Real Estate

Real Estate Downsizing – What is it and how do I know if it’s right for me? Downsizing is the act of simplifying your living situation.  It could be because of finances, house or property being too big or just too much, change in job/retirement, or the need/want to be someplace new and less complicated. It’s a personal choice that depends on your life situations.  It can be as simple as moving […]
Real Estate An In Depth Look at Prop 19 (part 2)  PROP. 19 RULES APPLY ON AND AFTER APRIL 1, 2021 Proposition 19 would allow transfer of tax basis where either the sale of a primary residence takes place before April 1, 2021, as long as the subsequent purchase takes place within two years and on or after April 1, 2021. 🏠 Alternatively, a conservative interpretation […]
Real Estate An In-depth look into Prop 19 (part 1) Proposition 19: Passed November 2020 What it Means for Homeowner Tax Savings Now Everywhere in the State   It once was that if you were over 55 and wanted to keep your property tax base of your primary residence, you would have to move to a lesser valued home than the one you were selling […]
Real Estate Finding a New Home for Your Next Stage of Life Imagine the first place you lived as a young adult. Now imagine trying to fit your life today into that space. Not pretty, right? For most of us, our housing needs are cyclical.1 A newly independent adult can find freedom and flexibility in even a tiny apartment. That same space, to a growing family, would feel […]
Real Estate Retro Real Estate Advice – Could It Cost You the Deal? Some things come back in style after a while, like fashion or home décor, but the same doesn’t hold true for real estate advice. And yet, retro advice is exactly what most people get when they (understandably) go to family and friends for tips about home buying and selling. The real estate market is not […]
Real Estate Supplemental Taxes The term, supplemental taxes, is confusing. We pay property taxes each month, wouldn’t the supplemental taxes be included in this? No, unfortunately. Supplemental taxes are a single tax on your property when it changes ownership, or has a significant reassessment. It is calculated by taking the difference of the previous appraised value, and the current […]
Real Estate Seller’s Checklist: A Timeline to Prep Your Home for Sale We’re still in a seller’s market, but that doesn’t mean your home is guaranteed to easily sell.1 If you want to maximize your sale price, it’s still important to prepare your home before putting it on the market. Start by connecting with a real estate agent as soon as possible. Having the eyes and ears of […]
Real Estate 10 Pro Tips for a Smooth Home Move The process of buying a new home can be both exhilarating and exhausting. But the journey doesn’t stop when you close on your property. On the contrary, you still have quite a bit to do before you can begin the process of settling into your new place. Fortunately, you don’t have to do everything in […]
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Real Estate Buy now? Or Rent Longer? Deciding whether to jump into the housing market or rent instead is rarely an easy decision – especially if you’re a first-time homebuyer. But in today’s whirlwind market, you may find it particularly challenging to pinpoint the best time to start exploring homeownership. A real estate boom during the pandemic pushed home prices to an […]
Real Estate 7 Tips to Maximize Your Home’s Sale Price Over the past few years, a real estate buying frenzy bid up home prices to eye-popping amounts. However, as mortgage rates have risen, buyer demand has cooled. 1 Consequently, home sellers who enter the market today may need to reset their expectations. The reality is, it’s no longer enough to stick a “for sale” sign in the […]
Real Estate Stress-Free Home Cleaning: 27 Practical Tactics for Busy Households Keeping a clean and orderly home is a challenge for many of us. Between busy work schedules, social obligations, and family commitments, it’s tough to keep up with daily chores—let alone larger seasonal tasks. The effort is worthwhile, however. A sanitary environment can keep you and your family healthier by minimizing your exposure to germs […]
Real Estate Income Properties Are Trending, But Is Landlord Life for You? If the thought of investing your money into brick and mortar—or perhaps some stylishly-painted siding—excites you, join the club.   Investing in real estate has long been one of Americans’ favorite ways to grow their wealth. In fact, over 70% of single-family rental properties are currently owned by individual investors rather than corporations, according to […]
Real Estate Renovate or Relocate? 3 Questions To Help You Decide Does your current home no longer serve your needs?    If so, you may be torn between relocating to a new home or renovating your existing one. This can be a difficult choice, and there’s a lot to consider—including potential costs, long-term financial implications, and quality of life. A major remodel can be a major commitment. […]
Real Estate How to Become a Homeowner on a First-Time Buyer’s Budget It’s not easy being a first-time homebuyer right now.   At the end of last year, housing affordability hit an all-time low.1 Additionally, mortgage rates have risen significantly since 2021, while inventory remains tight for many property categories, but especially for starter homes. Even lower-priced condos are harder to snag these days, as investors and downsizers […]
Real Estate Top 7 Tips To Attract the Best Offers for Your Home Not long ago, home sellers were in their heyday, as historically-low mortgage rates triggered a real estate buying frenzy. However, the Federal Reserve shut down the party when it began raising interest rates last year.1      Now, it’s not as simple to sell a home. While pandemic-era homebuyers were racing the clock—trying to lock in […]