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Tips for Building Your Home Security System

Tips for Building Your Home Security System

  There is no doubt that home ownership requires much maintenance and care. After all, you do spend an abundance of your spare time in your nest. This is where memories are created, where laughter is born, where most people share the most private of conversations. What if that is violated? Do you ever wonder […]

Is American Express Merchant Financing a Good Deal?

Is American Express Merchant Financing a Good Deal?

Disclaimer, I’m not affiliated with American Express in any way. Their financing program has its pros and cons. It may or may not fit your needs. The purpose of this article is to help our audience understand the pricing science and math behind their program. I’m not endorsing or recommending against the program. How It […]

5 Ways Construction Projects Go Wrong – Not Seeing the “Small Pictures”

5 Ways Construction Projects Go Wrong – Not Seeing the “Small Pictures”

If you have been shopping around for contractors for your remodeling project, you must have come across some “big picture” contractors. Essentially, they promise they can deliver the bathroom you want as long as you “point and show” them the layout. “I have done so many projects; I get the big picture,” they’ll say. However, few […]

Renting, Affordability and Interest

With affordability deteriorating alongside rising prices and essentially flat sales for several years, fewer Californians have been able to make the jump back into owning their own homes. The number of homeowners in the state rebounded from 7.12 million households in 2014 to 7.56 million in 2016. However, the renter population has increased by more […]

Myth – HOA Fee is Money-Down-The-Drain

Myth – HOA Fee is Money-Down-The-Drain

There is a myth about HOA fees among new home buyers, who regard HOA fees as a deal-killer to buy a condo or a townhouse. I’d like to take this time to demystify. First of all, HOA fee is not unique to condos and townhouses. Almost all new single family development have HOA and the […]

5 Things to Avoid if You Plan to Sell Your Home

5 Things to Avoid if You Plan to Sell Your Home

When you’re preparing your home to go on the real estate market, every decision you make can affect how much profit you ultimately put in your pocket. Avoid these four common mistakes that can make your home less desirable to buyers and drain dollars from your profit.   1. Don’t turn off your irrigation system […]

Out-migration: It’s a Housing Story

Out-migration: It’s a Housing Story

California has an out-migration problem. Recently released figures from the State’s Department of Finance (DOF) shows that the number of Californians leaving the state each year is on the rise. After falling significantly during the Great Recession, out-migration from California is on a four-year uptrend. The DOF reports that nearly 118,000 people moved to other […]