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Articles about "American Real Estate"

  • Paper Brokerages: Friend or Foe? By Stephanie Fujihashi | April 21, 2014

    There is a new trend that has been emerging in the world of New York real estate for some time: “Paper Brokerages.” Paper brokerages are companies owned by entities that join the nation’s multiple listing services (MLS) in order to access and display MLS listing data online. However, unlike traditional online brokers, they do not provide brokerage services to consumers. Some call such services innovative, while others insist that they could pose a threat to the existing status quo of online brokerage services.

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  • Double Housing Bubble Trouble? By Bryan Gamble | November 18, 2013

    As 2013 comes to a close and fiscal figures are coming in, there is a lot of talk about the state of the U.S and global economy recovering, especially as related to real estate prices and mortgage interest rates. The apparent sharpness of the economic rebound, especially in the U.K, has been wholly unexpected and frankly alarming to many weary eyes watching for another 2008. In turn, we must ask what has people so cynical and whether or not this attitude is justified in late 2013.

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  • From Listings to Lift Off - Real Estate Scores High on Technology By Shwetha Ravishankar | September 27, 2013

    It was eons ago when our parents would scramble through listings in the Sunday newspaper, or look at the neighborhood “Open House” sign and know of properties on the market. If the listing met their requirement of neighborhood, square footage, etc (which often times could be misleading), they drove over to look at the property, which clearly made the process rather tedious.

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  • Here Comes the Boom...Baby Boomers, That Is By Nikki Hess | August 15, 2013

    Not to be outdone by following generations, Baby Boomers have been taking the New York real estate market by storm. Baby Boomers, who are “roughly defined as the generation bookended by the close of World War II and the rise of the civil rights movement [from 1946 to 1964]...are in a better position to buy today than they have been in years,” and they’re certainly not afraid to show it.

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  • East Farm Estate: A Gem On The Long Island Waterfront By Ryan Daley | August 13, 2013

    Situated on a 32.5-acre farm on the Long Island Sound, the East Farm Estate has as its centerpiece a 26,500-square-foot luxury residence. The primary home includes a greenhouse, workshops and an astronomical observatory. The 3,500-square-foot first floor terrace has been excavated to include an indoor pool and recreation spaces, which, along with all bedrooms and living spaces, are oriented toward the meadow and the harbor. 

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  • Rising Mortgage Rates Are No Threat to New York’s Luxury Market By Clemence Fontaine | July 22, 2013

    Even though mortgage rates have increased these past few months, they have not diminished the American housing market rebound of 2013. Indeed, New York still stands as a favorite safe-heaven for both foreign and American investors. After Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve chairman hinted that the FED will begin to lower its stimulus, concerns started to rise over the future of the real estate market. 

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  • New Fort Lauderdale Waterfront Development Takes Cues from Williamsburg By Aby Thomas | July 12, 2013

    If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Williamsburg should be feeling very proud of its real estate landscape right about now. A new development along the Downtown Fort Lauderdale waterfront in South Florida called Marina Lofts is being built with Brooklyn’s Williamsburg as its inspiration. The developer of the project, Asi Cymbal, a Brooklyn native, has taken the “urban cool” aesthetic characteristic of Williamsburg and transplanted into this new six-acre development along the New River in Fort Lauderdale.

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  • With DOMA Struck Down, Even Real Estate Gets Better for Married Gay Couples By Aby Thomas | June 28, 2013

    It was a historic moment for gay rights in the United States when the Supreme Court on Wednesday declared the Defense of Marriage Act to be unconstitutional and ruled to grant married gay couples the same federal benefits as married straight couples. Besides giving married gay couples the validation and dignity they have long been campaigning for, the Supreme Court ruling now gives them access to a number of federal benefits, which include immigration rights, Social Security survivor benefits and real estate tax exemptions as well.

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  • The Canadians Are Coming… for American Real Estate! By Aby Thomas | June 26, 2013

    Their nationality may be the target of many a joke when they are in the United States, but Canadians seem to be having the last laugh now—at least from the perspective of American real estate. While it is no secret that international buyers account for a huge chunk of real estate sales in America ($82.5 billion, to be precise), it’s interesting to note that our neighbors to the north are the majority in that elite group of foreign investors—the National Association of Realtors says that Canadians make for 24 percent of all international sales in the American real estate market.

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  • NYC Keeping Up With Global Meccas? By Clemence Fontaine | June 25, 2013

    The luxury housing market is not expected to decrease any time soon, as a matter of fact it has grown much faster than mainstream housing markets. This phenomenon was witnessed in the aftermath of the financial crisis in 2008, when global financial markets and investments were found to be too volatile - real estate turned out to be a “safe haven” for international buyers. 

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