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By Shanna Day Team Leader AZ & UT - Call 480-415-7616, Top 0.33 of 1% of 79,000 AZ Realtors
(Keller Williams Realty EV (AZ) & Keller Williams SLC (UT))
Chandler, AZ Home For Sale: Beautiful 2 Bed 2 Bath Chandler Manor Townhome - No HOA! 1518 N HARTFORD ST, Chandler, AZ 85225 $375,000 6421831 Residential Townhouse Active Beds/Baths: 2 / 2 Bedrooms Plus: 2 Approx SqFt: 1,249 / County Assessor Price/SqFt: $300.24 Year Built: 1998 Pool: None Encoded Features: 22R2G Exterior Stories: 1 # of Interior Levels: 1 Dwelling Type: Townhouse Dwelling Styles: Attached Approx Lot SqFt: 4,543 / County AssessorApprox Lot Acres: 0.104 Subdivision: CHANDLER MANOR UNIT 4 Tax Municipality: Chandler Marketing Name: Planned Cmty Name: Model: Builder Name: unk Hun Block: Map Code/Grid: T38 Building Number: Ele Sch Dist: 080 - Chandler Unified DistrictElementary School: John M Andersen Elementary School Jr. High School: John M Andersen Jr High School High Scho...
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By Jackye Mumphrey, The Real Estate Maven® Atlanta Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty Cityside)
Put your trust and confidence in #TheMaven! Mableton Specialist Selling Atlanta since 1999 Over 22 years of doing and loving the hustle and bustle of the Real Estate world and continuously helping people like you in your Real Estate needs. List with me! Jackye Mumphrey, The Real Estate Maven®⁠⁠ 678.929.8330⁠ #ListingProfessional #LoveRealEstate #TopRealtorInAtlanta #AtalntaTopAgents #TheRealEstateMaven #JackyeMumphrey
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By Carla Freund, Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489
(Keller Williams Preferred Realty)
What do I need to do to win an offer on a house in the Triangle AreaRaleigh, Durham, Cary and surrounding townsGuess what? We're mid-way through 2022 and people still need homes in the Raleigh, Durham, Cary and Triangle areas. Yes, interest rates are up. However, there are still people who need housing. This is one of the top markets in the US. Pricing here is expected to double again in the next 5 to 10 years. While we will see the ebbs and flows of the Real Estate market, it is still a seller's market. So let's talk about how to win an offer.✅ Great Realtor✅ Great Lender✅ Great Attitude!✅ Patience✅ Be Decisive and have the Ability to make quick decisions and move swiftly✅ Willingness to compromise✅ Well put together offer✅ Don't second guess✅ Hold on to your investmentGreat Realtor - ...
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By Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold!
(RE/MAX Platinum)
Hartland WI Homes for Sale | Market Report for May 2022 Experience an exceptional quality of life here in Hartland WI!Hartland is a village in Waukesha County, Wisconsin. It is located along the Bark River and is a suburb of Milwaukee. The village a has a total area of 5.17 square miles, of which, 5.12 square miles of it is land and 0.05 square miles is water.Hartland was founded by Stephen Sylvanus-Warren who traveled to the area from Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1838. He purchased the first 245-acres and became the first settler, REALTOR® and builder. Soon, settlers  followed and helped develop the area through farming. The village was incorporated in 1892.Situated  in the heart of Southern Wisconsin’s beautiful Lake County, the village of Hartland exudes a small town charm, and a welcoming...
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By Carla Freund, Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489
(Keller Williams Preferred Realty)
How to Make a Great offer on a house in North Carolina when you're in still a seller's market - June 2022Making a great offer in a seller's marketPrice - Price is the first thing sellers want to know. For some home sellers, this is everything.  You'll need a pre-approval letter or proof of funds if you're paying cash. To be honest, mortgage money is just as green as cash. And, people getting a mortgage are less likely to walk away from a deal than someone paying cash.Due Diligence - This is specific to North Carolina. It is the non-refundable fee buyers pay up front to secure their offer. It is negotiable and can be any amount. Of course, it has to be acceptable to the seller or the offer will not get accepted. Over the years we've seen anything from zero dollars to the full purchase pr...
