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.

This board rolls all day long with the newest blog posts to our site. You’ll find some diamonds in the rough on this page, so check back often to peruse the blog roll and learn from our committed community of real estate professionals.

The newest blog posts on ActiveRain

By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
In today's fast-paced real estate market, it's easy for home sellers to get caught up in the whirlwind of online marketing and listing prices. However, the true value of your home may not always align with what you see online. Let me share a real-life example from my recent listing on Eldlestone in Ashburn, Virginia, within the beautiful Loudoun Valley Estate neighborhood.As a local expert in Loudoun County and the Loudoun Valley Estate, I understand the nuances of this market. When my home sellers initially looked online for pricing guidance, they were presented with a range of numbers. But we decided to aim higher, listing the property at $1.175 million.The result? We not only sold it at this ambitious price but also secured the top dollar value for the neighborhood, all within three ...
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By Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell
(Front Gate Real Estate)
It doesn't take much to make a good first impression, right? A little effort can go a long way, regardless of the situation. Today my buyer client saw her new home "in person" for the very first time.  We went under contract about five weeks ago. Since the purchaser lived several states away, we did a video conference during my initial showing appointment.The house was stunning. It was obvious the seller took excellent care of this home, and it had a warm, happy feel.Although the home had multiple offers, we were the successful bidders and went under contract.The buyer was naturally nervous to buy a home sight unseen, but when we walked through the front door of her new home today, all fears dissipated. The first thing I noticed was a pleasant clean scent. The hardwood floors were gleam...
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By Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert, Call me at 850-517-7098
(PMI. Destin)
  599 Scenic Gulf Drive Unit 101, Miramar Beach, FL Click here to Get Directions          Photos Maps & Local Schools Print $ CLICK FOR CURRENT PRICE 4 BEDROOMS 4 BATHROOMS Breathtaking Gulf Front Oasis with Stunning Views of Pool and Beach! Welcome to your dream coastal retreat in the heart of Miramar Beach, Florida! This captivating four-bedroom condo on the first floor offers a rare opportunity to enjoy the ultimate beachfront lifestyle. With recent renovations adding a touch of modern luxury, this sun-kissed gem is sure to leave you enchanted. Key Features: Gulf Front Living: Embrace the soothing sounds of waves and the gentle sea breeze from the comfort of your own home. This condo sits right on the sandy shores of the Gulf of Mexico, ensuring unobstructed views of the shimmering w...
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By Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired
(Wayne M Martin)
Thanks again for the time you took to guide us on our choosing of Branson attractions. Your recommendations were spot on as attested to by my wife JoAnn, sister-in-law Karolyn, Geoffrey and myself.We went to Top of the Rock and went on the Golf Cart tour. The photo above was captured on the tour. Everybody was amazed at the sights. See photo below.After about 90 minutes of some magnificent sights it was time for a trip to the Arnold Palmer Restaurant for a small bite. The views along with the refreshments were awesome.My 3 companions wanted me to let the rest of those on Active Rain know how cool Branson, Missouri is if you follow the suggestions of faye schubert, the attraction expert.Enjoy your evening.   
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By Devin Keays, MBA
(Keller Williams The Marketplace)
  See more details about this Single Story Las Veg Home: Listed at a price of $659,500 with modern features and a low-maintenance design.Welcome to this meticulously maintained gem located in the heart of Southwest Las Vegas! Experience the perfect blend of modern conveniences and hassle-free living in this single story pool home tour.🔹 Highlights Include:🚗 Located in the Monaco community on the west side of Las Vegas.🌆 Volume 10-foot ceilings that elevate your living experience🪶 Fresh new flooring and paint that scream contemporary elegance🔥 Spacious family room featuring a warm and cozy gas fireplace☀️ Bright and airy spaces with tons of natural light🍳 Fully revamped kitchen with brand-new cabinets, appliances, and stunning granite countertops fit for any culina...
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Localist Realty)
El Cajon Weekly Market Update September 17th - 23rd, 2023 Cottonwood Meadows RECENTLY SOLD Greencrest Drive | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1528 sq. ft. | $739,000 Kings Mark NEWLY LISTED Jamacha Road | 3 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1014 sq. ft. | $520,000 Tristan NEWLY LISTED Via Rancho San Diego | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1136 sq. ft. | $520,000 RECENTLY SOLD Via Rancho San Diego | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1258 sq. ft. | $625,878 Valley View RECENTLY SOLD Graves Avenue | 1 bedrooms | 1 baths | 563 sq. ft. | $324,900
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
Lets not forget what we can learn from Lou Ludwig Your Attitude Will Light Your Way “A Positive attitude will light your way on your success journey and bring new opportunities within your focus to see. A negative attitude will cloud your future and obscure the opportunities.” Lou Ludwig, Sales and Management Consultant, Success Coach, Speaker, Trainer and Author   As I see it. . . . . . . . Your attitude will light your way   Keep your attitude positive . . . . and you will find your way.   You can choose to live in the darkness of life . . . . and complain about the circumstances. . . . . Or you can create your own light with a positive attitude.   No matter how dark it appears . . . . There’s a switch on your attitude that will turn on the lights. It’s your responsibility to find tha...
