Category Archives: Advice On Home Ownership

A Forecast of California’s Market and Economy for 2015

A few weeks ago, Carole Rodoni’s spoke to my Intero office in Los Altos. For those of you who don’t know who Carole is, she is an extremely renowned speaker on the economy and real estate in the Bay Area. … Continue reading

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How Experts Explain A Home’s Cost vs. Price

What is the cost of waiting to buy or sell a home? Simply put, your MONEY. Today, February 4th, Keeping Current Matters (KCM) wrote a blog called “The Difference Between A Home’s Cost vs. Price.” I would like to share a … Continue reading

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Are There Opportunities for Seller’s in Today’s Market?

The KMC Blog, February 25, 2013 According to the National Realtors Association’s (NAR) report released on Thursday, February 21, 2013, the January exsiting homes sales shows a steady increase in home prices. One reason for the uptick in home prices … Continue reading

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Kitchen Redos – 5 Low-Cost Ideas Buyer Will Love

The kitchen is the focal point of the home.  And it’s one space buyers compare closely while looking for a home.  No wonder kitchen remodeling sales were up 36% compared with a year earlier. Here are some cost estimates for … Continue reading

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Paying Appraisers – Who Gets the Cash?

The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is currently reviewing appraisal charges.  While these fees seem fairly standard, the truth about who exactly gets the money is somewhat murky to homebuyers. In addition, I have seen appraisal fees range from $350 … Continue reading

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4 Home Technologies for Energey Efficiency

Our energy bills are “HUGE” and seem to be growing every year. Are you interested in shaving off $200-$400 off your energy bills annually?  I am! Here is what the National Association of Home Builders offers as some high-tech tips: Automated HVAC Systems. … Continue reading

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First-Time Homebuyer Credit – Repayment Time!

It’s repayment time if you bought a house in 2008 and claimed the First-Time Homebuyer Credit. Luckily the IRS has a tool to help you manage these repayments.  The IRS will no longer send reminder letters to taxpayers who need … Continue reading

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Kitchen Remodeling: Add Style & Function without Going Broke

The kitchen is the center of the home.  It is a place to gather and share with family and friends.  It is also one of the most popular rooms in the house to remodel.  Whether you wish to incorporate the … Continue reading

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Saving Money on Homeowners Insurance

In today’s economy, homeowners need to save money wherever possible.  If you have ever had a claim and confronted your insurance policy you may have found some surprises. From lack of coverage to rising rates, many homeowners have been left … Continue reading

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Landscaping with Native Plants

Where is all of our rain? If you are thinking about changing your landscaping, consider your options. Cut your water bills by planting native, drought-resistant plants in your yard.  An excellent starting point for learning about the use and beauty … Continue reading

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