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On February 22, 2024, National Association of Realtors® (NAR) reported that nationwide existing home sales up 3.1% to annual rate of 4.00 million homes in January of 2024 from December of 2023, but down 1.7% from 4.07 million homes from January of 2023.There were 1,01 million homes supplies of available inventory in January of 2024, gained 2.0% from December of 2023, and 3.1% from 980,000 homes in January of 2023; while, there were 3.0 months available inventory in January of 2024 lower from to 3.1 months in December 2023, but grew from 2.9 months in January of 2023.On average it took 36 days to sell a home in January of 2024, rose from 29 days in December of 2023, and higher from 33 days in January 2023.First time buyers acquired 28.0% of homes in January of 2024, decreased from 29.0% ...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
Finding a new home is an exciting yet challenging endeavor, especially for pet owners. When you're a small dog owner, your furry friend's needs become a top priority in your search for the perfect property. From ample green spaces to community regulations, there are several key factors to consider to ensure a supportive environment for your pet's well-being.Ample Green SpaceOne of the most important considerations for small dog owners when searching for a pet-friendly property is ample green space. Dogs, regardless of their size, need outdoor areas where they can exercise, play, and relieve themselves. When touring potential properties, pay close attention to the availability and condition of nearby parks, trails, or even fenced-in yards.A property with a fenced-in yard can be a game-ch...
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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 to The Eric Frazier Show hosted by Eric L. Frazier MBA, CEO of The Power Is Now Media, where we dive into topics of faith, family, and finance! today we have a special guest, the incredible  Virgestine Nickerson, minister and leader of Faith Deliverance International Center in Moreno Valley, California. Join us as we discuss important matters and uplift the spirit!🌟 In this episode, Virgestine Nickerson shares her journey and the mission of Faith Deliverance International Center. We discuss the recent challenges the church faced due to a robbery and how you can support their ministry. From their inclusive, non-denominational approach to serving the community, to their upcoming events and services, find out how you can get involved and make a difference!📣 Let's rally together t...
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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 today's ever-changing world, especially in real estate, staying ahead means being online, creating quality content, and ensuring accessibility. Join Eric L. Frazier, MBA President and CEO of The Power Is Now Media, on this journey to unlock the secrets of online success! Discover why E-magazines are the next big thing in real estate marketing! In this video, we'll share the top 10 reasons why E-magazines should be a part of your 2024 marketing strategy. From maximum accessibility and cost-effectiveness to analytics and market leadership, E-magazines offer unparalleled benefits for real estate professionals.📣 Ready to elevate your marketing game with E-magazines? Click the link below to schedule a 15-minute discovery meeting with Eric L. Frazier, MBA, and let's discuss how we can supp...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Choosing the right roofing material is crucial for Ottawa's weather conditions, and this article provides a comprehensive overview of the options available. Whether it's the durability of metal roofing, the classic appeal of cedar shakes, or the affordability of asphalt shingles, there's a solution for every homeowner's needs. It's great to see a focus on both functionality and aesthetics in roofing choices.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP When it comes to ensuring your home in Ottawa withstands the harsh Canadian weather, choosing the right roofing material is paramount. Ottawa, known for its cold winters and occasional extreme weather conditions, requires sturdy and durable roofing solutions to protect homes and businesses effectively. Let's explore the five most ...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
When it comes to ensuring your home in Ottawa withstands the harsh Canadian weather, choosing the right roofing material is paramount. Ottawa, known for its cold winters and occasional extreme weather conditions, requires sturdy and durable roofing solutions to protect homes and businesses effectively. Let's explore the five most common roofing materials used in Canada, including their pros, cons, and suitability for the Ottawa climate.1. Asphalt ShinglesAsphalt shingles reign supreme as the go-to roofing material across Canada. Their popularity stems from their affordability, versatility, and ability to withstand varying weather conditions. Asphalt shingles are durable enough to withstand Ottawa's cold winters and occasional heavy snowfall while providing adequate protection against ra...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
In a country like Canada where real estate prices continue to rise, maximizing space in homes has become increasingly important. One effective way to achieve this is through custom closet design. This comprehensive guide will walk you through the process of designing custom closets to optimize space in your Canadian home, along with insights into kitchen remodeling and renovation costs in Calgary.How Much Does a Kitchen Renovation Cost in Calgary?So how much does a kitchen renovation cost of Calgary varies depending on several factors, including the size of the kitchen, the scope of work, and the quality of materials used. On average, homeowners can expect to invest between $10,000 to $30,000 for a basic kitchen remodel. However, luxury renovations can cost upwards of $50,000 or more. T...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
In the realm of interior design, the kitchen has emerged as a focal point, transcending its traditional role as a mere cooking space to become a hub for socialization, creativity, and innovation. As we step into 2024, the design industry is witnessing a profound transformation in kitchen aesthetics and functionality. Let's delve into the latest trends that are reshaping kitchen spaces and setting the tone for the future.1. Sustainable Materials and Eco-Friendly PracticesSustainability continues to be a driving force in kitchen design, with a growing emphasis on eco-friendly materials and practices. From reclaimed wood and recycled glass to energy-efficient appliances and water-saving fixtures, homeowners are prioritizing environmentally conscious choices to reduce their carbon footprint...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
Are you a homeowner facing the daunting task of replacing your hot water tank? Don't worry; you're not alone. Hot water tank replacement is a common necessity for homeowners, and it's essential to understand the process to ensure a smooth transition. In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through everything you need to know about professional hot water tank replacement. From recognizing the signs that your hot water tank needs replacement to choosing the right replacement unit and hiring a qualified technician, we've got you covered.Signs Your Hot Water Tank Needs ReplacementThe first step in the hot water tank replacement journey is recognizing when your current unit is on its last legs. Some common signs that indicate it's time for a replacement include: Age: Most hot water tanks...
