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How to become a millionaire! (Hint: buy real estate!)

When it comes to achieving wealth, being worth a million dollars is a lasting benchmark, no matter how much times change. For those of us that aren’t quite there yet, the good news is that there’s a clear path to being worth seven figures (including owning plenty of real estate!) Here are some tips and…
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8 Ways to hold title on your house in California

When you’re buying a house, you have a whole lot of documents to sign, each of them with their small print, definitions, and legalise. But one distinction that shouldn’t be ignored when buying a home is how you will hold title. In California, there are 8 basic ways you can hold title to your house…
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These Three Cities in the Sacramento Area Rank Best For Families

Living in the greater Sacramento area affords a high quality of life for those with young families, a distinction that’s just been recognized in a national survey by NerdWallet.com. In fact, several Northern California cities ranked in the top ten for best cities to raise a family in the state, including some of Sacramento’s closest…
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Color tips for each room so you can design your perfect home!

“Color is one of the great things in the world; that makes life worth living to me.” –Painter Georgia O’Keefe In part one of this blog, we started looking at the characteristics of different colors and the feelings and emotions they inspire when painted on the walls in your home. Now, we’ll examine more variations…
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Your top-10 real estate blog posts of 2016!

As we turn the calendar from 2016 to 2017, it’s a great time to reflect on what an eventful, sometimes challenging, but fulfilling and blessed 365 days it’s been. So I decided to commemorate 2016 and the transition to 2017 by bringing you our top-10 blog posts of 2016, as determined by the number of…
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The important difference between Realtors and real estate agents.

When you’re buying a home, you’ll often hear the terms “Realtor” and “real estate agent” bandied about, often interchangeably. But, in fact, there are significant differences among the real estate sales professionals with these designations. Today, we’ll break down the fundamental differences between a Realtor and real estate agent, and give you some idea which…
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Celebrating Christmas traditions from around the world.

Does your family celebrate the Christmas holidays with certain traditions? If you’re like the majority of families, whether you recognize the religious significance of Christmas or just enjoy the modern holiday, you get excited for the festivities every December 25. But in fact, people around the world celebrate Christmas much differently, even though the spirit…
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30 Things You Didn’t Know About Thanksgiving.

For many of us, Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday of the year, a time to get together with family and give thanks for all the wonderful blessings in our life… not to mention eating way too much great food, too! So in honor of Thanksgiving, here are 30 things you didn’t know about our favorite…
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The Psychology of Color in Your Home

What color are the walls in your favorite room at home? Rich red? Earthy tan? Clean off-white? The color you painted the walls may be one of the reasons it’s your favorite room according to the broadening field of color research. In fact, psychologists and other experts now think that the colors you surround yourself with on…
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The Top Homeowner Regrets

Wouldn’t it be great to live a life with no regrets? Hindsight being 20/20, that may not be realistic for most of us, but at least we can learn from others’ regrets and try to not follow suit, at least when it comes to buying a home. That’s because a new survey from a national…
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Placer County doing its part to ease California's senior housing shortage

There is a potential crisis in California we need to address, but it doesn’t have anything to do with a drought, overcrowded schools or even businesses packing up and leaving the state. In fact, California’s population is aging significantly yet there is a shortage of housing to accommodate them all, falling short by an estimated…
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Is your child going to college soon? Buying a property for them may be a sound investment.

There’s no denying that the cost of sending your child to college has skyrocketed in the past decade. In the most recent annual survey of the cost of secondary education, the College Board reports that tuition for a “moderate” in-state public college averaged about $24,061 for 2015-16. And a private university? That could cause acute…
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Thinking of Selling your family home through probate?

