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How to Make a Winning Real Estate Offer With a Few Easy Tricks

My offer to purchase a home in Poway, California recently beat out 19 other offers. Literally 19 strong offers! How did I do it? Representing myself and my husband as the buyer’s agent, I realized that on this particular property, the seller c … [Read more...]

Mortgage Pre-approval Checklist

This scenario happens to me approximately once per week: a potential buyer comes to me letting me know that they are looking for a 5- bedroom, 4-bath house with a large backyard, a pool, an open kitchen and a great school district. I say that I would … [Read more...]

Budgeting for Home Expenses: Expect the Unexpected

Americans are buying houses again. Home prices throughout the United States are expected to increase an average of 13 percent in 2013 and 2014, according to National Association of Realtors’ Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. If you’re about to pur … [Read more...]

When Buying, Look for Features That Add Value to Your Home

If you're buying a home, you want it to appreciate. Even if you realize your own house may not be a great investment, you still want it to hold it's value and — hopefully — to be able to sell it someday for more than you paid for it. But in real est … [Read more...]

Does Somebody Really Live There? Crazy and Amazing Houses in America

As I was driving from San Diego to Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago, I saw a massive house at the very top of a huge mountain. The house was overlooking the freeway and had no other houses nearby. I wondered who lives there and what it would be like … [Read more...]

Discount Real Estate Brokerages: Worthwhile or a Scam?

“Sell your home for only 1.5% commission!” read a billboard that caught my eye recently as I drove down the freeway. As a Real Estate Broker with a family to support, my first thought was that if I made that little on every transaction, I wouldn’t … [Read more...]

Can My Landlord REALLY Do That? A Guide to Renter’s Rights

After the housing bubble of 2008-09, few people can say you’re “just throwing money” away by renting anymore. I talk a lot about everything home-buying on here, so it’s high time we say a bit about renting. Specifically: I want to cover renter's ri … [Read more...]

The Do’s and Don’ts of Buying a New House While Working Full-Time

So you're tired of your little old lady landlord losing your rent check. And your frat boy neighbors were fun three years ago, but now their mid-week keg parties are keeping you awake. You've got the money saved to buy your first home, but there's … [Read more...]

Should You Buy a ‘Starter Home’ or Wait?

In many parts of the country, the real estate market seems to be rebounding. “As buyers seek to take advantage of record-low mortgage rates, the supply and demand imbalance threatens to further limit deals as the key spring selling season ap … [Read more...]

Burglary Prevention: Common Sense Advice to Avoid Becoming a Victim

If you think burglary is something that only happens in low-income neighborhoods, think again. It is a crime that can happen even in the nicest neighborhoods with white picket fences. Sure, the criminals may not live in your neighborhood, but it … [Read more...]