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By Christopher Nelson, Montgomery County, PA - Realtor
(GenStone Realty)
Rent vs Buy: Which is Right for You? Deciding between renting and buying a home is a major financial decision with short-term and long-term implications. Renting offers flexibility and freedom, while buying provides stability and equity-building opportunities. Explore the financial and lifestyle aspects, pros and cons, and key factors to help inform your decision. Whether you value the mobility of renting or the stability of homeownership, let's find out which choice aligns with your unique situation.     Key Differences between Renting and Buying Now that we have explored the financial and lifestyle aspects of renting and buying a home, let's take a closer look at the key differences between the two options. Understanding these differences can help you evaluate which choice aligns mor...
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By Steve Depoe, We are here for you
(The Rose Realty Team)
Over the past few months, experts have revised their 2024 home price forecasts based on the latest data and market signals, and they’re even more confident prices will rise, not fall. So, let’s see exactly how experts’ thinking has shifted – and what’s caused the change. 2024 Home Price Forecasts: Then and Now The chart below shows what seven expert organizations think will happen to home prices in 2024. It compares their first 2024 home price forecasts (made at the end of 2023) with their newest projections:     The middle column shows that, at first, these experts thought home prices would only go up a little this year. But if you look at the column on the right, you'll see they've all updated their forecasts and now think prices will go up more than they originally thought. And some...
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By Stephen Fells, Marketing, Technology, Fun and News!
(AgencyLogic)
The biggest is coming back. That’s right—100% is almost cleared for a triumphant return as the House pushed a new tax bill to the Senate, one that includes some massive tax deduction potential for real estate investors and everyday Americans alike. So, why is this SUCH a big deal?In today’s Real Estate Podcast, from the BiggerPockets Real Estate Podcast, Brandon Hall, CPA, breaks down why bonus depreciation could save you tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars.Everyone knows that real estate boasts some of the best tax benefits of any investment in the nation. But, the one tax benefit to rule them all is almost always depreciation. This tax write-off lets you expense a portion of your property every year and can turn your real-life gain into a paper loss, so you keep your cash f...
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By Leanne Smith, The Grit and Gratitude Agent
(Dirt Road Real Estate)
Another real estate copycat suit emerged with this comment in the filing:The complaint alleges that “most” buyer agents will steer clients away from listings that offer a lower commission.My brain thought “really, most agent will?”  Did those who filed the complaint actually survey real estate agents? My sense is this is an assumption about human nature. And we all know about what happens with assumptions.In my now eight years in selling real estate as well as listing mostly vacant land (Remember, I love to sell dirt), I know of a few real estate agents who may look first at the cooperating fee being offered. However, “most” will show properties that meet their clients or potential clients’ (aka customers) needs and wants without looking at the cooperating fee being offered.Professional...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
Dubai's real estate market is renowned for its opulence and allure, attracting investors from around the globe. Among the myriad of options available, properties in Damac Bay 2 stand out as a prime choice for those seeking luxury living in the heart of the city. In this comprehensive guide, we'll delve into the appeal of Damac Bay 2 and explore the top real estate companies in the UAE, providing valuable insights for investors looking to make informed decisions.Exploring Properties in Damac Bay 2Nestled amidst the iconic skyline of Dubai, Damac Bay 2 offers an unparalleled lifestyle experience for discerning investors. From sleek apartments to lavish waterfront villas, the properties in Damac Bay 2 cater to a diverse range of tastes and preferences. Each residence is meticulously design...
