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Recent blogs on ActiveRain Community
By Valerie Almanzar, MBA
(Your Casa Team - Keller Williams Realty)
716 Torretta Drive Southwest Welcome to this fantastic home! This home is move in ready with all the appliances! If you are looking for light and bright, this is it! The bathrooms were remodeled and feature tile work throughout. There is no carpet in this home! The rooms are spacious and offer nice sized closets. The backyard is spacious and landscaped! This beautifully done home will not be available for long! Call today for your private viewing! Contact Information:Valerie AlmanzarKeller Williams RealtyYour Casa Team 505-923-4670 / 50​5-897-1100
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By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent
(Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374)
Fork It Over: June ActiveRain Recipe Challenge June’s challenge is designed for ActiveRain members to discover one another's favorite summer recipes that please the crowds, are self-created or handed down through several generations.   Kathy Streib and I will be your kitchen helpers or grilling assistants for this special event. Please reach out to either one of us for questions or more information, we are happy to help!  Raid that pantry and unleash your inner chef to create or share a dish that everyone enjoys at your house. Maybe it’s a summer salad, tacos, stir fry, ice cream, get creative! You can impress us with an appetizer, main course, refreshing dessert, or even a fusion dish. RULES for THE CHALLENGE:✅  One hundred word minimum.✅ List ingredients & measurements.✅  Take a photo...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
Another day, another closed deal! This beautiful home in Alexandria is officially off the market. This cozy home located in Pointe at Park Center is not just about the comfort of its own, but also the transportation convenience and amenities it offers. Here are a few things about this home:This one-storey home offers LVP flooring, an open floor plan with natural lighting, and some brand new quartz countertops and cabinets in its kitchen. Next to the living room is a private balcony with extra storage, and a primary suite with a large walk-in closet which provides more space for storage.Talk about amenities - Pointe at Park Center offers only the best amenities like an outdoor pool, hot tub, fitness center, dog park, basketball court, playground, and grilling stations. A shuttle to Penta...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties)
Did you know that the average homeowner has a net worth 38 times higher than the average renter?Well as a seasoned Realtor I did know this, ironically not all buyers do and many buyers are not willing to compromise the "better" rental location to what they can afford in their "budget".  Sadly, that is an ego and status problem. In the long run the renters lose out.Yes, there are benefits to calling the landlord or the manager if there is an issue when it comes to plumbing, electricity and other issues. On the other hand, a few calls to a good electrician and a plumber as a homeowner goes a long way. Just my two cents.Wishing you a safe and healthy life and I look forward to your comments. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, focused and goal-oriented Realtor in the Beverly Hills area...
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By KAREN SANCHEZ, ...Marketing your home like no one else will.
( Reputable Realty)
Sellers, looking for a unique marketing plan?I market your home like no one else will.Buyers, I offer Mom-approved customer service.Agents, I am a referral resource you can trust.Call me, and we can talk. I serve the Victor Valley of CA and the Hill Country area deep in the heart of Texas. I'm Karen Sanchez, REALTOR. "Marketing your house like no one else will."760-684-0250 Licensed in two states: CA and TX.Working in the Victor Valley and South Bay area, with some other SoCal areas by request, and the Hill Country of Texas.Legal stuff to follow.Karen L. Sanchez Broker, Reputable Realty License #01804752 Email: karen@karensoldit.netBerkshire Hathaway HomeServices Don Johnson Realtors, New Braunfels, TX Cell: 760-684-0250 Office: 830-624-8272Texas Real Estate Commission Information About...
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By Greg Tresler, We Buy Houses For Cash As Is! House Buyers Florida
(House Buyers Florida)
Ensuring your HVAC system is well-maintained is key to a comfortable summer. From replacing air filters to checking refrigerant levels, these top 10 HVAC maintenance tips will help you optimize efficiency. But, there's one often overlooked aspect that can make a significant difference in your system's performance. Stay tuned to uncover this crucial factor that could save you both money and hassle this summer. Regularly Replace Air Filters Make sure to replace your air filters every 1-3 months to maintain optimal HVAC system performance. Dirty filters can restrict airflow, causing your system to work harder and less efficiently. By changing your filters regularly, you ensure that your HVAC system can effectively circulate clean air throughout your home. Clogged filters can also lead to i...
