Andrew Markowitz

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Sellers: Here's how to get a fair appraisal in a rising market

When a co-op, condo or brownstone is appraised for less than the buyer has agreed to pay, that's a problem. It can not only spook buyers, but also …

5 questions a Realtor should ask the appraiser before setting up the appraisal inspection • Birmingham Appraisal Blog

Over the past several years appraisers and real estate agents have had a confusing relationship. When I say this I am mainly talking about an agents …

Motivating People to Perform at Their Peak

Almost all decisions, big and small, are choices between <i>exploring</i> new possibilities and <i>exploiting</i> old ones. When you explore, you select an option that’s unknown—or reexamine one that wasn’t optimal in the past to get new information about it. When you exploit, you choose something that’s yielded …

Is Your Listing Offensive?

Real estate ads are getting a big dose of political correctness, as real estate professionals are carefully watching their words in listings so as …

What’s hot in the real estate market

Real estate values are finally, solidly on the rise. Both residential and commercial properties are seeing strong gains and potentially long-term …

This Is How The Pentagon Spends Its $645.7 Billion Annual Budget

If Congress and the White House don't strike a deficit-reduction deal, cuts kick into the Pentagon's $645.6 billion annual budget. Here's what that means:<p>Even as civil war rages on in Syria and the President makes the case for intervention, Congress turns back to their yearly fall obsession - the …

World's newest largest Ferris wheel goes up on Vegas strip

The outer shell of what will be the world’s largest Ferris wheel was erected Monday on the Las Vegas Strip, a locale already notorious for inducing sensory overload.<p>The top of the High Roller ride, placed across the street from Caesar's Palace, will soar 55 stories over Sin City. When the new …

Guatemala passenger bus plunges into ravine; at least 38 killed

MEXICO CITY — A packed passenger bus plunged off a highway into a ravine in the Guatemalan highlands Monday morning, killing at least 38 people and injuring dozens, government officials said.<p>The accident occurred about 40 miles west of Guatemala City, in the department of Chimaltenango, according …

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Deezer music service expands as it launches on Philips and Panasonic Smart TVs

Deezer's currently competing with the likes of Spotify and Rdio to win over the streaming souls of the world, so it knows how important it is to be available in as many countries and on as many platforms as possible. Taking that into account, the music service announced it has inked a deal with …

Airbnb sets its sights on the Chinese tourism boom

If you haven’t used Airbnb yet, you probably know someone who has—or at least you will soon, if the San Francisco-based startup and “sharing economy” paragon, which matches up hosts and travelers online, has its way. Now Airbnb is focusing its attention on Asia, where a newly-prosperous middle …

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Twitter files as struggling tech IPO market shows some life

Twitter has filed for an IPO. Above, Chief Executive Dick Costolo. (Sebastien Nogier / EPA )<p>Twitter can expect to face some serious headwinds as it moves toward its public offering of stock. But there may also be some reasons for optimism.<p>First, the reasons to worry.<p>Yes, the overall IPO market in …