Recent Blog Posts

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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
Can you believe a town name this and all the homes myst be clean in the Spring time and they have a contest for the best home that is the the best.  I am sorry if they look in some of my closets I would not pass for sure. Yes there is no town like this.  LOL
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By Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker, The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around
(Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd.)
Wordless Wednesday - Let's Start Learning to Ride! Breeze here is ready to start learning to ride horses.  She is a search and rescue dog and has done many searches for missing children and people.  She is very good at her job.  It looks like she is telling us that she is now ready to take her first riding lesson so she can do her job from horseback in addition to searching while on the ground.  After all, you have to admit, more can be seen from a higher vantage point.  Learning to ride first on a wooden horse helps the student learn the basics of steering before trying it out on the real one.  Much better to learn on a "steady Eddie".
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By Bob Elliot, 20+ Yrs Industry Experience
(eXp Realty)
The major challenge in today’s housing market is that there are more buyers looking to purchase than there are homes available to buy. Simply put, supply can’t keep up with demand. A normal market has a 6-month supply of homes for sale. Anything over that indicates it’s a buyers’ market, but an inventory level below that threshold means we’re in a sellers’ market. Today’s inventory level sits far below the norm. According to the Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR): “Total housing inventory at the end of April amounted to 1.16 million units, up 10.5% from March's inventory and down 20.5% from one year ago (1.46 million). Unsold inventory sits at a 2.4-month supply at the current sales pace, slightly up from March's 2.1-month supply and down from th...
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Fireworks was displayed in New York City at 9:15pm on June 15, 2021, to celebrate the Covid-19 restrictions being lifted in New York State.The show are also meant to honor essential workers for all of the work they've done.Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that 70% of New Yorkers aged 18 or older have received at lease one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
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By CANDACE (Candy) STEVENS, EA, Helping Taxpayers Resolve IRS problems
(Number Cruncher LLC)
Number Cruncher LLC Announces NEW IRS Tax Problem Representation Services!!!IRS Problems are a very personal type of problem and people often do not know where to turn for help. IRS Problems generally affect all aspects of your life. Many people just live with the problem for months and sometimes years, assuming that nothing can be done about it. Imagine how relieved you or someone you know who has IRS Problems would feel if you could just put him/her in the hands of a competent expert who deals with the IRS on a daily basis and who really cares about helping people. A person who would give them the peace of mind they and their family deserve so they can stop looking over their shoulder once and for all, knowing that they do not need to meet or speak with the IRS any longer. As your rep...
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By Leo Namiot, Before you chose a lender check my rates and fees
(Canopy Mortgage)
VA Loans have many advantages and are one of the most appealing paths to homeownership — this great benefit is reserved exclusively to those who bravely served our country and select military spouses.One of the most common misconceptions about the VA Loan program is the amount of “Red Tape” involved, this isn’t the case. The bottom line is average closing times for VA loans rarely differ greatly from those for conventional loans and offer some great benefits.   Advantages of a VA Loan  Purchase your home with as little as 0% down payment - up to 100% of the appraised value. Competitive interest rates and no private mortgage insurance mean lower monthly payments Lenient credit guidelines Lower interest rates as compared to other home mortgage loans 30-, 25-, 20- and 15-year terms are all...
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By Kat DeLong, REALTOR
(Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert)
So far, 2021 is the year of the sale. It's a "seller's market." You know homes are selling faster than ever, with listings in short supply around the country, including right here in Prescott, AZ.  The equation is simple: low inventory + motivated buyers = record home prices. If you’ve been thinking about putting your home up for sale, now is the time to do it.  OK, you’re convinced. You’ll put your home on the market. But please, don’t do it alone.  In its 2020 Quick Real Estate Statistics Overview, the National Association of REALTOR® reported almost 89% of sellers were assisted by a real estate agent, with homes, on average, selling in just three weeks. There’s a reason an overwhelming majority of sellers choose to have a trusted advisor by their side, and those reasons still apply n...
