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Posted on 09/27/2020
Real Estate and Probate: Methods of Holding Title
Photo by Jonny Lindner via Pixabay When you purchase real estate, you need to decide how you want to hold the title. Many closing agents make an assumption, and that assumption may come back to bite you later in life. In most states, you may title real estate in five ways: sole ownership, joint tenancy with the right...
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Posted on 09/21/2020
Video Tour - 2807 Adeline Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010
Gracefully situated on a ± .31 acres in prime lower Burlingame Hills, this stunning 5-bedroom, 4-bath circa 1927 estate boasts classic dormer windows, dramatic arched ceilings & a Chef's kitchen. The home was extensively remodeled in 1996 by the current owner, with a meticulous attention to the original architectural details. Flexible floor plan with 2 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms on main level & 2 bedrooms, hallbath & master suite on the upper level. Living room graced by a cathedral open-beamed ceiling,built-in bookcases & fireplace*Large formal dining room with French doors to the backyard*Kitchen with granite counters, cherry...
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Posted on 09/20/2020
Home Financing - PMI and Down Payments
Image by Charles 🇵🇭 from Unsplash Part of buying a home is researching the market and your finances. Most lenders require you to put at least 20 percent down or pay private mortgage insurance (PMI). Since PMI is a cost that does not lower your interest rate or principal, it’s almost always better to save up that hefty...
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Posted on 09/19/2020
2807 Adeline Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010 is now new to the market!
Gracefully situated on a ± .31 acres in prime lower Burlingame Hills, this stunning 5-bedroom, 4-bath circa 1927 estate boasts classic dormer windows, dramatic arched ceilings & a Chef's kitchen. The home was extensively remodeled in 1996 by the current owner, with a meticulous attention to the original architectural details. Flexible floor plan with 2 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms on main level & 2 bedrooms, hallbath & master suite on the upper level. Living room graced by a cathedral open-beamed ceiling,built-in bookcases & fireplace*Large formal dining room with French doors to the backyard*Kitchen with granite counters, cherry...
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Posted on 09/13/2020
Bright Colors - 5 Attractive Ways to Use Them at Home
Photo by Ferenc Keresi via Pixabay Color can – and should – be used to decorate your home, but for most of us, too much bright color is more obnoxious than invigorating. Those screaming bright yellow walls may look amazing in the magazine spread, but you may not be prepared to live with that much color in your...
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Posted on 09/06/2020
Why You Should Hire a Real Estate Agent
Photo by Gerd Altmann via PixabayWhen it comes to selling a home, there's usually at least a little temptation for people to bypass the commission and do the work themselves. But the truth is that an agent does a lot of the behind-the-scenes work that few people have the time or patience to do. Plus, they take responsibility...
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Posted on 08/30/2020
The Previous Owner: Should You Worry?
Photo by JayMantri via Pixabay When you buy a new-to-you home, foremost on your mind is changing everything to make it yours. You paint the inside and even remodel the kitchen. A priority is removing the old carpet and installing new flooring. Lower on the list are changes to the exterior, but they are on the list. If...
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Posted on 08/23/2020
3 DIY Projects for Your Yard and Garden
Photo by Pixabay from Pexels If you’re looking to add curb appeal or want to create a pleasant outdoor environment to enjoy your leisure time, investing in a good DIY project can help you to spruce up your outdoor space. 1. Install a Window Ledge A window ledge is a versatile project because it can serve a variety...
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Posted on 08/16/2020
Benefits of "Native" Gardening
Photo by Larisa Koshkina via PixabayRestoring native habitat to our surroundings is like pressing the "refresh" button on biodiversity. Homeowners who embrace native gardening are making big contributions to healthy landscapes, which is great for maintaining the native ecosystems. Making a Difference—Beautifully Native plants are the greenery that would grow in certain areas with or without human intervention....
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Posted on 08/09/2020
Repair DIY: How to Fix Your Windows & Door Screens
Photo by Chris Thornton from Pexels Thanks to screens, we can enjoy being outdoors without all the dirt and insects. Open windows let the breeze in without letting in anything else, and we can picnic on our screened-in porches without the bug spray. Screens can generally take a lot of wear and tear, but when subjected to winds,...
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Posted on 08/02/2020
Indoor Water Features
Water features aren’t just limited to the outdoors, anymore. You can bring the calming serenity of a soft stream into your home to give a more relaxing atmosphere. They can also be used as room dividers, conversation pieces, or as a simple decoration. Wall Fountains One of the most common ideas for indoor water features is the wall...
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Posted on 07/26/2020
What Influences Your Buying Timeline?
Photo by Doubletree Studio via Shutterstock Interest rates rise in correlation to inflation and other economic activity. When that happens, it can increase housing costs. But the question is, should it prompt you to buy sooner than you’re ready? The Right Time Is Now In real estate, the right time is always now for someone. Is it the...
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