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By Peter Mohylsky, Destin BeachPro, Call me at 850-517-7098
(PMI. Destin)
getting closer I like to think that people want me to work for them.  I always tell buyers and sellers that they are the boss of me.  Making them feel important is something that we all should do.   For Sellers I give them a Seller guide and in it on the first page is a Guarantee of Service.  It states :  If for any reason, you are not 100% satisfied with my service, just let me know and I promise to correct the situation within 24 hours.  If the remedy is not satisfactory, I will release them from the listing agreement with no further obligations.  I am so sure you will be happy with My Service, I guarantee it. I have only lost one seller in since 1997 and that was a situation of he was a heavy smoker and his house smell to much like smoke.  I made the suggestion that he smokes in the ...
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By Myers Jackson, America's Auctioneer
(Auctioneer, Texas Flip N Move )
Travis County Land for Sale Near AustinLearn More and Make Your Offer HereTravis County land for sale near Austin consists of 80 acres, more or less, of undeveloped land densely covered in trees and vegetation.Special terms and conditions, and Buyer's Premium apply for all sales.Information About Brokerage ServicesTexas Real Estate Commission Consumer Protection NoticeTo Contact the Texas Department of Licensing and RegulationMyers Jackson License DisclosuresMyers Jackson TX Broker 0698695Myers Jackson TX Auctioneer TDLR 17057 
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By Valerie Almanzar, MBA
(Your Casa Team - Keller Williams Realty)
1600 Atrisco Drive Southwest Welcome to this excellent investment opportunity! This land features 2 structures which need to be remodeled/renovated. You can't touch land in this area at this price! Seller is willing to do owner financing! Contact Information:Valerie AlmanzarKeller Williams RealtyYour Casa Team 505-923-4670 / 505-897-1100​
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Exciting news! 🏡 We're thrilled to announce that this property in Hilliard is now UNDER CONTRACT! 🎉✨ and we can't wait to see what the future holds for the lucky new homeowners.   We had multiple offers on this unit so there are buyers looking for another property like this!    Yours could be next. List with us!☎ +1 614-431-1770 | 📩 erikhiss@gmail.com 
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By Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA
(Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.)
"Sometimes you deserve a second chance, not because you weren't fabulous the first time but because the timing and circumstances weren't quite right. You just got overlooked."   -Carol Williams  Second Chance Saturday is all about giving deserving posts more exposure. If you see a deserving post that didn't get Featured, be sure to tag me in the comment section of any post, and watch for it in the next edition of Second Chance Saturday. * * * * * * * * * *Let's Welcome This Week's First Time Bloggers:Jerri Ingram   Prabhu Kumar   Dream Home Mortgage    * * * * * * * * * *How To Make A Big Difference By: Lou Ludwig "As I see it..."In The Arena By: Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets "It's easy and it's lazy to sit outside of a complicated situation and attack the people inv...
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By Ritu Desai 703-625-4949, Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor
(Samson Properties)
Thinking about renovating your home? Some people are quick to do upgrades such as adding a pool, or getting one of those gazebos but not having enough space, or things like indoor neon signs. If you're kind of lost as to what needs upgrading to increase your property's value, here are some of the best ones to check out:1. Upgrade KitchenAlmost every buyer heads to the kitchen as the first thing they want to see when buying a home. If you want to stand out, install high-end appliances, use premium materials like quartz or marble countertops, and add custom cabinetry for a sleek, functional space.2. Modernize InteriorsOpen up the floor plan, upgrade to hardwood floors, and incorporate smart lighting and home automation for a contemporary feel.3. Get a Bathroom UpgradeCreate a spa-like ret...
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
I like to think that people want me to work for them.  I always tell buyers and sellers that they are the boss of me.  Making them feel important is something that we all should do.  For Sellers I give them a Seller guide and in it on the first page is a Guarantee of Service.  It states :  If for any reason, you are not 100% satisfied with my service, just let me know and I promise to correct the situation within 24 hours.  If the remedy is not satisfactory, I will release them from the listing agreement with no further obligations.  I am so sure you will be happy with My Service, I guarantee it.I have only lost one seller in since 1997 and that was a situation of he was a heavy smoker and his house smell to much like smoke.  I made the suggestion that he smokes in the garage or outside...
