Updated: Sunday, June 26, 2016


9 Reasons To Visit A Home At Night Before Buying
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Everyone knows someone who knows someone who moved into what seemed like a perfectly great house on a perfectly nice street only to have a complete nightmare unfold. But the truth is that your neighbor doesnt have to be practicing Santeria on the front lawn for you to hate where you live. So many things can turn what seems like your dream home i...


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The Art Of Tree Pruning In Your HOA
Written By: Richard Thompson

Trees are living artwork that decorate the common area. They are beautiful and soothe the soul but are constantly changing. Like all living things, they need care and attention.Trees are pruned to produce an effect in the landscape - thats the "art" side of pruning. Understanding and being able the trees growth and health response to pruning is ...


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Broker-Owned Escrows Need To Submit Activity Reports
Written By: Bob Hunt

It appears that the California Real Estate Commissioner is more than a tad annoyed with one segment of the real estate community. That portion would be the brokers who a operate an escrow company pursuant to their real estate license, and b have not timely filed escrow activity reports with the Bureau of Real Estate BRE.The annoyance is justifie...


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Summer Smarties Solve Winter Disasters With Your Home
Written By: PJ Wade

Summer time is the right time to think about heading off winter disasters.What? Are you crazy?Why would anyone want to sit in the summer sunshine, cool drink in hand, and conjure up cold, nasty, expensive breakdowns or problems that are months, maybe years away?Because the alternative is desperately struggling to discover last-minute solutions t...


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The Ps Of Community Living: Rules Enforcement
Written By: Benny L. Kass

Question: We live in a nice community, but every so often someone breaks one of our rules. Sometimes the infraction is minor -- such as washing their car on the public street. Other times, the violation is more serious, such as yelling, arguing and even threatening people. The violators may be unit owners or tenants. Can you outline in general t...


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4 U.S. Cities Best for New amp; Experienced REALTORS
Written By: Realty Times Staff

A career in real estate can be immensely rewarding and challenging, while providing ample opportunities to grow and succeed. While many REALTORS start and end their careers in whichever city they currently reside, some would like to branch out a bit and test the real estate waters in other parts of the country.Now that the real estate market is ...


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Niche Staging For Your Home
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

You wont always know who your buyer is going to be when listing a home for sale. But, with many homes, you have a good idea of the general target group. While many homes for sale attempt to appeal to the largest number of buyers, niche staging may actually get a home sold sooner."Whether you are marketing your home to first-time home buyers, you...


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Historical Weather Patterns and Risk: What Homeowners Need to Know
Written By: Ryan Hanley

Its only been about 60 years since the insurance industry has been calculating risk >While calculating risk >Factors that Impact Weather->Number of Homeowners. One of the biggest changes to weather->This influx of new property has changed the insurance game, and some areas have more exclusions and options when it comes to purchasing hail, wind o...


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7 Smart Renovations Under 500
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

If youre thinking about selling your home, you may be stressed out about all the things you need to do to get it market ready, and all the costs associated with those updates. Renovations dont have to cost you a fortune. By thinking smart about some of the updates that will have the greatest impact, you can minimize your spend and maximize your ...


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Your Guide To Choosing The Right Drapes
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Whether youre investing in drapes as your main window covering or simply looking to add a decorative element to frame out your windows, there are a few tips to getting it right.LengthToday, there is only one modern options when it comes to drapery length: your drapes have to be long enough to at least hit the floor instead of stopping short."You...


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How To Renew Your Deck In 5 Easy Steps
Written By: Realty Times

Summer is here, which means you need to take a hard look at your deck. Given winters inclement conditions, theres a good chance your deck is in need of some attention. Here are some quick and easy steps for getting it in shape:1 Clean your deck.Regular cleaning prevents your deck from graying and looking worn down. You can employ a few different...


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Americas Love Affair With Bedrooms and Bathrooms
Written By: Lawnstarter.com

We love our bedrooms and bathrooms.In 2015, the share of new single-family homes sold that had at least four bedrooms and at least three bathrooms hit a more than three-decade high. And one expert suggests this bedroom and bathroom trend is being driven by a fundamental change in American living arrangements.Data from the U.S. Census Bureau show...


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Home Inspections Must Be Totally Independent
Written By: Benny L. Kass

You are about to sign a contract to purchase an older home. The real estate agent has given you the name of a home inspector, and has advised you to use the "specific inspection contingency" clause in the contract instead of the "general inspection contingency" clause. There is a major difference between these two concepts and it may cost you a ...


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Flash Landlords Not Liable For Everything
Written By: Bob Hunt

Residential landlords are all too used to learning of new laws or court decisions that expand their liabilities and/or make life more difficult. It is a pleasure, then, to report on a California appellate decision that affirms a limit on landlord liability and rejects a claim as to landlord duty. Garcia v. Holt, Fourth Appellate District, Oct. 2...


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Ask the HOA Expert: Outdoor Furniture In The Common Area
Written By: Richard Thompson

Question: A resident puts her outdoor furniture in the common area adjacent to her unit, insisting she was given permission by the developer.Answer: A claim that permission was granted by the developer is not valid since the developer has no right to grant some right to one that is not enjoyed by all. The board should advise the offending member...


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How to Create a Pool Maintenance Schedule
Written By: Fran J. Donegan

Swimming pools provide hours of fun, but they do require a certain amount of attention to keep the water clean. Most maintenance is simply a matter of common sense. Just remember to do the little things on a regular basis to avoid big problems later. Heres a suggested maintenance schedule to help you along the way.At Pool OpeningEven if you plan...


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How The Boomers Record Inheritance Will Impact Real Estate
Written By: Jim Adair

About 10 years ago, a study suggested that baby boomers were about to inherit a trillion dollars. Many boomers have already received their inheritance and its one reason why the countrys real estate boom has lasted so long.But a new report by Benjamin Tal at CIBC Economics, based on a survey by Angus Reid Forum, says that during the next decade ...


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9 Creative Ways To Make Your Ceiling A Focal Point
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Interior design is looking up. Up to the ceiling that is, with creative, clever, and colorful ceiling treatments that add another decorative element to a space."When decorating the home, many people ignore the ceiling," said Livinator. "Think of the ceiling as an extension of the walls and give it a special treatment. By using architectural elem...


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