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3 12, 2019

Making Room for Your Guests this Holiday Season

By |2019-12-03T10:35:06-08:00December 3rd, 2019|Advice, Holiday|0 Comments

Now that the 2019 holiday season is in full swing, you may be preparing for guests at your home. But if you’re short on space, how can you make your guests more comfortable, without stepping on each other’s toes? The good news is that there are ways to make any physical interior space appear bigger, [...]

19 11, 2019

Relocating to Ventura County? You’ll Find A Whole Lot to Love Here!

By |2019-11-19T13:11:28-08:00November 19th, 2019|Southern California, Ventura|0 Comments

If you’re planning a move soon to Ventura County, California – either for business or personal reasons – you’ll find that there’s a lot to love here, starting with the year-round temperate climate that allows for outdoor fun all year long! Voted by Livability.com as one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live (for [...]

5 11, 2019

Decorating Your Home for the Holidays with Style

By |2019-11-04T17:18:23-08:00November 5th, 2019|Decorating, Holiday|0 Comments

As another holiday season is now upon us, it’s time to start thinking about decorating your home to make things “merry and bright.” But, while bright lights and inflatable figures in the front yard might cause passersby to take a quick peek, how can you really make your home stand out? According to House Beautiful, [...]

22 10, 2019

Moving During the Holidays Can Have Its Advantages

By |2019-10-22T16:40:50-07:00October 22nd, 2019|Advice, moving|0 Comments

As the holidays quickly approach, you may have put the thought of purchasing a home out of your mind – at least until after the new year. But the reality is that there can actually be a number of nice benefits to moving during the holiday season. One of the biggest perks is that you [...]

8 10, 2019

A Look Ahead at the 2020 Housing Forecast for Southern California

By |2019-10-07T18:02:04-07:00October 8th, 2019|Advice, Buying Advice, Interest Rates|0 Comments

The California Association of Realtors (CAR) recently released its 2020 Housing Market Forecast – and the report indicated some telltale signs regarding whether or not next year could be a good time to buy or sell property in the Golden State. For instance, the median price of a home in the state of California is [...]

17 09, 2019

Don’t Commit to Purchasing a Home Until You Do These 3 Things

By |2019-09-16T11:13:35-07:00September 17th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Even if you have just stepped through the door of your ideal dream home, it is important that you not commit to purchasing it unless or until you complete these three important tasks. Have the Home Inspected. It’s easy to fall in love with a home that fits your ideal parameters in terms of square [...]

3 09, 2019

Putting Your Home on the Market in the Autumn? Here are 3 Tips for Attracting Potential Buyers

By |2019-09-03T15:54:53-07:00September 3rd, 2019|Advice, Selling Advice|0 Comments

While many people believe that selling a home is more difficult in the autumn (as compared to the spring and summer months), the truth is that if you present and market your property using the right strategy, you can attract potential purchasers any time of the year. Here are just a few tips to help [...]

20 08, 2019

Is the Bakersfield Market a Good Place for the Real Estate Investor?

By |2019-08-20T07:41:22-07:00August 20th, 2019|Advice, Investments|0 Comments

If you have been looking for ways to generate passive income, being a rental real estate investor can be a great place to start. One of the primary reasons for this is because not only can you count on a regular monthly rent check from your tenants, but you’re also building equity in your property(ies) [...]

6 08, 2019

Condo vs House: Items to Consider Before You Commit to Your Next Residence

By |2019-08-06T09:25:41-07:00August 6th, 2019|Advice|0 Comments

It has often been said that purchasing a home is a part of living the American dream. But unfortunately, if you commit to the wrong type of residence for your needs – especially for the long term - the dream could quickly turn into a nightmare. With that in mind, it is important to compare your [...]

16 07, 2019

Signs that Say It’s Time to Sell Your House and be Moving On

By |2019-07-16T15:19:45-07:00July 16th, 2019|Selling Advice|0 Comments

If you’re starting to feel like it’s time to be moving on (from your current home, that is), it may not be a coincidence. In fact, there are actually several tell-tale signs that can indicate that it’s time to make a change. One of the more obvious scenarios is if your family or household has [...]

2 07, 2019

How Long Does It Take to Sell a House?

By |2019-07-02T12:50:40-07:00July 2nd, 2019|Selling Advice|0 Comments

If you’ve found your dream home, made an offer, and it has been accepted by the seller, then the next step may be selling the house you currently live in. For many people, “carrying” a mortgage on two homes – particularly for any length of time – can be a financial challenge. So, how long does [...]

18 06, 2019

What is a Listing Agent? And Why You Need One If You Want to Sell Your Home Fast

By |2019-06-19T20:37:40-07:00June 18th, 2019|Selling Advice|0 Comments

If you’re preparing to sell your home, there are a number of important items that you’ll have to focus on, including: Making any necessary repairs (unless you plan to sell it as-is) Reducing clutter – which can make the rooms in your home appear more spacious Preparing a marketing campaign, which should ideally include both [...]

