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You Asked: Do I Have to Sell a Home to Buy One?

You Asked: Do I Have to Sell a Home to Buy One?

Should I sell a home to buy one? With such wonderful real estate prices and interest rates still, right now, lots of homeowners want to make a transaction—to a bigger home, to a retirement home, or to a different neighborhood among other things....

How to Spruce Up Your Kitchen on a Budget

How to Spruce Up Your Kitchen on a Budget

Do you need a kitchen update? The kitchen is currently thought of as the heart of the home. Many prospective homebuyers make this their first stop when they check out a home, so make sure your kitchen looks clean and updated. There are great...

10+ Money-Making Home Improvements

10+ Money-Making Home Improvements

Are home improvements and remodeling necessary and worth it? If I asked you what particular remodel or change to the home you thought might increase your home’s value the most… what would you say?  Would it be a new kitchen, a remodeled...

What You Can Do About Real Estate Fraud

What You Can Do About Real Estate Fraud

Fraud seems to be rampant these days. It’s just about everywhere. The other day my elderly aunt was stopped in the Whole Foods parking lot by someone whose car was all banged up, and he told her that she has hit his car with hers; he was just trying to get...

How to Decide if You Should Buy or Sell Now

How to Decide if You Should Buy or Sell Now

Buy or Sell now? Is now the right time to buy or sell a home? The absorption rate is the way to know for sure! WHAT IS ABSORPTION RATE? It’s is a metric used by some real estate professionals to measure a real estate market’s internal supply and...

Should I buy or sell a home right now?

Should I buy or sell a home right now?

Are you ready to buy or sell your home or just thinking about buying or selling? Are you wondering if now is a good time for home buyers and sellers to get into the market? Housing experts say that for home buyers and sellers, now may be a...

2 Quick Tips for Getting Your Next Home Loan

2 Quick Tips for Getting Your Next Home Loan

We are often asked why there is so much paperwork mandated by the bank for getting the right mortgage loan when buying a home today. It seems that the bank needs to know everything about us and requires three separate sources to validate each...

You Asked: Why Is a Home Appraisal Important?

You Asked: Why Is a Home Appraisal Important?

  A home appraisal is an unbiased professional opinion of a home’s value and it is almost always used when purchasing a home. In a purchase, an appraisal is used to ascertain whether the home’s contract price is appropriate given the home’s...

Offer Accepted! What’s Next for Homebuyers

Offer Accepted! What’s Next for Homebuyers

The homebuying process can be very overwhelming as a homebuyer. When buying a home, there are so many different parties involved and so many different activities that need to occur in a very short period of time. In addition to having an...

Considering a Fixer-Upper? Signs to Avoid a Money Pit

Considering a Fixer-Upper? Signs to Avoid a Money Pit

There are times when buyers can score a great deal on fixer-uppers. Sometimes, when a property just requires too much TLC, it eventually turns out to be not a good investment after all. Before making an offer, keep a keen eye on some signs of a money pit property:...

4 Easy Things to do to Make Your Home a Happier Place

4 Easy Things to do to Make Your Home a Happier Place

When your entire life is happening inside your home, especially these days, it matters how that space feels and functions. Your space should feel like an oasis -- a refuge from all the not-so-good things happening in our lives. In fact, there are simple tweaks you can...

What Coronavirus Means For Your Mortgage

What Coronavirus Means For Your Mortgage

So many people throughout the United States and throughout California are impacted by COVID-19, the coronavirus. Many homeowners like yourself are probably full of questions, worries, and concerns about mortgage payments in light of the Coronavirus situation.  We hope...

Buyers and Sellers – Surviving the Home Inspection

Buyers and Sellers – Surviving the Home Inspection

  It's very important for both a home seller and buyer that the property fare well on the inspection, for it means no serious issues have been discovered. But what exactly are the things to watch out for? What’s in the Home Inspector’s Checklist? This depends on...

Make Sure You’re Not Doing These Four Things To Your Pool

Make Sure You’re Not Doing These Four Things To Your Pool

Despite cities slowly opening, most are still keen to stay safe in their homes and spend their vacation indoors. The stay-at-home order doesn’t mean that summer is canceled this year- in fact, there’s a sudden demand for backyard swimming. Before taking a dip, we...

Socially Distanced Real Estate: How We Do It

Socially Distanced Real Estate: How We Do It

The coronavirus has reshaped the way a highly personable industry—like real estate—does business. FaceTime tours, Facebook Live Q&As, and 3-D virtual tours are just some of the new norm activities done to attract buyers and sellers during quarantine. Here are the...

Which Loan Is Right for Your Home

Which Loan Is Right for Your Home

Buying a home is often the largest purchase one will make in their lifetime. So we want to make sure we’re making the right decision every step of the way. One of the most important considerations is figuring out the right loan for you. But before knocking on lenders'...

Party in the USA: Ideas to Celebrate 4th of July

Party in the USA: Ideas to Celebrate 4th of July

Happy Independence Day, America! The streets are starting to be filled with stars and stripes and events lined up for this important day. If you’re thinking of having your own party at home, here are a few simple ideas for a patriotic celebration this coming July 4th....

Guilt-Free Ways to Declutter Keepsakes

Guilt-Free Ways to Declutter Keepsakes

  Your favorite stuffed bear from childhood, grandma’s old rocking chair, your kids’ artwork, your wedding dress, plane tickets to your travels abroad, and love notes from your spouse – these things probably put a smile on your face and brought you back in time....