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Things They Don’t Teach in School: Home Loans 101

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Before you start looking at what’s on the market and dreaming of paint colors, it’s important to figure out how you’re going to afford a new home. When it comes to getting financing, there are a ton of case-by-case scenarios so it’s…

#Adulting: Landscaping for People Who Kill Everything

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There’s usually no defining moment that stands out as “The Day I Learned to Landscape” so it’s typically long and arduous process filled with errors, aha! moments, and usually a handful of dead plants. When you first buy your home it’s…
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#Adulting: Get your house together in 10 minutes or less

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Most of us also remember as kids how we used to laugh and roll our eyes at our mom when she suddenly became a hurricane flurry of sweeping and mopping because “We have COMPANY COMING!” as if the Queen herself was about to show up at our…
girl holding cleaning products clean

#Adulting: The stuff you're not cleaning (but totally should!)

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Congrats! You’ve joined the exclusive group of Millennial homeowners! Now what? While owning your own home is great--- you can have the pets you want, decorate as you wish, and you probably have more space than you did as a renter--it…
vintage photo, blue swallow motel

10 Cutest Vintage Motels for Your Summer Roadtrip

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Summer is officially here and that means roadtrip season is in full swing! While fine hotels and all-inclusive resorts are always a great option for your trip, why not take a trek down memory lane with these neon emblems of American history!   The…

Beauty Queens to Tropical Dreams: Learn More About Venezuela

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Venezuela has received a lot of negative attention in recent years due to high levels of inflation, high crime areas, and a questionable political environment. While there are many reports of the negatives of this beautiful country, there are…

Island Escape 101: Exotic Tropical Fruits

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One of the first things you realize when you move to a tropical land is just how many fruits you’ve never heard of or tried before! Sure, US supermarkets are stocked to the brim with far more products than you’ll find in nearly any store…
door county wisconsin farm

Beyond the Brewery: Explore Door County's Hidden Charms!

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Door County, Wisconsin is regarded as the “Napa Valley of the Midwest” thanks to an abundance of wineries, art galleries, and other cultural activities, but not everything on this peninsula isn’t as prime and proper as it seems. Beyond…
unknown island remote beach

Island Escape 101: Unknown Islands

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Many travelers get a special thrill when they tell someone about their latest adventures and get blanks stares and questions of “Where’s that?” While many people travel to Jamaica (more than 4 million a year) or the Dominican Republic…
beach of english speaking country

Island Escape 101: English Language Paradises

You’ve been dreaming of escaping the drudgery of the 9-5 Monday through Friday workweek. You’ve got your sights set on sun and fun in a tropical paradise, but where to go? There are many great places to choose from, but if you’re looking…
men fighting in a field

The Battle of Toledo: How a Real Estate Deal Prevented a War

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If you take a look at a map of the Midwest United States, you may notice something strange with Michigan. More specifically, you may notice that Michigan is effectively two land masses that aren’t connected (save for the Mackinac Bridge) and…
deck view white wine table beach

Island Escape 101: Passport Requirements

With thoughts of the sand between your toes and the intoxicating smells of suntan lotion mixing with the spray of the ocean, it’s easy to imagine spending your days living your best Caribbean life. Before you find a long-term rental or property…
neon rock totems in desert southwest

Beyond the Grand Canyon: Awesome Places to Visit in the Southwest

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In Europe, it’s not uncommon for someone to leave their home on a Friday for a weekend trip that includes crossing international borders. For much of the EU, a few hours drive or train ride will land you in another country---or perhaps a few…
pre-approved stamp at bank

Money Matters: What to know before starting your home search

When looking to buy a home, there are a ton of things to consider. What style and location best fit your life? What are your "must-haves" and what are your negotiable "would-be-nice" items? And of course, how much can you afford? While the internet…
listing, success, business

