Category Archives: Tips for homeowners

The Wall Street Journal Investing in Real Estate With Your IRA: A Primer

Chris Gash Real estate can fund your retirement—but brace yourself for lots of risk and rules. Self-directed individual retirement accounts allow people to diversify their investments into assets other than the traditional stocks, bonds and mutual funds that make up … Read More

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How to Claim Your 2016 Energy Tax Credits for Greening Your Home

Petmal/iStock You’ve no doubt heard that solar panels, insulation, and other energy-efficient upgrades can help curb your electric bills—but did you know these renovations can help save you money at tax time, too? That’s right, Uncle Sam likes to reward eco-conscious Americans by showering them with … Read More

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Kitchens That’ll Never Go Out of Style: 7 Ingredients for a Timeless Look

A classic kitchen from Rejuvenation. (Image credit: Rejuvenation) Kitchen trends will come and go, but some things never go out of style. If you want a kitchen that will stand the test of time and still look as beautiful twenty … Read More

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Check Yourself: 7 Home Maintenance Tasks You Should Tackle in February

gilaxia/iStock; realtor.com Spring might be around the corner, but February can still bring plenty of harsh winter weather. Some of the harshest of the season, in fact. So that makes this month the perfect time to knock out some more … Read More

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Most Bay Area Home-Remodeling Jobs Projected to Pay Back in 2017

Homeowners in the nation’s hottest real estate markets can expect to reap substantial returns on home-renovation projects that they undertake this year, with the majority of jobs in San Francisco and San Jose projected to earn back 100 percent of … Read More

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Keep Your Home and Loved Ones Safe This Holiday Season

Original Post December 2, 2016 by Pacific Union • Posted in Homeowner Tips The holiday season is fast upon us, with a flurry of shopping, home decorating, and festive parties. It is a joyous time, certainly, but it presents some unique challenges, too. Please take … Read More

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Is It Time to Downsize? Ask Yourself These 4 Questions First

Original Post By Deborah Kearns | 1:00 pm ET | September 10, 2015 GraphicaArtis/Getty Images When is the right time to “rightsize” to a home that’s better suited to your needs? Well, if you’re in the 60+ crowd (or have a parent in that … Read More

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Fixes for Your Remodeling Regrets

The new high-gloss cabinets show every fingerprint, the handsome farmhouse sink is a wine-glass graveyard. You sprang for the best your money could buy. So why aren’t you totally elated? Here, readers reveal the downside of some of their upgrades, … Read More

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An Etiquette Guide for Homebuyers and the Home-Curious

Original Post July 22, 2016 by Pacific Union • Posted in Homebuyer Advice Maybe you’re a first-time buyer and you’ve never walked into a complete stranger’s home and poked around in the closets and up in the attic before. Or … Read More

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8 Smart Ways to Cut Your Energy Bill Costs

Hero Images/Getty Images Energy use sneaks up on you. One day, you think you’re being responsible—flipping off lights, not running the AC excessively, turning the TV off after “Game of Thrones”—and the next day, you’re standing slack-jawed by the mailbox, staring at … Read More

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