Category: Real Estate

  • How to Build a Cheap Home – An Economist’s Recommendation

    How to Build a Cheap Home – An Economist’s Recommendation

    I am a real estate agent and an Economist. I also am a do it yourself/quasi homesteader. That being said since I have been a real estate agent for years and a cheapskate all my life, I have observed how others construct a home cost efficiently. I have lived in different parts of the world […]

  • Buying beach front property – Mistake

    Buying property on the coast I live on a semi-tropical island off the coast of Florida in St. Augustine. The island is called Anastasia island. It is tucked safely away in the Florida’s Northeast corner. It is an area that does not get hurricanes, nor major tropical storms. St. Augustine, the oldest city in North […]

  • Are eBay homes a good value?

    Have you ever browsed the listings of residential properties on eBay real estate? I have and recommend you do, if for nothing more than for curiosity factor. What strikes me is the inordinate number of cheap homes listed on this auction site. My first reaction when I see a home for ten thousand dollars is: […]

  • Real Estate Investing 101

    How to Invest in Real Estate The ideal real estate investment is investing in a home that is undervalued. The most undervalued home is a foreclosed home. I am not the Real Estate pro in this article, but rather my old landlord was. It was lessons I learned from observing him amass a fortune in […]

  • Moving to the US

    Emigrating to the United States of America I am an American that has lived for about seven years in Europe. This year I might move to the USA. It is a big change for my family and I. But moving to the States is based on a number of factors. The decision to move back […]

  • Big homes are a mistake

    Too much house – biggest personal finance mistake Do not spend more than you earn. Everyone knows this.  The one exception is your home. I am a Licensed Realtor in Florida. I know what I am talking about.  I should be telling you to shoot the moon, buy big and enjoy your life. However, since […]

  • Investing in Polish real estate

    I am an American living in Kraków, Poland. I am also a Polish citizen and an investor. My view of the Polish real estate market is this, if you want to buy a house to live in for the next ten years, that means owner-occupied, I think this is fine. But if you are speculating […]

  • US housing market prediction

    There is a strong case that the US housing market will collapse, and go down with a double-dip recession. I have rarely believed negative economics forecasts. I think they are often exaggerated to get headlines because negative news sells more. However, consider these very real economic factors which could substantiate a negative US housing market […]

  • US housing market

    The purpose of this post is to give a realistic assessment of the USA housing market. Nothing negative or optimistic, simply reality based on the economics of supply and demand. Why is my house not selling? I have heard people say that they lowered the price of their home 10% or even 20% and it […]

  • The peculiar homes of Florida

    Florida homes from a foreign perspective Why do I have a perspective regarding the unusual homes of Florida? Because I live in Eastern Europe and have not been to the USA in many years even though I am an American citizen. Coming back to the USA I have a fresh impression on things that residents […]