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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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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...
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Uncovering a home’s defects

The definition of "disclose" is to uncover or reveal. When it comes to uncovering problems in a property you’re interested in purchasing, the pathway...
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Are you as smart as a private equity firm?

The phrase, “follow the money,” goes back to the Watergate era as a method to shed light on corrupt activities by looking at money...
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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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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...
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Co-living may solve some problems

I’m a baby boomer, and they say my generation changed the world with the sheer force of its numbers. Frankly, I don’t know that...
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Before you sell, become a home historian

Last week was Halloween, and we talked about disclosing everything, even if not required by law, that might be negative about your home to...
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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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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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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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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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Home interest rates rising

Easter just passed, and, hopefully, you didn’t put all your eggs in one basket. But what if the United States puts maybe not all of...