Thinking of Selling your family home through probate? Probate can be a long and involved process, often lasting for over a year. You’re having to deal with the loss of a loved one while juggling your existing life, all while having to navigate through and make decisions about the many variables that arise during probate.…
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New report reveals ROI, satisfaction, and buyer perception for home repairs

Which home improvements will yield you the best payoff once it comes time to value your home or sell? Furthermore, which home renovation projects provide the most satisfaction and joy for homeowners, and which improvements are deemed most valuable in home buyers’ eyes? We can track all  of these things thanks to a comprehensive yearly…
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Want to sell your home faster and for more money? Here is your home staging fact sheet.

Last year, 5,250,000 existing homes sold in the U.S according to the National Association of Realtors. In addition to that number there were 510,000 newly constructed homes that sold in 2015 as well. Together, there are about 15,780 home sales every single day in the U.S. If you’re trying to sell your home that means…
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20 Of the Worst Housewarming Gifts You Could Ever Give Someone

With more than 5 million homes bought and sold every year (not all by me!) there are plenty of housewarming gifts given to new homeowners, as well. But there’s no accounting for taste as they say, and one person’s treasured gift might be another’s White Elephant. We decided to poke around and collect the best WORST…
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Real estate statistics every homebuyer and seller can't ignore.

When it comes to buying or selling your home, chit chat, small talk amd promises are great, but you really need to rely on statistics and hard data if you really want to make money. So we collected these statistics about real estate, buying and selling, and homeownership from a dozen credible current sources. After…
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6 Reasons why it's the perfect time to sell your home in Sacramento

We have equity again During the housing bust and subsequent recession, many people wanted to sell their homes (or shed their bloated mortgages!) but couldn’t since they were underwater – owing more than the home was worth. But those days are certainly gone, as Sacramento has been one of the country’s hottest metro markets for…
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25 Fun real estate facts that will blow your mind!

If you’ve ever thought buying or selling houses can be a little boring, check out this list of 25 unbelievable real estate facts! If you appraised the White House, it’s estimated it would be valued at around $110 million! Alaska holds two important distinctions for U.S. states: it’s both the northernmost state and the easternmost state.…
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20 MORE great things to do in Sacramento this summer!

In part one of this blog, we covered our first 20 things to do in Sacramento during the summer. Since the summer is halfway over, here are our next twenty to keep you plenty busy and entertained! Let us know which of these are your favorite, and if we missed any! 1. If you’re into…
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7 Ways to prepare before buying a home

The process of buying a home doesn’t just start when you first start touring properties that are for sale and writing up offers. In fact, there are a few essential steps to prepare correctly for your home buying journey. But with a little foresight, work, and organization, the your hunt for the perfect home will…
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Buying Right: 10 Ways to Ensure Your Home Value Keeps Rising

At what point do you make money on a home sale? The obvious answer is “when you sell,” as the closing check with plenty of 0’s will demonstrate. But in reality, you really make your money on a home when you first buy it, as that’s the time you decide on a host of factors…
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20 Fun things to do during summertime in Sacramento!

It’s summertime in Sacramento, a time to appreciate the countless fun things there are to do in the region. To start, here are our first 20 things to do in Sacramento during the warm weather months (and we’ll cover 20 more in part two of this blog.) Lucky for us, “summertime” ranges from springtime well…
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How long things should last in and around your house.

How long should things last in and around your house before they need to be fixed or replaced? From your roof to your floors, your refrigerator to your HVAC unit, and even your television and toothbrush, we examined the data from multiple credible sources and came up with these general guidelines. Of course things could…
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Folsom #1, Roseville and El Dorado Hills round out list of best cities in California

A new study is confirming what many of us in the region already know – that Sacramento and its satellite cities are some of the best places to live in the country. In fact, a new study names three Sacramento cities as the best in California to live, work, and play, with out own Folsom…
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Some homeowners may get a helping hand as the FHFA looks to cut mortgage balances, rework payments. But will you be eligible?

