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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+00:00 November 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+00:00 November 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+00:00 November 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 [...]

24 10, 2017

Autumn Decorating Tips to Make Your Home Look Its Best

By | 2017-10-26T05:29:58+00:00 October 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 [...]

19 09, 2017

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

By | 2017-09-18T11:12:13+00:00 September 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+00:00 September 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+00:00 September 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 [...]

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+00:00 August 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+00:00 August 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 [...]

1 08, 2017

Home Buyer Negotiating Tactics That Can Backfire

By | 2017-08-01T18:26:41+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Advice, negotiation|0 Comments

Buying a new home can entail much more than just simply submitting an offer to the seller and having them respond affirmatively right away. In most cases, both the seller and the potential buyer will need to do at least some amount of negotiating in hopes that the end result comes out agreeable to all. [...]

25 07, 2017

What to Include If You Offer a Home Warranty

By | 2017-07-24T15:08:31+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Advice, Home Warranty|0 Comments

As the seller of a home, you want to ensure that you are offering certain items that can entice potential purchasers to make an offer. Certainly one way to go about this is to make sure that your property looks its best. Another is to offer a home warranty. Most home warranties - not to [...]

18 07, 2017

Expenses to Anticipate After Moving Into a New Home

By | 2017-07-17T17:47:39+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Advice, Buying Advice, Home Inspection|0 Comments

If you're in the process of buying a new home - or you soon will be - then you are likely already familiar with the fact that you will need to come up with a relatively large amount of cash in order to get the deal done. For example, in most cases, a down payment [...]

11 07, 2017

Trying to Sell Your Home on Your Own Before Summer Ends?

By | 2017-07-10T19:15:50+00:00 July 11th, 2017|Advice, Selling Advice|0 Comments

As we run head first into mid-summer, you may hear the clock ticking its way towards fall - but with no solid offers on your home for sale. For many people, getting into and / or out of a home before the school year starts is a common goal. After all, summer is considered by [...]

4 07, 2017

Should You Take the First Offer You Get on Your Home For Sale?

By | 2017-07-04T18:57:56+00:00 July 4th, 2017|Advice, Selling Advice|0 Comments

If you’ve done much reading on how to sell a home, you may have come across the statement that “your first offer is always your best offer.” But, does this really have any validity to it, or is it just another urban myth? Depending on just how motivated you are as a seller, you might [...]

27 06, 2017

Is It Better to Rent or Buy Your Next Home?

By | 2017-06-27T11:24:29+00:00 June 27th, 2017|Advice, Buying Advice|0 Comments

Even though we've been living in an era of historically low interest rates for quite some time, if you're looking for a new place to call home, it may or may not necessarily be best to move ahead with a purchase. While it is true that owning a home can include you in the "American [...]

20 06, 2017

How to Remodel and Create the Ideal Kitchen

By | 2017-06-18T14:14:20+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Advice, Decorating, Remodeling|0 Comments

For many people, the kitchen is the most important room in the house. So, if your kitchen needs a bit of a facelift in order to become more functional - and easier on the eyes - then there are some steps that you can take that will help you to create the ideal kitchen, without [...]

13 06, 2017

How to Negotiate with Buyers to Get the Best Price for Your Home

By | 2017-06-12T09:21:45+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Advice, Selling Advice|0 Comments

If you're in the process of selling your home, then you know how exciting it can be to get an offer from an interested potential purchaser. But, what if you discover that the price they have offered you for your home isn't quite in the ballpark that you had hoped for? There are actually several [...]

6 06, 2017

Deciding Whether to Stay or Go

By | 2017-06-06T13:27:39+00:00 June 6th, 2017|Advice, Selling Advice|0 Comments

Due in part to the popular television show Love It or List It, many people are now thinking twice before putting up a For Sale sign in their yard, and instead increasing, updating, and / or enhancing their current living space. But is that really going to be the best option for you? The answer [...]

23 05, 2017

Two Home Renovations that May Actually Decrease Its Value

By | 2017-05-30T11:39:16+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|Advice, Remodeling|0 Comments

Renovating your home can oftentimes provide you with more of what you need, such as additional space for a growing family, a much needed home office, or a brand new living area for the family to enjoy. But, before you sign on the dotted line with a home renovating contractor, there are some factors to [...]

