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Best Neighborhoods to Raise a Family in San Diego 

When moving to a new neighborhood, there is a lot to consider. This is especially true if you already have children, or are hoping to have them in the near future. 

Why Owning a Home in San Diego is Better than Renting

Renting versus buying is a common conundrum for many people. Choosing to rent somewhere can be perfect for those who aren’t looking to put down roots, or who don’t want the financial commitment of a long-term mortgage.

Tips For Selecting A Real Estate Agent in San Diego

Whether you are looking to buy or sell a property in San Diego, you are probably thinking about finding a top quality real estate agent to help you through the process.

Best beach neighborhoods in San Diego

Not only is San Diego regularly voted one of the best places to live in the U.S. with around 17 miles of stunning coastline, San Diego has some of the best beach neighborhoods on the west coast. 

How to Deal With Significant Issues Discovered in a Home Inspection

April 11, 2016
Finding the perfect place to call home can be a real time-consuming and laborious endeavor, especially if you’re in a market where inventory is a little tight. But even when you find the right property, the deal isn’t done yet until a home inspection has been conducted to make sure you’re not buying into a money pit.

Home Equity Loans 101: An Introductory Guide

April 14, 2016
Whether you need to pay for your child’s college education, a major home renovation, or an emergency medical expense, scraping the necessary funds together can be tough, but necessary. But if you currently own a home that you’ve been regularly putting money into via mortgage payments, you just might be able to tap into your home’s equity as a source to fund these major expenses.

6 Important Features Your Small Space Needs

April 18, 2016
Who says you need tons of square footage to live comfortably? In fact, smaller-scale homes are appealing to many home buyers, particularly millennials who are looking for comfort without having to dedicate all their free time to maintaining a larger property. Whether opting for a smaller space is a matter of affordability or simply a lifestyle choice, living in small quarters doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style and comfort.

INFOGRAPHIC: Real Estate Buzzwords Your Listing Needs to Get Attention

April 21, 2016
When you’ve got your home listed for sale, you want to draw as much attention to it as possible. Since these small descriptions are only a few characters long, you’ve got to make the most of the words you use.

5 Tips for Buyers at Open Houses

April 21, 2017
Learn how to effectively attend open houses to better your chances of landing your dream home!

Solar is the Way to Go in Sunny California

April 25, 2016
Solar energy isn’t exactly new. It’s been around for years now, although it’s only starting to pick up steam as more and more homeowners figure out the potential cost savings in utility bills, not to mention their reduced carbon footprint.

INFOGRAPHIC: California Home Sales in February 2016

April 28, 2016
The real estate market in California continues to sizzle, with existing home sales picking up speed in February, according to the California Association of Realtors (CAR). An improvement in housing inventory and an easing off of prices due to a continued shift to more affordable spots have helped drive the Golden State’s real estate market in February.

INFOGRAPHIC: 10 Best Places in California to Retire

April 4, 2016
From the sunshine, to the warm climate, to the ocean and wine country, California’s got it all. And from a retiree’s perspective, these traits rank right up there for must-haves in a retirement locale. The hard part isn’t about whether or not California is the right state to settle in; it’s deciding which part of the Golden State to spend the Golden Years. To make this decision a little easier, here is a list of the 10 best places in California to retire.

Landscaping Ideas For Corner Lots

April 7, 2016
Corner lots are often the largest on their streets, offering homeowners wide open spaces that are perfect for the kids to play around or for entertaining. But they also pose certain challenges - namely, privacy. Properties on corner lots are much more exposed to the street than others on the block, making usable outdoor living space tough to define. They also often act as a way for passersby to cut through from one sidewalk to the other, which can make your grass and other greenery vulnerable to damage.

8 Questions All Buyers Should Ask About Homeowners Insurance

August 1, 2016
If there’s one thing you don’t want to skimp on when it comes to owning a home, it’s homeowners insurance. Even though your lender will require you to obtain this kind of insurance in order to get approved for a mortgage, you still have plenty of options to make sure you’re adequately covered.

Should You Get a Mortgage With an Online Lender?

August 10, 2015
Back in the day, home buyers would head off to their central…

How to Gauge the Total Cost of Buying a Fixer-Upper

August 11, 2016
You can gain serious value in a home if you buy a fixer-upper and renovate it yourself. But like any other type of investment, you’ve got to make sure the numbers add up first.

Guide to San Diego’s Hidden Treasures

August 13, 2015
One of the advantages of living in a city as beautiful and diverse…

6 Things You Didn’t Know About "Green" Homes

August 15, 2016
Everyone knows that “green” homes use much less energy to operate the household and can reduce our carbon footprint on the environment. While more and more Americans are jumping on the eco-friendly bandwagon every day, there are certain facts about the green movement that might not be well-known as far as homeownership is concerned.

