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 Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
Prestige Magazine – Summer 2022 - Tasting the Terroir  Tasting the Terroir - Discover Unique Coffees from Exotic Locales.Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Best Auburn Realtors, Best Opelika Realtors, Relocate to Auburn, Move to Auburn, Homes for sale in Auburn, Homes for Sale near me, Houses for Sale Opelika, Luxury Homes for Sale Auburnwww.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
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By David Jackson, MBA, Financial lending analyst
(Olympus Labs)
Residential and commercial solar adoption has been ramping up quickly over the past few years. This year, renewable energy systems were responsible for producing a record 20% of all electricity in the USA.With panels cheaper than ever, there’s never been a better time to install a solar system.Of course, it’s not as simple as buying a couple of panels and bolting them to your roof. A residential solar system requires installation by an expert so the panels are stable and in the correct position. You also need to have enough energy storage capacity for your needs.Read on for quick-look step-by-step guide to solar installation.Step 1: Do Your ResearchBefore you even look at hiring a solar installer, you must work out a few things about your energy requirements.First, investigate how energ...
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By Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417, Real Service. Real Results. Real Estate
(United Real Estate)
There are MANY reasons why you should  watch the fireworks at Addison's Kaboom Town, one of the nation's top rated fireworks shows in the country. If you are in the North Texas area on July 3rd, you can watch from inside Addison Circle Park if you have free tickets, or at one of the many Addison restaurants with outdoor seating, or along many of Addison's streets.The Addison Police and Fire Departments have created this amusing video, reminding everyone that setting off your own fireworks isn't a good idea.  Watch it!Have a safe and happy 4th of July, everyone! Enjoy! 
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By Elaine VonCannon
(Coldwell Banker Traditions)
Let Me Take You Down To The Chesapeake Bay Bridge TunnelMy first time I ever road on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel I was in my early 50s.  I made the trip by myself.  To say the least it was like an outer body experience. I was going over with a buyer to view property.  I kept my cool so my buyer never knew I was white knuckle to whole time over and back.  What might be a scary trip for some is thrilling for others when it comes to crossing nearly 20 miles of this bridge and tunnel system.If you’ve never had to cross the Chesapeake Bay from the Delmarva Peninsula to the Eastern Shore of Virginia, then you probably wouldn’t know about the Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel. In this quiet, unsuspecting southern location, there’s a bridge that spans from one piece of land to the other, coveri...
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By Karina Gafford, Military PCS/ VA Home Buying & Selling Specialist
(MilHousing Network San Antonio Team)
177 Longhorn Rd. Stockdale, TX 78160Country living is calling your name! This 2.75 acre fenced-in property has a charmingly renovated 3-bed home with multiple outdoor workspaces, and is perfect for homesteaders. NEW - roof, paint, wood stain, water heater, gorgeous laminate flooring, tile, and trim on windows, doors, baseboards, and crown molding. High ceilings, big windows, and an open floor plan create a light, airy feel in the home. The living room features a gorgeous rock-encased wood burning fireplace, and the room opens to a dining room and leads into the large eat-in kitchen with bright white cabinetry, a walk-in pantry, tiled kitchen counters, and stainless steel appliances. The master retreat has a walk-in closet with spa-like bath featuring a stunningly tiled shower and oversi...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
It’s been a fabulous 19 years since my owners purchased this David Weekly popular “Overbrook" plan.” They loved the corner .22-acre lot, 3 car tandem garage and downstairs primary bedroom and bath.    Turning over the keys to a family moving from Dallas was a joy! The buyers fell in love with this light filled, open layout, vaulted ceiling in the family room and the extended patio perfect to relax with family and friends.    This young family said they want to raise their little ones and stay in this house another 19 years just like the seller. Being second owners of this priceless, well maintain home was of true value and why they bid over list price to obtain this home.   I love it when a home purchase is a perfect fit for both the seller and the buyer. The buyer’s agent was great to ...
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
Can never go wrong with see Grant Schneider great blog again. “Salesperson wanted – No experience necessary” How many times do we see that? I contend not very often. Employers and hiring managers make a big mistake when they use experience as the primary criteria for hiring a candidate. Looking primarily for experience will produce disappointing results. I have worked with many industries ranging from real estate, construction, retail, service and hospitality, nonprofit, and manufacturing. I have seen on thread running through all these organizations. That is that those running the business believe that their industry is different from others, so unique that the primary requirement is experience. Because of that mindset I have seen many bad candidates hired and many qualified candidates...
