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.

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The newest blog posts on ActiveRain

By Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker
Here is the north Texas real estate market update for  September 22 2023.New properties for sale 745Back On Market 97Price Decrease 859Price increase 52Active kick out 6Active option contract 214Active contingent 27Pending listings 330Sold listings 328Expired listings 14Cancelled listings 101Withdrawn listings 7Temporary off market listings 52Coming soon listings 96
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By Roy Kelley
Constitution Week in GaithersburgIn commemoration of the 236th anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution, the Mayor and City Council proclaimed September 17 through 23 as “Constitution Week.” Members of the Goshen Mills and Hungerford’s Tavern Chapters of the National Society Daughters American Revolution accepted this year’s proclamation during the September 5 Mayor and City Council meeting.View the presentation here.This is a City of Gaithersburg, Maryland announcement. 
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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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This is a great healthy appetizer to serve...  RECIPE: Yellow Tomato Salsa - Mojito Style Makes 6 servings   This is a great healthy appetizer to serve while watching your favorite college or pro football games this weekend! It’s easy to prepare and despite being healthy, is delicious!! While salsa is more commonly served with chips, I am a huge fan of mini rice cakes topped with this salsa. Rice cakes come in several flavors that pair so well with this salsa, including buffalo chicken and buttermilk ranch. If you’re turning up your nose at rice cakes, try them again. Today’s are not your mother’s rice cakes!! Anyway, on to the recipe!   SALSA INGREDIENTS: 3 cups yellow tomatoes, grilled (or broiled 3-4 inches from the heat) 1 tbsp olive oil 2 tsp minced garlic 1 tbsp red onion ½ tsp sa...
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By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
A Luxury Home can be identified differently in cities across the country, but in Denver, my Luxury blog posts will report on detached single-family homes listed in the Denver metro area for over $1.3 million.  (Over the years I have used $1 million as luxury, but with our rising home values, had the need to increase this amount.)  Some have mountain and/or city views, and some properties back to a golf course, or have water views all to compliment one's lifestyle.  (however, we don't have much water)  Some are updated with products from around the world, and some have expansive square footage or acreage.     Whatever a Buyer is looking for, most likely if you have over $1.3 million, you can find it in Denver or in the surrounding suburbs.     Here is how the luxury market fared for the ...
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By Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!
(Fathom Realty Washington LLC)
  Paul Henderson, REALTOR®, Fathom Realty WA LLC Kitsap, Pierce and Mason county, Washington's preferred waterfront real estate Agent & Broker Aim for the sky, but move slowly, enjoying every step along the way. It is all those little steps that make the journey complete!Attributed to Chanda Kochhar (1966 ~)Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog post! This post was researched, authored, and photo by Paul Henderson, REALTOR®, ©2008-2023, all rights reserved. All information is deemed reliable; however it should be independently verified by the reader. Any reproduction of this blog post is prohibited without the prior written permission of the author…
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By TODD PICCONI 909.908.7376 or (949) 391 - 3164, Personal Engagement,Precision, and Professionalism
“You know you’ve reached middle age when you’re cautioned to slow down by your doctor, instead of by the police.”  JOAN RIVERSThis quote is by one of my favorite comedians, Joan Rivers! Any other fans? What was your favorite part about her? I loved her tenacity and drive, and lastly, her sincerity and intelligence. She made you think about where you were in life laughing so it was easier to figure out how to get out of where we were, or not to make mistakes...and of course, she made people more popular by joking about them. Do you have a favorite Joan Rivers Joke?I hope that you enjoy it and keep on bringing it for whatever you are up to today! HAPPPPPPYYYYY FRIIIIIIDDAAAAAYYYYYY.God Bless Your Weekend. ToddHave you thought about selling your Dana Point home? I know one Realtor who work...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties)
Throwback Thursdays: look at these two moments... the photos reminded me of some great moments.In 2014 I listed a home in Bel Air, CA in the 90077 zip code, the sellers were my previous buyers. Long story short the new buyers bought the home with a different agent. Two years ago they reached out to me and we searched and were patient and this year they bought their new home with me. It is a long story, and I will just leave it at that.Now go figure a year before that Diane and I were sitting enjoying lunch somewhere in Los Angeles. She loved the food. Clearly it did not leave me with a memory as to where we had lunch. Nevertheless, it was good and the year was exactly 10 years ago.  Wishing you a safe and healthy life and I look forward to your comments. If you are looking for a knowled...
