthy.This is one of the most common misconceptions about cash house buyers, but it's not true. Many reputable cash house buyers have been in business for years and have a good...
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By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
On January 31, 2023, The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced that the U.S. house price down 0.1% in November of 2022 from October of 2022, but higher 8.2% from November of 2021 based on home sales values obtained from mortgages sold to or guaranteed by FNMA and Freddie Mac.Nationwide, among nine census West North Central Division was highest with an increase of 0.5%, and Pacific Division was lowest with a loss of 1.1% in November of 2022 from October 0f 2022; while South Atlantic Division was the highest with jump of 12.0%, and Pacific Division was the lowest with an increase of 2.4% in November of 2022, from November of 2021.For complete more detailed information about the FHFA’s home price index for November of 2022, please click HERE
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By Ralph Williams, "The very best in sales & leadership training."
(Bottom Line University)
Hey Everybody, Our program this week is titled, “Be Prepared”. These are two words that will change your life, and it’s easier than you might think. We’ll walk you through a few easy steps, and you’ll be on your way to truly being prepared.  Our special guest this week is Michelle Sharpe a literal “Dream Consultant” with RE/MAX 1st Choice Belize in Stann Creek, Belize. She has a way of lighting up every environment she’s in. If this is your year to break out and be the most productive you've ever been, then reach out and enroll today. You won't find a better value anywhere! Reach out to either of us and enroll today! Ralph Williams Ralph@BottomLineUniversity.comDoug Thompson Doug@BottomLineUniversity.com
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By Stephen Fells, Marketing, Technology, Fun and News!
(AgencyLogic)
Everyday AgencyLogic publishes real estate news and press releases from around the country.  Here are this weeks press releases:Inflation Has Impacted 92% of Millennials' Home-Buying PlansSeasonal Cooling, Cost Strains Bring Housing Market Closer to 'Normal'NAR Statement on FHFA LLPA Structure ChangesExisting-Home Sales Receded 1.5% in DecemberPennsylvania Home Prices Fall in DecemberFlorida's 2022 Housing Market Impacted by Inflation, Higher Interest RatesFlorida Realtors® Real Estate Trends: What's the 2023 Florida Outlook?NAR Statement on White House Tenant-Centered Action PlanPending Home Sales Increased 2.5% in December, Ending Six-Month SlideU.S. Home Seller Profits Top 50 Percent In 2022 Despite Market Slowdown
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By Dr. Paula McDonald, Granbury, TX 936-203-0279
(Beam & Branch Realty)
You've decided to build a home or purchase a newly constructed home. Fantastic! But now, the all-important decision is which home builder should you choose. Truly, this is a huge decision that must be weighed carefully.This blog series is to assist people with the big topics of new construction. In this post today, we will address some of the most pressing issues when choosing a builder. Let's dive into the importance of choosing your builder. Reputation. All builders will have a reputation whether it is positive or negative. Therefore, it is vitally important to do your own research when searching for a builder. Talk to others who have used this builder and find out what their experience has been.  Visit On-going Job sites. A job site provides a lot of clues to a potential buyer. Is th...
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