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By Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold!
(RE/MAX Platinum)
Waukesha County 3 Bedroom Home Sales Market Report August 2023Waukesha County Homes For Sale, Waukesha County Real Estate, Kristin Johnston,RE/MAX   Real Estate Market Report for Waukesha County, WI for August 2023.  Waukesha County Real Estate, Waukesha County Homes For Sale My name is Kristin Johnston with RE/MAX Realty Center.  My market report gives you the real estate activity for Waukesha County, WI 3 bedroom homes for the last 30 days. Are you looking to buy a house in Waukesha County? Wondering what your Waukesha County Home is worth? Call/text me at 414 254 6647 or email me at I specialize in Waukesha County Real Estate, and have a lot of experience with Waukesha Real Estate and Pewaukee Real Estate.  In fact, I have lived in Waukesha, WI since 1997.   Revi...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
 Exciting news! 🏡 We're thrilled to announce that this stunning property in Columbus is now UNDER CONTRACT! 🎉✨ and we can't wait to see what the future holds for the lucky new homeowners. Buying/Selling A HOME? Let us help you. Contact us Now!☎ 614-571-4663📩  Meticulously maintained Clintonville beauty! Large OPEN CONCEPT kitchen w/counter seating & PANTRY connects to family-sized DR. SPACIOUS owner BR plus two more BRs. Gorgeous wood floors throughout. Peaceful SCREENED PORCH accessed from kitchen as well as Living Rm. Lrg 1-car gar has storage plus convenient attached carport.
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By Delynda Middleton
Is your garage buried under a mountain of stuff? In my previous post I detailed How to Purge Garage Clutter in 8 Steps. Don't worry; you can conquer the clutter with this simplified guide:Step 1: Define Your Goals Decide what you want from your garage. Clear goals will keep you on track.Step 2: Gather Supplies Get storage bins, trash bags, labels, and cleaning supplies.Step 3: Sort and Group Empty the garage and categorize items like tools, sports gear, and seasonal decorations.Step 4: Purge Be ruthless. Ask if you've used it in a year, if it's in good condition, or if it's replaceable.Step 5: Clean and Repair As you clear, clean the space and fix any issues.Step 6: Organize and Store Use clear bins, labels, and maximize vertical space with shelves and hooks.Step 7: Create Zones Divide ...
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By Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert, Call me at 850-517-7098
(PMI. Destin)
If staying put this summer has got you down, don't worry!🍂🔑Together, we can "leaf" behind the old and "harvest" the perfect new place for you.There is definitely a play of words on this post.  It is actually a very good time to either buy or sell real estate. Contact me today, and let's find you a new home to fall in love with!#thehelpfulagent #home #houseexpert #house #listreports #homeowner #fall #october #autumn #realestate #investment #realestateagent #realtor #happyhome #happyhomeowners #itsfallyall
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By Laura Sellers,
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.;
What is the Ultimate “Surviving a Home Remodeling” Checklist?Home remodeling is tough. And no one knows that better than us, certified residential Forever AgentSM Remodeling Advisor who have worked with clients throughout our market as they complete the remodeling process.If you want to not only survive but also thrive during your next home remodeling, here’s a helpful checklist to complete before the construction begins: Factor contingencies into your budget to avoid any financial surprises Expect things to go wrong, and know that everything will be OK in the end Have a family meeting prior to the remodeling to set expectations for the project Determine how kids and pets will live safely in your house during this remodeling Keep a first aid kit handy in case of any unexpected accidents...
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By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
On September 19, 2023, National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for newly built single family homes declined five points to 45 points in September of 2023.The HMI component charting buyer traffic dropped five point to 30 points, the HMI present sales conditions decreased six points to 51 points, and the HMI sales expectations index fell six points to 49 points in September of 2023.The three-month moving averages for regional HMI scores, Northeast lost two points to 54 points, Midwest lower three points to 42 points, South down four points to 54 points, the West declined three points to 47 points in September of 2023.NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz, stated “Putting into place policies that will allow builders to increase the housing supply is the bes...
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By Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives
Cheers to you and Oktoberfest - More beer please! "You cannot get beer out of a stone."---German Proverb  Ich besorge das Boier - I'll take care of the beer. Noch ein Bier, bitte - Another beer, please. Prost! - Cheers! Nicht lange schnacken, Kopf in Nacken - Stop talkin and start drinkin'. Saufen bis zum Verlust der Muttersprahche - Drink until you forget your mother tongue. Ich habe einen Kater - I've got a hangover. Wir brauchen Katerfrustuck - We need a hangover cure. Ich saufe Darum bin ich - I booze, therefore I am. Jetzt geth's ab! - the party starts now! Fahre nie schneller, als dein Schutzengel fliegen kann! - Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly!  Do you like my German Mugs? There were my inheritance! Drink and be happy!
