Fair Housing

My passion for all things housing related, and human rights in general, prompts me to reflect on the history of fair housing and issue this reminder of what fair housing is- it is more than a list of dos and don’ts, rights and penalties, and mandatory education for REALTORS®. As stewards of the right to […]

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The Sun is Shining on Solar

The market for photovoltaic installations is hot, creating opportunities for home sellers and buyers. How much value does a solar installation add to a property? It’s a question increasingly on the minds of consumers who are interested in the cost-benefit analysis of residential solar installations, also known as photovoltaic systems. If you haven’t already sold […]

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What Does Homeowners Insurance Cover?

You’d be surprised at what your home insurance policy doesn’t cover. Here’s what is and isn’t covered by your insurance. What does your homeowners insurance cover? The short answer is: “A basic homeowners insurance policy (called HO-1 in insurance lingo) covers your home and possessions if they’re damaged or destroyed by these things:     Fire    […]

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NAR: New Condo Rules Will Open More Doors for Buyers

The association says changes to FHA financing qualifications will bring more entry-level homes to the market, helping to meet buyer demand. REALTOR® Magazine Staff The National Association of REALTORS®, after reviewing the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s new condominium financing rules, says the guidance affords property owners greater flexibility in the qualification process for […]

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HOA Homefront: Transparency – Great for windows (HOA boards too)

Tips may help to build and preserve the trust of the membership in its association governance. By KELLY G. RICHARDSON, San Diego Union Tribune Nothing should be more important to volunteer boards than the trust of their neighbors. However, trust is not automatic and can be easily destroyed. Making good decisions for the association’s best interests […]

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Beat The Heat This Summer

From Energy Upgrade California: Air Conditioners and Home Cooling Two-thirds of all homes in California have air conditioners. Air conditioners use about 4% of all electricity produced in California. As a result, roughly 585 million metric tons of carbon dioxide are released into the air each year. Energy-Efficient Air Conditioners and Home Cooling Make the […]

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