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Let’s Garden! Spring Has Arrived!

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Let’s Garden Spring Has Arrived

After one of the worst winters in a decade, Californians are looking forward to a warmer, drier Spring.   Warmer weather tends to bring out the farmer or gardener in many of us…but where to begin? I for one love to garden and each week you can find me doing something to make my garden more…

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Spring Is in The Air For Housing

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Spring Is in The Air For Housing

As Spring arrives, the housing market is looking considerably more buyer-friendly compared to a year ago.  The inventory shortage of homes we have witnessed has decreased, and higher inventories are driving price cuts.   According to Realtor.com, inventories have increased by an average of 6% year over year. Markets with some of most impressive numbers…

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What’s New in Home Design for 2019?

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What’s New in Home Design for 2019

A recent article based on the remodeling and design platform, Houzz, forecast some trends to look for in the coming year.  With HGTV shows continuing to capture our imaginations and wallets, we might want to know that we are in step with the design world. Here are some examples of the forecasted changes: Full-height backsplashes…

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Winter Brings Out The Serious Buyers

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Winter Brings Out The Serious Buyers

If someone is out looking for homes in the winter season, it is usually a sign that they mean business.  So how do you, as the Seller, take advantage of this available market? Start by making sure that the exterior of you home is as warm and inviting as the interior.  Bare trees make for…

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Do You Know Your Loan Purpose? It Could Make Or Break Loan Approval!

Jan 15, 2019 (0) comment , , , ,

Do You Know Your Loan Purpose Could Make Or Break Loan Approval

Are you aware that the Loan Purpose is critical to a Hard Money loan?  Actually, any loan? Years ago, loan programs were somewhat divided along the lines of owner occupied or non-owner occupied.  The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act changed that.   Now the Purpose of the loan dictates what loan programs will be available…

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Are We Looking at a Change In California Real Estate?

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Are We Looking at a Change CA Real Estate

When we review the real estate market over the past couple of months, more than a quarter of listed homes has had a price drop according to Redfin.  Additionally, the supply of homes has increased for the first time in three years according to the National Association of Realtors. There has been a market shift,…

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Selling Your Home in Today’s Market

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

selling home in todays market

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

Nov 07, 2018 (0) comment , , , , ,

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 , , , , , ,

rentvsbuy

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 , , , ,

autumn home for sale

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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