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If you're selling in anything other than a hot market, you might find "staging" your home can help generate more interest and offers.  You needn't spend thousands of dollars on improvements or professional consultants, however.  There are several things you can take into your own hands to improv...
Consumer Reports recently published a survey, and the results indicate that there is, in fact, some good news in the real estate industry!  While foreclosures and other economic factors still exert some negative impact, those buyers and sellers who have worked with real estate professionals expre...
Starting July 30, 2009, if the APR on an initial Good Faith Estimate is no longer accurate (within a 0.125% range) at close of escrow, a lender must generally provide a residential borrower with a new disclosure and a three-day right to rescind before consummating the loan.  REALTORS® are forewa...
Paul and Lisa Resign! Here's a quick note to let you know how I can help you or anyone you feel comfortable introducing to me. When Paul and Lisa were ready to downsize from their four-bedroom house to a condo, they wanted to save money so they decided to sell their home themselves.  They weren't...
The Costa Mesa Summer Concert Series, saved from the chopping block by community donations, has announced its new pared down schedule.  The four-concert series will begin on July 28 with Incendio, featuring classical guitar music; the steel drums of Steele Parade on Aug. 4; the Fabulous Nomads, a...
  They say that no coin is so thin that it doesn't have two sides, and home prices are not so different.  Many who invested like mad in real estate the last few years felt the giddiness of buying low and selling high.  Investors are feeling the pinch now, but what about the regular folks who buy ...
It's easy to be swayed by all the negativity swirling around in the real estate industry.  However, home ownership offers benefits you just can't get from other forms of investment, regardless of market conditions.  In particular, the US tax code makes buying and owning a home a great deal. First...
How to Display the Flag 1. When the flag is displayed over the middle of the street, it should be suspended vertically with the union to the north in an east and west street or to the east in a north and south street.   2. The flag of the United States of America, when it is displayed with anothe...
HAF: Mortgage Protection Program To help provide first-time home buyers with peace of mind when purchasing a home, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Housing Affordability Fund (C.A.R.H.A.F.) is offering a FREE supplemental insurance product for qualified first time homebuyers.  Through the ...

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