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(Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310)
Destination Excellence: CLT ✈️If you're flying in or out of Charlotte, you're in for a treat—at least compared to other large airports! Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is truly exceptional.Ranked among the world's top 10 most connected airports, it also serves as American Airlines' second-largest US hub (second to Dallas, the #1 AA hub). In 2022 alone, the CLT airport welcomed 47.7 million passengers and processed over 200,000 tons of cargo. Looking for non-stop flights? CLT has you covered with 180 of them, including more than 35 international destinations. The best part for those residing here? Charlotte Douglas International is only a 15-minute drive from the heart of Uptown. The Wall Street Journal even recognized it as one of the most convenient large airports in the ...
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(Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310)
Ballantyne – Blakeney Neighborhood Market Update SEPT 2023– MITCHELL GLEN Popular South Charlotte neighborhood in top-ranked school zone offers wonderful amenities with LOW HOA DUES. Amenities include recreation area, playground and pond. Sales in Mitchell Glen continue to show an incredibly strong market. Average sales prices remain some of the strongest in the area. Days on the market are just 5 days and there are currently no homes in Mitchell Glen that are actively being marketed - no active, coming soon listings or any currently in Escrow at the moment.Here is the Ballantyne – Blakeney Neighborhood Market Report from August, 2023 final data -  MITCHELL GLEN: Current Average Sales Price in Mitchell Glen ($551,500)  Mitchell Glen's Average Days on the Market - 44  Average List-to-Sal...
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
SERVES: 6PREP TIME: 15 MINUTESCOOK TIME: 26 MINUTES  INGREDIENTS   1 box  chicken nuggets 1 Jar BBQ sauce 6 oz. Sharp cheddar cheese, shredded 6 oz. Monterey cheese, shredded ½ lb. Bacon, cooked & coarsely chopped Juice of 1 lime Salt & pepper, to taste 1 bunch Green onion, thinly sliced for garnish Ranch dressing, for garnish PREPARATION   Preheat the oven to 375°. Spread frozen Nuggets on a baking sheet and bake for a total of 25-30 minutes until golden brown or thoroughly cooked to an internal of 170°F as measured by a meat thermometer. Top nuggets with BBQ sauce, cheese and bacon. Continue baking for 5 minutes until cheese has melted. Remove from heat. Season with fresh lime juice, salt and pepper. Garnish with green onion and a drizzle of ranch dressing.
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By Ryan Case, Realtor servicing all of Southern California
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Glendale Weekly Market Update September 10th - 16th, 2023 Burchett Gardens NEWLY LISTED Burchett Street | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 731 sq. ft. | $479,000 Villa Monterey NEWLY LISTED Burchett Street | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 867 sq. ft. | $569,000
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By Lori Mode, Real Estate Made Simple
(The Mode Real Estate Group)
Canva has got to be my favorite tool I use for creating content for social media posting as well as creating flyers, announcements, and our quarterly magazine.  Here are a couple of examples of the content we created using Canva for social media.This first one is the cover for a series for an Instagram post. And this one is the cover to one of our Quarterly magazines to our clients.  I don't know how we would do all of this without Canva any more.  We use it every day and we do use the Pro version.  It has a lot more options and flexibility and it is not very costly at all.   This post is part of the #30dayrealestatesocialmediachallenge and is for day 16 of the Challenge:“Share a resource or tool that you use or recommend for real estate professionals or consumers.”
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By Esther (Essie) Cruz, Manalapan Marlboro, NJ Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Realty/Monmouth-Ocean)
JUST CLOSED THIS BEAUTY: 36 Louis Street, Old Bridge NJ 08857       Welcome to your dream home in Old Bridge, Sayre Woods South section! This 4 bedroom offers the perfect blend of comfort & convenience. With an array of updates throughout, this home promises to exceed your expectations. Kitchen w/Quartz, pantry & skylights. Stunning exterior makeover 2020 (extra wide driveway w/Belgian blocks, stone/siding accents, front door). Replaced roof/HWH/HVAC; additional Washer/Dryer hookup on the 1st level; newer bay window & slider; porcelain & LVP floors; upgraded electrical; remodeled baths; sump pump & French drain system. The backyard is truly an oasis; professionally landscaped, multi-decks, custom shed, fenced (3 sides), hard-top gazebo, & a 7-person hot tub,complete w/lights & sound. M...
