san jose condo for sale: Maintaining Your Kitchen Appliances - 01/09/22 01:07 PM
Maintaining Your Kitchen Appliances Being a homeowner can be costly, but some expenses can be trimmed with regular maintenance. Since so many appliances run in the kitchen, it’s one of the best places to start.
Here are some of the best ways to keep your kitchen appliances running well so that they last through their normal lifetime, and hopefully beyond:
Refrigerator
Refrigerators have a life expectancy of 13 years, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
Mold should be the main thing to try to prevent the spread of in a refrigerator. This requires regularly removing all food from it … (2 comments)

san jose condo for sale: Smart Thermostats: Top 4 Expert Picks - 01/09/22 01:03 PM
Smart Thermostats: Top 4 Expert Picks Programmable thermostats let you set the temperature in your home and have the thermostat change it based on the time of day. What makes them ‘smart’ is that they can learn from your behaviors, let you control the climate remotely, show you energy consumption in real-time and even adjust themselves based on conditions like humidity.
You can tell them to shut off after you leave for work and spring back into action in time to ensure the house temperature is comfortable by the time you get home. Many models can be managed from your phone … (2 comments)

san jose condo for sale: Steps to Take After Identity Theft - 01/08/22 02:58 PM
Steps to Take After Identity Theft Reacting quickly is essential after you’ve been the victim of identity theft. It can lessen the damage by thieves and lower the stress of having your credit card lost or stolen.
You may notice when you get home that your credit card is missing. Or you may get an email from your credit card company that there is some suspicious activity on your account.
Whatever alerts you to identity theft, here are some steps to take immediately after realizing it:
Get on the phone
Depending on the circumstances, you may want to first call the … (1 comments)

san jose condo for sale: How to Check If a Debt Collector Is Legitimate - 01/07/22 11:05 AM
How to Check If a Debt Collector Is Legitimate Figures from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) show that about 70 million people—more than a quarter of adults in the United States—either have a debt in collection or have been contacted about one.
Some of those people are wrongly contacted by debt collectors. Reasons include contacting the wrong person for the wrong amount, or for debt that can’t legally be enforced, according to the CFPB.
Some calls are from debt collectors who aren’t legitimate and don’t represent an original creditor or don’t own the debt. In other words, they’re outright scams.
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san jose condo for sale: How To Hit Your Homebuying Goals This Year - 01/07/22 10:41 AM
Some Highlights If you’re looking to buy a home, you may want to put these items on your to-do list to ensure you hit your goals. It’s important to start working on your credit and saving for a down payment early. When you’re ready to begin your search, work with a real estate professional and get pre-approved so you know how much you can borrow. Connect with a real estate advisor so you have the guidance you need to achieve your homebuying goals this year. … (1 comments)

san jose condo for sale: How to Sneak in More Veggies - 01/05/22 11:12 AM
How to Sneak in More Veggies Trying to munch more veggies on the reg, but sick of salads and steamed sides? Below are a handful of simple ways you can up your veggie count with ease.
Blend them. If you’re a smoothie fan, you’ll be thrilled to know that adding a handful or two of baby spinach to your morning blend won’t alter the flavor or texture of your favorite drink. It will, however, give you an added vitamin punch and a bright color.
Juice them. Dust off that unused juicer and aim to make a fresh juice at least once a week. … (2 comments)

san jose condo for sale: Avoid the Rental Trap in 2022 - 01/04/22 10:41 AM
Are you one of the many renters thinking about where you’ll live the next time your lease is up? Before you decide whether to look for a new house or another apartment, it’s important to understand the true costs of renting in 2022.
As a renter, you should know rents have been rising since 1988 (see graph below):
In 2021, rents grew dramatically. According to ApartmentList.com, since January 2021:
“. . . the national median rent has increased by a staggering 17.8 percent. To put that in context, rent growth from January to November averaged just 2.6 percent in the pre-pandemic years from 2017-2019.”
That increase in 2021 was far greater than … (2 comments)

