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Communal Living Options
Posted on 02/16/2020
Communal Living Options
Photo by cottonbro from Pexels Multi-generational homes have grown in popularity as the benefits of communal living become more recognized and celebrated. If you are searching for a home to share with both your children and parents, there are many options open to you. Single-family home with apartment: Some single-family homes have been built or renovated to include...
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Common Homebuying Problems and How to Address Them
Posted on 02/09/2020
Common Homebuying Problems and How to Address Them
Buying a home should be a problem-free experience. Yet issues may arise that make it tough to acquire the perfect house at an affordable price. Common problems that come up during the homebuying journey include: 1. Lack of Home Financing Before you search for a home, it generally is a good idea to get pre-approved for a mortgage. That...
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Property Buyer Tips: How to Deal with an Aggressive Seller
Posted on 02/02/2020
Property Buyer Tips: How to Deal with an Aggressive Seller
As a homebuyer, you likely will want to do everything possible to secure your dream house at a budget-friendly price. Yet for those who are dealing with an aggressive property seller, achieving the optimal results may prove to be challenging. Lucky for you, we're here to help you simplify the homebuying process so you can acquire your ideal residence...
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Build-to-Rent Investment Properties
Posted on 01/26/2020
Build-to-Rent Investment Properties
Image by Виктория Бородинова from Pixabay Build-to-rent is a major term right now for investors. The industry has seen a serious leap in interest in just the past year, making nearly everyone in the real estate space sit up and take notice. We'll look at the special nature of these properties and which attributes make a property more...
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Pros and Cons of Reverse Mortgages
Posted on 01/19/2020
Pros and Cons of Reverse Mortgages
Photo by 3D Animation Production Company via PixabayIf you’re retired, own your own home and have trouble making ends meet, a reverse mortgage may seem like the answer to prayers. You get to stay in your house and you’ll have some extra cash to see you through. Before you run to the nearest lender, however, consider the downside...
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Buying a Zombie Property
Posted on 01/12/2020
Buying a Zombie Property
Photo by Curtis Adams from Pexels Zombie properties are homes that have been visibly abandoned but actual ownership has not. The term became popular in the housing industry during the 2007-08 housing crisis when people being unable to make their mortgage payments reached a catastrophic point. According to ATTOM Data Solutions, a firm that tracks different types of...
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Choose the Right Fireplace for Your Space
Posted on 01/05/2020
Choose the Right Fireplace for Your Space
Image by Breadmaker from Shutterstock A fireplace is a cozy addition for a home that can add aesthetic value as well as warmth to your space. Whether you’re building new, retrofitting, or shopping for the perfect home there are options for most situations. You’ll find many design options as you start to shop but the initial consideration should...
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Another Property Sold - 10504 Key West Street, Temple City, CA 91780
Posted on 01/01/2020
Another Property Sold - 10504 Key West Street, Temple City, CA 91780
This is a beautiful home filled with love and happiness located in Temple City. Close to major transportations and amenities. Nice neighborhood and great curb appeal. It features 3 bedrooms and 2 baths with 1399 sqft living space sitting on a large lot of 7681 SF. The house was extensively and tastefully remodeled in 2015. Tile and engineering wood flooring through out. Granite counter tops, ranch style kitchen sink, decent size of island and stainless steel appliances make the cooking very entertaining. All three bedrooms are spacious. There is an additional storage room behind the garage with a lot potential. Must see to appreciate it....
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Creating an Organized and Restful Bedroom
Posted on 12/29/2019
Creating an Organized and Restful Bedroom
Photo by WaveBreakMedia via Shutterstock A troubling trend in today’s home is difficulty finding restful sleep. Most of us have heard of a few ways to create a more relaxing atmosphere before bed. Here are a couple others to add to that list. Add Plants Many people avoid putting plants in their bedroom because they’re afraid they’ll get...
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How Does a Balloon Mortgage Work?
Posted on 12/22/2019
How Does a Balloon Mortgage Work?
Image by Jojje from Shutterstock Many people own homes through a mortgage agreement. Traditional mortgages are primarily fully amortized or gradually paid off with regular payments over the lifetime of the loan. Each payment contributes to both the principal and the interest. A balloon mortgage is a short-term home loan with fixed-rate monthly payments that only take care...
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Strategies for Saving
Posted on 12/15/2019
Strategies for Saving
Image by Monster Ztudio from Shutterstock It's time to find the perfect place of your own but becoming a property investor has one significant roadblock: a down payment. It’s something that can stop potential home buyers in their tracks. While winning the lottery or inheriting a windfall would be fabulous, you don’t need those luxuries before you can...
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Beyond Recycling: 6 Easy Ways to Go Green at Home
Posted on 12/08/2019
Beyond Recycling: 6 Easy Ways to Go Green at Home
Photo by Free-Photos via Pixabay Making your home a little more green won’t take much time or effort, but the results will pay off for years to come. You’ll consume fewer products, be exposed to fewer chemicals and even spend less money every month. Incorporate one or more of these easy green ideas into your home routine to...
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