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 Frank Procopio, The Naples Agent
(Domain Realty Group)
Relocate to Naples FL With The Help Of A Real Estate AgentRelocating to Naples, FL can be a lot of stress inducing work. It’s not as simple as packing your things and filing for a change of address at the post office. There’s quite a number of things that need to be taken care of including selling your current home and finding a new place for you to rent or buy in Naples. Along with that, there are many other things that need to be done. You will have to organize all the logistics of moving your belongings to your new home, coordinating with contractors if there’s any work that needs to be done on the new property, and setting up your new life in Naples, Florida including choosing your utility providers and enrolling your kids in school. With a huge mountain of tasks to face, finding a ...
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By Kat Palmiotti, Helping your Montana dreams take root
(406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty)
This is a post for the "Help us Fall in love with your area" challenge that Kathy Streib is hosting. The challenge is all about sharing what makes our area special in  Autumn. So here is an overview of Montana colors in the third season of the year. The Kalispell Montana area is an amazing place to be during Fall.  Having spent many years enjoying the gorgeous colors of the East Coast's Autumn, I thought I was leaving all that behind when coming to northwest Montana. I thought wrong! One of the most striking characteristics of Kalispell autumn views has to do with the coniferous tree, the Larch. Also called the Tamarack , this pine tree is unique because it is also deciduous, meaning the needles turn colors and fall off every Autumn. They grow back in the Spring, and are the softest pin...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
As photos of the Northern California wildfires demonstrate, living on the border of a forest comes with significant risks. However, a recent study from Germany shows that being close to a forested area may also be beneficial. Living near a forest area is connected to the robust, healthy functioning of a critical portion of our brain, according to the elderly city inhabitants. The study suggests that people who live on the edge of the city and the forest better cope with stress than those in primarily artificial environments. To prepare for life in the woods, you must first survive on the bare requirements. In the woods, locations inhabited by certain tribes may be an excellent place to start. A tribal region may be more practical since a tribe already has some fundamental requirements a...
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By William McClain, Your South Florida Waterfront Specialist!
(London Foster)
3330 NE 190th St. #310, Aventura, FL- Aventura Marina II #310 🤩 CHECK OUT THE HD VIDEO TOUR ⬇️ Get Directions Click Here Property Video Description Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Reviews 3 BEDROOMS | 2 full, 1 half baths BATHROOMS | 1866 SqFt JUST LISTED AT AVENTURA MARINA II! Spectacular 3 Bedroom Corner Residence with the best views in the entire building! 3330 NE 190th St #310 Aventura FL 33180 This rarely available Corner Unit 10' Line provides beautiful water and marina views from a comfortable lower-floor allowing you to feel connected directly to the ocean! Ideally located in the heart of Aventura and featuring high (9ft) ceilings and impact windows in all rooms- this is one of the best positioned residences in the entire complex. The spacious "true" 3 Bedroom floorplan with ...
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By Jean Richer, Straight Talk on Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty Inc.)
Limited luxury townhomes backing on the 8th hole of the exclusive Rockland Golf Course being built by Clément Construction and ready for Spring 2022. 3 bedrooms on the second level, an open concept kitchen, living room, dining room and a large foyer on the main floor. All homes come with quality hardwood on the main level, 12 X 24 ceramic in the kitchen, foyer, and bathrooms. 5 new appliances, granite countertops and backsplash in the kitchen. Paved driveway, eavestrough included, sodded front & backyard. Quality construction throughout which includes 5" baseboards, flat ceilings, rough-in bathroom in the lower level, 6" reinforced concrete party wall, high-efficiency furnace, 6'x4' rear deck & so much more! Please note that photos are of the Rockland model home, and may include upgrade...
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By Tamra Lee Ulmer, NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!
(Arizona Resource Realty)
You probably hire a gardener to keep the hedges trimmed, and the lawn mowed. Unfortunately, it isn't always straightforward. However, research shows that working in the garden is soothing. (Could it be that we enjoy getting our hands filthy in the dirt and creating something lovely?) Here are the things you should do and don't do in keeping your gardening more effective. Do: Late summer to early fall is the best time to fertilize the grass. Grass can retain carbohydrates produced by fertilizer during the winter, so when spring arrives, your lawn will be lush and green. Don't: Take a stroll across your garden beds. If you must walk among your plants, place a plank on the ground to equally disperse your weight. If you walk across the plants, it compacts the soil, making it challenging to ...
