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Posted on 12/04/2020
Gema Smith Earns NAR Designation in Senior Real Estate
Gema Smith with Compass has earned the nationally recognized Seniors Real Estate Specialist® designation from the SRES® Council of the National Association of REALTORS®. Gema Smith joins more than 15,000 real estate professionals in North America who have earned the SRES® designation. All were required to successfully complete a comprehensive course in understanding the needs, considerations, and goals...
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Posted on 11/29/2020
It Pays to Pay Your Mortgage Twice a Month
Photo by cottonbro from Pexels We all know how hard the beginning of the month can be; it seems like there are a million bills due all at the same time, and one of those bills is usually the most expensive among them all—your mortgage. After you budget for all of your expenses, that gigantic payment can really...
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Posted on 11/22/2020
The Perennial Question: Can You Tip Your Mail Carrier?
Photo by Dference via Pixabay"Can I tip the mail carrier?" It's a burning question whenever the holiday season approaches. The short answer is no. Postal employees are bound by an Ethical Conduct code. Within this code, a rule lets carriers take a non-monetary gift worth up to $20. The annual total gift limit from one customer is $50...
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Posted on 11/15/2020
How to Master the Home Selling Journey
A home seller may encounter many challenges after he or she decides to list a residence. Fortunately, there are lots of things you can do to increase the likelihood of enjoying a seamless house selling experience. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you master the home selling journey. 1. Conduct an In-Depth Home Evaluation Your...
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Posted on 11/08/2020
5 Ways to Incorporate Your Precious Collectibles into Your Decor
Photo by H Wong on Unsplash Your collectibles are important to you, but all too often they tend to be tucked away in a closet attic, or the basement. Why hide all of the things that you spent so much time and care collecting? Instead, find ways to incorporate them into your existing decor so that your house...
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Posted on 11/02/2020
Another Property Sold - 6192 Dunn Avenue, San Jose, CA 95123
One of Blossom Valley Gems located on a wonderful tree-lined street. This home features four bedroom & three full bathrooms all in a spacious 2016 Sq. ft and 6120 lot. Remodeled in 2016 home has been upgraded with Engineered Hardwood flooring throughout, Plantain Shutters, Dual pane windows, decorative lighting. Remodeled kitchen features Quartz Counter Tops, Marble floors, Porcelian glass tile Backsplash, Bosch dishwasher, Kenmore Elite refrigerator and Whirlpool stove. Master bathroom upgraded with Freestanding elegantly fluted oval bathtub, Walk-in shower with wall mounted waterfall shower system,porcelain tile. Full bath and bedroom...
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Posted on 11/01/2020
Sources of Funding for Home Buyers
Photo by TheDigitalWay via Pixabay Looking to buy your first home? Unless you have a couple hundred thousand in the bank, a rich family member or a winning lottery ticket, you’re going to have to borrow money. TV ads suggest it’s as easy as clicking your phone, and in some cases it might be, but you should know...
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Posted on 10/25/2020
3 Tips for Moving Across the Country
Photo by Erika Wittlieb via Pixabay Have you ever made a move across the country? While this is a huge step, it can be extremely rewarding. Whether you’re moving for a job or you just want a fresh start, the whole process can be stressful and very expensive. However, there are some tips to consider that can help...
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Posted on 10/23/2020
Giving Back with Gema Smith
While this holiday season may feel different than the last, we hope to bring some cheer to your household with a raffle for a custom decorated tree or wreath. HOW IT WORKS We will accept entries until Thanksgiving and draw winners on Facebook Live on November 30. Gema will create a custom wreath or tree for your family...
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Posted on 10/18/2020
Use Native Stones to Create a Rustic Walkway
Image by Nancy Buron from Pixabay If you're like many homeowners who prefer a natural landscape plan, your outdoor living space undoubtedly features lush vegetation and bright, blooming flowers. However, you might also have the sense that something is missing but can't quite put your finger on what it might be. If this describes you, the missing element...
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Posted on 10/11/2020
Tips for Buyers: Learn About the Local Housing Market
An informed homebuyer may be better equipped than others to enjoy a successful property buying experience. In fact, an informed homebuyer likely will understand the ins and outs of the local housing market – something that could make it simple for this individual to discover a great residence at a budget-friendly price. Ultimately, it helps to review the local...
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Posted on 10/04/2020
5 Organization Tools for Buyers and Sellers
Image by edar from Pixabay In today's virtual world, the vast majority of people are using apps and software to stay organized and keep their goals moving forward, including selling or buying a home. Fortunately, there are a ton of great tools available to help you stay on top of your real estate transactions. Here's a quick look...
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