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Posted on 07/12/2020
Before You Buy: California Fence Laws
Image by Nicole Köhler from Pixabay One of the things you should do before you buy any property is to request a survey. Just because there’s a fence, doesn’t mean it’s on the property line. Once you have the survey completed you will be able to identify any issues with where the fence is situated. If a problem...
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Posted on 07/07/2020
HOAs: Are They Voluntary?
Photo by RawPixel.com via Shutterstock When it comes to homeowner’s associations, you need to know what type yours is before you determine whether to “join” it. There are two types of associations, covenant-based and voluntary. When homeowners ask about requirements to join a homeowner’s association, they may believe it is optional, but if our association is covenant-based, you...
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Posted on 06/28/2020
Coastal Camping: Northern California
When you think of northern California, what comes to mind may be the impressive Redwood Forests with the famous drive-through trees. California is also home to part of the Yosemite National Park system. You can find Napa Valley, famous for wineries and natural hot springs, just north of San Francisco. Travel inland and find Death Valley with the...
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Posted on 06/21/2020
Benefits of Adding a Pergola
Photo by marcdenning via Pixabay Adding square footage of living space to your home is always a sound investment. Not only does it give you and your family more space to play, but it adds resale value, too -- even if the square footage you add is outdoors. A well-designed and constructed pergola does both. It provides shade...
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Posted on 06/14/2020
Should You Pay Your Mortgage Twice a Month?
Photo by cottonbro from Pexels We all know how hard the beginning of the month can be; it seems like there are a million bills due all at the same time, and one of those bills is usually the most expensive among them all—your mortgage. After you budget for all of your expenses, that gigantic payment can really...
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Posted on 06/07/2020
How to Style an Outdoor Banquet
Photo by Agung Pandit Wiguna from Pexels You see it in your favorite magazines -- or maybe on Pinterest. The ultimate outdoor dining and entertainment experience has elevated basic hosting to an art form, and you can use your existing set up to create a truly spectacular experience for your family and your guests. Follow the tips below...
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Posted on 05/31/2020
Is a Balloon Mortgage Right for You?
Image by Jojje from Shutterstock Many people own homes through a mortgage agreement. Traditional mortgages are primarily fully amortized or gradually paid off with regular payments over the lifetime of the loan. Each payment contributes to both the principal and the interest. A balloon mortgage is a short-term home loan with fixed-rate monthly payments that only take care...
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Posted on 05/24/2020
Common Issues First-Time Homebuyers Face
Photo by Avi Waxman on Unsplash Many people view purchasing property as a long-term goal, some see it as a rite of passage. Either way, buying a home for the first time can be an incredibly stressful experience. Those who are going through this process for the first time might be worried about making mistakes that may leave...
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Posted on 05/17/2020
Market Trends to Watch in 2020
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay So what will 2020 bring to the real estate market? While market trends can, and do, change on a whim, some activity seems to be easier to predict. If you’re entering the market this year as a buyer or seller, having a better understanding of these trends will help you make informed...
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Posted on 05/10/2020
From Commute Time to Neighborhood Crime: How to Buy the Right Home Remotely
Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay It may be tempting, when buying a home remotely, to jump at the first great deal that fits your checklist. But, number of beds and baths aren't everything. Location matters, too. So does the school district if you have school-age children. Don't be afraid to delve deeply into a property that you're thinking...
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Posted on 05/03/2020
Multi-Generational Living is a New Trend: Here's How to Make it Work
Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels Housing priorities of young families and retired couples can vary. More and more households are combining by necessity or for the added convenience. When households combine, invariably, some adjustments will be necessary. However, the needs of young families with babies and toddlers are not really so different from the "aging in place"...
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Posted on 04/26/2020
Smart Home Technology That Can Boost your Energy Efficiency
Image by Dan LeFebvre from Unsplash Smart home tech makes it easy to find information in an instant, turn on or off the television without getting up and even see who just rang your doorbell, but it can also help you be more energy efficient. Saving energy does more than just cut your electric bills, it allows you...
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