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How much does it cost to get your grant deed?

After you purchased your property, chances are, you will receive some official-looking mails selling you the services of obtaining grant deed for your property. They normally charge anywhere between $50 to $100. DON’T EVER FALL FOR THESE TRICKS/SCAMS! The recorder’s office takes 1 to 2 months to record your deed and the original recorded deed […]

Appraised Value vs. Market Value

Appraised Value vs. Market Value

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hat is the value of your home? It’s a question with an answer that’s not as straightforward as you might imagine. A home really has two important kinds of value: an appraised value and a market value. Think of a home’s appraised value as a theoretical value. The market value, in contrast, is influenced more […]

You Are the Most Accurate Home Value Estimator

You Are the Most Accurate Home Value Estimator

[dropcap]H[/dropcap]i, my name is Lex, the broker at Cal Agents Realty. If you are looking to find out your home value, you are in the right place. Here I’ll show you a more accurate estimate than Redfin and Zillow, or any other online home value estimator. If you haven’t received your home valuation report, enter your […]

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

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ith 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 […]

Neighborhood Profile: Adams Point

On Lake Merritt’s northern shore sits Oakland’s Adams Point, a diverse, walkable neighborhood coming into its own. The lake, hailed as “one of the most unique urban spaces in the United States,” and adjacent Lakeside Park offer myriad recreation activities for residents. Run the three-mile trail surrounding the lake, rent a canoe at the Boating […]

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 […]