7 Affordable Ways to Give Your Home a Luxurious Feel

August 17, 2015
Just because you're not filthy rich, doesn't mean you shouldn't…

Why Do Kitchen Remodels Go Over Budget?

August 18, 2016
The kitchen is absolutely one of the most important spaces in the home as far as property value goes. In fact, it’s probably THE most important. That’s why many homeowners tend to focus on this particular room in the home when it comes time to do a little remodeling

Dorm Room Design on a Budget

August 20, 2015
It's that time of year again. High school graduates across the…

7 Important Questions to Ask to Find the Perfect Tenant

August 22, 2016
Investing in real estate and allowing others to pay the mortgage for you is one of the soundest means of building wealth over the long haul. It’s been done for decades by savvy investors who’ve been able to use the power of leveraging.

New Mortgage Disclosure Rule Arms Buyers

August 24, 2015
As of October 1st, home buyers will be armed with more information…

Tips for Relocating to San Diego

August 24, 2017
There are lots of reasons why you should stay in San Diego for good. Moreover, helpful tips come in handy to make your stay worthwhile. Learn more information here.

14 Lighting Ideas For the Perfectly Bright Backyard

August 25, 2016
Mindful landscape lighting effectively highlights specific design elements, and creates a unique ambiance to an outdoor space. While a few candles can be soothing, you don’t want to restrict yourself when it comes to landscape lighting.

3 Tips for Using Mirrors to Improve Your Rooms

August 27, 2015
Imagine a world without mirrors. You would have no way to check…

Should You Pay Your Mortgage Off Now Before Rates Start to Rise?

August 29, 2016
Mortgage rates have been so low for the past six years, making homeownership more affordable for many Americans. One thing’s for sure: there’s no better time to lock into a mortgage than right now before rates eventually start to rise.

Negotiating a Lease Agreement? 4 Things That Are on the Table

August 3, 2015
Many landlords typically put their tenant prospects through the…

How Solar Lights Can Light Up Your Exterior & Save You Money

August 31, 2015
Exterior lights have a variety of uses for a home. They light…

Buyers Get a Bit of a Break From Increase in California’s Housing Supply

August 4, 2016
California has been under a major housing inventory crunch for a long time now, sending home prices through the roof in many centers across the state. It’s been so bad that many families have chosen to bail out of California altogether in an effort to find some relief from the housing affordability crisis that’s been plaguing the state.

Plant Killer? Learn Where to Place Plants in Your Home

August 6, 2015
Not everyone is born with a green thumb. While some people can…

5 Ways to Cut Your Mortgage Costs

August 8, 2016
If you’re like many other Americans, mortgage payments are probably the biggest monthly expense on your budget. But how does reducing your monthly mortgage payments sound? Pretty good, right? If you’re finding it a bit tough to comfortably pay your monthly mortgage payments, there may be a way for you to save off a few bucks.

Understand the Prepayment Penalty on Your Mortgage

December 1, 2016
When you first apply for a mortgage, you might not give too much consideration to the prepayment penalty - but you probably should.

Here’s the Scoop on High-Efficiency LED Lighting For Your Home

December 11, 2015
Remember back in the day when LED lights first came out on the…

Ways to Lower Your Closing Costs When Buying a Home

December 12, 2016
As if the purchase price of a home isn’t expensive enough, there are also plenty of other expenses associated with closing that can really add up. In fact, these closing costs can add up to be anywhere between 2% to 5% of the purchase price of the home, on average. The more expensive the home, the more you can expect to pay in closing costs.

Using Video to Market Your Property

December 14, 2015
These days, you’ve got to up your game when it comes to marketing…

What Can You Do About Unacceptable Behavior From Your HOA's Board of Directors?

December 15, 2016
Condominium buildings and planned unit developments are typically run by a homeowners’ association (HOA), which in turn is run by an owner-elected Board of Directors. The members who serve on the board are responsible for making a lot of critical decisions about the association’s finances, a well as the overall state of the building.

Home Buying Tactic: Pay All-Cash First, Mortgage Later

December 19, 2016
Coming up with enough cash to make a home purchase isn’t exactly easy to do, and not too many people can scrounge up that kind of money. Yet in a competitive market where homes are being snatched up just as fast as they are listed for sale, all-cash is king.

