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 […]

Real Estate Appraiser Numbers Keep Falling

    Real Estate Appraiser Numbers Keep Falling By Burt Carey When the housing bubble burst in 2008, lawmakers, bankers and mortgage company executives collectively pointed fingers at each other and at real estate appraisers. In response, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Protection Act of 2010, which limited direct contact between mortgage […]

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 […]

Researchers: Private Wealth Continues To Grow

Researchers: Private Wealth Continues To Grow By Burt Carey   Rising stock markets and real estate helped the United States add a half million people to the list of millionaires in 2014, and globally the number of millionaires spiked sharply upward, according to new research released by the Boston Consulting Group this week. The total […]