January 2018

Found 5 blog entries for January 2018.

Thinking about remodeling your kitchen? Kitchens play an increasingly more important role in homes today, and remodeling yours can not only result in a higher price when you sell, it can provide a lot of pride, comfort and satisfaction in the meantime. There's a lot to consider in remodeling; for example: What's the optimal design and flow of the space? What are the spacial limitations and what's the best way to modernize and maximize at the same time? What can be added and what may need to be taken away? One thing we often see in kitchen remodels is a failure to maximize the light - both natural and artificial, so don't forget that important consideration. A dark kitchen - especially a newly-remodeled one - is a mistake. Click below to read more about 7…
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There's been a popular trend over the past few years in home maintenance - particularly with older homes - for home owners and house flippers alike to paint the brick exterior of homes. There are some good reasons this has been the case, aesthetically, at least, because it can really update the look of a tired, old exterior and give it a fresh, new look. However, as easy and effective as this may sound and as tempting as it may be to fire up the spray gun and paint away, there are some pretty good reasons not to paint your brick exterior. If you do decide to go this route, there are some exterior paints out there that may be the best choice for this application because they will let the brick "breathe". To read more about the pro's and con's of this…
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Are you planning a move in 2018? One of the things that creates a lot of stress for people is dealing with a lot of last-minute details that inevitably pile up when you're moving, so start now! Whether you're planning to move next month or later in the year, planning the move and dealing with a few issues at a time will definitely help. Here are a few tips:

Get Your Loan Approval Done Now: Work with your lender to get your loan ducks in a row, so to speak, and deal with any lingering issues now. Having the ability to provide a clean loan pre-approval with any offer you make might make the difference in getting the house you want or not. This pre-approval process will also help you identify the price range you'll be able to work with, so you won't waste time…
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What's your home worth today? If you're considering selling, this is normally one of the fist things that comes up. We've added a new tool to our website that will help you get an idea of what your home is worth in the current market, and it is very effective because it not only gives you search options, it's an interactive tool. It let's you examine some "what-if" scenarios by editing the property-search radius on the map, or even draw a polygon around a specific area like a neighborhood to see what impact, if any, that might have on price. This new tool shows you a range of value, an estimate based on your input, and also shows you details on the properties that are considered comparables. Pretty slick!

Click Here To Use Our Home Valuation Tool

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The new tax law has been passed and it contains some changes that may affect real estate markets - some more than others. For example, the threshold for mortgage interest deductions has been lowered from the previous limit of $1,000,000 down to $750,000. Also of particular interest to high-tax states, like California, is the new limit on the SALT (State and Local Taxes) deduction, which will now be limited to $10,000. As a caveat, I am not attempting to provide tax advice here, only your tax professional can do that, but I do want to provide you with some information on the differences in the new law vs. the old one. Click on the chart below to see a summary of the real-estate side of things provided by the California Association of Realtors®:

This summary…
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