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By inboundREM Market Updates
Discover the Good News About Closing Costs in Las VegasClosing costs in Las Vegas are inevitable but overlooked in any real estate transaction. These costs must be factored in along with the other upfront costs. Closing costs can vary depending on the location, companies used and selling price of the property. But some aspects of these costs are open to negotiation.So, you must know even a little about Las Vegas closing costs. Overview of Closing Costs"Closing costs are the expenses, over and above the property's price, that buyers and sellers usually incur to complete a real estate transaction. . . . Homebuyers typically pay between 2% to 5% of the purchase price, but closing costs may be paid by either the seller or the buyer."Closing cost includes things such as "loan origination fee...
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By Gary Thomas, Realtor to the Dreamers
(Preferred Properties Key West)
from August 15, 2009How Gay Was My Villa?  It's a free world (at least it is here in Key West) where people can and do just about anything and everything they want. We all seem to get along. And except for some do-gooders that sit on some public commissions, we all try to stay out of each others "business". One of the really great things about my job is that I get to see inside so many Key West homes. Some places amaze me. I go home and start to clean, or paint, or redecorate. Others make me feel pity for the sad souls that live in helpless hovels. I have been inside more than enough places that reek of urine but that are inhabited by human beings. I have had to move sideways through rooms filled with years of accumulated trash. And I wonder what in the world is wrong with the people th...
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By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy
(Napa Consultants)
This photo, pictured above was taken Monday morning around 7:30 a.m., at low tide.  The cloth you see on the sand is laid you for wheelchair access.  It also makes it easier to navigate the slope, on the way up . We loved the cloud formation that morning, it looked like a Italic "T"or the # 7.   We like morning walks and the chill in the air, and it a wonderful way to begin our day. "A beach walk is for stretching your legs and your mind, for looking at life with newfound eyes."  ~ Sandy Gingras (author)
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
Little Free Library in History Park, Gaithersburg, MD In honor of The Basics program, an early childhood development initiative taking place in the Gaithersburg community, County Councilmember Sidney Katz, his family and staff have donated a Little Free Library. You’ll find it in History Park, adjacent to the Gaithersburg Community Museum and Train Station. Feel free to drop by and take a book, or donate one so that others may enjoy the gift of reading. This is a City of Gaithersburg, Maryland announcement.  Orchids, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA USA IMG 2766Canon PowerShot G11 Camera, f/4.5, 1/160 sec., ISO-649, 30 mm, No FlashPhotograph by Roy KelleyRoy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393
 That Time I Threw AwayMy Keys. . .   Recently, I read a post by fellow ActiveRain member Joan Cox Those Mistakes Made Are Engraved In Your Brain.  It was certainly nod-worthy as examples of similar experiences of errors in life and real estate can often be found.   Of course, my brain brought back memories of things that have gone AWOL for me over the years.  Keys can be common for some and I have had my share of experiences.  I remember the time I mistakenly threw away my keys into a trash receptacle.  My ability to seek workarounds while I "found" those keys was certainly tested.  Eventually I was successful albeit with some embarrassment.   “I’ll never let that happen again” I recall saying to myself but then I remember yet another time where something similar happened.  And I said ...
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By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
“Can’t Work in the Dark” One of the two underwriters brought back into the office lifted her head. "They've been working us like dogs for six months. I know how to get some time off work," the woman whispered."How?" asked the second underwriter.Instead of answering, the woman quickly looked around. No sign of her manager. She jumped up on her desk, kicked out a couple of ceiling tiles and hoisted herself up. "Look!" she whispered, then swinging her legs over a metal pipe, hung upside down.Within seconds, the manager emerged from the lunchroom at the far end of the floor. He saw the worker hanging from the ceiling, and asked her what on earth she thought she was doing."I'm a light bulb," answered the underwriter."I think you need some time off," barked the manager. "Get out of here - tha...
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By inboundREM Market Updates
Tampa, FL Neighborhood Spotlight: Tampa, FLThe wonderful city of Tampa in Florida has numerous tourist attractions that you will surely love. This article highlights the best spots you can visit so you could get the most out of your trip! The Florida AquariumOne of the top aquariums in the country, The Florida Aquarium offers interactive guest-dive programs like 'Swim with the Fishes' or 'Dive with the Sharks' which will allow you to swim with the fishes and experience aquatic life. More than that, the Aquarium's latest exhibit, Journey to Madagascar will give you a glimpse of the Island of Madagascar and its animals. You can also take a 75-minute  Wild Dolphin Cruise aboard a 72-foot catamaran, to get a chance of seeing the wild dolphins of Tampa Bay.  Busch GardensBusch Gardens is one...