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By Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES, REALTOR and Broker
(Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates)
Last month, the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce visited Washington DC.  While there, they visited Arlington Cemetery and placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  I did not make the trip, but it reminded me of my visit there in 2004.  It is a very solemn occasion.This is from the Arlington National Cemetery website:According to the Arlington National Cemetery website, in October 1921 four bodies of unidentified U.S. military personnel were exhumed from different American military cemeteries in France. On October 23, 1921, the four caskets arrived at the city hall of Châlons-sur-Marne (now called Châlons-en-Champagne), France.Town officials and members of the U.S. Army’s Quartermaster Corps had prepared the city hall for the selection ceremony. Early on the morning of October 24, 1...
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By Nina Hollander, Broker, Your Greater Charlotte Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Crismark Neighborhood in Charlotte Area's Indian TrailReal Estate Report & Neighborhood SpotlightQuarter 3 - 2021 For a community with some 900 homes, the 20 homes listed for sale in Crismark in the Third Quarter 2021 were a drop in the bucket. 13 homes sold in Crismark in the Third Quarter, one more than one year ago. The number of new listings increased year-over-year to 20 homes from 12 homes one year ago. Average days on market dropped to just 9 days from 24 days in the Third Quarter one year ago, a 62.5% decrease year-over-year. Median days on market were just three days during the Third Quarter 2021. Average sale price of homes in Crismark in the second quarter was $401,215, up 20.11% year-over-year. The median sale price was $412,000, up 25.97% year-over-year. Home prices ranged ...
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By Jackye Mumphrey, The Real Estate Maven® Atlanta Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty Cityside)
The Maven's expertise and mastery in the field of real estate will help you navigate the market at the highest level. There are many obstacles that can hinder the sale of your home that may not on the surface seem problematic but nip at your value and marketability that can be prevented with the right selling plan in place.    From setting the right market price, to positioning the home in the best light, to promoting the best attributes of the community, to negotiating the best terms with the best possible buyer as well as managing the process for you; having the right agent by your side makes all the difference. Get listed with Jackye, The Real Estate Maven® and experience what her service can do for you while saving you time, money and hassle.   Call her at 678-929-8330 or visit htt...
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By DALIA KIBBY, Selling Broward County Homes with Passion!
(Sellstate Partners Realty)
Buyers in today’s market often have questions about the importance of getting a home appraisal and an inspection. That’s because high buyer demand and low housing supply are driving intense competition and leading some buyers to consider waiving those contingencies to stand out in the crowded market. But is that the best move? Buying a home is one of the most important transactions in your lifetime, and it’s critical to keep your best interests in mind. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect from the appraisal and the inspection, and why each one can potentially save you a lot of time, money, and headaches down the road. Home Appraisal The home appraisal is a critical step for securing a mortgage on your home. As Home Light explains: “. . . lenders typically require an appraisal to ensur...
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By Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
(Get It Done For Me Virtual Services )
Great reminders for a great day to start the week. Happy Monday, everyone! Work with a team you can trust! Let us take over your repeated tasks that you know you are supposed to be delegating. Text Katerina Gasset at 561-502-1577 today! #GIDFMTeam #GIDFM #DelegateMyTasks
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By David Jackson, MBA, Financial lending analyst
(Olympus Labs)
If you are in the real estate business, your branding is an important part of what you do. It's one thing to have a website that lists properties for sale and contact information, but it's another to have a strong brand that will allow people to recognize your company from across the room or on social media. If you want to be successful in this competitive industry, make sure that your branding is up-to-date! In this blog post, I'll give five tips for keeping your branding current so that people know who they are working with when they come into contact with your company.Always have a Logo that Represents your CompanyThis is what people will associate with you, and it helps to reinforce the image of who you are as a business. This means having logos for every service, product, or campai...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Time to Check Your Carbon Monoxide AlarmsCarbon Monoxide alarms are designed to alarm BEFORE there is an immediate life threat. Since you cannot see or smell CO, never assume it's not present. Installing them is as easy as plugging in your phone to charge. Maybe easier! Is your home protected? This is a Montgomery County, Maryland announcement.  Dahlia, Ed Redd, American Dahlia Society Show,Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA USA IMG 5539Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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Do you have a room in your home that stays vacant most of the time? Maybe you have an extra bedroom or empty garage. Instead of using it for storage, find creative ways to turn it into a liveable space. Here are five remodeling ideas to turn your spare room into the hottest spot in the house. 1.  Home Office With 22 million people working from home, an office can be an excellent way to repurpose your space. It’s ideal for parents or people with roommates who need privacy. Look for comfy chairs with good support when designing your office. If the room has a window, place your desk in front of it to bring in more natural light. Consider adding fun decorations, such as pretty mugs or artwork. Choose a paint color that will inspire you. For example, yellows can make you feel happier and opt...
