Highs & Lows 2017-Houses

Just how crazy was it?   MOST EXPENSIVE HOUSE: 261 Surfbird This 3200 sq ft 4 bedroom, wide waterfront closed at $2,630,000. That was $241,000 over asking. Last year we had a house sell over $3mil. That was an aberration. Interestingly, 29 houses sold in FC for $2mil or more in 2017.   HIGHEST PRICE PER […]

The Impact of Tax Reform

  Just today on Facebook alone I saw 4 different links to stories predicting doom and gloom for real estate because of the tax law. It seems to me that we live in an astonishingly political world, and in that world an effort is always made to fault and condemn the politics that we don’t […]

How High Can It Go?

Sometimes I just can’t get my head wrapped around where these home values are. The first single family house that I ever sold is coming on the market next Friday. They bought it for $272,500 in 1990. How much you want to bet it goes at least a million over that number? Amazing! I know […]

Oops….

So as you’ve undoubtedly gathered by reading this blog, as well as others over the years, Real Estate is a pretty kooky business and just about anything can happen. Often….those things are unique. This post is sort of targeted to buyers…as a warning. Be careful…lest you screw yourself. Come to think of it, that would […]

Pre-emptives

Probably as long as there has been a multiple offer environment there have been folks interested in finding a way around that kind of competition. Totally understandable really. Typically, the agent who is selling the home lists the place in the MLS and either right away or after the first weekend’s open houses sets a […]

Bubble Schmubble

OK, I’m officially over it. I’m sick to death of hearing about “The Bubble” and how it’s certain to burst. For those of you harping on this out there…GET OVER IT! What we’re experiencing here ain’t no freakin bubble. There’s a more accurate term for our market…normal. Adapt to it, roll with it…come to terms […]

Real Estate Made Easy…or Not.

  OK, this rant has been coming for quite some time…it’s been brewing for years as a matter of fact. It’s finally arrived! Once upon a time we took vacations and other trips by calling travel agents or we used guide books to help us plan. Then came the glorious internet and that changed everything. […]

Whither Realtors

        The picture above sort of states the point of view of the marketing people at the home office at companies like Coldwell Banker…or Sothebys for that matter. A male realtor in a suit? I don’t think I’ve worn a suit in at least 15 years…and I think it was to a […]

What is Normal?

I get so locked into my thinking that ALL real estate everywhere is just like it is here and I forget what a truly amazing place it is we live in. Just because I don’t usually see trees that look like this doesn’t mean that they don’t exist elsewhere. They obviously do. Well, that same […]

Too Good to Be True

I’m convinced that one of the hot new trends in residential real estate is toward discounting services and/or rebating commissions. Of course, this is nothing new. Help-U Sell and Redfin and ZipRealty have been around for awhile but it just seems to me that there’s more of this ilk than ever. Years ago we had a flight […]