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New Home Sales Jump in April

  New Home Sales Jump in April By Burt Carey Sales of new homes hit their highest rate since 2008 in April, according to the Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau. April sales increased 16.6 percent over March figures, which correlates to a seasonally adjusted rate of 619,000 home sales projected for the year. The median […]

Tips for Building a Farm Pond

  Tips for Building a Farm Pond By Burt Carey Growing up in rural Northern California, my two brothers and I were blessed to have a down-the-road neighbor who allowed us to fish in his farm pond just about anytime we wanted. It came to be known to us as Jack’s Lake. The pond sat […]

Is Buying a Hobby Farm in Your Future?

  Is Buying a Hobby Farm in Your Future? By Burt Carey More and more Americans are escaping big city or suburb life for one in the country on their own 40 acres, trading traffic and honking horns for the quieter, simpler life of a farmer. They’ve traded business apparel for denim, floppy hats and […]

10 Easy Tips for First-Time Home Buyers

    10 Easy Tips for First-Time Home Buyers By Burt Carey Buying a house for the first time is an exhilarating experience, and knowing which potential pitfalls to avoid will ensure that your elation continues for many years. Here are some tips to help make that happen. Get your finances in order now! A […]

Stan Kroenke Approved As New Owner Of W.T. Waggoner Ranch

  Stan Kroenke Approved As New Owner Of W.T. Waggoner Ranch Announces The Land Report Stan Kroenke has been approved by a Texas court to purchase the 535,000-acre Waggoner Ranch. The historic transaction will be the first-ever sale of the Waggoner Ranch, which was established in 1849, spans six Texascounties, and covers almost 800 square […]

Real Estate Appraiser Numbers Keep Falling

    Real Estate Appraiser Numbers Keep Falling By Burt Carey When the housing bubble burst in 2008, lawmakers, bankers and mortgage company executives collectively pointed fingers at each other and at real estate appraisers. In response, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Protection Act of 2010, which limited direct contact between mortgage […]

Housing Sales Increase but Questions Remain

Housing Sales Increase but Questions Remain By Burt Carey   Big bankers and mortgage lenders like Bank of America and Merrill Lynch say changing demographics are fueling a first-time home buyers market in 2015 that may be short-lived. Real estate, it seems, is heating up – at least for value seekers. At the current rate, […]

Supreme Court Raisin Decision Could Affect Market

  Supreme Court Raisin Decision Could Affect Market By Burt Carey   By an 8-1 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court this week found in favor of a family of California raisin farmers, ruling that the Fifth Amendment’s Taking Clause applies to personal property just as it does real estate. At issue were the actions of […]

Researchers: Private Wealth Continues To Grow

Researchers: Private Wealth Continues To Grow By Burt Carey   Rising stock markets and real estate helped the United States add a half million people to the list of millionaires in 2014, and globally the number of millionaires spiked sharply upward, according to new research released by the Boston Consulting Group this week. The total […]

Solar Pump Technology Earns Blue Ribbon in the Lone Star State

  Solar Pump Technology Earns Blue Ribbon in the Lone Star State   In the immense state of Texas, water is the key ingredient for all landowners to keep property thriving. And with every step that solar technology takes, the ability for Texas landowners to discover and utilize far more beneficial ways to help store […]