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(Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310)
RECIPE: Tastefully Tuesday - Avocado Quinoa SaladLooking for something to have with a fabulously marinated steak for dinner tonight, I decided upon this delicious and healthy Avocado Quinoa Salad. It's simple, nutritious and, the best part,  you can whip it up in no time! INGREDIENTS: 1 cup quinoa, cooked 2 - 3 ripe avocados, diced 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved 1 cucumber, diced 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped Juice of 1 lemon 2 tbsp olive oil Salt and pepper to taste (as with most recipes, I use smoked pepper - it definitely adds a great dimension to the flavor).  INSTRUCTIONS: Cook the Quinoa: Follow package instructions to cook 1 cup of quinoa. Let it cool. Prep the Veggies: Dice the avocados, halve the cherry tomatoes, dice the cucumber and finely c...
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By Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
(RE/MAX Advantage)
 211 W. Woodruff, Searcy ARIt once was a light color and easier to picture and admire.  It is now this dark color and harder to get a good view and picture. The court house says it was built in 1885 and says that is scheduled for foreclosure on October 19, 2023. And I say, "Please, recognize it as a very historic house and deserves to be respected and kept."Too many historic homes have been eliminated in Searcy AR and I hope this one will be bought and loved.  It was a foreclosure before in 2013.  I wrote a blog about it then.  Click to see it in light colors and read about its structure and a bit of history.  
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By Jim Paulson, Owner,Broker
(Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho)
Today, I logged into yet another amazing ActiveRain Zoom weekly Zoom call.  Today, Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD covered some great points regarding Artificial Intelligence and more.One thing he taught me was that you could use DuckDuckGo as an extension while still using Google Chrome.  I thought I would give it a try so I installed the extension.That taught me a Bonus Lesson too!  The very first time I used my search bar it came up with this notification stating it had blocked Facebook from tracking that search!I double checked and I didn't even have Facebook open on any of my tabs at the time!The same crap happens when you just talk about something around one of your devices these days.  Haven't you noticed how you could be talking about something extremely obscure and then it starts popp...
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By Eric Lawrence Frazier MBA, Founder and CEO of The Power Is Now Media, Inc.
(The Power Is Now Media, Inc. )
 In this exciting episode part 2, Adriana dive deep into the Florida Hometown Heroes program. Discover how this extraordinary initiative is changing the game for aspiring homeowners in Florida.Join Adriana Montes, CEO and broker-owner of Florida Dreams Capital, as she breaks down the eligibility criteria for this remarkable program. Learn how to qualify as a first-time homebuyer, what income thresholds apply, and why working with a qualified loan officer like Eric Frazier NMLS 461807 is essential. Explore the benefits, from reduced interest rates to substantial financial assistance. Whether you're aiming to purchase your first home or seeking expert real estate insights, this video has you covered.We'd love to hear from you! Share your thoughts in the comments below. If you found this v...
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:
(Arizona Elite Properties )
Moving Tip #6…Almost Home   You’re almost ready to settle into your new home.  The first 5 moving tips included tips on how to edit your treasures and pack for your move.    If you’ve followed the tips outlined in the posts, you’ve taken pictures of items you’re moving as well as how to reconnect your computer and television cables. You’ve marked your boxes and made lists so that you know what’s in them.    Moving day has arrived!  You’re almost done but there are a few more items to complete your smooth move!!           LAST MINUTE ITEMS _Don’t rely on your memory; have a checklist _Make sure to leave behind such as garage door openers, etc. _If you’re coming back to clean, make sure that you set aside cleaning supplies and tools. If you have a professional crew coming in, ensure the ...
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By Eric Lawrence Frazier MBA, Founder and CEO of The Power Is Now Media, Inc.
(The Power Is Now Media, Inc. )
 🏡 Ready to unlock the path to homeownership in Florida? Join CEO and Broker Owner, Adriana Montes from Florida Dreams Realty, on the Adriana Montes Real Estate Show as we dive into the fantastic news about the Florida Hometown Heroes program! This is a must-watch if you're looking to buy a home in the Sunshine State.🔑 In this video part 1, Adriana breaks down the program's qualifications and highlight its incredible benefits. From additional funding of $100 million to down payment assistance, lower interest rates, and special perks for service members, this program has something for everyone. Plus, she share how you can get in touch with a loan officer who can guide you through the process.📢 Your action is crucial! If you're excited about the opportunities this program offers, leave a ...
