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Posted on 05/24/2020
Inspections: What it Means for New Homeowners and Maintenance
Photo by LesPalenik via Shutterstock Many first time home buyers simply don’t think too much about home maintenance during the purchasing process. The challenge is that once you’re in the home, regardless of whether you’ve thought about it or not, your home’s maintenance needs only increase. And if there’s a hidden problem lurking somewhere, the result of ignoring...
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Posted on 05/17/2020
What Criteria Determine If You Should Buy a House?
Photo by Athitat Shinagowin via Shutterstock You’ll often hear it stated that paying rent is throwing money down the drain. As a motivation to buy a home, however, that might not be the best idea. A rule of thumb is that if you can purchase a home for fifteen times what you currently pay annually in rent, buying...
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Posted on 05/10/2020
Spring Maintenance for Your HVAC System
Photo by Naveen Venkatesan on Unsplash With warmer weather on the way, it will soon be time to stop using your furnace and start using your central air conditioning. During this time of year, it’s important to take steps toward ensuring that your home’s HVAC system is in good condition. Spring maintenance reduces your risk of needing to...
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Posted on 05/05/2020
Video Tour - 1510 Frederick Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Nestled on a corner of the finest street in the neighborhood is a turn key single level home which has been remodeled to perfection! It has everything you need! Over sized corner lot with extra driveway parking and extra side yard. Master suite,crown molding, real hardwood floors, plush carpeting, designer kitchen with Kenmore appliances including double oven, cook-top stove, built-in microwave over stove, lots of storage, pantry, indoor laundry, living and family room, stunningly updated throughout! Honey Stop the Car! Make this house your home...
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Posted on 05/05/2020
1510 Frederick Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 is now new to the market!
Nestled on a corner of the finest street in the neighborhood is a turn key single level home which has been remodeled to perfection! It has everything you need! Over sized corner lot with extra driveway parking and extra side yard. Master suite,crown molding, real hardwood floors, plush carpeting, designer kitchen with Kenmore appliances including double oven, cook-top stove, built-in microwave over stove, lots of storage, pantry, indoor laundry, living and family room, stunningly updated throughout! Honey Stop the Car! Make this house your home...
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Posted on 05/03/2020
Selling This Home, Buying That One: Tips for Handling Financial Overlaps
Post Image by StartupStockPhotos from Pixabay Unless you're a first-time home shopper, you'll need to acquire your next home while selling your current home. How do buyers finesse this? When buyers are competing with each other for a tight inventory of available homes, the ones who are ready to come to the table fastest, not the ones with contingencies,...
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Posted on 04/26/2020
How to Gain Preapproval
Photo by Pixabay via Pexels Thinking of buying a home in the near future? You're going to need a preapproval. This tells real estate agents that you're serious about the home-buying process, and it alerts sellers that you're a solid, low-risk candidate. Preapprovals aren't always easy to score, however. And if you're someone who's had a few credit...
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Posted on 04/19/2020
Building or Buying a Home: Which is Right for You?
When it comes to getting what you want in your home, the question comes down to whether you build it or look for the perfect house to buy. For those who prefer new construction, the option of starting from scratch is very viable. Here are some vital factors to consider before getting started: 1. Cost Building a new...
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Posted on 04/12/2020
Use Bench Footing to Gain Living Space
Photo by Tierra Mallorca on Unsplash When buying an older home, you might wonder how to get more livable space out of that low-ceiling basement. There are two ways to gain height: raise the foundation or lower the floor. Raising the foundation requires lifting the entire home off its current foundation, building a new foundation, and resettling the...
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Posted on 04/05/2020
Don't Hesitate to List Your California Luxury Home
If you are on the fence about listing your luxury home in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles or another California city or town, there is no need to worry. In fact, if you plan ahead for the Golden State luxury home selling journey, you may boost the likelihood of enjoying a successful property selling experience. Now, let's take a look...
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Posted on 03/29/2020
Should You Craft a Homebuying Budget?
A homebuying budget can make a world of difference, particularly for those who want to streamline a house search. If you have a budget at your disposal, you will know approximately how much you can spend on a residence. Then, you can narrow your house search accordingly. Establishing a homebuying budget can be simple. Now, let's take a look...
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Posted on 03/22/2020
From Fixtures to Appliances - Designing Your New Home
Photo by Jean van der Meulen via Pixabay You are nearing the end of a building project when your general contractor reminds you that it will soon be time to finalize your lighting, fixtures and appliances. You have been looking and saving different ideas for months, so it seems it should be easy to make your final decisions...
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