Author Archives: Bill Smith

Buying a House With Cash? Don’t Forget These Added Expenses

ismagilov/iStock There’s no question that buying a house with cash will make you feel like a million bucks. Maybe you came into a large inheritance, or you’re just really good at saving. Either way, paying the price of the home in full means … Read More

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7 Questions to Ask a Home Inspector Before Your Home Inspection Even Begins

(iStock) What are some questions to ask a home inspector? Given this professional is charged with checking out a home for any flaws before you buy it, he’s an important safeguard who could protect you from purchasing a lemon—and squandering tons … Read More

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Pacific Union Quarterly Report – Q2 2017

For the most part, the number of Bay Area homes for sale did not improve in the second quarter from one year earlier, except in Marin County and Sonoma Valley. Consequently, home prices rose in all regions year over year … Read More

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10 Steps to Secure Your Smart Home

Lock down your network in 20 minutes Getty Images / Morsa Images  Safety first Whether you and Alexa are already on a first-name basis, or you’re about to pull the trigger on investing in a Nest, chances are you’re a … Read More

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House-Hunting Secrets for New Parents, Empty Nesters, Job Seekers, and Others

 baranozdemir/iStock; A-Digit/iStock; realtor.com Life is unpredictable, no matter how carefully you plan. And yet, when you buy a house, you are essentially committing to live in the same place for a certain period of time. The number of bedrooms, the … Read More

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10 Questions to Ask Your Contractor

Most homeowners have some concerns when it comes to hiring home improvement professionals. Some are afraid of overpaying, some worry that they’re hiring an unqualified professional, and others wonder about the character of the individuals they’re inviting into their homes. … Read More

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Real Deal: five tips for buyers in a tight market

REUTERS/Mike Blake Attempting to purchase a house in a market where inventory is low and prices are rising can make the already complex process of buying a home even more overwhelming. The National Association of Realtors offers the following suggestions … Read More

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Home inspections: What they are and why you should get one

Skipping an inspection could cost you Illustrations by Sunny Eckerle When Tori Easterling, a broker and real estate instructor, decided to purchase some investment property in Georgia, she faced fierce bidding challenges with cash investors. By the time she viewed … Read More

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Earnest Money Deposit vs. Down Payment: What’s the Difference?

ayzek/iStock When you buy or sell a home, you get used to hearing words you’ve never heard before. The mortgage lenders and insurance agents who help you through the process will throw around so much real estate jargon, somewhere along the … Read More

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How to Buy a House: The 5 New Rules That Can Make or Break Your Offer

Glow Images, Inc/Getty Images; realtor.com The rules on how to buy a house have changed, folks—so if you’re serious about becoming a proud homeowner in the near future, you’ll want to read this first! So what’s changed the most in … Read More

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