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By David Jackson, MBA, Financial lending analyst
(Olympus Labs)
Gold coins have been used as a form of currency for millennia. The first gold coins were minted in Lydia, Asia Minor, in about 600 BC. The Lydian stater was a gold and silver coin featuring a lion's head on one side and a sunburst on the other, made of a gold-silver alloy.The first gold coins were struck in the United States in 1795. These coins, known as the $20 Liberty Head Gold Coins, were made at the Philadelphia Mint. The obverse side of the coin portrayed Lady Liberty, while the reverse side displayed an eagle. Gold coins were used as money during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In 1933, the United States government stopped minting gold coins for circulation due to the Great Depression. With the introduction of the American Eagle Gold metal coins in 1986, gold coins ...
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By Rocky Dickerson, Superior Service!
(Realty One Group)
It seems that people need a laugh – especially on Friday. So, we dig back in to classic comedy scenes from a much better age of television. Some clips I found from past TV comedy when TV comedy meant something far different from today. A more innocent time and a time of real quality. Hope you enjoy the clips. Due to the length, there is just 1 clip per week. Enjoy!
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By Tommy Wyher, I am an freelance writer and professional marketer
(Husky Marketing)
Owning a home is going to be one of the largest if not the largest investment that you will make during your lifetime. The home should be viewed as an investment that you want to maintain the value and get the best return possible. Some homeowners choose to  allow their home to go into disarray and then fix it up before selling.  No matter what you choose to do as the current homeowner, you do not want your home to be viewed as a fixer-upper as this will not garner large initial offers from buyers. Finding the right offer can lead a homeowner to sell as they could not have imagined such a high offer. Cash offers and bidding wars can allow you to profit the most off of your investment. Below are tips to ensure your home is ready to list at any point in time without too much work being do...
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By E. Steve Banis, Jr.,
(South Carolina Homes Inc.)
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
Online marketing is important, but the most effective approach to generating leads is still personal contact. Reach out daily to past clients and referral sources. In place of face-to-face contact, use platforms like Zoom, Skype, Facebook Live, FaceTime. Keep the focus on customers—your source of success. Develop your empathy and  listening skills. The better you understand clients’ needs and dreams, the better you’ll be able to meet them and the more successful you’ll be. 
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
Sandpoint Realty 'Friday Flag' this week shows off one of the long time original businesses of Sandpoint Idaho.  Melody Muffler.My first time stepping into Melody Muffler I was questioning whether my mechanic had sent there in earnest, or was just trying to get me out of his shop so he did not need deal with the muffler problem.  Screws, bolts, in small boxes, unlabeled, in no apparent order.  Scrap metal everywhere, leaning up against walls.   Yet after looking at my vehicle Mike walked directly inside, to a certain wall, pulled out a certain flange, from one of those unlabeled boxes, looked at it closely and set it on a semi cluttered work bench.  Told me he would give me a call when done.  True to his word in a couple of hours he called explaining the salt had rusted out the stock pi...
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By Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker, 602-380-4886
(HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000)
The  ActiveRain POINT STORE is an 'imaginary store' that pops up every now and again in the rain.  Over the years we've had a lot of fun bidding on Point Store 'offerings' and having fun with what our points can buy 🤣.  All fictional folks, just for fun!  Time to create more fun via the July Challenge!  Thank you to our Co-hosts Carol Williams, Kathy Streib for helping with this July Challenge! There are 2 opportunities in the July Challenge to earn points!First Challenge: After browsing through the Point Store offerings decide which  ONE offering you'd like to purchase with your earned points.  Next write a post about why you chose that particular offering and the fun you are imagining on the adventure!Second Challenge: Give some imaginative thought at to what YOU would like to offer i...
