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Posted on 02/28/2021
"Subject-to" Real Estate Pros & Cons
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay When you're considering buying real estate as an investment, it's a good idea to weigh the pros and cons. That's especially important with "subject-to" real estate, because there can be risks and rewards with this type of property that are different from traditional purchases. Here's what you should be considering, before you...
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Posted on 02/27/2021
Another Property Sold - 5494 Chesbro Avenue, San Jose, CA 95123
Beautiful Blossom Valley Home! Nestled in a quiet neighborhood with quick access to multiple transportation options. Minutes to freeway access, Blossom Hill station, top rated schools, restaurants, and Oakridge Mall. Home has been tastefully upgraded with custom cabinetry, granite counters, stainless appliances, dual pane windows, lighted ceiling fans. This home boast 1500 sq ft of family enjoyment for virtual schooling, home-office and outdoor space for yoga or just R&R. You don't want to miss this...
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Posted on 02/25/2021
1826 Van Ness Street, San Pablo, CA 94806 is now new to the market!
Complete remodeled craftsman style home located in the San Pablo proper area. Main home is two bedroom and one full bath. Remodel includes stone plastic composition luxury flooring throughout. Crown molding, dual pane windows, window coverings. Beautiful custom design kitchen with quartz counter tops, decorative backsplash, all new Frigidaire appliance s- refrigerator, stove and microwave and dishwasher. Custom pull-out spice cabinets and lazy susan. Bathroom remodel include porcelain polish tile, spray shower head and decorative custom mirrors. Remodel auxiliary unit with full kitchen, bathroom and living area. This is a must see...
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Posted on 02/21/2021
How to Make the Switch to Condo Living
Photo by Douglas Bagg on Unsplash Whether you'd prefer the townhome look or a high-rise building, there's likely a condo available locally in the style you want. What types of amenities would you like? A dog-friendly community (or not)? A pool? Your own gardens? One or more full baths? All of these can vary among condo properties. Some...
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Posted on 02/14/2021
Electrical Issues to Watch for in Your Home
The first few years in your new home feel like heaven. Everything looks so sleek and shiny, but after some time you start to discover some quirks. Most are nothing to fret about, but there are some signs that pop up that shouldn't be overlooked, such as electrical glitches in the home. Not every electrical problem is dire,...
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Posted on 02/07/2021
How to Use Pantone's Classic Blue
Photo by Hutomo Abrianto on Unsplash Sky at dusk is how Pantone describes classic blue, their 2020 color of the year. Restful and tranquil, a bold color such as classic blue gives the eye a place to rest as it travels around a space, which makes it ideal for accent items such as throw pillows, wall art or...
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Posted on 01/31/2021
Are There Property Buying Shortcuts That Actually Work?
Finding and purchasing a home sometimes can be difficult, particularly for an individual who encounters assorted challenges throughout the property buying journey. Lucky for you, there are several shortcuts that a homebuyer can use to streamline the property buying process. These shortcuts include: 1. Narrow Your Home Search If you know you want to buy a home, you should...
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Posted on 01/24/2021
Real Estate Investments: REITs & REMF - Which One Fits Your Needs
Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay For anyone interested in investment diversification, real estate is one of the preferred holdings in addition to stock and bonds. However, many investors possess neither the cash nor the knowledge and interest to actually buy, sell, rent or manage real property. Such investment involves more than cash; it also requires in-depth market...
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Posted on 01/24/2021
5494 Chesbro Avenue, San Jose, CA 95123 is now new to the market!
Beautiful Blossom Valley Home! Nestled in a quiet neighborhood with quick access to multiple transportation options. Minutes to freeway access, Blossom Hill station, top rated schools, restaurants, and Oakridge Mall. Home has been tastefully upgraded with custom cabinetry, granite counters, stainless appliances, dual pane windows, lighted ceiling fans. This home boast 1500 sq ft of family enjoyment for virtual schooling, home-office and outdoor space for yoga or just R&R. You don't want to miss this...
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Posted on 01/17/2021
How to Improve Your Home for Maximum ROI
Photo by Fotocraft via Shutterstock Many homeowners spend thousands of dollars on improvements and upgrades only to find out that the return on their investment (ROI) is less than $1 to $1. That means that for every dollar spent, the selling price of their home does not go up a corresponding dollar. In fact, very few home improvements...
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Posted on 01/10/2021
If You're Not Using AR in Your Home Showings, Why Not?
Photo by Mateusz Dach from Pexels Augmented reality, or AR, is available to anyone with a smartphone, which makes it an ideal tool for realtors showing unstaged homes. Why would someone show a home that hasn't yet been staged, you might ask? Depending upon where the home is located, staging can cost thousands of dollars, while an AR...
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Posted on 01/03/2021
Choosing the Ideal Home Security System
Image by Andrey_Popov from Shutterstock Burglary is one of the more common types of crimes in the US today. Every day, many homeowners wake up or get back from work to discover their homes robbed. Given the financial, psychological, and physical damage that can happen, protecting your home is always ideal. You don’t have to be a victim....
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