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By Sean Gilliam, Real Estate on the Front Range
(LoKation Real Estate)
When buying a home there is so much to know and consider, more than you'll probably remember. In this episode, I explain the Colorado Real Estate Commission approved Brokerage Disclosure to Buyer form, a disclosure intended to help you understand the defined roles in which we as licensed real estate brokers can serve you.Questions? Don't hesitate to get in touch with me! About the author: Sean Gilliam is a real estate agent with LoKation Real Estate in Northern Colorado.  Sean can be reached at or by phone at 970-313-6706.  For additional content see Sean’s Youtube channel or to search for properties see his web page.Interested in buying a home or selling your current home?  I am committed to your success.  Give me a call at 970-313-6706 to get started.
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By Danny Frank, The Pearland Real Estate Expert
(JLA Realty)
Advancing Education: Friendswood ISD's Forward-Thinking Initiatives for 2023-24Friendswood Independent School District (FISD) is taking a leap into the future with the introduction of several innovative initiatives aimed at advancing the quality of education and fostering a more personalized learning environment for its students.Focus on Community Engagement: Introducing the "Focus Team"In an effort to foster community engagement and gain valuable insights, FISD officials have inaugurated the “Friendswood ISD Focus Team”. This initiative invites 25 community members to participate in discussions revolving around various aspects of education and learning. The team, consisting of a diverse group selected through a lottery system, will attend sessions throughout the school year, providing ...
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By Tom Bashe, Your Temecula Valley Expert
(Localist Realty)
Carlsbad Weekly Market Update September 17th - 23rd, 2023 Golf Crest RECENTLY SOLD Gibraltar | 3 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1466 sq. ft. | $795,000 Las Playas RECENTLY SOLD Peach Tree Road | 3 bedrooms | 2.5 baths | 1428 sq. ft. | $999,000 Sea Cliff RECENTLY SOLD Lantana Terrace | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1278 sq. ft. | $1,125,000 The Villas RECENTLY SOLD New Castle Way | 2 bedrooms | 2 baths | 994 sq. ft. | $649,900
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By Joseph Domino 480-390-6011, Real Estate Made Easy
I like reading Rob Spinosa 's articles he presents options we don't often think about. Ain't Nobody (Doing a Cash-Out Refi Right Now)      If you believe the statistics, 90% of homeowners with a mortgage will have a home loan rate somewhere under 5% these days.  And it's a safe bet to assume that a high percentage of those may be under 4% or even 3%.  If you're one of these fortunate borrowers, the thought of refinancing your historically-priced mortgage to get cash out --- a.k.a., a "cash out refinance" --- is a non-starter.  To quote Chaka Khan, "ain't nobody" is doing a cash-out refi unless they ain't got no better option.   But often there can be a better option.  The most common one is a home equity line of credit, or HELOC.  But these loan types are adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs...
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By Anna Chroscicki, Realtor - St. Lucie County affordable Real Estate
(Re/Max Masterpiece Realty)
 Find more Real Estate Terms under: Anna Chroscicki with RE/MAX Masterpiece RealtyCall me at 772-485-4188 with any Real Estate Questions. Web-site:www.annasellsrealestate.com1775 SW Gatlin Blvd Ste 101, PSL, FL, 34953Selling Real Estate On Treasure Coast Since 2000.   
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By Rob Spinosa, Mortgage Loan Originator, Marin County
(US Bank)
Ain't Nobody (Doing a Cash-Out Refi Right Now)   If you believe the statistics, 90% of homeowners with a mortgage will have a home loan rate somewhere under 5% these days.  And it's a safe bet to assume that a high percentage of those may be under 4% or even 3%.  If you're one of these fortunate borrowers, the thought of refinancing your historically-priced mortgage to get cash out --- a.k.a., a "cash out refinance" --- is a non-starter.  To quote Chaka Khan, "ain't nobody" is doing a cash-out refi unless they ain't got no better option. But often there can be a better option.  The most common one is a home equity line of credit, or HELOC.  But these loan types are adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs) that track Prime Rate, which, here in the fall of 2023, is currently at 8.5%.  However, th...
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By Broker Patty Da Silva Da Silva, Top Listing Broker
( Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253)
Lovely 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment in highly desirable Pembroke Pines has just received a fresh coat of paint. Enjoy private in-unit laundry and easy maintenance with tile and brand new laminate flooring. A spacious kitchen has plenty of cabinets. The private balcony has views of the tennis court. Lovely community with well-maintained grounds features tennis and a swimming pool. A fabulous location, this condo is just minutes to shops and restaurants. Small pet considered with additional pet deposit. Visit: at 10537 NW 10th St # 204 Pembroke Pines, FL 33026Call us at 954-667-7253 to schedule your showing or to set up an appointment with Broker Patty Da Silva to list your home.
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