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RE/MAX Alliance Group Broker/Owner and President Peter Crowley is a contributer to the Real Estate section of the Herald Tribune.


December 17, 2020 - Real Estate Has Adapted to COVID-19.

Record low interested rates coupled with shifting demographic trends from COVID-19 fuels increasing demand in the local residential real estate market.

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January 24, 2021 - Hot Market Not Sign Of Housing Bubble

While home prices have climbed at an accelerated pace, this is driven almost entirely by the economic principle of supply and demand.

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March 7, 2021 - Knock Identifies Need In Market

Knock is a lending company that combines conventional financing along with a form of a bridge load for sellers.

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April 4, 2021 - Down Payments Should Not Be Hurdle To Home Ownership

There are various lending programs designed to allow qualified borrowers the opportunity to finance up to 100% of the purchase price.

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May 2, 2021 - Let the Pros Help You Navigate Multiple Offer Scenario

If you are an active buyer in today’s real estate market, you have likely experienced the frustration of losing out in a multiple offer situation on your potential dream home. All hope is not lost, however, if you equip yourself with some knowledge, persistence and patience.

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May 30, 2021 - Don't let your guard down when it comes to wire fraud.

The real estate industry (Realtors, lenders, title companies) is keenly aware of the risks associated with wire fraud. Locally, wire fraud has occurred on real estate transactions with significant financial loss in almost every situation. Due to the heightened awareness of real estate professionals, even more attempts at wire fraud have been identified and thwarted prior to the initiation of the wire to a fraudulent account.

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June 27, 2020 - Will high construction costs persist?

Is there an end in sight to the skyrocketing costs for new construction? It has been well documented that the costs for supplies for new construction have risen steadily since the pandemic. As more workers return to work and mills begin to operate at full capacity, the production of lumber is increasing and some of the demand from stimulus driven remodeling projects has dampened, thus bringing the supply and demand curve closer to some semblance of normal.

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July 25, 2021 - Why do I need title insurance?

If you are financing your home, your lender will require a lender’s title policy to insure that their security interest in your property (the mortgage) is in superior position to anyone else that may claim an interest in your property. For cash sales, an owner’s title policy will protect the owner for similar undiscovered liens or encumbrances that may impact the owner’s ability to use their property as they intended.

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August 22, 2021 - Artificial intelligence entering the real estate landscape

Technology plays an ever increasing role in the real estate industry, from the initial online search, to the contract, to the closing, technology touches every aspect of the real estate transaction. Home buyers and sellers are utilizing the skills and guidance from real estate professionals at record levels as technology has enabled them to be more efficient and proficient at their job and service customers at an even higher level.

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September 19, 2021 - Real estate investors – friend or foe?

Since the recovery of the 2008 housing crash, a new type of investor has entered the scene – the institutional investor (often referred to as “iBuyers”). If you turn on your TV, you would think that these institutional investors are dominating the market – with promises of quick sales, fast cash, etc. Even with the flurry of advertisements and increased capitalization, the institutional investors still represent a very small portion of the overall real estate market (1%-3%).

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November 14, 2021 - Zillow is out of the home-buying business

Zillow sent a shock wave through the real estate industry when it announced that it was exiting the home-flipping market and terminating its Zillow Offers program. Analysis of Zillow’s property portfolio demonstrated that it was overpaying for properties (a win for some sellers) but eventually listing and selling those properties at a loss.

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