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Surviving the Inspection Process

Surviving the Inspection Process

For those who are new to the homebuying game, the process, in general, can be quite overwhelming. There are many hoops to jump through in order to make sure the deal goes through without a hitch. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to come across at least a few bumps in the road.  Some hit snags related to finances or other administration issues; however, if you are trying to purchase an older home, you are more likely to face obstacles that arise during the inspection process. Sometimes, it can even kill a deal.

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Why You Should Consider A Smart Home

Remember the old days when you left your home with a sinking feeling that there was something you forgot? Maybe you didn’t remember to close the garage door, or you didn’t set the alarm because you were in a hurry. In fact, many of us are still living in those old days! Luckily, there is no reason to go on living this way! The concept of the smart home is revolutionizing the real estate market. Not only can you manage your garage and alarm remotely, but you can do so much more!

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Tax Tips for Homeowners

Tax Tips for Homeowners
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It’s that time of year again! TAX TIME. Who’s ready to start filling out some tax returns? As a homeowner, filing returns can become a little tricky. Not only can it get costly, but all of the tax rules and regulations can get pretty confusing. To help you navigate the process, our real estate experts, Lorraine Thielen and Linda Hahn, have put together a list of home-related deductions to consider when preparing your returns. 

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FHA Mortgage Loan Fee Cut Halted By Trump Administration

With 2017 barely underway, we are already seeing the effects of government changes on the real estate market! As one of his first actions as president, Donald Trump has suspended the fee cut on Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage loans. The premium reduction was one of the last efforts of the Obama administration, which would have taken effect on January 27th. Borrowers pay this annual premium when they take out a home loan backed by the government.

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Southern California Real Estate Forecast 2017

Southern California Real Estate Forecast 2017

Happy New Year! Along with another year comes a new set of real estate trends. Even though forecasting is risky, and sometimes end up being wrong due to variable changes, it is still important to look ahead. Southern California, in general, will see some change as new government policies take effect. That means we will see a big shift in numbers for jobs, incomes, and taxes. Not surprisingly, it will also have a huge impact on the real estate market. Luckily, we have our real estate experts, Lorraine Thielen and Linda Hahn, to give us a sneak peek on what’s to come as we enter 2017.

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Finding The Right Neighborhood

The holiday season is such a wonderful time. Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, it’s the perfect time of year to make plans with your friends and family. Coincidentally, it’s also the best time to do some undercover neighborhood research if you’re thinking about relocating! In the days following Thanksgiving, you’ll find households swapping out their yellows and oranges for reds, greens, and blues.

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The Importance of a Home Warranty

The Importance of a Home Warranty

Purchasing your home is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make. As with any object of great value, you will want to protect it against any harm or unforeseen costs. The best way to cover all bases is by getting a home warranty. Having a warranty plan will not only cover you during your time in the house, but it will provide great benefits to you when you decide to sell. In fact, it will serve both the buyer and seller well to have a coverage plan for the home.

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Thankful To Live In Southern California

Thankful To Live In Southern California

With Thanksgiving upon us, it’s the perfect time to sit down and reflect on what you cherish most in your life. Are you thankful for your family and furbabies? Are you grateful for the food on your plate and the roof over your head? Or maybe you just love where you live? If you’re lucky enough to be living in Southern California, then it’s probably a safe bet that you’re thankful for such beautiful surroundings. After all, it is one of the most highly sought after places to live. Thousands of people dream about moving out here every day.

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Staging Your Home For Sale

Are you thinking about putting your house up for sale? Have you thought about what it will take to sell your home quickly, and bring in the most money? If you have, then you’ve probably come across the concept of home staging. Through home staging, you have the opportunity to show your property’s true potential to prospective buyers. You can hire a professional stager to help you with the process, or opt for doing it all yourself. Just follow these tips from our real estate experts, Lorraine Thielen and Linda Hahn, and your home will sell itself.

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The Homeowner's Trick-or-Treat Survival Guide

Trick or Treat

Halloween is just around the corner, and hundreds of trick-or-treaters are about to descend upon your home. You adorned your bushes with fake spider webs, put caution tape on your door, and zombies can be seen emerging from your front lawn. You’re just about ready for a fun-filled night of costumed visitors. To make the best of Halloween for yourself (and the trick-or-treaters!), here are some tips for surviving the night!

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