5 Simple Home Improvements to Increase Your Home’s Value

5 Simple Home Improvements to Increase Your Home’s Value

Some home improvements cost more than they are worth.  Here are 5 simple home improvements worth more than they cost!   Some projects will protect your dollars more than others if you’re planning to sell in a few years.  Invest your time and money wisely, and your home improvements can increase your home’s value. The Data Want to know how to get the most bang for your buck with a home remodel?  Check out Remodeling’s website.  Since 2002, this trade magazine for contractors and builders has been tracking common home improvement projects and how much of the cost of each...Read more
Renters Pay More For “Green”

Renters Pay More For “Green”

A new study reveals just how much renters will pay for environmentally friendly features. Consumers are becoming more environmentally conscious, even when it comes to the home they decide to rent.  A new survey from the National Multifamily Housing council has found that not only do renters prefer apartments with sustainable design features, they are also willing to pay more for them. Multifamily builders have been putting more focus on environmental friendliness in new construction for years, but much of that is due to regulation rather than market demand.  Many of the latest building codes require that new apartments include...Read more
How to Get A Home Loan

How to Get A Home Loan

Not all lenders are created equal! Find out how to secure the best home loan to fit your needs. If you are thinking about buying a new home, one of the first steps is to establish your price range.  The best way to determine your home buying power is to speak with a lender or mortgage banker/broker.  S/he will ask you for information to determine your debt to income ratio (DTI).  You will need to provide tax returns, W2s, pay stubs, and bank statements, and they will also need to obtain your credit score.  There are usually no up-front fees...Read more
California Probate Sales

California Probate Sales

Are California probate sales a great deal or risky business? If you are in the market for discounted properties, chances are you have encountered a probate sale.  Probate sales are accompanied by a specific legal process that is different from the average sale of real estate.  If you are looking at probate properties, it is important to be informed of the probate process to be prepared for the steps ahead. The material presented below is for general informational purposes only and may not cover all of the intricacies and possibilities for a particular probate sale.  Consult your licensed California real...Read more