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December Existing-Home Sales Rise, 2013 Strongest in Seven Years

WASHINGTON (January 23, 2014) – Existing-home sales edged up in December, sales for all of 2013 were the highest since 2006, and median prices maintained strong growth, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Total existing-home sales, which are completed … Continue reading

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Remodeling Magazine’s Yearly Survey Reveals 5 DIY Projects With Highest ROI

As the real estate market continues to recover, you may be wondering which remodeling projects will provide you with the best return on investment when you put your house on the market. There are a few things you can do … Continue reading

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10 Things Today’s Buyers Look for in a Home

While David Letterman’s Top 10 lists generally culminate in a No. 1 ranking, the following list includes in no particular order 10 things that are important to buyers today, especially Millennials who represent a significant buyer niche in today’s market. … 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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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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Survey: More Renters Want to Become Homeowners

Homeownership as a priority is on the upswing. And a look back shows perceptions about owning weren’t as negative during the recession as the media suggested. Americans have favored buying over renting, even during the recent Great Recession, and this … 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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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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The Easy, Fun Way to Spring Clean Your Deck or Patio

spring cleaning chore with the most fun potential is prepping your deck or patio for spring. Here’s how to do it with a touch of fun. Your patio and deck missed you all winter and are craving attention. So pull … Continue reading

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Are we in a housing bubble? Not even close, Trulia says

recent leaps in home prices may stoke fears of another bubble, the housing market is definitely not in one, listing site Trulia said in introducing “Trulia’s Bubble Watch.” Bubble Watch assesses the market’s susceptibility to bubble conditions by comparing today’s … Continue reading

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Spring Home Improvements: Repair, Replace, Enjoy!

With memories of snow and cold fading, it’s time to remind home owners to take stock of important work to be done for themselves and potential buyers down the road. Keeping on track with seasonal maintenance will lower costs and … Continue reading

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Are Smart Meters Really Dangerous?

A home owner in Texas pulls out a handgun and tells a smart meter installer to back away from her house. He does. A couple in British Columbia covers their already-installed smart meter with a metal hood to block its … Continue reading

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Time To Sell !

By Alain Pinel General Manager of Intero Prestigio international Intero Real Estate Services, Inc. Anybody disagrees?… No?…Good!… I am glad we all agree…So explain to me why are we are still suffering from an acute lack of listings most everywhere … Continue reading

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7 Quick Ways to Tell if Your Deck Needs Help Now

Check your deck’s safety before your next outdoor party. Aging deck structures, harsh storms, high temperatures, and a lack of routine maintenance can increase the risk of a deck injury. There are more than 40 million decks in the United … Continue reading

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Top 10 Credit Questions Answered

Is there a credit repair fairy? It sounds a little ridiculous, but there are many people who think something is going to magically happen to change their credit. There is no magic to credit repair. You can either wait seven … Continue reading

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5 Things New Home Buyers Should Look for First

The real estate market is so huge these days that people that want to sell a house need to make sure that everything is in a perfect state. And not only that – they should also try to make the … Continue reading

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Ways Mortgage Borrowers Leave Money on the Table

Fannie Mae says ineffective mortgage shopping may result in higher costs and greater risk. A new study from Fannie Mae finds that many Americans don’t fully investigate their choices when mortgage shopping, and others just don’t understand what’s available. Either … Continue reading

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11 Ways to Create a Welcoming Front Entrance for Under $100

First impressions count — not just for your friends, relatives, and the UPS guy, but for yourself. Whether it’s on an urban stoop or a Victorian front porch, your front door and the area leading up to it should extend … Continue reading

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Some Great Tips On Downsizing For Buyers

Is it time to downsize and simplify life? Are you ready to cut down on mortgage payments to ease financial burdens? Are you concerned with the cost of living increasing to the point you will not be able to afford … Continue reading

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