Monday, December 9, 2019
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Castles in the Sand

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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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...
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Is homeownership threatened?

For most Americans, their biggest source of wealth is the equity in their homes. But what if you never own a home? What if...
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Real estate market disruption

Is there an algorithm in your future? If you’re planning on buying or selling a house, get ready for the future of real estate. In...
Bradenton Anna Maria Island Longboat Key

County approves record high tourism budget

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Manatee County commissioners have approved a record $13.2 million marketing budget for the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB)...
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Order out of chaos

Writing has been compared to bringing order out of chaos, something I try to do weekly on this page, and one of the most...
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Luxury ain’t what it used to be

Did you ever feel sorry for the really wealthy real estate owners? Well, we’re at a point in time when there might be just...
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The fun and not-so-fun of selling a home

Last week we talked about the fun and not-so-much fun of buying a home. This week we’ll talk a little about selling your home,...
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The fun and not-so-fun of buying a home

Labor Day has just passed and in some parts of the country, that signals the end of summer - but not in Florida. We...
Counterfeit money being passed around

Counterfeit money being passed around

MANATEE COUNTY – Several area businesses have been presented with counterfeit $50 and $100 bills in recent weeks. On Friday, Aug. 23, a counterfeit $50...
Gulf Drive Café expansion approved

Gulf Drive Café expansion approved

BRADENTON BEACH – Gulf Drive Café owners Wendy and George Kokolis have the city's approval to expand their beachfront business operations. On Thursday, Aug. 15,...