Updated: Tuesday, December 06, 2016


Four Holiday Lists To Avoid
Written By: PJ Wade

December is a busy month for so many reasons, not the least of which are the holidays. With a lot of fun to be had and so much that must be done during the month or at least by months end, "to do" lists and lists of lists abound.To help you reduce stress, have fun, and contribute to the joy of the season, here are four lists to avoid during the ...


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Replacement And Disclosure Of Plumbing Fixtures Required
Written By: Bob Hunt

If they havent done so already, California owners of single-family residences have slightly less than thirty days to replace any noncompliant plumbing fixtures on their property with water-conserving ones.This requirement is the result of a state Senate bill SB 407, Padilla that was signed into law in 2009. The bill spelled out a number of requi...


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6 Great Holiday Decor Ideas To Amp Up Your Curb Appeal
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Stumped about how to make your home stand out at the holidays for all the right reasons?You dont have to clean out Home Depots inflatable character aisle to make it festive. A few tips can take it from plain to just plain amazing.1. Highlight your architectureHave some great architecture to work with?"Edging the roof, windows and doors makes you...


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A Quick Downsizing Quiz For The Undecided
Design - Browse farmhouse porch photos

1. I dont think my grand piano will fit through the door.
2. Must be nice having time to sit on the porch.
3. When can I move in?

Photo by Oregon Cottage Company - Look for Asian exterior design inspiration

1. Is this the garage?
2. Id have to get rid of a lot of stuff, but maybe its time.

On the fence about downsizing? We help you decide whether that fencing should encircle a mansion or a mini trailer.We all consider downsizing for different reasons. Maybe were sick and tired of the maintenance and upkeep of a large home. It could be that were weary of the financial burden, or of being tied to a house and yard. Perhaps we want a ...


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The End Of The Line For The Hot Real Estate Market?
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Rising rates, looming Ben Carson HUD appointment create murky realityIs real estates nice little ride over? The combination of rising rates and fear around new housing leadership has some experts worried. Lets break it down.Mortgage RatesNobody was under the illusion that historically low rates could last forever, but the sharp rise since the el...


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Lease-Option Agreement Should Be Carefully Drawn
Written By: Benny L. Kass

Question. Eighteen months ago, when we were having great difficulty selling our house, we entered into a lease option. Our prospective purchaser agreed to move in, pay rent for 18 months and then have the right to buy the property at the end of that term.It now appears our buyer will not be able to carry through with his option. What happens the...


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Seven 2017 Home Trends Youre Going To Want Now
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

We know what youre thinking: New year, new >Get colorfulCould gray be on its way out? The go-to color for walls and more walls and also kitchens and flooring and furnishings and everything else for several years running may have hit its peak. Paint companies like Sherwin-Williams have a few gray hues in their 2017 Color Forecast, mixed among bol...


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Total Board Recall In Your HOA
Written By: Richard Thompson

The natives are restless. The smell of tar wafts through the night air and somewhere a chicken loses its feathers. The board prepares for impending doom.Board recalls dont happen out of the blue. Like Mount St. Helens, they give off warning signs. Theres rumbling and venting going on. Disgruntled phone calls, rants at board meetings, terse lette...


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Horiike Decision Brings A Sigh Of Relief
Written By: Bob Hunt

A collective sigh of >Dual agency is treated differently in different states. I render no opinion as to which one is best. In California, dual agency is legal provided that it is properly disclosed and consented to.Disclosure is accomplished by provision of a statutory form Disclosure Regarding Real Estate Agency >It also spells out that, "In re...


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Selling Your Home Soon? Use Holiday Sales To Make Smart, Inexpensive Updates
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

If youre thinking about selling your house, or if its just in need of a little love, taking advantage of sales throughout the holiday season can help you add a little pizazz or make it more attractive to the potential next owner. Knowing what to look for and what to stay away from this season can help you make smart buys.Patio furnitureWhen the ...


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Make Decorating Choices That Are Kinder To Animals
Written By: Connie Adair

Animal lovers will be happy to know theres another way to be kinder to their furry friends. And it all starts at home.Many people arent aware that they can opt for cruelty-free products when decorating their homes, says Sasha Josipovicz, creative director of Studio Pyramid in Toronto.You can start by simply choosing manmade, cruelty-free options...


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Seven Ways To Take Your Gift Giving To The Next Level This Year
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Tired of gifting the same old candle or pajamas or movie theater tickets? Do something different this year. Something meaningful. If ever there was a year to make an effort to connect with your loved ones, its now. These seven ideas will get your there.Something personalA personal gift is something beyond a gift card or the pre-packaged bath del...


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The Super-Quick, Really Easy, Last-Minute Guide To Making Your House Guest Ready For The Holidays
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

It never fails. You have weeks, or even months, to get your house in order before family arrives to celebrate the holidays. But now its days, or even hours, before their arrival, and well, youre nowhere near ready. Heed a few tips to get your house in great shape before the family descends on you.Know where to goYou dont need to deep-clean every...


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5 Things Homebuyers Need to Know about Home EV Charging Stations
Written By: Charles Krome

Folks who follow the auto industry - or just watch the road as theyre driving - know that crossovers, SUVs and pickups are becoming increasingly popular. But theres actually another segment of the market thats been doing quite well for itself this year: Sales of electric vehicles, or EVs, jumped 12.6 percent during the month of October as compar...


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7 Tips For A Clean And Organized Holiday Season
Written By: Andrea Davis

The holidays are a magical time of year meant for enjoying the company of your closest friends and family. But playing host to your holiday celebrations can sometimes get a little stressful. Here are a handful of tips to keep your home clean and organized during holiday season.1 Prioritize Activities in AdvanceIts tempting to overindulge in all ...


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The Super-Quick, Really Easy, Last-Minute Guide To Making Your House Guest Ready For The Holidays
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

It never fails. You have weeks, or even months, to get your house in order before family arrives to celebrate the holidays. But now its days, or even hours, before their arrival, and well, youre nowhere near ready. Heed a few tips to get your house in great shape before the family descends on you.Know where to goYou dont need to deep-clean every...


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Buying A Home Over The Holidays: The Smartest Real Estate Decision You Can Make
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

You know that play in football where the quarterback seems to hand the ball off to a running back and the entire defense concentrates on that "runner," only to find that the ball ended up in the hands of someone on the other side, who then sprints down the sideline and scores a touchdown? Thats pretty much what its like to buy a home during the ...


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Nontraditional Places to Use Pendant Lights
Written By: Kim Six

HomeDepotWhen you picture pendant lights, where do you see them in a house? Close your eyes and imagine it.The first place you thought of was the kitchen island, right? Youre not alone. For many people kitchen islands and pendant lighting go hand in hand, and while they wouldnt be wrong, I would say think bigger Pendant lights are much more vers...


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