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Long Island Real Estate

Not-Yet-Knocking on the Real Estate Door

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 02.02.2014 | New York
Lita Smith-Mines

During the first few decades of my career as a real estate attorney, the question posed by clients was, "What will buying (or selling) cost me?" When ...

Uncertain? Don't Buy a House

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 11.10.2013 | New York
Lita Smith-Mines

There's a drowsy undercurrent of indecision that's keeping a full real estate recovery at bay (that, and lenders, but that's a blog for a different da...

PICS: Debate Over Future Of Mysterious Island

AP | FRANK ELTMAN | Posted 10.26.2013 | New York

MINEOLA, N.Y. -- In the Oscar-winning movie "The Silence of the Lambs," FBI agent Clarice Starling offers killer Hannibal Lecter a chance to relocate ...

Real Estate Pity Party

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 09.08.2013 | New York
Lita Smith-Mines

Welcome, disillusioned buyers. You really shouldn't be here, should you? You saved your money and had 20 percent to put down. Yet you were trampled by the buyers with wallets full of cash snatching up investment properties.

Refinancings Come Into Focus

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 05.11.2013 | New York
Lita Smith-Mines

If we're looking for an economic rising tide to carry all our boats, I don't see it locally just yet. I see the holes in leaking vessels being plugged, while those onboard are still carrying excess weight.

Hear No Hardship

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 02.02.2013 | New York
Lita Smith-Mines

I'm not a member of a book club, so I don't know if it's de rigueur for literary associations to throw back a few cocktails and to unsheath verbal knives at holiday get-togethers. If it is, then I was in the presence of a masterful group of readers.

Tired of Climbing Up the Real Esate Ladder

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 08.21.2012 | New York
Lita Smith-Mines

The would-be home buyer didn't like my advice about selling her house before she went to contract on another one. "That won't work. I won't have a p...

Penniless Counties Repel Purchasers

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 05.11.2012 | New York
Lita Smith-Mines

A chat with a house-hunt dropout added another anti-buy refrain to the song shunned home sellers are hearing. "Your county is broke, I'm not going to fix it. No one's getting my money to clear up your deficit."

Begging to Borrow

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 03.23.2012 | New York
Lita Smith-Mines

Usually, stepping into the waiting room at this attorney's office felt like wiggling into too-small jeans. But, when I arrived recently, representing a client selling her home, I didn't need the 10 minutes I allotted to find a parking spot.

Hampton Mansions: Georgica Pond Homes For Sale (SLIDESHOW)

Huffington Post | Julie Satow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Four mansions on exclusive Georgica Pond in the Hamptons are on sale and are asking big bucks despite the recession. The most recent addition to th...

The Hamptons: Real Estate Selling At Deep Discounts

Wall Street Journal | LUCETTE LAGNADO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

At first glance it's a gated mansion worthy of a Gilded Age: more than 14,000 square feet with eight bedrooms, 9.5 bathrooms, five fireplaces, a pool,...