Childproof Your Home Without Sacrificing Your Decor

December 22, 2015
Kids are the cutest. That’s why parents are quick to make some…

Factors to Consider When Listing an Income Property

December 22, 2016
In comparison to other types of investments, real estate income properties come with a reasonably safe reward profile compared to the level of risk they come with. If you’ve got a real estate investment profile in the works, there may be a property or two that you’re considering letting go of.

5 Reasons Why You Should Buy Your Next Home in 2016

December 24, 2015
Still got cold feet about buying a home? Wait ’till 2016 rolls…

5 Affordable Decor Ideas that Always Impress

December 3, 2015
You might be taking the holiday season as an opportunity to add…

How to Camouflage Your Storage So Your Decor Stays Chic

December 31, 2015
It doesn’t matter how often you purge your unused belongings,…

What is a 'Broker' Open House, and Should You Hold One When Selling?

December 5, 2016
Everyone knows what an open house is. Sellers essentially give free reign to prospective buyers to meander through the home for a couple of hours to scope out the property and get a feel for whether or not they might be interested in further pursuing a potential offer.

How Californians Are Going Green at Home

December 7, 2015
It’s amazing. California went from a major energy crisis to…

8 Ways to Avoid Buyer’s Remorse

December 8, 2016
It’s a terrible feeling that no buyer wants to experience: regretting your decision after agreeing to buy a house. Whether you’re reconsidering the location, the lack of a master ensuite, or the expense related to updating the place, there are plenty of reasons why you might wish you could turn back the hands of time.

Can Your Neighbor Legally Object to the For Sale Sign on Your Property?

February 11, 2016
When your home is listed for sale, you want it to get as much…

What to Do When You Find Your Dream Home . . . But It’s Not For Sale

February 16, 2016
Depending on where you’re looking to buy, there could very…

Rules of Etiquette You Should Know Before Buying a Home

February 19, 2016
If a good deal is what you’re looking for when it comes to…

What Will California’s Housing Market Look Like in 2016?

February 2, 2016
California’s real estate market will continue its growth streak…

Infographic: Baby Boomers & The Real Estate Market

February 22, 2016
Millennials get all the press these days, but Baby Boomers still have a larger impact on the real estate market than any other demographic. This excellent infographic sheds light on this generation’s ongoing influence over the housing market.

Different Realtor Personality Types - Which Works Best for You?

February 24, 2017
With so many different types of realtors out there, read this to help you choose which type may suit you best.

7 Tips for Dealing With Problem Tenants

February 25, 2016
Having a tenant that pays on time and never causes a fuss is…

5 Common Home Pricing Mistakes That Could Cost You

February 29, 2016
When it comes to successfully selling real estate, the pricing…

[INFOGRAPHIC] 16 Interesting Facts About California's Real Estate Market

February 5, 2016
California has one of the most dynamic and multidimensional housing markets in the world. Wrapping your head around all of the nuances and complexities can be daunting. In this elegant infographic, we demystify the Golden State’s real estate market.

How Will Rock-Bottom Oil Prices Affect the Housing Market?

February 9, 2016
It sure is nice to fill up the gas tank and pay a fraction of…

7 Interior Design Trends to Look Out For in 2016

January 18, 2016
Ready to revamp your home’s interior? Even if a redesign hasn’t…

9 Out of 10 of the Priciest Real Estate Markets in the Country Are in California

January 21, 2016
There is so much that attracts people by the hoards to California.…

Can You Gift Money for a Down Payment? Yes! And Here’s How

January 25, 2016
These days, it can be pretty tough to scrape together a good…

Break Up the Monotony of a Stark White Kitchen

January 29, 2016
If you’ve been paying attention to what’s popular in modern…

How to Buy and Sell a Home at the Same Time Without Going Insane

January 5, 2016
First-time homebuyers might have their own unique set of challenges,…

Be Wary of These 5 Risks of Buying A Foreclosure

January 8, 2016
Looking for an amazing deal on a house? Then you’ve probably…

California Homes Improving on Water Conservation

July 11, 2016
Well into its fifth straight year of severe drought, California continues to experience a major shortage of water. Parched land, dying trees, and wildfires are rampant throughout the state. Regulators have been taking steps to manage the situation, including encouraging homeowners to step up to the plate and conserve as much water as possible. And it looks like homeowners are doing just that.

13 Creative Ways to Make Your Small Space Look Much Bigger

July 15, 2016
Small spaces certain pose a set of design challenges, but there are plenty of savvy decor tactics that can be employed to make a room seem larger than it actually is, while keeping it stylish at the same time. Here are 13 ways to decorate your home to make it appear bigger if it’s short on square footage.

