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Selling Your Home in Today’s Market

Dec 10, 2018 (0) comment , , , , ,

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It is never a fun adventure to sell your home, especially while you’re still living in it.  And in today’s market, where multiple offers are not the norm they once were, it is even more important to observe some basic rules. Keep your home pristine!  Not just “picked up”, but sparkly clean.  It should look…

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Where Is The Real Estate Market Headed?

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Where Is The Real Estate Market Headed

What’s one to believe about the real estate market today?  There are so many conflicting headlines that even the savviest investor is confused.  Let’s look at some hard statistics which may enable us to come to our own rational conclusions: We know home prices have appreciated year-over-year for the past 76 straight months.  Does this…

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The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Of Marble Countertops

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The Good The Bad And The Ugly Of Marble Countertops

When building or remodeling, owners are faced with a myriad of confusing choices, not the least of which is what material to use for their kitchen counters.  Among the many preferred options are: granite, solid surface material, butcher block, concrete, and marble, specifically Carrara marble. Marble is gorgeous both from a distance and up close,…

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To Buy or Not To Buy?: That is the Question

Nov 01, 2018 (0) comment , , , , , ,

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Although not as existential as Hamlet’s query, this is a life changing decision facing many Californians today. Ultimately, the answer depends on several real-life factors: your finances, your long-term plans and the real estate market in your area.  Some of the questions you might want to ask include: What can you afford? How much do…

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Why Should I Sell My Home This Fall?

Oct 09, 2018 (0) comment , , , ,

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There are probably a myriad of reasons to sell this Fall, but let’s look at just a few: For starters, Buyer demand is still strong.  While the mad, competitive scene has waned (thankfully!), last month listings averaged only 29 days on the market according to NAR.  Although the housing inventory is still less than 6…

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How To Significantly Increase The Value of Your Rental Property

Sep 27, 2018 (0) comment , , , , ,

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One of the best ways to insure the value of your rental property and increase your cash flow is to maintain and manage it well.  As a landlord you should be vigilant that your property does not depreciate because of your inattentiveness. Markets may fluctuate, and while this is something you don’t have particular control…

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Useful Investment and Real Estate Apps & Websites

Feb 08, 2017 (0) comment , , , ,

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The internet has spawned several helpful apps for anyone involved in the real estate world.  I found some to be especially helpful, both in locating and in evaluating possible investment properties.  Below are some of the more notable ones: Bigger Pockets This app contains searchable forums where most every question that you can think of…

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Need To Know Basis – The Shrewd Realtor

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As a real estate agent you need to know the products out there for the buyer.  I mean loan products.  Everyone and anyone could buy a home during the heyday!  Now there are really only a few loan programs: The government regulated (Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac, FHA, VA) The In-House loans (credit unions and local banks)…

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Top 5 Reasons To Refinance Using Hard Money

Aug 15, 2016 (0) comment , , , , , , ,

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If you have good equity in your home, you can potentially refinance.  Below are the top 5 reasons one would refinance using hard money, also known as alternative financing: Remodel your property Buy an investment property Consolidate debt Get ready for the Holidays Finance kids education   Refinancing one’s home doesn’t only reduce stress it…

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Are You A Risky Borrower?

Jul 21, 2016 (0) comment , , , , ,

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I have heard numerous stories from my past borrowers where they were told how acquiring a home loan would be an unending, agonizing and complicated process. And that on top of this, one minuscule credit problem was going to end their journey to getting their dream home. This is not the case if you findthe…

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