Recent Blog Posts

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By Peter Testa, PETER TESTA
(Nationwide Homes)
UNDER CONTRACT! 47 Carmel Hill Rd, Watertown, CT- we're representing the Buyer's side on the purchase of this beautiful three bedroom Ranch. Set on a peaceful culdesac this completely updated home🏡 is💯move-in ready! The new Kitchen has stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and custom tile work. Completely updated Baths. Formal Dining Room. Breezeway to accessory apartment. Spacious one level living that flows seamlessly outdoors where the back Deck overlooks a huge, level lawn and fenced yard. Front Porch. 2 Car Garage. A true gem!There were many offers on this home but our offer was the one that was accepted.🎉We're thrilled for our clients who really loved this beautiful home and now get to make it their own. 🙌   Peter TestaRealtor / Nationwide Homes 57 North St, Suite 313, D...
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By CANDACE (Candy) STEVENS, EA, Helping Taxpayers Resolve IRS problems
(Number Cruncher LLC)
1099 Employee.  What is it?  Well, there is actually no such thing as a 1099 employee. When a person works for a business they are either an employee or an independent subcontractor, period.  There is no in-between.  How do you know how you should be classified?  Let's look at the definition and explanation of an employee.Employee Definition: A person employed for wages or salary, especially at an nonexecutive level. Employee Explanation:  The company controls what time you are to be to work and end work, what work is done and how the work is to be completed.  The Company controls financial aspects such as how a worker is paid, how much the worker is paid, if expenses are reimbursed as well as determines who provides tools/supplies.If your employer is classifying you as an independent c...
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By Jeff Jensen
(The Federal Savings Bank/Lending in 50 states)
Home borrowing costs fell this week but remain well above levels seen earlier this year. Freddie Mac reports that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 5.70% this week from 5.81% last week with an average of 0.8 in points and fees. A year ago the rate was 2.98%. The 15-year inched declined to 4.83% from 4.92% with a 0.9 point. A year ago that 15-year was 2.26%. Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s Chief Economist said, "This pause in rate activity should help the housing market rebalance from the breakneck growth of a seller’s market to a more normal pace of home price appreciation."The Fed's favorite inflation gauge, the Core PCE, rose 4.7% year over year in May, just below the 4.8% expected and down from 4.9% in April. Monthly, the Core PCE rose 0.3% versus 0.4% expected matching April's numbe...
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By Jeff Jensen
(The Federal Savings Bank/Lending in 50 states)
Mortgage backed securities were up 25 basis points today at 100.34 having closed 468 points below the 200 day moving average. The conforming rate is at 6.0% today.  My jumbo pricing is now sizzling! The 30 year jumbo for $1 million was around 6.00%. Whether in New England, the Mid Atlantic or the Midwest or anywhere else in the U.S., history tells us it is time to refinance!! Please call me at 203-981-8282
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
6471 Justin Grant Trl, Tallahassee, FL Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Click Here to Get Directions $4250003bed - 2bath - 0.47 acres lotEnjoy gorgeous home in the NE! Fantastic split floorplan layout great for entertaining. Spacious master suite with dual vanities, separate shower and jetted tub. Laminate flooring in living areas as well as guest bedrooms. Kitchen features Corian countertops, SS appliances, and ample storage. Separate living and dining area along with a heated and cooled sunroom providing great flexibility. Soaring cathedral ceiling in living room! Indoor laundry with shelving a plenty. Out back you'll find a fenced private backyard complete with 6 fruit trees and raised beds for the green thumb! Mature oak out front already fitted with a swing for memories to be made...
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By Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES, REALTOR and Broker
(Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates)
Eagle Ridge Community is now offering Aqua Fitness classes! **Resident instructor Meena Vijaykar has volunteered to lead an aerobics class in the pool**Eagle Ridge Residents - Adults Only Classes are weekly – Tuesdays 6:30 – 7:30pm @Eagle Ridge Pool(pool noodles will be provided) FIRST CLASS TUESDAY JULY 5 @6:30pm Registration is required! Please contact Meena to reserve your spot:408-533-3147 or meena311@yahoo.com
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By Christopher Barrow, Is this the year your rental makes PASSIVE income?
(Foundation Homes Property Management & Sales)
The Leasing Team at Foundation Rentals and Relocation just LEASED another property in Ross for 2,000.00. Thanks to everyone for a great transaction. For any questions about Ross property management or buying or selling investment properties in Ross, call Broker Christopher Barrow at (415) 637-8934!
