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5 Reasons to Find a Realtor Early!

  Here are 5 reasons to find a realtor before you start looking for a new home.  Connecting with a realtor before you have an immediate need to move allows you and your family to better prepare financially for what will be expected. Experienced realtors  can offer expert advice on how to increase your chances of purchasing your dream home. Whether it be referrals for credit repair or savings plans, experienced realtors have seen it all. Experienced realtors have a strong grasp... Continue Reading >

5 Things for Adults to do on Halloween

Halloween isn’t just for kids. Here are the top five, fabulous things for adults to do on Halloween night. Bar Crawl  Without fail, almost all local bars are hosting drink specials with festive bar decor for Halloween. This is a great time to make new friends and celebrate with old ones. Scary Movie Night A cozy night in with snacks and a movie is a fantastic way to spend Halloween! Pick two of your favorite scary movies or view a list here... Continue Reading >

Saving For a Down Payment?

Ever wonder where the money comes from for a down payment on a new home? Here are the three common sources home buyers use to reach their down payment goal. Savings: It’s clear that the most common down payment source is from savings. Putting money aside for a few months allows new home buyers the confidence to move forward. Gifts from Family and Friends: Many home buyers rely on a friend or family member to help with their down payment on... Continue Reading >

Enjoy Two Simple Fall Recipes

It’s time to get into the Fall spirit! With only a hand full of ingredients, your kitchen and home will be filled with the sweet smells of Fall in no time! Here are two go-to recipes to bring in the Fall cheer. Pumpkin Quesadillas                   Ingredients 2 cups canned pure pumpkin puree 1 teaspoon ground cumin 8 8 inches flour tortillas 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted 1/4 cup vegetable oil Directions In bowl, stir pumpkin and cumin; season. Spread... Continue Reading >

Home Safety Requires a Fire Plan

Having a fire-safety plan is of utmost importance for your home and family. Getting started can be the hardest part, but takes very little time and provides an added layer of home-safety. Below is a checklist to help you and your loved ones stay safe and secure. Brainstorm two escape routes that can be achievable from every room in your home. Pinpointing which hallway and exit door can be used,  helps everyone to have a clear understanding of each route. ... Continue Reading >

5 Ways To Save On Your Energy Bill & Keep Cool

With the California heat set to break a few records this summer, it will be important to keep your home cool, yet affordable. Here are 5 ways to save energy and money, while keeping your home cool all summer long. Pay  attention to the weekly weather report to predict the hottest days of the week. On those days, run the air conditioning system early that morning. Afterward, run your fans to circulate the cool air.  By cooling your home before the... Continue Reading >

9 Tips for Developing Better Habits

Change never happens overnight. As we continue into the fourth month of 2016, how many goals for this year have you gotten closer to? Around month four of the new year, most could use not only a boost of encouragement but also a few helpful tools to stay on the right track. The 9 tips below are sure to do just that! Continue Reading >

tricks of the trade : negotiating closing costs

Kathleen Finnegan At the end of the home-buying process, you will be faced with closing costs, the fees due at signing are required to complete a home sale. Closing costs can be expensive, but some of those fees may be negotiable. Here are some tips for navigating closing costs. Check the Market Temperature The nature of the housing market may dictate whether the buyer or the seller picks up various closing costs. If it’s a buyer’s market—a bit cold and homes aren’t selling well—sellers may be more... Continue Reading >

5 easy tips for outdoor summer staging

Kathleen Finnegan Buyers are drawn to backyards in the summer months. These simple tips will help ensure a listing’s outdoor space looks inviting. Just as summer marks a segue from basement birthday bashes and dining room celebrations, it also means sellers should adjust their staging strategy to include outdoor spaces — especially during the months that backyard BBQs and poolside cocktails reign It makes perfect sense to me from the point of view of preparing for a sale, just like indoors, you don’t... Continue Reading >

tax tips for sellers

Kathleen Finnegan With tax season upon us, many sellers have questions about what they will end up owning. While it is always important to consulate your tax professional to understand the tax implications, here are some tax tips for home sellers: Make Sure You Don’t Owe Capital Gains Tax The windfall you receive from real estate price appreciation is considered a capital gain, and may be taxable by the federal government. For example, if you bought a place at $150,000 and sold it for $225,000, your... Continue Reading >

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