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Home Inspections Are Important for Buyers and Sellers - Here's Why
Posted on 01/19/2020
Home Inspections Are Important for Buyers and Sellers - Here's Why
Getting a home inspection is usually built into the purchase contract for most real estate transactions. A home inspection contingency protects the buyer from getting any unwelcome surprises after they buy the home (think water damage or an HVAC system whose days are numbered). In some cases, home inspections are the defining moment between a sale or moving on...
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What You Need to Know About Employment Verification and Mortgages
Posted on 01/12/2020
What You Need to Know About Employment Verification and Mortgages
Applying for a mortgage is a big step towards homeownership and financial independence. If it’s your first time buying a home, you might be curious (and a little intimidated) about all of the things that go into your mortgage application. When reviewing your application, mortgage lenders are trying to determine how risky it is to lend you money. If...
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Pick Up a Smart Home Gadget Without Breaking Your Budget
Posted on 01/05/2020
Pick Up a Smart Home Gadget Without Breaking Your Budget
A smart home device may prove to be a great pick-up, regardless of the size or location of your house. Yet finding an affordable smart house gadget sometimes can be difficult. Fortunately, there are lots of things you can do to acquire economical smart home devices, such as: 1. Conduct an In-Depth Search for Budget-Friendly Smart Home Devices A...
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How Selling Your Home Impacts Your Taxes
Posted on 12/29/2019
How Selling Your Home Impacts Your Taxes
Photo by Acharaporn Kamornboonyarush from Pexels In a nutshell, if you have owned a home for five years and lived in it for at least two out of five years, or if you’ve owned the house for two years and lived in it the entire time, a single person has a $250,000 tax exemption. If you are married,...
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Make the Old Fence Look New Again
Posted on 12/22/2019
Make the Old Fence Look New Again
Photo by Atner Yegorov via Pixabay Do you have an old fence that has good bones but nonetheless is detracting from the overall aesthetic of your outdoor living space? If so, consider giving the fence a facelift rather than tearing it down and replacing it with a brand-new version. You don't have to be a professional fence contractor...
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Getting Your Home Ready for the Holidays
Posted on 12/15/2019
Getting Your Home Ready for the Holidays
Photo by RawPixel via Pixabay The holiday season is possibly one of the most beautiful seasons of the year. Besides the fact that the year is winding down, there’s a simplistic joy that hovers in the air. If you’re wondering how to bring the magic of the holidays into your new home, here are a few easy tips...
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How to Make a Strong Impression on House Buyers
Posted on 12/08/2019
How to Make a Strong Impression on House Buyers
"Motivation" could be defined as a positive energy that is applied to the achievement of a desired goal. You may be wondering whether you, as a home seller, need to be motivated. The short answer is: "Yes! Your attitude and energy level can potentially make a huge difference in the sale of your home!" In rare instances, the right...
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Another Property Sold - 80 Cherry Ridge Court, San Jose, CA 95136
Posted on 12/07/2019
Another Property Sold - 80 Cherry Ridge Court, San Jose, CA 95136
Unique Townhouse Style Condo with large 2 car garage! This end unit two-story condo has the largest floorplan of the Mansion Park complex featuring aàmaster and junior master bedroom, two and a half bathrooms, indoor laundry and a large two car garage.The home is move in ready and boasts approximately 1,351 SqFt of living space with many updates, fresh paint throughout, new carpet and engineered hardwood downstairs. Easy access to commute routes and conveniently located near parks, restaurants, shopping, hiking trails and much more. HOA fee is $333 and includes water and...
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Posted on 12/01/2019
Image by Charles 🇵🇭 from Unsplash Part of buying a home is researching the market and your finances. Most lenders require you to put at least 20 percent down or pay private mortgage insurance (PMI). Since PMI is a cost that does not lower your interest rate or principal, it’s almost always better to save up that hefty...
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Should You Accept a Buyer's Offer?
Posted on 11/24/2019
Should You Accept a Buyer's Offer?
Deciding whether to accept a buyer's offer to purchase your house can be exceedingly difficult. Fortunately, we're here to help you assess the pros and cons of a homebuying proposal and ensure you can make an informed decision. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you determine whether to accept an offer to buy your home....
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Another Property Sold - 6509 Crenshaw Court, San Jose, CA 95120
Posted on 11/22/2019
Another Property Sold - 6509 Crenshaw Court, San Jose, CA 95120
Beautiful Almaden townhome in a lovely quiet neighborhood! Breathtaking high ceiling in the living room facing the cozy fireplace, open dining area. Gleaming hardwood floor throughout the house, Major renovation in 2017! New Kitchen counter top, cabinets and appliances. Two large suites with over sized bathrooms. The master suite features vaulted ceiling, large walk-in closet, new double sink counter top and cabinets and new custom tiled shower. Guest suite features large closet, new custom tiled shower and new flooring. Balcony from master suite with Mountain View! Great Schools, Simonds elementary and Leland high, 2-car attached garage,...
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Is Buying a Home Worth It?
Posted on 11/17/2019
Is Buying a Home Worth It?
Photo by Monkey Business Images via Shutterstock While homeownership often gets referred to as the American Dream, when you purchase before you are prepared, the consequences can be dire. Here are a few reasons you should buy a home. You feel certain. Buying a house is a huge step. It’s sensible to be cautious when making such a...
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