Real Estate News

Published February 18, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

The National Association of Home Builders’ Remodeling Market Index shows remodeling activity at its highest reading since the first quarter of 2004. The index was at 57 in the fourth quarter of 2013. Any reading above 50 indicates more remodelers report market activity is higher than those who report lower. The index’s future market conditions rose to 58, the highest reading since recording of that measure began in 2005. "Steady existing home sales, historically favorable interest...

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The 5 Kitchen Spots You Can Organize Today

Published February 15, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

Whether you have just 10 minutes or a full 30, you can tackle your kitchen's messiest spots in a few simple steps.
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1. If you have 10 minutes: 
Clear off the countertop.
Find a new home for any appliances you don't use daily (or close to it). If you hand-wash dishes, dry them on a rack like the Siliconezone by Karim Sink Roll ($50); it rolls up for easy storage when not in use.

2. If you have 15 minutes: 
Sort out the...

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The CEO and the Second Home

Published February 15, 2014 by Julie Provenzano

Homes That Invite Shop Talk

Wall Street Journal 
February 13, 2014 

For business leaders, vacation homes become places to hold conferences, strategize and make deals.

Martin Puris, an advertising veteran, invited a Sony Corp. 
marketing executive for a summer weekend last year at his second home in the swank hamlet of Sagaponack in Long Island's Hamptons.

The men relaxed by the 75-foot outdoor pool, dined in the adjacent airy sunroom—and struck a deal. Mr. Puris, former chief...

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