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Louise Bolger

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Louise Bolger writes about real estate in Castles in the Sand.
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Technology can’t replace real estate brokers

Technology has done as much to change the real estate industry as Henry Ford did to change the production of automobiles. However, where Henry...
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Good news and good news

It’s been a while since we had positive news about how the national real estate market was trending. The little black cloud hanging over...
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Are you smarter than a hedge fund manager?

The most expensive home in U.S. history was just sold. It’s a four-story condo on Central Park South in New York City dubbed “billionaire's...
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House hunting – the fun and not so fun

I love technology and, although I may not be as well-versed as a 12-year-old, I do feel that for my generation I’m pretty competent....
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Florida’s new foreign buyers

I was born in New York state and up until 20 years ago when I moved to Florida, lived my entire life in the...
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A home’s equity is sometimes subjective

Are you familiar with the expression, “The happiest days of a boat owner’s life are the day he buys the boat and the day...
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Why is the housing market declining?

It’s a curious situation the national economy is in right now. In spite of the stock market having a fit in December, not only...
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Selling your home – it should show like a model

Every year around this time I try and remind homeowners what potential buyers are looking for. Even though our market remains brisk, we are...
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Sunshine State population growth

There’s a reason that Florida is called the Sunshine State and it has nothing to do with sunshine. What it does have to do with...
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2019 tax nightmare

The Christmas tree is put away, the leftover food and holiday cookies are hopefully gone, and the gifts have been returned to the mall...
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Is a piece better than the whole pie?

A very long time ago in the history of writing this column, I discovered fractional ownership as a new and interesting real estate topic....
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2019 real estate trends

Every profession has its experts and every expert has their expert advice for the future. Sometimes they’re right, sometimes they’re wrong, and sometimes they...
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New Year, new appraisals, new problems

Welcome to 2019, which promises to bring even more far-reaching technology into our lives. The personal touch and simply interacting with other humans are...
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Cooling temps cooling market

It’s a little chilly outside as I write this, however, it is December and even Florida starts to cool down a little. But is...
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Red tide, hurricanes and interest rates

It’s been a strange year and a few months for real estate. Irma took a toll, although not a devastating one, but enough for...