Buying a Home

Luxury Homes: Everything You Need to Know

Luxury Homes: Everything You Need to Know

The definition of a luxury home is subjective and the term is often overused to the point where it becomes almost meaningless. However, we can resolve this ambiguity by diving into the many characteristics of luxury homes (of which price is only ...

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Condo Living: Is it for You?

Condo Living: Is it for You?

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 ...

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Xeriscaping 101: Drought-Resistant Landscaping Guide

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 ...

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Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Guide

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 ...

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Closing Costs in California Explained

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 ...

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What Does a Realtor Do?

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 ...

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Making an Offer on a House [Step-by-Step]

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 ...

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15 Common Real Estate Questions

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 ...

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16 Reasons Appraisals Come In Low

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 ...

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Is Zillow Accurate? Not Very. Here's Why.

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 ...

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Selling LA: Real or Reality TV?

Selling LA: Real or Reality TV?

Reality and reality TV are not one and the same. No matter the subject, if it is on TV, the content has been edited for audience entertainment. With that being said, the shows Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles on Bravo and Selling LA on HGTV, ...

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How Room Orientation Affects Natural Light

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 ...

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