Updated: Saturday, May 27, 2017


4 Common Homeowner Association Security Errors to Avoid
Written By: Realty Times Staff

Homeowners associations HOAs are more popular than ever. In 2015, 66.7 million Americans were members of a homeowners association, equivalent to 20 percent of the population, a Community Associations Institute study found. Unfortunately, the growth of homeowners associations has made them a more attractive target for burglars. Why? Seventy perce...


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How To Buy A House Without Going House Poor
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

How much house can you really afford? Is it the amount the bank tells you when preapproving your loan? Thats what most people go by, oftentimes spending up to their max approval amount to get as much house as possible - or to be able to afford something at all in tight markets.The debt-to-income DTI ratio, along with your credit score, is what i...


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Landscaping to Improve Resale: 9 Projects That Fit Within Your Desired Price Point
Written By: Daniel M. Christensen

As the weather starts to heat up each Spring, so too does the housing market. Spring is an optimal time to get your house ready to sell. The first thing that potential buyers will see of your home is the landscaping, so make a great first impression with beautiful outdoor spaces. An investment in landscaping can help sell your home faster and fo...


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Buyers Remourse: The Legal Ties That Bind
Written By: Benny L. Kass

Question: We are both in our upper sixties and retired. Last October, we put money down on a condominium apartment that is to be completed around September of this year. We put down ten percent of the price in cash and the money is earning a modest amount of interest until settlement. We have some savings, but the balance would be paid in cash f...


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Ask the HOA Expert: Conflicts Of Interest On The Board
Written By: Richard Thompson

Question: Concerning the possible conflict of interest that develops with managers who are hired by HOA developers: In our HOA, the manager is the developer. We now have a number of construction >Answer: This developer has an indisputable conflict of interest in serving as manager. The good news is the board has the authority to hire and fire ma...


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Real Estate Professional Dana Roberts Continues Giving Spirit with Another Generous Donation to the St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital on Behalf of Her Client with the Agent with Heart Program
Written By: Realty Times Staff

Las Vegas, NV May 22th, 2017 PinRaise, the company that connects real estate agents with local clients and nonprofits, announced today that Dana Roberts of Coldwell Banker Residential in Irvine, California recently closed a transaction and made a special donation to the St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital on behalf of her client, Mikki Tran."Da...


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Three Things Home Buyers Should Never Do
Written By: PJ Wade

Talk to a home buyer who just lost out in yet another bidding war and youll hear genuine disappointment and frustration.Listen to a buyer who found the perfect starter home, then asked probing questions only to discover undisclosed deal-breaker problems like UFFI, a significant foundation crack or both. Youll learn how anger and discouragement c...


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Arbitration Clause Removed From California Listing Agreement
Written By: Bob Hunt

A few weeks from now the California Association of REALTORSreg; CAR will >Among those to be >Why would CAR remove the optional arbitration agreement? The official explanation is this: "The arbitration clause was removed from the listing agreements because some attorneys for sellers were using it to draw listing agents into contract disputes betw...


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The End Of The All-White Kitchen? The Case For Natural Wood
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

A funny thing happened while everyone was obsessing over white kitchens: Natural wood snuck back in, creating some of the chicest spaces around.For many, natural wood evokes a country feel. Or perhaps something ultra-traditional. But todays natural wood kitchens are modern showplaces that mimic the newest trends weve been seeing in wood floors."...


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Five Have-To-Have-It Summer Home Decor Trends
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

When summer rolls around, its not usual to walk into your favorite home goods store and be bombarded by beachy items. Its shells, and sand, and coral galore. But, this year, summer deacute;cor trends have veered in a few fun, new directions. If you havent yet started feeling like you HAVE TO HAVE PALM PRINT EVERYTHING RIGHT NOW, you will soon. I...


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To Toss or Not to Toss - Your Guide to Organizing Your Keepsakes
Written By: Laura Gaskill, Houzz

Do you know how much space your keepsakes take up? If you had to leave your home quickly, could you locate your most treasured nonliving possessions within a few minutes? And what about the family members who will one day inherit all of this stuff: Will it feel like a blessing to them or a burden?If you have a basement, a garage or an attic and ...


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Hey Millennial, Go Buy a House 9 Reasons to Stop Paying Rent Today
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Still unsure about whether or not you should buy a house? Its a big commitment, obviously, and not just from a financial standpoint. But the rewards generally far outweigh any potential downsides for those who take the plunge. Need more convincing? How about the fact that:Youre already paying a mortgageThat money that comes out of your account e...


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The Top Car-Friendly Cities to Consider When Looking For A New Home
Written By: Jeffery Ill

What constitutes a car-friendly city may differ from person to person. For instance, if youre in the market for a new home and collision frequency is a concern, you might peruse the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations Fatality Accident Reporting System. If youre more worried about vandalism, the National Insurance Crime Bureaus vehic...


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Through the Agent with Heart Program, Real Estate Professional Dertrez Pressley Donates to Support Our Kids Foundation on Behalf of His Clients
Written By: Realty Times Staff

Las Vegas, NV May 16th, 2017 -- PinRaise, the company that connects real estate agents with local clients and nonprofits, announced today that Dertrez Pressley of Simply Vegas Real Estate in Las Vegas, Nevada recently closed a transaction and made a special donation to the Support Our Kids Foundation on behalf of their clients, Todd and Gia Schu...


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Defining Domicile
Written By: Benny L. Kass

Question: Can you please explain "domicile"? I plan to move from one state to another, and want to make sure I dont have to pay any tax in the state from which I moved? Harry.Answer: The dictionary definition is easy: "a persons fixed, permanent and principal home for legal purposes". But interpreting this is not at all easy.You can have numerou...


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Ask The HOA Expert: Reviewing And Approving Annual Budgets
Written By: Richard Thompson

Question: Our budget process takes place in the fall so we will have an approved budget at least 30 days prior to the start of our fiscal year which begins in January. As it turns out, we hold our annual meeting in January and a new board will be elected then. All of our contracts expire next year. Should the current board review, renew and/or s...


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Associate Broker: A Term Searching For A Definition
Written By: Bob Hunt

I suspect that most California consumers know that, as in many other states, there is a difference between real estate agents who are licensed as brokers and those who are licensed as salespersons. Brokers may generally be thought to have more knowledge and/or experience though it doesnt take much effort to think of some salespersons who have to...


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Future Proofing Canadian Cities
Written By: Jim Adair

Self-driving cars. Automated driverless buses. HOV lanes with hundreds of vehicles speeding down them just one foot apart. Warehouses that are several storeys high, with access to tractor trailers on all levels. Empty parking garages being converted into self- storage facilities.These are just some of the things that are coming -- and soon -- to...


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