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Does Your Home Have Unpermitted Additions?
Posted on 01/19/2020
Does Your Home Have Unpermitted Additions?
Image by Sue Smith from Shutterstock House owners frequently remodel, upgrade, or otherwise make changes in their homes for which they do not secure a permit. While some changes do not require permitting, others do. The challenge comes when you attempt to sell the home. You may run into a problem when a buyer makes an offer on...
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How Can You Plan Ahead for the California Luxury Homebuying Journey?
Posted on 01/12/2020
How Can You Plan Ahead for the California Luxury Homebuying Journey?
Purchasing a luxury residence in Los Angeles, San Francisco or any other California city or town should be fast and seamless. Yet problems may arise that make it tough to pursue your ideal Golden State luxury house. Lucky for you, we're here to help you prepare for the California luxury homebuying journey and ensure you can achieve the best-possible...
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Should You Try to Negotiate with a Home Seller?
Posted on 01/05/2020
Should You Try to Negotiate with a Home Seller?
For those who want to buy a home, it generally is a good idea to remain open to negotiating with a seller. That way, you can acquire your dream residence without delay. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you streamline a negotiation with a home seller. 1. Be Flexible There is no telling how a...
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How to Create a Practical Dream Home Wish List
Posted on 12/29/2019
How to Create a Practical Dream Home Wish List
In the internet age, we’ve all seen dream homes on Google, Pinterest, or Instagram that seem to encompass everything we’ve ever wanted in a home. Sometimes, obsessing over dream homes can be detrimental to us--making us feel bad about our own living situation or discouraged about ever being able to afford the home we truly want. However, dream homes...
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Another Property Sold - 4700 Silver Ranch Place, San Jose, CA 95138
Posted on 12/28/2019
Another Property Sold - 4700 Silver Ranch Place, San Jose, CA 95138
Experience the Esperanza model at the Ranch on Silver Creek. This model offers three bedrooms, two baths of 2, 093 square foot of luxury living on a 6,534 square foot lot with a 180 degree of unobstructed views of the city and panoramic landscape. This single level home welcomes you with an impressive formal Stone entry; flowing from the entry to the living room area where a picturesque of the valley awaits. Gourmet kitchen offers stainless steel appliance; Bosch Five burner gas stove, GE Monogram double door built in custom refrigerator, Thermador Microwave, Bosch Oven and Dishwasher perfectly spaced around an oversized granite slab island...
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Give Your Home an Interior Makeover
Posted on 12/22/2019
Give Your Home an Interior Makeover
Ready to transform your home's interior from bland to fabulous? Ultimately, how a seller approaches home interior improvement projects is important. If a seller does everything possible to upgrade a house's interior, this individual could reap the benefits of a successful property selling experience. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you give your residence an...
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Prequalified vs Preapproved: Tips On Securing a Mortgage Before Buying a Home
Posted on 12/15/2019
Prequalified vs Preapproved: Tips On Securing a Mortgage Before Buying a Home
If you’re a first-time homebuyer, odds are you’ve thrown the words “prequalified” and “preapproved” interchangeably. However, when it comes to home loans, there are some very important differences between the two. For buyers hoping to purchase a home with a few missteps and misunderstandings as possible, it’s vital to understand the procedures involved in acquiring financing for a home....
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Posted on 12/08/2019
Photo by Steve Buissinne via Pixabay Tackling projects around the house allows you to boost your skills, saves you money and ensures your home stays in peak condition -- usually. While DIY projects can be safe, successful and rewarding, there are some instances where you're better off leaving the work to a pro. From jobs that are dangerous...
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How to Boost Your Curb Appeal
Posted on 12/01/2019
How to Boost Your Curb Appeal
Photo by Javani LLC via Shutterstock Before you ever place your home on the market, start working on curb appeal. What’s curb appeal? It’s the first thing that makes people want to take a second look when they drive by. If they’re house shopping or just dreaming for the future, a home with curb appeal will bring them...
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Ways To Save Money Before You Buy Your First Home
Posted on 11/24/2019
Ways To Save Money Before You Buy Your First Home
The factor that has the most impact on your home search is your finances. You’ll need to save a significant amount of money. It’s not easy to save when you have continuous monthly bills and responsibilities. Read on for tips on how to get your finances under control in order to save the amount of money it takes to...
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4 Common Home Seller Mistakes
Posted on 11/17/2019
4 Common Home Seller Mistakes
Photo by rawpixel.com via Pexels If you're like many Americans, your home is your biggest asset. And if you're thinking of selling your home to use the profits for a new home, sending the kids off to college or simply adding it to a retirement fund, there are a few things you may want to avoid to make...
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What You Need to Know to Apply for a Bank Mortgage
Posted on 11/10/2019
What You Need to Know to Apply for a Bank Mortgage
Few people can save up the cash required to buy a house. If you're contemplating buying your first house, your first stop will probably be your local bank to inquire about a mortgage. When you talk to the mortgage officer, they will ask you to provide several documents. Various documents will be required at different stages of the...
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