How to Set Your Listings Up for Success

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In the olden days of real estate, only properties listed in the MLS, newspaper, or on busy roads were easily found. Thanks to the power of the Internet, this has all changed. A “For Sale By Owner” home located out in the middle of the woods…
tropical vacation house

House Away from Home: Pros and Cons to Owning a Vacation Home

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Summer is the best time for a little getaway. Whether you’re packing up the family for a cross-country road trip or heading out to the lake with friends, it’s always nice to kick back, relax, and get away for a little while. While you’re…
house for sale signs in yard

Protect Yourself: Home Showing Safety Tips

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Selling your home is an exciting endeavor. In most places, the real estate market is pretty crazy right now so there’s no time like the present to make a move. Between picking up the clutter to make a great first impression to deciding what…
divorce scissors cutting paperwork

Stuck in the Middle: Real Estate and Divorcing Clients

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Divorces are like marriages: none of them are the same. Where some couples amicably split and go on to be cordial or even friendly, others threaten litigation at so much as a sideways glance. When divorcing couples are on good terms, the agent’s…

Not So Move-in Ready: How to Get the Ick Out of Your New Home

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In many cases, when a home is purchased it is in “move-in ready” condition. While the walls might need painting or the kitchen needs updating, the home is in generally good condition. There are no glaring defects and while it might be a…

Mission Impossible: Creating Your Best Chance to Sell Tough Listings

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Some listings seem to almost sell themselves. If you’ve got a charming, reasonably priced 3 bedroom ranch it’s likely to get multiple offers in the first day on the MLS with how strong the market is in most places, but what about the other…

Inexpensive DIY Home Improvement Projects to Tackle this Weekend!

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Home improvements are a revolving door process. As soon as the roof is replaced, the kitchen is outdated or the floors need a facelift. When buying a previously owned home, it’s more or less expected that repairs, upgrades, or improvements…

#winwithrealtyhive: Northwoods Luxury

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While many homes, especially starter homes, can fly off the market in a matter of days (sometimes hours!), others take a little longer. In fact, sometimes selling a home is a years-long process. Homes that are farther away from cities, bigger…
vintage photo, blue swallow motel

10 Cutest Vintage Motels for Your Summer Roadtrip

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Summer is officially here and that means roadtrip season is in full swing! While fine hotels and all-inclusive resorts are always a great option for your trip, why not take a trek down memory lane with these neon emblems of American history!   The…

Beauty Queens to Tropical Dreams: Learn More About Venezuela

,
Venezuela has received a lot of negative attention in recent years due to high levels of inflation, high crime areas, and a questionable political environment. While there are many reports of the negatives of this beautiful country, there are…

Island Escape 101: Exotic Tropical Fruits

,
One of the first things you realize when you move to a tropical land is just how many fruits you’ve never heard of or tried before! Sure, US supermarkets are stocked to the brim with far more products than you’ll find in nearly any store…
door county wisconsin farm

Beyond the Brewery: Explore Door County's Hidden Charms!

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Door County, Wisconsin is regarded as the “Napa Valley of the Midwest” thanks to an abundance of wineries, art galleries, and other cultural activities, but not everything on this peninsula isn’t as prime and proper as it seems. Beyond…
men fighting in a field

The Battle of Toledo: How a Real Estate Deal Prevented a War

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If you take a look at a map of the Midwest United States, you may notice something strange with Michigan. More specifically, you may notice that Michigan is effectively two land masses that aren’t connected (save for the Mackinac Bridge) and…
neon rock totems in desert southwest

Beyond the Grand Canyon: Awesome Places to Visit in the Southwest

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In Europe, it’s not uncommon for someone to leave their home on a Friday for a weekend trip that includes crossing international borders. For much of the EU, a few hours drive or train ride will land you in another country---or perhaps a few…

#Adulting: Landscaping for People Who Kill Everything

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There’s usually no defining moment that stands out as “The Day I Learned to Landscape” so it’s typically long and arduous process filled with errors, aha! moments, and usually a handful of dead plants. When you first buy your home it’s…
person holding mug filled with snow

