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Updated: Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Legal Ties That Bind With Your Down Payment
Written By: Benny L. Kass

Question: We are both in our upper sixties and retired. Last October, we put money down on a condominium apartment that is to be completed around September of this year. We put down ten percent of the price in cash and the money is earning a modest amount of interest until settlement. We have some savings, but the balance would be paid in cash f...


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Ask the HOA Expert: Restricted Activities
Written By: Richard Thompson

Question: One of our homeowners kids would like to raise chickens in the backyard. Our governing documents restrict this activity. Any advice to head off this public >Answer: Most HOA governing documents restrict raising poultry and other farm animals or local laws may do so. If this is something like a short term 4-H project, its probably no bi...


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Builder/Realtor Relationships Poised For Long-Term Win-Win
Written By: David Fletcher, NHCB

ldquo;I feel about as comfortable as a condemned man, lecturing the firing squad on marksmanship because everything I say can be held against me.rdquo;Who would have the nerve to think what anyone had to say mattered to 1.3 million Realtors, most of whom are not encouraged or trained to work with homebuilders?After thanking home builders for pro...


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Home Buying Checklist: What Else Does Location Mean?
Written By: PJ Wade

"Location, location, location" are the cornerstones of property value and neighborhood popularity. Evaluating this seemingly-simple, triple-impact factor goes beyond me>Yes, proximity to the places you and family members regularly must or want to visit is an important factor in identifying an ideal location. However, theres more to accessing loc...


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New Forms To Be Released For Use By California REALTORS
Written By: Bob Hunt

In addition to the reorganized Statewide Buyer and Seller Advisory SBSA, three new forms will be >The first one of these, the Tenant Flood Hazard Disclosure, satisfies a new requirement that in every residential lease or rental agreement entered into after July 1, 2018, the landlord or agent must disclose certain information regarding flood haza...


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Recipient of the William R. Magel Award of Excellence Revealed
Written By: Realty Times Staff

The most important and prestigious award Association Executives can aspire to in the real estate industry is the William R. Magel Award of Excellence.ldquo;The William R. Magel Award of Excellence is presented annually to an individual who has truly excelled in his or her role as an association executive of a REALTORreg; association.rdquo;This y...


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9 Silly Little Things That Could Be Sabotaging Your Home Sale
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

If your home is in pretty good shape i.e. its decently updated and not in need of a total overhaul, you might think its ready to go on the market as is. But little things you wouldnt expect can end up being deal breakers. And, when youve got competition, you need your home to stand out for all the right reasons. Give your home a good look and ad...


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5 Smart, Easy Ways To Add Smart Home Technology To Your Place
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Has technology passed your home by? Its never too late to update it. Whether you just want to bring the homes function into this century for your personal use or are looking to put it on the market, incorporating some smart home items is, well, a smart strategy."The stock advice for homeowners putting a house on the market used to go like this: ...


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10 Tips To Upgrade Your Home Security
Written By: Realty Times Staff

Keeping your home and family safe is a priority we all share. But beyond locking the doors and getting a home alarm, there are numerous steps we can take to protect who - and what - we love, and it doesnt have to break the bank.1. Change your locksDid you change your locks when you moved into your new home? Yeah. Neither did we. That means someo...


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Keeping Costs Down When Building Your New Pool
Written By: Realty Times Staff

Having a pool can be one of the most enjoyable parts of homeownership, but building it can be an expensive undertaking. "If youre planning to install a pool, be prepared to open your wallet," said US News. "PK Data reports that the average cost of a residential in-ground swimming pool was 39,084 last year."If you want a pool without the high pri...


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Eight Signs Its Time To Move Up
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

The starter home. It was so cute and quaint and sweet when you bought it, right? But, that was before kids and dogs and overnight quests and holiday dinners that require mathematician-level logistics to finding everyone a seat in a dining room that bursts at six people.Lets face it: Its probably time to move up. Lack of space is the No. 1 reason...


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Theres A Color Of The Year For Everyone
Written By: Blanche Evans

Color experts such as The Pantone Color Institute, provide a number of services to companies all over the world to help them learn more about color and how to use it in their businesses. One of the most famous examples of color trending is Pantones Color of the Year, which "provides strategic direction for the world of trend and design."To remai...


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Rapid Transit Project May Call For Eminent Domain
Written By: Benny L. Kass

Question: I understand that our State government has plans to expand our rapid transit railway system and many of us are concerned that they will take our houses in order to complete the project. What is the law on this? Do they have the absolute right to do this? Joseph.Answer: Joseph. You are referring to a concept called "eminent domain" -- a...


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Why Do So Many HOAs Fail To Properly Plan For Predictable Expenses?
Written By: Richard Thompson

A fortune teller asked me to gaze into her crystal ball. "I see wear and tear in your condominiums future. I see a new roof will be needed. I see cracking paint and asphalt in need of repair. I see gasp no money to pay for these things"It doesnt take a fortune teller to predict that common elements are going to wear out and it doesnt take a crys...


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How A Housing Shock Would Impact Canadas Economy
Written By: Jim Adair

Last year various Canadian governments took measures to slow down the booming housing market, imposing new taxes and strict mortgage qualification requirements. The governments feared that homeowners were sinking too far into debt and that runaway house prices in Vancouver and Toronto were unsustainable.Some people who are struggling to get into...


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California Association of REALTORS To Release New And Revised Forms
Written By: Bob Hunt

Twice a year, in June and December, the California Association of REALTORS CAR >Three new forms will be >As its title indicates, the SBSA is an advisory given to both buyers and sellers, though its provisions are generally more >A significant improvement is that the new SBSA will be divided into categories. The earlier and present versions were ...


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Easy Ways To Lower Your Energy Usage At Home
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

California just became the first state to require solar panels on every new home starting in 2020 in a landmark move for state building regulations and "government controls over climate-warming carbon emissions," said NBC News. This will be a huge plus for homebuyers who were already looking for ways to be greener, but there is a downside, albei...


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Summer Savers: 9 Things You Can Do Now To Protect Your Home Before The Heat Hits
Written By: Jaymi Naciri

Things are heating up and school is winding down. That means summer is right around the corner. But its not all flip-flops and sunglasses and smiles. Summer is also hot and sweaty and often expensive when youre trying not to be hot and sweaty, or you just want your home to run more efficiently. There are things you can do and changes you can mak...


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