Monday, January 27, 2020
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What does a mortgage broker do?

I’ve talked many times in this space about getting a mortgage for a home and how it is one of the most stressful aspects...
Fire & Stone preparing to reopen

Fire & Stone preparing to reopen

CORTEZ – The owners of the Fire & Stone pizzeria on Cortez Road hope to reopen their restaurant as early as this week. When reopened,...
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Real estate winter

It's winter in southwest Florida and although we talk a lot about beach, road and Publix congestion, we really do love visitors to the...
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Is Anna Maria Island still Old Florida?

There’s no doubt how much Anna Maria Island has changed over the past 25 years since I found the Island. One might say it’s...
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Happy new real estate year

Getting through all of the Christmas presents, dinners and travel has probably made you not want to face another holiday much less another financial...
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Home ownership matters

It's Christmas, and I’m not sure how many will take the time to read this column, so instead of giving you what I hope...
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Million dollar homes and taxes

Three months ago, when I updated my quarterly million-dollar-and-over properties report in our area, I took some pity on wealthy real estate owners around...
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The Grinch that stole your real estate deal

If you’re in a home negotiation, whether you’re the buyer or seller you better watch out for the home inspection grinch. To the buyer,...
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Today’s challenge for buyers

There’s a big predicament out there all over the country for home buyers, especially first-time buyers. There’s nothing to buy and, apparently, it’s my...
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Mythical credit scores

Generally, credit scores are available through one of your credit card companies, financial institution or loan statement, and if you don’t know yours you...
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When did $100,000 not become enough?

Once upon a time if you were earning a six-figure salary you were sitting pretty. You could easily buy a home, make sure your...
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Are condos the future of housing?

In case you haven’t noticed, interest rates are low, real low. Most rates for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage are hovering around 4% based on...
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Tourist tax collections 2019

Here's a look at tourist tax collections in Anna Maria Island's three cities. Numbers reflect the approximate change from the same month in the...
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The ghosts of real estate

I never really believed in ghosts and evil spirits. It was always fun to talk about other people’s experiences at parties but since I...
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You found the perfect house; now what?

You may think it’s finally over - you found your dream home, your forever home or your long-dreamed-of beach house. But guess what, unless...