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”  Jimmy BuffettI’ve always loved this Jimmy Buffett quote because it conveys a message of adaptability, resilience, and taking control of one's own destiny in the face of uncontrollable external circumstances. I sat down and thought about why it resonated with me:u "I can't change the direction of the wind": This part of the quote acknowledges that there are certain aspects of life that we cannot control or alter. In this case, the "wind" represents external forces, events, or circumstances that may be beyond our influence, such as unexpected challenges, setbacks, or changes in our environment.u  "But I can adjust my sails": Here, I feel he is emphasizing that even though we can't contro...
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By Mike & Cindy Jones, Real Estate - (904) 874-0422 - Jacksonville, Fl
(Florida Homes Realty & Mortgage)
Luxury Homes For Sale in Jacksonville Fl eTown Experience unparalleled luxury living in the heart of Jacksonville's eTown community with this exquisite home in the prestigious eTown-Edison neighborhood. Beyond a mere residence, this property epitomizes a lavish personal sanctuary, ensuring that every day feels like a retreat without ever leaving your haven. Upon arrival, a grandeur and opulence welcome you, from the upscale tempered glass carriage door to the meticulously manicured landscaping. Stepping inside, you'll be transported to a realm of sophistication reminiscent of a high-end resort. Soaring ceilings, abundant natural light, and top-tier upgrades create an ambiance that will leave you breathless. This home's aesthetic and luxury offerings are truly extraordinary, setting it ...
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By Nina Hollander, Broker, Your Greater Charlotte Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
 LOOKING FOR A GREATER CHARLOTTE HOME?HOPING FOR A FORECLOSURE BARGAIN? FORECLOSURE & SHORT SALE HOMES  REMAINED SCARCE IN CHARLOTTE REGION IN AUGUST 2023FORECLOSURE & SHORT SALE BARGAINS REMAIN HARD (IMPOSSIBLE?) TO FIND Foreclosure and short sales as a percentage of total home sales in the Charlotte, North Carolina region remained low at 0.4% in August 2023. This was the third consecutive month of declines in foreclosure sales as a percentage of total sales in Greater Charlotte (July: 0.5%; June: 0.6%). In August 2023, the Greater Charlotte region had a total of 15 foreclosure sales and four short sales versus 3,858 traditional sales. If you've been searching for a distressed property "bargain" in the Greater Charlotte area and having a hard time finding one, it's no wonder. The numbe...
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By Joseph Lorenzo, Your Law And Order Realtor
(Frank Rubi Real Estate LLC)
Welcome back to our informative series, "The ABC's of Real Estate." Today, we're delving into a topic that's fundamental for both prospective homebuyers and sellers: budgeting for homeownership.Balancing Act: Budgeting for HomeownershipHomeownership is a significant milestone that often comes with great financial responsibility. Whether you're looking to buy or sell, understanding the financial aspects of real estate is crucial. Let's explore how you can maintain a healthy financial balance during this exciting journey.For Buyers: Budgeting to Purchase Your Dream HomeKnow Your Numbers: Start by evaluating your current financial situation. Understand your income, expenses, and existing debts. This clear financial picture will guide your budgeting process.Determine Your Down Payment: Deci...
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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager/Redesign
Motivational Monday…Liking Yourself Some of the best managers I’ve known or worked for had many traits in common. ~they knew their craft or business well~ they were not afraid to ask questions if they did not know the answer~they listened to their employees ~they were innovative and not afraid to try something outside the boxAnd finally…the very best were comfortable in their own skin…they liked who they were.   It’s been my observation that bad managers, no matter how skilled they are, have been people who did not like themselves. And if you do not like yourself, it’s difficult to like others.  So as a manager or team leader (or parent, spouse, or partner) you need to look in the mirror and ask yourself, are you happy with who you see?Can you accept your mistakes, learn from them, and ...
