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By Kukun--240-483-3649 Franklin Carroll, Elite client engagement tools and proptech
(Kukun, Inc.)
Buying vs renting, which is better? It depends on who you ask. We all have that one homeownership evangelist friend who can’t believe we’re still “throwing money away” by paying rent and has the real estate portfolio to back it up. On the other hand, we also have that friend who moves whenever they feel like it, has lived in a dozen different cities and countries and has the envy-inducing Instagram feed to prove it. So which is better, renting or buying? The truth is, there’s no easy, one-size-fits-all answer to that question. The better option is going to depend on the financial circumstances and goals of each individual. That being said, there are definitely benefits to both, and looking at the benefits of both can probably clarify which is the better choice for you.  Fans of homeowne...
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On May 23, 2024, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau reported nationwide new single family home sales declined 4.7% to an annual rate of 634,000 homes in April of 2024 from 665,000 homes in March of 2024, and decreased 7.7% from in April of 2023 an annual rate estimate of 687,000 homes.The median new home sold value was $433,500, while the average sales price was $505,700 in April of 2024.There were estimated 480,000 new houses for sale, and 9.1 months supplies of available inventory at the end of April of 2024.For complete more detailed information about HUD and U.S. Census Bureau report of new home sales April of 2024, please click HERE
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
South Carolina's charm extends beyond its beautiful beaches and historic cities. The state also offers a viable and affordable housing option: manufactured homes. Often referred to as mobile homes or prefabricated homes, manufactured homes are built in factories under federal building codes and then transported to the chosen location. They come in a variety of styles, sizes, and floorplans, making them an attractive option for many South Carolinians.This guide delves into the world of manufactured homes in South Carolina, providing resources for those considering buying, selling, or already living in one.Buying a Manufactured Home in South CarolinaThe prospect of buying a manufactured home can seem daunting, but with the right resources, it can be a smooth and rewarding experience. Here...
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By Kukun--240-483-3649 Franklin Carroll, Elite client engagement tools and proptech
(Kukun, Inc.)
By Heather FrankoBuying a house is probably the biggest purchase you’ll ever make in your entire life. Doesn’t it make sense to do as much homework on the potential home as possible before making this huge life decision? Yet, many people don’t take the time to do their due diligence before signing the bottom line. Don’t make that mistake. Here are the top seven things to check before you buy a house. Find out your home's credit score Check your home condition score to find out! Check it out  1. Get a Home InspectionThere’s no way you can tell everything about a house just by looking at it. Specialty without some sort of industry experience. You might think you have a good eye for detail. However, noticing a little bit of peeling wallpaper doesn’t mean you can tell if there is mold or te...
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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 Eric L. Frazier in the 2024 Fair Housing Series as he discusses the critical importance of fair housing, especially for people of color in Southern California. Available exclusively on The Power Is Now platform, this series delves deep into the legacy and ongoing impact of the 1968 Fair Housing Act.📋 In this episode part 3,Eric L. Frazier, MBA sits down with Caroline Peattie, the Executive Director of the Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California, to explore the critical issues surrounding fair housing. They celebrate a landmark judgment against Fannie Mae, which has led to a new down payment assistance program for Northern California communities. Caroline Peattie provides an in-depth look at the challenges her organization faces, including discrimination against people with di...
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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 Eric L. Frazier in the 2024 Fair Housing Series as he discusses the critical importance of fair housing, especially for people of color in Southern California. Available exclusively on The Power Is Now platform, this series delves deep into the legacy and ongoing impact of the 1968 Fair Housing Act.📋 Despite 56 years of legislation, housing discrimination still persists. In this episode part 2, Join us as we uncover recent exposés on redlining and discriminatory practices by real estate agents. Our special guest, Caroline Peattie, Executive Director of Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California, shares her insights and discusses her organization's critical work in combating housing discrimination. Learn about the challenges, the progress, and how we can strengthen fair housing i...
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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 Eric L. Frazier in the 2024 Fair Housing Series as he discusses the critical importance of fair housing, especially for people of color in Southern California. Available exclusively on The Power Is Now platform, this series delves deep into the legacy and ongoing impact of the 1968 Fair Housing Act.📋 In this episode part 1, Eric L. Frazier, MBA president and CEO of The Power Is Now Media, and Caroline Peattie, Executive Director of Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California, explore the persistent challenges of housing discrimination. Caroline Peattie provides valuable insights into their work, including fair housing testing to collect evidence and support individuals facing discrimination. They highlight the necessity of proactive measures to address systemic inequalities and p...
