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How to determine the truth about home flooding

Home inspections and seller property disclosures are an intricate part of home buying. You would think a seller’s disclosure is pretty clear cut, but...
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It’s all about the kitchen

You may not want to do a kitchen renovation in August, but August is the perfect time to start planning one. Sitting on the...
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Calming waters

It’s the end of July, and most of the country is hot, really hot. But if you live near the water as we do,...
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The suburbs and the millennials

For several years, I wrote about how the millennials were moving into the cities. They didn’t want anything to do with the suburbs and...
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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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Real independence

July 4 is Independence Day, representing this country’s desire to be independent of not only the British but also to be self-sufficient, able to...
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The buyer’s best buddy

I love learning new words, and I love applying those new words to anything in real estate. My new word is chimera, which is...
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Real estate selling for the smartphone generation

If your smartphone has become an extension of one hand and the TV remote an extension of the other, then iBuying may be the...
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Falling in love with a second home

Last week we had a conversation about financing second homes and some updated government regulations about renting. We even touched on the pending Florida...
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Floods, saltwater and freshwater

The poet W. H. Auden said, “Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.” Surely, he meant both freshwater and the ocean water...
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Taxes come and gone

April 15th has finally passed. Every year we hold our breath until this day is in our rearview mirror, especially this year. Let’s see...
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Real estate process speeding up

For me, a good recipe has three main components - less than five ingredients, less than 30 minutes and less than two pots. A...
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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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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...