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:
(Arizona Elite Properties )
Check out this link from our local Realtors + MLS, below for the newest homes to come on the market. Follow us on Facebook GILBERT ARIZONA HOMES FOR SALE        YOUR   Latest activity in the VALLEY of the SUN For ALL your Valley AZ Real Estate Needs PHONE   Bill   at   602-999-0952 Text         Bill   at    602-999-0952 Email      Bill    at  Read other YVP Blogs here For more information, Call or Text: 602-999-0952eMail: golfarizona@cox.netBill Salvatore / Arizona Elite PropertiesYour Valley Property TeamResidential Sales, Marketing, and Property Management Selling Arizona for more than 20 years Founder: AZVHV Arizona Veterans Helping VeteransRecipient: East Valley Tribune’s: Best Gilbert, Arizona Realtor      Bill Salvatore, Arizona Elite Properties, Veterans ...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
2023 Halloween Pumpkin Plunge~ Alga Norte Aquatic Center in Carlsbad ~ Fall is almost here, and stores are filled with Halloween decorations. The local pumpkin patches are opening soon, and it’s only 3 weeks to the 2023 Pumpkin Plunge in Carlsbad. This popular annual floating pumpkin patch is held at the Alga Norte Aquatics Center in South Carlsbad (La Costa area), at 6565 Alicante Road (at the corner of Poinsettia Lane), on Saturday October 14th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. (photo below) Carlsbad kids get to lasso their favorite pumpkin from the floating pumpkin patch with a hula hoop to take them home for carving, decorating and Halloween festivities.  Be sure to bring a bathing suit so you can enjoy all the fun in the pool! The fun out of the pool will include several Halloween-themed lawn ...
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By Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
Alaska - Pilot's Choice - Glacier LandingSeptember 2003First Landing - Halfway up the GlacierThis was the summer of 2003.  Rick had an unplanned week of vacation, so this 7-day Princess cruise had balcony rooms available, so we decided to see Alaska.  One of the excursions was a "Pilot's Choice" helicopter ride to where the glaciers are formed.  One of my favorite Images - Blue IceSome ice was melting over this long summer, which carved out mini-streams.  The ice appears blue (like the ocean.)In glaciers, the pressure causes the air bubbles to be squeezed out, increasing the density of the compacted ice. The pressurized ice absorbs other colors more efficiently than blue. A large piece of compressed ice, or a glacier, similarly appears blue.  Was it Cold?  Absolutely!The sun was out, so...
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By Philip A. Raices, 1 of the Most Knowledgeable Brokers on the Net!
(Turn Key Real Estate)
For those who purchased their home recently or years ago repairs have to be addressed, but the cost of doing them has increased drastically, especially over the last few years.Not everyone has the money to be able to accomplish these things.  Trying to take on  tasks, like a leaky faucet, changing a lock, or electrical issues may be simple for some, but for others hiring a professional may be the only course one can pursue.Leaning how to do small tasks, however, may be as simple as just going on and searching for topics about exactly what has to be done.  There are a multitude of instructive videos that will walk you through the simplest repairs to those that require much more knowledge and skill to undertake to master the job.Most homeowners who are employed full-time do no...
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By Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
NO BANKS NEEDED! Looking for an Owner Carry or Seller Carry Home For Sale? (Photo: Camelback Mountain view from Paradise Valley, Jeff Masich)Here today are Paradise Valley homes for sale with Seller May Carry or Owner Financing next to Scottsdale Arizona and UPDATED DAILY on the MLS. Are you ready to move to Paradise Valley the most expensive place to live in Arizona? When buying a home one will need a jumbo loan if not buying with cash. However there are usually some Owner May Finance homes available. (Photo: by Jeff Masich Paradise Valley and Camelback Mountain)Paradise Valley Arizona Estates with Owner Financing or Seller Carry Financing AvailableSee Paradise Valley homes for sale with Seller May Carry or Owner Financing on the MLS on FULL PAGE view and obtain your own FREE MLS SEARC...
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By Bruce Parker, You Deserve The Best
(Best Realty)
As a dedicated real estate broker, I recently experienced something that left me both nostalgic and concerned.I held an open house this weekend, and to my surprise, no one came. It got me thinking about the remarkable journey of open houses in the real estate industry. Decades ago, they were grand events, attracting throngs of prospective buyers with the promise of extravagant giveaways. However, in today's rapidly evolving world, it seems that open houses have lost some of their allure. In this blog post, we'll explore the history and transformation of open houses and discuss how the recent global pandemic has further impacted this age-old practice.  The Glory Days of Open Houses: At their zenith, open houses were nothing short of a spectacle. Picture the 1950s: homeowners in Dallas of...
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