Forget Snow Birds, Snow Babies are the Newest Trend in Real Estate

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For better or worse, real estate is an industry ruled by trends. Whether you're considering moving from the cities to the Leave It to Beaver suburbs (1950s) or from your McMansion(1990s) to a tiny home (2010s), it's possible that you're part…
baseball field from above home plate

Home Field Advantage: The Best MLB Cities in the US

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America’s favorite pastime officially kicks off the 2018 season today with all 30 teams playing on the same day--for the first time in 50 years! While other major league sports have relatively short seasons, basketball and hockey each have…
meeting recruiting business

Successful Brokers Leverage RealtyHive for Recruiting and Revenue

Attracting and retaining talented and top producing agents is one of the biggest challenges faced by brokers today. With franchise, boutique, and online brokerages competing for the same pool of talent, what can a broker do to stand out above…
money-currency-crypto-cryptocurrency-bitcoin

The Future is Digital: Countries Exploring Digital and Crypto Currencies

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There’s a lot of buzz around all things crypto these days and while many people have heard about Bitcoin and Ether, there is still a lot of misunderstanding. To add to the confusion, new forms of currency, usually referred to as tokens or…
bank building in a city

Streamlining the OREO Sales Process: 2018 Market Update

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According to information made available by BankRegData.com, the value of OREO property held by U.S. banks has been falling from $17.51 billion in Q2 2015 to $8.45 billion by the end of Q4 2017-- a change of more than 50%! While the overall…
lady looking at computer

Move over Branding: The key to success in 2018 is not what you’d expect

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It seems like some agents have all the luck. We all know someone that seems to have a pipeline of dream properties and buyers clamoring hand-over-(money-filled)fist to sign themselves into a new home while you sit and watch your listings grow…
roatan paradise water view

RE/MAX Bay Islands and RE/MAX Western Sunsets Join RealtyHive

Close your eyes and imagine a beach with water so blue it makes the sky jealous, sand so soft and pristine it’s like walking on clouds. This is a place where the sun sets over the water in a blaze of pinks and oranges and where every day feels…
graph showing inflation during tenures of us fed chairs

Jerome Powell: The New Man Controlling Your Money

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In November 2017, President Trump announced he would be naming a new Chair of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors with the term starting on February 1, 2018. While the actions of the Federal Reserve affect the daily lives of all Americans…
money-currency-crypto-cryptocurrency-bitcoin

The Future is Digital: Countries Exploring Digital and Crypto Currencies

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There’s a lot of buzz around all things crypto these days and while many people have heard about Bitcoin and Ether, there is still a lot of misunderstanding. To add to the confusion, new forms of currency, usually referred to as tokens or…
bank building in a city

Streamlining the OREO Sales Process: 2018 Market Update

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According to information made available by BankRegData.com, the value of OREO property held by U.S. banks has been falling from $17.51 billion in Q2 2015 to $8.45 billion by the end of Q4 2017-- a change of more than 50%! While the overall…
graph showing inflation during tenures of us fed chairs

Jerome Powell: The New Man Controlling Your Money

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In November 2017, President Trump announced he would be naming a new Chair of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors with the term starting on February 1, 2018. While the actions of the Federal Reserve affect the daily lives of all Americans…
handshake sign busines

To Sign or Not to Sign: Who Works for You in Real Estate?