16 05, 2017

Is Purchasing a Fixer Upper the Right Move for You?

By | 2017-05-16T11:05:58+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Advice, Buying Advice, Remodeling|0 Comments

If you're considering making a move, you may have thought about the possibilities of purchasing a fixer upper - and for some, going this route can provide you with a great deal of opportunity, such as obtaining the home at a reduced price, as well as renovating it to fit with your specific tastes. But, [...]

9 05, 2017

How to Negotiate with a Seller After the Home Inspection

By | 2017-05-09T18:26:31+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Advice, inspection, negotiation|0 Comments

Consider the following situation. You've found a great house and you've made an offer on it. The seller has accepted the offer, so you've moved forward with the inspection - but unfortunately, there is a list of items that will need to be addressed. While some of these items you may be able to live [...]

2 05, 2017

What to Do with a Property You’ve Inherited

By | 2017-05-02T12:21:37+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|Advice, Selling Advice|0 Comments

While inheriting a property might seem like a very nice benefit, the truth is that in many cases, getting the inherited home sold may or may not be a short and / or a simple process. In fact, there can actually be a number of necessary steps. For example, in most instances, you will need [...]

25 04, 2017

Is Spring Really the Best Time To Sell Your Home?

By | 2017-04-25T16:37:02+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Advice, Selling Advice|0 Comments

In addition to "location, location, location" being a tried and true real estate mantra, one of the other common themes when it comes to property is that the best time to sell your home is in the Spring. But is this really the case? Well, according to a recent Zillow study, it was found that [...]

18 04, 2017

Can Pre-Approval for a Mortgage Really Affect Your Home Buying Success?

By | 2017-04-17T18:23:00+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Advice, Buying Advice, Financing|0 Comments

Shopping for a new home can require that you already have a plan in place for how you will go about paying for it. This includes having your potential sources of financing all lined up such as getting pre-approved for a mortgage. It is important to note that there is a big difference between pre-approval [...]

11 04, 2017

Relocating and Need to Ship A Vehicle?

By | 2017-04-11T18:12:48+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Advice|0 Comments

Here are Some Tips to Help Get the Best Quotes and a Successful Transaction Relocating to another city or state can be a trying experience. Packing up your belongings, getting quotes from movers, and working through the process of selling one home and buying another in a distant location is tough. One thing that can [...]

28 03, 2017

The Sale of Your Home Can Hinge on Your Agent’s Experience and Expertise

By | 2017-03-28T14:58:06+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Advice, Selling Advice|0 Comments

If you're thinking about selling your home, then finding a good listing agent should ideally be at the top of your list. But, while most any agent would likely be happy to take on the task, it is important to do some research before you sign on the dotted line of a listing contract. While [...]

21 03, 2017

4 Essential Steps to Take Before Listing Your Home for Sale

By | 2017-03-21T18:43:48+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Advice, Selling Advice, Things to do|0 Comments

So, you're ready to put your home on the market. Now can be a good time, as the prime home selling season is almost upon us. But, before you put that For Sale sign in the front yard, there are some important steps that you should take in order to be sure that your home [...]

14 03, 2017

Planning Some Spring Cleaning? Here are 3 Key Tasks You Should Consider Doing First

By | 2017-03-13T17:35:46+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Advice, Home Inspection, Things to do|0 Comments

As we continue to move out of the winter "season," it's possible that you may have some spring cleaning tasks on your To-Do list. But, if your list is somewhat lengthy, it can be difficult to know just exactly where to start. With that in mind, arranging your list of projects in order of importance [...]

7 03, 2017

Just How Much Difference Does a Rise in Interest Make When Shopping for a Mortgage?

By | 2017-03-07T08:27:20+00:00 March 7th, 2017|Advice, Interest Rates|0 Comments

When shopping for the ideal home, most people are primarily concerned with the property's location, floor plan, and asking price - and all of these components are important. Yet, when determining whether or not a home may be in your preferred price range, the calculations should entail more than just the amount you can buy [...]