4 06, 2019

What to Expect When Closing on a New Home

By |2019-06-04T13:17:07-07:00June 4th, 2019|Advice, Closing Day|0 Comments

Buying a home is the largest single purchase that most people will make in their lifetime. So, when the day of closing arrives, it can be somewhat overwhelming – especially if you have never been through the process before. That’s why knowing what to expect can help to ease your nerves, at least a little [...]

21 05, 2019

To Deduct or Not to Deduct – How the New Tax Laws Can Impact What You Can and Cannot Deduct on Your 2019 Tax Return

By |2019-10-08T07:57:27-07:00May 21st, 2019|Taxes|0 Comments

If you’ve moved to a new home any time over the past several years, it’s possible that you were able to deduct some of your related expenses on your tax return. But that was then, and this is now. Based on the new tax laws that were passed in the waning hours of 2017 (officially [...]

7 05, 2019

What NOT to Say In Your Offer to Buy a Home

By |2019-05-07T13:46:39-07:00May 7th, 2019|Advice, Buying Advice|0 Comments

Making an offer on a new home can be both exciting and overwhelming at the same time. But, while most home buyers know that a completed purchase contract is typically needed, there are other things that you should – and shouldn’t – say or do that can nudge the seller towards accepting your offer and [...]

16 04, 2019

Pricy Ventura County Homes May Become More Affordable

By |2019-04-16T15:39:45-07:00April 16th, 2019|Ventura|0 Comments

While the California housing market has never really been considered “inexpensive,” some current trends could make homes more affordable now – at least in the near term – in Ventura County and the surrounding area. According to RealtyTrac, in February of this year, home sales were up 0% as compared to the prior month – [...]

2 04, 2019

The Top 3 Reasons to Call Southern California Home

By |2019-04-02T12:11:22-07:00April 2nd, 2019|Southern California|0 Comments

While there are many great places to live in the United States, calling Southern California home may offer you some extra added benefits – starting with the area’s year-round temperate climate and its regular sunny, 70-degree days. In fact, the weather in this area of the country tops the list of (many) reasons why Southern [...]

19 03, 2019

Is There Still Time to Take Advantage of the Buyer’s Market in Simi Valley?

By |2019-03-18T19:37:11-07:00March 19th, 2019|Simi Valley|0 Comments

Nestled in the southeast corner of Ventura County – and just a 40 mile drive to LA – Simi Valley, California (which is also oftentimes referred to as “Reagan Country”), can offer a lot of value for the money, without having to give up the conveniences of big city living. Just some of the other [...]

19 02, 2019

How the Growing California Population Trends Can Impact the Local Real Estate Market

By |2019-02-19T10:40:29-08:00February 19th, 2019|Buying Advice, Selling Advice|0 Comments

If you’re considering buying and / or selling a home in the near future, it is important to first have a good understanding of the population trends in the area (or areas), as that can have a big impact on the price of the property(ies), as well as how fast you may be able to [...]

5 02, 2019

Things to Consider Before Moving to Ventura County

By |2019-02-04T18:03:25-08:00February 5th, 2019|Ventura|0 Comments

With its miles and miles of breathtaking scenery and year-round ideal temperatures, Ventura County, California, has a long list of reasons for people to consider it home. In fact, in 2015, Ventura County was named by both the Washington Post and the U.S. Department of Agriculture as the “most desirable place to live in the [...]

22 01, 2019

Ready to Downsize? Here’s Where to Start

By |2019-01-21T19:12:05-08:00January 22nd, 2019|Advice, Buying Advice|0 Comments

To downsize can seem like a monumental task – particularly if you’ve lived in your current home for many years. Depending on the size of your current residence, as well as the amount of items you’ve collected over the years, it can be difficult to know where to begin. The good news is that there [...]

7 01, 2019

Bakersfield Real Estate Highlights for Home Buyers and Sellers

By |2019-01-07T13:15:40-08:00January 7th, 2019|Advice, negotiation|0 Comments

If you’re planning to make a move this year – regardless of whether you will be buying real estate, selling it, or both – it is always a good idea to have an understanding of the overall housing market in the area. That’s because being familiar with figures such as the median list and selling [...]

18 12, 2018

Seeking Ultra Prime Real Estate? Look No Further Than Your Own Back Yard In Southern California

By |2018-12-18T11:43:39-08:00December 18th, 2018|Advice, Bakersfield|0 Comments

If you’ve ever watched “Lives of the Rich and Famous, you might just feel like you’re living it in certain areas of southern California. According to a new survey released by Knight Frank, Los Angeles and Malibu are two of only seventeen areas world wide that rank in this category. (The other U.S. locations include [...]

