rhode island: The Scary Link Between Carbon Emissions and Your Home's Market Value - 04/17/13 04:08 PM
It’s hard to conceptualize the local effects of large scale international troubles.  But the effect of faraway happenings oftentimes play into and directly influence our everyday lives right here in Rhode Island. Ignoring the bigger problems of the world may even be leaving you with a devalued investment property right here in Rhode Island.
 
Pollution: From China to your South County Vacation Home.
China’s economic boom has had its adverse effects. No country currently emits more carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere than China, but while the news has recently highlighted the adverse health effects this is causing in … (0 comments)

rhode island: FEELS LIKE HOME ~ PART 2 - 07/22/12 03:06 PM
“Wasn’t that the definition of home? Not where you are from, but where you are wanted.”
– Abraham Vergese, Cutting for Stone
 
 
 
For those of you who read part one of this article a few newsletters back (I love you, return readers), I thought it might be a good time to address a key factor in a buyers home buying process. Where, and what, exactly, is “home?”
 
Our company deals with transient professionals and relocating homebuyers on a daily basis. Quite often, we work with young couples whose careers have led them into Rhode Island … (0 comments)

rhode island: Stories in the Walls - 07/18/12 12:56 PM
This past winter, a nearly skeletonized corpse of a man was found, gun still in hand, in a Milwaukee home. The home had recently been foreclosed on, and an unassuming realtor had the horrifying job of finding him during the initial inspection of the new listing. The man had been dead, and unmissed, for 4 years.
 
This really happened. And while such horrors may be hard to wrap one’s head around in the normal course of a normal day; suicide, and other terrible tragedies, are unfortunately much more common right here in our little state than most people realize. … (0 comments)

rhode island: It Feels like Home - 01/25/12 08:43 AM

 
 “This is the one. We want to make an offer!”
 
As a real estate broker, it is of course not unusual for me to hear these words. And while I usually have a good sense of which properties my client’s will be attracted too, I have on more than one occasion been completely thrown by some of the properties that left my buyers weak in the knees. Like parents struggling to accept their teenagers tattooed boyfriend, these transactions are often the roughest for my “I know better than you what’s good for you,” realtor mentality to come to … (2 comments)

rhode island: Crime and Punishment - 12/29/11 01:34 PM
"If he has a conscience he will suffer for his mistake. That will be punishment-as well as the prison." - Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
 
Today my office was yet again put in a position to draw a line between responsibility in disclosure, accountability, and our job description. Where the line should be drawn is still unclear.
 
As a full service brokerage, we oftentimes  represent lessors, matching and placing well-qualified tenants into their properties. Over the past few years, well-qualified has meant, at a minimum, job history and reference verification, credit check, and confirmation of rental/home history. Our … (0 comments)

rhode island: Looking back as we Move Forward: City Aspirations for the I-195 Land Redevelopment - 10/18/11 12:39 PM
Everyone agrees that the I-195 land is one of the City’s, and the State’s, greatest opportunities for growth and economic stimulation. Are we up for the task?
 
 
“Providence is so beautiful,” my sister-in-law Irene gushed as we sat down to lunch overlooking Waterplace Park at Jacky’s, one of Providence’s newest hotspots.
 
Like Irene, other newcomers to the city are usually entirely unaware of the city center’s horridly dull “before” landscape. As Irene and I walked along the riverfront  back to my car, I told her about the Capital Center Commission’s efforts 30 years ago to rebuild … (1 comments)

rhode island: The Evolution of Real Estate Fees - 06/27/11 09:53 AM
Realtors today are often faced with this line of questioning from sellers: "Will you accept a lower commission?" It's not that the seller asking wants to undercut their realtor. The seller is asking because realtor commissions are hard to understand. In order to get a good sense of how the commission system works, let's start with the basics.
The industry norm for realtor sales commissions is 5-6% of a property sales price. With a commission-based system, the person being compensated for his or her services takes a high risk in exchange for a "high" reward. For realtors, the risk is not … (2 comments)

rhode island: Nola’s first Day @ Bluff - 09/29/10 12:45 PM
Nola, my best friend Dawn's 13 month old daughter, is just about the happiest, most darling little thing when left to her own devices. She was in top form yesterday when Dawn came over to help me with the landscaping at Bluff. Problem was that "her own devices" meant crawling around through plaster-dusted rooms and splintered floors. So I got "Nola" duty, while Dawn began doing battle with the horrendously overgrown hedges in the front yard. We spent the afternoon walking up and down the porch stairs, Nola's hands in mine to keep her from touching anything. Surprisingly not boring. Shocking … (4 comments)

rhode island: Concerning Agent Reputations in Providence - 08/18/10 02:33 PM
I have always found it amusing that new introductions and "what do you do?"'s in Providence are always met with looks of suspicion no matter what I say. "Attorney," always receives the stereotypical reaction: I am left having to prove that I am not an egotist, swindler, or disparager. I get the worst of it, however, when I tell them that I am a "real estate broker." Respect flies out the window. While I have grown accustomed to this now, such bad reactions to my profession are alarming yet unfortunately justified.
Certain members of the Providence Real Estate scene have, sadly, … (5 comments)

 
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