Uncategorized Rising Rates – What Does it Mean for You? A common comment we have been hearing from buyers – “rates are going up…so I am waiting for home prices to come down”. So far over the first quarter of 2018 we haven’t seen these hopes come to fruition. Rather, both interest rates and home prices have continued to inch their way up. Mortgage rates […]
Uncategorized WHICH DOWN PAYMENT STRATEGY IS RIGHT FOR YOU? You’ve most likely heard the rule: Save for a 20-percent down payment before you buy a home. The logic behind saving 20 percent is solid, as it shows that you have the financial discipline and stability to save for a long-term goal. It also helps you get favorable rates from lenders. But there can actually […]
Uncategorized 9 Options to Remove, Hide or Play Down a Popcorn Ceiling Don’t love your popcorn ceiling? You’re not the only one stuck with some unwanted stucco overhead. There are many options for moving on from it, but not all of them are equally effective — or equally easy. To help you decide how to address your popcorn problem, here are some top ways to remove, cover […]
Uncategorized The Trump effect. How will it impact the US economy and housing?   The American people have spoken and they have elected Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States. Change was clearly demanded, and change is what we will have. The election was a shock for many, especially on the West Coast where we have not been overly affected by the long-term loss in […]
Uncategorized Southern California Real Estate Market Update   ECONOMIC OVERVIEW Over the past 12 months (through August 2016), the markets covered by this report added 273,200 new jobs and the total number of people claiming unemployment insurance dropped by over 100,000. With these shifts toward full employment, the area’s unemployment rate dropped from 6.2% to 5.1% during the past year. Some might […]
Uncategorized Should I Move or Remodel? There are a number of things that can trigger the decision to remodel or move to a new home. Perhaps you have outgrown your current space, you might be tired of struggling with ancient plumbing or wiring systems, or maybe your home just feels out of date. The question is: Should you stay or should […]
Uncategorized Kitchen Renovations 8 Ways Your Kitchen Renovations Could Break Your Budget   When you begin planning a kitchen renovation project, you may have no idea how much your ideal vision might cost. The answer will likely depend on several factors, including the size of your space, what you will do to it, and your budget. In the […]
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