real estate

  • ‘… An Angel Rides in the Whirlwind’

    You may not think this column has anything to do with real estate. But it does. 

  • “Game of Realtors, Season 6”

    I'll bet most of you tune to HBO on Sunday nights to see the latest exploits on “Game of Thrones.” For those few of you who have missed that series, it deals with various power and domination games among generally amoral people who behave very badly. In that way it is sort of a “Real Housewives” with wars and violence rather than sarcasm and shade.

  • An Inventory Carol

    (WMG) In this final installment of my 2018 Wilton Manors real estate review, I will share my impressions on the levels of inventory we are seeing in the market. 

  • Are You 'The Guy Behind the Tree'?

    It is Election Season, and we will be voting on a lot of different things this cycle. Although Election Day is not until Nov. 6, people who requested mail ballots should have them by Oct. 10, with early in-person voting beginning in Broward on Oct. 22. 

  • As LGBT Real Estate Conference Looms, Progress Has Been Made But More Is Needed

    Realtor Jeff Berger says housing discrimination against LGBT individuals has decreased dramatically. There’s still some progress to be made though, which is one of the reasons why he founded the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals [NAGLREP] in 2007.

  • Broward’s Real Estate Yearbook: Nearby Neighborhoods

    As a final treat, prior to the public release of the full version of my 2016 Broward’s Real Estate Yearbook, I wanted to share with my SFGN and WMG readers some insights and observations about what’s happening in some of the other neighborhoods in East Broward. 

  • Column: More Reflections on Inflections

     We now return to our series on predicting major moves in real estate prices here in South Florida. Over the last 45 years, there have been four major trends in south Florida real estate prices – down/up/down/up – and three readily identifiable inflection points – late 1997 (down turned up), late 2006 (up turned down), and early 2012 (down turned up). 

  • Column: Real Estate and Politics at the Crossroads

    As I have for the last several years, I am writing my mid-August column from Orlando, site of the annual Florida Realtors convention. Election years are (or can be) a time when we should not just reflect on the past, but consider the kind of future we want to have – not just in South Florida generally, but in the real estate and related industries specifically. 

  • Column: Second Quarter Results, A New View

    In my previous three columns, I demonstrated that:

  • Column: Spotlight on a New Community

    Last time I said I would be continuing my theme of community by expanding my Real Estate Yearbook into some new areas, outside of WilMa and Broward, that may prove to be attractive community candidates.

  • Column: We Are the Solution

    I was hoping, by now, to have the Ultimate Answer to a critical question, namely: is there a way to predict (or at least suggest) when a major real estate market correction is imminent?

  • Community Observations: Where Next?

    In my last column, I took my 10 best community candidate areas here in East Broward and appended some statistical information about the number of single family homes within 15 minutes’ walk of the “community center,” and provided data about the values of those homes.

  • Finance: The ABCs of Real Estate Investment

    Turn the clock back 10 years, not so long ago. “Everybody” in South Florida was a real estate investor. Real estate was the “can't miss opportunity of the century.”

  • More Details on Our Test Communities

    Last time, I identified 10 potential community candidates here in East Broward-based on a high Walk Score and presence of a Publix supermarket at the “community core.” This week we will go one step deeper and explore just what the housing stock looks like around these cores.

  • More Realtors Means Real Estate Business is Booming

    I've been out talking to a lot of people in the business, as well as doing a good amount of research (as a geek might do). Understand that what you're about to read is my informed opinion, not necessarily that of other Realtors or the “official” Realtor organizations.

  • More Second Quarter Insights

    Last time, I ended the column with these words: “I’m not going to say it’s raining. But I see quite a few dark clouds around.” A rather sharp decline in year-over-year sales was the driver of that statement. 

  • On Broken Windows And Amendment Two

    Sometimes, it is amazing what you can learn by spending time on Facebook. Once you wade through pet photos, and the political ravings of that guy from high school who thinks Olive Garden is fine Italian dining, you find a discussion that helps solve a vexing riddle.

  • Property Values Increase Again: This is the fifth year in a row

    The taxable value of properties in Wilton Manors has gone up for the fifth year in a row.

  • Real Estate Agent Who Attended Winter Party Dies of COVID-19 

    Daniel Thomas Carr III was a real estate agent, a classically trained pianist, and a member of the Pride Center’s Founders Circle. He loved colorful costumes, dance parties, and film festivals. His friends knew him as Thom. 

  • Real Estate Column: What to Expect for Year 101

    I am writing this column from Realtor Ground Zero – direct from the site of the Florida Realtors 100th Annual Convention in Orlando.