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By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes)
Yes, I admit it.I have a lonely house.I'm not sure why - it beckons near the cul-de-sac of a lovely, gated community in Oro Valley, surrounded by views and mountains and all the things that make our area special.It's not too big - not too small.  Clocking in at just over 3000 square feet, it offers versatility in floor plan.  There's a formal dining area, should you choose to make it so.  The current owners enjoy their Baby Grand piano versus another eating area when there's one attached to the open kitchen and island plan.  In addition, there's an extra study, media room, kids' playroom (whatever you wish to make it) adjoining three bedrooms and a bath.  Heck, it would even work as a multi-gen!It keeps up with it's neighbors - the same floor plan sold across the street for 1.1M.  This ...
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By Desiree Whalen, The Whalen Team
(Keller Williams Realty)
by The Whalen Team.**SOLD IN 6 DAYS!** Boat slip in Seapath Yacht Club, Wrightsville Beach, NC! Listed, marketed, and SOLD IN JUST 6 DAYS! Need help selling your boat slip here in southeastern NC? Call The Whalen Team TODAY- WE GET RESULTS! https://www.desireewhalen.com/seapath-yacht-club-wrightsville-beach-nc/
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By Desiree Whalen, The Whalen Team
(Keller Williams Realty)
by The Whalen Team.**SOLD IN 2 DAYS!** Beautiful 3br/2.5bth home w/big back yard in Northern Lights, Leland NC! Listed, marketed, and SOLD IN JUST 2 DAYS! Need help selling your property here in southeast NC? Call The Whalen Team today - WE GET RESULTS! https://www.desireewhalen.com/northern-lights-leland-nc/
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By Rhonda Gustitus, Real Estate's A Dream With Rhonda Gustitus Team!
(The Rhonda Gustitus Team)
OPEN HOUSE Come & see this beautiful home located in the beautiful community of “Cypress Falls” in North Port. Saturday 5/4 and Sunday 5/5 from 12-4pm Hope to see you there! ! Call the Rhonda Gustitus Team with any questions! 941-426-4394 #openhouse #RGTeam #kellerwilliams #homesforsale
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By Jackye Mumphrey, The Real Estate Maven® Atlanta Real Estate
(Keller Williams Realty Cityside)
The Maven Strikes Again! - Just Sold!Your Dream Townhome in Manhattan Pkwy, Decatur, GA is off the market! But don't fret, your perfect home awaits. Act fast and seize the next opportunity. Contact Jackye today to unlock the door to your future! Jackye Mumphrey, The Real Estate Maven⁠® www.TheRealEstateMaven.net 678-929-8330 #DecaturGA #MabletonSpecialty #AtlantaRealEstate #TheMavenStrikesAgain #JackyeMumphreyTheMaven #TheRealEstateMaven
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By Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold!
(RE/MAX Platinum)
New Berlin Condo Sales Market Report April 2024   My name is Kristin Johnston with RE/MAX Platinum.  My market report gives you the real estate activity for Condos in New Berlin WI. Are you looking to buy a Condo in New Berlin?  Wondering what your New Berlin Condo is worth?  Call/text me at 414 254 6647 or email me at kjohnston@remax.net. I specialize in Waukesha County Real Estate, and have a lot of experience with New Berlin Real Estate. Check out my website www.waukeshahousesforsale.com. Review my many happy client testimonials too! Condos in New Berlin WI Average List Price: $284,675 Average Sale Price: $306,025 Sale Price to List Price Ratio:  107.50% DOM: 3 In the New Berlin, Wisconsin Real Estate market 4 Condos sold; 0 were listed and sold by the same company, and 4 were sold b...
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By Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold!
(RE/MAX Platinum)
Oconomowoc WI Condo Sales Market Report April 2024   Oconomowoc Condos For Sale, Oconomowoc Realtor Kristin Johnston RE/MAX My name is Kristin Johnston with RE/MAX Platinum.  My market report gives you the real estate activity for Condos in  Oconomowoc WI. Are you looking to buy a condo in Oconomowoc?  Wondering what your Oconomowoc condo is worth? Call/text me at 414 254 6647 or email me at kjohnston@remax.net. I specialize in Waukesha County Real Estate, and have a lot of experience with Oconomowoc Real Estate. Check out my website www.waukeshahousesforsale.com! Review my many happy client testimonials too! In the Oconomowoc, Wisconsin Real Estate market 1 condos sold; 0 were listed and sold by the same company, and 1 was sold by a co-broke. In Oconomowoc, Wisconsin Real Estate market...