28 02, 2017

The Real Value of Having Your Home Inspected

By | 2017-02-27T08:44:51+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Advice, Buying Advice, Home Inspection|0 Comments

For most people, buying a home will be the biggest purchase in their entire lifetime. So, prior to signing on the dotted line, it is important to have the home inspected to be sure that the property you intend to move forward with doesn't turn out to be a money pit due to various flaws. [...]

14 02, 2017

3 Questions You Should Ask Your Realtor Before Selling Your Home

By | 2017-02-13T11:19:51+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Advice, Selling Advice|0 Comments

When it comes to listing your home for sale, there are typically two items that are at the top of most peoples' lists to ask your realtor - these include how much you can likely get for your property, and how much the real estate agent's commission will be. But, there are some additional key [...]

17 01, 2017

Can Buying Now Boost Your Home Equity in 2017?

By | 2017-01-15T19:15:05+00:00 January 17th, 2017|Advice, Buying Advice|0 Comments

If you're considering the purchase of a new home in 2017, you may get more home equity and a new place to call your own. That's because, according to data from Trulia - a mobile and online real estate resource - the average home's price per square foot in Bakersfield rose over the past year. [...]

10 01, 2017

2017 Real Estate Forecast for Bakersfield

By | 2017-01-10T09:56:03+00:00 January 10th, 2017|Advice, Bakersfield|0 Comments

In looking ahead at what is predicted for the Bakersfield real estate market, it is anticipated that in the new year of 2017, there may be a downward trend in housing prices. While this may not be ideal for sellers in the near future, for those who are considering making a home purchase - including [...]

3 01, 2017

Getting a Running Start in 2017 for Selling Your Home

By | 2017-01-03T10:15:14+00:00 January 3rd, 2017|Advice, Selling Advice|0 Comments

Although we are smack in the middle of holiday season, now can be the perfect time to start planning for selling your home in 2017. This is the case, even if you have not yet fully decided whether or not you're going to move. For example, just as in any other major endeavor, one of [...]

27 12, 2016

Will Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick Throughout the Year?

By | 2016-12-27T14:13:01+00:00 December 27th, 2016|Advice|0 Comments

With 2017 nearly upon us, you may have once again sat down and drafted your resolutions for the upcoming year. It can be exciting to think of accomplishing the things on your list. Maybe you've vowed to seek a new and better paying job, or possibly you want to get moving on some of the [...]

13 12, 2016

Having Realistic Expectations During Your New Home’s Inspection

By | 2016-12-13T10:23:08+00:00 December 13th, 2016|Advice, Home Inspection|0 Comments

If you've purchased a home in the past - or even if you are now just considering making a move - it is likely that you've heard that having a professional home inspection before you close on the property is critical. But, while the inspection of your new abode may turn up various issues that [...]

22 11, 2016

If You Can’t Sell Your Home, Should You Consider Renting It?

By | 2017-08-23T14:42:23+00:00 November 22nd, 2016|Advice, Selling Advice|0 Comments

Although the real estate market has seen a comeback over the last year or so, there can still be situations where a property that's for sale may be sitting for some time. If you have already purchased and moved into a new home - but your previous home is still empty (and draining you of [...]

15 11, 2016

Deciding Whether to Love It or List It

By | 2016-11-15T11:58:36+00:00 November 15th, 2016|Advice, Selling Advice|0 Comments

If you've ever watched the popular television show "Love It or List It," then you know the process that the participants go through in determining whether they can fix up their current home to better meet their needs, or alternatively, to move on to something else. Although the entire event on the show takes only [...]

8 11, 2016

Decorating Your “For Sale” Home for the Upcoming Holiday Season

By | 2016-11-07T09:03:55+00:00 November 8th, 2016|Advice, Selling Advice|0 Comments

Selling your home during the holidays can oftentimes present some challenges. At this time of year, both you and your potential buyers may have a calendar that is packed full of activities. But, this doesn’t mean that you still can’t attract an offer and get your property sold during the holiday season. In order to [...]