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By Anna Chroscicki, Realtor - St. Lucie County affordable Real Estate
(Re/Max Masterpiece Realty)
 🏡For answers to your Real Estate questions call 772-485-4188 Anna ChroscickiREMAX MasterpieceVisit www.annasellsrealestate.com
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By Laura Sellers, www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Inc.; www.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com)
SOLD– 4198 Cypress Court in Auburn, AL – Timberwood Subdivision – MLS 157672  (under contract in less than 9 days).Contact me to get your Auburn - Opelika, AL home sold quickly and at a great price.Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate, Best Auburn Realtors, Best Opelika Realtors, Relocate to Auburn, Move to Auburn, Homes for sale in Auburn, Homes for Sale near me, Houses for Sale Opelika, Luxury Homes for Sale Auburnwww.AuburnOpelikaALRealEstate.com
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Neighborhood Information In an area south of downtown San Mateo, known as San Mateo and Glendale Village, you'll find a thriving residential community. Many beautiful single-family homes constructed with top-tier materials and meticulous attention to detail can be found in the San Mateo and Glendale neighborhood markets. Many of the houses in the area cost over a million dollars and are considered luxury dwellings. If you have any questions about San Mateo or Glendale Village, please contact us as soon as possible via e-mail or call. When it comes to finding a new place to call home in San Mateo, California, it will be our distinct honor to be of assistance to you. Feel free to get in touch with us right away. An attractive feature of both San Mateo and Glendale Village is their proximi...
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Neighborhood Information The neighborhoods of Burlingables and Oak Grove Manor, both located in Burlingame, California, are well-known for the stunning residential properties they offer, which are all set against the breathtaking scenery of the San Francisco Bay. One of the most bicycle-friendly neighborhoods in Burlingame, California, is in Burlingables and Oak Grove Manor. The abundance of nearby establishments makes it possible for locals to go about their daily lives without relying on a vehicle. Feel free to contact us at any time if you have any questions about the real estate market or need any additional assistance. If you're looking to buy a house in Burlingame, California, we can help you find the perfect one.Residents can take in the breathtaking beauty of San Francisco Bay a...
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By Larry Atkins, Veteran Owned & Operated
(State Wide Realty Co.)
House For Sale:Prince Edward Co266 Virso Rd Meherrin, VA 239542 Bedrooms~1 Bath~1,232 Sqft.~44.14 AcresHey Ya’ll It’s Me 266 Virso Rd Calling and Letting You Know That I Am Ready For You to Come Over and Make Yourself At Home. You Will Know You Are Here When You See the Private Drive Leading Back To The Charming Dutch-Style Home. Check Out My Full Screened Front Porch, I Just Love Sitting Out There And Listening To Nature. The Living Areas Have Easy to Clean Floors And After A Day Of Exploring On The 40+ Acres You’ll Appreciate That. It’s Nice Having Two Bedrooms and A Full Bath On The Main Floor Along With The Kitchen, Dining And Living Room. The Upstairs Offers An Additional 1,200 Sqft. of Open Space To Convert As Needed For More Family/Guests Or For Storage. There Is A 20’x12’ and a ...
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By Roy Kelley
(Realty Group Referrals)
July is Parks & Recreation Month in Gaithersburg, Maryland July is Parks & Recreation Month in the City of Gaithersburg, and will be proclaimed by the Mayor and City Council at its July 5 meeting. Using the National Recreation and Park Association theme of “We Rise Up for Parks and Recreation,” Gaithersburg will bring attention to how important it is to rise up and support parks and recreation staff and volunteers, as they rise up in service of equity, climate-readiness, and overall health and well-being. The City is excited to introduce the Explore Gaithersburg! Park Passport in partnership with G-PARC. Participate by visiting as many Gaithersburg parks as you can.Send a photo of your filled out passport to GPARC@gaithersburgmd.gov by Friday, August 5, to be entered into a drawing for ...
