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What Exactly Goes Into a Home Appraisal?

If you thought finding the perfect home was the hard part of the home buying process, what until you actually have to go from offer acceptance to closing. A bunch of steps need to be taken in proper succession order to take you through escrow, one of which is a home appraisal.

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4 Things You Need to Know About Condo Insurance

The differences between condo ownership as opposed to single detached home ownership are obvious. For one, there are HOA fees that condo owners need to pay that aren’t applicable to most single detached properties. Part-ownership of common elements is another unique feature of owning a condo unit.

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Why Now is a Great Time to Buy Into California’s Housing Market

If there’s any state in the US that has experienced a sizzling hot real estate market over the recent past, it’s California. 2015 was a stellar year that brought significant growth and milestones in California’s housing’s recovery.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Did California’s 2015 Housing Market Stack Up Against 2014?

California’s housing market has been through an extended period of tight inventory, high prices, and mediocre housing affordability. But the numbers are teetering in our favor, no matter how gradual and slow the improvement. All in all, the overall housing market in California improved in 2015 from 2014 with sales increasing, affordability improving, and foreclosures on the decline.

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6 Things Burglars Don’t Want Homeowners to Know

Every 15 seconds, a home is broken into and burglarized in the US. Thieves spend hours scoping out targets, and once they zero in on them, it takes less than 60 seconds to break in.

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1.5 Million Boomerang Buyers to Re-Enter the Market Within the Next 3 Years

The financial crisis of 2008 wreaked havoc on homeowners across the US. Millions of Americans bailed on the housing market after the downturn when they simply couldn’t keep up with their mortgages.

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What Exactly Happens When a House is in ‘Escrow’?

You’ve found the perfect home, put in an offer, and the seller accepted. Congrats! But the deal isn’t quite done yet. There’s this little thing called ‘escrow’, and it involves a bunch of contingencies that need to be met before you get the keys to your new home. So, what exactly is ‘escrow’, and what’s […]

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Infographic: Baby Boomers & The Real Estate Market

Millennials get all the press these days, but Baby Boomers still have a larger impact on the real estate market than any other demographic. This excellent infographic sheds light on this generation’s ongoing influence over the housing market.

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Rules of Etiquette You Should Know Before Buying a Home

If a good deal is what you’re looking for when it comes to buying a house, the last people you want to put off are the sellers. The truth is, there’s a certain etiquette that buyers should follow throughout the home-buying process, and failure to follow it could actually cost you a lot of money. […]

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What to Do When You Find Your Dream Home . . . But It’s Not For Sale

Depending on where you’re looking to buy, there could very well be a major supply shortage. But don’t let slim pickings in your local housing market stand in the way of you snatching up your dream home. If the listings are limited in your area, consider sending letters to homeowners expressing your interest in buying. […]

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