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By Sandra Nickel, The Hat Team
(Sandra Nickel REALTORS)
Whether you are selling a home or buying one, you are going to want to know the value of the home so that you can determine selling price or if the sale price is appropriate. But what you may not be aware of is that there are 3 different types of home values. It may be confusing to you when trying to determine what the true value of the home is. Let us break it down for you so that you will understand the 3 types of home values and what they mean.ASSESSED VALUEThe assessed value is the assigned dollar value of your home used by local tax assessors to determine property taxes. Tax assessors calculate assessed value based on various factors, which may include the appraised value and the fair market value, as well as any home improvements, whether you generate income from the property, and...
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By Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold!
(RE/MAX Platinum)
Waukesha County Home Sales Market April 2024Waukesha County Homes For Sale, Waukesha County Real Estate, Kristin Johnston, RE/MAX Real Estate Market Report for Waukesha County, WI for April 2024.  Waukesha County Real Estate, Waukesha County Homes For Sale My name is Kristin Johnston with RE/MAX Platinum.  My market report gives you the real estate activity for Waukesha County, WI for the last 30 days. Are you looking to buy a house in Waukesha County?  Wondering what your Waukesha County Home is worth? Call/text me at 414 254 6647 or email me at kjohnston@remax.net. I specialize in Waukesha County Real Estate, and have a lot of experience with Waukesha Real Estate and Pewaukee Real Estate.  In fact, I have lived in Waukesha, WI since 1997. Review my many happy client testimonials too! ...
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By Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes
(Waves Realty)
This was such a cute little home in bustling Palm Bay, FL. The owner's Mom had passed a couple of months ago, and she inherited the home. It was not in great shape, so my contractor came in and do some really nice updates for a great price. When went on the market and sold in ONE DAY with 13 offers for $15,100 over list.The home featured: 3 bedrooms 2 full baths primary suite with dual closets updates in the kitchen and both baths solid surface flooring throughout recent metal roof recent a/c unit updated electric box with 200 amp service screened back porch large covered front porch 2 large storage sheds I was excited to help the owner move on quickly, as well as getting her top dollar for her mother's home.If you have questions about real estate in Palm Bay, Melbourne, or any of our S...
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By Lew Corcoran, Real Estate Agent, Home Stager, & Photographer
(Better Living Real Estate, LLC)
Hey there, homeowners!Are you ready to put your house on the market, but feeling overwhelmed by the maze of contingencies and appraisals? Fear not! As your friendly neighborhood real estate expert, I’m here to guide you through the process with ease and confidence.Understanding ContingenciesContingencies are like a safety net for buyers. They’re conditions that must be met for the sale to go through. Common ones include: Home Inspection Contingency: Ensures the buyer can back out if there are major issues. Financing Contingency: Gives the buyer time to secure their mortgage. Appraisal Contingency: Protects the buyer if the home’s appraised value is less than the offer. As a seller, it’s crucial to negotiate these terms carefully. You want to protect your interests without scaring off po...
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By Lew Corcoran, Real Estate Agent, Home Stager, & Photographer
(Better Living Real Estate, LLC)
Hey there, fellow shutterbugs and real estate enthusiasts!Are you ready to take your real estate photography to the next level? Whether you’re snapping shots of cozy cottages or capturing the essence of expansive commercial spaces, I’ve got some hot tips to make your photos pop and your listings shine.Homes with a HeartFor those charming residential homes, the key is to capture the warmth. Use natural light to your advantage, and don’t shy away from those golden hour glows. Stage the scene to feel lived-in but not cluttered—think fresh flowers and a fruit bowl on the kitchen counter.Apartment AppealApartments can be tricky with their often limited space. Here’s a pro tip: use a wide-angle lens to get more of the room in the frame, but avoid going too wide to prevent distortion. And reme...
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By Lew Corcoran, Real Estate Agent, Home Stager, & Photographer
(Better Living Real Estate, LLC)
Hey there, savvy home sellers! Are you looking to make your property the talk of the town? Well, you’re in luck because today we’re diving into the art of home staging – your secret weapon to captivating a variety of buyers.First Impressions Matter - Let’s face it, first impressions are everything in the real estate world. Staging your home can create that unforgettable image in a buyer’s mind. Whether they’re a young professional, a growing family, or retirees looking to downsize, staging can speak directly to their desires.The Young Professional - For the go-getters and the movers-and-shakers, think sleek, modern, and minimal. A home office with the latest tech gadgets, a coffee nook for those early mornings, and a low-maintenance yard for their busy lifestyle will seal the deal.The G...
