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“All the news that's fit to print,” or to click, as the case may be, can be found right here at your favorite real estate social networking site, ActiveRain. And here you thought it was merely a great place to chat with colleagues and slap up a blog post or two.


We know you're busy – whether it's trying to fill your pipeline or following up on what's already popped out of the bottom of it. Who has time to read? And, while real estate market news geared toward consumers is easy to round up on the Internet, news for brokers and Realtors is a bit harder to come by.


Your friends at ActiveRain understand how important each of those 168 hours in every week is so we've made it easy for you by consolidating everything you need to know to keep up-to-date with the real estate industry right here, in one place.


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Recent blogs on Real Estate Industry
By Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker
(Ward County Notary Services)
Sweet Dreams may consist of many subjects. I believe I may have had a sweet dream about food like Titus did, most likely during a nap when Carol was cooking something awesome.Most of my sweet dreams are about people I love, and of course the occasional dream of someone I don't know at all. I've always liked the 1983 song "Sweet Dreams" by Anne Lennox & the Eurythmics. It's pretty lacking in lyrical content but the orchestral background is excellent.Of course we Realtors sell the American dream of home ownership and who hasn't had a dream of living in a castle/mansion? Owning a home is a sweet dream and I feel very fortunate to have been able to have my own home(s) since I was 18 years old. The dream only gets better when you find someone to share that home with and even better yet when ...
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On April 18, 2024, National Association of Realtors® (NAR) reported that nationwide regional existing home sales in the Northeast gained 4.2% in March of 2024 from of February 2024 to an annual rate 500,000 homes, but dropped 3.8% from March of 2023. The median price in the Northeast was $434,600 in March 2024, rose 9.9% from March of 2023.Home sales in the Midwest down 1.9% in March of 2024 from February of 2024 to an annual rate 1.01 million homes, and lower 1.0% from March of 2023. The median price in the Midwest was $292,400 in March of 2024, increased 7.5% from March of 2023.Home sales in the South decreased 5.9% in March of 2024 to an annual rate 1.9 million homes from February of 2024, and declined 5.0% from March of 2023. The median price in the South was $359,100 in March of 20...
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By Realtor Ben Townsend, Selling Colorado Property for 26+ Years
(Townsend Real Estate, Ltd.)
 Buy this newer home, built in 2020, in the amazing town of Hotchkiss, Colorado. Get away from the hum of the city and enjoy the sound of nature. Views all around. https://s.paragonrels.com/goto/RkfQNaGUST
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Invaluable resource! Navigating direct lending options is crucial for real estate investors. This blog likely offers insights into choosing the right lender and understanding the various lending options available.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Navigating Real Estate Direct Lender Options Navigating the world of real estate financing can be a daunting task. With numerous options available, it can be challenging to determine the best route to secure funding for your real estate projects. One option that has gained popularity in recent years is working with direct lenders.   Direct lending in the real estate industry has revolutionized the loan process by eliminating intermediaries such as financial institutions or brokers. Instead, direct lenders raise funds from in...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Informative read! Recent changes to capital gains tax can have significant implications for property owners. This blog likely explains the updates and discusses how they may impact property owners' financial decisions. Looking forward to learning more about navigating these changes! Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP There are a number of taxes that UK property owners are subject to, one of which is Capital Gains Tax (CGT).  CGT is a tax applied to profits from the sale of assets, typically including second homes, buy-to-let properties, business premises, and inherited properties, although it is the gain you make that is taxed, not the total amount of money you receive for the asset. Thankfully, you usually don't have to pay CGT on your home if it has been your only o...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
There are a number of taxes that UK property owners are subject to, one of which is Capital Gains Tax (CGT). CGT is a tax applied to profits from the sale of assets, typically including second homes, buy-to-let properties, business premises, and inherited properties, although it is the gain you make that is taxed, not the total amount of money you receive for the asset. Thankfully, you usually don't have to pay CGT on your home if it has been your only or main residence. However, there are circumstances where you might have to pay if you've used part of the property for business, let it out, or if the total area is over 5,000 square meters.The CGT rates for residential properties exceed those for other types of assets, although everyone has a CGT allowance, meaning gains below a certain...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
In today's competitive real estate market, having a professional website for your agency is not just beneficial; it's essential. A well-designed website serves as the hub of your marketing efforts and a vital tool for attracting clients and showcasing properties. This guide will walk you through the steps to build an effective website for your real estate business. Define Your GoalsBefore diving into the design and development, clearly define what you want your website to achieve. Are you looking to generate leads, provide property listings, or establish your brand's presence? Setting specific, measurable goals will guide your website's structure and functionality. Choose the Right PlatformSelect a platform that is user-friendly and supports real estate functionalities. Popular options ...