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By Robert Rauf
(CMG Home Loans)
The FHFA just released its latest housing numbers through March and the following is the list by individual state by Month, Year, 5yrs and since 1991.  It is pretty eye opening.Who is the FHFA?  That is the Federal Housing Finance Agency.  They over see all the "agencies": Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Ginnie Mae (FHA and VA).  So effectively Homes financed with a conforming loan amount, leaving out Cash buyers, Jumbo loans etc... Just your plain vanilla every day home buyer.  Where does your state rank? Next time you hear someone saying Real Estate is not a good investment, pull this chart out.  What other investment can you live in and enjoy and build wealth at the same time?  (you can find the above at FHFA.Gov)If you are looking to purchase or refinance a home in NJ, please give me a cal...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
Real estate investing can be quite beneficial. It’s a perfect way to diversify your portfolio while creating passive income opportunities. As a real estate investor, you can enjoy numerous tax benefits, particularly if you consider your investments a business. Real estate investing gives you more protection against inflation and the potential to build capital. With real estate, you have many investment opportunities to look at based on your financial goals. Outlined below are five ways to invest in real estate.Commercial real estateCommercial real estate involves the properties used for business and residential homes with five units or more. There are various types of commercial real estate investments, including: Industrial real estate: It includes properties and buildings used for log...
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By Carla Freund, NC Real Estate Transition & Relocation 919-602-848
(Keller Williams Preferred Realty)
How does history affect women in business and Real Estate?I saw a story on Instagram the other day and it really left me thinking about how far women have come in my lifetime. The story was by Spanx CEO and founder Sara Blakely. She mentioned that it wasn't until 1988 that a woman could get a business loan. I looked that up and she is right. Isn't that mind blowing?For some of us, that was just yesterday!Recently, I had clients purchase a new construction home. The builder was a woman. The interesting thing was, the two new construction homes they viewed prior to this one were built by women builders. What are the odds?In 2017 only 9% of the construction workforce were women and in North Carolina, it was only 4%. According to the National Homebuilders Association, it is up to 11% nation...
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By Ron Lanzillotta & Mike Pesce, The Pesce & Lanzillotta Team, at BHHS
(The Pesce & Lanzillotta Team, at Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices)
Earlier this spring, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) settled a commission lawsuit, resulting in changes that have rippled throughout the real estate industry. While none of the changes are monumental, news of real estate commission restructuring has dominated the headlines in recent months. With new rules now set to go into effect this August, we’re breaking down what is (and isn’t) changing so you can be prepared when it comes time to sell your Long Island home or buy your next property.What Long Island Home Sellers Need to KnowHome sellers in Long Island and across the country have always had the right to negotiate commission with their agent before signing a listing agreement. Similarly, they have always had a choice about whether to offer a commission to the buyer’s agent...
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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 Power Is Now 1968 Fair Housing Series"! Join us for an insightful interview featuring Ryan Gorman, principal and co-founder of BTC and GHY Impact Capital LLC. Today, we explore the complexities of the housing market and discuss actionable steps towards fair housing.📌 In this engaging episode part 2, Eric L. Frazier and Ryan Gorman discover the historical context of housing discrimination and its enduring impact on society. From legislative milestones to contemporary challenges, they explore innovative solutions such as accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and tax incentives to combat the housing crisis. Ryan Gorman shares insights on community engagement and empowerment, advocating for collaborative approaches to affordable housing creation. Together, they navigate the comp...
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By Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School, Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor
(Rowlett Real Estate School)
On Friday, March 15, 2024, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) announced a surprising $418 million settlement with a nationwide group of home sellers. The settlement aims to resolve claims in multiple antitrust class actions against NAR. These lawsuits accused the NAR and several of the nation's largest residential real estate brokerage companies of requiring home sellers to pay inflated real estate fees.What Was the Suit About?The claims centered around NAR's implementation of a Buyer Broker Commission Rule, which mandated that all listing agents offer compensation for the buyer’s agent when listing a property on a Multiple Listing Service (MLS).The plaintiff argued that this practice resulted in home sellers shouldering the cost for buyer’s agents, which they felt should be co...
