Real Estate Headlines for Almost the End of October

It’s the last full week of October. Next week only has two days of October in it, but with one of them being Halloween there is still much of October to be enjoyed. While you start to consider just how close that makes the holidays and it raises your anxiety level slightly, here are some real estate headlines to prep you for the week ahead:

Innovative Infill House Creates 2 Separate Homes On a Small Lot

It’s the last full week of October. Next week only has two days of October in it, but with one of them being Halloween there is still much of October to be enjoyed. While you start to consider just how close that makes the holidays and it raises your anxiety level slightly, here are some real estate headlines to prep you for the week ahead:

Husband. Father. Socializer. Mets Lifer. TV Afficianado. Consumer Engager.

David Marine is the Vice President of Brand Engagement for Coldwell Banker where he oversees the brand’s content strategy including acting as managing editor for the Coldwell Banker blog and heading up video production efforts. While Vice President by day, David runs a three ring circus at night as he is the father of 4 boys. He also happens to be married to Wonder Woman. True story.

50 Comments

  1. Chris
    October 24, 2011

    Always appreciate the interesting real estate stories.  Thanks for the information!

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  2. Chris Harding
    October 24, 2011

    The story on Larry Ellison is amazing!  Maybe we should send him an invitation to visit our marketplace!

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  3. Chris Harding
    October 24, 2011

    The story on Larry Ellison is amazing!  Thinking of the best way to invite him to visit (and buy in) our marketplace!

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  4. M Ferrrari
    October 25, 2011

    Found the information in the articles interesting.  Thank you and look forward to reading more.

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  5. Rosemary Good
    October 25, 2011

    After reading the unique design article of the 2 family home
    in Ottawa Canada and the unique collection of homes of Larry Ellison, I found
    the articles to be just that unique. I love homes and think if I had it to do
    all over again; I would become an architect so these articles were interesting
    and what I would consider great conversation pieces, especially for the Real
    Estate Expert.  What I found useful and
    helpful and for all the Realtors out there who do not have Bob Williams for
    your mentor and Manager, informative are the videos beneath the video about the
    Larry Ellison properties. One I will save to share with sellers with
    unrealistic expectations of the market is titled, Are Home Sellers Selling to
    Fast? Not quite sure if the short video answered that question to satisfaction
    but it is straight forward and relays solid information so our sellers may be
    able to make informed decisions instead of heartfelt decisions with regards to
    their asking price.

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  6. Rosemary Good
    October 25, 2011

    After reading the unique design article of the 2 family home
    in Ottawa Canada and the unique collection of homes of Larry Ellison, I found
    the articles to be just that unique. I love homes and think if I had it to do
    all over again; I would become an architect so these articles were interesting
    and what I would consider great conversation pieces, especially for the Real
    Estate Expert.  What I found useful and
    helpful and for all the Realtors out there who do not have Bob Williams for
    your mentor and Manager, informative are the videos beneath the video about the
    Larry Ellison properties. One I will save to share with sellers with
    unrealistic expectations of the market is titled, Are Home Sellers Selling to
    Fast? Not quite sure if the short video answered that question to satisfaction
    but it is straight forward and relays solid information so our sellers may be
    able to make informed decisions instead of heartfelt decisions with regards to
    their asking price.

    Reply
  7. Timothy G. McMurtry
    October 25, 2011

    Thanks for another great blog. Fun and interesting assortment of stories. Gaddafi’s tax free NJ Mansion – goes into my “are you kidding me” files.

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    • david_marine
      October 25, 2011

      Tim – I completely agree! Couldn’t believe it either when I saw that article about Gaddafi.

      Reply
  8. Debbie Brzezynski
    October 25, 2011

    Gaddafi owns property in Englewood Cliffs?  Who Knew?!?

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  9. Debbie Robinson Brzezynski
    October 25, 2011

    Ok, glass houses are awesome!

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  10. Debbie Robinson Brzezynski
    October 25, 2011

    Ok, glass houses are awesome!

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  11. Hmslr
    October 25, 2011

    I think Larry Ellison needs to check out the photo gallery of glass houses.  You know what they say about people who live in glass houses though. 
    I would guess that we could find him something in Bucks County that would pique his interest.  Happy to interview to be his Realtor. 

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  12. Nancy Schafer
    October 25, 2011

    Unbelievable that a dictator like Gaddafi would own real estate in the United States, let alone New Jesery!  It will be interesting what happens to this property now that he is out of power. 