4 12, 2018

Will The New Year 2019 Be Good for Real Estate in California?

By |2018-12-04T10:34:55-08:00December 4th, 2018|Bakersfield, Buying Advice|0 Comments

With the dawn of another new year just around the corner, will California real estate continue to grow and prosper? Based on an extremely hot California housing market, the answer is likely to be a resounding yes! According to the California Association of Realtors, the price of housing actually fell in 2018 – particularly in [...]

20 11, 2018

Protecting Your Home Financially from a Wildfire

By |2018-11-20T14:10:34-08:00November 20th, 2018|Advice|0 Comments

As the most recent California wildfire continues to burn, thousands have been left homeless, and even more left with significant damage to their properties. If you or someone you know has been impacted by the fire, one of the first steps you need to take is to check your home owner’s insurance policy to determine [...]

6 11, 2018

Does Staging Really Help a Home Sell Faster?

By |2018-11-08T09:19:13-08:00November 6th, 2018|Advice, Selling Advice|0 Comments

If you’re considering putting your home on the market, you may be wondering what will make it look its very best, in turn, sparking offers more quickly from potential purchasers. One strategy that has been popular – especially over the past several years – is staging. Staging is the process of professionally decorating, and furnishing, [...]

16 10, 2018

A Decade After the 2008 Recession There are Still Good Deals to Be Found in Bakersfield Real Estate

By |2018-10-25T09:36:55-07:00October 16th, 2018|Bakersfield, Buying Advice|0 Comments

It’s hard to believe that a decade has passed since the great economic recession. But even after ten (long) years – and with stability returning, at least for the most part – there are still some good deals to be found in Bakersfield…provided that you know where to look. Amidst the roller coaster market of [...]

2 10, 2018

What the Latest Round of Interest Rate Hikes Could Mean for Home Mortgages

By |2018-10-01T15:46:17-07:00October 2nd, 2018|Advice, Financing|0 Comments

If you’ve been in the process of searching for a new home, you may have been stopped in your tracks after the most recent round of Federal interest rate hikes – the third such increase in 2018 alone. But, while this increase may seem to have put a damper on the low monthly payment that [...]

18 09, 2018

Securing a Mortgage – Even With a Not-So-Great Credit Score

By |2018-09-17T11:02:46-07:00September 18th, 2018|Advice, Financing|0 Comments

In many ways, your credit score is like your financial “report card.” And, if you’ve gotten “good grades” throughout the years, you are typically rewarded with lower interest rates on loans, and the ability to qualify for credit, vehicle loans, and mortgages. But what if your grades haven’t been so good, and you’re more of [...]

4 09, 2018

Knowing the Difference Between APR and Interest Rate Could Save You a Bundle on Your Home Mortgage

By |2018-09-05T10:07:34-07:00September 4th, 2018|Financing|0 Comments

When purchasing a new home, there are a number of expenses that you can face – particularly when it comes to obtaining (and eventually paying off) a mortgage. Some of these costs can include the interest rate, a long list of different application and processing fees, and loan origination points (if applicable). While most borrowers [...]

28 08, 2018

Is Fall Really a Bad Time to Sell Your Home?

By |2018-08-27T17:43:38-07:00August 28th, 2018|Selling Advice|0 Comments

Now that the new school year is in session, fall is (almost) in the air. But, while this time of year can be filled with chilly nights and prep for the upcoming holidays, is autumn really a bad time to sell your house? Not necessarily – provided that you stick with some key fundamentals. First, [...]

28 11, 2017

Offering a Home Warranty on Your Home For Sale? Here are Some Things to Look Out For

By |2017-11-27T13:58:52-08:00November 28th, 2017|Advice, Home Warranty|0 Comments

Providing a home warranty on a property that you have for sale can offer an added incentive for potential buyers. That's because these plans can give a purchaser more financial peace of mind if any of the covered items must be repaired or replaced. But before you move forward with purchasing a home warranty, it [...]

21 11, 2017

Keeping Your Home and Personal Items Safe During an Open House

By |2017-11-21T16:24:35-08:00November 21st, 2017|Advice, Selling Advice|0 Comments

Holding a open house for the public to see has been a marketing staple in the real estate industry for decades. No one wants to make a large purchase such as a house or condo sight unseen. But when inviting strangers into your home, it can be difficult at best to know who you can [...]

14 11, 2017

Taxes for Home Owners Could be Beneficial

By |2017-11-13T07:13:24-08:00November 14th, 2017|Advice, Taxes|0 Comments

For many people, buying a home will constitute the largest purchase ever made in their lifetime. There are many variables to consider when committing to your own residence - starting with the expense factor. Here, you will typically have the cost of obtaining a mortgage, as well as a myriad of maintenance and repairs over [...]

