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Security Tips for Unoccupied Property
Posted on 02/23/2020
Security Tips for Unoccupied Property
Image by Philipp Berndt from Unsplash Sometimes the timelines for buying and selling a home don’t match up perfectly. You may have purchased a new home or need to relocate before you can sell your current residence. In these cases, your property may remain empty for weeks or months at a time. Here are a few ideas for...
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Tips for Buying Dining Tables for Your Home
Posted on 02/16/2020
Tips for Buying Dining Tables for Your Home
Photo by: Annie Gray via Unsplash In many homes, the dining table is the ideal get-together spot to share a meal, hold gatherings and talk about important topics. However, it’s not only for eating, clinking glasses or having family discussions. It’s one of the focal points of your house and should be carefully considered. If you're interested in...
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What's It Like to Buy a Home?
Posted on 02/09/2020
What's It Like to Buy a Home?
There is no feeling like the one associated with buying a house. If you know how to navigate the homebuying journey, you can boost the likelihood of enjoying an unforgettable property buying experience. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you seamlessly navigate the homebuying journey. 1. Create Homebuying Criteria For those who want to enter...
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Should You Buy a Vacation Residence?
Posted on 02/02/2020
Should You Buy a Vacation Residence?
Buying a vacation home may prove to be a great investment. It enables you to spend time at a terrific location at your convenience – all without having to worry about hotel or motel costs. Plus, a vacation home can be tailored to your individual needs. You can decorate your vacation house however you would like, and ultimately, find...
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Execute a House Selling Plan
Posted on 01/26/2020
Execute a House Selling Plan
If you intend to sell your home, you should develop a plan. That way, you can identify any potential home selling hurdles and take steps to address such issues before they escalate. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you execute a house selling plan to perfection. 1. Establish a Timeline You know you want to...
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Turning Vintage Tinware Into Unique Planters
Posted on 01/19/2020
Turning Vintage Tinware Into Unique Planters
Photo by Sabine van Erp via Pixabay There's a certain nostalgia associated with genuine vintage tins -- not the replicas you find at today's one-dollar stores. Genuine vintage tins had real purpose, usually multiple ones, in fact. They did double duty as tubs to wash both children and laundry. Or, sometimes, they held both lunch food and school...
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Why Do People Buy California Luxury Residences?
Posted on 01/12/2020
Why Do People Buy California Luxury Residences?
Let's face it – there is no place like California. From its awe-inspiring beaches to Disneyland, Hollywood and other amazing attractions and landmarks, there is a lot to like about the Golden State. As such, there is significant demand for luxury houses in San Francisco, Los Angeles and other California cities and towns. And for those who want to...
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Should You Buy an Old House?
Posted on 01/05/2020
Should You Buy an Old House?
Photo by Wulfman65 via Shutterstock When you’re thinking about purchasing a home, an old house versus that new one is something to ponder. If you’ve thought about buying an older home, consider each of these areas before making an offer. Have your agent write contingencies into your contract, and by all means, don’t forego an inspection. Consider HazMat...
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Another Property Sold - 982 105th Avenue, Oakland, CA 94603
Posted on 12/30/2019
Another Property Sold - 982 105th Avenue, Oakland, CA 94603
Attention investors and first-time homebuyers! Below market listing. As-Is Sale. needs TLC. A rare opportunity to own a Single-Family in Oakland the prospects are endless! House near BART and Railroad tracks. BART, Railroad and street noise. This is a 3bd, 1½ba and 1 Den/office public record 3bd & 1ba permit unknown and Buyer to...
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Energy Efficient Tips for Older Homes
Posted on 12/29/2019
Energy Efficient Tips for Older Homes
Photo by Vivint Solar from Pexels When your pocketbook determines you can’t afford a new, energy-efficient home, you can still satisfy your preferences by upgrading an older house. Try these options for improving energy efficiency in your home. Apply for the FHA’s Energy-Efficient Mortgage program. With an EEM, you can finance an already energy-efficient home or use funds...
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Outdoor DIY: Resurface Your Deck Like a Pro
Posted on 12/22/2019
Outdoor DIY: Resurface Your Deck Like a Pro
Photo by Jay Mantri via Pixabay A deck adds valuable outdoor living space to your home's square footage, but to be an asset, it needs to be well-maintained. If your deck has missed a few annual cleanings or is showing popped nails, splintered boards or water damage, consider resurfacing it instead of replacing it. The money you save...
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Why Do Mortgage Lenders Ask for Employment Verification?
Posted on 12/15/2019
Why Do Mortgage Lenders Ask for Employment Verification?
Applying for a mortgage is a big step towards homeownership and financial independence. If it’s your first time buying a home, you might be curious (and a little intimidated) about all of the things that go into your mortgage application. When reviewing your application, mortgage lenders are trying to determine how risky it is to lend you money. If...
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