Category Archives: Community Information

5 Remodeling Projects You Think Add Value, But Really Don’t

Before you install an expensive upgrade, make sure future homebuyers will love it too. As a homeowner, you should be spending money on remodeling projects, repairs, and maintenance that help keep your home operating well and looking great. Of course … Continue reading

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Brentwood to pay residents to replace softeners

Brentwood residents will soon be asked to ditch their salt-based water softeners for more environmentally friendly models in order to lower the amount of chloride that ends up in Marsh Creek. The naturally occurring electrolyte that is closely associated with … Continue reading

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No spray for the aquaticweeds this year in Discovery Bay

Deepwater property owners and boaters in Discovery Bay will have to deal with the infamous Delta waterweeds on their own this season: the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways has announced they will not be spraying the aquatic … Continue reading

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The #1 biggest mistake you could make when it comes time to sell is leasing solar !!

I am writing this as a service to all homeowners out there who are contemplating a solar ” LEASE ” I pride myself on being the type of agent that can keep a deal together and get it to close. … Continue reading

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Liberty High students beautify downtown

Armed with vibrant pieces of ceramic and plaster, Liberty High School art students have been working long hours on a mosaic mural that will become a beautiful piece of art in downtown Brentwood. These students are following a tradition set … Continue reading

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4 Easy Ways to Add Value to Your Home

Many home owners view their house as not only a place to live, but also as an investment. Like with all investments, you would like to make one day make money off of it. With a house, there are numerous … Continue reading

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Committee looks to streamline city grant process

An annual list of city events and local programs, partially funded via Brentwood’s business license sales tax proceeds, may no longer have to go through the annual grant application process if the recent recommendations of an economic development ad-hoc committee … Continue reading

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Stay Put and Remodel — or Move?

A New Year ushers in new resolutions, which often includes changes on the home front, but deciding what to do with it can be tough for home owners, financially and emotionally. As the real estate market rebounds and buyers increase … Continue reading

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Pantages project plugging along

It’s a project that has been years in the making and with a road still left to travel, but Discovery Bay’s Pantages project recently jumped another hurdle with the recent passage of the housing development by the Contra Costa County … Continue reading

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The don’ts to build your credit score

1. Being a big spender using your credit cards The higher your balances on your credit cards are as in relationship to your available credit limit, termed “Proportion of balance to high credit limit”, the lower your credit score will … Continue reading

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The tug of war for the Delta

Throughout California’s history, the reservoirs and water resources generated by the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta have been the lifeblood of the state’s economy – the largest in the country and a global leader in innovation. Without the aquatic transfers that move … Continue reading

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Halloween Home Maintenance: Spooky Sounds and Strange Smells

Are you haunted by strange noises and weird odors? With the proper maintenance, you’ve got more than a ghost of a chance to rest easy. Creaking and Popping in the Night The many materials that make up your house — … Continue reading

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Housing projects revving back up

The Community Services District entered into a reimbursement agreement this week with two residential developers looking to build over 300 homes in Discovery Bay with possible sticks in the ground as soon as next year. The agreement, unanimously approved by … Continue reading

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Same-Sex Marriage Ruling: What it Means for Real Estate

While property rights are generally a state issue, the federal recognition of marriage for gay couples will have a significant impact on home owners. Married same-sex couples in 13 states and the District of Columbia are now or will soon … Continue reading

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Making friends with Caring Hands

If making time to volunteer is on your to-do list, consider joining the Caring Hands volunteer caregivers, a John Muir Health outreach program that trains and assists in partnering compassionate volunteers with seniors who are seeking a friendly companion and … Continue reading

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10 Tips for Saving Water in Your Home

You’ll likely be surprised to learn how much water the average family of four uses every single day in their home: 255 gallons! The estimates are: 15 gallons for dishwashing; 12 for cooking and drinking; 5 for basic hand washing; … Continue reading

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Solar Access Rights Help You Catch Some Rays

Most states protect your current solar access for light and energy. If your state doesn’t, local height restrictions may save your sunshine. Here come the solar access laws that affirm your right to install solar devices and use them unobstructed. … Continue reading

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farmers markets ripe for the picking

When it comes to just-picked produce, beautiful blooms and fresh-baked goods, it’s hard to beat the summer offerings of farmers markets, including a new one in Discovery Bay. There are 16 in Contra Costa, with five here in East County. … Continue reading

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7 Tips for Staging Your Home

Make your home warm and inviting to boost your home’s value and speed up the sale process. The first step to getting buyers to make an offer on your home is to impress them with its appearance so they begin … Continue reading

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The Home Gym: A New Gathering Hub

Sure, home gyms are great for avoiding driving to a club and paying membership fees. But there’s another motivation behind the transformation of basements, garages, and spare bedrooms into home fitness centers: They’ve become a way to gather family members … Continue reading

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