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By Chris Colgan, Real Estate Expert Advisor
I'm Chris Colan with EXP Realty, your go-to realtor in Northern Virginia and DC. If you're considering buying a home in the area, you're in the right place. In this article, I'll guide you through everything you need to know about living in Woodbridge Virginia, including insights into other appealing neighborhoods like Montclair and Dumfries. Whether you're buying your first home or looking for a new community, feel free to reach out via text or email. My team and I are here to assist you every step of the way.Where is Woodbridge, Virginia?Woodbridge is strategically located just south of Washington, DC, nestled between Arlington and Alexandria. It's easily accessible via Interstate 95, which runs directly through the area, continuing south towards Stafford and Fredericksburg, Virginia...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
In today’s real estate market, particularly in areas like Lexington, where home prices have seen a significant rise—over 15% in March 2024 compared to the previous year—making your property stand out to potential buyers is more crucial than ever. Selling a home is not just about putting a "For Sale" sign on your front lawn; it's about strategically showcasing your home in a way that maximizes its appeal and market value. Smart, simple upgrades can transform your property into an attractive and compelling option for buyers. By investing in key improvements that enhance both the aesthetic and functional aspects of your home, you can not only attract more potential buyers but also potentially increase your home’s selling price. This article explores ten effective upgrades that are both eas...
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By Robert Havana, Alberta Real Estate License Parking
(Park and Protect- Alberta Real Estate License Parking)
Before jumping in, you may wish to check out my last post about "what is real estate license parking" if it is a term you are unfamiliar with.There are may reasons that a REALTOR, Agent or Broker who holds a valid license in Alberta would choose to become inactive and park their alberta real estate license.  Here is a list of common reasons why a Licensee parks their real estate license: they are retiring but wish to continue to earn referral commissions from their established client list they are taking a break from actively selling due to any number of reasons (such as health, travel, change of life plans, etc) they are transitioning their career and wish to maintain their real estate license in good  standing they have spent thousands of dollars and countless hours in earning their c...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Understanding the difference between a holding deposit and a security deposit is crucial for both tenants and landlords. This blog likely clarifies the purposes and legalities of each type of deposit.Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP When it comes to renting, understanding the differences between holding and security deposits is essential for both landlords and tenants. However, these terms are frequently used interchangeably when, in reality, they serve distinct purposes and have unique features and implications.  A holding deposit refers to the amount of money a renter will pay to have a rental held temporarily as the rental lease is being concluded. It essentially holds the property off the market for the applicant. On the other hand, a security deposit comes in t...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Investing in real estate offers numerous benefits, from potential for long-term appreciation to generating rental income. This blog likely explores the advantages of real estate investment and why it's a compelling option for many. Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Real estate investment has enchanted many people who want to add another asset class to their portfolio and be financially stable. The question, however, persists: why to invest in real estate? Apart from tangible asset attraction, real estate offers an exclusive type of benefits which includes passive income, possible appreciation, and tax influences. This blog explores all the factors which make real estate a premium investment while also showing how this asset class opens the doors of prosperity. The Pe...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
When it comes to renting, understanding the differences between holding and security deposits is essential for both landlords and tenants. However, these terms are frequently used interchangeably when, in reality, they serve distinct purposes and have unique features and implications. A holding deposit refers to the amount of money a renter will pay to have a rental held temporarily as the rental lease is being concluded. It essentially holds the property off the market for the applicant. On the other hand, a security deposit comes in the form of financial protection for homeowners intended to cover any damages or unpaid rent incurred at some stage in the tenancy period. While each deposit contains financial transactions and is regularly required before taking possession of a rental pro...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
Real estate investment has enchanted many people who want to add another asset class to their portfolio and be financially stable. The question, however, persists: why to invest in real estate? Apart from tangible asset attraction, real estate offers an exclusive type of benefits which includes passive income, possible appreciation, and tax influences. This blog explores all the factors which make real estate a premium investment while also showing how this asset class opens the doors of prosperity.The Persistent Attraction of Real Estate InvestmentReal estate is one of the oldest ways to invest, creating a tangible asset which you can benefit from both in short and long term. Different from stocks and bonds, real estate investments include the buying of land or property with the intrin...
