Updated: Thursday, May 26, 2016


Ask the HOA Expert: Owner Not Paying Assessments
Written By: Richard Thompson

Question: We have an owner who has not paid an assessment for several years. The property is being used as rental property.Answer: Your board needs to adopt a formal Collection Policy that provides for an "assignment of rents" provision. This provision allows the HOA to redirect rents to the HOA when a member fails to pay the HOA assessments. Th...


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Running For The Board Of Directors In Your HOA
Written By: Benny L. Kass

Question: I want to run for election to our Communitys Board of Directors. What exactly does the Board do? What can it not do? Please advise.Answer: If you really want to be on your Board of Directors, you must first do your homework. You must read your States statute dealing with community associations whether you live in a condominium or a hom...


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8 Common Email Marketing Mistakes
Written By: Realty Times Staff

While Email Marketing is not as new as Social Media and other digital channels, its still one of the most powerful and lucrative ways for agents to generate leads, get listings, and close more sales. It may not sound as "sexy" as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, but savvy agents who know what theyre doing can get great results. On average, over...


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Are You Responsive?
Written By: PJ Wade

With more and more people searching real estate listings online, the quality of your net presence is makes a vital statement. What message do real estate professionals deliver when their website is not responsive?Google recommended Responsive Web Design is the most common method of achieving mobile-friendly web pages configured to look great on ...


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Three Important Responsibilities Home Buyers Have
Written By: Blanche Evans

The American dream of owning a home is something everyone should have if they want it. You should be able to live where you want and enjoy the features of your environment that help you >You can own a pet, build a treehouse, paint the walls your favorite color, and play music and videos as loud as you like without disturbing your neighbors. That...


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Designing Your Home Like A Pro In 10 Steps
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Pulling together a flawless home isnt easy. But you dont need to be an expert or hire one to create an inviting space - you just need to follow a few expert rules.Heed these designer tips to get a designer look that Freshome says is "fabulous and functional, all at the same time," in your home.1. Pick the perfect paint colorPaint is one of the e...


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5 Basement Renovations That Pay Off
Written By: Andrea Davis

With homeowners using their basements for laundry, exercise and storage, aesthetics are usually a secondary concern. How can you update the looks of your basement? Here are a few ideas worth exploring:1 Enhance the FloorFloors in busy areas eventually end up in bad shape. A new floor will tremendously enhance the appeal of your basement. The cos...


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Ditch The Makeup-Free Selfie When It Comes To Selling Your Home
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Makeup-free selfies are all the rage, with celebrities and starlets snapping shots of their fresh, cosmetic-free faces.Its a bold move for many whose fame and bank accounts depend on putting forth a perfect image, and its a trend that has garnered a lot of attention in an age when extreme photoshopping is the norm and body images issues are affe...


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Ten Fears That Keep REALTORS from Showing New Homes
Written By: David Fletcher, NHCB

In a recent new homes seminar, fifty-three REALTORS were asked how many had heard of a new home internet advisor or concierge. Four hands, 8, went up. Internet advisor services have been around for ten years or longer."Knowing that I have a team of internet advisors helping me find new homes inventory on demand changed the way I do business," Or...


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SCIN: A Potential Family Real Estate Tool?
Written By: Benny L. Kass

SCIN. No, its not the stuff that covers our body. Its a highly complex legal and financial transaction that may be of interest to elderly homeowners.SCIN stands for "self cancelling installment note". Lets take this example:Your parents own their house but their financial situation makes it difficult to maintain. You are prepared to buy the hous...


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No News Is Bad News In Your HOA
Written By: Richard Thompson

Homeowner association newsletters are a great way to enlighten, inform, remind and encourage. Inviting the membership to HOA events and meetings helps neighbors meet neighbors. Frequent reminders of important rules or architectural policies helps build a friendlier and more harmonious community. Recognizing volunteer efforts encourages others to...


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REALTORS Offer Companion Animal Bill
Written By: Bob Hunt

This year the California Association of REALTORS CAR is sponsoring Assembly Bill 2760, a bill "to statutorily distinguish between a medically necessary companion or support animal and other animals kept as pets."By way of background, it is noted that service animals are clearly defined in the law, whereas companion animals, support animals, and ...


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Taming Vancouvers Wild Real Estate Market
Written By: Jim Adair

It hasnt been a very good year for the reputation of Vancouvers real estate agents so far. After a series of stories in the Globe and Mail about the questionable conduct of some real estate agents, B.C. Premier Christy Clark announced the province would take action on "real estate agentconduct, conflict of interest and housing affordability".An ...


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Spring Gardening: Pretty Plants That Can Also Be Pretty Dangerous
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

While youre spring planting, you may have your eye on the stuff that brings the most coverage or color. Who doesnt want big, bright, beautiful blooms all over the yard?But, some plants can also bring unintended consequences. That gorgeous bush with the deep purple flowers that would make for such a lovely view right outside your kitchen window m...


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Foolproof Ways To Choose Your Neighborhood And Up Your Value
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Deciding where to buy a home can be one of the most difficult decisions to make. If you have a built-in reason to choose one area over another its close to work; its where you grew up and youre emotionally tied to it; theres a rumor about a professional football team coming soon, it can be easier. But for the rest of us, a multitude of factors c...


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The Power of Investing in What You Know
Written By: REKI

Perhaps the greatest error a real estate buyer can make is to purchase a property in a city or state where he has no contacts or no history of any kind. This situation, which is easily avoidable, too often becomes an unavoidable problem -- a financial albatross -- because of ignorance by one party and possible indifference by another.Put another...


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13 Brutally Honest Reasons You Cant Afford To Sell Your House On Your Own
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Thinking about selling your house without a real estate agent? Its a choice some people make, mainly to try to save some money. But the number of people who list their home For Sale By Owner is in decline. "Eight percent of home sellers chose to list themselves - a record low of for-sale-by-owner transactions," according to a National Associatio...


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How Safe Is Your Bathroom? A Guide to Bath Safety
Written By: Stephanie Burt

The bathroom is one of the most-used rooms in the house. Not only is it essential to modern living, it is also wide open when it comes to design choices. But did you know its also an opportunity to make your home safer?When it comes to designing a bathroom, there is a lot more than just color schemes and sink models to consider. Did you know the...


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