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By John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest)
On June 15, 2022, National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for newly built single family homes declined two points to 67 points in June of 2022.The HMI component charting buyer traffic dropped five points to 48 points, the HMI present sales conditions down two points to 61 points, and the HMI sales expectations index lower one points 77 points in June of 2022.The three-month moving averages for regional HMI scores, Northeast down one point to 71 points, Midwest decreased six points to 56 points, South lost two points to 78 points, the West fell nine points to 74 points in June of 2022.NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz, stated “Residential construction material costs are up 19% year-over-year with cost increases for a variety of building inputs, except...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
The Most Fabulous Northwest Coldwell Banker office made sure our perky Shawn Hancock received her favorite Chic Fil A nuggets for her farewell luncheon! We’ve learned over the years that is the way to her heart! We are going to miss her smiling face; can do attitude and the wonderful technology support she has provided us all over the years. We are not saying good-bye but see you later! She might even be available for some private technology sessions. Who knows! This sums up our Shawn Hancock:“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”   Maya Angelou
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By Shayne Stone, "Your Rock Solid Choice Realtor"
The Average Homeowner Gained 64K in Equity over the Past Year If you own a home, your net worth likely just got a big boost thanks to rising home equity. Equity is the current value of your home minus what you owe on the loan. And today, based on recent home price appreciation, you're building that equity far faster than you may expect here's how it works.Because there's an ongoing imbalance between the number of homes available for sale and the number of buyers looking to make a purchase, home prices are on the rise. That means your home is worth more in todays market because its in high demand. As Patrick Dodd, President and CEO of CoreLogic, explains:Price growth is the key ingredient for the creation of home equity wealth. . . . This has led to the largest one-year gain in average h...
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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 Setbacks - How to move on and get back on track. Setbacks are a fact of life. Without a doubt, setbacks can have dramatic negative effects of all of us if we all allow them to.  Despite our best intentions and well-laid-plans, life doesn’t always go according to our hopes and expectations. We all experience setbacks, both small and large and sometimes we are overwhelmed with frustration. Sometimes it  feels hopeless and stressful and then the self doubts start to creep in.  Always remember there is always hope, and it starts with our mindset and how we chose to view life’s inevitable setbacks. The very first thing to do is to remember you are human. As much as yo...
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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 Upon the death of a close relative, finding solace is difficult. For some individuals, they replay the delicate moments they shared in the past, illuminating the memories from cherished experiences as a way to soothe the deep-rooted sting. However, a select few people have discovered a method of easing their sadness while maintaining a positive outlook on the future: moving into a new home. If you've just lost a family member and want to know the next step to take, here are seven reasons finding a new place to call home is beneficial. 1. New Environment, New Opportunities It's no secret that humans desire novel experiences. Whether it's a new car after college, a...
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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 Both buyers and sellers benefit from the convenience of real estate websites. They play an important function as a route for the professional service providers who contribute to the transaction. Businesses including realtors, banks, mortgage experts, and inspectors can advertise on the platform to generate leads. The best real estate websites are listed below: Houzeo If you are worried about How to list on MLS, then you are at the right place. Sellers that choose to self-list their properties on the MLS and pay a fixed fee supply Houzeo listings. It serves as a location to look for homes for sale and a means of listing your home on websites for sale by owner. The...
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By Nina Hollander, Broker, Your Greater Charlotte Realtor
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
 3 REASONS WHY SUMMER 2022 WILL BE A GOOD TIME TO FIND A HOUSE YOU LOVE IN THE GREATER CHARLOTTE AREA REASON #1: MORE LISTINGS ARE COMING ON THE MARKET {INFOGRAPHIC}   REASON #2: HOMEOWNERSHIP IS A GREAT HEDGE AGAINST INFLATION {INFOGRAPHIC}   REASON #3: REAL ESTATE CONSISTENTLY VOTED THE BEST INVESTMENT FOR LONG TERM FINANCIAL GROWTH {INFOGRPAHIC}   Ready To Start Looking For Your Charlotte Area Home? Whatever it is you're looking for in a Charlotte area home, If you're ready to start looking, Nina Hollander/Carolinas Realty Partners with Coldwell Banker Realty are ready to help you. We can make your home search easy and stress-free.   We Make The Charlotte Home Search Process Easy Charlotte Area Property SearchSearch for real estate and homes for sale through...
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By Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired
(Wayne M Martin)
Trivia question answers for Thursday June 30, 20221. What is a calm ocean region near the equator called? Doldrums2. How many of the same item can you get in the term "Baker's Dozen"? 133. What is Europe's busiest cruise port? Barcelona, Spain4. Is the cucumber a fruit or a vegetable? FruitTrivia questions for Friday July 1. 20221. What English Earl's name is now associated with type of sweater?2. On what day does Canada celebrate its birthday?3. Whose epitaph reads "I may be gone, but Rock and Roll lives on?4. What does Fauna refer to?  Enjoy your day.
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