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Posted on 05/31/2020
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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Posted on 05/24/2020
Homeowners Insurance: Severe Weather Damage
Photo by Peter from Pexels When everyday people take out a homeowners' insurance policy, there is an expectation that you enjoy secure coverage in the event of a loss. That sigh of relief many people experience when signing off on a policy may be an illusion, to some extent. That’s because not every severe weather event is covered...
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Posted on 05/17/2020
Pros & Cons of "Subject-to" Real Estate Investment
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay When you're considering buying real estate as an investment, it's a good idea to weigh the pros and cons. That's especially important with "subject-to" real estate, because there can be risks and rewards with this type of property that are different from traditional purchases. Here's what you should be considering, before you...
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Posted on 05/10/2020
3 Things You Need to Know Before You Sell a Home
Selling a home should be a fast, easy process. However, challenges may arise that prevent you from quickly selling your house and maximizing your property sale earnings. And if you fail to plan ahead for the home selling journey, these challenges may get the best of you. Ultimately, there are several things you need to know before you list...
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Posted on 05/03/2020
New Homebuyers: Factors to Look At
Photo by LDprod via Shutterstock Buying a house is more than the number of rooms and how it is staged. It’s a set of complex systems in a specific location. And while it’s not all about location, that’s a perfect place to start your list. Where to Buy Areas and neighborhoods trend for a variety of reasons. If...
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Posted on 04/26/2020
Why You Should Hire a Real Estate Agent
Photo by Gerd Altmann via PixabayWhen it comes to selling a home, there's usually at least a little temptation for people to bypass the commission and do the work themselves. But the truth is that an agent does a lot of the behind-the-scenes work that few people have the time or patience to do. Plus, they take responsibility...
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Posted on 04/19/2020
How to Improve Your Home's Efficiency
Photo by SpeedKingz via Shutterstock Living green is the goal of many young homebuyers. Once in their new home, they want to take steps toward improving their home’s efficiency. The first step to improving your home’s energy efficiency is to choose the right house. Solar panels and LED light fixtures aside, the most efficient form of housing is...
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Posted on 04/12/2020
How an Attorney Helps Guide You Through a Real Estate Closing
Photo by Rafa Bordes via Pixabay Real estate closings could be quite simple at one end of the spectrum or very difficult at the other end. In most cases, you will need to understand the legal ramifications of signing several documents, including the note, mortgage, transfer of title, mineral rights, title insurance and tax documents. If your closing...
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Posted on 04/05/2020
How Long Will It Take You to Find Your Ideal California Luxury Residence?
There is no definitive timeline for finding and buying a luxury home in San Francisco, Malibu or any other California city or town. Ultimately, it is important to remember that the Golden State luxury homebuying journey varies from person to person. But if you know how to prepare for a California luxury home search, you may be able to...
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Posted on 04/03/2020
Another Property Sold - 802 Fair Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
This upgraded three bedroom, one bath home offers the Santa Cruz Westside lifestyle and convenience of New Leaf, Verve, Bantam, Stockwell Cellars and Kelleys Bakery just two blocks away in one direction and West Cliff half a mile away in the other. Upgrades from top to bottom include: a new roof, central heating, double paned windows, a fully renovated kitchen, bath and fresh paint inside and out. This over 7,000-square-foot corner lot offers an approximately 300-square-foot deck, a fully fenced backyard and a concrete pad for a boat or RV. Come see what this location can offer! Owner is a licensed realtor with the state of California...
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Posted on 03/30/2020
Another Property Sold - 1507 Bay Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Prime Upper Westside Santa Cruz location! This traditional craftsman style home has plenty of charm! Enjoy this lovely updated single story home with two bedrooms and one bath. Tastefully remodeled kitchen with corian countertops, farm style sink and top of the line Jenn-Air appliances. You will also find double pane windows, crown molding and beautiful hardwood floors throughout each room. You will love the beveled ceilings, cozy fireplace and the original built in cabinets too! The home also features a fully fenced private backyard, detached one car garage, covered patio and a long driveway for additional parking! Drop-down attic inside...
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Posted on 03/29/2020
Little Known Hiking Destinations in LA
Photo by Hermann Traub via PixabayWith all the cars on the road in LA, you may not know the city for anything other than its smog. However, there's a lot of natural beauty if you know where to look. Here are three hikes in the city that you won't regret. Parker Mesa This hike offers spectacular views of...
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