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This Little Piggy Went to Elizabeth Arden

Over the weekend a property came on the market that many of the neighbors have regarded as the local Addams Family house.  While I know most of my neighbors, this seller was sort of a mystery man – a recluse.  In over 30 years I’ve lived in this neighborhood and walked my ...

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Downsizing Diaries – The Joy of De-Cluttering

Getting rid of excess clutter is the first step with any move, especially when you’ve lived in your present home for a few decades.  But other than the obvious benefits of transforming my cluttered home into having a more pleasant abode that will eventually appeal to buyers, I am reaping ...

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A Great Read: The Last Palace

Normally, it wouldn’t occur to me to write a book review for my blog, except that I just finished reading Norman Eisen’s amazing book, The Last Palace, that is about many things, including an amazing piece of real estate. Eisen opens his book with a phone call to his mother ...

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Getting Ready to Sell – Even a Few Years from Now

Recently, I met with a woman who wanted to sell her townhouse and move to something smaller.  And she was all ready to go. During our meeting, she proudly showed me around the place, pointing out all of the “improvements” she had made to get her house more than ready ...

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Aging in place? And if so, which place?

A couple of years ago, my neighborhood association established a committee to explore what services our residents might need to stay in their homes as they get older.  And while I think it’s better to be in a home of one’s own for as long as possible, I question the ...

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What “Pet Friendly” Really Means

  Many of the buyers I’ve helped find new homes are, like me, animal lovers.  And it’s important that they find a place where the furry family member is welcome.  With houses, there usually isn’t an issue, but condos and coops are a very different story. Most condo and coop ...

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