Home values are up but just try getting a line of credit

Lenders are being stingy about granting home equity lines of credit. (iStock)

Lenders are being stingy about granting home equity lines of credit. (iStock)

Remember the financial crisis? Banks do.

Lenders are being stingy about granting home equity lines of credit even as home values have soared, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Blame the pandemic and memories of the late 2000s, when millions of homes went into foreclosure.

Citibank stopped accepting new applications for home equity lines of credit, or helocs, on March 3, 2021, because of “market conditions,” according . . .  Read more >

6 Fantastic Areas in Your Home To ‘Stress-Organize’—and 3 That’ll Just Make You More Stressed

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After nearly a year of being stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic, many are trying to cope with the stress by tackling some long-overdue home organization projects.

“COVID has amplified the urge to organize, because we feel like we should be doing something productive and we can only watch TV or sit at a computer for so long,” says Ana Cummings of the eponymous home design firm.

But is “stress-organizing,” as it’s called, truly effective? Sometimes, nervous . . .  Read more >

Heavenly Hamptons Retreat Where Sienna Miller Just Stayed Can Be Yours for $11.25M

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It’s exactly the kind of place you’d expect to see an international starlet catching a few summertime rays. A flawless modern waterfront retreat in Sag Harbor, NY, where actress Sienna Miller recently stayed, is now on the market for $ 11.25 million.

The eight-bedroom, 8.5-bathroom, beach-modern home perfectly frames expansive views of Sag Harbor Bay. The retreat sits on nearly a full acre of waterfront property, which includes a personal, gated sandy beach for frolicking out of the . . .  Read more >

Just ‘Doing’ Good is Not Enough

Just 'Doing' Good is Not Enough

I am sure you have heard the old saying “People do business with people they know and trust.” Let’s take that a step further. People do business with companies they know, trust and have community impact. Did you know that 96% of consumers have a more positive image of that company, 94% are more likely to trust that company, 93% will be more loyal to the company and 90% are likely to switch brands? Those are phenomenal statistics and one way to utilize and maximize the impact . . .  Read more >

Plant a Tree on Arbor Day, Just Not One of These!

Happy Arbor Day! If you are planning to celebrate in the true spirit of the holiday, you should be heading outside to plant a tree. However, while all trees have their benefits, not all trees are going to be a benefit to your home or neighborhood.

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Here are some trees you should NEVER plant in your yard, even on Arbor Day!

Silver Maple. These large, fast-growing trees offer plenty of shade and are popular throughout the Midwest. However, their fast growth speed makes their . . .  Read more >

Artist builds mirrored house just in time for Coachella

From LLNYC: Even though Coachella isn’t until next month, there’s already an Instagram-worthy structure in Coachella Valley just begging to be photographed. [more] … [more]


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Just Released: 2016 Local Market Assessment Reports

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Each year NAR Global conducts studies on markets where you wouldn’t normally expect to find global business opportunities. Those who don’t reside in metropolitan areas like New York City or Miami are sometimes quick to assume there isn’t any international business in their communities. In these case studies we set out to prove this assumption wrong. It’s easy to overlook key indicators of global business in your local market, but these reports will show you where to find them.

A . . .  Read more >

Hall of Famer Johnny Bench Selling Florida House Just 2 Years After Buying It

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Retired Cincinnati Reds legend Johnny Bench is selling his nearly 7,300-square-foot, waterfront mansion in Jupiter, FL, just two years after purchasing it from former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Matt Morris.

Bench, 68, bought the five-bedroom, 6.5-bath mansion in November 2014 for $ 3.3 million. He recently listed the property for $ 4 million.

Built in 2003, the Mediterranean-style home sits on a half-acre lot in Sawfish . . .  Read more >

Restore a Pool in Just 5 Steps

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Pools can take a lot of maintenance and work to keep them at their best. And sometimes that work can get beyond a home owner, causing them to shut down their pool for a period of time. If this has happened to one of your clients or maybe they’ve bought a new home with an old pool that needs some help, these five steps will make it swimming ready in no time at all.

Step 1: Fix Any Leaks

Leaks can be a serious problem for pools, and unfortunately they can also . . .  Read more >

Judge the Landscape Beyond Just Curb Appeal