Turn Your Ugly Urban Backyard into Something Beautiful

You’ve found the home of your dreams. The backyard, not so much. But take heart. There are creative ways to turn that ugly duckling into a beautiful swan by taking the cons and turning them into pros.

If your yard includes the wall of the building next door, a dilapidated garage or parking pad, a lack of privacy, or if you hear vehicle noise, it may seem discouraging. But with proper planning, the negatives can be minimized or even become positives as part of a beautiful landscape design. (Click here to read.)

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Single women, Millennials buying more homes

Millennials are making one-fourth of the home purchases across the United States and single women are outpacing single men as homeowners.

Data analysis by the online loan broker Lending Tree found that single women are more likely to own a home than single men despite generally making less money. (Click here https://www.bizjournals.com/bizwomen/news/latest-news/2018/12/single-women-illennials-buying-more-homes.htmlto read.)

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Early Valentine, Real Estate Style

Love with its related practical “where will we live” issues, should not get attention only on February 14 or during February. Anticipating the Valentine’s pressures ahead, PJ Wade offers an advance peek at how love and real estate can both come out ahead. (Click here to read.)

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Holding Title to Real Property

cenario: The seller and the newlywed buyers have agreed to terms and signed the purchase agreement for the sale of the seller’s home.

Inspections, financing, escrow, tons of paperwork, have finally culminated in the preparation of the deed conveying title to the buyers. Now the big question for the buyer: “How best to hold title to the new home? Should we hold title as joint tenants, tenants in common, tenants by the entirety, or some other form of ownership?” (Click here to read.)

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Save the Sale

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2018 Real Estate Activities for San Marino

We had 15 less transactions in the year 2018 compared to 2017! And 2017 had 22 less sales than 2016!

We had our “one” over $10M sales in 2018 @ $10,150,000 where the token $10M+ sale in 2017 was $12,800,000. So, in someway, 2018 was a softer year than 2017 in most aspects except the “floor”; the lowest sale of $1,050,000 in 2018 was $50K higher than the 2017 record! In another word, one still need a minimum of $1M to have a San Marino address!

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Top 8 Estate Planning Mistakes

Perhaps you have heard the expression: “If you fail to plan then you plan to fail.” This statement was never truer than for estate planning. By some accounts, 70% of adult Americans have no will or trust in place for their loved ones. Furthermore, others who initially did prepare an estate plan have failed to update it in light of changing circumstances in their lives. (Click here to read.)

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Budgeting For Homeownership

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Clever Tips to Make Painting Your Home Easier

Painting is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to transform a space. But it can also be a hassle, what with all that taping and prepping and cleaning up. These clever tips can make it easier. Fun, even. (That might be a stretch.) (Click here to read)

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5 Reasons to Buy a Fixer-Upper Instead of a Perfect Place

“Location, location, location” is the mantra when it comes to where to buy a home. But when it comes to what to buy, it gets a little more complicated. There is definitely a contingent who would insist that you would buy the best home you can afford. But while there is something to be said for buying a move-in ready home, a place that needs a little love can be downright irresistible. (Click here to read)

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