25 10, 2016

Exploring Lower Tax Alternatives When Seeking the Perfect Home

By | 2016-10-26T13:04:42+00:00 October 25th, 2016|Advice|0 Comments

Searching for the perfect home can mean many things to a potential buyer. In most cases, you will want a home that meets your living space needs, such as a certain number of bedrooms and baths, as well as other possible options like a home office, a guest room for out of town visitors, or [...]

18 10, 2016

How Many Houses Should You Look at Before You Buy?

By | 2016-10-26T12:36:36+00:00 October 18th, 2016|Advice|0 Comments

If you've ever watched an episode of "Beachfront Bargain Hunt," then you know that the majority of "purchasers" will typically view three properties, and then make their decision to buy based on these. While it would be nice if it were just that easy, a question that many potential home buyers have is, how many [...]

11 10, 2016

Is Your Rent Getting to Be Too Much? Maybe It’s Time to Buy

By | 2017-08-23T13:58:57+00:00 October 11th, 2016|Advice|0 Comments

Over the past several years, due in part to the mortgage meltdown of 2008 - 2009, rental rates continue to be on the rise. In fact, in some areas of the country, more people than ever have opted to rent rather than buy - and because of that, there are also many areas where the [...]

4 10, 2016

How to Ensure that Your Closing Day Goes Smoothly

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:24+00:00 October 4th, 2016|Advice|0 Comments

Moving can be both exciting and stressful. While you may be anxious to get into your new home, there can oftentimes be a long list of to-dos before you arrive at that point. Certainly, one of the primary keys to getting there is closing day. If you’ve never purchased a home in the past, sitting [...]

27 09, 2016

Attracting Buyers in the Fall Real Estate Market

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:25+00:00 September 27th, 2016|Advice, Selling Advice|0 Comments

Now that the kids have been back in school for a while, it will soon be time to start planning for the upcoming holidays. While the fall season can be filled with fun and football games, though, if you are in the process of selling your home, it has often meant that you "missed out" [...]

20 09, 2016

Relocating? Here are Some Tips to Make the Move Less Stressful

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:25+00:00 September 20th, 2016|Advice|0 Comments

Regardless of how excited you may be about relocating to somewhere new, moving in general can be a stressful situation. But when you add in many miles between your old home and your new one, you can often have some extra items added to your to-do list. With that in mind, here are just a [...]

13 09, 2016

3 House Hunting Mistakes to Avoid When Searching for Your Next Home

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:25+00:00 September 13th, 2016|Advice, Home Inspection, Saving Money|0 Comments

The purchase of a home is not just a physical process, but an emotional one as well. After all, you are searching for the ideal place to reside in - possibly for many years, or even decades, to come. But the purchasing of a home is also often the biggest financial investment that people will [...]

6 09, 2016

Offering Buyer Incentives May Help Your Home Sell Faster

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:25+00:00 September 6th, 2016|Advice, Selling Advice|0 Comments

Regardless of whether we are in a buyer's or a seller's market, when the time comes to put your home on the market, most people want the deal to be quickly so that they can move on to other things, in addition to getting out from under the additional expenses. Incentives can help hurry the [...]

23 08, 2016

Mortgage Pre-Qualification or Pre-Approval

By | 2017-05-17T22:19:36+00:00 August 23rd, 2016|Advice|0 Comments

PHOTO: CafeCredit.com If you're in the process of purchasing a home - or even in the "just looking" stage - you may have already met with a lender who has suggested that you get yourself either pre-qualified or pre-approved for a loan. Yet, while these two terms may sound very similar, they actually [...]

16 08, 2016

What Type of Contingencies Might You Find in that Offer from a Potential Buyer

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:25+00:00 August 16th, 2016|Advice, Selling Advice|0 Comments

Your home has been on the market for a while, and you've finally received an offer from a potential buyer. The price that they are proposing seems fine, but there are also some "what ifs" or contingencies included in the contract that need to occur in order to make things work. These are commonly referred [...]

9 08, 2016

Should You Consider a Lease Purchase?

