Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Real Estate Headlines

Summer time is just about here. Graduation parties, weddings, vacations and bug spray will all be in your near future. As we kiss May goodbye, here is your weekly dose of real estate headlines:
CBS Marketwatch has a list of the 10 best places to buy a vacation home. One of my favorite places at the Jersey Shore, Wildwood, NJ ranks #2 with another NJ town topping the charts at #1.
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have put some finishing touches on their Bel Air dream home.
What are some of the biggest real estate blunders? Homeowners share their stories with the Morning Star.
Alex Rodriguez sold his Miami home for $30 million thanks to Coldwell Banker super agent team, The Jills.
Is this for real? A “wheelhouse”? A mobile housing unit ‘driven’ by human motion.
And finally, a house built like a Tetris block? Of course, it’s mean to be stacked. No, we’re serious. It really is.
AuthorDavid Marine 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

The Origin and True Meaning of Home

Lord Byron’s quote from Don Juan about without hearts a home not being real is actually rooted in the very fabric of the word “home.” The concept of home is universal, however, we all define home differently. There might be some similarities, but home means something different to each of us.
I wanted to uncover what was the root meaning of home from an etymology perspective. Turns out this idea of hearts and home being connected is a foundation in the history of the word “home.”
The English word “home” is from the Old English word hām (not the pig) which actually refers to a village or estate where many “souls” are gathered. It implies there’s a physical dwelling involved, but the main idea is that it’s a gathering of people. One dictionary I came across online had an interpretation of the modern definition of home that I really like. It states that home is “the abiding place of the affections.” To me, that sums it up like nothing else. It’s not a building or a room, but a place where your love dwells.

Monday, May 20, 2013

A Message of Change!

written by Jodi Tate (COO, Coldwell Banker Triad, Realtors)

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Our Iceberg is Melting is a short fiction story by John Kotter that I highly recommend reading. It is based on a community of emperor penguins and their home, the ICEBERG. The penguins must face a potentially life threatening disaster and they begin by burying their heads under their wings and grumbling really loudly! 

The story revolves around some big obstacles and even bigger heroic acts. Some of the main characters like “the Professor,” “Buddy,” and “NoNo” must take strong roles and lead to their strengths.

Before I go any further, let me emphasize how truly grateful I am for the team I work with each day, the stable community I live in, and the Clients we have the pleasure of serving. 

Monday, May 13, 2013

We Believe in First Time Home Buyers

According the National Association of Realtors, nearly a third of real estate home buyers this year will be entering the housing market for the first time. As a first time buyer, you’ll soon find out that there’s so many roads that need to be navigated before moving into that first home.

That’s why at Coldwell Banker Real Estate we’re dedicating this entire week to helping the first time home buyer as they venture into the world of home ownership. Throughout the week on this blog as well as on the Coldwell Banker Facebook and Twitter profiles, we’ll only be sharing content that’s geared toward first time home buyers. READ MORE