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Buying a Home? Here’s How a Real Estate Agent Can Help

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Congratulations! You’ve finally taken the plunge and are ready to hit the market and find yourself a dream home. It might start with excitement, but all the paperwork and potential in competing with other buyers can be confusing and daunting. For that same reason, having an experienced real estate agent by your side can ensure the process will run smoothly. The Right Price Nobody likes to pay for a house for more than it’s worth, which can be a case in the pricing of a lot of houses in the market. A seasoned buyer’s agent will know the true value of the house based on the location and the condition of the property. Your real estate agent will serve as your guide to helping you find your dream home and for the right price. S/he can negotiate the right price with the listing agent without losing the bid. Your Criteria Looking for the right house can be finding a like a needle in a haystack. An experienced real estate agent makes that task less strenuous by understanding what you want in your home, the location you are interested in, as well as your price range. Once all of that is…

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Go Solar, Go Green!

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Earth Day is around the corner and there is more than one reason for people to embrace the green. Whether it’s economic or eco-friendly, your inspiration to go solar would be a great benefit. Here are some benefits of going solar. Reduce Your Electric Bill Most people cringe at the thought of a high electric bill. Being solar friendly can also be friendly to your wallet. This gives you an opportunity to save your hard-earned money and play nice with the environment. With solar panels installed, you rest easy with minimal electric bills. Property Value Homebuyers are attracted to homes with solar energy installations. Often solar homes go off the market faster compared to non-solar homes. Whether you are planning to sell your home now or later, it will be an investment rather than an expense. Either way, who doesn’t want to save some extra dollars and help reduce our carbon footprint with the planet. Environmental Benefits Our environment is our home and we want to keep it strong and sustainable. Going solar has many benefits for the environment, such as limiting greenhouse gas emissions, shrinking your carbon footprint, and reducing demands for fossil fuel. It will take time, but…

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Best Cities to Live In For Foodies

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Whether you want to admit it or not, everyone is somewhat of a “foodie” at heart. Some are more of a self-Yelp “elitist,” while others just simply enjoy eating good food. As a homebuyer, finding the right neighborhood that fits in with your everyday lifestyle is key. In today’s society, people are looking for more than just a home and desire access to high-rated restaurants, cafes, and culture. Here is a short list of the top 5 best food cities for foodies to consider living. Let your stomach guide you to the right home! 1. San Francisco This city is known for many things, and the food is top on the list. The city that started Uber knows what’s up when it comes to gourmet, hole-in-the-wall, ethnic and street food. We are talking about amazing ramen in the TL (Tenderloin), one of a kind burritos and tacos in the Mission, and Neapolitan-style pizza in SOMA. La Taqueria in Mission may have the best tacos in Cali – no joke. Zero Zero is another must try in the SOMA area. The pizza is a party by itself—you won’t be disappointed. If you are looking to take a bite out of SF,…

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What $300,000 Gets You!

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Have you ever wondered what you can get for $300,000? Perhaps you can get seven cars, ten diamond rings, and an unlimited supply of shoes. In this case, $300,000 can get you a home. Here are some homes for just $300,000. Arizona: $299,900; 4-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom; 3,247 Sq. Ft. There’s no place like home, and this spacious 4-bedroom beauty is no exception. The beautiful private courtyard welcomes you home right before you enter the house, where you’ll want to put your legs up, open a bottle of wine, and unwind your cares away. With huge bedrooms and a sizeable backyard, this home is perfect for families and for entertaining guests. California: $300,000; 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom; 851 Sq. Ft. If you’re in the market for a small family home, this lovely little stunner in Southern California may be the gem for you. This condo is located conveniently near several shopping centers and malls, parks, and the freeway. Nevada: $300,000; 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom; 2,158 Sq. Ft. This attractive property is perfect for a small family. With a semi-open floor plan and a spacious backyard for BBQ parties and low-key family events, this place has a lot of potential for fun and entertainment.   Finding a…

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Communities that Complement Your Personality

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Have you ever wondered where you truly belong? It’s time to take the leap and live in an area that you connect with so you can live your life to the fullest. We broke down some of the best cities to live in according to your personality! Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles is full of fun outdoor activities where you will encounter many different types of personalities and where everybody is trying to become a somebody. This city is perfect for you if are adventurous, creative, and like living life on the edge. You will be immersed in different cultures and experience the large bohemia of an eclectic population. The city is filled with amazing eateries such as Grand Central Market which offers a variety of ethnic foods, and the Farmers Market at the Grove. Feeling sick of the sun? That’s fine because in just an hour you can change your scenery to a winter wonderland in Big Bear, or visit several amazing theme parks such as Disneyland, Universal Studios, or Knott’s Berry Farm. LA is always booming with fun unique outdoor events such as watching old movies at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, or free concerts at the park. It’s…

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Where We Live Matters

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Where we live can affect our everyday health. The overall quality of the entire neighborhood can affect the air that we breathe and if it’s not a pedestrian-friendly area, going out for some exercise may not seem entirely ideal.City dwellers usually get regular exercise by walking to work and running daily errands, all which are a part of everyday city life. When you spend time outside your neighborhood, you’re more likely to get to know your neighbors, which adds to a feeling of community. Whether you are shopping for a home or looking for neighborhood ideas for when you do decide to move, here are some things to consider if a healthy neighborhood is important to you. As we all know, where we live matters. Access to Parks & Places to Play Parks are not only for folks to walk their dogs or get some exercise; they also serve as great destinations to enjoy the outdoors! The healthiest neighborhoods offer a variety when it comes to recreation and active living.  Look for neighborhoods that offer basketball courts, tennis courts, parks, fitness centers, and pools. Get to Know the Community Having trust in your entire community is important and is one…

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New Home for 2017?

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The new year is a time to achieve goals and plan for the rest of the year. If buying a home is on your mind, then it’s time to start planning appropriately. Buying a home is a big decision and 2017 may just be the year to take the plunge. Buying a home is never an easy task, there are so many factors to consider and tackle. Even if you plan to buy for the summer, it’s always good to start early. January is the perfect time to start the hunt and prepare for the big purchase. Here are some helpful tips to consider: 1. How Much Can You Afford? Before you find a home and find an agent, it’s important to know how much you can afford. Lenders generally recommend that you look for homes that cost no more than three to five times your annual household income if you make a 20% down payment and have a moderate amount of other debt. This will help ensure how much house you can afford 2. Get Prequalifies and Preapproved To get prequalified you just need to provide some financial information to your mortgage bankers such as your income and the…

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Millennials are Choosing the Suburbs Over the City

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Young home buyers are giving up the city life in favor of quiet neighborhoods, convenience in parking and morning jogs at local parks. In the past, millennials thought of the burbs as cookie-cutter homes and slow day to days. Now, it’s time to erase these stereotypes and see why young buyers are flocking over to buy homes in the suburbs. According to National Association of Realtors®, first-time buyers made up 35% of all home buyers. Millennials are increasingly buying homes in the suburbs. Let’s look at some factors on why millennial homebuyers are leaving the big city and going to a slower and quiet paced neighborhood. Land and Space People who lived in the city before understand that both land and space are limited. Suburbs have a number of parks, hiking grounds and greenery. Backyards are often on homebuyers wish list, the house itself isn’t enough. Young buyers want a yard for their dogs and a space to grow different plants and crops. Convenience While it’s exciting to have a city full of people and access to nightclubs and events, younger buyers are appreciating the convenience of getting around. Convenience driving to the grocery store, convenience making quick errands and…

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