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:25+00:00 August 9th, 2016|Advice, Saving Money|0 Comments

If you've been searching the Home For Sale ads for any period of time lately, you may have come across a few that are labeled as "Lease Purchase" or "Rent to Own." While these may not have been so prevalent many years ago, over the past decade or so, this option has become more popular [...]

2 08, 2016

Should You Pay a Premium Price for Your Dream Home?

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:25+00:00 August 2nd, 2016|Advice|0 Comments

You've been searching high and low for your dream home, and lo and behold there it is! It's even in the perfect location. The only problem is that it appears to be someone else's dream home, too. In cases like this where a bidding war might ensue, you could be inclined to overspend. After all, [...]

12 07, 2016

Should You Consider That Fixer Upper?

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:25+00:00 July 12th, 2016|Advice, Remodeling|0 Comments

You’ve found a great house in the ideal location. But it needs some major renovation. So, you are now asking yourself some questions about whether or not you should take the plunge and purchase this fixer upper or pass on it and wait for something that is in more move-in ready condition. On the plus [...]

5 07, 2016

To Counter or Not to Counter – How to Deal with a Potential Buyer’s Lowball Offer

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:25+00:00 July 5th, 2016|Advice, Selling Advice|0 Comments

So, you've touched up, fixed up, and prettied up your home and put it on the market. You held an open house - and even got a fair amount of traffic - and you've received a call from your real estate agent saying that you've now received an offer. Unfortunately, though, it's for an amount [...]

28 06, 2016

3 Emotional Mistakes Made By Homebuyers – And How Not to Make Them

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:25+00:00 June 28th, 2016|Advice|0 Comments

Searching for your dream home can be exciting. But it can also be an easy time to get caught up in a lot of emotional turmoil - both positive and negative - with regard to the property you are purchasing, as well as the deal itself. Because of this, buyers can oftentimes end up paying [...]

21 06, 2016

How to Decide on a New Home with Your Significant Other

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:25+00:00 June 21st, 2016|Advice|0 Comments

Buying a home can be exciting. There are lots of decisions to make and things to do. If you're purchasing the home on your own, then you'll be able to move forward on key aspects such as location, features, and amenities fairly easily. But, when purchasing with a spouse or significant other, then there are [...]

7 06, 2016

It’s Closing Day – Don’t Skip the Final Walk Through

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:25+00:00 June 7th, 2016|Advice, Home Inspection|0 Comments

You’ve finally found that perfect home, and you’re inching your way towards closing day. You have been packing up the old house, working with contractors for upcoming improvements on the new place, and getting all of your mortgage financing in place. In short – things have been pretty hectic and it would be great if [...]

24 05, 2016

Buying a New Home? There’s an App for That!

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:25+00:00 May 24th, 2016|Advice, High Tech|0 Comments

If you're starting to search for your next new home, then it may come as no big surprise that there's a new home app for that. In fact, not only can you now search for home listing from your smartphone, but today, you can calculate the cost of a mortgage, determine which attractions and businesses [...]

17 05, 2016

How Not To Overpay for the Home You’ve Fallen in Love With

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:25+00:00 May 17th, 2016|Advice|0 Comments

So, you've been searching for months for your dream home, and you've finally found the perfect fit. It's in the ideal location, has the exact number of bedrooms and baths that you require, and it even has a few bonus items that you didn't have on your list - but that now make the package [...]

10 05, 2016

Buying Your First Home In Bakersfield?

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:25+00:00 May 10th, 2016|Advice, Bakersfield|0 Comments

Buying your first home can be exciting. Searching for that "perfect" place - and knowing that it might just be around the next corner - can make the house hunt that much more enticing, especially when you are in an area that offers as much as Bakersfield does. When entering into this particular vicinity, though [...]

3 05, 2016

How to Sell Your Home While Living with Kids – And Still Keep Everyone Sane

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:25+00:00 May 3rd, 2016|Advice, Selling Advice|0 Comments

Selling your home can be a substantial chore. It can often mean cleaning up at the drop of a hat when a potential buyer wants to come for a showing. It can also mean keeping it in "display home" shape for regular open houses. This can be tough enough if you're single or living with [...]