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By Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
A thought for a Monday evening...If you want to get somewhere, you have to start somewhere, so...  "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." Arthur Ashe And then - do a bit more and a bit more, and watch the momentum carry you to the next step.  And don't forget... give thanks to the soldiers who fought and died to make it possible for you to have that choice.  Wishing you all things good,Marte
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By Liz and Bill Spear, Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs
(Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Our home is surrounded by woods, and with woods comes the need for periodic tree maintenance.  Emerald ash borers have been lethal to area ash trees over the last couple of decades, and our woods are no exception.  We had three trees that needed dropped, one was a threat to our bee yard, another to our parking area, and the 3rd was close to the garage side of our home, and clean-up was needed for a 4th tree that had fallen in the side yard a couple of weeks ago after a storm.There's a well-known local tree service we've used over the years and always with good results.  Any time someone in the local Facebook group asks for a recommendation, this company is the most recommended.Thursday we had an appointment for them to come out and drop the 3 trees.  The first tree and a hanging branch ...
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On May 22, 2024, National Association of Realtors® (NAR) reported that nationwide median home value price was $407,600 in April of 2024 gained 5.7% from the price of $385,800 in April of 2023.Single family home sales were at annual rate of 3.74 million units in April of 2024 declined 2.1% from the annual rate of 3.82 million home sales in Mach of 2024, and and 1.3% from home sales in April of 2023. The median single family home price was $412,100 in April of 2024, increased 5.6% from April of 2023.Condominium and co-op sales were same 0.0% to an annual rate of 400,000 units in April of 2024 from March of 2024, but fell 7.0% from 430,000 in April of 2023. Median existing condo price was $365,300 in April of 2024, higher 5.4% from $346,700 in April of 2023.Distressed homes sales were 2.0%...
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By Greg Tresler, We Buy Houses For Cash As Is! House Buyers Florida
(House Buyers Florida)
To prepare your HVAC system for the upcoming surge in temperatures, first and foremost, ensuring your air filters are in top shape is crucial for efficiency and air quality. But that's just the beginning. Outdoor unit maintenance and thermostat programming play key roles in maximizing performance. And don't forget about the importance of professional upkeep and ensuring proper airflow. These steps are essential for a smoothly operating system when the heat is on.Check and Change Air Filters To ensure optimal performance, regularly check and change your HVAC system's air filters before the summer heat arrives. Clogged filters can restrict airflow, making your system work harder and less efficiently. Start by locating the air filter slot on your HVAC unit. Switch off the system before rem...
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By Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho, North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227
(Sandpoint Realty LLC)
Sandpoint Realty 'Monday Motivation' is meant as an additional thought regarding Memorial Day. We many time wonder if whom a quote is attributed to is actually the originator.  I have little doubt that we can be confident this comes from General Patton.  Trust everyone enjoyed the weekend and took a moment to remember all those that did and are sacrificing in that we may enjoy all the activities associated with Memorial Day.  
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By Greg Tresler, We Buy Houses For Cash As Is! House Buyers Florida
(House Buyers Florida)
As you ponder the future of HVAC technology, envision a world where your comfort, energy efficiency, and air quality are seamlessly optimized. Picture smart HVAC systems remotely adjusting to your needs, advanced air purification quietly ensuring a healthier environment, and artificial intelligence intuitively managing your comfort levels. The incorporation of renewable energy sources adds a sustainable touch to the equation. The evolution of HVAC technology holds a myriad of possibilities, each poised to transform the way we interact with our indoor environments. Energy-Efficient HVAC Systems To enhance sustainability and reduce energy consumption, energy-efficient HVAC systems are becoming increasingly popular in both residential and commercial settings. You can benefit from these sys...
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
If you're interested in Baltimore real estate, Margaret Rome is the person to contact. After rewarding careers as a head nurse, ceramic artist, wife, and mother, she uncovered her true passion in real estate in 1990. With her years of experience, deep local knowledge, and dedication to her clients, Margaret, the published author of "Real Estate the Rome Way," provides personalized service. She takes the time to understand your needs and those of your home, and her ultimate goal is a smooth settlement. With thirty-four years of experience in the Baltimore real estate market, she has the expertise to assist you in finding the perfect home in the ideal location. As the broker and owner of HomeRome Realty, Margaret has been consistently blogging since 2006, writing over 5000 posts.  Continu...
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