  If you’re looking for even more good news in the real estate market these days, you don’t have to look far, as a new plan by the Federal Housing Finance Agency approves the a plan to cut mortgage balances and rework payments for tens of thousands of homeowners. According to a report by the…
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15 Questions you should ask when selling you home. (Part 2)

Are you thinking about selling your home in the near future? It’s a perfect time to sell in the Sacramento region, with plenty of buyers rallied buy low interest rates and high rental prices, as well as a splurge of equity boosted by years of strong appreciation gains. If you are considering listing your home,…
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For Fail By Owner – Why FSBOs don’t work

There’s a simple question I like to ask anyone who is thinking of selling their own home instead of using a real estate agent: “What is it you DON’T know about selling homes?” That question is usually met with head scratching, a blank stare, or a little stuttering before they usually reply, “I don’t know!”…
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20 Reasons why people sell their homes

At any given time, there are several thousand homes for sale in the Sacramento area, with deals closing and new sellers always popping up to replenish the inventory. There are so many listings to choose from, it sometimes begs the questions, “Why are there always so many homes for sale, and what makes people want…
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HOW TO STAND OUT FROM THE COMPETITION WHEN SELLING YOUR HOME

At any given time, there may be hundreds if not thousands of homes for sale in the Sacramento region that will meet the needs of the average buyer. So if you’re planning on selling your home, it’s time to put on your game face and think like a business person. Along with enlisting the right…
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15 Questions you should ask when selling you home. (We even answer them for you!)

Are you thinking about selling your home? You’ll have plenty of important decisions to make along the way, but a smart seller arms themselves with the proper information along the way. So by asking these 15 questions before you put your home up for sale, you’ll be sure to maximize profit and ensure a smooth…
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15 More home design trends for 2016 – and 3 trends we can leave behind in 2015!

In part one of this blog, we outlined the 15 of the 30 hottest home design trends we’ll see in 2016. Here are the next 15, accumulated by scouring the blogs, articles, pins, posts, and websites of some of the most respected home design professionals in the world, we came up with this list of…
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10 Reasons to be optimistic about Sacramento real estate in 2016

1. Sacramento has been named one of the hottest markets to watch in 2016 Realtor.com recently published their list of the top ten up and coming real estate markets in the country for 2016, and our own Sacramento was included. Ranked at number four behind only Providence, St. Louis, and San Diego, Sacramento was a…
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The hottest home design trends for 2016!

As we flip the calendar pages to 2016, with the new year comes new goals, new hopes…and definitely new designs. Not one to linger on a trend for more than a season, home designers, stagers, and decorators are already ramping up for 2016 with an exciting mix of traditionalism mixed with some of the boldest,…
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10 Reasons why the winter is actually the best time to buy or sell your home

Conventional wisdom states that the winter is the worst time to buy or sell a house. After all, no one wants to go out looking for homes or move when it’s cold, dark, and rainy, fewer homes are for sale, and people don’t want to upend their family during the holidays, right? Not at all.…
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Ranking the best schools in Sacramento

“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” –Nelson Mandela No matter where you live, what walk of life you come from, or even what political party you advocate, we can all agree on one thing: educating our children is vital. In fact, ensuring the next generation’s education with great…
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5 Bold Reasons Why Real Estate is Still an Essential Investment

 Owning a home is still viewed as the best investment. With the real estate crash and Recession safely in our rear view mirror, consumers and experts once again see real estate as an essential investment. In fact, a recent survey conducted by Bankate.com found that 27% of Americans – more than 1 in 4 -said…
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The 10 Biggest Homeowner Dangers

  Lead based paint Lead is a toxic metal that can cause a variety of extremely dangerous health problems – and commonly shows up in older homes. In fact, if even traces of lead are ingested or absorbed into the body, serious health problems are likely to occur, including brain damage, kidney damage, nerve damage,…
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The 10 Worst Homebuyer Mistakes

1.  Waiving a home inspection. The sellers are required to disclose any defects in the house – but it’s never wise to stop there. We recommend that 100% of homebuyers pay for a professional home inspection. The few hundred dollars it costs will be the best money you’ve ever spent, giving you a peace of…
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