26 04, 2016

5 Real Estate Myths That Should Be Debunked

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:25+00:00 April 26th, 2016|Advice, Selling Advice|0 Comments

Although you've probably heard that the three most important words in real estate are, "Location, location, and location," there are some other sayings that may or may not hold quite as much weight when it comes to buying or selling a property. Here are some common real estate "myths" that your may have heard somewhere [...]

19 04, 2016

How Much Earnest Money Do You Need for a Home Purchase?

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:25+00:00 April 19th, 2016|Advice|0 Comments

So, you've finally found the home of your dreams. It's perfect in terms of location - and it really doesn't need much fix-up work in order to make it move-in ready. You've already been pre-approved for a mortgage. And, there's been a lot of traffic during the home's recent open house - so, if you [...]

12 04, 2016

How to Help Buyers Envision Your House As Their Home

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:25+00:00 April 12th, 2016|Advice, Decorating, Selling Advice|0 Comments

Selling just about anything will entail an appeal to the buyer’s emotions. This is especially the case when it comes to selling your home. When presenting your house to a new potential buyer, then, it is essential to have them envision it as a place where they could comfortably live. In doing so, you will [...]

5 04, 2016

What Can You Claim as Tax Deductions as a Homeowner?

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:25+00:00 April 5th, 2016|Advice|0 Comments

As a homeowner, there are numerous advantages over renting. First, no landlord knocking at your door asking for the rent. You can also paint your living room any color you want - unlike the days of being a tenant! But the benefits don't stop there! That's because when you own a home, you will also have [...]

22 03, 2016

Keeping Invaders Out – Easy Pest Control Tips

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:25+00:00 March 22nd, 2016|Advice, Saving Money|0 Comments

Not all home invaders are big, scary, and carry a flashlight. Nor do they all come in through a window or unlocked door. In fact, most of your "unwelcome" guests are extremely small - too small in fact to even produce fingerprints if caught! They can, however, still be dangerous to your home and if [...]

15 03, 2016

Things to Consider Before Renovating Your Home

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:25+00:00 March 15th, 2016|Advice, Remodeling|0 Comments

A home renovation can be exciting - especially when it's a long-awaited task that's going to net you exactly what you've wanted in your property. But, prior to getting started on any project, it's important to factor in several considerations. First, will what you are doing require any type of permitting? Typically, smaller changes won't. [...]

8 03, 2016

Three Things You Should Never Say to the Buyer of Your Home

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:25+00:00 March 8th, 2016|Advice, Selling Advice|0 Comments

Today, there is a great deal of information available through the Internet. In the past, if someone was interested in buying a house, it was usually necessary to contact a real estate agent who had access to the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) so that you could get even the most basic of details on a [...]

23 02, 2016

How Low Should You Go?

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:25+00:00 February 23rd, 2016|Advice, Selling Advice|0 Comments

Tips for a Successful Low Offer When Purchasing a Home When searching for a new home, we all hope to capture that “hidden gem.” This means finding a house that you love, while at the same time getting the seller to agree to a “lowball” offer, ultimately netting a nice, low bargain price. The question [...]

16 02, 2016

Keeping Your Valuables Safe During an Open House

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:25+00:00 February 16th, 2016|Advice, Selling Advice|0 Comments

As a seller, you will typically want to do all that you can to sell your current home quickly. This is especially the case if you already have another home waiting in the wings. So, if you're under fire and you want to reach as many potential buyers as you can, an open house may [...]

26 01, 2016

What to Ask When Buying a New, New Home

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:25+00:00 January 26th, 2016|Advice, Home Inspection|0 Comments

For many of us, the allure of entering a brand new home is difficult to ignore. There's just something about the fresh paint and stain-less flooring - plus, all that space for new memories to be made. What questions do you need to ask when buying a new, new  home? If you decide to go [...]

19 01, 2016

Should You Fix Up Your Property or Sell It As Is?

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:26+00:00 January 19th, 2016|Advice, Selling Advice|0 Comments

If you're considering putting your home on the market, but you know that it may need a few "repairs," should you go ahead and do the fix up in order to make your home look its best to prospective purchasers, or should you instead leave it as is and save your money? The answer is [...]

