Richard Eimers's Blog Posts

Get Rolling How To Build A Bocce Court In Your Backyard

Homeowners asking "How to build a bocce court" probably have an underused space in their backyard that's crying out for some attitude adjustment. When the weather heats up and you want to spend all

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Experts Weigh In If Brinking Kids To An Open House Can Botch The Buyers Chances

A few years ago, while selling our home in New Jersey, a real estate agent requested a showing for a couple and their tween daughter."Of course!" my husband and I thought. We didn't even think:

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Confidence In Housing At New Peak

Confidence in housing is at a new peak, with enthusiasm among sellers soaring, according to the April Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI). At 91.7, the Index plowed through its

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How Much Longer Is It To Find A Home

Prospective buyers actively looking for a home say it’s taking them a considerable amount of time. More than half—51 percent—in a recent survey say they’ve been trying to find the right

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This Just In Data Says May Is The Best Month To Sell Your Home

According to a newly released study by ATTOM Data Solutions, selling your home in the month of May will net you an average of 5.9% above estimated market value for your home.For the study, ATTOM

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Owners Home Value Perceptions Improve In March

The gap between homeowner home value perceptions and appraisal values continued to improve in March, according to the National Home Price Perception Index released by Quicken Loans.The index found

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Humpback Whale Spotted Off South Walton

“It turned around and came to us. It hung out and swam circles around us for about 10 minutes. We were losing our minds.”SEACREST BEACH — After 20 years of living near the beach, Jake Williams

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Miramar Beach Named Top Small Town Destination

South Walton has 16 beach neighborhoods, each with its own sense of style. But according to a recent article from FloridaRentals.com, one of them is among the top 11 popular small town destinations

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REALTORS Expect Prices To Increase To Nearly 4 In Next 12 Months

In the monthly REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey, the National Association of REALTORS® asks members “In the neighborhood or area where you make most of your sales, what are your expectations

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Hot Home Trend Go Big With Your Tile

Supersized tiles are making over more floors, and this may be welcome news to many homeowners. Large format tiles means less grout to clean. The large tile trend may be partially motivated out of

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A New Housing Bubble Forming Not Before 2024

Saturday, March 10, 2018   /   by Carl GentileA New Housing Bubble Forming?... Not Before 2024A recent report by CoreLogic revealed that U.S. home values appreciated by

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Osprey Pointe Sandestin

Inspiration from the OspreyOsprey Pointe at Sandestin earned its name from the population of Osprey nests embraced in the tree tops in this prime location. Even more inspiring is the nature of

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Statement From NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall About IRS Clarification On HELOC Deductions

WASHINGTON (February 22, 2018) - National Association of Realtors® President Elizabeth Mendenhall, a sixth-generation Realtor® from Columbia, Missouri and CEO of RE/MAX Boone Realty, issued

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3 Dirty Words Of Real Estate

Elizabeth Ann Stribling-Kivlan, president of real estate brokerage Stribling & Associates in New York, calls out several buzzwords that real estate professionals should stop using or use more

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Beer Pairings For Girl Scout Cookies

It’s our favorite time of year once again—Girl Scout Cookies are here! We've added new editors’ picks of great beers to celebrate the season with and a collection of cookie-and-beer pairings

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The Truth About FHA 203k Loans

I promise you and other real estate agents have lost numerous transactions and will continue to lose more transactions because you just don’t understand what will become your most favorite loan

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Whats Hot Trends In The Pipeline For 2018

Every industry tracks innovations in its field, and housing is no different. As a real estate pro, here are the need-to-know products and services promising to transform homes and your clients’

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You Can Buy Houses With Bitcoin Now Heres How Much It Would Take

By Chris Morris January 15, 2018 Despite warnings of a bubble and massively fluctuating values, bitcoin continues to

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Three Steps To Preventing Wire Fraud

It’s your worst nightmare as a buyer: one minute, everything is a go for purchasing the house of your dreams and the next, the entire down payment is gone with little hope in getting it back. This

