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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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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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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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Top 5 Predictions For Fall

So, you’ve spent your summer lying somewhere on a beach fantasizing about your dream home. Am I warm? And now that you’re back from vacation, you’re ready to take the plunge. Am I getting warmer? Well, if you’re looking to make a real estate move in the coming months, it’s important to take a look at current trends and see how they could affect your buying decisions. Do a little research before you decide to dive in head first. Better yet, we’ve already done it for you! We’ve put together our Top 5 Predictions that will give you an upperhand in the market this fall.

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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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