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By Christopher Nelson, Montgomery County, PA - Realtor
(GenStone Realty)
Navigating Real Estate Direct Lender OptionsNavigating the world of real estate financing can be a daunting task. With numerous options available, it can be challenging to determine the best route to secure funding for your real estate projects. One option that has gained popularity in recent years is working with direct lenders. Direct lending in the real estate industry has revolutionized the loan process by eliminating intermediaries such as financial institutions or brokers. Instead, direct lenders raise funds from investors and provide loans directly to borrowers. This streamlined approach offers various benefits and advantages for both borrowers and lenders. Understanding the concept of direct lending and navigating the options available can help you make informed decisions when i...
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By Kukun's VP of Analytics Franklin Carroll, Elite client engagement tools and proptech
(Kukun, Inc.)
Predicting the exact future of the real estate industry is challenging due to the dynamic nature of economic, technological, and societal factors. That said, it is possible to make some educated guesses. Here are some potential trends and developments that could shape the industry over the next 20 years:      Technological Advancements: Technology will continue to play a significant role in reshaping the real estate industry. Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) could revolutionize property viewing experiences, allowing potential buyers to tour properties remotely. AI-powered tools may streamline property searches, facilitate predictive analytics for pricing, and automate various aspects of transactions.      Sustainability and Green Building: With increasing awareness of env...
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net
(Arizona Elite Properties )
Hey Earth, you rock! I am sure we have all notices changes from our youth regarding the climate around the world, in our neighborhood.  It is there if you just look.  AND It all makes sense in the big picture there are things we do as humans that affect the word we live in.  I am not a radical by any stroke of imagination, but I can't ignore the fact that there are things that we do that in the long run are not good for me or the place I am vey fortunate to live.   Pick up my trash and dispose of it in the proper place.  Turn off the lights when I leave a room, close the frig door when I grab something from inside.  It is the small things that really do matter over time.   This is why it’s important to clean up our act - and the planet. Whether it’s reading a book instead of binge watc...
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By Peter Mohylsky, Destin BeachPro, Call me at 850-517-7098
(PMI. Destin)
Hey Earth, you rock!I am sure we have all notices changes from our youth regarding the climate around the world, in our neighborhood.  It is there if you just look.  ANDIt all makes sense in the big picture there are things we do as humans that affect the word we live in. I am not a radical by any stroke of imagination, but I can't ignore the fact that there are things that we do that in the long run are not good for me or the place I am vey fortunate to live.  Pick up my trash and dispose of it in the proper place.  Turn off the lights when I leave a room, close the frig door when I grab something from inside.  It is the small things that really do matter over time.  This is why it’s important to clean up our act - and the planet.Whether it’s reading a book instead of binge watching a ...
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By Kukun's VP of Analytics Franklin Carroll, Elite client engagement tools and proptech
(Kukun, Inc.)
Those of us living in split-level homes know exactly why we love the layout. The separate floors and living spaces allow for large families to live comfortably without unwanted proximity. And unlike a single-story home or even a raised ranch-style home, you have oodles of yard space left once the home is built.It is no wonder, then, that a split-level house is very sought after by young roommates and by multi-generational families that still dwell together. However, there is a stigma, especially in some parts of the country, that makes selling a split-level home harder than it is selling a ground-level family home. If you’re trying to sell a split-level home, we’ll explain why it is harder to sell, and give you some handy tips to help make selling the home easier. Why are split-level ho...
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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. )
Eric L. Frazier, CEO of The Power Is Now Media, attended the NADP 2024 Annual Summit & Expo in Palm Springs, California. This three-day event brings together real estate experts and asset management firms to share insights on REO properties, which took place from March 3rd to 5th at the luxurious Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel in sunny California. This prestigious event brought together servicers and asset management firms, offering deep insights into their operations and the profitable world of REO properties. The summit kicked off on the evening of March 3rd after an introductory session designed to align all attendees. The following days were filled with enriching sessions and networking opportunities, concluding at noon on the 5th. Participants were left equipped with actionable kno...
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