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What’s New in Home Design for 2019?

Feb 12, 2019 (0) comment , , , , , , ,

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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Is it Still a Seller’s Market?

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Is it Still a Seller’s Market

Looking at the real estate market today can be very confusing.  Some experts would have you believe that we have left the “Seller’s Market” behind and have skipped right over to a “Buyer’s Market”.  Not so fast! If we examine some of the statistics related to the Bay Area, we find that there remains only…

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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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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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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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Superheroes Fund Not-Normal Loans

Jul 11, 2017 (0) comment , , , , , , ,

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  Our “not-normal loans” have just 2 main qualifications: Decent existing equity or at least 25% down payment. An ability to repay the loan (source of income). Known as Hard Money, these loans might enable you to bring that superhero offer to a Seller or to be the superhero Agent for your client. Financing available for…

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Skillful Summer Success

Jun 28, 2017 (0) comment , , , , , ,

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Owner Occupied Bridge/Temporary Loan San Juan Capistrano, California A Realtor called me regarding a home loan that her client was having difficulty getting approved. The buyer wanted to purchase a new home in Orange County and needed a jumbo loan of $875K.  Partially using equity from his existing house, he was coming in with 50%…

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Make the Winning Offer

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  Make the Winning Offer Who doesn’t want to know how to beat out the other purchase contracts in today’s multiple offers and lower inventory markets, and buy that house! There was a really good article in the Wall Street Journal recently about Hard Money loans.  It was informational to borrowers and investors alike.  It spoke…

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CREDIT – The Bane of Home Loan Approvals

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  CREDIT – The Bane of Home Loan Approvals This aspect of qualifying for a home loan boils down to good credit versus bad credit. The lenders left in the mortgage market arena, let’s call them institutional lenders, the ones that are offering the 30 year mortgages at historic low rates, require good credit (among…

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