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Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2018

Are You Torturing Your Trees?
Written By: PJ Wade

Whether you inherited trees when you bought your current real estate or yoursquo;ve planted trees yourself, their value to your property, your life>Yet in spite of loving your greenery, are you unknowingly torturing your trees?ldquo;What me?rdquo; you say in shock. Do you recognize yourself or your neighbors in the behaviors listed below?Compact...


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Layering on the Luxe: Jewel Tones for Fall and Winter
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

ldquo;After years of taking our collective home decor in a more neutral direction were looking at you, inoffensive beige, gray, and granite color schemes, were finally branching out and allowing some color back into our homes,rdquo; said Realtor.com. ldquo;These bold huesmdash;deep sapphire blues, vibrant emerald greens, and intense, regal purpl...


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Is There Anything Left to Flip?
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

And therein lies the problem. With so many homes flipping and home flippers competing for the same properties, how does one even go about finding a place to buy these days?We have some ideas.Work with a savvy real estate agentThis is key because your exposure to distressed properties will be limited. Also, a savvy real estate agent may have conn...


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Ask the HOA Expert: Dryer Vents, Noisy Neighbors and Yard Sales
Written By: Richard Thompson

Question: How frequently should dryer vents in common wall HOAs be cleaned and repaired?Answer: Dryer vents are the source of fires and water damage leaks in the ceiling so should be checked and cleaned at least once a year or when alerted by residents. Surveying the exterior vent openings determines the scope of work since its easy to see evide...


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How Conforming Loan Limits Are Set Each Year
Written By: David Reed

Here in just a couple of weeks, some important economic data will be reviewed by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, or FHFA. This new data will then impact the new conforming loan limits for 2019. Mortgages are considered either a ldquo;conformingrdquo; or ldquo;jumbordquo; based upon the amount borrowed. Conforming loans that are underwritten ...


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California Adopts Changes to Landlord-Tenant Notice Periods
Written By: Bob Hunt

Specifically, those notices are the ones known as i a three-day notice to pay or quit, ii a three-day notice to perform a covenant duty under the lease, and iii a five-day notice to file an answer to an unlawful detainer eviction suit. Crucial to such notices, as is the case with performance clauses in contracts, is defining how days are to be c...


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Clever Ways To Give Your Small Bathroom Some Pop And Make It Look Larger
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Cover those wallsThe old-school wallcovering is back in a big way, and you dont need a big space to make it work. In fact, the right print and some complementary details can make a small bathroom the most impactful room in the home.Consider the vanityThe floating vanity trend looks great in any type of space, but it was tailor-made for a small b...


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Condo Renovations: Making The Most Of Your Space
Written By: Connie Adair

Many buyers are now families or young couples with a baby on the way. They dont want to rent but cant afford to buy a house. Or some, regardless of age, dont have the time or inclination to maintain a home.Condo suites are smaller than they used to be, so it pays to renovate to make the most of every inch and to make the space functional for eve...


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Easy Architectural Details You Can Add To Your Home
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

"Nothing jump-starts design envy more than walking into a home with stunning architectural details like interesting ceilings, textured walls, charming stained glass and more," said Apartment Therapy. "Dont despair if you dont have any built-in architectural details in your home; there are some ideas you can try that just might give your space a ...


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Are Extended Warranties Worth the Cost?
Written By: Blanche Evans

You can argue the benefits both ways.In the fast paced world of home electronics, by the time the extended warranty expires, future technology will far out>Consumerreports.com agrees. Their data concludes that the likelihood of most home appliances needing repairs in the first three years is less than one in five. And most defects will reveal th...


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3 Tips for Getting Started with Your Smart Home
Written By: Victoria Schmid

These simple steps will help you get up to speed, choose the basics for your smart home, and start enjoying the benefits ASAP.1. Make Sure Your Internet Connection Is Up to SpeedBefore diving into the deep end with smart home gear, check your internet and make sure itrsquo;s up to the task of powering a smart home. Yoursquo;re going to want a >W...


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Halloween Decorating and Marketing Tips For Selling Your House
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

There are mixed opinions on how much to decorate for Halloweenmdash;or if you should at allmdash;when selling your home. Can it actually help you sell a home if you turn the holiday into a marketing opportunity? Possibly. We took the temperate of the industry for some guidance.When should you put up your decorations?You may want to keep an eye o...


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Defining Who Owns What is Critical
Written By: Benny L Kass

Q. I am on the Board of Directors of our homeowner association, and as winter is around the corner, we know we will start getting calls from owners to make repairs to such things as the streets, our tot lot, and the community recreational facility. However, we often get requests to repair or replace such other areas as roofs, ice-damaged bushes,...


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How to Choose a Roofer
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

ldquo;Installing a new roof is one of the most important, and expensive, home improvement projects yoursquo;ll run into as a homeowner,rdquo; said HomeAdvisor. ldquo;Considering this, and since your roof is the first line of defense for your home against the elements, itrsquo;s important that you hire the best roofing company possible. Roofing c...


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Buy Real Estate Now
Written By: Saul Klein

I will have an entire series on this subject soon if there is an interest. We call it "Syndication" and it may be your key to financial freedom and a successful real estate business.Considerations When Purchasing Property With OthersWhenever you consider owning property jointly, there are long-term considerations to bear in mind. We have highlig...


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Scary New Trend: Lying About Income on a Mortgage Application
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

With high home prices and rents, rising mortgage rates, and heavy competition for available properties, potential buyers are feeling more pressure to own a place than ever. ldquo;As a result, an increasing number of buyers are lying and cheating,rdquo; they said. Co>The property data and analysis company found that fraud >Theyrsquo;re accomplish...


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Buying a Rental Property? Heres What You Can Expect
Written By: David Reed

Real estate investors can often find themselves quitting their current job and buying and renting real estate full time. Real estate is an asset that can both appreciate in value while at the same time providing a monthly cash flow. Yoursquo;d be hard pressed to think of any other physical asset that can do that. So why is not uncommon to meet s...


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New and Revised California Forms are in the Works
Written By: Bob Hunt

In the scheduled >1. Pre-Occupancy Storage Addendum. This form addresses a situation that has been around for years. The house in escrow may be substantially or completely vacant. The buyer is already or about to be out of his previous accommodation. Comes the request: ldquo;May we store an amount of our belongings in your now-empty garage or so...


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Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2018

Are You Torturing Your Trees?...
Whether you inherited trees when you bought your current real estate or yoursquo;ve planted ...

Layering on the Luxe: Jewel To...
ldquo;After years of taking our collective home decor in a more neutral direction were looki...

Is There Anything Left to Flip...
And therein lies the problem. With so many homes flipping and home flippers competing for th...

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