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Recent blogs on Real Estate Industry
By Eric Lawrence Frazier MBA, Founder and CEO of The Power Is Now Media, Inc.
(The Power Is Now Media, Inc. )
As a Black man in America, two things run deep in my blood: a love for building a future, like the one that drives me in real estate, and a reverence for the history that got us here. Juneteenth, for me, sits right at that intersection. It’s a celebration not just of the end of slavery but of the enduring spirit and strength of Black America. Let’s explore the fascinating history of Juneteenth, a tale that has enormous relevance for our community both historically and contemporarily. 🇺🇸The Historical Context of Juneteenth 📜Our journey begins in Galveston, Texas, on June 19th, 1865. Imagine this: over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation declared slavery illegal, enslaved people in the furthest corners of the Confederacy were still unaware of their freedom. It wasn’t until Major...
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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. )
June is not just about sunny days and outdoor fun; it’s a period marked by a celebration close to many hearts—Homeownership Month. This time of the year is dedicated to appreciating the personal achievements of homeowners and understanding the broad, positive impacts of homeownership. Whether you’re already enjoying your cozy corner or are just steps away from acquiring your dream house, this month celebrates the pride and commitment that come with being a homeowner.The Historical Journey of Homeownership Month 📚Homeownership Month, a celebration deeply embedded in the fabric of American culture, has evolved significantly over the decades. Its roots can be traced back to the 1920s when the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) first introduced “National Homeownership We...
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By Lori Mode, Real Estate Made Simple
(The Mode Real Estate Group)
Thinking about living in an HOA community?Let’s explore the pros and cons 👇PROS 👍01 – Amenities: Some HOA communities offer perks like pools, gyms, parks, and more, boosting your lifestyle without personal upkeep.02 – Maintenance: Some HOAs handle exterior tasks like landscaping and snow removal, saving you time.03 – Community Cohesion: Enjoy organized events and shared spaces, fostering neighborly bonds.04 – Property Value: HOAs maintain a uniform look, safeguarding property values.CONS 👎01 – Fees: Monthly or annual fees cover maintenance and amenities, varying in cost.02 – Rules and Regulations: HOAs enforce strict guidelines on property modifications and aesthetics.03 – Limited Autonomy: Homeowners may feel restricted in personalizing their properties.04 – Conflict Resolution: Disput...
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By Lori Mode, Real Estate Made Simple
(The Mode Real Estate Group)
Here are 4 ways that I can help during the new construction process 👇01 – Expert Guidance: I have experience navigating the new construction process and can guide you through each step, from contract negotiation to selecting upgrades.02 – Negotiation Power: I can negotiate on your behalf to secure the best price, incentives, and terms with the builder, potentially saving you money and getting more value for your investment.03 – Builder Reputation: I have insights into reputable builders and can help you choose a trusted builder with a history of quality construction and customer satisfaction.04 – Advocacy and Support: I work for you and will advocate for your best interests throughout the entire transaction, ensuring a smooth and successful home buying experience.If you’re thinking abou...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
Buying property in Spain can be an exciting venture for Americans looking to invest in real estate abroad. However, there are several key considerations that should be taken into account before making the decision to purchase a property in Spain. One important factor to consider is the location of the property. Different regions of Spain offer distinct lifestyles, from the bustling city life of Madrid to the laid-back coastal towns of the Costa del Sol. For example, if you prefer a more relaxed atmosphere, you may want to consider buying a property in a smaller, beachside town like Marbella. On the other hand, if you enjoy the hustle and bustle of city living, a property in Barcelona or Valencia may be more suitable for you. Another important consideration when buying property in Spain ...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
Did you know that neglecting HVAC maintenance can drastically shorten your system's lifespan by up to 50% and lead to unexpected, costly breakdowns? With heating and cooling accounting for nearly half of a home's energy consumption in the U.S., proper HVAC maintenance is not just about comfort—it's a critical factor in managing energy costs and ensuring your system's longevity.This comprehensive guide is designed to empower homeowners with the knowledge and tools needed to take charge of their HVAC maintenance. We'll delve into the inner workings of your system, explaining its key components and how they function. You'll learn essential DIY maintenance tasks that can be done easily and safely at home, as well as when it's time to call in a professional for more complex issues.By priorit...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
There are several factors that you need to consider before you make a decision on whether to buy or rent a house. Times are changing quickly so it is good to look at your financial situation and long-term goals.However, before you make up your mind, you need to know the pros and cons of each side. If you have made a decision and need to find local moving solutions, having the right information will help you. Here are both pros and cons to rent and buy a house:Building EquityWhen people own a house, they build equity over time by paying the principal on the loan. That means when you pay your mortgage every month, you are paying down part of it, so you ultimately own where you live.Purchases now have a good chance to build equity over time, and the way real estate is these days, home valu...