12 01, 2016

Do You Really Need a Home Security System?

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:26+00:00 January 12th, 2016|Advice|0 Comments

Even if you've never fallen victim to a burglary, it is important to always be aware. That's because today, even in areas where the crime rate may be falling, you can never, ever be "too safe." Do you really need a home security system? According to a recent Alarm System Report, each year in the [...]

5 01, 2016

Tips for Finding the Right Home Inspector

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:26+00:00 January 5th, 2016|Advice, Home Inspection|0 Comments

You've found the perfect home and you've agreed on a price with the seller. Before you can move on to closing, though, one of the most important pieces of the process involves having the property inspected. In fact, in most cases - even if you think you have found your dream home - you can [...]

22 12, 2015

Getting Straight to the Points of Your Mortgage

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:26+00:00 December 22nd, 2015|Advice, Interest Rates, Saving Money|0 Comments

When it comes to borrowing money for a home purchase, there will be a number of different costs involved. In addition to just the interest rate, it's likely that you've heard lenders make reference to "points." It is important to have a good understanding of how these can factor into the cost of your overall [...]

15 12, 2015

Just How Much Should You Rely on Your Zestimate from Zillow

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:26+00:00 December 15th, 2015|Advice, Selling Advice|0 Comments

The Internet is s wonderful thing. It has literally put the world at our fingertips - and, with smartphones, we now can carry the world around in our pockets. In many ways, the convenience is hard to beat. We can have answers to questions in seconds, rather than having to wait hours - or more [...]

1 12, 2015

Homebuying Assistance Programs

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:26+00:00 December 1st, 2015|Advice, Saving Money|0 Comments

The Fed hasn't raised interest rates yet, and the prognosis for home prices continues to show a steady climb upward. Now is a great time to make a home purchase, before conditions change unfavorably for homebuyers. What if you're interested and ready to buy, but need a little financial boost in obtaining your share of the [...]

24 11, 2015

Online Property Listings

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:26+00:00 November 24th, 2015|Advice, Selling Advice|0 Comments

Advancements in technology have made a huge impact in how homes are marketed. Not long ago, home shoppers had to huddle around a central monitor in their real estate agent's office to view listings exclusively displayed through the MLS system. Today, anyone with a smartphone and an internet connection--meaning, virtually anyone today--possesses the power to [...]

17 11, 2015

Creative Wall Treatment Ideas

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:26+00:00 November 17th, 2015|Advice, Decorating|0 Comments

In addition to holding up your roof and displaying the occasional piece of artwork, your walls themselves can serve as compelling focal points of interest. Glean a touch of inspiration for wall transformations from these creative wall treatment ideas. Paint & Effects A simple coat of paint alone can beautifully bring a room to life. [...]

10 11, 2015

Storage Clutter Be Gone!

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:26+00:00 November 10th, 2015|Advice, Autumn, Things to do|0 Comments

As the weather cools, spending a few hours in the garage or attic becomes less daunting. Autumn's a great time to jump into that chore we all hate, but still need to do: clearing out the storage clutter! Oh, Those Boxes. You know the ones--they're the boxes you keep meaning to get to, but never [...]

3 11, 2015

Send It Packing!

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:26+00:00 November 3rd, 2015|Advice|0 Comments

Have you cut through your clutter? Did you discover a mountain of things you can part with? Great! Now it's time to bid a fond farewell to your no-longer-treasured items.  Send it packing! Yard Sale Yard sales are handy for getting a little something back for all the storage you've provided your items over the [...]

27 10, 2015

Refresh Your Front Door Hardware

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:26+00:00 October 27th, 2015|Advice, Selling Advice, Things to do|0 Comments

Swapping out your home's front door hardware (existing exterior knobs and handles) for new hardware is a simple job requiring little to no handyman experience at all. It takes only minutes to accomplish, and once you admire the beauty of your new hardware, you'll wonder why you didn't do it sooner! Convenience Most exterior door [...]

20 10, 2015

One Story or Two?

