I have stated in this blog before that lifestyle is the overwhelming driver of home buying and selling. And the economy – along with our personal financial status – plays a heavy role in the decision making process. The Department of Housing and Development just released its 2009 American Housing Survey, which really shows how [...]
One of the most important – if not the most important – factor in homeownership is qualifying for a mortgage. And unfortunately we continue to hear about a few instances of lenders denying credit for seemingly odd reasons. Yesterday the New York Times ran a story about a pregnant woman being initially qualified for a [...]
So I am getting ready for my week’s vacation down the Jersey Shore. For those of you outside of the Tri-State area of Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, this is a good thing and NOT what you think by watching MTV. Clean white beaches, family oriented activities, 6 mile long boardwalk, great food and [...]
Last week we featured a post about the 10 ten real estate bargains for retirees, which are all desirable areas for people of any age. As I mentioned before, my love for Ben & Jerry’s has me leaning toward Vermont as my favorite retirement destination on this list, so we connected with Leslee MacKenzie, the president and owner of Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty in Burlington, VT, to uncover what else makes this town so special.
Every gray cloud has a silver lining – and for retirees, the recession transformed a number of popular retirement destinations into home buying bargains. U.S. News and World Report recently reported on 10 Cities for Retirement Property Steals, based on price-to-income data for 384 metropolitan statistical areas from Moody’s Analytics. The winners are: 1. Bend, [...]
This week I’m in San Francisco at what is one of the biggest real estate and technology/social media conferences of the year. Jam packed schedule full of startup ventures, cutting edge tech and thought provoking topics all centered around the real estate industry both now and in the future. You would not believe some of [...]
As you know I usually write about sports and real estate which are both my passions. Today both converge with LeBron James announcing his decision…Cleveland, Miami, New York, New Jersey or Chicago. Well, LeBron, you like so many Americans are about to make a lifestyle decision that will impact your housing needs.