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Mar 252016

The Strength of the Dollar is Nothing to Worry About

I just read an article in Bloomberg Business suggesting the Fed stop worrying about the strength of the dollar. In fact, a new report from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. suggests our U.S. currency poses little threat to the Fed's inflation goals. This new...

Nov 122015

New trend: High-end home communities built around nature preserves

According to the Wall Street Journal, a growing number of high-end home communities are being built around large nature preserves. Why, you ask? Because today's developers see nature preserves as relatively low-cost amenities that are highly valued b...

Sep 162015

Homeowners are spending like it’s 2006!

I love sharing good news and I am happy to report that homeowners are spending like it's 2006; before the housing bubble hit. Just where are they shopping? In a recent blog, I shared information about the shopping habits of wealthy consumers, incl...

Jul 312015

Is leasing a home a good choice for you?

Depending on your personal circumstances, leasing a home may be a better option for you than buying one. Consistently rated in the top 1% of Sotheby's International Realty® agents nationwide for more than 25 years, Cristal Clarke not only speciali...

Jun 232015

How developers are courting pet loving home hunters

My clients and friends know that I am a real dog lover so it's not surprising that a recent Wall Street Journal article about how developers are courting pet loving home hunters caught my attention. "Where a Dog's Life Means Luxury Living, Develop...

May 292015

Top 10 real estate trends sparked by the millennial generation

The millennial generation is changing the landscape of the real estate world, from home buying to design. Loosely defined as those born between the early 1980s and early 2000s, Millennials number between 80 million and 90 million. It's the largest gr...

Mar 52015

Tree House Builders in Santa Barbara Take Note!

Tree house builders in Santa Barbara are taking note as Dom'Up takes the tree house to new heights. It's an innovative structure that's easy to install and leaves no trace or impact on its surrounding environment and trees. Featuring a lightweight 17...

Feb 32015

How are declining oil prices good for real estate?

While most Americans are thrilled by declining oil prices creating up to a 50% reduction in the cost of gas at the pump, many homeowners and buyers are asking "How are declining oil prices good for real estate?" At the same time, experts are speculat...

Sep 252014

Luxury Homes Priced to Sell at $30 million

A recent story in the Wall Street Journal has some very interesting news about sales of luxury homes. Data from Realtor.com says luxury homes are selling at a faster rate than they were selling last year at this time. But that's not the entire story....

Jun 272014

How will the rest of the real estate recovery play out?

Want to know how the rest of the real estate recovery will play out? Here's what the experts are saying based on surveys and interviews with real estate developers, investors, lenders, servicers and builders: 1) Real estate recovery still hinges on ...

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