Pros and Cons of Condo Living
Condo living offers a low-maintenance lifestyle that is oftentimes more affordable than owning a single-family residence. This article details some of the pros, cons, and tossups of condo living and compares it to other options like living in a ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on January 18, 2021 in Buying a Home
Xeriscaping 101: Drought-Resistant Landscaping Guide
Xeriscaping (pronounced “zer-is-caping") is landscaping that is designed to minimize water consumption. It is used most often in regions that receive little or sporadic rainfall. The overall goal of xeriscaping is to create an aesthetically ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on February 24, 2020 in Buying a Home
Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Guide
An accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is a secondary residence that occupies the same property as a primary single-family residence. ADUs can be freestanding or attached to the main residence and cannot be sold separately.
Depending on where you live in ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on January 20, 2020 in Buying a Home
Closing Costs in California Explained
Who Pays Closing Costs in California?
Closing costs are a combination of service fees and taxes collected at the final stage of a real estate transaction.
When you buy a home in California, local government entities are paid a portion of taxes ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on March 16, 2019 in Buying a Home
What Does a Realtor Do?
Most Realtors complete real estate transactions behind the scenes, only involving their clients when necessary. Realtors do this intentionally, as they understand that their clients hired them so that they need not be concerned with the day-to-day ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on February 6, 2019 in Buying a Home
'Active Under Contract' Property Status: Everything You Need to Know
“Active Under Contract” is a real estate term that indicates the status of real property (single family home, condo, townhome, etc.) that has been put up for sale wherein a seller has accepted an offer from a buyer, but the deal has not ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on March 21, 2018 in Buying a Home
Making an Offer on a House [Step-by-Step]
If you’re a home shopper who’s made your way to this article, there’s a good chance you’ve already been pre-approved for a loan, searched houses online, viewed a few in-person, and narrowed down your choice to the home you ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on August 5, 2017 in Buying a Home
How do Realtors Get Paid? What Every Buyer and Seller Should Know
Realtors get paid on a commission basis, usually 5 to 6 percent of a home’s sales price, which is split between the listing broker and buyer's agent. Fees typically come out of the sellers’ proceeds while buyers generally pay nothing to ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on August 2, 2017 in Buying a Home
15 Common Real Estate Questions
Real Estate FAQs
As you might imagine, real estate agents field quite a few questions every day. People are naturally curious, and it’s an agent’s job to guide folks through the often-complex world of home buying and selling. You might ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on July 19, 2017 in Buying a Home
16 Reasons Appraisals Come In Low
There’s no bigger emotional turning point in the home buying process than the moment a buyer makes an offer on a home. The transition from merely shopping to formally putting some skin in the game introduces higher levels of anticipation for ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on April 26, 2017 in Buying a Home
Is Zillow Accurate? Not Very. Here's Why.
It's fun to kill time and look up your home's value on Zillow. Surely it is a guilty pleasure to dream about your upward spiraling net worth. It's also fun to play the home price prediction game, especially in the fast-moving West Coast real ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on March 11, 2016 in Buying a Home
How Room Orientation Affects Natural Light
We hear from experienced homeowners looking to buy another property and first time buyers alike that they prefer homes with natural light (and lots of it). But not all sunlight is equal.
While visual artists and art collectors are astute ...
Posted by Tony Mariotti on June 21, 2014 in Buying a Home