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Posted on 01/17/2021
Tips on a Quick and Easy Home Refresh
Photo by Sonja_paetow via Pixabay Home feeling a little dull? You can clean and liven things up in a single day, and make your home into a welcoming, comfortable oasis. Whether you are coping with outdated decor, too much clutter or just need to liven things up, this list can help you pull things together quickly. You'll be...
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Posted on 01/15/2021
Another Property Sold - 1907 Commons Court #D, Capitola, CA 95010
Completely remodeled in 2019 this 3 bedroom 2.5 bath end unit townhome has a large backyard, 1 car garage and lots of parking. This townhome is walking distance to Capitola Village and Pleasure Point. Low HOA fee of $480/month. This well maintained, quiet complex only has 19 homes total with most being owner occupied. This end unit sits at the end of a quiet court on the perimeter of the...
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Posted on 01/10/2021
What to Expect When Closing on a New Home
Image by S K from Pixabay Buying a new home can be an exciting experience. Unfortunately, the closing can seem a little daunting if you are unsure about what to expect during the closing process. Below is a simple guide as to what you can expect during the closing of your first home. Knowing How Long the Process...
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Posted on 01/03/2021
Time to Remove that Wood Paneling?
Photo by Prawny via Pixabay Circa 1965, having beautiful wood paneling was the envy of the neighborhood. It was like bringing the outdoors in. But 50-60 years later, it usually just makes a room seem dark and dated unless you live in a log cabin. In most cases, you can remove the paneling and paint the drywall underneath....
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Posted on 12/27/2020
Types of "Subject-to" Real Estate Investments
Image by Nattanan Kanchanaprat from Pixabay If you're looking for "subject-to" real estate, you know it can be a good investment. This kind of real estate is purchased "subject-to" the existing mortgage. So the buyer owns the property, but the mortgage stays in the seller's name. Payments are made by the buyer, but it's not necessary for that...
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Posted on 12/20/2020
Key Factors to Consider Before You Counter an Offer to Purchase
You don't need to be a home selling expert to counter a buyer's offer to purchase your house. In fact, sellers who know what factors to consider as they evaluate a homebuying proposal may be better equipped than others to submit a successful counter-offer. Now, let's take a look at three factors a seller should consider before countering a...
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Posted on 12/13/2020
Options for Selling a Home with Water Damage
Photo by Monkey Business Images via Shutterstock After a significant storm or catastrophic event, you may determine that moving to a different climate is right for your household. The question becomes, do you repair all the damage to your home before you sell it, or do you offer it “as is” so that the buyer takes on that...
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Posted on 12/06/2020
PMI and Down Payments
Image by Charles 🇵🇭 from Unsplash Part of buying a home is researching the market and your finances. Most lenders require you to put at least 20 percent down or pay private mortgage insurance (PMI). Since PMI is a cost that does not lower your interest rate or principal, it’s almost always better to save up that hefty...
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Posted on 11/29/2020
Pros & Cons of Buying an Older Home
Image by skeeze from Pixabay For those who embrace a sense of nostalgic charm, older homes have an undeniable allure. The yesteryear designs and attention to detail are often absent in new construction. As attractive as the idea of living in a glorious Victorian or period home may be, it’s also imperative that you take an extra-long look...
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Posted on 11/25/2020
Another Property Sold - 260 High Street #210, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
1 owner=55+ AND community apartment SO all-cash offers required. Small but mighty! This light, bright, end unit with high ceilings makes great use of space. Move-in ready in historic Piedmont Court. South-facing with large windows and historic features including cherry wood vinyl flooring, a chandelier and granite countertops. Piedmont Court offers beautiful grounds with greenery, verandas and common gathering areas in the grand entryway along with a grand piano in the lobby. The Mission Revival architecture built in 1912 after the San Francisco earthquake to incorporate fire and earthquake safety. Amenities include a garage, guest unit...
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Posted on 11/25/2020
268 4th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062 now has a new price of $1,795,000!
An incredible opportunity to own 3 floors of stunning views of the Monterey Bay, in the most spectacular section of Seabright. A sophisticated 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom condo that sits above the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor with commanding views. The home features 1,732 sq. ft. of living space that is spread across 3 floors plus 2 car parking and huge storage area! Each floor has a set of large sliding glass doors that leads private terraces for a perfect indoor/outdoor lifestyle. Watch as yachts leisurely sail by and entertain friends and family with a dinner of fresh caught seafood. This light-filled home offers great separation of space with two...
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Posted on 11/22/2020
Tips for Sellers: Set Yourself Up for Success
A successful home selling experience is not a guarantee. However, if you prepare for the house selling journey, you may be better equipped than others to reap the benefits of a quick, profitable home selling experience. Now, let's take a look at three tips so you can set yourself up to succeed during the house selling journey. 1. Identify...
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