Best neighborhoods to raise a family in San Diego

July 17, 2017
With so many great neighborhoods in the San Diego area, there are a few that stand out as especially great to raise your kids!

6 Reasons Why a Mortgage Refinance Could Work For You

July 18, 2015
If you’ve built up a certain amount of equity in your home,…

5 Problems Your Home Inspector Might Not Catch

July 18, 2015
You've found your dream home, put in an offer that the seller…

Up the Odds of Having Your Remodeling Job Approved by the Review Board

July 18, 2015
Thinking of doing a little remodeling or renovating on your home?…

3 Things to Consider Before Switching Your Carpet for Hardwood

July 18, 2015
In many homes, hardwood has replaced carpet as the primary flooring…

Get Your Mortgage Process Moving Full Steam Ahead!

July 18, 2015
You’ve found the home of your dreams, and put in an offer that…

5 Types of Investment Properties to Scope Out To Boost Your Profitability

July 18, 2015
Real estate investing - it’s one of the best, most proven ways…

Top 5 Cities That Boast the Best ‘Urban-Nature’ Balance

July 18, 2016
Urban living comes with its own set of perks: the proximity to work, the entertainment, and the amenities. But along with living in downtown cores comes the traffic, pollution, and lack of green space.

Will Britain’s Bail-Out From the EU Affect Mortgage Interest Rates in the US?

July 21, 2016
Americans have been enjoying historically low mortgage interest rates for years now, making financing a home more affordable. But how much longer can the rates continue to scrape the bottom?

Understand the ‘Comps’ in Your Neighborhood in 5 Steps

July 23, 2015
Every seller would love to sell their home for top dollar, and…

Sellers: Be Prepared For These Types of Buyers

July 25, 2016
In a perfect world, sellers would only encounter serious buyers who present zero obstacles in the selling process. But just like in all other aspects of life, the world of real estate comes with all sorts of characters.

Upcoming Local Events in San Diego

July 27, 2015
"Which city is the best city in America, and why is it San Diego?" That's…

What Can Happen if You List Your Home Too High?

July 28, 2016
Every seller wants to rake in as much money on the sale of their homes as possible. For this reason, it can be really enticing to list with a really high price in hopes of a buyer taking the bait.

Top 5 US Cities to Flip a Home

July 30, 2015
While flipping a home isn't exactly for the faint of heart, there's…

How to Make Sure You're Getting a Fair Deal on a Flipped House

July 5, 2016
Many homebuyers are looking for a turn-key property that’s move-in ready. Buying a home with little to do to it is very attractive, especially for the millennial demographic.

7 Reasons Your Home is Lingering on the Market

July 7, 2016
If your home has been sitting on the market for a while with no bites, you might want to figure out what the problem is. The longer your home is listed without any offers, the more frustrating and costly it’ll be.

The Ins and Outs of Private Mortgage Insurance

June 13, 2016
Can’t come up with 20% for a down payment? Be prepared to pay for private mortgage insurance (PMI). Borrowers who are applying for a conventional mortgage and aren’t able to come up with a sizeable down payment towards a home purchase will have this additional fee tacked onto their mortgage payments. This is in addition to others like interest, escrow and taxes.

Bathroom Renovation Trends to Consider This Year

June 16, 2016
Thinking of giving your bathroom a makeover but not sure where to start? Consider looking at current trends in the world of bathroom remodels to get some inspiration. Updating your bathroom is a sure-fire way to add some value to your property, and tapping into what interior designers are doing to their clients’ homes is a great way to get some ideas and insight into what’s trending in the world of bathroom renovations.

Lenders Take Advantage of Strong Seller’s Market to Diminish Foreclosure Inventory

June 2, 2016
Vacant foreclosure properties - dubbed ‘zombie foreclosures’ - are on the decline. According to the second quarter 2016 US Residential Property Vacancy and Zombie Foreclosure Report, there are just over 19,000 properties that are in the zombie foreclosure process, a drop of 3.1% from April and a 30.1% plummet from the same time last year. These properties represent 4.7% of all foreclosures.

5 Ways to Enhance Your Patio This Summer

June 20, 2016
As the mercury on the thermometer continues to rise heading into summer, you’ll want to make sure that your patio is ready. Outdoor space provides homeowners with the chance to expand their living area, and what better way to enjoy life than amongst the gifts of Mother Nature? Here are a few easy and affordable ways to make sure your patio is ready for endless summer days and nights.

Self-Employed? New Home Loan Borrowing Rules You Should Know About

June 23, 2016
There are plenty of obvious benefits of being self-employed, including being your own boss and the freedom to choose your own schedule. But applying for a mortgage hasn't always been one of them.