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By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055)
SOLD in the Westwood in Warner Robins GA 31088SOLD in Warner Robins GAThis home did not last long! Only three days on the market! My sellers reached out for my assistance when they were ready to sell. I'm happy to report that we have just SOLD and for 5% over asking price too! I wish my sellers well as they move forward with the next phase in their life.The result is another home just SOLD in the Westwood in Warner Robins GA 31088, courtesy of Anita Clark with Coldwell Banker Access Realty.As always, I am thrilled for my seller and very happy the result is another home SOLD in the Westwood in Warner Robins Georgia 31088. Thank you entrusting me to get your home listed, seen, and SOLD!Your Warner Robins Real Estate ProfessionalWhether you are buying or selling in the Warner Robins real e...
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By Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ
(Arizona Focus Realty)
🐈Is Tango a Good Supervisor?☀️For ALL of Your East Valley AZ Real Estate Needs📞Call or 🙋‍♂Text Brian at 480-773-2370📨Email Brian  ~  Search the MLS for FREEI know that there are many cat lovers in the Rain, so now you can follow the adventures of Tango, Trey, and Tom Boy if you love pictures of cats!  I welcome all to share photos of your cats along with your comment.☀️For ALL of Your East Valley AZ Real Estate Needs📞Call or 🙋‍♂Text Brian at 480-773-2370📨Email Brian  ~  Search the MLS for FREE
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By Dave Jones, Broker/Owner - e-PRO Dave Jones Realty llc Prospec
(Dave Jones Realty, llc.)
Why the Growing Number of Homes for Sale Is Good for Your Move Up In Connecticut Are you thinking about selling your current home? If so, the biggest question on your mind may be: if I sell now, where will I go? If this resonates with you, there’s something you should know. The number of homes coming onto the market is increasing and that could make it easier for you to move up this summer. According to the latest data from realtor.com, the number of homes being listed for sale, known as new listings, has increased consistently this year (see graph below): While this news has clear benefits for buyers who are craving more options for their home search, what does that mean for current homeowners like you? It gives you two distinct opportunities in today’s housing market. Opportunity #1: ...
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By David Jackson, MBA, Financial lending analyst
(Olympus Labs)
Whether you want to start saving for retirement or quit your current job, real estate investing is one of the beneficial ways to keep you financially stable. Many people think investing requires tons of money, but research and proper planning make it accessible to all beginners. It is beneficial as the returns outweigh the costs. Below are reasons why real estate investing is worth it.Tax benefits and deductionsThe cash income you receive from rentals is not subject to self-employment tax. Most governments offer tax benefits like depreciation and low tax rates for long-term profits. Real estate investors take advantage of the numerous tax breaks and deductions to save money during tax time. They deduct reasonable costs of owning, operating, and managing the property, like equipment main...
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By Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
(Get It Done For Me Virtual Services )
"When you have too many top priorities, you effectively have no top priorities." -- Stephen Covey ..Are you thinking of having a less tighter schedule to have more time on your priorities? You may consider delegating it to others. Our team of skilled virtual assistants and inside sales agents are more than ready to working with you. Text Coach Katerina Gasset at 561-502-1577 today!
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By DALIA KIBBY, Selling Broward County Homes with Passion!
(One Sothebys International Realty)
It can be tempting, especially with how hot the housing market has been over the past two years, to consider selling your home on your own. But today’s market is at a turning point, making it more essential than ever to work with a real estate professional. Not only will a trusted real estate advisor keep you updated and help you make the best decisions based on current market trends, but they’re also experts in managing the many aspects of selling your house. Here are five key reasons why working with a real estate professional makes sense today. 1. A Professional Follows the Latest Market Trends With higher mortgage rates, rising home prices, and a growing number of homes for sale, today’s housing market is showing signs of a shift back toward more pre-pandemic levels. When condition...
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By M.C. Dwyer, MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist
(Melody Russell Team at eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Big thanks to lender/blogger  John Meussner    who works out of Fair Oaks, CA but is licensed to loan in many states     (Mortgage and Lending with Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI NMLS #138061 MMCD #1141).     His blog includes a lot of helpful charts to illustrate the benefits of home ownership.     Renting has it's place for some people at certain times of their lives, as long as you keep in mind you're paying off someone else's mortgage, not your own. Where Did the Buyers Go?   My team is fortunate enough to work with some phenomenal real estate agents.  I'd argue we've been privileged to work with some of the very best in the country, and certainly some of the best in given markets.  And while most real estate is ex...
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