From Russia (to Miami) with Rubles

  By now, you’ve probably heard of Russia’s ailing economy—and the rapidly-sinking fortunes of the country’s elite … Overnight, Russia’s twenty richest people lost an astounding $10 Billion altogether. Roman Abramovich alone lost some $445 million in just 36 hours. Some of these losses come from Western sanctions and sinking oil prices—with ... Read More...

“America’s Finest County” in San Diego

“I was so happy when my husband got a transfer,” explained Elizabeth Thompson, a homemaker now living in Carlsbad, California, “Los Angeles was no place for kids in the 1980’s. But San Diego was—and still is—a whole different story  …” The Golden State is the poster child for high-priced real estate. But ... Read More...

2015: The Year of Higher Mortgage Rates?

  2015 is a year of bold new possibilities for American homebuyers and homeowners. And it could well hold the last, best chance most of us have for “once-in-a-lifetime” investment … Coming off the best year for jobs in decades—with unemployment reaching new lows and many American households restoring a comfortable level ... Read More...

Top 5 Real Estate Ad Fails of the last 5 Years

As most successful agents know, marketing can be one of the most important parts of a realtor’s business. Whether it’s park benches or big bucks on billboards and website ads—good marketing makes the difference between having your phone ring off the hook … or not ring at all. The problem is that ... Read More...

The River North Neighborhood of Chicago

River North is where the hip meet the moneyed (not to say that a person can’t be both) in 21st century Chicago. It’s obvious, however, that this ‘Near North’ neighborhood (also known as the Gallery District) on the historic Chicago River houses an eclectic demographic community unlike most others in ... Read More...