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By Monica Foster, Broker, CRS, ABR, SRS, CHMS, CNE, CNHS
(RE/MAX Space Center - Clear Lake Area, League City, Friendswood, Pearland)
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Look no further! Spacious 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath brick townhouse in the highly sought after Friendswood ISD. Fresh paint, neutral tile & brand new carpet make this truly move-in ready. Downstairs master is large, w/ generous ensuite. Granite countertops, stainless appliances & mosaic backsplash are ...

By Gwen Banta
(Sotheby's International Realty)
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BLOOPER FRIDAY! Wow - there were some amazing gaffes and laughs in the MLS and the real estate ads this week, friends. Do you recognize your listing remarks in any of these? If you're like me and you type with ham fingers, I’ll promise not to rat you out if  you send me lots of money…or martinis...

By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
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When fellow ActiveRainer, Belinda Spillman posted a blog titled, “Show Us Your Summer Blooms and Crops – An ActiveRain Challenge,” I knew I had to participate.It has been my long held belief that a primary joy and privilege of home ownership is the ability to grow delightful flowers, or vegetable...

By Steve Reed, Steve Reed Branch Manager | Benchmark Home Loans
(Benchmark Home Loans)
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July Housing Starts fell 4.8% from June to an annual rate of 1.155 million units, below the 1.217 million expected. Homebuilders cite a lack of skilled labor and lots to build on and higher costs for materials for the decline in new home building. Year-over-year starts were down 5.6%.Building Per...

By Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799)
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Thank you Belinda Spillman for hosting the challenge Show Us Your Summer Blooms and Crops...It’s fun seeing all the green thumbs that have posted their gorgeous flowers and gardens in this contest. Growing up we maintained a very large garden in upstate New York and I can’t tell you how many hour...

By RJ Baxter, 303-670-0137
(Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation)
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Go through the struggle to get the prize Check out our online reviews: Google Business Zillow We are here to serve our clients and put our clients first....we treat every client with the same care and respect. Licensed in CO, CA, TX, FL, IL, and IA

By Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
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 A few of you may know this about me but most folks probably do not. Yes, you know I am a passionate about hiking but did you know that I volunteer at the North Mountain Visitor Center?  This is the all volunteer center that is at the trail head of the 2 mountains and Mountain Preserve that is be...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Learn to weed out negative feelings when they come creeping in, crowding out the positive thoughts in the mind. Instead, look for something new or challenging to reignite or create a sense of adventure. Your mind is a garden. Your thoughts are the seeds. You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds...

By Kathleen Frawley, South County Sacramento, 916 730 4404
(Keller Williams 916 730-4404 Elk Grove, Wilton, Folsom, Sacramento)
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   OK, lets get Professional REAL . Before I fell in love with real estate, I was in the corporate world. (Commercial insurance to be exact) There was an unwritten set of expectations and I assumed that those expectations would translate to the business world of real estate.  I was mistaken, and ...

By Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
(Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900!)
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Donate to Goodwill with Amazon Boxes and USPS Will Pick Up for FREE by Silicon Valley REALTOR Michelle Carr Crowe My dear clients Onkar Bhat and Aparna Upadhyaya just shared this cool way to donate to Goodwill. They put the items to donate into used Amazon boxes addressed to Goodwill and arrange...

By Jeri & Henri Gutner, CRS,GRI
(Realty One Group Legacy)
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Sunny and Bright in this beautifully done home in the fabulous Central Bucks School District! Starting with off-street parking you'll appreciate the covered front door with storm door addition. You'll immediately note that this home has been loved and cared for by it's current owner. Well-designe...

By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
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Lavender - A color, a flower, an oil, a plant or a recipe? This lavender is at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. I like to take pictures of lavender. How do you use lavender? Want to grow lavender? If you have any lavender ph...

By Sharman Burnam
(Anacortes Wa Real Estate for Sale, Anacortes, Wa 98221)
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Real Estate Opportunities for the 3 bedroom, 2 bath home  in Anacortes, WA are bountiful! Through August, Anacortes has seen a 27% increase in homes going under contract versus the same period of time in 2009. We have seen a 32.5% increase in closed sales the same time period. The number of homes...

By Alexander Siniavin
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Investors who choose to flip properties buy real estate with intention to resell it for a profit. In many instances they sell them almost immediately. They act as both, principle and middleman, buying at one price and selling it at a higher price. The flipper does not need a license and benefits ...

By Alexander Siniavin
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Smart real estate investors recognize the need to adapt investment strategies to current market conditions in order to maximize investment returns. In a buyers’ market it could be a good idea to turn your focus to fixer-upper properties. With foreclosures on the rise and inventory at its all time...

By Alexander Siniavin
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… victorious army wins its victories before seeking battle; an army destined to defeat fights in hope of winning. - Sun Tsu, ‘The Art of War’   EXITS   Know your exits first. No investor should ever enter into a real estate transaction without have a clear exit strategy first. If you are doing yo...

By Alexander Siniavin
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Flipping fixer upper properties can be very lucrative, but only if you’re careful with your investment in renovations. You’ll be surprised how small and simple changes can increase the value of your investment property, even in depressed real estate market. Your goal is to make your investment pr...

By Richard Zaretsky, Florida Real Estate Attorney
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Last year I wrote about a confusing law that went into effect in Florida saying that a deficiency judgment could not be sought by the lender if more than one year had elapsed from a foreclosure sale or deed in lieu of foreclosure.  A sister statute also discussed how a short sale was analogous to...

By Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ
(Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty)
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This is our entry into the "August Challenge - Best Business Practices - My Story" hosted by Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS.  A quick review of the Arizona Department of Real Estate licensing records shows the following: 8-22-2002 I (Tony) obtained my Salesperson License and "parked" it at HomeSmart -...

By The Temple Team, Specializing in Charlotte/ Lake Norman Real Estate
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 Has this ever happened to you? Sometimes you just don't have an idea in your head and can't think of anything to write about or maybe there's nothing really "news worthy" while you have a moment to sit down to write your BLOG. Well ... whenever this has happened to me, I just click on the "Featu...