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By Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker
Here is the north Texas real estate market update as of  6/16/2021.New properties for sale 408Back on the market listings 115Price decrease listings 130Price increase 103Active kick out 9Active option contract 504Active contingent 82Pending listings 521Sold listings 536Expired listings 18Cancelled listings 45Withdrawn listings 6Temporary off market listings 28Coming soon listings 138
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By Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker
Here is the Houston Association of REALTORS® real estate market update as of June 16, 2021.New properties for sale 388Back on market listings 107Price decrease listings 189Price increase listings 127Option pending listing 383Pending continue to show 47Pending listings 454Listings that have sold 417Coming Soon Listings 80Withdrawn Listings 42Expired Listings 15Terminated Listings 79
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By James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results
(Fathom Realty)
Carl Paul Gottfried Linde was born in Berndorf, Kingdom of Bavaria back in 1842.  In 1854, the family moved to Munich, Germany.  In 1862, he entered the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich, Switzerland.  He was expelled in 1864, for participating in a student protest.In 1868, a new university was opening in Munich, he applied for a job as a lecturer and was accepted.  In 1879, he quit and opened up his own business moving to Wiesbaden, Germany.  His business was a good one, in fact we all use it today.  He moved back to Munich in 1888, taking up a professorship but it didn’t last long. In 1897, he was appointed to the Order of Merit of the Bavarian Crown.  He died in 1934, he was 92.What you may not know about Carl is that he discovered a refrigeration cycle and invented the...
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By Rocky Dickerson, Superior Service!
(Realty One Group)
People are funny. They have a view of the world. Even though it is their view, many believe it is everyone’s view, or that it should be everyone’s view. Here is a simple exercise in someone’s view. Look at this photo:   Now what is the relation they have?  Well, some would tell you that they are all round, or they are all coins or they are all metal. These are generally people who sort by “sameness” or how things are alike. Some would say that they are all coins – but different values, or they are all silver but one is copper, or they are all tails but one is heads. These people generally are sameness with exception. They look to see how things are the same while still pointing out how they are not. Some would say that they are all different – but they are all coins. I’m sure by now you...
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June 2021 ActiveRain Challenge - Post-Pandemic, Let Freedom Ring!   WOW! I remember last June’s challenge, sharing our thoughts on ‘Rising Above the Pandemic,’ hosted by Carol Williams & Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker. All I can say is thank goodness we have moved past the state we were in one year ago!    I know everyone is excited to have our freedoms back once again in most parts of the country. As we see airport traffic and tourism soar, more people dining out as many restaurants are opening back up in most parts of the country and of course, the best part, HUGGING!    Kathy Streib and I are challenging members to share some post-pandemic plans - either in your personal or business lives. Will you be taking that summer or fall vacation you missed last year or are you...
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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, Mason County, Washington's preferred real estate Agent & BrokerYou never really learn much from hearing yourself speak!George Clooney  Active Mason County Waterfront Homes for sale  CLICK HERE NOWActive Mason County waterfront Vacant land for sale CLICK HERE NOW(ALL PROPERTIES ARE SUBJECT TO PRIOR SALE) WARNING ALL PROPERTIES, SHOULD BE CONSIDERED OCCUPIED AND AN APPOINTMENT IS REQUIRED WITH A LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT TO SEE… (Do not trespass)Here are some more waterfront blog posts you may enjoy:Kitsap County Washington Waterfront homes Currently Available: as of 6/13/2021Gig Harbor & Fox Island Washington Waterfront homes for sale 6/13/2021 Ocean Shores Weekly Real Estate Update (6/13/2021)Thank you for reading and commenting on my blo...
