How to Hire a Winner in Real Estate

You want to buy that new house because the twins are on their way. Little Betty and Little John are already there, but who knew you would have even more so soon? What’s that? Oh…well, of course, in order to buy that new home with four bedrooms instead of two, you will also need to sell your present homestead in order to get the money needed to start paying on a new one. And, of course, you not only need an agent who’s honest and fair with you in order to get both facets of this deal done, but you also need one who wants to get you the best deal on the best house in the best neighborhood so your kids can go to a good school, feel safe, and even, perhaps, save money. (Jeez…don’t want much, do you?)

Castles in America

Robin Leach and his “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” taught us all long ago

New Home Sales Jump in April

  New Home Sales Jump in April By Burt Carey Sales of new homes hit their highest rate since 2008 in April, according to the Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau. April sales increased 16.6 percent over March figures, which correlates to a seasonally adjusted rate of 619,000 home sales projected for the year. The median […]

Tips for Building a Farm Pond

  Tips for Building a Farm Pond By Burt Carey Growing up in rural Northern California, my two brothers and I were blessed to have a down-the-road neighbor who allowed us to fish in his farm pond just about anytime we wanted. It came to be known to us as Jack’s Lake. The pond sat […]

Is Buying a Hobby Farm in Your Future?

  Is Buying a Hobby Farm in Your Future? By Burt Carey More and more Americans are escaping big city or suburb life for one in the country on their own 40 acres, trading traffic and honking horns for the quieter, simpler life of a farmer. They’ve traded business apparel for denim, floppy hats and […]

10 Easy Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

    10 Easy Tips for First-Time Home Buyers By Burt Carey Buying a house for the first time is an exhilarating experience, and knowing which potential pitfalls to avoid will ensure that your elation continues for many years. Here are some tips to help make that happen. Get your finances in order now! A […]

November Sales of Existing Homes Plummets

November Sales of Existing Homes Plummets By Burt Carey Sales of existing homes plummeted 10.5 percent in November, the largest such decline since July 2010, according to the National Association of Realtors. The decrease could be an ominous signal that the U.S. economy is slowing as the seasonally adjusted annual rate of sales is now […]

Why Buying a House Now Might Make Sense

  Why Buying a House Now Might Make Sense By Burt Carey Housing booms and busts are a way of life in the United States. Oftentimes, home sales figures can be indicators of an economy’s strength or a foreteller of future economic times. More than just a few key factors must be at work for […]

Housing Sales Increase but Questions Remain

  Housing Sales Increase but Questions Remain By Burt Carey   Big bankers and mortgage lenders like Bank of America and Merrill Lynch say changing demographics are fueling a first-time home buyers market in 2015 that may be short-lived. Real estate, it seems, is heating up – at least for value seekers. At the current […]

Supreme Court Raisin Decision Could Affect Market

  Supreme Court Raisin Decision Could Affect Market By Burt Carey   By an 8-1 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court this week found in favor of a family of California raisin farmers, ruling that the Fifth Amendment’s Taking Clause applies to personal property just as it does real estate. At issue were the actions of […]