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Archive for November, 2010

Buy a house, anyone?

Meg in Foreclosures, Mortgage, Real Estate, Real Estate Agent   •   0 comments Nov 30, 2010

It may be about time for the real estate market to turn around – at least, according to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Since Bank of America called for a halt of foreclosure proceedings in early October, attitudes about the future of the real estate market have been pretty bleak.  Investors prophesied a grim, lean

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Ashes to ashes, local landmark to condos.

Meg in Historic, Novelty Real Estate   •   0 comments Nov 28, 2010

It’s a story as old as civilization itself: cool local spots getting turned into condos. San Francisco dwellers have been hearing about it for a while now – the legendary Tonga Room tiki bar (complete with a fake thunderstorm every 45 minutes during happy hour) will disappear in January.  In its place, a giant, repulsive

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The weather outside is frightful, but the home-buying is delightful.

Meg in Opinions, Real Estate Agent   •   0 comments Nov 26, 2010

For many people in the real estate game, holidays are for home-buying.  Okay, maybe not really.  Holidays are about family – shopping with family, cooking with family, eating with family, fighting with family, etc.  It’s about being at “home” and being happy about it. But contrary to what you might expect, the holidays are not

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Happy Thanksgiving

Meg in Movoto.com, Other   •   0 comments Nov 25, 2010

From all of us at Movoto!!  We’re thankful for our awesome agents, stellar team, and YOU! We’ll have pics from our company Thanksgiving feast up on Facebook next week.  Let the turkey-carving begin!!

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Real Estate Blogging Made Adorable: Cole Perkins's "Lavish Property"

ddai in Opinions, Other   •   0 comments Nov 23, 2010

One of our favorite blogs, Curbed.com, recently featured a precocious new blog called “Lavish Property”.  It features photos and commentary on multi-million dollar homes all over the country. It’s well-linked, image-heavy, and pretty well written – and its author is thirteen years old! Check it out and see what you think.  Can this kid write

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Real Estate Blogging Made Adorable: Cole Perkins’s "Lavish Property"

Meg in Opinions, Other   •   0 comments Nov 23, 2010

One of our favorite blogs, Curbed.com, recently featured a precocious new blog called “Lavish Property”.  It features photos and commentary on multi-million dollar homes all over the country. It’s well-linked, image-heavy, and pretty well written – and its author is thirteen years old! Check it out and see what you think.  Can this kid write

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The Common Denominator: 3 Luxury Homes, 1 Luxury Price

Meg in Homeownership, Other   •   0 comments Nov 21, 2010

We’ve been very realistic and modest in our last few Sunday-feature home-comparisons . . . . So this week, we’ve decided to dive into Fantasyland a little bit. So enjoy sipping your Sunday afternoon tea and peruse these scrumptious homes all priced at . . . ::drumroll, please:: ….. 3 million smackers. The staircase in

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From the New York Times – How to Share a House

Meg in Other, Real Estate Tips   •   0 comments Nov 20, 2010

If you read Wednesday’s Home&Garden section of the NYT online, you might have read about a family of divorced/step/partnered-but-unmarried New Yorkers who all share a large two-story home in Brooklyn.  The house, purchased by two divorcees who define themselves as “partners” but who are not technically remarried to each other, was renovated to form two

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Take An Exotic Tour of a Hong Kong Country Estate

Meg in Novelty Real Estate, Other   •   0 comments Nov 19, 2010

. . . . . courtesy of the ever-stimulating Wall Street Journal.  This luxe 3-bedroom , which features a huge turquoise-tiled pool, garden, and large yard with stone path, was built as a Western-style oasis by a Scottish ex-pat and his wife.

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To the Man Cave!

ddai in Novelty Real Estate, Other   •   0 comments Nov 18, 2010

Ever heard of the Man Cave? I hadn’t, but this article from the Wall Street Journal has been pretty popular since it was published a week ago.  Apparently, the Man Cave is part James Bond, part frat house – and the secret is out.  Not only that, but it’s no longer just for men. This

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