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Posted on 10/02/2022
Personal tangible property taxes: A basic guide for home & business owners
Personal tangible property is a tax term referring to physical property used in running your commercial or rental business. While general property taxes concern the actual land and buildings, personal tangible property taxes are related to equipment, furnishings, vehicles and more. If you own a business or rental property, it's important to understand how these taxes work. Here...
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Posted on 09/25/2022
Rental-friendly divider wall ideas
When renting an apartment or condominium, you have to get creative about divider wall ideas. While you could simply renovate to change the layout of a house you own, you have fewer options for dramatic changes that stay within the terms of your lease. Dividing up a room can be a challenge, whether you want to create privacy...
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Posted on 09/24/2022
Another Property Sold - 1185 Royston Court, San Jose, CA 95120
The Almaden Valley charmer just hit the market in San Jose. This 2-story home gives you 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 car garage and a spacious 2,438 sq ft of living space. The first floor offers a fantastic open floor plan, separate dining and living room combination beautifully remodeled. The kitchen is equipped with newer stainless steel appliances, new cabinetry and granite countertop. An added Bonus room perfectly designed for family entertainment, recreation room or extra space for mental wellness. Full bedroom and bath on first level perfect for extended family. Second floor boasts five bedrooms with the sixth perfect for a home...
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Posted on 09/23/2022
1136 Olive Branch Lane, San Jose, CA 95120 is now new to the market!
RARE HANDCRAFTED HACIENDA located near the Almaden Country Club . One of only seven homes built by Fred Finberg, famed Hacienda Builder reflecting the Spanish and Mexican heritage of San Jose and early California (San Jose Mercury News, July 31, 1966). Fred and Marta Finberg created these 7 homes featuring authentic Mexican Cultural and architectural details such as hand-painted and carved Mexican tiles from Mexico City, Majestic Wood Beams, custom decorative hand wrought-iron lighting fixtures and railing. The Hacienda overlooks a pleasant partially- shaded patio while subtle decorated tiles in the kitchen and Family Room blend seamlessly....
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Posted on 09/18/2022
3 Ways to save dying plants
For every gardener and houseplant owner, there will come a time to deal with dying plants. Living plants are often more complicated and needy than they seem, and even when we do everything in our power to keep them alive, sometimes the worst happens. Luckily, there are many situations where dying plants can actually be saved. Here are...
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Posted on 09/16/2022
20051 Mann Oak Court, San Jose, CA 95120 is now new to the market!
The Almaden Valley Beautiful Private Location just hit the market in San Jose! This 2-story home gives you 5 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 2 car garage, and 3,514 sq ft of living space. The first floor offers all-new custom travertine floors in the entry, dining room, hallway, kitchen, and laundry room. Fully Remodeled Kitchen with custom cabinets from Signature Kitchen & Bath Designs in Cupertino including, custom quartz countertops, travertine back-splash, custom plasterwork vent hood, all Viking appliances including a beverage refrigerator and steam oven, and Sub-Zero refrigerator, and pure water fixture at the sink & Lifetime Trex...
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Posted on 09/11/2022
3 Dark room ideas to try
If you’re in need of dark room ideas, there are plenty of options for lighting up a space. Whether a space has obstructed windows or no windows at all, there are design secrets you can use to bring light inside. Here are some tips to brighten a dark room: Reflect light with mirrors Decorating with mirrors is a...
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Posted on 09/04/2022
How to decorate with vases
Whether bought, inherited or leftover from gifted flowers, vases are a common unused item in many homes. Rather than let a vase gather dust in a closet, why not use it as a fun decorative piece? Here are some tips for ways to decorate your home with vases: Fill a vase with driftwood Using driftwood as decor is...
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Posted on 08/28/2022
How to Reduce & Prevent Clutter at Home
Clutter can accumulate in even the cleanest homes. While clutter does not bother everyone, it can lead to stress for those who want to live in a cleaner space. If you’re looking to conquer the clutter in your home, we’ve put together some tips to help you get started. Organize Your Mail For many, mail is the number...
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Posted on 08/21/2022
The most common causes of dying plants
Dying plants are a reality for every gardener and houseplant owner at some point in their lives. However, the more you know about common causes of death, the better you can prevent it and keep your plants healthy. Here are some of the most common causes of dying houseplants: Over-watering Watering plants too much and too often is...
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Posted on 08/19/2022
1185 Royston Court, San Jose, CA 95120 is now new to the market!
The Almaden Valley charmer just hit the market in San Jose. This 2-story home gives you 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 car garage and a spacious 2,438 sq ft of living space. The first floor offers a fantastic open floor plan, separate dining and living room combination beautifully remodeled. The kitchen is equipped with newer stainless steel appliances, new cabinetry and granite countertop. An added Bonus room perfectly designed for family entertainment, recreation room or extra space for mental wellness. Full bedroom and bath on first level perfect for extended family. Second floor boasts five bedrooms with the sixth perfect for a home...
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Posted on 08/14/2022
Combination Bird Bath & Planter DIY Guide
Bird baths are a staple of garden decor that come with the added benefit of attracting local wildlife to your yard. One of the other great things about bird baths is how easy it is to craft them out of everyday items. While you can purchase pre-made bird baths at home and garden stores, choosing to DIY will...
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