san jose condo for sale: 5 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Saving Money - 01/03/22 11:16 AM
5 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Saving Money The savings rate in America is pretty abysmal. Fifty-seven percent of Americans have less than $1,000 in their savings accounts, according to a 2017 GOBanking Rates survey.
Without savings, people can be forced to take on debt when they lose their job, get sick or have major car repairs. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to trick yourself into saving money, whether for retirement, college, a new car, vacation or a rainy day. Here are five:
Automatic Transfers
Having money automatically moved from your paycheck to a retirement account, or from your checking account … (0 comments)

san jose condo for sale: Apps to Make Saving Easier - 01/03/22 11:14 AM
Apps to Make Saving Easier Saving for a home, retirement, a vacation or anything else can be difficult.
The median retirement savings of all working-age families in the United States is $5,000, according to the Economic Policy Institute. Given that many financial advisers recommend having about $1 million in retirement, that leaves many families far short of their retirement plans.
Don’t let such big goals keep you from striving for them. Many mobile apps help people reach multiple savings goals, often in painless ways that only require the change you’d normally get at the cash register.
For a retirement plan, home … (1 comments)

san jose condo for sale: Homeowners: Know How to Complete These Basic Tasks - 01/03/22 11:01 AM
Homeowners: Know How to Complete These Basic Tasks Owning a home is infinitely rewarding but issues do pop up, and there’s no need to call a handyman every time something goes haywire. The home repair experts at HGTV suggest four things every homeowner should know how to do:
Change smoke detector batteries. Do this twice a year or anytime you hear a loud chirping. Get up on a ladder and twist the body of the unit off the bracket. If it isn’t hardwired, it will completely remove. Change the battery and twist it back in place.
Find the main water shut-off valve. If you ever … (4 comments)

san jose condo for sale: Homeownership is a Dominant Gene - 12/30/21 10:51 PM
There are many things that factor into the decision to buy a home. New research from the Urban Institute suggests that one of those things may be inherited from your parents.
Children are More Likely to Own a Home if Their Parents DidAccording to an analysis of millennial homeowners, the homeownership rate of those whose parents rent their homes is 14.4%, while the rate amongst millennials whose parents are homeowners is 31.7%!
“A young adult’s odds of homeownership are highly correlated with their parent’s homeownership.
Without controlling for such factors as age, income, education, marital status, and race or ethnicity, there is a 17 percentage-point gap between the homeownership … (2 comments)

san jose condo for sale: Your Journey to Homeownership - 12/30/21 10:26 PM
Some Highlights
When it comes to buying a home, there are a number of key milestones along the way. The process includes everything from building your team and understanding your finances to going house hunting, making an offer, and more. When you’re ready to start your journey, let’s connect so you have trusted guidance at every milestone in the process. … (1 comments)

san jose condo for sale: Advice for First-Generation Homebuyers - 12/30/21 10:01 PM
The sense of pride you’ll feel when you purchase a home can’t be overstated. For first-generation homebuyers, that feeling of accomplishment is even greater. That’s because the pride of homeownership for first-generation buyers extends far beyond the homebuyer. AJ Barkley, Head of Neighborhood and Community Lending for Bank of America, says:
“Achieving this goal can create a sense of pride and accomplishment that resonates both for the buyer and those closest to them, including their parents and future generations.”
In other words, your dream of homeownership has far-reaching impacts. If you’re about to be the first person in your family to buy a home, let that motivate … (1 comments)

