Home Buying

What is Escrow?

What is Escrow?

In real estate, escrow is the third-party handling of funds, documents, and tasks related to the sale of a home. If you are buying or selling a home, learn why you need escrow, who will be involved, and what your role will be.

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Boost Your Listings with HERS Scores

Boost Your Listings with HERS Scores

Adding HERS Scores into your MLS listings description is an innovative strategy to help homeowners set their homes apart from the competition – homebuyers want energy efficient homes, and HERS Index scores tell them how energy efficient a home is. Here are just a few items to consider:

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It Pays to Go Green

It Pays to Go Green

Green homes can sell faster and at a higher price than comparable, conventional homes, and buyers are willing to pay more for the long-term savings they offer. Energy efficiency is one of the most sought-after features for home buyers, who are becoming increasingly more aware of the

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Getting Your Credit Ready to Buy a Home

Getting Your Credit Ready to Buy a Home

If buying a home is in your future, one of the first things you should do is check your credit score. Even if you’re still saving for a down payment, the sooner you know your score, the better. You can get your score by requesting a credit

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Open House Scents – Smells That Help You Sell

Open House Scents – Smells That Help You Sell

If you’re planning an open house soon, be sure the home can pass the smell test. How a home smells is one of the most important considerations in ensuring a timely sale. We humans have a sense of smell that in many ways is more influential to

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Natural Hazard Disclosure Reports – What You Should Know

Natural Hazard Disclosure Reports – What You Should Know

What is a Natural Hazard Disclosure Report? Is the property you want to buy located within a natural hazard zone? California law requires real estate agents and sellers to provide home buyers with a “natural hazard disclosure statement” form. To complete the form agents or sellers purchase a natural

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Should You Buy a Home When You Have Student Loans?

Should You Buy a Home When You Have Student Loans?

As the millennial generation matures into their twenties, many will begin thinking about purchasing a home and starting a family. However, today’s 20-somethings have the additional challenge of significant student loan debt. With the average student loan debt increasing by over 60% since 2012, student loan debt has

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