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By Rono Williams
If you are installing kitchen cabinets as part of your home renovation, you need to find the best option in the market. You can either buy kitchen cabinets online or visit a local retail store to find your ideal cabinets.Whichever option you pick; the idea is that you get the best kitchen cabinets. We’ll have a look at the two options to guide your buying decision.Buying Kitchen Cabinets OnlineThis is one of the options that most homeowners have been using. Let’s have a look at the pros and cons.The ProsVariety of optionsThere are many kitchen cabinets that you can find online. The options that you have are limitless. This is because there are many online retailers selling cabinets online. Therefore, you can explore different options before settling on the one that you want.Competitive ...
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Are you planning a kitchen remodeling project? You can try a mid century modern kitchen if you are up for a daring kitchen renovation. However, you will need to know more about this style because it isn’t your ordinary kitchen style that you can simply start and finish without proper guidance.3 important things to know about mid-century modern kitchenTo start you off, there are three important things that you should know, which will guide your success in a mid-century modern kitchen.1. Background and influencesThe style became popular based on earlier traditions such as Bauhaus that has its origin in Germany. However, the growth of this style took place in America, though borrowing inspiration from earlier styles.As wars became more rampant in the world, technological advancements were ...
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By Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
(Get It Done For Me Virtual Services )
"Quality in your work reflects your commitment towards it." -- Yogesh Chauhan 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 Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR
(Red Rock Real Estate)
I Turned Down a $MIL Listing! Recently, I took a phone call from a property owner who was interviewing listing agents. I asked how many professionals did he plan to interview. He said,  "As many as it takes to get the job done." I told him it only takes one experienced professional to achieve the goal.  This was my first red flag. He insisted that it was $1 million home (though the purchase price was less than $280K a few years ago). He gave me the address, we hung up and I got to work. After diligently researching, the property was in severe disrepair.  It was dated and in extremely poor shape, the wood rotting and pulling away from the structures. The interior photos were reminiscent of the 1990s with floral wall paper, mauve and dusty blue paint on the walls. Though over 7,000 square...
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By Bob Elliot, 20+ Yrs Industry Experience
(eXp Realty)
If you are planning on purchasing a home in the near future, you need to make sure you have enough money saved up. While there are a lot of expenses that go along with purchasing a home, the biggest expense is the down payment. The common belief is that people have to put 20 percent down; however, even if you don’t have 20 percent saved up, you might still be able to purchase a home. It will depend on whether you can get a lender to provide a loan that is greater than 80 percent of the purchase price of a home. If you have a strong credit history, you may be able to get one.Getting A Loan With Less Than 20 Percent DownFirst, many lenders realize that many people do not have enough money saved up to put down 20 percent. After all, this could be tens of thousands of dollars.  Although som...
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By Karen Briscoe
(Huckaby Briscoe Conroy Group - Keller Williams)
Elm St SW is an elegant street only a few blocks long in the West Vienna Woods section of Vienna.  It offers an abundance of options for homeowners as it is located only two blocks from Downtown Vienna and 1 block to Vienna Elementary School.. The Town of Vienna emanates a tasteful blend of a sophisticated city and quaint town.  The school district for residents in West Vienna Woods is Fairfax County and 106 Elms St feeds into Vienna Elementary, Thoreau Middle, and Madison High School. Vienna’s location is prime for families and commuters alike, with its own ‘Main Street’ on Maple Avenue and proximity  to I-66, 495 and Tysons Corner, which is a 3 mile drive from Elm St SW. Tysons is the area’s premier destination for Fairfax County residents to do their shopping and dining. A beloved sp...
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By Realtyna Inc, Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services
In every industry, from time to time, it is necessary to evolve, add new features, and quite simply, grow. The real estate business is not an exception. You need to have a good strategy and ideas on how to improve your business in this huge industry.Maybe you already are a real estate agent and you are working in a good brokerage firm. But what if you want to become an independent player in the real estate business? This blog is definitely for you to read.Today, we are going to outline the top 7 useful and essential tips for growing your real estate business. We will suggest how to build your personal brand, market plans, how to use social media platforms and more.Let’s jump into it!7 Essential Tips for Growing Real Estate BusinessBuild Your Personal BrandMake yourself a brand — this is...
