Seize the Savings: What to Buy in September and October

You’ve already done the back-to-school thing, Labor Day is over, and you’ve got a bit of time before those Black Friday sales kick in. What’s a mega-shopper to do? Don’t worry. There are plenty of deals to be had right now, if you know what to look for. We’re breaking down the best things to buy in the second half of September and during all of October. (Click here to read.)

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Seller Slip-Ups

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What to Expect When Getting Pre-Approved

Getting “pre-qualified” today when preparing to buy a home is so 80’s. Getting pre-qualified then meant talking to a loan officer over the phone or in an office and having a conversation about various aspects of your financial life. The loan officer asks about your job, how long you’ve worked there and how much money you make. The loan officer asks about your general credit history, whether it’s excellent, good or maybe needs a little work. (Click here to read.)

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Clever And Creative Ideas For Kids’ Study Areas

The school year has started, and that probably means your kids are doing their homework: sprawled on the bed, on the couch in front of the TV, on the floor, or at the dining room table. It probably also means their stuff is everywhere and the distractions are making it hard from them to properly concentrate. You can address the mess, and give them a dedicated space to study, even if your place doesn’t have a separate home office option. (Click here to read.)

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August 2018 Real Estate Activities for San Marino

Wow! August was a very busy month; there were 19 recorded sales (3 private sales), 10 more than the month of May & June! The highest sold $/sqft was $1,079 for a property on Oak Grove which was also the highest recorded sold at $10,150,000. The lowest was a private sale for $1.1M on Sheffield. While the lowest sold $/sqft was another private sale on Wilson for $681. Is there a message here?

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Mortgage Musts

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1031 Tax Deferred Exchanges

In the 1980’s (remember the 80’s? ERTA 1981 and TRA 1986), I was involved in quite a few Tax Deferred Exchanges and put the following together for investor clients and students.

Why exchange real property? To save taxes, yes, but said more succinctly, to build your estate with pre-tax dollars. Using proper exchange techniques will result in what is effectively interest-free money from the government. Taxes you owe can be paid later, allowing you the use of that money today to buy more or more expensive investment property. Other reasons to exchange include: (Click here to read.)

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How to Say Goodbye to Renting and Hello to Home Ownership

Becoming a first-time homeowner takes a lot more than a desire to buy a house. It takes a lot of effort on your part to save up a down payment — which is usually a pretty good sized chunk of change — research neighborhoods, get pre-approved for a loan and other steps. Fortunately, it is quite possible to say goodbye to renting and hello to homeownership, especially when homeowners-to-be consider the following tips: (Click here to read.)

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Ready For Staging: 4 Repairs You Need Before Selling Your Home

Selling your home is a complex process that may take weeks to complete. This is partially because your house may need to be updated or renovated before it can go on the market. What are some of the most crucial fixes that you should make before listing your property? (Click here to read.)

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How To Identify And Avoid Dangerous Hazards In Your Home

It’s safe to say that none of us is purposely making our homes a hazard. And, no matter how hard we try, accidents still happen. But there is nothing more important than protecting ourselves, our families, and our investment. (Click here to read.)

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