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Louise Bolger writes about real estate in Castles in the Sand.
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Why are you moving?

One of the first things we ask when a friend or relative decides to move is, "Why are you moving?" That’s a question that...
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We’re Americans; we borrow

Americans are very comfortable with debt, whether its household debt or government debt. And apparently, rising interest rates aren’t making any difference in our...
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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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Are you underinsured?

My least favorite topic to talk about and write about is homeowners' insurance. I’m not much for burying my head in the sand, but...
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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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Management of condominium associations

To say that condominium and homeowner association living is a big part of the Florida lifestyle would be a massive understatement. Condo living offers...
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The fastest way to kill a sale

Your beautiful, perfectly updated and decorated Island house is on the market. You have a pool, it's within walking distance to the beach and...
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Property values, taxes always hot topics

Summer cocktail parties are one of the staples of the nice warm summer months, sometimes too warm. But whether you’re on the beach, on...
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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...