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By RealBird Real Estate Marketing, All-In-One Real Estate Marketing Toolkit
(RealBird Inc.)
RISMedia has a good intro here on how various agents and brokers navigate the buyer agent compensation related commission discourse with their clients.For those of you who have seize the moment and decided to continue to provide buyer agent compensation through your sellers, we announced a great new RealBird feature last week. The Buyer Agent Commission Minisite on RealBird can be easily set up with a few clicks on RealBird for your listings, and you can share your seller's buyer agent compensation details privately or publicly.Since our last post, these Buyer Agent Commission Minisites are popping up on our platform. Here is an example courtesy of Heather Marie Seropian / License: L3444136 / Meant2b Realtyhttps://realbird.com/bac/632824-32697   << shared as a private linkhttps://listin...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
Navigating the Financial Foundations for Prospective Real Estate InvestorsThis comprehensive guide delves into the financial prerequisites essential for diving into real estate investing. It emphasizes the critical role of paystubs in loan applications and outlines strategies to ensure financial readiness for aspiring investors.Introduction:The allure of real estate investing lies not just in the bricks and mortar but in the promise of building lasting wealth. However, the journey from aspiring investor to property mogul is paved with financial decisions, each requiring careful consideration and preparation. Whether you're eyeing your first rental property or looking to expand your portfolio, understanding your financial readiness is paramount. This article explores the financial prereq...
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By Robert Havana, Alberta Real Estate License Parking
(Park and Protect- Alberta Real Estate License Parking)
As our careers ebb and flow within the real estate industry, our personal circumstances often create changes or the need to adapt our careers accordingly.  Being licensed since 1993, I can attest that my career in the industry has experienced several dramatic changes since first entering the industry over 30 years ago.  For myself, these changes followed a variety of life events (getting married, having kids, relocating, getting divorced, changing markets, changing specialties within the real estate industry, planning for eventual retirement, etc).One of the tools which I have made use of during some of these changes has been temporarily parking my real estate license.  Many industry members have not ever heard the term "license parking" before, as quite simply it is not a widely advert...
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By Denise Gentile, REALTOR , Riverside County
(Coldwell Banker Associated Brokers Realty)
Why Experience Matters: *21 Years Experience* "Results Driven" Denise Gentile - Your Riverside County Realtor in Menifee, CA.  DRE# 01392403In the fast-paced world of real estate, finding the right guide to navigate through the complexities of buying or selling a property is crucial. As the market continues to evolve, it's become increasingly evident that experience and dedication are indispensable qualities in a realtor. This is where Denise Gentile at Coldwell Banker ABR in Riverside County, CA, shines.With over two decades of experience under her belt, Denise Gentile brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table. Having successfully closed over 300 transactions, she has honed her skills and refined her approach to ensure her clients receive top-notch service from start to f...
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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. )
📌 Welcome back to The Power Is Now Real Estate TV! Whether you're on the go or at home, stay informed with Cesi Pagano, a seasoned expert with over 37 years of experience in the industry. From buying to selling and managing properties, get invaluable advice and insights you won't find anywhere else. Plus, discover how to access our content on your mobile device or podcast platform. Don't miss out on this opportunity to stay ahead of the game!📣 Join the conversation and unlock the secrets of the real estate market! Follow us for more updates and subscribe to our podcast for exclusive content. Reach out to Cesi Pagano for personalized assistance in Orange County and beyond. Let's make your real estate dreams a reality!🌐 The Power Is Now Media: https://www.thepowerisnow.com/📞 Contact Eric ...
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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. )
📌 Welcome back to The Power Is Now Real Estate TV! Join us for an insightful market update with Cesi Pagano, a seasoned expert with over 37 years of experience in the industry. From Detroit to Texas, Cesi Pagano covers the latest trends in Orange County and beyond. Discover valuable intel from the pros who know the market inside out. Whether you're a homeowner or an investor, this episode is packed with must-know information!📣 In this episode part 2, Don't miss out on expert advice! Share your thoughts in the comments below and hit the share button to spread the knowledge with your friends. Follow us for more updates and subscribe to our newsletter for exclusive content!🌐 The Power Is Now Media: https://www.thepowerisnow.com/📞 Contact Eric L. Frazier, MBA CEO The Power Is Now Media: 714...