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By Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
See what $1 million gets for you for a home in Scottsdale Arizona in June 2021 and all year? Here are the latest and always up to date Million Dollar Plus luxury homes for sale in Scottsdale, Arizona, one of the best places to live in the US! Scottsdale Estate Near Pinnacle PeakHave a Million Dollars? Scottsdale Arizona with many "Lap of Luxury" custom homes selling in excess of $1 million is consistently selected as one of the best cities to live in America by outside rating services. Why? Well, it has been selected as one as the best places to raise a family, "foodie cities", golf resort destinations and is home to beautiful views, sunsets, sunny skies, near Phoenix, hiking and more.  Is Scottsdale living for you? Then it is time to think about considering the latest and always up to ...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
 Friends who are looking for a home under 400k are having a heck of a time. When they see a property listed in their price range, it is usually a starting bid at an auction. These special buyers said to me, " we can fix ugly," but we cannot deal with a higher price point. So I am here to tell you I have perfect buyers for your imperfect home.  Maybe you have been thinking of moving but find the task too stressful! Getting your house " in move-in condition, and updated is undaunting.  All of this work can be overwhelming and very stressful. Instead of spending so much time with the various contractors, instead of putting in thousands of dollars, think about selling your home with its imperfections to my perfect buyers! We are looking for homes that need updating; new countertops, floorin...
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By Nancy Braun, Professional Service, Personally Delivered
(Showcase Realty LLC)
Buying a house is a significant financial investment, but once you've found the home of your dreams, you'll need to figure out how much of a down payment you want to make. Most homebuyers believe that buying a house requires a 20% down payment. However, you may only need a down payment of as little as 3.5 percent to buy a home in Charlotte, NC. In fact, you may need no down payment at all. The times have changed, and a smaller down payment is now possible. Smaller down payments are even encouraged in certain situations.  At the same time, a larger down payment will help in various cases. There are many variables to consider when deciding how much money you'll need to buy a home. When it comes to the down payment, there are several factors to consider before settling on the amount.  What...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Let Freedom Ring – Making Future Plans On the day the state that was essentially the first to shut down in early 2020 re-opens its economy, an amazing 453 days later, it seems fitting to share my post for the June Post-Pandemic Let Freedom Ring Challenge.  I didn’t intentionally plan it that way, but given we just made some plans for the future why not celebrate those as well as the changes taking place in our state today. A new freedom is upon us all. And who wants to let life pass us by!? Family time continues to be important whenever possible, for us visiting the kids and grandkids in LA or them visiting here. Oh, we were pretty cautious in 2020 and went for long periods without visiting in person, relying on Facetime for visits. When we did visit it was in a nearby park where we cou...
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By Carol Culkin, Overland Park Residential Real Estate
(Diamond Partners Inc)
Starting over again as an experienced agent in a new market isn't easy and sometimes it requires explanation. I know experience matters and people have choices. So, I've put together this timeline that outlines my background as a Realtor. As you can see, it's been almost 20 years since I first began my real estate career and aspired to make it a success. I did just that, and actually exceeded my own wildest expectations. I am proud of my past achievements. Fast forward to today, while starting over, I'm not driven by achieving the highest sales volume, but instead I'm just focussed right now on doing the best job I can for the clients who provide me opportunities to assist them and entrust me with their lifestyle transition. I'm not the most "established" Realtor in town, but I probably...
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By Stephen Fells, Marketing, Technology, Fun and News!
We are excited to present this PowerSite Pro single property Website:  The Website, from Michele Flood of Coldwell Banker, highlights a $1.6MM, 5 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom colonial. 340 West Street, Harrison, NY 10528 Whether you are buying or selling homes in the sound shore area, the task can be challenging in today’s market environment. It is a great advantage to have an experienced, knowledgeable professional at your side giving you the best advice you can get. That is what Michele brings to you with her 35 plus years of experience. No one knows the sound shore area real estate better than Michele. No one has better credentials. And no one has better testimonials. Using our new PowerSite Pro platform, the single property Website includes:  lots of high definition photo...
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By Stephen Fells, Marketing, Technology, Fun and News!
We are excited to present this PowerSite Pro single property Website: Marketed by Long and Foster | Christie's REALTOR, Fouad Talout, the Website highlights a $4.5MM, 7 bedroom, 7 bathroom, elegant custom brick home .  Using our new PowerSite Pro platform, Fouad has added:  lots of high definition photos a detailed description a list of amenities office info a property map  From his hometown of Casablanca to 5th Avenue New York City to Washington, D.C., through a lifetime of experience in understanding people, Fouad has developed visionary sales strategies and masterful negotiating skills. Now a top producer in the Capital Region, he combines his International Banking and Finance education and Christie’s Luxury Specialist certification to expertly sell elegant estate...
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