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Theres More To A Bubble Than Rising Home Prices

What truly causes a housing bubble and the inevitable crash? For the best explanation, let’s go to a person who correctly called the last housing bubble – a year before it happened. “A bubble

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Housing Prices Are NOT Heading For Another Crash

As home values continue to increase at levels greater than historic norms, some are concerned that we are heading for another crash like the one we experienced ten years ago. We recently explained

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The Forecast 2018 Trends In Staging

Home staging has gone mainstream and is now widely used to make a home more attractive to potential buyers. According to a 2017 survey by the National Association of REALTORS®, a majority of real

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US Home Prices Leapt In September By The Most In 3 Years

By Christopher RugaberU.S. home prices rose at the fastest pace in more than three years in September, lifted by a record-low supply of houses for sale.The Standard & Poor's CoreLogic Case-Shiller

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All About Clean Master Bathroom Trends

Thumb through any home decor magazine, and you'll see a master bathroom with a soaker or shower as the showpiece. Ta-da!Homeowners, it turns out, are splurging to scrub up, according to the recently

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Give Your Home A Facelift Home Improvement Projects For Less Than 500 Dollars

By Kaycee Wegener, Rentec DirectHome improvement doesn’t have to break the bank. You can freshen up the spaces in your home or investment property with a number of small projects that cost less

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Should I Sell My Home Now Or Wait Until The Spring

There are many questions homeowners ask themselves during the selling process. "How much will my home sell for?"  "How much should I list my home for?"  "Who should I select as a

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Real Estate Experts Say There Is No Housing Bubble

With residential home prices continuing to appreciate at levels above historic norms, some are questioning if we are heading toward another housing bubble (and subsequent burst) like the one we

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Why Sell Now Instead Of Later

Each year, most homeowners wait until the spring to sell their houses because they believe that they can get a better deal during the normal spring buyer’s market. However, recently released data

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HOME PRICES RAPIDLY RISE IS HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF

‘Rapid Price Increases Will Not Last Forever’The current growth in home prices is echoing the lead-up to the recession. Is history repeating itself?The answer is likely not, according to a

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Bipartisan DoddFrank Fix Could Benefit Banks Big And Small

The top Republican on the Senate Banking Committee is getting closer to striking a deal on a bipartisan bill to ease financial rules that could have wins for banks both big and small.Senator Mike

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Phantom Boat Makes Waves

SANDESTIN — It was a spooky sight — a sailboat with nobody on board floating just offshore last Thursday.Its sails were ripped, it was listing to one side and it was heading straight toward the

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NAR Vows Pushback On Tax Reform

“The bottom line is removing tax incentives means fewer home buyers and lower home values,” Iona Harrison, chair of NAR’s Federal Taxation Committee, said of the House GOP tax plan at the

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How To Know When To Drop The Asking Price On Your Home

High demand and low supply have made it a seller's market pretty much all over the country, and especially for lower-priced homes.That does not mean every house will sell or sell quickly. Price is

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US Homes Are Getting Snapped Up At The Fastest Pace In 30 Years

(Bloomberg) -- Here’s more evidence that the defining characteristic of the U.S. housing market is a shortage of inventory for sale: Homes are sitting on the market for the shortest time in 30;

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US New Home Sales Soar To Highest Level In A Decade

WASHINGTON — Sales of new U.S. homes jumped last month to the highest level since October 2007, a sign that Americans — unable to find existing homes — are turning to new construction. Damage

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Originators Vs Big Banks

What advantages do mortgage brokers have over their larger banking counterparts? One professional weighs in.In a special to Mortgage Professional America, Mat Ishbia of United Wholesale Mortgage

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Fannie Mae Economic And Strategic Research

Economic growth outlook unchanged following recent hurricanesThe full-year 2017 economic growth forecast remains unchanged at 2.2 percent following expected offsetting hurricane-related impacts to

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Overall Housing Confidence Up On Rising Renter Optimism