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By Peter Tamura, BANNOCHIE TEAM
(Coldwell Banker Select)
Yes, Propy is a Crypto Project that is putting real estate transactions on the blockchain. It's up 18.5% today, 659% for the year, or more than the best performing stock in the SP 500 this year.This is not financial advice, I just want to lay out the prospects for why this may be a good idea, some things I'm concerned about and just generally introduce the topic if you were not aware of it.I have always considered Title Fees/Insurance to be expensive and thought that there must be a better way to do this.A Blockchain records all transactions so could be a good way to record Title Transfers and simplify the process. It appears that you can record a property as an NFT (non fungible token) think of it as a registered unique digital item. In other words, a work of art is non-fungible, it is...
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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. )
 📌 Join us for an exclusive market update on the bustling Orange Country South Country real estate scene! Hosted by Eric L. Frazier, MBA, president and CEO of The Power Is Now Media this episode features the fabulous Cesi Pagano, a seasoned expert with over 37 years of experience in the industry. From first-time homebuyers to luxury estates, Cesi Pagano covers it all, sharing valuable insights and tips for navigating the competitive market.📣 In this episode part 1, Don't miss out on expert advice! Leave a comment sharing your thoughts on the Orange Country South Country real estate market and hit the share button to spread the knowledge with your friends. Follow us for more updates and subscribe to our newsletter for exclusive content!🌐 The Power Is Now Media: https://www.thepowerisnow....
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By Michael Elliott, Burlington, New Jersey real estate sales
(Fathom Realty)
REALTORS® shall not undertake to provide specialized professional services concerning a type of property or service that is outside their field of competence unless they engage the assistance of one who is competent on such types of property or service, or unless the facts are fully disclosed to the client. I did not make that up, the Realtor Code of Ethics includes it, for all to see. It means exactly what it says: If a client asks you to sell their commercial property, or land, and that is not your area of expertise, you should tell your client as such. It means that if you are not an attorney, you should never give (even well meaning) legal advise to anyone. It means that if I live in Burlington Township, New Jersey, and you want to buy a $5,000,000 property with me at the Jersey Sho...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
As the world grapples with the ever-increasing challenges of climate change, it has become imperative for us to find ways to reduce our energy consumption and dependence on fossil fuels. One solution that has gained significant traction in recent years is retrofitting existing buildings for energy efficiency. By making strategic modifications to the design and operation of buildings, we can significantly decrease their energy usage while simultaneously improving their overall sustainability.Through this post, we will learn about the concept of retrofitting existing buildings, exploring its numerous benefits and challenges, the various technologies and techniques involved, and their future.Benefits of Retrofitting Existing BuildingsRetrofitting offers a multitude of benefits that extend ...
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In the world of elite real estate, luxury extends far beyond granite countertops and spacious square footage. Discerning buyers and renters want an environment that appeals to all of their senses, including hearing.  Unwanted noise can disrupt productivity, disrupt comfort, and significantly detract from the overall experience of an upscale property. This is where soundproofing becomes an important factor, transforming a space from merely opulent to a true oasis of calm.A symphony of unwanted noise in luxury spacesLuxury properties are often located in prime locations, vibrant areas that buzz with activity. While proximity to city centers offers undeniable advantages, it also brings a constant buzz of traffic, sirens, and construction. Even in quiet suburban settings, noise can creep in...
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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. )
Imagine a world where everyone has the equal opportunity to secure a home they love, in a community they cherish, without facing discrimination. April stands out as a beacon of hope and progress in the real estate industry, marking Fair Housing Month 🏠🌈. This period is more than just a calendar event; it’s a celebration of the strides taken toward creating inclusive communities and ensuring equal housing opportunities for all. This month reminds us of the journey from a segregated to a more inclusive society, where the dream of homeownership is accessible to everyone, regardless of race, religion, or background.The Genesis of Fair Housing MonthFair Housing Month has its roots in the civil rights movement, a pivotal era that reshaped America’s social and legal landscape. The Fair Housing...
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By Kukun's VP of Analytics Franklin Carroll, Elite client engagement tools and proptech
(Kukun, Inc.)
Over the years, I have argued that appraisers should not have to analyse the sales contract. To my mind, this should be the job of the underwriter: The appraiser’s job is to ascertain the home’s value, nothing more and nothing less. After all, appraisers are human beings, and every appraiser knows that if he produces a value that is below the contract price he is likely to take flak for it. No appraiser wants to spend days arguing back and forth because he “killed the sale.”There is clear evidence that knowledge of the contract price influences an appraiser’s final opinion of value. A few years ago, I worked with my former colleagues Eric Rosenblatt and Hamilton Fout to produce these graphs:As you can see, when the appraiser knows the contract price, he produces a value below that price...