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By Lew Corcoran, Real Estate Agent, Home Stager, & Photographer
(Better Living Real Estate, LLC)
Welcome to the bustling world of real estate! If you’re reading this, chances are you’re sitting on a hot property that’s attracting more offers than a bee to honey. Congratulations! But with great desirability comes the great dilemma of choosing the right offer. Fear not, for I’m here to guide you through the maze of multiple offers with ease.Understanding the OffersFirst things first, let’s lay out all the offers on the table. It’s not just about the highest bid; it’s about the best terms. Look for offers with fewer contingencies, flexible closing dates, or all-cash proposals. These factors can make or break the deal.Communication is KeyKeep the lines of communication open with all potential buyers. Let them know they’re in a competitive situation and encourage their best offer. Trans...
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By Lew Corcoran, Real Estate Agent, Home Stager, & Photographer
(Better Living Real Estate, LLC)
In the digital age, short videos have become a powerful tool for storytelling and marketing. As a real estate agent, leveraging this medium can set your listings apart and captivate potential buyers. Here’s how you can use short videos to showcase your home’s features and its unique story.Capture the Essence of Your HomeStart by creating a narrative. What makes your home special? Is it the sun-drenched living room, the cozy fireplace, or the history behind the century-old oak tree in the backyard? Your video should tell the story of your home as if it were a character in a novel.Highlight Key FeaturesFocus on the unique selling points. Does the home boast an open floor plan, energy-efficient appliances, or smart home technology? Use your video to guide viewers through these features as ...
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By Lew Corcoran, Real Estate Agent, Home Stager, & Photographer
(Better Living Real Estate, LLC)
Are you looking to sell your home and want to make the best first impression on potential buyers? Hiring a professional home stager might just be the secret ingredient you need. Home staging can transform your space, making it more appealing and helping buyers envision themselves living there. But how do you find the right stager for your home? Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you through the process.Step 1: Understand the Value of Home Staging Before you start your search, it’s important to understand why home staging is worth the investment. Staged homes often sell faster and for higher prices because they look move-in ready and are styled to appeal to a broad range of buyers.Step 2: Research Local Home Stagers Start by searching online for home stagers in your area. Look for profe...
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By Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties)
Another Vacant lot Sold! Interestingly I sold this lot a few years ago, the buyer wanted to have seller financing and sadly the buyer ended up defaulting. On a side note, I did not represent the buyer.Now with that said this time it was an all-cash transaction again not my buyer.Directions : Head North on San Fernando Rd to Future St to Kemper St to Cliff DrRemarks : Huge Price reduction, this is the best priced view lot in Mount Washington area. One of the largest lots in the area and it has a gentle up slope, truly a rare find in the area. Great for a developer or for an owner user who wants to build a view home in the coveted Mount Washington area of Los Angeles. All the utilities are in the street all you have to do is connect to them. Seller financing is available, reach out to the...
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By Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTAcondos.com, Associate Broker
(Harry Norman, REALTORS® )
 Nestled in the coveted heart of Vinings, Cobb County, Highlands at Vinings emerges as a premier townhome enclave, epitomizing luxury living in Atlanta, GA. With a limited collection of just 31 units, this gated community offers an exclusive retreat for discerning homeowners. Each residence boasts expansive four-story layouts, complete with private elevators for seamless access between floors, while private rooftop terraces afford breathtaking views of the Atlanta skyline and Buckhead. Impeccably designed with upscale finishes, including Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, quartz counters, and spa-like primary baths, these homes redefine modern sophistication. Highlands at Vinings caters to both convenience and indulgence, with its strategic location near The Battery Atlanta, Vinings Jubilee,...
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By April Swenson, CRS and Managing Broker - Ocean Shores Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers)
OCEAN SHORES REAL ESTATEJust Sold SOLD 4/30/24: 2 Lots ~ 475 Inlet Ave, hashtag#OceanShores, WA; and 1261 Storm King Ave, hashtag#OceanShores, WA.The first is located near the Beach and Downtown. The second is located in the Jetty Area.Sold for $41K and $49K cash, respectively.Congratulations to my Sellers! Also to Cindy T. and Kim C., Buyers' Brokers.I praise God for His blessings.
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By Ed Silva, 203-206-0754, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 )
Terryville CT Home Under Deposit in 4 DaysIt didn't take long for a line of buyers to want to view the property with the hope of making it theirs. A contract came in after the first showing, but all were told there were multiple showing requests and an open house scheduled and nothing would be decided until all had their opportunity.Seller was to review offers on Tuesday AM, and was presented with 4 possibilities from which to choose.All looked strong, and all were over asking, which speaks to the current home market in CT.Here's hoping that the process flows smoothly and that we close at the end of the month so sellers can relocate in retirement to TN. Terryville CT Home Under Deposit in 4 Days
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