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Fees to Expect When Buying a Home

The fees you might see when buying a home So, you’re ready to buy a home. Whether it is your first home or your twentieth, there are some surprise fees that can easily add up if you are not prepared. Take a look at some of the unexpected bills that can come about during your home buying process, what they …

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The Stress of Surprise Home Repairs

When you buy a home, you generally focus on the money for a down payment, insurance, HOA, etc. However, while these are all necessary for the buying process, you should make sure you’re putting away some money when random repairs start to pop up. Here’s the scoop… Over HALF of the homeowners ran into unexpected home repairs when the first …

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2019 Kitchen Trends

The Kitchen Trends You’ll See in 2019 Each year we see different trends when it comes to home design, and 2019 is no different. There are many unique, new and old trends that are expected to come back in the new year. Take a look at the top 10 kitchen trends for 2019. Stone The naturalness of stone is something …

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Real Estate Rumors

There are so many real estate rumors when it comes to buying real estate that can cost you a home. From your downpayment amount to quick judgments, here are the top five rumors to take with a grain of salt. YOU NEED 20% FOR A DOWN PAYMENT Everyone always says you need at least 20% in down payment to close …

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Love the Pet – Lose the Odor (And the Sale)

A recent home sale had the buyer hire a pet odor test/removal company.  This well-maintained home had everything my clients were seeking, minus the odor.  It’s likely the sellers had become de-sensitized to their beloved pet, costing them over $3,200 as a result. Odors from pets, kitchen food preparation and smoking continue to rank at the top of surveys for buyer turn-offs.  The …

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Newland Sierra Development

A North County development has been put on the 2020 ballot. This is thanks to the vote on whether or not a new housing development will come to fruition. The ballot decision won 4-0. The project in question is called Newland Sierra. It came into question because the development would be in the Miriam Mountains area. This area is “in an …

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Micro-apartments

$2,000 Micro-apartments What would you say if we told you that you can soon rent a 400 square foot apartment in Little Italy for $2,000 a month? Well, this spring 2019, (but probably more like summer), it is going to be a reality. Legendary developer Jonathan Segal is creating an eight-story, 42 unit complex of micro-units that range from 330 …

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Suburban Millennials

What’s up with Millennials? We keep hearing a ton of buzz about Millennials, whether it be in politics, startups, activism, it’s a group closely monitored by economic professionals. As someone who is in this generation and newly married… we felt it was time to “grow up” a bit and began focusing on homeownership. It’s a Balancing Act Our generation is …

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Financing Made Easy

    Over the years, I have helped many buyers with lender referrals.  The best lenders have years of experience under their belt, navigating all the cycles and trends this dynamic industry throws our way. As a practice, I refer two to three lenders, recommending a brief phone interview to identify rapport and trust with selected lender.  Use discretion with …