Every homeowner has mortgage payments on the brain. Whether it’s a 15- or 30-year term, standard, fully amortizing mortgages are designed so that homeowners pay off the balance over the life of the loan. This means that homeowners with a 15-year term will make 180 payments – double that to 360 for a 30-year term. Homeownership, like marriage, is not a commitment...

FSBO [abbr.] – Property that is ‘For Sale By Owner,’ denoting a lack of an agent or broker representative Ah, FSBOs. Those properties owners insist on selling without the guidance of a professional, often in an attempt to avoid paying a hefty commission. A precarious move, considering the unpredictability of the housing market. Risks aside, FSBOs present a golden...

If you've been looking for a high-end real estate deal, you're in luck…sort of. Jon Bon Jovi's Soho penthouse was recently reduced from $42 million to $37.5 million. The 7,452-square-foot spot has been a long-time residence of Bon Jovi and his wife and high school sweetheart, Dorothea Bon Jovi. Awww. Located in the New Museum Building, one of the tallest structures...

Living in an apartment community certainly has its perks (i.e., not having to fix things when they break), but one thing I truly miss is having a backyard that I can enjoy—whenever and however I want to. While a quick look out the window may be enough to send you over the edge—Does the grass need cutting? Do the weeds need pulling? Have the flowers all wilted?...

“Everything must be made as simple as possible. But not simpler.” – Albert Einstein Einstein’s Razor sums up the ideal system – a process that effectively covers all bases and requires minimal effort to do so. Something that un-complicates things. Something that works. In a perfect real estate world, CRM systems would do it all, thoroughly and completely,...

Pools are make-or-break features for homebuyers – they’re either at the top of dream home wish lists or a deterrent for buyers who shudder at the thought of another maintenance project. Even if the buyer doesn’t necessarily want a pool, there is a way to persuade them otherwise, and that’s through staging. They key is to create a space that's an extension...

Today’s post is the last in my green living series, designed to appeal to everyone on the spectrum of our planet’s well-wishers: preservationists, conservationists, and activists. This final blog aims to give activists, or eco-superheroes, ideas for ramping up their green agendas. If you’re passionate about the environment and want a complete green overhaul,...

Perched in the Transylvanian mountains like a harbinger of death or a vulture or something equally as creepy, the castle that inspired Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” tale is now for sale. Although only allegedly believed to be the inspiration for the Irish author’s description of Dracula’s castle in the book, tourists still habitually flock to the castle year...

When it comes to luxury home must-haves, '”ocean views” and “high-end” were once thought to be synonymous. However, a recent luxury real estate survey stirred up some surprising results: in terms of superior viewpoint, mountain views trump ocean views four-to-one. Crazy, I know, but according to the California Association of REALTORS®' (C.A.R.) “2013 Luxury...

Looking to live in Neverland? You may be in luck. While you can't fly like Peter Pan, you can make like a lost boy and snap up Michael Jackson's infamous playground of a ranch – if you have millions in the bank, that is. The 2,680 acre Los Olivos, Calif. estate is set to hit the market running, being readied for sale by the ranch's managing partner, real estate...