Beware Second Home Scams

While it’s always wise to watch out for someone trying to take advantage of you, in times of economic uncertainty, it’s a good idea to be even more wary. With the downturn in the U.S. real estate market, there has been an increase in complaints about real estate investment scams.. This should come as no […]

The Family Compound is Making a Comeback

Years ago, unless you were a Kennedy, a Forbes or a Cabot, your family probably didn’t own a “compound” on the beach or anywhere else. While America’s wealthier families owned acres of oceanfront, lakefront or mountain land and built multiple dwellings so that family members could convene without having to actually live together, the majority […]

Housing Market on the verge of a Rebound?

According to a number of indicators, the residential real estate market may finally be on the verge of turning back into positive territory. While there are still some markets in distress, (primarily those where prices had risen most steeply during the boom times), there are a number of statistics that when taken together promise at […]

Proceed with Caution When Purchasing Abroad

When buying a vacation home or investment property abroad, particularly in nations outside the U.S., Canada and Western Europe, it’s advisable to go one step beyond a standard building inspection. While building codes and standards in the U.S., Canada and most other highly-developed nations are stringent and followed to the letter in most cases, building […]