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
2909 Tyron Circle, Tallahassee, FL Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Click Here to Get Directions $5000005bed - 3.5bath - 0.62 acres lotStunning Killearn Estates Home!! This fantastic property has so much curb appeal and old Tallahassee charm while boasting gorgeous updates throughout. Enjoy this open and bright home featuring multiple living spaces including a spacious living room, family room or study/office and TWO master suites! The flowing floorplan features brand new flooring throughout the upstairs of the home (no carpet anywhere!), a well appointed kitchen with a bar featuring granite countertops & updated appliances, 2017 Roof, 2020 Water Heater (downstairs) and almost all new light fixtures 2022. Enjoy easy entertaining on the spacious & covered back patio or on the back deck,...
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
This is my final post to the June AR Challenge.  I was taken back by the posts that were submitted.  Far beyond what was expected.  Educational, emotional, pride felt, and memories expressed.  For this my final post, I wanted to share memories and emotions brought forth when I visited the WW2 National Museum in New Orleans.One of my first thoughts/questions was how did this WW2 National Museum come to call New Orleans Louisiana its home.  The questions is immediately answered when entering the main lobby.  The landing craft used to successfully move troops was built in the New Orleans area by Higgins Builders.   The landing craft, vehicle, personnel (LCVP) or Higgins boat was a landing craft used extensively in amphibious landings in World War II. Typically constructed from plywood, thi...
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By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
While Timmothy's cartoon is funny and with Covid many of us can identify with it one aspect is not so funny... loneliness can lead to many serious mental health issues and even to suicide.I am sure the stats are much higher after 2020 with all that has gone on but they still get the message across... suicide is a serious problem.Not that I trust much of what the CDC has to say these days but when it comes to this topic I think it is worth viewing their site on this topic. SUICIDE With the huge emphasis on LBGT issues lately I found the last sentence in the paragraph below from the CDC site to be very interesting.Some groups have higher suicide rates than others. Suicide rates vary by race/ethnicity, age, and other factors, such as where someone lives. By race/ethnicity, the groups with ...
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
Neighborhood Information Many people want to live in Baywood Park because it's so lovely, and San Mateo, California, is a great place to do so. In Baywood Park, the wide, winding roadways are bordered on both sides by picturesque landscapes full of flowers, verdant grass, and level sidewalks. Everything about this area screams elegance and sophistication. Except for a select few homes built after 1950, most homes in this neighborhood are built in pre-war architectural styles, such as Spanish, English, Moorish, Tudor, and Colonial. Compared to nearby communities like Aragon and Baywood Knolls, the average lot size here is considerably larger. Baywood Park is the place to be if you want to live in a beautiful neighborhood in a luxurious home. Get in touch with us at your earliest convenie...
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By inboundREM Market Updates
(InboundREM)
Neighborhood Information The quaint community of Laurelwood can be found in the beautiful California city of San Mateo. Those looking to buy a home in a San Mateo, California, peaceful, well-kept, and secure neighborhood should look no further than Laurelwood. Hillsdale Shopping Center is just one of several malls within easy driving distance of the area. The residential community of Laurelwood is only a few minutes' drive from the lively central business district. If you're looking for a quiet suburb close to a major city, this is a great attraction. Good educational opportunities are also easily accessible to Laurelwood's residents. If you're looking for an excellent school for your kid, look no further than Laurel Elementary School, Ralston Intermediate School, or Carlmont High Schoo...
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Free Groceries Distribution in Montgomery Village, July 1, 2022 The next distribution of free groceries will be TOMORROW, July 1, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Apple Ridge Recreation Area in Montgomery Village.This is an Upcounty Hub announcement for Montgomery County, Maryland. Please share this information with families that may be food insecure. Dahlia, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland USA IMG 2858Canon PowerShot G11 CameraPhotograph by Roy Kelley Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net
(Arizona Elite Properties )
Check out this link from our local Realtors + MLS, below for the newest homes to come on the marketGilbert Arizona, see the newest homes for sale here YOUR   Latest activity in the VALLEY of the SUNFor ALL your Valley AZ Real Estate NeedsPHONE   Bill   at   602-999-0952Text         Bill   at    602-999-0952Email      Bill    at     billAZElite@cox.net Read other YVP Blogs hereFor more information, Call or Text: 602-999-0952eMail: golfarizona@cox.netBill Salvatore / Arizona Elite PropertiesYour Valley Property TeamResidential Sales, Marketing, and Property ManagementSelling Arizona for more than 19 yearsFounder: AZVHV Arizona Veterans Helping VeteransRecipient: East Valley Tribune’s: Best Gilbert, Arizona Realtor Bill Salvatore, Arizona Elite Properties, Veterans Agent, Chandler Realtor,...
