Recent Blog Posts

The amazing members of ActiveRain produce hundreds of blog posts every single day of the year.  There is a wonderful mix of all things real estate and beyond for your reading pleasure.

This board rolls all day long with the newest blog posts to our site. You’ll find some diamonds in the rough on this page, so check back often to peruse the blog roll and learn from our committed community of real estate professionals.

The newest blog posts on ActiveRain

By Mark Wagner Jr.
(Zion Realty)
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Tis the season celebrate! From Christmas to New Years, there's always something to celebrate during the holiday season! Celebrating also means enjoying adult beverages! People like to enjoy their spirits and there is nothing wrong with that, but if I am out and about I always use Quality "Q" Tran...
By Joseph Metzler, Sr Loan Officer
(Mortgages Unlimited, Inc)
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USDA eligible areas being updated for 2015. The very popular no down payment home loan for rural areas of the country is changing slightly for 2015. A new "USDA Announcement (posted 12-22-14) indicates President Barack Obama signed the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 201...
By Dan Dee McGinnis, DTM, NADOTA, The Pumpkin Man
(Homesmart International)
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  Selling a Home in Phoenix or Scottsdale Arizona U Should KNOW   When you realize all human beings are different, some are quite different from others in regard to their personality, their ethics, their honesty, being proactive, and energy level. And when it comes to real estate agents, it is no...
By Suzie Townley, Relaxed Professionalism
(Diamond Partners, Inc)
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It's the Day After Christmas 2014, and unlike a lot of folks, I am not happy that it is over.  In fact, as I stand here in an empty office of 265 agents, I still feel that Christmas spirit.  I am ready to get moving into 2015 and am charged up to finish my Christmas 2014 deliveries of calendars, ...
By Mike Hall, Real Estate Broker
(Key Realty "You'll Do Better With Key!")
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If you missed the second part of this four part series you can access it here - How To Succeed In Real Estate - Issue # 2.  The third way to succeed in real estate is to not be like the "average" Realtor regarding asking for referrals.  According to the NAR 2013 Profile of Buyers and Sellers the ...
By Rick Snow - Selling El Paso TX, Cool Deals on Hot Real Estate in El Paso, Texas
(First Choice Realty)
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River Park West is located in the Upper Valley on the west side of El Paso, TX. The Upper Valley is typically defined as everything west of I-10 to the New Mexico border. The area has been developing considerably in the last few years but still retains a little bit of that rural feeling. Temperat...
By Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester
(Empire Realty Group)
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This mornings paper had a good article on foreclosures and Zombie inventory in and around the Rochester, NY area. Most of the complaint was the upkeep of the properties that are vacant with broken windows, unmowed grass, peeling paint and trash buildup around these homes. Another point was the de...
By John G. Johnston, An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO
(John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC)
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Westcliffe, CO Weather for December 26, 2014 Good Morning Westcliffe, CO 12° Snow!  Snow!  Snow! Today will bring us snow.  We only expect 1" - 3" accumulation above the 3" we got overnight.  Our high temperature will only reach the 20's.  Wind chill factors will be around the -5° to 5° today.  T...
By Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Coastal Homes and Lifestyles
(Illustrated Properties Daytona Fl 386.299.8291 )
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    Happy Holidays from Florida and Happy New Year! Joyce Marsh Florida Homes and Lifestyles "We would like to thank you for your business and continued support, and wish you and your family Happy Holidays and many blessings in the New Year!   The Joyce Marsh Homes and Lifestyles Team Joyce Marsh...
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
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Price Changes; When and Why best practices is both simple and complex.  Getting the price right is essential and the most important aspect of a great real estate transaction. The second most important aspect of a great real estate transaction is the marketing you put out on the internet.  Getting...
By Katina Hargrove, Broker/Owner, GRI,SFR, Realtor
(Stake Your Land Realty, Inc.)
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  http://MyFloridaHomesMLS.com/katinahargrove Use the above link to search for properties in the mid-Florida area. Homes for sale, waterfront, vacant land, rental properties, short sales and bank owned. If you are interested in Open Homes and want additional information prior to seeing, let me kn...
By Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty
( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida)
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The furnished high-rise condos for sale in Pelican Bay Naples Florida could be the ideal solution for someone who wants to move into a new home right off the Gulf of Mexico and bring only a suitcase and a toothbrush.  Most of these taller buildings in the development are either on or just west o...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
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    I got my Google fiber T- Shirt! Google Fiber is making a run at Austin and I got my Google fiber T-shirt the day before Christmas in the mail! It was especially designed for Austin by local artist Judy Paul. It is incredible piece of art that reflects the spirit of our amazing city!     Check...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
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Gandhi and Buddha are the names I grew up with - in India. Both of them had one thing in common - Peace! Here is a re-post from Laura Cerrano on words of wisdom from Gandhi and Buddha.   Words of Wisdom From Gandhi and Buddha      These are wise words of enlightenment for all to listen to and con...
By Tim Stoll, Results That Move You
(Keller Williams Realty )
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Morning Real Estate Minute | Tim Stoll | Dallas Texas         Sales of newly built single-family homes fell 1.6 percent in November from October's sales rate. New home sales were also down 1.6 percent from one year earlier. The drop – which included decreases in three of four U.S. regions – broug...
By Terez B. Harris, Your Real Estate Advocate
(Keller Williams Realty New Orleans)
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From RealtorMag.Realtor.org Expect the home-purchase market to strengthen along with the economy in 2015, according to Freddie Mac's U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for November. "The good news for 2015 is that the U.S. economy appears well-poised to sustain about a 3 percent growth rat...
By Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale
(CDV TransAtlantic, Inc.)
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 Top 5 Things Carillon Lakes Community Homebuyers Miss to Check     Because home buying is a thrilling experience where you can get drowned in new vocabularies, stressed  by negotiations, and pre-occupied by fear of not getting your dream home, it is easy to miss a couple of things when inspectin...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
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I thought I'd reblog this webinar from many months ago.  For those looking to bring their social media to the next level for 2015, this may come in handy. This is the perfect week to catch up on some of these things. If you missed our latest crowdsourced webinar, you are going to want to tune in ...
By Robert Siciliano, Realty Security and Identity Theft Expert Speaker
(IDTheftSecurity.com Inc)
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You’re dreaming of a white Christmas, and hackers are dreaming of a green Christmas: your cash in their pockets. And hackers are everywhere, and are a particular threat to travelers. Prior to leaving for your holiday vacation, have an IT specialist install a disk encryption on your laptop if you ...
By Carey Light, Keller Williams Realty
(Keller Williams at Lake Nona)
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Lake Nona Home for Sale in NorthLake Park at Lake Nona! Fantastic Move-in Ready Home in NorthLake Park at Lake Nona now available on the market!  Hurry, this one won't last long! Fantastic move-in ready Executive Home in the family-friendly community of NorthLake Park at Lake Nona! This 4 bedroom...
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