Bamboo It Up

Bamboo It Up

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New California Law Requires Additional Pool Safety Devices

Effective January 1, 2018, California law requires that when a permit is issued for the building or remodeling of a swimming pool or spa, that pool or spa must be equipped with at least two of seven specified safety devices. Moreover, home inspectors are now required to make note of the presence or absence of such devices. “Click here to read.”

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Follow These Steps Before Starting Your Kitchen Remodel

If your kitchen is looking a bit dated, consider a remodel to upgrade its efficiency and looks. Here’s a quick guide to planning your kitchen update. “Click here to read.”

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8 Clever Ways To Zone Off Space In An Open Floor Plan

We’ve fallen for open-plan living in recent years. After all, not many of us have a formal room just for company anymore. And with modern building materials, we don’t necessarily need every room to have four walls to keep it at a comfortable temperature. But although an open plan may bring the space, light, flow and garden views we desire, it can also feel problematic to organize into zones – and prove distracting to share. “Click here to read.”

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Diversify Your Portfolio And Invest In Real Estate

The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute categorizes real estate as an alternative investment that includes residential and commercial properties as well as mortgage-based securities and real estate investment trusts. For most real estate investors, these investments are characterized as income-generating properties that see revenue from rent earned and capital appreciation from the increase in market value. Since this investment vehicle depends on the net operating income (NOI), maximizing cash flow is key to a successful real estate investment. “Click here to read.”

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Conventional Shmonventional: Is A Creative Loan Option Best For First-Time Buyers?

If you’re in the market to buy a home and, especially, if it’s your first home, you’ve probably heard A TON about conventional and FHA loans. But just like you’re not like anyone else, your financial situation may not be either. The truth is that while you may think you need to go with one of these expected loans, it could be that there are far better options out there to meet your needs. This is especially true if you’re having a hard time coming up with a down payment, have a lower credit score, are still paying off student loans, or are continually getting priced out of your desired neighborhoods. These options are all worth mentioning to your lender as you discuss your home purchase. “Click here to read.”

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You Can Help Prevent Wildfires

You Can Help Prevent Wildfires

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December 2017 Real Estate Activities for San Marino

There were 12 recorded sold in December, same as the month of October. The highest sold was $12.88m on Oak Grove (highest record sale for 2017 in San Marino!) at $1399/sqft on Oak Grove Avenue. The lowest $/sqft is $619 on Kenilworth, only 44% of the highest! The lowest sold was $1.35m on Montrobles, a hair over 10% of the record sale on Oak Grove!

December 2017 Fish Map No Branding

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How to Tell Whether Your Aging Parents Can Live on Their Own

It is difficult assuming the parental role with your parents and making decisions about “what is right” for the people who raised you. There is also a lot of emotion tied up in switching roles and the loss of independence for everyone involved. Sometimes, however, it becomes necessary for a son, daughter or grandchild to not only be their parents’ loved one, but also their advocate. You may need to figure out if it is safe for your aging parents to continue to live on their own.

How do you know when it may be time to talk with your parents about their living arrangements? Here are a few ways to assess the situation. (Click here to read.)

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Closing Chaos

Closing Chaos

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