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By Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert, Call me at 850-517-7098
(PMI. Destin)
Gen Zers know what they want when it comes to most things,and housing is no exception.Do these demands surprise you, or are they just necessities for a healthy, happy lifestyle?  I am definitely not a gen Zer but I can understand.  We take some things for granted but that changes from generation to generation.  I can not live without a automobile but some folks in this nation, in this world do not understand this concept.  I love my home but i have moved a lot in my life so my thoughts are that a home is in the same boat.  I own, would not think about renting but that might be an option as we go further down this road.  #realestate #realestateagent #listreports #buying #selling #realestateexpert #homeowner #financehub #dreamhome #homeownership #homebuying #homesearch #buyingahome
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By Christopher Nelson, Montgomery County, PA - Realtor
(GenStone Realty)
Life After Paying Off Mortgage: Tips for Starting AnewKey Highlights Paying off your mortgage brings financial and emotional rewards, but it's important to consider other home-related obligations like property taxes and homeowners' insurance. Once you pay off your mortgage, you'll receive documents from your lender confirming the fulfillment of your loan obligations. It's crucial to update your homeowners insurance policy and handle property taxes on your own after paying off your mortgage. After paying off your mortgage, you'll have extra cash on hand, so it's important to make wise financial decisions and consider options like investing, saving, or paying off other high-interest debt. Managing insurance and taxes becomes your responsibility after paying off your mortgage, so it's esse...
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By Michael Elliott, Burlington, New Jersey real estate sales
(Fathom Realty)
When it comes to being on time, I am typically extremely reliable.   My dad engrained that in me.  We were always, always, always the first ones at the baseball field.  I have lived my entire life that way.  Being first isn't important to me, but being early is.  No worries about traffic, or stress of making someone wait on me, which is rude, in my opinion.  Additionally, it allows networking opportunities and I can get mentally ready to learn or engage.  There are times in our lives where we all run a little late, but making a habit of it does no one any good.  What prompted this post was a zoom meeting yesterday morning that had tech difficulties getting started, then they thought they would give everyone time to log on for "Realtor Time" .  When I hear that phrase, I think of lazy, s...
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By Sam Thomas, When it's important; hire a professional.
(Providence Group Realty)
Home insurance rates have been on the rise in recent years, leaving many homeowners wondering why their premiums are increasing. While insurance costs can vary depending on several factors, there are four prominent reasons contributing to the climb in home insurance rates across the nation. From natural disasters to supply chain issues, here's why your home insurance bill might be higher than ever before.1. Natural Disasters: The New NormalIn recent years, natural disasters have become more frequent and severe, posing significant challenges for insurance companies. From devastating hurricanes battering coastal regions to wildfires engulfing entire communities, the impact of these events on homes and properties is undeniable. In 2020 alone, the United States experienced 22 weather and cl...
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By Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert, Call me at 850-517-7098
(PMI. Destin)
Will stubbornly high mortgage rates hurt the spring selling season for the second-straight year?The latest new and existing home sales data suggest that buyers are taking advantage of increased inventory - and in some markets, lower prices - to act on purchases that they may have deferred for several years.I'd love to update you on the supply & demand situation locally. Let's talk!#housingmarket #realestatenews #housingmarketupdates #realestatemarket #mortgage #realestate #whatsupwithrealestate
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By Philip A. Raices, 1 of the Most Knowledgeable Brokers on the Net!
(Turn Key Real Estate)
Many Realtors went up to Albany on March 27-28.  This was our yearly pilgrimage and ritual to discuss and have a dialogue concerning proposals for new laws and regulations and their effect on real estate.  It was also the chance to explore current laws and ways to enhance and upgradethem for the current business environment in New York State.Their effect can be dramatic and costly for consumers and purchasers.  Laws that are enacted sometimes harm Realtors involved in the real estate industry in New York State.One of the major topics was the power that co-op boards have over purchasers, especially having to fill out an immense amount of paperwork providing a large amount of personal information. This is not a requirement when buying a condominium, townhouse, or HOA.As many as 1,500 page...
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By Mike Tolj, Commercial Real Estate Without the Stress!
(Tolj Commercial Real Estate )
Today, I want to discuss a trend that's making waves in the industry: the expansion of LA's public transit system. You might be wondering, "Mike, what does public transit have to do with commercial real estate?" Well, let me tell you, it's a game-changer.LA has undergone a remarkable evolution in its transit system, from the era of streetcars to the dominance of automobiles. However, in recent years, we've witnessed a resurgence of rail transit that's significantly impacting the city's commercial real estate scene. Get ready because we're about to delve into how this shift is unfolding and its implications for business owners and landlords like yourself.Key Points to Note: The expansion of LA's public transit system is reshaping the commercial real estate landscape, driving demand for t...
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