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  13. Carol Richardson
    October 25, 2011

    I found all the articles to be interesting, but in particular the article about the architectural design in Ottawa Canada.  What real estate company other than Coldwell Banker who harnesses information related to the real estate industry into a quick easy access, at the click of a mouse into something like….BLUE MATTER?  Thanks!

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    • David Marine
      October 25, 2011

      Thanks so much for the comment Carol! Happy to hear you enjoy the posts.

      Reply
  14. Patty Menow, Realtor
    October 25, 2011

    There are some really great tips found here on this video blog.  One thing I especially want to note is the statistic that 80% of buyers are looking for a move in ready home.  With today’s busy lifestyle buyers have a enough to do when deciding to move so landscaping, painting and fixing up homes is not high on home buyers lists.  This should speak volumes to sellers out there that a little effort in the beginning can help sell your home faster and for more money.

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  15. Realtorwalsh
    October 25, 2011

    Very European concept.  Certainly affords the opportunity for buyers to own their house when the costs are keep much lower.  I love the idea!

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  16. K Tinsman
    October 25, 2011

    I did not know that Gaddafi owned property in New Jersey. Who was his agent?  I don’t think I could handle that transaction, can you imagine the what the phone conversations would be like while negotiating?
    Interesting article, I enjoyed all three articles, thank you. Kyle Tinsman

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  17. Alice Ryll
    October 25, 2011

    These “Real Estate Headlines for the End of October” all seem to fit in with the theme of Halloween:…
    Some creepy things (Gaddafi owning property in the USA),
    Some fantasies of another life ( Ellison’s huge homes collected all over the country),
    Old-fashioned rock candy treats…great to look at- tough to actually “eat” or “live in”… (glass houses),
    And…..everyone’s favorite trick or treat location….two homes in one spot…to easily increase the candy heist (two homes built so beautifully on one lot).

    Thanks for the posts…all good reads.  Will definitely be back for more!

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  18. Rowland Barker
    October 25, 2011

    Very interestling article. For those of us who enjoy great design I suggest you subscribe to Dwell Magazine. A fellow agent, John Suchy, introducted me to the magazine and I am so pleased he did! I pass on my ‘old’ copies to clients.

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  19. Rowland Barker
    October 25, 2011

    Very interesting article. Anyone who is a realtor should be aware of Dwell Magazine, A fellow agent, John Suchy, introducted the magazine to me a few months ago and now I cannot live without it. I pass on my ‘old copies’ to my clients as a way to stay connected.

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  20. J Mccarthy
    October 25, 2011

    While creative I don’t think I would feel comfortable in a 25X40 home (1/2 of 25 X80 lot) straight up in a box. It is out of place in comparison to the neighboring homes. Tough resale?

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  21. Lorraine Gross
    October 25, 2011

    An inspiring article on design in Ottawa Canada. It’s quite a deviation from the standard twin. Privacy was certainly considered as well as beauty and function. I would like to see more like that in our cities. I would be curious to see what the construction cost per square foot.

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  22. E Cassidy
    October 25, 2011

    Read all of the articles, they were interesting.  Particularly disturbed by the Gaddafi article.  I remember the news story about the tent.

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  23. R Katz
    October 25, 2011

    I read the article on glass houses that shatter your expectations which led me to the OWS story.   I sympathize with the numerous people who have had a tough time in this economy.  I also believe that the banks have not been exactly fair in their treatment of many homeowners who are legitimately trying to keep their homes and meet their obligations.  However, when I read statements about the” distribution of wealth in this country is absymal”, it makes my blood boil. This is so antithetical to our capitalist system and to the principles that have made this country great. 

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  24. Suzanne
    October 25, 2011

    I don’t understand how someone lijke that can not only purchase property in this country but live there tax free!

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  25. Suzanne
    October 25, 2011

    It’s hard to believe that someone like Gaddafi was not only able to purchase property in this country but to also live tax free!

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  26. Susie Stevenson
    October 25, 2011

    What a variety of articles..I read them all!  While I can’t see owning a glass house in New Hope,Pa, Laguna Beach is the perfect location!  Gaddafi owning a home in Englewood, New Jersey, must have been terrifying for his neighbors..Did he feel at home there???? Two houses on one lot…hope they are quiet,small people..Actually it would work well for many people now who live together like kids moving back home or parents living with kids when they retire. And lastly, NO WONDER Larry Ellison is recently divorced….I can’t even imagine living with so much going on…..

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  27. P Woods
    October 25, 2011

    Thanks for the nice article.

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  28. Peg Clayton
    October 25, 2011

    I read all three stories; each of which was quite different.  The one about Gaddafi’s homes in America was quite interesting, for I wasn’t aware that he and his family had homes in this county.  It would be wonderful if the US could benefit from the sale of the properties.  It was interesting to read about such a house in Canada.  The pictures even make the interior look large. 