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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 Power Is Now 1968 Fair Housing Series"! Join us for an insightful interview featuring Ryan Gorman, principal and co-founder of BTC and GHY Impact Capital LLC. Today, we explore the complexities of the housing market and discuss actionable steps towards fair housing.📌 In this episode part 1, Ryan Gorman shares his expertise on the housing market, affordability crisis, and zoning laws. As a former CEO of a global real estate company, Ryan Gorman offers valuable insights into fair housing policies and the challenges they face. Discover innovative solutions and legislative efforts aimed at making homeownership more accessible and equitable for all.📣 Engage with us! Leave a comment sharing your thoughts on fair housing and subscribe to our channel for more insightful interv...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Buying a brand new house comes with exciting perks like modern designs and new appliances, but it also has potential downsides such as higher costs and possible construction delays. This blog effectively outlines the key considerations to help you make an informed decision.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP When it comes to buying a house, the allure of brand new construction is undeniable. There's a unique thrill in the ability to customize each aspect of your home from the ground up—from choosing paint colors to selecting cabinetry and flooring. However, while the prospect of designing your dream home is exciting, there are several factors to consider before signing on the dotted line. Pros of Buying a New House Customization: One of the biggest advantages of buying...
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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," where faith, family, and finance come together to guide you toward a fulfilling life. Join us on YouTube and TPIN social media as Eric L. Frazier, president and CEO of The Power Is Now Media shares his insight.🎯 In this episode part 2, Eric Frazier shares his heartfelt poems, "I Believe in Me" and "Attitude," offering profound insights and inspiration. He emphasizes the importance of maintaining a positive outlook, rooted in faith in God and oneself, to overcome challenges and achieve goals. Additionally, Eric Frazier discusses the significance of homeownership, encouraging viewers to stay positive and proactive on their journey toward owning a home. Tune in for a dose of motivation and practical advice to navigate life's hurdles with faith and dete...
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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," where faith, family, and finance come together to guide you toward a fulfilling life. Join us on YouTube and TPIN social media as Eric L. Frazier, president and CEO of The Power Is Now Media shares his insight.🎯 In this inspiring episode part 1, Eric L. Frazier emphasizes the crucial role of attitude in overcoming life's challenges. He explores how faith—particularly in God—shapes our outlook and resilience. Eric Frazier passionately shares his belief in Jesus Christ and how this faith underpins his positive attitude and success. He discusses the importance of maintaining faith in oneself and in those around us to foster a healthy, optimistic attitude. Eric L. Frazier also touches on the impact of negativity and offers insights on realigning oneself...
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By Kukun--240-483-3649 Franklin Carroll, Elite client engagement tools and proptech
(Kukun, Inc.)
When it comes to buying a house, the allure of brand new construction is undeniable. There's a unique thrill in the ability to customize each aspect of your home from the ground up—from choosing paint colors to selecting cabinetry and flooring. However, while the prospect of designing your dream home is exciting, there are several factors to consider before signing on the dotted line.Pros of Buying a New House Customization: One of the biggest advantages of buying a new house is the ability to tailor every detail to your preferences. You're not just buying a house; you're actively creating your home. This can include anything from the layout of the living spaces to the finishes and fixtures used throughout the property. Builder Financing: In the current climate of high interest rates, o...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
Benefits of Aircraft Cable for Real Estate ProjectsIn real estate development, particularly for high-rise buildings, the choice of materials is crucial. Aircraft cable, known for its strength and versatility, has become a staple in many projects. This post explores the benefits of aircraft cable for real estate projects from a developer's perspective.What is Aircraft Cable?Aircraft cable is a type of wire rope made from multiple strands of steel wire twisted together. Its design offers a combination of strength, flexibility, and durability. Originally used in aircraft, it is now widely used in various industries, including real estate.Benefits of Aircraft CableExceptional Strength and Durability Aircraft Cable Strength: High-tensile aircraft cable can withstand immense loads, making it ...
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By Michael Elliott, Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales
(Fathom Realty)
Never heard of Fathom Realty?   You will !  In 38 States,  we are the #4 largest independent broker, with approximately 12,000 agents.While we have incentives when you help the company grow, they are not as "good" as others.  That being said, our compensation plan, along with the services, I fell is the best, industry-wide.  So if more money in your pocket each closing is more important than recruiting incentives, this may be the place for you.  We are cloud-based, so our agents work from home, and pay a low fee of $550 for the first 15 transactions, then $150.   See https://fathomcareers.com/commission-plan/ for more details.  There are extra charges for when you sell your own listing, or for homes over $600,000.  Nothing more.  It is all in the link I provided.Last year, my "split", a...
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