Best Beach Neighborhoods in San Diego

June 26, 2017
San Diego is home of some of the most beautiful beach communities in the Unite States. Read our blog, and check out what some of the best beach neighborhoods in San Diego have to offer!

5 Focal Points to Create a Fabulous Interior

June 27, 2016
Without a focal point in a room, there’s no visual starting point for optimal flow. Highlighting a striking feature will help set the mood for a space, and will give something for the eyes to rest on as soon as you enter the room. Establishing a focal point is a key component to smart interior design, and when done right, it will balance the design and won’t necessarily make all other aspects of the room go unnoticed.

Sellers: How to Attract Millennial Buyers

June 30, 2016
Millennials - who are those born between the 1980s and the early 2000s - currently make up the biggest population of homebuyers in the real estate market across the US. In fact, they make up a whopping 68% of first-time homebuyers.

Kitchen Trends Making a Splash in 2016

June 6, 2016
Just about every room in your home could be spectacular, but if the kitchen is ho-hum, there’s lost value there. The kitchen truly is the center of a home. It’s not just where dinner is prepared; it's also where people tend to gather. Property values are largely dependent on the quality of the kitchen, so if yours needs a little TLC, now’s the time to bring it up to par.

Understanding Capital Gain Taxes When Selling Real Estate

June 9, 2016
You’ve probably heard the term “capital gains” float around when it comes to selling real estate, by do you know what it really means? More specifically, are you familiar with the taxes that may have to be paid on these gains, and how they can affect how much money you wind up with?

Why Now is a Great Time to Buy Into California’s Housing Market

March 10, 2016
If there’s any state in the US that has experienced a sizzling hot real estate market over the recent past, it’s California. 2015 was a stellar year that brought significant growth and milestones in California’s housing’s recovery.

Quicker Closing: How to Sweeten the Deal for Homebuyers

March 14, 2016
Whether there are tons of competing listings in your neighborhood or you happen to be in a slow market, making your property stand out from the crowd is crucial to a quick sale. And while an affordable listing price may be the first thing that buyers may be attracted to, there are plenty of other tings you can do to lure buyers to your listing and get your home sold quickly.

What’s Driving California Housing Prices Up?

March 17, 2016
Housing prices in California have long been higher than most other states in the US, and the gap just seems to be getting bigger. Unfortunately, that's driving many blue-collar and middle-class residents out of the state.

'Micro' Apartments - the Newest Trend in Housing Across the US

March 21, 2016
Picture yourself living in a 300 square-foot minuscule apartment, and paying the same rent price as you would for a place three times the size. That’s exactly what an increasing number of renters are doing these days just to be able to claim zip code in some of the country’s most expensive places to live.

5 Reasons Why Mortgage Applications Are Rejected, and How to Boost Chances of Approval

March 24, 2016
Getting approved for a mortgage these days is nowhere near as easy as it was before the economic debacle back in 2008. Lenders are a lot more stringent in their mortgage lending criteria, and for good reason: they don’t want to get stuck with a pile of loans in default. About one-third of all mortgage applications are denied by lenders, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. And half of refinancing applications are also rejected.

Buying and Selling Off-Market Houses

March 24, 2017
While most people choose to list their property on the MLS (Multiple Listing Service), selling off market can have its benefits. See what some of them are here!

INFOGRAPHIC: Who Makes Up the Housing Market in California

March 28, 2016
The current California housing market can be described in so many di erent ways. Right now the state is experiencing an inventory crunch, and housing a ordability is a real problem. Housing action is starting to shift inland as supply in coastal areas remains tight. But what about the people who make up the California housing market? Let’s have a closer look at the individuals who are part of the buying and selling process in California real estate for 2016.

6 Things Burglars Don't Want Homeowners to Know

March 3, 2016
Every 15 seconds, a home is broken into and burglarized in the US. Thieves spend hours scoping out targets, and once they zero in on them, it takes less than 60 seconds to break in.

9 Ways to Bring Feng Shui Into Your Home

March 31, 2016
This ancient Chinese art of existing in peace with your surrounding environment is based on the notion that your home reflects your life. Everything that surrounds you holds an energy called “chi,” which can be used to bring tranquility, energy, luck, and even wealth into your home. And at the same time, Feng Shui can also help add a sense of style

How to Sell Your Place While Your Tenants Are Still Living There

March 7, 2016
Whatever your reason for wanting to list your rental property for sale, having a tenant still living there while selling the place can definitely make the process a little more complex. But it’s not impossible, nor does it have to be a total nightmare if you play your cards right. While it might be a lot easier to wait until the lease expires and your tenants have vacated the premises, you might not necessarily have the luxury of time. Not everyone can necessarily afford to have the place vacant with zero income while the property is up for sale.

