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Posted on 05/17/2021
Does the Appraisal Impact a Home's Sale?
Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay As the home buying process nears the closing, both buyers and sellers need to prepare for the appraisal. This often the last step the lender requires before approving financing for the buyer, so it’s an important part of the home sale process. What is an Appraisal? An appraisal is an unbiased, professional evaluation...
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Posted on 05/13/2021
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA Real Estate Market Update 5/13/2021
Click here to view Rancho Santa Margarita, CA blog post which has information on the constantly changing market...
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Posted on 05/10/2021
Tips for Creating a Healthy Home Environment
Image by Phichit Wongsunthi from Pixabay While we are all working to protect the environment and preserve our world for future generations, it's important to remember that we need to prioritize our own healthy homes as well. When you create a sustainable and peaceful living space, you will enjoy both mental and physical health benefits. From prioritizing energy...
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Posted on 05/03/2021
Mortgage vs Construction Loan: Understanding Key Differences
Image by pasja1000 from Pixabay Most homeowners have a mortgage against their house, and homebuyers who purchase existing homes usually secure a traditional mortgage before closing. When building a new house, however, you’re likely to need a construction loan before getting a home mortgage. Here’s a breakdown of each, including how they’re used in the new home building...
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Posted on 05/02/2021
Aliso Viejo, CA Real Estate Market Update 5/2/2021
Click here to view Aliso Viejo, CA blog post which has information on the constantly changing market...
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Posted on 04/28/2021
What Are Bridge Loans and When to Use One
Photo by Karolina Grabowska from Pexels When you're buying a new construction home, you may be in a situation where you can't sell your existing home until the new one is complete. This can cause added financial stress, but it doesn't have to. Bridge loans are specialized loans that can eliminate this added pressure. Here are a few...
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Posted on 04/26/2021
Buying Land for Home Building
Image by Paul Brennan from Pixabay Have you always wanted to design your dream home at a location of your choosing? If so, buying a plot of land to build your customized home on is probably your best option. Before getting started, you'll want to do your due diligence to ensure you're making a smart investment. Find a...
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Posted on 04/21/2021
Lake Forest, CA Real Estate Market Update 4/21/2021
Click here to view Lake Forest, CA blog post which has information on the constantly changing market...
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Posted on 04/20/2021
Seller Pro Tip: Remove All Sign of Your Pets Before Your Open House
Image by Andreas Thurmayr from Pixabay When you set up an open house, it’s important to do all you can to let the prospective buyers envision themselves in that space. They need to be able to see it as their own and imagine all the possibilities it holds. But if signs of your pets are around every corner,...
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Posted on 04/19/2021
Selling Savvy to Today’s Smart Buyers
Image by wavebreakmedia from Shutterstock If you've owned your house for a long time and are putting it on the market, take time to consider how the buying and selling process has changed. Today’s buyers are both smart and cautious. They have access to more information than was possible a decade ago. Research shows that buyers begin shopping...
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Posted on 04/17/2021
How to Stay Aggressive During the Homebuying Journey
Buying a home may prove to be challenging, regardless of where you decide to search for a house. However, if you are aggressive in your pursuit of your dream residence, you could speed up your home search. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you stay aggressive during your quest to find your dream house. 1....
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Posted on 04/17/2021
Green Pest Control Options for Your Home
Image by kimgreenhalgh90 from Pixabay For a long time, pesticides have been the preferred option among homeowners who want to keep their lawns and gardens pest-free. However, now that it's clear that these pesticides are actually more harmful to your lawn, the environment, the wildlife who call your area home and even you it's important to consider green...
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