WASHINGTON, DC – The Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI) increased 0.3 points in September to 88.3, matching the all-time high set in June. The rise can be attributed to increases in

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Build Them And They Will Come Maybe

Sentiment among potential homebuyers appears to be increasing but the housing market remains restrained by tight inventory and financial concerns.A new report from the National Association of

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Flip Rent Or Hold Whats The Best Path To Real Estate Riches

Maybe you're addicted to those home-flipping shows on HGTV where glam couples buy grim shacks, spend 22 minutes smashing down walls and adding funky kitchen

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How To Avoid Storm Chaser Fraud After Harvey

In the coming weeks, as millions of Texans & Floridians return home to rebuild damaged houses and repair flooded cars, they should be alert to a looming threat: "storm chasers."Exploitative

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Realtors Reveal 5 Home Buyers From Hell And How You Can Avoid Being One

As most people beyond kindergarten age come to realize, you can learn just as much from seriously bad behavior as you can from good. What better way to familiarize yourself with the fine points of

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When Youre Buying A Home Look For These 4 Signs

"This house has great bones." You've heard the phrase uttered dozens of time by decorators, realtors, and probably your spouse. But what is everyone talking about?! (And how the heck do you know if

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Feds Expand Effort To Catch Money Laundering In Real Estate

The federal government is expanding its effort to catch people and organizations that use all-cash purchases of high-end real estate to launder money. Under the expansion, Honolulu will join several

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Jumbo Loans Get Less Expensive

The interest rate for jumbo loans—those greater than $421,100—dropped five basis points last week, averaging 3.99 percent for the week. That is now 13 basis points lower than the conforming

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Aug 16 2017 Saving Real Estate Commissions At Any Price

By collateralanalytics.comAbstractHere we examine the price differentials for homes sold through traditional agents through the multiple listing service compared to “For-Sale-By-Owner” sales for

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South Walton Communities Sue Over Beach Use

SANTA ROSA BEACH — Four South Walton communities have sued Walton County in federal court in Pensacola to overturn the county’s customary use ordinance that opened the beaches up to the public

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Homeowners Continue To Overestimate Value Except In Hot Markets

Homeowners continue to overestimate the value of their homes, except in hot markets, according to the latest Quicken Loans’ HPPI.Appraised home values came in 1.55 percent below what homeowners

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This Year Will Probably Be The Biggest Year For Homebuilders In A Decade

July 19, 2017 Kelsey RamírezAfter housing starts increased in June, experts weighed in, explaining why 2017 could be the best year for new construction in a decade. Experts explained the

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This House Had 22 Offers Here Is Why The Owners Didnt Take The Highes

The national median price of a home sold in June hit a record $263,800, according to the National Association of Realtors.The average number of days a listing took to go under contract fell to just

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Amazing Primary Residence Or 2nd Home In Santa Rosa Beach FL

Open Floor Plan includes an appreciation of it’s wonderful natural setting with large wrap around covered porch with French doors opening onto the porch from each bedroom. The large open living

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REDEFINE SERVICE IN REAL ESTATE

WHO YOU WORK WITH MATTERSRICHARD & MELANIE EIMERS21 OF EXPERIENCE WORKING TOGETHERRICHARD EIMERS, REAL ESTATE ASSOCIATE BROKER/OWNER -I have been a Florida Licensed Realtor for over 20 years, have

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18 Reasons Why A Property May Not Sell

By Richard Eimers1. Pricing home too high – have a professional determine comparable sales.2. Small repairs bring big profits and fast sales -- have a professional give you low-cost solutions to

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Why You Should Not For Sale By Owner

In today’s market, with home prices rising and a lack of inventory, some homeowners may consider trying to sell their homes on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There

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Fla Home To 43 Of Top Metros For Secondhome Bargains

IRVING, Calif. – July 12, 2017 – ATTOM Data Solutions analyzed the U.S. cities where at least one in every 12 buyers is looking for a second home, and it ranked them based on air quality,

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9 Things Buyers Regret Overlooking In A Home Will You Miss Them Too

It was your dream home—until it wasn’t. Sadly, far too many buyers swoon over a home, only to realize after moving in that they overlooked something major, bringing on a serious case&

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Seller Optimism Reaches A Record High

Daily Real Estate News | Monday, July 10, 2017 Consumer sentiment about the housing market zoomed to a record high in June, with seller optimism making up most of the uptick, according to

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Local Listing Inventory Takes Critical Hit

By Richard Eimers, June 27th, 2017We, being local full time local Realtors have been discussing the shift that has taken place over the last 12 months from a "Balanced Market" to a "Seller's".

