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Real estate sales can require scary disclosures

What do people do when they have everything they can possibly need? A safe and secure place to live, plenty of good quality food...
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Fannie, Freddie and Ginnie

Fannie, Freddie and Ginnie may sound like the title of the newest coming of age beach read, but that couldn’t be further from what...
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Attorney or no attorney – that is the question

Something real estate brokers learn early on if they happen to move from one state to another is that the culture of buying and...
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In real estate, cash rules

“Never count on making a good sale. Have the purchase price be so attractive that even a mediocre sale gives good results.” Warren Buffett said...
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Honesty is the best policy – especially in real estate

Good old Benjamin Franklin had it right well over 200 years ago – when you’re dealing with people the best course of action is...
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Why aren’t you moving?

Last week we talked about moving and the emotional and financial toll it can take on your family. This week we’re going to touch...
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Who’s entitled to title insurance?

As discussed last week, everyone needs homeowner's insurance and an adequate amount. And of course, if you own a vehicle you need insurance on...
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Home sales declining, but not here

As reported at the end of July, U.S. growth exceeded 4 percent, the fastest since 2014. Nevertheless, even this great economic news isn’t helping...
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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...

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...