Oct

19

Should lenders factor utility spending into loan limits?

On Aug. 31, I appeared on a local real estate and economics radio show as one of four guests talking about real estate. The show’s theme was “relationships”–relationships we have to our real estate agents, mortgage brokers, home inspectors, and, ultimately, the place we call home. Unfortunately, a lot of the problems that homeowners can encounter with their properties emerge after the purchase–and [...]

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Oct

10

Home — The first of many

On a recent trip to New York, I decided to take pictures  of my former apartments there. It’s been a decade since I lived in Manhattan, but I’m still sentimental about all the old addresses. Pictured here is the first apartment I rented as a post-college grownup, on E. 89th St., the Upper East Side. I shared [...]

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Oct

02

Rent vs. Own: Why Did I Write This Book?

Funny you asked. I didn’t initially want to write this real estate book (more on that in a minute). But eventually, I realized that this was the book that wanted to get written—the idea that was bubbling below the surface of my idea and a publisher’s response to it, below the surface of the housing [...]

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