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Listing Inventory Takes Critical Hit

Listing inventory is taking a critical hit, with 9 percent fewer for-sale homes on the market now than one year ago, a slump not seen in four years, according to the May Zillow® Real Estate Market

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Confident Homeowners Flirt With Selling

Daily Real Estate News | Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Seventy-one percent of homeowners say now is a good time to sell, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’s second-quarter Housing

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Warning For Landlords As Renters Go Mortgage Shopping

Renters made up a large share of those shopping for a mortgage in the first quarter of 2017, which could put landlords under pressure.A new TransUnion analysis found that among the 55% of non

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Existing Home Sales Rebound Pushing Median Price To New High

Existing home sales rebounded in May following a weak April with a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 5.62 million.The increase reported by the National Association of Realtors was 1.1% above April

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Home Affordability In Santa Rosa Beach Surrounding Area Hits 31 This Week

Real estate professionals are the best resource for their customers' housing and marketplace questions. When your buyers and sellers ask, "How does affordability in Santa Rosa Beach & Surrounding

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ExistingHome Sales Rise 11 Percent In May Median Sales Price Ascends To New High

MEDIA CONTACT: ADAM DESANCTIS / 202-383-1178 / EMAIL(LINK SENDS E-MAIL) WASHINGTON (June 21,)

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Think Home Prices Are High Now Why Theyre Likely To Keep Going Up

By Clare Trapasso | May 15, 2017Buyers might want to sit down for this: Homes flew off the market like the hottest of hotcakes in the first quarter of the year—causing prices to rise even

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Home Sales Expected To Soar Through 2018 What Buyers Need To Know

By now just about every would-be buyer out there knows there simply aren't enough homes for sale these days to appease the hordes of competition. But despite the shortages, rising prices, and

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The Ultimate Guide To Funky Home Smells

By Margaret Heidenry | Mar 30, 2017There are two definitions of funky: 1) something that's cool, and 2) something that smells bad. For our purposes, we'll be talking about the latter—and the

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8 Rookie Mistakes That Keep People From Selling Their Home

By Daniel Bortz | Jun 8, 2017If your home is struggling to catch the eye of a buyer, it could be for an entirely valid reason. Maybe you're stuck in a sluggish market or

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For Sale In Desired Neighborhood In Destin Florida

You know the saying – Location, Location, Location - much sought after Diamond Lakes Townhomes are centrally located in Destin just off Commons Drive close to restaurants, golf courses, shopping

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Beautiful Victorian Beach House In Inlet Beach FL

Only for the most Discriminating Buyer may we present Anna's Veranda – ECLECTIC – HISTORIC – MAJESTIC – ONE OF A KIND – UNOBSTRUCTED PANORAMIC GULF VIEWS – COMFORTABLE – WELCOMING -

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Hows The Real Estate Market Find Out What The Experts Are Saying

As we head into summer, it is a great time to review how the 2017 real estate market is doing so far. Here is what the experts are saying:Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae Chief Economist “Positive

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Why Millennials Value Local Real Estate Agents

Daily Real Estate News | Thursday, April 20, 2017 Millennials love to conduct many aspects of their lives online, but a new survey says that’s not always true when it comes to real estate

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More Ultra Luxury Sellers Face Stale Listings

Daily Real Estate News | Friday, April 14, 2017 In the high-end market, more properties are lingering. Some sellers are having to reduce their prices in the ultra-luxury market, in the hopes

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