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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • (EDGE) The 2015 Supreme Court ruling legalizing marriage equality has paved the way for more LGBT home purchases, according to the 2017 National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals (NAGLREP) Homeownership Survey. NAGLREP, which has 1500 members, celebrates its 10th anniversary during June's LGBT Pride Month.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • I must admit, it’s been hard for me this year to come up with anything meaningful to say about real estate, in the face of COVID, a contentious election, and everything else.  

  • Things can happen quickly.

  • Over the holiday season I had the opportunity to speak with many people about the state of the real estate market here in South Florida, and also about the state of our nation and the world. On reflection I have decided to devote all my columns in the coming year to the theme of community.

  • I have written before that there are definitely times in the economic cycle when investing in real estate is one of the best things you can do with available capital. And, conversely, there are times when a more cautious and hesitant approach is most appropriate.

There are absolute psychic benefits to owning your own home. It’s one of the main reasons there are Realtors, after all. Among other reasons, we are here to help people’s dreams of home ownership come to reality.

  • It has been a while since I have written about “community,” my overarching theme for this year. In this column, I will refresh memories of where we have been, and show where we will be headed over the remainder of 2017.

  • It’s not often that the things I write for you make me sit back and say, hmm. Even less often do the results I get as an analyst make me shake my head. I have done this sort of work for a long time, you know. Like many people in real estate, this is my second career. I spent many years playing around with big datasets. I know how to do that. So when I get the answer, I move on.

  • Having defined community and argued for its importance, let’s go the next step and take a look around east Broward (for starters) and see if we can find some areas that might be good candidates for creating community, assuming that communities do not already exist there.

  • I'm rolling out my third edition of Broward’s Real Estate Yearbook, providing a detailed view of pricing, sales and inventory trends in 35 distinct East Broward neighborhoods (with new expanded coverage of Lake Worth in Palm Beach County).

  • In the next few weeks I will be rolling out my third edition of Broward’s Real Estate Yearbook. This publication – the only one of its kind and scope – provides a detailed view of pricing, sales and inventory trends in 35 distinct East Broward neighborhoods (not zip codes; there is a big difference).

  • Last time, you may remember, I wrote about the Federal Flood Insurance program. I described the program and identified various structural issues with it. Additionally, I hinted at a potential solution that Realtor-leaders, and society generally, ought to be able to get behind.

  • Sometimes, the columns just write themselves.

  • Many full time residents of WilMa recall the recent issues involving Uber, the peer-to-peer transportation provider. The local taxi monopoly, irritated that their government grant had been violated, persuaded the county commission to essentially ban Uber from operating. This provoked a consumer backlash that resulted in Uber's reinstatement, with some restrictions.

  • What would be the most appropriate adjectives to use to describe 2016? Would they include words like incredible, unbelievable, unusual, tragic? Maybe some of those, but how about also including hopeful?

  • We need to take a short detour to define our terms. If I am going to spend an entire year talking about community, just what does that mean?

  • For this column and the next, we are going to take a slight – but related – diversion from our annual exposition on community. This week I want to talk about two matters that popped up in the news and on my Facebook feed in the last couple days. In the next issue, I’m going to give some First Quarter 2017 pricing and sales data, fresh off the presses (or out of my analytical software anyway) for those who might have an interest in the current market situation.

  • This is a column for both the real estate consumer (a buyer, seller or investor in real estate) as well as a real estate professional – someone who either has a real estate license or aspires to have one.

  • I went to Wilton Manors City Hall last Saturday morning and voted early. Soon we will know the outcome – some will be pleased, many will be relieved that it is finally over. Last Friday we had the news of additional FBI investigations of some type (still as of this writing not sure what) regarding Secretary Clinton’s email or that of her close aide’s. On the announcement of that, the stock market dropped by one percent in one hour, suggesting that the market was already expecting a Clinton victory. That got me to thinking: if we look at historical price behavior of real estate here in Broward County, has having one party in power in Washington been better than another?

  • When last I joined you, I took a look at Island City's single-family home pricing trends. In this segment, we will see what’s been happening with overall sales and inventory levels over time. 

  • Until recently, I thought it might be considered to be in bad taste to report or even comment on real estate here in South Florida, given the other realities with which people have been faced. However, since we may have to adapt to a “new normal” – at least in the short run – I thought you might be interested in what’s been happening with the numbers here in Our Fair City. The business of buying and selling homes goes on, after all.