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Tuesday, February 09, 2016
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A common question I’ve heard from potential sellers over the years is in regards to what improvements or remodeling they should do to their home to maximize their price. It seems like the homes getting top dollar are the ones that have the granite slab counters, upgraded cabinets, pools, etc…

Monday, February 01, 2016
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Zillow is the most popular real estate site. Their most famous (or infamous) feature is their “Zestimate” of a home’s value. Their computer looks at the public records information about a house and then make adjustments based on recent solds. It’s just a ballpark figure, but some buyers and …

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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Two items came to my attention recently in regards to solar power for your home that I thought you should be aware of.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
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“What the heck is a GFCI?” GFCI stands for ground fault circuit interrupter. This is the type of electrical outlet that you should have wherever a water source is close to your outlet. For example, in your kitchen, bathrooms, laundry, etc. They are designed to prevent electrocution in the ev…

Monday, January 11, 2016
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The Federal Reserve recently raised interest rates. That is the first time they’ve done that in about 10 years. Gasp! That must mean that we’ll all be paying higher interest rates and our hot real estate market will cool down, right? Actually, since the Fed raised rates, actual mortgage rate…

Monday, January 04, 2016
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Some people say, “Never pay full price, always come in under!” while others say, “If you are serious, you have to pay them their list price.” I disagree with both of these statements.

Monday, December 28, 2015
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Short sales and bank-owned properties shrank to being pretty much a non-factor in our market. We may see a slight increase in both of these next year due to all the mortgages that convert from interest-only to principal-reducing and temporary loan mods that go up next year.

Friday, December 18, 2015
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The end of the year is fast approaching. Now is the time to plan ahead and do what you can to try and reduce your income tax bill.  Here are two ideas for you to consider:

Tuesday, December 08, 2015
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Last week I talked about whether a pool sweep stays with a property when it’s sold. There are several sticky issues in regards to personal property. This week I’ll discuss the lender’s concerns, next week I’ll discuss the buyer and seller’s concerns.

Monday, November 30, 2015
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At some point in the past I was helping someone sell their home, and they had a pool. The week before close of escrow, he emailed me a link to a pool sweep on Amazon.com. They wanted me to pass it onto the buyer so the buyer can buy their own after close of escrow because my client was plann…