For generations, the process of buying and selling a home never really changed. A homeowner would try to estimate the market value of their house, then tack on a little extra to give themselves some negotiating room. That figure would become the listing price. Buyers would then try to determine how much less than the full price […]Read More In Today’s Market, Listing Prices Are Like an Auction’s Reserve Price
WE SEPARATED THE SCIENCE FROM THE MYTHS SO YOU CAN IMPROVE YOUR LANDSCAPE USING THESE HOUSEHOLD ITEMS IN THE GARDEN From: Wendy Manwarren Generes, San Diego Home and Garden Magazine You may have heard the myths. Sprinkle human hair around your garden beds to keep deer away. Bury a banana peel to give roses a potassium […]Read More How to Use These 8 Household Items in the Garden
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been “sheltering in place” for weeks now. Most of us are spending more time in our homes than we ever expected we would. This is an opportune time to look around and create a “to do list” of home projects. Near the top of the list, right after cleaning […]Read More Time for Home Maintenance
Bold, saturated colors are back after years of calm beiges, soothing grays, and varied whites dominating the interior design scene. What’s a homeowner to do? Article from New York Times For years, homeowners and their real estate professionals have walked a fine line between current interior trends and choosing a neutral palette that attracts the […]Read More How to Best Navigate New Color Trends
Article from SDGENews.com It’s that time of the year when many of us are decorating our home, business or office inside and out with festive strings of lights. Lights over the fireplace, lights wrapped around trees and bushes, lights hanging along roof lines and eaves. We have compiled a list of tips to help you save […]Read More Safety and Energy Efficiency Tips for Holiday Light Decorations
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If you’re looking to buy a house, you’re probably eager and excited. That’s fine, but just keep in mind that in this heightened emotional state, it’s easy to get swept up in the moment and behave, well, not perfectly. This can lead to trouble since, just like anything else, buying a home comes with its own […]Read More 5 Unwritten Rules Home Buyers Might Not Even Realize are a Big Deal
Searching for homes and scrolling through listing photos is fun, but saving up for a down payment can be a real challenge. That’s why some home buyers turn to family for a helping hand in the form of the gift of a down payment. But whenever a large stack of cash changes hands, Uncle Sam wants to know—and that means […]Read More Giving—or Receiving—a Down Payment Gift? Here Are the Tax Consequences
If you’re considering co-signing a mortgage—say, to help your grown kids buy their first house—it’s wise to take a step back and consider whether this move makes sense. Sure, you’re helping a loved one purchase property, but this type of arrangement could also pose a risk to your own finances (not to mention your relationship […]Read More 5 Crucial Questions to Ask Before You Co-Sign a Mortgage
When you buy or sell a home, you get used to hearing words you’ve never heard before. The mortgage lenders and insurance agents who help you through the process will throw around so much real estate jargon, somewhere along the way you might wish you had brought a dictionary—or maybe a translator. Two rather vague but […]Read More Earnest Money Deposit vs. Down Payment: What’s the Difference?