INFOGRAPHIC: Median Home Prices Throughout California Counties

May 12, 2016
Median home prices throughout the state of California vary greatly. While there are definitely pockets that are extremely pricey, there are also plenty of counties that offer affordable housing options.

Why More Millennials Are Entering the Housing Market Today

May 16, 2016
With mounds of student debt and sky-high housing prices, millennials have certainly had the odds stacked against them when it comes to getting into the housing market. And after seeing their parents deal with the recession back in 2008 after which millions of Americans lost their homes, millennials have been nervous about becoming homeowners themselves.

Tips to Keeping Your Home Safe While on Vacation

May 19, 2016
The whole idea of taking a vacation is to get away from the everyday stresses of life and change the scenery, if only for a temporary amount of time. The last thing you need is to worry about the security of your home while you’re gone.

Starbucks Boosts Neighborhood and Property Values

May 2, 2016
Certain neighborhood characteristics obviously have certain effects on property values, whether positive or negative. It’s a no-brainer that having loud railroad tracks in your backyard will drag your home’s value down, while nearby public transit will have the opposite effect.

INFOGRAPHIC: Exterior Upgrades That Can Boost Your Property Value

May 23, 2016
Many sellers tend to focus on the interior of their homes to impress buyers, which is great. But while this is an excellent idea to help boost property value - and thereby help sell your home faster and for more money - it’s important not to gloss over the exterior.

Buyers: 6 Things to Know About the New "Know Before You Owe" Rule

May 26, 2016
If you’ve ever bought a home in the past, you’ve likely experienced some level of confusion over the cumbersome mortgage documents that came along with the transaction. Going through this paperwork can be like reading a foreign language. Many buyers have complained about confusing terminology, inconsistencies in information, and inadequate time to go through and understand the mortgage documents before signing on the dotted line.

Buyers and Sellers Beware: Signs of Real Estate Scams to Be Aware of

May 31, 2016
Savvy scammers are always on the lookout for a way to swindle money from unsuspecting victims, and the real estate industry is by no means off limits. Of course, the overwhelming majority of buyers, sellers, agents, landlords, and others involved in real estate transactions are honest, but there are a few bad apples out there who spoil the bushel.

INFOGRAPHIC: How Proximity to Specific Neighborhood Traits Impacts Property

May 5, 2016
It’s no secret that living close to certain neighborhood features can either boost or drag down the value of your home. After all, real estate is all about location. But you might be surprised at just how much certain traits affect property values, whether positively or negatively.

INFOGRAPHIC: C.A.R. Survey Reveals Investor Activity in California

May 9, 2016
INFOGRAPHIC: C.A.R. Survey Reveals Investor Activity in California. Reasons for investment property purchases include good location, rate of return, good price, future development potential, and size.

5 Reasons Why Multi-Family Housing Makes For a Great Investment

November 11, 2016
Real estate investing offers plenty of options for those looking to build wealth through this particular avenue. With mortgage rates as low as they are today, now is a great time to get into the real estate investment market, and a multi-family property is something you might want to consider for many reasons, including the following.

Can You Combine Two Adjacent Condo Units Into One Larger One

November 12, 2015
You love your home, but you’re starting to outgrow it. An obvious…

Pros and Cons of Exterior Stucco For Your Home

November 14, 2016
Stucco provides a clean, smooth, modern finish to a home’s exterior, which is why it’s such a popular choice among California homeowners. If you’re considering revamping your home’s exterior, stucco is likely one of your options.

6 Decorating Trends That Never End

November 16, 2015
When it’s time to make major changes to your house, you’ll…

6 Things To Do When Selling With Pets in the Home

November 17, 2016
Whether you’ve got dogs, cats, hamsters, or bunnies running around at home, they’re part of the family. We love our pets, but that doesn’t mean potential buyers necessarily want to see them - or any evidence of them - when they’re scoping out your home for sale.

5 Weird Color Combos That Totally Work

November 19, 2015
When decorating an apartment or home, many people naturally gravitate…

Marsala Magic: Incorporating the Color of the Year into Your Decor

November 2, 2015
When many people hear the word “Marsala,” they think of the…

The Pros and Cons of a Home Addition

November 21, 2016
Whether your family is growing, or your home simply isn’t meeting your needs in terms of space, you’ve got a couple of options: either move to a larger home with more square footage, or add it to your existing home in the form of an addition.