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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, real estate enthusiasts! 🏡 Dive into the heart of Prescott, Arizona, with top-ranking realtor Peter Fife on "The Power Is Now Real Estate TV." Get ready for a captivating journey into the city's booming real estate market.🌟 In this episode part 2, Join host Eric L. Frazier MBA and Peter Fife as they unravel the secrets of Prescott's real estate scene. With 28 years of expertise, Peter shares insights on market trends, safety, and the city's unique charm. Whether you're a buyer or seller, this episode is packed with valuable advice and information.📣 Ready to explore real estate opportunities in Prescott? Leave a comment with your thoughts, share this video with friends, and don't forget to subscribe for more insightful content. Your engagement fuels our mission to empower you in...
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By Lew Corcoran, Real Estate Agent, Home Stager, & Photographer
(Better Living Real Estate, LLC)
Have you ever wondered how much commission you have to pay when you buy or sell a house? If you think it’s too high, you’re not alone. A group of home sellers and buyers in Massachusetts have sued a regional database of property listings and several large real estate brokers, claiming that they conspired to inflate the commissions paid to buyer-brokers in violation of antitrust laws. This case is known as Nosalek v. MLS Property Information Network, Inc., et al., and it’s currently pending in the federal court in Boston.The plaintiffs allege that the defendants use a rule that requires sellers to offer a commission to buyer-brokers as part of the listing, which prevents buyer-brokers from competing on price and offering lower rates to their clients. The plaintiffs say that this rule res...
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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, real estate enthusiasts! Get ready to embark on a thrilling journey through the captivating city of Prescott, Arizona, as we dive into the world of real estate with the incredible Peter Fife! 🎥 Now streaming on "The Power Is Now Real Estate TV" on your favorite platform.🌟In this episode part 1, Join host Eric L. Frazier MBA, and top-ranking realtor Peter Fife as they unravel the secrets of Prescott's real estate scene. With 28 years of expertise, Peter Fife shares insights into the city's charm, safety, and booming market. From his personal journey to the economic driving forces, this episode is a treasure trove of information for anyone curious about Prescott's real estate landscape.💡Ready to explore the power of real estate in Prescott? Leave a comment below sharing your th...
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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. )
Part III: Transforming the Real Estate Landscape: A Deep Dive into Key Challenges and Opportunities 🏡💼In this pivotal juncture of our series, we examine the heart of the real estate industry, dissecting the challenges and opportunities that define its landscape. As advocates for change and progress, we cannot shy away from the complexities that shape our profession. Instead, we must confront them head-on, armed with insights, examples, and a steadfast commitment to innovation. Do you agree with my insights? For me, this series is a journey of exploration and transformation. My objective is to redefine and understand what I believe to be the very essence of real estate in the modern era. Refocusing Agent Roles and Compensation 💰🔍 The traditional model of real estate brokerage has long be...
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On February 16, 2024, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau reported nationwide housing building permits down 1.5% to 1,470,000 units in January of 2024 from 1,493,000 units in December of 2023, but gained 8.6% from 1,354,000 in January of 2023. Single family building permits up 1.6% to a rate of 1,015,000 units in January of 2024, from 999,000 units in December of 2023, and there were 405,000 multifamily building permits issued in January of 2024.Nationwide housing starts declined 14.8% to 1,331,000 units in January of 2024, from 1,562,000 units in December of 2023, and declined 0.7% from 1,340,000 units in January of 2023. Single family starts lower 4.7% to a rate of 1,004,000 units in January of 2024 from 1,054,000 in December of 2023, and th...
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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. )
 🌟 Get ready to supercharge your online presence in 2024! Join Eric L. Frazier MBA, President and CEO of The Power Is Now Media, as he unveils an exclusive opportunity to transform your brand's visibility on social media.🎥 In this video, Eric L. Frazier reveals our VIP Agent Program, designed to revolutionize your digital marketing strategy. From branded podcasts and television shows to full social media management and custom article publications, we offer a comprehensive solution to elevate your online presence. With our special 30-day trial for only $997, you can experience the full benefits firsthand and propel your brand to new heights.📣 Ready to take the leap and maximize your online impact? Contact us today at 714-475-8629 to get started with our VIP Agent Program. Don't miss out ...
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