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  29. Martin Millner
    October 25, 2011

    I loved the looking at the glass houses.  I especially loved the, “shimmering, heavenly glass house” called the , “Mind Bending Razor”.  I am very familliar with LaJolla, and I know that it is one of the most beautiful spots anywhere in the world.  The views were amazing…. 19 million dollar views!  Thanks for sharing.

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  30. Jim Byelich
    October 25, 2011

    Re: 2 Homes on a small lot,
    Great article on artistic innovation, and practical too!

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  31. DeeDee Price Bowman
    October 25, 2011

    Loved the story on the infill house(s) in Ottawa. Choosing smaller homes on small lots is one important way for us to reduce our carbon imprint.

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  32. DeeDee Price Bowman
    October 25, 2011

    Loved the story on the infill house(s) in Ottawa. Choosing smaller homes on small lots is one important way for us to reduce our carbon imprint.

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  33. Sharon R. Otto
    October 25, 2011

    I read the article on Larry Ellison and couldn’t help but wonder two things: (1) is he preserving some of these magnificent homes for furture generations to admire, like a world museum of fine homes? and (2) imagine what he could do with that kind of disposable income in major cities across the U.S. where housing decay is rampant and so many are in need!  Jobs and housing go hand in hand.  Using wealth and creativity to help the many is far more admirable than acumulating for the pleasure of one.  My last thought . . . I have several magnificent properties here in Bucks County with rich history I would like to sell him!

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  34. Connie Williams
    October 25, 2011

    It’s nice to see how the other half lives…except for Gaddafi!  I particularly enjoyed seeing the Larry Ellison portfolio…thanks for the inspiration to list and sell more homes!!!

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  35. Jessi Null Hrouda
    October 25, 2011

    Mr. Larry Ellison can come to Yardley or Newtown and buy up quite a few properties from me.

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  36. A Nanni
    October 25, 2011

    I liked the Architectural design in Ottawa Canada…It would be nice to see that in some of the inner city neighborhoods in the US because it would be appealing to live in one. Thank Blue Matter!

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  37. Danielle Nanni
    October 25, 2011

    I liked the Architectural design in Ottawa Canada…It would be nice to
    see that in some of the inner city neighborhoods in the US because it
    would be appealing to live in one. Thank Blue Matter! 

    Reply
  38. Ann Nanni
    October 25, 2011

    I liked the Architectural design in Ottawa Canada…It would be nice to
    see that in some of the inner city neighborhoods in the US because it
    would be appealing to live in one. Thank Blue Matter!       

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  39. Ann Nanni
    October 25, 2011

    I liked the Architectural design in Ottawa Canada…It would be nice to
    see that in some of the inner city neighborhoods in the US because it
    would be appealing to live in one. Thank Blue Matter!       

    Reply
  40. M Schweitzer
    October 25, 2011

    Glass houses were amazing- what views!  What I liked most was that the one glass house said that each square foot will cost you $4,946!!!!!!  Wow and we think $200 per square foot is alot!

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  41. S Wilson
    October 25, 2011

    Loved the article about floating glass homes on Laguna Beach and only for a mere $9,995,000. What a combination, lots of sun and sand!

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  42. K Owen
    October 25, 2011

    Thanks Chris…a great and very interesting site that we can use in a newsletter to clients. I especially enjoyed the glass houses and I agree with Marty, the La Jolla home and the area is spectular! And I would be very available to Mr. Ellison”s Bucks County “scout”.
    Will definitely use Blue Matter on a regular basis. What would we do without October Fest??

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  43. Janet
    October 25, 2011

    I want to be Larry Ellison’s PA agent!

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  44. Tracy Mulvaney
    October 25, 2011

    It’s nice to read articles about how real estate can be interesting and exciting vs the usual front page doom and gloom of late.   I’m not sure I like poking fun of the occupy wall street protesters, but overall the article about glass houses was very cool.  Thank you. 

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  45. G Schwind
    October 26, 2011

    The Glass House article prompted me to search for a home I have driven by countless times in Rochester…the Mushroom House.  See link http://jhjarchitecture.com/MushroomHouse/pictures.html

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  46. M Finberg
    October 26, 2011

    I enjoyed all of the articles above.  Had no idea Gaddafi had real estate in the USA, particularly New Jersey.  The glass houses were spectacular with spectacular views.  Guess you have to be fully dressed at all times to walk around in your own home!

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  47. Jhon Deved
    December 24, 2011

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