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Posted on 06/29/2020
Why Do People Buy California Luxury Houses?
Let's face it – there is no place like California. From its awe-inspiring beaches to Disneyland, Hollywood and other amazing attractions and landmarks, there is a lot to like about the Golden State. As such, there is significant demand for luxury houses in San Francisco, Los Angeles and other California cities and towns. And for those who want to...
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Posted on 06/22/2020
First-Time Homebuyer Tips
Photo by KML from Pexels Buying your first home is exciting and you will spend a lot of time working with your real estate agent. However, before you begin searching for the right agent, here are some helpful hints to help you get started off on the right foot and make sure you are ready to purchase a...
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Posted on 06/15/2020
The Simpler Life
Image by Chinnapong from Shutterstock The “simple life” is a common phrase but is there such a thing? When defining the words, it’s easy to understand the challenge that comes with pairing them together. Simple (easily understood and presenting no difficulty) + life (existence, being, living). Let's rephrase the quote to say, "The simpler life." Creating a simpler...
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Posted on 06/08/2020
Beyond the Gutters: Cleaning Tasks That Can Save You Big
Photo by Lisa Fotios from Pexels Each year, cleaning the gutters consistently lands at the top of the spring cleaning list and for good reason. By clearing out leaves and other debris, you protect your roof and living space from potentially disastrous water leaks. If you want to prevent other costly and time-consuming home repairs, you have to...
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Posted on 06/08/2020
Accent Your Luxury Home with Landscape Lighting
Photo by Muffin from Pexels When you have a luxury home with impressive architectural features and landscaping, don’t let nighttime prevent you from showing it off. Landscape lighting provides a convenient way to draw attention to certain features of your home and yard when it’s dark out. This type of lighting can improve your home’s curb appeal while...
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Posted on 06/08/2020
An Older Home or New Construction: Which Is Best to Buy?
Image by MITCH WRIGHT from Pixabay If you thought we'd answer "It all depends" you're absolutely right. So, lets take a look at the upsides and challenges of old and new homes. Buying an Older Home or Condo If you fall in love with an older home or condo, your real estate professional will guide you through the...
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Posted on 06/08/2020
Painted Brick: What It Could Mean for Curb Appeal
Photo by Karsten Bergmann via Pixabay Take a tour through the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium or Holland, and you’ll see beautiful historic homes with painted brick exteriors. Wander down streets of hundreds-of-years-old houses, and the most memorable ones are those with painted brick exteriors. But if your brick is in perfect condition, why would you paint it? Odd-Colored...
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Posted on 06/08/2020
Steps to Buying Your First Home
Photo by Roman Samborskyi via Shutterstock Buying your first home is exciting! And scary! But you don’t have to fear the process if you take the time to become fully prepared for homeownership. Below are the seven primary keys to preparing yourself and smoothing the process. How to Know You’re Ready Determine how much you can afford. The...
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Posted on 06/08/2020
How Certain Home Improvements Increase the Value of Your Home
Image by edvaldocostacordeiro from Pixabay Once you have purchased your home, you have made a significant investment. There are some home improvements you can make which can increase the value of your home and make the space you have more livable for you and your family. While many are concerned about “curb appeal” for potential sale in the...
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Posted on 06/08/2020
How to Prepare Your Credit Before Your Home Search
Photo by bongkarn thanyakij from Pexels Shopping for a new home should be an exciting experience, but if you are unsure of where you stand with your credit, it can be a little nerve-wracking. Having good credit will not only help you to secure more favorable interest rates for your mortgage, but it can also help you to...
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Posted on 06/08/2020
Steps to Submitting an Offer
Photo by RawPixel via Pixabay You and your agent invested hours, days, weeks and even months searching for the right house. Time spent visiting open houses. But now all your efforts pay off. You’ve found the one. It’s the right size, the right neighborhood and within the budget parameters. This is the home of your dreams. It’s time...
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Posted on 06/07/2020
Video Tour - 577 Kelly Way, Palo Alto, CA 94306
Abundant possibilities are available for the new owners of this sweet home. Live in and enjoy this well maintained 2br/2ba home with original 1 car garage as is, and use the additional 2 car garage as a hobby room or workshop, convert it to a master bedroom suite or in-law unit, or maybe convert to an ADU with separate driveway and private yard. OR start over and build your dream home on this spacious lot. This is a great neighborhood with minimal through traffic but easy access to major transit corridors, nearby shopping at the revitalized San Antoinio Center with Safeway, Whole Foods, great restaurants, 24-Hour Fitness, and much more....
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