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:26+00:00 October 20th, 2015|Advice, Selling Advice|0 Comments

For many decades, a double-decker home design carried a cachet of success. It declared that success as: a family so full, two whole floors are required to house everyone; expansive yard space to celebrate leisure time outside at the barbecue; and a separation of formal spaces (downstairs) from private spaces (upstairs). Around the turn of [...]

6 10, 2015

Is Your Home El Niño Ready?

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:26+00:00 October 6th, 2015|Advice|0 Comments

As we've been forewarned, El Niño is surely on track to deliver plenty of wet weather from December, 2015 through February, 2016. For drought-stricken California, this could be hailed as good news, but it could actually spell trouble for your property, if it isn't sufficiently prepared for the soggy conditions. Is your home El Niño [...]

9 09, 2015

New and Existing Home Sales Reach New Highs

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:26+00:00 September 9th, 2015|Advice, Selling Advice|0 Comments

California has long been viewed as the state that delivers on dreams. The Golden State has once again proved itself worthy of that view, as both new and existing home sales reach new highs in the most recent report. New and resale housing markets have pushed higher than they have in years. Six Continuous Months [...]

1 09, 2015

Top It Off With a Metal Roof

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:28+00:00 September 1st, 2015|Advice, Investments, Saving Money|0 Comments

Forget that old saw about a cat on a hot tin roof. Today's technology has opened up a whole new world of roofing made of metallic materials. Topping your home with a metal roof brings a variety of benefits to your property. Strong Durability Asphalt roofing serves its purpose adequately enough, but you'll be looking [...]

19 08, 2015

Interior Paint Trends for 2016

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:30+00:00 August 19th, 2015|Advice, Things to do|0 Comments

Choosing interior paint colors for your home can be tricky. You might yearn for some fashion-forward color, but lean toward boring, yet always-in-style, neutrals. Is there some middle ground between the two extremes? Interior paint trends for 2016 include both soft shades and bold oppositional colors, with some palettes injecting a little spice into otherwise [...]

12 08, 2015

Lawn Painting for Evergreen Beauty

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:30+00:00 August 12th, 2015|Advice, Government Regulations, Summer|0 Comments

Is your area devastated by drought? Do your sprinklers only hit certain portions of your lawn, and miss other sections entirely? Do you simply suffer from Brown Thumb Syndrome? If your lawn is an expanse of dry, yellowing turf, then lawn painting for evergreen beauty may be the answer!     Paint? On a Lawn? [...]

5 08, 2015

There’s No Place Like Home–for Investments

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:30+00:00 August 5th, 2015|Advice, Investments|0 Comments

A recent nationwide survey has found that investors are flocking back home to real estate as the long-term investment target of choice for growing funds. The survey was conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International on behalf of Bankrate.com in July of 2015. The results reveal trends across several areas of financial concern, including how [...]

21 07, 2015

Choosing the Best Real Estate Agent for You

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:30+00:00 July 21st, 2015|Advice, Selling Advice|0 Comments

Real estate agents provide valuable services to homeowners, home buyers, renters and anyone else interested in real property. Choosing the best real estate agent for you is an important step in ensuring a smooth transaction. Shopping for Agents All agents must have successfully completed rigorous study, and pass a state-administered test, before they can earn [...]

7 07, 2015

Selling vs. Renting Out Your Property

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:31+00:00 July 7th, 2015|Advice, Selling Advice|0 Comments

Home loan interest rates are still at all-time lows, while home prices are steadily creeping higher, and even leaping skyward. Buyers are lining up to purchase properties, making the current market pretty sweet for sellers. Nevertheless, a trend is currently surging that's putting a slight damper on sales: rental demands are growing. This preference for [...]

30 06, 2015

Buyers: Edge Out Your Competition

By | 2016-10-26T12:20:31+00:00 June 30th, 2015|Advice|0 Comments

Industry experts recognize and acknowledge that the nation as a whole, and California in particular, is heading into another housing bubble. However, while price tags are going up, demand for properties is not yet waning. Thanks to this demand, sellers still have some leverage, even though home buyers are now more discriminating regarding the condition [...]