How Brokers Sell Estates

Beneath wall to wall carpeting, brokers find herringbone flooring, behind a coat of paint may be a marble mantle, or hidden away could be antique mirror doors. (iStock)

Beneath wall to wall carpeting, brokers find herringbone flooring, behind a coat of paint may be a marble mantle, or hidden away could be antique mirror doors. (iStock)

Of the 2,072 single-family Manhattan residences built before 1920, nearly half have never been renovated. Those homes present some challenges for the folks tasked with selling them — but often surprises as well.

Brokers might find herringbone flooring beneath wall-to-wall carpeting, a marble mantle behind a coat of paint or antique mirror doors hidden away.

“That’s one of the thrills,” said Cathy Franklin, a broker for Corcoran.

Those involved in selling large properties owned by a single family say a key is making the most of unexpected discoveries.

Before and after images of a living room from The Renovated Home

Before and after images of a living room from The Renovated Home

Lee Stahl, president of renovation firm The Renovated Home, has torn down a wall to find high ceilings and natural light waiting

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Real Estate’s Alex Bleeker Shares New Song + Video

Real Estate's Alex Bleeker Shares New Song + Video

Today, Real Estate member and songwriter Alex Bleeker shares a song + video from a newly announced solo album Heaven on the Faultline. It’s been five years since the release of his critically acclaimed album Country Agenda in which Bleeker showed off his propensity for Grateful Dead-leaning country-rock.

He returns now having shed “the Freaks” moniker with new a new track called “D Plus.” It’s a rollicking guitar pop song that emphasizes Bleeker’s homespun roots with nods to psychedelic heroes Neil Young and Popul Vuh.

The track premiered on BrooklynVegan who calls the song, “breezy and calming.” In addition to the new song, we get a glimpse of Bleeker in a zany, green-screened music video directed by fellow Real Estate member Julian Lynch.

“D Plus” was written on January 20, 2017 – the day of Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration. That dark day served as an inspirational backdrop for Bleeker as

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Parma close to selling Chevybrook Estates to Cleveland Housing Network

PARMA, Ohio — Nearly a year and a half after announcing its intention to sell Chevybrook Estates, Parma expects to soon close a deal with Cleveland Housing Network (CHN) purchasing the 60-unit public housing property located on Chevrolet Boulevard.



a large brick building with grass in front of a house: Chevybrook Estates is located on Chevrolet Boulevard in Parma.


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Chevybrook Estates is located on Chevrolet Boulevard in Parma.

“The reason we’re selling is the property is it’s 33 years old and the units have never been updated,” Parma Public Housing Executive Director Priscilla Pointer-Hicks said.

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“They’re really dated, so we decided to find a buyer that would keep the property affordable, while also rehabbing the units.”

In addition to Chevybrook Estates — which is the only public housing estate in Parma — needing a $2 million upgrade, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is currently enticing housing agencies to leave public housing.

“When we hired Priscilla to be director, one of the

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FL Star offering Fiesta Grande design in Golden Gate Estates

FL Star is offering a new Fiesta Grande design on Everglades Boulevard in Golden Gate Estates. The Fiesta Grande is a three-bedroom plus study, two-bath home located on a 1.14-acre home site.



a close up of a flower garden in front of a house: A previously completed Fiesta design, illustrating the exterior elevation of the new home now under construction by FL Star in Golden Gate Estates.


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A previously completed Fiesta design, illustrating the exterior elevation of the new home now under construction by FL Star in Golden Gate Estates.

“This new design incorporates revisions to the interior layout of the home,” said Jim Borden, sales professional with FL Star. “The kitchen has been moved to the back of the home, and the great room and expanded dining room create an open, seamless living space. The not only expands the space, but it also allows for more flexibility for the home owner’s use of the space.”

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The Fiesta Grande incorporates 1,765 air-conditioned square feet and includes a covered entry, spacious covered lanai and two-car garage for a total of 2,505

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Homes of the Future: Luxury Real Estate’s Technology Boom

These days it seems as though technology advances at the speed of light. Blink twice and the next breakthrough is available. It’s not just about phones or computers-cutting edge technology is now available in every field to make life easier. Nowhere is this more evident than in the luxury real estate market. Innovations can be found in every room of the house. From state-of-the-art security systems to tech-laden bathtubs, the high-tech home is the new dream home.

The smart home is arguably the most influential development in home technology. The idea of controlling various systems (such as lighting and heating) remotely has been around a few years now, but more products are now available that integrate into the connected home network. Home security systems, door locks, and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can keep you safe, while programmable thermostats, window shades, and beds keep you comfortable. There are also products … Read More