The art of negotiation: Tips for sellers

Part two of our look at the dynamics, techniques and attitude required to make the best deals in real estate covers sellers. Let’s start with timing. The seller’s friends are scarcity and demand. When there are few houses on the market, and demand is high, the seller is in the driver’s seat. Whenever there are [...]

The art of negotiation: Tips for buyers

Real estate is a game, partially determined by chance, and timing, but skill does play a part. Each party to the sale – both seller and buyer– want to get the best deal and either move out or in, happy and content in the transaction. This two-part look at the dynamics, techniques and attitude required [...]

What can you get with a $1 million budget?

In the 1955-1960 television program The Millionaire, the millionaire John Beresford Tipton would call his secretary, Michael Anthony, into his drawing room. In a booming voice, he would utter the following, handing his assistant an envelope, “Mike, our next millionaire …” Mike would then set off to find the lucky recipient and we would watch [...]

Home sweet home

Statistics are fun. This week we’re looking at American preferences for their living quarters, and you may find the results a bit startling. First, the homeownership rate. Our research tells us that the rate of Americans who own their homes is somewhere between 56 percent and 67 percent, with different surveys quoting slightly different rates. [...]

What will $400,000 buy you in San Diego?

San Diego housing is expensive, isn’t it? Surely this is the prevailing view. But perhaps it is more affordable than you think. I thought I would take a look at what $400,000 can buy in today’s San Diego housing market. A $400,000 property with a 20 percent down payment, or $80,000, would require a $320,000 [...]

Livin’ la vida loca


In past weeks, we’ve looked into some alternative living styles, particularly cohousing and shared living. And the list goes on. In an expanding paradigm, many people are seeking new, perhaps better, less expensive, and more exciting or more inclusive ways to set up home. As the shape of living units evolve, as more people decide to [...]

Shared housing: Roommates for young and old

In the last article, we talked about cohousing, a model of an intentional community that originated in Denmark and is now taking hold around the U.S. A more familiar way to form community is to share a home with one or more roommates. We usually think of roommates in the context of housing for younger [...]

Shared housing: A new slant on an old idea

Just as ideas in fashion become new again, so do many other facets of our lives. Years ago it was common for people to live together in extended family groups and to form close-knit communities. Then individualism drove us apart. But there has always been a desire in the hearts of many to live close, [...]

The law of diminishing returns

If you’ve dreamed of a sparkling new kitchen and finally open the wallet and make it happen, enjoy it! But if you’re hoping it will add major dollars to the sale of your home, well, time to think again. Buyers want all the goodies, for sure, but remember the adage “the best we can get [...]

To rent or own? That is the question

Whether to buy a home or rent one is a pressing question that does not have an easy answer. It is complex, ever changing and one to ponder again and again. The answer will be different for every questioner, as it is dependent on such variables as personal preferences and priorities, availability of different housing [...]

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