7 11, 2017

Newly Renovated or Brand New Home: Which Is The Best Way To Get Your New Home Interior?

By |2017-11-06T08:25:30-08:00November 7th, 2017|Buying Advice, Decorating|0 Comments

For many people, walking into a home where everything is brand new can make for a great feeling. With fresh and clean flooring and walls – the home can be like a blank canvas just waiting for your personal touches. And, brand new appliances and systems typically mean that, even if there is an issue, [...]

24 10, 2017

Autumn Decorating Tips to Make Your Home Look Its Best

By |2017-10-26T05:29:58-07:00October 24th, 2017|Advice, Autumn, Decorating|0 Comments

As the time for the Great Pumpkin quickly approaches, there is now a slight chill in the air - yes, even in Southern California. Autumn can promote the changing of colors, not just in the trees, but also at front doors, sidewalks, and lamp posts. For many people, even more so than the holidays, autumn [...]

17 10, 2017

Is There Time to Sell Your Home Before the Holidays?

By |2017-10-17T13:27:35-07:00October 17th, 2017|Autumn, Selling Advice|0 Comments

Although it seems like summer was just here, the leaves are beginning to change, and soon it will be time again to prepare for the holidays. If you're considering making a move, though, you may have more than baking cookies and singing carols on your mind. In fact, the only thing you may be thinking [...]

10 10, 2017

The Benefits of Selling Your Home As-Is

By |2017-10-10T15:01:50-07:00October 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

While there are many arguments for sprucing up a home, staging it, and making it look its very best before putting it on the market for sale, there are also a number of advantages of quickly moving forward with listing it, and selling the property as-is. "As-is" is actually a legal term that is used [...]

26 09, 2017

Giving Your Small Home Big Appeal for Potential Buyers

By |2017-09-26T13:06:07-07:00September 26th, 2017|Selling Advice|0 Comments

Although "tiny houses" seem to be the rage today for many, if your current home is on the smaller side, and you're thinking about listing it for sale, there are some things you can do to take advantage of its low maintenance attributes, while at the same time boosting its appeal for those potential buyers [...]

19 09, 2017

Buying Your First Home with a Spouse or Partner Doesn’t Have to Be Stressful

By |2017-09-18T11:12:13-07:00September 19th, 2017|Advice, Buying Advice|0 Comments

Although buying your first home with a spouse or partner can be exciting, there can also be a fair amount of stress that comes along with it. For example, what if you both don't agree on the ideal floor plan, price, or even location? The good news is that there are ways that you can [...]

12 09, 2017

Visiting Open Houses Can Provide You with a Wealth of Information – Even If You’re Not Planning to Buy

By |2017-09-12T13:07:29-07:00September 12th, 2017|Advice|0 Comments

Many of us may enjoy perusing online property listings in search of our "someday" dream home - and, thanks to the ease and convenience of the Internet, today we can do all of our browsing without ever having to get in the car or set foot inside the doorway of a property. But even if [...]

5 09, 2017

How to Get Your Home Into Shape Before You List It For Sale

By |2017-09-04T19:00:08-07:00September 5th, 2017|Advice, Selling Advice|0 Comments

Thinking about selling your home, but not exactly sure where to start? If you want to aim for the highest price you can garner, there are some items that you'll need to ensure are crossed off the list before putting a For Sale sign in the yard. These start with helping your home to show [...]

22 08, 2017

Considering the Move to a Planned Community? Here’s What You Can Expect

By |2017-08-22T12:32:35-07:00August 22nd, 2017|Buying Advice|0 Comments

If you've been thinking about making a move to a planned community - or even if you've just heard the term, but don't know exactly what it entails - there are some interesting facts about these types of developments...and they've been steadily drawing people in for the past few years. As its name suggests, a [...]

15 08, 2017

Considering a Move to Bakersfield, California? Here are Some Things You Should Know About the Area

By |2017-08-15T09:55:13-07:00August 15th, 2017|Advice, Bakersfield, Fun, Things to do|0 Comments

Moving to a new area of the country (or even the state) can be a bittersweet experience. While you may be excited about the new places to see and people to meet, it can also fill you with a bit of uncertainty if you don't have a lot of detail about the locale. But, by [...]

8 08, 2017

Late Summer Maintenance Projects that Can Improve the Look of Your Home All Year Long

By |2017-08-08T09:05:26-07:00August 8th, 2017|Advice, inspection, Summer|0 Comments

While it may be hard to believe, late summer is already upon us, and kids are getting ready to go back to school. But, that doesn't mean that cooler weather is here just yet. So now can be a perfect time to tackle some home maintenance projects that can improve the look - and the [...]