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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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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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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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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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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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Tips For Purchasing Your First Home

Owning a home comes with a great deal of responsibilities. It is important that you plan ahead in order to ready yourself for what’s to come. The buying process, itself, can be incredibly overwhelming, especially for a first-time buyer. Our real estate experts, Lorraine Thielen and Linda Hahn, have put together a few tips in order to help ease the process.

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Understanding Exclusions From Reappraisal

When it comes to selling, purchasing or transferring your real property, most people focus on one number - the price. But there’s another very real number that many forget about - property taxes. In the state of California, for example, when real property is sold or transferred, property taxes can sometimes heighten dramatically. However, you might be able to avoid these increases via propositions that allow exclusions from reappraisal (aka reassessment). Though, trying to navigate your way through the legal jargon can be a bit confusing.

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In The Market For A Real Estate Agent?

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In this day and age, we are so reluctant to ask for help. We think we can do everything on our own, especially with the Internet in our back pocket. This might be true for things like cooking a meal at home instead of going out to a fancy restaurant, or vacuuming your own carpet instead of hiring a house cleaner. When it comes to real estate, however, the Internet is not going to negotiate a good deal for you, or share the excitement (and champagne!) when your offer is accepted.

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