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By Lori Mode, Real Estate Made Simple
(The Mode Real Estate Group)
What’s the difference between an appraisal vs. an inspection? 🤔⚠️ They are both crucial steps in the home buying process to ensure you’re making a wise investment and they truly are very different.→ An appraisal is an assessment done by a licensed appraiser to determine the fair market value of a property.This helps lenders ensure that the property’s value supports the loan amount as the lender will only loan based on the appraisal amount (not your offer price)💰→ An inspection is a thorough examination of a property’s condition, typically conducted by a certified home inspector or a licensed contractor.It identifies any potential issues or repairs needed, helping buyers make informed decisions 🛠It’s important to understand the difference and how they both benefit you. If you have any re...
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By Michael Elliott, Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales
(Fathom Realty)
This was a great post by Lori Mode ! Here are 🖐 amazing benefits of owning your own home… 01 – Building Equity 💰 One of the most significant advantages of owning a home is the ability to build equity over time. Equity represents the portion of your home that you truly own, calculated as the difference between the market value of your home and the amount you still owe on your mortgage. As you make mortgage payments, a portion of each payment reduces your loan balance, thus increasing your equity. Additionally, if the value of your home appreciates over time, your equity grows even more. Building equity can be a powerful financial asset, providing you with the means to fund major expenses, invest in other opportunities, or enhance your retirement savings. 02 – Stable Housing Costs 📉 Unlik...
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By Lori Mode, Real Estate Made Simple
(The Mode Real Estate Group)
Here are 🖐 amazing benefits of owning your own home…01 – Building Equity 💰One of the most significant advantages of owning a home is the ability to build equity over time. Equity represents the portion of your home that you truly own, calculated as the difference between the market value of your home and the amount you still owe on your mortgage. As you make mortgage payments, a portion of each payment reduces your loan balance, thus increasing your equity. Additionally, if the value of your home appreciates over time, your equity grows even more. Building equity can be a powerful financial asset, providing you with the means to fund major expenses, invest in other opportunities, or enhance your retirement savings.02 – Stable Housing Costs 📉Unlike renting, where rent prices can increase...
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By Hugh Grant, I help investors and consumers with real estate
(RealMax Realty)
Baltimore, a city steeped in rich history and culture, has seen a surge in real estate activity in recent years. This vibrant metropolis is no longer just a hidden gem; it's attracting homebuyers from across the nation, leading to a competitive housing market characterized by bidding wars and quick sales. This article delves into the factors driving this competitiveness, explores the implications for buyers and sellers, and offers insights for navigating the current Baltimore market.Factors Fueling the Baltimore MarketSeveral key factors are contributing to the competitive nature of Baltimore's real estate market in 2024. Increased Demand: Baltimore's affordability, combined with its revitalized downtown and growing job market, is attracting a wider pool of homebuyers. Millennials, pric...
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By Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert
(Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty)
Real estate insights are crucial for business owners looking to make informed decisions. This blog provides valuable information on market trends, investment opportunities, and strategic planning. Thank you for sharing these expert insights that can help business owners navigate the real estate landscape effectively!Have a super fantastic week!Joe Jackson, Realtor-KWCP Navigating the complexities of the real estate market requires more than just knowledge—it demands strategic foresight, adaptability, and a deep understanding of market dynamics. Whether you’re an investor, developer, or property manager, staying informed and proactive is key to maximizing opportunities and achieving success in the real estate industry. Stay Updated on Market Trends and Economic Indicators Successful real...
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By Dawn Castell, Freelance home stager
(Freelancer)
Navigating the complexities of the real estate market requires more than just knowledge—it demands strategic foresight, adaptability, and a deep understanding of market dynamics. Whether you’re an investor, developer, or property manager, staying informed and proactive is key to maximizing opportunities and achieving success in the real estate industry.Stay Updated on Market Trends and Economic IndicatorsSuccessful real estate professionals stay ahead of the curve by monitoring market trends and economic indicators. Keep an eye on factors such as interest rates, housing inventory levels, employment rates, and local economic development initiatives. Understanding these trends can help you anticipate market shifts, identify emerging opportunities, and make informed investment decisions. B...
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By Kukun--240-483-3649 Franklin Carroll, Elite client engagement tools and proptech
(Kukun, Inc.)
 Glorious weather, days off in the sunshine, family time spent relaxing: Who wouldn’t be in a good mood and ready to buy a home in the summer?Here are seven great reasons to list your home for sale in the summer.1. Hot temperatures = hot salesSummer is often considered the peak season for home sales due to favorable weather, school breaks, and vacation time. It’s easy to be optimistic when the sun is shining and there’s extra downtime to dream. Another big bonus? This increased demand can result in a faster sale and potentially a higher selling price.2. Sunshine makes everything more beautifulThe summer months provide an opportunity to showcase your home’s exterior beauty. Blooming flowers, green lawns, and sunny skies can enhance curb appeal, attracting more potential buyers.Have a gor...