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
5311 Tallapoosa Rd, Tallahassee, FL Click here to Get Directions  Photos Maps & Local Schools Print $ CLICK FOR CURRENT PRICE 3 BEDROOMS 2 BATHROOMS 0.39 acres Lot Nestled in a classic and quaint Tallahassee neighborhood, this picturesque and well maintained three bedroom, two bath split plan with stunning pond frontage is not one to miss! This home lives large and features a spacious living room with vaulted ceilings and a wood-burning fireplace, kitchen with a bar, inside laundry room, fenced backyard, an over-sized large master suite with double vanities, jetted tub, and walk in closet! Enjoy easy entertaining on the BRAND NEW back deck overlooking the spacious backyard (with a storage shed/workshop with power!) and full view of the pond, ideally suited to year round use. Also featu...
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By Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired
(Wayne M Martin)
Trivia question answers for Sunday October 1, 20231. What do the words "auld lang syne" mean? Old long since2. In what city can tourists visit the famous Bourbon Street? New Orleans3. "I shall please" is the Latin translation of what medical treatment? Placebo4. Where can you have a drink at the world's highest bar? Hong KongTrivia questions for Monday October 2, 20231. What restaurant invented Chicago-style deep dish pizza?2. What is a series containing seven installments called?3. What country saw the origin of lawn tennis?4. Who is "the Science Guy"? Enjoy your day
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By Linda Blumenthal, NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR
(Hampton Crossing - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - 631-466-4087)
October 2nd Puzzle - National Name Your Car Day:Enjoy your day!Directions: Click on the link below.  Your puzzle will open in a new window.To locate a word, please hold down the left side of your mouse while dragging your cursor over the letters of that word. Release your hold when all of the letters of the word have been selected. If your response is correct, the word will change color on the word list.Please check back for future daily puzzles.Enjoy and have a great day!Click Here To PlayIf you are looking to purchase a property or home on Long Island, New York, I hope you think of me, Linda Blumenthal.
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By Manfred Lewis Leslie Horne & Associates, Realtor Spartanburg and Greenville SC
(Leslie Horne &Associates )
If staying put this summer has got you down, don't worry! 🍂🔑 Together, we can "leaf" behind the old and "harvest" the perfect new place for you. Contact me today, and let's find you a new home to fall in love with! #thehelpfulagent #home #houseexpert #house #listreports #homeowner #fall #october #autumn #realestate #investment #realestateagent #realtor #happyhome #happyhomeowners #itsfallyall
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By Rocky Dickerson, Superior Service!
(Realty One Group)
Come on, it may be Monday, but you could use an extra smile today, right? So, how about a look at the humor of the hilarious John Crist?  Sit back, make it look like you are working hard on some research, and enjoy! And now this is the latest installment of Mayhem Merriment Monday.
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:
(Arizona Elite Properties )
Mesa, ArizonaMonday Oct 02, 2023This week the median list price for Mesa, AZ is $565,000 with the market action index hovering around 58. This is less than last month's market action index of 61. Inventory has increased to 460. The market has been cooling over time and prices plateaued for a while. Despite the consistent decrease in MAI, we’re in the Seller’s zone. Watch for changes in MAI. If the MAI resumes its climb, prices will likely follow suit. If the MAI drops consistently or falls into the Buyer’s zone, watch for downward pressure on prices. The market appears to be hovering around this plateau. Look for a persistent change in the Market Action Index before we see prices deviate from these levels. YOUR   Latest activity in the VALLEY of the SUNFor ALL your Valley AZ Real Estate...
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By Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, Florida
Weather has changed here in Central Florida, snowbirds are starting to arrive, outdoor activities choices increasing and a great time to live in Florida which in my opinion it is always a great time to live in Florida.  Speaking of weather, we are looking at next 15 day’s highs between 82º and 88º and lows between 71º and 65º.I would like to invite you to two events this month, first is our annual Oktoberfest hosted my social club.  I am attaching the flyer with details, some of have already sent me money to attend and have room for many more.  Contact me if interested in attending and we can work out how you can pay the $10.Next our annual Halloween Party which will be Sunday, October 29th, this year we are doing a Lip Sync themed party.  If you want dress like your favorite entertaine...
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By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Ambrose Realty Management LLC)
🌵Events in the East Valley ~ 10-2-23 ☀️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 Gilbert OktoberfestLace up your dirndl, throw on your lederhosen and grab a stein to celebrate the Gilbert Oktoberfest. Kicking off the autumn season with bratwurst, pretzels and refreshing Bavarian suds from some Gilbert’s finest local craft breweries and other traditional beers. Guests will enjoy many crowd favorites including; traditional polka music, brat eating contest, stein holding competition and live music.  To learn more about this event, 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 ...
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