Keeping Your Home Secure During the Holidays

November 23, 2015
Going home for the holidays? You’ll be in good company: one-quarter…

INFOGRAPHIC: California’s Third Quarter Housing Affordability Stats

November 24, 2016
Housing affordability in California continued to be a big issue over the third quarter. Buyers are still finding it challenging to afford a home purchase despite low mortgage rates and a boost in wages.

Beyond Red and Green: 4 Modern Decorating Ideas for the Holidays

November 26, 2015
For decades, homeowners have covered their homes in the same…

Should You Renovate or Tear Down and Rebuild Your Home?

November 28, 2016
If you’re looking to make some big changes to your home, a huge gut job and renovation might be warranted. But considering the magnitude of the changes that might be required, sometimes a complete teardown and rebuild might be warranted if the changes are that drastic.

INFOGRAPHIC: California’s Housing Market Forecast For 2017

November 3, 2016
The housing market in California has dipped somewhat in 2016 so far. However, it’s expected to experience a slight increase in 2017 along with continued housing affordability issues and inventory shortages, according to the California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.).

Investing in a Turnkey Rental? Watch Out For These Warning Signs

November 30, 2015
It’s becoming one of the more popular means of investing in…

8 Clever Moving Tips to Cut Down on Time and Hassle

November 5, 2015
Just the mere thought of having to pack the entire house and…

7 Staging Tips to Get Buyers to Bite

November 7, 2016
The majority of buyers make a decision about what they think of a home within a few short seconds of laying their eyes on it. We’ve all heard the cliche, ‘you never get a second chance to make a first impression,’ and that’s definitely true in the world of real estate.

5 Fastest Growing Cities Across the U.S.

November 9, 2015
When it comes to booming cities in the US, the south is taking…

How the Rococo Design Trend Is Making Even the Smallest Homes Look Ornate

October 1, 2015
Home décor goes through phases, often inspired by past design…

6 Ways to Tell That a Buyer Isn’t Serious

October 10, 2016
Sellers don’t have a crystal ball to tell them who is going to bypass their homes and who is serious enough to put in a solid offer. However, buyers do exhibit certain traits and behaviors that will allow sellers and their agents to be able to distinguish those who just aren’t in the game.

How Much of an Effect Does Student Debt Really Have on Home Ownership?

October 12, 2015
College kids aren’t just coming out of school with a degree;…

Hottest Rental Markets to Buy Into in California

October 13, 2016
California has a ton of hot markets from top to bottom. There is plenty to choose from for any real estate investor looking to snatch up valuable properties to rent out for top dollar. Regardless of precisely what you’re looking for, the Golden State certainly offers plenty.

What You Need to Know About Dual Agency in a Real Estate Transaction

October 17, 2016
In typical real estate transactions, buyers and sellers are usually represented by their own separate agents. Each agent has a fiduciary duty to protect the interests of their clients.

Classic Characters and Their Living Spaces

October 19, 2015
People have long been inspired by the lives their favorite fictional…

15 Moving Tips That Will Streamline the Whole Process

October 20, 2016
The thought of moving into a new home can quickly go from exciting to overwhelming when you think about all the stuff that needs to be hauled from one place to another. The moving process isn’t exactly a fun time, but there are some things you can do to make the process a lot easier and less stressful.

Turn Your Property Into a Dreamy Airbnb Destination

October 22, 2015
Just as Uber has revolutionized the transportation market, sites…

7 of Top 10 Luxury Real Estate Markets Are in California

October 24, 2016
New York might still hold top spot in luxury housing markets in the U.S., but seven out of the top 10 counties that boast the highest luxury housing prices in the country are in California, according to’s Luxury Homes Index.

The 5 Best US Cities to Raise a Family

October 26, 2015
Whether you’ve already got kids or are considering having a…

INFOGRAPHIC: Housing Affordability Stats in California

October 27, 2016
A continued increase in housing prices and lagging new home development in California have continued to make it more difficult for buyers to afford a home purchase. Lower mortgage interest rates were unable to balance out the seasonal increases in housing prices, further continuing the extended housing affordability crisis in the Golden State.

The Bank of Mom and Dad Becoming More Popular For Young Buyers Tight on Cash

October 29, 2015
With sky high housing prices, strict credit requirements, and…

7 Hotel Room Decor Tips to Use in Your Home

October 3, 2016
Ever noticed that upscale hotel rooms seem to be decorated with great style and flair? That’s because experts in the world of interior design and decor have had their hand at these spaces. Why not take some cues from these pros and bring the hotel experience back to your home? Here are 7 ways to do just that.