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By Christopher Nelson, Montgomery County, PA - Realtor
(GenStone Realty)
Foreclosure Assistance Grants: A Complete Overview Key Highlights•    Foreclosure assistance grants provide financial aid to homeowners facing the risk of foreclosure.•    Eligibility criteria for these grants include income limits and the need for housing counseling.•    The application process involves finding the right grant program and completing the necessary documentation.•    Success stories of homeowners who have benefited from foreclosure assistance grants highlight their positive impact.•    These grants aim to prevent mortgage delinquencies, foreclosures, and displacement, providing relief to homeowners in need.Foreclosure can be a distressing experience for homeowners, leaving them feeling helpless and overwhelmed. However, there is hope in the form of foreclosure assistance...
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By Bill Salvatore - East Valley, Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net
(Arizona Elite Properties )
Great post by Christopher, and worthy of our Daily Re-Post. bill   What Repairs Add The Most To A Home Value Key Highlights Home improvements can increase the value of your home and make it more to potential buyers. Certain repairs renovations, such as the kitchen and bathroom curb appeal, and the roof, can significantly home value. Energy-efficient upgrades, such installing energy-efficient windows upgrading HVAC systems, save costs and add to your home.a deck, landscaping the outdoor area, and the basement can expand space and increase the of your home. Essential repairs, such as system overhaul and plumbing, are necessary for resale value.   When it comes to selling a home, increasing its value is often a top priority for homeowners. While not all home improvements are created equal,...
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By Christopher Nelson, Montgomery County, PA - Realtor
(GenStone Realty)
 Quick Tips: How to Stage Your Home to Sell FastKey Highlights Home staging is an important marketing strategy that can help sell your home faster and for a higher price. Decluttering every room and creating a spacious feel is crucial for effective home staging. Deep cleaning your home from top to bottom, including appliances and countertops, is essential for a fresh and inviting look. Depersonalizing spaces by removing personal photos and decor allows potential to imagine themselves living in the home. Repairing and refreshing walls, floors, and fixtures helps create a well-maintained and updated appearance. Arranging furniture to maximize space, enhancing curb appeal, staging with neutral decor, and using lighting to create a warm ambiance are all important aspects of home staging.  W...
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By The Chris Fritch Team ~ eXp Realty, chrisfritchteam.com 763-746-3997
(Chris Fritch Team eXp Realty)
Join us at one of our open houses this weekend! Saturday July 13th 12pm-2pm Sunday July 14th 12pm-3pm 1708 157th Circle NE Andover, MN     Discover luxury living in this executive detached townhome, situated in a serene cul-de-sac with wetland views! With a total of 3 beds, 3 baths, 2 low maintenance decks, plus an insulated 3-stall garage with epoxy flooring and cabinetry - this home is sure to impress! Enjoy stunning curb appeal w/ durable steel siding and tasteful brick accents! The main level features a gourmet kitchen with granite counters, large center island, cooktop, wall oven, SS appliances and Acacia wood flooring. Entertaining is made easy w/ both informal and formal dining options, a spacious living room with tray ceiling, plus a vaulted sunroom overlooking the private back...
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By Peter Mohylsky, Destin BeachPro, Call me at 850-517-7098
(PMI. Destin)
Even backyards have to prep for summer.  The winter and spring have had their effect on your home and your back yard.  Hopefully, by now you have accomplished the summer prep of the home and outdoor living space.  Once everything is clean, you'll get to relax and enjoy your space.What's a feature you love or wish you had in your outdoor space?#thehelpfulagent #home #houseexpert #house #listreports #backyard #hometips #homerefresh #homereno #realestate #happyhomeowners #realestateagent #realtor #investment #summertime
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On June 11, 2024, Attom Data solution reported that nationwide 22,385 foreclosure started in May of 2024 higher 3.0% from April of 2024, but declined 4.0% from May of 2023.There were 32.621 foreclosure filings in May of 2024, increased 3.0% from April of 2024, but decreased 7.0% from May of 2023.One in every 4,320 homes were in foreclosure, and State of New Jersey had the highest rate one in every 1,939 homes in foreclosure filing during May of 2024.Lenders repossessed 2,879 REOs in May of 2024, lower 1.0% from April of 2024, and dropped 28.0% from May of 2023.Rob Barber, ATTOM CEO stated “While we observed a slight increase in foreclosure starts, the decline in completed foreclosures indicates resilience in certain areas. Monitoring these evolving patterns remains crucial to understand...
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