April 2013

There are 12 blog entries for April 2013.

There are so many great reasons to live in the Little Italy neighborhood of San Diego, but one of the best has to be the ArtWalk.  We were there last weekend and had a great time.  We started out with brunch (and a London's Burning cocktail) at PrepKitchen and then headed down to all the great artist displays along the streets of Little Italy.   This is one of our favorite neighborhoods in one of our favorite cities.  We can't wait until next year!

Interested in seeing what's available?  Check out our Little Italy condos page to see the latest listings.


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Highrises.com DC team is proud to announce that Jake Abbott represented the buyer of unit #801, a great one bedroom condo,  in the Clara Barton.  The Clara Barton is one of our favorite buildings in Penn Quarter.  With 273 Condos, ranging from smartly designed efficiencies to 3 Bedroom, 3.5 bathroom sky-townhouses, the Clara Barton is one of the most livable downtown condo buildings. Amenities include a large, well-equipped gym, a business center, conference rooms, party room, roof top deck with pool and BBQ grills and some of the best views of downtown Washington DC and the Washington Monument.  Watching the fireworks from the roof deck of the Clara Barton on July 4th is now a tradition.  The building also has a movie screening room an interior private

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Although not confirmed by the developer, photos are emerging with new banners on site at the new 40 story, 283 unit building will reach for the skies in Century City at10000 Santa Monica Boulevard.  The Miami developer, Crescent Heights is looking to move forward after two years on hold.

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The long awaited development of Market Square Arena in Indy moved a humble step forward on Monday when city officials received six proposals for the development for the Market Square Area site.  The proposals include condos and mixed residential and retail spaces.

“We know there is a lot of interest.  We have already been approached with some interesting ideas.But, make no mistake, I want to be bold,” stated Indianapolis Mayor Gregory A. Ballard in his annual address a few weeks ago. And bold is what looks like it is in the work for Indy residents.  There is even a 52 story skyscraper to be considered as city officials decide what to do with the Market Square Arena.

Market Square Area used to be the home to NBA's Indiana Pacers for 25 years where it

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We are nearing the end of the typical season in Naples Florida, and here is a list of suggestions for closing up your home in the summer months to ensure your home is exactly as it was when you headed north.


1. Have someone visit your home once a month to make sure there are no issues that need to be addressed.
2. A regular monthly check by either a neighbor or a professional will also ensure that appliances are still working, mainly the air conditioner. If the A/C unit were to fail, there would be mold everywhere, including the walls and the furniture. Along with that, you might want to install a humidistat. They are great for regulating moisture control in the home.
3. Turn the water off. This will ensure that nothing can leak and cause serious

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The Axis in downtown San Jose just came back online to sell out all their remaining studios and one bedroom condos. We for one are not sure that the Developer was not prepared for the pent  up demand that was waiting for these units to hit the market. With over 25 units in contract after less than a weeks time I am certain that they will be sold out in a matter of weeks and not months.

Prices as if today are ranging from $379k for the remaining studio units to $1.8M for the last of the San Jose Penthouse units. They do have what they call the townhome or loft style units for sale and these are the live work locations on the bottom floor of the building. One in particular, the corner unit, has the largest floor to ceiling windows looking out in to the

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Fannie May released their housing forecast for April 2013 and it shows an expected increase in home prices for 2013 and more modest increase in 2014.  Economic growth in the first quarter of 2013 was 3.2%, a pace that Fannie May sees as unsustainable.

Fannie Mae Chief Economist said, “The April forecast reflects the growing realization that 2013 is off to a good start from a GDP perspective, but we expect the stronger-than-expected first quarter pace to slow somewhat in the second quarter.  On the downside, tax hikes, sequestration, and the euro-zone crisis still pose significant risks to our forecast, and the fiscal tightening will likely affect consumer spending and other economic activity in coming months. However, the housing recovery continues to

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An overwhelming 71% of bankers surveyed by Professional Risk Managers’ International Association believe that the increase in home prices are sustainable in the context of mortgage and lending risk. Also another 59% expect the demand to be met for credit for mortgages and 60% expect the demand of refinancing to be met as well.
Dr. Andrew Jennings, chief analytics officer at FICO and head of FICOLabs stated, “The latest survey results, combined with data that indicates the real estate market is improving in many regions, paint a positive picture for a sector of the economy that has been slow to join the recovery. Mortgage lenders have been understandably guarded over the past five years. The improvement in their sentiment should be welcome news, and I

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rise-in-cost-of-housingThe Dallas-Fort Worth real estate market has made a drastic turn around from the year prior.  According to The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, condo and townhouse sales are up 55% with some districts seeing double the number of sales.  With mortgage rates low, rents rising and unemployment down, the number of buyers are increasing.  Some Dallas and Fort Worth condos are seeing bidding wars with multiple offers within days.  

The condo and townhouse market is trumping the sales of single family homes which is still at an incredible 22% increase.  The market is hot and we can help you navigate to help you find your perfect home.   

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The mid beach area of Miami beach is soon to experience a new look (and price point).  The Saxony Hotel is currently being gutted to become a five star luxury hotel that will provide services to FEANA HOUSE by underground tunnel.  The currently under construction FEANA HOUSE will be constructed out of black steel and grey tented glass. Reflecting pools around the base of the tower will provide an illusion of a steel tower floating on the water.  Glass doorways to access the 5-15 foot deep balconies will open with a span of 13 feet.  If price is no object, then the top floor penthouse is still available at $50 million US dollars. One bedroom units have over 1300 sq feet of living space.  This exclusive residence will have a total of 47 homes, with an

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