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Archive for June, 2014

Real Estate: Vet Faces Foreclosure For Flying American Flag

Real Estate: Vet Faces Foreclosure For Flying American Flag

On no, it’s happened again. A homeowners association is irate because someone is flying an American flag. According to various news reports 73-year-old Air Force vet Larry Murphree is allegedly facing foreclosure because of the manner in which he displays the American flag at his Florida condo. Murphree has a small flag in a flower […]

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Real Estate: Why Neighborhood Crime Stats Are Wrong

Real Estate: Why Neighborhood Crime Stats Are Wrong

Crime is a big problem and in the process of considering a move to a new city I wanted to see if I could compare crime rates between ZIP codes. I found a lot of numbers online and then stumbled onto a bastion of data sanity as well as a way to save nearly $150 […]

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Real Estate: Why Middle Class Homes Aren’t Selling

Real Estate: Why Middle Class Homes Aren’t Selling

Despite the hopes of many the real estate marketplace has not returned to the era of rising prices and expanding home sales. The certainty that once powered real estate sales, the view that real estate was a sure and certain investment, one steady to grow in value, is no longer widespread. To understand what’s going […]

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Why Are Real Estate Expectations Falling?

Why Are Real Estate Expectations Falling?

There’s a lot of worry in the real estate industry because it turns out that 2014 is not shaping up as the year of expansion that many had expected. But why should anyone be surprised? Sure the economy is rebounding, but it’s not rebounding equally across the country. “Of the approximately 350 metro markets nationwide, […]

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A Visit To Normandy, D-Day Remembered

A Visit To Normandy, D-Day Remembered

It was a bitterly cold day last October when we visited the Normandy beaches. First we stopped at the museum in Caen and then our guide took us to the beaches, passing through the hedgerow country, a place where someone or something could be five feet from you and never be seen. As a kid […]

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With Mortgage Rates Down Why Are Home Sales Lagging?

With Mortgage Rates Down Why Are Home Sales Lagging?

It’s been nearly a year since the Federal Reserve announced that it would reduce – or taper – its purchases of mortgage-backed securities and other long-term debts from $85 billion a month to something less. Prior to the announcement the marketplace had moved in anticipation of this event, going from the lowest mortgage rates in […]

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