How to Renovate Your Kitchen in the Right Sequence of Phases

October 31, 2016
If you’ve got a new kitchen on the mind, you likely want to dive head first into the job and get it done as quickly as possible. After all, you’ve got the budget, the vision, and the desire, so all that’s really holding you back is the swing of the hammer, right?

Emergency Tips Every Homeowner Needs to Know About

October 5, 2015
Owning and maintaining a home doesn’t come with an instruction…

Stats on California’s August Housing Market

October 7, 2016
The real estate market in California lost a bit of momentum in August as a result of continued issues with housing affordability and a shortage of inventory, according to the California Association of Realtors (CAR). While home sales have managed to stay over the 400,000 pace for five straight months, sales have decreased year-over-year for the sixth month in a row.

Should You Expand Your Present Home, or Move to a Larger Home?

October 8, 2015
Should you move or improve? That is the million dollar question. When…

California: A Popular Spot For Real Estate Crowdfunding

September 1, 2016
Real estate investors love snatching up good deals and letting their purchased properties make money for them over both the short- and long-term. There are plenty of ways to invest in real estate, and one of them is crowdfunding.

Snoring Rooms Grow in Popularity

September 10, 2015
It's the middle of the night and the person next to you in bed…

6 Signs Your Windows Need Replacement

September 12, 2016
No matter how new your home is, issues with your windows can creep up at any time. And at some point, they’ll need to be completely replaced. While high-quality, properly-maintained windows can last for as long as 20 years, they don’t last forever. Pay attention to them: they’ll show specific signs that it’s time to swap them for brand new ones.

5 Common Code Violations Made When Renovating. Number 4 Will Surprise You!

September 14, 2015
It happens all the time - homeowners who are looking to save…

6 Tips For Finding the Right Interior Designer For Your Home

September 15, 2016
Your home may have reflected your style a few years back - but today, not so much. Now you suddenly realize that your puffy sofa looks crammed in your living space, or that flower-ridden wallpaper looks a tad on the tacky side.

Top 10 US Cities With the Highest Rent Rates

September 17, 2015
While rental prices across the nation are steadily climbing,…

INFOGRAPHIC: Interesting Stats About Millennial Buyers

September 19, 2016
Millennials are currently the largest group of homebuyers out there, and have been for the third year in a row. Making up 35% of the home buying demographic in the US, Generation Y buyers make up more than younger and older baby boomers combined.

Fastest Ways to Build Equity in Your Home

September 21, 2015
If you've got a mortgage on your home, not only do the regular…

Renting? Here’s Why You Should Purchase Renter’s Insurance

September 22, 2016
If you’re renting, the dwelling you live in isn’t yours. You’ve got no responsibility to insure it; that’s your landlord’s obligation. But what is yours - and what you should consider insuring - are the belongings you’ve got within your home. The dollar value of your TV, stereo system, jewelry, designer shoes, or anything else that has some sort of value should be protected in case of a fire, theft, and so forth.

Easy Ways to Get to Know Your Neighbors

September 24, 2015
Everyone is super busy these days, and often this can interfere…

What Fiduciary Does a Mortgage Broker Have to a Borrower?

September 26, 2016
Under California law, real estate agents have a fiduciary duty to the buyers and sellers that they represent. That means the agent has a legal obligation to act in the best interest of their clients.

5 Fringe Benefits for First-Time Homebuyers

September 28, 2015
Whether you're moving out of your parents' basement, just got…

11 Simple Ways to Save Energy and Money at Home

September 29, 2016
It takes a lot of money to run a home, but you could be spending more money than you really need to. Cutting back on how much energy your home uses can help you shave a huge chunk of money off your monthly utility bills, and it can be a lot easier than you may think. Small changes here and there can really add up to significant savings.

Can You Change Mortgage Lenders Before Your Home Closes?

September 3, 2015
You've found a home that you've put an offer on, and have secured…

How to Start Investing in Real Estate in Your 20s and 30s

September 6, 2016
The earlier you invest in real estate, the greater your returns will be by the time retirement rolls around. If you can muster it, starting a real estate investment portfolio as early as your 20s and 30s is ideal. It’ll give you plenty of time to realize massive returns over the decades, which will provide you with a comfortable financial cushion to rest on when you reach the Golden Years.

LeBron James Sells His Coconut Grove Mansion For $13.4 Million

September 7, 2015
After a controversial move from Cleveland to the Miami Heat,…

Rent or Buy? 6 Questions to Ask Yourself

September 8, 2016
When it’s time to move, you may be faced with the decision to either buy or rent. This conundrum isn’t just reserved for young adults moving out of their parents’ homes, but also to empty nesters or professionals who are relocating for a new job opportunity.