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
Congratulations! The sellers accepted your offer, and you’ve completed your home inspection. But the inspection revealed unexpected issues with the property.How should you proceed? Your agent is your best source of advice, but it may also be helpful to consider these questions:1. How serious is the problem?First, it’s essential to acknowledge that no home is perfect and that inspectors will and should document their findings thoroughly. Most inspection reports note numerous details and offer home maintenance recommendations. It’s an excellent way for buyers to learn how to care for their new home.However, inspectors may find more significant problems, too—issues that require more expensive repairs or impact the safety and well-being of the occupants. As a buyer, you should consider the ...
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By Mike Bjork
(Evolve Bank & Trust)
http://MikesDailyMarketReport.com:  The Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) released it's inflation data today.  This index is the Fed's favorite gauge for inflation, so it holds a lot of weight (in terms of impact with Markets).  The PCE rose 0.6% in May, while it's YoY remained Unchanged at 6.3%.  The Core PCE (excluding food and energy; and the data that the Fed uses) rose 0.3% while it's YoY dropped 0.2% to 4.7% in May.  Personal Income rose 0.5% in May; and Consumer Spending rose only 0.2%.  Jobless Claims rose 2k last week to 231k while the Continued Claims rise, as well.  Lastly, the Chicago PMI, which measures manufacturing in Chicago region, dropped from 60.3 in May to 56.0 in June.  The Inflation data was good news for the Markets, as it may indicate it may have peaked.  We...
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By Buzz Mackintosh, “Experience, reliable, leadership”
(Mackintosh REALTORS)
Celebrate Frederick the 35th annual Frederick’s Fourth of July party at Baker Park will be held from Noon to dusk on Monday, July 4th!  This is Frederick Counties largest Independence Day celebration featuring two stages of live entertainment along with family-friendly rides, fireworks, vendors, and some familiar local celebrities! Enjoy sampling festival foods and local & national beer, wine & spirit selections in the Beer Gardens. Access to Frederick’s Fourth of July festivities are completely FREE along with Citywide parking!
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By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster Real Estate)
Conveniently Located Gainesville Condo with Garage OverviewMapsPhotosNeighborhoodMarket Stats $350,000 Condominium Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 Full Bathrooms1 Half BathroomInterior: 1,825 sqftYear Built: 2005MLS #: VAPW2031342 Location 14443 Macon Grove LaneGainesville, VA 20155USA Chris Ann Cleland Long & Foster Real Estate(703) 402-0037chrisann@chrisanncleland.comhttp://www.UncompromisingValues.com      Listed by: Long & Foster Real Estate Our recent listings Charming Raised Rambler on One Acre in Middletown | $315,000 | Middletown, VAConveniently Located Gainesville Condo with Garage | $350,000 | Gainesville, VA Subscribe to our listing feed Nearby properties for sale
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By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
(Long and Foster Real Estate)
Charming Raised Rambler on One Acre in Middletown OverviewMapsPhotosMarket Stats $315,000 Single Family Home Main Features 3 Bedrooms2 Full BathroomsInterior: 1,560 sqftLot: 1.00 acre(s)Year Built: 1965MLS #: VAFV2007410 Location 6717 Middle RoadMiddletown, VA 22645USA Chris Ann Cleland Long & Foster Real Estate(703) 402-0037chrisann@chrisanncleland.comhttp://www.UncompromisingValues.com      Listed by: Long & Foster real Estate Our recent listings Charming Raised Rambler on One Acre in Middletown | $315,000 | Middletown, VAConveniently Located Gainesville Condo with Garage | $350,000 | Gainesville, VA Subscribe to our listing feed Nearby properties for sale
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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)
 You will find Saddle Rock Ridge on the West side of E-470 and North of Smoky Hill Road in Aurora CO  80015.   Saddle Rock Ridge - Aurora CO is a neighborhood in Southeast Aurora comprised of over 2,000 single-family homes built from 1997 to 2016 by several different builders.  This is one of the largest subdivisions in Southeast Aurora, located within the Cherry Creek School District and close to shopping, hospitals, many restaurant options, and entertainment.  Housing in Saddle Rock Ridge in Aurora is popular with its location close to Southlands Shopping Center with lots of retail options and restaurants, easy access to E-470, and Denver International Airport.   These homes are all located in the zip code of 80015. Let's look at the sales for the month of May 2022 - Total sales - 16 ...
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