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By Dave Jones, Broker/Owner - e-PRO Dave Jones Realty llc Prospec
(Dave Jones Realty, llc.)
How Misunderstandings about Affordability Could Cost You In Connecticut There’s a lot of discussion about affordability as home prices continue to appreciate rapidly. Even though the most recent index on affordability from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows homes are more affordable today than the historical average, some still have concerns about whether or not it’s truly affordable to buy a home right now In Connecticut. When addressing this topic, there are various measures of affordability to consider. However, very few of the indexes compare the affordability of owning a home to renting one. In a paper just published by the Urban Institute, Homeownership Is Affordable Housing, author Mike Loftin examines whether it’s more affordable to buy or rent. Here are some of th...
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By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
👩‍Photo from Trish - Gardens  ☀️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.comI miss Trish's photos of the Arizona landscape, but she is still photographing wonderful things from her home in Ohio.  I hope that you will enjoy them too!  For those of you that haven't followed my blog over the years, Trish used to be my photographer for listings but has been retired for quite a while.  Her prowess with photography will never be retired though!!! ☀️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 
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By Nick Marr, Promoting real estate internationally
Even though Denver is situated at the foot of the Rocky Mountains – which you would expect leads to cooler weather – the city often experiences intense, dry heat over the summer months, occasionally soaring into triple digits during a heatwave! Heatwave or not, though, Denver – and Colorado in general – averages temperatures of approximately 90 degrees or above. Whilst your summer days are often sun-filled with low humidity, meaning you can take advantage of the beautiful scenery surrounding the city, and the evenings are cooler, for some, the heat can be simply intolerable – especially when it exceeds 100 degrees. And, if your home absorbs heat particularly well, or you live in a small apartment, this can leave your space feel stuffy and claustrophobic. Excess heat can negatively affe...
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By Summer Robertson, Your Gillette, WY Real estate Resource
(Team Properties Group, LLC)
Beautiful, move in ready home in great location! This home features 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms and a full unfinished basement that is ready for your personal touch! Take a look at the modern finishes and many upgrades! You will love the stylish kitchen with custom backsplash and beautiful two-toned cabinetry and white modern countertops. Do not forget about the massive pantry! You will love the space of the living area and dining room as well as the great space in the bedrooms. The master bedroom feels like a retreat with its large closet and beautiful bathroom, you will love the custom tiled shower! You will appreciate the modern flooring as well as the modern doors and trim. The yard is good sized and has a great deck to enjoy sunsets. There is also a sprinkler system installed! ...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Ham Sandwich and Shiner Weisse 'N' Easy Chef Dolores provided one of her creative ham sandwiches for my lunch at home. The beer selection was Shiner Weisse 'N' Easy wheat beer brewed with dewberries. This is a good beer selection during warm weather and has only 95 calories. Drink responsibly. 4.0% Alc. by Vol.   Princess Lilies, Alstroemeria psittacina, with the common names Peruvian lily, parrot flower, parrot lily, lily of the Incas, and princess lily. Kentlandss Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USACanon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Mike Bjork
(Evolve Bank & Trust)  Housing Starts rose to 1.572 million annualized units in May, as it's April numbers were reduced from 1.569 million to 1.517 million.  It's counter-part, Building Permits dropped to 1.681 million annualized units, as confidence with Home Builders sours.  They're still facing issues with labor, rising prices and short supply with materials.  Stocks are in Mixed Territory this morning, as Investors brace for the FOMC policy statement around 11:30am PST.  Investors will be looking for clues to the Fed's thoughts on inflation, jobs/economy, tapering and review Dot Plot for future projected rate hikes.  MBS is little changed, as it's currently Up 3bps; and Mortgage Rates remain Unchanged.  Yields moved slightly too, as it sits just under 1.49%.  Now, it co...
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