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Monthly Archives: November 2011

Banks Resume Tightening Mortgage Guidelines

After a 2-year easing cycle, the nation’s biggest bank banks report that they’ve reversed course, and are raising the bar on mortgage approvals. Continue reading

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This Holiday Season, Think Twice Before Saving 15 Percent At The Register

With Halloween behind us, retailers are in the Holiday Spirit. Businesses know that consumers spent a median $556 on holiday gifts last year and they want this year to be just as strong. Continue reading

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Tips For Maximizing Your Home’s Appraised Value

With home appraisals, every valuation dollar can matter. With that in mind, here are a few tips for maximizing your home’s appraised value. Continue reading

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Wrapping up the 3-day Beijing Luxury Property Showcase

Speaking with Chinese Clients We wrapped up the 3-day Luxury Property Showcase in Beijing today. It was a very exciting process learning more about the culture and meeting new people. There were many questions regarding EB-5 Visa program. I must … Continue reading

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Your Home Has A Smoke Detector. Are You Sure It’s Really Working?

An estimated 356,000 in-home fires caused more than $7 billion in U.S. residential property damage in 2009, according to data from the United States Fire Administration. Unfortunately, many of affected homes had smoke detectors. Continue reading

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CENTURY 21 All Islands Marketing Hawaii Real Estate in China at the Beijing Luxury Property Showcase

CENTURY 21 All Islands Beijing China Luxury Property Showcase Staff Eric Bricker, RB and James W. “Jim” Wright, RB, of CENTURY 21 All Islands, are in Beijing attending the Beijing Luxury Property Showcase. After travelling over 16 hours, they arrived … Continue reading

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The Most Expensive ZIP Codes In The Country (2011 Edition)

Using data compiled by real estate market data firm Altos Research, Forbes Magazine presents America’s 10 most expensive ZIP codes. California and the New York Metro area dominate the list. Continue reading

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A Simple Explanation Of The Federal Reserve Statement (November 2, 2011 Edition)

Wednesday, the Federal Open Market Committee voted to leave the Fed Funds Rate unchanged within its current target range of 0.000-0.250 percent. Continue reading

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Kite Boarding – A Beginner’s Tale Day 2

So the second day of my journey to achieve nirvana on the waves, was as big a learning curve as Day 1. ┬áThe view from the heights of Kula looking down toward the north shore of Maui’s isthmus was spectacular. … Continue reading

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More Risk To Home Affordability : Friday’s Jobs Report

Within the next 48 hours, mortgage rates may get bouncy. The Federal Open Market Committee will adjourn from a 2-day meeting and October’s Non-Farm Payrolls report is due for release. Of the two market movers, it’s the Non-Farm Payrolls report that may cause the most damage. Continue reading

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