san jose condo for sale: A Happy Tail: Pets and the Homebuying Process - 12/30/21 09:56 PM
A Happy Tail: Pets and the Homebuying Process Some Highlights
It’s no secret that we love our furry friends – about 70% of U.S. householdshave pets. What may come as a surprise is how large a role they play in the homebuying process. Americans spend$1,163 a year on their pets, and nearly half of pet owners say they would move for better accommodations and amenities for their pets. If you’re thinking of adding a furry friend, or if you already have, let’s connect to discuss how you can find a home that meets all your pet’s needs.  
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san jose condo for sale: Win When You Sell (And When You Move) - 12/30/21 09:52 PM
If you’re trying to decide when to sell your house, there may not be a better time than this winter. Selling this season means you can take advantage of today’s strong sellers’ market when you make a move.
Win When You Sell
Right now, conditions are very favorable for current homeowners looking for a change. If you sell now, here’s what you can expect:
Your House Will Stand Out– While recent data shows there are more sellers getting ready to list their homes this winter, there are still more buyers in the market than there are homes for sale. If you sell your house now before more houses are … (0 comments)

san jose condo for sale: Homebuyers: Be Ready To Act This Spring - 12/30/21 02:38 PM
To succeed as a buyer in today’s market, it’s important to understand which market trends will have the greatest impact on your home search. Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at realtor.com, says there are two factors every buyer should keep their eyes on:
“Going forward, the conditions buyers face are primarily dependent on two things: mortgage rates and housing supply.”
Here’s a look at each one.
Mortgage Rates Projected To Rise in 2022As a buyer, your interest rate directly impacts how much you’ll pay on your monthly mortgage when you purchase a home. Rates are beginning to rise, and experts forecast they’ll continue going up in 2022 (see graph below):As the graph shows, … (2 comments)

san jose condo for sale: Hate Your New Couch or Paint Color? How To Avoid (or Cope With) Renovation Regret - 12/29/21 11:29 PM
Confession: All my life, I’ve wanted a chaise lounge. Chalk it up to Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda canoodling on one in “The Lady Eve.” A chaise always seemed like a highly comfortable perch for a grown-up. Plus, it has a chic French name.
I eventually bought a chaise … that took up way too much space in my living room and blocked an entry. After all, chaisemeans “long chair.” And yes, that chair was long indeed, as was the lasting sting of my buyer’s remorse.
Unfortunately, when you’re faced with a big design decision, this regret will rear its head … (3 comments)

san jose condo for sale: From Ornaments to Yeast: The Biggest Household Dangers for Cats & Dogs - 12/29/21 11:22 PM
All pet parents want to keep their fur babies safe. So they may be shocked to learn their home can be a minefield of potential hazards that can cause severe harm or even death for their feline and canine family members.
“Cats and dogs are curious animals and tend to get into things, so nothing is foolproof,” says Tina Wismer, senior director of toxicology at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. “But there are some easy precautions that you can take to make it less likely that they will find something that they shouldn’t.”
Most people know to keep chocolate hidden away … (2 comments)

san jose condo for sale: Buying a Home in Today’s Market Can Lead to the 5 Stages of Grief - 12/29/21 11:16 PM
Here’s How To Survive Them
As the housing market has become extraordinarily competitive and expensive, it is often taking an emotional toll on folks who are finding themselves mourning the loss of these homes that they loved—and then lost.
“People are envisioning life in these spaces,” says therapist Tiffany Lovell, who is based in the suburbs of Bismarck, ND. “They can see their stuff in there and all of these moments and memories happening. When that doesn’t happen and they don’t get the house, then all of that gets stripped away. It puts them into the grief cycle.”
The disappointment isn’t … (2 comments)

san jose condo for sale: ‘Buyers Will Get Creative’: The Rate of Home-Price Growth Is Slowing, but Buyers Can’t Catch a Break - 12/29/21 11:09 PM
The numbers: Home-price growth continues to decelerateFor the third consecutive month, home-price appreciation occurred at a slower pace, according to a major price barometer released Tuesday, reinforcing the notion that the housing market is cooling after over a year of frenzied sales.
The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city price index posted a 18.4% year-over-year gain in October, down from 19.1% the previous month. On a monthly basis, the index increased 0.8% between September and October.
What happened The separate national index from the Case-Shiller report showed a 19.1% annual gain, down from a 19.7% increase in September. While lower on the monthly basis, this … (2 comments)

 
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