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Castles in the Sand

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Where have all the houses gone?

For a very long time now, those involved in the real estate market have been moaning about the lack of inventory. There are buyers...
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Preparing your home for sale

William Morris was an English textile designer who was part of the Arts and Crafts movement in the late 1800s. One of his famous...
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Mortgages ain’t what they used to be

The end of the super low mortgage interest rates has just about arrived. From a low of 3.31 percent for a fixed rate, conventional...
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Let the sunshine in

The Broadway musical “Hair” broke many barriers with its revolutionary nude scene and treatment of sexuality and drugs in 1968. But what I remember...
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Taxes and second homes

By now, every homeowner should have had time to assess their tax position based on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 effective...
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A bridge too far?

What now? After more than two decades of discussions about the pros and cons of a tall, fixed-span bridge connecting the mainland with Anna...
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A real estate plateau

There is a word that no one who follows an active real estate market wants to hear, and that word is "plateauing." What does...
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More people and we’re still growing

We’re at the end of our winter season, and as much as I hate to say it, the traffic was worse than ever. I...
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Home interest rates rising

Easter just passed, and, hopefully, you didn’t put all your eggs in one basket. But what if the United States puts maybe not all of...
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Million-dollar sales

House styles are not that much different than fashion styles. What’s in fashion for housing may not change every year, but it does change...
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New cash for the new year

We’re 10 days into the new year, and although November seems like hundreds of miles away in our rear-view mirrors, it’s actually not. There...
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Is the mortgage tax deduction doomed?

Have you heard that the Trump administration and Congress are trying to get some level of tax reform accomplished? If you haven’t, you’re either...
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Commissions not always what they seem

I had a mother who would negotiate anything from a batch of tomatoes to a living room sofa. It was the culture she grew...

Jumbo loans, jumbo prices

In the market for a high-end property, say over $1 million? You’ll have no shortage of choices on Anna Maria Island based on my...