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By Bob Elliot, 20+ Yrs Industry Experience
(eXp Realty)
Buyers in today’s market often have questions about the importance of getting a home appraisal and an inspection. That’s because high buyer demand and low housing supply are driving intense competition and leading some buyers to consider waiving those contingencies to stand out in the crowded market. But is that the best move? Buying a home is one of the most important transactions in your lifetime, and it’s critical to keep your best interests in mind. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect from the appraisal and the inspection, and why each one can potentially save you a lot of time, money, and headaches down the road. Home Appraisal The home appraisal is a critical step for securing a mortgage on your home. As Home Light explains: “. . . lenders typically require an appraisal to ensur...
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By Bob Elliot, 20+ Yrs Industry Experience
(eXp Realty)
Some Highlights If you’re a homeowner, today’s rising equity is great news. On average, homeowners have gained $51,500 in equity since this time last year. Whether it’s funding an education, fueling your next move, or starting a business, your home equity is a great tool you can use to power your dreams. Ready to sell? Let’s connect to talk about how you can take advantage of your rising equity to reach your goals.
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By Bob Elliot, 20+ Yrs Industry Experience
(eXp Realty)
Last week’s economic reporting included the National Association of Home Builders’ Housing Market Index reports on building permits issued and housing starts, The National Association of Realtors® reported on sales of previously owned homes, and weekly readings on mortgage rates and jobless claims were also published. NAHB: Builder Confidence Improves in SeptemberThe National Association of Home Builders reported an index reading of 80 for its September Housing Market Index. Analysts expected September’s index reading to match August’s reading of 76. Builders continued to face supply chain challenges and labor shortages amid growing concerns over rising home prices and affordability for would-be home buyers.Component readings for the Housing Market Index also showed rising builder confi...
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By Realtyna Inc, Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services
(Realtyna)
Facebook ads are a great way to reach out to your target audience and advertise your content to them directly. You can even view your customers’ insights and see which ads are working for you and which are not. In today’s article, I will list ways that Facebook ads can improve your real estate websites overall traffic and how you can benefit from it. Know Your Target AudienceBefore you get started with your advertising, you must be more acquainted with your target audience. Knowing the type of audience you want to attract will help you target them more effectively. Targeting them according to their interests and demographics will drive better results. These sorts of techniques will help you advertise your products and services to them directly so there are better chances of them being i...
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By Dave Jones, Broker/Owner - e-PRO Dave Jones Realty llc Prospec
(Dave Jones Realty, llc.)
Experts Agree: Homeownership Provides a Path to Long-Term Wealth In Connecticut A recent survey from LendingTree.com found there are multiple reasons why Americans would choose to purchase a home instead of renting. Some of the most popular non-financial reasons given include: The flexibility to make the space your own The pride homeownership offers The sense of stability In the same survey, 41% of respondents say they’d rather own a home than rent because of the unique way homeownership builds wealth over time. And experts agree – the home you own is an important tool for building your net worth. Here’s what many of those experts have to say about building long-term financial stability through homeownership. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR): “Homeowners who purch...
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By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Vacasa)
🎯Brian England has You Covered  ☀️For ALL of Your East Valley AZ Real Estate Needs📞Call Brian at 480-773-2370🙋‍♂Text Brian at 480-773-2370📨Email Brian at brian@bke12.com My passion is to make my clients feel valuable and satisfied with the service I provide. 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 Brian at 480-773-2370🙋‍♂Text Brian at 480-773-2370📨Email Brian at brian@bke12.com
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