Most people know a little bit about the players in the real estate industry. Maybe they've heard of Brokers and Agents, but they're not really sure what these people do. Some know a bit more and can tell you that there are Listing Agents and…
listing, success, business

How to Set Your Listings Up for Success

,
In the olden days of real estate, only properties listed in the MLS, newspaper, or on busy roads were easily found. Thanks to the power of the Internet, this has all changed. A “For Sale By Owner” home located out in the middle of the woods…
tropical vacation house

House Away from Home: Pros and Cons to Owning a Vacation Home

,
Summer is the best time for a little getaway. Whether you’re packing up the family for a cross-country road trip or heading out to the lake with friends, it’s always nice to kick back, relax, and get away for a little while. While you’re…
house for sale signs in yard

Protect Yourself: Home Showing Safety Tips

,
Selling your home is an exciting endeavor. In most places, the real estate market is pretty crazy right now so there’s no time like the present to make a move. Between picking up the clutter to make a great first impression to deciding what…
divorce scissors cutting paperwork

Stuck in the Middle: Real Estate and Divorcing Clients

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Divorces are like marriages: none of them are the same. Where some couples amicably split and go on to be cordial or even friendly, others threaten litigation at so much as a sideways glance. When divorcing couples are on good terms, the agent’s…

Not So Move-in Ready: How to Get the Ick Out of Your New Home

,
In many cases, when a home is purchased it is in “move-in ready” condition. While the walls might need painting or the kitchen needs updating, the home is in generally good condition. There are no glaring defects and while it might be a…

Mission Impossible: Creating Your Best Chance to Sell Tough Listings

, ,
Some listings seem to almost sell themselves. If you’ve got a charming, reasonably priced 3 bedroom ranch it’s likely to get multiple offers in the first day on the MLS with how strong the market is in most places, but what about the other…

Inexpensive DIY Home Improvement Projects to Tackle this Weekend!

,
Home improvements are a revolving door process. As soon as the roof is replaced, the kitchen is outdated or the floors need a facelift. When buying a previously owned home, it’s more or less expected that repairs, upgrades, or improvements…

#winwithrealtyhive: Northwoods Luxury

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While many homes, especially starter homes, can fly off the market in a matter of days (sometimes hours!), others take a little longer. In fact, sometimes selling a home is a years-long process. Homes that are farther away from cities, bigger…
auction house for sale

Leveraging the Power of Auctions

Sometimes, when you’re ready to make a change, you’re ready right now. Not next month or next year. Now. If changing up your location is part of the plan, there can be a lot to coordinate. You’ve got to pack up your belongings, find a…

Mission Impossible: Creating Your Best Chance to Sell Tough Listings

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Some listings seem to almost sell themselves. If you’ve got a charming, reasonably priced 3 bedroom ranch it’s likely to get multiple offers in the first day on the MLS with how strong the market is in most places, but what about the other…
house with foreclosure signs in front of it with a title heading of The NEW Way of Selling REO Properties

#winwithrealtyhive: Northwoods Luxury

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While many homes, especially starter homes, can fly off the market in a matter of days (sometimes hours!), others take a little longer. In fact, sometimes selling a home is a years-long process. Homes that are farther away from cities, bigger…
market lake

#WinWithRealtyHive: Selling in Stiles

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Everyone in real estate is talking about how hot the market is. In many areas, single-family homes can barely hit the MLS before an accepted offer is reached, but that isn’t always the case. In areas with more sellers than buyers, selling…
hands with laptops and papers

#WinWithRealtyHive: Avoiding the Price Reduction Talk

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The Endowment Effect, sometimes called the Ownership Effect, is a psychological and behavioral economics principle that says people attribute a higher value to things they own simply because they own them. An excellent example of this effect…
snowy cabin in the woods

How to Sell Your Home in a Land Far, Far Away

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Once upon a time in a land far, far away a lovely family owned a lovely piece of land in the lovely woods. The family built themselves a small cottage where they enjoyed spending their weekends and summers, and although there was no lake for…
house with foreclosure signs in front of it with a title heading of The NEW Way of Selling REO Properties

The New Way to Sell REO Properties

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People tend to dream that a never-before-met great uncle will leave them a sprawling waterfront estate in a will they didn’t know existed. This sounds lovely (minus the death of your uncle, RIP!), but it doesn’t happen very often. In the…
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